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Sen. Deb Fischer visits Superior

Annual health fair scheduled for April 26

County Board hears update on N-CORPE from NRD manager

Cornhusker Boys and Girls State delegates selected


Sen. Deb Fischer visits Superior

As this issue of The Express went to press Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Deb Fischer was expected to visit Superior Wednesday afternoon.
A public session with the voters was planned for 4 to 5 p.m. at the Java Juice Cafe.

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Annual health fair scheduled for April 26
Helicopter, medication take back and giant colon. These are just three things that will be featured at the 2014 Nuckolls County health and wellness fair to be held April 26 at Superior High School from 9 a.m. to noon.
A medical helicopter from Hastings will land near the school for an up close look inside. Weather permitting and if there are no calls, the helicopter will be there from 10 a.m. to noon. Stop at their booth inside the school to sign up for a drawing. The winner will receive a free helicopter ride.
Law enforcement officers will be available in the school for medication take back, which is a free service that provides a way to dispose of outdated prescription or over-the-counter medications. Medication take back events offer a safer medication disposal alternative by destroying drugs with incineration instead of flushing or disposing as landfill waste, both of which can lead to ground water contamination.
Brodstone Memorial Hospital is bringing an incredible, inflatable, interactive replica of a human colon ­­ big enough to walk through ­­ to the health fair to educate people about the risks, symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment options for colorectal cancer. The 20-foot long, eight-foot high inflatable colon will be on display and open from 9 a.m. to noon. Visitors may walk through at no charge to get a close-up look at healthy colon tissue, tissue with non-malignant colorectal diseases and tissue with various stages of colorectal cancer. Volunteers will be on hand to talk to visitors and give tours through the inflatable colon.
The Lion's club mobile screening unit will be parked in front of the school. They will be doing hearing and vision tests as well as blood sugars.
A representative from Central Community College will be on hand with information concerning Project HELP, which is a grant to support students of any age in the healthcare field. Brodstone staff will be on hand to teach CPR quickies, the new hands only CPR. Ideal Market will have a booth where you can learn about new nutritional scoring on the shelves at their store.
There will be a tai chi demonstration at 10 a.m. Karen Fox, local instructor, has taken classes to teach the class which improves balance, lowers blood pressure, relieves stress and teaches meditation.
The Turning Point dancers will perform at 11 a.m. This is a class of dancers from Belleville. Their instructor, Kendra Short, will be available to answer question concerning dance lessons. The Good Samaritan Center will be building omelets to order. Donation will be used for many projects in their facility.
Superior FFA will once again be testing rural water for nitrates. Bring one pint of rural well water to the health fair to be tested. The water should be brought in a clean glass jar labeled with your name and the location the sample was taken. The sample should be gathered Friday or Saturday. Do not collect the sample from the city water. For the best results for the nitrate testing, run the water for 30 seconds before collection. Use a hydrant or faucet that does not go through a water softener. Ten parts per million is the critical level of nitrate contamination. The Republican River area around the Superior and Hardy area has a history of high nitrate levels. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Going at Superior High School.
Hope Pregnancy Center will share information to help clients make healthy life choices related to their sexuality and childbearing and to enrich parenting skills. Hastings Family Planning will have educational material for reproductive health for men and women.
Aging services, services provided to people older than 60 and alternative housing information such as assisted living and long term care will be provided by Midland Area Agency on Aging, Nuckolls County Senior Services, Kan Ask Home Care and Good Samaritan Center. Asera Care will have hospice care information and Good Samaritan Home Health will have information about their new services in this area.
Brodstone Memorial Hospital will be doing skin cancer screening and you will be able to pick up your blood draw results. Get a refreshing drink from Culligan Water, a chair massage from New Horizon Healthy Lifestyles and have your blood pressure checked by Nebraska Heart Institute.
Nebraska Medical Mart will have information concerning respiratory services and durable medical equipment such as CPAPs and related equipment. Clean water samples will be provided by Culligan of Hastings. Revive Inc., Horizon Recovery Center and the Unity Houses will have education materials on addiction recovery.
CASA will have information about how you can volunteer your advocacy for abused and neglected children.
Other booths expected for the event are Safe Kids, South Heartland District Health Department, and Edward Jones staff will be available to discuss your financial health. Janene Bagley will be selling her jewelry and you can hear about Mary Kay products.
Many exhibitors will have drawings for door prizes, give away items and coupons. Coloring pages sent home with students from the school may be turned in to the registration desk to receive a prize. Additional coloring sheets will be available at Ideal Market in Superior.

