October 1, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The State Fire Marshal’s office has been notified today (Saturday) regarding two suspicious hay bale fires this morning.
Elgin Fire Chief Jim Kittelson said Elgin firefighters were called out at approximately 6 a.m. to a hay bale fire at Alan Welding’s place. He estimated 36 hay bales were on fire.
At the same time, 30 hay bales were reported on fire nearby, approximately one mile south of Rick Miller’s place. Kittelson said there were as many as 30 hay bales on fire there.
“It was not spontaneous combustion,” the fire chief said.
Elgin firefighters have been busy the last two days. At approximately 12:14 a.m. Saturday, Kittelson said firefighters were called to put out a tractor fire at Rick Miller’s place.
On Friday, firefighters were summoned to Ken Meis’ place where a tractor was on fire as well as 12 hay bales.
“The tractor was a total loss,” the fire chief said. He estimated firefighters were at the scene for nearly three hours.
The 2016 Elgin Fall Festival Crafts and Products Fair will be held this Saturday, October 1 at the St. Boniface Auditorium, Third and Remington Street.
This marks the 37th year for the craft fair, bringing together area/regional craftsmen and area/regional shoppers for one fantastic day of homemade merchandise to buy and sell.
According to Patricia Spieker, the event will feature many popular crafts and products from previous years as well as some new items. She said wooden toys are popular every year and will be available for purchase again this year.
Among the new vendors/items will be Lip Sense, Martha & Me (Christian home decor items), as well as many sewn and quilted items and even homegrown honey.
Spieker said the auditorium will be full this year, providing many items to choose from. She said the fall festival, at this time of year, provides a way for people to do some early Christmas shopping without having to go too far. Admission to the event is free.
Again this year, buyers will find everything in one place.
The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this year. Organizers and volunteers will be at the gymnasium around 6 a.m. to help vendors do setup for the festival.
The Young-N-Lively Club will be holding a bake sale.
As in past years, the St. Boniface Altar Society will be serving soup, sandwiches, etc., Take outs are available. See ya there!
By Jaime Hoefer
The Public Library in Elgin gained a couple of new faces this August!
Former Elgin Public teachers Barb Bode and Diane Gunderson are sharing the position of librarian since retiring from many years in the teaching profession.
Both delight in sharing the job while brainstorming ideas of getting people involved in the library.
Both women say they are loving retirement but also like being able to stay busy at the library because even though the atmosphere is much different, the teacher in them causes them to “think the way they do.” This aids in coming up with new ideas for children and adults to further enjoy the library. They say that they are enjoying trying new things, especially those which tie into education and the younger generation. Because the atmosphere of the library possesses a different structure, Bode and Gunderson are adapting to their new surroundings.
They have become acquainted with adults in the book club and strongly encourage more groups to start their own!
Gunderson appreciates that she can continue reading while she is working.
This way she is able to accomplish more reading than just limiting a majority of it to summertime. She stated that she does not mind the schedule and takes pleasure in seeing students she has taught in the past.
The students particularly delight in the availability of suckers and mints upon each visit. Many have let her know that they miss her, with the same sentiment expressed towards Bode.
For the complete story, see the print edition of the Elgin Review
Blame it on Rio.
Patients will have to forgive Dr. Derek Scholl for a while as, while making sure he is taking care of his patients, his mind may occasionally wander back to his time spent in Rio, working and taking in the sights from the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Scholl took a break from competition at the recent human foosball tournament to share his thoughts about his time spent in the Brazilian capital city.
According to Scholl, the training facility (for the wrestlers) was impressive. “Hanging out at the training facility every day, that was pretty cool,” he said. While he was there to work with American wrestler Jordan Burroughs, he was able to rub elbows with several others.
“Kyle Snyder won a Gold Medal on Sunday, became the youngest USA wrestler to win a gold medal at twenty years of age. I worked on him earlier in the week. I kinda hung out with J’den Cox who is a bronze medalist,” Scholl explained. “To just hang out at the wrestling facility - you’re talking about some of the greats in American wrestling. Not even just the wrestlers, most of them are coaches. Caleb Sanderson, Tom Brands (the head coach at Iowa).”
Since athletes are so tuned into their bodies, they can be a great help to their chiropractic doctors. “I’m of the mindset that you have to treat every patient the same, no one gets preferential treatment but someone like Jordan - any sort of elite athlete - they know their body better than anybody.”
When asked if there are common areas that wrestlers need chiropractic work on, Scholl described it this way: “We focus on a lot of spinal decompression because their are always taking blows to the head, its just the nature of the sport. We try not to do too much, sometimes if you over do it, it can be a hindrance because you can flare muscles up. You have to listen to them, because they know their bodies better than anybody.”
As far as Rio de Janeiro, Scholl didn’t experience all the negatives that were being reported back in the states.
“You would be walking around and, if the wind shifted, you could smell sewage. Rio has three large “slums” that they don’t even try to hide, its just part of the culture. They are all on hills so that is where most of the sewage that gets dumped into the ocean comes from, when it rains it all runs downhill. All of that is away from the main Copa Cabana and Ipa Nima.”
Scholl said he didn’t really fear for his safety while there. “As far as safety, every day I took a taxi by myself up to the training facility and back.” He did say the incident with USA swimmer Ryan Lochte didn’t make things comfortable for the other American athletes. “when I landed on Sunday down there, it (the incident) was all kinda breaking. When we went to Christ the Redeemer (iconic Rio statue that overlooks the city), we were riding the cable car up and the tour guide was so irate about it. He was like ‘they gave us such a bad name!’. At that time, it was all coming out as a lie.”
According to Scholl, Burroughs has already said he plans to wrestle in the 2020 games and, if the doctor has any say, he’ll be a part of his medical team once again.
September 15, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Once again, Elgin and area residents will celebrate their German heritage.
On Saturday, Sept. 17, the annual Oktoberfest celebration returns to the KC Hall in Elgin.
Designed as a fundraiser to benefit St. Boniface Elementary School, the event will feature fine German cuisine, music, the best of German beverages as well as a silent auction featuring donations from local and area businesses.
Organizers said this year will be different than past years as there will be food stations, buffet style. At the pretzel station will be a variety of hard and soft pretzels with hot honey mustard dip, sweet cream cheese dip, dilly cheese dip, mustard and horseradish dip, as well as cheesy beer dip.
At the entree station will be German meatballs with gravy, sausage links as well as German potato beer soup.
The side station will have German hot potato salad, sauerkraut and baked apples.
The dessert station will feature German chocolate pecan bars, Black forest cake and snickerdoodles.
Iced tea and coffee will be available as well.
Among the items on the silent auction are:
• Four tickets to the Ballet Nebraska production of The Nutcracker at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha plus a $100 Visa gift card
• Trip for four to downtown Kansas City with a two-room overnight stay at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Central along with a $200 gift certificate to Grunauer
• Trip for four to see comedian Brian Regan at Divots on Dec. 10 with a $250 gift certificate to Black Cow Fat Pig
Items on the beer menu this year include Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen, Thunderhead Goldenfrau, Thunderhead Prairie Beach and Thunderhead Cornstalker Dark Wheat (all brewed in Kearney), Brickway Hefeweizen, Empyrean Dark Side Vanilla Porter (brewed in Lincoln), Leinenkugels Berry Weiss and Schofferhofer Grapefruit Wheat. Also, on tap, will be Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest and Bud Light.
Tickets are still available for the event. They can be purchased by contacting Amy Klein, Lindy Borer, Heather Veik or Tammy Bode.