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!. i offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 148 E. Third Street, Su]erior, Nebraska 68978 A feature of The Superior Express Esbon. Grocery quits business afternearly 40 years Since buying the Esbon grocery "Running the store or stores has "I need to go homeandstartgetting for the commumty. Farmway wanted store locatl at 400 Grand Avenue in December, ! 977, Don and Irma Fogo operated the store until all contents of the grocery store were sold to the high- est bidder at a public auction held Sat- urday. At the end of the day all that was left of the community icon was the building. • Prior to the auction, the Fogos ad- vertised they were quitting the busi- ness and would be closing the doors for good at the end of the day June 7. From June 2 through June 7 everything in the store, except beer, cigarettes, and pop, was available for sale at a 30 percent discount. Don and Irma started in the grocery business with just the Esbon Grocery store but in March, 1990, they pur- chased the Jewell Grocery store. The Fogos continued to live in Esbon with Don running the Esbon store and Irma driving to Jewell daily to operate the store there. By owning both of the stores, groceries were bought for both stores and brought in on one truck and unloaded in Jewell. Each week Irma would bring the groceries back to Esbon with her on her return for the day, which according to Don most of the time was after 7 o'clock in the evening and many times later• He was not complaining, just stat- ing facts when he said, "Our meals were whatever we could find or what- ever I could muster up. A lot of the washing, dishes and other household tasks were done by me as I was home before Irma got home," said Don. Jewell Grocery was sold to Kevin Thompson in December, 2012, and remains open• been a lot of hard work but we were determiried to succeed and we did. I know selling was the right thing to do but I don' t like it because Esbon will be without a store• In my heartthere wasn't enough money to buy this place," said Irma referring to Esbon Grocery. The Fogos will have a lot of adjust- ing as they have to purchase food items from a store that is not owned by them. "Last Sunday we went Out to our son Steve's in Smith Center and I sent Don to the store to buy tomatoes, on- ions and potato chips. When he came back, his commerlt'to me was 'we could have brought these things from our store'. He was right we could have, but now we won't be able to do that anymore, so we will have to adjust to that," said Irma. Don and Irma are looking forward to retirement. 'I'he grocery stores have been good to Irma and I. The businesses have allowed us to purchase and pay for a farm. There have been several things I have wanted to do out there that I have just put off, didn't have time to finish them so didn't start, like painting the barn. Now ! probably won't do some of those things as I have gotten older, but I am excited about having the chance to do some of the things I have wanted to do," said Don. Don has a 1963 Chevrolet automo- bile that 30 years ago he had Ed Putman start restoring• Maybe now he will work on it. He's. sure that some of the things that were okay back then will have to be redone now. Irma, on the other hand, has retire- ment plans of her own. Esbon Grocery, owned and operated since 1977 by Don and Irma Fogo, has gone out of business. The contents of the store were sold at auction Satui'day. McMillan barn burns :00er lightning strike ., The barn on the Greg McMillan farmjUstsouth of Randall burned late Wednesdaynight and was still smol- dedilgThursday afternoon. The fire was!th0ught to be caused by lightning. Greg Said, "There was a large crash of lightning about 11 p.m. and that could have been when it was hit." The barn is ag0od distance from the house. No other buildings were damaged. :: The. MCMilIans were aslee p when the fire was reported by someone who .......................... and the Randall Fire Volunteer fire depart- ment responded to the alarm. It took phone calls to awaken the McMillans. A bi-directional tractor with swather parked near the structure were burned. Also lost in the barn were tvo feed wagons, a square baler, some used lumber, othermiscellaneous items, an old tricycle and a few other toys. Brock McMillan, Greg's son, regretted los- ing the toys which had special memo- ties. The machinery was insured, though it won't cover replacement costs. rid of stuff, straighten up the house, and we need to do some remodeling. I need to do some quilting, My sons have quilts from their grandmothers and great-grandmothers but none from Morn so I need to get busy," said Irma. The sale of the business happened fast for Don and Irma. "When Farmway came in and bought the elevator they talked to us about buying the gasoline pumps. Don really didn't want the pumps anyway. He was tired of the stress with the upkeep, pumps not working and knew Fafinway would put in new pumps, and they would 15robably be credit card accessible making them more convent the land but didn't want anything to do with the grocery store but the sale was going to be a all or nothing for us," said Irma. 