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Eighty Years Ago
Omar Marshall, 44, died when the shotgun he removed from his vehicle, muzzle first, discharged striking him in the abdomen. He was a Superior resident.
Jane Hawley Felt, a Superior resident, died.
The Chicago& North Western railroad restored daily freight train service to Superior.
Two Superior boys, Rex Knothe and Michael Meier, went to Lincoln to compete in a marbles tournament with boys from Catholic parishes in the diocese.
Pure Test cod liver oil was $1.01 for two pints at Geo. L. Fisher & Co., Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Strike Me Pink," starring Eddie Cantor.
Seventy Years Ago
Ted Rumery, a Superior City Light and Power employee, was severely burned when he came in contact with a 11,500 volt electric power line. He was atop a house being moved and his head struck the wire. He was expected to recover.
Clay Langer's Guernsey bull broke loose in Superior and pawed around a house in Superior. Langer went to retrieve the bull armed with a pitchfork but dropped it and went up a tree in nothing flat when the bull charged. Two blasts from a 12 gauge shotgun sent the bull peacefully home.
Thelma Amack Keifer, Bostwick, died.
John Hintz, 84, died. He had been a Nuckolls County resident since 1882.
Baby chicks were available at the Bossemeyer Hatchery in Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Captain Kidd," starring Charles Laughton and Randolph Scott.
Sixty Years Ago
Corn detassleing recruitment for the summer was underway in Superior. More than 200 youths would be needed for the July project.
Earl Kincannon, 70, died. He was a lifelong Nuckolls County resident.
Arabelle Hanna was sworn in as mayor of Superior She was the only female mayor in Nebraska.
A group of 25 Superior students and adults boarded a special Burlington train to Denver for a day of sight-seeing and educational events .
Madalyn's Style Shop in Superior held a 10th anniversary sale.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Come Next Spring," starring Ann Sheridan and Steve Cochran.
Fifty Years Ago
The First Presbyterian Church of Nelson observed its 90th anniversary.
Helen Schiermeyer Heil, 51, died from burns received when the Heil farm home, southwest of Lawrence, was destroyed by fire earlier in the month.
Mayme Mathiesen, 79, died. She was a lifelong Superior resident.
James Phillips, 88, died. He was a Superior resident and a painter.
Pink Lady liquid detergent was 39 cents for a quart bottle at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Flight of the Phoenix, starring James Stewart and Richard Attenborough.
Forty Years Ago
A single-engine Beech Bonanza airplane made an emergency landing on Lovewell Lake. The pilot and passenger escaped without injury. The plane sank in 25 feet of water.
Funnel clouds hail, rain and high winds swept across Jewell, Republic and Thayer counties leaving a path of destruction behind. Buildings and vehicles were destroyed and some injuries were reported.
Mr. and Mrs. Gail Hudiburgh, Superior, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.
Hazel Bossemeyer, 76, died. She was a Superior resident.
Fresh ground beef was 68 cents per pound at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "American Graffiti."
Thirty Years Ago
Carl Gebers, 91, died. He was a farmer in the Byron community.
Floyd Sisson, 86, died. He was a Webber resident.
Alfred Deterding, 93, died. He was a Ruskin community resident.
Eva Mazour, 90, died, She was a lifelong resident of the Lawrence community.
Superior's Ideal Market held a 37th anniversary sale.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Murphy's Romance," starring Garner and Sally Fields.
Twenty Years Ago
A drop box was installed at the Auld Doudna Library at Guide Rock.
Forrest and Vera Dempsey, Formoso, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
The musical group, "The Farmerettes," observed their 35th anniversary.
A memorial tree was planted in front of the Nuckolls County Courthouse to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Oklahoma City bomb blast.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Birdcage," starring Robin Williams and Gene Hackman, and "Upclose and Personal."
Ten Years Ago
Leo Zadina, emergency manager for Region 13, which included Nuckolls, Webster and Thayer counties, announced his retirement.
Bill and Bev Rogers, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Bernard Schroer, 54, died. He was a 1970 Lawrence High School graduate
Maxine Hays Diehl, 85, died. She was a Superior resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Ice Age: The Meltdown" and "The Benchwarmers."
Five Years Ago
Terri Jo Vaupel Ferris, 55, died in an automobile accident in North Carolina. She was a 1973 Superior High School graduate.
Gwen Petersen, Superior, celebrated her 92nd birthday.
The Nuckolls County Board made the decision not to share the emergency manager position with other counties.
Margaret Briggs Myers, 86, died. She was a Nuckolls county resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Mars Needs Moms" and "Source Code."
One Year Ago
Elk Creek Country Club, Nelson, completed construction of a new golf cart shed with stalls holding forty carts
A record number of exhibitors were in attendance at the annual Nuckolls County Health and Wellness Fair held at the Superior High School gymnasium.
Thomas Johnson, 63, died. He was a retired Superior police officer.
Brodstone Memorial Hospital was awarded a five-star rating from the government. Only 251 of 3,500 hospitals across the United States achieved the highest rating.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Home."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Court, traffic
Speeding: Foster W. Galaway, Edgar, $25; Delmer E. Kent, Hastings, $25; Emily K. Delka, Lincoln, $125; Levi M. Schultz, Ruskin, $25; Chad Theador Mickel, York, $125.
Francis Joseph Froehlich, Tripp, S.D., CMV-brake general, $50.
County Court, civil
Merchants Credit Adjusters, Inc., vs. Donald Tyler and Heather Tyler, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Stevie Saar, Superior, judgment entered.
District Court, civil
Myron K.A. Gray vs. Debra Jean Gray, complaint for dissolution of marriage.
Davidlynn E. Tietjen vs. Denise M. Tietjen, complaint for dissolution of marriage.
Heather A. Hartman-Kathman vs. Joseph A. Kathman, complaint for dissolution of marriage.
Justin A. Furrey vs. Jessica L. Furrey, complaint for dissolution of marriage.
Michelle D. Smullins vs. Robbie W. Smullins, complaint for dissolution of marriage, granted.
Sara M. Watts vs. Jamie L. Watts, order approving siptulation or modification.
Real estate transfers
Gary J. Roe, deceased, Velda A. Roe to Velda A. Roe, Lot 4 and Pt Lot 5 in Block 46, Original Town of Superior.
Kristie S. Himmelberg to Paul D. Soucie, Janet R. Soucie NE 14 8-4-7.
Thomas Ray Garner, Sr., Mary Ann Garner to Ryan Koehler Lot 9 and Pt Lot 8 in Block 1, Original Town of Nelson.
Little Blue Acres, LLC, to Steven L. Clabaugh, Jodene E. Clabaugh, Lots 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 in Block 7, Storers 2nd Addition to Nelson.
Scott W. Corman, Jane P. Corman to Brock A. Corman, Kristen Corman NE 14 NW 14 11-3-6; SE 14 NE 14 11-3-6.
U.S. Bank Trust to Jeremian J. Fierstein, Stephanie A. Fierstein Lots 1 and 2 in Block 22, North Superior.
Wendy Charbonneau, Stephen Mark Dubose to Melissa A. Hayes, Montana L. Soflin Lot 8 in Block 30, East Superior.

