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Offices located at 111 E. Main, Man kato, Kansas 66956 148 E. Third Street, Superior, Nebraska 68978 A feature of The Superior Express Entered into the Thursday, March 9, 2017 Price 50 mail at Webber, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska Feb. 26 at 12:32 p.m. Jewell Volun- teer Fire Department was called to a controlled burn that was a little out of control. The location was two miles south and one mile west of Jewell. Burn was by Adam Loomis. Burr Oak Volunteer Fire Depart- ment answered a structure fire Sunday morning around 10:45 a.m. at a rental house owned by Peggy and Walt Wil- son in the town of Burr Oak. On fire was the house, breeze-way and garage. The fire was extinguished with dam- age to the outside of the house and garage. The breezeway was completely burned. Cause was possibly electrical. Occupants Weston Wagner and Cordeil Eakins were inside the home asleep when the fire started but were able to get out without injury. With the high winds and dryness of Kansas there were several fires in the state Monday as well as accidents. Kansas Highway Patrol reported the wind caused at last four semis to be blown over on 1-70 between Colby and Grainfield. US24 was closed between K238 and Stockton because of a grass fire in that area. Multiple agencies were fight- ing fires near Damar, Stockton, Brownell, Ransom, Cheyenne County and Lake Wilson, Rice County, Reno County and the Hutchinson area. Residents of Wilson were being evacuated late Monday afternoon as well. KHP also reproted closing a por- tion of 1-70 and the Wilson exit after the fire near Wilson jumped into the median. In the afternoon Monday a fire started at the location of 130 and P Rd, which is approximately one mile north of Smith Center. Six fire departments responded, of which Esbon Volunteer Fire Depart- ment volunteered to go. According to Dave Hastings, Esbon Fire Dept. ChieL their fire department left the station at around noon and were back in by 6:30 p.m. The fire was finally extinguished about one and a half miles west of BelAir: In the fire's path were three or four farmsteads of which all of the homes were saved. Several individuals helped with their tractors and disc to help fight the fires. The fire is believed to have started on an electrical pole and ultimately led to a ground fire. "There was so much smoke a lot of the time you couldn't see to drive," said Hastings. Last Friday mid afternoon a struc- ture fire near Hunter claimed the life of Doug Griener. The 58 year old was helping fight the fire and died of an apparent heart attack. .q Construction has begun on the stage at the Mankato City Park. Tammy Finnell reported all the work is on a volunteer basis and those who have helped so far include Kelly McNichols, Stede Underwood, Josh Lippold, Ervin Underwood, Alex Reisenweber, Craig Stensaas, Mark Fleming, Mark Finnell, Harold Lippold and Tammy Finnel. Friday the Rockettes Dance Team of Rock Hills High School, will make their fourth appearance at the Kansas state basketball games. For the previ- ous two years the team has danced in Manhattan at the state competition. This year the girls will be performing in Hays at the Class I A Division I KSHSAA basketball tournament at half time of the 8:15 p.m. Friday night game. The Rockettes, under the direction of Jessica Shulda who has served as dance coach for eight years, are a busy group. This year's Rockette team consists of Taneile Peroutek, senior; Samantha Fogo and Jalee Ortman, juniors; Sara Tadefa and Katie Reinert, freshman. Cheerleaders who will be joining the Rockettes for the state performance are Bergen Mauerhan and Sydny Ryba, juniors. Samantha Fogo and Sara Tadefa are also cheerleaders. In case you did not attend a basket- ball game this year and watched these girls who played basketball, cheered and danced, you can't really under- stand what they go through to fulfill each of these obligations. All members except Taneile Peroutek cheer and play basketball. They perform at the half time of the A boys game. So following the girls game it is into the locker room and into their cheerleading uniforms (Samantha, Bergen, Sara and Sydny); cheer until between five and six min- utes left in the second quarter and then Samantha and Sara return to the locker room to change into their dance uni- form. After the dance routine at half time it is back into the cheerleading uniform and back out to finish their responsibility as a cheerleader. Taneile Peroutek, the only senior on this year's Rockettes, has been in- volved with dance two years, played volleyball four years and basketball two years, liars past summer she held a job at Kiels. is listed on the honor roll and has been in 4-H 12 years. Next year she may be on the K-State eques- trian team. 