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From our early files

Eighty Years Ago
H. H. Bowes, a delivery man for three Superior grocery stores,had driven 45,766 miles without leaving Superior. He had put 14,628 miles of those on his Chevrolet truck.
Work began cutting natural ice on the pond of L. L. Edsall. Edsall planned to fill one ice house. He employed more than 50 men to cut the ice.
The temperature dropped to five below zero in Superior.
Mrs. William Droegmiller, 79, died. She was a Superior resident.
Old Time Malt Syrup was 39 cents for a 2 pound can at Bruning's Store in Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Anna Karenina," starring Greta Garbo.
Seventy Years Ago
The Kissinger Motor Company, Superior, was purchased by Jack Linn, Beatrice. The company had the Chevrolet franchise for Superior.
Seven coyotes were harvested in a round-up east of Superior. A farmer northwest of Superior observed five coyotes in his yard.
The engineering firm of Frank McNett, Grand Island, was employed as engineer in charge of construction of the Superior municipal swimming pool.
Mr. and Mrs. Nels Larsen, Nora, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
A 50 pound bag of Golden Poppy flour was $1.00 at Stephenson's Market in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was playing "China Sky," starring Randolph Scott and Ruth Warrick.
Sixty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Williams, Nelson, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
A runaway steam turbine in the power plant at the Ideal Cement Company caused damage to the building and wrecked the engine. A governor on the engine failed and the engine oversped and broke into pieces. No injuries were reported.
Phyllis Ridle, 43, died. She taught journalism at Superior High School.
John Kaldahl, 50, died. He was a farmer in the Hardy community.
Brown Beauty Mexican beans were two cans for 27 cents at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was showing "The Vanishing American," starring Scott Brady and Audrey Totter.
Fifty Years Ago
The North Western and Santa Fe depot on Superior's South Bloom Street was put into service replacing the more than 70 years old station located on Central Avenue.
An Oklahoma trucker was fined $710 and costs for having an overloaded truck. He was 12, 334 pounds overweight.
Voters in Webber and Valley View school districts approved the decision to contract with the Superior school system for the education of their pupils.
Esther Lundsgaard, 71, died. She was a Ruskin resident.
A 25 pound sack of Robin Hood flour was $2.05 at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Help," starring The Beatles.
Forty Years Ago
Sandy Karmazin, Lawrence, was crowned queen of the South Central Pork Producers at Hastings.
The Superior Planning Commission delayed a decision on a request for special permission to build and operate an anhydrous ammonia plant at the east sale barn.
Mr. and Mrs. Val Linnemann, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hammer, Scandia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
A 10 pound bag of Idaho russet potatoes was 89 cents at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Peeper," starring Michael Caine and Natalie Wood.
Thirty Years Ago
Michael Oglevie was named administrator of Brodstone Memorial Hospital.
More Than $14,000 was raised at a soup and pie benefit in Byron. The event was held to aid the David Wenske family.
Orval Patterson, a retired Nuckolls county commisssioner, Superior, celebrated his 87th birthday.
Dorothy Dunken Moss, 82, died. She was a lifelong Nuckolls county resident.
A Makita four inch grinder was $54.72 at Wheelers Tire Center in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Agnes of God," starring Jane Fonda.
Twenty Years Ago
A winter storm paralyzed the area, stopping the movement of mail and closing schools. The windchill was 50 degrees below zero from a high of 50 above just a few hours earlier.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harvey celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Loren and Arlene Bohling and LaVern and Janice Bohling, Byron, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Eda Czirr Barnes 93, died. She was a charter member of Centennial Lutheran Church and a former Superior resident.
A 12 pack of Pepsi was $2.99 at the Superior Ben Franklin Store.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" and "Toy Story."
Ten Years Ago
Customers served by City of Superior Utilities shared in a $70,000 settlement award to the city.
The Superior, Guide Rock and Nelson Masonic Lodges offered a free Child ID program.
Chester Moran, 83, died. He was a Superior resident.
Esther Gerdes Gerbering, 91, died. She was a Hebron resident.
The Crest theatre was playing "King Kong" and "Rumor has It."
Five Years Ago
Kitty Rose opened for business at Third and Commercial Streets, Superior. The business featured knitting and crochet supplies.
The City of Superior sought bids for a water conditioning building to be constructed on federal property adjacent to the Superior Canal near Hartley Street.
Dorothy Thayer Corman, 98, died. She was a lifelong Nuckolls County resident.
Diana Brumbaugh Vogler, 52, died. She was a Guide Rock resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Tron: Legacy."
One Year Ago
Influenza spread throughout south-central Nebraska.
John Combs retired from Holcim with more than 30 years of service. He was a third generation worker at the former Ideal Cement Company.
Nellie Koken Kohl, 97, died. She was a Superior resident.
Leon "Hank" Krause, 82, died. He was a Byron resident and a retired blacksmith and welder.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Dumb and Dumber To."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Court, traffic
Speeding - Jon J. Carlson, Hanahan, S.C., $25; David W. Kyles, Randolph, N.C., $25; Corey M. Wright, Kansas City, Mo., $25; Trayton L. Upton, Hardy, $25; James Stephen Lauby, Loomis, $25.
Mattison L. Sullivan, Superior, violation of stop sign, $75.
Dwight A. Sole, Nelson, failure to use turn signal, $25.
Joy Barnes, Superior, improper turn, $25.
Cole M. Hansen, Westfield, Ind., violation of stop sign, $75.
County Court, civil
Credit Management Services vs. Tammy Imler and Cecil Imler, Hardy, judgement entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Hannah Martin, Hastings, judgement entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Nichole Vogler, Superior, judgement entered.
General Collection Co. vs. Steven A. Byrd, Grand Island, judgement entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Angela Marvin, Superior, judgement entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Liberty Edwards, Hardy, judgement entered.
County Court, criminal
State of Nebraska vs. Terry Grummert, Hebron, driving Left of Center, $25; possess or consume open alcohol container, $150.
Real estate transfers
U.S. National Bank Association to Christine K. McKee, Deborah L. Hamburger Lots 5 and 6 in Block 13, Original Town of Lawrence.
Steven K. Gebers ­Co Trustee, Diane K. Gebers ­Co Trustee, Steven K. Gebers ­Revocable Trust, Diane K. Gebers ­Revocable Trust, David L. Gebers ­Co Trustee, Sherry Gebers ­Co Trustee, David L. Gebers ­Revocable Trust, Sherry Gebers ­Revocable Trust to Carroll Sole, Patricia Welty-Hoffman Pt NE 14 31-3-6.
Hilda Eitzmann to Lois Kirchhoff Pt E 12 SW 14 34-1-5.
Lois Kirchhoff, David A. Kirchhoff to Lois Kirchhoff, David A. Kirchhoff Pt E 12 SW 14 34-1-5.
Hilda Eitzmann to Lucille Schardt SE 14 34-1-5.
Lucille Schardt, Lyle G. Schardt to Lucille Schardt, Lyle G. Schardt SE 14 34-1-5; Pt E 12 SW 14 34-1-5.
Henry Z. Grijalva, Hillary L. Grijalva to Derek L. Hiatt, Sharmayn S. Hiatt Lot 26 Wilsons Addition of Superior.

