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Opinions... Last week a reporter for The New York Times did a good job painting a gloomy picture about the future of small-town America. Without doubt our m'ea are facing a serious problem but we aren't, as the headline writer said, "making the final stand." We have several good fights left and we are not without hope. We still have opportunities to make the most of and organi- zations dedicated to helping us do just that. Among the organiza- tions working to reverse the slide are the Center for Rural Affairs and the Heartland Center for Leadership Development. The current issue Of Heartland Center's Visions from the Heartland publication addresses the need to nurture future entre- preneurs and attract back a community's young people. In that publication, Craig Schroeder, a former director of the Nebraska Rural Development Commission, encourages small towns to focus on attracting their young people back rather than retaining them. He suggests a formula for determining an attrac- tion goal that we consider to be attainable. In the 1990s Schroeder, a Holbrook native, conducted a series of meetings in Superior encouraging local residents to familiarize themselves with the internet. Internet service wasn't locally available and a Nebraska telephone company manager said internet service would never be available in towns the size of Superior. He was wrong. In this issue of The Express, a local entrepreneur announces the start up of a local internet service company. By year's end he expects to be offering high speed internet service to a several communities in South Central Ne- braska and North Central Kansas. After completing his formal education and working for a time in Superior, we lost that young man to the city. There he expanded his knowledge, married and decided to return to Supe- rior. Since his return he has been busy growing his business. Schroeder has followed a similar path. After growing up in Holbrook, he left for a time. He has since returned to live and work in the small southwest Nebraska community where he was raised. Between 1990 and 2000, his home county lost 229 people. "People who live in places like Furnas County frequently think there is little they can do to impact the trends of the last 80 years and prevent their towns from dying. But that's not the case," Schroeder said. He has developed a formula to determine the number of young people small towns need to attract to maintain their size. A 1 ()-year population change of -6.9 percent annually for a town the size of Superior (current population approximately 2,000) means the community will lose 138 people in a 10 year period. To neutralize that loss, the town needs to attract 14 young people per year. Some have said we can never hope to attract that many young people. Schroeder said we don' t have to. Young people who leave Letters to the editor... Editor: about Superior subsequent to the Yes, but,.. A refrain that has recent article in the New York been in nay brain for the last week, Times. akin to one of those melodies that Was this an accurate picture? keeps going and going. "Yes, but..." to the friend from Thai- land, "yes but..." to friends on the W ~ ~' eat Coast, yes but. to the stranger calfing frtm Massachm setts. It is my preg/lible, my man. Ira, to all who have contacted us Somewhere in the telling of the tale our soul and that of communi- ties like ours was lost. Yes, but .... our children can team freely abouttown~ our corn., manity fills the food pantry, har- vests crops of ailing farmers, and First Baptist Church E. Hwy 36 Mankato 785-378-3655 Neolin Taylor, Pastor Sunday Services Sunday School ......... 10 a.m. Worship ................... 11 a.m. Bible Study ................ 6 p.m. Wednesday Discipleship Training 6 p.m. Hill Olive David Watters Sunday Catholic Churches St. Theresa 320 N. Commercial, Mankato 785-378-3939 Sunday ................................ 8 a.m. Sunday on second and fourth weekend ............... 10 a.m. Sacred Heart, Esbon Saturday on first, third and fifth weekend ............... 6:30 p.m. Fr. Daryl Olmstead, Pastor Lutheran Church {Missouri Synod} 855 N. Dekota atreet, 8uperl~, Neb. Phone 402-879-3137 Saturday Worship .......................... 6:30 p.m. Sunday School Worship Sunday 9:30 a.m. Worship Service ..................... 9 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Sunday Sehool-Blble Located five miles south and two miles west of Superior Proclaiming Christ Since 1876 i First Community Church Oak. Neb. Phone 402-225-2284 Steve Matthew, Pastor Sunday Sunday School 9 a.m. Morning Worship ......... I0 a.m. Sunday Prayer ' Meeting ................ 7:00 p.m. Bible Centered Nondenominatlonal Salem Lutheran Church (ELCA] Hlghway 14 North, Superior, Nab. 402-225-4207 Sunday Sunday School. .... 