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Midlands Edition 16 Pages Two Sections Plus Supplements Our 112th Year, No. 22 qhe Superior, Express Official Nuckolls County Newspaper Member of Nebraska Press Association and National Newspaper Association I _ R ISSN 0740-0969 2011 Superior Publishing Company, Inc. All&apos;Rights Reserved Superior. Nebraska 68978 Gustnadoes strike this area Monday What a week it has been weather- wise. Though the weather was ideal on Saturday for the annual Victorian Fes- tival and good for most of Sunday, Men'lay was another story. Twice in late May the Republican River has spread beyond its banks and Lovewell Lake had by month's end risen about 7 feet into the flood pool. While the water was receeding, on Tuesday 43 percent of the lake' s flood pool was considered to be filled with water. The high water didn't seem to keep people away from the lake for the big weekend, but it did change their plans. It was difficulL, but not impossible to launch boats and the water had risen above the traditonal shgreline, flood- ing many of popular camping areas. After a windy Memorial Day that featured frequent southerly gusts of 45 to 55 MPH across much of the region, a strong cold front and upper level low pressure system took aim on this area during the evening hours, spawning an expansive line of strong to severe thun- derstorms. The biggest impact from these storms was widespread and dam- aging straight-line winds, with gusts in the60 to 90 mile per hour range. Along the leading edge of this line of storms, there were also several reports of tor- naooes and storm spotters were called out. However the weather service has concluded many of these tornadoes were actually gustnadoes associated with small-scale circulations along the gust front at the leading edge of the storms. Gustnadoes are ibrrned by very. dif: ferent processes than large, violent tor- nadoes such as the one that recently devastated Joplin. The differences be- tween gustnadoes and true tornadoes are not often clear cut, as both involve rotating columns of air. but one of the primary differences is that gustnadoes are not connected to a parent rotating cloud base above. Here is a brief defi- nition of both courtsey of the weather service. A tornado is a violently rotating column of air, usually attached to a cumulonimbus cloud, with circulation reaching the ground. In supercell thun- derstorms, tornadoes are often associ- ated with deep rotation in the updraft area of the storm, often on the south or southwest side of an east or northeast- moving storm. A gustnado is typically small whirl- wind which forms as an eddy in thun- derstorm outflows. They do not con- nect with any cloud-base rotation. Like 'dust devils, some stronger gustnadoes can cause damage. Often, gustnadoes are observed miles out ahead of the parent storm and associated precipita- tion. Despite these "technical" and some- times tnclear differences, strong gustnadoes sometimes do cause dam- age similar to tornadoes, and this was likely the case across parts of the area Monday evening. On Tuesday Chuck Tuttle, acting emergency manager for Nuckolls County, said he had not received re- ports of major damage in Nuckolls County. But such was not the case in neighboring counties. Frank and Bonnie Langer said they heard a noise late Monday ,but didn't realize until they went out Tuesday moming that the wind had destroyed a cattle loafing shed located on the hill above their home. Metal, probably from that shed, was scattered down the road north of their home. They live on the Webber road, at the base of the bluff, about a mile and half south of Superior. On the nearby Hutt Farm, a center pivot irrigation system was overturned. The storm was accompanied by a half- inch or so of rain. * The National Weather Servtce re- ported a 72 mile per hour wind gust was measured on a home weather sta- tion located two miles northeast of Webber. " At Chester part of the roof was torn off the large hoop-house style of grain storagebuilding operated by AGP. The buiding was filled with corn. Monday's extreme weather added to the experience of the those in Nuck- oils County for the weekend as part of a trail ride following the Pony Express Trail. Prices receive 2011 entrepreneur award John and Clara Price were the re- cipient of this year's entrepreneur of the year award presented during the annual Victorian festival in Superior. The award is presented each year by Superior native Gary Crook in honor of his longt|me friend and classmate, Larry McCord. John and Clara are lifelong resi- dents of Superior and graduates of Superior High School. John is a gradu- ated of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. and of Cincinnati College of Mortuary. Clara earned a degree m horticulture from Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. Curtis, Neb. They have three children: Samantha (19), Sydney (16) and Benjamin (11). The family is active in the St. Jo- seph Catholic Church. In addition, John is a member of the Knights of Colum- bus, The Superior Chamber of Com- merce, the National and Nebraska Fu- neral Directors Association. the Supe- rior Youth Association. Red Caps, the Library Foundation. Elks. Eagles, Wild Turkey Federation. Pheasants Forever, is owner and operator of Oak Creek Firearms. This year is also serves as president of Superior Economic De- ,elopment. John's primary business focus is the operation of Price Funeral Home. However, in 2000, John and Clara put their talents together and established The Pumpkin Patch which included a commercial garden and petting zoo. The Pumpkin Patch ran successfully for several years, but family demands Increased and Clara accepted and posi- tion with Main Street Floral, so facili- ties used for retailing by the Pumpkin Patch were converted to serve as Crazy Woman' s Lodge. Saturday, during the presentation, Crook said, "It is my honor and privi- lege to present this award annually to an outstanding business owner