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/ Price 50˘ n Two Sections Official Nuckolls County Newspaper Member of Nebraska Press Association and National Newspaper Association National Edition 16 Pages in Two Sections r, No. 20 ISSN 0740-0969 © 2003 Superior Publishing Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Superior, Nebraska 68978 Thursday, May 15, 2003 High School at the Superior High with family and .mr. The Supe- underthe direc- Zuelow played the pro- rose and the to the front chairs. Miss Nebraska the class. Her remarks "Let the Learning Be- in her remarks were from her life: ss up the opportunity to a homeless person or poor. talk and Stop at lemonade stands. )meone in need. parents along for the ~very minute you can with you don't know how t. Quandt's lather hree one year stent of be- She and her father -~braskatogetherin 1997. Stamp on it and mail it. for days whether or application to fearing rejec- t. She was ac- :COmpleted her schooling ', enjoys the work she's • How will you ever know she said. the world. Educate Ryan Fuerhoff Michelle Mehlhaff yourself on the events and don't take your freedom for granted. • Live like a dog. Dogs are always happy. They do not worry about to- morrow. Prepare for the future, but remember you live this moment only once. • Don't be quick to jump down from the window screen. The Quandt family had a cat they called "Mama Barns". When "Mama Barns" wanted" in the house she would jump up and cling to the window screen above the kitchen sink and beg someone to let her into the house. "'Mama Barns learned if she was persistent someone in the family would eventually get up and let her in the house," Quandt said. "Hang in there. You never know what life will bring your way. Hang in there and don't be quick to give up." The top 10 percent of the class was introduced. They are Abigail Cline, Ryan Fuerhoff. Michelle Mehlhaff, Renee Faimon Jill Hubl Co-Salutatorians - L-N Stacy Simonsen, salutatorian and Brittanie Utecht, valedictorian. Schol- arship winners (printed in last week's edition of this paper) were reviewed. As customary, the class salutato- rian and valedictorian also addressed the class. Simonsen, salutatorian, lead the gathering in a moment of silence for the nation's armed forces. Brittanie Utecht, valedictorian, challenged the class to follow their hearts amd never give up on their dreams. Members of the class then rose and as music played in the background, presented roses to and hugged signifi- cant care givers. Superintendent Rob- e:rt Tipton presented the class and David Healey, school board president pre- sented the diplomas. As the recessional started, nearly half the class boys donned white cow- boy hats, a few popped brightly col- ored confetti and the class exited with smiles and cheers from the audience+ Shortly the school grounds cleared and many greeted guests and friends at various receptions hosted by their parents. Perhaps the most unusual event of the day was unsea- sonably cool tem- peratures. Lawrence-Nelson Family and friends of the 2003 Lawrence-Nelson class gathered in Nelson at the High School gymnasium Saturday afternoon. Many walked sev- eral blocks in light drizzle to attend the event. The class gathered in the high school library for final instructions and a group picture. Commencement exercises be- gan with the Lawrence-Nelson High School band playing the national an- them followed by the class entering from the east doors as the band played "Pomp and Circumstance". Class mem- bers were seated on stage risers. Super- intendent Kent Miller welcomed the gathering. Bryce Brown, class presi- dent, gave the welcome response. Andrew Pohlmeier, one of three co-valedictorians, addressed the class. Included in his remarks was "All I need to know about life, I learned from Noah's Ark" : • Don't miss the boat • When stressed float awhile • Remember the ark was built by amateurs, the Titatinic by profession- als. Peter Spirk and Doug Wehrman, also class co-valedictorians, shared class memories and said, "We would like to thank the. people who agonized over the decision to put the two schools together. We have made new friends and the adults have too. We like our new friends." A large screen video played with a musical background, showing a pic- tures of each graduate as a baby, grade school student and their senior picture. Pictures of class members at various school events like the junior senior prom, science trip and organizational activities were also shown. 1~ Class members then thanked sig- !, ~t: y TOnya R. Paddock mentl last year. the squad, grilled ham- posal submitted for grants and money nificantcare-givers by presentingthem i~TM Emergencv Medical Ser burgers and hot dogs in the park after from this years fundraisers, the squad with a carnation and a hug. Connie | . unity't o y 18-24, provides an the4thofJulyFirecrackerRun, offer- hopes to replace one of their older Porter, guidance counselor awarded =. Z%ff, the community to rec. ing ambulance tours. This summer, ambulances with a more up to date class honors (see related story else- |q/l~ro- °nsoflocalemer enc medi they hope tosponsorfingerprinting tbr model, where in this paper). An honorary di- ~1 ~Unnel and g - y - I -%co.- draw attennon to the child safety. Bates also emphasizes that, as a ploma was awarded to a veteran, Rob- |,, ~lin2S° m.ey face. During EMS week, Bates empha-volunteer organization, they could not ert Smith. |~en]i~j°r Volunteer Rescue Squad sizes the importanceofunderstanding function without the support of the James Koontz, principal, certified OPerates w" i~r o- ~th one first re- the community 911 system. For tele- community, the class and Phii Wehrman and Linda |f~i~!