9:30 a.m. Worship ....... ...... 10:45 a.m. Rev. Daniel Hays Lutheran Vespers. KRFS, 7:30 a.m. ttoly ~unlon. first and I I I I I r.tth ellowship Word of Frith Chur~ 313 N, C~n~rsl Phone 4~3a14 S~y Worship Service ............ 10:30 a~m. Evening Service ................... 5 p.m. (except 4th and 5th Sunda~/~l We e,d Christian Development Night Adults and Children .......... 7 p.rm Rock Solid Youth Group ...... 7 p.m. I Radio Program, ~ AM ~ Sunday Momlng .......... 8:30 a,m. Patsy Busey. Pastor Class ............................... 10 a.m. Paul Albrecht. Pastor Worship with us via llve broadcast each Slalt~ly o~I ~ RdldD Please call for addittonol worsh~ and B~le smd~ opport~adt~s. Church Of The N m'ene 740 E. Seventh Office Phone 402-879-4391 Sunday School ........ 9:30 a.m. Morning Servlce ..... 10:45 a.m. Evening Servlce ............ 6 p.m. Chlldren'3 Program ....... 6 p.m. Dinner ........ .W..e~...I~...Y... 6 p.m. Prayer Meeting. Children's Ministry and Youth Group Meeting .......... 7 p.m. DTren/s Payne, Pastor portaUon and Nur~ry First Presbyterian Church Sixth and N. Central Superior, Neb. Phone 402-879-3733 Sunday School ........... 9:15 a.m. Fellowship Coffee ...... 10:30 a.m. Worship ........................ 11 a.m. Ray. Mark Diehl, Pastor [u[i i i 15011 N. =SullH lor, eb. : " Smlday ~Wo~hlp 8:30 a.m. Stmday School ..... 9:45 a.m. Rev. Daniel Hays their:hometowns as singles often return as young marrieds who will, on the average, have two children. So Superior doesn' t need to attract 14 young people per year. We only need to bring back 5 or 6 of our young people each year. If those five return with spouses and each couple raises two children, they will add 20 people to the comnmnity. And we will have gone from a loss of 14 people to a gain of 6. Bringing five~r six young families to our community each year should be an attainable goal. Schroeder advises we should target young people before their junior year in high school---the earlier the better. Then we should work one-on-one with those individuals. Find out what their aspirations are, help them develop perstnal relationships with adult mentors and connect them with other young people who have recently returned to the community. Most importantly, we must replace negative attitudes and peer pressure to leave with positive~encouragement tools and resources to help young people create their own careers locally through entrepreneurial enter- prise. A town grows in many ways by attracting its youth back after they've pursued education or jobs elsewhere. They bring new energy, ideas, leadership and information technology skills, new attitudes, resources and contacts with them. With children in school, young families help attract educa- tion dollars to the community. While getting established they buy substantial amounts of retail goods. They use health care services and purchase insurance. They provide a labor pool for new and expanding business firms. And they support community institu- tions such as churches and libraries. Thirty-five years ago a similar approach brought this editor to Superior. When today's lewspaper publisher was a college student, repeated contact with two area business owners created positive excitement for building a business and a future in Supe- rior. A similar approach will work today. And we shouldn't focus all our attention on our A and B students. Our C, D and even F students may have desirable traits. In the current issue of Visions from the Heartland, Schroeder said such students don't always conform. They don't automatically accept the one right answer. They can be creative thinkers and often are better at hands-on vocational applications than with academics. Academics are important but many A and B students even- tually work for C and D students. A retired teacher now living in this area recalls a former student in~ another community who had considerable trouble getting through high school. Today that student is grown and the founder of a successful small-town manufacturing business with a multi-county distribution area and several employees. generously puts hard earned Was this New York Times series money into the basket whenon the Heartland an anomaly, is it someone's medical bills become only they? too much. Yes, but despite all the act- Of course not, all media have a nomic woes there is a connected- slant, a pitch. Herein lies the les- ness to the land, to each other; this son. The next time you pick up the is home. paper or turn on the news, think. Is Yes, but we have clean air, we it the whole story or clever edit- can see the stars. Yes, but for ing? mediacorporationsthebottomline "Yes, but..." needs to remain is to make a profit: by ~ng andShouldrunthmVgh'6urm]nds more papers, by reaping thetad- but once again. -'"' vertising dollar. Whatever it takes. Sylvia Crilly Calvary Bible Evangelical Free Church 99 W. Pearl. Jewell, Kan. 785-428-3540 Wayne Feigal, Pastor' FI-CA Wednesday Youth Group ............. 