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J l,,u,ullUdllvI1'hllh'lu'uq1111'Hq1'l'h"IdqI'I1"sM ..CO05_O 76... .OORRES ON SMALL TOWN PAPERS 2~7 W cOTA ST SHELTON WA 985B4-2263 Midlands Edition 16 Pages Two Sections Plus Supplements Official Nuckolls Our 118th Year, No. 10 County Newspaper ISSN 0740-0969 2017 Member of Nebraska Press Association Superior Publishing Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Superior, Nebraska 68978 and National Newspaper Association Price 50 National Edition 16 Pages in Two Sections Thursday, March 9, 2017 \ Ten fire departments and perhaps as many as 20 farmers with tractors and discs were engaged in a heretic battle to protect to Les Simonsen and Howard Miller farmsteadsline about 4 p.m. Monday afternoon. Dense smoke and blowing dirt may for very difficult fire fightingwhen a wildfire was apparently sparked by an electicalconditions" ThoughPower the fl re got into the Simonsen windbreak, no buildings were lost and no one fighting the fire was injured. The fire crossed county roads and travelled more than three miles. With zero visibility the fire was exhausting time, both physically and emotionally. The fire was large enough it could be detected on weather radar units. Monday was a particularly busy day for fire departments m the central states. Wildfires raged in several states including Oklahoma, Kansas and Ne- braska. High winds combined with blow- ing smoke and dirt to reduce visibility to zero at times which made the firefighters work much more difficult. The Superior Volunteer Fire De- partment responded to three calls on Monday. The first came in about noon when the wind rekindled a brush pile fire originally set by the Nuckolls County Highway Department on Jan. 3. The fire was near the east entrance to Aurora Cooperative's Superior East Elevator. The fire department had put out the fire and was returning to the barn when the second call came in. This time fire was burning on the bluff above Lorna Wilton's home south of Two individuals were honored for their contributions to public health at the South Heartland District Health Department's annual luncheon and public health awards event last Wednesday in Hastings. Karen Tinkham, Superior, was hon- ored with the 2017 Community Health Service Award for her exemplary com- munity service and voltmteerism fo- cused on improving the health and welfare of the residents of Superior. Tinkham is the public relations direc- tor at Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior. "Karen is a dedicated leader in the Superior community working hard to support and implement chronic dis- ease prevention," said board of health member Peggy Meyer, also of Supe- rior. "Karen participated in Brodstone' s first.Smart Moves diabetes prevention class in 2016 and saw great personal success. She now talks to community members about the program and the health benefits she experienced." Among the many ways Karen con- tributes to the health of the commu- nity, Meyer said that Karen has been instrumental in promoting physical the Kansas-Nebraska stateline and about a mile west of Highway 14. The fire was in a remote area and Todd Kroeger, Superior fire chief, said he was unable to determine a cause. Mrs. Wilton was not home when the call was turned in. She returned home to find the firemen in her yard. The fire was contained to the bluff before it spread to the bottom land beneath. About 4 p.m., the Hardy Volunteer Fire Department was called to fight a field fire about four miles north and two miles east of Hardy on Road 4400. Mark Stenson, Hardy fire chief, said he believes the fire was started by a power line. Before it was contained, nine fire departments and at least 10, perhaps as many as 20, farmers had brought trac- tors and discs and joined in the fight. earns activity in the workplace and in the community of Superior. "She is the leader of the Superior Walking Coali- tion and has helped organize school walking challenges, walking school bus, Victorian stroll at Lady Vestey Days, and city-wide worksite walking challenges." For her extraordinary leadership and dedication to public health, especially in the areas of worksite and commu- nity wellness, the board of health pre- sented the 2017 Public Health Leader- ship Award to Becky Sullivan, of Hastings. Sullivan is the wellness man- ager at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings. "Becky served as one of the origi- nal members and current leadership for the Healthy Hastings coalition," said Board of Health member Michelle Oldham, of Hastings. "Through Healthy Hastings, Becky helped to spearhead the Hastings Complete Streets policy and the Share our Streets initiative." Becky is also a long-time facilitator of worksite wellness; she partners with businesses, chamber of commerce, South Heartland District Health De- The fire traveled morethan 3 miles Warning Alert for Tuesday, and and threatened the farm homes of Mr. Stenson said he expected the Hardy and Mrs. Howard Miller and Mr. and department would keep close watch on Mrs. Les Simonsen. With the fire ap- the area to make sure forecasted high preaching, the Millers were asked to winds did not rekindle the fire. leaVeHowever,their hme'stenson said those fight- aid was quicklyf thecalledhighfromWindS,superior,Because mutual ing the fire were able to direct it away Ruskin, Byron, Chester, Deshler, ~~ingCU~eedd'aarmwSle~dreTl~eeStsimnsen hme'aged by the fire but it is not thought anyand fences were dam-thein- 50Curtland'Hebrn'visibilitymiles inCarletn'perWithplaces, ithourWindthatDavenprttookgUstScausedtheaS10high azeroandde- ~tst ttoU~S' fhaYa~t ft~lTe ?~ ma~ So Wn~re Pa~e,men~abou:f~nudrhourSfighSt~opthre ties. mained at the location until 1 a.m. Two It was an exhausting and tension farm homes were in the direct path of filled fire to fight, the fast moving fire but the combined Firemen battled the fire from about efforts were able to save all structures. 4p.m.until I a.m. and were backonthe Several area fire departments spent sg!ia!o~OoiTts~e~dyaNamt~r~lReOda]~l~aci:~ili ~ee~lCwdhef~ ~c~gnga~c~eig!