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  • Spring program delivers big finale for Superior Elementary music teacher

    Randy Nielsen|Apr 18, 2024

    To say that Tierney Casper went above and beyond for her final elementary performance would be accurate. Titled The Day the Crayons Quit, the program began with the preschool students who performed five songs: Hurry, Hurry Drive the Firetruck, Carnival of the Animals - Elephant, Five Little Gray Fish, Rainbow Song and Oh Rainbow. Kindergarten and first grade together sang four songs: Flying Purple People Eater, Hot Cross Buns, Snowflakes and Black Joke. Second and third grade together also sang...

  • Solar show doesnʼt disappoint

    Randy Nielsen|Mar 11, 2024

    Unlike much of Nebraska that was clothed in clouds on Monday, the sky over Superior was clear on Monday morning. Shortly after 1 p.m the blue of the sky began to deepen. It was like I was wearing sunglasses. I followed a small crew of Celestial Event Observers, Tyler Holland, Darien Holland and Chief Observer Oliver Holland (age 4) to the property of Lonnie Bargen located north of Superior. As Darien and Oliver sat patiently in the rear of my Mazda B2300 pickup nicknamed Hot Wheels, I prepared...

  • Preparation underway to reopen Simic skating rink

    Randy Nielsen|Feb 29, 2024

    The Return of the Simic Recreational Center By The Simic roller skating rink was built in the 1980s by a group of volunteers led by Floyd Butler, Don Gunn and Roger Wilton who were financed by a number of donors - the largest of which was Tony Simic. In the decades following, the skating rink was regularly packed with children and adults alike. Teresa Erickson recalls having a blast when she was growing up, visiting the skating rink nearly every weekend. It was the number one place to go for...

  • Genung's Model A pickup a familiar Christmas sight

    Randy Nielsen|Dec 28, 2023

    By On Dec. 8, a 1930 Ford Model A half-ton truck was parked on Central Avenue for Superior's Once Upon a Christmas event. A sled, some decorative pillows and a red blanket were placed in the back for photo opportunities. Years ago, Gene Genung had a 1924 Model T Coupe but at that time, he needed a pickup. A fellow in town named Roy Drapal had a 1930 Ford Model A and they were able to work out a trade. Genung regularly drove the truck to work in the late 1970s. At the corner of 7th and Louden, Ge...

  • Express reporter's father shares childhood Thanksgiving memories

    Randy Nielsen|Nov 23, 2023

    The 1960s - 1970s: When I was a little youngster, my family of eight (three brothers, three sisters and our parents) would head out to our grandparents’ farm just outside of Bolus, Nebraska. I remember having fun with all of our cousins, playing a game where we would throw a ball over the roof of the grands’ house. This, of course, irritated grandma but it was fun anyway! Occasionally we would also go to visit the other set of grandparents in Summerfield, Kansas. The cousins there were either way older or way younger than all of us but we sti...

  • A local Halloween Feature for this week

    Randy Nielsen|Nov 2, 2023

    Lance and Tami Sharp have purchased the old Lyon Mansion in Nelson and opened it up to those brave enough to enter. Tami was working when the idea came to her and in mentioned it to a coworker. Shortly after that, her coworker informed her the property would be for sale soon. A gentleman who was doing work on the house for the previous owner told Tami and Lance he has had paranormal experiences in the home. One night at around 11:45, while he was walking down the steps from the third to the...