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ill Offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 ,148 E. Third Street, Surerior, Nebraska 68978 A feature of The Superior Express School board tables action to approve next year's personnel library, cafeteria, offices and the Little Theatre. The bags were donated by the Rock Hills Booster Club. The supplies with which to fill the bags would cost about $900 for the proposed 40 bags. The board voted to purchase the sup- plies. The board conducted an executive session to discuss non-elected per- sonnel. Those included in the private session were Lori Yelken, Steve Spiegel, Ervin Underwood, Janelle Greene, Todd Mauerhan, Brenden Wirth, Lori Slate, Sam Meyers and Nadine Smith. Reconvening in open session, the following action was taken: A resigna- tion was approved from Sara Grout as junior high scholars' bowl sponsor ef- fective at the end of the current school year; a resignation was approved from Spencer Wilson as PDC chairperson effective at the end of the current school year; a recommendation was approved to hire Lauren Charles as 7-12 math licensed personnel for the 2015-2016 school year. Action to approve both licensed personnel and classified personnel for the 2015-2016 school year was tabled. at this time. A second executive session was held for discussion of employer-em- ployee negotiations. Those included in the closed session were Loft Yelken, Steve Spiegel, Ervin Underwood, Janelle Greene, Todd Mauerhan, Brenden Wirth, Lori Slate and Nadine Smith. No action resulted from this executive session. The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 7 p.m. Monday, May 11, in the board meeting room of the district office in Mankato. The Rock Hills School Board met last Monday. Present were Steve Spiegel, Todd Mauerhan, Janelle Greene, Brenden Wirth, Loft Slate, Lori Yelken, Ervin Underwood, Nadine Smith, Sam Meyers, Bob Roush, Tyler Shadduck, Hannah Daniels, Sara Grout and Lynette Bartley. Tyler Shadduck, Rock Hills FBLA member, was there to request use of up to three school vehicles, overnight stay expenses, and out of state travel ex- penses for members to compete at the national convention June 28 through July 3 in Chicago. The request was approved. Sara Grout, the district's social worker, presented a sample of the cri- sis kit proposed to be purchased for each classroom in both the elementary and junior-senior high school build- ings, as well as each gymnasium, the Rock Hills, Mankato alumni reunion scheduled for May 23 The street dance will start at ) p.m. in front of Bob's Inn. Those attending are to bring their lawn chairs and plan to enjoy the dancing and visiting. The Jewell County Historical Soci- ety will be open for visiting Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the Ute Theatre will be open from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for interested viewers. The Class of 1965 plans on showing their class memories, current and past, at that time and invite all to come for viewing the Ute as it is now and if they desire to stay for the 1965 Class memories they are welcome. Scholarships will be awarded to Mankato and Rock Hills graduates who will attend an accredited college or technical school. Last year scholar- ships in the amount of $100 were awarded to 43 recipients. Banquet in- vitations include information for mak- ing a contribution to the scholarship fund. Applications for scholarships should be made to the Alumni Asso- ciation in care of Karen Morris Ross, 103 N. West, Mankato, Kan. 66956 The invitation cards have been mailed to alumni for whom addresses were available. Former students, spouses or escorts of members, past and present teachers, administrators, employees and past and present school board members are welcome to attend. Contact Verla Graham Roe, Mankato for more details. Roe and Ross would appreciate being advised of any ad- dress corrections and updates. There will be a breakfast Sunday morning, May 24, served from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Rock Hills High School. The 2015 annual Mankato and Rock Hills High School Alumni Banquet will be held May 23 at the Mankato Community Center. The Class of 1965 will host an open house and reception at the old high school at 301 N. West from 2 to 4 p.m. which will include tours of the school and time for visiting. The study hall which now houses Mankato High School trophies and other memora- bilia will be open for viewing at this time. The present high school will be open for tours from 1 to 3 p.m. Satur- day. Registration and hospitality time for the all-school reunion at the com- munity center is from 4 to 6 p.m. fol- lowed by the catered meal at 6 p.m. Jewell among number of counties discussing courthouse security Commissioners went into execu- tive session to discuss non-elected per- sonnel with Joel Elkins and Carla Waugh present. Regular session re- sumed with no action taken at this time. Jonas McEntire, sheriff, discussed courthouse security. McEntire and Carla Waugh discussed an alarm sys- tem for locking down the courthouse and presented a cost quote. McEntire also discussed traffic control. Commissioners approved pursuing the alarm system. Darrell Miller, county attorney, dis- cussed selling the former Kansas Min- erals property. He had a letter from Thummel Real Estate & Auction stat- ing the fees. Darrell discussed the clean air permits that are no longer needed at the former Kansas Minerals property and had prepared a letter for the com- missioners' approval. The commission- ers and Miller discussed hospital fi- nances. Commissioners accepted the pro- posal