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fl Offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 148 E. Third Street, SuFerior, Nebraska 68978 A feature of The Superior Express Thursday, September 16, 2010 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Webber, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska utes of the last meeting were read and approved. In attendance at the meeting were Steve Greene, Jim Dooley, Frank Langer, Tim Warner and Martha Matthews. 'The treasurer's report was given. Money received from the county in 2009 paid for the cost of the Career Day in 2008. The county budget has been approved land Steve Greene' will check to make sure that Strategic Plan gets their budgeted amount. Election of officers was discussed. Since that usually happens in the spring, it was decided to keep the present of- ricers in office until spring of 2011, Information on the grant received by the Hometown Competitiveness Group was presented by Jim Dooley. The group plans to begin work in Sep- tember. The possibility of a career day for spring, 2011 was discussed. Martha Matthews will visit with the school district to determine whether they would be agreeable and determine dates that would be available br tiffs activ- ity. It was decided to recruit people to assist m this endeavor. Changing the name to better reflect the focus was also discussed. Tbadd Hinkle had pre- sented ideas to the economic develop- ment group several months ago re- flecting the ideas generated by the Jewell County Resource Council. and their ideas were discussed. It was de-- cided to proceed with-the plans. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the courthouse meeting room. Commissioners sign letter of K00,a, Gas Semce support, for wireless 911 grant gas000nesj0n Mzky?t upgrade natural' The Jewelt County Commissioners met Monday, Doyle Alcorn was selected as Jewelt County's voting delegate for the KWORCC 2010 Annual Meeting with Dwight Frost as alternate Don Snyder. emergency prepared- ness director, presented a letter for the" commissioners to sign in support of the county's Wireless 9-I-1 Grant Funding. The request was approved. Commissioners approved the final application for the Esbon Rural Fire Kan-Step Grant. Commissioners signed Resolutior 10-13 certifying legal authority to ap- ply for lae 2010 Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program from the Kansas Department of Commerce and Authorizing the MayoffC'mmissioner to sign and sub- mit such an application. Commissioners approved signing Resolutirn 10-14 assuring the Kansas Department of Commerce that funds will be continually provided for the operation and maintenance of improve- ments to Esbon RFD 3 Fire Station to be financed with community develop- ment block grant funds. Jonas' McEntire, sheriff, and Cameron Grabast. undersheriff, dis- cussed vehicle repairs. They also re- viewed quotes on new pickups. Decision was made to purchage a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado, extended cab. 4WD. LT for $27,900 from Alexander Motors, Superior. with funds from the equipment fund. Rex Fischer, general supermten- dent. discussed road and bridge main- tenance p:ojects, equipment repairs and the possibility of storing the motor grader in a different location at Webber, Steve Greene asked the road de- partment to work on field approaches. Jewell County Commissioners Dwight Frost, Doyle Alcorn and Steve Greene met last Tuesday. Jim Vaughan, solid waste director. reviewed the monthly activity report for August 2010. Angela Murray, health nurse, re- quested the commissioners sign an amended contract for the Public Health Emergency Response Agreement for additional funds to purchase a Sensaphone in the amount of $416.26. She reported having completed train- ing to be an audiometric technician. The contract was signed. Jonas McEntire. sheriff, provided an update on the operations of his de- partment. Rex Fischer. general superinten- dent. discussed road and bridge main- tenance projects and equipment repairs. He introduced Jeff Bender and Scott Jewell residents voice complaints about conditions at Lake Emerson Jewell C@ council met last Tues- day at the city hall. Attendingthe meet- ing were Bill Loomis. mayor; Todd Adolph. Darrell Bohnert, Max Burks. Ron Howland. John Stoeber. council members: and Amy Arasmith. city clerk. Citizens were present to voice their complaints regarding several concerns at Lake Emerson including dogs chas- ing the geese, shooting firearms at the lake. trash along the trail and 4-wheel- ers and vehicles on the walking trail not yielding for pedestrians. The council will address the con- cerns by placing signs prohibiting un- authorized vehicles on the trail; setting a post in front of each bridge and plac- ing signs prohibiting the use of fire- arms at the lake. Two members of Jewell Lodge 11 were present to ask if the Jewell Lodge