~!ngda At about 12:15 p.m., a fire was spotted on the edge of a field on the corner of Road 310 and Road T in Clay County. partment and others to help area em- ployers access the resources and tech- nical support they need to improve health and wellness of their employ- ees. "Becky is a leader and enthusiasm expert for Hastings' Walkability ef- forts," continued Oldham. "She worked with South Heartland to promote the Healthy Hastings Action Summit, fa- cilitating the planning sessions, and leading Healthy Hastings coalition as they carry out the action plan that re- suited from the 2016 summit. Becky loves to share the message that healthy living doesn't need to be nearly as difficult as we make it." South Heartland District Health De- pamnent is a regional health depart- ment dedicated to preserving and im- proving the health of residents of Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster counties. In addition to providing the essential public health services man- dated by Nebraska statutes, the depart- ment leads area efforts with commu- nity partners to address locally-identi- fied priorities of obesity, cancer, men- tal health, abstance abuse and access to health are. After the call was received, fire departments -- including those from Fairfield, Edgar, Clay Center, Harvard and Geneva, responded as did area farmers who used tractors to disc the corn stubble in fields ahead of the fire's projected path. Pivot irrigation sys- tems were also being used to soak the ground in another attempt to prevent the fire from reaching nearby farm homes. Monday evening clouds of dirt blowing across Showboat Boulevard at the first set of curves south of Hastings caused six vehicles to col- lide. Visibility at the time of the accident was zero. A manconvicted of stabbing his wife in Superior in October 2015 was sentenced Tuesday in Nuckolls County District Court. Judge Vicky Johnson opened pro- ceedings at 1: 10p.m.atthe Nuckoils County Court- house. Defense at- torney Ben Murry said his client on Oct. door. Patricia Stillwell an-James Stillwell swered the door and he stabbed her in the back ..... forethought. Stillwell reportedbly doesmultiple times without provocation or Karenlinkham, Superior, was hen- not remember doing this but admitted oredwiththe2017CommunityHealth that he did stab her. Stillwell said he Service Award for her exemplary did not have any malice offorethought before the assault. He reportedly had community service and volunteerism focused on improving the health and declining mental health after losing his weffare of the residents of Superior. job at Reinke Manufacturing, being Tinkham was recognized at theSouth put into protective custody by the Su- Heartland District Health Depart- perior Police Department on his own ment's Annual Luncheon and Public during one occasion. He was sent to Health Awards event on Wednesday, Hastings a couple of times and was March 1, in Hastings. prescribed Wellbutrin for anxiety. Because of the low visibility the vehicles werejustcreeping along which minimized the injuries. The high winds, gusting to perhaps as much as 65 miles per hour were blamedforblowingasemi-trailertruck off Highway 14 at the Union Pacific overpass about three miles south of the Sandy Creek school. The highway had to be shut down while the wreckage was.being cleared away. Tuesday afternoon the the Superior Volunteer Fire Department was call to investigate smoke northeast of Bostwick. This newspaper's web page may be found at According to testimony, his wife said he should get off the medication because of some serious side effects as she saw it was not working. His symp- toms reportedly escalated to the stab- bing of his wife, Patricia. Stillwell told his attorney they never fought and there was no provocation for the stab- bing. Stiilwell was found in a field in Kansas with numerous self-inflicted cuts the next day. He refused to go to the hospital, but did have the three worst cuts stitched up. Patricia's family said Stillwell had been "acting weird" for a few days and becoming more paranoid. He had an episode at the bank earlier in the morn- ing before the attack. The state's pros- ecutor, Sara Bockstadter, said Stillwell had locked up the family pit bull and there were a few gas cans full of gas in the garage that were not normally there. There were also records of habitual criminal activity. This indicated mal- ice and forethought. The psychiatrist, Dr. Hartman, said Stillwell did not qualify for the insan- ity defense. James said he called 91 I. He also wrote notes that indicated he was sane. There was also evidence of a history of assaults which indicates he was sane. He did have mental stressors Weather We have Red Flag Firing Warnings this week, low humidity, high tempera- tures and gail force winds but no precipi: tation. Superior Observations for CoCoRaHS Precipitation through 6 p.m. Tuesday This week ........................................ 0 Precipitation this year ................ 1.52 Average for March ..L ................. 1.47 Average through March ............. Z91 Precipitation this week ................ r.. 0 Temperature Report High this week ............................. 78 Low this week ............................... 17 Markets ,. Superior Grain Market Tuesday Close, February Delivery Currem Price Last Wcck Corn .......................... .._ 3.31 3.25 Mile ................... 2.9t 2.89 Wheat ........................... : 3.36 3.27 Soybeans ................... :_._ 9.05 ..9.-16 that could have led to the assault and paranoia. Murray asked for lenience for his client. He asked the judge be lenient because of the lack of historyOf violent behavior and he was not a habitual criminal. He asked for leniency also because his defendant is a relatively young man. "Give him that chance," Murray said. Judge Johnson took into account Stillwell's age, family situation and his having one year of college as well as his numerous charges along with parole violations. It was also taken into account that Stiliwell abused prescrip- tion drugs. The court found he was not fit for probation because of the sever- ity of the offense and the disrespect for the law. Stillwell was sentenced for count one, first degree assault, to not less than five years and not more than 15 years. The sentence for count Zassault with a deadly weapon, was no less than five years and no more than 10 years. Sentencing for countsone and two .will be served consecutively with494 days credit for time serx, ed.The actual length of his sentence will depend on his behavior. The investigation was conducted by the Superior Police Department.