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Offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 148 E. Third Street, Superior, Nebraska 68978 l A feature of The Superior Express Thursday, August 12, 2010 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Webber, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska Annual Esbonfest will be Saturday The town of Esbon invites every- one to a day of family fun on Saturday. The town's annual celebration. Esbonfest, formerly Octoberfest, prom- ises to be an entire day and evening of activiues for everyone. The town is preparing for a turn out that will rival last year's attendance, and hopefully everyone will come' early and stay late for all the fun. The day will kick offwith the popu- lar mud drags which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the old football field behind the school. Contestants and spectators alike should be pre- pared to get a little dirty. For those wishing to enter, the cost will be $10 for three tries, and there will be a payback based upon the results. Those more interested m a shiny hot rod than a muddy truck should make their way over to the car and motorcycle show located in the foot- ball field area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to enter the show or at least come and check out the vehicles on display. There will be a $15 entry fee and plaques will be awarded for first and second place. The vehicle chosen as best of show will receive a trophy. For the younger children or the young child in all of us, Esbonfest will offer go-cart races just north of the football field. The entry fee is $ t0 and contestants must have all protecuve equipment. There wilt be two racing classes based on age 13 and younger and 14 and older. First, second, and third place trophies will be awarded to the winners in each division. This event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.. and anyone is welcome to participate. While contestants are making sure that all the vehicle engines are fueled up, there will be concessions and a beer garden located near the race tracks to keep everyone else fueled up. Both stands will open up at 10 a.m and remain open throughout th'e day to keep fueling the fun. For a break from the roar of engines and flying mud. crafts will be on dis- play at the fire hall. There will be several booths and many fun and ere- ative items available for purchase for gifts or a neat new item for the home. The crafts will be out from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., giving everyone plenty of time to walk through and see all the hard work and loving care put into the unique items availfible. There will also be food stands in the fire hall. At ! p.m. bingo will be held in the senior center. Also children's games will be located by the fire hall during this time until about 3:30 p.m. Those craving more fast paced com- petition, will likely enjoy the co-ed sand volleyball tournament, starting at 2 p.m. with pre-registered teams com- peting for a payback prize. At 4 p.m., the streets of Esbon will be lined with lawn chairs, smiling faces. and eager children as the parade starts to make its way down main street. All types of parade entries are.welcome and need to preregister at the Catholic church before the parade. So polish up that classic car. come up with a cre- ative and fun float, or just hop on a bicycle in a fun costume and give the spectators a memorable parade, and maybe even toss out some candy along the way. After a day of playing hard, a barbe- cue supper will be served at the fire hall. The Broeckelman Sisters will perform during the meal. Plates will start being dished up at 5 p.m. with plenty of food to go around. A true contest of physical strength and perhaps comedic entertainment will be featured as community mem- bers go head to head in an arm wres tling competition. There will be men's and women's classes with a minimal entry fee and payback. Everyone is welcome to take part in the fun-spir- ited contest. As the sun goes down, the celebra- tion will continue on as Esbonfest hosts a free dance featuring the FlatSpin Band out of Hays. The five member band plays a collection of 70s and 80s classic rock music featuring a variety of well known hits from artist such as Journey, The Beatles. Van Halen, Aerosmith and many more. The dance will begin at 8:30 and last until mid- night. Marihughs picked as grand marshals Ken and Nancy Marihugh say they were more than excited when they received a phone call from the Esbonfest committee telling them that they had been selected as grand mar- shals. They were surprised about be- ing chosen, and greatly honored by the selection. "We look forward to the commu- nity getting together and putting on a good show for everyone," Ken said as he talked about, what they are most looking forward to at the