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IIIIII 1617 ddld,d,ll,ll,dqd,hiql,hHItl,i0,hll=lldlllil,,d,l+l SM **C0050220+'D*17 ..... CORRESPOND SMALL TOWN PAPERS 217 W COT: STREET SHELTON WA 98584-2263 Midlands Edition 24 Pages Three Sections Plus Supplements Our 116th Year, No. 17 its first-ever star ratings of the country' s hospitals based on patients' assess- ments of the care they received. Other organizations have dabbled in this rat- ings business, many of them to make a buck by selling their rankings. And it's not uncommon for some of these out- fits to get licensing fees from hospitals that get glowing report cards they can then use to market themselves, accord- ing to Trudy Lieberman of the Rural Health News Service. Liberman said, 'T ve tended to view those ratings schemes with skepticism. The government's ratings, however, don't come with any of that baggage and don't appear to be sugarcoated for commercial purposes. Only 251 of the 3,500 or so hospitals that received a rating got the top score of five stars, about 7 percent of the total. Brodstone Memorial Hospital offi- cials received word this week that their hospital received 5 stars, the highest score, on the new five-star rating sys- tem. There were only eight Nebraska hospitals given the highest score, Albion, Falls City, O'Neill, Pender, Lincoln Surgical Hospital, and Mid- ;west Surgical and Nebraska Ortho- paedic Hospitals of Omaha. According to a Modem Healthcare review of the data, a total of 101 hospi- tals received the lowest ranking of one star; 582 received two stars; 1,414 re- ceived three stars; 1,205 received four stars; and 251 received the highest California woman arrested in Superior for drug possession 00,le Superior Express Official Nuckolls County Newspaper I Available on the web at superiorne.com Brodstone earns 5 Star rating Th'e-go-ve-mm'ent'has'just announced ranking of five stars. The summary rating includes an average of hospitals' performance on each of the 11 publicly reported mea- sures from the Hospital Consumer As- sessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. The HCAHPS survey evaluates patients' experiences at the facilities. The survey asked patients about factors such as the responsiveness of hospital staff to their needs, the quality of care transitions and how well infor- mation about medications is commu- nicated. It also asks about cleanliness and quietness of the facility and whether or not the patient would recommend it to others. Earlier this year Brodstone was named in the top 100 of the 2015 Healthstrong Hospitals by Vantage Health Analytics. This is the fourth year that Brodstone was named in the top 100 out of the last five years. The study and announcement of the 2015 Healthstrong Hospitals, high- lights top performing hospitals as de- . termined through the Hospital Strength Index. The annual Index study is the industry's most comprehensive rating system of hospitals and the results rec- ognize the top performing hospitals - measuring them across 62 different performance metrics, including qual- ity, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency. "Brodstone Memorial Hospital is proud to be recognized as a Healthstrong Hospital. We place a tre- mendous emphasis on quality, perfor- mance and satisfaction, and this recog- nition is a great affirmation that our efforts are making a difference to the hospital and the local community that we serve. I am delighted to be able to celebrate this award with our physi- cians, staff and community," said John Keelan, Brodstone CEO. Other Nebraska hospitals in the top 100 are Bryan Medical Center in Lin- coln, Valentine, McCook, Gordon, Fairbury, Seward, Aurora and York. Markets Josie Marie Aguilera, 5 l, was ar- rested in Superior on April 16 and charged with conspiracy to possess a schedule II controlled substance. Her address is listed as Woodland, Calif., but she had been in Superior for about 30 days visiting relatives. The arrest stemmed from a package allegedly containing methamphet- amine being delivered to the wrong address in Superior from an address in Woodland. Aguilera was arrested at the Superior VFW Club, where she was working. She is being held in the Webster County Jail. Perry Freeman, Superior police chief, said Aguilera admitted to the jailer in Red Cloud that she was a daily "meth" user. Roy Drapal wins awards at Austin A Superior resident, Roy Drapal, won two awards at the Lonestar Roundup in Austin, Texas on Satur- day. The first award was the Builders award presented to him from Bob Hilton ofHilton's Hotrods, a Virginia firm, and the second award was also a Builders award from the Cavaleers Car Club of Long Beach, Calif. Drapal took to the show his 1930 Ford Model A coupe, a familiar feature in Superior parades. Roy and Gene Alexander, another Superior resident, drove to Austin together in Gene's 1940 Ford. The Lonestar Roundup is held every April at the Travis County Fairgrounds in Austin. This year the show featured between 2,500 and 3,000 cars. Price 50 Superior Grain Market Tuesday Close. Current Price Last Week Corn ................................ 3.64 3.65 Milo ................................. 4.48 4.48 Wheat ............................... 4.84 4.92 Soybeans .......................... 8.88 8.73 Weather Superior Observations As of Tuesday Morning Rick Disney, NOAA Observer Precipitation Precipitation this week .............. i.26 Precipitation this year ................ 4.01 Precipitation this month ............. 2.09 Average for April ...................... 2.19 Average to May 1 ...................... 