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;i // // P" Price 50 located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 113, Issue No. 45 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, November 6, 2003 Taddiken 85% of voters approve visits Tuesday Sen. Mark Taddiken (R-Clifton) will travel the 21st District during the next two weeks, visiting with constitu- ents in preparation for the 2004 Legis- lative Session. Taddiken will be at Jewdl County Courthouse Tuesday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and at Jewell Community Center from 10:!5 to 11 a.m. Other stops include Jamestown Community Center, 1 to 1:45 p.m.; Concordi/i, C loudCorporation, 2:15 to 3 p.m.; and Glasco Comer Store, 4 to 4:45 p.m. "I find that some of the best ideas and suggestions are generated by visit- ing the towns in the district and simply talking with my constituents," USD 278 bond plan Voters residing in the USD 278 school district showed their strong sup- port Tuesday for a plan to repair the roofs on the district's buildings. A general obligation bond issue passed with more than 85 percent of the voters approval. Polling places were open in Formoso and Mankato. At Formoso there were 37 votes cast in favor and 14 opposed. Mankato voters cast 247 ballots for and 37 against. The advance vote tally was 25 for and two against. The district may now move for- ward on a plan to issue $400,000 in general obligation bonds. Roofs to be repaired are on the vo- ag complex, administration and high school buildings. It is expected the district will spend $550,000 to complete the roof repairs. Of this $150,000 will come from an existing capital outlay fund. And the district expects to receive $158,000 in state aid. It is expected the bonds will in- crease the district wide levy by 3.24 mills. The high school building and voca- tional-agriculture complex are 35 years old. The administration building is 65 years old The buildng once served as the district's high school. Vietnam vet can finally talk about war experience Taddiken said. "As we are gearing up for the next Ireen Lodge, Jewell, offers a quiet getaway in the country, complete with a view of sunsets, rolling hills and session, the hot topic issues of educa- , creek. John and Diana Stoeber, owners, did the remodeling work and have been operating the lodge for a don, taxes and gun control, appear to be at the forefFont. It will be helpful --to know how Kansans in my district ouple converts family home country hunting lodge ' Gloria Garman Schlaefli bit more than a year ago, John and Stoeber, Jewell, decided to turn Stoeber family farm home into decision came about when who had made the farm their home for most of their life, died. leaving the house and Diana live in Jewell and want the house in the country to empty. Realizing a way to pay and upkeep on the house, g into the possibil- it into a country lodge for families seeking a reunion site a romantic getaway for a week- a few months of remodeling lplanning, the lodge has been open : weeks during pheasant season John and Diana raise pheas- on the farm and release them for is not just a hunting lodge," points out. "It's available for g a place to stay." name for the lodge came easy, nestled in the middle of numer- s cedar trees that John, his parents sister planted years ago. The ce- offer almost complete protection the Kansas winds and winter to the farmstead reveals a barn and several outbuild- One of these buildings provides ng dogs to stay and offers a heated room the birds after a day of hunting. two story farmhouse. a custom cabinet maker and woodworking talent to and along with Diana's deco- the fstrmhouse into a lot of sentimental value, as it was once home to his grandfather, Matt Koster, when the house was located southeast of Cawker City. When his parents, LOgan and Isabell Stoeher, married, this be- came their home and it was here that John and his sister. Susan Marie, grew up. When Waconda Lake was built in the area, the Stoeber family was forced to relocate. They purchased a farm near Jewell in 1965 and decided to move the house there the next year. "The house has a lot of character and, of course, there are a lot of memo- ries here," John said. "Morn always had to have a picket fence to keep the farni animals out Ofher yard, so that stays." Among modern conveniences added is hot tub built into the porch. Entrance to thehouse leads to an en- closed porch, now a dining area. The kitchen contains the first cabinets John built, which were for the kitchen of the family home, and those remain in place. Diana used antique cooking utensils, hung in unique arrangements, for the decor. John's love of hunting and fishing is reflected throughout the house in pictures, fabric designs, rugs, curtains and bedspreads. The living room has an open front gas-fueled stove, rustic wooden fur- nishings and features deer antlers on the wall and incorporated in the design of a floor lamp. The downstairs bedroom has wood paneling featuring wildlife scenes. All