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From our early files

Eighty Years Ago
"China, Silver and Glassware" was the subject of talk given by Mrs. Roy King before the Girl Reserves.
Fifty men were at work cutting ice on the Edsall reservoir south of Superior. The ice was eight and a half inches thick.
Agnes Hanson, 45, died. She was a longtime Superior resident.
Duststorms and below zero temperatures kept area residents indoors.
Swift Best Arrow Borax soap was 23 cents for 10 bars at Superior's C. & R. Grocery and Market.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Imitation of Life," starring Claudette Colbert and Baby Jane.
Seventy Years Ago
S/Sgt Ellis Montgomery, Superior, was reported missing in action over Germany. He was a waist gunner on a B-17 bomber.
Elias Bicknell, 82, died. He was a veterinarian and an Oak resident.
John Phillips, 72, died. He was a long time Superior resident,
Clara Hobson Myers, 81, died. She had been a resident of the Hardy community since 1872.
From the Sutton News: "A little scandal here this week. Nearly everyone is talking about it. Some are taking her part and some are taking his. Then there are a few eccentric old devils who are minding their own business."
The Lyric Theatre was showing "The Princess and the Pirate," starring Bob Hope and Virginia Mayo.
Sixty Years Ago
Work began on the Lovewell dam across White Rock Creek in Kansas.
George Chrisman, 73, died. He was a retired painter and paper hanger. He was a longtime Superior resident.
William Scully of Beatrice was appointed to the Nebraska Resources Committee by Gov. Victor Anderson.
The Superior Lions Club observed the 25th anniversary of its charter.
Sliced pork liver was nine cents per pound at Roder's IGA Supermarket in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was showing "The Caine Mutiny," starring Humphery Bogart and Fred MacMurray.
Fifty Years Ago
A corn crib and several pieces of farm machinery and equipment were destroyed by fire at the Jack Menke farm four miles south of Lawrence.
Mr. and Mrs. John Crook, long time Nuckolls County residents, celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.
Cora White Kuhlmann, 83, died. She was a longtime resident of the Hardy community.
A winter storm downed power and telephone lines throughout the area. Rain, sleet and snow made travel treacherous.
Braunschweiger was 39 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was showing "The Lively Set," starring James Darren and Doug McClure.
Forty Years Ago
The Nelson Swingers Extension Club purchased a poison control cabinet for the Nuckolls County Hospital.
Lee Penney, who had been in the petroleum business in Superior since 1949, retired and sold his service station business to Larry Striggow.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Jensby, Lovewell, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Margaret Nicholson Koester, 55, died. She was a longtime resident of the Guide Rock community.
Mickelberry Braunschweiger was 65 cents per pound at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Man with the Golden Gun," starring Roger Moore as James Bond.
Thirty Years Ago
The Nebraska Committee for the Humanities awarded a grant to the Nuckolls County Historical Society which would allow the group to complete a multi-phase project to exhibit Plains Indian artifacts.
Ruby McNabb, Superior, celebrated her 84th birthday.
Carol Henry Van DerWege, 38, died. She was a Guide Rock resident.
Triece Reed Roe, 84, died. She was a member of the Olive Hill Church.
Ten pounds of chicken gizzards could be purchased for $5.89 at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Walt Disney's Pinocchio."
Twenty Years Ago
Mid-Nebraska Community Services, Inc. opened and staffed an office in Superior.
The Superior City Council directed the Superior Park Board to remove 40 trees in Lincoln Park which had been damaged in a summer windstorm. They were also directed to trim an additional 50 trees.
Ralph Thayer, 78, died. He was a long time Nuckolls County resident and farmer.
Wilber "Jake" Howe, 91, died. He was a longtime Superior resident.
Milk was $1.99 per gallon at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Interview with a Vampire" and " The Santa Clause."
Ten Years Ago
The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway officially underwent a name change. The entity was now called the BNSF Railway Company.
