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6A THE SUPERIOR EXPRESS Thursday, June 27, 2002 Pictured above is the quilt Amanda Grove and Flora Epley in honor of the SHS graduating class of 1931. Class of '31 remembered When Etdon Grove graduated from Superior High School in 1931, he re- ceived a graduation gift that he contin- ues to cherish today, 71 years later. Amanda Grove, Eldon's mother, presented him with a hand stitched quilt that has preserved the memory of his high school graduating class. Amanda embroidered and assembled the quilt and his aunt, Flora Epley, of Nora, did tile actual quilting. "My mother asked my aunt to quilt it because of her ability to make the stitches so uniform," said Eldon. The quill contains 48 individual squares, each one bearing the initials of one of Eldon's classmates. In the center, are squares that spell out 'SHS, Class of 1931 '. Eldon grew up and attended school in Cadams through the eighth grade and attended high school in Superior. Following graduation, he remained in Cadams and farmed for many years and now resides in Superior. Eldon displayed his quilt in a quilt show at Superior Good Samaritan re- cently and it was quite a hit. "I don't usually have it available for displaying," commented Eldon. "To anyone else it's just a quilt but to me it' s priceless. I could never replace it." T Above is one of the squares beadng son, Eldon's initials. Each of the graduates ot 1931 is remembered by their initials on a square i ii - Welcome- /Vterv XVhite Merv White began his daily commute to Su- perior from Davenport in March 2001 when he was hired as the Parts Manager at Superior Outdoor Power. He and his family have lived in Davenport, since 1981. Merv's wife, Colleen, was raised in Davenport and graduated from high school there. She is em- ployed at Parkview Ha- ven in Deshler as a CNA. Merv is originally from Vermillion, Kan. He graduated from Centralia High School in 1978. Prior to coming to Superior Outdoor Power he was the utilities superintendent for the Village of Davenport. Merv and Colleen have three children: Jeremy, 22, is with the National Guard in Hastings. Michael, 20, re- cently graduated from Southeast Community College, Miltord. He studied machine tool and die and now works in Pleasant Dale, Ncb. He enjoys racing cars. Amy, 17, will be a senior at Deshler High School. She carries the banner while marching with the high school band, partici- pate: , in drama, dance and Spanish activities. She also works part-time at Parkview Haven in activities and laundry. In his spare time, Merv enjoys refurbishing old cars, bow hunting and building race cars. July 2002 PRICE 750 N Commercial. Superior, Neb. 402-879-3900 Can-do spirit alive and well in Republic Republic may be off the beaten path, but that doesn't mean residents want the world to pass them by. Citizens ticked off a number of suc- cesses the last year for Republic County Commissioners Monday, and said they aren't done yet with plans for improve- ments. Commissioners met in Repub- lic as part of their plan to meet in a different county community every month. "We've got a lot of positive things going on here right now," Kathy Brzon told commissioners "We started with one project, and enthusiasm really caught fire." New Christmas decorations graced Republic last year, and the city park was completely reseeded with a lush carpet of grass. Interact service is slated to improve this summer, and now city officials are going after a grant to de- molish old buildings and hope to ex- pand the uses of the old Republic School, now a community building, to include motel rooms, a dining facility, and maybe an exercise center. "We use the community center a lot, but we hope to make it even more user friendly," Brzon said. The commissioners' trip to Repub- lic paid off in other ways Monday: the county governing board agreed to con- tribute $250 to help run a water line and install a hydrant at the ball field. The county will also check into prices " to surface three blocks of county road from main street Republic to the Re- public Community Center. First Step The first idea seemed a small im- provement: new Christmas decora- tions. "We thought maybe we could go to a community that recently replaced their decorations and buy their old ones," said Helen Sankey. Plan A fell through, but a few of the women thought lighted snowflakes on a few of the poles downtown might be possible. Until they found out the snowflakes cost $209 apiece. "We thought there was no way we could even buy a couple," said Donna Noble. "But we mentioned it to a few people, wouldn't