could rent a room at the school build- ing for their meetihgs. If it's not pos- sible to rent the school, they asked if propane instead of natural gas could be used at their presem location-to cut down on utility expenses. N'o decision was made. Ron Howland asked if the city whistle could be shut off during the music festival on Sept. 18. He also asked if the school gym could be used as a second alternative site in case of inclement weather. Howl and will check with Carl Knarr about the whistle. It was agreed the school gym could be used as an alternate site for the music festival. The street in the 400 block of Main has been reclaimed. It was reported the factory representati;ee would be m Jewell the next' day to start the new sewer lift generator. The fire hydrants have been flushed..The city-wide fall clean up day is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 81. Action on the low water crossing at Lake Emerson was tabled. There will be a potluck supper and ribbon cutting ceremony at the lake on Friday evening, Oct. 8. Clean up of the property at 209 S. Columbus was discussed. Approval was given by the council :- for Amy and Brad Howland to set up their mobile small animal veterinary service at the north side of the park in Jewell several times a month begin- ning in November. Anew water service line has been installed at the co-op station's new building. There has been high water loss the past two months partially due to a leak on Venango Street. Council approved signing the contract withRex Woods, CPA ;for the 2010 audit. The next auction of school items will be Saturday Sept. 25. Permission was granted to the Jewell Chamber of Commrce to use the school for corn show activities .A building permit was approved for a privacy fence at 505 N. Sheridan. Complaints have been received about the condition for the property at 102 S. Sheridan. The city has been notified by the State Board of Tax Appeals that the city's request for exemption of prop- erty taxes on the school building has been denied. The council will make a decision at the Oct. 2 council meeting whether or not to auction off the build- ing. Council agreed to let Thelma Shelton host a fireworks celebration next July at Lake Emerson or the foot- ball field. The council preferred the Lake Em ,rson site. Jewell Apartment Board meeting was called to order by Bill Loomis. Minutes for the Aug. 2 meeting were aporoved. Remodelinz in, 102 is done aiacl the apartment is rented. The bills were reviewed and approved for pay- ment. Roger Howland is installing a new hot Water system in the building. It vas asked if a handicapped push button control could be installed on the north door and a new chair purchased out of memorial money for the activity room. It was decided the manager should be consulted about these items. Jewell Chamber planning fireworks show at Lake Emerson The Jewell Chamber of Commerce met at 7 p.m. Monday. There were 48 members and rive guests present. The meal was prepared by the chamber officers. The business meeting was called to order by Wayne Feigal, president; A thank you card was read from the Jewel l County Relay for Life. Ron Howland, reporting on the Ionia and Jewell Counti'y Music Festival. is asked for volunteers to help at the festival. Curt Shoemaker reported that all the musicians have been confirmed and Erin Barks gave an update on advertising and showed the coolies that would be sold at the festival. Five guests attending the meeting indicated they will be joining cham- ber. They are Arian and Elva Folson. Ken Garst. Becky and Herman Fernandez. Deb Bohnert gave an update on Corn Show plans. This year's theme is: "Lfe's Shining Moments." A Red Cross Blood drive will be held iia Jewell Nov. 16. An update was given on new fami- lies who have moved to Jewell. It was noted motorized vehicles are no loner allowed on the walking trail Continued to page 7 pipeline right of way agreement along Section 24 of Grant Township. Darrell Miller. county attorney, pre- sented real estate sales agreement drafts for the commissioners' review. Miller was asked tO review the public projects grant award Agreement between the Kansas Corporation Commission and Jewell County. The grant award is $118,914 to replace the boiler steam system and retrofit lighting at the court- house. After review the agreement was signed. Commissioners approved signing the deed to Jerrad and Lindsey Alvord for Lots 1. 