Articles from the January 12, 2023 edition


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  • Country Roads

    Gloria Schlaefli|Jan 12, 2023

    It may be called being “old school” in these times but many people my age have thoughts, wishes and memories that would be labeled “old school” by several of the younger generation. What happened with sending out hand written thank you cards when a gift is sent to an individual or a couple? In most of today’s society that isn’t done anymore.Instead quick and easy text messages are sent, but sometimes no acknowledgement is received. It leaves the person giving the gift wondering if it was ever received or if it was appreciated. An email thank...

  • Editor's Notebook

    Bill Blauvelt|Jan 12, 2023

    Another one of this area’s giants fell this week. All people are important and all are part of the fabric which weaves a community together, but some attract more attention. Lew Hunter was one of those who attracted attention wherever he went. We don’t have the particulars at this writing, but we learned via the internet on Saturday morning that Lew had died. Since then, we have been fielding telephone calls and emails asking for the particulars. We haven’t learned of the funeral or burial plans but we do know a few things about the man who c...

  • Puffs

    Allen Ostdiek|Jan 12, 2023

    Democracy on display . . . If you watched any of the national news on TV last week, or even looked at a newspaper, most likely the top story was the election of a “Speaker of the House of Representative” in the U. S. Congress. Republicans have a numeric majority, but they could not get together on who they wanted to lead them in the House. 2023 will go down in the history books as the year it took so long for any political party to decide who their leader would be. It seemed to me the Democratic Party enjoyed the week and on each of the 15 vote...

  • Love my crazy life

    Teraesa Bruce|Jan 12, 2023

    By Sorry to have gone AWOL on everyone last week. I had attempted to get my writing done over the weekend, but with all the commotion in the house, it was almost impossible. Last weekend, we finally gave up on fixing the old washing machine. Thankfully our friends had just purchased a new set and sold us their old ones. Unfortunately, while moving the dryer, it broke. So after hauling the old set out of the basement, then hauling the new set down, we swapped out a broken washer for a broken dryer. After getting over being mad at me for...

  • Nuckolls County officials take oath of office

    Jan 12, 2023

    There was a great deal of swearing going on at the Nuckolls County Courthouse last Thursday. Well swearing in, that is. Diane Wehrman, clerk magistrate for Nuckolls County, administered the oath of office to newly elected and reelected county officials as well as the deputy officials. Wehrman administered the oath of office Tami Sharp, the new county treasurer, and Jerry Grove, newly elected District 1 commissioner. The remainder of the reelected officials were sworn in as a group. They...

  • Superior school board retains slate of officers

    Jan 12, 2023

    Monday evening the Superior Board of Education met at 5 p.m. in the high school library. Matt Sullivan, board president , swore in Krista Tatro.Tatro replaces Jason Jensen on the board. With no dissension, Sullivan was then re-elected president, Peggy Meyer, vice-president and Brad Biltoft, secretary. Sullivan announced committee appointments as follows: Safety - Luke Meyers, Matt Bargen and Krista Tatro; Accreditation – Tatro, Biltoft and Meyer; Building, grounds and transportation – Sullivan B...

  • Nebraskans getting new license plates

    Jan 12, 2023

    The new year is bringing a number of new things and among them is the need to replace the license plates on motor vehicles and trailers registered in Nebraska. Owners with plates expiring in January have or soon will have received a letter from Tami Sharp, the new Nuckolls County treasurer, reporting on the need to renew the licenses. In one of her last official acts, Vicki Ensign, the retiring Nuckolls County treasurer, requested this newspaper's help in reminding the owners to look carefully...

  • Long awaited highway project may present harvest obstacles

    Jan 12, 2023

    If the 2023 construction season goes as planned, the fall harvest in the Superior area may offer extra challenges. Members of the Superior City Council Monday evening learned the state highway department has committed funds for a major highway project that will involve most of Highway 14 from the south junction with U.S. Highway 136 about five miles north of Superior to the state line and Highway 8 from the east edge of Superior to the creek bridge east of the South Central Veterinary Clinic. It appears to be a major project that will require t...