The lagoon in Superior's Lincoln Park was cleared of the 30 ducks which had been released there without permission. Five ducks would be returned to the pond after the arrival of spring weather.
Elnora Bradrick-Wages, Superior, celebrated her 85th birthday.
Eva "Betty" McNichols Fenimore, 79, died. She was a longtime Superior resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Meet the Fockers" and "Flight of the Phoenix."
Five Years Ago
The Superior City Council approved the purchase of a four wheel drive vehicle for the Superior Police Department.
Kent and Peggy Bargen, owners of the Velvet Rose restaurant in Superior, installed a corn burning stove in the dining room.
Tom Blackburn, a Superior High School teacher, attended the VEX Robotic Academy at Central Community cottage in Hastings.
John and LaVerna Brandt celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary.
The Crest Theatre was showing "It's Complicated" and "The Blind Side."
One Year Ago
Strong straight line winds blew down a wall at the former American Legion building in Republic.
The Nuckolls County commissioners declared a seven-year-old black Labrador retriever as surplus property. The dog was a K-9 officer and drug dog. The dog's handler, sheriff's deputy Jerimiah Fierstein, had tendered his resignation.
Steve and Karen Fox, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Mary Herzfeld Roop, 86, died, She was a longtime member of the Chester community.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Despicable Me 2."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Court, traffic
Cinthia R. Lukes, Warfordsburg, Pa., speeding, $75.
Phyllis J. Samsel, Campbell, speeding, $25.
County Court, civil   
Credit Management Services vs. Amiee Hoard, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Melissa Warren, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Treva Shotts, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Lachele Noonanmyers, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Lonnie Schleichardt and Ranae Schleichardt, Nelson, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Mathew Warren, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Danielle Warneking, Superior, judgment entered.
County Court, criminal
State of Nebraska vs. Jordan M. Ward, York, driving during revocation, $100; improper or defective vehicle lighting, $100.
District Court, civil
State of Nebraska on behalf of Minor Children vs. Jack Miguel Manuel Bernal, Jennifer Kay Bernal; order for support.
Real estate transfers
Lewis R. Hunter, Pamela B. Hunter to Richard L. Corman, Mary Alice Corman Pt SE 14 30-2-8 with exception.
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to James Fredrichsen Pt Lots 1 and 2 Hewetts Addition of Superior.
Kurt D. Reed, trustee for the Joy A. Reed Revocable Trust, to Charles E. Williams, Gwendolyn Williams Lots 1, 2 and 3 in Block 17, Original Town of Nelson.
Darrin R. Lanham, Jill R. Lanham to Darrin R. Lanham, Jill R. Lanham Pt NE 14 NE 14 5-2-5.

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BNSF plans record spending on upgrades
The Burlngton Northern Santa Fe company provided more details on Monday about the major capital projects it plans to complete in 2015 to maintain and grow its rail network but there was no mention of any work on the line between Superior and Hastings. Last year the company worked on the line from Superior south and local railroad watchers have hoping the line west of Superior would receive some attention. Traffic on that section of track is currently limited to 10 miles per hour.
In BNSF's North Region, the company will invest approximately $1.5 billion across eight states for engineering maintenance and line expansion projects, of which approximately $700 million is planned for projects to expand the rail lines and Positive Train Control (PTC) in that region. BNSF's North Region has experienced the most rapid growth in recent years. It is the corridor used to move agriculture and coal to export facilities in the Pacific Northwest, petroleum products produced in the region that are destined for refinery facilities, and for consumer products shipped to and from marine ports in the Pacific Northwest. The North Region is also a destination point for materials that support the production of crude oil in the Bakken shale formation.
In BNSF's South Region, the railroad plans to spend approximately $800 million in nine states for engineering maintenance and line expansion projects, of which $175 million is planned for line expansion initiatives and continued implementation of PTC. The South Region includes BNSF's high-speed transcontinental route with more than 2,000 miles of double track that allows customers to move freight from West Coast marine ports to interchange facilities in Chicago as well as major rail terminals in Kansas City, Fort Worth, Denver and St. Louis.
