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For Nora Village Board, registered voters, for a total turn-out of Sandra Foote was unopposed and re- Margo Williams received 12 votes, approximately 70 percent, ceived 248 votes. For Beaver 3, Kent compared to eight for David Gebers. In the presidential race, Donald Jensby will retain his seat after beating Both were elected. Trump carried the county easily with Jon Bnming, 224 to 76. For Superior School Board, Dis- 1,726 votes, compared to 353 for For Nelson City Council, Vontrict 11, Matt Sullivan received 831 Hillary Clinton, 78 for Gary Johnson Wehrman received 189 votes to votes, PeggyMeyer799,JamySullivan and 20 for Jill Stein. Adrian Smith was Charles Tuttle's 124. Both were 778 and James Keller 507. The top unopposed in his bid for reelection elected. For Lawrence Village Board, three vote-getters were elected. For representing Nebraska's Third Con- Kevin Pohlmeier earned 112 votes to Lawrence-Nelson School Board, Dis- gressional District. Terry Cox's 98 and both were elected, trict 5, Lance Williams received 566 ForDistrict2countycommissioner, For Ruskin Village Board, Nathan votes, Phillip Brockman 475, Ethan the seat being vacated by Danny Brandt received 55 votes, Brock Epley 424 and Heather Nelson-Cox Corman, RepublicanDarenBlackstone Corman had 52 and Mark Eggers 50. 389. defeated Democrat BmceChristensen, All three were elected. For Hardy Vii- The Nuckolls Coamty Ag Society 456 to 237. lage Board, Glenda Runyan received levy was approved 1,603 to 473. The For SCPPD Division 5 representa- 33 votes. She was the only candidate state referendum to reinstate the death tive, Philip Wehrman received 318 to file for three vacant positions. For penalty was approved 1,411 to 693. Motorgraders lined up last Wednesday on Road N Department and conducted by Nebraska LTAP. west of Highway 14 for day two of a motorgrader training workshop hosted by the Nuckolls County Road .eVlslon Area residents are able to embark fossil remains across Nebraska, from upon a fossil safari, with a stop at Oak, the early explorers such as Lewis and when they view 'Paleo Sleuths", on Clark, and moving forward in time to Nebraska Educational Television. the present day. Nebraska paleontolo- The documentary traces the age of gist Mike Vorhees is the guide as he mammals across Nebraska from 34 unearths fossils. He explains how his million to 500,000 years ago. Paleon- discovery of a skull in a ravine at tologists unearth fossils which trace Royal, Net)., was a clue which helped the evolving of wildlife mammals as revealwhatisnowknownastheAshfall theclimatechangedtheNebraskaland- Fossil Beds. Vorhees and his team scape from dense tropical forests to Ice excavate the site and compare the Age grasslands. Much of the knowl- record of evolution to pages in a book edge about the Age of Mammals has which scientists have the privilege of been found beneath America's Great reading. Plains. Experts cite Nebraska as one of The film credits Native Americans only six places in the world which forthe discovery of many fossil areas. contains a rich concentration of fos- They were so closely attuned to the sils. land and noted the areas that contained The paleontologists use shovels, unusual soil composition and the pres- picks and brushes to remove layers of ence of fossils. sediment that preserve the fossilized The Niobara River valley is one remains of the prehistoric mammals area rich in fossil finds. There are sev- which once roamed here. eral major sites located along its length. The film follows the discovery of : The program takes viewers from west One part of the project to improve safety at the Superior Municipal Airport was the installation of a new, state-of-the-art beacon, which was completed about three weeks ago. Work is nearly complete on a project at the Superior Municipal Air- port to enhance and improve safety for pilots flying in and out of the airport, according to Lance Teachworth, chair- man of the Superior Airport Authority board. The beacon, which was several de- cades old, has been replaced by a new, state-of-the-art equivalent. Teachworth said there were issues obtaining parts for the old beacon. The new beacon, which has a smaller, more focused beam, was installed about three weeks ago. Another phase of the project in- volves upgrades to the guidance and approach lights at each end of the run- way. These will increase nighttime vis- ibility and help pilots know they are in a proper trajectory for the runway. Teachworth said installation of the new lights is underway and will be done in the next week or so. The project will help the airport comply with federal aviation improve- ment endeavors.The Superior Airport Authority appied for grant funds for the project through the state. Teachworth said when the project is completed, the FAA will conduct tests of the improvements by flying by in jets to test the new increased visibil- ity, both day and night. Luke Meyers is the Superior Mu- nicipal Airport manager. to east as the tour progresses. One unusual fact is that the Nebraska De- partment of Roads boasts the oldest paleontology program in the United