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From our early files

Eighty Years Ago
Unmasked bandits armed with revolvers and a submachine gun robbed the Security National Bank of Superior. They took three bank employees hostage as well as $7,929 in cash. The hostages were released unharmed.
Joshua Davis, 95, died. He was a longtime Superior resident.
Zadie Higgins, 90, died. She had been a Webber resident since 1871.
Myrtle Bevington, 13, had a leg broken when she was struck down by a boy on bicycle. She attended school in Superior.
High wind, heavy tonnage and Russian thistles hampered train service on the Missouri Pacific railroad to Mt. Clare. The run, which normally takes one hour, required four hours. The train was cut in two with 14 cars put on a side track at Abdal. The engine left Superior pulling 900 tons in 20 cars. It was necessary to return to Superior for coal and water.
A five tube superheterodyne radio receiver was $19.99 at the J. C. Dishman store in Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was showing "The Count of Monte Cristo," starring Robert Donat and Elissa Landi.
Seventy years Ago
Lt. Col. George Whitlock, 25, was reported missing in action while piloting a bomber on a raid over Germany. He spent several years of his boyhood in Superior.
The Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal were posthumously awarded to Lt. Robert Burchinal, Formoso.
William Coffendaffer, 55, died. He had been sheriff of Thayer County since 1935 and was a Hebron resident.
Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Wyatt, residents of the Superior community, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Tavern Paste Wax was 69 cents at Preston's Drug Store in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Going My Way," starring Bing Crosby.
Sixty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Shuck, Superior, celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.
Nellie Andersen Goldbeck, 63, died. She was a longtime Ruskin resident.
The Lovewell Methodist church was sold at auction.
Ruskin switched from a manual telephone exchange to a dial system.
Fresh, regular grind sausage was 39 cents per pound at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Ring of Fear," starring Mickey Spillane.
Fifty Years Ago
Thieves broke open the coin box of an outdoor telephone in Nelson. A series of similar thefts had been reported along Highway 136 from Beatrice to Alma.
Joe Konvalin retired from his position as section crew foreman on the Northwestern in Superior. Merlin Luben, Oak, replaced him as foreman.
Edna Long, 69, died. The Hebron resident was co-owner of the Hebron Journal-Register newspaper.
Claude Hale, 74, died. He was a farmer and a lifelong resident of Nuckolls County.
Campbell's soups were selling for six cans for one dollar at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The New Interns."
Forty Years Ago
Applications were submitted for permission to construct a Pizza Hut in Superior.
The City of Superior directed the Board of Public Works to enforce a city policy of holding property owners responsible for unpaid tenant utility bills.
Partial services were available at Superior's Community Mental Health Clinic.
Rose Blume Buschkoetter, 75, died. She was a longtime resident of the Lawrence community.
Sliced bacon was 99 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was showing "For Pete's Sake," starring Barbra Streissand and Michael Sarrazin.
Thirty Years Ago
A local trapper found the remains of a human skull in the Republican River near Superior. The remains were sent to Lincoln for examination.
A record number of deer were taken during the firearms deer season in this area.
A hearing was held in Lincoln to determine whether the Burlington Northern railroad can discontinue its mobile service agency which serves customers between Wymore and Superior.
Florence Wroughton, 70, died. She was a longtime Nelson resident.
Sliced bacon was $1.49 per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Places in the Heart."
Twenty Years Ago
Dale Uhrmacher, Nelson, was appointed as rural mail carrier to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Chet Marr.
Sam Baird, president of Farmers State Bank in Superior, was elected a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His term was for three years.
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Roe, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Katherine Shaw Beckler, 84, died. She was a longtime Superior resident.
Sliced bacon was 83 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The River Wild" and "Little Giants."
Ten Years Ago
