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Eighty Years Ago
The first killing frost of the season occurred in Nuckolls County when the temperature dropped to 28 degrees.
Maren Hansen Larsen, 79, died. She was a resident of the Hardy community for 30 years.
The Jolly Sixteeners played cards at the Feller residence. When they departed, they found the neighborhood porch furniture had been piled on top of their cars by Halloween pranksters.
The Superior Girl Scout troop invested 77 girls with the rank of tenderfoot.
Ten pounds of sugar in a cloth sack was 55 cents at R. J. Stephenson's Superior grocery store.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Six Day Bike Rider," starring Joe. E. Brown.
Seventy Years Ago
The congregation of Superior's Centennial Lutheran church purchased the church property of the United Presbyterian Church located at Ninth and Dakota Street.
John W. King, Superior, completed 26 missions in Italy and was awarded the Air Medal with one oak leaf.
Maggie Duntz Newell, 61, died. She was a resident of Hardy.
The Superior Corn Show attracted 326 entries.
Women's crepe and woolen dresses were $9.90 at Penney's in Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was showing "The Mask of Dimitrios," starring Sidney Greenstreet and Faye Emerson.
Sixty Years Ago
Arthur Oakley, 71, died. The Ong farmer was killed when a tire he was filling exploded and struck him in the head.
The Superior Kiwanis club celebrated its 32nd anniversary.
Gladys Smith Mohr, 50, died. She was a longtime Superior resident.
Charles Winter, Superior, celebrated his 94th birthday.
A three pound can of Spry was 89 cents at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Broken Lance," starring Spencer Tracy and Jean Peters.
Fifty Years Ago
Marion Lyons, 65, died. He was a Nelson resident and retired after 35 years of service at the Ideal Cement Company.
Dorethea Nielsen visited with her brother who she had not seen for 51 years. He traveled from Denmark to visit with her.
A small fire at the Superior Sale Barn was extinguished before the fire department arrived. Bidding continued despite the fire.
The Nuckolls County Home Extension Clubs honored Mrs. Nels Andersen, Mrs. Alfred Hansen, Lydia Horstman, Mrs. Sylvia Horstman, Mrs. Clarence Meyers and Mrs. D. V. Spohn for 40 or more years of service.
Bacon squares were 29 cents per pound at the Consumers Packing Company in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Ride the Wild Surf," starring Fabian and Shelly Fabares.
Forty Years Ago
Marlan Watson opened his office as a certified public accountant in Superior.
Work began on a replacement railroad trestle over the Little Blue River near Oak. The bridge would link the two segments of the 86 mile Great Plains Railway Company.
Mildred Dillon Jorgensen, 69, died. She was a longtime Superior resident.
Merle Shaw, 84, died. He had been a Superior resident since he was 10 years old.
Clorox bleach was 69 cents per gallon at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster."
Thirty Years Ago
Two Grand Island supermarkets which had been operated as part of the Hinky Dinky chain were purchased by Larry McCord, Superior.
The 13th annual hobby and craft show was held at the Superior Municipal Auditorium.
Fred Bangert, 90, died. He was a lifelong Nuckolls County resident and a WWI veteran.
Charles Collins, 78, died. He was a lifelong resident of the Lawrence community and a farmer.
A 100 pound bag of unwashed red potatoes was $7.99 at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was showing "The Wild Life."
Twenty Years Ago
Burglars took dimes and quarters, but no beverages or cigarettes, in a break-in at Arasmith's Tavern in Hardy.
A Hardy home was severely damaged by fire and two occupants, one with severe burns, were sent to the hospital.
The Superior Wildcat football team ended regular season play with a 9-0 record.
Juanita Downing, 91, died. She was a longtime Superior resident.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Milk Money" and "Camp Nowhere."
Ten Years Ago
Telesis Technology Corporation announced the purchase of a two-story office building in downtown Superior.
Don and Alice Delka celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
The Superior Wildcat football team qualified for the first round of the state playoffs.
Margie Pohlmeier, 87, died. She was a longtime teacher in the Lawrence community.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Shark Tale" and "Friday Night Lights."
Five Years Ago
Annual CRP and final DCP direct payments were delayed because of a software issue.
Nuckolls County was looking for a new owner for the former Conoco bulk plant located on Superior's West First Street, adjacent to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railyard.
Dale Stafford, Scandia, celebrated his 90th birthday.
William Kohmetscher, 80, died. He was a farmer and a retired rural mail carrier.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and "Zombieland."
One Year Ago
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments were delayed because of the government shutdown.
The Superior City Council approved emergency ground grain storage for the Aurora Co-op east of the VFW club.
Bob and Mildred Eilers, Nelson, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Donna Higer Gratopp, 87, died. She was a longtime resident of the Superior community.
The Crest Theatre was showing "The Butler" and "Free Birds."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Court, traffic
Speeding: Oscar Saucedo-Eslobedo, Wichita, $100; Donald J. Tyler, Superior, $25; Patrick J. Brockman, Lawrence, $10; Creighton R. Nejezchleb, Guide Rock, $25; Kimberly S. Nagey, Hebron, $75; Samantha Ashlea Alexander, Kechi, $75; Amanda Veril Jacobson, Ruskin, $25.
County Court, civil
Credit Management Services vs. Jole Robles and Jesse Robles, Superior, judgment entered.
Real estate transfers
Jeff Hutchinson, Lora M. Hutchinson to Paul Hutchinson, W 70 Ft of Lots 1, 2 and 3 in Block 6, Original Town of Superior.
Melvin I. Nutsch, Sonja R. Nutsch to Kevin B. Miller, Juliane L. Miller, Lot 1 and N 12 Lot 2 in Block 14, North Superior of Superior.
Michael Gay, Becky J. Gay to Ross L. Jeffery, Lot 9 in Block 3, Second Highland Estates-Quy Sub of Superior.

