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New Jewell County business launched

4th Strategic Doing meeting held in Mankato


New Jewell County business launched
Last Tuesday, Deb Warne launched Warne Real Estate, one of the newest businesses in Jewell County, though she plans to serve all of northcentral Kansas. Warne is a licensed real estate broker.
Deb is not new to the business of real estate. She began in the business selling real estate for Gerald Zimmer in Beloit in 2006.
In December 2017, Deb attended a week of brokerage preparation classes in Wichita. The following week, she took the real estate brokers examination in Hays. She passed and has received her license from the Kansas Real Estate Commission.
Deb said she will continue as the part time speech and language pathologist for Rock Hills. Gretchin Staples, Beloit, will be working with Deb as a sales representative in Mitchell County.
In the past few years, Deb and her husband, Dave, built a new home just outside the city limits of Mankato.
"I'm excited to start this new adventure in my life," Deb said. "Being involved in the real estate business since 2006, I have enjoyed welcoming new people to the community and helping individuals already in the community with their needs."

4th Strategic Doing meeting held in Mankato
The fourth Jewell County Strategic Doing Meeting was held at the Mankato Community Center last Tuesday. This is a continuing, annual strategy through the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. Twelve people attended the meeting with an additional 80 people viewing the meeting through Facebook video.
When the 2017 Strategic Doing was started, ideas were grouped into five different areas ­­ community clean-up; county identity, marketing and promotion; health and wellness; parks and recreation; and human needs and assistance. At this meeting, committees under each of the topics gave the most recent updates of their group work. Additionally, there was time at the end of the meeting for those with new ideas not yet covered in the conversation to be inserted.
From the community clean-up initiative, the First Impressions Program through K-State Research and Extension, community vitality specialist, Nadine Sigle, was implemented in Jewell County communities. Formoso, Burr Oak and Jewell have all participated in the program which gave citizens ideas of areas of improvement and reaffirmation of things in the community that are objects to promote even more. Mankato is considering the program currently. Additionally, this committee wanted to target a clean-up that could also impact the rural areas of the county. A county-wide tire clean-up was discussed where citizens could bring in old tire piles and a place could be provided for recycling. This idea is still being developed at this time.
Under county identity, marketing and promotion, it was expressed that Jewell County doesn't have a unifying identity to rally behind and as many rural communities, we find it hard to brag about what we do have. From this initial conversation, this committee decided to first focus on tourism in the county. A renewed group calling its Jewell County Tourism has been started and their first project is to develop a Jewell County-produced tourism booklet. This booklet will have the most up-to-date information on annual events, tourism calendar and will showcase positive stories from Jewell County. The 2018 booklet will also relay the story of the Mammoth discoveries in the county. In the Jewell County area, there have been many Columbian Mammoth bones discovered, a higher amount than many other places in the state. This could potentially become part of the unifying brand for all county communities. They can be reached at
The Mammoth idea then spilled over into the entertainment, arts and culture committee. Playing on the success of the Robert Turner Concert Summer Concert Series and the construction of the new stage in the Mankato City Park, funding and planning are almost complete for a Mammoth Music Festival this summer during Father's Day weekend. This event will not only feature a slew of bands but will also include performance acts and children's activities. For more information or to volunteer with this committee, contact committee chair Tammy Finnell through the Burr Oak or Mankato libraries.
The health and wellness committee has been working through efforts with the Jewell County Health 365 Coalition, a regional health grant administered through the Jewell County Health Department. More information about this group can be obtained at Volunteers are being sought to help maintain the community garden plots in Mankato this summer. This produce will then be donated to the community, senior center and food bank. If you or a group that you are involved in would like to help with this program, call 785-378-7036 or contact the Jewell County Health Department. Additionally, private gardeners can donate excess produce from their summer gardens through the "Gardening for the Greater Good" donation bins located in spots in the county. Give what you can, take what you need. Additionally, this group has been working on walkability of towns, trails and wellness centers.
There is currently an online fundraiser at to raise enough money to get a potential trail surveyed at the Mankato City Park. Go to to donate or donations can be sent to P.O. Box 154, Mankato, Kan., 66956. Also, in this strategic doing year, crosswalks were placed across the highway in Mankato and Jewell. Trail signage was printed and placed in the Jewell City Park directing people to the already existing trails at Lake Emerson. Wellness Center ideas are being worked on in Mankato and Jewell. A Dane G. Hansen sponsored intern is coming to Jewell County this summer to further develop these plans. A community day care facility is part of this conversation as it was specified as one of the needs in the initial strategic doing meeting of the year. Also in the mix is talk of a Jewell County Recreation Commission that could help maintain youth programs, adult recreation and wellness centers.
The last committee covered human needs and assistance. This group has been working to get an assisted living facility in Jewell County. With a potential provider and builder identified, the committee is working now to raise enough money to complete the $250,000 community down payment to secure the facility.
Strategic Doing is a continuing, mandated program from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation that we are blessed to be a part of. Committees are encouraged to continue meeting, to develop projects out of their work and to apply with priority status to the local and main Dane G. Hansen funding rounds. Additionally, funding for non-Strategic Doing ideas can be pursued at any time as well. The local Dane G. Hansen committee has a spring round and fall round. Spring round will be due May 1 and the process should open online at, starting at the beginning of March. The main Dane G. Hansen fund can be accessed the first day of every month and applications can be made online at In the 2018 Strategic Doing year, the plan is to have another starting meeting that will talk about the state of the county, where we have come from the 2017 Strategic Doing year, and new and additional ideas that should be pursued during the 2018 Strategic Doing process.
For more information, contact Jenny Russell at Jewell County Community Development, 785-378-7036, or