Gale and Marie Mikkelsen opened "Granma Ruby's Bed and Breakfast" in the historic C. E. Adams house in Superior.
The new surgical center facilities at Brodstone Memorial Hospital were completed and in use.
The Superior Animal Hospital celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Raymond Marquart, 82, died. He was a farmer in the Byron community. His harvest filled the first rail car of milo to leave Byron.
The Crest Theatre was playing "National Treasure" and "Christmas with the Kranks."
Five Years Ago
Nuckolls County Head Start received a $5,000 grant to improve the outdoor play area.
Dennis Combs, 67, died. He was a longtime Superior resident and retired from Ideal Cement.
Eugene Purcell, 84, died. He was a farmer in the Webber community and a WW II veteran.
The Nuckolls County Historical Society presented a Christmas song fest.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Love Happens" and "Planet 51."
One Year Ago
Superior's Candy Cane Lane celebrated its 10th year as it opened for the Christmas season.
A Burlington Northen Santa Fe work train began replacing ribbon rail placed on the Strong City sub 30 years ago.
James Grisham, 86, died. He retired from Champlin Petroleum and was a longtime Superior resident.
The Nuckolls County Board approved a schedule of yearly salary increases for elected county officials.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Disney's Frozen" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Court
Speeding: Kevin J. Ostdiek, Deshler, $25; Tammy R. Minnis, Oak Grove, Mo., $25; Dustin A. Garrison, Beatrice, $75; John R. Clark, Tulsa, Okla., $25; Kelly S. Whitney, Hastings, $75; Eric Dewayne Boyd, Lincoln, $25; Royce G. Scollin, Lincoln, $25; Dean Alan Lund, Sioux Falls, S.D., $75; Beth Siebecker, Superior, $25; Mary E. Kudlacz, Waterloo, $25; Marcia D. Ehlers, Nelson, $25; Mathew Holbein, Henderson, $75; Marco Olvera, Jonesboro, Ark., $125.
Other traffic: Jerald J. Davis, Omaha, improper stopping, $10.
County Court, civil
Credit Management Services vs. Timothy Glass, Oak; judgment entered; Collection Associates vs. Helen Hodges, Superior; judgment entered.
District Court, civil
Christopher Mcilheran vs. Erin Mcilheran, petition for dissolution of marriage.
Danielle R. Jacobson vs. James A. Wheeler, Jr., petition for dissolution of marriage.
Cristal M. Furrey vs. David L. Garza, petition for dissolution of marriage.
Credit Management Services, Inc., vs. Kirby Siebecker; judgment entered.
Real estate transfers
Ronald Ullrich to Kate Brown, Debora Brown Lot s11 and 12 in Block 26, Original Town of Nelson.
Equivest Financial, LLC to Green Light Real Estate Investment, LLC Lot 8 in Block 23, East Superior of Superior.
Vicki O. Pusateria to Richard T. Pusateri, Public Lot 2 in Block 1, Highland Estates-Quy Sub of Superior.
John P. Schriever to Timothy D. Blecha, Laveta K. Blecha Pt Lot 1C, 2A in Block 1, Hewetts Addition of Superior, Nuckolls County Nebraska; Lot 7A, 8C in Block 1, Guthries Sub of Blk 1 and Lots 1-6 in Blk 2 of Hunters 1st Addition of Superior, Nuckolls County Nebraska; Lot 7B in Block 1, Guthries Sub of Blk 1 & Lot 1-6 in Blk 2 of Hunters 1st Addition of Superior.
Andrew Dean Schriever to Timothy D. Blecha, Laveta K. Blecha Pt Lot 1C, 2A in Block 1, Hewetts Addition of Superior, Nuckolls County Nebraska; Lot 7A, 8C in Block 1, Guthries Sub of Blk 1 and Lot 1-6 in Blk 2 of Hunters 1st Addition of Superior, Nuckolls County Nebraska; Lot 7B in Block 1, Guthries Sub of Blk 1 & Lot 1-6 in Blk 2 of Hunters 1st Addition of Superior.
Domenica C. Mickelson to Timothy D. Blecha, Laveta K. Blecha Pt Lot 1C, 2A in Block 1, Hewetts Addition of Superior, Nuckolls County Nebraska; Lot 7A, 8C in Block 1, Guthries Sub of Blk 1 and Lot 1-6 in Blk 2 of Hunters 1st Addition of Superior, Nuckolls County Nebraska; Lot 7B in Block 1, Guthries Sub of Blk 1 and Lot 1-6 in Blk 2 of Hunters 1st Addition of Superior.
Larry M. Kucera ­deceased to Public Pt SE 14 13-4-8; E 12 NE 14 18-4-7.
Larry M. Kucera ­deceased, Kimberly Kucera ­Personal Representative to Kimberly Kucera Pt SE 14 13-4-8; E 12 NE 14 18-4-7.
Jack Eugene Franssen, Katessa Dawn Franssen to James Friedrichsen N50Ft of S 12 Lot 2 South Superior of Superior.
Nuckolls County to Midwest Investments IRR Trust, Ryan Hanzlick ­Trustee Pt SE 14 NE 14 33-3-8 with exceptions.
Mary J. Drapal to John T. Jensen, Donna K. Jensen N 150 Ft Lot 5, 6 in Block 39, East Superior of Superior.
Phyllis I. Dey to Terron Bauer, Brooke Bauer Lot 7 and W 30 Ft Lot 8 in Block 22, East Superior of Superior.
Debbie Peterson, Richard Wyrick, Tiffany Basel to Larry W. Cyr Lot 13 in Block 32, Original Town of Nelson.
Larry W. Cyr to Norma Jean Mayfield Lot 11, 12 in Block 44, Original Town of Nelson.

