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Eighty Years Ago
A dedication ceremony was held for the new scout cabin at Superior's Lincoln Park. Labor for the construction work was provided by the WPA and the native rock came from the foundation of the old Hardy mill.
The worst grasshopper infestation in Nuckolls County history was reported.
A gold ring was found 35 years after it had been lost in a watermelon patch near Nora. It was returned to its original owner who had lost it while stealing watermelons as a youth.
A small tornado touched down near Hardy and damaged barley and other small grain crops across a three-mile strip.
A pint bottle of Fly Tox was 43 cents at Elwood Jordan's IGA store in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was playing "13 Hours by Air," starring Fred MacMurray.
Seventy Years Ago
A large two-story farm house, a garage and a wash house burned to the ground near Superior. No injuries were reported and the origin of the blaze was unknown.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Johnson, Superior, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Gingrich, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
The temperature reached 111 degrees and hot winds damaged gardens and crops.
A house axe was $1.69 at Superior Tire and Electric.
The Lyric Theatre was showing "North West Mounted Police," starring Clark Gable and Madeline Carroll.
Sixty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Emil Jensen, Hardy, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
More workers were needed for corn detassleing work.
The Nelson community held their 37th annual "Sunset Social" for the aged.
Nebraska Senators Roman Hruska and Carl Curtis proposed that Nebraska be the site of the United States Department of Agriculture animal disease research center.
A 10 cubic foot Firestone refrigerator was $289.95 at S & A Home and Auto in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Picnic," starring William Holden and Kim Novak.
Fifty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Strine, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Max Fringer, 64, died. He was a farmer in the Guide Rock community.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Placke purchased the Superior Beverage store from the estate of Al Klapal.
Mr. and Mrs. George Drew, Superior, celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary.
Superior Farmers Union butter was 59 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Trouble with Angels," starring Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills.
Forty Years Ago
The 1975 population of Nuckolls County was 6,876.
Salvage crews completed the removal of the rails on the former 88-mile long Great Plains Railroad. Work was underway to remove ties and bridges from the line.
Emma Frey Oltmans, 87, died. She was a Nelson resident.
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Thurber, Nelson, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.
Ground beef was 73 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Against a Crooked Sky."
Thirty Years Ago
Two Superior youths stole a pickup truck in Superior. When the vehicle ran out of gasoline at Byron, they stole the car of a Byron State Bank employee. They drove that car to near Centralia, Kan., where it caught fire and was destroyed in the blaze.
The Deshler school district withdrew its offer to merge with the Ruskin school district.
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Purcell, Webber, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Nuckolls County Extension Clubs participated in the observance of the 50th anniversary of the Nebraska Council of Home Extension Clubs at Hastings.
A 20 pound lug of California peaches was $7.99 at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Gungho," starring Michael Keaton.
Twenty Years Ago
Lenard and Luella Eitzman, Byron, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Leafy spurge, one of the most threatening noxious weeds to agriculture, was found on a Nuckolls County farm.
Bruce and Lavon Johnston celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Clara Chambers, 84, died. She was a Superior resident.
Ten Years Ago
Brodstone Memorial Hospital received a $2,500 grant from the Bryant LGH Foundation Matching Funds Program to assist with the purchase of a colposcope.
I 4 Detail cellular service held a grand opening at its Superior location.
Mary Ann Hudson Robinson, 80, died. She was a Superior resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Click" and Disney's "Cars."
Five Years Ago
The "twin barns," located east of the Superior Country Club, succumbed to the ravages of time and weather,
Sam Rempe was appointed to the Nuckolls County extension board.
Dwayne and Avis Bostleman, Superior, celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
Melvin Uhrmacher, 73, died. He was a retired farmer and Superior resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Rio."
One Year Ago
Nuckolls County employees were awarded a two per cent pay raise.
Area roadways were swamped when heavy rains covered roads and sent watercourse over their banks.
Beryl Intermill Erickson, 96, died. She was a Superior resident.
Clarence Gebers, 89, died. He was a lifelong Nuckolls county resident and a WW11 veteran.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Tomorrowland."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Court, traffic
Juan C. DeLao, Wichita, speeding, $125.
Jeremiah R. Butler, Minneapolis, Kan., speeding, $25.
Zachary R. Pohlmeier, Hastings, speeding, $25.
County Court, civil
Credit Management Services vs. Hilary Milligan, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Sandy Wilson, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Daniel Judy, Nelson, judgment entered.
Central Nebraska Collections, LLC, vs. Travis Pofahl, Nelson, judgment entered.
County Court, criminal
State of Nebraska vs. Virginia L. Perez, Superior, open container, $50.
Jeremy John Hlavac and Danielle Rose Cassell were married June 4 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Superior by Fr. Brad Zitek, with Pam McDermott and Josh Hlavac as witnesses.
Real estate transfers
R&D Investments to R&D Investments, A NE Partnership Pt N 12 SW 14 36-4-7; S 12 SW 14 36-4-7.
Elizabeth L. Mazour, Jerome D. Mazour to Elizabeth L. Mazour, Jerome D. Mazour Pt Lots 7 and 8 in Block 4, North Superior.
Robert W. Ludwig, Lorna M. Ludwig to Robert W. Ludwig ­Trustee, Lorna M. Ludwig ­Trustee, Robert W. Ludwig ­Revocable Trust, Lorna M. Ludwig ­Revocable Trust E 12 SE 14 24-2-5.
Danny K. Corman, Pamela A. Corman to Danny K. Corman ­Living Trust, Danny K. Corman ­Trustee, Pamela A. Corman ­Trustee Undivided 12 Interest NE 14 16-2-5.
Dennis Shroyer ­Trustee, Dennis Shroyer ­Trust to Nebraska Department of Roads Tract in SW 14 35-2-7.