7 p.m. Sunday Sunday School ..... 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Family Bible Hour ..... 7 p.m. /~ll~l[~J wtlh the E~ltlk~lk'ill FI~ Chu~h el P~wrk~l Church of Christ 564 E. Fourth Street Superior, Neb. Jbrt ,Stark. m/n/ster Wednesday Evening Youth and Adult Bible Study 7 p.m. Sunday Worship Service ............. 9 a.m. Sunday School ........ 10:15 a.m. Evening Servlee ......... 6:30 p.m. A lot of kneeling keeps you in good standing with God. Little Blue Christian Fellowship Old Pleasant View School 7 miles No. of Nelson Sunday Worship Serv/ee ............ 10 a.m. Wednesday Adult Bible Study .............. 7 p.m. Children's Blble Study ...... 7 p.m. Pastor and Mrs. David Sellers in America ST. PAUL LUTHERAN llm~y, Neb. Phone 402-279-3205 or 402-236-882S Sunday Worship ........... 9 a.m. Sunday School and Fellowshlp Hour ...... I0 a.m. United 44@ N. Kansss Street Superior, Neb. Sunday Service Church School ..... 9:30 a.m. Worship ............. 10:45 a.m. Rev. Dorthea Falrbanks 4- Northbranch Friends JlJlllll Church Phone 785-647-8841 Located eight miles north of Burr Oak and two miles west. Sunday Sunday School .............. I0 a.m. Worship ......................... 11 a.m. Kenneth Smith, Pastor "Where The Son Always Shines" Grace Community Evangelical Free Church of Superior 423 E. Fi/th Street. Superior. Nab. JmmJ Office 402-879-41Z6 Home. 402-879-4145 Wednesday Grace Place Children's Bible Club .................................. 7 p.m, Sunday Sunday School ....................... 9 a,m. Morning Worship .................. 10 a.m. Prayer Time ............................ 6 p.m. Atl/tllated with IIW IL'vmlRellcal Free Church of Amertea Catholic Church Services St. Joseph's Church Superior. Neb. Rectory Phone 402-879-3735 Schedule Dally Masses ...... 7:30 am. Saturday ................ 6 p.m. Sunday ................... 8 a.m. Nelson-Sunday ..... I0 a.m. Father Philip Luther First Baptist Church (@~ 558 N. Commercial Superior, Nab. Church 402-879-3534 & Pastor Les Warner Sunday KRFS AM and FM Church at Study ......... 9:30 a.m. Worship ........ 10:45- I 1:45 a.m.] Jewell Trinity United Methodist Montrose United Methodist Jim Rice, pastor JeweH Trinity Sunday School ................... 9:15 a.m. 'Morning Worship ........... 10:30 a.m. Kids for Christ- Wed~ay ........................ 3:45 p.m. Montrose Morning Worship .................. 9 a.m. Fellowship Hour .................. 10 a,m. Observations No excuse is,as good as satisfactory performance. a Trival matters can prove fatal when not kept in perspective. An executive is one who can- not work unless he has assistants. Spend less than you earn and you can have social security of your own. Every minority has a tendency to blame the majority for its own mistakes. Seventy Years Ago The first application in Nuck- oils County for a loan under the new government corn-hog pro- gram was made by Soren Chris- tensen to cover 1,710 bushels of St. Charles variety ear corn. Reed and Collins are moving their stock of hardware from the building south of the Security Bank to the building formerly occupied by Red and White Store. Between 80 to 90 persons will be receiving checks from CWA funds within a short time as a result of Mayor Schaer's expedi- tion to Lincoln. Forty to 50 are now employed in the park, paint- ing lamp posts and paving repair. Floyd Smalley is now selling Skelly petroleum products at his service station on East Second. Announcement was made of the marriage of Fae Warren and Clyde Schuster. There is now a broom factory on Central Avenue at the Mentzer Shoe shop. A son of Mr. Mentzer is learning the trick of operating the machine. Fifty Years Ago A gift of $50,000 from the Ideal Cement Co., to Nuckolls County will be matched with fed- eral funds and a concrete road will be built from Superior to the cement plant. Fred Noren has secured a num- ber of leases in Kansas and equip- ment has been set up. Drilling for oil will begin next week. Lynn Nielsen is having a farm sale and will be moving to Greeley, Colo., where he has purchased a barber shop. With 23 new wells for irriga- tion, there are now 61 such wells in Nuckolls County and a total of 15,000 irrigated acres. H. L. Whitney and H. H. Noffke were deer hunting near Crawford. Art Steward accompa- nied them. Forty Years Ago ....... Russell Wilson, 53, a farmer near Nelson, was killed when he United Methodist Churches Schedules for Sunday Schools and Worship Servlce Mankato Harmony: Worship, II a,m. Sun. Sch,, 9:45 a.m, Ionia: Worship, 9:30 a.m. Sun. Sch., 10:30 a.m Odessa: Worship, 8:15 a.m Sun. Sch., 9:30 am. Esbon: Worship, 8:15 am. Sun..Sch., 9:30 a,m. Burr Oak: Worship, 9:30 am Evangelical Lutheran Church 201 South Center Mankato, Kan. Church 785-378-3308 Res. 785-378-3766 ~!