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Offices located at 11 1 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 A feature of The Superior Express Thursday, February 25, 2016 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Mankato, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska iiiiiiiii! The Rock Hills School Board met in special session last Wednesday. Present were Lori Yelken, Loft Slate, Todd Mauerhan, Brenden Wirth, Ervin Underwood, Nadine Smith, Sam Meyers, Tom Orazem, Gerit Garman, MarkBudreaux, Jennice Naegele, Bobi Fogo, Jacob Klein, Bob Roush, Billie Cox and Lynette Bartley. Tom Orazem and Gerit Garman facilitated the bid opening process for the I-IVAC project at the Rock Hills elementary building. There were three contractors in attendance as well. Ac- tion on this item was tabled pending Tom Orazem and Gerit Garman gath- ering additional information requested by the board. The board convened in executive session to discuss non-elected per- sonnel. No action was taken as a result of this executive session. The board then met in two additional executive session to discuss employer-employee negotiations. There was no action taken as a result of those executive sessions. Tom Orazem and Gerit Garman had the additional information the board requested and took this time to review the details with the board mem- bers. A motion to approve the bid from R&R Street Plumbing, Heating and Electrical in Lincoln, Kan., in the amount of $529,656 to complete the HVAC project at Rock Hills Elemen- tary School passed unanimously. Billie Cox, technology tirector, was in attendance to request approval for technology purchases for the 2016- 2017 school year. The board reviewed the purchasing recommendations made by the technology committee. The re- quested purchases were in addition to the $50,005.85 approved at the Feb. 8 board meeting. The board approved an additional $68,503.88 for technology purchases. i :~i~ !!~ ~ii~i.~ii: The Jewell City Council met in regular session Feb. 1 at the city hall building. Attending were BruceBarrett, mayor; Darrell Bohnert, Josh Burks, Max Burks and Kris Williams, council members; and Amy Arasmith, city clerk. Minutes of the Jan. 4 meeting were approved. A monthly maintenance list pre- pared by David Knappert was reviewed by the council. Fire Chief Bohnert reported the 1979 Dodge van and the hose reel have been sold. The city will apply for a Dane Hansen grant to purchase playground equipment at Lake Emerson. Barrett notified the council a capi- tal improvement planning meeting for local governments will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 14, in A regular meeting of the Mankato Chamber of Commerce was held Feb, 10 at Bob's Inn with eight members present. Jason Ortman, presidents called the meeting to order. Minutes of the Janu- ary meeting were read and approved. No notices of youth volunteering were received for the month. Each member was given a copy of the 2016 budget to review and ap- proved. At the time of the meeting, 11 mem- bers had responded to the membership email. Additional letters will be sent By Kerma Crouse According to John Edwards, Jeweil, and Fawna Barrett, Randall, at various times in the past one could roller skate in Jewell, Randall, Mankato and Formoso. Edwards, in 1937, was the 12 year old"skate boy" for the tent rink in Jewell. The rink was operated by a couple named Maulsby. It was located about where the Jewell Fire Station is today. Edwards didn't get paid to help cus- tomers put on their skates but he did get some nickel tips. Nickel tips were "good money" in that day. However the big bonus was skating for free! Edwards said, "I could to anything on skates!" Fast forward to 2016 and the only place to skate in Jewell County is the skating rink in Formoso. Yes, the small town of around 100 people has a skat- ing rink. Skating is much alive and well on the second and fourth Satur- days of every month from October to April. Dorothy Sjolander, one of several people who work to keep the rink op- erating, said the building was built in 1949 as the Formoso Auditorium. It Concordia. The trash bin located at the bank has been moved near the grocery store to help with excessive trash that accu- mulates there. Anita McChesney was approved as a new member of the library board. Rock Hills Junior High School stu- dents would like to do a community service project in the Jewell commu- nity. New window blinds and electric roasters will be purchased for the com- munity center. A time clock will be purchased for the city employees' use. Jewell Apartment board of direc- tors met following the council meet- ing. Those in attendance were Darrell Bohnert, Josh Burks, Max Burks, Kris Williams, Cindy Barrett, Bruce Barrett and Amy Arasmith. out as