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Sentinel Outpost, Cybersecurity Statement of Clarification

The City of Osawatomie issued a statement of clarification regarding the reported number of cyberattacks suffered by the City earlier in 2022, and the related purchase of two Sentinel Outpost security devices.

CITY OF OSAWATOMIE

May 6, 2022

Statement of Clarification Regarding Reported Cyberattacks Against the City of Osawatomie

Osawatomie, Kansas – Recently an article in the Miami County Republic reported a significant number of cyberattacks against the City of Osawatomie and the City Council’s approval to purchase two devices to help in mitigating the attacks.

After further investigation it was discerned that the actual number of direct attacks, originally thought to be near 47,000 for a 30-day period between January and February of this year, was off by two orders of magnitude due to an unfamiliarity with the new system and how it reported its numbers.

“As I reviewed the different categories, I didn’t realize that the largest category by numbers was not an attack, but rather a test to probe our network to see how it would respond,” said Bill Justesen, Director of Information Technology for the City. “The actual number of [direct] cyberattacks during that period is closer to 245. The onus was on me to get the numbers correct the first time, and I failed in that regard. I apologize.”

Malicious actors, from lone individuals to nation states, scan and probe other devices on the internet to see which ones they can take over or compromise. “It’s like a reconnaissance mission where an attacker attempts to locate weaknesses on devices they don’t own,” Justesen said. “Sometimes you just get caught in a scan where someone casts a wide net, and other times you are targeted specifically.”

Even though the scans may not be malicious in nature at the time, the Sentinel Outpost security devices automatically block and ignore additional connection attempts from any source. The devices also communicate with other Sentinels deployed across the nation and anytime multiple Sentinels report the same networks being blocked, the rest of the Sentinels are instructed to block those networks preemptively. This joint effort network of devices nationwide works as “an early warning system,” Justesen said.

The Osawatomie City Council approved Justesen’s request to purchase two Sentinel Outpost security devices, one to protect City Hall networks and one to protect the Police Department networks, at the April 14th, 2022, city council meeting.

For more information on the City of Osawatomie’s cybersecurity efforts, please contact Justesen directly via the information below.

Bill Justesen
Director of Information Technology
City of Osawatomie
[email protected]
913-755-2146 x106

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Media Contact
Sam Moon
Public Information Officer
City of Osawatomie
[email protected]
913-755-2146 x103

Bestselling Author Coming to Osawatomie for Signing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT ROXIE YONKEY, 785-821-2086

Best-selling author to autograph books at two KC Metro area locations

Author Roxie Yonkey will be autographing her best-selling book 100 Things to Do in Kansas Before You Die from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 18 at No. 81, Mahaffie Stage Stop and Farm in Olathe. The book signing will be free to attend. The book features numerous other Northeast Kansas attractions, and Northeast Kansas Tourism professionals will be at Mahaffie as well. Learn more about all Northeast Kansas has to offer and register for a gift basket. Buy a book at the stage stop or ahead of time at RoxieontheRoad.com/Shop.

On March 19, Yonkey will autograph books at the Osawatomie Public Library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“I am so excited to be working side by side with my friends in the Kansas tourism industry at Mahaffie,” Yonkey said. “Their help has made writing and promoting my book and the destinations within it much easier. I appreciate every one of them.”

When Yonkey made her 100 Things list, Mahaffie and Osawatomie were easy choices. “The Santa Fe Trail was integral to the state’s development, and we are still the Breadbasket of the Nation,” Yonkey stated. “At Mahaffie, guests can learn what early Kansas agriculture and transportation was like, and hopefully better appreciate our founding fathers and mothers,” she said.

“Furthermore, writing about Kansas without including John Brown is impossible,” she said. “Brown was adamant in defense of freedom, and delivered his own brand of justice during the Bleeding Kansas period. I am looking forward to walking in Brown’s footsteps in Osawatomie.”

In December 2021, Yonkey’s publisher asked her to write the book “Secret Kansas: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure .” It will come out in the spring of 2023. Yonkey will visit the Johnson County Museum while she’s in Olathe, and hopes to research at least one more Johnson County location.

