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This is National Small Business Week, a week designated to celebrate the resolve and ingenuity of American entrepreneurs. The week is usually observed the first week of May but this year the pandemic changed the date. While small businesses are...

 

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Lots of things going on in this world today that I don’t understand but thanks to a reader who saved the original clipping, I have this week reread a story the Hastings Tribune published in 1973 that is applicable to this country’s current...

 

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Like many people, because of the dangers associated with COVID-19, I’ve been staying close to home. Only go out when absolutely necessary, and so I miss meeting and talking with people. My grandparents taught me to people watch. On the Blauvelt sid...

 

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Tuesday was the 75th anniversary of the signing of the treaty which officially ended our war with Japan. A war that began with the bombing of our ships in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Elsewhere in this issue, we have published stories told by area...

 

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In the summer of 1970 people and businesses served by U. S. Highway 136 and Nebraska 14 were upset by a highway improvement plan being promoted by state roads department which they thought was shortchanging their highways and the southernmost...

 

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When many people were planting larger gardens this year, Rita and I decided we would attempt to raise more with less. Our plan was smaller but more carefully managed garden space than we have had some years. One of our goals was to use up seed left...

 

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It’s been hard to find subjects for this week’s notebook entries. Most weeks when it comes time to write the piece to fill this space, I review what I have done in the past week and conversations I’ve had. Before his death eight years ago, a...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 30, 2020

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The author of a newspaper column I regularly read often begins his column with “Things I know and things I think I know.” If I were to attach a title to this week’s column it would be “Things I don’t understand.” Saturday morning I...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 23, 2020

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When my family sold and raised watermelons, our customers had their own ways to determine which melon was best. Some picked the melons up and shook them. I assume they did so to determine the weight and suitability for their family size. Some...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    July 16, 2020

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A news release from the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, recently crossed the editor’s desk. The release was directed to the agricultural community and contained many safety tips with regard to the handling of hazardous...

 
 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

 

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