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Offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 148 E. Third Street, Sul~erior, Nebraska 689~78 I A feature of The Superior Express Thursday, August 27, 2015 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Mankato, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska Marilyn Dunstan, APRN at Jewell County Rural Hospital, plans to retire, effective Monday. "Usually Mondays are busy, so I will finish out on that day. After 60 years of either school or work, I am ready to do something else," i said Marilyn. Retirement years sometimes consist of trying new things and going new places. It sounds like for Marilyn it will be "getting back to" years. The first day of not being em- ployed, Marilyn has big plans: "Sleep in," she said. "I have so many projects planned; I have lived here in Mankato for the past five years exclusively. I can't wait to get back to my farm home south of Scandia and my husband. I'm ready to give time to family and llamas," said Marilyn. Following her high school years, Marilyn attended Bethany College were she graduated with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and pre-nursing. At Trinity Lutheran Hospital, Kansas City, she received her RN certificate in 1972. She has worked as an RN for 43 years. In 1990, Marilyn went on to school at the University of North Da- kota School of Medicine, where she Norman Hoard grew up in the Formoso area and according to Norman, he "graduated from Formoso Tech." Following graduation from high school, Norman attended Fairbury Junior Col- lege with the intention of becoming a teacher and a coach, but that didn't work out and he returned to Formoso and began working for Jake Spiegel, who was a farmer. His future wife, Doris Dunstan, graduated a year behind Norman and then they were married. Then came a life changing happen- ing. Sept. 1, 1954, Sam Burger sold a filling station located on the west side of Courtland to Norman. The business consisted of a gas pump and a bay that had a pit below it, no hoist. "I didn't know a thing about operat- ing a filling station. But I figured with the filling station located right along Highway 36, and if I kept the station open later hours and then opened early people would stop and buy gas and maybe need a tire fixed or maybe some- thing mechanical done," said Norman. His reasoning paid off for Norman. In a short time the Hoard Oil business started to flourish. There were a lot of farmers in the area in the 50s. In 1957 Norman added a fuel tank delivery truck to his busi- ness. Norman found himself working the filling station during the daylight hours and into the later evening hours. After closing the station he would de- liver fuel to his farm customers, fix their tires, even doing some mechani- cal work if needed. "You have heard the saying, 'a farmer works sun up to sun down and his work is never done,' well in the 50s and 60s I wasn't farming butthere were many nights, even weeks, where I found little shut eye time with keeping the station going and the fuel truck going. My work was neverdone," said Norman. Between 1961 and 1962 there would be '),et another big change for Hoard Oil. Highway 36 was moved a mile north of Courtland. It no longer would travel right in front of Hoard Oil. 'T m sure you have heard the saying 'all good things must come to an end,' and I was afraid that was where Hoard Oil might be headed. I knew I had to do something to make up for the business I was going to lose with the moving of the highway. My income from the traf- fic on Highway 36 would be gone. Little did I know, but at that time in my life the moving of that highway helped mein its own way. I knew most of the people that were coming into the sta- tion but outside of the community of Formoso and Courtland I knew very few people. If I wanted to keep my business I had to get out among all the farmers and businesses in this area and surrounding areas to let them know what I had to offer and how I could service them, and it worked. I built my fuel truck delivery business up by de- livering gas farther east and north," said Norman. Then from 1964 to 1966 Norman completely rebuilt the Hoard Oil facil- ity into its present day facility. What used to be the original filling station portion of the business is now the of- rice and coffee room. Connected onto that portion was a two bay area that is 40x60 and one of the bays has a lift. At this time the gas pumps were left where they were originally. "I didn't set my sites high enough. I borrowed enough money to make it earned her nurse practitioner and phy- sicians assistant degree. "At that time, the University of North Dakota was the only school that offered the degree. You had to have so many years of experience to get in to the school and I was able to acquire the degree in one year," said Marilyn. The next steps of offering care in the northcentral area was working with Dr. Paul Nelson, Concordia, and Dr. Fowler, Cloud County Community College student health for 10 years, and then for Beloit and covered Jewell, Jamestown, Glasco satellite clinics for 10 years. When Dr. Mehmood was at the Jewell County Rural Health Clinic, Marilyn held a women' s clinic, worked as an RN, was on call one weekend a month at the Jewell County Hospital