they maybe like to buy a snowflake in memory of their" families who operated business in town. "Before we knew it 35 people gave us enough money to buy 25 snow- flakes." With enough money in hand to buy the decorations, organizers discovered that the city council didn't have enough money in its budget to install the deco- rations, or pay for the $600 electricity bill for 30 days through the holidays. Volunteers pulled out their tools to take care of the installation, and their soup pots for a supper to cover the utility bills. New Grass A city wide cleanup day also spurred residents to spruce up their homes and other areas of the city. "Republic has alot of elderly people, so it's not just the people who live here who helped," Brzon said "It's been an effort by the whole community sur- rounding Republic." Volunteers then turned their atten- tion to the sticker-infested city. park. The park was reseeded, and Noble set her kitchen timer for every hour for a while to go move the four sprinklers that kept the lawn damp. Today a thick, emerald green carpet welcomes chil- dren and barbecues to the park. "We had a picnic here not long ago, and kids were running around bare- toot," Brzon said. The park has become the home for a new community-wide Fourth of July party that outgrew one resident's back yard. Sale predicted to bring about little change United Grain Inc.. with elevator facilities in Courtland and Belleville, has been sold by Jeff Strnad, Scandia. to Hansen-Mueller Co.. Omaha. The new owners have been involved in the finance and management of United Grain since 1998. According to the Belleville Telescope, both Jack Hansen, CEO of Hansen-Mueller, and Strnad predicts customers and employ- ees will notice little change in the op- erations. Strand reported the reason for the sale was to allow him to concentrate his efforts on the new ethanol plant and the feedlot. Strnad also owns Premium Feeders of Scandia. "The sale of the elevators should speed the process to get the ethanol plant built," Strnad said. He is a prin- cipal in Nesika Energy, LLC, a com- pany formed last year to construct an ethane! production plant near Scandia. This plant will convert locally-grown corn and mido into ethanol. Distiller's grain, a by-product of the ethanol pro- duction process, can be fed at Premium Feeders. Strnad is hopeful the financ- ing arrangements to build the ethanol plant can be completed in the next six weeks. Strnad purchased United Grain in 1996 from his father, Shirley Strnad. United Grain facilities have undergone a number of improvements in recent years, including a rail load-out facility built at Courtland on the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe line. Hansen-Mueller Co. was founded in 1979 by Jack Hansen and Randy Muellerasagrainmerchandisingcom- puny m southern South Dakota, Ne- braska and western Iowa. The com- pany began trading in Kansas in 1990 and opened an office in the Salina Board of Trade building. In 1993 the company expanded into international oat trading. According to Hansen, U.S. oat production has de- clined dramatically over the Aast 40 years. Importing oats has required Hansen-Mueller to acquire facilities in Houston, Texas, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Broken Arrow, Okla., as distribu- tion sites. Hansen-Mueller purchased Criscione Grain in 1999, an oat milling business based in Ohio, and Grain Mart, a trading company in Alabama in De- cember 2001. Grain Mart trades pri- marily in feed ingredients in Missis- sippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Hansen said the Hansen-Mueller and Premium Feeders have a supply agree- ment that includes the ethanol plant, but construction of the plant was not a major factor in the decision to pur- chase the elevators. lnternet Bypass Joanie Latham recounted the city's sometime frustrating efforts the last two years to secure a dial-up Internet connection. The community is served by Sprint Telephone company, which didn't of- fer dial-up service. To log on to the World Wide Web people with a "361" phone number either have to pay high long distance bills or pay one company to provide a connection and another company as an Internet Service Pro- vider. Latham said resulting Internet rates are about twice as high as what residents in other communities pay. The North Central Kansas Com- munity Network (NCKCN) operated by the North Central Planning Com- mission has installed wireless Internet equipment in Republic, and hopes to have the system in operation soon. Latham said wireless Internet is more expensive than a dial-up connec- tion, but offers