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May 21, 2015

 

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Area still reeling after massive storm system

Road department reports $600,000 in storm loss

Twenty-four graduate from Superior High School

Hospital board holds annual meeting

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Festival will feature mix of new, returning activities

The 24th annual Victorian Festival in Superior is this weekend. This year's festival will include a return of some "crowd favorite" events and activities from years past, as well as a few new ones.
To help kick off the weekend, the Nuckolls County Museum will be open 1 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Friday). they will not be open on Saturday. The band, Free Beer and Chicken, will also play at the Superior Country Club tomorrow beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Breakfast will be served Saturday at Centennial Lutheran Church from 7 to 10 a.m.
The SHS FFA chapter will host a petting zoo from 8 to 11 a.m. on the Saturday of the festival in the vicinity of 354 N. Commercial.
Putting on a petting zoo is hard work, and requires the FFA to work as a team to get their tasks done. Ask any FFA member if all of the hard work is worth it, and you'll get the same response. Watching faces light up makes it worth all the hard work.
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Past, present and future generations continue to make a difference in their Home Towns. If you stop by the petting zoo, let their chapter advisor, Seth Going, and the students know they are appreciated.
Other Saturday events will include three-on-three basketball tournaments at 9 a.m. at the school, Lion's Club concessions and minnow races beginning at 9 a.m. at 341 N. Central, LaRue's Little Horse Ranch from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fourth and Commercial, a Superior history display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vestey Center and an open house at Victorian Legacy celebrating their 10th anniversary from 9 to 11 a.m.
Gear heads young and old will find something to do Saturday with the Pleasure Cruisers antique and classic car show beginning at 10 a.m. at Third and Central and the Little Tuggers pedal tractor pull at 10 a.m. at Fourth and Central.
Children seemed to have so much fun last year that festival organizers asked Fun Services of Nebraska and Iowa to return this year. From 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, take a swing at miniature golf or try to win a prize at one of their four midway games (Bring Home the Bacon, Chicken in a Pot, Bottle Ring and Swinger Ball). Another vendor returning again this year is the Martino Game Trailer. These games will be located in the vicinity of 3rd and Commercial.
Bed races will be a new event this year, sponsored by Superior Masonic Lodge No. 121. Bed races will consist of three person teams (15 years of age or older). Check in time will be 11 to 11:30 a.m. in front of the Vestey Center. Racing will be 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., and if needed they will continue after the parade at 2:30 p.m. To register, call Randy at 916-203-5322 or Jason at 402-879-3229. The entry fee is less expensive in advance than the day of the event.
Face painting is a fun way to dress up ­­ no costume required and children enjoy it. Cat Tales Face Painting will be back this year from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, providing face painting and glitter tattoos near 4th and Central. A fee will be charged according to the size of design.
Food will not be in short supply Saturday with the Boy Scouts' pork burgers offered in the Farmers and Merchants Bank drive-through at 11 a.m. and a hamburger feed and bake sale at the Presbyterian Church at 11:30 a.m. An information area and public restrooms will be available at the Vestey Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As in the past 23 years, local performers will be providing entertainment on the Showmobile stage at 4th and Central, with the first performance beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. There will be a variety of performers; attendees are urged to bring a lawn chair and stay awhile. A schedule of performers will be posted at the Showmobile on Saturday.
At noon Saturday on the Show-mobile stage, the annual Entrepreneur Award in honor of Larry McCord will be presented.
The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. Holly Beavers will begin the parade by singing the national anthem, followed by the presentation of colors by the local Sons of the American Legion chapter. Rodney Deuel is this year's parade grand marshal.
The Superior High School alumni banquet will be held at the school beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by a dance at the Eagles Club featuring D.J. Dan from 9 p.m. to midnight.
A committee is working to preserve the historic Superior Auditoruim and return it to a useful community purpose. The auditorium will be open 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for tours and displaying artwork by Superior High School students, and again following the parade. Refreshments will be served.
The Great Depression lasted from 1929 to the early 1940s. Cities all around the world were hit hard, especially those dependent on industry. Construction was virtually halted, farming communities and rural areas suffered as crop prices fell by 60 percent. In an attempt to end the depression, the U.S. government took unprecedented direct action to help stimulate the economy.
The Public Works Administration and Works Progress Administration was created to ease the burden by providing construction jobs. Post offices, schools, libraries, city halls and auditoriums were built around the country. Among those projects was Superior's city hall and auditorium.
On July 30, 1935, Superior residents voted 393 to 161 to increase taxes to aid in the construction of the city hall and auditorium building. A $72,727 grant from the PWA was offered to offset the estimated construction cost of $73,000. The auditorium was closed in 1997.
Sunday's events include "A Visit With Lady Vestey," in which Beverly Beavers, a Superior teacher, portrays Lady Evelyn Brodstone Vestey in complete Victorian costume, telling her fascinating story. This will be held at the Nuckolls County Museum at 2 p.m. The museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Superior Elks Lodge will host a barbecue from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, followed by a live band, The Soul Preachers, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Proceeds from both Elks events will go towards youth activities in the community. There will be a concert by Kenny Rhea at the City Park band shell at 7 p.m. Sunday.
There will be a Memorial Day service Monday at 10 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery.