from Thummel Real Estate & Auction to sell the former Kansas Min- erals property. Commissioners also approved sign- ing a letter to the Bureau of Air, Kansas Department of Health & Environment stating that there is no need to renew the permit. Jewell County Commissioners Mark Fleming, Steve Greene and Dwight Frost met Monday. Joel Elkins, general superintendent, reported on routine maintenance. Frost Said that Road 50 on the east side of Esbon needs some attention. Steve Greene discussed C Road east of Don Simmelink's house. Joel had a buried cable agreemetit on the right of way at the intersection of 260 Road. and W Avenue. Commissioners approved the agree- ment with Rural Telephone/Nex-Tech to bury cable at the intersection of 260 Road, and W Avenue. Rolling Hills holds annual meeting pense, amounting to $11,841,992 or 58 percent of the total operating cost. Jackson recognized the employees and former trustees that were present. He updated members and guests on the progress of the Osborne Outpost and centralized office. Marcus Harris, excutive vice presi- dent of KEPCo, discussed the diversi- fied sources of power, which KEPCo purchases then sells to Rolling Hills Electric and other member coopera- tives. In addition, he spoke of EPA action and how they will affect the cost of power in the near future. Phil Wages, director of member services, government affairs and busi- ness development, reported the State of Kansas needs to generate income to offset its shortfalls. One option that is being considered is placing a state sales tax on electricity bills. This could amount to 6.15 percent or greater. He encouraged all members and guests to contact state representatives and strongly opposed the tax. Approximately 350 members and guests attended the Rolling Hills Elec- tric Cooperative annual meeting held Friday at the NCK Wellness Center Gymnasium, Beloit. G Frieling, Athol, president of the board, Calledthe meeting to order. He - intr0duced board members from eacli Of the three districts. BOardmembers are as follows. Dis- trict I5 :Beiinard (Sonny) Bohnen, Dorrance; Jim Ehrlich, Wilson; Rob- err Fredrickson,Ellsworth. District 2: Leon Eck, Tipton; Jay Overmiller, Lebanon; Paul Wilson, Burr Oak. Dis- trict 3: Kevin Cromwell, Haddam; Melroy Kopsa, Cuba; Justin Trost, Concordia. Douglas Jackson, manager, reported the cooperative had total margins of $1,546,501. He stated that the cost of wholesale power was the largest ex- Thursday, April 23, 2015 Price 50 Volunteers who helped'with the Community Wide Cleanup held in Mankato, Saturday, (back row, left to right) Ken Walker, Travis Koester, Dakota Walker, Don Koester, Brian Shulda, (front Entered into the mail at Mankato, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska Garage sale at 618 N. Custer was a busy place late Friday afternoon as garage sale goers were out in full force for the first Jewell Chamber sponsored City Wide Garage Sale. Robber holds up Concordia store Monday afternoon The Concordia Police Department reported Monday afternoon an armed robbery had occurred at Funk Phar- macy, located at 1020 Elmhurst Bou- levard in Concordia. Concordia Police Chief Bruce Johnson said a white male, 5'8" and wearing a blue shirt and black jacket with a scarf over his face entered Funk Pharmacy armed with a semiautomatic handgun around I p.m. Monday after- noon. No one was injured and no shots were fired. The suspect made off with a quan- tity of medication and left northbound in a small, either silver or grey car, with what police believe to be a safety spare on it. The Concordia Police Department, the Cloud County Sheriff's Depart- ment and Kansas Wildlife and Parks responded to the scene but were unable to locate the suspect. Local Weather Daily High and Low Temperatures April 12 ................................. 75 50 April 13 ................................. 75 39 April 14 ................................. 66 37 April 15 ................................. 70 40 April 16...' .............................. 66 47 April 17 ................................. 72 56 April 18 ................................. 72 55 Betty Becker, weather observer for Mankato, reported 1.91 of precipita- tion for the week. Ken Garst, weather observer for Jewell, reported 0.74 of precipitation for the week. Annual community cleanup day held in Mankato Saturday Saturday, 17 members of the Mankato Chamber of Commerce, the Rock Hills Field Biology Class, and volunteers met for the annual commu- nity-wide clean up day. This year there were 24 stops to pickup and take residents' items to the Burr Oak Auxiliary mches new projects American Legion Auxiliary Emery Clemens Unit No. 263, Burr Oak, is offto a busy start this year with several projects they have been working on finally coming to fruition. The group adopted two miles of highway for cleanup of litter in the spring and fall. They adopted the mile south and the mile north of Burr Oak. The first work day was March 28, and a group of both senior and junior mem- bers participated. This is one of the group's Americanism and community service projects. Another project is a Vida Knight Memorial. Vida was a member of the auxiliary, and her family donated money to the group with the request that it be used for a sign on the edge of Burr Oak announcing the little town to entering vehicles. The group has worked on this trying to figure out the exact kind of sign that would fit into the community. This past week plans were finalized and the organization should have the sign up sometime this summer or fall, so be on the lookout for that. The sign will be located north of town on property owned by