5.10 Temperature High for the week ......................... 74 Low for the week .......................... 32 Daily High and Low Temperatures April 15 ................................. 68 37 April 16 ................................. 65 48 April 17 ................................. 74 53 April 18 ................................. 71 56 April 19 ................................. 72 50 April 21 ................................. 55 34 Member of Nebraska Press Association and National Newspaper Association I ISSN 0740-0969 2015 Superior Publishing Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved E-mail address: tse@superiorne.com Superior, Nebraska 68978 National Edition 24 Pages in Three Sections Thursday, April 23, 2015 _Fi :: .............................. ii K(i :: It may look bad but it was all planned. Thanks to modern equipment, the moving crew hauling the former Superior Machine Shop to its new home in the country was able to tilt it while crossing the Fifteenth Street bridge over Lost Creek. Former machine shop takes a road trip i00'00to the country Last Wednesday was moving day for a steel Quonset-style building that for decades housed a Superior busi- ness. The building is the last to be re- moved from a lot on East Second Street which for nearly a century played an important role in the community's manufacturing history. The story begins in 1908 when Henry G. Hoops and George Bostelman formed a partnership and purchased the lot at 539 East Second Street along the tracks of the Santa Fe and Chicago & Northwestern railroads. At the time The items built in the blacksmith shop included the conversion of an old automobile to serve as a tractor for W. A. Blauvelt, the grandfather of this newspaper's publisher. It was the only tractor the elder Blauvelt ever owned. Though it didn't turn as sharply as the Farmail F-12 which his son Roy pur- chased, the shopbuilt"Goat" had plenty of power to pull the machinery they used with it. The plow, cultivator, disk and planter were all designed to be pulled by a team of horses or mules. In 1949 Harold McKevitt and Rob- ert Godsey purchased the site. McKevitt there were a number of businesses 10- managed the blacL'nhh shop while cated in the area. They used wood to build a one- story manufacturing building, 55 by 5 feet. Hoops built his two-story gam- brel roofed residence next door to the factory. The business was named the Superior Manufacturing Company and began manufacturing beehives and in- cubators. By 1912 H. G. Grueber, a Byron resident and father-in-law of Hoops had joined the business. The business was now producing the Supe- rior Bee Hive, the Superior Brooder, the Superior Farm Gate and the Supe- rior Electric Egg Candler that Mr. Hoops had recently invented. With the addition of new products, a sales manager and several salesman the business was booming. The sales manager, F. V. Marker, purchased a nearby lot and built a home for himself. The business continued until 1919 when the factory was sold to George Scoular and D. C. Bishop who oper- ated a nearby elevator. In 1935 the Scoular-Bishop Grain Company sold the building to the First Trust Com- pany of Lincoln, Neb. First trust rented the old manufacturing building for use a blacksmith shop. working for IdeatCement Company. In 1954 McKevitt bought out Godsey. In 1956 McKevitt built the Quonset style building which last Wednesday was moved to the rural home of John and Clara Price. Most of the shop's equipment was moved into the new building. But older pieces like the forge and trip-hammer were to stay in the old building. The old building was falling down but it continued to be used for a number of years as a storage building. Roy Dye became associated with the business in the 1950s. He was to own the steel inventory while McKevitt owned the buildings and much of the equipment. A World War II.veteran, the family isn't sure what year Roy joined the business. It is thought he farmed for a short time after the war and then worked in the implement busi- nesses owned by Charles Bagley and Roy Christensen. By the mid- 1950s he was associated with the Superior Ma- chine Shop and was to stay there until his death at about age 67. After Roy's father, Millard, retired from farming he also joined the busi- ness and was there until his death. Millard had a forge on the farm and did much of the shop's "blacksmithing" work in the old building, while Roy concentrated on the welding and re- lated work in the new building. Dennis Rogers was the last person to operate the machine shop. After the shop closed in the 1980s, the building was used for a warehouse. One of the tenants, Mid-America Dairymen used it for milk powder stor- age. Now the building is returning to its heritage. Price plans to locate his welder and related equipment in the building. After being loaded, the building left its in-town location at one o' clock, and proceeded west on Second Street, north to Commercial, up Commercial to Fifth, westto Central, north to Eighth, west to Park and then north along Park Street to the Price residence. The route was selected to minimize the need to raise utility lines. By evening, the building had been set on a new foundation and spirea and lilac bushes planted around the build- ing. It appears the 59-year-old build- ing has found another home. Perhaps it will stay in its present location for another 59 years. Arnold Miller, the owner of the house Hoops built more than 100 years ago, plans to construct a new building on the lot where the machine shop was once located. The Express plans to post addi- tional video and pictures taken during