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From our early files

Eighty Years Ago
Postal service was switched from the old Superior post office building to the new post office building.
The first transport truck was filled with gasoline at the Champlin pipe line terminal.
A Superior volunteer fireman was overcome by fumes while he was tracking down a gas :"bomb" at the American Legion hall. An unknown person had set off the can containing chemicals inside the men's wash room while a dance was in progress. The can was of a type used to dispense chemicals to kill insects or rodents.
The new state paving on Superior's Bloom Street was opened to traffic.
Mechanical pencils were 25 cents each at Fisher's in Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was showing "Broadway Gondolier," starring Dick Powell and Joan Blondell.
Seventy Years Ago
Sgt. Earl Graham, Superior, was awarded the Bronze star for "heroic achievement" in battle.
AM 1/c Edward Fussell, a 1940 Superior High School graduate, was listed as deceased. He had been listed as missing in action in June, 1944.
Roy Knapp, 60, died. He was a former Webber resident and telephone company manager.
Perry Sest, 85, died. He had been a resident of the Reubens community since 1879.
Three cans of Lewis Lye were 25 cents at Stephenson's Market in Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "The Enchanted Cottage," starring Dorothy McGuire and Robert Young.
Sixty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Troudt, Superior, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. M. A. McPherson, Guide Rock, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
H. G. Frear purchased the Superior Truck Line from Elmer Sealock.
Superior residents contributed 124 pints of blood when the Bloodmobile visited.
Slab bacon was 39 cents per pound at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Beau Brummell," starring Stewart Granger and Elizabeth Taylor.
Fifty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Arnt Carlson, both 77, died in an automobile accident near Belleville. They were lifelong residents of the Republic community.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Tietjen, Superior, celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary.
Maurice Christensen, 27, died as the result of an automobile-train collision on Highway 14, just north of the Nuckolls County line.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Parks, Superior, celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary.
Long Island ducklings were 39 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest theatre was playing "The Rounders," starring Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda.
Forty Years Ago
Gary Hank, 12, died when he was electrocuted while playing football in a neighbor's front yard. The Superior resident ran into an ornamental electric light pole which broke, exposing the live wires. He was barefoot and the ground was wet.
Boyd Jones, a northern Nuckolls County farmer was seriously injured when he was caught in a grain augur.
Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Keim, Davenport, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary
Lars Pedersen, 76, died. He was a retired farmer from the Ruskin-Hardy community.
Fresh whole fryer chickens were 49 cents per pound at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Race with the Death," starring Peter Fonda and Warren Oates.
Thirty Years Ago
Victor Sharp, 65, died when his automobile went off a bridge into a creek bed. He was a recent retiree from the Ideal Cement Company.
Scott McKee reported that 11 sows, weighing between 300 and 500 pounds were stolen from his sale barn.
Dr. Claude Mason, 77, died, he had been a physician in Superior for 49 years.
Eula Page Schufeldt, 86, died. She was a lifelong Nuckolls County resident.
An 80 bushel Big Husky K-Line feeder was $310 at Hardy Feed, Inc.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Fletch," starring Chevy Chase.
Twenty Years Ago
Pastor Mark Imel conducted his first service as pastor at Superior's Church of Christ.
Gay and Terry Gowan purchased the car wash at Third at Colorado in Superior from Dean Thornton.
Ed Montgomery, Superior, celebrated his 90th birthday.
The Superior Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary donated $500 to the Superior Public Library for its services to the elderly.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Apollo 13," starring Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon and "Operation Dumbo Drop."
Ten Years Ago
Dale and Charleen Adcock, Superior, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Meyer Vineyards, Superior, released their first Merlot and Red Zinfadel wines.
Garnet Scherer Tuttle, 92, died. She was a Nuckolls County resident.
Florence Rutherford Ohmstede, 91, died. She was a Guide Rock community resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Sky High" and Fantastic."
Five Years Ago
The Bostwick Irrigation District was selected for a $250,000 Bureau of Reclamation grant. The funds will be leveraged with local funding to convert 6.8 miles of open ditch canal lateral to buried pipe.
The future of the Superior City Park band shell was debated by the city council. The roof was damaged in the Father's Day tornado.
