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located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 le! flag whips Jn a traditional Kansas breeze above the National ~rm. ory, Mankato, proclaiming the 142nd birthday for the state. Second tUClents in count,, schools described how they remembered what was Kansas flag. (See story.) rds cook up win COoks of the 995th Mainte- Axtell who provided technical sup- Man - Center and Phillipsburg, up for a trip to Dallas, where they will be as the best in the National is the second time the 995th this award. The firsttime was participated in the na- laire, Kan., last fall was prepared COmplete menu, featuring with all the trimmings and cake for dessert. lee Sgt. was Gary Shipman. me competition judges ob- soldiers prepare the meal, sanitation techniques which ~sed m an actual field set- knowledge of use of the equip- the areas evaluated. ; contest Officer-Chief War- 3 James Wiiroy, Clay Cen- Sergeant 1st Class , Red Cloud; Senior First Kevin Meyer, Sergeant Sheila ngton, and John in; Spc. Kristina Spc. Patrick Johnson, and Cook Spc. Paul port. Assisting with the contest were Spc. Crystal Fullerton, Salina; Pvt. 2 Johnathan Ruthstrom, Edmond; Pvt. 1 st Class Jason Goodijohn, Franklin; Field Sanitation Team members Sgt. Joel White, Hastings; Spc. Rocky Driggs, Smith Center; Pvt. 1st Jesse Smith, Mankato; Sgt. 1 st Class Dennis Ravin, Esbon: Staff Sgt. Benny Ben- jamin, Smith Center; Sgt. Lisa Jack- son, Smith Center; Pet. I st Class Jefrey Rose, Franklin. Advisors were Master Sgt. Bill Marsh, state food service technician, and Sgt. Major Kyle Perry, state food service advisor. Commander of the 995th is 1st Lt. Andrew Gast, Topeka. Commander during the competition was Captain Caries Lunkwitz. First Sergeant of the 995th is 1st Sgt. Stuart Stupka and Sgt. Tony Bivens, Court- land. The company received a letter from the Department of the Army, Wash- ington, D.C., advising them of their win and commending the unit for the contribution toward improving the Army's Food Service Program, and for enhancing the quality of service provided to the Army's soldiers. The contest was sponsored by the National Guard Field Kitchen Divi- sion of the Army Phillip A. Connelly Award Competition. Established 1890, Volume 111, Issue No. 4 Price 50 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, January 23, 2002 Students describe Kansas state flag By Gloria Garman-Schlaefli Kansas will be 142 years old Wednesday. Jan. 29 is known as Kan- sas Day. Kansas was officially admitted into the union Jan. 29, 1861, one year after Abraham Lincoln was elected presi- dent. Just three months later the Civil War began. As a result of the Kansas- Nebraska Act of 1854, the Missouri Compromise was overturned and this meant that Kansas did not have to enter the Union as a slave state or a free state. The people of Kansas territory were free to answer the slavery question on theirown. Kansas was troubled with a time of bloody battles and fighting as both pro-salvery forces and abolition- ists flocked into the Kansas territory. This is when Kansas was known as "Bleeding Kansas." After the war Kansas pioneers and early settlers came in large numbers to make a homestead. This was a much better period of time in the state's his- tory. State legislators adopted the Kan- sas flag and this flag depicts a history of peaceful coexistence between the Native Americans of this land and the newly arrived settlers. The Jewell County Record reporter wondered if Kansans in Jewell Co,9,gpd, L" today remember what ffte Kansas flag looks like and what is depicted on this flag. Second graders in the three el- ementary schools in Jewell County where asked this q uestion and here are their answers. Mankato Elementary second grade- students, whose teacher is DeeAnn Beam had these answers: Joseph Bauman-stars. stripes and a buffalo; Krista Bohl-wagon with a horse, flag, stars and red, white and blue colors; Aaron Broeckelman-a sunset, cows, and horses; Madison Colson-the flag is blue and has horses, pigs and sheep on it; Clay Cosand-buffalo, sunset and mountains; Carly Dahl-people,horses, houses and an American Rag; Bobby Daines-a cross, axes~ Imff~d~.Robert barn, korses, Cows, some land, a buffalo and a sliip; Tiarra Elkins- stars, stripes, and circles; Wyatt Rinn- mountains, horses and houses; Briana Hanson-horses, buffalo, sunflowers; Adam Horn-stars, buffalo and moun- tains; Austin Kennedy-stars~ horse. tornado, soldiers; T.J. Mauk-a farmer plowing, a log house, peoplechasing a buffalo; Dillon Mohler-hots, flower and houses; Jesse Neilson-buffalo, people pulling wagons and people working; Violette Pinson, eagle, mead- owlark, a farmer working, horses and a wagon. Jan Boyles' second grade students at White Rook Elementary had these answers: Lizzie Cox-sod house, Indi- ans catching a buffalo,i a steamboat; Callum McNichols-wag~ns, horse with a plow and pioneer, a st~boat; Cody Deichen-a sod house, ~horses and