the move on the superiorne.com web site. Adam Troudt provided his saw and scissor sharpening and small appli- ance services at the machine shop be- fore his death in 1957, His story is a colorful one. It was Monday afternoon, Sept. 19, 1921, that a dispute developed south- west of Superior between Troudt and a neighbor, Henry Shaffer. According to Stan Sheets, author of a "Reference History of Superior" the trouble began over a piece of land owned by Joseph Benjamin and rented by Troudt. Shaffer told Benjamin that Troudt was no longer interested in renting the land which was not true. Troudt saw his neighbor discing and went into the field to discuss the problem. A fight followed with Shaffer getting the short end. His team ran off but was caught by Mrs. Shaffer. (Continued to Page 7A) Health Fair will have record number exhibits A record number of exhibitors are expected for this year Nuckolls County Health and Wellness Fair planned for Saturday in the Superior High School Gymnasium. The fair will be open from 9 a.m. to noon and is planned in conjunction with the city-wide garage sale which annually brings hundreds of shoppers into Superior on the fourth Saturday of April. The fair will feature a helicopter display, medication take back program and a back safety seminar. Weather. and emergency calls per- mitting, a medical helicopter will land near the school for an up close look inside. Unless called away, the heli- copter will be at the school from 9 a.m. to noon. Law enforcement officers will be available inside the school for Medica- tion Take Back, which is a free service that provides a way to dispose of out- dated prescription or over-the-counter medications. Medication Take Back events offer a safer medication dis- posal alternative by destroying drugs with incineration instead of flushing or disposing as landfill waste - both of which can lead to ground water con- tamination. Dr. Leslie Behrends of Behrends Family Chiropractic will have a booth at the fair. She will also have a presen- tation at 10 a.m. on back safety. Dr. Behrends will have a posture analysis machine on display. New Horizon Healthy Lifestyles will feature free chair massages, es- City-wide garage sales coming to Superior this week The roads leading toward Superior are expected to be extra busy this week as thrifty-shoppers from near and far head this way for the community!s semi-annual city-wide garage sale. Forty-five sale locations are adver- tised in this issue of The Express and many of those locations are the efforts of multiple families. While not included in this newspaper's Leader section because all of the ads are included this week on the classified page, those who regis- tered their sale with The Express by Thursday morning were also included in The Leader sections inserted into newspapers published at Hebron, Geneva and Sutton. All 45 advertise- ments will be found in this issue and on this newspaper's web site. Be sure to read the ads as several vendors prOvide information on sale hours and location. In general the sales will be open Saturday morning. Some will start on Friday and others will continue into Saturday afternoon. Some have given notice about alternative - locations should it be raining on Satur- day. Extra copies of the paper will be available at the newspaper office and at dealers throughout the community. The sale is promoted and coordi- nated each year by The Superior Ex- press. Those registering their sale lo- cation received a small sign printel on blue paper to mark their sale location as an official participant. Courthouse closed Friday for Arbor Day The Nuckolls County Courthouse will be closed Friday in observance of Arbor Day. A state holiday not recog- nized by the federal government means federal offices will be open. For most Nuckolls County residents it will be business as usual. sential oils and doula services. Aro- mas, Mugs & More will have tea samples and show their hot and cold tea brewers. There will be information concerning Access Consciousness Bar Sessions. A representative from Central Com- munity College will be on hand with information concerning Project HELP, which is a grant to support students of any age in the healthcare field. Brodstone hospital staff will be on hand to discuss diabetic education, hand out blood draw results for those who had that done earlier in the week and to discuss their many services. Ideal Market will have a booth where visi- tors may learn about their new nutri- tional scoring on the store's shelves. The Good Samaritan Center will be making omelets to order. Donation re= ceived in exchange will be used for projects at the facility. Center staff members will serve from 9 a.m. to noon in the high school cafeteria. The Superior FFA will once again be testing rural water for nitrates. Ru- ral residents are asked to bring one pint of water from a rural well to the health fair to be tested. The water should be brought in a clean glass jar that is labeled with the owner's name and the location where the sample was taken. The sample should be gathered Friday or Saturday. Do not collect samples from the city water system. For the best nitrate test results, 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 contamination. The Republican River area near Superior and Hardy has a history of high nitrate levels. FFA members will also be selling gerani- ums and tomato plants. Questions, may be directed to Seth Going, the FFA advisor at Superior High School. Hope Pregnancy Center will share information to help clients make healthy life choices related to their sexuality and