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located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 113, Issue No. 51 ''l l'l'"'''''''" Price 50 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, December 18, 2003 League sponsors Christmas r of Homes in Mankato Sunday The Second Annual Christmas Tour in Mankato is Sunday af- sponsored by the Luther Featut;ed this year are the homes of ike and Phyllis Liggett, George and ,s Jensen, Chad and Lori Carter Kenny and Tracy Walker. Included in this tour is the sanctu- ' of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The tour is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. registration is at the Evangelical Church. Refreshments will served at the church after the tour. The Evangelical Lutheran Church established in 1872 and is rich in orwegian heritage. The present building was constructed in )I0 at a cost of $3,000. The original altar is the focus in the church acquired home Though the home of Lori and Chad is one of the older Craftsman k Mankato, it is new to the they acquired it a year ago. two-story house on Commercial has three "eyebrow" windows It the second story which has shingle The front porch has small columns e front door. front door has windows on each is made into a vestibule, with snowmen Abev- glass door, matching the main leads on into the large An oak open stairway features green green Christmas lights on g room has two pocket which can be closed, sepa- the foyer from the living room. living room is cozy, with a newly pellet stove. An entertain- LS a Christmas Village on and Lori's children add to this every year. A western theme is used in this with pictures of horses on the a small wooden stagecoach the floor. Christmas candles are in the coffee table. The Carters put their Christmas tree the computer room in front of bay ;. The tree is decorated in gold, ribbons and clear lights. The original gas fireplace is in this of course, the stockings are there. The dining room features a large room table, decora.ted for the with a poinsettia centerpiece. The remainder of the home is not is a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom on the level and four bedrooms and a upstairs. The basement was re- I remodeled and a bedroom added. The next remodeling project will be Tracy Walker shows off the moose cut outs that adom the yard of the Walker home at 212 South Center, Mankato. The home is included in the Luther League home tour Sunday. the kitchen, but Lori said she will keep the frosted design glass in the back door. Another frosted design glass is in the door on the back porch. Since Lori is a Home Interior Displayer, she uses many Home Inte- rior pictures, arrangements and wall hangings in the home. The Carters have a combined fam- ily of five children: Joe, Jeff, Jessica, Robert and Chelsea "I just love the size oftbe house. We have so much space now," Lori said. Chad is employed by Cunningham Communications and Loriis employed by the city of Mankato. Walker home features moose The Craftsman bungalow style home of Kenny and Tracy Walker and their sons, Steven and Dakota, on Cen- ter Street, will welcome visitors on the tour Sunday. The home is decorated to suit the Walkers with a mixture of country and Victorian. Tracy decorated using items from her moose collection, some an- tique family furnishings a~d modem furnishings. From the time you step into the yard and see the wooden Christmas moose the Walkers made, a Christmas tree, Lori Carter, Mankato, shows off the stairway in her home which is decorated ~" the holidays and is a stop on the Luther League tour of homes Sunday. lights that drape from the roof lines and the lighted garland on the porch rail- ing, you are reminded that it's the holiday season. The living room contains two North- em trees featuring moose ornaments, clear lights, country bells and orna- ments made by Tracy from cinnamon. The moose quilted tree skirt was made for the Walkers by Tracy's mother. A small table features a tablecloth that belonged to Keany' s grandmother, and a ceramic nativity scene. Another feature in the living room is a finch aviary which Kenny built. Displayed in the entertainment center is a porce- lain doll and a musical bel.l. Both be- longed to Tracy's great aunt. A moose motif containing mistle- toe is above the door of the kitchen- dining area. A Santa with a raffia beard hangs on the dining room wall. Gingerbread is the holiday theme for Tracy's kitchen. A gingerbread girl sets on the counter and other gin- gerbread items include a spoon rest, re f~ gerator magnet, clip board, candle, and three