high-speed access that many of today's businesses need. She said the community hopes a lower cost dial-up option may also be available soon. The Rae Hobson Library has public Internet access, and will soon receive two new computers from the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation. Grant Work Progress in other areas inspired city leaders to wonder about the possibility of grants for other city improvements. Brzon said Mike Charles is spearhead- ing the effort to secure a grant to de- molish old buildings downtown, and make improvements to the community center. The project is similar to what Jew- ell accomplished several years ago. Jewell tore out dilapidated buildings on their main street and replaced them with a new building that serves as a community center, library, day care, motel and office building. The Republic community envisions motel rooms and a dining facility at the school building. Republic area farmers Charles and CharlieDietz have a popular catering business and periodically serve special meals. Sankey said she believes people are w!lling to drive for a unique dining experience, and that the trip is part of the entertainment. "We feel like our location near Lovewell Lake makes us an attractive spot for this kind of project," Sankey said. Junior golf participants at the Superior Country Club, recently, were (from left) Spencer Trapp and Craig Guilkey. A Kind of Fruit Shorty: "So you call yourselT a veg- etarian, and here you are working on a beefsteak, with onions.." Fatty: "Yes, you may call this beef- steak, but I call if forbidden fruit." Brodstone MemorialNuc@lls Coun.00. Hospital[ Specialty Clinics and Diagnostic services schedule ] 520 E. 10th P.O. Box 187 Superior, Neb. 68978 Phone: 402-879-32810r 402-8794002 [ SVNDAY 7 14 21 28 MONDAY 1 Mills 8 Echo, and 06mo Lq 15 Echo* and Dopors MRIs 22 Earn a Oopps URIs 29 Eehos and Oopp MR AY 2 Nudear 9 Gene Surgeq Dr. Bar 16 General Surgery Dr. Anderson Nudear Medicine 23 Gene Surgery Or. Barth M 30 General Surgery Dr, Anderson Nuclear Medicine wJBD .NBSDAY i 3 lalion Clinic 2,4 p,m. 10 OBYN Dr. Foole 17 24 O0/GYN Dr. Foole I'btsska I.teart Institute Dr. Chaudhud 31 i Daily Services THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 4 5 c 11 12G.L0  13 So/an Heart Ins01t Dr. Lesiak Dr, Hansert VasaJar Su|gery Dr. Je Ealos and DopOe South Ctrel appdntment  18 19 so 20 Urologist Dr. Halsted Central Blood Pressure Clinic Behavioral 1 .30 a.m. For Manor Aputents apfntmt Edaos and Dopplors caJ 25 26 s 27 G.I. O'pedcs Cenlrel Dr. Lesiak Behavioral Echos and Dopplers For appanlmt call 4O2.463-5684 Cardiac Rehab, Stress Tests, Lab, Visit Our Website at Urams, UItrasounds, X-rays, CT Scans, Physical, Speech and Occupalional Therapy Superior, Nebraska For all your financial needs see: ral National Dank 402-879-3271 DER Junior golf participants at the Superior Countn left) Michael Kinyoun, Sam Nielsen and Jon Wulf. Junior golf participants at the Superior Country Club, left) Katrina Wulf, Alex Thayer, Ross Utecht, Zach Rothchild and Chris Ganshert. Superior's junior fair well in The team of Michael Kinyoun and Andrew Brazil and the team of Eric Krotzinger and Josh Peterson both shot 38 in the 2-person scramble during the championship flight Tuesday at the Superior Country Club. The team of Matt Brazil and Blake Edwards shot a 39. Spencer TrapP. shot a 50 Jon Wulf came in In the third Trento Thayet behind Chris C In the first flight, Sam Nielsen and and Austit Ashley Hayes shot a 52 while Kendra Holcomb and Allison Kintigh followed with a 53. Liz Headrick and Ailie Marr shot a 61. In the second flight, Andrew Pritchard and Cody Butler shot a 43. Craig Guilkey and Nick Hawley shot a 48. AUie Marr ners on hole Cody Butler hole 8 to win the , Andrew pin on 9 and longest putt on 3. Junior golf winners participating at the Superior were (from left) Christian Freeman, Tanner Miller PAINT1N Interior & Exterior 402-469-8132 pAVENPORT AMERICAN PRIDE 2002 Saturaay, July 6 7 - 8:30 a.m. 8:30 - 10 a.m. 10 - 12 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 12 - 1 p.m. 1 - 4:30 p.m. 12 - 8 p;m. 2:30 p.m. 3p.m. 5 p.m. t 6- 8p.m. 6:30 p.m. 9 p.m. - I am. Pancake Breakfast Morning Program Kids Games Registration for 3-on Car Show Registration CAR SHOW Beer Garden Registration for Little Little Tuggers American Pride Parade Lions Club Barbecue Evening Program Dance "Free Beer and 4  4x l" ALL OAY FOOO J7",4NO IN P,4RK Sunday, July 7 10:30 a.m. Community " 1 p.m. Road Rally Line up 1:30 p.m. Road Rally Start BBQ Supper in Park Parade Entries contact Dave Keim Car Show Entries contact Kelly