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Road department reports $600,000 in storm loss

County assets were damaged to the tune of nearly $600,000 in the May 6 storm, according to a report given to the commissioners by Gary Warren, county highway superintendent, at Monday's regular county board meeting.
In addition to washed out culverts and bridges caused by excessive rain in a short period of time, Warren said there were approximately 300 documented areas of gravel loss on county roads. His crew has been hauling gravel and reshaping roads, beginning in the southeast portion of the county where some residents were without access to and from their homes after the storm.
"We're starting with the worst areas and working out from there," Warren said.
Warren estimated it will cost about $100,000 to repair the county roads, including fuel, gravel and labor. Fortunately, he said, only about half the yearly budget for gravel had been spent before the storm, so he believes the remainder of the gravel budget will last until the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30. "At least this is the time of year we'd be hauling gravel anyway," said Cindy Buescher, road department secretary.
David Hill, owner of Steamatic in Grand Island, met with the board to discuss the mold in the courthouse. His company specialize in clean-up after fire and water damage and also mold remediation. Hill recommended the board hire an independent industrial hygienist to prepare a protocol for the work needed, saying it will potentially save a lot of money in the remediation process. After a protocol is established, a "worst case scenario" dollar estimate can be prepared.
Hill said there are 20,000 different types of mold, and while many may be eye or skin irritants, only three pose actual health risks.
"I think you might be surprised by which areas need actual mold remediation, and which just need a good, old-fashioned cleaning. It may not be as bad as you've been told," Hill said. "I don't think it's going to be a big deal, and I think it can be done without too much disruption to county business."
A group of elected officials and employees met with the board to discuss last week's board meeting, during which the commissioners voiced their disapproval of the decision to close the courthouse 15 minutes early on May 6 as the storm was building to the south of Nelson. Several said they don't think they were treated very well and were upset by the yelling, threatening to cut budgets and eliminate jobs. They would like a grievance board established for the future handling of such situations, and to generally create a more professional work environment. Tim Schmidt, county attorney, said the employee handbook stipulates there is supposed to be such a board. No action was taken.
Schmidt calmed the flaring tempers in the room on both sides and transitioned the discussion to the need for establishing written policies for employees to follow in future emergency situations. He provided a proposed policy, which he said could be reviewed and adjusted before being adopted. Commissioner Doyle Christensen said he didn't want to go any further without something in place and suggested adopting the proposed policy so there is something in place while they are working on it. The board approved the temporary policy.
The board directed Royce Gonzales as a representative of the county safety committee to work with emergency management to conduct a tornado drill in the near future. It has apparently been at least two years since one has been done for county employees. The board wants all departments and buildings ­­ courthouse, sheriff's building, extension and road department ­­ to have policies in place soon for all types of potential disasters. Christensen said he wants all employees to read and sign the emergency policies when they're established. There is a tornado shelter at the county shop in Nelson, but most of the six outpost shops have no shelter.
The commissioners convened as the county board of equalization and approved three new applications for tax exemption: Brodstone Memorial Hospital for the new Nifty Thrifty Store, because the former location was rented and they own the new building; Brodstone Memorial Hospital for the property at 1136 Idaho in Superior, a house they purchased and plan to use to house visiting health care professionals and also use the garage for storage; and Superior New Hope Connection, a new church located in the former Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, north of the Superior Library.
In other business:
· A four-year law enforcement contract was approved between the sheriff's department and Hardy for the following amounts: 2015, $3,110; 2016, $3,140; 2017, $3,170; 2018, $3,200.
· Brad Baker informed the board he learned the county is not eligible for wage reimbursement from the state if the emergency manager is a member of law enforcement. The board appointed Baker as emergency manager earlier this year. The reimbursement amounts to about $12,000 annually, Baker said.
· The board approved bids for three steel culverts for a total of $47,286.18 from Con-Tech Engineering Solutions. Other bids received were $64,897.08 from Midwest Services and $81,146.40 from Ace Irrigation.
· Gary Warren said the county's two fracture critical bridges ­­ one in Superior's Lincoln Park and one north of Bostwick ­­ need to be state inspected. The county's soft-match funds will be used to pay 80 percent of the cost of the inspection.
· The board approved $4,500 in funding for the CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) program, a $1,000 increase from last year. The vote was 2-1, with Christensen opposed.
· The board approved $5,000 in funding for the ASAAP (Area Substance and Alcohol Abuse Prevention) program, the same as last year.
· An electrical line easement was approved for George Landgren.
· The board reversed a long-standing policy which forced road department employees to take two hours of vacation to receive full pay for holidays that occur during summer hours, because they are working 10 hour days rather than eight.
· The board approved $5,000 in funding for SASA (Spouse Abuse Sexual Assault) Crisis Center, the same as last year.
· A special designation liquor license was approved for Superior Estates Winery for an event on June 4.
· The courthouse will be closed Monday for Memorial Day.