'Tve built some great friendships from being involved with the dance team. Learning the dances, the kick routines, getting things clean during the dance, for everyone to start and finish all at the same time, This whole experience has been a very big self esteem builder for me," said Taneile. Samantha has been a member of the Rockettes for three years, cheerleader two years, basketball two years and volleyball three years. Not only is she involved in these sports at the same time dance is going on she holds down two jobs, Mankato Professional Phar- macy and Bob's Inn, and is on the RHHS honor roll. Why be involved with both dance and cheer? "I've always liked dancing, tried it as a freshman and liked it so kept going out. I didn't go out for cheer my fresh- man year but Sydny talked me into going out my sophomore year and I did and got selected and I have really en- joyed it. Cheer has taught me a lot of discipline and being professional both on and off the court. Dance, it's a fun thing to do and I would recommend it to everyone," said Sam. She hopes to be a member of all again next year.' Bergen Mauerhan is a three year cheerleader, basketball and volleyball player. She is a member of the RHHS honor roll. Sara Tadefa is in her first year of dance, volleyball and basketball. Sydny Ryba is a third year cheer- leader, two year basketball player and one year volleyball player. During the summer she works at Loveweli Lake. She is a member of the honor roll and says she will be trying out for cheer this spring for next school year. "It is very exciting to get the crowd going with cheers and I really like that. Dance is pretty easy to learn." Katie Reinert is a first year member of the Rockettes, played both volley- ball and basketball. She is a member of the honor roll and a seven year member of 4-H. Katie will be trying out for next year's dance team this spring. "Last year I was a cheerleader in junior high and we did a dance routine once. I had fun doing that so i decided to give the high school dance team a try and I like it." said Katie. J alee Ortman is a three year Rockette member, played basketball two years and volleyball two years. At the end of her sophomore basketball season Jalee tore her ACL. Even though she has :!ii !!!i!i!!!i/iii!ill iii !ii :%1i! , Members of the Rock Hills Rockettes (back at top of steps) Samantha Fogo, Sara Tadefa, (front row) Taneile Peroutek and Katie Reinert. been unable to participate in volleyball and basketball this year she has served as team manager. She is listed on the honor roll and works at Bob's Inn. Jalee hopes to get the green light in May so she can start practicing for everything that will be coming up and in store for her this summer and next school year. "I have been in physical therapy since my surgery and now I have been released to participate in dance, have been practicing with them, so I will be performing at Hays with my Rockettes and I am very excited," said Jalee. This dance has a special place in Jalee's heart. "I was injured and couldn't partici- pate in dance camp that was held at Kansas Wesleyan University this last summer but I attended anyway. While the other Rockettes were learning a dance routine at another section I watched frgm the sidelines with some of the othel coaches as dancers learned the routine to the song, "Lock Away." I memorized the counting to this song and came home and helped the rest of the team learn it. Now we will be performing it at state," said Jalee. "When I was younger I watched the performances of the dance team and liked the sparkly outfits. I didn't know if I would like it but it looked like fun so I tried it and I have really enjoyed it." Cheer camp was held at Washburn University, Topeka, for the past two years. At camp they learned two dance routines and two new cheers. Practice for the cheerleaders is held on Monday night after volley ball or basketball prac- tice and usually will last one and half to two hours. The cheerleaders and dance team started practicing in January to prepare for the state dance, practicing on Thurs- day evenings after sports practice was concluded, with sessions lasting any- where from 30 minutes to one hour. Throughout the school year the dance team participates in fundraisers to help off set the cost of camp and camp clothes. Starting in the summer the members provide concessions for summer golf tournaments with the girls providing the desserts and helping serve (second row, from left) Jalee Ortman, The Mankato City building at W Case and N West St. had the north two sections of its roof blown off late Monday afternoon by the upwards of 60 mph winds in the area. Tuesday morning the Mankato City employees were at work cleaning up the area. The National Weather Service has red flag warnings continued into Tuesday. the meals. During the school year the Rockettes work at least one conces- sion stand, sell Sugar Shack candles and deliver Hunt Brother's Pizza through Bob's Inn. Also for a fundraiser the Rockettes and Rock Hills High School cheer- leaders work together hosting Spirit Sparklers one time during the fall with a performance at a football game and one time during the winter with a per- formance at a basketball game. Spirit Sparklers consist of elementary stu- dents who wish to attend the session where they are taught by the cheer- leaders and dance team a dance routine and two cheers. Also at these sessions the young participants play games and have snacks. The Rockettes have collected uni- forms since the team was started in the fall of 2010 and to date they have five tops and four bottoms that will mix and match to make a uniform. At their performance