Week of July 18, 2024

Fire takes home

The Mankato Volunteer Fire Department was called about 3:30 last Thursday morning when it was discovered a house on East Street, near the Rock Hills Secondary School, was on fire. The house had been unoccupied since the death of Bruce Burkhart though it was still full of his belongings. He died June 23. His two pet cats had been removed from the house at 2:30 the prior Wednesday afternoon. The house and all contents were a total loss. The fire was discovered when a law enforcement officer drove...

Carl and Kathy Jensen honored at Chamber meeting

The monthly meeting for the Mankato Chamber of Commerce took place last Wednesday at the Buffalo Roam with 11 members and five guests in attendance. The June minutes were approved with a correction made. Haley Nelson gave the treasurer's report. The chamber welcomed Chelsea Hake to the meeting. Chelsea is the information and resources coordinator with OCCK. She serves nine counties in the area and can answer questions that people might have regarding the services that OCCK provides. The chamber...

Threshing Bee is coming

While the 46th annual Jewell County Threshing Bee is still a few days away, there has been lots of activity on the grounds this week. Monday a Minneapolis steam engine owned by Kurt Kochner arrived from Abilene and an engine from Phillipsburg was to arrive on Tuesday and a steam powered street roller is coming from Abilene. Moving those old iron giants is not an easy process. Semi-trailer trucks are required along with power to move the engines. A steam engine needs about three hours to get the...

  • Love my crazy life

    Teraesa L Bruce

    Today is bittersweet in a way. It is Jessica’s (my daughter-in-law) last day at the pool. It’s still weird to call her my daughter-in-law. The last four summers I’ve watched her grow as a lifeguard and a young woman. Now as this chapter closes, she moves on to her life as an adult and a married woman. I am a little sad to see her leave, but excited I get to continue to be a part of her life and watch her continue to grow. Her husband had better take good care of her! LOL! On another note, the bugs are horrible this year. My ankles and...

  • Editorʼs Notebook

    Bill Blauvelt

    Area residents shouldn’t complain about not having something to do in July for July must be the peak month for community celebrations in the Heartland. I remember the time I had friends visiting from West Virginia. They were en route to a family reunion in South Dakota and only stopped here for the third weekend in July. Like many years the mercury reached 110 on Saturday and I had celebrations in Davenport, Mankato and Republic to cover. I didn’t know what else to do other than load them in the newspaper vehicle and head out for a day of...

  • Country Roads

    Gloria Schlaefli

    The word adventurous means to take a risk, or try new methods and ideas. Have you ever asked yourself what have you done that you considered being the most adventurous? For some it may be be taking a zip line ride, sky diving or mountain climbing but for others it may not be taking those kind of risky adventures. When I think of my most adventurous times, they may be simple but to me they are just as important as the high risk takers. It may be the times standing in from of a group of people and singing a solo or standing in front of judges...

  • Mowing Lawns

    Nancy Stafford

    When we lived in Rhode Island, our house sat on a 3/4 acre lot. The back of the lot was overgrown with brush and was fenced off for the donkey to roam. In front of the house was a small lawn. My father would mow this lawn with a reel style push mower. If he decided the back yard needed to be mowed, he would borrow a gasoline powered push mower from my grandfather. Moving to Pennsylvania, my father was faced with a huge lawn on a hill. Somewhere he acquired a gasoline powered reel mower. This was a monster that needed to be started with a rope...

  • Puffs

    Allen Ostdiek

    A O An assassination attempt on former president Donald Trump on Saturday might get all the national news media outlets busy questioning how such a thing could happen in this day and age. They seemed astounded that such a thing occurred. I have to admit I was almost in tears as I watched the news reports and I wondered how and why it had to be. You know, the national media has the same reaction after most any and all “shootings” that have been occurring across our nation in recent years. As I understand it, they answer their own...

  • Ask a Pastor Column

    Q: Why does God let anyone teach wrong things in His name, sincerely or insincerely? A: One of the things I find most intriguing about the God of the Bible is the extent of the grace He offers to us humans. Human beings are given extraordinary leeway in a variety of areas (including what we teach and tell each other), and God often withholds deserved punishment far longer than any of us would expect. Let’s start with some broader principles. Think about God’s overall character and intentions, then I think we can understand His approach to...

  • Senior citizen rides along

    Marty Pohlman

    Mother Nature provided the heat Saturday as the tempereature hovered above the 100 degree mark. This reporter was pleased to be able to transition from his air conditioned vehicle through the convection-oven heat, climb what seemed to be a 30 feet tall ladder into the cab of an air conditioned combine. That first step took a bit of time as the woefully out of condition writer climbed up what seemed an endless series of steps. Dave Mussman, a Ruskin area farmer and Nuckolls County commissioner,...

  • Youngsters told "Reading begins an adventure of magic"

    R Giggles and squeals of delight filled the conference room of the Superior Public Library last Wednesday during the Adventure Begins at Your Library summer program. Adam White, a magician who has practiced for 30 years, amazed the crowd of 34 adults and children in attendance. White started his adventure in magic tricks when he picked up a book, "Now You See It, Now You Don't," at his local library when he was 9 years old. From then on he was hooked at reading other books and learning how to...

Community Events Calendar

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