bedrooms are complete withbeds made by John. Upstairs are three more bedrooms, each with thematic decor. The "cow- obey room" is decorated with pictures fhorses and an old guitar Logan played as a longtime member of a country music band in the Cawker City area. The south ups*airs bedroom is the "Indian" room and features native American artifacts, along with wolf items. John constructed a balcony off this bedroom, providing a view of Jew- ell County sunsets, the rolling hills to the southwest and a creek that runs close by. The third bedroom is a "work in progress" for John and Diana. "This will be our 'fisherman's' room, com- pleted in a fishing theme," Diana said. The basement houses a game room, complete with a pool table and a rep- lica of the famous ball of twine in Cawker City, made by John's grandfa- ther, Frank Stoeber. The Stoebers enjoy their time at the farm, whether they are preparing the house for the next visitors, taking care of the L~e~mants or doing the farm work. "We are really happy with the way it has been going so far. We haven't had any complaints," John said. When not at the cabinet shop, John is out at the farm, and Diana, an em- ployee at Farmway Credit Union, Be- loit, comes out to the farm when she can. "This has been a combined effort. I guess you could say, it's our hobby," Diana said. Suspect arrested Brandon R. Woerner, 23, Superior, was arrested on warrants from Jewell County by Buffalo County Sheriff's Officers in Kearney According to the Jewell County Sheriff report, the two warrants are for felony burglary, four counts, and felony theft, four counts in connection with a break-in at the Lawrence Boumy resi- dence Dec. 29, 2002, and the Mark Underwood break-in Jan. 4. Bond is set at $50,000 dollars for each warrant. In a court af~aranee in Buffalo County Oct. 27, Woemer waived extradition to Kansas. In an Oct. 29 appearance in Jewell County, Woemer's bond was reduced to $30,000 and he was released to appear for preliminary hearing in Jew- ell Coumy tomorrow (Friday). /; are feeling about these and other is- sues," he added. Taddiken is serving his first full term in the Kansas Senate. He is vice chair of he Senate Natural Resources Committee and serves_on lhe Senate A gr~culture Committee, Senatg_~ssess- ment?nd Taxation Committee, Senate Ui]l~ties Coml~ittee, Legislative Edu- cational Planning Committee and Se- lect Committee on School Finance. He represents the 21st District which in- cludes the counties of Clay, Cloud, Marshall, Nemaba, and Washington, and part of Riley, Jewell and Republic. Local artist at newspaper office for book signing Local artist and Vietnam War Vet- eran Jim Nelson, Jew- ell, will be at the Jewell County Record and News office, Friday, Nov. 21 from I0 a.m. to Ip.m. tovisit withthe public about his new book, Vietnam War Paintings, and to sign copies of the book. Nelson is not only a locally-imown artist but gained national recognition and has been commissioned to do sev- eral paintings. The recently-published book con- tains portraits and depictions of Viet- nam War veterans and scenes that took place while Nelson was stationed there. Thebook also contains narratives from veterans featured in the work. In September, Nelson and his wife, Sharon, made two trips to the eastern United States to take part in several book siguings and unveilings of his works. One of his paintings was of the governor of New York, unveiled Sept. 15 in the Governor's Mansion. In October Nelson participated in an art workshop sponsored by teachers of the public schools in New Jersey. A book signing was held at the New Jersey Viemam Veterans Memorial and Viemam Era Educational Center. After the book signing at Mankato, the Nelsons will atter, d another book signing at the Veteran's Memorial Museum, Branson, Me. Saturday the Nelsons were'guests at the Schneider Ranch Hunting Lodge, Colvert. The lodge and ranch owner Raymond Schneider, Osborne, had commissioned Nelson to do a painting depicting the town of Colvert as it looked years ago. Of his book, Nelson said, "This is to stand against the misrepresentation of the Vietnam War. It is all true. I also want to thank the local community for all their support in my leaner years, when I first came to Jewell County:' j~ Diana Stoeber, Jewell, revamped John's family farm home into a weekend lodge for hunters, family get- or just "getting away from it all." The lodge is located near Jewell. By Gloria Garman.Schlaefli This Veterans Day, after 36 years. decorated Vietnam War Veteran Larry Haskett, Jewell, is able to share his life changing experiences which occurred during seven months in Vietnam. According to Haskett, it took a re- union a year ago to break through the barriers that caused him to keep most of his memories silent. "I had always felt there was no use telling people about it. If you weren't there, you'd never understand; if you were there, no one needs to tell you," he said. Only in the past few years have Vietnam War Veterans been honored and recognized. Haskett