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March 26, 2015 issue

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Highway 36 Association officials attend resource council meeting

FSA office welcomes new executive director

Rock Hills, Mankato alumni reunion planned

Sheriff, commissioners discuss burn ban

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Highway 36 Association officials attend resource council meeting

While in Jewell County on March 10, U.S. Highway 36 officials Lee "Doc" Franklin (president) and Christiane "Cricket" Cole (marketing and advertising director) visited with the Jewell County Resource Council and explained their project to publish and distribute a "US 36 Expeditions" magazine highlighting places and events along the highway. They were also pleased that this year will be the 10th anniversary of the Highway 36 Treasure Hunt.
During the council's meeting, Tammy Kimminau, Jewell County's team leader for the Solomon Valley Transportation project, reported the "maiden" trip for Jewell County was held March 9. A 2014 van will be available for use three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To date there are two drivers. The service will be operational full time beginning July 1.
Barb Wise with OCCK said if anyone needs medical equipment they can try the equipment out before they make a purchase. OCCK is a member of the Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE) so they can acquire needed items. Barb can be contacted at OCCK in Beloit.
Amanda Anderson, Jewell County Parents as Teachers educator, attended the event in Topeka marking the 25th anniversary of Parents as Teachers. There is great concern regarding proposed cuts or possible elimination of the program in the state. This program has been beneficial to the children aged five and younger in Jewell County for the past 14 years. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library enrollment for Jewell County children is in progress and it is hoped they will begin receiving books in late May.
Jewell County's spelling bee winner was Riley Welchel, who advanced to the state contest in Hays.
An update on plans for the Jewell County Health Fair on March 26 was given by Karen Boden.
Lori Slate reported the 2015 Rock Hills post prom committee is working to raise funds.
CASA will be doing the pinwheel project in Jewell County in April as it
is Child Abuse Awareness Month.
The Jewell County Relay for Life will be held in Jewell on June 6 and this year they will have a new logo.

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FSA office welcomes new executive director
Michael Martin has been hired as the county executive director for the FSA in the Mankato office. His official start date was March 9. Michael fills the position vacated by the retirement of Jim Peroutek.
Michael comes to Jewell County by way of Ellsworth where he has been the CED officer for the past seven and a half years.
He was born and raised in central Indiana and attended college in Illinois where he graduated with a associate's degree in ag business and ag science. Following his college graduation and for the next year and a half, Michael was a crop consultant for a firm in Illinois, and then for the next year and a half he worked for a co-op in Indiana.
In June 2006 Michael was hired by FSA. One of the FSA requirements is to trainfor a year. During that year Michael was in Allen, located in southeast Kansas, Russell in central Kansas, Hill City in western Kansas, and also in Mitchell County. Following the year long training Michael became the CED at Ellsworth.
"I didn't know anyone in Kansas, but the opportunity was there and it felt right so I applied," said Michael.
Michael didn't just go to college and decide ag was for him, he has been involved with ag since he was 16 years old. He grew up in a small town.
"Probably about the size of Jewell," said Michael.
He worked for a farmer while in high school and was also involved in the local FFA chapter. He competed with the soil, crop and par-law teams in competitions and one year his par-law team placed third at the state level in Indiana.
"I attended the national FFA convention one time and that was when it was in Kansas City," said Michael.
While training in Mitchell County, Michael met his wife, Kim Shamburg. The Martins have a 15 month old son. Kim is a K-State graduate with a degree in park management and recreation. Right now she is a stay-at-home mom. At the present time their home is in Ellsworth, but they are looking for something closer. While in Ellsworth Michael was a member of the Ducks Unlimited chapter, served on the extension board on the program development council; played intramural softball for two summers; enjoys bow hunting for deer, fishing and farming.
Michael should be in the Mankato office Monday through Friday.
"I'm looking forward to working with the ag community, getting to know and work with the local customers," said Michael.

Mankato, Rock Hills alumni reunion planned

The Mankato and Rock Hills High School alumni reunion will be held May 23. The committee will be mailing invitations for the reunion in early April
The 15th annual Mankato and Rock Hills alumni scholarships will be awarded after the reunion, which will be held at the Mankato Community Center. An application form for this award is printed in this newspaper.
A scholarship plan was introduced at the Mankato Alumni celebration held in May 2000 at the Mankato Armory, and it was dubbed the "New Beginning Mankato Alumni Scholarship" for its first award being in the new millennium. The new plan is all funded by donations and are kept in the Mankato Endowment Association funds at the State Exchange Bank. They are tax deductible.
The applications for the scholarship are solicited from Mankato High School and Rock Hills High School graduates who are or will be attending a college or technical school. Applications are to be sent to Karen Ross in Mankato and should include name, social security number, address, phone number, year of graduation and school to be attended. All applications for this year must be received by May 15, and the awards will be drawn from the applications and announced on the night of the Mankato and Rock Hills alumni celebration, which this year is to be held Saturday, May 23.
The number of scholarships to be awarded will depend upon the contributions made for the year. Award winners will be notified by mail and the award will be forwarded by the Mankato Endowment Association to the school indicated on the application.
The "New Beginning Mankato Alumni Scholarship" has awarded the following since its inception in 2000.
In 2001, 11 $100 scholarships were awarded; 2002, 14 $100 scholarships; 2003, 17 $100 scholarship; 2004, 24 $100 scholarships; 2005, 22 $100 scholarships; 2006 22 $125 scholarships; 2007, 34 $100 scholarship; 2008, 37 $100 scholarships; 2009, 27 $100 scholarships; 2010 35 $100 and three $200 scholarships; 2011, 36 $100 scholarships; 2012, 27 $300 scholarships; 2013 38 $200 scholarhsips; 2014, 43 $100 scholarships. Total monetary awards for the 14 years is $49,150.

Sheriff, commissioners discuss burn ban

The Jewell County commissioners met Monday with Mark Fleming, Steve Greene and Dwight Frost present. Carla Waugh, county clerk, was also present.
Angela Murray, health nurse, discussed the training she is attending in August. Angela said the department is receiving a supplemental ebola grant to purchase equipment. She also discussed storage issues and the possibility of moving the health department to a new location.
Darrell Miller, county attorney, requested an executive session to discuss attorney-client privileges. Commissioners Darrell Miller and Carla Waugh were present. Returning to open session, no action was taken.
The commissioners discussed the burning ban with Jonas McEntire, sheriff, and issuing citations for disregard of the ban.
The commissioners met last Monday with Mark Fleming, Steve Greene, Dwight Frost and Carla Waugh present.
Carla Waugh reported that 44 employees attended the defensive driving program provided by KWORCC. She also reported that all the surplus property office equipment listed on Nex-Tech Classifieds has been sold.
Shane and Kristi Hillman explained the issues with their property in Ionia that adjoins the county property where the motorgrader is housed. He has now removed all his property from the county lot. Shane said they have had the property for 40 years and haven't had trouble until recent years.
The commissioners held an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel, with Joel Elkins and Carla Waugh present. The regular session resumed with the commissioners noting that incidental crossing of the county lot by Shane Hillman for access purposes is permissible.
The commissioners approved a waterline agreement presented by Joel Elkins, general superintendent, for Scott Lienberger at 1739 E Road.

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