Tom Bergstrom, Sr.
1951 — 2016
Tom E. Bergstrom Sr., 64, of Norfolk, passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2016, at Faith Regional Hospital.
The son of Ivan (Ike) S. and Joan F. (Keil) Bergstrom, he was born on October 17, 1951 at Tilden, Nebraska. He attended Elgin Public Schools, graduating from Elgin High School in 1970.
On December 4, 1971, he married Mary Kluthe at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin. After marriage, Tom and Mary lived in Norfolk. Tom began working at Vulcraft in Norfolk in 1973 and retired from there in 2012, having worked there for 39 years. Tom enjoyed working on his cars and spending time with grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ike and Joan Bergstrom; and brother Bill Bergstrom.
Survivors include wife Mary Bergstrom of Norfolk, children Tom and wife Julie Bergstrom Jr. of Omaha, Jesse Bergstrom of Omaha, Andrea and husband Reid Borgman of Norfolk, and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday morning, February 1, 2016, at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk with Rev. Terry Buol officiating. Casket Bearers were Dennis Hansen, Rick Meyers, Jesse Bergstrom, Reid Borgman, Tom Bergstrom and Bob Warburton. Interment was at West Cedar Valley Cemetery near Elgin. Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at www.stonacekfuneralchapel.com.
As winter storm “Kayla” began to stir outside, the Elgin City Council was inside City Hall tending to business inside City Hall.
All were present for the regular monthly meeting. Mayor Mike Schmitt updated council members on continuing developments in regards to a new city water well. He said he had been in contact with City Engineer John Zwingman who indicated that the City will be eligible for loans through Nebraska Health & Human Services (NHHS) at just over the prime lending rate. Zwingman, he said, recommended the City of Elgin take advantage of this option.
Beginning this week, the city has begun to advertise for bids for the water well project (see Page Seven). Bids will be opened on March 3 so that the council can consider and possibly take action on the bids at their March meeting to be held Monday night, March 7.
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A public hearing on a conditional use permit for a new wind farm in Antelope County will resume next week.
The county Courthouse in Neligh will be the location for the continuation of an Antelope County Planning Commission public hearing on Tuesday, February 9, beginning at 1 p.m.
Invenergy LLC, is seeking a conditional use permit to allow for construction of Upstream Wind Energy. The wind farm would consist of approximately 168 wind turbines with an estimated total output of 350 megawatts.
Candidates continue their march to the Antelope County Courthouse in Neligh to file for election.
According to information obtained Monday from the Antelope County Clerk’s office, there will be a race for the Elgin City Council seat in Ward #1.
Incumbent Jim Kittelson has filed for re-election. He will be opposed by Michael R. Braband who filed in late January.
In Ward #2, the seat held by Don Mackel is up for election this year.
At Clearwater, Eli Jacob has filed for the District #2 seat on the Antelope County Board of Supervisors. The seat is currently held by Merlin Bolling.
The deadline for incumbents to file for re-election is February 16.
As of Monday, the only filing for the District #18 Board of Education was by Doug Jones who is seeking to be elected to a four-year term on the board. Incumbents whose seats are up for election this year are Steve Busteed, Stan Heithoff and Laurie Waterbury.
The Elgin street crew, along with extra help, has been busy since yesterday (Wednesday) moving piles of snow off city streets. According to one report, between 13 and 15 inches of snow fell. The snow began at approximately 10 pm on Monday, Febr. 1 and didn’t stop until early Wednesday morning, Febr. 3. Along with the snow, gusty winds made for blizzard conditions. As of this writing, all of Elgin streets are passable. Highways 70 and 14 still have patches of snow and ice so drivers - and walkers in town - are reminded to use caution. Also, watch carefully at intersections since views may be blocked due to snow piles. While temperatures have remained cold, the sun has caused melting both yesterday and today so the night-time freeze will likely cause more areas of ice where the water once stood. E-R photo