~eiie paramedic and nine phone numbers with the prefix 879, "It is important to thank the em- Ostdiek, representatives of both the |~'~ sec Y Baker captain" Cind 257 or 279, calls are routed through ployers who allow rescue squad vof Nelson and Lawrence school boards, }~' ret ' - , Y |h. ~'ell .-' ary;DellonBlecha Beck Nelson dispatch. Other prefix num- unteerstoleavetheirjobswithoutwam- respectively, presented the diplomas. | ' !de 't 'coeLPresident; RonGruwel , bers, such as 875, or those close to the . ing during the day. The fire depart- Kellie Kohmetsher, class vice-presi- [~!e l(rt~_""uck Hatzenbuehler, bordermay be routed through dispatch ment as Well, provides us with a great dent gave the, closing address and the |~ke (je, ger, lieutenant; Carrie in Kansas. dealofassistance, especially with lift- bandplayed CUWhenUGetThere ~ ~!~!UeJi~aa!]si~~iii! "It is important to know this before ing or driving, when needed."by Coolio for the recessional. an emergency occurs," said Bates. Teamwork and technology allows Because the of cool, rainy weather "Rather than being routed through the local emergency medical system to the traditional reception line was held ~%~1~ Kansas, 30 miles away, residents with functionquicklyandefficiently. Emer- in the cafeteria instead of the front bau pital w,th C rol these prefix numbers should call Nelson gency medical technicians provide first lawn. °cottStemperandLaurie dispatch directly instead, of 911.' aid and basic life support. Withthe. Membersofthejuniorhonorguard If there is a question regarding how approval of medical director, Dr. T.D. were Audrey Buschkoetter, Jason '" said paramedic )ervisor, Cindy volunteers. YOung people show- erned with will bring." urs a day seven days ily life frequently in- your 911 call will be routed, Bates recommends calling 911 for a non- emergency call and requesting to know which dispatch they received. If calls are routed through Kansas, then the direct number for Nelson, 402-225- 2831, should be placed by the phone for emergencies. Emergency medical personnel have I1 volun- Blecha, they may also do blood sugar testing and assist patients in immedi- ate need of certain prescribed medica- tions. Certified paramedics and nut:ses, as well as medical staff can provide advanced life support measures such as intravenous medications and artifi- cial airways to maintain respiratory function. All emergency personnel logged a minimum of 20 continuing are certified in the use of defibrillators, education hours each. The state re- which transmit electrical shock to the quifement is 10. heart in the event of a heart attack or "We are luckyto have nurses, doc- when a heart rhythm indicates a poten- tors and physician-assistants who pro- tially serious problem. vide at least one third ofotir in-service Dictated by weather and the seri- Hoelting, Stephanie Janda, Emily. Rumsey, Derrick Drohman, Coby Janda, Andrew Kathman and Emily Schroer. Nuckolls County board considers 911 addressing Monday afternoon representatives from Webster, Thayer, Franklin and Nuckolis counties met in the Nuckolls County court room. There Marcus ousness of an illness or injury, ground Tooze reviewed global information transport to other facilities may not be system (GIS) mapping and addressing feasible. With access to helicopters neededforthecountiestobephasetwo and fixed wing aircraft, patients may 911 compliant. be transported from Brodstone to na- tionally recognized trauma or medical centers, such asBryan LGH in Lincoln or Good Samaritan in K'eamey. Currently with construction under- way, all helicopter and aircraft for the hospital will be routed through Supe- rior Municipal Airport. Specialty emer- gency personnel will be brought from the airport to assess and prepare pa- tiemts for transfer. Being phase two, 911 compliant would enable emergency dispatchers to identify the location of cell phone call. Currently, emergency personnel cannot be dispatched to a cell phone location, unless the caller both knows and can describe to the dispatcher their location. It is predicted that half of all emer- (Continued to Page 5A) Nitrate second contamination closes Superior water well A public notice published in this water's nitrate content is expected to issue of The Express warns residents be below the 10 milligrams per liter. of Superior that a test of one of the , WellSixhasbeenplacedonstandby municipal water system's wells re- and testing of the blended water is cently exceeded state standards, scheduled for this week. The state provides municipal water Twa of the city's nine wells are supplies may not contain more than 10 now on standby status because of high milligrams per literofnitrate. The most nitrates.The two wells will be used recent test of Well 6 reported the ni- only during an emergency. trate content exceeded ! 2.5. The aver- Water with high nitrate levels may age of two tests was 13., pose health risks to infants under six The test result triggered publica- months and expectant mothers. tion of the warning notice. The source of the latest nitrate con- However, water from the well is tamination has not been identified. It blended with water from the city's could come from natural, industrial or other wells before it is distributed to agricultural sources inizluding septic the utility's customers. The delivered systems and run off. ..about who would be one of our loved ~ern Nuckolls County, eer rescue squad re- Calls routed through training," said Bates. hospital ambu- The city also sends three or four patient trans- volunteers each year to conferences Ical facilities. Or, offered through NEMSA, Nebraska s Order due to medi- Emergency Medical Services Asso- transport patientsclarion. Last year, As a volunteer squad, fundraisers nude 181 ambulanceassist in purchasing new equipment. personnel each. Through money-makers, memorials made 113 runs, and donations the most up to date The rescue defibrillator, a Life Pack 12, was pur- II high school home chased for use on the ambulance. Hand certain other local held radios were purchased by the city for the volunteer rescue squad to im- "nunity involve- prove communication between volun- teers, especially those who work out- 14% side of town. With a recent city pro- COmmercial Valuations Weather Nuckolls County Ed Groves, Observer State Tax Temperature =ommission High for week ............................. 