States. NDOR features a staff paleon- tologist, Shane Tucker, who investi- gates finds discovered by highway con- struction crews. Gary Hochman, ex- ecutive producer of the documentary, said 'We owe what we know to road crews who have taken interest in what they find.." Of particular interest to area resi- dents is the segment concerning Oak. The Albert Ahrens farmstead is a fea- tured site. Fossil remains were discov- ered at the farm more than 25 years ago. Hochman recalled visiting the site after the discovery. He pointed out "that particular spot exists because a glacier stopped 60 or so miles away and didn't bulldoze it away. They found lots of rodents and birds but also found the largest fragments of fossils, such as the plate of a mammoth." Fossil remains of more than 150 different species have been discovered at the Oak site which date back 500,000 years to the cold phase of the Pleis- tocene (Ice Age). The site is the most diverse of all the locations in Nebraska. Though many of the fossils are small they offer a detailed look at the rich diversity of mammals which flourished in this area. The farm at that time would have been a quiet water pond surrounded by marsh with silt and clay deposits. Many varieties of rodents and insectivores have been discovered in the fossilized remains. Stag moose, mastodon, mammoth, deer, musk ox, beavers, muskrats are among the spe- cies found. Horses and camels were also discovered. The two aforemen- tioned animals were actually native to North America. The Oak area has also yielded re- mains from the last Ice Age. A large wolly mammoth was discovered atAn- gus in 1936. It was one of the largest ever discovered and is on display at a Denver museum. Three mastodons were found in single file formation along white Rock Creek in Jewell County. Numerous sites filled with microfossils are also to be found in Jewell County. If you want to time-travel without leaving the comfort of your own home, tune into NET .The program aired Wednesday, at 7 p.m. It will be re- broadcast Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sun- day at 4 p,m. on NET. It will air Wednesday at l0 p.m. Stores planning for start of holiday shopping season Though Thanksgiving is a week from today, and the Superior Christ- mas shopping season traditionally doesn't start until the Friday following Thanksgiving, this issue of The Ex- press contains several advertisements for shopping opportunities which will not be available until next week. In yearS past, these advertisements would have run next week. However, because of mail service changes next week's newspaper will not reach most subscribers until Friday or later. Thus several advertisers have included their next week advertising in this issue of The Express. Among the ads for next week pub- lished this week are the Small Satur- day coupons and advertisements for the SuperiorAce Hardware and Shopko stores. The Ideal Market ad included in this issue is good for two weeks. Before making shopping plans for this week and next, readers are advised to check the sale dates. Plans are to print the next issue of The Superior Express Tuesday night. The Express office will be closed Thanksgiving Day but open as usual on Friday and until noon on Saturday, Nov. 26. The next issue of this newspaper will contain information on special holiday programs. a "That's a lot ofmotorgraders to do highway superintendent, said the first road to avoid running against the traf- The motorgrader operators were one road," might have crossed the day of the workshop, last Tuesday, tic. also shown how to pull shouldersland mind of more than a motorist or two was the classroom portion held at the The LTAP instructor for the work- reclaim lost material. last Wednesday as the big yellow ma- road department shop in Nelson. All shop was Brian Jackson, who brought Nebraska LTAP sponsored a"You chines began to line up on a stretch of 16NuckollsCounty Road Department an assistant with him. The hands-on Show Us" contest in April, in which Road N west of Highway 14 in employees attended the classroom por- training was attended by Warren, shop counties were invited to enter their Nuckolls County. tion. foreman Jim Bolte and all 10 county innovative gadgets and show off their What was actually occurring was For the road training portion of the motorgrader operators, ingenuity to other counties. The the second day -- the on the road workshop, Warren said he closed a "Brian and his assistant did a very Nuckolls County Road Department training portion -- of a two-day three-mile stretch of Road N west of hands-on training, which included entered their magnetic metal motorgradertrainingworkshoj~hosted Highway 14, and took out eight working individually with all the op- reclaimers, attached to motor-graders by the Nuckolls County Road Depart- motorgraders to help teach the opera- erators," Warren said. "Everyone was to pick up nails and other metal debris ment and conducted by the Nebraska torstheproperwaytomaintainacounty in a machine and trained by Jackson at from county roads during routine Local Training Assistance Program road, including removing the crown some intheworkshop.Ithinkthetrain- maintenance. Nuckolls County won (LTAP). and moving the material to keep the ing was very informative and educa- the state competition and will now be Gary Warren, Nuckolis County motorgrader on the right side of the tional for all the operators." entered in the regional contest. The hours of operation for the Meeting Monday evening the coun- been awarded, the city will be seeking Superior burn pit are being cut back cil accepted a bid from Satthoff Con- bids on another phase of the sewer effective with the scheduled close on struction to replaced three sidewalks in project and the replacement of a water Wednesday, Nov~ 23:.Thar.