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Volume 67, Number 6, June 2013

“The Rural Voice of Nebraska”

Staff Editor Wayne Price Editorial Assistant Kathy Barkmeier

Contents Features

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Published by the

Visit us at General Manager Troy Bredenkamp President Gary Dill, Roosevelt Public Power District Vice President/Secretary Randy Papenhausen, Cedar-Knox Public Power District

Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art in David City, Neb. is the only museum in North America devoted exclusively to Agrarian Art. The museum features the works of Dale Nichols, a famous Regionalist artist, who grew up in David City.

Powering Your Everyday Pat Pope, President and CEO of Nebraska Public Power District, explains how changes in our world are having an impact on the electric industry and how public power is working to keep rates affordable in Nebraska.

Treasurer Ron Jensen, Loup Valleys Rural Public Power District Published monthly by the Nebraska Rural Electric Association, 1244 K Street, Box 82048, Lincoln, Nebraska 68501, (402) 475-4988.

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On the cover Artists celebrated the 5th Anniversary of the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art with a painting workshop in Butler County. See the related story on Page 6. Photograph by Wayne Price.



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hen you walk into the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art in David City, Neb. you feel a connection to rural life. The art gives visitors the feeling of fond memories and inspiration to celebrate our connection to the land around us. Agrarian art depicts scenes of farmland, natural landscapes, farm animals, rural life, wildlife and the open prairie. Museum Director Carol Ann Kobza wants visitors to see Bone Creek as a place where people can come and feel comforted and be inspired. “These pieces of art remind us of where we come from,” she said, “and the values we developed that made


us who we are. Bone Creek reminds us of our connection to the land and inspires us to stay connected to the land.” If you haven’t heard of Bone Creek, you are probably not alone. Kobza admits the museum of agrarian art is a little off the beaten path, being located in David City, but word about Bone Creek is getting around. They have had visitors from all 50 states and seven foreign countries. “Our membership base is growing and this year we are one of the stops on the Nebraska Tourism Commission’s Passport Program,” Kobza noted. Kobza is originally from David City and has worked as an art director at Hallmark in Kansas City and

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arts administrator for UN-L’s Hall, the National Kimball Endowment for the Arts and the Kearney Area Arts Council. The museum is divided into two exhibit spaces, the North 40 and the South 80. Pieces from the permanent collection are on display in the South 80 with touring exhibits located in the North 40. The museum has seasonal exhibitions in a second gallery space in another building on the block, formerly the American Legion post. Bone Creek shares its resource of space and volunteers in this building with the Butler County Veterans Museum. Bone Creek began in 2007 when a group of art enthusiasts were wanting to expand visual arts exposure in the Butler County community. Founding members Allen Covault and Anna Nolan found a building in David City’s downtown area that was previously M & M Refrigeration and Plumbing. The original idea was to use the space as a studio by local artist and teacher Ruth Nichols, the niece of the famous Regionalist artist Dale Nichols (1904-1995), who grew up in David City. “Dale Nichols painted the quintessential scene of agrarian life - the farm yard with a red barn, harvesters working the land and scenes that honor and celebrate the land,” said Kobza. He is a regionalist in the same league as Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood, she said. Following a renovation, the privately owned space became vacant and needed a new purpose. When Covault asked Nolan what she now wanted to do with the building, she responded, “Wouldn’t it be neat to have an art museum in David City?” As word spread about this idea, others wanted to become part of this effort so a founding board was created. In February 2007 Bone Creek Art Museum was granted 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit art museum. The museum takes its name from a creek in Butler County that runs through some farm land of Covault. The Bone Creek Museum had the opportunity to preserve four paint-

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Above: Dale Nichols painting entitled “Ghosts of Halloween” is on display at the museum. Left: Artists from around the country attended the Plein Aire Artist Workshop in April to celebrate the museum’s 5th anniversary. Below: Works from the museum collection are on display in the South 80 room.

ings by Dale Nichols which were commissioned for the city bank over three decades ago. The acquisition of these paintings by Nichols was one of the first key actions of the founding board and they remain the cornerstone of the permanent collection. The building was renovated with climate control and security features to provide a safe place for these and other artworks to be preserved, dis-

played and studied, Kobza said. The museum serves as a vital place in the community to view, appreciate and learn about art of the land; imagery and themes that are strongly rooted in this country’s culture and heritage. The museum celebrated its 5th anniversary in April with an artist Please turn to page 8