a second reminder. Brian presented a new scholarship application. There were no changes needed and it will be sent to the school. Deadline will be April 1. Emma Menhusen is doing research on which website would work best for the chamber. She will let us know what she has come up with. She has given our present website a facelift. Brian Shulda reported the Dane Hansen Foundation grant application has been turned in. On June 6, Mankato will be hosting the Bike Across Kansas riders for the had a kitchen and a stage as well as the basketball court. It was part of the school facilities until the school closed, then was a site for community events. The history of the skating rink actu- ally began in February 1981, when Lavemia Peters and Ivah Hoard planned the rink. Hoard had a goal of $5,000 to get the rink operational. That goal was met in only two weeks with the help of good neighbors in Jewell, Mankato, Randall, Courtland and Belleville. The total cost to open was $5,661.91, plus some great volunteer labor. Hoard, and her children, James and Dianna, managed the rink for several years before she retired. Several oth- ers stepped forward to work "skate night" until one night nobody came to open the rink. Mike and Deb Worm were waiting to skate with their daugh- ter, Jillian. Someone tossed them the key and said, "Open it and have fun." So for about the last 11 years, that is what they have been doing. Arriving about 20 minutes before the 7 p.m. opening, they turn on lights, set up the concession area and sweep the floor. Then the skaters start arriving. Minutes of the Jan. 4 meeting were approved. The manager presented an update to the house rules which were approved by the board. Installing the fire door in the activ- ity room kitchen is still a work in progress. It is necessary for the contractors to install shut off valves so the entire building won't be without water when an apartment is being remodeled. A representative from Precision Safety Company inspected the fire alarms and smoke detectors in the build- ing. The shower in Apt. 100 is leaking. Board agreed with the manager that Apt. 107 should be remodeled next instead of Apt. 204. The bills were reviewed by the board and ~ipproved for payment. night. There will be approximately 900 riders. They will be eating three meals while they are here. The group dis- cussed ways this can be handled. Flyers and advertisements for the community garden will go out soon. The plots will be tilled as soon as possible to be ready for spring plant- ing. We have doubled the amount of plots that will be available and are discussing purchasing tools to make it easier for the gardeners. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 9, at the Buffalo Roam. The second Saturday in February found more than 40 people of all ages skating on the hardwood floor. Wendy Marquis had come from Courtland with her three grandchildren. Maxine Studer was there to watch her great-grand- children skate. Ryan and Jennifer Henriksen had brought their young daughter, Rebekah, to learn to skate. Rebekah and other young skaters moved slowly along the bars on the sides of the floor -- learning to skate like children have for decades. More experienced skaters moved quickly around the floor. Many skaters partici- pated in the games of the evening, limbo and the splits, plus they skated clockwise then counter-clockwise and, of course, backwards. The rink is overseen by Formoso Pride. During the past month that orga- nization has acquired around $1,200 of new and used roller skates! The Wednesday before they were needed for the regular skate night found Mike Worm unpacking and readying them for the skaters. Formoso Mayor Lavernia Peters was involved in get- ting the skates for the rink. Formoso #: : Jason Willits, 34, of Manhattan, was injured in to Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior, then a one-vehicle accident Sunday airlifted to Lincoln, Neb. on Highway 14 south of Diamond Road. He was transfered by ambulance Manhattan man hurt in one-vehicle crash Sunday evening around 6 p.m., 34 year old Jason Willits, Manhattan, was driving a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am on Highway 14 when he was involved in a one car accident, 0.5 miles south of Diamond Rd. Willits was southbound on High- way 14 and entering a curve when he drove off the road into the southbound ditch. After traveling about 583 feet, he apparently came back on the road, hitting a mail box and then sliding across the highway about 94 feet. He then entered the northbound ditch, trav- eling about 221 feet, rolling an unde- termined amount of times and landing in the bottom of the ditch on the roof. Jewell County EMS responded to the accident. Willits, who was the only occupant, was taken to Brodstone Me- morial Hospital in Superior, Neb., then later air-lifted to Lincoln, Neb. The accident was investigated by Jewell County Deputy Mike Wanklyn. Local weather High and low te~atures Feb. 14 .................................... 