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June 21, 2018 issue

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Arson suspected in pair of Friday fires

Mankato Chamber reports garden plots still available

Breakfast on the Bricks held in downtown Mankato

Roe will represent commissioners at KAC

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Arson suspected in pair of Friday fires
Friday morning at 12:05 a.m. the Jewell Volunteer Fire Department was called to the 800 block on Main Street, where a vacant house was on fire. The cause of the fire was unknown. The volunteers reported back to the fire station at 2:23 a.m. The damage was significant.
Friday morning at 2:51 a.m. the Jewell Volunteer Fire Department and the Randall Volunteer Fire Department were called to a farmstead fire three miles east, two miles north and one half a mile back to the east of Jewell.
The fire was in Randall's fire district. A vacant house and garage was engulfed when they arrived. The contents of the garage were an old combine header, an older car and an older pickup. The cause of the fire was unknown. Both buildings were a total loss.
The Kansas fire marshal, Keith Thomas, investigated both fires. Don Jacobs, Jewell County Sheriff, said both fires are being considered as arson at this time.
The Jewell Volunteer Fire Department has been called to 18 fires this year. In 2017 they were only called to six for the entire year.
Friday around 2 p.m. the Randall Volunteer Fire Department was called to 280 Road three quarters of a mile north of 148, where there was a grass and tree fire. About a third of an acre was burned.
Information sought - During the early morning hours Friday there were two fires that burned three building in the Jewell area. All three buildings were a total loss. They are being investigated as arson by the Jewell County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas State Fire Marshal.
Anyone with information about the crimes is urged to call the Jewell County Sheriff's Office at 785-378-3194, or message them on facebook. No tip is too small. Any and all information is welcome and will be taken seriously.


Mankato Chamber reports garden plots still available

The regular monthly meeting of the Mankato Chamber of Commerce was held last Wednesday with eight members and four guests present. 
President Jason Ortman called the meeting to order and read the minutes of the May meeting. Sarah Reiter gave the treasurer's report.
Brian reported the community garden is going well. There are still plots available for rent. They have donated lettuce three different times and are ready to dig new potatoes. 
The Fun Run committee members reported they are still needing T-shirt sponsors and volunteers to help on the day of the run. They will begin e-mailing past participants to spread the word.
Santa's workshop planned a walking taco food stand at the Mammoth Music Festival Saturday. They received a good amount of food donations.
Because of the obligation of members for the Fun Run and Santa's Workshop for the Threshing Bee, it was decided the chamber would not be able to provide volunteers to man the west button gate this year. Jason will let Roger Fedde know.
The Twisted Petal flower shop has been taken over by Possibilities and is now called Petals by Possibilities. It is managed by Emma Walker and operated by Tammy Eilert. Monica will contact them soon to arrange for a ribbon cutting.
Jenny Russell, Jaid Runft, Erinn Engle and Noah Marozas were guests at the meeting. Erinn and Jaid are interns through a Dane G. Hansen project and are looking into developing ideas for main street improvements and beautification, wellness issues and a fitness center. They welcome any ideas and would like to visit with downtown business owners to get a better feel for what the community would like to see. They will both be available through the summer.

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Breakfast on the Bricks held in downtown Mankato
Breakfast on the Bricks was held in downtown Mankato Saturday and Sunday during the Kansas Mammoth Art and Music Festival. Pancakes, sausage, breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy, oatmeal and fruit were all served on the historic streets of downtown Mankato. Breakfast was served and organized by Jewell County Justified and members of the festival committee.
Businesses welcomed locals and visitors to see all the town has to offer. Moonlight Workshop sold milk and festival coffee mugs, Mankato Professional Pharmacy offered coffee and souvenirs, Possibilities sold stickers and promoted the mammoth basket giveaway, Blue Earth Studios and Gallery offered coffee and tea plus Fire Painting with Joyce Graff in front of the Studio, Mankato Plumbing helped set up a Mammoth banner for visitors to sign and also provided free drinking water.
Ost Furniture sold orange juice and welcomed visitors to their store front, and Country Roots Salon offered lemonade, temporary tattoos and hair feathers.
Steve Dailey, Concordia, was the winner of the mammoth basket, which consisted of donations from the participating businesses. 
Hidden Treasures Quilt Shop offered artistic embroidery classes at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. A sunflower painting class was offered at Petals by Possibilities, and many children attended "Ice Age: The Meltdown" at the Ute Theatre, which was a free movie sponsored by Melby Mortuary. 
The Jewell County Historical Society Museum was open for viewing both mornings and many visitors stopped in to learn about the mammoth bones, digs and history. Visitors also saw other exhibits and explored Jewell County's past. Performers from the circus troop were also on the street offering busking workshops. 
Downtown Mankato was a shining gem and many visitors gave positive feedback. Saturday's crowd consisted of many locals, homecomers, festival performers and many members of the K-State volleyball team. Sunday's crowd was not deterred by the rain shower and attended a Father's Day breakfast. 
Members of the downtown business community said they are excited to take part in the community events, bringing people to local businesses and generating interest in the available spaces on Commercial Street.

Roe will represent commissioners at KAC

The Jewell County Board met Monday with commissioners Keith Roe, Steve Greene and Mark Fleming present. Carla Waugh, county clerk, was also present for the meeting. The minutes of the June 11 meetings were approved.
Mark Fleming moved to appoint Keith Roe as Jewell County's voting delegate for the Kansas Association of Counties (KAC), with Steve Greene as the first alternate and Mark Fleming as second alternate. Motion passed.
Mark Fleming moved to approve the agreement with Tech Electronics for the fire alarm system inspection for the courthouse. Motion passed.
Danny Hanson, Quality Heating and Cooling, LLC, discussed the bid for the mini split heating and cooling system in the sheriff's office.
Joel Elkins, general superintendent, discussed current road projects and personnel. The commissioners discussed road concerns.
The commissioners reviewed budget requests.

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