September 28, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Scott Moser and Baylee Wemhoff have been named this week’s Pride of the ‘Pack.
On the gridiron, the Wolfpack boys stepped in up and held Clearwater-Orchard to only 14 points in Thursday night’s game. Moser, a senior, led the team in tackles with 12 credited to him.
On the courts, the Wolfpack volleyball team played four matches last week (2 on Thursday night and 2 on Saturday). Wemhoff worked the court well in all the matches, racking up 44 set assists in the Wolfpack’s sweep of their games.
Congratulations to Scott and Baylee! This week’s sponsor of the Elgin Review “Pride of the ‘Pack” is The Willows Assisted Living in Neligh.
September 25, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Grab your tickets to the 2nd Annual St. Boniface Oktoberfest Celebration, happening Saturday, October 17th starting at 6 pm at the KC Hall in Elgin. Don your best German attire and celebrate the harvest while enjoying authentic German fare, the finest selection of craft German brews, the music of the Kava’s Polka band, games, photo booth, silent auction and more! Your $60 dollar ticket will include a custom St. Boniface Oktoberfest glass beer stein, from which you may drink free all evening! Only 200 tickets will be sold–grab yours while they last! Contact Amy Klein at 750-3227, Tammy Bode at 386-5870, Heather Veik at 750-2950, or Lindy Borer at 984-2600. Tickets are also sold at the Bank of Elgin and Dean’s Market in Elgin. All proceeds will benefit St. Boniface Elementary School. See you October 17th!
A face familiar to many in Clearwater will be spending a couple of days each week in Elgin.
Tina Schrage has been working for the Antelope County Veterinary Clinic at their Clearwater location. Along with handling the usual office business, Schrage has been offering dog grooming services, called “Paw Spa”.
As of last week, Schrage is now helping out in the Elgin clinic office on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Owner Stacy Charf said on Monday, “I’m happy to have her on board here to help with our veterinary needs.”
Schrage is a Licensed Veterinary Technician, receiving her degree from Northwestern University in Ames, Iowa.
It is likely that Schrage will offer her grooming services through the Elgin clinic during her days here in the future.
Her grooming includes bath, groom, anal gland, nails and ear cleaning.
She said Monday coming to Elgin will not affect her business in Clearwater.
Schrage, a Sidney native, has been working for Charf in the Clearwater office for almost three years. She and her husband Kevin have four children, twin 21-year-old girls and an 18-year-old girl in college, and a six-year-old son.
Wednesday through Friday, customers will continue to be greeted by long-time employee Tammy Starman.
By Lynell Morgan
A recent US Meat Export trade mission to Tokyo Japan will hopefully payback with increasing meat exports if Japan continues its trend of importing Nebraska-grown agricultural products.
Anne Meis, the newly elected District One representative of the Nebraska Soybean Board, boarded a Labor Day-flight and found herself with other Nebraskan (and a few from neighboring states) delegates in the Land of the Rising Sun. The “mission” of the week-long mission? To visit with Japanese meat buyers and consumers and tout the benefits of Nebraska beef, pork, poultry and grain products as a part of the Japanese diet.
While the mission was a meat export trip, meats and grains go hand-in-hand when it comes to Nebraska ag producers so members of the corn and soybean board were a big part of the trip. So much so, that Meis said the soybean board helped out the pork board with the trip.
“The Nebraska Soybean Board sponsored the two pork people because we are tied so closely together,” she said. “We promote pork, the pork people are going to buy our soybeans. They are all linked together.”
Japan is a major player in Nebraska’s ag export market.
“They have a pretty robust economy,” Meis explained. “Their people are moving away from a rice and fish diet. They want American pork and beef. It’s actually being pushed from even the governmental level that animal protein is such an important part of a healthy diet. So every year, we saw graphs that show they are increasing their intake of animal protein.”
Geographically, Japan’s options are limited. “They are such a small island, they just don’t have the land to produce the meat that they want to consume,” she added. “They are a great market for our products.”
Who best to visit with in Tokyo about Nebraska’s great ag products than those who purchase the food that will go on their tables - the suppliers for grocery stores and restaurants and the consumers and food “bloggers” who help spread the word about the quality of these food products.
“We met with meat buyers…we were to put a face on — (that) this is who produces the food, the whole thing of, people want to know who their food comes from. We’re that face, we’re the one’s producing that high-quality product,” Meis said about their interaction with the Japanese people. “We went to some events where we were targeting consumers, the women who go to the market and buy because they said 90 percent of the women make the purchasing decisions in the super market,” she added. “There were food bloggers there and women who were consumers. They had a celebrity chef demonstrating the reasons that its (meat) good. We produce some of the safest food.”
It proved a valuable learning experience for Meis also in terms of how trading impacts every level of agriculture, right down to the small family farmer here in Antelope County.
“I learned a lot about TPP - Trans Pacific Partnership - and how important (it is) if we can get that passed and lower our tariffs to Japan and be able to compete with Australian beef and European pork on a more even playing field. Now, we pay 37-1/2% tariff on all our products that are coming in to Japan. It really puts our products at a higher price and makes it that much harder to market them,” she said.
The downside to the TPP, “if it passes, they’re paying a tariff on their end - their autos, their Sony tvs and all that. It would gradually lower their tariff over the next 10-15 years. Obviously, our automakers aren’t thrilled about it,” she noted.
To sum up the seven-day trip, Meis said “It was an amazing trip, we were treated royally and I learned so much. Our days were full and I just saw so much of the “bigger picture”. We work so hard here on our farm and we load up our product and we hope for a good price at the elevator but I saw how much there is on the other end to get that price at our local elevator - what it takes, how many people are working to keep that market established.
“Nebraska has rich land and many resources and we can grow the corn and soybeans to feed our livestock all within our own state’s economy. We’ve got to keep that market so we have someone to purchase our products,” Meis concluded.
Japan is Nebraska’s largest export market for beef, pork, eggs, corn and wheat.
Nebraska is Japan’s second largest supplier of beef, just behind Kansas and Nebraska is just behind Iowa as Japan’s major pork supplier.
Doris Markland, Norfolk author of Playing Life by Ear, will be coming to our library for a program on Monday, September 28, at 2:00. The Tilden Library had her speak and said she was “absolutely charming” and the audience loved her. She has a blog http://mymarkland.wordpress.com. I read parts of it and really enjoyed it. Anyone who is interested is welcome to come and hear her. She will have copies of her book for sale if anyone is interested. The library will also buy a copy.
Book club will meet to discuss The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer on Wednesday, September 23 at 4:00. Our next book is Gap Creek by Robert Morgan. You can get a copy of that now or on the 23rd.
Remember our Adult Reading Challenge. For $20 you get a chance to win an iPad. This will be our only fundraiser this fall. We need to have more people enter so we can pay for that iPad!!
In conjunction with this event we will be having an iPad class sometime in October. The date isn’t set yet, but it will probably be an evening class. Anyone who is interested may sign up for the class and tell us what they would like to learn. Julie Dwyer will be our teacher!
Our website is http://libraries.ne.gov/elgin. Save this address in your favorites and from there you can find our catalog, go to Overdrive, or check out the new data bases available! Our hours are Monday 5-7, Tuesday 1-5, Wednesday 1-7, and Thursday and Friday 1-5.