30 17 Feb. 15 .................................... 54 17 Feb. 16 .................................... 55 29 Feb. 17 .................................... 51 30 Feb. 18 .................................... 63 28 Feb. 19 .................................... 81 39 Feb. 20 .................................... 68 32 Betty Becker, Mankato weather ob- server, reported no precipitation for the week. Ken Garst, Jewell weather observer, reported no precipitation for the week. Pride has also made sure the rink floor is in good shape. It has been sanded and redone within the last couple of years. The organization has just recently gotten two grants from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation to redo the roof on the building. One grant is directly from the foundation and the other from a $50,000 fund set aside specifically for Jeweli County. The two grants com- bine for the $17,000 needed to redo the aging roof. Caleb Mahin, Formoso resident, and Jenny Russell, economic development coordinator, were two of several who worked to acquire the grants. Russell expressed gratitude to the foundation for the grant and noted how the com- munity and area will continue to ben- efit from having the rink available. Dorothy Sjolander also indicated she knew that the community appreciated the grants. The prices at the rink are reasonable and it is available for parties and other private functions. Call Mike or Deb Worm and leave a message for more information. The Jewell County Board met Mon- day with commissioners Mark Fleming, Steve Greene and Dwight Frost present. Carla Waugh, county clerk, was also present. Minutes of the Feb. 16 meeting were approved. Chris Petet, custodian, discussed roof repairs. He also discussed getting trees trimmed from storm damage. Don Jacobs, sheriff, provided an update on the operations of the depart- ment. The commissioners approved the Cummins Central Power, LLC, main- tenance agreement for the two hour load bank test. Joel Elkins, general superintendent, reported on road and bridge mainte- nance. Elkins had a map of the truss bridges in the county. The commis- sioners reported road concerns. .ca Angela Murray, health department, Chad Hallack, KDNS news director. had two estimates to replace the car- Kosterprovidedthebi-annual progress peting in the health department office: and financial reports for review. The Ellenz of Tipton, $2,447.11; and group discussed the condition of Huffman's, $2,339.22. The commis- Sherry's car; the amount of mileage sioners voted to let Angela choose and the possibility of replacing it with which estimate she wants for the car- a four-wheel-drive vehicle. It was de- pet. cided that Smith County will put a bid The commissioners reviewed esti- packet together for replacing the ve- mates from Ellenz of Tipton for trim. hicle. Other topics discussed wereland- Steve Greene moved to accept the bid fill fees, tax lid and the cost of election for the oak trim. Mark Fleming sec- to be able to raise the tax lid, health onded the motion. Motion passed insurance, sales tax on food and other unanimously. The meeting was ad- legislative issues. journed at l 1:25 a.m. The next multi-county meeting will Beginning at noon, the Jewell be hosted by Mitchell County on May County Commissioners hosted the 23. The Jewell and Osborne county multi-county meeting in the Jewell commissioners discussed the county County Courthouse basement meeting appraiser' s position and decided to put room with Mitchell, OsbomeandSmith a notice of the opening in the local counties in attendance. Also present newspapers. The meeting adjourned at were Sherry Koster, sanitarian, and 2 p.m. now . . A few abnormally warm winterdays to mid-May, he said; therefore, they for air exchange but not so many that might have gardeners thinking ahead would need to be seeded in mid- to late the towels will dry quickly. for next spring's planting. Planning March. Place the bag in a warm location, now isn't premature, however, because Upham said growers have a win- such as the top of the refrigerator, and most cool-season crops should be dow of time, a week or two earlier or remoisten thetowels with warm water started from seed in early February. later, for seeding. Those living in dif- as needed. According to Ward Upham, Kan- ferent climatic regions might want to After the first week, check the seeds sas State University horticulture spe- adjusttheirseedingtimes;forexample, for germination. Remove sprouted cialist and master gardener coordina- gardeners in southern Kansas could seed, and check again after another