May 26, 2016



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City council orders house removed now

Alumni returning for reunions

Volunteers compiling list of veteran burials

Memorial Day services planned throughout the area


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The Superior Express & Jewell County News 26 May 2016


Work continued into the weekend digging out from more than a foot wet snow that fell last Tuesday. A rotary snow plow was used to open Highway 136 to two lanes of traffic through Nuckolls County last Thursday.

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City council orders house removed now

Neither a time line of when promised improvements would be completed or the threat of legal action if the City of Superior moved forward with plans to abate a trouble property were enough to change the minds of the four city council members present for Monday's meeting. After listening to a report from Derek Clark, the city planner and zoning enforcement officer, Council members Chris Peterson, Kent Jensby, Steve Fox and Carrie Lemke voted to move forward and immediately begin the razing of a house and attached garage at 747 East Third Street.
Earlier this month the owner of the property came from Arizona and asked the council what he needed to do to prevent the action. At that meeting, he pledged to repair the house and use it for his Superior residence. At the meeting he said he maintained homes in several states.
Monday evening Clark reviewed a document outlining what work the owner planned to do and in what order. Clark said he agreed with what needed to be done to bring the property into compliance with city code. However, he said he disagreed with the order. Instead of waiting to repair the exterior at the last, Clark said he preferred the exterior be repaired first since the property is located in a highly visible location along a highway.
It was noted the house had not been occupied since July of 2013 and it had a history of being a problem residence.
Earlier this year, the city obtained a contractor and was prepared to start demolition. However, the owner's legal maneuver put the project on hold. It now appears the council is ready to move on to the next phase.
In other business Monday, the council devoted 20 minutes to a public hearing regarding a request by Carl and Cheryl Mohler to rezone 4 acres of land that fronts on Central Avenue from low density residential to a rural estates district.
No action was taken on the request as an insufficient number of council members were present to act on the request. Members Sandra Foote and Rick Disney were absent.
Clark and Kim Young, a planning commission member, testified that the planning commission had reviewed the request and recommended its passage.
Clark said all but one property owner in the neighbor had approved.
The zoning change request was made to permit the keeping of up to two horses on the property.
The property has a modern home fronting on Central Street and then drops off rapidly before reaching Lost Creek. Most of the property other than the house is in the flood plain and has traditionally been used for the keeping of animals.
Carl Mohler told the council the area had been cleared of underbrush and fenced with a dog tight fence. He said current plans were to keep one horse there during the summer months to control the vegetation. He said the ground would never be bare and because of tree roots could not be farmed. In addition, he said the animals would not be kept there in the winter months so it would not be necessary to bring in feed. Permission has been gained from an adjoining landowner to access the property without taking a horse near another residence.
Todd Kroeger, fire chief, said the fire department was afraid of a wild fire getting started in the creek area. Approving the keeping of a horse was termed a pro-active step that would help the fire department should a fire start in that area. The horse would keep the area grazed and reduce the fuel available for wild fire.
Young agreed saying it was to the city's advantage to allow the keeping of horses on the property in question.
Jana Punelli, the city's abatement officer employed by the South Central Economic Development District, reported on unresolved properties previous years and the 2016 program.
The council voted to move forward toward abatement of one property on East Second Street where construction of a building was started and not finished and three properties on East Third Street. Problems included accumulating yard waste and holes in structures that had not been repaired.
As part of the 2016 program, 113 properties were inspected and 49 letters send advising the owners of found deficiencies. Of the 49 noted, 26 had corrected the problem. The council voted to formally notify the property owners about the nuisances and give 30 days to correct. Problems included the existence of scrap wood, pallets, yard waste, tires, inside furniture outside and scatered items. For example, at one location was found to not be in compliance because a wheel was being used to hold the lid on a trash can. That is not an approved use for a wheel.

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Alumni returning for reunions

