March 6, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Meeting Monday night, the Elgin City Council received a water well update.
City Engineer John Zwingman sent a letter to City Hall to update officials on the current status of the well situation.
In the letter, Zwingman said he was meeting with UNL School of Natural Resources Research Hydrogeologist Susan Lackey of Norfolk to discuss well siting locations as well as the underground aquifer. Maps have been forwarded along with test results and other information.
Down the road, Zwingman said he will get together with City Water Superintendent Donnie Poulsen, Jr., to look at possible locations and land owners.
“As soon as we get a location, we will take bids on a test well, get testing done and if water quality works, we will begin design on the municipal well,” Zwingman said in the letter. “I know that this is an urgent matter due to the condition of the 88-1 well and we will be working with the state to get approval on everything in a very expedient manner.”
The City is having to look at a new well due to high arsenic levels found in test results. A test well was drilled on the northeast edge of Elgin months ago, but it was determined to not be a viable site.
In other action:
Bids — Mayor Schmitt opened bids for armor coating city streets later this year.
Just two bids were received, both from companies in Yankton, S.D. The Road Guy Construction Co. submiteed a bid of $2.95 per gallon for armor coating for 7,000 and 10,000.
The other bid was from Topkote. Their bid was $3.07 per gallon for 7,000 gallons; and $3.02 per gallon for 10,000 gallons. The bids from both companies required that the City of Elgin provide gravel.
After considerable discussion, some focusing on the need to fill cracks, the council voted 4-0 to accept a bid from The Road Guy for 10,000 gallons.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review
As a team, they placed first and brought home the championship plaque. Individually, the team earned 19 medals.
Three events earned championship medals: Ethan Fischer and Kenny Bush-Duet, Dylan Widger-Poetry, and the OID team of Christopher Bush, Alois Warner, Kenny Bush, and Jaime Hoefer.
Jaime Hoefer earned a runners-up medal in Serious Prose
Lisa Dohmen placed third in Humorous Prose.
Earning 4th place medals were Tyler Smith in Entertainment, Katie Polk in Serious, and Lisa Dohmen in Poetry.
Morgan Carpenter placed 5th in Humorous Prose.
Bringing home 6th place medals were Zoey Bergman and Alois Warner in Duet, Paige Nichols in Entertainment, and the OID team of Dylan Widger, Taya Voborny, and Zoey Bergman.
The coaches attribute the team’s success to a lot of hard work.
“It’s just a busy time of year, and these kids are pulled in so many directions,” said co-coaches Stacy Shumake-Henn and Jessie Reestman, “so we always appreciate the time they dedicate to practicing.”
They are also thrilled with the success, especially during this time of the season.
“It’s nice to see good things happen for good kids. They are a fun group to work with, and they enjoy competing.”
Members of the EPS Speech team earned the NVC East Runners-up Plaque and brought home fourteen medals following conference competition on Monday.
OID members Christopher Bush, Alois Warner, Kenny Bush and Jaime Hoefer were crowned Conference Champions.
The Duet of Alois Warner and Zoey Bergman were named Conference Runners-up.
Ethan Fischer and Kenny Bush earned 3rd place medals with their duet.
Also place 3rd was Dylan Widger in Poetry and Katie Polk in Serious Prose.
In Entertainment, Paige Nichols placed 4th and Tyler Smith placed 5th.
Sixth place medals were earned by Lisa Dohmen in Humorous Prose and Jaime Hoefer in Serious Prose.
Earning Superior Ratings were Lisa Dohmen in Poetry, the OID of Dylan Widger, Taya Voborny and Zoey Bergman, and Morgan Carpenter in Humorous Prose.
Coaches Stacy Shumake-Henn and Jessie Reestman were thrilled with the team’s performance.
“It was nice to see so many strong performances today. The kids have really been working hard to polish their pieces for this time of the season, so it’s nice to see that pay off for them.”
The team’s next meet is Monday at Cedar Rapids. They will then compete at the D2-3 district contest in Ewing on Wednesday, March 18.
Wednesday, five team members will travel to the Riverside meet, which was postponed from an earlier date.
Randi Schrage of Neligh and a graduate of Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School, won a Judge’s Special Citation and a Gold award in the Nebraska ADDY competition in the category of Out-of-Home - Single.
Creative Center (CC) students won 22 awards at this year’s Nebraska ADDY Student Competition, sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. Students entered original creative projects into competitive categories which were judged by area professionals. Locally, projects are judged by area professionals. Local winners advance to one of 15 district competitions.
“Our student competition really mirrors the professional competition,” said American Advertising Federation President and CEO James Edmund Datri. “Other major competitions have a stripped-down version, or limit the students to a predetermined case. The American Advertising Awards offers students much more opportunity.”
The Creative Center is a college of art and design in Omaha, Nebraska offering a three-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design, and a two-year Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Graphic Design. Students attend class Monday through Friday from 8:30 – 3:30 and learn multiple aspects of graphic design. Every student receives a Mac laptop computer and software (to keep!) as a part of the tuition and fees, and gets plenty of chances to use it exploring as many of the computerized visual realms as possible, from branding to web design, from package design to multimedia, and from advertising to illustration.
“As an advertising agency, it is in our best interest to hire personnel who not only fit into our corporate culture, but those that are up to date in current technology and advertising trends. We recently hired a graduate from the Creative Center who has fulfilled all these demands for our design position, and has impressed us with a strong work ethic and all around capability in multiple design arenas. We couldn’t have made a better choice.”
