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Midlands Edition 20 Pages Three Sections Plus Supplements HI Our 11 lth Year, No. 14 Official Nuckolls County Newspaper ISSN 0740-0969 © 2010 Member of Nebraska Press Association liD I Superior Publishing Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Sui~erior, Nebraska 68978 I and National Newspaper Association I I I Price 50˘ National Edition 20 Pages in Three Sections Thursday, April 8, 2010 I ( NMPP Energy awarded the City of Superior Utilities with a project of the year award in the ! ,501 to 5,000 popu- lation category for its gas system im- provements project at its 35th annual meeting and conference in Norfolk on March 30. The award is presented annually to honor a project or program by an NMPP Energy member community that cre- ates a more cohesive community, whether it is ai~roject created for the entire commumty or one that makes it easier for city staff and employees to serve their customers. One award is given to one community in each of the three categories, based on population: 1,500 and fewer; 1,501 to 5,000: and more than 5,000. The City of Superior is a member of two organizations of NMPP Energy: It joined the Nebraska Municipal Power Pool (utility and energy-related ser- vices) in i 980 and the National Public Gas Agency (wholesale gas supply) in 1991. The city' s gas system improvements project included the first two phases of a long-term master plan to replace the city's gas distribution system. The master plan, which includes all of the city's utilities, was created over the last three years. The first two phases included re- placing more than 16 miles of gas mains, replacing downtown service lines and adding gas valves in the down- town and residential areas. The new system incorporates excess flow valves and meets or exceeds all current stan- dards. Costs for the first two phases will be more than $2.2 million. When ultimately complete, the utility antici- pates the updated system to last more than 100 years. It is expected the new system will reduce line leaks and breaks, reduce operating expenses and save customers the costs of caring for an aging gas system.. Along with recognition at NMPP win8 Larry Brittenham (left), City of Superior utilities manager, accepts the "project of the year" award from Gary Stauffer, Nebraska Municipal Power Pool (NMPP) Energy executive director. The award was presented at NMPP Energy's annual meeting and conference on March 30 in Norfolk. Energy's annual meeting and confer- gas supplier: Pub lic Alliance for Com- ence. the award-winning communities munity Energy (ACE), a retail natural were awarded $200 that will go to their gas supplier, and Nebraska Municipal local utility or local project. Power Pool (NMPP), a utility-related NMPP Energy is a joint action servicesprovider.Establishedin 1975, agency headquartered in Lincoln. Neb., NMPPEnergy provides these and many and is composed of four entities: Mu- other services to more than 190 mem- nicipal Energy Agency of Nebraska bercommunitiesandonepublicpower (MEAN), a wh~lesale electricity sup- district in Nebraska, Colorado, Kan- ply organization: National Public Gas sas, Wyoming, Iowa, North Dakota Agency (NPGA), a w.holesale natural and Wisconsin. - river Gov. Dave Heineman Monday governor and four state senators who resentatives from the NRDs and the signed LB 1057 into law. The bill are non-voting lnembers appointed by irrigation districts, as well as six addi- introduced by State Sen. Tom Carlson the chair of the legislature's executive tional interested stakeholders from the of Holdrege creates the Republican board, basin. The task force will attempt to RiverBasin Water Sustainability Task Membership will include: two rep- define water sustainability, as well as Force to help develop consensus from resentatives from each of the four Re- recommend a plan to achieve basin leaders on several water man- publicanRiverbasinNaturalResources sustainability. I thank Senators agement issues in the Republican River Districts (NRDs); four representatives Christensen and Langemeier, the Natu- basin, frombasin areairrigationdistricts;one ral Resources Committee and the leg- Gov. Heinernan said. "This is an representative each from the Univer- islatureforrecognizingtheimportance important step tk)rward ff~r the Repub- sity of Nebraska Institute of Agricul- of this issue, and I want to thank the lican River Basin to enhance ture and Natural Resources, the Ne- governor for signing the bill." Nebraska's coordination and coopera- braska Game and Parks Commission, The task force terminates at the end tion regarding the water challenges and the Nebraska Departments of Ag- of the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Nebraska faces in southwest Ne- riculturc and Natural Resources; one braska." representative each from a school dis- Responsibilities of the task force trict, a city, a county, and a public Superior Markets include defining water sustainability power district in the basin, and two for the Republican River Basin, and representatives from agriculture-re- Wednesday, April 7, 2010 developing a plan for achieving water lated bnsinesses in the basin. Today's Price NewCrop sustainability in the basin. Sen. Carlson said, "I believe LB Corn ................................. 