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located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Price 50 Established 1890, Volume 113, Issue No. 26 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, June 26, 2003 47, died after a garage where he was working at this residence (pictured above) collapsed when storms struck Deshler Sunday evening. Rienert " Reinert was from the Esbon area. He moved to Deshler approximately six years ago. His home was near the Thayer County Fairground. Started blaring at 5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The first tornado stuck at 6:40. According to Deshler residents the stationary storm batt.0red Deshler one or more tornadoes within the city limits. ission declares Jew-e-li County " 'contact state officials saster area, /!}~'i ~ !~ ~i/ ::'?'~ ii : i:': :: . ':~i~ t I be flooded after torrential rains caused f ooding throughout the county late Sunday night and morning. This view is looking south across the railroad tracks at the east entrance to town. Several and culverts were washed out or heavily damaged during the rains. County men have narrow in flood waters Monday morning were trapped. Soon the pressure was somehow released and it allowed the door to finally be opened. The two men sat on a wheel of the grader until 6 a.m. when the water receded enough to allow the fire truck to get through. A rope was used to pull the two to safety. Meanwhile two fire men, Justin Basart and Nell Becker, had walked through a field to the Dempsey farm= stead where only a wall of the house remained standing. The house and a wash house were destroyed along with the contents. It is believed lightning caused the fire. Jewell County men were a flooded creek early Mon- after the motor grader flooded swept away. rural Mankato, a phone call at about 3 him that the house of Dempsey, located 1/2 mile east was on fire. Maxine is out on vacation. could not reach the house the Mankato Fire who received a call at %, Mankato Fire Chief, Lloyd Johnson, and a county road grader driven by Jim Howell, Formoso, responded. According to Johnson, he hadn't known Maxine was not at home, so called on the motor grader for assis- tance. Wayne went with Howell in the grader and the fire department vehicle followed. The grader was able to cross the first bridge and then, according to Dempsey, when they reached the sec- ond bridge, thewater swept the grader off the bridge in the water on its side. Dempsey and Howell were not able to get the door open and both knew they Sunday and early Monday washed tl~e top off this road near the JewelI-Republic county line. In many floods closed roads isolating residents until the high water subsided.. Republican River flooding in the described as the worst it had been in many years, in advance of the approaching flood waters, Cloud County were reportedly cutting wheat from Republican Valley fields they expected would soon be waters. Some of the grain had more than 20 percent moisture. In the wake of Sunday night's heavy rains and flooding, Jewell County Com- missioners declared a State of Local Disaster Emergency for the county. Commissioner Doyle Aicom said he telephoned the Kansas Department of Emergency Management early Mon- day to report the declaration. " A resolution was signed at Monday's commissioners meeting proclaiming a state disaster emergency for the county. Jim Fostd=, general superintendent, reported on the fl~ damage to bridges and roads. Foster was to survey more of the county to locate additional dam- age. In other business, Carla Waugh, county clerk, asked the commissioners to sign a resolution pertaining to finan- cial statements and financial reports for year ending December 31, 2003, and the commissioners agreed to sign the resolution. Minutes from the June 16 meeting were approved and Commissioner Stan Coison reported on the Juvenile De- tention Center board meeting he had attended. Commissioners approved Bob Roush's request to appoint Sandy Nelson as secretary for the Formoso Rural Fire District No. 6. Greg Valentine, area director for Social Rehabilitation Services, re- viewed changes in Jewell County with the August closure of the local office. Valentine reviewed services they cur- rently provide and how they will con- tinue to provide those services. He suggested placing a brochure rack which would contain applications. Commissioners agreed that an access site could be worked out, preferably in the county health department office. SRS has a new toll free number of 1- 888-369-4777 that residents may use to contact SRS. Everett Jacobs, executive director Pawnee Mental, discussed the 2004 