Yonkey has been writing about Kansas for over 30 years. One Hundred Things to Do in Kansas Before You Die is her second book. In 2020, she co-authored the book Midwest Road Trip Adventures. That book includes road trip guides for all
12 Midwest states. Yonkey wrote the Kansas chapter and the Black Hills section of the South Dakota chapter. Yonkey and the other road trip book’s authors are preparing for a second edition.

Yonkey has scheduled more signings throughout the state. Check the schedule at RoxieontheRoad.com/Signings.

We hope to see you at Mahaffie Stage Stop and Farm on March 18 and at the Osawatomie Public Library on the 19th.

Roxie Yonkey
Author, Travel Writer, Public Speaker
RoxieontheRoad.com
1203 Caldwell Ave., Goodland, KS 67735
785-821-2086 • [email protected]

Osawatomie Public Library Awarded $10,000 Humanities Grant

For Immediate Release

OSAWATOMIE PUBLIC LIBRARY SELECTED FOR COMPETITIVE FEDERAL HUMANITIES GRANT

$10,000 Grant Will Help the Library Recover from the Coronavirus Pandemic

Osawatomie, Kansas — Osawatomie Public Library has been selected for the American Library
Association’s American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries opportunity, an emergency relief
program to assist libraries that have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan
Act of 2021, Osawatomie Public Library will use awarded funds to anchor itself in the community as a
strong humanities institution. The competitive award comes with a $10,000 grant that will help the library
deliver excellent programs and services related to culture, history, literature, and other humanities
subjects.

More than 370 libraries applied for the grant, according to ALA, and 200 were awarded.

The participating libraries, selected through a competitive, peer-reviewed application process, include
public libraries, academic/college libraries, K-12 libraries, and tribal, special and prison libraries. The
recipients represent 45 states and Puerto Rico and serve communities ranging in size from 642 residents
in Weir, Kansas, to the City of Los Angeles. Libraries were chosen with an emphasis on reaching historically
underserved and/or rural communities.

“I am so proud of our library for being part of this incredible opportunity,” said Library Director Dr. Morgan
Crabtree. “This grant will truly help us to come out of the pandemic with a new energy and focus on
enriching our community through the humanities.”

Osawatomie Public Library will use the grant funds to preserve and restore library and community history,
including the original 1912 Carnegie Library blueprints and 1901 Miami County Atlas filled with local
history notes, photographs, and newspaper clippings, as well as to bolster their presence at the
community’s annual Freedom Festival, which is a celebration of their heritage as an abolitionist settlement
during the era of Bleeding Kansas in pre-Civil War America. To learn more about Osawatomie Public
Library’s plans for the grant, please visit https://www.osawatomielibrary.org/.

“Libraries have faced significant hardships throughout the pandemic —from budget cuts to staff furloughs
to building closures — especially in our communities of the greatest need,” said ALA President Patty
Wong. “This crucial support from NEH will enable our beloved institutions, and the dedicated people who
run them, to rebuild and emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever.”

American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.”

“Osawatomie Public is a small but might public library maintaining a variety of community resources. We strive to be an anchor for the arts, life-long learning, and culture in our community. In short, we are a place to belong.”

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City Announces Partnership for Endurance Events on Flint Hills Trail

CITY OF OSAWATOMIE PARTNERS WITH MIDWEST ENDURANCE RACE CO. AT MILE ZERO


Osawatomie, Kansas – The City of Osawatomie is pleased to announce a new event partnership with Midwest Endurance Race Co., a group that organizes and sponsors bike and running ultra events across the region. Midwest Endurance Race Co. will debut its first endurance event on April 16th, 2022, at the newly completed Mile Zero trailhead of the Flint Hills Trail in Osawatomie.

Midwest Endurance Race Co. is the brainchild of friends Samantha Green and Jennie Terflinger. Green, who lives in Paola with her husband and two daughters, is President of Kansas City’s “Crawl for Cancer” fundraising program and has extensive event planning and coordination experience. Terflinger, who lives in Paola with her husband and two sons, is an Executive Performance Coach and Financial Advisor. She trains for and competes in regional and national ultra-marathons throughout the year, and is a two-time 1st Place finisher for the 100K Kansas Rails to Trails ultra-event.

