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Offices located at l 11 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 148 E. Third Street, Superior, Nebraska 68978 / A feature of The Superior Express Mankato resident to appear on New Zealand TV show being and tried repeatedly to get up to check on him. Campbell reports sev- eral people assisted in keeping Tho- mas down until the ambulance could arrive. "Once you get a cowboy down, they don't stay down, and Kathy was just one of those people," said Campbell, who believes that Thomas was, despite extensive injuries, lucky on that day. Campbell herself is glad that she was on scene and able to help. "I had a duty to act," said Campbell, "I'm glad that the outcome was as good as it was." Following the accident, Thomas was hospitalized for five days in Kearney and then later another five days in Minneapolis, Kan., for injuries which included a fracture to the orbital area of her skull, fracture of her cheek- bone, a neck fracture, clavicular or collar bone fracture, five broken ribs, a dislocated, shoulder, lung contusion, right wrist injury and a compound frac- ture to her left thumb. Her recovery took six to eight months, but She re- ports feeling well at present as the dizziness in particular has subsided. The morning following the acci- dent, Campbell Visited Thomas at the hospital in Keamey. "Her husband, Rex, took me aside and told me that the doctors had said he should thank who- ever was there that had helped Katfiy initially," said Campbell. "I'm not a hero. It's my job and I am just glad I was there to help, but it does feel good to be recognized." Campbell remarked on how many people, those who may not even have known Thomas, showed concern and offered their support and prayers dur- ing the recovery. Thomas echoes Campbell's sentiment. "I just really want to thank every- one," said Thomas, "for the visits, the prayers, the thoughts. It all helped so much during my time of need." Tho- mas especially thanked Bill Logan and Laeey Campbell who were present fol- lowing her accident and went to Cali- fornia with her for the filming of her story on "I Survived, Beyond and Back." Additionally, her horse, Rancher, was cared for by the crew at the Man- kato sale barn and is doing well. About her experience, which Tho- mas refers to as life-changing she said, "It's pretty important. People need to know there is something else out there and we all will have to reckon with what we have done." Her conviction in what she experi- enced led Thomas to contact the show with her story. Though only a simple paragraph was sent, the producers soon contacted her. Thomas. Logan and Campbell were flown to San Jose. Calif., for the filming which was done both in the studio and again out in a country setting. The episode which details what Tho- mas experienced will air when the new season begins on Dec 8 of this year. Expectations are it will be one of the first three episodes to be shown this season. Thomas, vho now resides between Delphos and Minneapolis and recently began work for the postal service, was born in San Jose, Calif. She grew up in Nevada until her family moved to Kan- sas in 1971. She has lived in Mankato and has worked off and on over the years for Bill Logan. one of four own- ers of Mankato Livestock. Inc. Of Thomas. Logan said, "It was quite an ordeal. I thought she was dead when I saw her, but she's a tough o1' girl. a good old cowgirl and a good friend." By Tonya R. Paddock Former Mankato resident, Kathy Thomas, will appear this winter in an NHNZ production of"I Survived, Be- yond and Back," on the Bio channel under the direction of Judith Curran, executive producer, and Janice Finn, series producer. NHNZ (Natural His- tory New Zealand) is a Fox company based in New Zealand which produces shows and documentaries for various venues including Animal Planet, Dis- covery and A&E The circumstances which led Tho- mas to be filmed for the show involved an accident which occurred at the Man- kato sale barn where she worked as a horseback rider penningcattle. A horse person since early childhood, Thomas remembers last year, the day of Nov 19, well. "It was getting dark," said Thomas, "and I was waiting on my horse when this old red bull came through the door for me to pen." The bull saw Thomas, turned and came towards her and her horse. "I was trying to get away, but the bull had us cornered and was eventu- ally ramming my horse from under- neath. We were under a roof overhang, and I remember I kept getting banged into the roof as the bull drove itself under my horse." At some point, Tho- mas was forced violently from her horse. "I tried to get up, but I was dizzy - and the bull was still there, so I just laid back down and curled into a ball to protect m'self," Said Thomas. And that is when everything went dark. Thomas could see herself at the bottom of a large concrete wall with other souls around her. She