budget request which is for the same mill levy as 2003. Jacobs reviewed Jewell County statistics for 2001 and 2002, showing a 53 percent increase in services. Neolin Taylor, Jewell County" board member for Pawnee Mental Health, was also present for this dis- cussion. Commissioners agreed to have the proper officer sign the letter to audi- tors. Wagner competes in national contest Jewell Ceunty resident Moriah Wagner will represent Kansas in the 46th Annual America Junior Miss Fi- nals Saturday in Mobile, Ala. Wagner will compete against 50 young women from across the country. The finals will be featured on PAX channel and will be live Saturday at 8 p.m. ' Wagner, a 2003 graduate of Man- kato High School was Jewell County Junior Miss andeaptured the state title atcompetition this spring in BelIeville. She has been in Mobile, Ala., the past two weeks preparing for the fi- nals. Makato Weather Bill Wood, Observer Tuesday, June 17 87 60 Wednesday, June 18 80 61 Thursday, June 19 , 82 61 Friday, June 20 79 65 Saturday, June 21 87 65 Sunday, June 22 94 66 Monday, June 23 96 .... Moisture for week 4.4 inches. Area ravaged by heavy rains, high winds, hail Heavy rains Sunday night fell in the' northeast part of Jewell County, south- em Nebraska and Republic County, Kansas and cased flooding in north- east and eastern Jewell County. Severe lightning accompanied the storm, which hit around midnight and high winds caused tree and property damage. In Republic County, quarter inch to golf ball size hail was reported and four tornados were sighted. The heavy rains dumped 13 inches of rain north of Formoso and creeks and streams overflowed across crops in the lowlands, and covered roadways and bridges. Jewell County was de- clared in a state of local disaster emer- gency. Jim Foster, Jewell County gen- eral superintendent, reports eight town~ ships in Jeweil County that sustained flood damage. "There has been a lot of culverts, roads and bridges washed out and these will need repairs," Foster said. He was still evaluating damage Tuesday and expects the cost of the damage to be high. "We're hoping for some federal assistance. It will take a lot of labor and funds," he said. By Monday morning the road east of Formoso from highway 36 to town was still flooded and the other northern route into town, up old highway 36, was closed because bridges were cov- ered with debris. Republic, Kan., was blocked off because of flood waters covering road- ways. Scandia was also partially flooded from the Republican River water. According to Kansas Depart- " ment of Transportation official, the river was out of its banks and higher than it was h~ 1993 when it was flooded. It was reported that water was over US 36, Jewell County, at Beaver Creek, northwest of Formoso and across US 36 northeast of Formoso. Water was also across US 36, half a mile east of the Courtland comer and over K-148, near Jamestown until 11 p.m. Monday. Water from the Republican River was still over K 148 in Republic County at Norway Tuesday and KDOT flag- men were directing traffic. The Mankato and Belleville KDOT crews were flagging Monday and Tues- day and removing debris from the road- ways. The Belleville KDOTcrew was called out Sunday evening at 6 p.m. to the area near the Pawnee Indian Vil- lage on K 266 northeast of Courtland to replace signs and give traffic con- trol. "Traffic signs and posts were twisted and power lines were down," said Marvin Wagner, KDOT. There was also tornado damage north of Belleville on US 81 and work ha6 to be done there. Wagner reports that there will be a lot of bridges and culverts that will need to be repaired, "but we won't know for sure until the water all goes down." The Rolling Hills Electric Coop- erative Inc., Belleville, Mankato and EIIsworth, reported tornados in Re- public County Sunday evening caused numerous power outages for custom- ers of the Mankato district. The largest area affected was in Republic County, bordered by highway 18, on the east and Highway 36 on the south, and north to the Nebraska border. The Republic County sub station serving approximately 300customers remained without service Monday morning. Crews from districts 1 and 2 areas joined district 3 crews out of Belleville early Monday morning to restore ser- vice. "In some areas, more than a mile of poles in a row are reported down," said Kevin Weber, system analyst for the cooperative. "It's a mess in that area." Service is expected to be restored to all Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative customers sometime Wednesday. An area southwest of Chester, Neb. an estimated 100 poles were broken by . the storm. After restoration of service, th,~ cooperative expects to build a sho~ t,e line, owned by the city of Belleviile, that provides power to the city water " wells in the Chester area. "The wells are currently being supplied by gen- erators," said Melvin Jearode, opera- tions manager, District 3. In Jewell County near Webber, some electric customers were without electricity and crews were sent out Monday and power was restored. The crews from Mankato were working in the Republic area Tuesday. Other reports of rain amount~ after Sunday night's storm are listed: Montrose, 6; Lovewell Dam, 9.40, Mankato, 3.25; Jewell, .5; Ionia,. 