~ill be City Park. The three walks are part ofthe main along Third Street from Bloom the last day of operation in N0vem- spoke pattern that radiates from the vet- Street west to Colorado Street. Cur- ber. erans memorial. But there is a potential rently a contractor is fnishing the re- During the months of December, problem. Thecityhadbudgeted$16,000 placement of the line from Hartley January and February, the bum pit for the work so the $2,000 shortfall must Street west to Bloom Street. located north of the former Portland be covered some other way. The council The council was informed it will be Heights School willbe open from9 indicateditmightbepossibletoraisethe necessary to close the alley behind a.m to 3 p.m. on the first and third money through donations. City Auditorium and a portion of Fifth Saturdays of each month. For people The council accepted a bid for that Street for about two weeks to permit the installation of a new water line to wanting to dispose of natural Christ- portion of the 2017 sewer slip lining the auditorium. The state fire marshal mas trees, the first opportunity at the project that will be paid for with federal is requiring the renovators of the audi- burn pit will be Saturday, Jan. 7. All grant funds. Insituform Technologies torium to install a fire sprinkler system tinsel and other decorations must be USA was the low bidder. The company in the building. The sprinkler system removed before the treeis accepted, willbepaid$194,067.25forthebasebid will require a six-inch water main. The burn pit is currently being and alternate one. This is below the Because of manufacturer's variations staffed by park department employ- engineer's estimate of $240,000. The whatwillbeneededtoconnectthenew ees while the city is advertising for a company based in Kansas City was one line to an existing water main along the supervisor, of three Missouri companies bidding on north side of Fifth Street, it will be Before the spring rush, the city the project. The only Nebraska firm to necessary to first expose the existing plans to relocate the burn pit to an bid, Midlands Contracting of Kearney, line, determine what is needed and area of city owned land east of the was the next-to-the-lowest bidder, then order the fittings. The entire pro- wastewater treatment plant. Now that the first phase contract has cess is expected to take two weeks or After struggling to get all the mem- tion was recognized as the sole nego- activities at school. At 10 a.m. students bers of the Superior Board of Educa- tiator for 2018-19 certified teaching and veterans gathered in the gymna- tion logged into the monthly e-meet- contracts. No other action was taken, slum for a ceremony which honored ing, the regular November board meet- The board entered into executive ses- veterans. ing started about 10 minutes late. E- sion to discuss negotiations. Early this month, drug dogs visited meeting is a computer program de- During reports, Doug Hoins re-the school. "Nothing illegal was signed to replace printed handouts for ported the elementary school had a 96 found," Cook said. The dogs searched the board members to follow. Five percent participation in parent teacher the locker rooms, lockers and vehicles. members of the board were present: conferences. During Fire Prevention Sid Shepler, NuckollsCounty Sheriff's Jason Jensen, Matt Sullivan, Peggy week, members of the Superior Volun- deputy, assisted Cook in planning and Meyer, Jim Miller and Matt Bargen. teerFireDepartmentbroughtfiretrucks executing the event. Darren Willett was absent, to school for elementary children to Winter sports practice began, Mon- Scott Boyles reviewed how Farm- inspect. Hoins said, "That way we did day. There are 16 participating in high ers&MerchantsBankdeterminesbond not have to transport students to the school boys basketball, 22 in high rates.Theboardcanrefinancethebuild- firehall, soitmadeitlotseasierforus." school girls basketball and 11 in high ing bond issued to finance construc- On Oct 19, Superior Elementaryschool wrestling. In junior high, there tion of the new elementary school after celebrated"Unity Day," a day set aside are 10 out for girls basketball and 10 Jan. 4. Refinancing may save the dis- to minimize bullying . Oct. 26, stu- out for wrestling. trict money if interest rates remain dents and staff were vaccinated under Severalcertifiedstaffmembershave low. However, Boyles said, "Long a grant from the Good Samaritan Soci- participated in training events includ- term interest rates have gone