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at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Street Superior, Nebraska 68978 A feature of The Superior Thursday, November 6, 2003 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Webber, Kansas and Superior, Nebraska r @ @ Sen. Mark Taddiken (R-Clifton) will travel the 21st District dufing the next two weeks, visiting with constitu- ents in preparation for the 2004 Legis- . lative Session. Taddiken will be at Jewdl County Courthouse Tuesday from 9 to 9:45 a.ln. and at Jewell Commuttity Center from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Other stops include Janlestown Community Center, 1 to 1:45 p.m.; 3 p.m.; and Glasco Comer Store, 4 to 4:45 p.m. "I find that some of the best ideas and suggestions are generated by visit- ing the towns in the district and simply talking with my constituents," Taddiken said. e, Jewell, offers a quiet getaway in the country., complete with a view of sunsets, rolling hills and John and Diana Stoeber, owners, did the remodeling work and have been operating the lodge for a Garman Schlaefli John and Jewell, decided to turn farm home into came about when home for most of their died, leaving the house few live in Jewell and Lhe country to g a way to pay on the house, the possibil- nto a country lodge for a reunion site getavmy for a week- months of remodeling edge has been open season est for the pheas- and release them for hunting lodge," out. "It's available for stay." e came easy, middle of numer- that John, his parents years ago. The ce- protection winds and winter the farmstead reveals a and several outbuild- hgs provides ' and a heated room ay of hunting. mrrounds the two story farmhouse. cabinet maker and Woodworking talent to with Diana's deco- house into trmhouse has a lot of 7 . i, @ itefns. John constructed a balcony off this bedroom, providing a view of Jew- ell County sunsets, the rolling hills to the southwest and a creek that runs close by. The third bedroom is a "work in sentimental value, as it was once home to his grandfather, Matt Koster, when the house was located southeast of Cawker City. When his parents, Logan and Isabell Stoeber, ma/'ried, this be- came their home and it was here that John and his sister, Susan Marie, grew up. When Waconda Lake was built in the area, the Stoeber family was forced to relocate. They purchased a farm near Jewell in 1965 and decided to move the house there the next year. "The house has a lot of character and, of course, there are a lot of memo- ries here," John said. "Mom always had to have a picket fence to keep the farm animals out of her yard, so that stays." Among modern conveniences added is hot tub built into the porch. Entrance to the house leads to an en- closed porch, now a dining area. The kitchen contains the first cabinets John built, which were for the kitchen of the family home, and those remain in place. Diana used antique cooking utensils, hung in unique arrangements, for the decor. John's love of hunting and fishing is reflected throughout the house in pictures, fabric designs, rugs, curtains and bedspreads. The living room has an open front gas-fueled stove, rustic wooden fur- nishings and features deer antlers on the wall and incorporated in the design of a floor lamp. The downstairs bedroom has wood paneling featuring wildlife scenes. All bedrooms are complete with beds made by John. Upstairs are three more bedrooms, each with thematic decor. The "cow- boy room" is decorated with pictures of horses and an old guitar Logan played as a longtime member of a country music band in the Cawker City area. The south upstairs bedroom is the "Indian" room and features native American artifacts, along with wolf "As we are gearing up for the next session, the hot topic issues of educa- tion, taxes and gun control, appear to be at the forefFont. It will be helpful to know how Kansans in my district are feeling about these and other is- sues," he added. Taddiken is serving his first full term in the Kansas Senate. He is vice chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee and serves on the Senate Voters residing in the USD 278 advance vote tally was 25 for and two existing capital outlay fund. And the school district showed their strong sup- against, district expects to receive $158,000 in port Tuesday for a plan to repair the The district may now move for-state aid. roofs on the district's buildings, ward on a plan to issue $400,000 in It is expected the bonds will in- A general obligation bond issue general obligation bonds, crease the district wide levy by 3.24 passed with more than 85 percent of Roofs to be repaired are on the vo- mills. the voters approval. Polling places were ag complex, administration and high The high school building and voca- open in Formoso and Mankato. At school