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Office located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 ii Established 1890, Volume 130, Issue No. 43 IV 11111 I!1111, Price 50 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, October 24, 2019 Rural and Remote ready for u.s: Flag retlrment to Jewell County applications be at park By Jenny Russell It has always been my dream that I could work anywhere that I wanted in rural Kansas and also be able to have any job 1 wanted. Until now it has definitely been easier to find jobs via traditional means in an urban area. But a new project through NWK Economic Innovation Center (NWKEICI), which Jewell County is a part of, is a game changer in rural work. The program is called Rural and Remote. Rural and Remote is a job place- ment service for rural and remote jobs. Through a partnership with NWKEICI, individuals locating in the 26 north- west Kansas counties (including Jewell County) that the Dane G. Hansen Foun- dation serves will be provided with free remote work training, paid intern- ships-experience in remote work and a 12 month subscription to a job place- ment service that has thousands of available jobs in different skill sets. Depending on a person's education level and if they have worked remotely before, a participant could skip ahead in the process. Available jobs for placement in- clude technical jobs like coding, web development, and database adminis- tration. There are also professional jobs in marketing, sales, telenursing and on-line teaching. Lastly, there are ad- ministrative jobs like executive assis- tant, bookkeeper and customer ser- vice. There are different job levels to choose from too including full-time with benefits, part-time, and freelance work Remote work is work done outside of a traditional office environment. It is work that does not require a com- mute or working from a centralized office. This could mean working from home, a co-working space, or a public space while living right here in Jewell County. Here are some other facts about remote working: Globalization, new technology, the prevalence of coworking, and in- creased mobility described as the Open Talent economy--have led to a higher number of freelancers. Today, a greater share of Americans use significant time working outside their offices 43 percent of full-time employees used part. of their time working re- motely in 2016, a 4 percent increase since 2012. Since 2007, there's been a 115 percent increase in the number of re- mote jobs being offered Not everyone can be a full-time digital nomad hopping between rural retreats, or take the lessons of effi- ciency. This is what Rural and Remote provides through their certificate pro- gram. Most remote jobs require previous experience in working remotely, that's what Rural and Remote does in pro- viding paid internships for NWK par- ticipants. It's easy to say, "We brought in 100 or 200 new jobs," but in many cases, if a city focused on providing entrepretmurship training and business skills instead of paying to lure compa- nies, they might have had a,greater "return." We can pursue this work here becat~!qf the broadband expansion that out~lll~ telecommunication com- panies'~ in more than 10 years ago. Ofi~ dines we have better internet in Jeweil County, then people do in the .big urban areas. "Rural and Remote is a great solu- tion to the question, 'What would I do if I moved back?' and it also gives a good solution for alumni to take ad- vantage of to be able to make the leap back home more plausible. Often in rural areas, we see one spouse who has a career in something like farming and their spouse's career doesn't necessar- ily translate here That's where Rural and Remote will be a great asset, since that person will have an abundance of opportunities right at their fingertips. Now people can have the benefit of living in Jeweil County and all of the perks about jobs located in the big city. I would love to see Jewell County with the most Rural and Remote workers out of all of the 26 counties Who can you share this opportunity with to make that goal a reality? To get started with the Rural and Remote process, go to rutaland remote.org and fill out the form on the home page ff you have questions, please contact jccda @ nckcn.com. By Lyndell Hanson The VFW Post 7830 Auxiliary sponsoring a flag retirement ceremony -:~ at the Mankato VFW post building on, Nov. 3. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. soups, sandwiches, desserts and drinks be served for a free will donation - :. Following the lunch, the Rock Hills Boy Scout Troop 46 and Cub Scouts will perform a flag retirement ceremony at the Mankato City Park. The public is invited to attend. r Deb Warren and Marilynn George, (front) Kathleen Stump and Kimberly held in Mankato. More than 30 women participated in the retreat. Commissioners approve purchase for new desk The Jewell County Commissioners met Oct. 14, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Com- missioners, Steve Greene, Mark Fleming and Keith Roe were present The letter of support for Solomon Valley Transportation was approved to sign. The Domestic Awareness Month Proclamation for October was ap- proved Carla Waugh request to purchase one new desk from Navrat's Office Products for the County Clerk's Office was granted The desk unit has a recep- tion station, bridge, two comer units, full height pedestal, return shell, cre- dential lateral file, drawer and key- board platform for an estimated cost of $2,925.00. This desk matches the other desks in the county clerk's office. Joel Elkins, general superintendent, discussed training for personnel. Steve Greene advised a compliment and a complaint on the road and bridge de- partment. Darrell Miller, county attorney, and Don Jacobs, sheriff, discussed the ve- hicle ordered from Rusty Eck Ford that hasn't been delivered. They are unsure when it will be delivered. After calling the dealership, they were informed the vehicle was in storage but the delivery date was uncertain. Chris Petet discussed purchasing a microwave for the break room. Unconfirmed case of bacterial meningitis in Jewell County The Jewell County Health Depart- ment was made aware of an uncon- firmed case of bacterial meningitis in the county. They have been working closely with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) and medical professionals about the situation Preliminary lab testing was per- formed, and it has indicated