gingerbread men on top of the cookstove. The Walker master bedroom con- tains more moose items, including a quilt, made by Tracy's mother. One of Tracy's favorite moose items is real moose antlers, a gift from her husband and sons. Tracy has a moose license plate for the front of her car and moose bar stool cushions in her kitchen. She has been collecting moose items for eight years. "I have to watch out or I would be decorating my whole house with moose. I try to just keep it mainly in the bedroom." Tracy said her favorite rooms in the house are the kitchen and living room. The Walkers have lived in the home 10 ,~hears and are only the second owners. e house was built in the late 1930s by Emery and Lydia Beam. Kenny and Tracy are the owners of Ken's Body Works, Mankato, and Traey is employed b'Y Kansas Depart- ment of Transportation, Mankato of- flee. Home is Lilett's 'dream come true' Mike and Phyllis Liggett, Mankato, said they are pleased with their large, comfortable home on Center Street. The craftsman style home Was built in 1915 and is known as the Stafford House. Phyllis said a woman, whose family was Smiths, recently stopped by the house and said she grew up there and thought the house eventually be- came the Stafford House. The woman' s father was a Mankato businessman, and when the Smith fam- ily first came to Mankato, they lived in a smaller home on that lot. As the Smith business grew, Mrs. Smith de- cided it was time for a new larger house. The smaller house was moved to Commercial Street. Mrs. Smith was a member of the local DAR and enter- tained, hosting women's tea parties. During the depression years, the Smith store experienced financial hard- ship and the family investments de- clined. The bank took over the Smith property, which is how it came to the Staffords. The Liggetts have lived in the home six years and for Phyllis, the house has been her dream come true. "I always wanted to live in a large house with hardwood floors and French doors," Phyllis said. The house has dark oak floors and woodwork through- out the main floor, while the second story floors and woodwork are of pine. Another feature on the main level is brass door knobs and hardware. Chrystal door knobs are on doors less used. The foyer at the front door features family heirlooms, including an old sew- ing machine cabinet that once belonged to Phyllis' grandmother, a handmade wooden rocking horse, her grandfa- thers old steamer trunk, an antique dresser that displays her children's school awards uBd senior pictures. An open stmrr~y features simple rails and balusters aiid is decorated with garland and bright red bows. More garland and bows adorn the stairway window. Entry to the living room is through French doors. The Liggetts removed carpeting and restored the oak floors. Family antiques complement newer furnishings in this room. The Christmas pine tree is located in front of a large east window and is decorated in bright red and gold. "The tree ornaments each have a story to tell," Phyllis said. A wreath, accented with candles, are on a table, and Phyllis' houseplants are displayed. , . A mission style reeking chair which belonged to her Phyllis' grandmother holds a quilt that once belonged to Mike's mother. The entertainment center displays limestone rock carv- ings done by Phyllis Through more French doors is the dining room, accented by an antique dining room set that belonged to Mike's parents. The table is set with Christ- mas china and goblets. The remodeled "office" room fea- tures a wall hanging depicting the "Navy Seabees" This was a gift from their son, Chris, who is currently a member of the Seabees. Red and Green plaid bows accent the remodeled kitchen. The upper story, which has four bedrooms and a full bath, and the base- ment, presently undergoing remodel- ing, are not included in the tour. "I feel safe and comfortable here," Phyllis said. The Liggettsenjoy enter- taining their large families and now have plenty of room. Jemens open home for tour The two story Craftsman style home of George and Marlys Jensen is ready to welcome visitors on the Christmas Home Tour Martys said she is really feeling the Christmas spirit this year, as all her family will be home for the holidays and it shows in the many decorations throughout the house. One of the first items a visitor will notice is the battenburg lace angel dis- played on a stand near the doOr. The open staircase has garland and roses, draped down the railing. Marlys' nativity set from Avon is displayed on aglass ~ coffee table. She has used clear hghts around the coffee table, drawing attention to the nativity scene. Purple h.