describes two souls in particular who were sit- ting atop the wall and one was looking down at her. The one looking at her reached its hand out for her to accept. Tyler Marr (left) was named senior champion beef showman at the Jewell County Fair and Ashley Lorence reserve Thursday, July 14, 2011 As she reached upward towards the outstretched hand, she thought of her husband, Rex. and knew at that mo- ment she wanted to return to be with him. As the two hands touched, she felt what she describes as being like ajol t of lightning and she jerked back her hand as slowly the faces of Lacey Campbell and Bill Logan became clearer among others, and she could hear their voices. In a daze. she had returned from an experience she would not soon forget. - Campbell, who was working for Dr. Hanel's veterinary clinic which assists in caring for the animals at the sale barn, recalls coming into contact With Thomas. "It was getting late, and it was cold and muddy out," said Campbell, who had just settled into a break room and taken off her boots when she heard someone calling out to contact 911 as there was a rider down. Campbell, an EMT-I (intermediate emergency medical technician at the level just below paramedic) working out of Osborne went into immediate action, relying on her training to do what she could until the ambulance and equipment arrived. "When I got there," said Campbell, "I didn't recognize Kathy at first. She was lying on her back on the ground. There was dirt and mud everywhere and she was spitting up blood." By the time Campbell arrived, Thomas was conscious though confused and com- plaining of neck and back pain. Campbell did what she was able to with equipment on hand to immobilize the c-spine. "I'11 never forget her eyes though," said Campbell. "She was staring off into the distance, as if she was not really there with us." At the time, Tho- mas was more concerned with her horse, Rancher, than her own well- Price 50 Entered into the mail at Webber. Kansas, and Superior. Nebraska I I Threshing bee met by severe heat wave Temperatures Saturday and Sun- day for the 34th annual antique tractor and machinery show held in Mankato had topped the triple digit mark by noon. There was a slight breeze which made the temperatures barely bear- ' able. Those attending the threshing bee who are true blue farmers, the temperatures didn't seem to matter. But for those who not used to being outside in 100 degree weather, the temperatures seemed pretty unbear- Brownback: Wind energy company ,will bring about 350 jobs to Kansas Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced that Colorado-based New Millennium Wind Energy has chosen the Kansas Logistics Park in Newton as the site of its first manufacturing facility. Kansas Commerce Secretary, Pat George, New Millennium founder and CEO, Drew Thacker and the ex- ecutive director of the Harvey County Economic Development Council, Mickey Fornad0-Dean joined Gover- nor Brownback at the announcement Friday afternoon. Gov. Sam Brownback said New Millennium's facility will manufac- ture an innovative "point of use," high out put, vertical axis wind turbine, add- ing to the emerging wind energy de- velopment cluster in Kansas. "What a great day for Newton and Kansas," Brownback said. "New Mil- lennium represents an innovative com- pany making exciting products in an expanding industry for the state. Kan- sas is beautifully positioned to create new good-paying jobs through alter- native energy. This is more proof that Kansas can compete and win in the global marketplace." The new facility is projected to employ about 70 people in the first year of operations, and more than 350 in the next three to four years. The company expects to commit $20 mil- lion to $30 million in resources over a five-year plan. The plant is expected to be operational by July 2012. "Newton was a logical choice for our manufacturing facilities," said Drew Thacker, founder and chief ex- ecutive officer. "Newton has a strong local workforce with the right skill tions and possibly advanced technol- ogy for high-rate composite manufac- turing with assistance from the Na- tional Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University. The preject represents a strong col- laborative effort by the City of New- ton, Harvey County, the Harvey County Economic Development Council and the State of Kansas. "The Harvey County Economic Development Council is honored to have the Kansas Logistics Park as the chosen location of New Millennium Wind Energy's new manufacturing site," said Mickey Fornaro-Dean, ex- ecutive director of the EDC. "This project is an affirmation of the vision and partnership our leadership has been fostering. We have truly enjoyed work- ing with New Millennium Wind En- ergy and our parmers to make this a reality." With its focus on renewable en- ergy, the company Is looking for a sustainable facility. Suzanne Loomis, Newton city engineer and director