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    Council Approves Improvements For Elgin City Park

    With options somewhat limited, the Elgin City Council voted last week to replace two areas of neglected and compacted sand at Elgin City Park with recycled rubber crumbs. In doing so, the council will be taking advantage of a grant which pays for one-half of the crumbs’ cost.... [Read more...]

    City Approves Annexation

    Months in the making, the City of Elgin took a huge step forward last week in the annexation of lots located in the southwest corner of Elgin. Council members looked over the final plat drawing provided to them. The plat for the Meis Addition was deemed correct and ready for... [Read more...]

    School Board Approves Drop In Tax Levy

    For Nebraska school districts, putting together a school budget can sometimes resemble the laws of supply and demand. On Wednesday night, the District #18 Board of Education approved a new budget for the 2014-2015 school year. With a huge county valuation increase, the school... [Read more...]

    Local News

    Paper Drive Scheduled For Saturday

    The Pope John students will hold a paper drive on Saturday, Sept. 20. Those in the Gonzaga and Isidore Houses are in charge of the project.  The following are contact persons: Clearwater, Rural St. John & Ewing — Trey Baum (402-843-6683) Neligh... [Read more...]

    September 18, 2014 | Comments Off

    PJ Music Department To Hold Concert Tuesday

    The Pope John music department will present a fall concert, “Come Away and Sing,” on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Boniface Gym. The concert will be a celebration of music that brings us together, featuring music of all genres.  Performing... [Read more...]

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    Village Of Petersburg Recognized With Environmental Awards

    The community of Petersburg has something to celebrate. It’s almost like a holiday that it seems to come every year about this time. Petersburg was recently presented the Deanie Anderson Oustanding Community Environmental Award during the annual awards... [Read more...]

    September 11, 2014 | Comments Off


    Madeline Beckman

    Brian and Meghan Beckman welcome their daughter, Madeline Marie, born September 8, 2014. She weighed seven pounds, seven ounces and joined brother Eddie, age one at home. Grandparents are Leonard and Judith Orlowski, Ron and JoAnn Beckman, all of Elgin.... [Read more...]

    September 18, 2014 | Comments Off

    Local Sports

    Punt, Pass & Kick Winners Announced

    Boys and girls who enjoy the sport of football turned out Saturday for the annual NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition. The event was held Saturday afternoon at Elgin Field and hosted by members of the Wolfpack football team. Youngsters earning first... [Read more...]

    September 18, 2014 | Comments Off

    Wolfpack Girls Win Howells Tourney

    HOWELLS — Elgin Public-Pope John took on all challengers and claimed three victories at a tournament Saturday hosted by Howells-Dodge High School. The Wolfpack opened tournament play against Howells Dodge. After winning the first game 25 to 21, the... [Read more...]

    September 18, 2014 | Comments Off

    Bulldogs Bite EPPJ 52 to 16

    CREIGHTON — Fireworks. That could be the word to describe Creighton’s offense in a 52 to 16 victory over Elgin Public-Pope John Friday night. The Wolfpack showed vast improvement in all phases of the game, but were not able to keep up with Pete Liska... [Read more...]

    September 11, 2014 | Comments Off


    Mark Stottler

    Mark Stottler 1959 — 2014 Funeral services for Mark Stottler, age 54 of Tekamah, Nebraska, were held Friday, September 5, 2014, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bloomfield, Nebraska.  Reverend Tim Koester officiated the funeral service. Burial of... [Read more...]

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