a boat; Nicole Frasier-a~lake, horses, Kansas people and a ihouse; Katie Jacobs-cows, flowers, and a house; Aaron Turner-mountains, wagon train, horse pulling a plow. Randall Elementary~second grade students taught by J~ne Moss an- swered this wa)/: l~tricg~Bohnert-blne, ..wagon and a man; ~rbin Greene- Kansas, freedom; Loyde Reynolds- yellow, black and a house; Jasmine Staten-red, yellow, blne4 Katia Matter- stars, stripes, and the state colors; Tren- to~ Duskie-red, yellow and green; J~cob Barrett-red, bide .and white; Laura Angleton-cows, buffaloand a planet; Vicki Moody-rod, "w/iite and blff'e; Micah Da~iels-horses, cows and Eelds; Dalton Wilson-harvest, houses and cows; Haley Thompson-pink, horses, sky; Gene Heidrick-white, red and blue. The Kansas flag has the state seal set on a field of dark blue. In the foreground of the seal is a farmer plow- ing his field. A little further up is a wagon train with oxen,drawn schoo- ners headed westward. Also on the sezl are Native Americans hunting bison and a steamboat chumingits way down the Kansas River. There are hills in the background, 34 stars, representing en- try of Kansas into the United States. Above the stars is the sate motto, Ad Astra per Aspera, Latin for "To The Stars Through D!~ulties." Above the seat is the state ltst :and ~a sun- flower t~ above a bar of blue and gold. The sunflower is the state flower, and the blue and gold represent the Louisi- ana Purchase which made the lands of Kansas a part of the United States. Beneath the state seal is "Kansas" in large, yellow block letters. Boyles resigns from city housing authority board Dale Boyles, Mankato Housing Au- thority Board member, submitted his resignation at a recent Mankato City Council meeting. His resignation was effective that day, but the council took no action on the resignation. Visitors present at the council meet- ing were Bill Rudolph, Dick Bums, Dale Boyles, Kim Shadduck and Kathleen Jeffery, representing the Mankato Housing Authority. The pur- pose of their meeting with the council was to establish what type of financial data the council needed to make a decision regarding wmving the pay- ment of the Payment In Lieu with them. Boyles and Jeffery said Rental Housing and Community homes were under Rural Development. formerly FHA and Pine Haven was under HUD. It was brought out that Rural Develop- ment does not subsidize Community Homes and Rental Housing, therefore all improvements have to come from rent money. HUD, based on formulas of occu- pation, available money and other guidelines, subsidizes Pine Haven. Pine Haven is the only one of the three housing units that has a PILOT pay. ment required, and the c~ty council has the authority to waive that payment. Shadduck had contacted other hous- ing authorities regulated by HUD in the area, to learn how PILOT pay- ments were handled at those locations. Payments are handled in a variety of ways, with some waived on 10-year increments, some were waived every other year and some were paid annu- ally. Boyles suggested that a member of city council be on the board. Boyles said he had several comments from citizens regarding the minutes of the November council meeting that were published in the newspaper. Mayor Hamilton assured the hous- ing board members that no impropri- eties by anyone were ever discussed or considered by the council. Hamilton apologized to the board if those impli- cations were implied by any request made for financial data. It was ex- pressed that the council would like to ~et apicture of the Housing Authority's nancial position, so an educated deci- sion regarding the waiving of the PI- LOT payment could be made. It was the council's consensus that Marvin Lx~mis, city administrator, work with Shadduck to review existing financial reports and obtain information the council is requesting. The Housing Authority board was in agreement that existing financial re- ports should provide the council with the ififormation they were seeking. The housing board requested a decision regarding the PILOT payment be re- solved as expediently as possihle. Boyles then presented his letter of resignation to Hamilton. Mike Liggett, Rolling Hills Elec- tric Cooperative, was in to discuss the possibility of providing an electrical well service in the Mankato service area for Shawn Newell. The service will be on an existing. Rolling Hills pole located on the east boundary of the city service territory, SE 15-35- 8W. Loomis explained to the council the city does not have any power lines in the area of the proposed well, and would have to expend considerable money to provide service. Loomis reported that the payback on the in- vestment would not be feasible at this time when Rolling Hills has a line within just a few feet of the proposed site of the well. After discussion coun- cil member Diamond suggested Loomis and the city attorney work with Liggett on details of an agreement and the other council members agreed. Routine business