buildings, tional-agriculture complex are 35 years Formoso there were 37 votes cast in It is expected the district will spend old. The administration building is 65 favor and 14 opposed. Mankato voters $550,000 to complete the roof repairs, years old The buildng once served as cast247ballotsforand37against.The Of this $150,000 will come from an the district's high school. @ By Gloria Garman-Schlaefli This Veterans Day, after 36 years, decorated Vietnam War Veteran Larry Haskett, Jewell, is able to share his life changing experiences which occurred during seven months in Vietnam. According to Haskett, it took a re- union a year ago to break through the barriers that caused him to keep most of his memories silent. "I had always felt there was no use telling people AgffcultureCommittee, SenateAssess- about it. If you weren't there, you'd never understand; if you were there, ment,and Taxation Committee, Senate Utilities Committee, Legislative Edu- no one needs to tell you," he said. Only in the past few years have cational Planning Committee and Se- Viemam War Veterans been honored lectCommitteeon SchoolFinance. He and recognized. Haskett believes this represents the 21 st District which in- has helped the veterans, along with the eludes the counties of Clay, Cloud, Marshall, Nemaha, and Washington, passing of years. andpartofRiley, Jewell and Republic. Haskett grew up on a farm near Naponee, Neb. He was from a large After two weeks in the M.A.S.H Hospital, Haskett spent two months in a hospital in Japan and men was sent home to the Fort Riley hospital. His parents came to see him there. It took him about a year to recover, but he has since had some eight more surgeries and he still experiences pain from the wound. He later learned that there had been two other men in his squad who were seriously wounded and another killed at about the same time Haskett had received his wound. It was when Haskett was reunited in 2002 with his regiment that he met up with the two other men who had been wounded. They believed Haskett had died because of the seriousness of his wound. The three shared memories and he believes, because of this, he has recently been able to talk about those months in Vietnam. progress" for John and Diana. "This will be our 'fisherman's' room, com- family and was taught the importance Regardingthe receptionhereceived .... " id ofserving his country. Hisgreat-grand- Larry HaskeK, dewoll, as he when he came home from Vietnam, he pleted m a fishing theme, Diana sa . The basement houses a game room, Lees1 artist at father was a Civil War veteran; his appearedwhenheservedintheArmy said he is thankful he came from a grandfather, a World War I veteran during the Vietnam era. He has only small-town community, as he felt they complete with a pool table and a rep- ne vspaper office andseveralunclesservedduringWorld recently been able to talk about his were supportive. 'There were several lica of the famous ball of twine in CawkerCity, madebyJohn'sgrandfa- for book signing WarlI and the Korean War. experiences. WW lI and Korean War Vets and they Volunteers for Army certainly were supportive. I know many ther, Frank Stoeber. Local artist and Vietnam War Vet- Fresh out of high school, at the age , ,, The Stoebers enjoy their time at the eran Jim farm, whether they are preparing the Nelson, Jew-ofl9,HaskettvolunteeredfortheArmy for weeks, supplies were sent in by weren t as lucky as I was. and also ,olunteered to be sent to Viet- choppers. Haskett believes there was some house for the next visitors, taking care ell, will be at ham as an tnfant man. "I thought it Receives combat injury misconception of the Vietnam War of the pheasants or doing the farm the Jewell wourdbelife'sgreatestadventureand, Feb. 27, 1967, isad teHaskettwill soldier. One of these,misconceptions work. "We are really happy with the C o u n t y of course, I wanted to serve my coun- never forget. His platoon had found a cotw.,erned druB u=e. I never saw one way it has been going so far. We Record and try." Viet Cong base camp. "We were fol- soldier using drugs," he said. haven'thadanycomplaints,"Johnsaid. News office, When not at the cabinet shop, John Friday, Nov. His older brother who had been lowing a communication wire to,see Heandtwoofhissonswereableto is out at the farm, and Diana, an em- 21 from 10 drafted was also in the army and was where it led when we heard a shot. A attend the dedication of the Vietnam sent to Viemam as a carpenter. Twoof member of Haskett's squad had been WarWallinWashington, D.C;"Itwas ployee at Farmway Credit Union, Be- 1 ' a.m. to 1 p.m. his sisters were in the Navy at the time shot in the head and a chopper was a very emotional experience.' Ioit, comes out to the farm when she 1 !1 tovisitwiththe but never went to Vietnam. Other sib- called for. "We were under fire and I Haskett recently