3.283.45 The bill outlines the make up of the 1057 provides the unique opportunity Milo ................................. 3.053.10 26 member task force, which includes in addressing water issues in the Re- Wheat ............................... 4.044.43 22 voting members appointed by the publican basin. It brings together rep- Soybeans .......................... 8.848.62 By Allen Ostdiek, special to The Express Lawrence-Nelson High School re- tired football coach, 42 year resident of Nelson and all-around "good guy," Gary DeBoer has been accepted for induction into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame at the foundation's induction ceremony on Sept. 26 at the Lied Center in Lincoln. The announcement was made last week from the foundation office. Be- ing inducted this year will be: 12 ath- letes, five coaches, two contributors and an official. This year's induction will be the 17th in the history of the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation. By the inclusion of DeBoer into the Sports Hall of Fame, there will be two Nelson residents recognized in this way. In 2008, Russ Snyder was in- ducted for his athletic skills. Numbers... Although some people tend to let their lives be controlled by numbers, Mr. DeBoer never gave the appear- ance of being controlled by numbers. Rather, he came across as the mild- mannered professor that could get his point across on the football practice field in a forceful, pointed way that promoted the learning of the game of football, but not demeaning the stu- dent athlete. However...there are a whole host of numbers that have come to help de- scribe the life of Gary DeBoer. Those numbers are: 433...319...43...3...53... You'll have to understand, these are not many numbers...but they all include the number three and are im- portant for the following reasons: No. 3: Mr. DeBoer is the third of three children raised on a farm near Firth, Neb. His oldest brother under- took the operation of the farm upon his father's retirement which was okay with Gary since he was not thrilled at • the prospect of getting up at 5:30 a.m. The Bureau of Reclamation's Su- portable tree stands, waterfowl blinds House pets (dogs, cats, etc.) are perior-CourtlandDiversionDam, more and fire. allowed when camping or on other commonly known as the Guide Rock Nebraska's state wildlife areas are outings, unless otherwise posted or Diversion Dam, has been leased to the managed by the Nebraska Game and prohibited by special area regulations. Nebraska Game and Parks Commis- Parks Commission'sWildlifeDivision' The2˘ must I~, kept on leash or other- sion for management as a State Wild- for the enhancement of wildlife habitat wise physically restrained. Horseback life Management Area (WMA). The and for public hunting and fishing, ridingispermitted, except where posted newly designatedWMA willbe known However. they are open to many other otherwise. as the Guide Rock Diversion WMA. activities,including such things as hik- Grazing or ranging domestic live- The Guide Rock Diversion WMA is ing, bird watching, nature study and stock or poultry is not permitted, ex- located on the Republican River 1.5 primitive camping, cept by written permission of the Game miles south and 2.5 miles west of Guide Generally speaking, hunters and and Parks Commission. Rock, Nebraska. The WMA contains fishermen pay the entire bill for the Wildlifeareasareopentodogtrain- approximately 485 acres of Republi- acquisition, development and mainte- ing, exercise, running and hunting (in can River bottomland habitat, nance of these areas through the pur- season), except from May 1 through TheNebraskaandKansasBostwick chase of hunting and fishing permits July 31 of each year. However, some Irrigation Districts are responsible for and habitat stamps and through excise areas may be posted as closed or spe- operations and maintenance activities taxes on hunting and fishing equip- cial area regulations may apply. Pro- for the diversion dam and