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Wind Turbine Noise Study To Be Subjected To Peer Review

July 28, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Whether it be unsure of the results or seeking validation, the Antelope County Board of Supervisors will ask another business, Rand Acoustics to complete a peer review of the results of a noise study conducted on Prairie Breeze wind turbines at four locations in Antelope County.
At last week’s supervisor meeting, Michael Hankard, president of Hankard Environmental, Inc., presented the results of the recently-completed noise study. Over the course of five-weeks, noise levels were measured at the residences of Gary Borer, Judy Wilcox, Susan Berg, and Paul and Stephanie Hecht in Antelope County. In the case of Wilcox, Berg and Hecht, the wind turbines in question are part of Prairie Breeze II, while Borer’s complaint dealt with wind turbine noise created from Prairie Breeze I.
Hankard told the supervisors the noise levels fell below the established criteria for noise when the wind farms were constructed. Noise levels produced by wind turbines ranged between 30 and 49 decibels at the four residences where microphones were placed. Noise levels, as part of the conditional use permit approved by the supervisiors, are not to exceed 50 decibels.
Back in July 2012, the county adopted regulations whereby “No Commercial/Utility WECS shall exceed 50 dBA at the nearest existing inhabited dwelling. Exception: a Commercial/Utility may exceed 50 dBA during periords of severe weather as defined by the US Weather Service or during shut down or restart for normal maintenance.”
In all cases, involving all four residences, Hankard said noise levels fell below established guidelines.
Hankard indicated when wind speeds were higher than 11 miles per hour, noise level results were omitted from the study. That’s due to wind speeds creating a sound level over a microphone which is not real. Also, during those times, he said wind noise and the noise generated from wind turbines are too close to differentiate.
No action was taken on the wind study. Also, no date was set for the supervisors to review the report from Rand Acoustics.

Schiltmeyer Scholarship Bake Sale Raises Over $1,500

July 28, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The annual bake sale for the Shari Schiltmeyer Softball Scholarship Fund raised $1,505. Many baked items were brought in and there were numerous cash donations. The scholarship fund is used to award scholarships each year to one or two senior girls from each school who have played at least two years of softball for Elgin. Those applying for the scholarship fill out an application which is available at both schools, and then the recipients are chosen by the fund committee.
All donations go into the scholarship fund and are greatly appreciated.

Council Hires New Librarians

July 15, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Meeting last week, the Elgin City Council approved the hiring of two people to fill the position of librarian at Elgin Public Library.
With the retirement of Joyce Sullivan to commence later this month, the council approved the hiring of Barb Bode and Dianne Gunderson to share the position. Both Bode and Gunderson recently retired as teachers at Elgin Public Schools at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year.
In other action:
Agreement — The council approved an interlocal agreement for the Library and Antelope County. The agreement is renewed annually.
Papers sent on — Saying the state required more paperwork, Mayor Mike Schmitt said construction of a new well could begin at any time.
Website — City Clerk was given the go ahead to look into developing a webpage for the City of Elgin. According to resident Janet Koinzan, the website is a necessary element for Elgin to participate in a program called “Marketing Small Town America.” The program, she said, would be a way to help promote the community as a great place to live.

Heying Joins Insurance Mart

July 15, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Having returned home after receiving a degree in finance from Southeast Community College, Spencer Heying will be putting that knowledge to good use at Insurance Mart in Elgin.
Beginning last month, Heying has joined the business alongside Janet Koinzan and Tracey Schindler.
“I am excited to be working with Janet and Tracey,” Heying said Friday. “The knowledge that they pass on to me will allow me to serve my clients in an even larger and more efficient capacity moving forward.”
For the past three years, he has worked in Norfolk with Northwestern Mutual gaining experience in financial & estate planning, life, health, long term care, disability and annuities.
With his new position at Insurance Mart, Heying will now also be able to assist customers with commercial, personal, farm and crop insurance needs.
“I look forward to serving Elgin and Petersburg as well as all other surrounding communities.”
From rural Petersburg, Heying graduated from Pope John Central Catholic High School in 2008. He and his wife Megan have one child.

St. Boniface Alumni Banquet Well Attended

June 30, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

More than 70 persons attended the St. Boniface Alumni Banquet held Saturday night at the KC Hall.
Honored classes were 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966.
Fr. Ross Burkhalter was recognized and thanked for his years at St. Boniface.
A crucifix made by Dennis Wiehn from reclaimed wood from St. Boniface School was won by Sharon Lilli from Elgin.
The dinner catered by Jodine Meis.
Marilyn Sehi prepared the table decorations which she created from a potted plant her family had received at the time of her mother’s (Darlene Heithoff Schindler) death.  Darlene had always enjoyed the banquets so that was such a nice memento of her.
Scholarship winners were:
• Two St. Boniface Alumni Scholarship winners: Brooklyn and Logan Starman, children of Kayla Brewer
• In memory of Lawrence Getzfred: Skyler and Brooklyn Meis, daughters of Eric and Brenda Meis
• In Memory of Mark Schindler: Anna Dworak, daughter of Ben and Amanda Dworak
• In Memory of Vet and Bernice Josten: the Josh and Tonya Kallhoff Family
• The Delbert Salber Scholarships to a 6th grader going into Pope John:  Emily Mlnarik and Kaylee Ramold
At the annual meeting following dinner, the outcome was reported of a recent vote cast by the living alumni of St. Boniface High School regarding the future of the alumni banquets.  There had been discussion over recent years of perhaps discontinuing the banquets due to an aging and diminishing alumni which affects numbers attending as well as finding a committee to plan and host the event.
All living alumni with addresses available at the school were sent a ballot and the result was that the traditional style of alumni banquet as we have known it will end after the last graduating class of 1967 celebrates their 50th reunion in 2017.
The remainder of the evening was spent visiting and socializing.

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