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SMALL TOWN pAPERS 217 ',N COTA STREET ;.~HELTON WA 98584-2263 // Price 50 Office located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 127, Issue No. 22 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, June 2, 201(I ave overnl: .... :::::~:~:!:i~ii!iiiiiiii!ii!i!i!~il; On Monday and Tuesday, Mankato vate residents. Two-hundred-forty- There are several organizations abikeeitherwithhisgrandfatherorhis will be a part of the 42nd annual Bike eight will be tent camping and 69 will serving meals and other food stands dad. The oldest on a bike, 88, will be Across Kansas (BAK) Bicycle Tour. be staying in motels. While BAK is in will be available beth days. bicycling one day. The oldest full time This year it will be the largest bicy- Mankato, they will have lots of things The Ladies Auxiliary will have a rider is 83, and the otdestparticipant is cling event in Kansas history, a 499 to do, see and eat. pie and dessert stand in the VFW build- 89. This year's event has 63 percent mile ride across the state. It begins Rock Hills youth football and bas- ing 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jewell County repeat participants and 37 are first time Saturday at Saint Francis and will end ketballorganizations will be providing Historical Society will serve drinks participants. There will be 29 states, in Troy next Friday drinks and transportation from the and snacks in front of the museum one U.S. Territory (Puerto Rico) and "This year's tour has 840registered school to all food vendors and restau- from 2 to 8 p.m. Ute Theatre will have one foreign country (Ireland) repre- participants, 787 full time participants rants, as well as downtown, the swim- popcorn and snacks from 10 a.m. to 5 sented. and53 parttimeparticipants, andas far ming pool and all other events being p.m. Mankato Volunteer Fire Depart- Overnight stops along the way are aslknow, Mankatoisreadyforthem," held. ment will have a beer garden located in in Oberlin, Phillipsburg, Mankato, said Brian Shulda. Mankato Chamber of Commerce the Mankato City Park from 1 p.m. to Belleville, Marysville, Sabetha and BAK contacted Nadine Smith, su- will be sponsoring free swimming all 8 p.m. and L&T's snack shack will be Troy. perintendent of USD 107 in January. day at the Mankato Swimming Pool. located downtown from I0 a.m. to 5 "Cycling the northern route along Intum, NadinecontactedtheMankato ThehistoricUteTheatreisshowing p.m. U.S. 36 has been a favorite of past Chamber and the city. The school a movie, beginning at 6:30 p.m., on Three organizations will be serving participants, passingthroughabeauti- worked with BAK on ovemight lodg- Monday evening, lunch in the Mankato City Park Mon- fulpartofKansasthatmanyhavenever ing, whereas the chamber and city took TheJewellCountyHistoricalSoci- dayfrom 11 a.m. to2p.m.:4-H, FFA, visited before. Our participants will the lead on organizing meals and ac- ety Museum will be open from 2 p.m. Boy Scouts and CYO. Saddle Jack's pedal by the geographic center of the tivities. Questionnaires were sent out to 8 p.m. They will also have their BBQ will be serving lunch downtown United States near Lebanon and may and two community wide meetings antique machinery buildings open all from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. take a short side trip to the Brewster wereheld, with 12organizations show- day. Dinner will find two organizations Higley cabin where the Kansas state ing up for the preliminary organization Mankato County Club, which islocated at the Mankato City Park: song, "Home on the Range," was writ- of meals and locations. Two or three considered to be one of the top sand Catholic Church and CYO, from 5 ten in 1872. weeks later a finalization meeting was green courses in Kansas, is ready to p.m. to 7 p.m.. Two organizations will The main goals of Biking Across held with everything set in place. This welcomes all golfers, be serving dinner at the Mankato Corn- Kansas are to promote wellness through was the end of March. There will be four restaurants or munityCenter, FBLAandEsbonCom-bicycling, celebrate Kansas history and "Our communitycametogetherandbusinesses serving food.Bob's Inn will munity from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saddle the beauty of its landscape and enjoy everyone got on board and all worked have a full menu as well as their Hunt Jack's BBQ will also be located down- the warm hospitality of its towns and together to get this thing organized. It Brothers Pizza, beer and more from 11 town and serving from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. people. BAK startedin 1975 with fewer was great," Shulda said. a.m. to 9 p.m. Possibilities will have a Breakfast, served by Harmony than 100 riders. The BAK organization wanted to "patio party" in front of their store United Methodist Church, Evangeli- "I am so proud of our town, the publish their route guide by April 30 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sweden Creme cal Lutheran Church, CYO, and Burr people, how well everyone has worked and Mankato was well ahead of this willbeopenlla.m.to9p.m.withtheir Oak United Methodist Church, willbe together. I' m anxious to see BAK par- deadline, full menu. Susan Collins Catering will served 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday. ticipants continue on their tour with In Mankato, BAK will have 497serve lunch beginning at 11 a.m. and Of those participating 561 are men the memory of the great hospitality staying in the Rock Hills High School dinner items beginning at 5 p.m. at and 279 are women with an age range they received while in