associated merit." fessional dog trainers are prohibited canals.The ~rrigation districts will con- Access to these lands is free. and no from using these areas for training. tinue to manage and maintain approxi- entry permit is necessary. However. to Open fires are permitted only m mately 35 acres of land encompassing protect these areas and their many as- fireplaces, grills, or fire rings where the main diversion structure, canals, sets, therearecertainrulesthatallmust provided by the commission. Visitors and associated facilities, abide by. may also use their personal propane Effecuve immediately, all state of Following is a synopsis of regula- stoves, charcoal grills and the like. All Nebraska regulations governing activl- tions for Nebraska WMAs in general, other fires are prohibited. The use of ties at WMAs are in effect at the Guide The new Guide Rock WMA may have any kind of firew0rks is unlawful at all Rock Diversion WMA. Of special im- special regulations which will be posted times. portance at Guide Rock WMA is a0 on location: Swimming is prohibited in waters awarenessofprohibitedactivities.such Camping is permitted unless other- on state wildlife areas, except where as the construction and use of perma- wise posted or restricted by special swimming facilities are specifically nent tree stands, the use of off road area regulations. Campmg is truly provided and the area is posted to al- vehiclesanddrivingmotorizedvehicles primitive, because generally there are low swimming. Wading is allowed offe~tablished roads, no facilities on these areas. Special when fishing, hunting or trapping, al- Therearerestrictionsgoverningcer- permlssionisrequiredforgroupcamp- though some areas may be posted tainactivitiessuchasswlmmmg, camp- ing on any state wildlife area by any against wading due to hazardous con- ing,~anddogtraining.Inaddition.there type of group, such as Scouts. 4-H. ditions. are restrictions regarding the use of civic clubs or other organizations. All motorized vehicles are restricted The 2010 Nuckolls County health and wellness fair will be held Saturday at Superior High School from 9 a.m. to noon. With more than 25 exhibitors, there will be plenty of chances to "trea- sure your health." which is the theme for this year's fair. The Lion's Club mobile screening unit will be located in front of the high school. They will be doing hearing, eye sight, glaucoma and blood sugar testing. The mobile screening unit has not been at the fair since 2006. Coloring sheets were distributed to elementary a~ pre-school students throughout the county. All students returning their colored sheet to the fair will receive a prize. Additional color- ing sheets are available at Ideal Market in Superior. South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD), in collabora- tion with Area Substance and A!cohol Abuse Prevention (ASAAP), Local law enforcement, Brodstone Memorial Hospital and the Nebraska State Patrol will be offering "medication take back" at the health fair. a free service that provides a way to dispose of outdated prescri ption or over-the-counter medi- cations. The program offers a safe medi- cation disposal alternative by destroy- ing the drugs with incineration instead of flushing or disposing as landfill waste both of which can lead to groundwater contamination. Brodstone will be promoting new services available later this year in- house MRI and a new laser treatment avail able soon at Superior Family Medi- cal Center. Laboratory results will be available for pick-up by those who had to milk cows. (However, he would later maintain a 5:30 wake-up time to get to the weight room in summers for his players, or to get to the school for preparation time during the school year, but that was different.) 1967 was the year he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from the University of Ne- braska in Lincoln. That year, he gained employment in Maywood, Neb., teach- ing and coaching football. 1968 would begin a 42 year long employment with the school in Nelson. Thirty-two years with Nelson High School and 10 years with Lawrence- Nelson High School. 