In the Central Region, primarily used for the movement of coal, BNSF will invest approximately $650 million across six states for engineering maintenance and line expansion projects, of which almost $260 million is planned for line expansion projects and continued implementation of PTC.
"Building on the 2014 capacity increases, we will continue investing in our railroad to make us ever more capable of getting agriculture, energy supplies and a wide range of consumer and industrial products where they want to go," said Carl Ice, BNSF president and chief executive officer. "At BNSF, we believe strongly in working with our customers to help them supply the world with food, energy and products that grow and build our economy. These unprecedented capital investments demonstrate to our customers how deeply committed we are to building a prosperous future for all of us."
Highlights of BNSF's planned capital investments in the company's three operating regions are as follows:
North Region
BNSF plans to invest approximately $700 million in the North Region to expand rail capacity and continue the implementation of PTC technology. The North Region includes: Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin.
Expansion projects include:
·Continue to install double track on the Glasgow subdivision between Minot, N.D., and Snowden, Mont,, located in the far western part of the state.
·Extend the siding on the Dickinson subdivision located between Mandan, N.D., and Glendive, Mont., and expand the terminal at the Dickinson yard to accommodate expected growth in single car volumes.
·Convert the entire Devils Lake subdivision, located between Minot, N.D., and Grand Forks, N.D., to centralized train control, which will improve capacity for freight operation while improving on-time performance of passenger trains.
·Complete implementation of centralized train control on the Hillsboro subdivision, located in eastern North Dakota. Upgrade connection track between the Hillsboro subdivision and the Devils Lake subdivision to permit faster train speeds.
South Region
BNSF plans to invest approximately $175 million to expand rail capacity in the South Region and continue the implementation of PTC technology. The South Region includes: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Expansion projects include:
· Connect two sidings on the Mojave subdivision, which runs from Bakersfield, Calif., to Mojave, Calif., to create a short double track segment that will increase capacity.
·Construct double track on the Panhandle subdivision located between Wellington and Avard, Okla., to improve Southern Transcon capacity.
·Construct double track on the Clovis subdivision located between Belen and Clovis, N.M., to improve Southern Transcon capacity.
Central Region
BNSF plans to invest approximately $260 million to expand rail capacity and continue the implementation of PTC technology. The Central Region includes: Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Wyoming.
Expansion projects include:
·Construct two new sidings on the northern and southern ends of the Hannibal subdivision located in western Illinois.
·Construct two double track segments on the Ravenna subdivision, located in Nebraska, which will greatly improve capacity on this heavily-trafficked coal route.
Extend sidings at six locations on the Brush subdivision, located east of Denver, to improve the velocity of southern coal flows.
These planned capital investments are part of BNSF's 2015 capital plan of $6 billion, which was announced in November and is the company's largest planned capital expenditure in its history. The investments include $2.9 billion to replace and maintain core network and related assets, nearly $1.5 billion on expansion and efficiency projects, $200 million for continued implementation of PTC and about $1.4 billion for locomotives, freight cars and other equipment acquisitions.
The BNSF Railway operates 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and two Canadian provinces.

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NRD announces scholarship program
The Lower Republican Natural Resources District has a post high school scholarship program and two $1,000 scholarships are available. These scholarships are available to first, second, and third year college students. Applicants must attend college in Nebraska and must be registered to attend their college. Applicants must also have a permanent residence in the Lower Republican NRD and plan to major in a natural resources related field (i.e. forestry, park management, agronomy, agri-business, etc.).
The scholarship may be received for two years only. Students interested in applying will need to complete an application, provide a short essay, list of extracurricular activities, copy of grades or transcripts and class ranking and three letters of recommendation. Applications and additional information regarding these scholarships are available at the Lower Republican Natural Resources District, high schools within the district, colleges within Nebraska and online at Applications must be in the Alma office of the Lower Republican NRD by March 31.

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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.