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Eighty Years Ago
The Superior City Council voted to provide the needed funding to allow the construction of a replacement bridge across Lost Creek in Lincoln park,
Judge Doane Kiechel resumed his duties at the Nuckolls County courthouse. He had been out of the office because of a serious illness.
Carl Jensen, a 1924 Superior High School graduate, was granted his Ph. D. in chemistry from Purdue University.
Mrs. James Elam, formerly a news writer for The Express in Hardy, wrote from her new home in Everton, Mo.; "After rambling through Missouri and Arkansas, we came back to locate here. We didn't like what we saw of Arkansas at all as a place to live in. Please start my Express coming here."
Nebraska cream cheese was 17 cents per pound at the Superior Safeway.
The Lyric Theatre was showing "Stingaree," starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne.
Seventy Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Plambeck, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
James P. Nelson, 67, died. He and his wife owned and operated the Oak Cafe for many years.
Daily bus line service from Superior to Lyons, Kan., was inaugurated.
The Superior Corn Show was held at the city auditorium. More than $375 in prize money was awarded.
Metal flock feeders were $1.60 at Feller's Superior Hatchery.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Sweet and Low-Down," starring Benny Goodman and Linda Darnell.
Sixty Years Ago
The Superior Lions Club celebrated their 50th anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Bradrick celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
The Superior parking meters, installed in 1949, were paid for in full, with all proceeds from the meters now going to the city. The city owned 338 meters.
The 16th annual Farm and Business Women's meeting was held in the Lady Vestey room of the Hotel Dudley with more than 100 persons present.
Men's work shoes were $6.95 at Brown's Shoe Fit Company in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was showing "River of No Return," starring Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe.
Fifty Years Ago
Frank Schroer, 73, died. He was a retired farmer and lifelong resident of the Lawrence community.
When Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Hall sold their Scully lease, the Scully company lost their oldest tenant in Nuckolls County. Hall had worked the lease near Mt. Clare for 75 years.
Clair and Hazel Henry, Hardy, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. Hubert and Katherine Henry, Hardy, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Mrs. Eldred Hinz, Oak, was seriously burned about the face and hands when she rushed into her burning farm house to rescue her six-week-old son who was not injured.
Picnic hams were 29 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food center.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Bedtime Story," starring Marlon Brando and David Niven.
Forty Years Ago
More than 500 persons attended the annual hobby and craft show at the Superior City Auditorium.
Hubert and Katherine Henry, Hardy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
James (Pete) Madson, 90, died. He was a longtime Superior resident and a retired farmer.
Leonard Wilhelms, 44, died. He was a longtime Superior resident.
T-bone steak was $1.89 per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Conrack," starring Jon Voight.
Thirty Years Ago
Norman (Choc) and Esther Herrmann, Superior, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.
W.E. Garrison, Nelson, was honored by the Nebraska Bar Association for 50 years of service.
Dave Aden, 42, died. He was a Superior resident and a certified public accountant.
Jim and Sharon Rust, Superior, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
A two liter bottle of Coke or Sprite was 79 cents at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Woman in Red."
Twenty Years Ago
Five juveniles were arrested on suspicion of being responsible for several incidents of vandalism within Superior, including smashing pumpkins.
The Superior City Council approved plans for a restroom and concession project for the Lincoln Park baseball field and Brodstone Memorial Field.
Blanche Blauvelt, 86, died. She was a Superior High School graduate.
Juanita Downing, 91, died. She was a longtime Superior resident.
Ground beef was 99 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Terminal Velocity" and "Baby's Day Out."
Ten Years Ago
The spec building and two lots in Kottmeyer Industrial Park were sold to a Florida based company, Telesis.
The Nuckolls County Sheriff and his three deputies began carrying tasers, non-lethal weapons. The tasers were purchased with grant money.
The Guide Rock and Superior school boards approved a merger plan.
Ivan Troudt, 82, died. He was a longtime Nelson resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Shark Tale" and "Ladder 49."
Five Years Ago
Cool, wet weather was causing delays in the fall harvest.
The Superior Masonic Lodge celebrated its 125th anniversary.
Superior's Ace Hardware celebrated its 15th anniversary.
Margaret Troudt, 93, died. She was a longtime Nuckolls County resident.
The Crest Theatre was screening "Fame" and "Zombieland."
One Year Ago
Brent Drohman, 28, died. He worked for Aurora Co-op and was a Davenport resident.
The Nebraska Department of Roads sought bids for the replacement of Superior's Eighth Street bridge.
Roland Koerwitz, 93, died. He worked for the City of Deshler for 49 years and was a WWII veteran.
Helen Ahrens,88, died. She served as the last postmaster in Angus.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Butler."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Traffic Court
     Sharon Rodehorst, Nelson, $25; James Bailey, Superior, $25; Zackery J. Niedt, Hastings, $125; Gary P. Hinz, Carleton, $25; Sergio Olvera, Jonesboro, Ark., $25; Tayler E. Payne, Hastings, $125; Shane N. Pedersen, Superior, $75.
Other Traffic
     Bradd L. Kosinski, Eckley, Colo., CMV-HOS 14 Hour Inter; $50
Matthew J. Schram, Weeping Water, overweight single axle or group of axles by 1,900 pounds, $75; overweight single axle or group of axles by 1,900 lbs., $75; CMV-HOS 70 Hour Inter, $50.
County Civil Court
Central Nebraska Collections L.L.C. vs. Rene Rios and Christine Rios, Ruskin, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Trinda Lundz, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Aaron Christensen, Oak, judgment entered.
County Criminal Court
State of Nebraska vs. Shane N. Pedersen, Superior, fail to appear or comply with citation, $50.
State of Nebraska vs. Shane N. Pedersen, Superior, unlawful throwing of fireworks, $50.
State of Nebraska vs. Gerald D. Schauman, Lake Stevens, Wash., violation of foreign protection order, $300.
State of Nebraska vs. Gerald D. Schauman, Lake Stevens, Wash., violation of foreign protection order, $150.
State of Nebraska vs. Mitchel Bailey II, Nelson, fail to appear or comply with citation, $50.
State of Nebraska vs. Mitchel Bailey II, Nelson, theft­unlawful taking, $0-$200, $100.
Real Estate Transfers
     Pauline F. Franzen, Rolland R. Franzen to Pauline F. Franzen, Rolland R. Franzen, N 12, 18-2-5.
Michael R. Decker, Brenda L. Decker, Carol Marie Weaver, William D. Weaver to Mary B. Decker, Gerald D. Decker, S 2/3 E 12 NE 14, 29-3-5.
Mary B. Decker, Gerald D. Decker to Darrell L. Brandt, Nancy G. Brandt, S 2/3 E 12 NE 14, 29-3-5.
Adam Reeder to Sherryl L. Zoltenko, James A. Zoltenko, trustees for the Sherryl L. Zoltenko Trust, Lots 11 and 12 in Block 14, Original Town of Hardy.
Bostwick Cemetery to Daryl Wampole, Connie Wampole, parts Lots H&G Lot 45 in Block 1, Bostwick Cemetery.
Robert D. Norris, deceased, to Jason P. Furchak, SE14, 34-3-8.
Robert D. Norris, deceased to Jennifer S. Shamah, NE14, 20-2-8.