in Hays they will wear a silver sparkle shirt with black tank, black dance pants and black dance shoes. "At our performance we will be allowed a five minute time slot, which includes entering and exiting the court. The song this year is "Lock Away" and gives us a three minute and 51 second dance. The dance is made up of hip hop, jazz and kick," said Shulda. In looking at the schedule of games being played the Friday night 8:!5 p.m. game will be the winner of the game being played Thursday evening between Hanover and Osborne. Commodities will be distributed next week There will be a government com- modities distribution for families meet- ing income guidelines for the commu- nities of Esbon, Burr Oak and Northbranch Wednesday at the Esbon Community Center. Distribution in the Jewell, Randall and Ionia areas will be Thursday at the Jewell Apartments. The following foods are scheduled to be distributed: corn, orange juice, mixed fruit, peanut butter, grape juice, dehydrated potatoes, dried cherries, dried blueberries and refried beans. The maximum monthly income an individual can have and still qualify to receive commodities is $1,287 for a household of one person. Add $451 for each additional family member. Resi- dents in the Jewell, Randall and Ionia area may contact Pastor Dan Daniels at the Jewell Christian Church, 428-3657, for more information. The Jewell County Board met last funds from the ice storm. Monday with commissioners Steve Brenda Eakins said her office has Greene, Mark Fleming and Keith Roe been busy selling heavy truck and trailer present. CarlaJ. Waugh. county clerk, renewals. was present for the meeting. Angela Murray said she attended The following were present for of- the table top exercise in Beloit. She fice head meeting: Travis Garsl. solid said the department has an audit on waste director: Anna Standley. regis- senior care grant. ter of deeds; Joel Elkins. general su- Shannon Meier said they had a state perintendent;DonJacobs, sheriff;Sh- inspection and all was found to be annon Meier, ambulance director; perfect. He said they have several Anna Porter, county appraiser; Chris classes scheduled this month. Petet, custodian; Aliesa Woods, Post Anna Porter said she sent the change Rock District extension director; Gail of value notices information to postal Bartley, noxious weed director, emer- presort. They will prepare and mail gency preparedness director and 911 them. Anna said an overall 12 percent coordinator; Angela Murray, health change can be expected, mostly be- nurse; and Brenda Eakins, treasurer, cause of agricultural values. Travis Garst said he has been work- Aliesa Woods reported that Jenae ing with Republic County and the City Ryan, Post Rock Extension District, of Belleville on recycling, has resigned and the board will meet Joel Elkins said they have been nextweek. She said there are five other busy building bridges and cleaning tubes, agents serving the area. She reportcd Gail Bartley said he attended the on the following programs provided tabletopexerciseatBeloit. Heplansto by the district: Stay Strong Healthy attend the annual weed conference. He Program; Grain Marketing Workshop said Jewell County qualified for FEMA Local weather High and low temperatures Feb. 26 ..................................... 44 I1 Feb. 27 ..................................... 50 20 Feb. 28 ..................................... 60 22 Mar. 1 ....................................... 52 26 Mar. 2 ....................................... 51 20 Mar. 3 ....................................... 53 20 Mar. 4 ....................................... 64 22 Betty Becker, Mankato weather ob- server, reported no precipitation for the week. Pawnee Mental Health has moved Pawnee Mental Health Services has relocated their office in Mankato to 122 West Main. "With our move we have additional space to better serve our clients in Mankato and Jewell County," said Deanna Hall, marketing manager. The phone number for their office remains the same, 785-378-3898. For details on services that Pawnee Mental Health Services provides, check out their website at and follow the Facebook page. in Jewell; District 4-H Day in Beloi{; and Character Education with the fourth through eighth graders. Don Jacobs discussed prisoncrs. Carla Waugh reported her officc is no longer selling fishing and hunting permils. The treasurer's officcamtin- ucs to sell vehicle park permits at the time of registration renewals. Steve Greene said he attcnded the strategic planning meeting and the ca- reer fair is scheduled for Sept. 20. He also attended the Eeconomic dcvclop- ment meeting; North Central Regional Juvenile Detention board meeting and the Jewel l County Hospital board meet- ing. Mark Fleming said he attended the capital improvement planning meet- ing sponsored through NCRPC. He also attended the North Central Re- gional Planning Commission board meeting. Mark said all commissioners and the county clerk attended the leg- islative coffee. Continued to page 5 Jack"Doc" Russell from Ada, Okla., and Larry Haskett, Jewell, met recently in Jewell. Russell was a new medic in Vietnam on February 27,1967 when Haskett was severely wounded. Haskett was his first casualty. Photo courtesy of Gerry Russell.