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From our early files

Eighty Years Ago
Superior was in the path of one of the worst blizzards within memory of older residents. Preceded by an 18 hour dust storm of great severity. Every east-west street was blockaded by drifting snow and the mercury stood at 10 degrees above zero.
Remmer Johnson, Ruskin, was seriously burned when his clothing caught fire while burning Russian thistles along the roadside.
Carmen Hite, 15, died. She was a Nelson resident.
Oswin Keifer resigned his post as emergency agricultural agent for Nuckolls county.
New Mexico hard coal was $17 per ton delivered from Bossemeyer Brothers, Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was showing "The Little Minister," starring Katherine Hepburn.
Seventy Years Ago
More Nuckolls County men left for induction into the armed forces of the United States: Orville Troudt and William Jorn, Lawrence, Leland Andersen, Clarence Kettelhut and Donald Brandt, Hardy, Raymond Hespen, Nelson, Ralph, Lanham, Nora, Raymond Svendsen, Alonza Towne, Denny Meyer and Wendell Davis, Superior.
Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Mercier, Oak, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. John Batchelder, Webber, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
School was temporarily closed in District 3, east of Lawrence because of scarlet fever.
California navel oranges were 10 cents per pound at the Superior Safeway.
The Lyric Theatre was showing "Since You Went Away," starring Claudette Colbert and Joseph Cotten.
Sixty Years Ago
Isaac Stansbury, 74, died. He was a longtime Superior resident.
A group of 19 women from the Superior vicinity completed a Red Cross First Aid class.
Larry Juergens, Superior, won his first bout but was defeated in his second at the Golden Gloves Chicago Tournament of Champions.
About 200 high school singers from three towns, Nelson, Ruskin and Superior, were in Superior for the Fifth Superior Invitational vocal clinic.
Oranges were nine cents per pound at Roder's IGA Super Market in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was showing Walt Disney's "The Vanishing Prairie."
Fifty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Stineman, Nelson, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Andersen, Ruskin, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Larry Joe Bargen, 10, died. He was a lifelong member of the Superior community.
Clarence Farrand, 70, died. He was a long time worker at the Ideal Cement plant and a Superior resident.
Maxwell House coffee was 59 cents per pound at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was showing "How the West Was Won."
Forty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Clare Schuster, Superior, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Clarence and Lena Hower, Harrison Township, celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
Cecilia Schumm, 86, died. She was a lifelong member of the Lawrence community.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Utecht, Sr., Superior, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
A Whirlaway 1/3 horsepower disposer was $36.88 at Superior's Valley Building Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Outer Space Connection.
Thirty Years Ago
Steve Wright assumed the duties of president at Security National Bank, Superior.
Don and Betty Kronberg, Superior, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Johnnie Woodside, 83, died. He was a Guide Rock resident and worked for the Burlington railroad for 40 years.
Edna Vogler, 89, died. She worked part-time at the Guide Rock State Bank for 40 years.
A five quart pail of Sandhills Vanilla Ice Cream was $2.99 at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was showing "The Flamingo Kid."
Twenty Years Ago
Nuckolls County law enforcement officers were called to Hardy to investigate a disturbance which was alleged to have involved a resident of the community chasing chickens with a butcher knife, attempting to set the birds on fire. There was also a domestic argument.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Robinson, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Carroll Smith, 77, died. He was a longtime Guide Rock resident and a farmer.
Rose Mazour, 83, died. She was a lifelong member of the Lawrence community.
Pork loins were $1.35 per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Disclosure" and "Speechless."
Ten Years Ago
An inventory by foresters with the Nebraska Forest Service showed the need for more trees in Superior.
The Nuckolls County Museum acquired 15 pieces of horse drawn equipment from Delbert Bird, Esbon.
Adella Peters Gebers, 94, died. She was a lifelong Nuckolls county resident.
Donna Shellhase Hornbussel, 85, died. She was a longtime Superior resident.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Are We There Yet," starring Ice Cube.
Five Years Ago
The City of Superior gave Brodstone Memorial Hospital permission to close 11th street between Washington and Idaho Streets for three months to allow for construction of a new parking lot.
The Aurora Cooperative presented plans to expand grain storage, drying and handling capabilities at railroad terminals located at Sedan, Grand Island and Aurora.
Robert Keifer, 74, died. He was a longtime member of the Superior community.
Neva Nelson Nielsen, 93, died. She was a school teacher and longtime Nuckolls County resident
The Crest Theatre was playing "Avatar" and "The Spy Next Door."
One Year Ago
The Southern Nebraska Arts Councilor ordered a digital projector to be installed in the south cinema room at Superior's Crest Theatre.
The Crest Theatre was approved for tax exempt status by the Nuckolls County Board.
Norman Poppe, 80, died. He was a farmer and a member of the Chester community.
Patricia Duncan Case, 71, died. She was a former Superior resident,
The Crest Theatre was showing "Frozen."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Court, traffic
Donna F. Parr, Roseland, speeding, $25.
Anna C. Stone, Valley, speeding, $75; no valid registration, $25.
Russell J. Fangmeyer, Deshler, speeding, $75.
County Court, civil
Credit Management Services vs. George Lamb, Lincoln, judgment entered.
Tony Lin Holling and Cindy Cheri Adams were married on Feb. 17 in Nelson by the Nuckolls County Court clerk-magistrate, Diana Wehrman, with Dawn A. Wehrman and Kate Brown as witnesses.
Real estate transfers
Village of Ruskin to Dan J. Renz, Janet I. Renz, Lots 5 and 6 in Block 20, Original Town of Ruskin.
Sharon I. Paul, Richard A. Paul to Sharon I. Paul, trustee for the Sharon I. Paul Revocable Trust, Undivided 12 Interest in E 12 NE 14 12-3-5.
Brad Baker, sheriff, to Greg Edwards, Lot 25 in Block 18, Original Town of Hardy.
Brad Baker, sheriff, to Greg Edwards, Lot 24 and Pt Lot 23 in Block 18, Original Town of Hardy.
Kelly S. Scheuerman, Linda K. Scheuerman to Diane Berkley, Lots 1 and 2 in Block 11, Wheelers 1st Addition to Nelson of Nelson.