~. Steve Little, Pastor ~i~: Sunday Worship .................. 9:00 a.m. Sunday School ....... 10:30 a.m. Christian Church of I 18 S. Commercial Mankato, Karl. 785-378-3707 Sunday School ...... 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship. I0:30 a.m. Thaddeus d. Hlnkle, Minister 785-378-3938 Jewell Christian Church "A family you can belong to" 111 Main, Jewell 785-428-3567 - church 785-428-3323 - parsonage Dan Daniels, pastor Sunday Services Morning Worship 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Kids for Christ Bible Club Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m. Webber United Methodist Church Webber, Kan. Lff Office 785-361-2664 Re.. 785-361-2070 Sunday Worship ................... 9:30 a.m. Sunday School ...... 10:30 a.m. Pastor doyce Beam a Thursday, Dece Member Nebraska Press Assoclat~on MEMBEH Superio~ ,btishlng Company, Inc. 148 East Th,, d St eet, )0 Box 408, Superior, Nfdrsska 68978 2B Bill Blat.velt, Pu~ PRIZE WINNING W~W~U~OII~.OIII NATIONAL NEWSPAPER E.mail su~do~x~-~ @ ~llteumt A SSOCIA TION Subscription rates: $20 per year or three years for $54 payable in advance/n year or three years for $57.40 Nebraska. Kansas $21.26 (includes saies tax) Other states $28 per year or three for $75. @ a was pinned underneath a Cater- Twenty Years Ago members attended a pillar tractor that upset while he It's offic:al the parking meters leadership training was working on a roadway, have been permanently removed St. Louis, Me. Richard Rouse and his wife, from downtown Superior. Tony and Verna Dabble, and daughter have re- Pam Frerichs has submitted her were hosts at turned from Europe where he has resignation as a half-time kinder- and party at their home for been stationed for three years, garten teacher to move with her They are visiting in the Floyd fami,y to Fargo, N.D. Watchers Club. Rouse and Warren Grossman Vema Wehrman received a homes, broken hip in a fall on the ice as Members of the The Rev. Don Stewart is the she was going to church Sunday. Board of Education new pastor of the First United Funerals were held for Loris voted~ Presbyterian Church, Superior. Oldham,RalphKoken, CgciiRose at the Guide Rock Funerals were held forMrs. B. and Lillian Shipp. 2003-2004 school year. W. Barnes, Nellie Ballard, Mrs. Ten Yeats Ago The Nebraska ( Oscar Forslund, William Fire destroyed the Guide Rock way Safety awarded 21 Uhrmacher, Otto Sankey and home of Brad and Paula Sholtz. nent fitting station Loretta Dye. After 43 1/2 years as manager safety seat restraints. Thirty Years Ago of the Scully Estates in Nuckolls stoneMemorialHos VidaNoris opened the Victory and Clay counties, John Long is one of the grant awards. Cafe in 1942 and operated it for retiring. Natasha Boss has 31 years before selling it last July Edward Rempe has retired degree from Bryan to Mr. and Mrs. Andy Jones. She from Mid-America Dairymen at'- Nursing. is still helping the new owners, ter 29 years with the company. An auction was held Sausage, one egg, two cakes and Exal Zoltenko had back sur- Nelson grade school to coffee costs only 25 cents when gery in Hastings. plus school items. the cafe opened. Five Years Ago Gene Anderson, Because of a shortage of diesel DanMcKeown was thrown out been hired to fuel, city snow removal efforts of a tractor cab as it fell into the elevator. were curtailed. Only priority one Courtland Canal. A 4050 John Stained glass windoWS and two streets were cleared. Deere tractor and a five bottom recently installed at Salem "Red Candles," an operetta, plow in the canal brought several eran Church. will be presented by the Superior neighbors to study how best to fifth and sixth grade students. Mrs. extract them. Richard Rath is director.Superior-Deshlerhasadded 12 Others said it A bridal shower was given for new 30,000 gallon fertilizer stor- One of Mr. and Mrs. Denny Reed. age tanks. Steve Renz is the that a square meal Dr. Gary Crook and Katherine company's Superior manager, round. Fowler were married in Georgia. The Supefi.or FCCLA Chapter --Austin S By Gloria Garman Schlaefli tions. Soon the Germans made blown Our Christmas trees are now in place and ments that became popular in decorated. Yes, I said trees. One is in the family Woolworth took the chance of importing room in the basement and one in the living room. ornaments to America, knowing that I am doing better. I once thought every room be broken in shipment. of my house had to have a decorated tree. I also It was worth the chance and the have given up getting a fresh tree. I decided it ornaments were sold as fast