10; north of Burr Oak, 1.50; l~lurr Oak, .40. Gary Tordrup, Jewell County Ag Agent, reports crop damage in ~he northeast part of JeweU County. "The no-till fields with crops planted show less damage than the worked ground," Tordrup said. There was heavy hail damage to crops east of Webber to the Republic County line, and north to the state line. Tordrup said its too early to tell on wheat damage. He reported a lot of fence damage from debris and damage to field conservation work, Such as the terraces. There was some livestock loss reported, including pheasant loss by the Van Meters who raise pheasants near Webber. It's harvest time in Jewell County Wheat harvest 2003 in Jewell County looks to be more promising than in the past two years. As the temperatures climbed into the Q0s Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and with winds blowing 20 to 30 miles per hours, the combines are in the fields Jewell County harvest is under- way. Randall Farmers Co-op Union, Ran- dall, reports taking in 63,000 bushels of wheat as of Tuesday morning with most test weights above 60. Sunday afternoon harvesters beg.an testing and moisture tests were ccmmg in at 16 up to 18, but as of Monday evening, weights were around 12. Jewell Branch, Randall Farmers Co- op Union, reports taking in 40,000 bushels of wheat as of Tuesday morn- ing. The test weight average is 62 pounds. Moisture tests have been from 12 to 16. Half an inch of rain fell in the Jeweli area Sunday night, slowing harvest, but south of Jewell little rain was re- ceived and the wheat kept coming into the elevator from the south on Mort- day.. Harvest is expected to, pick up Tuesday afternoon. A total of 140,000 bushels was re- ceived as of Tuesday rooming at the Farmway Co-op Inc. Elevator, Glen Elder. The first load was received Wednesday, June 18, but activity' picked up Friday and Saturday with test weights being well into the 60's with "good quality yields." Monday and Tuesday moisture tests were aver- aging around 13. Midway Co-op Elevator, Mankato, received the first sample from Donnie Neilson. It had a moisture test of 18 and 58 1/2 pounds. No loads were received as of Tuesday morning. Midway Coop Elevator, Burr Oak, had a sample come in from Dewey Underwood, with a moisture test of 13.6 and a test weight of 62 pounds. No loads have been received as of Tuesday morning. Esbon Grain and Fertilizer, Esbon, has received four loads of wheat as of Tuesday morning and the moisture tests have been from 11 to 13. Test weights were around 61. The new Formoso Fire Hall was featured on pictorial stamp cancellation used at the Formoso Post Office Friday. to observe the completion of the building. The building was constructed with Kan-Step funds and volunteer labor and houses the fire station and community hall. An open houseris planned for July. Doctor arrives, now on duty in Mankato Dr. Rina Mina arrived in Jewell County and began her first medical practice Monday at the Jewell County Rural Health Clinic and Jewell County Hospital, Mankato. Mina and her husband, Dr. Dan Caideron, will practice together at the clinic, along with Leon Hughes, physi- cian assistance. Mina was scheduled to arrive in Mankato earlier this month, but be- cause of, an unexpected extended visit to the Philippines to visit her mother, she was delayed. Mina is a pediatrician and a physi- cian in internal medicine. She hopes parents will bring children to the clinic for pediatric care. Mina and Calderon will be at the clinic five days a week. Mina said, "This is a perfect place to start my practice. The people here are so supportive. I am looking for- ward to meeting the patients and espe- cially the children." Calderon moved to Mankato in December to begin his medical prac- tice at the clinic and hospital at that time. f Dr. Rina Mina, specializing in pediatrics and internal medicine, began work Monday at Jewell County Rural Health Clinic and Jewell County Hospital,, Mankato. Her husband, Dr. Dan Calderon, began work in December.