~ accented with pink, lavender and mauve orna- ments, is draped above a cabinet. Marlys purchased the ornaments in Lin,~leV~l~ristmasa~,,, tree in the living room is decorated with ornaments the Jensens have acquired over the years. The colors used to decorate the tree are white and silver with pink bows. The dining table is elegantly set with the Jensans' wedding china and George's grandmother's sherbet glasses. Purple poinsettias form the centerpiece. Hanging from the chan- delier are grapes and crystal, gold and lavender beads. A lighted grape dis- (ConUned to Pag~ roB) City council members hear steering committee report Members of the Mankato t.:nty Council steering committee heard a report on progress toward a decision regarding what to include in the block grant application for Mankato. Rick Diamond presented the re- m~drt, which indicated that items most emand from the list generated at a public meeting wer&~brary, senior citizen services centet%r~ the park. It was suggested a combination building might be considered which could be used for senim citizen ser- vices and a library. Diamond is to look at a building in Jamestown that would be comparable to what is needed. The steering committee met with John Cyr and it was suggested that an application be submitted for all three grant types. This would enhance the city's chances of being approved for a Youth injured in sledding accident Kyle Haskins, 10, Formoso, was injured Friday afternoon m a sledding accident at the family farm home north- west of Formoso. According to a family member, Kyle injured his left eye and jaw. He was taken to Jewell County Hospital. Be- cause of inclement weather, the medi- cal helicopter could not land at Man- kato, so Kyle was transported to the Hastings Airport and airlifted to Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. As of Monday afternoon, Kyle was reported to be improving but was still hospitalized in Wichita. Kyle is the son of James and Shelly Haskins, Formoso. Post office has big volume Monday Monday has been labeled as the busiest day of the year for the post offices across the nation, for receiving incoming mail. Connie Rice, post m astttttte~ at th e Man- kato Post Office, said Wednesday will be the busiest in delivering mail. Rice and James Ross, postal em- ployee, believe Monday was about as busy as they were at this time last year. "We're mostly done mailing out large packages, but will be busy re- ceiving Christmas packages," Rice said. "Most packages coming in now to be mailed should be sent priority." Rice listed things patrons can do to help expedite mail delivery: use zip codes; make sure the return address is inside as well as outside the package; packages should be wrapped in plain paper; go online to USPS.Com and have labels printed, postage printed, and cards can be printed. Some post offices will observe dif- ferent hours Dec. 24: Mankato, close at 11:30 a.m.; Esbon, close at noon; Burr Oak, window service from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.; Formoso, usual hours, 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to4:15 p.m.; Randall, open as usual, 8 a.m. to noon; Webber, regu- lar hours, 7 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:15 p.m.; Jewell will close at 11:30 a.m. grant. Items to be completed before appli- cations can be submitted include hir- ing architects, deciding amount of funds to be budgeted for matching funds, selecting a site. Prime areas would be close to downtown. A building with a community meet- ing room that would hold approxi- mately 125 to 150 pe.ople is being considered. The steenng committee will meet again next week and council suggested they look into getting esti- mates for funds needed for this project. Commission hears ambulance concerns Shannon Meier, Jewell County EMS director, discussed ambulance concerns with Jewell County commis- sioners at a recent meeting. Meier discussed repairs and a prob- lem of not getting the rescue truck dispatched when a motor vehicle acci- dent occurs. Jim Vaughan requested an execu- tive session to discuss nonelected per- sonnel. No action was taken. Commissioners signed abatement number 1365 through 1371. Mankato Weather Bill Wood, observer Tuesday, Dec. 9 24 23 Wednesday, Dec. 10 28 16 Thursday, Dec. 11 24 13 Friday, Dec. 1224 7 Saturday, Dec. 13 29 9 Sunday, Dec. 1431 9 Monday, Dec. 153 58 Moisture for week - .38 More than 10 inches snow for week Remus land sells Karen Barker, Oklahoma City, Okla., was the successful bidder when Jewell County land, the Anna A. Remus Estate was sold Monday night by