September 11, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
For three hours Friday, patrons of the new Central Valley Ag were treated to a fine lunch.
The event, held at the CVA Lumber Yard in Elgin served as a formal “kickoff” following the merger of two cooperatives earlier this year — CVA and United Farmers Cooperative.
Patrons dined on BBQ pork and beef and visited with local CVA personnel, talking about how the new CVA will continue to provide quality service.
Location Manager Kenny Jochum said, “They (patrons) can continue to expect the same quality service from CVA personnel here in Elgin. Nothing’s changed,” he said.
One area Jochum said the new cooperative will continue to focus on is staying up to date on advancing technology to better meet their needs.
“With any new technology, we’re going to be in the driver’s seat,” he said.
Back in July, the board of directors for CVA and UFC ratified votes cast by their respective member-owners approving the merger which became effective Sept. 1.
The new CVA Cooperative will consist of 66 locations across much of eastern Nebraska and parts of Northern Kansas employing over 800 persons. The cooperative offers a wide range of products, services, information and innovation through agronomy, energy, feed and grain divisions.
CVA continues to expand to meet the needs of its patrons. Having expanded grain storage in Elgin several years ago, CVA in Petersburg is nearing completion on expansion of grain storage, adding a 750,000 bushel storage facility and leg to be completed in time for the fall harvest this year.
Last fall, the grain and agronomy complex at Royal was completed and put into operation.
Soon, the 81-20 site near Randolph will be completed. The rail pass is almost complete and scales have been installed. for an October 2014 starting date.
As a result of the merger, the new CVA has 50 grain locations located throughout northeast Nebraska, central Nebraska and north central Kansas providing the means to merchandise into many different markets.
Antelope County Planning Commission Recommends Conditional Use Permit For Prairie Breeze II Wind Farm
September 10, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
After hours of discussion which spanned over two meetings, the Antelope County Planning Commission came to a decision regarding a proposed new wind farm.
On a five-to-one vote, the commission recommended to the Antelope County Board of Supervisors that they approve a conditional use permit (CUP) for development of Prairie Breeze II wind farm to be built east of Elgin. The lone dissenting vote was cast by Phyllis Perdew. Voting in support of the recommendation were board members Dan Zwingman, Greg Wortman, Mark Smith, Ronald Rice and Matt Klabenes. Absent from the meeting, held in the basement of the Antelope County Courthouse, were Bob Krutz, Dave Miller and Kurt Rakow.
As part of the recommendation, the commission stipulated any Prairie Breeze II wind turbine must be setback a minimum of 2,000 feet from a non-participating home/landowner and 1,500 feet from a participating home/landowner unless the owner signs a waiver with Invenergy, the owner of the wind farm. As part of the permit, no setback can be less than 1,000 feet from a dwelling.
Action by the county supervisors on the CUP could take place in October at one of their two regular meetings.
More on this story in next week’s issue of The Elgin Review.
1934 — 2014
Joan Pofahl, 80, formerly of Elgin, NE, passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, August 29, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE with Fr. Ross Burkhalter officiating. Interment followed at 2 p.m., at Calvary Cemetery in O’Neill, NE. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levanderfuneralhome.com.
Memorials are suggested to AseraCare Hospice, 421 E. Douglas St., O’Neill, NE 68763.
Mary Joan Pofahl, daughter of Leo and Mary Ellen (McCaffrey) Lydon, was born January 28, 1934 at the family farm near Ewing, NE. She was baptized at St. John’s Catholic Church in rural Clearwater, attended a country school through the 8th grade, and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School at O’Neill in 1951. On June 18, 1952, Joan was united in marriage with Martin Thomas Pofahl at St. John’s Catholic Church in rural Clearwater. The couple made their home on the Pofahl Ranch southwest of Ewing. Joan taught school for a short time at District #18 ½, at Deloit, NE. After moving to Elgin in 1985, she worked many years as a CNA at the Golden Living Center in Neligh until retiring in 2007. After her retirement, she worked as an In-Home Health Care Provider until her stroke in 2009.
Joan was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, St. John’s Christian
Mothers, St. Boniface Catholic Church and the St. Boniface Altar Society. She also served as an EME and Lector. Joan enjoyed visiting, “coffee talk” and gardening.