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Reinke posthumously inducted into Neb. business hall of fame
The late Richard Reinke has been inducted to the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame. Reinke was honored at the recent Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry banquet held Feb. 5 in Lincoln.
Reinke was named by The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry among four business leaders for its 2015 class of inductees. Hall of Fame candidates are nominated each year by individuals from the business community, business associations and academia.
Reinke founded Reinke Manufacturing Company in 1954. Best described as a small-town businessman and inventor, Reinke was a self-taught engineer and draftsman who began inventing at a young age in his father's machine shop. In 1968, Reinke introduced the world's first reversible, electric-gear driven center pivot system that ran on rubber tires, which put Reinke Manufacturing Company on the map. This system also featured a bow-string truss design ­­ a major innovation that allowed the water pipe to ride much higher off the ground. Today, Reinke is one of the oldest and largest irrigation system manufacturers in the world, and many of Mr. Reinke's innovations have become standards in the industry. Mr. Reinke continued to work and innovate until his death in 2003 at the age of 80.
The Business Hall of Fame was established in 1992 by the State Chamber and the University of Nebraska College of Business Administration, and recognizes some of Nebraska's most accomplished business leaders and their contributions to the free enterprise system.

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Young boy fatally injured in Belleville house fire
A young Belleville boy was fatally injured in a house fire early Monday, and his brother was transported to Republic County Hospital, according to information released by Belleville fire officials.
Raymond Raney, Republic County emergency management coordinator, said the cause of the fire, which started in the basement of a home at 701 23rd St., was under investigation.
He said the Kansas Fire Marshal's office has been called to assist in the investigation.
Raney said the blaze was reported at 8:34 a.m. He said that at the time of the fire, a mother was home with two children, both of whom were younger than five. The youngest of the two was fatally injured, he said.
Raney said he had no information on the condition of the other child and no more information about the fire.
Belleville Fire Chief Duffy Strnad was at the scene of the fire Monday.
The Journal's news partner, KWCH, reported that Strnad said that when he arrived at the home, smoke was coming out of the basement windows and the upper story windows.
The two children were trapped in the basement, according to a KWCH report.
One child was taken out of the basement with burns on his hands. Firefighters rescued a second child from the east side of the home through a window, KWCH reported.

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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.