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District Title To Be Decided Tonight When Wolfpack, Warriors Clash At Elgin Field

October 17, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

“It’s a big game for us.”
Six little words, 16 letters in all. But it has a huge meaning for members of the Wolfpack varsity football team.
After starting out the season with three losses, Elgin Public-Pope John has rebounded with three straight victories and will play for the D1-7 District title Friday night at Elgin Field.
Standing between them and a championship are the Neligh-Oakdale Warriors. The Warriors are riding a four-game winning streak after dropping their first two games of the season.
“I’m pretty sure these kids (the Wolfpack) are going to be ready,” said Eisenhauer, in his second season as head coach of the Wolfpack.
“They’re (Neligh/Oakdale) going to spread us out. They’re quick hitters and everything is kinda like last year. Hopefully, our kids will answer. I think they will.”
The Wolfpack enter Friday night’s game averaging nearly 32 points per game on offense while the defense has given up 27 points per game, but just 12 points per game during their winning streak.
The Warriors are averaging 44 points per game on offense. The Warrior defense has given up an average of 35 points per game.
The schools have played two common opponents. The Wolfpack posted a 30 to 6 victory over North Central. When the Warriors played North Central they previaled in a high scoring affair, 49 to 45.
The other common opponent was Niobrara/Verdigre whom the Wolfpack defeated 48 to 6. The Warriors defeated the Cougars 56 to 14 earlier in the season.
The winner of Friday night’s game will not only win a district title, but will qualify for the Class D-1 State Football Playoffs. The loser will not be eliminated from the playoffs, but would have to qualify as a wild-card entry.
The Wolfpack and Warriors have each posted victories on their home field against each other over the last two season.
Friday night’s game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

FFA Labor Auction After Tonight’s Football Game

October 17, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

They will be asked to stand in front for all to see. The auctioneer will do his cadence, money will exchange hands. It’s a scene that goes on every year about this time and will do so again on Friday night at the conclusion of the Wolfpack/Neligh-Oakdale Warriors football game.
It’s the annual Elgin FFA Labor Auction. The rules are quite simple. To the highest bidder each FFA member will be sold. In exchange for money, members will work for eight hours at the time and place of the buyer’s choosing. Buyers will need to arrange work time with students, provide lunch and, if necessary, transportation for younger members. Monies raised from the auction go to support chapter activities and student leadership development throughout the year.
FFA members participating in the labor auction are:
Seniors — Chris Bush, Trent Bauer, Morgan Childers, Christian Dunn, Ethan Fischer, Kyle Heithoff, Jon Meis, Baylie Schiltmeyer and Tanner Welding
Juniors — Trey Baum, Dylan Behnk, Taven Cameron, Morgan Carpenter, Karissa Dicke, Andrew Fangman, Lexie Heithoff, Kalin Henn, Chase Preister, Seth Schumacher, Alois Warner and Dylan Widger
Sophomores — Zoey Bergman, Chad Bode, Kenny Bush, Geoffrey Carr, Justin Funk, Elianne Heilhecker, Miles Schrage, Taylor Sehi, Liz Selting and Kelsey Welding
Freshmen — Taralyn Baum, Heather Bauer, Lydia Behnk, Liam Heithoff, Grace Henn, Calli Krebs, Marie Meis, Hayes Miller, Elizabeth Mlnarik, Nicki Payne, Cole Preister and Ryan Warner
FFA Advisor Julia Schwartz indicated the “National Convention Group” of Morgan Childers, Baylie Schiltmeyer, Morgan Carpenter, Jon Meis, Trey Baum, Taralyn Baum, Ethan Fischer, Marie Meis and Dylan Widger will be sold as a group after the individual sales. They will be split into a girl group and a boy group. Funds raised from this sale will go directly to help pay for their trip later in the year.

EVFD Initiates Fundraising Campaign

October 17, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

This week members of the Elgin community will receive a notice in the mail from the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD).
The letter will be to thank residents for past support and ask for continued support in the future. Contributions received from the community are used to keep up on training and to update equipment with the latest in technology to keep the community safe when called upon.
During the past year, EVFD has been able to update one pumper/fast attack apparatus and a number of other pieces of equipment including personal protective equipment, hoses and nozzles. These purchases would not be possible without the financial support of the community. Some interesting facts about the past year: EVFD members provided the following services to the community:
• 15 fire/emergency calls totaling 197 hours
• 310 man-hours of training
• Storm watches — 12 hours
• Three new members taking Fire Fighter 1 Certification — 300 hours
• 39 community member volunteers ready to respond when called upon
• Assisting EMTs on ambulance calls

Supervisors Approve Prairie Breeze II Permit

October 9, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The meeting room of the Antelope County Board of Supervisors was full of spectators Tuesday morning. The reason was a public hearing on a conditional use permit needed for the construction of Prairie Breeze II, a wind farm to be located east of Elgin. More than 30 persons, counting those who stood in the hallway, attended the hearing.
After the hearing ,which lasted just over an hour, the supervisors present voted unanimously to approve the permit. It’s a major step in the development of the new wind farm which will consist of up to 70 wind turbines which will generate 125 MW. Each wind tower will be 80 meters high with a rotor diameter of 100 kmeters. The total height will be 130 meters, the same height as the wind towers at Prairie Breeze I.
The permit is for property located in sections 1, 12-13, 24-25, 36 in Logan Township; sections 1-36 in Cedar Township; sections 1-36 in Grant Township; sections 24-25 & 36 in Elgin Township; sections 19-36 in OakdaleTownship; & sections 19-23, 25-26 in Burnett Township, Antelope County, Nebraska.
As part of the permit, one of the conditions is that any wind turbine that is part of Prairie Breeze II 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. As part of the permit, no setback can be less than 1,000 feet from a dwelling. Invenergy spokesman James Williams said during the construction phase there will be 150 jobs. When completed, Prairie Breeze II will add seven new full-time jobs at the operations/maintenance building located on the edge of Elgin. Currently, there are 14 employees at the building. Last month the Antelope County Planning Commission recommended approval of the permit following a public hearing which extended over two days.
While a number of Antelope County residents spoke up in favor of the wind farm, no one spoke in opposition and only a few raised issues while maintaining a stance of neutrality on the wind farm’s fate.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

DHHS To Assist City With Well Liner Costs

October 9, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will assist the City of Elgin with trying to lower arsenic levels in a water well.
Mayor Mike Schmitt announced Monday night that DHHS will provide financial assistance to line an existing water well where high arsenic levels have been detected. This move, if successful, would mean that the city would not need to drill a new water well in the immediate future.
“We may have to pay for some testing,” Schmitt said, “but the rest of the costs would be taken care of by the state (DHHS).”
There’s no guarantee the lining of the well will work. However, in some cases, it has reduced contaminant levels by a substantial margin.
“It’s sure worth a shot,” Councilman Kenny Jochum said. Councilwoman Shirley Nissen added, “It’s worth a try.”
The work would be done sometime between now and June 15, 2015.
In addition to Elgin, three other Nebraska towns are on a list for such work to be done. They are Laurel, Humphrey and Wauneta.
Monday night’s meeting lasted less than an hour. Other highlights from the meeting were:

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

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