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USDA offers help to blizzard-affected farmers

Marble race and science meet held at elementary school

Area students among ACTIONS Day winners

Superior students celebrate Week of the Young Child


USDA offers help to blizzard-affected farmers

State FSA executive director, Nancy Johner, reminds farmers and ranchers affected by the recent blizzard that disaster assistance programs are available to support their recovery efforts.
FSA can assist farmers and ranchers who lost livestock, fences or eligible trees, bushes and vines as a result of a natural disaster. FSA administers a suite of safety-net programs to help producers recover from eligible losses, including the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program and the Tree Assistance Program. Detailed information on all of these disaster assistance programs can be found online at
In addition, the Emergency Conservation Program provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters. Producers located in counties that receive a primary or contiguous disaster designation are eligible for low-interest emergency loans to help them recover from production and physical losses. Compensation is also available to producers who purchased coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, which protects non-insurable crops (including native grass for grazing) against natural disasters including excessive wind, that result in lower yields, crop losses or prevented planting.
"The recent blizzard may have caused losses for farmers and ranchers in our state," said Johner. "Natural disasters such as blizzards are unavoidable, but USDA has strong safety-net programs to help producers get back on their feet."
For more information on FSA disaster assistance programs, contact your local USDA service center.

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Marble race and science meet held at elementary school
Students in Trina Hansen's sixth-grade Superior Elementary School class combined theory and fun to study Sir Isaac Newton's Laws of Motion. Teams, comprised of two students, were charged with designing and constructing projects which would demonstrate a deeper understanding of how acceleration, force, friction, gravity and motion and how they effect Newton's Laws. The students would construct their demonstration machines from commonly available recycled materials such as paper towel tubes, toothpicks, cardboard, cotton and other items. The more Rube Goldbergish the design, the better.
A marble race through a maze would demonstrate the principles of Newton's Laws. The projects were mounted on poster board. The object was to drop a marble into a device at the top of the board. The marble which took the longest amount of time to reach the container at the bottom would be the winner. Students were not allowed to touch the marble or the project once it had been dropped.
The students created their mazes. They planned their designs and then constructed the mazes using the specified materials.
After each team demonstrated their maze, they read from a printed explanation of how each part of their design demonstrated each of Newton's principles.
Some minor glitches developed but all the teams were successful with their runs. Eight teams competed in the event. The team of Cayce Barry and Tye Ward designed and constructed the winning entry.

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Area students among ACTIONS Day winners
About 650 students from 27 high schools participated in ACTIONS Day on March 28 at Central Community College-Hastings.
ACTIONS, which stands for "Academic Competition That Inspires Our Nation's Scholars," featured exams in 40 areas. Each student took at least two exams. Trophies were awarded to the students who placed in the top five in each area.
Participating high schools were Adams Central in Hastings, Alma, Bertrand, Blue Hill, Bruning-Davenport, Chambers, Doniphan-Trumbull, Exeter-Milligan, Franklin, Gibbon, Harvard, Hastings, Kenesaw, Lawrence-Nelson, Loomis, McCool Junction, Meridian in Daykin, Red Cloud, Sandy Creek in Fairfield, Shelton, Shickley, Silver Lake in Roseland, Superior, Sutton, Thayer Central in Hebron, Wilcox-Hildreth and Wood River. Results for area students were:
Accounting ­ 9th: Taylor Harrington, Lawrence-Nelson.
Agriculture ­ 4th: Nicki Kirchhoff, Superior.
Algebra 1 ­ 7th: Megan Miller, Superior. 9th: Wyatt Schuster, Superior.
American Geography ­ 6th: Brody Himmelberg, Lawrence-Nelson.
American Government ­ 4th: Riley Kucera, Lawrence-Nelson.
American History ­ 2nd: Micah Dolnicek, Lawrence-Nelson. 5th: Trevin Kotinek, Lawrence-Nelson. 10th: Jedd Whitmore, Superior.
Anatomy ­ 8th: Kaylee Kathman, Lawrence-Nelson.
Astronomy ­ 2nd: Sedonah Franzen, Superior. 9th: John Sullivan, Superior.
Biology ­ 3rd: Annie McCartin, Lawrence-Nelson.
Chemistry ­ 3rd: Wyatt Schuster, Superior. 6th: Trenten Theis, Superior.
Electricity ­ 1st: Sedonah Franzen, Superior. 4th: Brenden Jensen, Superior. 6th: Braden Frasier, Superior.
English 2 ­ 9th: Payton Frahm, Superior.
Family and Consumer Science ­ 9th: Ashley Rand, Superior.
First Aid ­ 1st: Nicki Kirchhoff, Superior. 3rd: Mattee Kucera, Lawrence-Nelson. 5th: Megan Wheeland, Lawrence-Nelson. 9th: Kaylee Kathman, Lawrence-Nelson. 10th: Adin Leibel, Superior.
Fractions ­ 6th: Kalynn Meyer, Superior. 7th: Trisha Hayes, Superior.
General Math ­ 9th: Trenten Theis, Superior.
Geometry ­ 10th: Emma Schnakenberg, Superior.
Meterology ­ 2nd: John Sullivan, Superior.
Nicknames ­ 2nd: Adin Leibel, Superior.
Oceanography ­ 3rd: Brody Himmelberg, Lawrence-Nelson. 8th: Jacob Sharp, Lawrence-Nelson. 9th: Lane Heikkinen, Lawrence-Nelson.
Physical Science ­ 7th: Jessica Himmelberg, Lawrence-Nelson.
Potpourri ­ 1st: Austinn Elledge, Superior.
Psychology ­ 1st: Sedonah Franzen, Superior.
Spelling ­ 7th: Jayden Simmons, Superior.
Sports ­ 3rd: Brody Himmelberg, Lawrence-Nelson.
Syllabication ­ 1st: Brandi Mazour, Lawrence-Nelson. 4th: Hallie Epley, Lawrence-Nelson.
Vocabulary ­ 3rd: Jayden Simmons, Superior. 7th: Emily Himmelberg, Lawrence-Nelson.
World Geography ­ 10th: Cody Buescher, Lawrence-Nelson.
World History ­ 4th: Taran Zoltenko, Superior. 5th: Trevin Kotinek, Lawrence-Nelson. 7th: Micah Dolnicek, Lawrence-Nelson. 10th: Riley Kucera, Lawrence-Nelson.
World War II ­ 4th: Taran Zoltenko, Superior. 7th: Micah Dolnicek, Lawrence-Nelson. 9th: Trevin Kotinek, Lawrence-Nelson.
Zoology ­ 6th: Makenna Jensen, Superior.

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Superior students celebrate Week of the Young Child
Week of the Young Child is being celebrated nationally this week. Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Superior elementary preschool through third grade students are participating in a variety of activities focused on "Hopping into the Future," this year's theme. Students have decorated badges for themselves and a family member to wear during the week. Students have also designed various posters that are displayed in area businesses to celebrate.
The week will end with student performances in a talent show in the elementary gym from 12:30 to 2 p.m. today (Thursday). After the talent show, grandparents are encouraged to participate in a "Grand Hour" where students' grandparents are invited to participate in fun classroom activities from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Superior Elementary staff and students encourage families and communities members to join in the excitement.

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