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Welcoming Akela, the newest paw-tner in fighting crime!

Please help us welcome Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office new K-9, Akela. Deputy Hall has been training with Akela and they are now ready to get to work!

“No Time Like Fair Time”

Festivities and local vendors gearing up for the exciting Nodaway County Fair week!

July 13th – 15th 

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Mother Nature’s Creation

Submitted By: Dave Merrill 

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Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office 

Sophia Riley wanted to help local law enforcement and came up with the idea to build a dog house. Sophia entered the dog house in a Community Projects Contest in the Page County Fair and won a Blue Ribbon for her work. The dog house was then donated to the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office to be used for our new K-9 that we are in the process of purchasing. 

In order to build the dog house Sophia spoke with local companies that donated the wooden pallets she used. She took them apart and removed all the nails before using a variety of power tools to measure, cut, stain, and assemble the dog house. 

The dog house is insulated and comes complete with a dog bed that she purchased with her own money. 

Thank you for being so thoughtful and doing such a great job building this dog house that we are sure our new K-9 will enjoy! 

Pictured with Sophia is Captain Hann from the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office. 

County Government Day!

The Nodaway County Administration Building and Courthouse participated in County Government Day on February 8th with students from the local county schools. There were just shy of 200 students who learned about the many duties each County Office Holder undertakes. Each office enjoyed having students participate!

Schools in attendance include; St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic School, West Nodaway R-1, Maryville R-II, South Nodaway R-IV, Northeast Nodaway R-V, North Nodaway R-VI, and Jefferson C-123. 

(County Commission pictured below)

(County Collector/Treasurer pictured below)

(County Assessor pictured below)

(County Recorder of Deeds pictured below)


(pictured below are students and advisors who are involved in the local FFA Chapters along side the Nodaway County Commissioners Walk, Burns, and Walker)

Slaw Dog Days!

The annual luncheon held last Friday, October 20th for our Nodaway County & City employees as well as our local Law Enforcement!

Who do you think holds the record for most Slaw Dogs consumed in one sitting? And how many?

“Courthouse under the light of the moon”

By: Brad Cline 

Submitted to the Nodaway News Leader during their recent photo contest. 

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Risk Management Achievement Award 

Sean McGonigle (Manager of Missouri Association of Counties Workers’ Compensation Trust), presented the Risk Management Achievement Award to the County for no workers’ compensation claims in the FY 2022. 

Receiving the award,

Pictured Below (L-R): Burns, McGonigle, Walker, and Walk. 

Tenaska Check Presentation 

Brett Cline representing Tenaska Clear Creek Wind Project along side the Nodaway County Commissioners, presented a donation to North Star Advocacy Center. 

Pictured Below (L-R): Brett Cline, Wyatt Williams, Walker, Burns, and Walk 

Brett Cline representing Tenaska Clear Creek Wind Project along side the Nodaway County Commissioners, presented a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Pictured Below (L-R): Brett Cline, Lynette Harbin, Walker, Burns, and Walk 

Brett Cline representing Tenaska Clear Creek Wind Project along side the Nodaway County Commissioners, presented a donation to the Nodaway County Community Fair Inc. 

Pictured Below (L-R): Brett Cline, Bob Lager, Nick Sowards, Walker, Burns, and Walk 


Swearing In Ceremony

Presiding Judge Corey Herron swears in the County Office Officials for the 2023 term. 

Pictured below (L-R): Prosecuting Attorney, Tina Deiter, Circuit Clerk, Elaine Wilson, Recorder of Deeds, Lisa James, Assoc. Circuit Judge, Robert (Bob) Rice, County Clerk, Melinda Patton, & Presiding Commissioner, Bill Walker

Local Students Job Shadow

Two students from Jefferson C123, Jackson McCrary and Trevor Wallace, job shadowed the county Road & Bridge crew in November. 

Celebrate Agriculture: Thank a Farmer Week

Our changing economy illustrates how agriculture impacts our lives now more than ever. Thanks to Missouri farmers, consumers have food and goods choices that are locally sourced. Consumers around the world enjoy what our farmers and ranchers produce. Missouri Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureau’s across the state are joining forces to celebrate the importance of agriculture, February 28-March 6, during Celebrate Agriculture: Thank a Farmer Week!

According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, the number of farms in Missouri dropped from 99,171 on 28,5 million acres of land in 2012 to 95,320 on 27.8 million acres. Despite the drop in farm numbers and acreage, Missouri continues to rank among the top 10 states in production of major commodities and provides an $88.4 billion economic impact.

America’s farms and farmers continue to be the most productive in the world. Each farm annually produces enough food and fiber for 172 people, 106 in the U.S. and 66 abroad. American consumers benefit from this bounty, yet spend less than 9 percent of their disposable income on food. By 2050 the global population is expected to increase by 9.1 billion people. Farmers will have to grow about 49 percent more food than is now produced.

With all that they produce, it is remarkable that farm and ranch families account for less then 2 percent of the U.S. population. Across the United States, there are 2 million farms with 3.4 million farm operators. This number includes owners, their families, hired workers, tenants and renters or sharecroppers. Many farms today find multiple generations working together to produce food and fiber.