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Letter to the District
By Sen. John Kuehn,
Neb. Legislature, District 38
Bill introduction has concluded and a total of 487 bills and resolutions have been introduced for consideration by the legislature this session. Each bill will have a public hearing in the committee to which it was referenced during the next five weeks. Floor debate continues on carryover legislation from last session. 
In the appropriations committee we continue to work on the development of the preliminary budget adjustments to the biennial budget. In conjunction with the recommendations made by the governor, the committee is considering deficit requests to address expenses that were not foreseen during last year's budget process. Addressing the projected revenue shortfall is also part of our work to guarantee a balanced budget.
In addition to the bills I discussed last week, LR 378CA, the Constitutional Right to Farm Amendment, and LB 792, the "revolving door" bill, I introduced two other bills for consideration this session.  
LB 720 would make the unauthorized capture of images by unmanned aerial vehicles a trespassing offense. UAVs, commonly known as "drones," have become popular among people who use them for both hobby and commerce. Many of these drones have the ability to capture photos and video during their flight. As the technology advances, the law regarding an individual's right to privacy with drones flying over personal private property and taking photos and videos has not kept pace. LB 720 requires express permission to capture an image over private property using a drones flying below 200 feet. It does not affect the flying or use of drones, but rather protects citizens, their homes, businesses and farms from unauthorized photos and videos. I look forward to the discussion about the appropriate use of this new and exciting technology.
LB 979 is a bill enabling the substitution and use of a class of medical products called "biosimilars." Biosimilars are an innovative class of pharmaceuticals that provide treatment options for health care providers and patients. LB 979 updates Nebraska statutes to allow for the substitution of biologic products only with FDA approved interchangeable biologics.  Current state law governs the substitution by pharmacists of generic drugs for their branded counterparts, and similar statutory direction is needed to craft state policy allowing for the substitution of FDA approved interchangeable biologics. The bill would provide guidance for health care providers and patients as use of these innovative products grows.
If you should have any questions about the legislation I have introduced or any other matter before the Legislature, do not hesitate to contact my office or email at For daily updates during the session, please follow me on Twitter at @JohnKuehnDVM.

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Shoveling snow can lead to heart attacks
Last year during winter weather, at least seven people died while shoveling snow in three midwest states. Cardiologists at the University of Kansas Hospital have a warning for those planning to dig out.
Brian Weiford, M.D., said colder temperatures and the lack of activity most of us see over the winter months place extra demands on the human heart, so it's important to stay alert to exertion warnings. Among the early warning signs of overtaxing your heart are dizziness, extreme fatigue, feeling faint and in more serious cases, chest pains. Even people in relatively good shape can be at risk during cold winter days.
Snow shoveling can be more strenuous than exercising full throttle on a treadmill. While this may not be a problem if an individual is healthy and fit, it can be dangerous if not. Shoveling, even pushing a heavy snow blower, can cause sudden increase in blood pressure and heart rate, and the cold air can cause constriction of the blood vessel and decrease oxygen to the heart. All these work in concert to increase the work of the heart and trigger a potentially fatal heart attack.
Individuals who are at risk of a heart attack during cold outdoor activities include those with a prior heart attack, those with known heart disease, those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol, smokers and those who lead a sedentary life-style. Such individuals should think twice about shoveling snow and should talk to their doctor before taking on such a task.

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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.