upcoming celebration. Ken has lived in Jewell County fbr a.number,of years. He grew up here. tielping his dad farm. In 1974 he gradu- ated from Esbon High School and then went on to graduate from Kansas State University in 1982. He met Nancy, who is from Lincoln. Kan.. in 2004. They bought a house in Mankato and were soon mariied. Between the two of them. they have five grown children from previous marriages. Ken continues to farm while Nancy works as an registered nurse at Jewell County Hospital. They recently bought the school building in Esbon and have opened the building for gath- erings and Class reunions. It is their goal to someday reopen the building as an academy to help bring business back to Esbon. and to be a part of a program that helps children. Looking forward to Saturday's fes- tivities. Ken and Nancy plan on taking pan in several of the day's activities. Besides riding in the parade, they are excited aboutwatching the mud drags and go-cart races. The pair will also be playing in the sand volleyball tourna- ment, which Ken. unbeknownst to Nancy, signedthem up tbr. With the anticipation of a good- sized crowd and nice weather. Ken and Nancy plan on just enjoying the day along with the rest of the community. They have been especially impressed with the group of hard working indi- viduals who have put in a lot of extra effort in keeping up the appearance of Esbon. They would also like to thank the Esbonfest committee for selecting them as grand marshals, and the com- munity for hosting such an event. The Marihugbs are members of the Methodist Church in Esbon and have gone on several mission trips with the church. Mankato, Downs will host chronic condition workshops Post Rock District Extension Set- wee. along with Russell Extension Service will be sponsoring opnmizing health programs in Downs and Man- kato. The six-week workshop will be- gm on Sept. 7 and continue through Oct. 12. The informative and interactwe workshops will be held at Downs Se- nior Center from 9:30 a.m to 11:30 ,a.m. and then at the Mankato Senior Center from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. This workshop will give sugges- tionsfor how to deal with pain. frustra- tion and fatigue and discuss the ben- efits of exercise and good nutrition. Participants will also learn how to bet- ter communicate with family and health care providers regarding their illness. Each participant will receive a free book. "Living a .Life with Chronic Conditions." made possible by a grant through Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Extension Educators. Kathy Lupfer- Nielsen. Post Rock District and Joann Paschal. Russell County will be the instructors for this workshop. For more intbrmation or to register contact the extension sffices in Osborne and Man- kato or the senior centers in Downs and Mankato. There is no cost to participate in this six week workshop but registrations are needed by Aug. 26: Burr Oak library concludes summer reading program The Burr Oak Community Library has concluded their summer reading program for 20t0. This year's theme was "Make a Splash at Your Library." There were 24 youths signed up for this program. The library had many activities to go with this year's theme. including pirate day, fishing day and octopus theme day. The children made crafts, played games, read books and "'fi shed" from the reading loft. There was a movie and popcorn after each program to make for a full afternoon of activities. To end the pro- gram the children met at the Burr Oak city park for a water play day. They played with water guns, sprinklers, a swimming pool, water balloons and had watermelon for a snack. Each par- ticipant took home a goodie bag of prizes as a reward for being good read- ers over their summer vacation. Ken and Nancy Marihugh have been selected by the Esbonfest committee as grand marshals for the annual celebration, scheduled for Saturday in Esbon. Lovewell State Park holds annual Fun Day celebration Lovewell State Park's annual Fun Day celebration was Saturday. The day began with the 3-D archery shoot. Adult division winners were: first place Davon Ehlers. Fairfield. Neb.: second place Angel Young, Su- perior: and third ptaceMatt Heikkinen. Gibbon, Neb. The youth division was won by Jarrett Arasmith of Jewell for the third consecutive year. Second p!ace was Cameron Ehlers ofFairfi eld. Neb.. and third place went to Grant Arasmith of Jewell. The special steel deer sud- den death shoot-off was won by David Burgess of Valley Center with a dis- tance of 53 yards. Sixteen teams competed in the mud volleyball tournament. Winning the tourney was the Bolte team, captained by Curtis Bolte, with team members from Lawrence and Nelson. Second place was Randy's River Rats of Hastings andTrumbull, and third place went to the Mud Dogs captained by Matt Russell of Trumbull. The log