childbearing and to en- rich parenting skills. Positive Solutions will discuss mere tal health and nutrition coaching. Superior Utilities will have infor- mation concerning water and gas safety along with a survey to be completed. Culligan of Hastings will have water samples. Edward Jones will have in- formation concerning a person's fi- nancial health. Miracle Ear will offer hearing tests. :-; 'i=.. Services provided to people over the age of 60 and alternative housing information such as assisted livingand long term care will be provided by Midland Area Agency on Aging, Nuckolls County Senior Services, Country Place Home of Scandia, Heri- tage of Red Cloud, Senior Action, and the Good Samaritan Society. Good Samaritan Home Health will be doing blood pressure checks. Revive Inc., Horizon Recovery Center and the Unity Houses will have education materials on addiction re- cover,/. South Heartland District Health Department will provide test kits for colon cancer screening. Other booths are expected for the event from CASA, SASA, DHHS Medicaid, Hastings Respite Care, Safe Kids, Superior Volunteer Rescue Squad, and the Office of Health Di- parities & Health Equity. Many exhibitors will hold draw- ings for door prizes, offer give away items and coupons. Coloring pages sent home with students from the school may be turned in to the registration desk to receive a prize. Additional coloring sheets are available at Ideal Market in Superior. Volunteer workers have erected a new cart shed at Elk Creek Country Club in Nelson. The new building is more than twice the size of the old cart shed, which was razed to make room for this one. New cart shed built at Elk Creek Count].T Club A new golf cart shed has been constructed at Elk Creek Country Club in Nelson. According to Ken Rempe, the country club's manager, the new building replaced an old, smaller cart shed. Rempe said there was a need for more stalls for golf carts, plus the old one leaked and needed to be tom down. "It was completely shot," Rempe said. The old cart shed measured 137 feet by 10 feet and had stalls for 20 carts. The new one measures 137 by 22 and has stalls for 40 carts. The access doors for the old building were on the south side. The new shed has doors on both the north and south sides. Rempe said the job was done en- tirely with volunteer labor. In addition to himself, volunteers included Ken Himmelberg, Marv Hoffman, Edd Epley, Don Biltoft, Don McCartney, Richard Watson Jr., Josh Harwell and Don Casseil. "A lot of our members came out and helped here and there, but these were the guys who were there most of the time," Rempe said. To the casual observer, the bui Iding appears to be completed. Rempe said the only work remaining is to paint the door jambs and install the electrical. Roger Biltofi is the current president of the Elk Creek Country Club Asso- ciation. Inspectors assess mold issues at Nuckolls County Courthouse The Nuckolls County Commis- sioners met Monday for the first time in the law library on the second floor of the courthouse. Last week, the board made the decision to temporarily relo- cate the county court office from the second floor to the commissioners' room on the first floor because of mold issues in the duct work above the office. Inspectors from Integrity Home Inspection and Testing in Kearney col- lected mold samples from the court- house Monday morning. They told the commissioners the results would be back in less than a week and a written report, including types of mold and level of contamination, will be pre- sented to the board. At that time, they will also provide the board with a list of qualified mold abatement compa- nies. Quotes were opened and reviewed for replacing the roof on the sheriff's department building. The board asked for quotes for both asphalt shingles and tin, however at Monday's meet- ing, they decided to only consider the quotes for tin. Three quotes were received. Versa- tile Roofing quoted $11,415, which was apparently for steel rather than tin; the quote for tin from Gary Holling Construction was $6,107.78; and the quote for tin from Lonnie Lemke was $6,265.61. The board accepted the low bid from Holling Construction. Landowner Tom Buresh, who lives west of Angus, met with the board to voice complaints about other produc- ers in his area filling in road ditches, farming right to the edge of the road and intentionally plugging culverts to reroute water flow. Additionally, Buresh said there are now serious drain- age issues, with the standing water causing a health risk for West Nile Virus. Gary Warren, county highway su- perintendent, said he would look into the complaints, but also said the road in question is a minimum maintenance road, and almost every farmer in the county plants right to the edge of the dirt roads. The dirt road Buresh com- plained about is Road 3900, n0rtt" of Road V. In other business: Discussion continued about whether to hire a noxious weed person as contracted labor or as a part-time seasonal employee. A request from Windstream Com- munications was approved for the in- stallation and maintenance of commu- nications equipment in the county right- of-way at Road 3300 and Road N. Special designation liquor licenses were approved for Elk Creek Country Club for an event at the Nuckolls County Fairgrounds on June 6 and Superior Estates Winery for an event on May 22. Several county officials reported on sessions they attended at the recent NIRMA (Nebraska Intergovemmen- tal Risk Management Association) meeting. The courthouse will be closed to- morrow (Friday) for the observance of Arbor Day.