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From our early files

Eighty Years Ago
The cutting of trees on the North Ward School grounds was the occasion for storm in Superior. Citizens, who as school children in the 1890s, helped plant the trees, felt deeply hurt at seeing them destroyed.
The annual White Rock picnic which pays homage to the early settlers along that creek was held at the Old Settlers picnic ground located northeast of Lovewell.
J. W. Boyd, Superior, was appointed acting county judge by the board of county commissioners while Doane Kiechel recovered from a severe illness.
Alice Henby Savin, 72, died. She moved to Nuckolls County in 1868.
Lemons were 29 cents per dozen at the Superior Safeway.
The Lyric Theatre was showing "Little Man What Now," starring Margaret Sullivan and Douglas Montgomery.
Seventy Years Ago
Pvt. Donald McKay was wounded in action in France.
Andrew Tangdall, 79, died. He was a Superior resident for the past 50 years.
PFC. Elvan Smith, Superior, was awarded the Purple Heart for a head wound he received in France. He had since returned to action.
The Superior Country Club golf tournament attracted 62 players.
Palmolive brushless shave cream was 27 cents at the Superior Hested store.
The Lyric Theatre was showing "Swing Fever," starring Kay Kyser.
Sixty Years Ago
Pfc. Arnold Ross, Hardy, was serving in Korea with the 3rd Infantry Division.
Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Graham, Superior, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Henry (Jay) Grove, 93, died. He had been a resident of Nebraska for 85 years and lived in the Cadams community since 1909.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hansen leased the Union Cafe from Mrs. M.J. Kilgore.
Men's Kirkendall engineers boots were $14.95 at Dale's Shoe repair in Superior.
A 1954 Oldsmobile "88" 2 door sedan was $2,396.62 at Superior's Linn Motor Company.
The Crest Theatre as showing "The Elephant Walk," starring Elizabeth Taylor and Dana Andrews.
Fifty Years Ago
E. L. Shuck, Superior, celebrated his 90th birthday.
Martha Matson, Superior, celebrated her 95th birthday.
The Superior Country Club Open attracted 104 golfers.
Ferdinand Brockman, 87, died. He was a retired farmer in the Lawrence community.
Fully cooked ham butt portions were 39 cents per pound at the Superior Safeway.
The Crest Theatre was screening "The Prize," starring Paul Newman and Elke Sommer.
Forty Years Ago
George Kettlehut, 68, Byron, was one of four area residents killed in a fiery motor vehicle accident near Miles City, Mont.
Ground was officially broken for the Superior medical clinic building, located east of the Brodstone Memorial Hospital building.
Sister Hubertine Rempe celebrated her 50th anniversary as a Franciscan nun and Father John Ostdiek celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination as a Franciscan priest in ceremonies at St, Stephen's Church.
The Hardy school building was sold at auction for $125. Arlo Doehring, the buyer, donated the property to the Village of Hardy for use as a playground and ballfield.
Butter was 79 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Old Yeller."
Thirty Years Ago
A circulating machine used for laboratory testing caught fire at Brodstone Memorial Hospital.
The B & S Tire Market, Superior, was damaged by a fire. The building was not extensively damaged but all new tires were destroyed as a safety precaution.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Greenburg, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Mona Mackie, 71, died. She was a Guide Rock resident.
Ohse all beef hot dogs were $1.19 at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre as showing "Gremlins," starring Hoyt Axton.
Twenty Years Ago
A cement taxiway replaced a deteriorating asphalt one at the Superior Municipal Airport.
The Guide Rock Rural Fire District purchased a fire truck at the cost of $103,814.
Carroll Troudt was recognized for his 25 years of coaching at Lawrence High School. He had coached football, girls and boys basketball, girls track and cross country.
Sliced bacon was $1.19 per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was showing "It Could Happen To You" and "Angels in the Outfield."
Ten Years Ago
Area fishermen were warned of the threat from invasive zebra mussels.
The Kleen Shop, Ruskin, was purchased by Steve Dornbieser, Deshler.
George, Sr. and Anna Kniep celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.
