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Eighty Years Ago
Nearly half a million gallons of water per day was being pumped to satisfy the needs of Superior consumers.
The Superior City Council gave its final approval to the Sunday closing ordinance. The ordinance provided that no sale of groceries or meats could take place on Sunday.
George Ewing, 65, died. He was a Nelson resident and a retired state food inspector.
Peder Block, 70, died from injuries received from an exploding oil barrel at Bostwick earlier in the month. He was a Bostwick resident.
A one and a half ton Dodge stake truck was selling for $690 at Ruth and Aldrich, Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Petticoat Fever," starring Myrna Loy and Robert Montgomery.
Seventy Years Ago
Mark Gilliland, 63, died. He was a Superior police officer and resident.
The days of road overseers and road districts was coming to an end in Nuckolls County. There were 16 road districts in the county and they would be consolidated into one department.
Hans Mickelsen, 87, died. He was a Ruskin resident.
Two carnival workers absconded with $60, the proceeds from the Ferris wheel ride concession at Superior.
Certo liquid pectin was 24 cents for an eight ounce package at Lester Roder's IGA Supermarket in Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Tangier," starring Maria Montez and Robert Page.
Sixty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Ross, Webber, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
The Nuckolls County Fair was underway at the fairgrounds near Nelson.
Augustus "Guss" Smith, 64, died. He was a Superior resident.
Ed Troudt, Nelson, had his miniature train set up at the Nuckolls County Fair. It featured a coal-burning steam locomotive and 600 feet of track for passengers to ride around.
A Dearborn evaporative cooler was $59.95 at Mullet's in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Forbidden Planet," starring Walter Pidgeon and Anne Francis."
Fifty Years Ago
A Sutherland, Neb., couple were killed instantly in a head-on automobile collision on Highway 8, just east of the Superior city limits.
A Gamble-Skagamo store was set to open in Superior at Fourth and Commercial.
A fire caused by lightning did extensive damage to the G. F. Lacy home in Nelson.
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. McCutcheon leased the Union Coffee Shop in Superior.
Fryer parts were 59 cents per pound at the Superior Safeway.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Frankie and Johnny," starring Elvis Presley.
Forty Years Ago
A New Mexico man was killed when he was thrown from his vehicle when it overturned on the Webber road.
The Superior Elks Club was burglarized twice in one week with the thieves making off with cash on both occasions.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Menke, Lawrence, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Earl Cowger, 86, died. He was a Superior resident and retired owner of a wholesale grocery business.
Fryer parts were 89 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was showing Walt Disney's "Peter Pan."
Thirty Years Ago
Vandals discharged a fire extinguisher on the walls of Superior's First Presbyterian Church and destroyed a film projector when they dumped paint on it. A reward was offered for their arrest and conviction,
Beck and Berniece Kaldahl celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Dewey Riley, 87, died. He was a Superior resident and retired after 57 years of service at Superior's Ideal Cement company.
Virgil Lowery, 90, died. He was a Davenport resident and a retired farmer.
Steers weighing 500 to 600 pounds sold in the $62 to $67.50 range at the Superior Livestock Commission sale.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Space Camp."
Twenty Years Ago
A lightning strike started a fire at the Roger Wilton residence east of Superior. The fire caused more than $75,000 in damage to a machine shed and equipment.
A ground breaking ceremony for the Superior Good Samaritan Center's congregate living apartments was held.
Carolyn and Brian Brzon, Republic, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Thomas Hudson, 85, died. He was a Superior resident and a nationally published cartoonist.
Thomas Enghoff, 79, died. He was a Superior resident.
Ten Years Ago
Fred Troudt, Superior, celebrated his 100th birthday.
The temperature in Superior reached 108 degrees.
Elmer and Maxine Rempe celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
The Guide Rock Volunteer Fire Department added two vehicles to its fleet. One was a 1,000 gallon tanker truck and the other was a brush fire-rescue combination.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Monster House."
Five Years Ago
A small, severe storm caused severe damage in Superior and the surrounding area. Heavy rain and high winds caused flooding and structural damage.
The Superior school system announced a delayed start to the school year because of the uncertainty concerning the completion of the new elementary school.
Ina Persinger, Superior, celebrated her 100th birthday,
Allan Sole, 73, died. He was a Nelson resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Mr. Popper's Penguins" and "Zookeeper."
One Year Ago
Mike Mead was sworn in as a district county court judge to replace the late Michael Offner.
Elaine Madsen celebrated her 90th birthday.
Sadie Simonton, Davenport, celebrated her 100th birthday.
US281, south of Red Cloud, was closed while the BNSF Railroad replaced the highway crossing.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Max."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Traffic Court
Ryan Joel Cates, Jewell, speeding, $75.
