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Eighty Years Ago
Abe Stahl, 89, died. The Nelson resident was a Civil War veteran with the Union army.
A large gasoline transport truck and trailer belonging to F. E. Johnson and Paul Littrell, Nelson, was destroyed by fire west of Chester. No injuries were reported but 2,185 gallons of gasoline burned.
William Voight, 70, died, He was a longtime Nelson merchant and real estate investor.
Mary Helder Wright, 78, died. She was a longtime Superior resident.
Sheaffer Lifetime Fountain Pens were $4.95 at Fisher's Drug Store in Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was showing "The Merry Widow," starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald.
Seventy Years Ago
Cpl. Keith Fischer, Republic, was killed in action at Leyte in the Philippines.
Pvt. Lawrence Wilcox was killed in Burma. He was a former Webber and Bostwick resident.
The Ramseier Shoe Hospital, Superior, was sold to Frank Russell, proprietor of the Russell Shoe Repair Shop.
The Superior City Power and Light Department offered a 25 per cent discount on December electric bills as a Christmas present.
Rutabagas were four cents per pound at the Superior Safeway.
The Lyric Theatre was showing "Lost in a Harem," starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.
Sixty Years Ago
A Superior male shopper was overheard ordering a fifth of milk at a local grocery store.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Lynch, Nora, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
A fire of unknown origin at the farm of Mrs. Joe McGinness, six miles north of Nelson, destroyed a large barn. Six head of cattle and 17 head of hogs perished and a large amount of feed and seed were destroyed. No injuries were reported.
Percy Cook, 45, died. He was a Mt. Clare native who lived in Superior.
Ham loaf was 39 cents per pound at Roder's IGA Supermarket in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Phffft," starring Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon.
Fifty Years Ago
The Community Presbyterian Church of Ruskin celebrated its 75th anniversary,
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stansbury, Formoso, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. J. O. Hill, 77, died. He was the founder of Hill Oil Company and a former Superior resident.
Mrs. Leo Clabaugh returned to teaching at the Hardy school a week after she slipped on snow as she left the building. She suffered a broken right leg.
Tom turkeys were 33 cents per pound at the Superior Cash-Way Market.
Forty Years Ago
Steve Gross, 21, died as the result of a drug overdose. He had recently moved to Superior from Idaho.
Lee's Champlin Service, Superior, was purchased by Larry Striggow from Mr. and Mrs. Lee Penney.
Steve Siebecker, a Superior High School football player, was named to the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star first team Class B All-State football teams.
Elizabeth Norman Russell, 29, died. She was a Guide Rock High School graduate and a teacher.
Turkeys were 59 cents per pound at the Superior Safeway.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Death Wish," starring Charles Bronson.
Thirty Years Ago
Fritz Schlueter celebrated his 85th birthday.
Florence Bargen retired after 33 years of service teaching in Nuckolls County. She began teaching in 1935.
Martha Stafford Burge, 82, died. She was a longtime resident of the Republic community.
The large barn on the former Brodstone farm near the north edge of Superior was dismantled.
Basted Perky Turkeys were 89 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Beverly Hills Cop," starring Eddie Murphy.
Twenty Years Ago
Reynold Kohmetscher retired as Lawrence village clerk after 22 years of service.
Way Recycling opened for business one mile west of the Superior Country Club. The company accepted paper and metal cans.
The Village of Davenport was awarded an $18,000 grant for the purchase of a brush chipper by the Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants Program.
New Christmas decorations were added to the business district of Guide Rock.
The Superior High School Student Council sponsored a food drive which netted 377 food items for area food pantries.
Farmland boneless hams were 89 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest theatre was playing "Drop Zone," starring Wesley Snipes and "Mixed Nuts," starring Steve Martin.
Ten Years Ago
An open house was held at the recently acquired parsonage of Superior's United Methodist Church, the former home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ruth.
Dorothy Frerichs celebrated her 75th birthday.
Ted Madson retired after 15 years of service at the Nelson Recycling Center.
Kendall Seeba, 65, died. He was a Superior resident and a restorer of tractors.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Raise Your Voice."
Five Years Ago
The Superior Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a fire on the roof of Ideal Market. Members of the Superior Board of Education voted unanimously to offer Charles Isom, superintendent, a two year contract.
Dick Fish retired from Ideal Cement after 46 years of service.
Meta Kottmeyer Stiles, 98, died. She was the oldest living lifetime member of Salem Lutheran Church.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Disney's Old Dogs" and "The twilight Saga: New Moon."
One Year Ago
The Superior area received six inches of light, powdery snow.
A fire destroyed the contents of the residence of Zach and Emma Beale in Nelson.
Gregg Roe, 49, died. He was a former Superior resident.
Kathleen Fuller, 61, died. She was a Guide Rock resident.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Thor: The Dark World" and "Disney's Frozen."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Traffic Court
Presley K. Hunt, Nelson, speeding, $25.
San Juanita Flores, Sutton, speeding, $25.
Virginia A. Roe, Superior, careless driving, $100.
Corey H. Galaway, Edgar, speeding, $25.
Larry Randal McKinney, Jr, Superior, speeding, $25.
County Civil Court
     Credit Management Services vs. Tami Mikkelsen, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Jerry Williamson, Lawrence, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Desiree Steward, Nelson, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Amanda Thompson, Superior, judgment entered.
Signature Performance Tiburon, LLC, vs. Lorinda J. Ackerman, Ruskin, judgment entered.
Real Estate Transfers
Kenneth P. Brockman, Phyllis K. Brockman to Kenneth P. Brockman, Phyllis K. Brockman, SE 14 31-4-8.
James W. Lynch to Jerry L. Lynch, undivided one-half interest in the N 12 SW 14 33-3-6; SE 14 NW 14 33-3-6; N 12 NE 14 5-2-6; SW 14 NE 14 5-2-6; and NW 14 5-2-6.
Ruth Fristo, personal representative for the Estate of Richard T. Pusateri, to Darren W. Willett, Tiffany T. Willett, Lot 2 in Block 1, Highland Estates Subdivision of Superior.
David B. Downing and Marlan Watson, personal representatives for the Estate of Kathaleen E. Blackstone, to Mitzie M. Wilkerson, James E. Willett, Lot 12 and S 17 feet of Lot 11 in Block 4, Original Town of Superior.
Robert E. Dye, personal representative for the Estate of Vera B. Dye, to Lane L. Hawley and Anna M. Hawley, trustees of the Lane L. Hawley and Anna M. Hawley living trusts, Lots 13 and 14 in Block 4, Original Town of Superior.