tot, gardeners who start vegetable start seeds a week or two earlier, while week. This will give a good estimate plants indoors should list the seeding those in northern Kansas may want to for the percent germination.. dates on a calendar so plants are ready wait a week later. Sowing and growing to transplant to the garden at the proper Use quality seed Upham said gardening soil should time. To do this, select a transplant Upham recommends buying seed not be used to germinate seed indoors. date for a particular fruit or vegetable, from a reputable source, includine ear- It is typically too heavy and may con- and count back the number of weeks den centers and seed catalogs. Check tain disease organisms. Use a media necessary to grow it. the package date to make sure it was specifically formulated for seed ger- If gardeners are interested in start- packaged for the current year. mination. ing onions from seed, they should do "Though most seed remains viable Seed starting mixes usually contain that immediately, for about three years, germination de- a mixture of peat moss and Shredded "Onions are one of the first plants to creases as seed ages," he said, noting pine, among other ingredients that are be seeded for transplanting, because some exceptions. Seed from members lightweight, hold a lot of water and they take asignificant amount of time, of the carrot family, which includes oxygen, and are sterile. six to eight weeks, to reach transplant parsnips and parsley, are usually only Dennis Patton, horticultffre agent size," Upham said. "They can be set good for less than two years,for Johnson County in Olathe, said a out relatively early late March in Using saved garden seed is a possi- downside to seed starting mixesis they much of eastern and central Kansas." bility when starting plants indoors, usually don't contain many nutrients. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Upham said that seed stores best in He recommends that at least once a lettuce are typically transplanted in cool, dark and dry locations,week gardeners incorporate a water- Kansas in late March or early April, For those who are unsure of viabil- soluble fertilizer when watering their Upham said. It takes eight weeks to get ity of their seed and have plenty on seeds and starter plants. from seeding to transplant size, so for hand, Upham said there is an easy Keep the soil moist, as this allows an April 2 transplant date, those veg- method to test it: etables should be seeded on Feb. 6, for Place 10 seeds on a paper towel for germination. Using clear plastic wrap over the top of the containers can example, moistened with warm water, and cover reduce the amount of watering needed. Other popular crops grown in Kan- with a second moistened towel. sas include peppers and tomatoes. Roll up the towels, and place them Those are not transplanted until early inside a plastic bag with enough holes Continued to page 3 Maxine Studer came to the Formoso Skating granddaughter, Avery Brown, skate. Rink to see her great- After months of fundraising and anxiously waiting, a crew arrived in Randall Monday and almost completed the new building for the Randall Com- munity Center. The gray metal siding is accented with a blue metal roof and blue around the lower edge. Two six pane windows flank the double doors with windows on the front. The back door is solid metal. The walls are fully insulated with nailer boards in front of the insulation for attaching the interior walls. The building, located on the east side of the Main Street, adds beauty to the downtown area. Volunteers will complete the inside work, including insulating above the ceiling, electrical work, putting up the inside walls, in- stallingthe kitchen and restrooms. The backdrop curtain from the school will be attached to one wall. The Class of 1950 from RRHS is buying the Ameri- can flag for the center. Many alunmi and friends have contributed to the initial cost of the building and a $25,000 grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foun- dation made the project possible. An- other $5,000 grant from the same foun- dation has been received for the inside work. NCK CASA to host ft s ag event NCK CASA will be hosting a com- munity event Sunday, March 6. A baked potato and ice cream bar will be served at the Jewell Community Cen- ter from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a fnndraiser for NCK CASA, a program that provides trained advo- cates for abused and neglected chil- dren in the court system. Information about the program will be provided through videos, printed materials and CASA volunteers. Come meet some of the CASA volunteers from your com- munity and have a meal. Free will donation. Construction progress as of last Thursday on the new Randall Community Center building.