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Car show held Saturday at Mankato City Park

School board discusses superintendent search

 

Car show held Saturday at Mankato City Park
Saturday was the fourth annual Friends of Mankato City Parks Car Show. This year the weather was not as friendly as in the past with a cold low to mid 40s with wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour. Even with the cold temperatures the car show was a success with 34 entries. The day started at 9 a.m. with registration and Terry, Irene, Sarah and Jaylee Ortman serving hot coffee and cinnamon rolls with the help of committee members, Carol and Raymond Wakefield.
At 11 a.m. the playing of the National Anthem and acknowledging our freedoms thanks to the military, veterans and their families was held. Then the barbecue lunch, which included hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad with coffee or a drink. During the lunch hour the crowd listened to the musical talents of local Jewell County resident, Howlin' Steve Howell, along with announcements and music throughout the car show by Moonlight Workshop, LLC.
Braving the cold weather, Dick Huffman and family brought Huffman Funnel Cakes and Snow Cones from Smith Center. They did not serve a single snow cone this year.
The Ortman family set up the beer garden while wrapped in blankets, scarves and ear covers. A few activities going on until the awards ceremony included a 50-50 drawing, and the fan belt toss. Throughout the day, door prizes were drawn for all the registered car owners, such as $25 cash prizes, free meal tickets, Friends of Mankato City Parks Car Show shirts, hats, cell phone pouches and ink pens. During registration all participants were given a goody bag which included items useful for their vehicles.
The award categories this year were tough, as there were some absolutely beautiful cars out braving the cold weather.
The Best of Show Award, made by Steven Walker, went to Wes and Jeannette Bencken from Rexford, with a 1932 Ford five window coupe, red. The People's Choice Award, sponsored by Central National Bank, went to Jim and Kay Nitcher, Belleville, with a 1964 Chevy Malibu SS, blue. Best Chevy Award went to Ray Mace, Smith Center, with a 1958 Chevy Impala Sport Coupe, black. Best Ford went to Dave Conaway, Smith Center, with a 1929 Ford Model A, yellow; Best Mopar went to Dennis Hensen who brought a 1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite, yellow. Best Paint award went to Mick and Dody Franklin, Salina, with a 1947 Hudson club coupe Prowler, orange and Myan gold. Best Original Award went to Darlene Walker with a 1953 Chevy Belair, blue, Mankato. Best Wheels Award was given to Don Koester, Mankato, with a 1977 Chevrolet Corvette, blue. Best Engine Award was given to Dave Conaway, Smith Center, with a 1958 Chevy Biscayne, white and green. Best 4x4 Award went to Ron Morgan, Smith Center, with a 1972 Ford custom 4x4, green. Rat Rod Award, made by Dakota Walker, went to James Keck, Burr Oak, with a 1950 Mercury four door sedan (modified), black. Best Interior Award went to Charles Cossaart of Narka, with a 1966 Chevy Impala SS, blue.
The Friends of Mankato City Parks committee is ready to gear up for next year's car show, tentatively scheduled for the first Saturday of October.

School board discusses superintendent search
The Rock Hills Board of Education met Monday. Those present were Janelle Greene, Todd Mauerhan, Lori Yelken, Lori Slate, Kenny Mizner, Bobi Fogo, Brenden Wirth, Nadine Smith, Sam Meyers, Gary Sechrist and Jennifer Urbaniak.
There will be a financial aid workshop for all seniors and parents of seniors from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Thursday) to assist with preparing the necessary documents for financial aid for post-secondary placements. 
Gary Sechrist, KASB, discussed with the board the results from six superintendent search characteristics meetings that took place throughout the day. Gary discussed the timeline for posting the job opening, taking applications and the interview process.
Bobi Fogo moved, seconded by Lori Slate, to advertise the district mowing contract and ask for one and three year bid options again. Bids will be opened at the November meeting. Motion passed 7-0.
Lori Yelken moved, seconded by Brenden Wirth, to enter into executive session to discuss matters affecting students. Nadine Smith and Sam Meyers were invited into executive session. Motion passed 7-0. The board returned to open session at 9:13 p.m. There was no action resulting from this executive session.
The next regular meeting of the USD No. 107 Board of Education will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12, at the district office in Mankato.