Dressed in a red blazer, Adrian Fiala has come to symbolize the Husker tradition wherever he goes. His face is one of the most recognizable in the state. On Saturdays in the fall, his voice can be heard across the state celebrating all that is good about Husker football.
On Saturday night the voice and the man came to Elgin as the featured speaker at the Winter Stag celebration.
During a presentation which lasted for more than hour, he captivated everyone with some true Husker stories, some humor and a prediction which he truly believes all in the building will soon see come to pass — the return of the Huskers to the top of college football’s elite teams.
Fiala enrolled at Nebraska in 1965 and was a two-sport athlete — football in the fall and baseball in the spring, earning accolades in both sports.
His final season on the football field was in 1969 when the Huskers claimed a share of the Big Eight Championship and went on to defeat Georgia 45 to 6 in the Sun Bowl. He was a starting linebacker on that team.
Just as his eligibility would run out, Nebraska’s run would begin as the best team in college football would begin. In 1970 and 1971, Nebraska won the national championship. While the Huskers were excelling on the field, Fiala pursued a law degree which he would receive in 1973, Coach Tom Osborne’s first year as head coach, replacing Bob Devaney.
In a career which first began in 1982 and has now spanned 22 years on the radio, Fiala said he’s had a ringside seat for the rollercoaster ride of Nebraska football — from Orange Bowl heartbreaks — to national championships — to the fall from grace instigated by Steve Pedersen to a new ascension being orchestrated by Bo Pelini.
“The ‘Dark Ages’ arrived,” he said, when Pedersen took over as athletic director. It was Pedersen who fired Coach Frank Solich and hired Bill Callahan as coach. Fiala had very little good to say about Pedersen, but was sympathetic to Callahan’s plight. He said Callahan, a professional football coach, never grasped how the game was different at the college level.
Elgin’s LeRoy Kerkman will continue to serve as chairman of the Antelope County Board of Supervisors.
During a meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 12, the supervisors re-elected Kerkman to the position.
Merlin Bolling, who held the position until being replaced in 2009, was re-elected as vice chairman.
Supervisors voted on a number of items during the meeting. Among them were:
• Motor grader operator — On a three to four vote, supervisors denied the request of supervisor Charlie Henery to hire Matt Wilkinson as a motor grader operator. Dissenting votes were cast by Kerkman, Bolling and Jerald Schwager. Since supervisor Terry Erb ‘abstained,’ his vote was counted as a dissenting vote due to the tie.
• Unanimous approval — On a 7 to 0 vote, supervisors appointed Bob Snodgrass to the Antelope County Planning Commission. Snodgrass will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of board member Jim Krause. Snodgrass will serve out the remaining two years of Krause’s term.
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The Omaha Public Power District Board of Directors announced Thursday it has approved a power purchase agreement expected to substantially increase the district’s renewable energy portfolio.
Under the agreement the utility plans to purchase up to 40.5 megawatts (MW) of wind energy for twenty years from a wind farm to be built in Boone County near Petersburg, Nebraska. The facility is expected to be in service by the third quarter of 2011.
The developer of the wind farm is Third Planet Windpower, LLC, headquartered in Incline Village, Nevada, and also with an office in Petersburg, Nebraska. The project is a Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) project, the first one for OPPD under a law passed by the Nebraska Legislature in 2007 to promote the development of wind energy projects in the state. The power purchase agreement approved by the board is with TPW Petersburg, LLC.
As a C-BED project, 33 percent of the revenue payments from the wind farm will go to qualified Nebraska residents or organizations that have invested in the project. The farm will consist of 27 General Electric turbines that will each generate 1.5 MW when the wind is blowing at optimum. Once completed, the project is expected to produce enough electricity to provide the annual needs of about 12,000 residential customers.
The addition of the 40.5 MW project will bring OPPD’s renewable energy generation capacity to a total of 141.5 MW. The district has announced a goal of 400 MW or 10 percent of its total generation being derived from renewable energy sources by 2020. The new purchase agreement follows a request for proposals that OPPD issued in August of 2008. The district received 12 different proposals as a result. Each was carefully evaluated.
