March 22, 2018



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SHA graduate promoting local ethanol development

Ministers sponsoring prayer breakfasts

Jesus Film to screen at Crest Theatre

Sale of building doesn't shut down local Elks Lodge



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SHS graduate promoting local ethanol development

In the 1970s, a time when there were no ethanol plants operating in Nebraska, a University of Nebraska chemical engineer organized a company with plans to build an ethanol plant at Superior. The plan withered when the company failed to get the grant needed to prove the feasibility of ethanol production.
Since then, several other companies have considered building an ethanol plant at Superior. Instead a unit train loading elevator sprouted on the site once optioned for the proposed ethanol plants. And while ethanol plants have sprouted across Nebraska, none have been built at Superior. With two elevator companies loading unit trains of grain, the community has remained a significant shipper of bulk grain, a role it has played in Nebraska for generations.
The lack of an ethanol plant may change if Gary Young, a Superior High School graduate and chemical engineer for more than 50 years, can find a company to build a pilot plant here.
Young is president of Bio-Thermal-Energy, a company based at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which has patented a process to convert the carbon dioxide emissions produced by an ethanol plant into corn-ethanol. He believes a plant utilizing his process would make the plant the most cost-efficient one in the United States. And such a plant could work closely with the local elevators to acquire the needed grain and market products produced at the plant. Young has been involved with a number of projects in the areas of coal, biomass and waste gasification; carbon dioxide conversion to fuel; gas, food, pharmaceutical, agricultural and industrial processing; and enhanced energy recovery.
A graduate of Superior High School, Young holds bachelor of science, master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of Nebraska in chemical engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in California, Texas, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. He has more than 50 years of industry experience and holds several patents.
His wife, the former Nancy Pettigrew, is also from Superior.
Young said he wants to do something for his hometown and would like the first plant to utilize his ethanol technology to be located at Superior.
Currently the ethanol industry is federally subsidized but Young's projections indicate a plant using his process would be profitable without the subsidies.
He anticipates a Superior plant would employ 100 or more people.
Before licensing his process to a plant developer, he would like to engage an independent engineering firm to test the feasibility of locating such a plant at Superior. He has asked for local community support as the plan moves forward.

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Ministers sponsoring prayer breakfasts

Though the sponsoring organization has changed, the tradition of Lenten Daily Prayer Breakfasts during Holy Week is continuing this year in Superior. The first breakfasts sponsored by the Kiwanis Club were held more than 60 years. At that time each featured a layman from the host church as the speaker and only men of the community were invited. For a number of years another group sponsored a breakfast for the women.
This year the breakfasts are being sponsored by the Nuckolls County Ministerial Association and will be open to both men and women. In keeping with tradition, each host church will furnish a lay speaker, but in a break from tradition, several women will serve as speakers.
Each breakfast is served at 7 a.m. The programs will conclude before 8 a.m.
Speakers and host churches this year include on Monday, Meghan McMean at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Tuesday, Jayden Jorgensen at Living Faith Fellowship Church, Wednesday, Donna Christensen at the Lighthouse Community Church of the Nazarene; Thursday Norissa Flores at the First United Methodist Church and Friday Luke Meyer at the Centennial Lutheran Church.
As part of the Lenten Week activities, all congregations planning special Holy Week services are invited to submit their schedules to this newspaper by Monday for publication in the next issue.

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Jesus Film to screen at Crest Theatre

A special showing of a Jesus Film Project movie is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Crest Theatre. The showing will be sponsored by the Nuckolls County Ministerial Association.
John Heyman served as producer of the film which has the goal of making viewers feel like they were there in First Century Palestine seeing the events unfold as recorded in the Gospel of Luke.
The movie was filmed on location in what is now the nation of Israel. It features a cast of more than 5,000 Israelis and Arabs. The script was taken from the Gospel of Luke and has been translated into more than 1,500 languages.

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Sale of building doesn't shut down local Elks Lodge

This month marks the 57th anniversary of the chartering of the Superior Elks Lodge. The charter was received in March of 1961 and 13 of the original charter members are still living. They are Gene Bruening, David Downing, Mason Ely, Leslie Erickson, Gene Frerichs, Val Heim, Kenneth Jensby, Dale Kinyoun, Richard Rempe, Arlo Schoenrock, Keith Schultz, Stanley Sheets and Leo Zadina.
Though the lodge hall was sold in October of 2017 the lodge is now debt free and continues to meet on the first and third Mondays of each month at 8 p.m. and members continue to be actively involved in a number of projects.
Though membership has declined with the area's population decline, the lodge, with 253 members, continues to be one of the larger ones in Nebraska. More than 400 deceased members of the lodge are honored at a memorial service held each year in early December.
The Superior Lodge currently ranks third in the central district for charitable giving and is closing in on the second place position. Currently the Hastings lodge is in first place and the Kearney lodge in second.
As part of their regular meeting held this week, members reviewed some of their activities and continued planning for what promises to be a big new venture.
When the spring school term concludes the lodge plans to launch a back backpack lunch program for those students who qualify for free or reduced price meals during the school year. The program will provide three meals a week.
Participants will receive backpacks which they may bring every Friday between the hours of 10:30 and noon to the Superior Chamber of Commerce. Their lodge members will replenish the packs with the food for the coming week.
The local project is being headed up by Brian Splater.
The new program has been made possible, in part, by two grants the local lodge received. This is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the national Elks organization and the local lodge obtained a $1,500 anniversary grant which will be used to launch the program. The lodge also qualified for a $2,000 Beacon grant which is renewable.
While the program is focusing on Superior students this year, youngsters from other districts may participate.
Enrollment forms will be available at the local school office and at the Mid-Nebraska Community Action office in Superior.
Another new project being implemented by the lodge is the civil servant award program which will honor local law enforcement officers and volunteer fire fighters.
Other lodge activities include the sponsorship of the annual hoop shoot contest held in December, a junior high track meet, high school cross country meet, The lodge plans to hold a craft show at Davenport on June 9 and will be selling baked goods during Superior's Victorian Festival.
Many of the lodge programs are directed to the young members of the communities served. The youth awards banquet will be held May 2 at Superior High School as part of the national observance of Elks Youth Week.
The lodge annually distributes dictionaries to all third grade students in seven area schools. Plans are to add an eighth school next year.
According to records kept by the national organization the local lodge has been responsible for $828,000 in charitable giving in the last 15 years. Nationwide, the Elks rank second only to the federal government in the amount of money give to school related endeavors.
The local lodge awards between $2,000 and $2,500 in scholarships each year. The lodge also sponsors an essay contest for the youngsters. The lodge has several programs designed to make area youngsters aware of the dangers associated with illegal drug use.
The lodge is currently looking for more ways to address and improve veterans awareness. The lodge is responsible for maintaining the flag display in downtown Superior and calls bingo at the Victorian Legacy and at the veterans home at Grand Island.
This Saturday the lodge is inviting all area residents to join in attending Member Night at the Superior Country Club. At that time community members can visit with lodge members and learn more about the lodge and its many activities. Music will be provided by a DJ. Information about the lodge may also be obtained by calling 402-879-3111 or writing
Lodge officers for the coming year include Austin Karnatz, president, Rod Deuel, secretary, Kate Butler, treasurer, Janice Smidt, first vice president, Brian Splater, second vice president, Barb Woerner, third vice president, Shanel Rempe, tiler, Bill Hamilton, inner guard, and trustees, Calvin Hays, Troy Hays, John Price Sr., Duane Woerner and Don Anderson.