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Superior solar array to be dedicated tomorrow (Friday)

County hires Lincoln attorney for work in civil matters

Krotzingers planning last day for store

Pony Express reride will stop in Oak


 

Superior solar array to be dedicated tomorrow (Friday)
The public is invited to the dedication of the new 1 MW solar array at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow (Friday). The array is on the south end of Hartley Street, near the wastewater treatment plant by the old landfill.
Guest speakers will include representatives from American Electric Power, the Nebraska Environmental Trust, the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance and Great Plains Power. A tour of the array will follow the dedication.

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County hires Lincoln attorney for work in civil matters
The Nuckolls County Board at Monday's regular meeting voted to hire David Bargen, a Lincoln attorney who is a native of Nuckolls County, on an as-needed basis at a rate of $270 per hour.
Commissioner Daren Blackstone made the motion, which was seconded by Doyle Christensen. Both voted in favor of the contract. Board chairman Tim Zikmund was absent. Precise specifications are not available yet because the contract was not complete on Monday, however Bargen's work will reportedly be limited to that dealing with planning and zoning or legal issues involving the proposed wind farm in Nuckolls County.
In other business:
· A public hearing was held regarding the county paying for funeral services for indigent individuals. John Price, Jr., a funeral director in Superior, was present for the discussion. It was approved to place a $1,000 cap on any burial services approved for payment by the county in the future.
· Gary Warren and Cindy Buescher from the county road department discussed current projects of the department. Buescher said the county failed to receive the grant, so there will be no tire recycling event this year.
· A funding request from SASA, headquartered in Hastings, was tabled. SASA requested $2,000 for the upcoming fiscal year, the amount the board gave them last year. They requested $5,000 last year.
· The agreement with Region 3 Behavioral Services was renewed.
· Dylan Ikkala, project developer for Apex Clean Energy, presented information about wind farm contracts. Apex has proposed a wind farm in Nuckolls County and begun to lease the necessary land for it.
· The board amended the contract with Energizer Electric for electrical work in the courthouse, a technicality which will allow for the use of parts provided by additional manufacturers.

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Krotzingers planning last day for store
A long-time Superior business, located at Third and Central, will close its doors for the final time, Friday, June 29. Francis and Dee Krotzinger have operated several business at this location for more than 20 years.
Dee began Glass Connection at another location. She created stained glass windows. Her work can be seen in churches in Edgar and Republic.
They operated Prairie Blessings , a wholesale business. She also fashioned love knots from rope. Dee hired several people to assist with the fashioning of the knots. She sold her product nationwide. Randy Travis, a country music super star, was one of her loyal customers.
The Krotzinger's also operated the J. C. Penney Catalog Store at this location for several years. They operated the Superior Floral Company which provided floral arrangements to the community.
Francis and Dee are both natives of Marysville, Kan. Dee was raised on a farm. Francis was employed by Safeway Stores as a meat cutter for 28 years. He was transferred to Superior and the couple has remained here for more than 40 years. Francis operated a grocery store in Nelson for nine years. In a strange coincidence, both the house the couple resides in and the building housing their business were built by the same builder.
The couple has reached the decision to close their business. The final day of business is Friday, June 29.

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Pony Express reride will stop in Oak
The National Pony Express Association will celebrate the 158th anniversary Year of the Pony Express by conducting a reride of the mail service, June 20-28.
Commerative letters and personal mail will be carried 1,966 miles from the Sacramento River in California to the St. Joseph, Mo.
The route will be over the Pony Express National Historic Trail, a component of the national trail system which is itself celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The Pony Express was a private mail service which began April 3, 1860 and operated until Oct. 24, 1861, when the transcontinental telegraph was put into operation. Riders carried the mail from St. Joseph, Mo. to Sacramento, Calif.
The operation was founded by the Missouri freighting firm of Russell, Majors and Waddell. The Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company offered 10-day service from each terminal point. There were 190 stations and 400 station keepers along the route. Riders, single young men of slight build and good character, were paid $25 weekly. To earn their salary, they rode 10 to 15 mile relays before changing horses. They averaged 75 miles of riding per day.
The mail was carried in a mochila. It was a leather blanket with four pouches, called cantinas on each corner, which could be easily transferred from one rider to the next. It was tailored to fit over the McClellan saddle then in popular use and named for Gen. George McClellan, who would command, for a short time, the Army of the Potomac for the Union in the Civil War. The modern mochila is designed to carry more letters and fit over a Western saddle.
Russell, Majors and Waddell founded their business to secure a federal mail contract. Though the business was not financially successful, it left an indelible impression on the American psyche.
Each rider was required to take an oath of conduct and was issued a Bible, a tradition which is continued by the National Pony Express Association.
Six hundred riders from eight state divisions will ride relays of one to five miles. At each relay stop, the mochila is passed to the next rider. The riders are on the trail 24 hours a day.
The reride began at 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time at Old Sacramento, Calif., yesterday. The riders are scheduled to cross the California-Nevada state line, today (Thursday )at 2 p.m., PDT. The Nevada-Utah state line crossing is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. The riders are expected to cross the Utah-Wyoming state line Monday. The riders will enter Nebraska from Wyoming on Wednesday.They will cross the Nebraska-Colorado border, early Thursday morning. They will cross back into Nebraska, Thursday at 8 a.m. Riders expect to reach the Nebraska-Kansas state line, Friday, June 29. They will finish the ride at the Patee House, in St. Joseph, Mo.., Friday, at 8:30 p.m. All times are approximate as severe weather or other circumstances can delay the riders.
The reride is scheduled to arrive in Oak at 2:30 p.m., Friday, June 29.

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