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Nelson Fire Department raising money for new truck
Members of the Nelson Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad began a fund drive earlier this year to raise money for the replacement of their 1984 equipment truck. The old truck is experiencing mechanical and engine problems and has become unreliable.
One of the fundraisers will take place Saturday when the Sidetracks Band of Lincoln will perform at the Nelson City Auditorium from 8 p.m. until midnight.
Modern Woodman will provide up to $2,500 in matching funds for this event, which is sponsored by Phil and Diane Wehrman, The Commercial Bank, Lee Clabaugh Memorial, Superior Agronomics, Vic's Repair, and Superior Commodities.
A raffle is also underway.
The replacement vehicle, is expected to cost more than $150,000. It will likely be a custom 4-door Ford F-450 or F-550 4-wheel drive chassis and include storage compartments for all necessary equipment. The vehicle will not be ordered until a significant share of the funds are raised and could take 6 to 8 months to arrive once the order is placed.
Others wishing to donate may do so by sending their tax-deductible donation to Nelson Volunteer Fire Trust Account. Donations may be delivered to the Nelson City Office, given to any Nelson firefighter, or mailed to P.O. Box 133, Nelson, Neb, 68961.

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BMH therapy pool will eliminate parking spaces
In recent years it seems one or more construction projects are underway every year in the area that has been occupied by Brodstone Memorial Hospital since the original building was constructed in 1928.
Work will begin soon to add an aquatic therapy pool for the therapy services department. Before construction can begin The construction alternative parking must be provided.
The three parking spaces located on the south side of the hospital will be reserved for therapy and cardiac rehab patients from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Therapy staff members will offer their patients valet service during the construction time. A patient may bring their car to the south hospital entrance and ask a therapy department employee to park the vehicle. The vehicle will be retrieved when the therapy is finished.
Therapy patients may also park in the north parking lot just outside the Superior Family Medical Center north entrance. If they need help to therapy they may ask for assistance at the admissions area.
Four treatment rooms are being removed, so that cardiac rehab and therapy services will share the space. The treatment rooms will be relocated and a walking track will be added. The new space will provide both departments with increased space for patient treatment and room for new equipment. Area residents have been invited to stop by the therapy department at anytime to discuss the changes.
The heliport will be closed until fall. During that time the City of Superior Ambulance crew has agreed to use their ambulance to transport patients to the Superior Municipal Airport for transfers when needed.
The therapy department addition will take some of the parking, however, when construction is complete and the parking lot is finished, it will be expanded to the east. The parking orientation will change with no loss of total parking space. This phase of the construction is expected to be complete by November.
The new maintenance building is almost complete. It is located on the lot east of Washington Street where Superior Family Medical Center was previously located. The maintenance department will be vacating the old building next to the entrance of the current Superior Family Medical Center in May and moving to the new building.
The old maintenance building will be relocated to an area east of the new maintenance building. Dirt work is complete and footings have been poured.
Where the maintenance building was located an addition will be constructed. This addition will have a basement for materials management and a large conference room which will be used for staff education. The new materials management area will eliminate corrugated cardboard in the sterile supply area. It will also have a separate area to store equipment until it has been inspected for patient use. The space will be larger to allow for new supplies for upcoming surgeries, such as the new hip replacement surgeries.
The ground floor will house a specialty clinic. The specialty clinic will expand from the present six exam rooms and no offices for the doctors to 10 exam rooms and offices for the doctors' use. This will allow more specialty doctors to be at Brodstone at the same time. Brodstone's Specialty clinics have had tremendous growth over the past five years.
The addition's second floor will provide a large pharmacy space. The current pharmacy uses several rooms at the hospital. The cardiopulmonary department will move to the second floor and attached to the original building constructed in 1927. The department will be closer to the patients.
The sleep lab will also be moved upstairs, so it will be quieter for the patients. The sleep lab and cardiopulmonary will share the EEG room.
The current specialty clinic will be remodelled and added to Superior Family Medical Center with plans to recruit an additional family practice physician.
Future plans include remodeling of vacated spaces which includes relocation of the gift shop nearer the north entrance.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in November, 2017.
Total constructions costs are estimated at $7 million.

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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.