Wild and Tangled: Foliage of the Plains n display through the end of June in the North 40 is a vibrant exhibit of paintings and sculptures by Rod Bouc and Charlene Potter. Bouc is a native Nebraskan who has been involved in the arts his entire life. He studied painting and drawing at UNL and Ohio State. He currently resides in Columbus, Ohio and is the deputy director at the Columbus Museum of Art. Oil sticks


Bone Creek Museum From page 7 workshop that featured painters Michael Bingham, of Salt Lake City, and Michael Albrechtsen, of Kansas City. Artists from all over the country attended the Plein Aire Artist Workshop to paint at rural locations in Butler County for three days. Bone Creek has received national recognition for mounting a touring exhibition of the work of Dale Nichols and for a book accompanying the exhibition entitled “Dale Nichols Transcending Regionalism.” Bone Creek Curator Amanda MobleyGuenther wrote the award-winning book. An upcoming exhibition showcases Swiss artist Karl Bodmer’s (1809–1893) vivid reflection of the landscapes, wildlife, frontier settlements, and American Indian peoples that he and German explorer and naturalist Prince Maximilian of Wied encountered during their expedition along the Upper Missouri River in 1832 to 1834. The show will run from July 3 to August 25, 2013. The exhibit is organized by Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Neb., and is drawn entirely from its Maximilian-Bodmer Collection. The museum is open on Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.


give Bouc the expressive freedom that he loves about painting, while the technicality allows him to differentiate the details. Bouc gets excited about, “the way the sun seems to spark emotion and excitement in some of the most ordinary things,” – even weeds. “As we all know, wild nature will always take over if the cultivation is left alone for any length of time.” Bouc said. Bouc is not an activist for prairie restoration but he does have a perspective that reminds us to take a moment and appreciate the natural beauty of Nebraska. “In the city nature is an annoyance. In the country it is much more humbling and inspiring,” Bouc said. Omaha sculptor Charlene Potter considers herself an environmental artist. She is very intentional that her work inspires care for nature and has uplifting messages. Her series of water flowers, made from ceramic porcelain, is meant to communicate the importance of preserving and restoring clean fresh water sources in Nebraska.

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Maintaining affordable electricity in a climate of change n my travels across the state, I speak with a lot of people who understand and appreciate the value of reliable, low-cost electricity. From the farmer concerned over irrigating his crops to the grocer looking to improve the efficiency of his or her electric refrigeration process, the role electricity plays in driving our state’s economy is clear. I also speak regularly with boards and council members of many of the other public power districts and municipalities in Nebraska that buy the power generated by Nebraska Public Power District. They are hearing the same concerns. Nebraskans want three main things from their utilities: 1) reliability, 2)


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affordable rates and 3) a cleaner energy future. These are NPPD’s main priorities, too, but how we achieve and maintain a balance between all three is no easy task. NPPD generates, transmits and helps deliver energy to electric customers in 86 of the state’s 93 counties, and the electrification of Nebraska has dramatically improved our way of life. But the environment in which we live and operate is changing, and we will undoubtedly have to change with it. The question is, “how do we manage change without sacrificing reliability or affordability?” All electric utilities in Nebraska are “public power,” meaning we only charge customers what it costs us to do business. We do not collect profits for investors. Nebraska electric customers benefit from this business model through electric rates that consistently average at least 15 percent below the national average. NPPD’s diverse mix of in-state power plants contribute to this cost advantage and result in some of the most competitive wholesale rates in the region. But pursuing a cleaner energy future does not come without cost, and there are no easy answers. Fossil fuels like coal have been lowcost workhorses for NPPD and other utilities for many years. Reducing