Bill and Lorna Hill, Superior, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Robert Noren, 89, died. He was a Superior native and a retired banker.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Other Guys" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."
One Year Ago
A severe storm tore through Nuckolls county with 80 mile per hour wind gusts. Electrical outages were reported in several communities.
The Nebraska Investment Finance Authority awarded the City of Superior a grant to conduct a housing study. Local funds were used to match the grant award.
Vaden and Mary Ann Lane, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Melva Howe Kussman, 90, died. She was a Nuckolls county resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Planes: Fire and Rescue."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Court, traffic
Speeding - Jessica Furrey, Nelson, $25; Jessy Sporing, Glenvil, $25; Bradley Ellenz, Beloit, $25; Barry Foster, Superior, $75.
Diana Hopkins, Superior, no valid registration, $25.
Michelle Villicano, Superior, improper passing and no operator's license, $75.
Christy D. Warneking, Nelson, speeding and no valid registration, $100.
County Court, civil
Credit Management Services vs. Andrea Whitten, aka Andrea Martin, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Cynthia Lipker, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Byron Wilson, Nelson, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Joseph Harwell, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Adam Harding and Shana Harding, Nelson, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Patricia Stillwell and James Stillwell, Superior, judgment entered.
County Court, criminal
State of Nebraska vs. Michelle Villicano, Superior, possession of controlled substance, marijuana, $300.
State of Nebraska vs. Taylor A. Dell, Davenport, driving during revocation first offence, $25, license revoked for one year, ignition interlock permit ordered.
State of Nebraska vs. Theadore W. Kuykendall, Edgar, no proof of insurance, $75.
State of Nebraska vs. Kara A. Roe, Superior, procure or sell alcohol to minor, $500.
State of Nebraska vs. Bruce D. Renz, Superior, DUI first offense, $500, license revoked for 60 days, ignition interlock permit ordered.
District Court, civil
State of Nebraska on behalf of a minor child vs. Lawrence D. Delong, Reanna Jo Sutton, order for support.
Real estate transfers
Joline Allington to Terron Kyle Bauer, Brooke R. Bauer Lot 6 and Pt Lot 5 in Block 22, East Superior.
Judy Kachanes to Jon C. Albrecht Pt Lots 1 and 2 in Block 22, East Superior.
Harland R. Lipker, Ruth A. Lipker to Harland R. Lipker ­Trustee, Ruth A. Lipker ­Trustee for the Harland R. Lipker Trust S 12 NE 14 34-3-5; W 12 NE 14 27-3-5; NW 14 27-3-5; Lots 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 in Block 16, Original Town of Ruskin.
John W. Corman ­Deceased to Public W 12 NW 14 11-3-6; SE 14 NW 14 11-3-6; SW 14 NE 14 11-3-6; Lots 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 20 and 21, and Pt Lots 5 and 22 in Block 8, Original Town of Oak.
John A. Kaldahl ­Trustee for the John A. Kaldahl Revocable Trust, Mary K. Kaldahl ­Trustee for the Mary K. Kaldahl Revocable Trust to Cameron Grabast, Jodi Grabast W 6 Ft Vacated KS Street Block 50, Original Town of Superior; W 6 Ft Vacated KS Street Block 51, Original Town of Superior.
Vernon W. Kaldahl, Elizabeth A. Kaldahl to Cameron Grabast, Jodi Grabast E 6 Ft Vacated KS Street Block 50, Original Town of Superior; E 6 Ft Vacated KS Street Block 51, Original Town of Superior.
John A. Kaldahl ­Trustee, Mary K. Kaldahl ­Trustee for the John A. Kaldahl ­Revocable Trust, Mary K. Kaldahl ­Revocable Trust to Cameron Grabast, Jodi Grabast Pt Lots 11 and 12 in Block 50, E 6 Ft Vacated KS Street Abutting Lots 11 and 12 Original Town of Superior.

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Lovewell State Park hosts annual Campground Christmas
Lovewell State Park hosted its 13th annual Campground Christmas on Saturday. This year's event had 12 decorated campsites. Entries were decked out with lights, holiday inflatables, Christmas trees and a variety of other traditional and non-traditional decorations.