the Patek family. The third project is another com- munity project. The group wanted a bench for the Gazebo Park in Burr Oak, and have purchased a granite bench with a solid seat and back. After the meeting April 6 the group went to the park to select the site for the bench. It should be in place before Memorial Day. The junior girls have been busy this past month with the Easter egg hunt in Burr Oak. They went to the senior center in Mankato and had the seniors help with stuffing the eggs. They had such a good time that they will be returning to the senior center to have them help with the May baskets they make each year. Work has started on Memorial Day plans at the Burr Oak Cemetery. It always takes your breath away seeing more than 100 flags flying at the cem- etery. Poppy Day in Burr Oak will be May 22. The auxiliary will select their schol- arship recipient at the May 4 meeting. Members of the American Legion who helped pick up litter recently include (back row, from left) Noah Eakins, Lainee Eakins, Michell Harris, Pat Anderson, Judy Miller, Carla Underwood and Cheryl Hillman, (front) Mattie Voiker, Apryl Webster, Brynlee Manning, Bella Volker, (not pictured) Renita Volker and Brenda Eakins. Mankato firemen pl answer 2 rural calls Ga: Kindler ans Jewell County Transfer Station and Mankato Volunteer Fire Depart- MankatoLibrary Landfill. All stops were within the city ment was called to two fires recently, to next week limits of Mankato. There were five Tuesday, April 14, ataround3p.m, l'el;lre receives DVDs The Mankato City Library has re- ceived a large donation of DVDs that are cataloged and ready to be checked out. An anonymous donor has given the library a collection of new board games for the youngsters to play on Monday Game Night. On display for the month of April is a colorful and fun collection of fiber art and crazy quilts made by Pat Grout. Stop in the library and check out what' s new. loads of tree limbs and logs removed as well as two large loads of trash. The dump trucks are still loaded with house- hold items. The loads need to go to another section of the county dump that was not accessible Saturday morn- ing because of the rain. With the work completed, the vol- unteers returned to the Mankato City Park for a lunch which was provided by Mankat0 Chamber members. "Chamber had great help and for us the cleanup day was another great suc- cess," said Brian Shulda. at 190 Road and T Road, wind fanned a controled grass burn out of control. The fire traveled close to the edge of the road. The grass being burned be- longed to Jeff Ochsner, a resident of Nebraska. The fire covered nearly 35 acres. Fireman extinguished the fire. Sunday morning around 7:30 a.m. Ivan Melton had hay bales catch on fire five and three-quarters miles east of Mankato along Highway 36 at the former Judy Ranch. The fire was con- tained to the hay bales. Several large round bales. Lightening was thought to be the probable cause. row) Joel Broeckelman, Luke Broeckelman, Jalee Ortman, Sarena Meier, Emma Menhusen, Jody Hadacek, James Berry, Jason Ortman, Ryanscarrow, Tom Roane. Gary Kindler will be retiring from Farmway Credit Union one week from today (Thursday). He has been em- ployed as the branch manager at Mankato for the last 29 years. He started to work in the Mankato office on Oct. 17, 1986, following the vacancy cre- ated when John Flavin left the posi- tion. Gary was born and raised in the Esbon area, graduating from Esbon High School and then continued his education attending Kansas Wesleyan for two years followed by three years at Kansas University. He lived in Dallas for eight years before he returned to the Esbon area where he farmed until 1984. In 1978 Gary and his wife, Kris built their present home two miles east of Esbon. For two years after Gary quit farming, he worked measuring land before join- ing the Farmway Credit Union staff. In his 29 years at the same position, Gary has not seen to many things change. "Everything is pretty well the same as far as loans go. The computer has probably been the biggest change I have seen," said Gary. Gary and Kris, who is retiring in May, plan on spending their retirement years with their family. "As long as Kris and I can, our plans are to enjoy our family," said Gary. They do have two vacations planned. The last of May, Gary, Kris and their two oldest grandchildren will be going by plane to San Francisco, Calif., and then traveling on up the coast to see Kris's three brothers. Later Gary and Kfis' s whole immediate fam- ily, 24 if all of them get to go, will be at Copper Mountain in Colorado. Retirement for Gary is much looked forward to. "I love talking with people and ex- Cept for that I'm ready to be with my family," said Gary. There was a company dinner for Gary Tuesday. Farmway Credit has an open house planned for the public to attenq Wednesday at the office in Mankato. Wheat plot tour set for Tuesday, May 26 The annual Post Rock Extension District Wheat Plot Tours are sched- uled for Tuesday, May 26, with five stops in four counties. The day begins at 8:30 a.m., at the Schlatter plot;fol- lowed by 10 a.m., at the Roush 'plot. Participants then have the choice of two legs of the tour with the western leg in Osborne County, with coopera- tor Rodney Donne, starting with lunch at noon sponsored by Solomon Rapids Seed, Inc. with the discussion of the wheat varieties following lunch at the Donne plot. The eastern leg of the tour will begin at I p.m. at the Jewell County pl0t with Calvin Bohnert as the coop- erator. The day will end with a stop in Mitchell County at the KSU replicated plot with cooperator Malty Fletchall.