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Wind Farm Construction Targeted For Summer 2015

October 23, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

With the necessary conditional use permit in hand, Invenergy is optimistic that construction of Prairie Breeze II will begin in less than a year.
With the Antelope County Board of Supervisors approving the permit at their meeting on October 7, the focus will shift to the Nebraska Power Review Board (NPRB).
Sara Birkett, a NPRB para-legal, said Tuesday morning Invenergy will need to file for a Special Generation Application for the authority to construct Prairie Breeze II, a new wind farm consisting of up to 70 wind turbines which will generate 125 MW.
“They will need to complete the same application process,” Birkett said. That means once the application is filed, the NPRB will print a public notice in area newspapers announcing the time and date for a public hearing on the application to be held in Lincoln.

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

Elgin Public Schools Performance Accountability Data Is Positive

October 23, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Once again, like most districts in the state, the Elgin Public Schools has some very good numbers and results in certain areas and some other areas that need continued work. One of the things to realize in this complicated accountability system is that it show 3 things: Your rank compared to other schools, your kids improvement per grade (this year’s classes compared to last year’s classes) and the growth of the students from year to year (same student’s scores from last year compared to this year). With that said, and all three areas being legitimate measures of how a school is doing, our school improvement goals and educational goals have been adopted based on the ranking component. Our board of education, administration and staff are all concerned with improvement and growth and want to be in the top 1/3 of districts in the state in ALL areas. That is quite a high goal but one that we strive to achieve. With all that said please understand that in a small school just two or three kids not performing well can take our averages from 100% to 70% or 80% depending on the size of the grade. In a class of 100, it would take 20 or 30 students not performing well to cause the same effect and when you have such small classes, one high performing class leaving and a low performing one coming in can also skew results.

At Elgin Public we are once again performing well on the yearly indicators and have some areas to work on as well. Our elementary reading scores are up SUBSTANTIALLY from two years ago, our science has taken a big step as well. Junior high math scores are a concern, as are our high school reading but our reading and math in our other two age group areas are quite good. As I mentioned above our goal is to perform in all areas in the top 1/3 of all schools in the state and in 8 out of the 11 areas scored we achieve that goal. In our 3rd grade through 12th grade results we made our lofty goal in two of the three areas with the one only missing by about 35 schools. Science was our highest 3-12 area with a rank of 11th and our greatest areas of improvement were in 6-12 grade science and 3-5 grade math.

Pairings For NVC Volleyball Tournament Released

October 20, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

nvc-girls-vb-bracketsThe Wolfpack girls are the third seed going into next week’s conference tourney. Just ahead of them are perennial volleyball powerhouses Stuart and Crofton.

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.

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