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located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Price 50 made for MHS "banquet Established 1890, .Volume 113, Issue No. 17 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, April 24, 2003 s are being made for the annual High School Alumni Ban- 24 at the National Guard Mankato. eClass of 1953 will host an open and reception at the old high from 2 to 4 p.m. which will touring tile school and a lime The present high school at Madison will be open l\)r 2-4 p.m. Saturd.ay. hour and registration for "School reunion at the armory is to 6 p.m., followed by the have been received and will be awarded to Man- School graduates who will an accredited college or techni- A total of 14 $100 scholar- awarded last year. Banquet include information for a contribution to the scholar- Applications for scholar- be made It) the Alumni :.,c/o Karcn Morris Ross, 103 N. West, Mankato. Classes of 1953, 1958, 1973, 1978, 1983 and 1988 are having reunions or get togethers and will attend the all- school reunion at the armory. The invitation cards have been mailed to alumni for whom addresses were available. Former students, spouses or escorts of members, past and present teachers, administrators, employees and past and present school board members are welcome to attend. Please contact Verla Graham Houser, Mankato. Leslie Bradrick Sanders ('88) has made arrangements with Critters to use their DJ for a street dance on Main Street in front of Critters. Sanders will bring in some hay bales, but individu- als attending might want to bring lawn chairs. Houser and Ross also would appre- ciate being advised of any address cor- rections and updates Upcoming is- sues of tiffs newspaper will have cur- re nt i n form at i on regardi ng th e reu n i on. approves improvement ans in Jewell lbr the Jewell City Park im- nents were approved at the re- Council meeting held at the city hall. Bids were d and the council accepted the onl BC Builders (Butch Crain) ,Cement work; Hcineken Elec- Plains Landscape for land- md sprinkler system; Jacob seeding; Athco Co. for the ding for the mini- and Miracle Playground Equip- It was also decided to install I the south side of the Ps judging team national title 'lor, a senior in agronomy, the high individual score nsas State University Crops as they won the 2003 merican Colleges and Teach- Crops Contest re- Murfreesboro. Tenn. SU team also won this title in and 2002. or placed first in identification Jllomic calculations, second in practical and l'iflh in agro- ~laced first in the catego- ,on, agronomic calcula- tory practical and in the agronomic quiz church handicapped ~eSSibllity walk ,'an on an addition to St. Theresa Catholic ing. The addition will in- in flont of the front steps that will in- accesaible entrance. by taking out two m the front lawn of the Weeks ago. dewalk in front Urch was removed and work on adding the new steps. this project began when the older front steps loose. The construe- :lone by Rich's Renovat- the project will be end of this month. In other business, a letter lrom Jewell County Relay For Life was re- viewed. It was agreed the city will sell items no hmger needed at an aucl, ion today. City Clerk Amy Arasmith re- ported on attending the KRWA Con- ferencc in Wichita, March 26 and 27. The RV parking sign south of town will be removed next fall before con- ,~truction begins on the new bridge. It was reported the sewer lift air com- pressors are being rebuilt. Darrell Bohnert, John Stoebcr and Bill Loomis have been reelected and will be given the oath of office at the May meeting Loomis reported on the Olive Schafer Estate. The Community Center tax appeal hearing has been canceled. The clos- ing has been finalized with Lonnie and Sheila Myers on the Cost Analysis House at 212 Venango. Bohnert re- ported on the Day Care Center. A building permit Ibr a garage at 611 Delaware was approved. Those attending the meeting were council members Da,'rcll Bohnert, Max BurLs, Jerry Richecky, Frank Shelton, John Stocbcr, Mayor Bill Loonns, Clerk Amy Arasmith and City Supe,'- intendent Carl Knarr. USD 278 Board reconvenes session The USD 278 School Board recon- vened April 16 to complete the re- cessed April 14 regular meeting. Executive sessions were held with all board members present. Action from the first set of sessions dealing with nonelected personnel, resulted in approval of work agreements for clas- sified employees as presented by Dean Schultz, superintendent. Executive sessions were also held to discuss matters relating to employer- employee negotiations. Board mem- bers, Schultz, and Cathy Dauner at- tended these sessions with no action resulting. The purpose of the third and final set of executive sessions was to dis- cuss nonelected personnel, with board members and Schultz attending. No action resulted. The board accepted the resignation of Arlene Ediger as kindergarten- 12 vocal music teacher for the 2003-04 school year. } L % ): :: .... Various organizations Sponsored "Easter Egg" hunts throughout the area this past week. Above, Riley G ronewollen looks for Easter Eggs as