Verla Roe, 92, died. She was a 4-H leader and worked at the Superior Coast to Coast store.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Garfield: The Movie" and "The Bourne Supremacy."
Five years Ago
Three area libraries, Superior, Bruning and Nelson, received grant funds for the purchase and installation of computers.
The Nelson Good Samaritan Center celebrated 46 years of caring in the community. Ground was broken for Brodstone Memorial Hospital's $8.2 million expansion project.
Ron and Betty Schott, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
Eugene "Bud" Schultz, 90, died. He was a lifelong Ruskin community resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra."
One Year Ago
Pilings were driven as construction commenced on the Aurora Co-op shuttle grain loading facility on the east edge of Superior.
William "Bill" Corman, 91, died. He was a lifelong Nuckolls County resident.
Guide Rock celebrated Pa-Hur Days.
Donna Gillan celebrated her 85th birthday.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Despicable Me 2," and "The Heat."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Court, traffic
Speeding: Kevin G. Draper, Amarillo, Texas, $25; Elizabeth A. Kozlowski, Clay Center, Kan., $25; Levi Schultz, Superior, $25; Dalton Barth, Superior, $25; Katherine Longly, Omaha, $25; Dung Tran, Omaha, $125; Jeffrey Brown, Raymond, $25.
Rodolfo Canul-Gonzalez, Bryan, Texas, speeding, $25; no operator's license, $75.
Len Herrick, Franklin, overweight single axles or group of axles by 1,700 pounds, $25.
County Court, criminal
State of Nebraska vs. Juan Garcia, Superior, garbage removal required; $25.
State of Nebraska vs. Lesley Cox, Superior, six counts issue bad check, less than $200 each; $30 fine for each count.
State of Nebraska vs. Lesley Cox, Superior, theft, unlawful taking, $201 to $499, $100.
State of Nebraska vs. Amber Reiman, Superior, attempt of Class 1 misdemeaner, sell or procure alcohol for minor, $300.
State of Nebraska vs. Stephany Benton, issue bad check less than $200, $50.
Andrew J. Casterline, Nashville, Tenn., driving under suspension, $300, license revoked for one year; possession of K2 or marijuana, one ounce or less, $300.
Real estate transfers
Sue Ann Lang, trustee for the Barbara E. Schroeder Revocable Trust, to Jeffrey John Guilkey, Susan Louise Guilkey, N 70 Ft Lot 1 in Block 3, Hunters First Addition and 10 Ft Vacated Strip of 13th St. of Superior.
Josephine Sanner to Robert J. Menke, Jean M. Menke, Lots 7 and 8 in Block 5, First Addition of Lawrence.
Verdell J. Bohling to Edwin M. Goodteacher, Tonya L. Goodteacher, Lots 11 and 12 in Block 3, Original Town of Ruskin.
Patricia A. File, James Edward File to Blake Barry W 50 Ft Lot 2 in Block 34, East Superior of Superior.

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Superior pool ends season with fundraiser
The Superior Municipal Swimming Pool held its final swim sessions Sunday. Closing day featured a pool party hosted by Dayne Clark. Clark often travels to Omaha with his younger brother, Levi, who has chemotherapy treatments at the Children's Hospital. Dayne noticed that when young patients received a treatment, they were rewarded with a selection from the "prize box." He came to appreciate the positive role these rewards played in the lives of the patients as they progressed through their treatment regimen and decided he wanted to raise money and awareness for the program.
He decided a pool party was the perfect event to sponsor for a fund raiser. He held the pool fest Sunday. His goal was to raise funds to resupply the "prize box" with items. The result was more than $700 and three large totes of new toys were donated for the Oncology-Hematology Clinic and Infusion Center at the Children's Hospital, Omaha.
More than 125 members of the community participated in swimming and took part in games supervised by the pool staff. Bev Czirr, pool manager, reported no injuries or rescues were recorded this season.

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Corn board announces new board members, officers
Two new board members were appointed to the Nebraska Corn Board at the start of the 2014-15 fiscal year. Brandon Hunnicutt, a farmer from Giltner, was appointed to District 3, and John Greer, a farmer from Edgar, was appointed to District 2. Alan Tiemann, a farmer from Seward, was reelected by the board to serve in the at-large position.