races were won by the Bell team -- Jason. Auston. Katie and Rachel Bell of Clay Center, Neb. Sec- ond place was Vickie Shuck. Norma and MeKenzie Uecker of Edgar and Cory Overturf of Sutton. Third place went to John and Garrett Uecker and Colton Shuck from Edgar. The winning water balloon toss team consisted of Cory Overmff of Sutton and Colton Shuck of Edgar. Taking second place was the team of Steven and William Wilson of Wymore, and the team pf Mike Heikkinen, Nelson and Andy Leichleiter. Harvard. took third place. The waterslide contest prowded a cool break from the beat. Winners in the seven and younger division were: first place Leah Ehlers. Fairfield: sec- ond place Blake Frink. Hastings: and third place Evan Frink. Hastings. In the eigh| to 15 age division Corey Taylor of Alexandria. Neb.. was the winner. Second place was John UeckJ of Edgir. and third place was Colton Shuck of Edgar. In the 16 and older division. Justin Hill. Beatrice. was the winner, with second place going to A usti n Packett. B eatri ce. and t hi rd place to William Wilson of Wymore. Neb. Frisbee throw winners (best of two throws): seven and younger division. first place Hayden Shuck of Edgar. second place Parker Shuck of Edgar, and third place Leah Ehlers of Fairfield. Eight to 15 year old division: first place winner was John Uecker of Edgar, second place throw went to Matraca NondOrf. Superior: third place. Colton Shuck of Edgar. Sixteen and older age group winners were Cory Overturf of Sutton first. Jason Bell of Clay Center. Neb.. was second, and third place went to Tori Ehlers. Fairfield. The day's events concluded with the annual campfire cook-off. Cooler temperatures and plenty of dishes to sample and judge reportedly made for a great eyenmg. The winners by popu- lar vote were Shane. Chris. Kale and Shyanne Miller. Pleasanton. Neb.. with their "Miller Medley" of barbecued beef. chicken and pork sandwiches. Second place went to Bruce Carver of Abilene with a variety of dutch oven cobblers. Third place winners were. Del and Sharon Finlayson of Endicott. Neb.. with a special grilled chicken entre. Lovewe I1' s Fun Day is held the first Saturday of August each year. and many people were reportedly over- heard saying they can't wait until next year. Jewell City Council considers fixing low-water crossing The board adopted the grievance Jewell City Council met last Mon- day at the city hall. Attending the meet- ing were ill Loomis, mayor; Todd Adolph'./D'arrell Bohnert. Max Burks. Ron Howland and John Stoeber, coun- cil members: and Amy Arasmith. city clerk. The Kansas One Call billing fee was reviewed. Loomi s i s waiting to hear back from the county about reclaiming Main Street. Approval was given to make an interim progress payment to Watts & Sons for work on the new sewer lift station. September council meeting was set for Tuesday, Sept. 7. because of Labor Day holiday onMonday. Next auction of school items is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25. Audit report for 2009 was handed out to the council members for review Council was given 2011 budget sheet. The budget hearing was Tuesday. Updating the city equipment fee schedule was tabled until next month. Howland reported that hauling and spreading of rock on the walking trail up to the low water crossing is finished and the trail has been graded. How to fix the" low water crossing was dis- cussed. Flushing of fire hydrants was dis- cussed. It was noted that all hydrants need to be flushed on a regular basis. The debris left from the house fire at 209 S. Columbus was discussed. Fire and tornado siren testing and truck parking were discussed. Following the city council meeting the Jewell Apartment Board of Direc- tors met with the same individuals attending. Board members toured the'empty apartments prior to the meeting to see what work needs to be done. A shower will replace the tub in Apartment 102: Apartment 202 will be completely re- modeled and Apartment 210 needs to be painted and the carpet cleaned. procedure policy as submitted by the apartment manager. Sod has been placed on the Heri- tage Townhomes lawn. Several departments fight fire near Randall Rural fire departments from Randall. Jamestown. Formoso and Courtland battled a blaze Monday evening at the rental place belonging to Bob Collins. Fire destroved some outbuildings on the farmstead and part of the pas- ture. The Randall department was called back later in the night as the pasture reignited, but it was quickly extinguished. The farm i s six miles east and a mile south of Randall Mankato City Utility Report Connects: Gall and Phyllis Colson, 525 N. Clinton: Andrew ahd Gila Peterson, 525 N. Clinton. Amanda Zadina. along with her daughters Paige and Peyton, splash about under the starlight at the midnight swim at the Mankato Public swimming pool. Sunday night Rock Hills School