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County Board hears update on N-CORPE from NRD manager
The commissioners at Monday's regular meeting of the Nuckolls County Board heard an update on Republican River irrigation water from Mike Clements, manager of the Lower Republican Natural Resources District, including results of the most recent lawsuit between Nebraska and Kansas and a new plan for Nebraska to remain in compliance with the compact, even in water-short years.
Clements said most recently Kansas sued Nebraska for overuse of Republican River water in 2005 and 2006. The case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in Maine in 2012. Clements was among those subpoenaed to testify. Kansas had originally been awarded $80 million and Nebraska was ordered to shut down water to 300,000 irrigated acres along the river ­­ permanently, not just in water-short years. The Supreme Court reduced the monetary settlement to $5 million and reversed the order to have irrigated acres shut down.
"That was an extremely favorable ruling for Nebraska," Clements said.
He then focused his presentation on N-CORPE (the Nebraska Cooperative Republican Platte Enhancement Project). N-CORPE is an interlocal agency formed in the fall of 2012 by four natural resources districts (NRDs) ­­ Twin Platte, Upper Republican, Middle Republican and Lower Republican ­­ to increase stream flows in the Republican and Platte Rivers. The agency has purchased land in Lincoln County that will be retired from irrigation so water can be transported via pipelines and tributaries to the Republican and Platte Rivers.
The total project area is 19,500 acres, including 15,800 certified irrigated acres. A total 15,000 acre feet of water will be available annually from the project. The aquifer thickness in project area is between 400 and 600 feet. Of the total acres in the project, 5,360 are located within the Twin Platte NRD, and 10,400 are located within the Middle Republican NRD. The cost of water produced by the augmentation project will be $300 to $500 per acre foot.
Clements said the total cost of the project is about $120 million and it should be fully operational in the next week or two. Without N-CORPE, 47,000 groundwater acres would be shut down this year, he said. A 25-year bond is financing the project, which will be paid by the occupation tax assessed to irrigators within the districts. Along with the similar, but much smaller, Rock Creek augmentation project, the strategy will enable Nebraska to comply with terms of the compact, even in water-short years.
Clements said N-CORPE would have been up and running last year, but the project was challenged in court by two irrigation districts ­­ Bostwick and Frenchman Cambridge.
The irrigation districts claimed the plan is a short-term fix to meet Nebraska's obligations under the Republican River Compact, a water-sharing agreement with Colorado and Kansas. The 1943 river compact allocates 49 percent of the river's water to Nebraska, 40 percent to Kansas and 11 percent to Colorado. The lawsuit alleged the plan to augment the water supply would deprive streams, rivers and federal lakes of water to which they are entitled and reduce future stream flows in the area. The case was dismissed.
"We couldn't bond during the lawsuit, and interest rates increased in the year we here held up, which added cost to the project, so the lawsuits by the irrigation districts were unfortunate," Clements said.
Clements said the project won't stress the aquifer any more than when the wells were pumping to run pivots and irrigate crops on the land, which has now been replanted to grass. He also said the plan is to retain the water easements, but eventually sell the land back to private owners for cattle grazing, getting it back on the tax rolls for Lincoln County. Currently, the county is taking a large revenue hit because the NRDs are tax-exempt.
In other business:
· Sharon Hueftle, executive director of SCEDD (South Central Nebraska Economic Development District), met with the board for an update on the organization's projects. Hueftle said the SCEDD board of directors recently voted to include Howard County in the district. Also, based on input from members indicating community leaders and planners would like more education and networking opportunities, a series of workshops has been planned and is underway.
· Royce Gonzales, clerk of the district court, reported on the most recent meeting of the county safety committee. He said the county's fire extinguisher contractor has been contacted about evaluating and updating the extinguishers in the sheriff's department building, and the committee has worked with the custodian to help workers eliminate items stored on the floor beneath desks. He also said he believes monthly meetings of the committee have been beneficial and have led to positive things being accomplished.
· Tim Stutzman, noxious weed superintendent and emergency manager, presented his monthly report. He said environmental trust grant funds for the Republican River stream bed remediation project are winding down and maintenance of the work done will now fall to the landowners.
· The board directed Gary Warren, county highway superintendent, to obtain prices for magnets for the motorgraders, which pick up nails and other potentially hazardous debris while the roads are being maintained. The commissioners said they had been asked about magnets by constituents. Warren said they could be attached to the drags of all the county's motorgraders for about $2,300. No decision was made.
· Easements were approved for an electrical line for Nathan Schardt in Hammond Precinct and a natural gas line for the City of Superior.

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Cornhusker Boys and Girls State delegates selected
The American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State will be held this year June 1 through 7 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The two programs are designed to teach how government works while developing leadership skills and enhancing the students' appreciation for their rights as citizens. Participant in the programs run for office, learn public speaking, create and enforce laws and actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government.
Additional benefits include meeting other students from across the state, many of whom become friends for life, and developing confidence and leadership skills that will shape their futures.
The program is open to students who are juniors this year, are available to stay the week at UNL and are interested in learning about how state and local governments work. Typically, accepted students are in the top half of their class and display good citizenship and leadership.
Guest lecturers this year will include Gov. Dave Heineman, Supreme Court Chief Justice John M. Gerrard and JoAnne Owens-Nauslar, a motivational speaker.
Selected to represent Auxiliary Post No. 103 of Superior at Girls State this year is Jaysa Hoins, Superior High School, daughter of Doug and Carla Hoins. Jaysa is a high honor roll student who is active in her church youth group, softball, FCA, student council, National Honor Society, FBLA, S-Club, volleyball, basketball, track, drill team, band Community Service Club, ASAAP and improv. Her volunteer work in the community includes the Big Sister Little Sister program, youth basketball, Candy Cane Lane and church soup suppers and other fundraisers.
Selected as this year's Girls State alternate for the Superior Auxiliary post is Claire Dressman, Superior High School, daughter of Steve and Teresa Dressman. Claire is an honor roll student who is involved with FBLA, student council, FFA, National Honor Society and Community Service Club.
Selected to represent Hardy Auxiliary Post No. 179 at Girls State is Paige Jensen, Superior High School, daughter of Jason and Melissa Jensen. Paige is involved in student council, archery, golf, speech, drama, S-Club, Community Service Club, Art Club and serves as student council district vice president.
Selected to represent American Legion Post No. 242 of Ruskin at Boys State this year is Laethion Brown, Deshler High School, son of Sabrina Covey of Ruskin. Laethion is an honor roll student who is active in football, basketball, track, SHOE (Students Helping Others Excel) choir, band, show choir, marching band, one-act, FBLA and D-Club, baseball and yearbook.
Caleb Isom, Superior High School, has been selected to represent the Superior American Legion Post at Boys State this year. Caleb is the son of Charles and Michelle Isom, Superior. Caleb is active in basketball, football, student council, track, drama, FCA, S-Club and Community Service Club.

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