Mankato," gym, on the school grounds or in pri- Mankato City Park. of 3 to 89. The youngest biker rides on Shulda said. TheJewellCountyBoardmetTues- ing activities: Discovery Days; Lunch property.Thecommissionersapproved day withcommissioners Steve Greene, and Learn Session at Jewell County, execution of the mortgage release and Mark Fleming and Dwight FrostGardening 101 ; Open Horse Show June warranty deed for the property. present. Carla Waugh, county clerk, 6; Saturday, June 16 begins 4-H camp; Darrell Miller had an affidavit of was also present. Minutes of the May 4-H day camp is June 21. Jenae said non production on the property being 23 meeting were approved, they.are preparing,fqr the county fair.. sold. Commissioners approvexithatthe Chairman Greene opened the of- Anna Standley plans to attend thq Chairman sign the affidavit of non fice head meeting leading the group annual register of deeds conference production for title purposes on the with the flag salute. The following next week. former Kansas Mineral property. were present for office head meeting: DonJacobsdiscussedthelockdownDarrell Miller reviewed the Kansas Chris Petet, custodian; Anna Standley, policy with the other departments, real estate sales validation question- register of deeds; Angela Murray, CarlaWaughsaidWednesdaynoon naire. The commissioners approved health nurse; Joel Elkins, general su- was the candidate filing deadline. She the questionnaire. perintendent; Don Jacobs, sheriff; has been busy preparing ballots and Darrell Miller had for approval the Jenae Ryan, district extension agent; programming for the voting machine, seller settlement statement. The corn- and Travis Garst, solid waste director. Carla Waugh said the county missioners approved the statement on The following were absent: Gall appraiser's office certified the real es- the former Kansas Minerals property Bartley, noxious weed director, emer- tate and personal property valuations, for a total amount, less expenses, of gency preparedness director and 911 The state-assessed valuation will not $55,530.73. coordinator; Chuck Latham, county be certified by the state until June 15. Jenny Russell and Emma appraiser; Shannon Meier, ambulance Dwight Frost reported on the North Menhusen, Jewell County Community director; and Brenda Eakins, treasurer. Central Regional Planning Commis- Development, discussed the renewal Travis Garst said they are working sion meeting he attended, of the rural opportunity zone student on the road at the transfer station and Mark Fleming said he attended the loan repayment program. Emma pro- landfill with millings. He reported on KCCA conference and multi-county vided a slide presentation of the ben- the repairs to the recycling trailer. He meeting, efits of the ROZ program to Jewell is working on permit renewals. They Steve Greene said he also attended County. are also busy servicing the bulldozer, the KCCA conference and the eco- JoelElkins, generalsuperintendent, JoelElkins said they are waiting for nomic development meeting, juvenile reported on road and bridge mainte- it to dry out to work on some projects, detention meeting, multi-county meet- nance. The commissioners reported Chris Petet said the basement floor ing and the hospital board meeting, road concerns. tile was replaced over the weekend. This concluded office head meeting. The commissioners approved the Chris said the new storm door for the DarrellMiller, county attorney, had bridge inspection agreement with sheriffs office has been ordered, several documents pertaining to the Campbell and Johnson Engineers for Jenae Ryan reported on the upcom- sale of the former Kansas Minerals 312 bridges at $70 per bridge. scammers pers According to a national news story According to Davis, "Other new circulating last week, at least five indi- Additionally, a new seam has just tax seams seen this year include de- viduals have been arrested for claim- surfaced. The Internal Revenue Ser- manding immediate payment for taxes ing to represent the Internal Revenue vice has issued a warning to taxpayers owed on an iTunes gift card, soliciting Servicetobilktaxpayersoutofmoney. about bogus phone calls from Ins im- W-2 information from payroll and hu- "We have had numerous people personators demanding payment for a man resources professionals, 'verify- contact us about phone calls from the non-existent tax, the "Federal Student ing' tax return information over the Ins," said Robert Davis H&R Block, Tax." In this newest twist, they try to phone and pretending to be from the Beloit, franchise owner. "The IRS will convince students to wire money im- tax preparation industry. The IRS will not call; they will always send a letter mediately to the scammer. If the victim never call you to demand immediate first. Do not give out any information does not fall quickly enough for this payment, threaten to bring in local over the phone. We review letters from fake"federal student tax," the scammer police or require you to pay taxes with- the IRS at no charge so that you can be threatens to report the student to the out the opportunity to question or ap- certain it is legitimate." police, peal what you owe." lOth annual Glen Elder Lions Club Tractor Cruise held This year, the 10th annual Glen Elder Lions Club Tractor Cruise was held May 21. The antique tractors congregated at Hopewell Church, at the north side of the Glen Elder State Park. Registration started at 8:30 a.m. with each entrant provided with a goody bag that con- tained a variety of iten~s donated by businesses around the :are-a. All the Darrell Bohnert, dewell, stands before a metal press he built in 1976 for I~is welding business. He