Board approves FYll budget The Rock Hills Board of Education held a special meeting Monday at 6:45 p.m. for a public hearing on the pro- posed fiscal year 2011 budget. Superintefdent Smith reviewed with the board the proposed FY.I 1 bud- get, which has been taken to Topeka for a consultation with Dale Dennis at the Kansas State Department of Edu- cation. The proposed general fund tax rate" is 20.000: the proposed supple- mental general fund tax rate s 18.197: and the proposed bond and interest tax rate lot previous USD 278 only is 2:842. Sinith reported the district is using a figure of 304.5 for student enroll- ment for calculating the budget. Smith also projected there could possibly be a slightly higher actual enrollment this year based on early enrollments and interest. Following the special meeting, a regular meeting was held at 7:15 p.m. Monday. President Fleming called the meet- ing to order, and the board unanimously approved the agenda and last month's minutes. The treasurer' sreport for July 2010 was not available and will be presented at the September meeting. Tracy Walker moved, seconded by Ervin Underwood. to approve the Check registers and transfers as presented. The motion was approved 6-0. Fleming welcomed guests and the board acknowledged a requested audi- ence before the board by the Janet Higer, representing the summer youth baseball program. Higer discussed the baseball field conditions and possible grants available to the program. She said because the baseball fields are on school owned property they did not qualify for one of the grants. However. Higer did find apossible choice through the Kansas City Royals Association that would consist of up to $5.000 in matching grant funds. The proposed grant money would go towards refinishing the infield on at least one of the baseball diamonds. Higer informed the board the current state of the baseball diamonds led to many cancelled games and games re- scheduled in other towns because of all the rain received over the summer. She also informed the board she had solic- ited the business district for donations to fund a new scoreboard for the base- ball field. The school board questioned if they were to donate to the program, would the baseball team name and uniforms be changed to Rock Hills. Higer said several businesses have ex- pressed interest in donating funds for the purchase of Rock Hills T-shirt jer- seys for the program, and the program has hopes of changing the unifOrms within the next year. Tracy Walker moved, seconded by Ervin Underwood, to contribute $1.000 to the matching funds, conditional upon the summer youth obtaining a match- ing grant of up to $5.000 from the Kansas City Royals Association. The motion passed 6-0. The board also agreed to allow a new scoreboard to be installed if adequate funding through donations is received. The board.reviewed and discussed the monthly bus report, which includes mileage, fuel, and repairs for the month of July 2010. The board requested Bob Roush, facilities and transportation director, to provide a spec sheet for a nine-passenger Suburban for the board to review at the September meeting. Spiegel moved, seconded by Walker, to adopt the FYI l budget as present at the public hearing. The mo- tion passed unanimously. The board received three sealed bids for the surplus district property. The motion was moved and approved 6-0 to accept bids from Morgan Harris for Lot No. 1 in the amount of $350. the bid from Roger Samuelson for Lot No. 2 in the amount of $125. and the bid from Bill Blauvelt for Lot No. 3 in the amount of $127. The board began their tour of the school facilities by boarding the new coach bus. They conducted tours of the high school, elementary school and middle school. The board returned to the district office at 9:05 p.m. to pro- ceed with the balance of the meeting. Superintendent Smith reviewed the infl)rmafion regarding area substitute teacher rates of pay and current Rock' Hills rates. Walker moved, seconded by Peroutek. to establish the Rock Hills USD 107 certified substitute rate of pay at $80 per day and $85 per day alter six continuous days in the same assignment b the same substitute. The morion passed 6-0. The board also unanimously approved the substitute hourly rates of pay for regular route bus drivers at $10.5(I. activity tip bus driver at $7.25. late route bus driver at $10.50, and all substitute cook. secre- tary, custodian, paraprofessionals at an hourly rate of $7.25. Spiegel moved, seconded by Ervin Underwood. to declare the non func- uoning mr compressor and old aquari- ums as surplus and to be disposed of by advertisingon thePurplewave website. Motion passed. The board discussed redrawing the voting districts. The purpose of re- drawing the districts is to encompass the territory resulting from the land transfer. One district would be