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at 111 E. Main Mankato, Kansas 66956 Nebraska 68978 A feature of The Superior Express " ii z?i iii:;ii!:i!:iii:iii: the three Jewell County Elementary schools were on hand recently Lnting windbreaks and other environmental issues in connection with the - Earth Day. The event was at the Edgar Marihugh residence, Esbon, where graders help tree planting did when the Planting event at the Edgar Esbon. White Rock, Man- ' Schools, 'representatives, were watch- wanted a place near '.dedicated to wild- lable habitat along birds and ant- Water quality coor- that the first Earth 1970, with events It has countries Jewell Ex- ', cor- er shrub. in planting more American contoneaster. lnescom- bur oak, Next Issue this newspaper home improve- t  1,000 trees and shrubs were planted. Jewell County District Conservation Service personnel, representatives from FFA groups and extension service personnel assisted with the planting. Approximately 40 students took part in the planting exercise. Jewell County Methodists will observe parish anniversary Conservationdistrictstaffassisting The five churches of the Jewell with planning and working at the Earth County United Methodist Parish will Day celebration were Pat Windmuller, celebrate the 25th anniversary Sheila Diamond, Sherry Koster, Mike atHarmony United Methodist Church, Waite and AI Surmeier. Mankato. Precipitation short across all of Kansas Wheat fields in Jewell County and the surrounding area are growing and greening after the small amount of rain received more than a week ago. More rain is needed and soon. According to the Kansas Agricul- tural Statistics Service report, wheat condition was rated 15 percent very poor, 28 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 19 percent good, and 1 percent excel- lent. Wheat growth has been minimal this spring because of the lack of mois- ture. Fourteen percent of the wheat acre- age is estimated to be at the jointing stage compared to 8 percent at this time last year and the average of 36 percent. Last week l0 percent of the wheat was jointing. Damage from wind is reported to be light on 21 percent of the acreage and moderate to severe on 14 percent. There is no wind damage on 65 percent. Freeze damage is estimated to be light on 28 percent of the acreage and moderate to severe on 14 percent. No freeze damage is reported on 58 percent of the acres. Army cutworm infestations were reported particularly in the central and south central districts. Corn planting is underavay with 4 percent of the crop planted compared to 2 percent last year and the five year average of 2 percent. Oats planting is 88 percent completed compared to 60 percent for last year and the average of 80 percent. Pasture conditions are rated 10 per- cent very poor, 31 percent poor, 41 percent fair and 18 percent good. Dry, windy conditions have prevented burn- ing in many areas. Stockmen are con- cerned with dry conditions and grass prospects for the coming grazing sea- son. Hay and forage supplies are gener- ally adequate with only 21 percent of the state reporting short or very short supplies. However, stock water sup- plies continued to deteriorate with only 49 percent of the state reporting ad- Continued to Page 4 The five churches in the parish be- sides Harmony are United Methodist Church, Burr Oak, Esbon, Ionia and Odessa The service is at I I a.m. with Bishop Fritz Mufti of the east and west conter- ences of Kansas presenting the mes- sage. Choirs of Harmony Church per- forming are the bell choir, two children's choirs and the chancel choir. The public is invited to attend this celebration. A potluck dinner is after the morning service. A "Celebration" service is after the dinner. Wanda Thummel will present a history of the parish. The Jewell County United Method- ist Parish was started in the spring of 1977 and the first joint service was held June 12 in celebration of the es- tablishment of the parish. A total of 264 attended this service, held in the National Guard Armory, Mankato. At that time there were seven churches in the parish, Esbon, Burr Oak, Ionia, Odessa, Harmony (Mankato), Salem and Jewell Trinity. At the service Hal Torten, Ionia, introduced the Rev. Alyois Holst, Con- cordia District Superintendent and the Rev. George D. Alinquist, who spoke. The Rev. Delbert Honn, director of the Jewell County United Methodist Parish, was introduced and the other farm resident raised in Nova Scotia had no Nova .ars ago that she her home on a married to a up on a farm, farm of her Scotia. There care of the of New- up on and oil farm life. r moved wn as the been in the Karen and work Her live- cotia, but clo- horses. is hilly arge as they LS On the east near is done. families. Special music was provided by a male quartet, Allen Smith, Lyle Dauner, Gait Simmonds and Newell Alexander, accompanied by Lucile Entwistle. The Jarboes had made and deco- rated a parish birthday cake with a map of the parish church locations. The purpose of the parish develop- ment as stated: "is the intentional pro- cess of enabling congregations and church related agencies within a geo- graphic area to bring their available God-given resources to bear more ef- fectively upon the needs of the people." The original Lay Parish Council members and alternates from all seven churches were Hal Totten, Daryl Cockrofi, Keith VanWey, LolaTotten, Richard Sch laefli, Roger McCollough, Pat Nulty, Franklin Ross, Miola Griffeth, Shirley Simmelink, Robert Kemmerer, June Saint, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Oplinger, Letha