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located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 news)) L were D iTffOrkllft was Des~ Jewell County Commissioners ap- 'ass~ge b~oved the purchase a Hyundai Elec- ns :t-z.~c Forklift for the Jewell County :me was blid Waste Department when they r." .~et in regular session Monday. the chi~. Price of the forklift is $25,876 from ~lctor L. Phillips. ttOrn, Ciol~, This decision came after hearing , g [UotesonlbrkliftsfromWiseMaterial r.anMrs.|andling two from Sellers Tractor, _lad Victor L Phillips The purchase Dylan l"l~ill include trade-in of the old forklift Jan. 24.~. In other business, Jim Vaughanl ~unty solid waste director, reviewed ~e monthly activity report for January 1,187 visitors to the facili- hun had received a state- S 1,400 from Clean Harbor for He the Compost and Recy- Works Conference in March at The HHW re-certification also be offered at the same as the conference. Vaughan is considering attending the KAC shop program in Salina. Meier, EMS director, re- ambulance runs for January. department billed $17,301 and $10,184 received on accounts lary. Meier reported the newest 4 is failing and is under t. The company agreed to re- the cot. Meier is to attend a workshop in Topeka. He go to the planning commission to applying for a grant. Meier small pox vaccinations for personnel and worker compensa- erage. general superintendent, commissioners there had an incorrect quote for the 911 ~igns, changing the quote from to $12,710. The commis- to rescind the vote for quote and to accept the next lower from Welborn Sales for " " okays purchase 58,858.24. Foster reported the petition and request signed last week for Sprint to bury fiber optic cable will need to be l changed as Sprint has changed their route. Foster discussed the department budget and adjustments to the budget due to the loss of $78,997 in LAVTR funds from the state and $16,345.40 loss of Special City-County Highway Funding for 2003. Commissioner Colson discussed bridges that need repair in Allen Township. George Jensen of Jensen Oil and Gas Company, Mankato, inquired about the county bid policy and was told by commissioners the county did not have a bid policy. Jensen stated he had been offered a chance to bid on all fuel for the road and bridge department until the last one and he wondered why this happened. The commissioners agreed to check into this matter and get back to him. Dorotha Bird, KWORCC, was called to discuss workman's compen- sation coverage. They also discussed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. Lorena Kimminau discussed park- ing in the back lot at the courthouse. Gary Jordan requested the commis- sioners take a look at the bridges be- tween sections 25 and 26 in Walnut Township. Tom Job, KCAMP, telephoned to discuss the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act and explained the letter that was sent to the county giving them an op- portunity to purchase excess insurance for terrorist acts. Darrell Miller, county attorney, ad- vised that Vernie Nelssen discussed his fence problem and requested help to determine who maintains which part of the fence. An executive session was held to discuss non-elected personnel with Miller present. No action was taken after this session. service seeks increase Kansas Gas Service filed a request with the Kansas Corporation to increase the rate by laillion. If approved, an average r gas bill increase by $8.70. Gas Service provides natu- to 642,000 commercial, industrial customers in mission at Kansas Gas Ser- '.Is to provide clean, reliable natu- customers," said Phyllis Y, president of Kansas Gas Ser- five ye.ars in capital improvements to its pipeline and facilities network in order to meet the needs of customers. In addition to capital improvements, the cost of doing business has increased in such areas as health care, wages, materials and supplies. Worley said the company's natural gas rates were last adjusted in 1996 and although the cost of providing services has risen, customers' monthly bills have not reflected that increase. "As part of our application, Kansas Gas Service is requesting the Commis- Established 1890,Volume 111-, Issue No,, 6 and it is our desire to continue to sion approve a new tariff !o help low un" ehi~haaalitvservicetothecom-_. ~ income customers next winter," stud,, White Rock physics students !! nlesweserve.That'swhywefiled Worley. The program, called the ~r request" Home Energy Low-Income Program -a....'lI Aj The comnan,,,'~ ~l,~,iv,~rv system,. --., ........ ., .,Rider, will be available to customers, build rocket for competition - a--'J'qt~'~etches nearly t ~ ooo rnile~ throueh- who quahfy for assistance. tit -' "~' ............. Kansas and nrovides service to The KCC has up to 240 days to ~'o-thirds o~.~.~ X .............. review the application and issue a de- DOCument,s,~ ~uttc ~.