2 and 3 in Block 2 of Brigham, Crill and landall's Second Addition, Randall. and one-half of va- cated Seventh Street, The sale price is $100. Joe Hurla and Aaron Etzkorn, rep- resented 360 Energy Solutions. re- viewed items to be updated and dmeline for the energy grant project. Tolley, Foley Tractor representatives. They discussed the maintenance agree- ments for equipment and Caterpillar refurbi shed machines. Fischer also reported on the right of way agreement for Larry and Janet Balch Pope. The commissioners re- ported road concerns. Commissioners signed the water ;!ti ..... Much of ,.lowell County welcomed Monday night's thunderstorm. Flashes of lightning followed by loud claps of thunder filled the night sky and the dry land eagerly took in the large ram drops which fell throughout the night. In the morning local citizens awoke and checked their rain gauges. This one near the center" of Mankato read 1,30 inches. FBLA students show video project from nationals to school board members The Rock Hills Board of Education met Monday. The meeting was held at the district office starting at 12 p.m. with board members Mark Fleming, Lori Yelken, Lesa Peroutek, Steve Spiegel and Keith Roe present. Also present at the meeting were Nadine Smith, Allen Walter, Beverly Roemer, Lynette Bartley, Nicol Parde, Katie Hesting, Alex Smith. Beth Menhusen, Shelby Smith. Darrell Miller. Brent Cunningham and Chelsea Windmuller Katie Hesting and Alex Smith, Fu- ture Bdsiness Leaders of America members, presented two videos to the board. The first was the video they took to nationals in digital video pro- duction. The second was a slide show of pictures fro the trip to Nashville. They thanked the board for letting them attend nationals and for the contribu- tion. which helped make the trip pos- sible. Shelby Smith and Beth Menhusen, also FBLA members, requested per- mission to attend the National Fall Leadership Conference in Des Moines, Iowa on Nov, 5 and 6. Permission was granted to attend the conference, with the use of two school Suburban ve- hicles, and the district to supply the fuel for the trip. The Board reviewed and discussed the monthly bus repor L which included mileage, fuel and repairs for the month of August 2010. The out Of district transportation requests for Ed Peters and Shena Colson were approved. Superintendent Smith discussed a quote from Kansas Basement and Foundation Repair regarding the Rock Hills Elementary band room which is located in the basement. The scope of work on the proposal included install- ing 85 linear feet of waterguard drain system, installing 33 linear feet of lat- eral lines, installing one well duct to drain top level into bottom, installing one new sump pump with sealed lid system, installing one new sani-dry air system to Include one extra filter, muf- fler and transfer pump for a total of $12,225.00. Mike Demel. of Kansas Basement and Foundation Repair. spoke with board via speakerphone. He answered questions regarding the scope of work and the terms of the quote. Demel said this was a quote and not a proposal, and the price was firm with no additional charges. He said there is a 20-year warranty, and that he is 100 percent confident this will correct the ground water issue the elementary school has had. His proposal was accepted. Brett Cunningham was present and discussed internet issues at the school buildings, which Superintendent Smith had contacted him about. He discussed a quote to run fiber optic cable/Yoin the Cunningham hub to the high school buildings, which would provide a dedi- cated fiber optic line for internet use in the buildings. He said this would greatly improve speed and connectivity. Cunningham Communications, Inc. would split the cost 50/50, The total project would cost $4.392.33. The work could be completed within a month. A quote for running fiber optic to the elementary and middle school will be submitted to Supt. Smith for Board review at a later meeting. Commitments involving E-Rate will dictate some of the changes. Roe moved, seconded by Spiegel, to run fiber optic from the Cunningham hub to the Rock Hills High School. with the motion passing 5-0. Nex-Tech Wireless has contacted Cunningham Communications. Inc. in regard to leasing tower space on the Mankato cableTV tower east of Man- kate. Nex-Tech would also like to put a small building and generator at the base of the tower for the cellular equip- ment. Per the land lease arrangement with USD 107. Cunningham Communica- tions is required to ask permission to put a building inside the existing lease footprint. The request was granted. The board requested Bob Roush. facilities and transportation director. prepare a specifications sheet for a 9 passenger Suburban for the board to review. The district will seek bids prior to the Oct. 11 meeting for the possible purchase of one or two of the vehicles. The board reviewed the Pre-K through 8 Student and Teacher hand- books that were submitted for the 2010- 2011 school year. Supt. Smith dis- cussed changes in the handbooks: The board unanimously approved that due to timing, the handbooks be approved with corrections and that they be sub- mitted to Supt. Smith for a final review before being distributed. The board approved the recommen- dation of Phil Menhusen to the Rock Hills High School Site Council. The board discussed redrawing the voting districts to encompass the terri- tory res-.'rlting