'T m sure all the people from Esbon wish Don and Irma a long and happy retirement. They have worked long and hard all these years and deserve this. Esbon Grocery has not only been a grocery store for our community it has served as a meeting place for the people. With the store gone I will have to become more organized. I won't be able to run into town to pick up what- ever I need whenever I needed it. Our store will really be missed," said local resident Pam Hajny. 'Race on down to the Jewell County Fair' In less thana month the Jewell County Fair will be here with a range of experiences that only a county fair can offer. This year's fair is again expected to bring rewarding experi- ences, fun, and a chance for people to appreciate the variety and quality of the exhibits. Fair books are available at the extension office with judging and event times, locations, the fair schedule and information about the projects that may be entered in this year's fair• Entry cards are ready to be filled out and packets are ready for all open class superintendents to pick up. Coloring contest 1entries are avail- able in each community and need to be returned to the extension office by July 8 to be eligible for cash prizes in each age division. This year's theme is "Race on Down to the 2014 Jewell County Fair•" 'The 4-H food stand at the Jewell County Fair offers home cooked food. The favorite fare is a hot plate dinner served at noon and supper time. This meal includes the choice of a grilled hamburger, cheeseburger or quarter pound hot dog, served with the fair's signature cheesy potatoes, tossed salad, corn, and a beverage• Pie is also avail- able• These meal items may also be purchased a-la-cart. The food stand also offers taco salad. The food stand opens for business at 7 a.m. with break- fast burritos, long johns, or sausage gravy and biscuits; and stays open for late night diners until 10 p.m. The food stand functions as the Jewell County 4-H Council' s only fund raiser, in order to keep prices low the operators ask for help from the com- munities, organizatiofis and individu- als of Jewell County with donations of food items, cleaning supplies, and pa- per products. For a complete list of items needed, contact the extension office. Two new events are scheduled for this year' s fair. In addition to the popu- lar Tuesday night catered supper this year a barbecue beef dinner will be served during the new Cow-Calf Clas- sic on Monday night. Everyone from Jewell and surround- ing counties (Smith, Republic, Cloud, Mitchell, Osborne. Nuckolls and Webster) is encouraged to bring en- tries to the Jewell County Fair. The first judging Competition begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10, at the Mankato Community Center, when open class quilts will be on the schedule. Contact the extension office for additional ques- tions about the upcoming fair. Hospital board seeking quotes for boiler work Jewell County Board of Trustees met April 23. Present were Larry Welch, president; Cynthia Clark, Sh- annon Meier, Lila Frost and Trevor Elkins. Hospital staff present were Doyle McKimmy CEO; Krista Ruthstorm CFO; Susan Newell RN, Rose A[ford RN and Mark Hurd. County commissioner Steve Greene was also present. Hurd explained the problems with the boiler pipes and showed the trust- ees an example of the rusted pipes. He is getting quotes for new installation or repairs. Alford gave the infection control report and presented the clinical dash- board. McKimmy clarified the swing bed guidelines• It was announced Ruthstrom was leaving Jewell County Hospital but would continue to help with the charge master• The hospital is getting account- ing assistance from Bill Struckhoff. Ruthstrom presented the balance sheet, liabilities and assets and the profit and loss statement• Trustees approved to enter into an agreement with telemedicine physi- cians in accordance the rules for Cen- ters of Medicare aiad Medicare service to adopt credentialing standards and processes that meet or exceed those of the Joint Commission, the National Committee for Quality Assurance and other regulatory agencies. Lila Frost moved and Trevor Elkins seconded for the reappointment of Christine Marozas, D.O., Beloit, and Martin B. Klenda, M.D., general sur- gery, and new appointment of Richard Allen Stemm, M.D., and Andrea Gail Lamphiear, M.D., both f Kearney Ra- diology to the hospital staff. Bobi Fogo presented information on a proposed CT scanner. She will have a comparison of all bids available for future meeting. Newell and Alford presented infor- mation about the Omicell pharmacy dispensing unit. At this time there are several hospitals sharing this contract and server. Trustees approved to ac- cept the pharmacy dispensing unit and server through the State Exchange Bank financial plan. McKimmy gave an update on phy- sician and mid -level recruitment. An executive session was held to discuss the risk management report and a personnel, issue. Following the session no decision was made. : :Atin-covered barn on the Greg McMillan farm south of Randall burned late Wedesday into early Thursday morning. Also destroyed was a bi-directi0nai 'a˘tor-with swather attached. ::,-  . " ..... : q ! >:: -. Thursday, June 19, 2014 Price 50˘ Entered into the mail at Mankato, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska Thursday morning local resident lone Shipley is shopping at Esbon Grocery, probably for the last time before the doors