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 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 9, 2020 

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A promise to help a friend who was out-of-town for the weekend with an early morning task got me out and about in Superior earlier than normal on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. My morning jaunts were so interesting I stretched them out a bit...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 2, 2020

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A few days ago a friend living out-of-state said "I love sand but I prefer it on the beach." I didn't understand the comment when it was made but I do now for it referred to the Saharan dust plume...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 26, 2020

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With the combination of the COVID stay-at-home recommendation and the National Weather Service category 3 severe storm forecast for Sunday afternoon, Rita and I stayed pretty close to home. Since the...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 18, 2020

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This week I have been following stories out of Manhattan, Kansas, reporting on two alligators stolen from a pet store located in that community. I don’t know why anyone would want to steal an...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 11, 2020

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Richard Schmeling is a frequent contributor to this newspaper. The 1958 graduate of Superior High School and retired attorney now living in Lincoln, Neb., likes to recall what it was like to grow in...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    June 4, 2020

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For some people Monday was a special day but most people were unaware that it was special. Instead struggled with the new norm of social distancing, face masks and closed or at least changed businesses. Our city cousins added racial unrest concerns....

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    May 28, 2020

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Amazing the way some things grow and others shrink. While preparing copy for this week’s Nuckolls County Locomotive-Gazette, I read about the sale of the Mt. Clare pool hall. It’s been a long time since there were enough people in the Mt. Clare...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    May 21, 2020

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Fifty years ago this week I was preparing to observe my first Memorial Day as editor of The Superior Express. For this 24 year-old “youngster” I expected the day would be different for in my life Memorial Days had long been different but I never...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    May 14, 2020

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What is this rectangular concrete structure pictured near the edge of Lost Creek ? If I was a youngster playing along the creek, it would look pretty inviting. I’m sure I would look over the edge,...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    May 7, 2020

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I know I wrote about attending virtual meetings last week, but I’m so amazed by the technology I want to write about this week’s experiences. While seated in this newspaper’s front office on Saturday afternoon, I attended the first electronic m...

 

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Since we received our diplomas in the Superior Auditorium longer ago than I wish to admit, members of my high school class have held reunions every five years. Until this year, I’d only missed one of the reunions and that was because of a conflict...

 

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Editor’s Notebook 4/23/20 These are challenging times for most everybody including those of us working for this newspaper. Ours is a people business. We are accustomed to advertising for and reporting on local happenings. These days not much is...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    News    April 16, 2020

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In my early years with this newspaper, spring fashion sections were produced prior to Easter with the intent to help the clothing stores spark sales as the holiday approached. We wanted our readers ready for the annual “Easter Parade” of new...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    News    April 4, 2020

Webster County Records First COVID Case in Error

The South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) was contacted Saturday and informed that the COVID-19 test result received by SHDHD for the Webster County man in his 60s, was reported incorrectly to SHDHD and that the test result was actually... Full story

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    News    April 2, 2020

Jewell County's 1st Confirmed Case

First case of coronavirus (COVID-19) identified in Jewell County The Jewell County Health Department received notification confirming our first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jewell County. The case involves a resident of Jewell County.... Full story

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    News    April 2, 2020

Directed Health Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Nuckolls County

The South Heartland District Health Department, in collaboration with the district’s four-county region, is implementing Directed Health Measures necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Today, the health department announced that of the four... Full story

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    April 2, 2020

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Though as a youngster I only participated in one of Superior’s organized Easter Egg Hunts, hunting Easter eggs and derivatives were among my favorite activities. Instead of eating my Easter eggs, I saved them so they could be hid over and over. My...

 

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Time marches on but some things never change. On the weekend I was looking through the microfilm reels which store copies of this newspaper looking for stories about how the area was coping with the flu epidemic of 1918. If I would have paid...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    News    March 19, 2020

Emergency Declared in Nuckolls County

Nuckolls County Board of Commissioners and the Superior City Council met in back-to-back sessions Wednesday afternoon with Nick Elledge, the county’s emergency preparedness director, and approved emergency declarations relating to the current...

 

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When it comes to our current COVID-19 journey, this newspaper, like most area residents and businesses, is traveling in uncharted waters. Many years ago on a Saturday afternoon in October, a friend and I took a canoe trip down the Republican River. T... Full story

 

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When I first read about the Cornavirus health issue, it was on the other side of the world. At that time a health problem in China didn’t concern me. I know something about China for when I was a youngster, I liked to dig holes. And when I was...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    March 5, 2020

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Changes are on the way. Saturday I turned my calendar pages to March. I have a new ribbon for the office time clock which I plan to install when I advance the clock in anticipation of the arrival of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday. The Tuesday...

 

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This week marks the 40th anniversary of the fire which destroyed the original Elks Lodge buildings in Superior along with an addition that saw its first use on New Year’s Eve. We may not have space this week to reprint The Express story and picture...

 

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We can’t say for sure as these notebook entries are being made before the paper is printed, but we do know the chance of printing a paper this week increased significantly when Monday afternoon the man in the brown truck delivered a wooden box to t...

 

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With Valentine’s Day nearly here, next week’s issue of this newspaper should have one or more features related to this day. When I was a youngster attending Pleasant Valley School, I looked forward to exchanging valentines with my classmates and...

 

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