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AAAC Sets Date For ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Auditions

June 4, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Registration for the Missoula Children’s Theatre productions of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ will be held at 11:30 a.m. on June 22 in the Boone Central Gym in Albion.
All children who have completed Kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate. Auditions will begin at noon following registration.
Performances will be at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. on Saturday June 27th in the Boone Central Gym in Albion. Anyone having questions may contact the Albion Area Arts Council at (402)395-2633 or Paul & Lori Hosford at (402)395-6727.

OSHA Opens Investigation Into Crane Accident

May 29, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

osha1The U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA office in Omaha and the Antelope County Sheriff’s office said they have opened investigations into Wednesday’s death of a wind tower subcontractor worker southeast of Elgin.
Thomas L. Bales, 40, of Denver, Colo., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore.
Bernard Hauber, OSHA acting area director, confirmed Friday morning that Bales was employed by Tradesman International and was working for Wanzek Construction Inc., based out of West Fargo, N.D., which is currently constructing Prairie Breeze II (PBII) for Invenergy.
OSHA said initial reports indicated the Bales was moving a 90-ton rough-terrain crane along a county road when the crane slipped into a ditch and overturned about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
An autopsy has been ordered by the Antelope County Attorney’s office.
Hauber said OSHA has received complaints alleging workers at the site were exposed to hazards while working near county roads that aren’t closed and don’t have adequate warning signs. Those allegations will be investigated along with the fatal incident.
“The time frame, from the time we begin an investigation, under OSHA Act regulations, we must furnish a report within six months,” Hauber said. However, he said they try to complete their investigations earlier than that.

Judge Johnson Hands Down Sentence To Brandt

May 27, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Having been removed from office by the Antelope County Board of Supervisors just weeks ago, former supervisor Harlan Brandt appeared in court today for sentencing on the charge of misdemeanor theft.
Judge Mark Johnson sentenced Brandt, 63, of Oakdale, to pay a $1,000 fine, make restitution of over$2,600, pay court fees, serve two years probation and be prohibited from running for public office during his time on probation.
In addition, Brandt was ordered by Judge Johnson to publish a letter of apology to the residents of Antelope County for three consecutive weeks in The Neligh News & Leader.
Brandt entered a no contest plea in March to misdemeanor theft following an investigation conducted first by the Antelope County Sheriff’s Department and, later, by the Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Attorney General’s office.
The investigation determined that Brandt put gas in his personal vehicle at the county’s expense, and also purchased items from Boomgaars also at the county’s expense, between 2011 and 2014.

Elgin Clean Up Day Is Saturday

May 27, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Elgin residents will have the opportunity to dispose of unwanted items Saturday, May 30 as part of what has become an annual event — Community Clean Up Day.
On that day, large dumpsters will be located in the north lot of Elgin Livestock Sales, Inc., for the expressed purpose of being a location to drop off unwanted items.
According to Elgin City Clerk Vicki Miller, a number of items are NOT ALLOWED to be disposed of at the dumpsters. They are:
• Construction Debris
• Lumber
• Shingles
• Tires
A number of items which are acceptable, but must be kept separate are:
• Televisions
• Computers
• Appliances
• Iron
• Vehicle batteries
Residents needing help with pickup are encouraged to call Jerry Finkral at (402) 851-1699.

ERPPD Open House To Be June 3

May 27, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Elkhorn Rural Public Power District is celebrating 75 years of service.
There will be an open house for customers on June 3, from 4 - 8 p.m.  in Battle Creek at the headquarters of the district.
Parking for the event will be at the Battle Creek High School and trolley rides will be available to headquarters.
There will be food, games and activities for the kids; bucket rides, pole climbing, hot wire demonstrations, pole top rescue, tours, information and more.

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