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the amount of coal we burn means replacing it with other fuel sources, and many times they are more expensive and less reliable. To me, that means we must be very careful in planning and executing a transition. Throughout history, mankind has adopted new fuel sources many times. Diesel used to dominate. The 1970s saw an increase in nuclear plant construction. Today, windpowered generation and natural gas is seeing a surge in popularity. When given an opportunity to take advantage of a more available, powerful or inexpensive fuel source, society has adapted. But such transitions take time, and the more widespread the use of the fuel to be replaced, the longer time it takes. Why? Investments made in the replaced resources needs to be recovered. To not do so increases costs which conflicts with society's need for affordable energy. Given the extent that fossil fuels are so reliable and lowcost, moving away from them will take years, and probably decades. Ensuring electricity remains affordable is a priority – not just for not-forprofit utilities like NPPD, but for Nebraskans who deserve low-cost power. For instance, affordable energy helps us solve other issues for society such as the need for more potable water. As our demand for fresh water continues to grow, the need for desalination and other watertreatment technologies becomes more critical. Without affordable energy, the challenges and costs to

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How do we manage change without sacrificing reliability or affordability? society grow greater. Uncertainty over future environmental regulations is what makes planning which resources to use the most difficult. NPPD is well positioned today. Our diverse mix of generating facilities is already more than 40 percent carbon-free, and we have a goal to add new, renewable energy resources, primarily wind-

generation, to our current mix by 2020. We are also reviewing the benefits of increasing the output at our nuclear power station which produces no emissions by 18 percent. As we look to a cleaner energy future, we certainly recognize the

growing concern over global climate change. We also recognize reliable and affordable energy is the lifeblood of the economy. It is central to maintaining and improving the living standards not only in Nebraska, but to billions of people all over the world. As NPPD considers our future resources, we believe the development and deployment of new technologies that produce electricity should be included in a national climate change strategy. However, we are seeing significant emission reductions already. According to recent data from the Energy Information Administration, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2012 were the lowest in the United States since 1994. To achieve more substantial greenhouse reductions, we must continue to research technological solutions and make them commercially available and cost-effective throughout the entire U.S. We certainly didn’t get to where we are at as an industry overnight. Looking ahead, we need to ensure we operate our existing power plants as effectively as possible and remain mindful that every improvement and change costs money. NPPD and our customers have invested billions in our current infrastructure. Turning a large ship takes time, so NPPD and your local electric utilities are working toward changes that set us on a course for a cleaner energy future while, at the same time, respecting the ultimate price our customers must pay.


Diary of a Soldier by Bernadine Hughes

uring spring cleaning I found camp of measles, spinal meningitis a satchel in a corner of the and small pox took many lives. attic in our home. Going From a brother: “The American through the contents I found answers boys in France are doing some great to many unanswered questions. work. There are several other counWhat were Grandpa and Grandma tries that are sending men to France. like? Did Aunt Sarah really help husk We are going to see the boys off corn? What was Uncle Ed’s imprestomorrow. Sarah is helping husk sion of Army life? corn. She says to tell you she is wearI never knew Uncle Ed. He died in ing out all your overalls.” 1918. I was born in 1920. I remember “Ma and Pa are fine. Don’t worry the pictures that hung on the living about them,” a sister wrote. “I cannot room wall. There were pictures of find words to tell how we miss you. Grandma and Grandpa and several The home fires will be kept burning of Uncle Ed taken by the Army baruntil you come home. Honor surely racks at Camp Pike, Arkansas. He cannot be too great for any soldier looked so handsome in his uniform. boy. Italy seems to be pushing the I knew Uncle Ed was drafted into enemy back at a fine rate. The Kaiser the Army in the fall of 1917. He took is sure catching it on all sides lately. his basic training at Camp Funston, The British are backing him up in Fort Riley, Kansas, then was transfine shape. At this rate the war will be ferred to Camp Pike, Little Rock, over in the spring.” Arkansas. Although A pair of 700 miles from Army boots home Uncle Ed’s were in the botheart was on the tom of the farm. “Do you satchel, also remember how I shaving equipused to fire up ment, a hand the baseburner mirror, pocket so Ma and Pa watch and a could keep package of gum. warm?” he There were letmused. “Have ters to Uncle Ed you started to from family and husk corn yet? friends and the In sowing the girl he left rye you want to behind; there be careful you were letters he don’t get it too had written thick, but not home. The main too thin. Do the topic of converbest you can. Above: Ed Nelson and his sister sation was the How are the Hannah have their photograph taken weather, the pigs coming? together. war news and Bet they are Top: Ed Nelson salutes for the camthe sickness. An nice. Have you era. Photographs provided by epidemic in got the cattle Bernadine Hughes