and member of the Chamber of Commerce. We are recognizing people who have the courage to put it on the line and take a risk to build a business. This is part of what makes American great and where most new jobs are created." For more than a century the statue of a Civil War soldier has stood in Superior's City Park as a memorial to the,men and women who have served in this nation' sarmed forces. In more recent years a project has added memorial bricks around the base of the statue. Area residents paused Monday to honor those who have contributed to the making and preserving of this country as "One nation under God with life and liberty for all." Civil War veterans and their families had a hand in placing the statue; The statue was featured on the festival buttons issued this year by the local Knights of Columbus. Historian tells visitors of WP00s association with city auditorium The Superior City Auditorium was one of many places alive with activity Saturday as part of the 20th annual Victorian Festival Honoring the Lady Vestey. The committee working to renovate the building hosted an open house and speaker at the auditorium. More 200 people took the opportunity to preview the proposed floor plans as well as wew main floor, balcony and jail of the historic building. Many of those present hadn't been in the build- ing for years and the majority had never been above the first floor as the upper floors have been locked and closed to the public in recent years. For Gary Crook, (right), presents the entrepreneur award of the year to John and Clara Price at the Vestey Festival in Superior, Saturday. The award Is a annual presentation given tO an outstanding business owner in honor of Larry McCord, a Iongtime friend and classmate of Crook. some the open house was their first ever opportumty to see inside the build- rag. The committee received many fa- vorable comments regarding preser- vation of the building for future gen- erations. The architects are preparing construction and bid documents with an anticipated completion date of later this month. The guest speaker, Jill Dolberg, reported on a number of Works Progress Administration projects in Nuckolls County, of which the audito- rium was the largest. A new city hall and auditorium had i = I II Weather Lynn Wilton NOAA, Observer Superior Tuesday Morning, May 31. 2011 Temperature High for week .............................. 88 Low for week ................................ 43 Precipitation Total this week .......................... 2.22 Total for May ............................. 7.42 Average for May ........................ 3.52 Agrex silos reach height on Saturday The continuous pour conducted last week at the Agrex elevator located at the east edge Superior was completed Saturday and the cement crew of some 150 men packed up and headed for their job which was reported to be in the Pacific Northwest. There they will construct four silos, all taller than the ones built at Superior. The tallest at 300 feet is more than twice the height of the ones constructed here. Though threatened by lightning and heavy rain. the Superior pour went off without major problems. Progress was slowed during the rain and caused the work that was to have been finished on Friday to continue into Saturday. They had hoped to raise the silos about 15 inches per hour but during the rain the work was slowed to about 11 inches per hour. We understand the crane operator hoisting steel to the top was particu- larly nervous while lightning was snap- ping about above his crane. A lightning strike in downtowh Superior during the pour is blamed for knocking out telephones and credit card machines. long been the dream of many Superior leaders but the proposed project was not universally supported and its out- come was unclear when the voters went to the polls on July 30, 1935, to cast their ballots in a special election called to consider the fate of the project. The area was still trying to recover from the Great Depression and two months ear- lier a 500 year flood had swept down the Republican River Valley. The bond issue carried with a vote of 393 in favor and 161 against. By October the WPA had approved the project, President Roosevelt had signed on as a supporter and the project was awaiting the comptroller's approval before proceeding. It was decided to purchase four lots north of the new post office for $3.500. By spring the city council had be- gun to question the expense of con- structing a brick building. The archi- tect was asked to draw plans for a "monolithic concrete building of the same dimensions. Green Brothers of Hastings won the construction con- tract with a base bid of $64,900. A brickexterior was selected for the build- ing. Site excavation began June9, 1936, and proceeded quickly. By the end of December, the building had been en- closed and a heating system nearly installed. It was decided the first event for the new building would be the President's Ball on Jan. 30. Proceeds from the ball would go to President Roosevelt's favorite charity, the In- fantile Paralysis Fund. Though net yet complete, work had reached the point where the ball could be held. Newspa- per reports indicate the ball was well attended though a winter storm cut attendance. The building was formally accepted by the city on Feb. 26, 1937. The first city council meeting in the new build- ing was held in the second-floor coun- cil chamber the following Monday: The official dedication was delayed (Continued to Page 7A) Markets Superior Grain Market Wednesday, June 1, 2011 Today's Price New Crop Corn .............................. 7.28 6.24 Mile .............................. 6.88 5.98 Wheat ............................ 8.56 8.56 Soybeans ..................... 