Thummel Real Estate and Auction, Beloit J nm Foster, general superintendent, reported that an advertisement had been placed for the mechanic position. He reviewed the transportatiotl revolving fund and said he plans to take bids to purchase grader blades. Other matters discussed were working on the trees and brush in Whitemound Township. John Bingham, judge, discussed the issue of pornography and crime. James Hedstrom, Cellular Onerep- (Continued to Page 7B) USD 278 Board approves new boiler At the special meeting Dec. 15, members of the USD 278 granted per- mission to let bids on a new boiler for the junior-senior high school. Bob Rough was present to report on the boiler and various options were discussed. Mike Liggett, board president, con- firmed that capital outlay funds will be expended upon the acceptance of the lowest responsible bid for a new boiler. An executive session followed with no action resulting. All board mem- bers were present. Walker elected; Tract 1, 152 acres broke with 64 ~I [[tts award acres of pasture, sold for $295,000. Tract 2, 135 acres crop land with 24 ' Bill Walker w~ elected chairman acres of pasture, sold for $185,000. of the Jewell CUtmty Extension hoard Jewell students present program Christmas melodies topped the pro- gram when Jewell Junior-Senior High students presented a program. Opening the show was the junior high band, followed by the chorus. Becky Burgess accompanied vocal numbers. The senior high chorus sang several numbers with each member having a solo part in one number. Final holiday songs were played by the high school band. Solos and groups who performed are listed: Ashley Lienberger, vocal solo, accompanied by Kristi Vetter; instrumental duet Laura Butts and Emily Burgess, accompanied by Becky Burgess; flute trio, Amy Lienberger, Kirsten Hermreck and Katelyn Peters and a saxophone trio, Sierra Koster, All Wilson and Lauren Stephens. Dena Stephens is the music direc- tor. and Velma Garman received an appre- ciation award at the recent annual meet- ing of the Jeweil County Extension Council. Other officers elected are Mike Wake, vice chairperson; Jim Dooley, secretary; Linda Flavin, treasurer, and Cody Murray, Chad Schnakenberg, Mike Ramsey, Linda Reed, and Paula Jones. County Clerk Carla Waugh swore is the new board members who take office in January. Garman, Extension hoard member and Family and Community Educa- tion member, explained the FCE essay and artwork contest she 15romoted to a fourth grade students. She was pre- sented the Extension Appreciation Award in recognition of her support of progratns and her years as a board member, County agents Deanna Sweat and Gary Tordrup presented reports about the past year s accomplishments and announced the 911 county map will be print~ in the December-January issue of the Extension bimonthly newslet- ter. Dan O'Brien, Southwest Area Ex- tension director provided an overview of the focus for future extension re- lated programs and goals. A total of 38 persons attended the meeting and dinner. Madys Jensen puts the finishing touches on the family Christmas tree at her home in Mankato. The Jensen home is on the Luther League Home Tour Sunday, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Permits, licenses avallable Dec. 15 Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks announces that it will have its 2004 annual permits and licenses avail- able beginning Dec. 15. Annual park permits, camping per- mrs and hunting and fishing licenses make excellent Christmas gifts and can be purchased at any Kansas state office, including Lovewell State Park Office at Webber. The department advises those wish- ing to purchase permits or licens.as for ~stmas gifts will need to ao so Monday through Friday, Dec. 15 through Dec. 23 from 8 a.m~ to 4:30 p.m. ~ Loveweil State Park Office ~11 be closed Dec. 24 through Dec. 26 and is not open weekends during the off-season. Gift certificates are also available at the Lovewell State Park Office but must be redeemed at that same loca- , . tion. Huntin~ and fishing licenses are also avadable on,line at www.kdwp.state.ks.us. Annual per- mits are valid from the date purchased throngh Doe. 31,2004. Camping cabin group shelter and utility campsi~ reservations for the 2004 season will be taken l~eginning Jan. 2. Because of the volume of t~hon reservaticms taken last sea- son, ~nt staff have determined that walk-in reservations will take pri- ority Over phone-in reservations on thnt date. Lovewell State Park has three primi- tive caml?ing cabins, two group shel- ters and s~x utility campsites which are available for reservation.