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Eighty Years Ago
A 32 x 54 storehouse was constructed at the Superior Milling Company using lumber from the old Burlington ice house, located west of the Burlington water tower.
Workers hauled stone from the old Hardy mill to use in the construction of the Scout cabin in Superior's Lincoln Park.
A severe dust storm left roadside ditches level full, drifts 18 inches deep across roads and C. J. Dahlgren, Superior, swept 145 pounds of dust from his porch. The most he had previously swept was 28 pounds.
Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Achenson, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Eggs were two dozen for 41 cents at the Superior Safeway.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Babes in Toyland," starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
Seventy Years Ago
Pvt. Harold Graham, a Superior native and a paratrooper, was killed in action in Germany.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt died. Harry S. Truman was sworn in as president.
Cpl. Robert Maxey, Superior, was wounded in action in Germany.
Mrs. S. T. Gillilan, 84, died. She was a longtime resident of the Hardy community.
A one pound jar of Skippy peanut butter was 39 cents at Consumers Market and Grocery in Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Thunderhead, Son of Flicka," starring Roddy McDowall and Preston Foster.
Sixty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. John White, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Members of the Santa Fe section crew came into Superior with 12 rattlesnakes on their car. They had killed the snakes along the tracks near Lovewell. Most were about two feet long and had four to five rattles.
The South Platte United Chamber of Commerce held its regular monthly meeting at Superior. More than 250 members from as far west as McCook and Imperial were in attendance.
Plans were being formulated to construct a new band shell in Superior's City Park.
Superior's Ideal Market celebrated it's sixth anniversary with a store-wide sale.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Young at Heart," starring Doris Day and Frank Sinatra.
Fifty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Shaw, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
A bulk fertilizer blending plant building was under construction at the Farmers Union Co-op Elevator Assn., at Hardy.
George Johnson, 79, died. He had been a Superior resident from the age of six weeks .
Emery Fischer, 64, died. He was a longtime resident of the Hardy community.
Center cut pork chops were 49 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Rio Conchos," starring Stuart Whitman and Richard Boone.
Forty Years Ago
The Superior post office received two Jeep Dispatcher 100 delivery vehicles.
The Great Plains Railroad halted operations indefinitely. The Seward to Superior rail line was embargoed because of deteriorating track conditions and lack of funds.
The Superior City Council recommended to the state liquor commission that the application of Ideal Market for an off-sale beer license be denied.
E. A. Myler, 81, died. He was a longtime resident of the Hardy community.
Beef liver was 69 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Moonrunner," starring James Mitchum.
Thirty Years Ago
The Valley View Club held its 70th anniversary dinner at the Superior Elks Lodge.
Tillie Parsons celebrated her 96th birthday.
The Hastings Social Security office was closed.
Henry Henricksen, 80, died. He was a retired farmer in the Courtland community.
Sliced bacon was $1.39 per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Baby: Secret of the Lost legend."
Twenty Years Ago
A boat ramp and sand beach were added at Lovewell Lake.
Merle Hayes was honored for his 49 years of service as secretary of the Superior Masonic Lodge No. 121, A.F. and A.M.
Jerry Combs, 78, died. He was a lifelong Nuckolls County resident. He retired from Ideal Cement Company with 38 years of service.
Oliver Johnson, 84, died. He was a lifelong resident of the Courtland community and retired owner-operator of the Courtland hardware store.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Dolores Claiborne" and "Man of the House."
Ten Years Ago
The 2005 Nuckolls County Health and Wellness Fair was held at Superior High School.
Bill Overturf, Oak, celebrated his 80th birthday.
Frank Korbelik, 97, died. He was a long time Nelson businessman and musician.
Dale and Ivah Hoard, Randall, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
The Crest theatre was playing "Guess Who" and "Robots."
Five Years Ago
The Nuckolls County board approved allowing the local ham radio organization to reposition their repeater antenna to the county 911 tower.
Glen and Audrey Sunday, Nelson, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Bertha Ball, 90, died. She was a longtime Superior resident.
Golda Duffy, 95, died. She was a longtime Guide Rock resident.
The Crest Theatre was showing "The Bounty Hunter" and "How to Train Your Dragon."
One Year Ago
The members of the Superior City Council agreed to continue the nuisance abatement program operated in conjunction with the South Central Economic Development District.
Gwen Johnson announced her retirement as curator of Ýhe Nuckolls County Historical Society Museum.
Darold "Spider" and Loretta Hiatt, Superior, celebrated their 60th wedding annivesary.
United States Senator Deb Fischer met with constituents in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Rio 2."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Traffic Court
Speeding: Trent A. Richardson, Deshler, $25; Jennifer L. Flavin, Courtland, $25; Kaytlynn Tockey, Fairfield, $125; Shawn A. McShane, Blue Hill, $125.
Thomas A. Janda, Lawrence, overweight single axle or group of axles by 2,900 lbs., $75.
Stephen J. Janda, Guide Rock, overweight single axle or group of axles by 2,900 pounds, $25.
