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Offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 148 E. Third Street Nebraska 68978 A feature of The Su Express Thursday, March 27, 2014 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Webber, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska Spring arrives at Lovewell Reservoir Saturday is free Kansas state park entrance day Though with frequent snow and notice-there are several newly planted the newest utility camping area and is below normal temperature, we some- trees. They Will see,!U main roads are home to 39 sites with electrical and timesaren'tsosureaboutthearrivalof now pa[d, and Sl-.ed bumps have water; 15 sites have electrical, water spring. However spring officially ar- been placed, to control traffic. Most of and sewer. rived here in the heartland on Thurs- the other roads that lead down to the A seven station, 14 target, archery day, and residents are thinking about water's edge are surfaced with gravel range is located north of the Cotton- sprucing up their domains. Many have orrock. Lovewell also offers a blend of wood shower building. This is open to started their gardens, others are still camping, fishing and wildlife watch- the public to use whenever they want thinking about it. Some have the dead ing. A walking and jogging trail has and there is no charge. leavescleedoffyardsandplantsand been laid out in the native grasses The park is fitted with four FEMA others are still thinking about it. around the park on the opposite side of cabins which may be rented. Lovewell Lake appears to be in the the mad of the camping facilities. West oftheswimmingareaisaboat same thinking pattern. Some work has The main entrance road into the ramp that was constructed in 2004. At started and other things they are still park passes the Rosehill Group Shelter the time it was built, it was designed so thinking about doing, as not every- which is the limestone structure which when water could no longer run out of thing can be completed in one day. formerly served as a schoolhouse prior the gates at the dam, boats could still Withthis said, Saturday is Lovewell to the construction of the lake. It is here unload at this facility. TodateLovewell State Park Free Park Entrance Day and worship services are held Sunday mum- Lake does not have Zebra Mussels. Open House. A state park vehicle per- ings at 9:30 a.m. Next ahead is the There are cabins located through- mit will not be required to enter the Pioneer day use area where activities out the park that are heated and cooled. park on this day. The park office will opportunities include a playground, All are supplied with a campfire ring, be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. sand volleyballcourt, softballdiamond, barbecue grill, picnic table and water At 10 a.m. at the Willow Group disc golf course, and horseshoe pits. hydrant. Two of the cabins, Frontier Shelter, Team Levi Strong is sponsor- Two basketball goals are located west and Pioneer, consist of two double and ing a 10K and 2 mile run and walk of the marina, four single bunks. PineRidge, Sunrise benefit fund-raiser. There are four utility camping areas and Southwinds cabins consist of two Fisheries Biologist Scott Waters in the park. Cottonwood, well shaded doublebedsandsixsinglebunks.These will present a program "Fishing by mature trees, has 30 sites. Some cabins are considered primitive with Lovewell and Glen Elder Reservoirs" with electrical and water and others no bath or kitchen facilities. Shower at 1:30 in the Willow Group Shelter. with electrical, water and sewerhook- andrestroomfaciliriesareashortwalk- The park will also hav select camping ups. Cedar Point, which is lined to the ing distance from their locations. cabins open for viewing from 9 a.m. to north by cedars and is home to several On the other hand, Lookout, Scout, 3 p.m. shade trees has 33 sites mostly electri- Settler and Pilgrim cabins are deluxe While attending the open house, cal with seven offering both electrical style. Scout and Settler includes beds park visitors will be encouraged to tour and water. Walleye has some Shade or fold out couches to accommodate the facilities the park offers and ob- with 39 camping sites, all electrical, four persons. Lookout will accommo- serve the excellent shade that a tree Some also have water, and a couple date six persons and Pilgrim eight per- planting program has developed, have electrical, water and sewer. Wil- sons. Each cabin has a full bath and Throughout the park visitors will also low, with lots of newly planted trees, is kitchen with stove, refrigerator, mi- - crowave, and limited kitchen equip- ment. Lookout, Scout and Settler cab- ins each have a designated RV camp- site with 50 amp electricity and water hookup which can be rented by the cabin occupants only. Four shower-toilet facilities, two vault toilets and two trailer dump sta- tions are centrally located in the park. Located in the park are two lighted fish cleaning stations. Each is fitted with water and a grinder for disposal of all unwanted parts. The park will host several annual special events throughout the year in- cluding a Kids Fishing Weekend June 7 and 8 with a Kids Fishing Clinic scheduled for June 8. In the past this day was designated as a tournament but park officials, decided it was im- portant to teach the youngsters to iden- tify the different kinds of fish they are catching and the roles and regulations that govern the taking of fisli from the state waters. Other special events will be the Sand Castle Contest, July 20; Lovewell Fun Day, Aug. 2; Campground Christ- mas, Aug. 16; Tail-Gating Saturday Bret Simmelink, Jewell County Farm Bureau president, is pictured with SteveBaccus, Kansas Farm Bureau president, inWashington, D.C.duringthe Sept. 6; Free Park Entrance, Chili organization's annual trip to D.C, March 10-12. More than 100 Kansas farmers Cookoff and 3-D Archery Shoot all on and ranchers took time away from their operations to connect with lawmakers. Sept. 7. Specialty crop provision renewed in Farm Bill Since 2006, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made available grants to state departments of agriculture solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. The