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Eighty Years Ago
Three car loads, or 60,000 pounds of dressed turkeys, were shipped from the Armour poultry packing plant in Superior. Turkeys for further shipments were still being processed.
Wayne Snyder, 44, died. He was a Superior resident.
The Superior Milling Company erected a building for custom feed grinding. The company also excavated a basement underneath the existing building to house a 16 feet by 24 feet molasses storage tank as well as feed storage space.
Marcia Lunt, 24, died from infantile paralysis. She was a Superior resident.
Irish cobbler potatoes were $1.25 per hundred weight at Bruning's Store in Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Steamboat 'Round the Bend," starring Will Rogers.
Seventy Years Ago
Sgt. Frances Roush was discharged from the WAC after three years of service.
Elmer Parsons, 70, died. He had been a resident of the Guide Rock and Bostwick communities since 1881.
Ronald Furse, publisher of the Sutton News, sold that publication to H. C. King and sons.
A residential electric rate reduction was approved by the Superior City council.
Parsnips were seven cents per pound at Stepehenson's Market in Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Pride of the Marines," starring John Garfield and Eleanor Parker.
Sixty Years Ago
Anton Jensby, 80, died. He had been a Nuckolls County resident for 62 years.
Effie DeMilt Bargen, 60, died. She had been a Nuckolls county resident since 1892.
The Rev. Bryant Currier was installed as pastor of Superior's First Baptist Church.
Ed Schaer held a close-out sale at his Superior grocery store. He retired after being connected with the grocery business since 1923
Corn King sliced bacon was 37 cents per pound at the Superior Safeway.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Strategic Air Command," starring James Stewart and June Allyson.
Fifty Years Ago
The Dudley Hotel and Dudley Apartments, in Superior, were sold to Paul Leslie.
Burglars cut into seventy-five safe deposit boxes at the Scroggin and Company Bank in Oak. They damaged the bank safe but were unable to open it. Officials were unable to determine if any money had been taken from the boxes.
Sgt. Robert Jordon, Nelson, suffered a severe shoulder injury in the fighting in Viet Nam.
The Walker Grain Company elevator at Burr Oak burned to the ground.
Medium eggs were 39 cents per dozen at the Superior Safeway.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Harlow," starring Carroll Baker.
Forty Years Ago
Bill Delka purchased the Booker Garage in Guide Rock from Loren Booker.
The first Junior Miss pageant was held in Superior. There were eight entrants vying for the title.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hoelting, Lawrence, celebrated their 60th anniversary.
Robert Klee, 81, died. He was a Superior resident and retired from the Ideal Cement Company after 45 years of service.
Ducklings were 89 cents per pound at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was showing "The Return of the Pink Panther," starring Peter Sellers and Christopher Plummer.
Thirty Years Ago
New precinct boundaries were published for Nuckolls County voters.
The weatherman predicted flurries but area residents experienced a ground blizzard which limited visibility and more than three inches of snow fell across the area.
Grace Springer Guy, 95, died. She was a longtime Guide Rock resident.
Bert Coates Ackley, 86, died. She was a Superior resident.
Ducklings were $1.19 per pound at the Jack and Jill Food Center in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins."
Twenty Years Ago
A new Nebraska law banned the usage of only parking lights while driving a motor vehicle.
Third grade students at Superior Elementary School planned to send 400 pencils and legal paper tablets they had gathered to students in Malawi. The plan hit a snag when shipping costs for the pencils and tablets totaled $500.
Thelma Martens Gillian, 82, died. She was a former Hardy community resident.
Superior's Good Samaritan Center kitchen was moved to temporary quarters to allow for demolition of the old kitchen and the construction of a new cooking facility.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Golden Eye" and "Three Wishes."
Ten Years Ago
The Sweet Shoppe, featuring home-made pies, designer cookies, candies and sweet rolls, was located in the northwest room of the Velvet Rose.
The Nuckolls County Board passed a resolution closing and vacating several streets in the original township of Mt. Clare.
Agnes Oldham, Superior, celebrated her 95th birthday.
Wilmer and Kay Bouray, Hardy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Dreamer."
Five Years Ago
The roof of the Superior Methodist Church was reshingled with Reinke Shake shingles. The roof has suffered hail and storm damage.
Superior's Candy Cane Lane opened for the holiday season.
Agnes Oldham, Superior, celebrated her 100th birthday.
The Nuckolls County Historical Society sponsored its annual Christmas program at the museum.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Red" and "Life As We Know It."
One Year Ago
New checkout stations were installed at Superior's Ideal Market.
Earlene Jeffery, Superior, celebrated her 80th birthday.
Zachariah Beale, 28, died, He was a Nuckolls county resident and employed at Reinke Manufacturing Company.
Robert Svoboda, 89, died. He was a WW ll veteran and a Lawrence resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Traffic Court
Kabrina A. Westcoat, Red Cloud, no operator's license and driving left of center, $50.
Colten J. Muir, Adams, speeding, $75.
Cheyanne C. Zikmund, Nelson, speeding, $25.
County Civil Court
Credit Management Services vs. Lisa Butler and Ryan Butler, Superior, judgment entered.
District Criminal Court
State of Nebraska vs. Tristan Sholty, Superior, aiding and abetting a Class 2 misdemeanor, 30 days in jail.
State of Nebraska vs. Tristan Sholty, Superior, unauthorized use of propelled vehicle, 60 days in jail .
State of Nebraska vs. James R. Stillwell, Superior, attempt of Class 3A or 4 felony, 365 days in jail; possess K2 or marijuana, 1 oz or less, $300.
State of Nebraska vs. Landon Ramold, Hastings, assault 3rd degree, 30 days in jail; assault 3rd degree, order for probation; assault 3rd degree, order for probation. 
Real Estate Transfers
William A. Hodgins to Ryan Benyshek, Jami I. Benyshek: Lot 6 and Part Lot 5 in Block 42, East Superior.
Jane E. Kotsiopulos, Peter G. Kotsiopulos to Jane E. Kotsiopulos, Peter G. Kotsiopulos: Undivided one-fourth interest in SW 14 13-4-5.
Cheryl Mellenthin to Wildcat Farms, LLC: NW 14 7-1-7; NE 14 25-1-8; undivided one-half interest Part Lots 7 and 8 28-1-7 Nuckolls County; undivided one-half interest Part SW 14 SE 14 28-1-7; undivided one-half interest N 12 SE 14 35-1-7; undivided one-half interest Part NW 14 35-1-7; undivided one-half interest W 12 SE 14 36-1-7; undivided one-half interest Lots 3 and 4 and Part Lots 2 and 5 34-1-7 Nuckolls County; undivided one-half interest NW 14 SE 14 34-1-7; one-half interest Part SW 14 NE 14 34-1-7; one-half interest Part W 12 34-1-7; one-half interest Part Lot 2  34-1-7 Nuckolls County; undividied one-half interest W 12 NE 14 34-1-7; undivided one-half interest Part NW 14 Pt SW 14 34-1-7; undivided one-half interest NE 1/4 24-1-8; undivided one-half interest Part NW 14 24-1-8; undivided three-fourths interest Lots 3, 4 and 5 20-1-8 Nuckolls County; undivided three-fourths interest Lot 3 17-1-8 Nuckolls County; undivided three-fourths interest Part SE 14 18-1-8; undivided three-fourths interest Part E 12 NE 14 19-1-8; NW 14 30-1-7; W 12 E 12 SE 14 23-1-7.
Peggy A. Duey, Paul G. Duey to Richard E. Patak, Debbie A. Patak: Lots 4 and 5 and Part Lots 3 and 6 in Block 3, M.S. Storer's Park Addition to Nelson.
James W. Wehrman, Barbara Jo Wehrman to Brett Bischoff, Christine Herrick, Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4 and Part Lot 5 in Block 2, Follmer's subdivision to Nelson and vacated alley.