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Building foundations to be topic of Minden meeting
The Nebraska Development Network-Central Region (NDN-CR) is hosting a program entitled Building Your Foundations on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Minden. Dena Beck, NDN-CR secretary said "We have seen a need in some communities to build and understand foundations. We have also seen some great successes in our region when it comes to building foundations." The meeting will be open to the public.
As one of the seven development networks in the State of Nebraska, the Nebraska Development Network - Central Region is a group of development service providers in central Nebraska.
Panelists for the event will include: Nancy Williams, executive director of Kearney Public Schools Foundation, Vickie Klein, executive director of Phelps County Community Foundation, and Ashley Olson, executive director of The Willa Cather Foundation
The meeting will be held at the Minden Opera House located at 322 East Fifth Street from 10 to 11:45 a.m. There is no cost to attend. The group will move to a local restaurant for lunch and a short business meeting.

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Brodstone prepares for possibility of ebola patients
Preparations are underway at Brodstone Memorial Hospital, and the affiliated medical clinics to quickly identify potential ebola patients. As part of the process, patients will be asked questions specific to travel in the last 30 days and symptoms such as fever, aches, vomiting, and diarrhea.
As this too is influenza season, symptoms can mimic one another initially. Health care providers are following CDC guidelines as they develop. Newly updated guidelines are suspected to be presented by CDC this week. "We do not expect any ebola patients at our facility, however we are prepared if we do", said Pam Bower, infection prevention team spoke person.


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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.