May 5, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The City of Elgin has asked City Engineer John Zwingman to investigate a formal complaint filed concerning two homes in the 200 block of Elm Street.
Meeting Monday night, the Elgin City Council received a preliminary report on the two properties which, according to City Clerk Vicki Miller, due to their current state, do come under the city’s dangerous building standards.
Zwingman, who was at the meeting, said viewing the properties from the public right of way, they appear to have foundation and roof issues. One house has, among other issues, missing windows.
Before he can prepare a formal report, Zwingman asked City Hall to provide him with what legal rights the City has before going onto the properties for a thorough inspection.
Mayor Mike Schmitt said he would get that information to Zwingman so City Hall can proceed on the matter.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review
Elgin High School and Pope John CC music students displayed their talents at the District Music Contest held recently in Norfolk.
Pope John music students were among those competing at the District Music Contest held in Norfolk Friday, April 22. Awarded Superior (1) ratings were:
• Men’s Quartet
• Logan Henn: Vocal Solo
• Scott Moser: Vocal Solo
• Jordan Mescher: Vocal Solo
• Erin Beckman: Vocal Solo
• Karissa Dicke: Vocal Solo
Receiving Excellent (2) ratings were:
• Mixed Choir
• Women’s Choir
• Sydney Kerkman: Flute Solo
• Brody Hupp: Vocal Solo
• Wenting Yu: Vocal Solo
• Taralyn Baum: Vocal Solo
• Nicole Beckman: Vocal Solo
• Madison Dilly: Vocal Solo
Music director at PJCC is Rachel Becker.
Elgin High School students competed Friday at the District Music Contest held in Norfolk.
Receiving Superior (1) ratings were:
• Solo - Leslie Linares
Receiving Excellent (2) ratings were:
• Elgin Public Choir
• Elgin High Band
• Duet - Ingvild Bekkeseth and Leslie Linares
• Duet - Baylee Wemhoff and Allyson Wemhoff
• Duet - Kaitlyn Polk and Dylan Widger
• Solo - Ingvild Bekkeseth
• Solo - Kaylee Martinsen
• Solo - Kaitlyn Polk
• Solo - Allyson Wemhoff
• Solo - Baylee Wemhoff
At Monday night’s spring concert, music instructor Eric Heithoff explained the rankings (numbers) used by the NSAA.
Division (1) — Shall represent an outstanding performance.
Division (2) — Shall represent an excellent performance that is outstanding in some respects.
He said he was very pleased with the students’ performances at the music contest.
By Marie Meis
Thursday night, in the Elgin High School gymnasium, there was a celebration of all things agriculture.
The occasion was the 49th annual Elgin FFA banquet. Awards were handed out, new officers installed and a special presentation was made featuring Trent Loos.
This sixth generation agriculturist spoke to all those present about the importance of educating those who don’t understand the agriculture industry. He explained that with so many people working against the industry, it’s our job to work together to educate them.
Loos explained that it isn’t a rare occasion for someone to come up to him and ask if he is a “real cowboy”. This gives him an opportunity to educate the public on what those in agriculture are doing. Many are very accusing, saying things such as our meat products are filled with unhealthy hormones. Loos said our meat products are safe, and many of the “scientific claims” can easily be debunked.
Another of Loos’ main points was that it is those in agriculture’s job to educate the consumers about what they are eating. It’s very important to remember that even though you may just be one person, you can make a difference. It’s hard for producers to feed the world when the consumers are working against them.
The room was filled with laughter during the duration of his speech. He was entertaining, as well as educational on the importance of spreading the word of agriculture. Mr. Loos received a very deserving standing ovation at the end of his speech.
Earlier this month, the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln was filled with blue jackets. Corduroy blue FFA jackets that is. It was the awards ceremony at the 88th Nebraska FFA State Convention, and students flooded into the arena to hear their State Officers deliver awards to outstanding chapters and individuals who help FFA thrive in the state of Nebraska.
Karl Hensley, Central Valley Ag’s Senior Vice President was honored to accept the VIP Award during the ceremony. This award is given to an individual who assures that the association is on point, and helps sustain FFA for the future. Over the past six years Karl has committed his time to helping influence the agricultural industry to invest in, engage with and support FFA programming through his role in serving as a volunteer on the Nebraska FFA Foundation Board of Directors.
Through his work with the NE FFA foundation he has helped create programming for industry supporters to engage with agricultural education students in the classroom and across the state. He helped create collaboration with industry supporters to develop key programming with the NE FFA Foundation to share the story of FFA through the “I Believe in the future of FFA” campaign. Through this campaign over 2 million dollars have been raised to support local and statewide FFA programming.
This would not have been possible without Hensley’s passion and commitment to FFA.
For the complete story see the print edition of The Elgin Review
April 20, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
A year of accomplishment will be celebrated Thursday night at the 49th Annual Elgin FFA Banquet.
The event will be held in the EPS gymnasium, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
EHS and PJCC students, as members of the Elgin FFA, will be recognized for their accomplishments during a very busy year. Awards will be handed out, there will be a “year-in-review” slide show, and officers for the 2016-2017 school year will be announ-ced.
Guest speaker for the event will be nationwide rural radio talk show host Trent Loos from Loup City.
Known for his radio show entitled “Loos Tales,” Loos will inspire and challenge FFA members, their parents and others connected to the agriculture industry to speak up for agriculture.
He launched his radio show back in 2001 and today it airs on over 100 stations nationwide and boasts three million listeners on-air and online. In 2008, he was recognized as the “Voice of Rural America” by the West Quest organization for his ground-breaking work in advocating for agriculture and speaking on behalf of “folks who would rather stay home and tend to their crops and livestock than take on those attacking their life-sustaining industry.”
The banquet is for FFA members, their parents and invited guests.