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located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 113, Issue No. 16 /Z /// Price 50 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, April 17, 2003 This scene in the pasture of the Ost Ranch west of Mankato not only reflects the essence of the Easter Season but the character of people and places in toward cross is Jewe~~Coun~y.Thecr~ss~erected~ever~~yearsag~~wa~madethef~ca~p~int~fthemeta~s~ructure~~~s~a~~edm~rerecent~y.Thesce~ei~v~s~b~efr~mHighway148 south of Highway 36. Rolling Hills-annual - , . in Ost pasture--m_eetingisFriday Speaker presents ideas to The annual ~eetingofRolling Hills.. Electric Cooperative Inc.,isFriday, assist with improving county April 25 at NCK Technical School, artistic sculptures are found Icy. timethe metal artwork was readytobe Beloit. m art museums, but a large Milford and his wife, Anne, go out placed. According to Ost the artwork Registration and meal are held at display in agrass- in Jewell County. sculptures are becoming along the roadsides of lor a Jewell County fam- Ost Raqch, rural Mankato, de- an art form needed Io be heir pastures. lighway 128, traveling from to Highway 24, a look to shows a cowboy mounted on riding toward a cross. Ac- Milford Ost, the cross has ~Place for several years. It was Os! and sets on a hill over g the Limestone Creek and val- to this cross every Easter morning. Down in the valley the Ost family often campout. It was about ayear ago that Jim McEIory, Cairo, Neb., was asking to fish at an Ost pond and when Milford learned he nmde metal sculp- tures. He asked McEIory if he could make a sculpture of a cowboy on horse back. It turned out the artwork was in exchange for allowing McEIroy to fish on the Ost property. Anne found just the right picture featured on a calendar, a gi ft from Weltmer Law Office, which was used a:~ the model. Itwas enlarged and sdnt to McEIory. Within a short is of quarter-inch steel and weighs 800 pounds. It came in five pieces. The Osts--Milford, Mike and Brad- -put up the artwork, placing it on hedge posts with guide wires to provide sup- port. A fence around the artwork pro- vides protection from cattle that use the pasture during the summer months. Anne has planted Pin Cushions, Indian Paint and Yucca plants inside the pro- tective fence. Milford knew exactly where he wanted to place the mounted cowboy, "1 wanted him to be going toward the cross," he said ss appointed to fill-council vacated by resignation a. Ross was appointed to serve the ~lred term of Wayne Dunn on ?ity Cotmcil. Dunn resigned II. (2'Junci-I w)ted to ~'s resignation. Marvin Loomis, ~n~strator, had contacted Kan- Energy Agency to get a an electrical rate study. As a rate studies are $1,500. Tony Turner is e to do the study and can begin '. Council voted to have a rate he city of M~ankato prepared park maintenance employee reviewed. Council's was to have Loomis check andS.present him an ~reference. if the city would ' cleanup day, which was y Tree Board. SCussed this issue with the and said all they want to have picked up by the city are lawn waste, bagged leaves, small limbs and small boards. Loomis said he did not see any problems these types of waste. Pick up would be limited to only those things advertised in the newspaper. Council approved proceeding with the cleanup day. Bills were allowed. Dennis Kennedy visited with the council about sharing the cost of grav- eling the road by the golf course prop- erty. Individuals sharing the cost would be John Flavin, Mankato Country Club, Lyndell Hanson, Matt Pierce, City of Mankato and Kennedy. Council de- cided to have the city participate in the shared costs of the sand. Split six ways, the cost to each land owner would be between $92 to $100. Loomis had contacted Sheriff Ost about the town's skunk problems and Ost has instructed city officers to shoot any skunks they might happen to see during patrols. Loomis has spoken to Rock Elementary new play equipment School Board mem- at Moflday's meeting to layground equipment. been considering lase over the past three board and the decision came alter entation from Gina Jeffery L The board voted allow the purchase up to Bill Wilson cast the dis- ing the meeting were Ken Wanda Frasier, Peroutek and Bill Wil- members; Superintendent r; clerk, Therese Frost, and , Daphne and Monte Man- riley, Betty Brown, y Finnell. and Finnell were the Burr Oak Li- nembers discussed the pro- a district library located building and reviewed on this matter. It was Seek future information and in mind. items approved lg the resignations of cheerleading sponsor, and high school Lorie Waugh; dues and legal assis- and $900; approving ISors, Daphne Manning t; approving employ- ment of Sandra Boyles as the north activity route driver: Monte Manning, representing the senior class, proposed a change of plans for the senior trip Trom Denver to Dal- las. This was approved. Negotiations and school calendar were discussed but no decision was made on either item. Walker reported the representative of Parents As Teachers program sent a thank you note for supporting this pro- gram. Walker reported the E-rate ap- peal had been approved and funds will be allowed from the Univeral Service Administrative Company, schools and libraries division. All certified personnel contracts were renewed for the coming school year. A busing request from the Gary Colson family was approved to allow the Jewell school bus to come into the district to transport students. White Rock School Board Scholar- ship Committee selection is being ap- pointed. Yelken and Peroutek were chosen to represent the board. A clari- fication, involving a change on the scholarship wording, was approved to read that scholarship applications are