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From our early files

Eighty Years Ago
Nuckolls County Judge Doane Kiechel was struck in the back of his head by a hammer wielded by a Superior woman. He was not seriously injured. The woman was held on a charge of assault with intent to kill.
High wind blew the roof off the Burlington station at Byron, a bridge collapsed and track was washed out on the Missouri Pacific Railroad between Republic and Warwick.
Rainfall for the month of May was more than four inches, with more than a week remaining.
William Peebler, 81, died. He was a former county judge and a longtime Nuckolls County resident.
Ginger snaps were 10 cents per pound at Cecil Reid's Superior grocery store.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Society Doctor," starring Chester Morris and Virginia Bruce.
Seventy Years Ago
T/Sgt. Ralph Willett, 35, was killed over Holland, on V-E Day, when his B-26 Marauder was shot down. He was a Superior High School graduate and a Nuckolls County resident.
Superior High School graduated a class of 54 seniors.
Bert Hewitt, 63, died. He was a Superior resident and businessman.
Ralph Pedersen, United States Navy, survived the bombing of the U.S.S. Franklin, an aircraft carrier, in the Pacific Ocean. He was in the water for more than four hours before being pulled to safety. More than 1,000 sailors perished in the attack.
Cucumbers were 13 cents per pound at the Superior Safeway.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," starring Dorothy McGuire and James Dunn.
Sixty Years Ago
Ideal Cement Company announced plans to double the capacity of its Superior plant.
Mr. and Mrs. Pete Block, Abdal, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
The town of Udall, Kan. was demolished by a tornado with nearly 100 persons killed.
More than half an inch of rain fell in the area helping to alleviate the drought conditions.
A 17 inch black and white RCA Victor television was $149.95 at Leslie's Radio and TV Service in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was showing "The Bridges at Toko-Ri," starring William Holden and Grace Kelly.
Fifty Years Ago
Melvin Rempe, Lawrence, was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln.
Darrell Kile, 6, broke his left arm as the result of a fall from a fence he was climbing.
Mr. and Mrs. Bushlav Mazour, Lawrence, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Al Schleif was named as foreman of the Farmers Union Co-op Mill in Superior.
A quart of Wizard lighter fluid was 39 cents at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Americanization of Emily," starring James Garner and Julie Andrews.
Forty Years Ago
Superior High school awarded diplomas to 78 graduates.
Mr. and Mrs. Jay Morris, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. Howie Wyatt, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Della Lynch Lanham Tate Smith, 90, died. She had been a Nuckolls County resident since 1894.
Fresh ground beef was 68 cents per pound at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Terrorists," starring Sean Connery.
Thirty Years Ago
Superior police were looking for a stolen 18 foot canoe. The watercraft was taken from atop a parked station wagon.
Zoe Farrand, Superior, celebrated her 88th birthday.
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Sisson, Webber, celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
Edward J. Shaffer, 79, died. He was a retired Superior business man and longtime resident.
A four ounce container of Schilling Black Pepper was 59 cents at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Code of Silence."
Twenty Years Ago
The Nuckolls County Historical Society Museum was the recipient of the personal diaries of Lady Evelene Brodstone, covering the years 1900-1906.
The Brodstone Memorial Hospital annual report showed the hospital was debt free.
Marvin Vieselmeyer, 78, died. He was the founder of Deshler Propane Company and a longtime Davenport resident.
Godfrey Herbek, 82, died. He was a retired farmer and a Lawrence resident.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Jury Duty" and "Born to Be Wild."
Ten Years Ago
Teresa Frahm joined the staff of Brodstone Memorial Hospital.
A petition was circulating to recall the mayor of Nelson.
Meyers Vineyard Winery held an open house in Superior.
Casey's General Stores, Inc., acquired the Gas 'N Shop chain of convenience stores in Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa,
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "Fever Pitch."
Five Years Ago
The wood framed portion of the Ruskin elevator was razed to allow for the installation of a larger scale.
The Nuckolls County Board approved participating in the CodeRed emergency notification system.
Lorri Gumaer, 49, died. Her triplets had graduated from Deshler High School two weeks earlier.
Harvey Lipker, 85, died. He was a longtime Davenport resident.
One Year Ago
Elmer Rempe was selected to serve as grand marshal for the Victorian Festival parade.
Tim Stutzman resigned his position as Nuckolls county emergency manager and noxious weed superintendent.
Clarence Reinke, Superior, celebrated his 90th birthday.
Betty Lyngstad Adams, 74, died. She was a longtime Superior resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Heaven Is For Real."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Court, traffic
Speeding - Richard Binder, Minden, $25; Jean M. Menke, Lawrence, $25; Megan L. Alfs, Shickley, $25; Michael Drohman, Deshler, $75.
Frank L. Vculek, Herkimer, overweight single axle or group of axles by 3,400 pounds, $75.
County Court, civil
SEJ Investment Properties LLC, Harvard, vs. A&K Plumbing, Superior, default judgment awarded to A&K Plumbing.
County Court, criminal
State of Nebraska vs. Ashley N. Cross, Hardy, open container, $50.
State of Nebraska vs. Taylor Robb, Guide Rock, minor in possession, $500.
State of Nebraska vs. Milton Duran, Juniata, driving CMV without CDL, $100; CMV brake general, $50; violation of utility trailer plate regulations, $20.
Allen David Weinert and Valerie Ann Kranau were married April 25 in Superior by Nuckolls County Court Clerk-Magistrate Diana Wehrman, with Jeff Baker and Amanda Foreman as witnesses.
Real estate transfers
Roger Stineman to Arlan Drudik, Sally Frahm-Drudik, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 Voights Sub of Nelson; Part Outlot 1 of Nelson; Lots 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 in Block 1, Voights Sub Outlots 5 part of 4 of Nelson.
Janice F. Tordrup-Wiedel to Shawn Tordrup, Christen Tordrup, N 12 NW 14 29-2-6; SW 14 NW 14 29-2-6; SE 14 NW 14 29-2-6.
Lance Jesse, Sharon Jesse to Charles Everhart, Bonney McClure Lot 6 in Block 2, North Superior.
Joseph W. Gillilan, Connie J. Gillilan to Joseph Gillilan ­Irrevocable Trust, Connie Gillilan ­Irrevocable Trust, Jon R. Gillilan ­Trustee Lots 1 and 2 in Block 20, Original Town of Hardy.
Jon R. Gillilan to Jon R. Gillilan ­Irrevocable Trust, Joseph W. Gillilan ­Trustee Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 in Block 7, Second Addition of Hardy.
David Robinson, Roxanne Robinson, to Corey Mikkelsen Pt Lots 9 and 10 in Block 6, North Superior.
Michael C. Robinson, Rosalee Robinson to Corey Mikkelsen Pt Lots 9 and 10 in Block 6, North Superior.
Kathy Robinson to Corey Mikkelsen Pt Lots 9 and 10 in Block 6, North Superior.
David L. Garza to Cristal M. Furrey Lot 1 and Pt Lot 2 in Block 41, Original Town of Nelson.
Stuart M. Tietjen, Mary S. Tietjen to Joby D. Hanson, Christin D. Hanson Pt Lots 10 and 11 in Block 34, Original Town of Superior.

