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Meis, Borer Share LEAD Trip Experience

January 30, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

For more than two weeks, they explored the cultures of nations half a world away. And now, they’re home.
Nebraska LEAD Program Team #33 members Anne Meis and Keith Borer, both of Elgin, came home over the weekend after more than two weeks of being away from their families, participating in an International Study/Travel Seminar. In that time, they walked among some of the richest people of the world and, sadly, some of the poorest.
They spent time in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), India and Nepal. Each country facing its own challenges in this, the 21st Century.
Poverty
Nepal and India have the appearance of Third World countries. That’s in stark contrast to the UAE.
Upon arriving in Nepal, Borer said “It was run down from the start, beginning at the airport. Security at the airport looked at us and just waved us through. There were people all over, beggars … I was just struck with the amount of people and trash (in Kathmandu)
“The streets were full of trash. The rivers were piled up with trash, bags, bottles.”
India was another story.
“As bad as Nepal was, it was just a warm up for India,” Borer said.

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

Catholic Schools Says Thank You During Catholic Schools Week

January 30, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

img_8276Thank you Elgin Businesses!
The Pope John XXIII Central Catholic juniors and the St. Boniface Elementary School 6th graders host a luncheon for the business community of Elgin each year during Catholic Schools Week. The meal is served at the Knights of Columbus Hall on main street in Elgin.  Approximately 100 people were served this year. The students and their families donate the chili, veggies, and cookies.  The lunchroom prepares the fresh bread.  The students set up, serve and clean up after the lunch. Our businesses play a critical role in supporting our schools. . This is one way the schools express their gratitude for the support the businesses give all year.   Shown are Eric and Gloria Lordemann from Lordemann Insurance Agency being served by Ally Selting, Marissa Preister and Ashtyn Meis.  Photo and information submitted

EPS Speech Team Opens Season At Howells-Dodge Invite

January 29, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

kenny-bush-ethan-fischerThe EPS Speech Team traveled to the Howells-Dodge Invite on Wednesday, January 28.
The team faced some tough competition during their season opener.
The varsity division consisted of fifteen teams. EPS and the host team were joined by Columbus Lakeview, Boone Central, Humphrey, Clearwater-Orchard, Twin River, Leigh, Wakefield, Oakland-Craig, Lyons-Decatur, Clarkson, Plainview, Cedar Bluffs and Newman Grove.
Ethan Fisher and Kenny Bush emerged as medalists. They placed 3rd out of 28 teams in duet acting.
The duet of Zoey Bergman and Alois Warner narrowly missed finals by one place and earned a superior rating.
Superior ratings were also earned by the following:  Lisa Dohmen-Humorous Prose, Tyler Smith-Entertainment, Katie Polk-Serious Prose, Dylan Widger-Poetry and Morgan Carpenter–Humorous Prose.
Excellent ratings were earned by Bergman, Widger and Taya Voborny-OID, Jaime Hoefer-Serious Prose, and Christopher Bush, Kenny Bush, Warner and Hoefer-OID.
Coaches Stacy Shumake-Henn and Jessie Reestman praised their team’s efforts.
“It was very encouraging to see the kids compete so well.  At a meet of this size, they typically need to place first in at least one round in order to break finals. We had a lot of events coming in second, so that shows you just how close we were in some cases.”
The team will compete again Wednesday, February 4, at the Riverside Speech Meet in Cedar Rapids.  Photo and information submitted

TransCanada Legal Reps File Twenty-Seven Eminent Domain Petitions In Antelope County

January 22, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

stacked-papersAntelope County Court employees arrived at work Tuesday morning and were greeted in the hallway by legal representatives of TransCanada Corp.

As reported, they were there regarding land easements along the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route that they have been unable to secure from landowners. In total, twenty-seven petitions for eminent domain were filed in Antelope County. Neighboring Holt County received thirty-five petitions.

According to Barb Finn, Clerk of the Antelope County Court, the next step is for the court to secure at least one certified appraiser along with two other Antelope County landowners to form a committee that will be responsible for determining the value on the easements being sought by TransCanada Corp. The committee will also consider crop damages/losses that the landowner would incur due to the easements. The court has three days from the filings, on Tuesday, to have a committee in place. Finn said they would need to have the committee established on Friday, January 23.

According to published reports, less than 90 landowners in Nebraska have come to terms with TransCanada Corp.  Under the permanent easement terms, TransCanada Corp would control the rights to a fifty foot wide strip of land solely for the purpose of operating a single underground oil pipeline. Property owners would retain ownership of their land.

Power Review Board To Review Prairie Breeze II Application

January 15, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Having approval for a conditional use permit from Antelope County, and having found a long-term buyer of wind energy to be generated by Prairie Breeze II, the next step in the construction of the new wind farm will take place in a conference room in Lincoln on Friday, January 23.
Earlier this month, Prairie Breeze Wind Energy II, LLC, filed an application with the Nebraska Power Review Board requesting approval to construct a 73.5 megawatt wind turbine electric generation facility, and related facilities.
In this week’s issue of The Elgin Review, a public notice with details regarding the application can be found on Page Five.
The location for the farm is generally east of Elgin in Antelope and Boone counties and is expected to consist of approximately 40 wind turbine units.
The total estimated cost of the project is $125 million. Construction of the wind farm is estimated to begin around May 1.
The power review board will hold a formal evidentiary hearing on Jan. 23, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Liquor Control Commission hearing room, fifth floor, Nebraska State Office Building located at 301 Centennial Mall South in Lincoln.
At that time testimony and other evidence regarding the construction of the wind farm will be accepted.
The power review board is a state agency created in 1963 to regulate Nebraska’s publicly owned electrical utility industry. It consists of five members appointed by the governor.
One of the primary functions of the board is to approve the construction of new electric generation facilities in the state and the construction or acquisition of transmission lines or related facilities carrying more than 700 volts.
Serving on the board are Frank Reida, Dennis Grennan, Stephen Lichter, Chuck Haase and Rick Morehouse.
The hearing is part of the process, the same steps which were followed when Prairie Breeze I wind farm applied for its permit.
During the construction phase, as many as 200 construction jobs and seven permanent jobs will be created with Prairie Breeze II. Once completed, Lincoln Electric System (LES) will purchase power generated from the wind farm as part of a 25-year contract.
Prairie Breeze II will be located on approximately 15,000 acres of land.

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