March 7, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Following months of study and preparations after initial discussions began one year ago, the Boards of Directors of both Central Valley Ag Cooperatives (CVA) and United Farmers Cooperative (UFC) have unanimously approved and entered into a Letter of Intent to finalize an Agreement and Plan of Merger, which, if approved by the members and stockholders of the respective cooperatives would result in the merger of the two cooperatives into one entity.
Board Chairman for Central Valley Ag, Dave Beckman, recognizes the value this proposal would bring to member-owners. “The merger of CVA and UFC is a tremendous opportunity to position two financially strong cooperatives to meet the needs of our patrons for many years to come,” said Dave. “Agriculture continues to change and evolve at a rapid pace, which in turn requires our cooperatives to have the vision to change and expand our abilities to compete in a global market place for the benefit of our membership”
Doug Moon, Board Chairman for United Farmer’s Coop agrees that this merger is the right move for both cooperatives. Doug said, “I think this merger is very good for the patrons of CVA and UFC because we have two strong, successful cooperatives combining resources to be even more prepared to meet tomorrow’s challenges in agriculture. It will allow us to better serve our customer’s needs today and remain relevant as we explore new opportunities to create additional value.”
United Farmer’s Coop serves patrons in 22 counties in Nebraska and Kansas from 32 locations by a team of more than 235 fulltime employees. UFC strives continuously to fulfill their mission, “to provide innovative products, services and information that grows stakeholder value.”
Adding value to member-owners is extremely important to Carl Dickinson, CEO of United Farmer’s Coop. “As a Cooperative, we continually focus on creating and adding value for our owners. In my career, I have never seen a potential opportunity such as this merger for increased savings, expanded services and facilities and equity redemption for the farmer owners of both CVA and UFC. This merger will position the new CVA to create value for our owners long into the future.”
Central Valley Ag’s mission also focuses on the importance of its customers: “Dedicated professionals providing innovative solutions that yield profit for our customers.” CVA has a team of 494 employees to provide grain, agronomy and feed services to customers at 34 locations throughout 27 counties in Nebraska.
Central Valley Ag’s CEO, Doug Derscheid also realizes the benefits this merger would bring to customers. “It’s all about meeting and exceeding our customer/owner expectations. Successful companies continually reinvent themselves to keep current with an ever-changing market place and the changing needs of their customers. Cooperatives should be no different,” states Doug. “This combination will drive our quest to be of the size and scale to compete in the global market place for the benefit of our member-owners.”
The City of Elgin last month pledged $5,000 in sales tax/economic development funds to the Elgin Community Club for the purchase of a new electronic sign for the community.
On Monday night, the Elgin City Council was asked to clarify where those funds were to be used.
Elgin Area Development Corporation President Janet Koinzan wanted to know if those funds were meant specifically for the sign’s current location. She and EADC board member Bruce Clark (not at the meeting) would like to see the Elgin Community Club, owners of the sign and property it sits on, place a new community sign at the intersection of Highways 14 and 70 on EADC property. To that end, Clark has offered to buy the land the sign currently sits on; he owns a rental home directly south abutting the property.
Mayor Mike Schmitt said the base for the community sign is already there (at the present location). The community club’s plan is to use the base and install a new two-way electronic sign inside it where the letters now are displayed.
“We thought it’s foolish to tear down,” Schmitt said about the City’s decision in February, noting the cost which would be incurred for a new base if the sign were moved to a new location.
Councilmen Ken Jochum and Jim Kittelson both agreed they didn’t want the community sign at the corner of Highways 14 and 70.
Koinzan said the EADC plans to sell a portion of the corner lot to an adjacent landowner and may use what’s left of the property, after the house is torn down, to place a ‘Welcome To Elgin’ sign.
Council member Shirley Nissen said she, and others she believes, would not donate any money if there’s going to be controversy over the sign location.
“If you want two signs, then you raise the money for the second one,” she told Koinzan.
The discussion concluded with no change to the city’s designation of funds for the community sign.
Brian and Kelsey Selting of Elgin are the parents of a daughter, Kinley Loretta, born on Jan. 20, 2014. Kinley weighed seven pounds, three ounces and was 20 inches long. Sibling is Carter, 21 months.
Grandparents are Gene and Angie Selting of Elgin, Tony and Angela Muller and the late Lori Muller of Milford.
Great grandparents are Don and Nancy Selting of Elgin, Mary Ann Muller of Lincoln, and Ardyce Schrader of Alma, Kan.
1922 — 2014
Bernice F. Josten, 91, formerly of Elgin, NE passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE, with Revs. Ross Burkhalter and Curtiss Dwyer officiating.
Interment will follow in the parish Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church with a 7:30 p.m. wake service.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com
Bernice Florence Josten, daughter of Henry and Mary (Deitering) Heithoff, was born at Elgin, NE.
She was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church, graduated from St. Boniface High School in Elgin, NE, and graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in Grand Island, NE.
On August 22, 1946, she was united in marriage to Sylvester “Vet” Josten at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin.
The couple made their home in Elgin and Bernice worked as a registered nurse at the Neligh Hospital. Over the years, she also worked as a dental assistant and as a school nurse. In September 2003, the couple moved to the Willow Ridge Retirement Center at McCook, Nebraska and in June 2007 they entered the Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook.
Bernice was a lifelong member of St. Boniface Catholic Church. She loved the healthcare profession, living a healthy lifestyle, fishing, playing organ, piano and accordion, and spending time with family.
She is survived by her four children: Jean Breen and husband Pat of Farnam, NE; Judy Ferril and husband Jac of Aurora, CO; Jim Josten and wife Corrine of Pleasant Hill, MO; Doris Friehe and husband Ron of McCook, NE; grandchildren: Carrie Krist and husband Jim; Greg Stuhr and wife Charlotte; Aaron Stuhr and wife Valaree; Scott Stuhr and wife Stephanie; Fr. Curtiss Dwyer; Gina Eidinger and husband Jason; Nora Bonfoey & husband David; Carl Dwyer and wife Sarah; Jennifer Burns & husband Adam; Annie Perkins & husband Andy; Mary Ellen Josten; Valerie Tonkin & husband Brionn; Sam Friehe and wife Kayla; Brian Friehe and wife Tiffany; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Verlene Heithoff of Canada; Mary Ann Heithoff of California; one brother-in-law: Kenzy (Clem) Josten of Oregon; along with many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband Sylvester in 2007; two brothers: Alvin and Lavern Heithoff; and one sister Beatrice.
along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Plans are progressing towards the 10th annual Wild Game Feed to be held later this month.
According to organizers Phil Kluthe and Jerry Mundorf, the dinner will be held at Boomerang’s on St. Patrick’s Day, Monday March 17.
Serving will begin at 7 p.m.
As in the past, there will also be tame game, potatoes, salads, desserts and casseroles. There is no charge and all adults are welcome.
Some of the wild game to be served will be deer, pheasant, duck, elk, wild & tame turkey, moose, fish, casseroles and soups.
If you can bring a wild game dish, a salad or casserole, call Kluthe (402) 843-5538 or Mundorf (402) 843-8089 so that it can be listed on the menu sheet.
It is desirable if you can prepare your own dish however if you are unable, Kluthe or Mundorf may be able to prepare it along with their own dishes.