When asked why they chose Osawatomie’s trailhead as their event kickoff location, Terflinger said, “These events create amazing adventures and experiences for others to be part of and allows a community to reach untapped potential.” Green added, “The Flint Hills Trail is the perfect location to host endurance events. We wanted to create a race that would be enticing to runners and non-runners, elites and novices, and give them a goal-worthy opportunity. The Flint Hills Trail accomplishes this.”

Samantha Green (left) and Jennie Terflinger of Midwest Endurance Race Co.

Midwest Endurance Race Co. is already promoting its spring event, the Mile 0 Flint Hills Trail Race, and has successfully registered well over 50 participants out of their 150+ registrant goal. The race offers a 50k, 20-Mile, 10-Mile, and Fun Run option. The 50k, 20-Mile, and 10-Mile entries include unisex tri-blend race shirts, fully stocked aid stations, pre- and post-race food, complimentary race photos, sponsor swag, finisher medals, and the opportunity to support the Ronald McDonald House Charity. Fun Run runners and walkers will receive a limited-edition lapel pin. It is expected that this and future events will each draw hundreds of people to the community, and the City is eager to watch their progress over the next year.

The City of Osawatomie has been working closely with Midwest Endurance Race Co. to prepare both the event coordinators and the City for what resources will be required for events of this magnitude at the new FHT trailhead. Several partner organizations are assisting as well, such as the Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce, Osawatomie School District, and Kansas
Department of Wildlife and Parks.

As Midwest Endurance Co. is one of the first organizers to utilize extended portions of the Flint Hills Trail during single events, coordination between city and county organizations as well as the State of Kansas is of high priority. Osawatomie is thrilled to be on the leading edge of these cooperative events and looks forward to a continued, successful partnership with the dedicated professionals at Midwest Endurance Race Co.


For Race Information, or to Register: shorturl.at/bsMT4


Midwest Endurance Race Co.
706 North Pearl
Paola, Kansas 66071
[email protected]
Samantha Green – 913-707-9521
Jennie Terflinger – 913-963-0292

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Midwest Endurance Race Co. is already promoting two events at the Mile Zero trailhead in Osawatomie.

City Announces Cemetery Management Contract

The City of Osawatomie is pleased to announce a new contract agreement for the management of municipal cemeteries. See the release below for full information!

Beginning February 1, 2022, for operational assistance, permitting, or other daily cemetery transactions, please contact:

Emily McCrea and/or Loren McCrea
Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home
Phone: 913-731-6378
Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm | Monday thru Friday
8:00am – 12:00pm | Saturday

For assistance with historical records or questions on deed issuance, please contact:

Samantha Moon
City Offices
Phone: 913-755-2146 x103
Hours: 8:00am – 4:30pm | Monday thru Friday

City Welcomes Deputy City Manager

NEWS RELEASE
October 1, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Sam Moon
[email protected]
913-755-2146 x 103

CITY WELCOMES DEPUTY CITY MANAGER BRET GLENDENING

Osawatomie, Kansas – The City of Osawatomie welcomes a new deputy city manager to its leadership team next week. Bret Glendening will take on the role of deputy city manager effective Monday, October 4th, 2021. The deputy position is part of the City’s ongoing structural reorganization meant to strengthen leadership capacity and better serve organizational and community needs. The newly created role is designed to assist the city manager with departmental oversight and to coordinate internal and external initiatives, specifically in the utilities and public works departments.

In his new role, Glendening will oversee the City’s infrastructure and improvement projects, including water treatment and distribution, wastewater facility repairs, street repair, and solar array initiative. Glendening brings 10 years of large-scale project management experience, including solar projects and financial management, for Kiewet Corporation.

Before his tenure in the private sector, Glendening served as City Manager for Osawatomie from 2006 to 2011 and was a Budget and Finance Officer for Riley County from 2004 to 2006.

“We are excited to welcome Bret back to the leadership team, and look forward to his keen insight into our community,” said Osawatomie City Manager Mike Scanlon. “He has a unique perspective on our history and our future and will be a great asset to our organization.”

Scanlon introduced the change in organizational structure to the City Council during budget conversations over the summer. “We’re facing $20 million in public spending across our projects over the next five years,” Scanlon said. “We needed another member of the team who had experience at that level. Bret was a natural choice and we were lucky to get him.”