that the bacteria found in this case is not re- lated to Neisseria meningitidis, the leading cause of bacterial meningitis that is spread from person to person through respiratory secretions. There are other forms of bacterial meningitis that are less likely to be spread from person to person and are not a concern for public safety. KDHE feels that this case is not a public safety concern at this time. If you have any questions or want additional information about bacterial meningitis, contact the Jewell County Health Department at 785-378-4060 or visit their Facebook page. Jewell County Memories October 18, 1889 O.N. Gray worked himself sick at threshing time. It's hard for some people to remember that they can't be boys for 70 years. Cholera was getting in its work on hogs. A few days since it began on C.C. Hinman's fhrm, it had killed about 200 hogs. A nine-yi~ar-old son of John H. Milhan, of Highland township, had his hand crushed in a cane mill so that it had to De amputated except the thumb and forefinger. Peter Hoffer took two stalks of com- mon 90 day corn to town. One of which had put forth 14 ears and the other 16. The ears grew along the stalk as thick as pepper pods. So much had been undertaken that nothing had been ac- complished in the way of sound com. Ben McGinnis was preparing the ground for setting an orchard in the spring. Waide (back) sew at the quilting retreat Law enforcement to collect unused medications Law enforcement officers at loca- :ions across Kansas will be collecting unused medications for safe disposal on Saturday, The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent acci- dental or intentional misuse Since the Drug Take-Back Day program began in 2010, more than 88 tons of un- wanted medications have been col- lected and destroyed in Kansas alone. Unused medications are dangerous for children, pets and the environment. Diversion of opioid painkillers, in par- ticular, can contribute to the misuse of these drugs that has become a serious nationwide problem. Getting leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets and safely destroyed keeps them from falling into the wrong hands and makes our communities safer. Medications will be accepted at drop-off sites acrossthe state from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. To find a location, visit www.ag.ks.gov . The National Drug Take-Back Day is coordinated by the federal Drug En- forcement Administration. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to di- version, misuse and abuse. Nation- wide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)estimates opioid overdoses kill 130 Americans every day. According to the Kansas Depart- ment of Health andEnvironment, phar- maceutical opioids are a leading cause of drug poisoning deaths in Kansas. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that tradi- tional methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - pose potential safety and health haz- ards and should be avoided. Unused prescril~tibns can be turned in year-round at .many local law en- forcement locations: l~nsans should contact their~ local she, Hff's office or police department ~:jn~ -informa- tion. -; ~:: ~,;~ ~:i~~.i~,".~.~;~;hf', :.~ .'' Jewell apartment board meets The Jewell Apartments Board of Directors met at 7:15 p.m. on Monday Oct. 7, at the city hall. Attending the meeting were Darrell Bohnert, Josh Burks, Max Burks, Derek Birdsell, Wade Wilson, Gaye Daniels, Shelby Bohnert and Jacque Williams. Jacque Williams presented her monthly report. After a recent building inspection, it was determined a few windows will need to be replaced that are still under warranty. Williams is also continuing to seek bids to replace the fire alarm panel. Remodeling of Room 100 will be- gin in the next month, once supplies have been ordered , Foundation applications due by November Ist The fall round of local Dane G. Hansen grants are due Nov. 1. Jewell County municipalities and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for money toward community projects that utilize volunteers. To find the applica- tion and criteria, go to http:// jewellcountykansas.com/jewell- county-community-foundation-apply. Thanks to those who donate to the Jewell County Community Founda- tion during the March Match Month. The Jewell County Community Foun- dation now has funds to contribute to Match Month totaling more than $6,000 in the last two grant rounds. Money that is raised and matched during Match Month is held in a permanent fund where the interest will go to support local Jewell County projects. In addition to Match Month dona- tions given to the unrestricted fund and matched by Dane G. Hansen during" March, here are other ways to donate: Establish a fund that supports something in your community that you are passionate about Give a living gift any time of year, but it's most beneficial when it's doubled in Match Month Consider the foundation in your estate planning. Think of your com- munity as another one of your children or commit as little as 5 percent of your estate to the community (95 percent to your heirs. Consider a donation of grain, cattle, or land. Cash is not the only thing that the foundation can accept. Because of Jewell County's par- ticipation in the Strategic Doing pro- cess each year, Dane G. Hansen Foun- dation makes a commitment to infuse up to $50,000 to be awarded in the spring and in the fall. The funds will support immediate needs for local com- munity grants and build or grow per- manent funds for future community grants. Follow the Jewell County Com- munity Development Facebook page for details. The foundation is excited to see applications from Jewell County non- profits and municipalities in the grant round open now and due Nov. 1. Ap- ply at http://jewellcounty kansas.corn/ jewell-county-community-foundation- apply/ Last Thursday, VFW members and "Friends of the Park" installed the new flag pole the northwest corner at the i east shelter house. The city of Mankato will be responsible for the flag :' Mankato city employees dug the hole for a new flag pole at the Mankato City Park. Todd Meehan and Gerald McAtee poured the concrete for the base. Last Thursday, VFW members and "Friends of the Park" installed the new flag pole at the northwest corner at the east shelter house. Those who helped 7830.included (from left) Becky and Herman Hernandez of Moonlight Workshop and Todd Meehan, Gerald McAtee and Lyndell Hanson of the Mankato VFW post