~,u~,,,,~CC cision The new rates would become h t's up, up and away for students in competitors in Kansas and Nebraska, included simulating on the computer, [n filed w~th the . ....... p ysics class at White Rock High the White Rock students learned they calculating, designing, building and hway 3{ l:~r~ K~ansas Gas Service has invested effective prior to tlae 2uu3-u4 winter School as they participate in comped- were the first to get a rocket up. The testing. ~ Y $50 million a year for the last heating season, tion to build and launch a 1.7 pound deadline for the project is March 9. Students believe the project has d .re rocket. An independent observer, a NAR helped them with problem solving and le NE lJ oar increases es Abouttwoweeksago, studentsJus- member, has to verify the rocket and engineering skills and participating in tin Hanjy, Monte Manning, Erin flight, team work. They agree they are ex- rllino' ~t}]~_h _1 services Garman, Kerry W augh and Rob yn Curtis believesthisprojecthasbeen cited about the results so farandglad AIItillal: ost,,l,,a Konen, along with their teacher, Rob-a good challenge for his class and it is they decided to take part in this ha- tending were Deanna Freeman, hospi- err Curtis, decided to enter the compe- also something different for the class tional project. taladministrator, andJ-H.Seitz-Chair- tition, Team America Rocketry Challange, sponsored by Aerospace man Dale Boyles conducted the meet- ing. The financial report and treasurer' s report were not given because of the absence of Paul Wilson, board trea- surer, and hospital financial officer Bill Struckoff. Freeman reported that advertising is being done for a chief financial of- ricer for the hospital: USD 278 board negotiates contract Members of the board of education of USD 278, Mankato, authorized Darrell Miller, district attorney, to con- tinue negotiations to mutually rescind the employment contract of Ron Kelley, superintendent. This action took place at the special meeting held Feb. 3 after two execu- tive sessions. All board members were present as well as Miller and Lynette Bartley, board cl'erk. Coltrain presents information Jewell County Sunflower Process- ing Commi tree met at the Jewel t Ameri- can Legion withDavidColtrain, Arthur Capper Cooperative Council, KSU. Coltrain shared information on cre- ating a formal organization giving op- tions for an LLC or a cooperative. Physics students at White Rock High School show the rocket they built for competition, and the raw eggs, still in tact after a successful launching. Members of the class are Justin Hajny, Monte Manning, Erin Garman, Kerry Waugh and Robyn Konen. to do and learn from. The students have each had a responsibility in de- signing and firing of the rocket. These Moran to visit Formoso Friday Congressman Jerry Moran will be in Formoso, Lebanon and Downs Fri- day as part of his annual tour of the district. Locations and times for meet- ings are Formoso, 8 to 9 a.m.,at Formoso Senior Center; Lebanon, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Ladow's Care; Downs, I1 a.m.-12 noon,:Senior Center. Valentine Express photos due tomorrow Tomorrow (Friday) is the deadline to submit photos for the Valentine Express Edition of the Jewell County Record and Jewell County News. Photos of children and grandchil- dren will be in the newspapers, along with a listing of the parents, grandpar- ents and great-grandparents. Photos are to be submitted at the Jewell County Record office, Mankato. The Valentine Express will appear in next week's issue. " Mankato Chamber seeks active memberships for '03 It was suggested to send Mary Boyd a birthday card and Brown said that she would take care of this for the cham- ber. A discussion ensued regarding hold- ing meetings at Critters. Tordrup will discuss the matter with Critter's own- Yrs. Whitney Hurd,, 16, Mankato, re- ported on attending 1MTA in Los An- geles January 16-20. The IMTA, is to further her desire to enter into the field of modeling. She told of attending seminars, a dance and awards banquet. Of 500 in her division, she placed fourth in the "close-up" and "swim wear" competitions. She was in 13 competitions. She received "call backs" or interviews from four model- ing agencies. She is presently attend- ing modeling classes in Kansas Cityto aid in auditions. Whitney thanked the chamber for being one of her sponsors at the IMTA. Whitney is a sophomore at Mankato High School and is the daughter of Mark and Wanda Hurd. it-le~e Jewell County Hospital board ~S corn. l'_te to increase charges for long term F and acute care by 5 ne.rcent at the ~23 board meeting. "- ~tl' ills decision came after discussion ~e- t was pointed out there had not u an increase in charges for two .1. ~s. Bill Loomis made the motion 2-5 We5 ~ Kirk.Wilson provided the second. '~emgtin carried unanimously. r011ing,~ sJoes board