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EHS Student Council Presents Check To Elgin Volunteer Fire Department

November 20, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Members of the EHS Student Council raised funds for the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department. E-R photo

Members of the EHS Student Council raised funds for the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department. E-R photo

On Friday, November 20,  the EPS National Honor Society and Student Council held an appreciation lunch for the firemen, EMTs and local law enforcement.  The luncheon was served in the EPS gymnasium.

Members of the student council also presented the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department with a check for $700.28. The funds were raised during their penny war fundraiser. Read the complete story in next week’s issue of The Elgin Review.
UPDATE: Pictured are, back row l-r:  Myranda Palmer, Ally Wemhoff, Anna Heilhecker, Lydia Behnk, Hayes Miller, Paige Nichols and Hunter Reestman. Front row, l-r: Elgin rescue members Duane Miller, Martin Thorberg, Terry Henn, Greg Henn, student council members Morgan Carpenter and Tiarra Thramer, Elgin rescue members Vicki Miller, Jan Schmitt, Michelle Schultz and Antelope County Deputy Timothy Schultz. Student Council members not present (at FCCLA Cluster) are Jaime Hoefer, Dylan Widger and Taya Voborny.

EHS Student Council sponsors are Amy Klein and Stacy Shumake-Henn

Man Severely Burned In One Vehicle Accident West Of Elgin

November 20, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

ambulance1The Antelope County Sheriff’s Department and members of Elgin Rescue responded to a 911 call last night 10 miles west of Elgin on Highway 70 and 1-1/2 miles south on 511 Avenue.
According to Sheriff Bob Moore, dispatch received a call of a one vehicle accident and a man trapped at 7:56 pm on Thursday, Nov. 19.
Ronald Mangelsen, 57, of St. Paul, Nebraska was northbound on 511 Avenue when he lost control of the 1992 Dodge Dakota pickup he was driving. The pickup, registered to Chris Rubenthaler of Elgin, turned sideways, entered the west ditch, rolled and burst into flames.
Passersby on the scene were able to help Mangelsen get out of the pickup. According to Moore, alcohol was a factor in the accident.
Mangelsen was transported to Antelope Memorial Hospital with severe burns. He was life flighted to St. Elizabeth Burn Center in Lincoln with critical injuries. His current condition is unknown. The accident is under investigation by the Antelope County Sheriff’s Department.

Pheasants Forever Hosting CRP General Sign-Up Meetings For Landowners In Antelope, Boone And Wheeler Counties

November 19, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, along with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency, will host 56 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up informational meetings for landowners during the upcoming sign-up period. The CRP general sign-up will be held Dec. 1, 2015 through Feb. 26, 2016.

CRP remains the gold standard program for creating upland habitat for pheasants, quail and other wildlife in Nebraska. In addition to wildlife habitat, CRP provides landowners with many benefits. “CRP continues to evolve. With competitive rental rates, the ability to enroll partial fields and haying and grazing options for management, landowners will want to attend a local meeting and learn how voluntary conservation programs can work to increase farm and ranch income,” says Kelsi Wehrman, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s state coordinator in Nebraska. Landowners are encouraged to RSVP for an event by contacting their local USDA Service Center or their local Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Farm Bill wildlife biologist.

CRP general sign-up information meetings will focus on eligibility and the CRP sign-up process, as well as updates to CRP mid-contract management. Presentations will also cover various CRP practices, updated rental rates, and public access / additional incentive opportunities.