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Joseph Hall to perform in Red Cloud
Elvis is in the building! Joseph Hall is bringing his Elvis Rock 'N' Remember tribute show to the Red Cloud Opera House next Saturday at 7 p.m.
The show is a high-energy production that explores the musical roots of Elvis Presley ­­ gospel, country, rock and roll and blues. With the looks and voice of a young Elvis Presley, Joseph Hall will take you back to a time where parents were appalled by Presley's provocative dance moves. Elvis Rock 'N' Remember is a powerful flashback to the time when fans first fell in love with the talented, handsome and high-spirited Elvis Presley.
Joseph Hall began paying tribute to the legacy of Elvis Presley in 2006 and starred on NBC's "America's Got Talent" in 2008 where he placed in the top 10. Hall has performed all over the world from Las Vegas, Nev., to Porthcawl, Wales. Officially recognized as one of the best tribute artists in the world today, Hall has worked with both Elvis Presley Enterprises and Legends in Concert. Currently, he resides in Branson, Mo., with his family and maintains an active performance schedule.
This performance is sponsored by Heritage Bank, Rick and Barb Kudrna, and South Central State Bank. Programming at the Red Cloud Opera House is also sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.


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Outdoor Power quarter-finalist for award
The national small business movement, "Independent We Stand," announces the quarter-finalists, including Superior Outdoor Power, for the 2014 Independent Small Business of the Year Award. This announcement precedes Small Business Saturday (this Saturday), encouraging holiday shoppers to support these businesses; instead of big boxes and national chains.
"Independently owned businesses re-invest in their local economies at a much higher rate than big-box stores," said Bill Brunelle, founder of Independent We Stand. "This award is our way of recognizing these businesses for their outstanding efforts within the communities they serve."
Superior Outdoor Power has been helping grow the Superior economy for more than 30 years selling outdoor power equipment including Yamaha, STIHL, Kawasaki, Honda, and more. Superior Outdoor Power Center strives to offer the best quality in service with certified technicians, and a large parts inventory.
Voting is now underway at through Dec. 14. Voters may visit the website to cast one vote each day. The Indie winner will be announced Dec. 17 and will receive prizes with a combined value of more than $10,000.
Independent We Stand is a movement of independent business owners across the country to inform their communities about the importance of "buying local" and how these efforts bolster their local economy. This movement supports all local and national causes committed to boosting local economic development projects.

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Nebraska News Service

Stories of statewide interest

Prepared by UNL journalism students


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.