members, those at- Alltillal nitehell County gets ,rater plant update es corn. A contract was siened recently be- Mitchell County Rural Water 2 and Smoky Hill, L.L.C., :onstruction ofimprove- t to the existing water treatment nat will increase the capacity to ;aliens per minute. hts will include a metal mg to house one concrete solids basin and four concrete filter s, process piping, electrical instru- and controls. The existing basin will be converted chlorine contact basin. A new room will be constructed in treatment building. Site will include the existing Water holding basin and the sludge ' basin. project is $1,444,000. project are Larkin Me. The comple- ~s set for Feb. 28, 2004, which from the date the contract ~tgned.t re ect l]~' ~il he Water treatment plan p ~j be funded from a combination ot ~'rA rg s, a $400,000 block grant and hes from the water district, e t,; location of the facilities is on Tsuth of Glen Elder. There are 27 i1 ~,vettersfrm Mitchell County :~11 nty e, uistrict No. 2 in Jeweli A total of 30 members have paid current dues for Mankato Chamber of Commerce, according to a report of secretary, Lorie Brown. Brown reported at a recent meeting that 95 letters were sent, requesting dues, and that a reminder would be sent in two months. Discussion ensued regarding in- creasing membership and attendance. The group decided a good way would be personal invitations. A total of 15 were present at the meeting Monday noon. Chairman Gary Tordrup presided. Bill Wood and Wayne Dunn re- ported on the progress of the welcome signs for the east and west edge of Mankato, which are to be placed by spring and will be made of brick, sup- porting a metal 5x8- foot sign. The state has approved the placement of the signs. The city electric "demand" charge that will be charged to businesses was discussed. It was decided to visit with the city council about this matter. Mankato Weather Bill Wood, observer Monday, Jan. 27 50 8 Tuesday, Jan. 28 45 13 Wednesday, Jan. 29 33 13 Thursday, Jan. 30 51 22 Friday, Jan. 31 50 21 Saturday, Feb. 1 63 21 Sunday, Feb. 2 56 36 Precipitation: .13 inches of rain; Feb. 3, 3.80inches of snow totaling .07 inches of moisture. Industries. The contest is an event planned to observe the 100th year anniversary of the Wright Brothers flight. According to the students there are 400 teams in the competition. Curtis asked for a community vol- unteer to help with consulting and a former student and local inventor, Kelly McNichols, answered the call. "The students do the planning, de- signing and testing," Curtis said. "We just advise." The rocket must be made from materials available from store shelves. It must be a multiple stage rocket and travel up to 1,500 feet into the air. The rocket can weigh up to 3 pounds. The difficult part is the rocket must carry two raw eggs and these must not be broken after the flight. McNichols is excited with the re- sults of the students endeavors as the first two test flights of the rocket were both very successful. The fb'st test flight for the rocket was Jan. 28, a very windy day. Garman said, "I had my doubts about that first test, as I was certain that we would have to try several times before it would be successful." The second test was Jan. 31 in a field east of Burr Oak in the early hours of the morning. The rocket was ad- justed by students before the flight which was a success. The rocket went 410 miles per hour in the fi rst stage and traveled beyond the required distance before falling, the eggs intact. A video of the second test did not record the true flight, as the rocket went up so fast and far the students couldn't keep it in the video. After checking the progress of other USPS, NO. 274-940 r,,uu 50 Thursday, February 6, 2002 USD 279 updates tech program As E-rate application deadline ap- proaches, Robert McCreight presented a technology update to members of USD 279 Board of Education. McCreigbt told of fru~rations con- nected with trying to ob(~in wireless Internet for students with laptop com- puters at J1.4% The board directed McCreight to c,an!inue workir~ on this stage of the plan. A contrac! was approved for Jason Ketted, Oberlin, as vocational agricul- ture instructor,~begmning this sum- mer. At present4ae is student teaching at Riley County and will graduate from KSU in May. Anumda Anderson, Parents as Teachers educator, spoke to the board. She works with 16 ,families in the can use. Ron Kelley, superintendent, pre- sented an overview of school finance legislation and told of his conversation with Sen. Janis Lee. The mock QPA visit had gone well. - A memo from Mary Ann Kibbe, QPA ~ i,::f director, earmarked seven areas rec- .,.