retired as post can. "Thishasbeenacombinedeffon; public aboutlingsincludedanotherbrotherandthree went to move up, and the next thing I master at Jewell after 15years. Heand I guess you could say, it's our hobby, his new book, Vietnam War Paintings, other sisters, knew, a Viet Cong threw a grenade my his wife, Ruth, live in Jewell and he Diana said. and to sign copies of the book. March 15, 1966, Haskett entered way and I was thrown up in the air." helps his youngest son with his new Nelson is not only a locally-known into his adventure and took his basic The next thing Haskett remembers business, Digger Jake. Suspect arrested artist but gained national recognition training at Fort Leonard Wood, Me., is lying on the ground. He had no Haskett has four children and two feeling and quickly felt for his legs. grandchildren. He is a member of BrandonR. Woerner, 23, Superior, eralandhasbeencmmissinedtdseV'paintings, and advanced training at Fort Polk, La. "All !he men feared losing legs or VFW, Beloit, and the American Le- was arrested on warrants from Jewell The recently-published book con- He left for Vietnam in August 1966. Haskett's four buddies with whom arms.' Hishandsfoundhislegsandhe gion, Jewell.'HaskettisfeaturedinJim County by Buffalo County Sheriff's tains portraits and depictions of Viet- he went through training also went to was relieved, but his eyes caught sight Nelson's recently released book, Viet. Officers in Kearney nam War veterans and scenes that took Vietnam. "We even ended up in the of his stomach area. "I was hit terrible nam War Paintings. According to the Jeweil County place whileNelson was stationed there, same company and platoon, but I was in my stomach, and I could see my ribs. "I was a soldier doing my duty. In Sheriff report, the two warrants are for The book also contains narratives from the only one to make it back," he said. I knew the seriousness of my wound." order to live in a free country, we must felony burglary, fourcounts, and felony theft, four counts in connection with a veterans featured in the work. Did he ever wonder why he wasSomehow he got up, picked up his be ready to make sacrifices. There are break-in at the Lawrence Bouray resi- In September, Nelson and his wife, spared.'{, Haskett was silent and then rifle and walked back to where the a lot of Vietnam Vets who feel bad dence Dec. 29, 2002, and the Mark Sharon, made two trips to the eastern said, Every day I ask myself that othermenwere.Heremembersamedic because they were not in combat, but Underwood break-in Jan. 4. United States to take part in several question." ran to help him. He knew the medic they did their job--they did their duty Bond is set at $50,000 dollars for book signings and unveilings of his When Haskett's plane landed in was new to the war. "I felt so sorry for anddidn tdodgeit.Foreveryinfantry- works. One of his paintings was of the Saigon, he observed bomb holes in the him. He was crying and because I had man in the field, there were 14 support- each warrant. In a court appearance in govemorofNewYork, unveiled Sept. ground. "I thought maybe this wasn't a stomach wound, I could not have any ive persons backing him up." Buffalo County Oct. 27, Woerner 15 in the Governor's Mansion.such a smart move," he said. morphine.Hekepttellingmehowsorry waived extradition to Kansas. In October Nelson participated in In an Oct. 29 appearance in Jewell an art workshop sponsored by teachers He was quickly assigned to the 26th he was that he couldn t give me any- Commissioners InfantryRagimentofthe lstDivision, thing for the pain." A chopper was "het Ll" reports County, woerner's bond was reduced to $30,000 and he was released to of the public schools in Nevt Jersey. "I was a rifleman, do!ng a job, he said. called, but it took three hours for the appear for preliminary hearing in Jew- A book signing was held at the New Haskett did his"job,' walking through helicopter to arrive. When it did ar- Jersey Viemam Veterans Memorial and the jungles, often weeksat a time, in a rive, they were under fire again. The Jewell County Commissioners met ell County tomorrow (Friday). Vietnam Era Educational Center. company of about 75 to 125 men, or chopper could not land and Haskett in regular session Monday. After the book signing at Mankato, with a platoon of 25 men. "We were to had to be lifted with a cable to the These reports were heard: Diana Stoeber Jewell reva ius, ..... . , . mped John s family farm home into a weekend lodge for hunters, family get- , jemng away trom tt all." The lodge is located near Jewell. the Nelsons will atter, d another book signing at the Veteran's Memorial Museum, Branson, Me. Saturday the Nelsons were guests at the Schneider Ranch Hunting Lodge, Colvert. The lodge and ranch owner Raymond Schneider, Osborne, had commissioned Nelson to do a painting depicting the