David A. Durr, Superior, overweight single axle or group of axles by 8,800 lbs., $750; CMV-tire steer, $50; reciprocity plates overweight by 3,900 lbs., $100.
Gary S. George, Hebron, CMV-marking, $50; CMV-suspension general, $25.
John Henry Seyfert, Encampment, Wyo., speeding, $25
Lonny R. Kosmicki, Gibbon, speeding; $25.
County Civil Court
Credit Bureau Services Inc. vs. Joann Newman, Nelson, judgment entered.
Real Estate Tranfers
Ray Biltoft, Cheri Biltoft to Locke H. Pierce, Jolynn Pierce, Lot 6 in Block 4, North Superior.
David F. Sellers, Lavena Sellers to Ricky D. Steinhour, Rose E. Fringer, Part Lot 1 in Block 25, Original Town of Nelson.
Karen A. Thayer, Kathy J. Follmer to Alltel Communications of Nebraska ­DBA Verizon Wireless, W 12 24-3-7; Part NW 14 SW 14 24-3-7; Part NW 14 SW 14 24-3-7.

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Sacred Heart Sewing Circle celebrates 100th anniversary
In 1916, Mary Becker, Teresa Kassmeyer and Mary Pohlmeier joined together to organize the Sacred Heart Sewing Circle at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Lawrence. The avowed mission of the group was to provide financial aid to the church through their needle work skills. The organizers enrolled 60 members over the course of the first year with membership dues, assessed at $2.60, granting paid up membership status through 1936.
The members met twice weekly to assemble and sew orders placed for quilts, bonnets and other items. The sewing circle did not confine its efforts solely to sewing activities. They assisted with other parish activities including fitting out bazaar and picnic booths at church functions and setting up needlework stands.
For 100 years the group has strived to fulfill its mission . The following figures will attest to their success over the past century. The sewing circle has produced an average of 20 quilts per year for the past 100 years. Other articles produced by the organization are too numerous to tabulate.
From its inception in 1916 through 1924, proceeds from the sale of their items was allocated to the Altar Society. This amount to more than $2,200 which assisted with the financing of the pulpit and several of the stained glass windows of the church. From 1916 to 1943 the sewing circle contributed more than $17,600 to be expended for the benefit of the church and its buildings.
The group altered course in 1990 when they made the decision to apply their contributions for larger church projects rather than the Altar Society. In 1998. More than $4,000 of sewing circle generated funds were utilized to renovate the rest rooms in the church basement. Since 2006, more than $13,000 has been expended for repairs to the rectory and furniture for the rectory, installation of sidewalks by the church, a sprinkler system for the church lawn and painting the interior of Sacred Heart Church.
In the early years of the organization, the members quilted in the Club Room, located in the basement of Sacred Heart School. When that space was required for use as a school library, they relocated to the Sacred Heart convent. In 1987 the group moved their location to their current location at the Lawrence Funeral Chapel through an arrangement brokered between the Lawrence Improvement Association and the Merten-Butler Mortuary. The group utilizes the back rooms. They, in turn, provide cleaning services for the mortuary and have it ready at all times for funeral services. The current members who assist with the housekeeping duties are Delores Kucera, Lois Kohmetscher, Lula Ostdiek, Patty Hubl, Martha Faimon, Dorothy Kotinek, Delores Kresbach, Margie Pohlmeier, Ludvina Lemke an LaVona Howard.
Shortly after they moved to their new location members painted the funeral chapel. Members who participated in the project were Helen Kohmetscher, Kathleen Kohmetscher, Alice Kohmetscher, Delores Kucera, Norma Beyke, Verena Mazour, Margie Pohlmeier, Ludvina Lemke, Delores Krebsbach and Rose Janda.
Quilting has always been the main focus of the sewing circle. Thursday was the day the members gathered to work together on the quilts. When Lawrence initiated the Keenagers program and meal, which met on the third Thursday of each month, quilting was done on Friday's. Thursday afternoon remains quilting time. Beginning in 1992, and continuing sporadically after that date, the group occasionally added Monday sessions to their schedule.
Membership participation in quilting has ebbed and flowed over the years. There have been occasions when as many as 30 members were quilting together. In 1984, the number of members varied between eight and 10. They averaged an output of 12 to 15 quilts per year. Currently there are 10 members who quilt regularly and produce 12 to 15 quilts per year.
There has never been a lack of demand for their quilts. In 1991, there was a waiting list of 20 quilts. Each quilt is handmade and can require several weeks to several months to complete depending on the complexity of the quilt.
