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i eweil Coun Mankato, Ks. (USPS 274-940) Official County Newspaper Wednesday, September 23, 1992 - 24 pages - 50 cents and Irades 9 through 12 at High School. Klm has the 8allle Mae First 81,000. teacher Mae Award Burr Oak, received ;I000. Honored with a isa arts teacher from year at Shawr~e School in Tecumseh, schoolteach- Teacher Tribute the teachers who most to pursue a career in been lO years since Willcoxin but he was a when I needed one," English and speech Rock high school, drama productions and coaches forensics. The I college wanting to be a took my first education to go into education. I and I'm comfortable more than a Job - it's Now I understand how true is," sald O'Brlen, who a single par- children, Ashley, in Haley, Is in third. is managing my to find time for my own *But we like Burr doWt have the safety city." New Mayor takes seat at Esbon Don Hamilton, Mankato city clerk A list of complaints from residents spent considerable time explaining the were read by the Mayor. basics of city budgets to the Esbon A delinquent water bill was reported Council at the Sept. 2 meeting, and Council agreed to send the normal A letter was read from the city attor- collection letter. Bills were paid. The No-till wheat demonstration A field demonstration featuring no- till winter wheat production will be held ney. regarding collection of water bills and'the legal responsibility of the city to provide minutes to media. A discussion of the content of the letter followed along with past charges from the attor- ney relating to, beer ordinance. A local resident had contacted the Mayor about using the old post office as a recycling collection point. Another resident suggested using the old post office building for a family fun center. Insurance was discussed as a concern as well as possible repairs and leases. The city clerk is currently running the city business out of her house and she sees no reason to use the former post office as city offices. It was re- quested to have the resident who sug- gested the fun center attend the next Council meeting. The recycling issue was tabled. recent water tower Inspection was re- September 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. and on ported as good. ~-September 30 from 10-12 noon. The A ct~ptsln t about mud and gravel at the post office was discussed. A conco- ern was voiced about funds for the Fireman's Relief Fund. The mayor turned In hIs letter of resignation effectively immediately. He delivered a "pick-up load of records from the State Bank of Esbon" to be stored in the former post office. Council President Bob Windmuller assumed the position of mayor. When Roy Damon was nominated as a new president, he resigned also. Dwight Frost was then elected as the new president. The two open Council seats will now be filled at the Mayor's discretion with Council approval. demonstration wlll be held at the Hansen-Wulf farm located on 136 high: way, two miles west of downtown Red Cloud. The program is sponsored by the Elm Creek Water Quality Project and the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension 10 Webster County. Dr. Bob Kline, Extension cropping system specialist from North Platte will be the featured speaker. Dr. Kllne has several years experience with no-tili wheat production. No-till drills, combine chaff spreaders and field sprayers for weed control will be covered in the demonstration and a no-till drill will be demonstrated in standing wheat stubble. Ostriches may be future industry What is the industry to take us into the 21st century? Raising Ostriches. Glenn and Shirley Marihugh, Esbon, along with their son and his wife, Scott and Sherry, own two pair of big birds called Rattites. Rattites are flightless birds. These birds are known ~ os- tric.hes. Glen who Is usually conservative in ahnost every aspect according to Shirley. got this uncharacteristic idea. At the State Fair last year he found information on his idea and in February of this year the group purchased six- month old ostriches. What do they do with them? First off. they built a double fence to protect the birds and to protect wandering people or animals from the birds. They also built a heated shed for the birds and purchased Rattite feed. At a year old, the birds are now beginning to define themselves as male or female by the color of feathers and skin. The females are a more brown or gray color and the males are getting black feathers. During what could be termed puberty for the males, their skin turned a bright pink or red color. The Marlhugh's believe, as many others believe who are raising ostriches, that there are many advantages to rais- ing ostriches compared to beef cattle. "The meat Is a red meat but has less fat and no cholesterol. So you get steaks and roasts like cattle, but a more health- ful meat," Shirley sa/d. "It also takes much less land to keep these birds. One cow give one or two offspring a year. Ostriches give 20 to 40 offspring a year. The males are territorial and have to be separated, however. "The feathers can be used for dusters and the leatherIs very high fashion. The corneas of the birds eyes are also used for transplants to humans," Shirley said. In order to start a meat market for Ostrich. I00,000 birds are needed. Est/mates of the number of birds in the U.S. today are at 2o,o00. "It will only take about five years to reach 100,000," Sherry said. The average laying season IS from Februmy to September. The female will lay one egg every other day for the whole season. Only about half of the chick survive to maturity, however. This C~trich Is one of the four that Marlhugh's currently own. Don't you Just love that hair do -- and how about those eyes! Ostrich = ,i, i . "It only takes about five minutes a day to take care of them now," Sherry said, "but tt may be d~erent ffwe try to incubate the eggs." The eggs are approximately the size of canteloupe and the shells are as thick as a quarter. They have to be gathered and carefully monitored in incubators. The African birds adapt surprisingly well to Kansas weather. "There are big ranches of Ostriches In Texas," Sherry said, "and more people are getting into all the time." Ostriches grow to weight between 250 and 450 pounds. They start laying eggs at two or three years of age. Cur- rently chicks sell for around $I,000 for each month. For Instance, a slx-month old bird might sell for $6,000 or more. There are tow nmln breeds called Blue neck and Red neck. There Is a new cross of the Red and Blue called African Black. "People frmn all walks of llfe false Ostriches. At the conferences you meet all klnds of people from all over," Shtrley said.