and was a EMT for the Belleville and Jewell County ambulance services. In 2006, when Dr. Hockersmith came to JCRHC, Marilyn became full time strictly in Jewell County and has worked here until the present time. Art and drawing is yet another part of her earlier life she wants to get back to doing. She is a member of the parish ministry association in the Lutheran Church parish in Republic. She is look- ing forward to helping with preaching and home calls. Other items Marilyn is excited to get started on are time with her 10 llamas, gutting her basement and re- Norman Hoard stands behind the counter at Hoard Oil where he has helped, thanked, and jawed with thou- sands of customers during his 61 years of being in business. work and I probably should have looked farther down the road," said Norman. It wasn't until 20 years later that Norman moved the gas pumps from the east side of the business to a new location at the west end of his property. "We needed to get the gas island away from the front of the bay doors. It was too congested. At this time we were doing quite a bit of mechanical business, nothing major, just every day things, and the tire business was busy. We needed more room in the front for customers to get in and out so we went west with the pumps. Not only were the pumps moved but they became self service pumps and were operated with debit and credit cards.Trying to elimi- nate time filling out a charge ticket, mailing costs to send them out and keeping customers on a timely paying system was becoming time consuming and cash flow wasn't there. I felt some- thing needed to be done so that was one of the reasons behind the new pumps. Our customers were spoiled and a lot of them still use charge tickets. We even have those who fuel and then just drive off. They don't do it to get away with stealing gas. Most of them are farmers and they just have a lot of things of their minds and forget to come in and take care of the ticket. Gives us a good laugh at times," said Norman. As time has gone on Norman stated the credit card gas pumps have made a difference on the sale of the fuel at Hoard Oil. Another service now offered at Hoard Oil is a wand car wash that is located west of the bay area. For about a year in the 80s Norman owned Standard Oil in Mankato, today known as Lloyd's Sinclair station. "I wanted to keep the business in operation as a gas station and another gentlemen wanted to buy it and was going to put in a cleaners so I bought it. It ended up that Dave Fullerton ran the station for a year and then it sold to Lloyd and Donna Johnson, who are good friends of mine, and they still run it today. My son, Kris, ran the tank wagon that came with the station for a while and then the Johnsons finally bought that part also," said Norman. Norman has seen many changes since the inception of Hoard Oil in 1954. modeling, move in a cabin at the farm home, put in an outside bathroom, land- scaping and she has a pond that is ready. She is looking forward to taking lessons and running a spinning wheel with the llamas wool as well as using it to crochet and knit. "I intend to have the next 40 years to do all of this because I come from a line of long-living Swedes," said Marilyn. "Right now I know my husband and I are going to the Kansas State Fair for 15 days, exclusively. We have our tick- ets bought and all arrangements have been made and I am looking forward to it very much. After that there will be family, the land, garden, oil lamps, watching and enjoying the gardens and pond," said Marilyn. As far as a replacement for Marilyn on tile medical staff in Jewell County, according to Doyle McKimmy, Jewell County Rural Hospital, LTC adminis- trator, "We are and have been actively recruiting." "I'm ready to tell the 130 hour work weeks good-bye but will miss every- one in the community. I can't imagine working in a community and not know- ing the people and the people knowing you," said Marilyn. The clinic and hospital will con- tinue to be served by Andy Walker, M.D., Nolan Beavers, M.D., and Joe Black. PA-C. An open house will be held at a later time honoring Marilyn. "When I first started in the tire service I kept 20 to 40 different ones on hand and that would let them take care of almost every car and truck out there. Now the vehicle companies and tire companies have increased sizes and I don't know how many tires we carry and at times still have to order some. One thing about it though, we can still get next day service on delivery of our tires," said Norman. "Another change is the loss of people in the area and that has affected our customer base. It made us become more aggressive. We had to get out and solicit for more customers," said Norman. "In my opinion, since day one, Hoard Oil has always been a family operation, said Norman. "All three of my sons worked in the filling station when they were growing up. Working here taught them good working habits and they learned how to work." Oldest son Kevan lives in Minne- apolis and works for the telephone company. Middle son Kris works at the gas facility that is located near Miltonvale. Son Scott, who is the youngest, took over the business 20 years ago. "After high school Scott went to college for three years and then started working for me. That was in the 80s. He eventually took over