Joan is survived by six children: Tom Pofahl of Neligh; Peggy Hanlin and husband Kurt of Elgin; Lee Pofahl and wife Debb of Neligh; Shellie Nelson and husband Wayne of Clinton, MT; Pat Pofahl and wife Sheri of Plainview; Nicole Wilkinson and husband Andy of McCool Junction; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Connie (Ron) Park of Omaha; Rita Troshynski of Stamford, CT; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother in infancy; her husband; two daughters, Theresa and Shannon; two brothers-in-law, Hugh Troshynski and Willis Rockey; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Max and Rose Pofahl; and sister-in-law, Judy Pofahl.
ELGIN — After dominating their opponent early in the game, Elgin Public-Pope John surrendered 22 unanswered points to give Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family their first-ever victory as a co-op school.
The Bulldogs took the lead just before halftime and never trailed again in handing the Wolfpack their first loss of the season.
Conditions Friday night were wet and damp for the start of the 2014 football season. Coach Randy Eisenhauer’s team, capitalizing on the strength of its offensive line, marched 46 yards with their opening possession to light up the scoreboard.
With fans barely settled into the new bleachers, they had plenty to celebrate when sophomore Chad Bode capped the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Seth Schumacher added the two-point conversion.
The defense forced a three-and-out on the Bulldogs, getting the ball back. However, the Wolfpack’s subsequent possession helped set up the Bulldogs’ first touchdown. Penalties pinned EPPJ deep in their own territory. A Wolfpack punt gave the Bulldogs good field position near midfield. They then began to start making big plays. Quarterback Duncan Hanzel connected with Brayden Frauendorfer on a 17-yard pass play down to the 10-yard line. On the next play, Frauendorfer took it into the endzone. The two point conversion tied the score at 8-all with 1:17 left in the first quarter.
The Wolfpack answered right back with an 11-play, 53-yard drive. The big play in the drive was a 20-yard run by Bode. Five plays later, Andrew Fangman scored on a three-yard run to give the Wolfpack a 14 to 8 lead.
Christopher Bush saved the day for the Wolfpack just moments later. The Bulldogs had marched down to EPPJ’s two-yard line when, on the next play, Hanzel coughed up the football and Bush recovered.
Momentum, on the side of the Wolfpack for much of the first half, disappeared on the next play when Hanzel intercepted a Wolfpack pass and returned it 18 yards to the two-yard line. Frauendorfer scored the touchdown on the next play to tie the score.
The teams traded possessions. The Bulldogs capitalized with just seconds left on the clock when Hanzel found Ashton Dohmen for a touchdown for a 20 to 14 lead at halftime.
“We wanted to really get a touchdown here right at the end and then hold them you know and it kinda turned on us in a hurry where we didn’t score at the end and then they got a big pass play at the end and took the lead going into halftime,” Coach Randy Eisenhauer said.
Kyle Heithoff recovered a Bulldog fumble on the second play of the third quarter, giving EPPJ good field position on the Bulldogs’ 34-yard line. However, EPPJ was unable to gain a first down, turning the ball over on downs at the 25-yard line.
The Bulldogs then went 65 yards to take the lead, covering 55 through the air. Dohmen got the touchdown on a seven-yard run.
Any hope of EPPJ answering the Bulldogs’ touchdown on their next possession was lost when the they fumbled the ball away.
The teams then traded possessions the remainder of the half. With under a minute to play in the game, the Bulldogs added a late touchdown to make the final score 36 to 14.
“Everything that happened tonight is things we can improve on all next week,” Eisenhauer said about the loss. “We were inside the 20-yard line four or five times and didn’t score. We had them stopped a lot of times and then they got a big play … They hit every big play that they needed and that’s something we didn’t.”
The Wolfpack were plagued by turnovers with four (two interceptions/two fumbles).
As a team, they gained 180 yards on the ground and just 13 through the air for a total offense of 193. Leading rusher for the Wolfpack was Chad Bode with 17 carries for 69 yards.
Frauendorfer led the Bulldogs in rushing with 73 yards on 17 carries.
On defense, the Wolfpack were led by Kyle Heithoff with 23 tackles, Schumacher had 14.