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Demonstration day will feature sensors in action
A Project SENSE demonstration day on Thursday, June 30, is planned in Edgar. The demo day will show growers how to outfit and implement the project's nitrogen management strategy on their operations. Project SENSE (Sensors for Efficient Nitrogen Use and Stewardship of the Environment) focuses on improving the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer use.
Strategies which direct crop nitrogen status at early growth stages are a promising way to improve nitrogen fertilizer efficiency and improve groundwater nitrate levels. Growers will see a live demonstration of the project's high clearance nitrogen applicator outfitted with active crop canopy sensors and will see the high tech sensors in action. Attendees will learn how producers are conducting research trials on their own fields in partnership with the Project SENSE team.
Project SENSE is a collaborative effort between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Nebraska Corn Board, five natural resource districts (Central Platte, Little Blue, Lower Loup, Lower Platte North and Upper Big Blue) in Nebraska and producers participating in the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network.
The demo day will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Edgar Community Building. A free noon lunch will be served. Please preregister two days in advance for meal planning purposes. Attendees may preregister by e-mail to Download the brochure at:

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It took three days to celebrate Gene Bruening's birthday
By Sandra Foote
The planning of Gene Bruening's 80th birthday celebration was a family group effort. Friday night there was dinner and a movie shown at Beth and Steve Siebecker's house. The movie was no ordinary movie because Gene is no ordinary guy. The movie was a video of his life, so far.
The background music for the movie was the song, "(They Call the Wind) Mariah," from the Broadway musical and subsequent movie, "Paint Your Wagon," starring Lee Marvin. The children often asked Gene to sing that song.
Saturday, there was a family golf tournament planned by Gene himself, with four teams of golfers. The teams comprised of the sons, sons-in-law and grandsons, as well as "wannabe" grandsons and friends. They had to draw for team players because there were three Class-A golf pros ­­ Steve Bruening, Stuart Bruening and Kit Grove. Randy Edwards was also a team leader. The 16 players were, Gene Bruening, Bob Gosch, Rod Tams, Phil Stineman, Bill Davis, Steve Siebecker, Steve Bruening, Stuart Bruening, Trent Siebecker, Brock Bruening, Matt Carpenter Josh Henderson, Kit Grove, Kurt Hiatt, Randy Edwards and Jim Placke. This drawing kept the teams from stacking and made the game fun for all as they were fairly even in skill level. They also played with two former students of Gene's, Rod Tams from Stamford and Phil Stineman, Superior. Gene's team won! The grandchildren kept the thirsty players happy with the beverage cart.
Saturday night there was a prime rib dinner for 50 family members and close friends hosted by the Bruening children, Laurie and Bill Davis, Beth and Steve Siebecker, Steve and Becky Bruening and Stuart and Lisa Bruening.
Sunday morning Gene and Carmen hosted a brunch at their house.
Attending all of the festivities were all four children and spouses. Seven of their eight grandchildren and spouses were also able to celebrate this milestone with Gene. The family members attending were Ami Siebecker and friend from Kansas City, Amanda and Rick Sethack with Charlie, the great-grandson from Omaha; Trent and Jackie Siebecker from Superior with their children, Tenley and Berk, Kirby Siebecker with daughter, Nora, and friend from Superior, Brittany and Matt Carpenter from the Denver area; Brock Bruening from Castle Rock, Colo.; and Rachel Bruening from the Denver area. The only ones who could not make it back for this milestone were Brad Siebecker and his family from Washington, because Brad is in the Navy.


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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.