the fuel deliv- ery part of the business and in the mid 90s took over the business," said Norman. At the present time there are two employees besides Scott. "All I know to do is come to work, and now I come in at 7 a.m., start the coffee and clean the office. I'm a, well let's just say cleanliness is my number one goal at the station. When I was working with Standard Oil distributors the salesman would come around to sell their products and they wouldn't let you buy them unless you ran a clean respectable service station. Usually people start coming in between 7:30 and 8 a.m. I take care of what custom- ers I can and do what I can to help. Just to help out, now I'm closing up the station around 5:30 p.m.," said Norman. "I do have a hobby, farming. I am a workaholic. I'm more comfortable working than not, so I just keep com- ing in to work," said Norman. On Aug. 21, Norman celebrated his 80th birthday. Early news, ad copy requested for week of Labor Day The Jewell County Record will be among the many businesses and gov- ernment offices closed Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day. Advertisers and correspondents are asked to submit their copy early for the Sept. 10 issue. Items may be mailed, faxed, emailed or left in the newspaper's drop box. The email ad- dress is jcr@nckcn.com. The fax num- ber is 785-378-3782 and the mailing address is PO Box 305, Mankato. If unable to reach the Mankato of- rice, fell free to contact the Superior office, which is typically open Satur- day morning and later on week days. Toll free calls may be placed to Supe- rior, 800-359-2120. The Mankato Volunteer Fire Department drained the Mankato swimming two separate systems pump water from the pool. One works from the truck, were placed in the swimming pool. ............................ ' / pool this week and used the water as part of their regular practice session. Above, where two pumps are used and the other system uses two portable pumps which On Thursday evening, the Mankato college students, as well as adults. This Volunteer Fire Department drained the summer there were 12 people employed Mankato Municipal Swimming Pool. at the pool, nine lifeguards and three in "It helped the fire department gauge management, who were paid an hourly the efficiency of their pumps, and at wage. The pool hours were noon to 8 thesametimesavedthecityfromover- p.m. daily with special times set aside loading the sewer system with clean of noon to 1 p.m. for adults only, and water,"saidTomRoane, MankatoCity then 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 for 18 and older Administrator. Normally, the pool swimmers. water, approximately ll3,000gallons, Private swimming lessons were is added to the sanitary sewer system, once again offered by different indi- where it flows to the lift station, thenis viduals as well as regular swimming pumped into the lagoons, Roane said. lessons offered the second week of This year, most of the water was July. Swimmers were divided by age pumped onto cedar trees and grass to and ability. Instructors for the lessons the north of the city pool. The fireman were all certified life guards. finished the job around 8:15 p.m. To work at the pool, a person must The pool officially closed to the be a certified lifeguard, with instruc- public Aug. 15, releasing Tyler tion and certification in CPR, AED Shadduck, manager, Joel Broeckelman (automated external defibrillator) and and Clay Cosand, assistant managers, first aid. Most of the lifeguards at from their summer job duties.Mankato took their lifeguarding certi- "This year we had a pretty good fication from the manager at the Supe- year, not many problems. We started rior Swimming Pool. out our season with water problems The midnight swim was a popular and they were pretty well gotten under event this year. During the weekend of control. The weather was interesting threshing bee, the pool was full the all summer, chilly, then hot, then it whole time. would storm," said Tyler. July 16, employees of EMS, fire New at the pool this year were the department and lifeguards attended a addition of uniforms worn by the life- rescue training session held for them at guards, consisting of red beard shorts the pool. and a one piece red suit with lifeguard Roane said the initial reading of the across the torso, meter when the pool was initially filled The pool has provided a summer until it was closed, the pool could have job for many local high school and been filled two times. Early on the city crew sealed the main drain of the pool but where the water was coming from then on they don't know. According to Don Hamilton, who was the Mankato city administrator for 20 years, he knew that the main valve that drains the pool had been replaced. As far as problems with the plumbing under the pool, Don said it leaked a little. They did get underneath and did some repairs other than that the city changed the filtering system and just a general maintenance update. In the Sept. 1, 1955, edition of the Jewell County Republican It was re- ported that Mankato voters approved a $75,000 bond election to build a swim- ming pool. According to Mankato CityCouncit minutes, the pool was built in 1957. Back when the county was more populated, the pool was a summerhome to many youths and most times it was