1970 would begin a 40 year love affair with a Miss Kathy Schroer who came to a teaching position in Nelson from Kearney. Kathy and Gary would marry in 1971. Gary has noted often over the years that Kathy has been a very important pa'/'t of his Coaching success. The most obvious part over the years has been her filming most of the games. However, she has done numerous other tasks, more in the ad- ministrative arena in helping Gary get all the planning completed and paper- work filled out over the years. (For a number of years when the filming of football games was done with a cam- era, the film had to be processed and Kathy and Janice Murray would often make a stop at the Hastings newspaper office to have the film developed on their way home from the Friday night football game while Gary accompa- nied the team home.) No. 433: The next number of sig- nificance should be the number 433. That is the number of varsity foot- ball games that Mr. DeBoer was named as head football coach. To the best of his recollection he made every game, right up until this past autumn when the flu got the better of him. (However, he attended the game, sat in his car in the end zone and communicated with Coach Gary DeBoer talks to his team in the post-game huddle follow- ing the 300th victory of his coaching career two years ago. He will enter the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame during ceremonies this fall. his coaches via radio.) If you think about it, that's just over, 10 games a year. For most years the season contained just nine games. No. 43: Other than farming few people remain in the same position for 43 years. Teachers, and especially coaches, often move much more often. 42 of those 43 have been at Nelson or Lawrence-Nelson High Schools. A lot of students have been touched by the lives of the DeBoers through their teaching careers as they have de- voted their lives to the students. Al- though childless, the couple has looked upon all the students as "their kids." That philosophy probably helps explain his encouragement of students to enjoy as many of the programs the school offers as possible. Sports, just like so many other, non-athletic activi- ties, can benefit a student later in life. The concept of not putting all your eggs in one basket .helps explain what he has told many a student over the years. No. 319: That is the number of victories Mr. DeBoer has coached over these 43 years. At the time of his 300th victory in 2007 there was only one other coach in Nebraska that had more than 300 victories in his career. Of all coaches in Nebraska at the time there were only 27 that had more than 200 victories. No. 3: The same number we started with gets repeated because the coach helped his players obtain three state championships (one at Nelson in 1975 and two at Lawrence-Nelson in 2001 and 2002), and three state runner-up titles (one at Nelson in 1982 and two at Lawrence-Nelson in 1999 and 2000). No. 53: This number marks .the numberof PlayoffGames hlsteams have played under his guidance. Of those games, his teams have won 35 and lost 18. There have been items in his coach- ing and teaching ~career that don't fit neatly into a"number." Things like the chances of moving to another school. "After the 1975 state champion- ship, there werea few job offers from other schools and I even interviewed at a few other schools," he noted. "I turned down several job offers as I could never see the offers as being better than what I had at the time." Because Kathy was also a teacher, any offer had tO consider her position as well, and there were just no better positions available for both of them. Things like history: When asked if he had a history of his coaching career. He noted that all games had been filmed throughout his career. A Nelson Boost- ers Club helped with some of the ex- penses over time and at one time, some of the films were sold to interested families. He has, however, kept a num- ber of the "more interesting" games as keepsakes. to roadways, parking areas or trails specifically designated for vehicle use. No off-road vehicles are permitted. State wildlife areas are open to fish= • ing, hunting, and trapping, in season. except where closed (or restricted) by signing or special area regulations. Portable tree stands or steps may be used on state wildlife lands, but they must be removed within 15 days of the close of the hunting season. It is un- lawful to build or use any permanent or- semi-permanenttree stand or steps that attach to any tree with nails, screws~ bolts or wtre. It is unlawful to possess, destroy, injure, deface, remove or disturb any animal or plant material and the direct t or indirect products thereof, including but not limited to flower, cane or fruit, nest, egg, den or any soil, rock mineral formation, .petrified wood, artifact, !] relic, historic or prehistoric feature, or any other public property of any ki nd. This does not apply to any animal or fish legally taken during the regular 4 open seasons for hunting, trapping or fishing. The Bureau of Reclamation has ex- perienced a high level of vandalism and illegal dumping at the diversion dam. Persons who have information regarding