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BRAN riders will visit Nuckolls County

Kuehn will not seek second term

Bald eagles stopping at Lovewell

Did Sasquatch visit Superior area


BRAN riders will visit Nuckolls County

Participants in the 2018 version of Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska (BRAN) will get a chance to see Nuckolls County from the seat of their bicycles but unlike other years they won't have an opportunity to sleep here.
The route for this year's ride includes overnight stops at Ogallala, Imperial, McCook, Alma, Red Cloud, Fairbury and Seward before concluding the trip in Ashland. Other towns along the way include Grant, Enders, Wauneta, Halmet, Palisade, Culbert-son, Indianola, Bartley, Cambridge, Wilsonville, Hendley, Beaver City, Setamford, Orleans, Republican City, Bloomington, Franklin, Riverton, Inavale, Superior, Hardy, Byron, Chester, Hubbell, Renolds, Plymouth, DeWitt,Wilber, Crete, Dorchester, Malcom, Raymond and Cresesco.
This year will mark the 38th year for the ride which begins on June 3 and concludes on June 9. The riders will camp in Red Cloud June 6 and Fairbury on June 7. The theme for this year's ride will be "A Southern State of Mind." Riders will have the option of participating in the full seven-day ride or electing three and four-day options.

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Kuehn will not seek second term
A Heartwell resident who currently represents this area in the Nebraska legislature said Thursday he does not plan to seek a second term in the legislature.
Kuehn was elected in 2014 and was eligible for re-election.
In addition to serving as a state senator, he is a veterinarian, rancher and associate biology professor at Hastings College. He serves on the appropriations committee and has introduced various bills to set ethical standards for lawmakers and curb the influence of lobbyists. In 2016 he sponsored "right to farm" legislation.

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Bald eagles stopping at Lovewell
Visitors to Lovewell Lake Sunday report seeing at least two bald eagles among the thousands of snow geese now staying at the reservoir.
Bald eagles were on the Nebraska endangered species list as late as 2008. In a quarter century, the species has gone from a nonexistent breeding species in Nebraska to one that is relatively numerous according to Joel Jorgensen of the Nebraska Game and Parks department.
In the early 1980s the Nebraska goal was to have 10 breeding pairs. In 1991 Nebraska recorded its first active and successful bald eagle nest in approximately a century. In 2012 the number of active nests surpassed 100. Last year the number is thought to have been 209.

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Did Sasquatch visit Superior area
Friday and Saturday the second annual Nebraska Bigfoot Conference was held at the Hastings City Auditorium with more than 700 people attending.
Hosted by Harriet McFeely, the conference included the world premier of Bob Gimlin's yet to be completed movie, "The Legend of Bigfoot" along with insights from Gimlin and Cliff Barackman, the host of Animal Planet's cable television show, "Finding Bigfoot."
The conference sparked various special events based on the Bigfoot theme throughout the week in Hastings.
The Express hoped to have a Bigfoot story of our own to tell this week but our source was unwilling to talk. He said so many people were skeptical of Bigfoot's existence that he didn't want to invoke their ridicule by telling his story.
However, The Express has gleaned bits and pieces of his story from those who had heard it.
A regular reader of this paper, the observer was fishing along the Republican River when he came in contact with something that may have been "Bigfoot," the elusive and controversial creature. That contact was more than 50 years ago but his memory of the event has not faded.
Whatever, it was, the young fisherman returned home in a scarred state and was reluctant to return to the river.
Bill Blauvelt, a former canoe outfitter in the Superior area, recalls a fall afternoon when he was guiding a group of novice canoers down the Republican river and "almost had an encounter with Bigfoot."
Blauvelt said some of the women in the group had asked where the Porta-Potty stop was planned. He explained there were no Porta Potties on the Republican and suggested the women nose their canoes onto a sandbar, disappear into the vegetation, do their business and return to the river. It appeared they took his advice.
Further down the river, several of the canoeists were surprised to see a shirtless man suddenly appear out of the vegetation.
They thought they were in a remote and isolated stretch of river but in reality had encountered a fisherman who also thought he had picked an isolated location where the fish wouldn't have been disturbed. While the location was difficult to reach by automobile, it was only a short ways from his home.
Had the canoers encountered the fisherman at night and had the fisherman spouted an unfriendly greeting, the canoers may have had their own Bigfoot story to tell. As it was, they had a good laugh and another incident to remember from their river adventure.
Wikipedia describes Bigfoot or Sasquatch "as a hairy, upright-walking, ape-like being who leaves behind large footprints and reportedly dwells in the wilderness."
The creature is strongly associated with the Pacific Northwest though individuals have claimed to see the creature all across North America.
Surveys indicate most people do not believe the Bigfoot story. Scientific analysis has failed to prove the existence of the creature. Often things like supposedly Bigfoot hair, turn out be elk, bear or even cow hair. When tested, "Bigfoot blood" may be identified as transmission fluid.
Skeptics ask, "If the creatures are indeed out there, why hasn't a body been found?"

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