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Report changes in operation to FSA
This is a reminder to producers to keep your USDA Farm Service Agency records up to date.
Failure to timely notify FSA of changes has caused ineligibility for farm program benefits or delayed payment issuance.
Producers should be mindful to notify FSA when they change anything in their operation such as:
· Land changes: acquire new land or lose control of land; switch from share rent to cash rent or vice versa.
· Change in entity types: formation or dissolution of entities, such as trusts, estates, corporations, partnerships, etc.
· Change in entity structure: addition or reduction of members or stockholders, change in member shares, etc.
· Change in banking information: if you have a new account number or are doing business with a new bank so your payments are deposited in the correct account.
· Change in contact information: new email address, telephone number, cell phone number, or have a new mailing address.
The above list is not all-inclusive, however. If producers make changes of any kind that could affect their eligibility for various FSA farm programs, it is important to contact the FSA office immediately to keep your records current.
FSA will document submitted changes on form FSA-2047. Producers should contact the FSA office at 785-378-3731 or stop by the office at 105 W. South Street, Mankato, if they have questions.

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Students program robot to serve as roving burglar alarm
In the past six weeks, all second through fifth graders attending school at Lawrence took part in robotics unit.They learned how to program their robots, as well as understanding what role input, output and sensors have in their programming. The sessions concluded with the second and third graders using remotes and flashlights to "train" their robot to follow a line on the floor, a torch (otherwise known as their flashlight), avoid obstacles, and even sumo wrestle each other!
The fourth and fifth graders programmed their robots to change colors depending on the way they were turned, to say commands out loud, and to do a variety of physical movements, sensor reactions, change in color, rate and speed of which their robot was traveling, and how to react to specific stimulu.  Their sessons ended as the groups programmed their robots to be burglar alarm systems. Some of the robots would blurt "Get out!" when sensing an intruder.
The class was taught by Gary Needham from Service Unit 9, with the help of the district tech coordinator Jeremy Borer. The district purchased a two-way robot that would travel the halls, interact with the students, and served as an educational tool on the days that Mr. Needham and Mr. Borer couldn't make it to Lawrence.

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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.