June 25, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Representatives from Antelope County, Invenergy LLC, OPPD and Governor Dave Heineman were in Elgin this morning (Wednesday, June 25). They, along with land owners and other invited guests, celebrated the official opening of the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Farm Operations Center. Shown at the ribbon cutting ceremony are (l-r) Antelope County Supervisor LeRoy Kerkman, Elgin Mayor Mike Schmitt, Governor Heineman and three unidentified (at this time) Invenergy representatives. Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Farm, with 118 turbines, is the largest wind farm in the state of Nebraska. E-R photo
June 23, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Members of the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department brought a beautiful - and somewhat loud - end to Elgin’s Q125. Shortly after 10 p.m., fireworks lit up the sky over the town. Wonderful to see fireworks of that caliber in Elgin! E-R photo
June 20, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Governor Dave Heineman is coming to Elgin!
Those believing he is the ’surprise’ celebrity for tonight’s opening ceremony of the Elgin Q125 celebration are in for a disappointment. Heineman is not expected to arrive in Elgin for the weekend celebration.
Instead, the governor will be one of the state dignitaries coming to Elgin on Wednesday, June 25, for the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the commencement of operations at the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center.
The event, by invitation only, will be held June 25, beginning at 10 a.m. It will be held at the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center operations building located along Highway 70 in Elgin.
The event is not open to the public.
June 19, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The Vietnam Moving Wall brought generations together, reflecting on the sacrifices of those who have served our country. This photo is from tonight’s dedication ceremony. The Wall will be in Elgin until 8 a.m. on Monday morning. E-R photo
June 19, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
With current and former residents and visitors descending upon Elgin beginning Thursday night, there will be a lot of needs that need to be met. Food? Check. Entertainment? Check. Family & Fellowship? Check. A Q125 headquarters for memorabilia? Check.
It is only fitting that the former Logan Hotel building should come to house the headquarters for Elgin’s Q125 celebration. Located at 112 North 2nd Street (Highway 14), the land and that old hotel building have a storied history.
The land was patented on June 28, 1872 to the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad. It was sold several times before being purchased by an individual. That individual who then owned the hotel lot was the man responsible for Elgin’s name, Postmaster William Eggleston.
Eggleston purchased the property on June 30, 1887 - the “birth” year of Elgin. After several more sales, sometime shortly before 1911, the building on that lot was officially recognized as a hotel.
Years passed, the original building burned in the fire of 1909, ownership of the land and new building continued to change. Then with its sale to Raymond and LaVerne Seier in 1978, it was first run as a ceramics shop and in 1980 changed into a residence for the Seier family to accommodate all their children and grandchildren when they came to visit.
Following the passing of the Seiers, the building eventually came up for auction in 1992. Mike and Connie Dvorak of Elgin purchased the building. According to Connie, the building needed some work.
“We took the top story off. The windows were falling out,” she said. They also blocked off the back entrance and other windows. After that work was done, the building was in fairly good shape. “It had a working bathroom, a new roof,” Connie added. “It was in pretty good repair.”
It became a business again for a while but then sat empty — until recent months, that is. Mike said they had an idea and arranged a visit with the Elgin Q125 committee.
“We approached them last fall,” he said. The Dvoraks suggested the committee utilize the building and its central location as a headquarters. Earlier this year, the committee decided to take them up on their offer.
For the last couple of months, committee members (with some help from the Dvoraks) have been cleaning and decorating the interior. The exterior received some decorating several weeks ago and just last Friday morning, Mike Dvorak and Merle Moser hung the new sign, “The Depot”.
Items that may be purchased include commemorative T-shirts, Elginopoly board game, travel mugs, batter bowls, salt & pepper shakers, plates, Young-N-Lively cookbooks, belt buckles and much more! Please be advised that they will accept checks and cash only — no credit or debit cards.
The headquarters will be manned by volunteers beginning Friday morning, June 20.
Hours will be 8 am - 9 pm EXCEPT the building will be closed during the parade on Sunday (1-4 pm).