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I don’t know how they are picked for it seems every day of the year is a special day recognizing something. Sunday, for example, was National Daughters Day and Monday was National Public Lands Day. Since I don’t have a daughter, I didn’t check...

 

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Shortly before I left work Saturday evening, this newspaper’s weather alert radio warned Republic County residents of thunderstorm possibilities. Neither Jewell nor Nuckolls counties were included...

 

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Sept 18, 2022 In June of 1953, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was exciting news for me. We didn’t have television or the internet then but I was spellbound listening to radio news broadcasts from London reporting on the festivities. I suspect... Full story

 

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Monday morning I fist bumped a traveling sales person and shared our first long conversation since the start the COVID pandemic. I’m sure the conversation took longer than either of us expected but it was good to catch up and learn how COVID has...

 

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When I was growing up, I’m glad I didn’t know the health risks associated with mice. Unlike some of my playmates who were afraid of mice, I wanted to demonstrate my manliness. I liked to think of myself as a “big boy.” If I found a snake, I...

 

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One of the historical columns in this issue contains an item about a team of mules running away with a sickle bar mower. It apparently was a rough ride and the farmer operating the mower was thrown fr...

 

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I remember when a co-worker brought her pre-school age son with her to work. The youngster was struggling with the concept of time. When he wanted something, he wanted it now. It was hard for him to wait and I quickly tired of telling him repeatedly...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 28, 2022

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Monday’s rain was a welcome event. Seldom are there unwelcome July and August rains in these parts. We sometimes have a surplus of rain in the spring or fall but summertime is different. We are more likely to have summer rain shortage. Summer...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 21, 2022

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I’ve long enjoyed community celebrations. Though I was only 4 years old when Superior staged a diamond jubilee celebration, I remember that celebration and the one and only 4-H fair held two years later in Superior. My favorite celebrations are...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 14, 2022

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This week, from the position I had taken while on the outlook for Nuckolls County Fair photos, I was able to observe a young family and their horses. I'm not a good judge of youngsters ages but the youngest was in a stroller and I guess the others...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 30, 2022

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Friday morning, as I sat on a street barricade and observed the preparations for the Project BOOM ribbon cutting, I tried to visualize what the street looked like a century ago. As I looked west on Eighth Street and south on National Street, I though...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 23, 2022

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A friend’s story shared on a social media site reminded me of my grandmother. My mother regularly drove an automobile. She used a special skill my father taught her to get through the water holes that separated our house on Blauvelt’s Hill and Su...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 16, 2022

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Twice while I was a student attending Kansas State University I had jobs helping with camps designed for high school students. My primary task during the day was working with the advanced photography students. At night I helped supervise a residence...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 9, 2022

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Recycling has been a buzz word for several years. This month the Trailblazer Resource Conservation District is holding electronics recycling events in the district’s multi-county areas. Tire collection events are also scheduled. Many communities...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 2, 2022

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This writer was among the few who took advantage of the opportunity to visit the Cowboy Museum when it was open during the festival. The museum displays the private collection of Steve Werner, an 80-year-old Superior resident who inherited the...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    May 26, 2022

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As Superior residents prepare for the 31st Victorian Festival honoring Evelyn Brodstone, one of the community’s most accomplished residents, many current resident find it hard to envision what life was like in Superior more than a century ago. The...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    May 19, 2022

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Been thinking about the upcoming Lady Vestey Victorian Festival and how to freshly retell the Evelyn Brodstone story on this, the 31st anniversary of the first festival. The festival founders hoped the annual celebration would help preserve the commu...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    May 12, 2022

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Wow! I suspect you are as tired of reading about this newspaper’s internet problems as I am of trying to fix the problem but fixing the internet has been my focus for nearly two weeks. In addition to reporting our email was still not working as we...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    May 5, 2022

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The 2022 Nebraska Primary Election is less than a week away and newspaper advisors think it is the duty of quality newspapers to endorse the candidates they believe are the best qualified and deserving of voter support. This newspaper has sometimes...

 

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editor’s notebook 4/28/22 A friend and former Nuckolls County resident, Gwen (Jones) Porter, recently shared the following article about a pet’s death. Since graduating from Nelson High School, Gwen married a veterinarian and has helped with his...

 

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In the newspaper business, politicians have long been considered to be poor credit risks. Many candidates plan to pay for their campaign with the money obtained after winning an election. When they don’t win, donors don’t contribute to the...

 

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Friday marks the middle of April and the time for Good Friday services. By now I expected there would be leaves on the trees, green grass and my winter clothes stowed away. Earlier I didn’t expect to wear my insulated coveralls to the Easter...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    April 7, 2022

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After the wildfire last week and traffic accident, I’ve had trouble focusing. My mind keeps skipping from one topic to another. Consequently, I have a number of short topics for this week’s notebook entry. A few days ago I received notice of the...

 

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This newspaper office recently received a few copies of newspapers published in 1913. Apparently the contributors found the papers rolled into a bundle and stashed away in a house they were cleaning. I’m sorry I don’t know where the papers were...

 

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This year the Lady Vestey Victorian Festival will feature a Circus theme. In the early days of Superior, attending a circus show was often a summer highlight. The shows traveled by rail and with five rail lines meeting here it was easy for the shows...

 

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