for White Rock High School Seniors and not limited to seniors of Jewell County and Webster County. Executive sessions were held to dis- cuss matters affecting students and negotiations. No decisions were made about these matters. Richard Russell regarding his interest in the possibility of being a part-time animal control officer for the city. The council directed Loomis to set up a meeting with Russell. Mayor Hamilton asked if the hous- ing authority had been inforlned on the decision on the PILOT payment. Loomis said he had written a letter informing the housing authority of this decision and on the appointment of Don Koester to the housing board. A letter from the Golden Years was read regarding the demand charges on electric utility bill. They were asking that consideration be given to this- charge, as they are a nonprofit organi- zation. Council voted approval to table any action on this until after a rate study on the electric rates is completed. Steve Little was appointed to serve as library board member to replace Steve Melby, whose term expires May 4. A contract from KDOT for the con- striction engineering for Schwab-Eatn to perform this inspection was re- viewed. The council voted to approve the contract. A building permit application from Rex and Brenda Flinn, 402 Water, to construct an addition to an existing structure was reviewed and approved. A building permit application from Joseph and .Terri Ranstead, 421 N. Clinton, to construct a garage was re- viewed and approved. Dave Warren's bid of $500 was approved for the lease of the 2003 haying season on the Johnson addition property. Sealed bids for rent of the golf course pasture were reviewed from Richard Bartholomew, Kevin Fuller, Ed Duskie, Kevin Jones, Nick Becker and Jerry Harris. Council accepted the highest bid from Jones for $2,825, for the grazing season of 2003. Attending the meeting were Don Koester, mayor elect; Harold McCammon and Sam Becker, council members elect; Larry Thornton, Karen Faye, Dennis Kennedy; Mayor Don Hamilton; council members Mel Brown, Rick Diamond, Lyle Dauner and Karen Ross. Mankato Weather Bill Wood, observer Monday, April 7 34 29 Tuesday, April 8 47 28 Wednesday, April 9 62 23 Thursday, April ! 0 74 23 Friday, April I 1 78 33 Saturday, April 12 80 36 Sunday, April 13 83 41 Monday, April 14 87 60 Total moisture for month - I.! I Total moisture for year - 3.4 5:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m. The .meal is free for members and guests. Door prizes will be given away. A magic show will entertain chil- dren, featuring Kenny Castor. After the short business meeting the pro- gram will be provided by Belleville High School Show Choir. Rolling Hills Electric Inc. consists of three districts serving the counties of Phillips, Smith, Jewell, Republic, Washington, Rooks, Osborne, Mitch- ell, Cloud, Clay, Russell, Lincoln, Ot- tawa, Barton, EIIsw~rfh and Saline. District II office ~'iocated in Man- kato. Board of Trustees from Jewell County are Beryl Roberson and Lauren Roe. Matousek's stolen 4-wheeler recovered The Jewell County Sheriff's De- partment reports the recovery of the four-wheel Kawasaki cycle repo/'ted stole from the Milo Matousek resi- dence March 14. The cycle was located in the Leba- non, Kan., area by Smith County sheriff's officers and returned to Matousek. There was minimal dam- age to the cycle. The investigation is continuing. Board members plan Arbor Day Arbor Day will be recognized April 24 when the Mankato Tree Board will sponsora"tree planting"ofacrabapple tree in the northwest corner of the park. Fourth grade students from Mankato Elementary will participate in the plant- ing. Awards will be presented to the fifth grade students the same day. The three winners of the poster contest will be presented gilt certificates to the Pizza Hut. At a recent meeting, Mankato Tree Board members were notified that Mankato was proclaimed Tree City U.S.A. for 2002. Some trimming, cutting and haul- ing brush away was done at the Tho- mas Edison Park across from the USD 278 Administration Building. New boards were placed on the benches at this park. The board will pay half the cost of the boards and bolts. Bill Wood reported watering the trees on the highway, giving each tree I 0 gallons of water. The next meeting is May 13. After the meeting members went to the highway to determine where the three new memorial trees will be planted. They scanned the Thomas Edison Park to determine what could be done to make it a more attractive place. Burr Oak woman arrested in Nebraska Diane Abell, 39, Burr Oak, was arrested last Thursday in Grand Island and charged with possession of a con- trolled substance with intent to deliver. According to the Grand Island Po- lice Department, a police officer spot- ted a car parked near a bar, bearing a license which was unreadable. The of- ricer observed the car and two men approached, left something in the back seat and talked to the woman in the car. The officer stopped the car for hav- ing an obstructed license tag and found four ounces of methamphetamine. Abell was taken into custody. Abell was taken to the Hall County Jail and later released on bond. Ron Willis, Jewell, Green Porch Swing Productions, will provide the program when Jewelt County Resource Council hosts a public meeting Mon- day at 7 p.m. at Jewell Community Center, Jewell. After the program, interest groups will be formed to share ideas in ways to aid in the needs of Jewell County. The meeting is open toall organiza- tions, communities, agencies and people of all ages to come together and share what their interests, need, and services are and to inform as to just what the Jewell County Resource Council can do to help. Willis' address for the county pro- gram is, "I may not