So, join Farm Bureau as we Celebrate agriculture and Thank a Farmer.

“Agriculture is important to our daily lives and our community. Because 98 percent of the population doesn’t farm, it is easy to take for granted the importance of our farmers,” stated Bob Stiens, President or the Nodaway County Farm Bureau. “Celebrate Agriculture: Thank a Farmer Week is a great time to recognize the important contribution made by farmers!”

American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) contributions

The Commissioners, along with Marilyn Jenkins, Collector-Treasurer and Melinda Patton, County Clerk, present a check to the Maryville Host Lions (Rob Sparks and Brian Schieber) for $10,000 through the ARPA funds to assist with lost fundraising revenues.

ARPA funds were used to assist with library cards for Nodaway County residents. 

Pictured: Burns, Stephanie Patterson, Director, Elizabeth Argo, Children’s Coordinator, Walker, Jenkins and Walk.

A demonstration was given by the Nodaway County Ambulance District on the LUCAS automated compression device. There will be five of these purchased and located throughout Nodaway County.

Money from the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds were given to the St. Francis Foundation and North Star Advocacy. 

(First)Pictured (L-R): Logan Stiens,Lead Inpatient RN, Psychiatric Unit; Nate Blackford, Director, Mozaic Medical Center; Megan Jennings, Director at St. Francis Foundation; Katy Gumm, President of St. Francis Foundation, Bill Walker, Presiding Commissioner; Chris Burns, North District Commissioner; Marilyn Jenkins, Collector/Treasurer; Scott Walk, South District Commissioner; Misty Million, Mental Health Outpatient Practice Manager.

(Second) Pictured (L-R): Scott Walk, Meghann Kosman, Court/Victim Advocate and Volunteer Coordinator, Linda Mattson, Executive Director, North Star Advocacy Center, Bill Walker, Marilyn Jenkins and Chris Burns.

Money from the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds were given to the Optimist Club in the amount of $6,500. 

Pictured (L-R): Rick Smail, Sheila Smail, Bill Walker, Marilyn Jenkins, Chris Burns and Scott Walk.

Money from the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds were given to the New Nodaway Humane Society in the amount of $15,000.

Pictured (L-R): Ray Courter, Crystal Ward, Wes Rockwood, Wendy Combs, Scott Walk, Bill Walker, Marilyn Jenkins, Kayce Fish, Chris Burns and Aurora Blake.

In October, ARPA funds were given to Lettuce Dreams in the amount of $50,000.

Pictured (L-R): Chris Burns, Scott Walk, Jennie Moore, Marilyn Jenkins and Bill Walker

Appointment of 4th District Circuit Court Presiding Judge

Judge Corey Herron was sworn in as the Fourth District Circuit Court Presiding Judge on February 17, 2022.

Tenaska Donation

Each year, Tenaska, Inc. donates to Nodaway County, $15,000. 2022 is the second year the county has received the donation and has distributed it back out to the community. This year, the donation was given to Northwest Foundation for the Agriculture Learning Center and the Nodaway County Historical Society.


Presentation of Donations

Brent Cline, representative of Tenaska, presented a $15,000 donation to the County Commission.

The Commission presented a $2,500 check to Pastor Kim Mitchell and Merlin Atkins, representatives of The Ministry Center. A $12,500 donation check was presented to Rod Barr, Mitzi Marchant and Dr. John Jasinski, representatives of the Northwest Ag Center.

US Marshals Swearing In Ceremony – Read Here

Nodaway County Sheriff’s Deputies are sworn in as Special Deputy U.S. Marshall. From left to right: Sheriff Randy Strong, Deputy Dalton Murphy, Sergeant Travis Cochenour and Captain Austin Hann, all of Nodaway County and U.S. Marshal Mark James.

Prepping for the Holidays

Life Saver Award – Sheriff’s Department

Life Saver Awards were presented to Deputy Jesse Bolin, Detective Travis Cochenour, Jailer Madison Morgan and Jailer Ty Sturgeon for their part in assisting in clearing inmates from the county jail the evening of January 14, 2021 jail fire.  Awards were presented by Sheriff Randy Strong.

Happy Independence Day!

Congratulations to Alex Rice!

Commissioners Congratulate, Life Scout Alex Rice, son of Robert and Sarah Rice, Maryville, for his completion of cleaning the memorials at the Nodaway County Courthouse. Alex has been working on his Eagle Scout project this summer.

2021 Office Holders Swearing-in Ceremony

Front row:  Dee O’Riley, Public Administrator and Marilyn Jenkins, Collector/Treasurer. 
Back row:  Judge Robert Rice, who conducted the swearing in ceremony, Rex Wallace, Assessor; Scott Walk, South District Commissioner; Chris Burns, North District Commissioner and Randy Strong, Sheriff.

Life Saver Award – Sheriff’s Department

Enel Wind Project Donation

The Commission presented Monroe, Polk, White Cloud, Green and Hughes Township representatives with a check from the Enel Wind Project donation given to Nodaway County.


Bridge Replacement Grants funded. – Read Here


Great news!  The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have approved the Nodaway County Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update.  The Plan will be in effect for five years and will expire September 12, 2023.  – Read Here