these crimes may receive up to a $25,000 dollar reward for informa- tion leading to the arrest and convic- tion of the offenders. Please call the Bureau of Reclamation's crime wit- ness hothne at 1-800-437-2744. their blood drawn before the fair. Infor- mation will also be available concern- ing advance directives, Lifeline, wound care, sleep studies, home health and surgical procedures done at Brodstone. The S uperior FFA chapter will once again be testing rural water for nitrates. Bring one pint of rural well water to the health fair to be tested. The water should be brought in a clean glass jar labeled with your name and the location the sample was taken. The sample should be gathered Friday or Saturday. Do not collect the sample from the city water. For best results in the nitrate testing, run the water for 30 seconds before collection. Use a hydrant or faucet that does not go through a water softener. Ten parts per million is the critical level of nitrate contamina.tion. The Re- publican River area around the Supe- rior and Hardy areas has a history of high nitrate levels. The testing is funded through a grant obtained by the Supe- rior FFA chapter. For more informa- tion, contact Mr. Barnard at Superior High School. Prevent Blindness Nebraska KidVision screenings will be con- CPAP/BiPAP checks will be done by Apria Healthcare and free mini faciMs will be available from SolutionsSalon and Day Spa. Superior Safe Kids will have their car seat fitting station located in front of the high school. Culligan of Hastings will have water samples and informa- tion about clean water options. Information booths at the fair will include Positive Solutions, Vocational Rehabilitation, South Heartland Dis- 911 and land line service disrupted Thursday was strangely silent in many mea business offices. Only ocassionally did the telephone ring and the calls were nearly all local in origin. For many, the quiet was a peaceful change of pace but for emergency ser- vices that rely on the 911 telephone system, Thursday was a day filled with ay i trict Health Department, Midland AreaAgency on Aging, Nebraska Or- gan Recovery, SASA Crisis Center. Good Samaritan Center• Hastings Fam- ily Planning, Horizon Recovery and ] Counseling Center, Hastings Respite Center, Nuckolls County Senior Ser- vices, Hope Pregnancy Center and Country Place. Information will be ayailable about products called "nuessentials," a line of skin care products; and Norwex, a " company that promotes reduced chemi- cal clean;rig prottucts. Information will also be available about hearing aids, .... heart health education,, hofistic health, counseling, vocational health, mos- quito control, West Nile, senior ser- vices, organ, tissue and eye donation awareness, home medical equipment, respiratory services, domestic viole)!ce and sc.xual assault, long term care, m- dependent and assisted living, women's reproductive health, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health services, caregiver support, respite care, ,gkin health, chastity and healthy lifestyles'. The Nuckolls County health and wellness fair is sponsored by the Hu- man Interagency Services, Brodstone tension. A telephone equipment failure in Lincoln left most of southeast Ne- braska with limited telephone service ducted by the Region 9 Brain Team. and many people without any kind of This is a free opportunity to detect earlywarningsi nsofamblyopia(lazy 911 service. Service wasn't back to normal until eye) or other vision problems. These screenings are offered to children age three through 17. The local Boy Scouts wilt b~ serv- ing breakfast items -- muffins, juice and coffee in the school cafeteria. (Continued to Page 7A) Free hearing screenings will be per- ' ' formed by Clarity Hearing Clinics. Weather Nebraska Heart Institute will be offer- inj~ free blood pressure checks. Free Asked about a scrapbook, he laughed and replied: "That's what I spent January doing." (His first month of retirement). He said that he had collected numerous piles of memora- bilia over the years, but never had them organized. January was spent in trying to see exactly what there was. All the material is now safely in the hands of a niece who volunteered to scrapbook the material into a keepsake. The future: The DeBoers built a home in Lincoln about six years ago. They have managed to spend many weekends there as they enjoy a number of university sports and activities in the city. They have no definite plans on mo ing. Mr. DeBoer noted that it is sort of a year-to-year thing...if ever. Kathy is still planning on teaching for at least one more year, if not more. To answer the speculation