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Twenty-four graduate from Superior High School
Continuing a tradition established 128 years ago, Superior High School awarded diplomas to 24 students, Saturday, in a ceremony held at the high school gymnasium. The combined junior and senior high school band performed the traditional processional "Pomp and Circumstance" composed by Sir Edward Elgar and first performed at commencement ceremonies at Yale University in 1906 with Elgar in attendance..
Unlike previous years, the graduates entered the gymnasium and walked to the front of the room as individuals rather than in pairs. Another change for this class were the white gowns they wore as opposed to the black of recent years. The band performed the National Anthem. Caleb Isom delivered the invocation.
Bob Cook, high school principal, recounted some of his favorite and some infamous recollections of members of the class and their activities. He then donned a gift from the senior class: a frighteningly large blonde wig which he wore with great aplomb. The top scholars of the Class of 2105 were presented: Morgan Frahm, Sarah Genung, Jaysa Hoins and Kaycie Strobl.
The senior musical selection, "Then They Do, performed by Trace Adkins, was the backdrop for the presentation of a red and white carnation, the class flower, to the parents or guardians of each graduating senior.
The senior video followed the class from baby pictures to senior photos with music reflecting the thoughts of the class. The retrospective covered their journey through their years together. Hoins, Joey Gilbert and Jacob Sumpter singled out their classmates for a special serving of memories, some of which the recipients probably wished had remained forgotten.
Charles Isom, superintendent of the Superior school system, presented the class to the board of education and advised they had met all the requirements for graduation. The graduates ascended to the stage when their names were called and received their diplomas from Matt Sullivan, president of the board of education. With the final diploma presented, Isom pronounced and announced the Class of 2015 as graduated.
The song "All Star," by Smashmouth, was the background music for the recessional as the now former Superior High School students left the room with an abundance of silly string being sprayed in all directions.
Another chapter in their lives has been written and read. They now go to a blank page as they begin to write their future. But none will forget their time here and the common bond which will link their lives through the years, no matter where their journey takes them. Bon voyage and may your storms be few and the stars shine brightly. It's been fun.
The members of the graduated class of 2015 are: Jessica Bargen, Brett Boyles, Katelyn Brown, Makayla Carter, Walker Cool, Claire Dressman, Morgan Frahm, Sarah Genung, Joseph Gilbert, Morgan Hass, Jaysa Hoins, Tyler Holland, Damion Holt, Carll Imler, Caleb Isom, Paige Jensen, Bryce Jurgensmier, Logan Lipker, Keidra Matthews, Colin Ross, Kaycie Strobl, Jacob Sumpter, Courtney Warren and Chandler Zoltenko.