Matter,, Rob- ert Switzer, Boyd Silsy, Walter Campbell, Elaine Smith, Virginia Rightmeier, Richard Gates, Don Modlin, Margaret Aspegren, Elleen Tegley, Louise Gillett, C.I. Young, Henry Keller, Ruth Obert, Arleta Underwood, Evelyn Manchester, Carl Sapp, Carol Kindler, Earl Silsby and Max and Flora Bail. The Jewell County United Method- ministers of the parish present were ist Parish continues today, under the introduced, the Rev. Jim Swank and co-direction of Sarah Hickson the Rev. Ralph Jarboe, along with their deSalazar and Laura Fricker. The par- ish office is located at 118 West , Jefferson, Mankato. Fricker is pastor of churches in Esbon and Burr Oak and Sarah Hickson deSalazar serves Ionia and Mankato. The two take turns at Odessa. The spring and summer seasons are short, with the first frost coming in September and the last frost in June. "This winter there was 5 to 6 feet of snow that stayed all winter," Karen said. Didn't want to stay home Karen attended high school at Sutherland River, went to nursing school, graduating in 1998, and de- cided she did not want to stay in Nova Scotia. She wanted to try living in a place with warmer climate and not as much snow. She chose Texas. Hospitals in the United States con- tacted nursing graduates and after cor- responding with several hospitals, a friend and Karen decided to work at Salina Regional Hospital, Salina. Her father brought her to Kansas, and Karen admitted she was certainly surprised at what she saw. The fields were so large and the land was so flat. Though she had visited the United States, it was the east coast, which was different from the plains of Kansas. Karen quickly adjusted to her new surroundings and her job as a regis- tered nurse. She soon made new friends. "They made me feel like I fit in and made me feel comfortable," she said, although she did get teased from time to time about her accent. One of her newly-found friends was a fellow nurse, Annette Saint, a Jewell County native. Annette introduced Karen to Brad Cockroft, who lived in the Ionia community, and they began dating. Within 11 months they were married. They purchased a farm northwest of Ionia and Karen is employed at Mitchell County Hospital, Beloit. Karen said she enjoys being a farm wife. "I got to take my first combine ride while I was dating Brad, and my first ride on a big tractor." Now she enjoys driving the "big" tractor and helps out when she can, doing field work. She also enjoys operating the swather. Enjoys having animals Her favorite part of living on a farm is being able to have farm animals. She has her own calf, one she rescued from a feed lot and bottle fed. She is raising two pigs and has enough chickens to keep the Cockroft family in eggs. One thing she is looking forward to is witnessing the birth of a calf. "So far, I'm always away at work or sleep- ing when they have been born," she said. She also enjoys gardening and hopes to have a garden this year. Her hobbies are land scaping, crocheting and cross stitching. Karen's parents visited the farm once, and recently Brad and Karen met her family in Detroit when her sister got married. She also has another sister in Nova Scotia. Marrying a Jewell County farmer and cattleman has brought many changes to Karen's life; one of the biggest being learning to eat meat. She was a vegetarian before she met Brad. "But that soon changed,"LKaren admit- ted. Karen Cockroft, Ionia, chose to pursue her nursing career fr away from her home in Canada. She came to Salina and subsequently met and married local farmer Brad Cockroft. She obviously adapted to the farm routine, as she pets a calf she rescued from the feedlot and nursed back to health. Thursday, April 18, 2002 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Webber, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska Work begins on fire station Construction on the new Formoso firehouse should begin this week, ac- cording to a report from Bob Roush at a recent Formoso City Council meet- ing. Volunteers were to dig and fid the sewer line and later the water main will be tapped. A ground breaking:date was discussed. Council approved a bill from Boettcher Supply for electri- cal systems for $2,548.58. . Minutes from the last meeting ere corrected to show figures for the new firehouse to be $73,6OO for the base bid and $35,875 for the foundation. Council gave approval for Shelly Haskins, librarian, to use the city hall for apresentation April 22 from 1:30to 3:30 p.m. It was suggested that Elaine Watson be the public officer to deal with offi- cial complaints. After discussion, Watson withdrew her offer to serve as the public officer. Nancy Spiegel informed the coun- cil that Formoso has been declared a Tree City for the 17th year. Tree watering in the park was discussed. Roush informed the council that Salina Supply will only accept the re- turn of two, six-inch gate valves. The , possibility of selling the remaining sup- plies to other communities was dis- cussed. There are three sections of side- walk that need repair because of the new water lines. The suggestion was made that repairs be made with left- over concrete when the foundation is poured for the firehouse. Residents are to be reminded they are responsible for hauling their own brush and limbs to the burn site. Also, construction debris is not to be placed at the burn site--it must be taken to Mankato. Council voted to place the plastic play ground equipment on the lot south of the bank. Council signed the annual agree- ment with the State Wildlife and Parks to maintain the tennis court. Long distance carriers were ds- cussed. It was decided to stay wiih MCI.  