as the would beJess me.ssy to have an artif~qial tree and arrived. It is said the " the artificial trees now look more real than, they esiablished Wb0i~v0rtli once did. king for years to come. There are two things negative about havingWith the invention of the light an artificial tree. One is not having the fresh Americans created colored bulbs, with smell ofa "real" tree and the other is they take up ments to the light bulb factory machines could also make the storage space. ornaments. Christmas trees have come a long way from Now we can purchase li their humble beginnings. The early Christmas fiber optics. These "high-teck trees" do trees were decorated with food items including decorations for the lights automatically fruit, candy and baked goods, for the children, colors and sparkle. Candles were used to add the night time sparkle. Theme Christmas trees are also This simple decorating lasted until the early triotic trees are popular this year Victorian age when toys began decorating the and blue ornaments, tinsel and li trees and extended on to gift items other than include Barbie, Southwestern, Western, toys. When the tree branches could no longer Victorian, sunflower, country and hold up the heavy gifts, then began the custom of themes. wrapping and placing them under the tree. No matter how you decorate In a search for lightweight decorations, pa- tree, I'm sure it will he beautiful. I per goods were the quick and simple answer. A an ugly Christmas tree--even Charlie lot of delicate art work went into those decora- Christmas tree was loved, i ) Bt Bill Blauvelt Since the New York Times article datelined Superior was published about dying communities in Rural America, a number of readers have suggested pluses this area has to offer. Among those is neighborliness. Last Wednesday I casually mentioned to another Superior businessman that I was planning a trip to Lincoln on Thursday to get a load screen printing equipment purchased at an auction. In true neighborly fash!on, he said, "I'm busy Thursday but I need a job Friday, Let's take my truck and trailer and we can get it all in one trip." Without hesitation I accepted his offer. We took ladders and tools along expecting we would need to disconnect and prepare the equipment for shipment. We were surprised It find the previous owners had done our work and labeled each part so we would know how to put the machines back together. Expecting a forklift would make loading easier, I called a nearby factory and explained my need. After being transferred a couple of times, I was connected with Roland. I had never talked to him before but he quickly put me as ease. "No problem, he said, "we have several fork trucks and I'm sure one will do the job." Almost before I hung up the phone, Roland and another man arrived with a fork truck. They knew what to do and soon our machines were loaded. Before I could thank them and ask how much, they had waived good-bye and were on their way back to the factory. We were back in Superior and unloaded by 4 p.m. As we were finishing putting the larger ,,machine. in a basement work area, my helper said, When it comes time to take these out, I hope I'm to old to help." Unlike the first trip to Lincoln to purchase the machines, I seemed to have successfully made the latest trip without getting sick. With all theflu in this area, I've been trying a number of home remedies to supplement the flu shot I had earlier, P m trying to get more rest, drink lots of fluids and wash my hands frequently. Three to four times a day a saline nasal wash with xylitol will dislodge any germs before they residence. A co-worker sha:ed a til the internet. Instead of whistling a happy trudged through Tuesda) I try humming. The interne, site searchers at the Karolins~'a Hospital i discovered humming increased the paranasal sinus cavities. Su significant because the sinuses are ducers of nitric oxide, whicl: helps di iary beds'and increases blotM oxide levels were measured during researches found they were 15 during normal breathing. And to dramatically increase the exchan the n:tsal sinuses. l'm skeptical, but the humming, the gas exchange passages and the sinuses was 98 just one exhalation, almost a change. During normal exhalation, humming, the gas exchange rate percent. Poor gas exchange and the sinus cavities are said to environment for bacterial growth tions. Based on the results of this researches said daily volving humming could helptory dence of sinusitis and upper respira tions. When one hums, the roof of vibrates. h has been suggested that periods of time might increase blood i oxygenation in the brain. I have how to hum, but if hummi~ profound effect on a person, I may If you hear the dogs barking uncontrollably, you won why. You'll I've takes up humming.