At Monday night’s meeting of the District #18 Board of Education, board members learned more about a memorial garden sought to be placed on school property by family members of deceased former superintendent Dr. Gayla Fredrickson.
Jim Fredrickson, her husband, spoke at length about what the family would like to honor her memory by creating a flower garden near the new pre-school/elementary building.
He said the family, after receiving approval from the board months ago to go ahead and design something for them to consider, has put together some ideas of what the garden could look like. He said the goal is to make it low maintenance — placing flowers and plants which require little attention.
Most of the discussion was not on the types of plants and flowers which would be placed there, but rather the type of sign the family would like to have placed there. Fredrickson said the family was wanting to place a sign made of granite that would be approximately 10 inches tall by three-foot long and four inches thick which would lean against some other rock. He said the cost would be over $400, but considerably less than a plaque which, he said, would cost over $1,000.
Board President Steve Heithoff said it was his understanding that, in August, a consensus was reached whereby nothing ‘big’ would be placed in the garden.
He said he and other board members have received calls from district patrons expressing concerns about something resembling a tombstone or a monument being placed in the garden. Currently, a plaque in the trophy case in the gymnasium is used to recognize significant gifts made to the school district by patrons.
Principal Jimmy Feeney III said the board needs to be consistent with the past in policy and to be cautious about setting a precedent for the future.
School policy on gifts, grants and bequests states they are to be approved by the school board and become the property of the school district.
Board member Mary Bauer said its her opinion that she would rather see a plaque in the trophy case saying the family did the garden and landscape.
“I’m not real sure I’m really hip on a lot of rocks over there with little kids,” she said.
Steve Heithoff said at this point he would say ‘no’ to a monument, but would support a separate plaque on the wall inside the building.
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WHERE TO EAT:
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Tilden Community Hospital is looking for a part-time Cook/Aide. Must be 18 years of age, able to cook, be organized, able to do some heavy lifting, and available to work weekends/ holidays. Apply at the business office or contact Maryetta at 368-5343 for more information. 15c
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SEMI DRIVER Wanted: Full time position available. CDL, good driving record and experience hauling livestock required. Contact Len at 402-843-5672. Niewohner Trucking, Elgin, Nebraska. 48tfc
NOW HIRING: Full time position available for a Farm Mechanic. Niewohner Bros. Feedlot, Elgin, NE. Call 402-843-5671. 20tfc
HELP WANTED: Personnel to work with livestock; must have experience in checking, treating, processing and moving cattle. Competitive wages and benefits. 402-843-5671. 28tfn
HELP WANTED: Experienced feedlot and farm help needed. CDL required. Call Oak Creek Ranch at 402-843-2451. 29tfn
For Sale: Mature, ready to breed pheasants. Release them on your CRP or food plots to have great hunting this Fall. Mike Dwyer, 402-386-5457. Call now – you will need a $31 G & P permit. 15-20c
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FOR RENT: Two-bedroom apartment at Village Homes Apartments, Clearwater. Rental assistance available. Call 402-485-2343. 1tfc
FOR RENT: Smith’s Storage buildings, Elgin. Clean, dry and secure. Sizes 8’ x 16’ and up to 12’ x 24’. Prices start at $28/month. Contact Lee or Marie Smith. 402-843-2391. 1tfc
CARD OF THANKS:
A special “thank you” to everyone for the flowers, many cards, phone calls, food & those who took me out to eat. Thanks to my kids and grandkids for all their beautiful gifts and love and for celebrating my 80th with me. It was a special day. God Bless you all.
A big “thank you” to all who came to visit, sent flowers, cards or called when Joan was in the hospital and since returning home. To those who brought food, we enjoyed it and appreciated it. To our family, both Dad and I say thanks for everything — you take such good care of us! We love you!
Joan & Maynard