Dorothy Sjolander representin[ PRIDE, informed council the skatin rink was getting little use aqd asked permission to have an adult night to for games with the admission being canned goods. Council granted permission. Present at the meeting were Mayor Stafford, council members Lavernia Peters, Sjolander, Ben Free, Dean Cline and Robert Grimm, treasurer Nancy Howell and clerk Elaine Watson. 5-year road plan win county board approval The Jewell County Commissioners approved and signed the five year Jew- ell County Road and Bridge Depart- ment program, avialable through the state, at Monday's Jewell County Com- missioners meeting. Jim Foster, general superintendent, prepared the program that includes five projects, including four new ones, mostly bridge construction and repair. Foster presented the proposal for the cost of construction engineering for project 45-C3602-01. The engineer- ing cost is $33,000 with the county's share being 10 percen. Fostersaid five permits are back from the state water resources, so now work can continue on bridge construction. Other bridge repairs and replacing the reclaimer was discussed. Commisioners voted to purchase an air conditioner, installed, for $790 from Becker Electric, for the health department. Linda Woerner, health nurse, pro- vided the commissioners with the monthly activity report. The Health Alert Network is providing high speed internet service for one year to the health department. HAN will reim- burse for the installation and the one- year of service. Commissioners discussed mileage reimbursement with Judge Bingham. Bingham discussed community ser- vice workers. Commissioners reviewed with Bruce Webb, county appraiser, his performance evaluation. The commissioners went to the country to view bridges and roads. Commissioners attending were Stanley Colson, Frank Langer and Doyle Alcorn. Clerk Carla Waugh was also in attendance. Fire departments answer three calls for assistance Volunteer fire department person- nel from three towns in Jewell county responded to separate fires last week. Mankato Volunteer Fire Depart- ment responded to a fire on Highway 14 N to a grass fire contained to the state right-of-way. Cause of the fire was a blown truck tire. Sunday afternoon there were two fires that needed assistance in Jewell County. Jewell Volunteers were summoned weather ,, Mankato Weather Bill Wood, weather observer Tuesday, April 9 68 35 Wednesday, April 10 79 47 Thursday, April 11 70 41 Friday, April 12 72 42 Saturday, April 13 71 51 Sunday, April 14 91 53 Monday, April 15 91 63 Treasurer candidate visits Memkato Lynn Jenkins, Topeka, Republican candidate for state treasurer will be in Mankato at noon Monday at Buffalo Roam as part of a listening tour and campaign. "I look forward to spending time in Mankato, meeting people and listen- ing to their concerns, Folks should feel free to stop by any of my events and say hello," said Jenkins. Jenkins is a certified public accoun- tant and is presently a state senator. She is a former state Representative and business woman. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Scott Jenkins, for 18 years. They have two children, Hayden and Halley. Jenkins grew up on a dairy farm in Holton and was a CPA and business owner before beginning her career in public service. She said her combination of experi- ence in accounting, busines, and the legislature makes her the best quali- fied for the position. If elected, she said she would expand the state's un- claimed property program to reach more citizens, work hard to ensure the state's finances ere safe and receive good returns and expand the state's "Learning Quest" program where citi- zens can invest money for their child's education. to a fire at the Wendell Meyer resi- dence, Ionia. The Moyers had been burning weeds and dead grass when the fire spread to the roof a shed. The fire department extinguished the fire which was contained to the roof. Burr Oak Volunteer Fire Depart- ment was called to a CRP grass fire southwest of Northbranch. The cause of the fire is unknown and it was extin- guished by the fire department. Salem Church building sells The t00-year-old church building that served the Jewell community as the Salem United Methodist Church sold Saturday at auction to Vern Turner, Colorado Springs, an antique dealer, and Charles Fleming, Beioit. Selling price was $9,750. The auc- tion was conducted by Bob Thummel, Beioit, and Ronnie Lagasse, Concor- dia. It was reported the building will be used for storage. The building is 120 feet by 40 feet, brick structure, built in 1907. The last church service was Easter Sunday with a special service in the afternoon. Communities plan sign near entrance to LoveweU Park After a year's planning and work, the Jewell County sign has been com- pleted and will soon be placed near Lovewell Lake on K-14. Six towns and the businesses avail- able in the county are listed on the welcome sign. The towns, the Strategic Plan Ac- tion Committee, Jewell County Com- munity Development Association and the organizer, Extension Economic De- velopment Committee, have worked to complete this project and have pro- vided financing. Bell Memorials, Beloit, was con- tracted to build the sign. Lisa Nelson and Gary Tordrup have been instru- mental in bringing the project to completion. JCCDA will be the agent receiving funds to pay for the sign. Towns in- volved are Mankato, Burr Oak, Esbon, Jewell, Formoso and Randail. Tordrup and other volunteers will place the sign as soon as weather and scheduling per- mit.