he carries a decorated bucket. He is the two-year-old son of Frank and Chanda Gronewollen, Ionia. Bodens volunteer to serve with CASA With April being proclaimed as Na- tional Child Abuse Prevention Aware- ness Month, North Central CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) has a mission to increase awareness about child abuse. A Jewell County couple, Leon and Karen Boden, rural Ionia, recently w)lunteered to serve with CASA and received their first case six months ago. North Central Kansas CASA is an organization of adult volunteers dedi: cared to ensure that abused and ne- glected children find salE, stable homes. The w~lunteers are court appoi nted and serve as an additional safety net to ensure a child does not get lost in the court and social service system, and does not return to an unsafe home. Nationally, about one-third of the children who need a caring adult advo- cate arc assigned one. At the Twelfth Judicial District, that covers the coun- ties of Cloud, Jewell, Mitchell, Lin- coln, Republic and Washington,CASA w)lunteers assisted 61 children last Visitors from Oregon find cat trapped in cistern With help from friends and neigh- bors, Sherbert is now home alter an absence of more than a month. Sher- bert is the family house cat of Steve and Julie Robbins and their children Nicholas and Violette, Mankato. The relationship began on a "rocky" foun- dation. He was claimed as a stray kit- ten by the Robbins family alter he wandered into their yard six months ago. He soon won his way into the family's hearts and was nmned Sher- bert because of his furry orange and white coat. A month ago, Sherbert was allowed outside. The family was alarmed when he didn't return as usual. A search of the neighborhood lound no sign of the cat. Signs were placed around town and people were questioned to see if they had seen the missing Sherbert. No one reported seeing him. "We had given up hope," said Julie. Bruce and Myrna Estes of Salem, Ore., own a Mankato home directly west of the Robbins' house. They ar- rived in Mankato last week for the Easter holiday. Late in the week, they heard the . weak meows of a cat but couldn't find the source of the cries. They kept looking and finally on Saturday discovered acat in the cistern behind their house. year. More volunteers are needed. The Bodens first heard of CASA when a CASA worker was guest speaker at a meeting at the American Legion, Jewell, where Leon is a mem- ber. Karen Boden said, "We love kids and we have had foreign exchange students but we~live so far away from the schools and all our children are have all gone from home. This seemed like something we could do to help children and still have time for visits and travel to see our family." The Bodens have four grown children and four grandchildren. The Bodens decided to do this to- gether and Karen said she is glad they are working together on this, because of the confidentiality. "This way we can talk it over with each other and get each other's opinion." Karen would like more men to serve as volunteers. Leon also sees the need tor more foster care in Jewel l County. There are presently two Jewell County residents serving on the NCK CASA board, MaT Ann Kibbe and Marilyn Joerg, Randall. "We are the eyes and ears for the court," added Karen. She said the judges in this area are good at asking for CASA aid in cases before the court. The CASA volunteers, with a court order can visit doctors, teachers, par- efits and foster care givers, about a juvenile they haqe been assigned. They can even visit one on one with the juvenile. A written report is made and pre- sented to the judge by tile volunteers, as to the well being of the juvenile. "We can make recommendations but the judge makes the final decisions." SRS is also involved in the cases. To prepare for the CASA, the Bodens had to take training at Concordia and they have to have 10 hours a year in-service. They also had to have 8 hours of court room obser- vance. Karen told of one juvenile that has been aided by CASA for I I years and has had the same CASA volunteer for all that time. "You can't help but get close with them." CASA volunteers only get payment for mileage and telephone calls made in this service. CASA volunteers are said to be "everyday people from a variety of backgrounds, who share the desire to care for some of the most vulnerable children in their community. Each ad- vocate is thoroughly trained, so they can work effectively and with coni- dence." The Jewell County Commissioners Monday approved hiring an additional full-time employee for the county's solid waste department. Jim Vaughan, department director, made the proposal for the full-lime position who would be a driver and equipment operator. The pay scale will be that of a truck driver assigned to the highway depart- ment, which is currently a maximum of $8.95 per hour. In addition, Vaughan proposed the solid waste department purchase it's own semi-tractOr. He reviewed infor- mation concerning the budget with these changes. After reviewing, the commissioners approved the hiring of a full-time employee and to get quotes for a used semi-tractor. Vaughan reported on plans for Ionia residents to tour the solid waste facili- ties. The county road and bridge de- partment has cleaned the lot by the north east building and he phms to moved the wood chipper to this area. a side walk near St. Theresa Catholic Church, Mankato this week. The church plans to build and a front entrance making the church more handicap accessible. He believed that it would made it more accessible to residents to leave brush as well as to pick up wood chips. The truck will be stored in the shed once it is emptied. 