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The Hesston Record
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City Icon Announces Retirement

Posted 9/21/2017

By Jacquelyn Nelson


One of the most recognizable men in Hesston announced his retirement on Monday, Sept. 11. Ken Schwanke, head of the Parks Department, recently celebrated 25 years working for the City of Hesston. Last Monday, he told City Administrator Gary Emry he will be hanging up his weed whacker for good.

“I’m still not sure of my exact last day. My wife and I are working with KPERS to determine the best last-day. And, I turn 65 on Dec. 24,” he said.

City leaders shared their admiration for Schwanke’s work ethic and commitment to keeping Hesston clean and inviting. Emry said one of his first days of work in Hesston, he saw Schwanke hard at work, keeping the community looking pristine.

For the rest of the story, please see the September 21, 2017 print edition of The Hesston Record.