~" ommended for consideration before the QPA evaluation March 28. Steph Barrett, Scott Lienberger and Allan Wanklyn, board members, attended the visit. Kelley said the repairs had been nearly completed for the greenhouse, which were covered by insurance. In other business, transfers to trans- portation of $6,148.48~and to voca- tional ed of $5,035.11 were approved. The ath letic cooperation footbal I agree- county, seven of whom reside in USD 279. She works with families with children birthto three years. She visits homes, providing direction for devel- opmental activities for the children. Hearing and sight problems may be detected during these visits. She strives to emphasize the strengths in each fam- ily. She is positive about the program. Sealed bids were opened tbr items in the house the district recently pur- chased. After bidders have removed items, the board will open the house to the public who may take anything they merit with White Rock was renewed for two years. PDC (In-service) re- ports were approved. The board went into executive ses- sion with Principal Jeff "lravis con- cerning a student issue. Poims of ne- gotiation were discussed briefly. No, action was taken. Board members present were Lienberger, Chuck Gibson, Allan Wanklyn, John Kemmel'er, Robin Griffeth and Steph Barrett. Guests,~o were Kristi Vetter, George Staten,~ Robbie Smith and Fawna Barrett. Council members re-elect Barrett North Central Kansas Rural Devel- opment Council met Jail. 28 ia Con- cordia with economic development representatives from Jewell, Mitchell, Lincoln, Cloud, Clay and Washington counties attending. Fawna Barrett, Randall, was elected president for 2003. Other officers are Kirk Lowell, Concordia, vice presi- dent; JeAnne Balthazor, Cloud County Community College, secretary; and Ted Kalthoff, CCCC, treasurer. w The .council will host a leadership orkshop March 1 at the college with registrations due Feb. 21. Heartland Center for Leadership Development, Lincoln, Neb., will conduct the work- shop, "20 Clues to Rural Community Survival." Barbara Johnson and Blase Leven, Midwest Hazardous Substance Re- search Center, KSU, presented a pro- gram on how they can assist local gov- ernments with environmental assess- ments and obtaining grants, should clean-up be needed. NCK Rural De- velopment Council agreed to host an informational workshop by this group in June for this nine-county area. Each county representative gave an update of growth in his county. 'It was ", decided to go to Topeka March 25 to ) meet with Kansas Department of Com- merce and Housing personnel and have a luncheon with the state legislators. Metz family comes to JeweU to escape city Ron and Christy Metz are enjoying their new, small-town lifestyle at Jew- ell, a certain difference from their former home in Estes Park, Colo. "We decided we wanted to get away from city life and we found a good place to do that," Ron said. They moved to Jewell last June after purchasing property along High- way 14, formerly used for an antique shop, and a house that sets north of the shop building. Ron uses the shop build- ing for his automotive electrical busi- ness. He specializes in starters and alternators, "Anything electrical on tractors, truck and cars," Ron said. The north part of the shop is the office and the customer counter with unique signs and antique items deco- rating the walls. His motorcycles are also on display in the north side of the shop building. The south part of the shop is where he does his mechanical work. He is pres- ently resorting two classic cars, in- cludinga 1939 Ford. .... Cht~tyis employed part-time atJ s iif-~p and The Scoop in Jewell. She ~s,a helps Ron with a second busi- ness bf U-Haul rentals, which they have done since t995. Th~Metzes lived in Estes Park since the mi~ 70s. Ron is a native of Kansas City&Kan., and Christy is from Belleville, 111. They both ended up in Colorado and married in 1976. Ron has been in his business since 1982 and was formerly a long-haul truck driver. Christy worked in public and media relations for nearly 20 years for the National Park Service. They have twin sons, Marty and Lewie, 18, who graduated from high school before the family moved. Lewie moved here with his parents and is attending NCK Vo-Tech, taking auto body. Marty is a chef at a restaurant in Estes Park. The Metzes decided to move from Colorado in October 2001. "It was becoming a boom town there and we knew that wasn't for us," Christy said. Christy and Ron are getting acquainted with people in the area and believe that they made the right decision to move to Jewell. "The people are so friendly and they know what' s really important like God, family and the land," Christy said. "It's also better living in a lower elevation." "And, there are no traffic lights in Jewell County,', Ron added. The Metz family enjoy fishing a~d'~ they find that with three lakes and two - rivers close by, there are plenty of opportunities. Christy and Ron Metz, formedy of Estes Park, Colo., have left the city life and now reside in Jewell. Behind them is a 1939 Ford Ron is restoring.