home from the pasture yet?” There were funny things that happened in camp, too. “There was a funny stunt that was pulled here last night,” Uncle Ed wrote. “Everyone had to take a bath and some of the guys had gone to bed and had to get up. There was this one guy that did not want to get up so some of them took him and held him and gave him a shower. There was quite a time about it.” In January, 1918 a letter from Uncle Ed from the Camp Pike hospital said “I have had an operation called mastoid surgery. It is just behind the ear. It has bothered my hearing.” Uncle Ed died on February 14, 1918. Each week the local newspaper printed letters from soldier boys. In November 1917 Uncle Ed wrote a letter to the Neligh paper. It was printed at that time, then after he died it was reprinted. This paper was in the satchel. This is the letter as it appeared in the Neligh Leader on March 1, 1918. Voice from the Great Beyond Stirring Letter Written From Camp Pike By Ed Nelson The following letter written home from Camp Pike by Ed D. Nelson and published in the Neligh Leader

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November 30, 1917 was well worth reading then and doubly so now since the writer had yielded his life to the cause and been laid to rest in the Brunswick cemetery. Camp Pike, Ark. November 22 - Dear Friends: I have been transferred from Camp Funston to this camp. Funston is a very nice place and also has a lot of nice leading officers which I think some of you men in the next draft in that vicinity will notice. But Camp Pike cannot be beat at any rate. It is sure a pretty place and a beautiful location. We have the best leaders at the head of our battery that can be had, and that makes military life worth while and very much more interesting. Military life, or to be in the Army is not so bad as many imagine. After one is accustomed to the military rules and regulations it is very easy, although it seems very hard to be away from one’s relatives and friends. If we return we will be better men for what we have done and the folks at home will be better for what they have offered. If we do not return we shall have given our lives for the same cause for which Christ was crucified--the great world--visioning and world enveloping love of humanity. There are mothers, wives, sisters, sweethearts whose hearts ache for their loved ones who have gone or about to go to the war stricken fields of Europe, but remember that American boys have never been offered on a nobler altar. Nevertheless militarism and loyalty are the only things our country at the present that will fit this world in the near future through and through for common sense and humanity. ‘Tis true enough we don’t all have to go to the front to help win the war, but everyone can do his share no matter where he may be. While war is sacrifice, it is also a service, and in the present it should be an inspiration. It is not a selfish war in our part. We are not fighting for conquest or for territory. We are fighting for the highest motive that has ever been given to a nation, something

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higher than patriotism--humanity. And the brotherhood and freedom of all men from the last shadow of a man-made autocracy. Whether in military of civilian life we will win this war and do it proper, and to be sure there can be no ease in the eternal world until it is done. The United States must win this war or Germany will conquer, but the brave and daring Sammies don’t intend to

let her conquer. My address is Battery C. 325th Field Artillery, Camp Pike, Arkansas.” Going over the letters in the satchel made me more aware of the great country in which we live. America, with all it’s faults, is still the greatest Nation in the world. As Daniel Webster said, “I was born an American, I will live an American, I shall die an American.”



Protect your home and property against power surges ower surges are responsible for millions of dollars of property damage each year, and, over time, they can cause cumulative damage while decreasing the lifespan of TVs, computers, stereo equipment, and anything else plugged into a wall outlet. Being educated is the key to choosing the best surge protection for your home.


How does a power surge cause damage? First, what is a surge? A surge is a boost in the electrical charge over a power line. This can be caused by lightning, but it’s more commonly caused by motor-driven electrical devices, such as air conditioners and refrigerators, that require a lot of energy for starting and stopping compressors. Some surges can also be caused by faulty wiring. Frequent, small power surges tend to shorten the life of home appliances and electronics. “Power surges come in all shapes and sizes—the most extreme case being a lightning strike because it can destroy equipment and sometimes set your house on fire,” comments Alan Shedd, director of resi-