filled to capacity. The bottom of the pool had lines painted on it and their were AAU swim meets held among youths from Bellleville, Concordia, Beloit, Smith Center and Superior. One past employ can remember aquatic dancing being performed at the pool. At one time there were five lifeguard stands. All swimming lessons were certified red cross lessons and parents had to get their children signed up when the pool first opened to reserve a spot. There were also two sessions held, one forout of town children and one for in town children. In 2005 during the Marvin Loomis city administrator term, a $1.8 million community development block grant through the state commerce depart- ment was used for the construction of the Mankato Community Center, the main shelter house at the park and the update of the bathhotlse for thepool. Of this money $1,374,864 was received from the grant, and $635,000 from local funds. The city bonds for this project have now been paid off. At a recent Mankato City Council meeting, Jenny Russell, member of stra- tegic planning wellness committee, opened a discussion about a new sw!m- ruing pool in Mankato. The committee was asked by the council to develop a public survey model and present it to the council at their September meeting. At the present time, Roane is research- ing different options that will be pre- sented to the council to eliminate the water loss issue at the pool. The pool has been a steady summer income for many Jewell County youth. The income has helped many youths financially with college. Without the income, some may not have been able to continue with their education. For those who use the pool, it is a recreational activity, good exercise, and what a better built-in summer babysitter. Bohnert celebrates 40 years as Pioneer Seed representative Pioneer plot tours, sponsored by Darrell Bohnert, who is the Pioneer Seed representative in Jewell County, were held Friday. At 4 p.m. the tours started at the Brad Jeffery corn field located south of Burr Oak. The second stop was at the soybean field of Joel Kemmerer, located north of Jewell. The final stop of the afternoon was at the mito field of Curt Saint, located west of Jewell. "Not only were these crops viewed there were other products that were talked about. Pioneer Seed sells corn, soybeans, milo, alfalfa, sunflowers for planting, as well as other products to help with the planting and growth of the crops," said Darrell. When Darrell first started as a Pio- neer seed rep 40 years ago, he was one of four reps living in Jewell County. Now, Darrell is the only one who is still living. At the present, Darrell cov- ers all of Jewell County and also has customers in Smith and Mitchell coun- ties. "I have always said I' m not going to retire," said Darrell. Following the tours, Darrell and Deb always host a supper meal for all of their customers. This year's supper was held at the Jewell Community Center where the customers were treated to a little more than just supper. This year marks the 40th year for Darrell to be a Pioneer seed represen- tative, so Deb felt they should have a small program to go along with the Verle Amthauerpresents 40 year association with Pioneer Seed. meal. "We sent out around 300 invita- tions to our customers inviting them to attend the supper," said Darrell. As one entered the front door of the community center, customers and fam- ily were greeted by Darrelland Deb's daughter, Darica, and daughter-in-law, Shelby. Inviting items available for the taking at this table were Beeches gum a plaque to Darrell Bohnert recognizing Bohnert's Jewell, and the second photo was of the present day Pioneer Seed bins that- are used. A large floral arrangement sat on the floor using native foliage, flowers and field crops. "Each year we give out door prizes for those attending This year we gave out insulated totes, some in black and pink and some just plain black," said Deb. On the wall behind the registration table, customers were treated to a slide show depicting the growth of Bohnett Welding, LLC, and Pioneer Seed over the past years. At the front of the center were three tables that were topped with items that also told the story of the 40 years Darrell had been in business. At the far end of the display tables was a with the stamp of Pioneer and Dupont handle the overflowing of customers. on the package, a basket of ink pens, As host, Darrell and son, Damon, who and, of course, what else, a basket of joinedthefamilybusinessinMay2014 candy com. An easel displaying two as an associate Pioneer Seed represen- photos encased in one frame was on tative, were some of the last people to display. One photo was of the original go through the buffet line. By this time building Darrell started his business in several people were starting to leave 1975, which was a one room building ~ ~^:~:,. th~ ,o~.mty. Darrell's wife, Deb, who on his Dad's farm located just west of Continued to page 3 replica of the seed bins used by Darrell in his business today. The replica was made by Darrell for this occasion. Just ahead of the registration table customers were invited to the buffet style supper, drinks and a dessert table. Rows of tables and chairs lined the main room at the Community Center. Soon the Bohnerts found themselves setting up more tables and chairs to