was conducted and a cereal malt beverage license applica- tion was approved for the Mankato Volunteer Fire Department. A designation of depositories for 2003 was reviewed and approved with one abstention. The Geometric Improvement Project for the curb and gutter was let Jan. 8. Positions up for election in April are listed: mayor, currently held by Don Hamilton; council member posi- tions currently held by Rick Diamond and Karen Ross. Deadline for filing was noon Tuesday. Salaries were reviewed and dis- cussed. No increases were proposed because of the l~ge increase in health insurance premmms. Council ap- proved salary proposal.. Demand charges on E2 Commer- cial accounts were discussed. A city ordinance requires a demand charge on commercial accounts. Electric de- partment personnel have been rebuild- ing existing commercial services and installing demand meters over the past two years. All services have been rebuilt and demand charges will be going into effect with the February billing. Council members attending were Wayne Dunn, Karen Ross, Rick Dia- mond and Lyle Dauner. Absent was council member Mel Brown. Mayor Hamilton resided over the meeting. It's =up, up and away" as a Mankato City employee mans a cherry picker to trim tree branches away from electric lines. City employees have completed several maintenance jobs this winter because of unseasonable weather conditions. No significant moisture has been received in the area since last tall, although snow is predicted--again- -for the end of this week. . County waste facility passes surprise state inspection James Vaughan, solid waste direc- tor, told county commissioners at a recent meeting that Jewell County HHW facility, Transfer Station and C&D Landfill passed KDHE surprise inspection with no violations being found. Bill Loomis, mayor of Jewell, dis- cussed the status of the tax exemption for the Jeweil Community Center. Loomis advised that the city had filed a Declaration of Condominium in the Register of Deeds Office which should have been ~ ~ the ~tate board of tax appeals for consideration with the tax exemption. Marilou Becker, deputy county appraiser, said she would send the document in to the state board of tax appeals. The commissioners will discuss this matter with Bruce Webb, county appraiser. Commissioners approved emer- gency vehicle permits for Therese Prost, Lloyd Johnson, Kenneth Lynch, Shannon Meier, Jim Reed and Carl Waugb. Commissioners agreed m sign a grant agreement and other doouments for Mitchell County Rural Water Dis- trict No. 3. "Jim Foster, general superintendent, discussed several matters: a letter from the State Historical Society stating the Lovewell bridge is bein~ considered by the Kansas Historic SRes Board of Review for nomination to the National scholarship from the Jewell County Register of Historic Places. Commis- Junior Miss program. Wagner invited stoners asked the county clerk to call the commissioners to attend the pro- and get more information on this sub- jeer. Foster said he wanted to order the rest of the 911 signs in one order as this would reduce the cost. He also dis- cussed paying Charlie Joy directly out of the 911 fund for his work on the signs. Foster reported damage to the Fiat-Allis dozer. He stated that his de- partment is removing the old bridge deck on the bridge north of Jewell and finishing cleaning up at the Ionia bridge. The commissioners advised Foster of road c0~mplaints and requests from property owners. Don Snyder, F_aMP Director, had a quote to purchase a notebook com- puter for use in the implementation of the mitigation plan required by the state. The state will provide 75 percent of the funding with the county respon- sible for 25 percent. The total quote is $1,748 with $437 being the county's share. The commissioners approved of the purchase from Computer Solutions. Moriah Wagner, 2003 Jewell County Junior Miss, reviewed the project she is conducting through the "Be Your Best Self Program." This project will be a recycling scholarship contest available to juniors and seniors in Jewell County, "Jewell County Re- cycle Center and Junior Miss 2003 Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Scholar- ship." The winner will receive a $100 Jewell City Council sells c ty-built house A resolution was passed to approve the sale of the Jewell Cost Analysis House when council met for the Janu- ary meeting. Purchasers of the house are Lonnie and Sheila Myers. All Council Members were present as well as mayor, city clerk and city superintendent. Terms of office that will expire in April are Bill l.a~omis, Max Burks, Jerry Richecky and John Stoeber. Members were reminded of the an- nual meeting for Mitchell County Ru- ral Water Dist. No. 3. Loomis reported on the proposed tax cuts The bills were reviewed and ap- proved. The Kansas Rural Water As- sociation will prepare the 2002 Con- sumer Confidence water report. Build- mg permits were discussed. Council agreed to hire Great Plains