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Pope John Students Named To UNK Choral Clinic

January 15, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

High school vocal and instrumental music students from more than 100 schools in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas have been selected to participate in the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Honor Band and Choral Clinic on Jan. 26.
The event includes 697 students and features three choirs and two bands, which rehearse all day before presenting a 6 p.m. concert at the UNK Health and Sports Center.
The UNK Honor Band and Choral Clinic is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors who were selected through auditions. Four students have been selected from Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School. They are:
Nicole Beckman — Honor Choir — Alto
Erin Beckman — Women’s Choir — Soprano
Jordan Mescher — Women’s Choir — Soprano
Elizabeth Selting — Women’s Choir — Alto

Dvorak Appointed To Fill City Council Seat

January 15, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

An Elgin businessman was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Elgin City Council.
At Monday night’s meeting, Mike Dvorak was sworn in as Ward 2 City Councilman, filling the empty seat created when Kenny Jochum chose not to run for re-election.
Mayor Mike Schmitt said he had just one person inquire about serving on the council.
Dvorak is the owner of Dvorak Construction and has been active in numerous community activities through the years. His term will be four years, meaning his seat will come up for election in 2018.
On another matter involving the makeup of the city council, Councilman Don Mackel was elected to the positiion of president of the council.

Gun Show On Tap This Weekend In Neligh

December 31, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The 25th annual Antelope County Shooters Club Gun Show will be held this weekend.
The sale will be Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 3-4, at the Antelope County Fairgrounds in Neligh.
Setup will be on Friday night, Jan. 2, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Show hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission will be $4 per day. Children under 12 will be admitted free if they are accompanied by an adult.
For table reservations or additional information, contact Duane Childers at (402) 843-5348 (home) or (402) 843-8753 (cell).

It May Be Time To Look For Another Insurance Provider

December 31, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

If you have been a health insurance policy holder - or just recently signed up for health coverage -  with CoOportunity Health, it may be time to look for a different health insurance provider.
It was announced on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) that the health insurance cooperative, which was designed to give individuals and businesses an affordable choice in the limited market following implementation of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), has been taken over by Iowa state regulators and could likely be insolvent in the near future. Several factors contributed, among them- lower federal aide received than anticipated and higher-than-expected enrollees.
The news came as a surprise to agents also and most read about the looming problem in the news. Elgin insurance agent Bev Clark is encouraging everyone to not delay in looking for another carrier.
“Contact your (insurance) agent,” she said on Monday. If you purchased your health insurance on your own, you’ll need to revisit the marketplace and select a new plan with a different company or visit with an agent about your options.
“For people just switching (to CoOpportunity), we will have to wait to find out if their previous provider will take them back,” added Clark.
If you purchased your policy with CoOpportunity before Dec. 16, 2014, you can continue using your policy however you should consider switching to another carrier.
The deadline for signing up with a compliant health insurance company is Feb. 15, 2015.

LES To Purchase Wind Energy From Prairie Breeze II

December 26, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

A buyer for wind energy to be produced by Prairie Breeeze II has been announced.
Lincoln Electric System (LES) announced Friday morning it has finalized power purchase agreements to add 173 megawatts of wind energy and 5 megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy to its power supply resource portfolio by 2016.
Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and Kevin Wailes, administrator & CEO of Lincoln Electric System, made the announcements. In addition to being environmentally friendly, the projects will also save customers money. “When viewed as a package, our wind and solar contracts are expected to save LES customer-owners approximately $429 million over the next 25 years,” said Wailes.
According to LES, the wind additions are spread across two wind contracts secured with the same developer, Invenergy, and involve the 73 megawatt Prairie Breeze II Wind Energy Center, to be constructed north and east of Elgin later this year, and 100 megawatt Buckeye Wind Energy Center located in north-central Kansas.
“We’ve been working with landowners in the Neligh area since 2010, and have been delighted with their interest in hosting wind turbines,” James Williams, Senior Manager, Business Development, said Monday afternoon. “More recently, we established our Neligh office as part of our area development plans.  It provides a central location where Invenergy representatives can meet with folks who currently are project landowners, as well as those interested in participating in the Prairie Breeze II Wind Energy Center or a separate, early-development stage wind project, which would be sited north and east of Neligh.”
The new project is not connected in any way to the LES/Prairie Breeze II agreement.
“We look forward to providing the community with further project updates in the future, and to creating a new source of clean, homegrown energy in Nebraska,” he said.
A project schedule for construction of the wind farm has yet to be announced. However, officials with Invenergy have indicated they expect the project to be completed by the end of 2015.
On October 7, the Antelope County Board of Supervisors approved a conditional use permit necessary for the construction of the wind farm to be located east of Elgin.
When completed, PB II will consist of 41 wind turbines which will generate 73 MW. During the construction phase, there will be an estimated 90 jobs created.
Prairie Breeze II is expected to add seven permanent full-time jobs at the operations/maintenance building in Elgin.

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