up sig- ety. Tiffany Willett and Kendra Baker ing a learning conference attended by nificantly since theelection." Farmers attend a para-educators conference. Kristine Boyles, an ACT workshop & Merchants Bank will continue to Both work as paraprofessionals at the attended by Jacki Porter, a paraprofes- monitor the market and keep Supt. elementary school, sionalconferenceattendedbyBevCzirr Charles Isom informed. Bob Cook,junior-senior high school andCarol Mellott, a state physical edu- Members of the board approved principal reported the students served cation conference attend by Brandon October claims of $451,485. breakfast to 60 veterans and family Siegel and GIS mapping attended by The Superior Education Associa- members as part of the Veterans Day Lisa Jameson. By Sandra Foote Afterworking foreight yearsatKen The stores opened undernew man- This week the owners of the two andAl'shelearuedHansEhlerswanted agement on Nov. 1, 1991. Valentine Petro Plus locations at Superior are to sell his Superior gasoline stations has remodeled the State Line Station celebrating their 25th anniversary of and tire store. Valentine seized the op- which dates to the 1920s by convert- operating the businesses, portunity, ing the former service bay into a small As a young man Darwin Valentine At the time, Denise was a stay at convenience store. Eight years ago he worked in a Glen vii auto repair ga- home morn. When her children, Laura remodeled the office and show room rage operatedby aLawrence business and Tyler, began school, she began of the Superior tire store. That store known as Ken and Al's. He was a working with her husband keeping dates to 1973 when Arnold Ehlers farmer's son but the farm economy books for the businesses, relocated his tire and gasoline busi- was not doing well andjobs were hard Over the years the business has ness toanew building. to come by. Both Darwin and his wife, changed. Perhaps, one of the most no- While talking about their involve- Denise, are originally from Glenvil ticeable changes has been the switch ment with the business, Valentine and both are graduates of Sandy Creek from Goodyear tires to Michelin and noted some of the changes in the in- High School. Darwin graduated in BF Goodrich tires. Valentine said he dustry.Thevolatilityofgasolinepriees 1980 and Denise graduated in 1981. believes Michelin and Goodrich offer has certainly changed. When he They still maintain their home at moreoptionsforhiscustomers.Healso started, the price of fuel changed by a Glenvil and commute to Superior to caters to agricultural community by few cents a week. Now it may change work. selling Firestone tractor tires, by a quarter in a day. The number of more. Residents using the mail receptacles east of the post office will be permitted to exit via the B-Green parking lot but automobile access to the library'sdrop box will not be possible while, the project is underway. As through traffic will not be permitted on Fifth Street, the fire and ambulance departments will have to use an alternative route to reach Bloom Street. The council accepted a bid of $20,672 from Alexander Motors for a 2017 Chevrolet pickup. The picl~up will be assigned to the wastewater treat- ment plan t and the plant' s current truck, which has travelled more than 102,000 miles, will be reassigned to the park and cemetery department. . The council noted the residents of 139 West Eighth Street had made con- siderable progress in bringing the prop- erty into compliance with city codes, however, several violations bare not yet been corrected and~the abatement order was allowed to stand. ! Supt. Isom talked about meetings he had attended and will be attending. One he attended in York addressed school financing and discussed taxing methods and ways to finance educa- tion. The Nebraska Association of School Boards holds a conference this week. Matt Sullivan reported for the ne- gotiation committee. He said,.'-'Teach- ers need to understand that health in- surance is a huge perk, as much as $20,000 is added to their salary in the form of insurance. It is a Cadillac plan that covers 100 percent of the cost whether for a family or an individual. We are looking at an eight percent increase in cost this year." The transportation committee re- ported the district will be getting a snow plow for the new pickup. It is hoped the school will be able to care for snow removal without hiring addi- tional help. . . The only agenda item for next month at this time is the superintendent's evaluation which is done in executive session. ' , : tire sizes has increased from 27 in 199i to today' s 131 sizes. The types of trucks used by his customers have also changed. The split rim once used: on most farm trucks is going by the way- side. The store offers tire foam fili-'to; make a solid rubber tire froma tire previously filled with air. The Superior tire store is the last Superior fuel outlet to offer full-set- .vice pumps. This service is popdar with the community's older residents who appreciate having their vehicle's windshield washed and tires and 0il checked. John Rogers has been with Petro Plus for 20 of the 25 years Valentine (Contined to Page 7A)