Landscape and Design to draw up plans for the park renovation project. Darrell Bohnert gave a financial report on the Day Care Center. A fund- raiser dinner is at the community cen- ter Feb. 2. Council approved purchase of the Jewell Implement van for the fire de- partment. Additional expenses on the van will be the purchase and installa- tion of lights, siren and paint. Park improvements were discussed with Ken Benedict from Great Plains Landscape. The cement slab and fence will be removed and din will be hauled to the park from the city pond. Committee meets for 2nd gram Feb. 8 at 10 a.m., at the recycle center. The winner will be announced and Vaughan will give a tour of the recycle center. Gall Miller also gave details of the scholarship to the com- missioners. Kim Ost, Sheriff. reported pur- chased the 1996 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car with light bar, cage in back, gun rack and radar unit for $7.000. Ost discussed damage to the county' s dozer. He is working on the investigation to determine if it was accidental or van- dalism. An executive session was re- quested by Ost to discuss non-elected personnel for 15 minutes. No action was taken on this matter following the session. Commissioners agreed to approve the "No Load Safety Inspection" by Thyssen-Krupp Elevator at a cost of $300. A discussion was held with county attorney Darrell Miller about the city of Jewell's tax exemption hearing. An executive session was held to discuss non-elected personnel with Miller present. No action was taken on this matter following the session. The commissioner then went to view roads and the dozer damage. Commissioners attending the meet- ing were Doyle Alcom, Frank Langer and Stanley Colson. Filings reported for board positions The deadline for filing for city and school board positions in Jewell County was noon Tuesday. Carla Waugh, county clerk, reports these filings for the upcoming election in April. USD 104, White Rook- James Reed, ~sition 2; Bill Wilson, position 4; anda Frasier, position 6 and Lesa Peroutek, position 3. USD 278, Mankato - Steven Little, Steve Spiegel, Mark D. Fleming. All Dositions are at large. USD 279, Jewell-Randali - Sherry Koster, position 2; Chuck Gibson, po- sition 3; Kristi Vetter, position 1; Alan Wanklyn, position 7 at large; and Patricia Waterman for position 7 at large. City council and mayor positions filed were in Formoso: Robert Todd and Vickie Stafford, mayor; Robert Grimm, LaVernia Peters and Dorothy E. Sjolander for council. Burr Oak - Mike Harris. mayor; Debra Underwood, John Tucker, Morris Hillman and Robert Johnson,. council. Esbon - (3 council positions open), Dale Dodd, Cynthia Benjamin, Jerry ,~r~,~l~"d~ ~' Allen and Kristine Strathman-Fischer. local Relay for Life Benjamin, George Burgess, William ~/ID$'lk~, ' Jeweli - (mayor and three council The American Cancer Society Re- lay for Life of Jewell County Commit- tee will meet Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Pine Haven meeting room, Mankato, to form committees for the second Relay for Life, schr, duled for June in Mankato. Karen Figgins, Mankato, will again chair the event. "RolayFor Life is as much anaware- ness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fund-raiser." Figgins said. "Individuals who are willing togive their time and energy to this exciting event, as a volunteer or participant, have madea commitment to fight back against this disease and let the commu- nity know that you can beat cancer," she said. Teams of 10 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fund-raising walk in the nation. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay. This event brings to- gether friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, churches-.people from all walks of life, all with the goal of supporting a cure for cancer. Volunteers are needed to organize and recruit teams, seek community support, coordinate logistics, find re. freshments and prizes, plan entertain- ment, and lend support in various ways. For more information on the Jan. 27 meeting, or to volunteer for the Relay For Life committee, contact Figgins or Tammy Kimminau. The American Cancer Society is nationwide, community-based, volun- tary health organization dedicated to elih~inating cancer as a majOr health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education. advocacy and service. positions open), Bill I-x~mis, mayor, (three council positions) Butch Burks, Jerry Richecky and John Stoeber. Mankato - (mayor and two council positions open), Don R. White, mayor; (two council positions open). Randall - Don Bigham, mayor;, Bra- dley Barrett, Roger Houghton and Warren Joerg, council members (five positions open). Webber - No filings. Mayor and five council positions open. II I~ Mankato Weather Bill Wood, observer Tuesday, Jan. 14 27 14 Wed~y, Jan. 15 26 14 FT~fiursday, Jan. 16 21 I 0 day, Jan. 17 34 ! Saturday, Jan. i 8 29 - I Sunday, Jan. 19 59 13 Monday, Jan. 20 46 17