from the land transfer. The board discussed possible options for dividing up the area that would still meet the specifications of the popula- tion of each district being within a five percent variance. The board revisited the idea of two districts, the possibility of incorporating a third district, or just going to an at-large system. No action was taken at this time. Supt.. Smith reported that the el- ementary school needs to purchase an auto-scrubber. A Betco 26 Automatic Sdrubber with traction drive will be purchased at a cost of $5.660. The board discussed the possibility of establishing three-year rotations for FFA. FBA and FCLA for attending national conventions. It was suggested if a policy was developed the adminis- tration could handle the requests rather than having the student groups come before the board. A draft policy will be prepared for the October board meet- rag. Principal Allen Walter reported the high schol year is off to a great start. He lnent;.')ned that Mr. Graham wants to use part of the field north of the nature trail for test plottin wheat, mile, Continued to page 7 A local American soldier's view of the war in Afghanistan Remembering 9/11 Editor's Note: The following is written by a member of the White Rock High School Class of 2006 who s currently serving ,i Afghanistan. He is the son of Matt Hesting and Leah Garman (both of Burr Oak). Spe. Jacob Hesting 1/75th Rgr Rgt After nine years of constant War all American s are sick of the fighting, sick of the hate. sick of seeing our boys coming home wrapped in our nation's colors. Even the most patriotic are doubting and wanting an excuse for a way out. Why can't peace be achieved? Peace will never be found unless there are people who are willing to kill and be killed so a percent of the popu- lation can experience 5 minutes of peace. The world is a cruel and brutish place for the masses unless a few go, on their own accord, into the dark night after night, We've all heard the cliche "Freedom isn't free." well Peace isn't free either. Whm is peace for those who have chosen to giveup theirs' so others can have it? I'll tell you. Peace for us is found when our legs ar on fire from a long night and we hear our helicopter pop- ping against the wind to pick us up. Peace is found when we've achieved fire superiority and the enemy runs for the hills so we can hunt them another day. Peace is achieved when the ice water used to keep your buddy's body cool in a black rubber bag spills on your boots, and you know that you and your brothers aren't going to make his sacrifice vain. We wipe our tears and replace them with sweat hunting those who can't coexist with other people whose fai th isn't the same as theirs. As long as evil is real. evil men will be out there, ready for the harvest. Continued to page 7 upgrading of upgrade distribution ser- vice lines and relocation on natural gas meters throughout the city of Mankato beginning, "This project is a part of our regu- larly scheduled maintenance plan and is a system-improvement program." said'Conrad Koch ler. manager of com- munity relations for Kansas Gas Ser- vice. Customers atTected by this project will be notified b Miller Paving and Construction. the contractor assisting Kansas Gas Service. or by a service notification card tha}  will be posted at their home or business. The project is expected to be completed by the end of October and company ofl'icials do not anticipate any major interruption to traffic flow. Mankato Chamber plans holiday drawing Twelve members of the Mankato Chambe of Commerce and three guests met last Wednesday noon. Katie Hesting and Alex Smith along with Nicole Parde gave a presentauon on the trip they took to Nashville. They thanked the chamber fk)r the donations which helped pay for the trip to the natiomql meeting. President Natalie Frost conducted the meeting. Members discussed hold- ing a Chamber Bucks drawing for the holiday. It was proposed each business have a registration box with the draw- ing held the weekend of Santa's visit. A committee was formed to discuss the chamber being involved in the homecoming festivities. The remain- der of the meeting was devoted to discussing future plans for community activities. The next meeting will be held at Bob's Inn at noon Oct. 13. Will distribute commodities at Jewell Apartments There will be a government com- modities distribution for the Jewell. Randall and Ionia areas at I p.m. Thurs- day, Sept. 23. at the Jewell Apart- ments. The distribution will include canned beef stew. cherry apple juice, canned salmon, potato flakes, carrots, apri- cots, great northern beans, cream of mushroom soup, and frozen blueber- ries. Government commodity income guidelines include that the maximum monthly income an individual may have and still qualify is $1,174.00 for a household of one person. Add $406 for each additional family member. Ques- tions may be direct to Pastor Dan Daniels at the Jewell Christian Church. Local Weather High and Low Temperatures Sept. 5 ................................. 