Brandon Hunnicutt is a fourth generation farmer who farms with his dad and brother. They raise corn, soybeans, popcorn and seed corn. Hunnicutt graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in agribusiness. He has been involved with the Hamilton County Corn Growers and with the Nebraska Corn Growers Association as past president. He served as past president and secretary of the Nebraska Agriculture Technologies Association, board member of the Hamilton County Farm Bureau and is a member of the Nebraska Soybean Association and the Agriculture Builders of Nebraska. On a national level, he is past chairman of the grower services action team for the National Corn Growers Association and currently sit on the trade policy and biotech action team. He and his wife, Lisa, have seven children and live on the farmstead that has been in the family for more than 100 years.
John Greer is the fourth generation to farm his family's farm in northern Nuckolls County. Greer raises irrigated corn and soybeans and has a 90 head cow-calf operation. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1971 with a degree in agricultural education and a minor in animal science. He has formerly served on the Davenport School Board, South Central Cattlemen board of directors, Nebraska Cattlemen board of directors, and was also a 4-H leader. His current leadership roles include serving as the president of the South Central Public Power board of directors, Edgar rural fire board, Davenport United Methodist Church board and trail captain for the National Pony Express Association. He, and his wife, Lynn, are the parents of two married daughters who are also involved in production agriculture.
With the addition of two new board members, the Nebraska Corn Board met on Thursday and elected officers during their meeting in Lincoln.
Tim Scheer, District 5 director from St. Paul, was reelected to remain chairman of the board.
David Merrell, District 7 director from St. Edward, was elected to serve as vice-chairman of the board. He formerly served as the secretary-treasurer.
Dennis Gengenbach, District 6 director from Smithfield, was elected to serve as secretary-treasurer of the board.
Alan Tiemann, at-large director from Seward, will continue to serve as the past-chairman of the board.
"In an unmatched time in agriculture, we welcome two new board members," said Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board. "They, along with our officer team, will play a dynamic role in helping the Nebraska economy through its market development, research, promotion, education, and in supporting the mission and vision for Nebraska's 23,000 corn producers that invest in the corn checkoff."
Greer and Hunnicutt's appointments concluded the service of Mark Jagels of Davenport (District 2) and Curt Friesen of Henderson (District 3).
"We are grateful to Mark and Curt for their years of dedicated service on the Nebraska Corn Board," Brunkhorst said. "Through their passion for leadership to the corn, livestock, export and ethanol industries, they have made unprecedented history in the impact the corn checkoff has had in Nebraska and around the globe."

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Photo ID to vote bill brings threat of lawsuit
By Demetria Stephens, Nebraska News Service
March 7, 2013
LINCOLN ­ Nebraskans want some kind of voter ID law, but a senator's second attempt to bring such a bill misses the mark, according to Secretary of State John Gale.
Larry Dix, executive director of the Nebraska Association of County Officials, read Gale's statement during Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on Legislative Bill 381, Thursday, March 7. The bill, introduced by Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont, would require Nebraskans to show a photo ID when voting. Janssen, a candidate in the 2014 governor's race, introduced a similar bill last year, which failed.
Former senator Brenda Council of Omaha said LB381 might be unconstitutional. Amy Miller, ACLU Nebraska legal director, and Adam Morfeld, the Nebraskans for Civic Reform executive director, agreed. Morfeld said his group of 27 Nebraska organizations would sue the state if the bill passes.
"Voting is a fundamental constitutional right, not only the U.S. constitution," she said. "But I urge the members of this committee and the Legislature as a whole to not forget the Nebraska Constitution."
The Nebraska constitution prohibits anything hindering a qualified voter, which is a registered voter, she said.
Thirty-three states now have voter ID laws, with one of the strictest being Indiana. Janssen based LB381 on that law. His bill would make the Department of Motor Vehicles offer a state identification card at no cost to a voters who can't afford another government photo ID. Mail ballots wouldn't require a photo ID, unless it was the person's first time voting. Anyone who doesn't provide the ID at the polls would have to cast a provisional ballot, which means voting officials have to verify the person's identity.