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Sixth graders participate in groundwater workshop
Groundwater contamination is serious business but for the sixth grader's at Superior Elementary School there was a element of fun as they learned how our groundwater supply can be polluted. As part of their science studies, last Wednesday, the sixth grade classes, taught by Beverly Beavers and Tricia Kuhlmann, participated in a workshop presented by Heather Voorman of the Groundwater Foundation.
The Groundwater Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Lincoln. The mission is to educate communities about groundwater and the perils of pollution and the avoidance of its dangers. Youth education is an essential aspect of their mission. The group takes no political or partisan stand on water issue but is, rather, and educational organization.
Voorman presented the 31 gathered students with small buckets containing different items. She used a question and answer approach to draw her audience into the discussion. In the bucket was salt. She asked the group how salt would enter Nebraska's groundwater. After advising the students that saltwater is not abundant in Nebraska, she mentioned the words road and winter. The lights went on and the connection was made. Vegetable oil was used to demonstrate how oil interacts with water.
The students were divided onto groups and given their assignment. They were charged with designing a filtration system to remove contaminants from the water. They were supplied with activated carbon and sand as well as other items and asked to describe their filter design.
Voorman reported the students were innovative in their approach and grasped the idea that pollutants can be removed from the water supply but it is difficult to accomplish with certain contaminants.
The students left the demonstration with a better understanding of how natural and man-made contaminants enter the groundwater supply and what can be done to mitigate their presence.
The Groundwater Foundation works with community groups and schools all over the state and is available for presentations to civic groups, government agencies and schools.

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SHS announces first quarter honor roll
The high honor roll represents an accumulative average in percentage grade courses of 93 percent or above,
with no grade lower than an 86 percent, no letter grade lower than a B, and no incompletes for the quarter.
High honor roll
Seniors - Brooke Freeman, Sarah Genung and Jaysa Hoins.
Juniors - Riley Butler, Taylor Jensby, Jenna Langer, Angie Miller, Trent Morris, Mariah Parker and Harley Schuster.
Sophomores - Cale Frahm, Cheyanne Franzen, Blake Kirchhoff, Evin Miller, Eric Schiermeyer, Michelle Unruh, Jacob Whitmore, Jenna Whitmore and Damion Ziv.
Freshmen - Madison Blackstone, Chase Butler, Makenna Jensen, Nicki Kirchhoff, Brandie Simonsen, John Sullivan, Kendra Tietjen and Shanna Utecht.
Eighth graders - Sedonah Franzen, Isaac Garcia, Adin Leibel, Natalie McMeen, Megan Miller, Wyatt Schuster, Trenten Theis and Sydney Willett.
Seventh graders - Braden Frasier, Jae Freeman, Trisha Hayes, Brenden Jensen, Lacey Langer, Noelle McMeen, Kalynn Meyer, Hallie Miller, Emma Schnakenberg and Jayden Simmons.
The honor roll represents an accumulative average in percentage grade courses of 88 to 92 percent, with no grade lower than an 82 percent, no letter grade lower than a C, and no incompletes for the quarter.
Honor roll members
Seniors - Katelyn Brown, Claire Dressman, Morgan Frahm, Paige Jensen, Kaycie Strobl and Chandler Zoltenko.
Juniors - Emily Hass, Austin Hawes, Shaina Huston, Danyelle Matthews, Leah Meyer, Catera Nondorf, Paul Shafer and Duncan Tucker.
Sophomores - Logan Christiancy, Jasmyn Gravitt, Bradley Upton and Jillian Worm.
Freshmen - Jared Dressman.
Eighth graders - Taylor Bargen, Danielle Freeman, Malori Grabast and Zoe Rincon-Charbonneau.
Seventh graders - Dameion Cornell-Warburton, Payton Frahm, Cassidy Frey, Hunter Healey, Brooke Jensen, Isaac Meyer, Cody Mohler and Damien Ortega-Hawes.

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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.