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Police chief reiterates warning about scams
The Superior Police Department has been inundated with reports of phone and online scams, according to Perry Freeman, police chief.
"Nearly every day, someone, usually an elderly person, comes in and reports they have been a victim, or has questions about being investigated by a federal agency, or they've won money and need to follow some strange directions in order to collect," Freeman said.
People should never play along with these contacts because it will only get worse, and it will be more difficult to get the caller to leave them alone, Freeman said. Anyone who receives an unexpected call from a company or agency they have not been dealing with should merely hang up, because it's probably a scam. The IRS, FBI or any other federal agency is not going to contact people on the telephone and threaten to arrest them or sieze their bank accounts.
People should never give out personal information to anyone who sounds suspicious or is making unusual requests. Bank accounts are what the scammers are after, or credit card numbers or for someone to wire them some money because they are in trouble.
The following are just some of the scams reported to Superior police in the past few months:
You are being investigated by the IRS; you are being investigated by the FBI; you've won $2 million and we need you to send some money so we can deliver your winnings; your grandson is in jail in another state or country and needs money to be bonded out; I want to buy the item you have on Craigslist, but details of the deal are not normal; you answer an ad on the internet to buy a car or a dog or something, and they want the money up front.

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Nominees announced for 10th District judge
The judicial nominating committee for the County Court, 10th Judicial District, provided the following three names for the governor's consideration: Michael O. Mead of Juniata, Michelle J. Oldham of Hastings and Don E. Theobald of Red Cloud.
The vacancy was caused by the death of Judge Michael L. Offner. The 10th Judicial District consists of Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Franklin, Harlan, Kearney, Nuckolls, Phelps and Webster counties. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Hastings.

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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.