80 5. The Low for week .............................. 39 ounty sales Precipitation ;rty between July Total this week ......................... 1.22 2002 indicate Total this month ........................ 1.51 valuation must To date in 2003 ........................ 5.66 to be within the To date in 2002 ........................ 4.36 ' the state. Prop- Normal to May 1 ....................... 3.52 receive their valua. Normal to June I ....................... 8.62 taxation purposes in Larry Gillett, Observer Burr Oak .................................. 0.73 should challe4~ge Kenneth Hansen, Observer said. "Par- Ruskin ...................................... 1.90 had a fire, or Merlin Luben, Observer rig." Oak ........................................... I. 10 Top: Jason Gillilan (left) and Andy Eiseman check their diplomas after commencement in Superior Saturday afternoon. Middle left: Rachel Brazil, Superior, smiles as she prepares to pick out a rose she will later present to her parents during commencement. Middle right: Stacey Simonsen (left) and Melissa Nielsen skip together during the recessional after commencement at SHS Saturday+ Bottom: Members of the 2003 Superior graduating class listen as Kendra Quandt spoke to the class during commencement. Turn the stereo down... Listen! Do you hear the music?ing, boarding or selling dogs, cats, According to an ordinance adopted birds, mice, rates and other small ani- Monday evening by members of the mals lbr hire or profit where more than city council, residents of Superior threearekept.Operatorsofkennelsare shouldn't hear the music if they are required to purchase a $100 city li- morethan75feetawayfromit'ssource, cense and meet state imposed stun- The new ordihance replaces a dards+ former ordinance written belbrc rood- The council did pass on first read- em electronics provided mobile sound ing an ordinance which will raise the systemscapableofbreakingeardrums, fees charged when dogs and cats are The ordinance now in effect pro- apprehended while running-at-large. vides that it shall be unlawful to oper- Currently.the animal's owner must ate any radio, tape player, compact pay a $5 fine. If adopted into law, that disc player, stereophonic sound sys- fine will increase to $25 for the first temorsimilardeviceinapublicareain offense and $50 to $100 for subse- a manner to be audible more than 75 qucnt ot'l+enses. In addition the owner feet from the source, will be txsponsiblc ff)r all costs associ- Some exceptions are permitted,atcd with the capture and boarding. Activities sponsored by a school, Animals not claimed within 72 hours church or governfnental entity, street will be disposed of. dances, athletic events and carnivals Members of the council affirmed areincludedintheexemptionlist.Upon the park board's selection of Beverly request the council may also grant per- Czirr as swimming pool manager and mission to operate the systems, the selection of Marti Christensen as First time violators are subject to a assistant manager. Salaries were set fine which may not exceed $100. For for pool employees. Mrs. Czirr will be subsequentoffensesthefinewillrangc paid $5,000 for the season. Hourly between $100 and $500. wages will range from $5 to $6 per Two ordinances being considered hour. by the council may make it more costly As pool revenue historically does to maintain pets within the city. not cover the operating costs, the coun- Before the second reading, council oil suggested shortening the season members referred an ordinance de- and closing the weekend prior to the signed to regulate the operation of ken- reopening of school.. neis to the city attorney h)r review. As A contract was awarded a Fairbury proposed, the ordinance defines ken- company for the installation of a four- nel as any establishment raising, train- inch natural gas main akmg the south side of Tenth Street between Idaho and Washington streets. The main will serve one residence and Brodstone Hospital. As the hospital expansion project requires replacement of the currem main, all project costs will be paid by the hospital. The only exceptions will be changes designed to benefit the util- ity department. Five companies submitted bids. The low was rejected because of the company's inability to meet the city bonding requirement. The contract was awarded the third lowest bidder as the council preferred that company's plan. Underground Systems Construction (use) proposes to start on the west side of Idaho Street and bore east to Washington Street. Hersh Digging pro- posed boring from Washington Street west to connect with an existing main on the west side of Idaho Street. As the USC proposal contains lower splices in the polyethyene line and less surface disturbance, the council fa- vored that company's bid. use bid $11,793.66. The Hersh bid was $10,429.50. The new main will be placed on city right-of-way which extends 15 feet to the south of Tenth Street. An attempt will be made to not disturb the property owner's line of posts which are located on the street right-of-way+ The city utility department will pro- vide all materials.