of public works, said the new building will be LEED-certified. The Kansas Logistics Park is lo- cated between interstates 35 and 135 and provides access to two Class one rail carriers as well as the Watco short- line railroads. The central location en- ables original equipment manufactur- ers and suppliers to minimize the bur- den of transporting large components into the heart of the nation's wind resources. A cooperative agreement between the logistics park and the Port of Catoosa in Tulsa allows for inland access to barge transportation as well. New Millennium Wind Energy will receive incentives through the Kansas Economic Opportunity Initiatives Fund, which is used to support state and local efforts to encourage compa- nies to locate or expand operations in Kansas. The company also may qualify for additional incentives through Pro- moting Employment Across Kansas (PEAK), High Performance Incentive Program (HPIP) and other economic development programs designed to grow the state's economy and create jobs. "I look forward to watching New Millennium Wind Energy become a valued member of the Newton com- munity and the state." said Commerce Secretary Pat George. "Our economic development efforts to move the state forward as a desirable place to dobusi- hess are certainly evident in today's announcement." Mankato .Weather July 10 .................................... 95 70 July 11 .................................. 100 69 July 12 .................................... 90 70 July 13. ................................... 89 66 July 14 .................................... 92 6"6 July 15 .................................... 97 72 July 16 ................................... 103 74 Betty Becker, weather observer for Mankato. reports. 19 of moisture for the week. sets, as well as good logistical support, including rail, barge and highway ac- cess. Those were key factors in our decision, as our product lines will ship worldwide. We wanted to be in the heartland of wind generation and be- lieve that Kansas will lead the way in this field." New Millennium Wind Energy was founded in Colorado in 2009 to de- velop and manufacture the newly de- signed Next Generation Wind Turbine. The turbines range from 28 by 20 feet for the smaller units to 35 by 28 feet for the larger units. Lightweight and de- signed to be installed directly on the rooftops of commercial buildings, it is a first-of-its-kind design for this range of power production. The Newton fa- cility will produce 20 to 60 kilowatt systems. The company expects to see high-volume demand from big-box and smaller commercial users: "Our point-of-use turbines will revolutionize renewable energy de- ployment," Thacker said. "These sys- tems can provide significant power to data centers, skyscrapers and big box retail stores but also to the most remote villages and Tocations to assure all people have energy for irrigation, clean water, sewage treatment, lighting and the ability to access remote learning- opportunities at affordable cost." The first phase of the project, ex- pected to be complete by the end of this year, will involve assembly and final testing of production designs. The tur- bines are planned to be made from high-tech, carbon-based composites. Future phases will involve increasing assembly capacity, composite fabrica- 1 Casten Wirth pressed to make the longest pull in the 4 and 5 year-old division of the kids tractor pull at the Jewell County Threshing Bee. able. The parade was well attended with a rather large group of exhibitors en- tered in the parade. At the quilt show held at the Man- kato Community Center, there were 50 entries displayed Friday night through 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The cham- pion quilt judged on Thursday at the open competition of the Jewel l County Fair was on display also. PJ Garst, who organized the car show portion of the threshing bee cel- ebration reported good participation. The 25 vehicles lined both sides of McRoberts Street which is the east side of the park. Thirty youngsters participated in the Kiddie Pedal Pull Tractor competi- tion sponsored by Jewell County Farm Bureau. There were three divisions with the top two places receiving cash awards. Carrico Implement, Beloit, provided the use of the pedal tractor. In the 4 and 5 year old division, Kale Whelchel, received first place with a pull of 52 feet; Tyler Hanson. received second place with a pull of 50 feet. In the 6 and 7 year old division, Kaedrik Silsby, was first with a pull of 65 feet and Lindee Watson second at 58 feet. In the 8 and 9 year old division, first was Ashton Ost at 37 feet followed by a second place tie between Dakota Jensen and Cheyenne Mohler at 33 feet. Winners of the men's crosscut saw contest. Saturday Scott Koberstein and Jason Cell. Loveland, Colo.; men and women, Jason Cell and Lisa Cortese, Loveland, Colo.: women, Katie Cortese and Lisa Cortese, Loveland, Colo.; kid's. Skylar