town of Colvert as it looked years ago. Of his book, Nelson said, "This is to stand against the misrepresentation of the Vietnam War. It is all true. I also want to thank the local community for all their support in my leaner years, when I first came to Jewell County." KDOT Announces October Low Bids The Kansas Department of Trans- try to find the enemy and confront them. If they shot at us, we fired back." The men rotated duties, and as point guard, Haskett carried a pump shot gun. At other times he earned an M- 16 rifle. When they were out in the jungle helicopter. Shannon Meier, EMS director - 51 Sent home for recuperation ambulance runs in October; medicare He was taken to a M.A.S.H. Hospi- electronic billing program is running tal at Tay Nich and was one of the first smoothly. selected for surgery. "You couldn't Jim Vaughan, solid waste director- ask for better doctors and nurses. I reported 1,723 visit facilities in Octo- received excellent care." ber; reviewed letter to commerical haulers concerning "out of county" trash. Jim Foster, general superintendent - advised motor grader was delivered Veterans, past and present,'will be provide special music and students will honored during the next week with shareletterstheyhavewrittentoWhite Rock High Stlhool graduate Whit Boyles, presently serving in lraq. Junior Auxiliary girls will partici- pate in the program and share informa- tion about their project of preparing twocare packages for Boyles. Anyone events and activities planned through- out the county. Mankato Poppy Day is today Mankato VP, V Post 7830 and Aux- iliary is conducting Poppy Day today (Thursday) and will conduct an obser- and had papenvork lease agreement for$112,048; request and petition from Sprint Telephone to bury cable along 250 mad. Lynn Scarrow, treasurer, - asked about closing Dec. 26; group also discussed closing county offices to the public at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 31. Foster stated he sent out a request for sealed bids to four different tire dealers and received bids from Lloyd's Sinclair-S13,400.90 and Commerical Tire, Salina,- $14,066. It was agreed to portation announced approved bids fr vance, in cooperation with the school wishing to conr i ,re care pack- accept Lloyd's Sinclair bid. state highway and construction main- vocaldepartment, Monday at 9:30 a.m. ages may check the hst ot needs posted The proper officer will sign the tenance projects in Kansas. at Mankato High School. Veterans at local businesses. Blue Cross Blue Shield contract for The letting was held Oct. 15 in and the public are encouraged to at- Rightmeier speaks at Eshon 2004. Wichita. tend. After the program at the high Lyle "Ike" Rightmcier, Mankato, Iv anFrostteiephonedandrequested Bidslet forJewell County amlisted: school, a recognition service will be World War II veteran, is guest speaker that the commissioners drive the first U.S. 36 from the east limits of conducted at Jewll County Hospital fortheTuesday program atWhiteRock four miles of the road north of Esbon. Middle School, Esbon, at I p.m. Stu- Which the commissioners did view th0 countyMankatline,east14.6to miles,the Jeweli-RepubliCoverlay, Yen- Lonljl Termresidents. Care for veterans who are dents will provide special mus 'c and roadsinthe northern part of Esbon and ture Corporation, Great Bend, The Mankato post will observereadessays,"WhyI'mProudtoRecite then called Frost and advised that they $1,210,982.80. Veterans Day with a catered meal at the Pledge of Allegiance. Esbon had looked attbe road in question. K-128 from the Mitchell-Jewell 6:30p.m.attheVFWPostinMankato. AmericanLegionmemberswillpresent Paul Wilson reported his term on County line north to the Kansas-Ne- Burr Oak hosts school program the Colors. braska state line. American Legion Auxiliary, Burr The program is open to the public, the Jewell County Hotpital Board will expire in April and he offered to con- K-228 from the junction of K-128 east to Ionia. K-128 from the junction of U.S. 24 north to the Mitchell-Jewell County line, 35.3 miles, crack repair, Realm Construction, Inc., Blue Springs, Me., $52,774. Oak, will host the annual Veterans Day Program atWhite Rock School in Burr Oak at 10 a.m. Tuesday The public is invited to attend. American Legion Post No. 263 will furnish the colorguard. The school music department will Jewell plans supper, Girls State report tinue tobe the terasurer as anon-voting Jewell American Legion and Aux- member at no ost. The commission- iliary will have a potluck supper at the ers discussedthjsmatterwiththecounty post, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. . attorney Darrell Miller. Jaime Sanborn, who attended Girls Kim Ost, sheriff; reported the fur- State, will present a report. Guests are nace and air conditioner for thejai! has welcome to attend, been installed.