believes this has helped the veterans, along with the passing of years. Haskett grew up on a farm near Naponee, Neb. He was from a large family and was taught the importance of serving his country. His great-grand- father was a Civil War veteran; his grandfather, a World War I veteran and wveral uncles served during World War II and the Korean War. Volunteers for Amy Fresh out of high school, at the age of 19, Haskett volunteered for the Army and also ~,olunteered to be sent to Viet- nam as an infantr~jman. "I thought it would be life's greetest adventure and, of course, I wanted to serve my coun- try." His older brother who had been drafted was also in the army and was sent to Vietnam as acarpenter. Two of his sisters were in the Navy at the time but never went to Vietnam. Other sib- lings included anotherbrother and three other sisters. March 15, 1966, Haskett entered into his adventure and took his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and advanced training at Fort Folk, La. He left for Vietnam in August 1966. Haskett's four buddies with whom he went through training also went to Viemam. "We even ended up in the same company and platoon, but I was the only one to make it back," he said. Did he ever wonder why he was spared? Haskett was silent and then said, "Every day I ask myself that question." When Haskett's plane landed in Saigon, he observed bomb holes in the ground. "I thought maybe this wasn't such a smart move," he said. He was quickly assigned to the 26th Infantry Regiment of the I st Division. "I was arifleman, doing a job, he said. Hasl0~tt did his"job," walking through the jnngles, often weeks at a time, in a company of about 75 to 125 men, or with a platoon of g5 men. "We were to try to find the enemy and confront them. If they shot at us, we fired back." The men rotated duties, and as point guard, Haskett carried a pump shot gun. At other times he carried an M- 16 rifle. When they wereout in the jungle Larry Hasket2, Jewell, as he appeared when he served in the Army dudng the Vietnam era. He has only recently been able to talk about his experiences. for weeks, supplies were sent in by choppers. Receives combat injury Feb. 27,1967, is a d~te Haskett will never forget. His platoon had found a Viet Cong base camp. "We were fol- lowing a communication wire to see where it led when we heard a shot "' A member of Haskett's squad had been shot in the head and a chopper was called for. "We were under fire and I went to move up, and the next thing I knew, a Viet Cong threw a grenade my way and I was thrown up in the air." The next thing Haskett remembers is lying on the ground. He had no feeling and quickly felt for his legs. "All the men feared losing legs or arms." His hands foundhis legs and he was relieved, but his eyes caught sight of his stomach area. "I was hit terrible in my stomach, and I could see my ribs. I knew the seriousness of my wound." Somehow he got up, picked up his rifle and walked back to where the other men were. He remembers amedic ran to help him. He knew the medic was new to the war. "I felt so sorry for hint. He was crying and because I had a stomach wound, I could not have any morphine. He kept telling me how sorry he was that he couldn t give me any- thing for the pain." A chopper was called, but it took three hours for the helicopter to arrive. When it did ar- rive, they were under fire again. The chopper could not land and Haskett had to be lifted with a cable to the helicopter. Sent home for recuperation He was taken to aM.A.S.H. Hospi- tal at Tay Nich and v,as one of the first selected for surgery. "You couldn't ask for better doctors and nurses. I received excellent care." Events honor local veterans KDOT Announces Oet 0tm Bids The Kansas Department of Tram- pormtion announced approved bids for state highway and construction main- tenance projects in Kansas. The lemag was held Oct. 15 in Wichita. Bids let forJewell County arelisted: U.S. 36 from the east city limits of Mankato east to the JewelI-Republic county line, 14.6 miles, overlay, Ven- ture Corporation, Great Bend, Veterans, past and present, will be honored during the next week with events and activities planned through- out the county. Manlmto Poppy Day is today Mankato VFW Post 7830 and Aux- iliary is conducting Poppy Day today (Thursday)and will conduct an obser- vance, in cooperation with the school vocal department, Monday at 9:30 a.m. at Mankato High School. Veterans and the public are encouraged to at- tend. After the program at the high school, a recognition service will be conducted at Jewell County Hospital Lon.