'Jim Foster, general superintendent, leviewed the 2003 budget for the road and bridge department; special high- way; special bridge and tower fund. A 500 gallon fuel tank has been pur- chased to haul fuel to each operator. He reported a $37,500 savings lor the six month period of working only lour days per week. Foster said he is not replacing employees who quit the de- partment. Foster discussed road maintenance and said the Randall road is next on the list. He is researching sites to include in the next grant application. Foster asked whose responsibility it is to as- sign addresses for 911. The commis- sioners consulted Emergency Pre- paredness Director Don Snyder and Snyder said he could help. The commissioners reviewed Snyder's employment evaluation with him. Marilou Gri ffeth reported the bridge along Section 2 in Odessa Township, has two stringers broke and planks loose. Foster advised this bridge will be on the next grant application but it could be repaired to get by for the present. Discussion followed.on re- pairing the bridge to the east. Darrell Miller, county attorney, was granted permission to negotiate with Ned-post for a postage machine lease buyout. Darrel Michael, Robert Davidson, Walter Brachvogel, Russell Thomas, Chuck Fowler, Wilmer Bouray, Daniel McKeown and Bill Roe discussed the road east of Webber. Michael stated that the road is rough and asked when the road would be worked on again. Foster stated plans are to re-grind and Tourism group meets in Jewell A total of 30 people from North Central Kansas came to Jewell Thurs- day for the monthly meeting of the North Central Kansas Tourism group. The group first visited the home of Reed and Marilyn Griest to view their collection of Lincoln memorabilia. Some stopped for coffee at The Jewell and others toured the community. Later they gathered to tour Salem Church and the Rooster Palace where the evening meal was served by the Kemmerers. Marilyn Sorenson reported on a conference she had attended on how to promote a community at an exhibition, such as the Kansas Sampler. She learned that foreign travelers are seek- ing places to visit in the U.S. Kansas Sampler is May 3 and 4 in Independence. Susie Haver, Concor- dia, reviewed plans for the NCK Tour- ism tent at the Sampler. Her vocal group has been chosen to perform on stage during the festival. Brochures were discussed. Thomas Yount, LASR.Net, was present to explain his website and how it would help communities. The next meeting is in Lincoln May 15. to pull the cat out of the cistern. It is thought the cistern was the cat's home As soon as Sherbert came out of the cistern, he ran to the Robbins home. When the Robbins tamily returned home from a family dinner, they saw a skinny Sherbert waiting for them. Tues- day reports indicate the cat is eating well and doing fine. "We are so thankful to the Estes family and Mr. Russell for finding and getting our cat back for us. We thought we'd never see him again," commented Julie. Mankato Weather Bill Wood, observer Monday, Apr. 14 83 59 Tuesday, Apr. 1587 49 Wednesday, Apr. 16 87 35 Thursday, Apr. 17 62 34 Friday, Apr. 18 60 42 Saturday, Apr. 19 71 38 Sunday, Apr. 20 48 36 Monday, Apr. 21 56 36 Moisture for the week: .84 skating rink. After a short program and re fresh ments, a tree will be planted. National Arbor Day Foundation recently named Formoso a Tree City USA in recognition of the citizens' program to care for community trees. Mayor Vickie Stafford said, "We are especially pleased with this honor as we celebrate our ! 8th year as a Tree City USA. Trees improve the quality of life for all our citizens by adding beauty as well as providing shade, cleaner air, habitat for birds and small animals, and reducing noise pollution." Jolm Rosenow, president of the National Arbor Day Foundation,said, "Tree City USA" designation recog- nizes the work of elected officials, staff and citizens who plant and care for the community forest. A commu- nity and the citizens who recognize these benefits and provide needed care tbr trees deserves recognition and thanks." / i~~' ii ~ ~ Reed and Marilyn Griest, dewell, talk with visitors from Washington and Frankfort about their Abraham Lincoln collection during the North Central Kansas Tourism meeting this week. JC Commissioners increase Unsure how to reseue the cat, they Formoso plans placed food and water in the cistern. Sunday,RichardRussellusedarope Arbor Day event facility staff Formoso will celebrate Kansas Ar- solid waste bor Day tomorrow (Friday) at 6:30 for the past month, p.m. at the old school site east of the