Cell and Katie Cortese, Loveland, Colo. The winners Sunday were: men, Dalton Hall and Chriss Brooke. Lawrence, Kan.; men and women. Jason Cell and Lisa Cortese, Loveland, Colo.; women, Lisa Cortese and Katie Cortese, Loveland, Colo., kids. Katie Cortese and Savannah Cell, Loveland. Colo. Harold Shoemaker and his familzsponsored this event. Saturday tractor pull winners were as follows. Small class: Oren Karl. Farmers Un00" to host niche farm tours Kansas Farmers Union will host a tour, open to the public, July 25 of four Republic County farms and value added businesses, operated by Warren Sutton, Dan Kuhn, Chris Janssen and Dale Strickler. Everyone is invited to come and learn how three of the producers pick, harvest, clean, sort, warehouse and market green beans, pumpkins, zuc- chini, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucum- bers, tomatoes, peppers, salad greens and okra. It wig look at their various growing methods, including a high tun- nel and hoop house structure. The tour will also look at Strickler' s farm, which has a wide variety of grasses, legumes and annual forages that create a nutritious mix for his cow- calf enterprise. Strickler is a forage specialist and is passionate about plants and grazing. It will start at Warren Sutton' s field, five miles south of Scandia on 90th on the west side of the road, with registra- tion then the tour Will start at 9:30 a.m. At 11 a.m. the tour will move to Chris Janssen's farm in Scandia. Lunch will be served at noon in Scandia and will be the only cost for the day. The tour will continue at 1:30 p.m. atDon Khun's farm and Depot Market at Courtland Comer on 36 Highway. The last stop will be at Dale Strickler's farm, two miles south of Courtland at 2:30 p.m "We always seem to focus on con- ventional agriculture, while that is the backbone of Kansas ag, there are cer- tainly options here for value-added niche growing and marketing opera- tions," Donn Teske, Kansas Farmers Union President, said. "This is an op- portunity to visit and learn from four of these in a single day close to each other. As far as I know, Warren has the only green bean picking machine in the state of Kansas, I am eager to see how that thing works myself!" Cary Rivard, the'new Kansas horti- culture specialist, will speak during lunch. David Coltrain, River Valley Extension District horticulture agent for Clay, Cloud, Washington and Re- public counties, will also be present to answer any questions. Underwood, Super C International, 4,037. Middle class: Brian Underwood, John Deere B, 5,277; Mahlon McDill, Farmall H, 4,523; Oren Underwood, Farmall H, 4.523. Large class; Oren Underwood, John Deere A, 8,042; Nathan Saint, John Deere A, 5,277; Leon Boden, Massey 44, 5,026. Heavy class: Mike Ehm, John Deere 730, 11,308; Brian Underwood, John Deere R, 11,057; Oren Underwood. John Deere 830. 10,806. Sunday tractor pull winners were as follows. Small class: Oren Underwood, Super C, 4.774; Waude. Underwood, John Deere B, 4,649; Oren Underwood, John Deere B, 4.523. Middle class: Chase Wagner, Farmall H, 4,774; Mahlon McDill, Farmall H 4,523; Terry Garman, Super H 4,277. Large class: Oren Underwood, John Deere A 6,785; Waude Underwood, John Deere A, 6,533; Quentin Underwood, John Deere A, 6.282. Heavy class: Oren Underwood, John Deere R. 11,056; Quentin Underwood, Jolm Deere 830, I 0,806; Terry Garman. John Deere 830, 10.304. Individuals who assisted with the tractor pull were Curt Saint. tractor driver, Calvin Bohnert. Terry Garman and George Griffith, working flags; Chance Colson and Ervin Underwood, connecting tractors; Brendon Wirth, PA system. 5K Run and Walk was sponsored by the Mankato Chamber of Com- merce and had 23 runners, 16 women and seven men; 15 walkers, 10 women and five men. In the 13 to 19 ladies division: Cajsa Larson, 17, was the winner in a time of 23:07. Others in this age division were: Emily Cox, Lizzie Cox Eileen Mick, Chelsi Beam and Hillary Callaway. In the 20-29: women's division Amy Mortimer, 25, won this event and also garnered a first place finish o,)erall with a time of 17:58. Others in the category were Aundrea Gardner, Faryn Beam, and Jennifer Anderson. In the ladies 30-39 age group winner was Jennifer Briggs, with a time of 24:35.00. Others in the group were April Badger, Jennifer Giersch, Amy McDill, Nikki Vance, Judy Wagner. In the womens 40-49 division first was Lori Zadina with a time of 31:31.00. Others in the group were Christy Pennell, Renee Walter, Billie Cox and Jolene Ledet. The women's 50 and over was won by Continued'to page 9 '.:' /:: ::;i ;i'!l:&d:: iii::: , : .............  ........................... i.iil ! ,:::, , .. ::;: i,i:" :: :: :" ............. : ::': :#'::: '::: :':' =r:j: ".:.:., .:/!: , ::!::g: :.:! :':: ': ':: / "'" :": ; ::' i :' "i, "  :::' "-:'/::::i ::: :: .:ii::i:: = .............. g Linda Woemer spotted a bobcat tkiru  k-,i,srely stroll on the road. south and west of Jewetl.