In late May the thoughts of many area residents focus on high school graduation. For some it is a current year graduation of a family member or friend, for others it may be a graduation of perhaps decades ago.
Many high school alumni groups and classes will hold reunions this weekend.
This year the Superior High School Alumni Association will host a banquet starting at 6:30 at Superior High School. Honored classes will be those from the years evenly divisible by five beginning with the Class of 1946. While reservations are encouraged, a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door. However, they will cost $5 more. Tickets may still be purchased through Friday from Jan Diehl at the City of Superior office.
Registration for the Republic Alumni Banquet opens at 5 p.m. Saturday at the community building. The meal will be served at 6:30.
The Guide Rock-Ekley Alumni Banquet begins at 6 p.m. at the community center.
The Hardy Alumni Society will meet Saturday at the community hall. Tom Sorensen is group president this year. Jim Miller is vice president and Cindy Hedstrom secretary-treasurer. Entertainment will be provided by Tom Jensen and Chicken Parts. The classes of 1946, 1956 and 1966 will be honored.
The Hardy High School Class of 1966 included Steven Elliott, Jon Gillilan, Arlo Hansen, John Jensen, Dennis Sweet, Judy Corman, Twila Eitzmann, Shirley Hespen, Loretta Jane Jensen, Jane Pedersen, Marjorie Pedersen and Patricia Persinger.
Members of the Superior High School Class of 1966 included Max Adams, Kay Adams, Ron Alexander, Douglas Andersen, Connie Bargen, Judy Behrends, Bill Blatchford, Dick Bradrick, Kathy Braye, John Combs, Mary Collins, Ronald Cox, Carol Dawson, Gary Drapal, Lynn Dunn, Linda Gratopp, Alice Gray, Linda Hansen, Sharon Hansen, Terry Harig, Kenneth Hobbie,
Marilyn Howland, Larry Irvin, Judy Jensen, Joy Jones, Tom Jorgensen, Namoi Kinyon, Nancy Kottmeyer, David Kramer, Janet Laird, Roxie Langer, Joe Langer, Lynn Wilton, Sandra McDowell, Linda McIntosh, Carol Mariska, Tom Meier, Donna Montgomery, Russ Miller, Ilene Myers, Dee Nelson, Cheryl Norgaard, Carol Oldham, John Ray, Robert Reeve, Pam Rose, Wayne Ross, Ray Sharp, Kathie Schriever, Karen Sibert, Melvin Smidt, Marvin Smidt, Linda Smith, Carol Smith, Ron Springer, Mike Stenzel, John Stineman, Michael Sullivan, Patricia Sullivan, Susan Swizter, Robert Tipton, Stanley Thayer, Cheryl Thomsen, Cheryl Wehrman and Barbara Whitney.
The 55th annual Lawrence High School Alumni Reunion will be Saturday, June 11. The activities begin with a 4 p.m. service at Sacred Heart Church. The Lawrence and Sacred Heart schools will be open for touring at 5 p.m. The banquet will be served at 6:30 at the American Legion Hall. The theme will be "Back Where I Came From." Members of the Lawrence-Nelson High School classes starting with 2001 are also invited to attend.

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Volunteers compiling list of veteran burials
Amid trips to the lake, alumni reunions and visits with friends and family members, we sometimes forget the reason for Memorial Day. The day was established as a way to honor those who served their country in the Armed Forces. Over the years it is expanded to include the decoration of the graves of family members and friends and as a time for alumni groups to gather.
And that is only fitting as Memorial Day is a time many of us visit the cemeteries and remember the contributions those who went before us made.
This year a project was undertaken by five people with Nelson ties to recognize the veterans buried in Nuckolls County cemeteries. Vicky Garner, operator of the Oxbow Motel, enjoys doing community projects and earlier this year was looking for a way to honor the veterans and recognize their contribution to this nation.
For Memorial Day she decided to place a flag on the motel's lawn for each veteran buried in the Nelson Cemetery. As she was getting started, she decided to expand the project to include all Nuckolls County Cemeteries. She expected there would be 3 to 4 hundred veterans but just to be safe she ordered 600 flags.
Then she went looking for a list of the veterans' names. She checked with the local veterans' organizations, the county service officer and even state officials only to find no one had a list of where the veterans were buried in Nuckolls County. And so began an unexpected but enormous task of checking each cemetery in an effort to locate the veterans' graves.
Mrs. Garner is confident the research done to-date has compiled the most complete list ever made of the veterans buried in Nuckolls County, but she knows the list is not complete. The readers of this newspaper who review the list will probably find names of people they know about are missing. If you find a missing name, Mrs. Garner would appreciate knowing about it or the information may be given to this newspaper and we will relay it on to her.
As of Monday, the graves of 908 veterans had been located in Nuckolls County and more have been added since. For each name, a flag will be posted this week on the motel lawn. Posters have been made listing the veterans name, war and service they were associated with. The names are grouped by the cemetery the veterans are buried in
The flags and posters will be displayed through Memorial Day. Garner said, "Walk among the flags and be humbled."
On Monday the flags were arranged in 15 rows of 60 flags and one row of eight flags. More flags are being added as names are submitted and flags acquired. It was quickly determined 600 flags would not be enough and she ordered another 150, then another 150 and still more are needed. The total count of the number of veterans has now exceeded 940.
Mrs. Garner has been assisted in the effort by Peggy Duey, Tina Albrecht, Mary Statz and Jim Woerner.

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Memorial Day services planned throughout the area
Memorial Day services will be held through out area on Monday. At least one, often hundreds of American flags will be flying in the cemeteries where programs are planned to honor the veterans. The cemeteries will be filled with activity as family members place flowers and other decorations on the graves. Peonies and iris, the traditional flowers used to decorate graves in this area, are early this year but some will still be in bloom on Monday and we expect the cemeteries will colorfully show area residents still care.
Serving for the Spring Creek Cemetery Benefit Dinner will begin at 11:30 Monday at the Ruskin Community Center.
The Memorial Day program begins at 1 p.m. at the community center. Teresa Christensen will provide the piano prelude. The American Legion Post will advance the colors. The opening and closing prayers will be given by Janell Hanson. Aaryn Schweitzere will give the welcome. Tori Schoof will recite the Gettysburg Address. Special music will be provided by Amanda Schultz. David Watters will deliver the address.
The Memorial Day observance at Superior's Evergreen Cemetery will begin at 10 a.m. Monday in the east cemetery and then move to the west cemetery.

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