CRP Informational Meetings by County

County Date Time Location/Address
Antelope 1/14 7 p.m - 9 p.m. CST UNL Extension Service (501 Main St., Suite 98) in Neligh
Boone 1/5 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. CST Cornerstone Bank (240 S 3rd St.) in Albion
Box Butte 1/7 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. MST Alliance Public Library (1750 Sweetwater Ave.) in Alliance
Buffalo 1/19 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. CST Community Building (301 Alba Ave.) in Ravenna
Buffalo 1/21 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. CST Community Building (110 N Main St.) in Amherst
Burt 1/5 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. CST 1st National Bank (NE 448 South 13th St.) in Tekamah
Burt 1/7 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. CST City Auditorium (401 N. Oakland Ave.) in Oakland
Butler 1/7 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CST Hruska Memorial Public Library (399 5th St.) in David City
Cedar 1/7 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. CST Auditorium (101 N. Broadway) in Hartington
Chase 12/3 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. MST MPCC Ext Campus (1324 Broadway St.) in Imperial
Cheyenne 1/13 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. MST South Platte NRD (551 Parkland Drive) in Sidney
Clay 1/13 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. CST Extension Office (322 Grant Ave.) in Clay Center
Colfax 1/13 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Schuyler Golf Club (295 Higgins Drive) in Schuyler
Cuming 1/14 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Pizza Ranch (245 S Main St.) in West Point
Custer 1/20 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. CST Mid-Plains Community College (2520 South E St.) in Broken Bow
Dawes 1/8 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. MST Country Kitchen (1250 10th St. W) in Chadron
Dixon 1/7 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. CST Ponca State Park (88090 Spur 26E in Ponca
Dodge 1/12 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CST VFW (108 N Main St.) in Hooper
Douglas/Sarpy 1/13 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Papio-Missouri River NRD (901 S. 154 St.) in Omaha
Dundy 12/2 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Farm Bureau Office (1303 A St.) in Benkelman
Franklin 1/7 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. CST Franklin Country Club (Hwy. 136) in Franklin
Frontier 1/11 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. CST Ag Valley Coop (202 W. 2nd St.) in Curtis
Furnas 1/11 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. CST Community Center (722 Patterson St.) in Cambridge
Harlan 1/6 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. CST Johnson Center (509 Main St.) in Alma
Hayes 1/13 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CST American Legion Hall (73297 Ave. 369) in Hayes Center
Hitchcock 1/14 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST USDA Service Center (36465 U.S. Hwy 34) in Trenton
Holt 1/6 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. CST UNL Extension Service (128 N. 6th St. Suite 100) in O’Neill
Howard 1/7 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CST The Gathering Place (612 Howard Ave.) in St. Paul
Jefferson 1/6 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. CST Union Bank (1313 K St.) in Fairbury
Johnson 1/21 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. CST Nemaha NRD (62161 US-136) in Tecumseh
Kearney 1/12 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. CST USDA Service Center (1005 S Brown Ave.) in Minden
Keith 1/5 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. MST ESU 16 Building (3145 W 1st St.) in Ogallala
Kimball 11/17 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. MST Eagles Club (218 S Chestnut St.) in Kimball
Knox 1/13 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST Community Center (101 S. Broadway) in Bloomfield
Lancaster 1/28 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. CST UNL Extension (444 Cherrycreek Rd.) in Lincoln
Lincoln 1/4 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. CST Wallace VFD (118 N Commercial Ave.) in Wallace
Lincoln 1/12 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. CST UNL Extension - WCREC Auditorium (348 E State Farm Rd.) in North Platte
Logan 1/7 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. CST Community Center (236 Main St.) in Stapleton
Madison 1/5 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. CST Lifelong Learning Center (801 E. Benjamin Ave.) in Norfolk
Merrick 1/20 3 p.m - 5 p.m. CST Merrick Foundation (1530 17th Ave.) in Central City
Morrill 1/12 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. MST USDA Service Center (902 Main St.) in Bridgeport
Nuckolls 1/6 12 p.m - 2 p.m. CST Community Center (333 S. Main St.) in Nelson
Pawnee 1/20 1:30 p.m - 3 p.m. CST Pawnee City Library (735 8th St.) in Pawnee City
Perkins 12/8 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. MST USDA Service Center (927 Central Ave.) in Grant
Red Willow 1/12 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CST 4-H Building (1412 West 5th St.) in McCook
Richardson 1/12 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. CST TBD in Falls City
Saunders 1/12 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. CST Lower Platte North NRD (511 Commercial Park Rd.) in Wahoo
Scottsbluff 1/6 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. MST North Platte NRD (100547 Airport Rd.) in Scottsbluff
Seward 1/7 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. CST Cattle National Bank & Trust (104 S 5th St.) in Seward
Sheridan 1/5 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. MST Legion Club (206 Sprague St.) in Rushville
Thayer 1/11 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. CST Statsney Community Center (1350 Dove Rd.) in Hebron
Valley 1/21 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. CST Lower Loup NRD (2620 Airport Dr.) in Ord
Washington 1/11 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. USDA Service Center (1060 Wilbur St.) in Blair
Wayne 1/13 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. CST The Max (109 Main St.) in Wayne
Webster 1/13 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. CST Community Senior Center (555 W Gage St.) in Blue Hill
Wheeler 1/12 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. CST Fairgrounds in Bartlett

The CRP informational meetings are made possible through funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

Conservation Reserve Program

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are 10-15 years in length. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.

About Pheasants Forever

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 140,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent; the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent $577 million on 489,000 habitat projects benefiting over 12 million acres nationwide.

Credit Available For Those Filing Personal Property Returns Before May 1

November 18, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

(From The Neligh News & Leader)

Taxpayers in Antelope County, filing personal property returns before May 1, 2016, will receive a credit of $10,000 per district in which the property is located, at least 50 percent of the calendar year.

Those having personal property in more than one tax district, must file a separate return for each district in which the property is located, in order to receive the credit for each district.

Antelope County Assessor Kelly Mueller recently mailed informational letters to taxpayers, informing of recently passed legislation regarding the Personal Property Tax Relief Act.

The Act is effective Jan. 1, 2016 and provides an exemption for the first $10,000 of tangible personal property value for each tax district in which a personal property return is filed.

