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Aug. 21, 2014

 

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Storm roars through county with strong wind gusts

Area residents accepting Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

Superior receives housing study grant

Republican River Compact to meet in Lincoln

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Storm roars through county with strong wind gusts

Though it is late summer and long past the time for spring storms, spring-like storms rolled through this area Sunday night.
Earlier in the day the National Weather Service had predicted the storms would develop in the Sandhills and spread east. And that is just what happened. Sunday afternoon thunderstorms erupted over northwestern Nebraska and spread east. By the supper hour it appeared the storms would pass north of the border counties and the weather bureau's watch area stopped short of the border counties.
Both Saturday and Sunday high humidity combined with temperatures near 90 degrees to make for unpleasant conditions. The Webber Community Picnic was held as scheduled but because of the weather and the entertainer's general health, the planned program was scratched.
At Guide Rock's Pa Hur Days activities went on as scheduled in the sweltering heat. The water fights were moved to a shaded area south of CJ's Eatery but the spectators seemed to enjoy an occasional drift of the cooling water spray.
The thunderstorm activity increased in coverage and intensified as it moved southeast across South Central Nebraska and North Central Kansas. By 9 o'clock the weather service was warning of storms along the stateline but many residents were caught by surprise.
Some of the storms were speed demons, reportedly advancing at the rate of 90 miles per hour and packing hail, rain and winds gusting to 80 miles an hour.
Electrical service was interrupted in many parts of the area including the Nelson, Ruskin and Guide Rock areas. Limbs were downed over a large area but apparently there few reports of significant property damage.
One family caught trying to get home took shelter under the canopy at Guide Rock's Country Corner. However, they were alarmed, fearful the wind would send the canopy crashing down on their vehicle.
Some area residents were able to make light of the storm.
Ava Petersen sent her Facebook friends a selfie portrait taken during the power outage. (For those not keeping up with the latest fads a selfie is a self portrait the subject takes while holding their camera, usually a cell phone equipped with a camera, at arm's length.) The portrait was just a black rectangle indicative of how dark it was at the Peterson home when the electricity was off.
Melissa Roberts, a Hardy resident, said she was washing her son's football practice clothes when the power went off. Naturally, he needed the clothes Monday morning.
The weather service reported the wind gusts reached 70 miles per hour in Superior and Mankato, 71 at Wood River and Juniata, 83 at Hastings and 67 miles per hour at Phillipsburg. Softball-size hail (4.25 inches in diameter) fell one mile south of Agra.
Brad Baker, Nuckolls County deputy sheriff and emergency preparedness director, said damage to crops and trees was apparent all across Nuckolls County.
Rainfall amounts varied widely.
Here in Superior the wind broke tree limbs, blew down flags, scattered thrash cans and damaged lawn furniture and trampolines. After having city crews pickup limbs during prior storms this year a number of Superior residents moved their limbs to the street only to learn the city was not providing the service this time.

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Area residents accepting Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

This week a number of area residents have participated in the ice bucket challenge. Participants who accept the challenge agree to be dowsed with a bucket of ice water and contribute to the ALS association, a group sponsoring research into amyotrophic lateral schlerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease.
On Monday's six o'clock evening news the NTV anchors went outside the studio and were doused with buckets of cold water. Later they challenged the mayors of Hastings, Grand Island and Kearney to accept the challenge and appear on live television for a similar dousing. Tuesday morning the Omaha World-Herald reported Bo Pelini had accepted the challenge.
Among those accepting the challenge in this area have been John Price Jr. who called it exhilarating. The evening news dousing apparently left Colleen Williams speechless, however, Seth Denney, her co-anchor was able to close the news cast.
We understand Cailey Hansen, Amanda Carter, Jenny McCord, Tate and Taygun Rothchild, Cannon Corman, Rick Hiatt, Tracy Jordon, Bently and Teegan Duncan, Ava Kirchhoff, Seth Hendersen, Brook Bauer, Mikynzie Hansen and at least one Superior High School sports team have participated. There probably are many more that we haven't heard about.
Earlier this week the New York Times distributed a story which provided the background for the story.
Pete Frates, a 29-year-old former college baseball player who can no longer speak posted a video on Facebook about three weeks ago which inspired the craze.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has lit social media on fire, raising both money and awareness for the disease which afflicts about 30,000 Americans. The disease attacks nerve cells and ultimately leads to total paralysis, though the mid remains sharp. Life expectancy is typically two to five years after diagnosis.
The stunt goes like this. People make a video of themselves dumping (or having a friend) a bucket of ice water on their heads, post it on Facebook, Instagram or other social media sites and then challenge friends to do the same within 24 hours or donate money to ALS. Many of the participants do both, dump the water and donate.
More than 1.2 million Ice Bucket videos have been shared on Facebook and mentioned the phenomenon on Twitter.
The amount of water and probably the temperature varies widely. Some have dumped rather small buckets. In one instance the bucket on a tractor loader was filled with ice water.
Donations to the ALS Association have spiked. Since July 29 the association has received more than $13.3 million compared with $1.7 million during the same time period last year.
The Ice Bucket challenge has been connected to other fund drives. During the winter a similar challenge led several area residents to jump into a pond of freezing water.

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Superior receives housing study grant

The Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) has awarded $145,635 in housing study grant funds in eight Nebraska communities: Atkinson, Blair, Kimball, Loup City, Lincoln (Clinton and Hartley neighborhoods), Superior, Wilber and Wood River.  Six of the communities are completing new comprehensive plans which incorporate a housing study. The NIFA grant funds are matched with $169,465 in local funds.

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Republican River Compact to meet in Lincoln
The annual meeting of the Republican River Compact Administration (RRCA) will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 in the Auld Pavilion at Antelope Park in Lincoln, Neb.
A work session for the RCCA will also be held meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. This session will be held at the Nebraska State Office Building, Lower Level Conference Room C, in Lincoln.
Both the meeting and the work session are open to the public. For additional information, contact program manager Chris Beightel, Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Water Resources by email at Chris.Beightel@KDA.KS.GOV. A full agenda, maps to meeting locations and additional information can be found online.

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