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Construction Of Prairie Breeze II Expected To Begin In Late April

March 2, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Construction of a new wind farm in Antelope County may begin sooner than expected, according to officials at Invenergy.
On Monday afternoon, Invenergy Wind Development LLC spokesperson Alissa Krinsky indicated work on the wind farm should begin soon.
“As development activity continues on the Prairie Breeze II Wind Energy Center, current project activity includes final geotechnical and engineering design work,” she said. “Construction is expected to begin late next month (April), with commercial operation expected by the end of this year.”
Previously, construction of the new wind farm to be located primarily north and east of Elgin, would begin in May.
Prairie Breeze II will consist of approximately 41 wind turbines which will generate 73 MW of power. During the construction phase, there will be an estimated 90 jobs created. Also, Prairie Breeze II is expected to add seven permanent full-time jobs at the operations/maintenance building in Elgin.
Power generated by the wind farm will be purchased by Lincoln Electric System (LES) as part of a long-term contract signed last year.
There was also news last week regarding a potential third wind farm to be located in Antelope County. As reported previously, Invenergy has been meeting with landowners in the Neligh area about a future wind farm. Back in December, Invenergy Senior Manager/Business Development James Williams said the corporation was in the early-development stage for the Neligh Wind Energy Project which would be sited north and east of Neligh. According to public documents, the Neligh project would involve properties in Antelope and Pierce counties.
The Elgin Review has learned that the Antelope County Planning Commission will meet on Monday evening, March 16, to conduct a public hearing on two conditional use permits applied for by Invenergy Wind Development for the purpose of constructing two meteorological towers in the county. One tower would be located in Elm Township on land owned by Roger and Janet Spulak (SE1/4 less SE1/4SE1/4 33-25-5). The other tower would be placed in the Blaine Township on land owned by the State of Nebraska Board of Educational Lands and Funds (SE1/4 16-26-7)
Each tower will stand 197 feet tall and serve the function of measuring wind speeds. The hearing will be begin at 8 p.m.

St. Boniface School Demolition Begins

February 24, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

stbon_4271The first bricks came tumbling down this morning as Rutjens Construction of Tilden began demolition on the old St. Boniface Elementary School building. Members of the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department will be on site until Rutjens remove the flat portions of the building’s roof. Following the arrival of an asbestos inspector, the roof removal began as the EVFD watered down the dust debris. Strong winds combined with colder temperatures are providing the most idea conditions for the workers but it could be worse — and might be as snow is in the immediate forecast. Rutjens said that, once the roof is removed, they will carefully continue to raze the building one story at a time.  E-R photo

Heinz, Schindler And America’s Farmers Grow Communities Donate To Area Volunteer Fire Departments

February 20, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

monsanto-grows-logoPictured: Fire Chief Doug Reiter (red hat), winning farmer Travis Heinz (orange shirt), Monsanto rep Addison Lopp (green shirt), along with members of the Bartlett Fire Department

Wheeler County

The Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department has received a $2,500 donation from Wheeler County farmer Travis Heinz and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the department purchase a portable lighting system to allow on-scene lighting when responding to emergencies and fires in remote location
“We are the only rescue service available for miles and miles, serving about 1200 people,” said Fire Chief Doug Reiter. “The majority of the community we serve is spread among a very large rural area. We are so grateful to the Monsanto Fund for providing this money to help us.”
Antelope County

Mr. Gary Schindler of rural Elgin has been selected as the Antelope County winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The program enrolls farmers for a chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. Gary Schindler selected Oakdale Volunteer Fire Department to receive the donation.

The check presentation, which will include Oakdale Volunteer Fire Department representatives, Gary and a Monsanto representative will be held next Monday night (February 23) in Oakdale.

End Nears For St. Boniface School Building

February 19, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Hallways that used to be filled with the thumping of hurrying footsteps and the chatter of friends are now filled with the blowing wind that enters through one end of empty window frames and out through the other end. And this too will be coming to an end in the very near future.
According to School Building Committee chair Ben Meis, demolition of the vacant St. Boniface Elementary School building will likely begin next week. “In about one week to ten days we expect demolition to begin,” he said. Rutjens Construction of Tilden will be doing the demolition work. When the work wraps up will depend - depend upon the weather and depend upon getting all the debris hauled away quickly. Two landfills will be receiving the debris. Roofing materials can be accepted at the Butler County Landfill in David City and interior debris will be sent to the Newman Grove Landfill.

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

New Faces Working At AMH

February 19, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

This winter, Katie L. DeMuth, PA-C, and W. Brad Lockee, MD, join the medical staff of Antelope Memorial Hospital.
Both providers offer coverage at each of the AMH clinics located in Elgin, Neligh, Clearwater, Orchard and Tilden. Additional hours are also being offered at each clinic.
A native of Creighton, DeMuth is the daughter of Tom and Pat DeMuth.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2012. She acquired her Physician Assistant degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in December 2014.
She was one of only four recipients of the Expansion of Physician Assistant Training Scholarship.
The program encourages PAs to practice a primary care specialty in a rural or underserved area.

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

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