The Wolfpack had nine quarterback sacks in the game, led by Scott Moser with three.
Bush and Heithoff were each credited with fumble recoveries.
The Wolfpack (0-1) will play their first road game of the season Friday night at Creighton. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.
Bulldogs 36, Wolfpack 14
Bulldogs………….8 12 8 8 — 36
Wolfpack………….8 6 0 0 — 14
EPPJ — Chad Bode 7 run (Seth Schumacher run)
H/LHF — Brayden Frauendorfer 9 run (PAT good)
EPPJ — Andrew Fangman 2 run (PAT failed)
H/LHF — Frauendorfer 2 run (PAT failed)
H/LHF — Duncan Hanzel 25 pass to Ashton Dohmen (PAT failed)
H/LHF — Hanzel 8 pass to Dohmen (PAT good)
H/LHF — Austin Preister 5 run (PAT Good)
Team Stats Wolfpack
First Downs 9
Passing Yds 13
Total Offense 193
Fumbles Lost 2
Passing — Seth Schumacher 2/5/2 — 13 yds.
Rushing — Kyle Kallhoff 12/45, Chad Bode 17/69, Kyle Heithoff 1/2, Andrew Fangman 6/18, Seth Schumacher 1/9.
Receiving — Kyle Kallhoff 1/6, Austin Meis 1/7.
Tackles (solo/asst) Dylan Behnk 2/2, Kyle Kallhoff 0/8, Austin Meis 2/6, Miles Schrage 1/1, Chad Bode 3/10, Alois Warner 0/4, Scott Moser 1/17, Christopher Bush 0/6, Kyle Heithoff 4/19, Andrew Fangman 1/10, Trent Bauer 1/11, Seth Schumacher 2/12.
Sacks — Scott Moser 3, Kyle Kallhoff 1, Austin Meis 1, Chad Bode 1, Kyle Heithoff 1, Andrew Fangman 1, Trent Bauer 1.
ELGIN — Every year Coach Tina Thiele-Blecher’s Wolfpack volleyball team aims to be playing their best volleyball of the season when it matters most — in the postseason.
Last year the Wolfpack made it to the district finals before seeing their season come to an end. This year, they want to take it to the next level of postseason play — the state tournament.
One year ago the Wolfpack posted a 12-17 record, winning the C2-10 sub-district before seeing their season end with a loss to Crofton in the district finals.
While Coach Thiele-Blecher has some holes to fill with the graduation of four seniors from last year’s team, there’s a strong nucleus of players ready to take the court and earn their place in Wolfpack lore. Returning starters from last year are hitters Jenna Parks, Liz Selting, Taylor Schumacher, Nikki Beckman and Baylee Wemhoff.
“We have a lot of returners that gained a lot of maturity since last year, and these girls worked hard all summer long,” Coach Thiele-Blecher said.
Back for her junior season in all-conference second team selection is Jenna Parks. She led the team in kills last year with 160 and was second in set assists with 168.
Another standout performer from last year whose numbers should increase will be sophomore Liz Selting. As a freshman last year, she had 139 kills at the net and led the team with 36 ace serves.
Another sophomore who made a major contribution last season and will be expected to do so again this year is Baylee Wemhoff. She was the team’s top setter as a freshman, with 185 set assists last year.
Seniors Taylor Schumacher and Nikki Beckman also return as starters from last year. Beckman led the team in serve percentage at 97 percent last year and was third on the team in serve receive with 243. Schumacher was second on the team in serve receive with 287 last season.
There are areas of concern for the team as they head into the season. “We aren’t the tallest team around,” Coach Thiele-Blecher said. The teams top two blockers from last year were seniors. Newcomers expected to lend their talents to the varsity team this year are defense specialists Sharla Schindler and Jordan Mescher, and front row players Hayley Stamp and Terri Seier.
“We are excited to play, we are ready to compete,” Thiele-Blecher said. “With a majority of girls back this year we are ready to play in districts again!”
Tabbed as the conference favorites this year are St. Mary’s and Stuart. The tournament will be played in October.
EPPJ opens the season Thursday night at a double triangular hosted by CWC. The matches will be played at Chambers.