June 22, 2017



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LBNRD board imposes stay on new wells

Iowa magician performs in Superior

Electrical fire damages barn near Ruskin

Edgarfest begins Saturday


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LBNRD board imposes stay on new wells

The board of directors of the Little Blue Natural Resources District at their regular monthly meeting Thursday voted by a narrow margin to impose a stay on the drilling of new, high-capacity wells in the district. High-capacity wells are those which pump more than 50 gallons per minute, which would include virtually any well used to irrigate crops in the field. The vote to impose an immediate, temporary stay was 9 to 8.
The stay will give board members time to complete revisions to the current groundwater rules and regulations, without creating a spike in new well drilling, according to Mike Onnen, manager of the LBNRD.
The Little Blue NRD encompasses all of Thayer County, most of Adams County, and portions of Webster, Clay, Nuckolls, Fillmore and Jefferson counties.
According to an article in the Hastings Tribune, the last time the district imposed a temporary stay on well drilling was February 2014, the last time board members were contemplating major groundwater rules changes. That stay encompassed both drilling of new wells and development of new irrigated acres, but applied only to those areas of the district in which the aquifer is designated "very high risk" or the aquifer is less than 10 feet thick.
"Some on the board have concerns that when new rules are being discussed, producers may feel the window of time to install new wells may close, and they may be prevented from drilling a new well," Onnen said. "This was the case in the Lower Republican NRD several years ago, and the board wants to avoid that rush to drill and a potential overdraft on the water supply."
State law provides for a temporary 180-day stay while the district contemplates permanent rules. The NRD is also required by law to conduct a public hearing within the 180-day period and determine what action might be necessary on well permits which had been approved before the immediate stay, but which had not yet been drilled.
Kevin Orvis, the district's project manager, said as of the time of the meeting he had six approved permits for new, high-capacity wells on his desk, but didn't know whether or not any had been drilled. If the wells haven't been drilled, Orvis said, the permits are now invalid and the applicants will need to approach the board to request a variance in order to move forward with their projects in the next 180 days.
The board of directors is working with rule changes that would be more proactive in managing the underground water supplies.
"Groundwater levels have continued a slow but steady decline across the district for many years. Our current triggers allow far too much aquifer depletion before implementation of controls which could preserve the resource," Onnen said. "Our groundwater is too precious a resource and too valuable for the economy and well-being of our area to allow depletion to continue."
The temporary stay became effective with the board's action Thursday and will terminate on Dec. 12.

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Iowa magician performs in Superior

Keith West, a magician from Des Moines, Iowa, performed last Wednesday at Kingswood Court in Superior. His performance was sponsord by the Superior Public Library Foundation. Attendees reported the show was entertaining and informative for both young and old. The public was invited to attend; in addition to residents of Kingswood Court, audience members included residents of the Superior Good Samaritan Center and participants in this year's summer reading program in Superior. "Build a Better World" is a common theme being utilized this year in Nebraska libraries. There were 149 people at the Superior performance.
West said his dream of performing magic began at age 10, when he saw books about magic at his local library. With this dream came a desire to learn more and more, so he read many books about magic. As it happened, a professional clown named Mombo lived a few blocks away from the library. He told Keith if he read books every week, he would teach him a new magic trick. The more books he read, the more tricks he learned. So Keith kept reading!
At a youngster, he walked across town to perform a magic act for a birthday party for $15. He often walked to his gigs. He waited tables and continued to do magic to put himself through college.
He urged audience members in Superior to discover the secrets inside the covers of the books they read. "There is a secret in every book, waiting to be seen!" he said. He encouraged children to visit the library at least twice a week this summer and to read at least three books. He also encouraged everyone to "like" Miss Kitty The Library Lady on Facebook to promote this project and to encourage everyone to read more at their local library.
Vicki Perrie, Superior librarian, worked with Terri Eberly of the Red Cloud Municipal Library to help make the performance possible.
"Our local library foundation gives its patrons a lot of extras, above and beyond the necessities of utilities and staff for the library," Perrie said. "They help provide great projects and guests with messages for people of all ages."
To watch for upcoming events at the Superior Municipal Library, read the table toppers at eating establishments throughout Superior.


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Electrical fire damages barn near Ruskin
The Ruskin Fire Department responded to a barn fire at about 8 p.m. Monday, according to Arlo Petersen, Ruskin Fire Chief. The barn is located on the former Mickey Schneider property, two miles north and a quarter-mile west of Ruskin. Renee Mertens called the fire in.
Petersen said the fire was caused by an electrical short; apparently the door caught the neutral and the electricity followed the steel in the buiding looking for ground. Damage, which was limited to the east wall, consisted of a small patch of charred wall, totaling four or five square feet, with a small hole burned clear through in the center.

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EdgarFest begins Saturday
It's community celebration time in Edgar this week.
Today members of the community are making the final preparations for the annual EdgarFest which is planned for Saturday. The day begins at 7 a.m. with registration for the 5K Railroad Run. The actual race is to start at 7:30. Awards are slated for 9:30. Brodstone Memorial Hospital and the Edgar Medical Clinic will be serving refreshments following the race.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Edgar Lion's Club will be hosting a camera vision screening for all ages. Club members will also be serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sandy Creek art students will be doing face paintings from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The Corner Market is sponsoring bounce houses from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. At that time the Cornerstone Bank will be sponsoring Golf-on-the-Go (miniature golf).
All ages are invited to play knocker ball from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The Church of the Plains will host a bake, book, quilt and craft sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be homemade cookies and tea available.
Starting at 1 p.m. and continuing for one hour will the splish and splash games at the Edgar Swimming Pool. There will also be a free twilight swim from 8:30 to 10 p.m. sponsored by the Edgar Community Club.
The Edgar American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor games at the fire hall from 3 to 5 p.m. And the Edgar Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department will host a barbecue at the fire hall from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
There will be a parade down the main street of Edgar starting at 8 p.m. After dark the firemen will host a fireworks show.
For more information please see the advertisement in this issue sponsored by Brodstone Memorial Hospital and the Edgar Medical Clinic.

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