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Mid-terms drew many voters to the polls

Students hold southern-inspired feast

SHS students picked for music fest

Original Sumpter music performed at Concordia


Mid-terms drew many voters to the polls
Unlike many years when interest in the mid-term elections is relatively low, voter turnout Tuesday appeared to be strong throughout Nuckolls County.
Whle they didn't have numbers to compare with, longtime polling place workers in Superior were reporting a busier than normal election morning.
Polls in Nebraska were open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and the election results were not available until after the scheduled printing time of this newspaper.
Locally write-in campaigns for the office of the Superior mayor and third district council seat added interest to the election. Mayor Sonia Schmidt was being challenged by Brian Splater, a write-in candidate. In northern Nuckolls County a write-in challenge for the office of county commissioner also sparked interest. Incumbent and current board chairman, Tim Zikmund was challenged by Gerald Buschkoetter, a write-in candidate for the third district. In the first district Doyle Christensen, an incumbent, was challenged by James Keifer.
There was also a hotly contested race for the Unicameral between a Deshler area native now living in the north west corner of the distict, Marsha Fangmeyer, and Dave Murman, a Clay County farmer
The Lower Republican Natural Resources District Board, two Superior residents, Neil Thomsen and Roger Nelson were seeking a spot on the board. Nelson was the incumbent.
On the state level, there were races for the office of both governor and U.S. Senate. The current office holders, both Republicans, were challenged by Democrats.
Two years ago Nebraska was solidly in the Republican camp but that may not have held true this election.
Elections returns were available on this newspaper's web site as they became available. The site may be found at

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Students hold southern-style feast
The English I classes at Superior High School had a southern-inspired meal as part of reading the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The project was called Dinner with Aunt Alexandra. Each student tracked a character and was asked to bring a dish inspired by that person. Some of the dishes shared were grits, biscuits and gravy, pecan cake, peach cobbler, fried chicken wings, jambalaya, chicken fried steak, cornbread, and, of course, sweet tea.
Parents helped with the cooking and shopping for ingredients. It was reported, no one went away hungry.

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SHS students picked for music fest
Kaylee Flaata, Tate Rothchild and Haley West, Superior High School instrumental music students, were selected to attend Doane University's Fall Festival of Winds.
They rehearsed at Doane University all day and performed in a concert Sunday.

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Original Sumpter music performed at Concordia
Concordia University, Nebraska, held its fall composer recital Tuesday, and its fall honor recital yesterday (Wednesday) in the recital hall of the music center on campus.
Six students composed original pieces for the composer recital. The recital comprises a variety of music written for vocals, piano, winds and strings.
"This recital is important because it's a great opportunity for student composers to practice organizing a performance by recruiting performers and leading rehearsals of their own music," said David von Kampen, music instructor in composition. "All of the music has been composed or arranged this semester, so every piece in the recital is a world premiere."
Among the student composers was Jacob Sumpter, a junior from Superior, who also conducted for his piece,
"Katabasis & Grace," with the following performers: David Krueger, senior, Aurora, Colo., bass; Bethany Schilling, junior, Littleton, Colo., soprano; Bethany Zeckzer, freshman, New Haven, Ind., alto; Josiah Schultz, senior, Bay City, Mich., tenor; Zachary Mueller, freshman, Frankenmuth, Mich., bass; Sarah Mueller, senior, Hemlock, Mich., alto; Nathan Klaumann, senior, Fairbury, tenor; Alyssa Hoeft, sophomore, Garland, soprano; Nicholle Harstad, freshman, Norfolk, alto; Thomas Johnson, senior, Omaha, bass; Caleb Silcott, senior, Seward, piano; Melody Niemoth, senior, South Bend, alto; Tabitha Ristvedt, freshman, Utica, soprano.g $23,630. One of his major donors was the Friends of the University PAC, which gave his campaign $7,500.

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