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Hospital board holds annual meeting
The annual meeting of the Brodstone Memorial Hospital association was held on Monday. Pat McCord and Marlin Meyer were re-elected to their positions on the board. Healthcare career grants were presented to Lauren Rempe and Mckayla Utecht. Morgan Frahm and Sarah Genung were also present to thank the board for their grant. Other recipients include Austin Mundorf, Jaysa Hoins, Morgan Hass, Holly Bower, Kendra Schiermeyer, Samantha Mlinar and Amber Rupe.
The annual report given by John Keelan stated that in the last fiscal year patient days were up by 280, the number of surgeries was the same as the previous year, emergency room visits were up by 9 and almost all procedure numbers increased. Brodstone received Electronic Health Record incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid in the amount of $243,822 and saved approximately $100,000 on hospital outpatient drug purchases through the 340B drug program. Brodstone's charity care totaled approximately $250,000, down $50,000 from 2014. The hospital continues to use up to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines when approving charity care. Brodstone signed a contract with Healthland to migrate to Centriq software and successfully migrated in January, 2015.
Cindy Hedstrom, diagnostic imaging director, retired in February after 40 years of employment. Her replacement as director is Diane Littrell, who has been employed at Brodstone for seven years. A new service added this last year is modified barium swallow which is performed with a speech pathologist and a radiologist. Brynton Anderson, a CT and MRI technologist has passed his bone densitometry registry.
A new telemetry system was added to the nursing department. There are eight small telemetry units that can be worn around the neck for bedside monitoring in addition to seven bedside monitors that are capable of cardiac monitoring, blood pressure, respiratory rate and pulse oximetry. There are also two smaller units that do blood pressure, temperature, pulse and oxygen saturation readings. All of these machines display to the central monitoring station both in ER and at the upstairs nurses' station. OB also has a new monitor.
In the surgery department, Dr. Chaudhuri (cardiologist) is back and has been active in scheduling pacemaker insertions, battery replacements and TEEs. Dr. Anderson (neurosurgery) has also been active with cervical and lumbar steroid injections and kyphoplasty. Dr. Lesiak (orthopedic), Dr. Seiler (general surgery), Dr. Fish (obstetrics), and Dr. Dietze (ophthalmology) continue to schedule cases regularly. Total hip replacements and reverse shoulder replacements will be added this fall.
Cardiac rehab recertification was submitted in February. A new NuStep was also purchased this last year.
Information technology has had a busy year with the installation of new servers, additional data storage, and a new security surveillance system.
Two aocial service staff members became certified application counselors through the Market Place. Social service staff aided numerous people in renewing their insurance through the Market Place, helped with health insurance decisions, advanced directives, power of attorney for healthcare and living will documents. Persons were also assisted in their application for Social Security Disability, Social Security benefits and financial assistance.
Maintenance has purchased new hot water heaters, converted the boilers from steam to hot water, added new security door alarms, reconstructed the whirlpool room, installed new privacy doors in the clinic and remodeled the new Nifty Thrifty location.
The cardiopulmonary department has purchased a new BiPAP machine for inpatient use, a new pulse oximeter and is in the process of implementing the use of difference oxygen delivery devices that will be better for the patients.
The lab installed a new chemistry analyzer this last year. This allowed for quicker turn-around times on some tests. They also added three new tests. In 2014, 764 health fair blood draws were done, so far in 2015 there have been 457. The new lab equipment made for shorter work days on health fair blood draw days. The lab passed the CLIA inspection with no deficiencies and will be adding a new staff member in June.
Kathy Essink, past president of the hospital auxiliary, reported there are currently 228 members. Members greet patients reporting at admissions, run the gift shop and Nifty Thrifty, do sewing and mending for the hospital, and make bibs for all newborns. They have two fund raisers each year. This last year the auxiliary donated $32,000 to the hospital to cover the cost of a patient bed with a scale for the nursing department, a Nu-step for cardiac rehab and a heated cart for the dietary department. Officers for 2015-16 are Julie Delka, president, Anna Hawley, vice-president, Karen Tinkham, secretary, and Emily Kirchhoff, treasurer.

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