about any fu- ture coaching plans, he noted that he has had quite a few inquiries since his retirement avas announced. "I do not want another head coaching position at this time," he replied. "An assistant coaching position would have to be the right fit," he continued• No. 3: That number again...three other significant activities in his life include: Shrine Bowl head coach; Eight-Man All-Star team head coach; and Nebraska delegate to the National Football League Youth Football Sum- mit. Interwoven throughout this conver- sation were a couple of quotes lifted from past interviews that sort of crys- tallize the teaching and coaching con- cept of Mr. DeBoer: "Any success I' ve had is a reflection on the families our students come from, that we've had the success we' ve had." He continued on a separate occasion: "For me, there's more to do than play college football. Kids need to move on with their lives. I enjoy trying to get kids to maximize their potential, seeing them come to- gether as a team." Memorial Hospital a0d the Superior High School FFA chapter.':+ after 11 p.m., some 15 hours after the :, problem first surfaced. Some commu- Town hall meeting nitiessuchasthoseinNuckollsCounty Sl.l~day to address 5 maintained local service but long dis- ~ Superior Observations For the week April 6, 2010 Lynn Wilton, NOAA observer Temperature High for the week .......................... 79 Low for the week i ......................... 25 Precipitation Total this week ............... . .......... 0.01 Year to Date ............................... 4.29 underage drinking :, There w.ill be a town hall meeting tb address underage drinking and alc0~ol abuse at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the S tlpe- rior Public Safety Building• ~ The meeting, sponsored by ASAAP (Area Substance and Alcohol Abtlse Prevention), is open to anyone and ~i'ii be hosted by Scott Stemper, ASAAp project director, and Cindy Betka', Nuckolls County ASAAP coordina- tor. ~,~, -S i:: The Nuckolls County Board at Monday's regular meeting learned more about the potential for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) funds to help defray costs incurred by the county road depart- ment as a result of. severe winter weather• Mark Mainelli; county engineering consultant, and Gary Warren, assistant highway superintendent, met with the commissfoners. Warren said the funds are available for two separate time periods -- the heavy snow in Decem- ber and the efforts required to deal with emergency situations created by the snow, and the rutting of county roads last month from an atypical combina tion of moisture and frost. Mainelli said he recently partici- pated in a meeting with FEMA during which he helped explain wha( was dif- ferent this year from typical years re- garding frost and moisture, and the adverse effects on county roads. Warren also said there may be fed- eral funds available for motorgrader classes, gravel to compensate for loss from excessive plowing and manpower forreshaping severely damaged r0ads, In other business: • The board conducted the first of what may be several teleconferences on the subject of Title VI and ADA compliance. The county mustcomply with all aspects of Title VI and ADA to receive federal funds. • County Treasurer Vicki Ensign demonstrated to the board, the "taxes online" program offered by GIS Work- shop of Lincoln• By following a link on the county's website, anyone Will be able to check the status of taxes on any property in the county. The service will cost $1,000 per year and GIS Workshop will waive the $2,500 set- up fee. The board approved the expen- diture. • Dave Meyer, Ruskin, an agent with Kollmorgan Associates Insurance, met with the board todiscuss the appli- cations he needs from county employ- ees in order to submit an accurate bid for the county's health insurance bust- lless, * The board met in executive ses- sion to discuss a personnel matter• Present for the closed session were the three commissioners, County Clerk Jackie Kassebaum, County Attorney Tim Schmidt and Lonnie Lemke. • Gary Warren reported the fol- lowing: The county road department' s new skidloader has been delivered; the mudjacking project on the cement plant.road west of Superior has been started; the road department will com- mence working summer hours (four 1 O-hour days) next week; and a quote of $1,072 was received from Superior Electric for the installation of four new light fixtures in the road department's Superior shop. The com- missioners approved the work by Su- perior Electric. • The courthouse will be closed Friday, April 30, for the observance of Arbor Day. .... • ., . , |