  • Program planned for Jan. 20 Will rededicate auditorium

    Jan 12, 2023

    The historic former Superior City Hall and Auditorium was constructed between June 1936 and February 1937 with the assistance of the federal (PWA) Public Works Administration funds, a plan formulated during the Depression, by President Franklin Roosevelt, to put people back to work, beginning in 1932. The Public Works Administration built and assisted in the construction of post offices, schools, libraries, city halls and auditoriums, amounting to approximately 11,000 community buildings nationwide. Among these projects were Lincoln’s 27th Stre...

  • Red Cross will visit Nelson Monday

    Jan 12, 2023

    The Red Cross is scheduled to be back in Nelson, with a full staff, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Monday. This is a holiday for some donors, which may work better for some and not for others. First timers are always needed. Sixteen year olds are eligible with parental consent, and you are never too old as long as you are in good health. It is highly recommended to have an appointment. If not, the wait time may be a little longer. Schedule appointments online at www.redcross blood.org, call 800-733-2767 or Sally Uhrmacher at 402-225-4292 or text...

  • Community Center to get new flooring

    Jan 12, 2023

    The Jewell City Council met last Tuesday at City Hall. Those in attendance were Darrell Bohnert, mayor; Council members, Josh Burks, Derek Birdsell and Bob Freeman and Kristie Anderson, city clerk. Don Jacobs, the Jewell County sheriff, said there were no new updates for the month. James Reed, code enforcement officer, was present and said he talked to residents about parking semi trucks on non-truck route roads. Kristie Anderson presented the monthly clerk’s report. Anderson mentioned getting a cabinet for maintenance folders. She said the c...

  • Nine relocation incentives remain

    Jan 12, 2023

    NCK Housing Opportunities, Inc., a housing non-profit managed by the North Central Regional Planning Commission, has nine (9) relocation incentives remaining in its 8-county service area to attract residents to move to North Central Kansas to work, start or buy a business or retire. Direct lending is back! Effective immediately, the NCK Regional Relocation Pilot Loan-Grant Program will be offered through a direct loan. The program provides a $12,500 relocation incentive including: A) $10,000 loan, 0 percent interest, term up to 20-years on...

  • New hours for Ideal Market

    Jan 12, 2023

    Ideal Market has new store hours. Monday through Saturday, the store is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m....

  • Mankato council reviews utilities

    Jan 12, 2023

    The regular meeting of the Mankato City Council was called to order by Sam Becker, council president, on Dec. 6. Councilmen present were: Sam Becker, Kevin Ost, Rodney Payne; George Hennion and Lyle Dauner. Mayor, Justin Schoonover was absent. Also present was Darrell Miller, city attorney, and Sharon McCormick, interim city clerk. Visitors present were: Don Koester; Sheriff Don Jacobs; Jim Zadina; Kyra Lampe; Jason Ortman; Darren Prince, KMEA; Jason Schultz, KRWA; Larry Steele, Miller & Associates. Kyra Lampe and Jason Ortman presented...

  • The seventh post office in Jewell County organized in 1871, to serve the Ionia Area

    Kerma Crouse|Jan 12, 2023

    The Ionia Post Office, the seventh post office in Jewell County, was organized on April 13, 1871. It served the Ionia area until it was discontinued on Aug. 6, 1982. Seneca Sumner was the first postmaster; 12 other men and women would follow him. Sumner had been born in Ohio on March 7, 1846. He is found in the 1870 U.S. Census in Washington County, Kansas as an artist-photographer. He first appeared in Jewell County records when he was appointed postmaster on April 13, 1871. The story goes...

  • Ed Duskie is new Jewell County Commissioner

    Jan 12, 2023

    Ed Duskie, Jewell, took the oath of office as Jewell County Commissioner First District on Monday, Jan. 9, at the courthouse. Duskie lives in Ionia Township and replaces Steve Greene who retired. The First District is the southern part of the county, the south two tiers plus Washington Township which includes Montrose....

  • Government food commodities distribution is Jan. 19 at Jewell

    Jan 12, 2023

    There will be a government commodities distribution for families meeting income guidelines for the Jewell-Randall-Ionia area at 1 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Jewell Apartments Commons Area. The following foods are scheduled to be distributed: mixed fruit; canned peas; creamed corn; shredded cheddar cheese; potato flakes; pistachios; mac and cheese; Pacific whiting fillets; spaghetti pasta; beef chili with beans; Pacific salad shrimp; and asparagus. The maximum monthly income an individual can now earn and still qualify to receive...