be a shining star, but I hope I twinkle just a little." He will discuss appreciating the impact of self-awareness over self-esteem and how to come away with work place principles to enrich relationships. Willis is a frequent presenter at seminars, workshops and provides key- note addresses to educators, volun- teers, mental health and healthcare pro- viders, businesses, parent orgamza- tions, chi Idcare professionals, through- out the United St;~tes. He tailors each pre~e,tati~il :L, ~ct current life issues and concerns. His experiences as a clinical psychologist, college instruc- tor and school psychologist allow him to speak directly to a wide range of management, leadership, treament, educational and family-centered top- ics that impact listeners today. Willis has an education specialist degree from Fort Hays Kansas State University and has completed addi- tional graduate course work at KSU and the University of Denver. He is a member of the National Speakers As- sociation. Ron and his wife, Karen, reside in Jewell and enjoy the frequent return of their six children, It) grand- children and three great-grandchildren. Formoso man appointed to fill vacancy on board of education Mark Fleming, Formoso, was se- lected by USD 278 Board members to fill the vacancy created by the resigna- tion of Linda Bowersox. The vote was unanimous. This action was the culmination of a discussion at the March meeting where it was the cSnsensus of mem- bers to appoint the person with the most votes in the April election to the vacant position. Other transactions are listed: Approved 10-year contract with Coca-Cola as the soft drink provider for the district. Funds will be placed in the student activity fund at the high school to help defray the costs of entry fees lor student-based activities. Viewed a demonstration of BaI-A- Vis-X, an exercise and coordination program, by elementary students. Bob Roush, facilities manager, re- ported vehicles in the current bus fleet have many miles but are sale; a pickup needs a new motor. The board req uested him to present prices at the May meet- ing. oRoush addressed condition of the roofs. Several places show structural damage and leaking through the over- hangs at the high school. The roof ot the metal building by the ag shop is leaking and a room on the south end of the old high school is leaking. Two contractors recommended membrane roofing. It was noted this would be a capital outlay expenditure, not a gen- eral fund expenditure and would be spread out over a period of time. The board approved hiring Professional Roof Consultants, LLC, Wichita. to address the condition of the roofs. Approved updating Mankato El- ementary School Library with the help of librarian and a project cost of $4,500 during the upcoming summer. Board directed Roush to attend the next city Council meeting to obtain an estimated project cost to have the city work on the parking lot north of the high school. oA request by high school principal Bruce Hurford to allow seniors to go on a one day field trip to Worlds of Fun was approved. The expenses, such as gate passes, tood and fuel, are to be taken from the activity account which is generated from sales of vending machines at the high school. The dis- trict will furnish a bus and driver. A request for the use of a bus for the Kennedy family reunion to tour Jewell County was approved. A USD 278 bus driver will drive the bus. The request was made by Doris Alexander. The resignation from Lori Zadina secretary to the superintendent, was accepted. On a recommendation of Hurlbrd and Superintendent Schultz, the board approved hiring of Kelly Mehon as senior high cheerleading sponsor and Dawn Garrett,junior high cheerleading sponsor. oA six staff member paint crew for the summer at an hourly rate of $7 was approved. Other items approved were Interkrcal Cooperative Agreement with Jewel l County Resource Council, USD 104, USD 278 and USD 279; annual membership to KASB and the KASB Legal Assistance Fund dues for July 1, 2003, through June 3 I, 2004; the first reading of a proposed KASB policy relating to searches of property, use of trained dogs to search; Summer School for the summer of 2003. Ramo Decker requested a sopho- more science class field trip to the Omaha Zoo April 22. This was ap- proved with the district supplying a bus, driver and the fuel. Hurford discussed the cost of year- books that board members are receiv- ing free of charge. Co,sensus of the board was that they will not receive free yearbooks A drug dog visit in the school was held last week. The school was found to be clean. This is a free service provided by the Kansas Highway Pa- trol. Dale True, Elementary Principal, reported 87 to 90 percent of parents attended recent parent-teacher Con- ferences. Approximalely 250 people attended the band and vocal concert. Duri ng the superintendenr s report, Richard Colson reported that Robin Griffith, board member for USD 279 had discussed the superintendenr s car shared by USD 278 and USD 27~. Board consensus was to Consider their offer to purchase USD 278's hall" of said car. The board, along with the superin- tendent and both principals, were in and out of executive sessions from 10:42 p.m. to !2:28 a.m. There was no action resulting from these sessions. Brenda Enyeart (far left), member of Mankato Tree Board, enlisted the help of volunteers Jeannie Blair, Veda Houser and Eileen Wilson to assist with the task of cleaning leaves from Edison Park, across the street from the USD 278 Administration Building in Mankato. Other tree board members have also worked on the project. Enyeart said volunteers are always welcome to help with the project. The park was established by an individual many years ago when the building was the high school.