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Feedlot owner "didn't think it would get this bad"

Staff writer

After weeks of wrangling with the City of Marion, Lincolnville feedlot owner Mike Beneke has been ordered not to trespass on the mayor’s property.

Mayor Todd Heitschmidt handed two written “no trespass” notices to Beneke while Beneke was in Lanning Pharmacy getting prescriptions filled on Aug. 14.

“This is to formally notify you that you are not to enter or remain on my property which is located at 515 Locust St. or 527 N. Cedar St., Marion, KS 66861,” the first one, on plain paper, read.

“This is to formally notify you that you are not to enter or remain on Central National Bank property which is located at 231 E. Main St., Marion, KS 66861,” the second, on bank letterhead, read.

Both notices tell Beneke that if he enters or crosses the property, he could be arrested without a warrant.

“I just never knew this thing would get this far out of hand,” Beneke said.

Additionally, someone wrote “Up yours, Big Mike” in the dust of Beneke’s pickup. In some portions of the writing, there are scratches in the paint.

A couple weeks ago, Beneke wrote a similar message in the dust of his six-door limousine before parking it across the street from Central National Bank, where Heitschmidt works.

Heitschmidt said he did not write anything or scratch anything into the pickup.

“I’m saddened to hear that somebody did,” Heitschmidt said. “Mike works hard for his money and I’m truly saddened that somebody did that.”

Heitschmidt also spoke about comments earlier made by Beneke after parking tickets were given to him because he parked a semi parallel to the curb on Main St.

“I’m saddened that Mr. Beneke felt his comments had to be directed at me,” Heitschmidt said. “To me it was a statement against all of our residents. It’s just sad that these things have happened in this way.

“If Mr. Beneke plans to continue to run for the county commission position, it might behoove him to learn the rules and follow the rules. By telling us the rules don’t apply to him, I don’t know that’s the best way to earn someone’s vote.”

Beneke said he’s not sure who wrote the message on his truck.

“It really doesn’t bother me,” Beneke said. “It’s a farm truck. Maybe it’s better I don’t know.”

Beneke was given a notice from the city July 24 telling him that a large pile of silage on his property at 601 W. Main St. constituted a health hazard.

On Friday, Beneke filed a written request for a hearing.

The matter will be heard by municipal judge Randy Pankratz Aug. 29, city administrator Roger Holter said.

“The city council only hears them if it pertains to a condemnation,” Holter said.

Beneke said the best time to remove the silage pile is during cool weather.

“I don’t own the cattle today that will eat the feed,” Beneke said.

His parking citations also will be heard Aug. 29 if Beneke does not pay them prior to the court date.

Last modified Aug. 22, 2018

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