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12 at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 1890 Volume 111, Issue No. 23 / USPS, No. 274-940 Thursday, June 8, 2000 ble-tree pull to show Threshing Bee set for July 15, 16 for the 2-000 version of the Threshing Bee, July 15 and a new event pull. two trac- the same time, is on the a competition, if there are enter, or as an exhibition. the featured tractor this 1945 Oliver 60 is being the drawing. The tractor by Rod and Sondra Colo. The trac- restored by a group of Lloyd Johnson, Boyd Silsby. of Oliver" pedal tractor by the Historical is the object of another The tractor is on display at Bank, Mankato. no commemorative belt this year, according Johnson who has handled buckles. "It's just not said. There-are the 10 years they available. There are also buckles from various this year include a of Oliver memorabilia from Oliver dealership in :; owned and operated many insey. Jerry Kinsey is sponsoring the display. A new White tractor is fumishe~l for use and display by Carrico Imple- ment, Beloit. Parades of vehicles are both days at 1:30 p.m. Winners of the pedal tractor pull from both Saturday and Sunday are eligible for state fair competition. The fun run, beginning with regis- tration at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, features the one-mile kids run, one-mile walk and three-mile run. Deb Warne is coordinating this event. The usual demonstrations are sched- uled, flea market and craft booths have reselwed spots, food will be available and the popular rolling pin toss will be held. Daytime musical entertainment at the showmobile is by Van's German Band, Salina. Evening activities include the Mankato Volunteer Fire Department supper with entertainment and a free dance, sponsored by the Mankato Re- tailers, featuring Brenda Flinn, disc jockey. The Sunday morning community church service is at 9 a.m. Plans are pending for this event. Volunteers are needed to assist with preparations for the event. The His- torical Society meets June 15, 8 p.m., at the museum and will be completing plans at that time. Children attending First Baptist Church Bible School are involved in a sea-readiness relay race during recreation, Nicholas Pinson (left) assists Matthew Broeckelman into his gear. That's Opal Taylor, instructor, oversee ng the process. "Ocean Odyssey" is the theme for this year. (left) is welcomed to the State Exchange Bank family of )resident, and Phil Menhusen (right) executive :~, Mankato bank. Shulda, a native of Cuba, Kan., is an ag- 1935]flOOd Last summer he worked at the bank as an intem. Tractor lost in ge Bankretiring officers retrievedfromRepublican Welcomes 8hulda, recent Kansas State and flew ag-loan State Exchange Bank, , Was introduced at the bank's appreciation dinner Friday, approximately 300 people. Customers may remember intern at the bank last 'Td been looking for a,bank md I just started "Shulda said. He's not ; his grand- and Marilyn Jeffery, md he has county. He grew Kan., area and gradu- ~t High School COnclusion of his internship he was offered a perma- after graduation and he lot less stress year in college, knowing I ing," Shulda said. ~g-loan officer in the bank have been "This is graduated from college, s still a lot to learn," Shulda Who is single, is living in Where, he says, he is greeted and everyone seems to 'That s what I like Being here puts to the term 'family town said he wanted to stay in a because of the and the cli- t than In larger banks, Here, it's mot6 he recognizes there are agriculture. "When agri- trouble, we're in trouble," he sees the bank as of the B naore farmers .using com- te keep up with the "Many have done s. Corn- new ag-loan officer puters are much more convenient and efficient," he said. State Exchange is 'here to stay' Although bank mergers are com- mon, Shulda believes the State Ex- change will remain independent. "From what I've seen, we're here to stay," he said. Rick Diamond, bank president, ech- oed Shulda's sentiments. "I know of a situation in Kansas where officers and employees pulled out of a merged bank and formed a locally-owned institu- tion," he said. Banking on-line is an option and Diamond said customers have to de- cide if that's for them, or if they want the face-to-face contact when bank- ing. '`The bank's technology is up to date. We offer anything customers need," he said. Retirees honored Richard. Diamond and Jon Menhusen were honored for their re- tirement from the bank at Friday's event. The two remain on the board of directors of the bank they purchased in 1963. Diamond was affiliated with the bank 48 years; Menhusen, 37. Entertainment for the appreciation event was by Ken Benedict and family, Beloit. Richard and Jon offered re- marks and Rick introduced Shulda and past and present staff members. Democrats meet to reorganize pm'ty Kansas Democratic Party Chairman Tom Sawyer has called a reorganiza- tion meeting for the Jewell County Democratic Party. The meeting is Saturday, 7 p.m. at the shelter house in Mankato City Park. County party committees are re- quired to reorganize every two years ahd elect party officers and appoint precinct committeemen and women. All registered Democrats in Jewell County are encouraged to attend and will participate and vote in the reorga- nization. A chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer will be elected at the meetingr The new chair will then appoint any vacant precinct positions. Larry Tenopir, the Democratic Na- tional Committeeman for Kansas, will be representing the state party. A steam tractor buried in the east bank of the Republican near Scandia since the flood of 1935 was recovered May 26 by the Now Then Historical Power Association,Minnetonka, Minn. and several local Scandia residents. According to the Courtland Jour- nal, "back in 1935, Nathan and Emil Isaacson, uncles of Loren Isaacson, owned the elevator on the west edge of Scandia. During the time, the Isaacson brothers supplemented their income by pumping sand from the river. Their equipment consisted of a barge with the steam tractor and pump setting on it. When the flood waters reached Scan- dia, the barge tipped over allowing the tractor and pump to fall into the river." Ole Erickson and Forrest Pense tried to retrieve the tractor 30 to 35 years ago, but their efforts resulted in the retrieving of only one wheel which Pense took back to Minneapolis, Minn. cwith him. Through the years, Pense talked to the members of the Now Then Histori- cal Power Association in an effort to convince them to retrieve the tractor. A trip was made in Apri! of this year with the equipment necessary to re- trieve the