Andrew Sleight, CEO / Creative Director, Sleight Advertising, Omaha, NE
“I have two daughters who decided to pursue graphic design at different colleges. I can’t believe the quality, additional projects and variety that my daughter at the Creative Center experienced in only three years as opposed to my daughter who chose to attend a large university, which took much longer.”
Michael Sexton, Father of Henna Sexton, BFA ‘12
For more information on the Creative Center, visit our website at www.creativecenter.edu <http://www.creativecenter.edu> or call us toll free at 888-898-1789 or locally at 402-898-1000. See complete list of award winners below along with the high school from which they graduated.
2015 ADDY Judge’s Special Citation
Randi Schrage – Elgin Pope John Central Catholic HS (NE)
Nicole White - Bryan HS (NE)
2015 ADDY Gold Winners
Randi Schrage – Elgin Pope John Central Catholic HS (NE)
Nicole White - Bryan HS (NE) 
2015 ADDY Silver Winners
Megan Christiansen - Millard West HS (NE) 
Abbey Dobson - Fort Dodge Senior HS (IA)
Katelyn Goecker - Louisville HS (NE)
Brandon Henry - Humboldt HS (KS)
Carissa Johnson - Roosevelt HS (SD)
Weston Knobloch - West Lyon Community School (IA)
Kelli Law - River Valley HS (IA) 
Larissa Lespreance - Lincoln Southeast HS (NE)
Julian Marcello - Lincoln Southeast HS (NE)
Katie Musil - Tri County Public Schools (NE)
Kristine Osbourne - Millard West HS (NE)
Kelsie Tarter - Harrisonville Senior HS (MO)
Nickie Threet - Blair Senior HS (NE)
Nicole White - Bryan HS (NE) 
On Saturday, February 28th, the team competed at their own Pope John Invitational Speech Meet. Finishing in first place was Elgin Public High School, second Place - Neligh Oakdale High School and third - Pope John.
Other schools attending were Lindsay Holy Family, Riverside, Spalding Academy, Newman Grove and Wheeler Central. Pope John results were:
First Place: Informative Speaking - Marie Meis
Second Place: Brody Hupp - Informative Speaking
Second Place: OID - Shantel Preister, Erin Beckman, Emily Seier, Zach Eischeid and Morgan Childers,
Second Place: Persuasive Speaking - Lexie Heithoff.
Third Place: OID - Scott Moser, Terri Seier, Lexie Heithoff, Maria Bartak and Karissa Dicke
Third Place: Informative Speaking - Karissa Dicke
Fourth Place: Duet Acting - Sydney Kerkman and Maddie Dilly
Sixth Place: Persuasive Speaking - Terri Seier
On Monday, March 2, PJCC hosted the Niobrara Valley Conference East Speech Competition.
Clearwater-Orchard won the team competition, finishing second was Elgin Public. Pope John Central Catholic finished sixth in the competition. Other schools competing Monday were Ewing, Niobrara, Verdigre, Elkhorn Valley and Neligh-Oakdale.
PJCC medalists were:
Serious Prose: Seventh — Terri Seier
Persuasive Speaking: Fourth — Lexie Heithoff
Informative: Third — Marie Meis
OID: Third — Morgan Childers, Zach Eischeid, Emily Seier, Erin Beckman and Shantel Preister
Extemporaneous: Fourth — Brody Hupp
March 2, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Construction of a new wind farm in Antelope County may begin sooner than expected, according to officials at Invenergy.
On Monday afternoon, Invenergy Wind Development LLC spokesperson Alissa Krinsky indicated work on the wind farm should begin soon.
“As development activity continues on the Prairie Breeze II Wind Energy Center, current project activity includes final geotechnical and engineering design work,” she said. “Construction is expected to begin late next month (April), with commercial operation expected by the end of this year.”
Previously, construction of the new wind farm to be located primarily north and east of Elgin, would begin in May.
Prairie Breeze II will consist of approximately 41 wind turbines which will generate 73 MW of power. During the construction phase, there will be an estimated 90 jobs created. Also, Prairie Breeze II is expected to add seven permanent full-time jobs at the operations/maintenance building in Elgin.
Power generated by the wind farm will be purchased by Lincoln Electric System (LES) as part of a long-term contract signed last year.
There was also news last week regarding a potential third wind farm to be located in Antelope County. As reported previously, Invenergy has been meeting with landowners in the Neligh area about a future wind farm. Back in December, Invenergy Senior Manager/Business Development James Williams said the corporation was in the early-development stage for the Neligh Wind Energy Project which would be sited north and east of Neligh. According to public documents, the Neligh project would involve properties in Antelope and Pierce counties.
The Elgin Review has learned that the Antelope County Planning Commission will meet on Monday evening, March 16, to conduct a public hearing on two conditional use permits applied for by Invenergy Wind Development for the purpose of constructing two meteorological towers in the county. One tower would be located in Elm Township on land owned by Roger and Janet Spulak (SE1/4 less SE1/4SE1/4 33-25-5). The other tower would be placed in the Blaine Township on land owned by the State of Nebraska Board of Educational Lands and Funds (SE1/4 16-26-7)
Each tower will stand 197 feet tall and serve the function of measuring wind speeds. The hearing will be begin at 8 p.m.