spoke to the Tractor tractors were decked out with a slow Cruise group May 21 on their stop in Jewell. moving vehicle placard and had to maintain at least 10 mph. On this cool, windy, damp, cloudy morning, at straight up 9 a.m., 46 trac- tors pulled out for their day's ride of 42 miles across parts of Mitchell and Jewell counties. Leaving the state park in Glen Elder the tractors headed north up K128 for two miles then onto country roads en route to Jewell. They went east one mile then north to the county line, east once again one mile, north to the Ionia Road, jogged east one mile, then north one mile, finishing their morning des- tination by turning east and arriving in Jewell at 11:30 a.m. In Jewell, the group had a tour of the Bohnert Welding Pioneer Seed Facil- ity. The organization of J-Janes served them lunch in Maag Park. While eating their lunch the group was entertained by a singing group, Country Jewells, folio wed by a talk about Old Fort Jeweli given by Linda Woerner. Of the 46 tractors that embarked on the cruise which were from as far away as Salina, Campbell, Superior and Guide Rock, only two had problems. Maybe three. Sen. Moran meets with constitutents Saturday morning Senator Jerry Moran stopped in Jewell Saturday morning for a town hall meeting. He fielded questions from a number of interested constituents. He spoke of the change in the climate of politics and the lack of the political parties working together. He said there is little communication between Con- gress and the current President. Moran serves as chairman of the senate's agriculture committee. Sev- eral questions were ag related and about opening of trade relations with Cuba. The senator stated Cuba imports wheat among other farm products which will benefit Kansas farmers. Other ag re- lated topics concerned truck farming, increasing regulations and such. The senator spoke on the impor- tance of keeping connection with the people of Kansas and his policy of returning to the state every weekend and meeting with people. This is visitor week in Jewell County. Friday the Rock Hills School will host an all-star basketball tournament. Saturday as many as 381 vintage automobiles associated with a 600 mile tour of Nebraska will enter Jewell County from the west and follow High- way 36 east to the Highway 14 before turning back toward Nebraska. All vehicles in the tour must be at least 30 years old. There are no planned stops in Jewell County. Though some drivers may stop for supplies. The vehicles will leave Grand Is- land early Saturday morning, stop at Red Cloud for a mid-morning break and then continue on to the McCool Junction race track before stopping for lunch. Mostly automobiles, the vehicles will be travelling near the posted speed limit so promoters advise bringing a lawn chair and finding a shady place to watch the parade from within the City of Mankato. It will take about 20 min- utes for the vehicles to pass through Mankato but all times are a bit uncer- tain. The drivers will depart Grand Is- land in two groups spaced 15 minutes apart. The first departure is planned for 7 a.m. The first vehicles could reach Mankato by 10:30 or before, but there are many variables that may influnce the time. The printed schedule calls for the vehicles to leave Red Cloud at 10 a.m. arrive in Mankato at 10:40 and Nelson by ! 1: 15. However, one of the organizers is advising those who would like to see the vehicles that it is better to be early than late. Monday night more than 900 people associatedwith the annual Bike Across Kansas are expected to be in Mankato. The ride begins on the Colorado- Kansas stateline Friday with stops planned in St. Francis, Oberlin, Phillipsburg, Mankato, Beileville, Marysville, Sabetha and Troy before concluding at Elwood on Saturday, June 11. An optional Nebraska lo0p on Thursday will take riders across the stateline to explore a few of the roads and towns of southern Nebraska. The entire route offers opportunities for side trips such as one to Jewell.. ::~i The Bike Across Kansas riders last stopped in Mankato in 2000. The number of riders is limitedat 850 but support staff will swell the number of people visiting Mankato to Continued to Page 3 Thursday evening, Mankato was hit by strong winds and several trees were damage. This tree located at 415 N. Center St. in Mankato fell to the east towards the street. Back to the west and on both sides of this huge tree there were two homes which appeared to be without damage. Local weather High and low temperatures May 22 ..................................... 66 57 May23 ..................................... 81 59 May 24 ..................................... 77 60 May25 ..................................... 81 60 May 26 ..................................... 77 53 May27 ..................................... 81 54 May28 ..................................... 71 54 Betty Becker, weather observer for Mankato, reported 2.50 of precipita- tion for the week and 6.32 for the month of May. Ken Garst, weather observer for Jewell, reported 4.09 of precipitation for the week and 6.81 for the month of May. Athens Cemetery in rural southwest Jewell County was the scene for a Memorial Day ceremony honoring the US Armed Forces veterans buried in the cemetery. The rite was organized and presented by the Glen Elder American Legion Post #143 with Commander Jim Slate. The post members were accompanied by the Sons of the American Legion Squadron. #143 with Commander Ted Eberle. The short ceremony ended as Taps, played by Jody Vowinckel and Lee Barnett, echoed across the tombstones and the many small flags marking the final resting places of the honored veterans.