com- posed of Center. Washington, Grant, Holmwood. Richland, Sinclair. Mon- tana and Jackson townships; and the other voting district would be made up of Highland, Walnut, Harrison. White Mound. Burr Oak. Esbon. Limestone. Odessa. Ionia, Calvin, Buffalo. Vicksburg and Erving townships. This structure of" the proposed voting dis- trictg keeps the population of the two districts within the five percent vari- ance allowed. The board discussed the possibility of dividing the area into three voting districts. No action was taken at this time. It was recommended that the board make a decision by the October meeting. Underwood moved, seconded by Peroutek. to approve the out of district transportanon requests for Karen Cockroft to USD 273. Chantel Vacek and Angle Ehlers to USD 426. The motion passed 6-0. The board had their first reading of the middle school student and teacher handbooks, and the elementary stu- dent and teacher handbook. Because of inconsistencies between the hand- books Smith recommended that PreK- 8 handbooks be written instead and presented to the board prior to the September regular meeting so that handbooks could be ready for distribu- tion to the students and teachers. Yelken moved, seconded by Peroutek. to approve the recommen- dation for Rock l!i!!s USD 107 :c become a member of the Schools for Quality Education for the 2010-2011 school year at an annual rate of $325. The board approved the motion 6-0. The board also unanimously approved the recommendation to become a mem- ber of the School Reach Instant Parent Notification System for the 2010-2011 school year at an estimated annual cost of $630. The board requested Mrs. Roemer contact the City of Mankato to have the overhaning tree limb trimmed at the north end of the one-way street by the elementary school. This is a safety iffsue because the tree limb obstructs motorists' vision of students. The board also requested a different mirror be installed in the girl's restroom at the middle school. Fleming moved, seconded by Underwood to enter i at() exectmve ses- sion to discuss non-elected personnel. Motion passed 6-0. Underwood moved, seconded by Spiegel, to approve Katie Whipple as the middle school assistant volleyball coach, and David Warne as high school assistant football coach [br the 201(I- 201 I school year. The lnotion passed 6-0. Tim board also unanimously ap- proved to extend the contracts for the 2010-2011 school forBillieCox, sum- mer technology for $3.030.45 for 120 extra duty hours: David Graham. ag. ed. for $2989.88 for 140 extra duty hours: and Kevin Ost. woods for $1.790.90 for 80 extra duty hours. The board discussed the details fl)r the back to school barbecue on Mon- day at 6:30 p.m. the city park in Mankato. The board will furnish grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, buns. condi- ments, table service and drinks. The next regular meeting of the USD 107 Board of Education will be Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the board office located at 109 E. Main Street in Mankato: Shooting range may be located at landfill The Jewell County Commissioners met at 8:30 Monday morning. Jonas McEntire. sheriff, reported having three prisoners. Canleron Grabast. undersheri ft. said he discussed setting up a shooting range at the land-' fill with Jim Vaughan. Michael Perrie. deputy, was also present for the discus- sion The commissioners reviewed the Enterprise Zone and confirmed a re- gional development orgamzation has been established as required by 74-50- 11 (c)(l), t'or the purpose of qualifying the County of Jewell as a designated nonmetropolitan business region. Rex Fischer. general superinten- dent. discussed road and bridge main- tenance projects. Don Snyder emergency prepared- ness director, requested the chairman' s signature on the E 9-1 - 1 Grant Assur- ance form for 2010. Darrell Miller. county attorney, dis- cussed the possibility of adopting abid policy. Local Weather High arid Low Mankat(i "renll)cralures Aug. I .................. 93 69 Aug. 2 .................................  92 70 Aug. 3 ................................ ,103 74 Aug. 4 ................................ 95 69 Aug. 5 .................................. 88 68 Aug. 6 ................................... 90 70 Aug. 7 ............................... :.. 86 66 Mankato prempltation reported by Wilbur Becker for the week was 1.20 inches. Hospital receives incubator for premature babies... (...and other Jewell Co. Memories) 100 Years Ago A Jewell City gift was in a fix this week. She wanted to go up town and there wasn't a soul in the house to button her dress. Loomis Bros. and Geo. Fedde shipped a load of fat cattle tO Kansas City last week. Roy Loomis went down with them. If you want to be healthy, get in the habit of taking a bath every summer. 70 Years Ago Jewel] County received an incuba- Continued to page 8