Unlike many organizations, the sewing circle does not have a formal roster of officers. Rather, one individual is designated as the group leader. This position has been held over the past 100 years by Emma Kucera, Emma Krebsbach, Ludvina Lemke, Rose Buschkoetter, Agnes Niehaus, Margaret Kroening, Margie Pohlmeier, Alice Kohmetscher with Delores Krebsbach and Betty Kucera being the current leaders.
A single individual oversees the sewing circle and arranging the quilts for assembly. This person ensures there are always one or two quilts in a frame and that need supplies such as needles and thread are supplied for the quilters. Individuals also serve as needle threaders, ensuring a supply of threaded needles are available for the quilters.
One member is charged with tracking the progress of the quilt as it is assembled. The member ascertains the type of quilt, the number of hours expended on the hand quilting and costs the quilting materials. Another member is responsible for placing the design on the quilt if this requested by other quilters.
The sewing circle made the decision to keep accurate records of their accomplishments. Members began a scrapbook which contained pictures of the quilts, the name of the purchaser and their location. Photos of the sewing circle members were also included. The scrapbooks contained the photos of 542 quilts in 2015.
In its earlier years, the sewing circle priced quilts at five dollars each. Over the years, the cost of materials rose and prices were adjusted accordingly. In 1980, one member did some cost accounting and ascertained the amount of money received per quilt netted the group and average of two cents for each hour of work invested in the project. The low rate of return did nothing to deter the members from their project.
A price increase went into effect in 1992 when a rate of 50 cents per hour was instituted. The current rate is one dollar per hour of labor. The total amount of labor is arrived at by figuring the number of hours each quilter contributes to a quilt. The figures for each month of quilting are recorded in a book with each quilter entering their name and amount of hours they worked on each quilt. The fees for a single quilt vary greatly, from $30 to $200, based on the size and the degree of pattern complexity and difficulty of each piece.
The sewing circle dedicated time during the month of December to celebrate their accomplishments. They would have a meal at a restaurant, hold a pot luck dinner in the church basement, visit fellow member's homes and play cards. The current members gather for a meal at Dick's Place, Lawrence, and peruse the scrap books to review their production output for the year and past years.
The group celebrated their 75th anniversary in August, 1991, with a quilt show and open house in the Sacred Heart Church basement. At this point in the organization's history there were 13 members: Ludvina Lemke, Alice Kohmetscher, Norma Kimminau, Margie Pohlmeier, Delores Krebsbach, Blanche Mazour, Martha Faimon, Pearl Schroer, Kathleen Kohmetscher, Eleanor Theer, Sally Menke, Loretta Reiman and Rose Buschkoetter. Krebsbach, Menke. Faimon and A. Kohmetscher are still active members of the group along with Glenda Herz, Eleanor Schendt, Betty Kucera, Doris Hoelting, Delores Kucera and Betty Kucera. Betty Kucera pieced a Star quilt which the sewing circle quilted. It was won by Janice Mazour in the raffle sponsored at the quilt show.
Another quilt show followed at Sacred Heart School in 1993 to recognize the 100th anniversary of the founding of Sacred Heart Church.
The sewing circle often received donated quilt tops. The members would then quilt them and they would be raffled at church events. The parish hosted parish picnics for many years which featured fried chicken dinners. The completed quilt would be raffled at these events. The parish picnics evolved into the Hunter's Smorgasbord which featured a Thanksgiving meal served on the first Sunday of November. The Thanksgiving meal tradition continues to this day with a quilt being raffled.
To celebrate their 100th anniversary, the Sacred Heart Sewing Circle is sponsoring a quilt show, Sunday, August 7, in the Sacred Heart Church basement, Lawrence, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The show will display many of the hand-crafted quilts the sewing circle has quilted over the years. The Sacred Heart Altar Society is offering a pie and ice cream social in conjunction with the quilt show. The show and the social will be open to the public.
The sewing circle members have crafted a special quilt for the quilt show. The embroidery blocks for the quilt were donated by Eleanor Theer. They were embroidered by Delores Krebsbach, Betty Kucera and Doris Hoelting. The quilt was pieced by Glenda Herz.

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SHS students travel to Wayne for leadership workshop
A contingent of 16 Superior High School students traveled to Wayne, Neb, arriving, Tuesday, July 19 and departing Wayne, Saturday. The Superior students joined more than 300 other students from across Nebraska for the LAUNCH Leadership Workshop. The theme of the 2016 workshop was "Camping is in tents: Workshop is intense!"
The highlight of the event was the group playing "Pandemic," a large-scale, live playing exercise based on the board game of the same name. The goal of the game was to defend Wayne from an outbreak of "Cold Pricklies," forces which work against leaders. The particpants were treated to a banquet, a dance and "Candles on the Hill."

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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.