Winning first place this year were Chris Kenley and Friends of Edgar with their "Hillbilly Haven" display. Second place was awarded to Lonnie and Carmen Bargen and family of Superior. Winning third place was the Scott and Jaletta Nondorf family, also of Superior.
Judges, including Santa himself, circled the state park on Saturday evening to choose the winners. Scores of children took advantage of an early visit with Santa as he made his rounds, making the judging process a bit longer. Many vehicles visited the campgrounds that evening to view the decorations.  Hearty "Merry Christmas" wishes were shouted to passers-by and carolers were singing at several campsites. The winners received their prizes at the beach shelter on Sunday morning.

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Jenny's REESources, by Jenny Rees, UNL Extension
Brad Lubben has posted maps of potential Farm Bill payments at: From these maps, one can clearly see the difference in ARC-CO payments I was pointing out earlier in the year. Brad explains this further, Clay and Fillmore County corn provides an example of the impact of the yield history over 2009-2013. Clay County had two years of corn yields substantially below average (2012 and 2013) while Fillmore County had one year substantially below average (2012). The Olympic average excludes the high and low years in the calculation, meaning the Fillmore County guarantee could exclude the poor year, but Clay County had to count one of the poor years. As a result, the Clay County Olympic average of 174.3 bushels per acre was likely lower relative to yield expectations than the Fillmore County Olympic average of 183.7 bushels per acre. With both counties yielding close to 200 bushels per acre in 2014, Clay County outperformed its guarantee more than did Fillmore County and the resulting projected ARCCO payments are $35.58 per base acre for Clay County versus $82.60 per base acre for Fillmore County.
Essentially the drought of 2012, hail storm of 2013 and high yields of 2014, and not enough irrigated acres for split payments hurt Clay County with the 2014 potential payments compared to surrounding counties. However, the 2014 high yields may help down the road from the simulations I was running.
Expected Corn Yields in 2015
Hybrid-Maize model simulations are showing good potential of yields being near or above the long-term (30 year) yield average for our area of the State.
This model uses long-term weather data to simulate yields based on perfect conditions of no nutrient deficiencies, no pest or disease problems, and no hail or flooding.
Long-term average irrigated yield for Clay Center is 235 and non-irrigated is 162 bushels per acre. Using Clay Center weather data, the model is predicting 38 to 50 percent probability for near to above-average yields for irrigated corn and 24 to 52 percent near to above-average yields for non-irrigated corn. The model also looks at median, 25 percent below and 25 percent above the long term average yield. This range for simulated irrigated yields using Clay Center weather data as of Aug. 12 is 240 to 266 bushels per acre and 149 to 207 bushels per acre for non-irrigated yields. Granted, rainfall has been scattered so non-irrigated yields may vary from this.
The simulations posted in CropWatch were based on one planting date and maturity for our area (April 26, 113 day) and was chosen when 50 to 75 percent of corn was planted for our area. I'm curious to take a look at other planting date and maturity combinations for yield predictions to see how close they are trending to what we're seeing in the field.
Lawn Renovation
Mid- to late-August is the time to dramatically improve turf areas.
For a moderately thinned lawn (softball-baseball sized patches), fall fertilization and broadleaf weed control applied in late September through late October should dramatically improve the lawn.
For lawns with larger than softball-baseball sized patches, aerification or power raking followed by overseeding will help reestablish turfgrass into the thin areas. Seed tall fescue back into tall fescue lawns. Seed Kentucky bluegrass back into Kentucky bluegrass lawns unless you want to convert the lawn to tall fescue. Regardless of the species overseeded, fall fertilization and broadleaf weed control applied in late September through late October is required to further improve the lawn.
If the lawn is severely damaged or has been perennially problematic because of species, soil type, drainage, etc., consider a complete renovation. This may include regrading, tillage, and/or incorporating organic matter into a clay soil followed by reseeding and aggressive postseeding care for most effective establishment. This should be done in August if you are choosing to use a cool-season grass like Kentucky bluegrass or tall fescue.
Wait until May if buffalograss will be the future grass on the lawn. Though a number of advertisements tout new miracle grasses locally purchased turf-type tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, or buffalograss are still the best grasses for lawns in Northern Great Plains. You can view UNL turf fact sheets at: of fruit set was because of high temperature conditions, plants should begin to set fruits again now that temperatures have cooled.

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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.