Glendening, who has lived in the Osawatomie community since 2006, holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a master’s degree in public administration from Kansas State University.

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Missing Teen Found Alive, Unharmed

Bryant A. Clancy, 18, was found alive and unharmed late Wednesday evening on property near the city limits. Bryant, who has autism, had been missing since early Tuesday morning.

We wish to extend our deepest thanks to Osawatomie Police Department, Osawatomie Fire Department, Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Missouri Search and Rescue K9, and the countless other agencies and community members who took up the search over the last two days.

There are no further details at this hour; more information will be made available tomorrow, Thursday, August 12th, 2021.

Missing Osawatomie Teenager

PRESS RELEASE – August 11th, 2021

Update 8:00pm 8/11/2021 – Earlier this evening, Osawatomie Police Chief David Stuteville met informally with a group of concerned citizens who wanted to help conduct on-the-ground searches of local neighborhoods the surrounding areas. He gave them the same information that is provided within the press release attached below, and delivered brief remarks about how to be safe while searching. It is important to note that while we greatly appreciate the willingness of our community to come together and assist in the search for Bryant, we must ask that residents exert caution — we do not want to have to send search and rescue teams after the volunteer search teams. If you feel called to action, please be safe, be smart, and stay cool. Above all else, remember to keep your eyes and ears open and report any information to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office at 913-294-3232 or dial 911 should you come into contact with Bryant directly.

The City of Osawatomie will provide updates here on our website as information becomes available.

Original Post 4:20pm 8/11/2021 – Please see the attached press release regarding missing Osawatomie teenager Bryant Clancy (downloadable PDF linked below).

Osawatomie Police Chief David Stuteville and other emergency responders held a live press conference at 3:30pm this afternoon with regional news agencies to bring greater awareness to the search efforts.

If you have any information on Bryant or his disappearance, please contact the Miami County Sheriff’s Office at 913-294-3232. If you should come into contact with Bryant, who has autism, do not try to engage with him — immediately dial 911 and alert officers to your location.

COVID-19 Mask Mandate: Repealed

NEWS RELEASE
May 14, 2021

CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO REPEAL MASK ORDINANCE

Osawatomie, Kansas – At the regularly scheduled meeting on May 13th, 2021, the Governing Body of the City of Osawatomie unanimously voted to approve Ordinance No. 3795, which formally repeals Ordinance No. 3783. Per City of Osawatomie policy, this action by City Council will go into effect after the Ordinance is published in the Miami County Republic on May 19th, 2021.

Beginning on May 19th, masks and other face coverings will no longer be required in public spaces. Businesses and other private industries may, at their discretion, request that customers and/or staff members continue the practice at their facilities.

The City of Osawatomie continues to encourage residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they are eligible, and will assist any interested resident make the appropriate contact with the Miami County Health Department.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Sam Moon
[email protected]
913-755-2146 x 103

News Release: Creamery Bridge Anticipated Timeline of Repair

NEWS RELEASE
April 9, 2021

AN UPDATE ON THE CREAMERY BRIDGE AND ESTIMATED TIMELINE OF REPAIR

Osawatomie, Kansas – City Manager Mike Scanlon toured the damage at the Creamery Bridge (8th Street) on Tuesday, April 6th, 2021, with Miami County Engineering Project Manager Matt Oehlert. Scanlon and Oehlert discussed the next steps necessary and the areas of repair that would be needed; primarily, the vertical hangers inside the south east arch in the northbound lane of the bridge.

            Officials estimate that it will take an estimated 90-100 days to prepare specifications and submit permits for approvals to conduct the repairs (noting that this is an historic structure and all work will require approval by the State of Kansas); bid the repairs to be made this summer (2021); begin repairs in mid-late summer (2021); complete necessary repairs by the end summer/early fall (2021). During this process, officials must also certify the structure for the loads that can be carried and modify any signage required. Following the successful completion of these steps, the bridge and its roadways will be opened after construction completion in the fall of 2021.

            The historic bridge was damaged on April 1st, 2021, following a motor vehicle accident and was subsequently closed to all traffic due to safety concerns. Updates regarding the bridge and other City news can be found at www.osawatomieks.org.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Sam Moon, Public Information Officer
[email protected]
913-755-2146 x103