  • Entrepreneurship competition slated for Jewell County

    Jan 12, 2023

    Jewell County, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, said the Jewell County YEC (formerly known as the E-Fair) will take place this March, as part of the 2022-2023 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) series. The competition will be held on March 6, at Rock Hills Junior-Senior High School. The goal of the competition is to expose Kansas middle school and high school students to entrepreneurship. Kyra Lampe, Jewell County Community Development Coordinator commented, “I’m excited for Rock Hills students to have this ne...

  • KSF to present on the Big Kansas Road Trip

    Jan 12, 2023

    On Thursday, Jan. 19, the Kansas Sampler Foundation (KSF) will be in Jewell County to report on the Big Kansas Road Trip (BKRT). Marci Penner, executive director, and WenDee Rowe, assistant director, will present at the Mankato Community Center starting at 5 p.m. and be available for questions on the upcoming event. Following the presentation, they will speak at the Jewell County Historical Society’s annual meeting, beginning at 7p.m. Each year, the KSF picks a designated showcase area of three counties and invites the public to create their o...

  • Shirley Becker set to retire from Rolling Hills Electric

    Jan 12, 2023

    After 29 years as a membership clerk at Rolling Hills Electric Co-Op, Mankato resident, Shirley Becker, will be retiring on Feb. 1. Prior to joining Rolling HIlls, Becker worked at the treasurer's office in the courthouse. In the membership clerk position she currently has, Becker had to be able to talk to people over the phone and in person. "I got to know a lot of people both ways. And I enjoyed that," Becker said. "I will miss the customers I got to know." Becker has one son, Danny, and...

  • Restore the Heart: Theme for restoration of Sacred Heart

    Jan 12, 2023

    In less than two years, Sacred Heart Church in Lawrence will reach its 100th birthday. The parish is currently in the process of doing a restoration campaign. "Restore The Heart" is the theme name given the current effort at maintaining the building. The parish has taken on the responsibility of keeping the building as a respectable place of worship over these almost one hundred years. Weather and age takes a toll on all buildings. This church was barely 25 years old when moisture on the north...

  • Radon is a serious health hazard in South Central Nebraska  

    Jan 12, 2023

    What is something you cannot see, taste, or smell and it is the number one cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers in the United States? The answer is radon! Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas. It can affect the air we breathe and, to a lesser extent, the water we drink. Radon forms naturally from the decay (breaking down) of radioactive elements, such as uranium, in the soil and rocks in our area. Breathing air with radon can cause changes in the tissues in a person’s lungs, which can lead to lung cancer. In fact, radon is...

  • Hastings College Fall Dean's List recognizes area students

    Jan 12, 2023

    Hastings College has announced the Dean’s List for its fall 2022 semester. For the semester, 389 students from 24 states and 12 countries were named to the Dean’s List. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.7 to 4.0 scale and be registered for full-time coursework. Five area students are on the Dean’s List: Breanna Brennfoerder, Edgar; Tia Gonzales-Hunter, Guide Rock; Lane Heikkinen, Lawrence; Taylor Har-rington, Nelson; and Cailey Hanson, Superior. Cailey Hanson earned a 4.0 grade point average...

  • Paul Buresh

    Jan 12, 2023

    Paul Buresh, 80, Nelson, died Monday at Superior. His funeral is pending at this time Klawitter-Price Funeral Home, Nelson, is in charge of arrangements....

  • Neil Thomsen

    Jan 12, 2023

    Neil Leon Thomsen, the son of Carl and Lorene (Barfknecht) Thomsen, was born on June 3, 1952, in Superior, Nebraska. He died Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, at Brodstone Healthcare at Superior, at the age of 70 years, 7 months, 6 days. Neil attended grade school in Bostwick and Superior and was a 1971 Superior High School graduate. He was united in marriage to Barbara Smith on Sept. 3, 1977, at the Methodist Church in Superior. This union was blessed with three girls. Neil was a third-generation farmer...

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