12.85 12.84 Price 50 National Edition 16 Pages in Two Sections Thursday, June 2, 2011 I Riders retracing PonyExpress Trail More than 30 combination horse trailer and camper rigs rolled into Oak Saturday afternoon in advance of the arrival of a group of riders retracing the Pony Express trail. Before all arrived for the night, the weekend population of the northeastern Nuckolls County town would be more than doubled. Vehicle tags indicated the rigs were from various states including Virginia, California, Missouri, Wyoming, North Carolina, Nevada. Alaska and even Australia. Saturday was their fifth day on the trail and animals and riders were be- coming used to the routine. In addition to the mounts, riders and crew, most of the rigs also contained dogs. The own- ers didn't say but the vigilant dogs have a vital role to play in such excur- sions. The dogs are often the first to notice something is amiss and alert their owners to a potential emergency. Each unit represented a rider with one of more horses or mules, the support crew and the related tack, hay, grain, housing, food and supplies for both people and animals. The ride started near St. Joseph, Me. Riders expect to travel 50 miles, five days each week for the next eight to 10 weeks or at about the speed the calvary rode when white folks settled the plains. But not all riders expect to ridethe entire distance. Some ride on selected days. others only halfa day. A woman from Wyoming who has been partici- pating in such rides since the 1970s said it is her goal to ride the full 50 miles each day. A man from California said he would leave the ride for two weeks to attend m business aud then return for the finish. A 7t-year-old man said he was riding about one day a week. Riders range in age from 15 to 71. 3 The event' is sanctioned by file AERC (American Endurance Ride Conference) which was founded in 1972 as a national governing body tbr long distance riding In addition to promoting the sport of endurance riding, the AERC encourages the use, protection and development of trails, especially those with historic signifi- cance such as the Pony Express Trail. David Nicholson. the ride coordi- nator, s a semi - retired vetermarian from Alaska. A club started in 1976 was an outgrowth of the Great Ameri- can Horse Race which went from New York to California. "I was in-between jobs and part of a trail ride that fell apart in Hannibal, Me. In 1976. during the bicentennial year, a small group of endurance riders set out from St. Joseph in an attempt to ride to Sacramento on the original Pony Express trail. At that time there were no maps of the original route. "We could not find much about specific trail routes. Morn had Sir Ri- chard Burton's book, 'On theRoad to the City of Saints.' With 15 riders we rode as far as we could figure out the trail and then would stop and study until we could move on. "Two years later (1975?), a trail map was published. It was a great help," he said. "In 1979. the British post office sponsored a second endurance ride over the historic Pony Express trail to com- memorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir Roland Hill. the mventor of the modern postage stamp. SO we did it again. "However, at times there have been attempts by the Federal government to destroy the mill, especially between Salt Lake and Carlson City. Dessert entry points where plowed and graded. In the 1970s, it was decided one of the best ways to preserve the historic trails was to ride the trails with horses. So for a number of years, we organized five- day endurance rides along the Pony Express trail in Utah and Nevada. The club grew and in 2001. riders wanted to ride once again all the way from St. Joseph to Virginia City. "Most riders join because they want to see the country," Nicholson contin- ued. Endurance riding is a sport. People interested learn about the ride through horse related magazines. To participate in endurance compe- tition a horse must be at least five years old. "There are several 5.000 mile horses on this ride and a 10,000 mile horse or two," Nicholson said. Younger horses in training are con- sidered to be ducks. Some days they are ridden till lunch and other days after lunch, but not all 50 miles. On this ride veterinarians check the health of the horses at least twice a day. The tests including monitoring and recording temperatures. The riders are on fleir own Most of the horses used J\\;3r endur- ance riding have Arabian bloodlies. The Arabian was bred to be a war horse. They are lightly muscles with big circulatory systems - built like marathon runners versus the qmrer horse which is build like a weight lifter. Training makes up for lots. so their are other breeds represented. A major source of the horses for endurance riding are rejects from the Rush Creek Land 'and Cattle Com- pany. The ranch nmnagement doesn't let many go, only ones that aren't cowy (ones without good cow sense). Be- cause the ranch is so large, they host ranch trials, which were a forerunner of the endurance ride. As one travels west. endurance riding become more common. There is more varied terrain and people find endurance riding as a great way to see places. AERC establishes a point system for weigh division. Best conditioned horses earn the most important awards: the first horse across the finish line in condition to goon as determine by a set of criteria which include heart rate recovery time and lameness. The sport is controlled by veterinarians. Points are totally daffy but one of the long term riders said it is more of a personal competition and not a group contest Riders set their own goals and then used the points to measure their ac- complishment. Two Express reporters were present for the Saturday evening trail meeting. At that meeting participants compared notes and made plans for the next day. Before starting out the rider man- (Continued to Page 7A) f l;,mem;y d(:ikg c>r h,:, X p Endurance Ride resled in Cb:.!. ::-,,;, ihe weekend. In general, each dcter represented one or more horses, a <;og, and a support crew which accompanied the group with need supplies including hay, tack, feed and camping equipment. In the foreground are two dogs who joined the group with their master for the nightly report.