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Power Review Board Approves Prairie Breeze II Application

January 30, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Friday was a good day for wind energy in Nebraska, particularly in Antelope County.
The Nebraska Power Review Board (NPRB), after conducting a public hearing, gave preliminary approval for Invenergy to proceed with construction of the county’s second wind farm, Prairie Breeze II.
Timothy Texel, NPRB executive director and general counsel, said following a public hearing held Friday morning, the board approved the application to construct a 73.5 megawatt wind turbine electric generation facility to be located north and east of Elgin.
Texel said by granting preliminary approval, Invenergy can proceed with all necessary steps to move forward with construction of the wind farm. Invenergy officials have said they expect to begin construction of Prairie Breeze II this summer. He said a written order granting final approval will be issued in less than 60 days for the wind farm.

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

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.
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.

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