current funding for the program was established in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill,) which authorized the USDA to provide grants to states for each of the fiscal years 2008 through 2012 to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. This program was renewed in the 2014 Farm Bill. Each state that submits an applica- tion that is reviewed and approved by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is to receive at least an amount that is equal to the higher of $100,000, or 1/3 of one percent of the total amount of funding made available for that fis- cal year. In addition, AMS will allo- cate the remainder of the grant funds based on the value of specialty crop production in each state in relation to the national value of specialty crop production using the latest available cash receipt data. As the specialty crop industry in Kansas has grown, and the USDA placed a stronger emphasis on the in- dustry, grant awards to Kansas have increased accordingly. In fiscal years 2007 and 2008, Kansas recelwed $102,000. In fiscal year 2013, Kansas received $258,363 and $239,566 for fiscal year 2014. Kansas is expected to receive about $280,000 in FY2015. Applications for grant funds should show how the project potentially im- pacts and produces measurable out- comes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public rather than a single organization, institution or individual. Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual. Single organizations, insti- tutions, and individuals are encour- aged to participate as project partners. Applicants must be a legal entity and Because of budget cuts by the state some of the facilities and amenities aren't available. Bluebirdcamping area does not exist anymore. "The area was always flooding, kill- ing the grass, and was "a maintenance nightmare" said Thane Luring, park manager. Each of the four utility camp area once had a camp host, now there are just three camp hosts. There are four full-time staff mem- bers which includes Lisa Boyles in the park office. All mowing is done by three staff members and one camp host. The other two camp liosts clean bath- rooms and rental cabins. There is also an Americorp member who assists with the work load at the park. According to Luring this year there will be some updating going on at the park. "Cottonwood utility camp- grounds are the oldest units in the park and were built in 1975 to accommo- date 16-foot campers. This year the electrical service will be updated from the 30 amp services to 50 amp electric- ity and water will be added to each campsite." Through March 31, annual camp and a 14-day camping permits are priced at off season discounts. April 1 the prices will increase to the prime season levels. Vehicle permit prices are the same price year round and are good for the calendar year. Veteran designation available on Kansas driver's licenses The Kansas Department of Rev- enue is offering honorably discharged veterans another way to show they have served their country-- a veteran' s designation on their driver's license or photo identification card. The word "veteran" will appear in red capital letters beneath the license holder's photo. If the applicant is ask- ing for the designation to be put on when renewing or getting a new driver' s license, there is no additional fee for the designation. If they are reissuing a driver's license that has not expired there is an $8 fee to reissue the license but no additional fee for the veteran designation. To qualify for driver's license with the veteran designation, applicants must bring in a DD-214 that indicates a discharge of"honorable," "general" or "general under honorable condi- tions," or a letter from the Kansas Veteran's Commission. "Our veterans are rightfully proud of their service to their country and state, this is one more way they can let people know they served," said Lisa Kaspar director vehicles. have the legal capacity to contract. Specialty crops are defined by the USDA as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and nursery crops, including floriculture. Projects are re- quired to "enhance the competitive- ness of specialty crops," per the USDA's guidelines. Projects of par- ticular interest to the Kansas Depart- ment of Agriculture are those that ex- plore economic development and edu- cation, as related to the Kansas spe- cialty crop industry. For more infer- marion about the specialty crop block grant program, including a current list of eligible crops, visit USDA's Agri- cultural Marketing Service. 'Moral incentive' to giving Sheriffs office dispatchers attend local businesses first chance safety meeting, March 6; an active shooter meeting town that are not accounted for in this example. There may be an entertain- ment factor, when you spend your hard earned money on things you need else- where. For this article, I am concerned with bi-weekly grocery shopping. I think there is a moral incentive to give your friends and neighbors the first chance at your business. There are also incentives for retail- ers and producers to improve their op- erations. This can be seen as our local stores have made updates and improve- ments to their facilities and started car- rying new and more specific items to fit our needs. Our local stores are dedi- cated to providing quality products and amazing service. As consumers, we need to let them know what our needs are, so that they can better accommo- date us. In the end, everyone wins. I urge you to go explore Jewell County's food markets. I guarantee there won't be as many lines and you'll always run into plenty of "greeters." Jewell County Community Devel- opment is here to serve you. Please contact Cheyenne Erichsen at jccda@nckcn.com if JCCD can be of any assistance. Also,join our Facebook initiative by searching Jewell County Community Development. Now at 220 people strong. was held in Beloit at the municipal building. Jewell County dispatchers attending were Moriah Jacobs, Jenni- fer Sterling and Sherry Gennaro, as well as 25 to 30 dispatchers from all over Kansas. The one day meeting was presented by Tony Harrison, public safety group, president. An active shooter person is some- one in the process of taking life, their goal is to kill. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss what the active shooter is thinking and how to re- spond, how other dispatchers re- sponded, and how to handle that all important initial phone call. "It is better to be set up for it and never need it," said Sheriff Jonas McEntire. 'q'here is a real big push in the law enforcement agencies to have training for this and Jewell County Should be prepared." In speaking for the dispatcher de- partment Moriah Jacobs stated, "We should be prepared in how to handle a call of this nature to assist officers in keeping everyone safe." At the present time Jewell County Sheriff s Department. has four full time By Cheyenne Erichsen Last year I stumbled upon a book called Freakonomics: A Rogue Econo- mist Explores the Hidden Side of Ev- erything, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Daubner. Levitt is an economist who takes an , interesting look into economics and , social actions rooted in incentives. He 'suggested that moral, financial and social incentives influence people' s de- cisions. I immediately questioned what incentives guide my financial deci- sions. Do I spend wisely by contribut- ing to the local economy? Is it ineffi- ciefft to pay for a"convenience factor" outside the county? Or are there places where the counli convenience cost is too high? Recently, ! compiled some statis- tics on the costs of driving tO shop outside of Jewell County. For this Freakonomics example, we will look only at groceries. First, I looked at where you can fill your most basic food needs. Jewell County has groceries available in Jewell, Mankato and Esbon, along with various convenience stores. Other area places to buy groceries are Beloit, Concordia, Belleville, Superior and Smith Center. In this example we will buy gasoline at $3.33 per gallon and drive a car that gets an average of 25 miles per gallon. For this example I am going to use Mankato as a reference point and look at Beloit, Superior and Concordia, as those are the most com- mon places our residents shop. Driving round-trip from Mankato to Beloit, $7.45; Mankato to Superior, $6.12; Mankato to Concordia, $12.78: You would need to save exactly that amount from driving from these cities to break even on your traveling efforts. Now, let' s sa b, you make this trip twice per month. An annual cSst of Ixaveling to Beloit, $178.80; Superior, $146.88; Concordia, $306.12. If you drove a vehicle that got significantly less than 25 mpg or if gas prices were above $4, which they have been known to be in the past, you would spend exponen- tially more money traveling to these locations. Not to mention you might travel to these locations more than twice per month. If you live within 10 miles from where you buy your groceries, you spend as little as $0 to $63.93 annually on transportation to and from the gro- cery store. The question every con- sumer should answer is, "Are the sav- ings worth the cost of traveling?" I realize there are social incentives to visiting family and friends, attend- ing sporting events, or getting out of Lovewell Lake is a flyway stop for spring migration of several species of birds. In this photo shows the remains of several different species of birds which died because of injury, fatigue and disease. It was taken Tuesday, March 18, in a Lovewell lake cove 'Th,s is Mother Nature s wa of tak,n care of th n s "said Thane Lon ' Y ' .g ' g , ' ng, Lovewe State Park manager. "The dead birds will not have any long term affect on anything," he continued. "Park employees remove the dead birds, ID and chart the species lost, then turn the statistics into Kansas State Game and Wildlife officials." Several turnable picnic tables with wooden half shades located along the shoreline west of the Cottonwood utility campsites are in need of repair at Lovewell Lake. County Boar i o,k00lys purc]aase of office furniture,, compulLers dispatchersandtwoparttime.OnNov. March 19 .................................. 52 27 20,Moriahbecametheheaddispatcher. March 20 ....................................... NA She has been employed with the March21 .................................. 70 28 sheriffs office for about two years. Wilbur Becker, Mankato weather observer, reported .05 of precipitation , for the week. The Jewell County Commissioners met Monday with commissioners Steve Greene, Mark Fleming and Dwight Frost present. Carla Waugh, county clerk, was also present. Brenda Eakins, county treasurer, discussed commercial vehicle regis- trations. Chuck Latham, county appraiser, telephoned about quotes for his new computers: Computer Solutions, $2,668 for two computers with soft- ware and setup; Thomson Reuters, $3,820 for two computers with soft- Local Weather High and low temperatures March 17 .................................. 47 25 March 18 .................................. 69 30 ware and setup. The commissioners said Contputer Solutions looked to he the best luote and Chuck agreed. The quote from Computer Solutions of $2,668 for the two computers, software and setup was approved. Steve Greene said he attended the juvenile detention center board meet- ing in Beloit. Anna Morgan-Standley, register of deeds, discussed SB298, concerning mortgage registration fee. Jonas McEntire, Sheriff, discussed operations. He had quotes for office furniture: Fall River Construction, $3,735; Eldon Dunstan, $9,220.40; Navrats, $8,625. Jonas said the Navrats quotes would require one outlet re- wired and the other two quotes would i require more electrical work. Com- missioners approved the purchase from Navrats for the modular design of $8,625 Joel Elkins, general superintendent, discussed operations. The commission- ers di,',,,;ed road concerns. Alumni group plans reunion The Mankato and Rock Hills High School alumni reunion will be held May 24. The committee will be mail- ing invitations for the reunion in early April. The 14th annual Mankato and Rock Hills alumni scholarships will be awarded after the reunion, which will be held at the Mankato Community Center. The scholarships are funded entirely by donations. Donations will be '  i,: he M,nkato Endowment /\\; ; ,,: i ,.'I i , I : md ,  .he State Exchange Continued to page 4 ! t, q. I