tractor, but the river was too high then and the project was post- poned. According to the Journal, "The last week of May, the group returned to uncover the steam tractor and with the help of the current landowner, Shirley Strnad, and his brother, Henry Strnad, and Dane Barclay of Alsop Sand Com- pany, plus other interested local people, the project was successfully carried OUt." One of the Now Then Historical Power Association members, Bob Tollefson said, "We were within 30 minutes of giving up and going home when Shirley Strand decided to bring a dozer and excavator to get something done." The Strand brothers operated the heavy equipment, Barclay pumped the water out of the hole and members of the historical group worked to free the tractor from the sand. Finally the engine was brought up from the river to secure ground with a cable attached to a crawler tractor and the boom of the excavator lifting. After recovery it was discovered that the site glass by the operators platform was still intact after all these years. Tollefson expressed his grateful' ness to Shirley Strnad for Strnad s de- termination and effort to see the job completed. The tractor will be transported to Minnesota where it will be cleaned, "ii ii ~ ii and if possible, restored to running condition. If the tractor is not restorable, it will be cleaned and displayed in a monu- ment to past members of the Now Then Historical Power Association. Success at last! Ag advisors report on Jewell review Resignations were unanimously accepted from Anthony Fulton, band instructor at Jewell Junior and Senior High School, and Shirley Bigham, Chapter I teacher, when the district board met Monday. All board mem- bers were present. Bigham will retire before July 1, stay unemployed in the District for 30 days, and then be hired back for same job to allow her to draw Cappers retire- ment. Supt. Ron Kelley stated the will probably stay with the school for one more year. The contract for Gina Sharp, coun- selor, was changed upon her request. Contract will be reduced from 195.5 days to 192.5 days ...... Classified employees contracts were approved with all'present em- ployees being offered contracts mad receiving a 2 percent increase in wages. The professional employees (12 month employees) will receive an increase in vacation according to years of service. It has been 10 days ila the past. Now it will be I0 days for one to five years of service; six years to 9 years receiving an additional day per year; ten years receiving 15 days w~ this the maxi- mum. All brick work onthe Jewell school has been completed. It was proposed to the board by Supt, Kelley that new windows be placed in the building at $350 per Window set, which was the estimate given by Jim Moss. Follow- ing discussion by the board, a motion was made ~d seconded, to have the windows ~placed at a cost of $5,950. Vote was 5-1 with John Kemmerer voting no. , Jer~y Seib~ was hi~ as asum- mer h~lI~r at the wage of $6 per hour. The Ag Advisory Committee pre- sented the board with their findings of the review of the vocational building and ~uipment. The committee indi- cated therewere several items within shop area that needed replaced and repaired. Jim Dooley, one of the com- mitt~ spokespersons, said they were not ~king the board to make the re- placements and repairs at the cost of shorting another program of needed funding. Supt. Kelley said there was not money in the general fund or the vocational fund but it was available in capital outlay. He also indicated gov- ernment surplus was a good place to look for some of the things needed. The driver education program is in progress with five students being trans- ported to Mankato by Mr. Fiegel. Mankato is providing the vehicle and the classroom. Clark Coco is the in- stn~tor, with wages being paid by Jewell ($1,500) and Mankato ($2,000). Mankato has approximately 10 stu- dents enrolled. The proposed special education budget for next year is $87,422 plus bus transportation with the transporta- tion cost reimbursed 80 percent. The educational co-op has been receiving some moneys to assist the district as some students qualify for Medicaid. Excess moneys have been staying in the co-op. Now each district will get money back in the form of a reduction in the total bill owedto the co-op. A special board meeting was set for June 23 at 6:30 a.m. with the auditor to close out the school year. Supt. Kelley presented the board with a recommendation from Robert McCreight to hire Kris Cady to help support the technology system at the Randall Middle School building. Rec- ommended wage is $20 an hour as needed on a part time basis. The board expects to visit with McCreight at the June 23 special board meeting. Other items approved were the May 2000 board meeting minutes, June bills, treasurer's report, transferorS7,365.19 to transportation fund and $5,854.27 to vocational fund. White Rock offers contracts to teachers Contracts were approved by a vote of five to on,for four teachers at the White Rock Board of Education spe- cial meeting May 30. Sharla Broeckelman cast the opposing vote. Contracts were approved for Gary Turner for middle school and high school math. Dale Dodd will teach business, be debate and forensics sponsor, year- book sponsor and high school cross country coach. Brian Callaway's assignment is in the middle school where he will teach social studies and coach middle school football, boys basketball, track and be seventh grade sponsor. Aiisha Gieber will teach K- 12 physi- cal education, be head high school volleyball and head high school gids basketball coach, Leigh Callaway presented several concerns to the board. Callaways main concern was for USD 104 to consider the rehiring of Start Estes as an elemen- tary teacher. The board was presented with letters from students and petitions signed by approximately 44 concerned citizens on behalf of Estes. Others present on behalf of this matter were Brenda Eakins, Sonya Gardner and Dave Callaway. Discussion of the board was not to fill the positions for drivers education and boys basketball at this time. Also, athletic director and other supplemen- talcontraets have yet to be filled. Bruce Custer was given permission to pursue filling the vacancies. Following an executive session, the board did not take action on non-elected personnel matters. Efforts begun nearly 35 years ago to rescue a steam engine lost in the Republican River Flood of 1935 succeeded in late May when the tractor was pulled from the river sand near Scandia. Representatives of a Minnesota based historical power association were assisted by a number of Scandia area residents and the land owner, Shirley Stmad.