The Act also provides a reimbursement mechanism for any taxes lost by the county and political subdivisions as a result of the exemption.

Mueller said returns must be filed before May 1 or the exemption will be forfeited and penalties will be applied. A current depreciation schedule is required when filing.

The county assessor will apply an exemption of up to $10,000 to each return timely filed, per district.

Failure to report tangible personal property on the personal property return will result in a forfeiture of the exemption for any personal property not timely reported for that year.

Mueller stressed the importance of taxpayers filing only one tax return per tax district.

If multiple tax returns are filed in the same tax district by the same taxpayer, the filed personal property returns will be combined on the personal property tax rolls and the $10,000 exemption will only be granted once.

Some taxpayers may claim an exemption under the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Act, Employment and Investment Growth Act or the Nebraska Advantage Act.

The $10,000 exemption will be applied prior to granting exemptions for beginning farmers or the incentives acts.

Taxpayers are asked to consult with Mueller regarding these types of special circumstances.

On or before July 20 of each year, Mueller will electronically file a personal property abstract with the property tax administrator.

All personal property submitted by Mueller to the state, must reflect the total value and the total exempt value of all timely filed personal property returns.

Any personal property value and personal property exemptions added after July 20 could result in recertifications of value and tax list corrections.

On or before November 30 of each year, Mueller and County Treasurer Deb Branstiter will certify to the tax commissioner the total tax revenue that will be lost to all taxing subdivisions within the county due to the exemptions provided by the Act.

Reimbursement of Locally Assessed Personal Property Tax Loss

On or before January 1 of each year, the Tax Commissioner will certify the tax loss claimed from the locally assessed personal property exemption in each county to the director of administrative services.

The director will issue warrants against the funds available for reimbursement for Antelope County in two approximately equal installments on the last business days of February and June.

From the amount received, Branstiter will deposit one percent into the county’s general fund, and will distribute to each of the taxing subdivisions in the county, the amount of tax lost by each subdivision, reduced by the one percent that was deposited into the county’s general fund.

Nonpayment of personal property taxes by a taxpayer does not affect the reimbursement claim or state monies paid for the tax loss reimbursement.

EBB “Santas” Deliver Donation Towards Swimming Pool

November 18, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

bargain-box-pool-donation-elgin-review-2015_2632-3-col-bwThe Elgin swimming pool renovation project received a significant boost last week. Not only did Elgin voters approve the bond and special levy of taxes last Tuesday, but Elgin’s Bargain Box officially contributed a significant amount to the project.
Bargain Box co-founders Linda Kerkman and Phyllis Camp presented a check totaling $5,000 to swimming pool committee member Michael Moser last week. According to Kerkman, the pool renovation is one example of the type of projects that benefit many beyond the community. “Our youth are the future. The pool provides entertainment, teaches swimming and brings business to our community,” she said.
Kerkman went on to explain the past, current and future projects that the Bargain Box hopes to contribute to.
It’s time again to report on all the good things we have been able to accomplish with the help of so many. Altogether, $32,788.95 has gone back into Elgin and surrounding communities; $26,348.66 since the first of the year! These totals are something which we all can be proud of.
Our largest donation has been the $5,000 donation to the Elgin pool fund.  Elgin Bargain Box has made contributions to 24 medical benefits since the first of the year. Both Antelope and Boone County food banks received regular monthly donations; $500 is given now before the holidays to purchase hams and turkeys for the clientele. Our Community Center has been added to our regular monthly donations. We have contributed to six area fire departments and rescue units.
Other entities receiving money have been Norfolk Veterans Home, Red Cross, Orphan Grain Train, Mercy Meals, homeless shelters, the bloodmobile, 4-H, Neligh Lions, Bright Horizons, Mobile Food Pantry (Albion and Neligh), Faith Regional Hope Fund, Elgin Koed Group (EKG) for the Halloween Party, postage for boxes to send to needy children, libraries and various school activities.
We continue to need items to sell; please, we ask that the items be clean.  The items should be ready to put out on the shelves.
Our biggest need is for volunteers willing to help so that one of us does not have to be there every day. Store hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Friday and 10-1 on Saturday.  If there is a need, please call one of us and arrangements could be made.
We would like to express our appreciation to Tami Schrage for the new windows and lighting and the men who installed them.  We have also received a donation from Thrivent Financial which we used for the storage shelving. And, to our current volunteers for their faithfulness in giving of their time and energy. Blessings on all those who purchase and those who donate. Together we make a great team for the good of so many!
We want to take this time to remind everyone, especially as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are nearing, that if you know of someone who is in need to please contact the Elgin Bargain Box. Our mission is to help those who need help.
If you have further questions on how you can assist them or know someone who needs assistance, contact Linda Kerkman at 402-843-8524, Carol Eischeid at 402-843-6363 or Phyllis Camp at 402-843-8074.

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