95 61 Sept. 6 ................................ 94 63 Sept. 7 ................................. 91 57 Sept. 8 ................................. 84 55 Sept. 9 ................................. 83 64 Sept. 10 ............................... 73 63 Sept. 11 ............................... 92 59 Wilbur Becker. weather observer for Mankato. reports 1.19 of moisture for the week. Charlotte Hansen, weather observer for Jewell. reports 0.30 of moisture for the week. Country music fans are preparing for the 12th Annual Ionia and Jewell Country Music Festival scheduled for Saturday. This will be the second year the festival will be held at the Jewell park. The event grew from an idea that originated with Curt Shoemaker. an Ionia arearesident. It has since evolved into a full-day_ of music from various artists from this area plus nationally known Nashville recording artists. Shoemaker. a member of the Kansas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame. started the festival at Ionia as a way to bring the fun of festivals he had performed at to Jewell County. He believed the area would benefit from such an event. The festival started with regional performers but soon gained popularity, bringing m more pertbrmers and fans from six different states. As the festival grew Shoemaker included several of his talented, per- forming friends He has brought leg- endary and nationally renowned artists to small town Jewell County. After 10 years, Shoemaker decided the festival had grown to such proportions that Ionia could no longer support the grow- ing crowd of fans. He asked the com- munity of Jewell for help. Members of the Jewell Chamber of Commerce quickly picked up the event and helped organize the festival inits new home in the community square which is now maintained as a park. This year the festival will offers-a mix of entertainment. Several big mu-. sic names are included in the lineup of performers, along with a craft fair fea- turing products from around the area. many of which will be presented by local vendors. Performing On the stage will be Les Gilliam who was designated as the official Oklahoma Balladeer by the Oklahoma State Legislature in 1998. Gilliam grew up in Southern Okla- homa. He lived next to Gene Autry's ranch and often visit with the famous country singer. This helped developed Gilliam's love for country music and influenced his own music. He is the winner of the coveted Wrangler Award. Tex and Mary have been perform- ing together for 30 years. They will be in Jewell performing original songs in unique harmonies, and telling silly sto- ries from every walk of life. They are longtime members of the Mid-America Country Music Hall of Fame and have won several awards for their music and singing. Red Kilby is a Nashville recording artist who works as a locomotive engi- neer for the Union Pacific Railroad when he isn't singing. Kilby is known for his energetic stage performances where he goes into the crowd to dance with and sing to fans. The Voice of the Midwest." Big AI Weekley comes to Jewell County from Lexington. Neb.. where he is part of the KRVN radio station family. Big AI is an avid promoter and singer of all Bluegrass. Country, Cowboy, and Texas Swing music. He won several awards in promoting music and his- tory, as well as for his radio work and music. Roger Tibb's is known as New Zealand's Top Yodeller. and is the performer traveling the farthest dis- tance to attend the music festival. Bailey Wilton is the youngest per- former scheduledto sing. The teenager from Lincoln, Kan.. has been perform- ing since she was a little girl. and has her own CD out featuring some of her favorite country and gospel songs. Jerry Neeman is known as Mr. Trumpet. As a music educator for more than 25 years, he has developed an extraordinary talent in playing the trum- pet, drums, as well as singing. Mike Baxter. the Singing Auction- eer, is the 1995 world champion live- stock auctioneer, He currently owns an auction service at Ainsworth, Neb., in addition to performing. Also set to perform are Larry Dean and Mark Jenkins, along with many other fine entertainers. Food and drink stands will be avail- able throughout the day, including a barbecue lunch with Various sides and pie. and a concession stand run by the youth group sponsored by the Jewell churches. Festival coordinators rec- ommend bringing a lawn chair to kick back in and enjoy a day filled with fantastic music. The event starts at 9 a.m. and will run until 6 p.m. The festival will be asking for aS 10 donation per person at the gate to re- ceive a wristband, with children 16 and under getting in lbr free. Ionia-Jewell Country Music Jewell CountYstrategic Plan Festi al II be Saturday V Wl Action COmmittee The Jewell County Strategic Plan Action meeting was held Sept. 1. Min-