~ Term Care for veterans who are residents. The Mankato post will observe $1,210,982.80. Veterans Day with a catered meal at K-128 from the MitchelI-Jeweil 6:30p.m.at~eVFWPostin~. County line north to the Kanses-N- Burr Oak ~ sdmol program braska state line. American Legion Auxiliary, Burr K-228 from the junction of K-128 east to Ionia. K-128 from the junction of U.S. 24 north to the Mitchell-Jeweli County line, 35.3 miles, crack repair, Realm Construction, Inc., Blue S~, MO., $52,774. Oak, will host the annual Veterans Day Program atWhite Rock School in Burr Oak at 10 a.m. Tuesday The public is invited to attend. American Legion Post No. 263 will furnish the colorguard. The school music department will provide special music and students will share letters they have written to White Rock High School graduate Whit Boyles, presently serving in Iraq. Junior Auxiliary girls will partici- pate in the program and share informa- tion about their project of preparing two care packages for Boyles. Anyone wishing to contribute to the care pack- ages may check the list of needs posted at local businesses. R/ghtmeier speaks at Esbon Lyle "Ike" Rightmeier, Mankato, World War ]I veteran, is guest speaker for the Tuesday program at White Rock Middle School, Esbon, at 1 p.m. Stu- dents will provide special music and read essays, "Why I'm Proud to Recite the Pledge of Allegiance." Esbon American Legion members will present the Colors. The program is open to the public. Jewell plans supper, Girls State report Jewell American Legion and Aux- iliary will have a potluck supper at the post, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Jaime Sanborn, who attended Girls State, will present a report. Guests are welcome to attend. After two weeks in the M.A.S.H Hospital, Haskett spent two months in a hospital in Japan and then was sent home to the Fort Riley hospital His parents came to see him there. It took him about a year to recover, but he has since had some eight more surgeries and he still experiences pain from the wound. He later learned that there had been two other men in his squad who were seriously wounded and another killed at about the same time Haskett had received his wound. It was when Haskett was reunited in 2002 with his regiment that he met up with the two other men who had been wounded. They believe~l Haskett had died because of the seriousness of his wound. The three shared memories and he believes, because of this. he has recently been able to talk about those months jn Vietnam. Regarding the reception he received when he came home from Vietnam, he said he is thankful he came from a small-town community, as he felt they were supportive. "There were several WW II and Korean War Vets and they certainly were supportive. I know many weren't as lucky as I was." Haskett believes there was some misconception of the Vietnam War soldier. One of these misconceptions concerned drug use. "I never saw one soldier using drugs," he said. He and two of his sons were able to attend the dedication of the Vietnam War Wall in Washington, D.C. "It was a very emotional experience." Haskett recently retired as post master at Jewell after 15 years. He and his wife, Ruth, live in Jeweil and he helps his youngest son with his new business, Digger Jake. Haskett has four children and two grandchildren. He is a member of VFW, Beloit, and the American Le- gion, Jewell. Haskett is featured in Jim Nelson's recently released book, Viet- nam War Paintings. "I was a soldier doing my duty. In order to live in a free country, we must be ready to make sacrifices. There are a lot of Vietnam Vets who feel bad because they were not in combat, but they did,~ir.joh--they did their duty and didn t dodge it. For every infantry- man in the field, there were 14 support- ive persons backing him up." Commissioners hear reports Jewell County Commissioners met in regular session Monday. These reports were beard: Shannon Meier, EMS director- 51 ambulance runs in October; medicare electronic billing program is running smoothly. Jim Vaughan, solid waste director- reported 1,723 visit facilities in Otto- ben reviewed letter to commerical haulers concerning "out of county" trash. Jim Foster, general superintendent - advised motor grader was delivered and had paperwork lease agreement for $ l 12,048; request and petition from Sprint Telephone to bury cable along 250 zx~l. Lynn Scarrow, treasurer, - asked about closing Dec. 26; group also discussed closing county offices to the public at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 31. Foster stated he sent out a request for sealed bids to four different tire dealers and received bids from Lloyd' s Sinclair-S13,400.90 and Commerieal Tire, S alina,- $14,066. R was agreed to acc~t Lloyd's Sinclair bid. proper officer will sign the Blue Cross Blue Shield contract for 2004. Ivan Frost telephoned and requested that the commissioners drive the first four miles of the road north of Esbon. .~hich the commissioners did view the q)oads in the n~m part of Esbon and then called Frost and advised that they had looked at the road in question. Pael Wilson re~rted his term on the Jewell County [qospital Board will expire in April and he offered to con. tinne to be the terasurer as a non.voting member at no zest. The commission- ers discussed this matter with the connty attorney Darrell Miller. Kim Ost, sheriff, rep0m~d the far- nace and air conditioner for the jail has been installed.