Janssen was amending the bill to allow election officials in rural areas to vouch for the identity of voters if they forget to bring their ID to vote. He cited a 2012 report by the Pew Center on the States that found 24 million U.S. voter registrations, or one out of eight, were no longer valid or significantly inaccurate.
"The report also found 1.8 million dead people listed as voters and 2.75 million people registered in more than one state," he said.
But because Nebraska hasn't had widespread voting fraud, Gale said the bill might not be appropriate for the state. Gale's statement was read in a neutral position. Other opponents said the bill could reduce the amount of people who vote by putting up barriers. Some groups who might be hurt included students and adopted children who might be on the move, and people who can't easily travel such as the elderly and disabled, including veterans.
Former judge Jan Gradwohl said veterans might be in homes or hospitals and not able to go to the Department of Motor Vehicle to get the ID required by this bill.
"Here are people who have fought for the right to vote and who would be themselves unable to vote," she said.
Supporter Marty Brown, vice president of Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom, said the American flag in the hearing room reminded him of his service in the military in 1965. People spit on him when he returned from service, he said.
"We don't have any respect for that flag," he said. "In reference to LB381, we'd give some of that respect back."


March. 6, 2013

Tax breaks for wind energy could attract development, revenue
By Joseph Moore, Nebraska News Service
LINCOLN ­ Nebraska would become one of only two states in the country that offer tax credits for renewable energy generation under a bill introduced by Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha.
The Legislature's Revenue Committee heard testimony March 6 on LB 411.
The bill would offer a new tax incentive for solar, wind, biomass and landfill gas energy producers just as the federal tax credit on renewable energy production is set to expire at the end of 2013.
"Us having something like this in place would make us a magnet for renewable energy developers," Nordquist said. He said the tax incentive would give Nebraska a competitive advantage over other states in attracting investment in renewables.
Currently, only Oklahoma offers a production-based tax credit on renewable energy.
Despite covering several categories of renewable energy, Nordquist said the bill's goal is to attract wind developers.
Nebraska currently ranks fourth in the nation in wind resources, according to the American Wind Energy Association. The state had 260 wind turbines operating in 2012 with a total capacity of 459 megawatts, providing 2.9 percent of Nebraska's power.
By comparison, Iowa, which ranks seventh in the nation in wind resources, had a total wind energy capacity of 4,536 megawatts and generated more than 18 percent of its power from wind in 2011, according to the American Wind Energy Association.
Even with plentiful wind resources, Nebraska is falling behind neighboring states in wind energy production.
Nordquist's bill would provide a tax credit of .5 cents for each kilowatt-hour of electricity generated from a renewable source. That amount would increase to a peak of 1.5 cents between 2015 and 2017, dropping back down to .5 cents after 2019.
Producers would be eligible for the credit for up to eight years.
The estimated cost to the state for these tax credits is about $2 million for the fiscal year 2014-2015.
Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus asked if the tax credit is necessary to attract developers considering Nebraska's abundant wind resources.
Richard Lombardi, representing the Wind Coalition, a nonprofit group that advocates for wind energy production, responded by saying that the energy market is heavily subsidized and energy producers are forced to go where the incentives are greatest.
"Tax policy is everything in energy policy," he said.
Lombardi said the state, and particularly rural areas, would benefit from an increase in wind energy production. "Wind projects become one of the largest taxpayers," he said.
David Levy, representing Midwest Wind Energy, a wind farm development company with operations in Nebraska, agreed that the tax credit is necessary to attract more investment.
"Other states' tax incentives put Nebraska at a disadvantage," he said.
Levy said Midwest Wind Energy projects in Custer, Knox and Boone counties would generate an estimated $66 million in local and state tax revenue over the next 10 years, adding, "We would like to build more projects in Nebraska."
No one testified against the bill.
Nordquist said the committee would hear testimony on a number of related bills and encouraged members to consider some form of incentive for renewable energy development.