are closed. Mankato City Council hires new city administrator Tom Roane, Bartlesville, Okla., has been hired by the Mankato City Coun- cil to fill th vacant position of city administrator. Roane was born in Arizona. His father was in the military. The family settled in Clay Center, Kan., and he graduated from high school there. Fol- lowing graiuation, he attended Cloud County Community College for two years and then on to Kansas State Uni- versity where he graduated with a bach- elor of science in economics degree. "Coming back to this area is nice. A lot of my family was from the Clay Center, Kan., area and I saw the oppor- tunity to get back closer to my home- town where I have some relation left," said Roane. Following his K-State graduation, he worked the next 16 years for K- Mart in store management• Following this, Roane was in business for himself with a Radio Shack franchise and sold appliances. Alco was his next business adventure where he worked m man- agement for eight years. At Watonga, Okla., Roane was the finance director and utility commissioner for nitae years, following which he took a position at Yale, Okla., where he served two years as city manager. The last two years he has been the city manager at Nowata, Okla. Roane said the last 13 years have been a good opportunity to learn about city operations. He is certified in Okla- homa for water, waste water and utility operations as well as emergency pre- paredness. Yale, Okla., is a community similar to Mankato. It has a population of 900 people and is located about 17 miles from Stillwater Deanna Sweat receives 4H alumni award All 4-H members work hard throughout the year, but a select num- ber of them go above and beyond what is expected. To honor their hard work, the Kansas 4-H Youth Development Program has .named them the 2014 State 4-H Project Winners. Deanna Sweat, Jamestown, for alumni, was the alumni recipient of such an award• "The state 4-H project winners fea- ture the Kansas 4-H Program Youth Continued to page 7 SBA disaster loans available to small Kansas businesses Small, nonfarr businesses in 10 Kansas countie are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA.) "These loans offset economic losses because of re- duced revenues caused by the drought that began on April 15 in Clay, Cloud,. Dickinson, Geary, Jewell, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Riley and Washing- ton counties. Local weather High and Ls)w Temperatures June 8 .................................... 70 56 June 9 .................................... 70 57 June 10 .................................. 67 56 June 11 .................................. 77 56 June 12 .................................. 85 55 June 13 .................................. 72 48 June 14 .................................. 77 49 Betty Becker, weather observer for Mankato, reports 2.07 of precipitation for the week• Tom Roane has been hired by the Mankato City Council to fill the posi- tion of city administrator. Roane's wife will continue to live in Bartlesville for a while• She has two jobs, one is with the Children's The- ater in Bartlesville and the other is the Nevus Outreach program• The Children's Theater will start produc- tions July 31. The Roanes have two grown children who are both married and living in Collinsville, Okla., which is close to Bartlesville. Tom also has a grandson• "I'm impressed with the friendly clean community of Mankato. The people who live here want to see that level stabilized and stay that way. My goal is to maintain the same quality of service and obviously stay up with the technol6gy that is already in place here," said Roane. Renovation of apartments on N. Commercial Reno,ation has begun on the apart- ments located on Mankato'.s North Commercial Street. above the Hidden Treasures Quilt Shop. "There are four apartments on the upper level and all four apartments will be rebuilt,,' said owner Paul Wil- son. The apartments have not been rented since he purchased the building more than eight years ago. Lathe and plaster is being removed from all the apartments to allow for insulation• The apartments were not previously insulated• The electrical wiring is being replaced. The apartment walls will be stud- ded on the inside so foam insulatiofi may be used to insulate the walls New windows will be Installed throughout with the windows on the south side of the building being put in at the original . height. "I want to see the windows on the south back at their.original height• To me it is just something that has tobe," said Paul• Each apartment will have central heat and air, as well as ceiling fans. All water lines are being replaced and tankless water heaters will be installed. The roof was new six or seven years ago and then redone again last year because of the hail storm. There will be three, two-bedroom apartments and one, one-bedroom apartment. All apartments will have a living room, kitchen with eat-in area and bathroom with shower• There will be a chair-lift from the street to the apartment floor. I want to be able to offer affordable, energy efficient apartments on Com- mercial Street in Mankato," said Paul. Continued to page 4 APC Construction, Mankato, was hired by Paul Wilson to do the demolition and related clean up work on the apartments located on N. Commercial in Mankato.