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Do you know where Boettcher Road is?
Here's a question for those living on what is commonly known as Eighth Street.
Are you sure you live on Eighth Street or is it Boettcher Road?
The Dec. 23, 1954, issue of this newspaper reported that on Dec. 6, 1954 the Superior City Council passed a resolution changing the name of Eighth Street to Boettcher Road. Apparently the Nuckolls County Commissioners took similar action to change the name from the city limits west to the Ideal Cement Company plant.
The newspaper article reported the name was changed as an honor to the Boettcher family. C. K. Boettcher and his father, the late Charles Boettcher, were principal owners of a chain of cement plants operated under the Ideal Cement banner. In 1954 C. K. was chairman of the Ideal Cement Company board, Chris Dobbins was president and M.G. Matthews executive vice-president.
A $50,000 gift from the Ideal Cement Company which was matched with a like amount from the federal government made possible the paving of the street. Prior to 1954 the road was gravelled.
The paving from the city limits west to the plant was completed in 1954 but work on the street from the city limits east to Bloom Street would not be completed until 1955. In addition to the pavement, the street within the city limits was being widened in anticipation of increased traffic.

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Attorneys, farmers to spar over Republican River diversion
Attorneys representing the State of Nebraska and a group of Southwest Nebraska farmers are expect to spar in court next week over the state's diversion of Republican River water which the farmers believe they had first claim to.
A hearing is scheduled in Furnas County District Court on a motion filed by the state seeking to dismiss the lawsuit.
Four Nebraska farmers filed the suit in August demanding the state compensate them for irrigation water that diverted away from their crops to comply with the Republican River Compact, an agreement signed more than 70 years ago by the states of Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado.
The farmers say their yields were cut by the denial of water that should have been stored for their use in Republican River watershed dams. Instead the water was sent downstream to Kansas to meet the state's obligations under the 1943 compact.
The compact allocates the water to the three states and guarantees a minimum amount to be delivered to Kansas each year, regardless of rainfall or streamflow.
Kansas has taken Nebraska to court claiming Nebraska is overusing its supply. In attempt to satisfy Kansas, Nebraska has taken water which previously was stored and distributed via irrigation districts to surface water irrigators. In addition natural resources districts have been pumping underground water and sending it down stream in an attempt to satisfy Kansas.
A brief written by the Nebraska Attorney General's Office staff to support the state's motion to dismiss the lawsuit contends the court can't order compensation for the farmers because that would be inconsistent with terms of the compact.
If the court finds that the state's actions to comply with the compact amounted to the unconstitutional taking of the water, that would contradict terms of the Republican River Compact and hurt the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources's ability to stay within the allocation.
But the farmers attorneys, David Domina and Megan Mikolajczk, representing the farmers, say the state has a constitutional obligation to compensate the farmers for taking the water.
"Plaintiffs do no claim the state lacked a right to take the water for a public purpose" according to the farmers' brief. "They content they are entitled to be paid because the appropriation of water for the public purpose chosen is constitutionally and legally inferior to the plaintiffs' water right.

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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.