Phil Charles Wall, Big Sandy, Tenn., overweight single axle or group of axles by 2,300 lbs., $75; overweight capacity plates by 4,000 lbs., $100.
Nicholas Brandon Elledge, Nelson, overweight single axle or group of axles by 1,200 lbs., $25; overweight single axle or group of axles by 4,800 lbs., $150.  
County Civil Court
Credit Bureau Services Inc vs. Justin M. Bushnell and Alissa R. Bushnell, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Melissa Bridwell, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Amber Schmidt A/K/A Amber Reiman, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Sandra Pederson, Nelson; judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Patricia Stillwell, Superior, judgment entered.
District Civil Court
Christopher A. Fitzgerald petitioned a name change for Kaylin Zaia Gibbs, a minor, to Kaylin Zaia Fitzgerald, granted.
State of Nebraska on behalf of minor children vs. James Allen Wheeler, Jr, and Danielle Renae Jacobson, order for support.
District Criminal Court
State of Nebraska vs. Diane J. Nelson, Superior, possession of a deadly weapon by a felon, Class III felony, probation 60 months.
Real Estate Transfers
     Vera B. Dye to public: Lots 13 and 14 in Block 4, Original Town of Superior.
Jeremiah J. Fierstein, Stephanie A. Fierstein to Trenton Rothchild: Lot 3 and Part Lot 4 in Block 16, East Superior.
Robert Cotter Jr., Nicole Cotter to Brian Vansteenberg: Lot 4 and Part Lot 3 in Block 40, Original Town of Superior.
David W. Stineman, Sharon K. Colling to Kevin Boyd, Randy R. Stineman, Peggy J. Stineman: E 12 NE 14 16-3-7, subject to life estate.
     Betty Gemmer to Marlys M. Roe, Vaughn L. Gemmer, Vaden D. Gemmer: Undivided two-thirds interest in W 12 SW 14 10-1-8.
  Kenneth A. Duncan, Vera Mae Duncan to Miles C. Beale, Kelly K. Beale: Lots 1 and 2 in Block 25, Original Town of Superior.
Miles C. Beale, Kelly K. Beale to Cody Warren, Helen Warren, Lots 1 and 2 in Block 25, Original Town of Superior.
Wayne E. Hoelting, Dina E. Hoelting to Kurt Himmelberg, Marcia Himmelberg: Lot 10 and south half of Lot 11 Svoboda's Addition of Lawrence.
Mitzi L. Michels, trustee for the Michels Family Trust to Mitzi L. Michels, trustee for the Mitzi Family Survivors' Trust: Part SW 14 SW 14 36-1-7; E 12 SE 14 1-3-8; S 12 SE 14 18-3-6.
Lynn L. Batko to John B. Batko, trustee for the John B. Batko Irrevocable Trust to Lynn L. Batko Irrevocable Trust; E 12 NE 14 12-3-5.
Byron State Bank to Doug's Auto Detailing, Douglas Pierce, Melba L. Dell, Hugh A. Dell: Lot 1 and N 12 Lot 2 in Block 1, Original Town of Superior.

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Superior FFA members earn state degrees
A contingent of 36 Superior High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) members attended the Nebraska State FFA Convention held, for the first time, at Lincoln's Pinnacle Bank Arena, Wednesday and Thursday. A record number 5,201 FFA members from across Nebraska were in attendance.
Superior FFA members earned their invitation to the convention by way of their performances at district events.
Four Superior chapter members, Paige Jensen, Jessica Bargen, Katelyn Brown and Chandler Zoltenko were awarded state degrees, the highest state award a chapter member can attain.
Both Bargen and Zoltenko were in contention for top awards in proficiencies. Bargen and Zoltenko were each in the top three of their respective proficiences of poultry production and swine production. They each were awarded second place, having beaten out more than 300 other state proficiency qualifiers for their awards.
Blake Kirchhoff earned 13th place in the statewide agronomy division. The floriculture team of Catera Nondorf, Harley Schuster, Sam Gray and Jenna Langer finished in 14th place.
Members attended workshops, twice daily, when they were not in competitions. Students were required to submit a written paper at the end of the day to their chapter adviser, Seth Going, detailing the material they had learned.
FFA chapter members and their parents will host the annual FFA banquet, Thursday, April 30, at the Superior High School gymnasium. Awards and scholarships will be presented. Officers for the 2015-2016 school term will be announced.

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Hoins receives Elks award
Superior Elks Lodge 2197 presented Doug Hoins, Superior Elementary School principal, with a certificate recognizing him as their Citizen of the Year. Hoins was recognized for his work with the youth of Superior.
He has coached youth softball and baseball teams. He has been the junior high school volleyball coach. He has served a the Elks Hoop Shoot chairman. He is a member of the Elks Essay committee. He is a member of the Superior Red Caps, a service organization which supports school athletic programs.
Hoins is a native of Milford, Neb. He graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University and was awarded a master's degree by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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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.