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NRD to extend meter installation deadline

Third generation concrete worker helps with big pour

SHS graduate lost at sea 70 years ago

Sacred Heart School in Lawrence will close at end of year


NRD to extend meter installation deadline

Groundwater rules of the Little Blue NRD required that irrigation wells located in the northeast government quarter section were to be metered by Dec. 31. But because of a significant work load and installation backlog by meter installers, the district will not penalize landowners who are not able to get the meters installed by the deadline.
"We intend to work with producers on meeting the metering requirement," said Kevin Orvis, projects manager of the Little Blue NRD. "We still would like all wells in the northeast quarter section to be metered by the summer 2015 irrigation season so accurate water use tracking can be accomplished. Remember the meter deadline for the northwest quarter section is Sept. 20, 2015."
Flowmeters must be on the district's approved meter list and installed according to district and manufacturer's specifications. A list can be found at: Producers should contact the LBNRD once meters have been installed so inspection and certification can be completed.
The certification of irrigated acres was also to begin this fall and be completed by April 1, 2015. The completion of the database which ties the county assessor's database to DNR irrigation well registrations for the mailing and certification has been delayed as linkage challenges have been experienced. The mailing of certification information will begin as soon as the detailed database is completed and fully operational by the district. Patience is requested during this critical step in the process.
The Little Blue NRD board of directors adopted new rules and regulations for groundwater management in the district in May 2014. The rules are focused on promoting groundwater use efficiency, understanding the long-term water budget (pumpage verses recharge), providing water quality protection, protecting fragile aquifer areas of the district and providing necessary operator training to assure that our resources are understood and properly managed.
For further information and explanation on these rules and regulations, contact the Little Blue NRD.

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Third generation concrete worker helps with big pour
Kevin Smidt is a third generation Superior native who has followed the family tradition of entering the construction field. The grandson of Klaus J. Smidt and the son of Melvin, who along with brothers Gilbert and Marvin, operated MGM Construction in Superior, the 1997 Superior High School graduate attended the University of Nebraska-Kearney where he earned a B.S. in construction management.
Following his graduation in 2001, Smidt was offered employment with Centex Homes in St. Louis. After six years with the company, he returned to Nebraska and took a position with the Nebraska Department of Roads at Sutton. He then worked at the Youth Training Center in Geneva as the facility and maintenance manager. After two years at Geneva, he accepted the position of concrete supervisor with Lotttman-Carpenter Construction Company, Diller. The company specializes in concrete and super flat concrete pours. Super flat pours are large pours for projects such as Sam's Club, Wal-Mart, Costco and other large buildings.
Smidt was in Superior, Friday, to assist the concrete sub-contractor, Wayne Holmes, as his crew poured the south drive of the new Casey's store. Smidt brought along a five person crew to assist the five person crew already present as they pumped, poured, puddled and leveled the drive.
Smidt, who is single, resides in Sutton, and enjoys the travel throughout his job offers. He was off to Waverly for another large pour and was optimistic the weather would stay moderate until the job was complete.

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SHS graduate lost at sea 70 years ago
Clark Sloane was a 1944 graduate of Superior High School. He received his high school diploma although he had entered the service before the end of the school year. He was a standout football player and participated in other sports as well. He was raised in the Bostwick area and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Sloane..
He graduated from boot camp and was assigned to the USS Hull (DD-350) with the rating of Seaman, second class.
The Hull was launched at the New York Navy Yard in 1934. The Hull was present at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. She saw extensive service in the Pacific. After participating in "The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot," during June, 1944 in which two Japanese carriers were sunk, she patrolled off Guam. In August, the Hull returned to Seattle, Wash. Sloane joined the ship's company at this time. The Hull tehn joined a 3rd Fleet refueling group and departed for a rendezvous with a fast carrier strike force in the Philippine Sea.
Heavy seas beset the group and forced cancellation of the refueling operation. Typhoon Cobra was striking with its full force. The wind increased above 100 knots. On Dec. 18, the Hull became locked "in Irons." She was in the trough of the mountainous sea. She was unable to steer and rolled to 70 degrees. The sea pored down her stacks and flooded the pilothouse. The ship rolled 80 degrees The ship could not recover. Other ships saved the lives of seven officers, including the captain, and 55 enlisted men. Two other destroyers also capsized and sank during the typhoon, also referred to as "Halsey's Typhoon." The USS Spence sank with the loss of 317 lives while the US Monaghan went under with the loss of 256 officers and men. The toll on the Hull was 181 enlisted men and 11 officers lost.
The incident, when ships officers on the Hull considered removing the captain from command to steer the ship to a safer course before she locked "in irons," gave Herman Wouk the idea for the climatic scene in "The Caine Mutiny."
Frederick Clark Sloane and his shipmates lost their lives 70 years ago today (Thursday), thousands of miles from their homes in a raging storm, while serving their country. Spare a moment to honor their memory and give thanks to them for the freedoms we enjoy.

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Sacred Heart School in Lawrence will close at end of year
It was publicly announced earlier this year that the last parochial school and the last elementary only school in Nuckolls County will close at the end of the spring term
In a letter from the Rev. Thomas Bush, pastor of the Sacred Heart and St. Stephen parishes located in northwestern Nuckolls County, formal annoucement was made of the intention to close the Sacred Heart Parish school after 117 years of operation. The St. Stephens school closed a number of years ago.
With a declining enrollment the possibility of closing the school had been a topic of informal discussion for a number of years. In recent months the discussions were more formal.
This year the fall term started with an enrollment of seven students. Fifty years ago the school had an enrollment of 122 students.
Allen Ostdiek, retired publisher of the Lawrence Locomotive gathered the following history of the school from historical biographies written over the years.
Sacred Heart parish was organized in 1893. The organizers included a number of parishioners from the St. Stephen parish that were primarily of German descent. Catholics of the Lawrence area were from a variety of places but mostly of Bohemian descent.
In a history written by the Rev Joseph Fleckinger in 1907, the passion for a Catholic school was noted in a general meeting of all parish members. It was noted one member even brought a gun to the meeting.
Only five years after the parish was organized, the first school was started.
The first parish house was built in 1898. The pastor lives upstairs and the main floor had two rooms for the school The teacher was to stand in the door teaching and watching both rooms.
In September 1898, Miss Lizzie Hueueke was selected to teach with a salary of $12 a month. She was succeeded by Henry Kohmetscher.
By 1901, a combination school and convent was built to accommodate both a larger enrollment and the arrival of the School Sisters of Notre Dame of St. Louis, Mo. The arrival of the nuns marked the beginning of an 86 year cooperative effort of the parish and the Sisters.
The present school building was built in 1917. It has been in use since that time. At the time of its completion a visiting priest described the building as a masterpiece of architecture. The building had four classrooms on the first floor. The full basement was designed as a large dining room, kitchen and "club" room. The "Parish Hall" took up the second floor and included a stage.
The community and the public school used the building for a wide range of activities including dances, prom dinners, community meetings and wedding receptions.
The nuns staffed the school from 1901 until 1987 when a shortage of nuns coupled with the need in other communities caused their reassignment.
In his letter, Father Bush noted if circumstances change, the parish has been asked to consider resuming operations. He also estimated a cost of $80,000 to $100,000 to maintain the boiler pipes for future use.

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