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Our old central air conditioner Q :still works, but our house often seems too humid indoors. We set the thermostat lower, but it does not help a lot. How can we reduce the humidity and improve comfort? : High indoor humidity levels can people uncomfortable. Damp, cool indoor air creates a muggy atmosphere that often feels much worse than warmer humid air from open windows. This is particularly true for allergy sufferers because many allergens thrive in damp conditions. Excessively humid indoor air also can drive up air-conditioning costs. As you mentioned, you sometimes set the thermostat lower to compensate for the high humidity and discomfort. Each degree you lower the thermostat setting increases your electric bill. First, try to reduce the humidity you’re already producing. The kitchen and bathrooms are the greatest contributors to high humidity levels. Make sure your stove’s exhaust hood is ducted outside, not into the attic— recirculating stove hoods are ineffective at controlling odor and moisture—and run the fan when cooking, especially while boiling water. Also consider using small countertop cooking appliances outdoors on a patio or deck. As in the kitchen, run the bathroom vent fan whenever showering or bathing. Don’t turn it off as soon as you are done because there is much residual moisture in the air. Some of the new, quiet bathroom vent fans have humidity level sensors to run long enough to exhaust the moisture, but not too long to waste electricity and conditioned indoor air. You can also try a simple countdown timer as

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the wall switch—set it for 30 minutes, and the fan turns itself off. If you can get the indoor humidity level low enough, it is possible for your family to get by with a higher thermostat setting and ceiling fans. The air movement from a fan increases evaporation and creates a “wind chill” effect for added comfort. Make sure the ceiling fan rotates to

Portable heat pump located in Dulley’s home office. Notice the two ducts leading to the window adapter. Photograph by James Dulley blow the air downward during summer and upward on low speed during winter. Proper sizing of a central air-conditioning system is critical for low humidity and comfortably cool indoor air. An HVAC contractor generally sizes the cooling system properly for a new house. Over the years, you may have made energy efficiency improvements to your house such as more

insulation and new windows or doors. With these improvements, the cooling requirements for your house may have dropped from, for example, 3.5 tons (12,000 Btuh/ton) to 3.0 tons. A unit that’s too large for the space will operate inefficiently and could even cause mold problems because of humidity. A licensed professional should size your central air-conditioning system using a mathematical code or an automatic computer program. If you plan to install a new highefficiency air conditioner or heat pump and humidity is an issue for your family, consider a two-stage or variable-output model with a variable-speed blower motor. With the matching smart thermostat, these models are designed for efficiency and humidity control. You can set both the desired temperature and humidity settings. The air conditioner will run as normal to cool the air to the desired temperature. Once that temperature is met, the blower speed slows down to provide more dehumidification and less cooling. Installing a whole-house ERV (energy recovering ventilation) system is an efficient way to exhaust stale, humid indoor air and bring in fresh outdoor air. Both heat and humidity are exchanged in the system to minimize energy loss. These systems are often controlled by a humidity sensor. If you don’t want to upgrade to a new, efficient air conditioner, a contractor may be able to change some settings to slow the blower motor on your current unit. This will dehumidify more but will likely reduce its efficiency somewhat. If the lower humidity level allows you to set the thermostat higher and still be comfortable, you should save electricity overall.

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Brown meat & onion in skillet. In a sauce pan mix & heat chilies, enchilada sauce, milk & soups. Mix with meat. Crush Doritos on the bottom of a 9x13 pan that has been sprayed. Spread meat mixture over chips, to with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.

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Chipotle-Marinated Beef Flank Steak 1 beef flank steak (about 1-1/2 to 2 pounds) Marinade: 1/3 cup fresh lime juice 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar 2 teaspoons minced chipotle chilies in adobo sauce 2 tablespoons adobo sauce (from chilies) 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon freshly grated lime peel Combine marinade ingredients in small bowl; mix well. Place beef steak and marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn steak to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight. Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Grill, covered, 11 to 16 minutes over charcoal (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 16 to 21 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Carve steak across the grain into thin slices. Season with salt, as desired.

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In mixing bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil, water & peanut butter; beat well. Combine flour, soda, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg. Add to pumpkin mixture; mix well. Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Makes 2 large loaves or 3 small. Grease pans generously.

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Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing 2 cups frozen raspberries, thawed 1/4 cup water 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/4 cup white vinegar 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar Press raspberries through strainer to puree. Add remaining ingredients. Serve over favorite salad.

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