Agricultural land values in Nebraska increased about 4.4 percent in the last year, with rises in cropland values offsetting declines in rangeland, according to preliminary findings from the 2010 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Survey.
Overall, agricultural land values statewide increased from $1,431 per acre to $1,494 in the year ending Feb. 1, said Bruce Johnson, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln agricultural economist who conducts the annual survey.
The increase follows on the heels of a year of little to no value change across most of the state.
Dryland cropland with no irrigation potential increased an average of 6.4 percent, while statewide averages for gravity-irrigated cropland and center-pivot irrigated cropland climbed 5.2 and 6.1 percent, respectively.
Meantime, dryland cropland with potential to be developed for irrigation increased about 7.3 percent in value, though values varied considerably across the state depending on development restrictions and opportunities.
While average cropland values saw increases, the value of nontillable grazing land fell 5.6 percent statewide, with even larger declines recorded in major range areas of the state. For example, the North region, which comprises much of the Sandhills, saw a 10.1 percent decline.
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The District #18 Board of Education learned all about the high costs of heating and cooling school district buildings during their meeting Wednesday night.
Superintendent Steve Dennis told the board members serving on the buildings and grounds committee met with representatives from three heating/cooling companies over proposed bids to improve the school’s current system.
He said Dave Getzschman representing Getzschman Heating LLC, explained his bid which, with additions, exceeded $560,000. Also meeting with the committee were Dave Raymond and Don Tabor representing Trane to discuss their bid which exceeded $527,000 when the options were included, and spoke to Ron Paul representing Siemens whose proposal exceeded $733,000.
At the present time, the board elected to not pursue any action on the bids due to the high cost. However, at Dennis’ request, the board approved a plan to have the school’s boiler system serviced in order to get a better understanding of how long it might last.
Dennis suggested to the board they again look at the issue next fall.
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CARD OF THANKS:
Thanks to all who ventured out in the fog to help us expand our culinary knowledge. Thanks to the KC’s for the use of the Hall, Mike D. for your quick response, the parish office for printing our booklets, parish ladies for the delicious salads, Olivia for the aprons and the high school students for your help. A special “Thanks” to Genny, Juan, Loretta, Kathy, Deb, and Nancy for sharing their skills and knowledge with us.
Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket for our spring raffle. The lucky winner of the Traeger grill was Dave Schiltmeyer. Your continued support of our school is appreciated.
“Thank You” to everyone who so supported the St. Boniface Spring Benefit Auction in any way. We appreciate all the businesses, individuals, and families who bid and/or donated/consigned items or services. Special thanks to Ted Baum, Corey Curtis, and Allen Norris for donating their auctioneer services and to JoAnn Baum, Chris & Jeanine Baum, Dave Baum, Dan Baum, Doris Baum, and Denis Henn for their dedication each year. Many thanks to the cashiers and other committee members for their assistance, but most of all to the auction committee for making it all happen: Ben & Anna Meis, Kathy Dinslage, Steve Kerkman, Jeff Schindler, John Beckman, Steve Beckman, Craig & Jessica Niewohner, Lee & Kara Shavlik, Dave & Sharon Gossman, and Matt Beckman. And Circle 6 for providing the lunch stand.
God Bless you all!
March 11, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Amelita A. “Lita” Tunink, 82 of Elgin, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, NE.
Funeral services are pending with Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin, NE.
March 11, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Members of Park Congregational United Church of Christ west of Elgin are now making plans to celebrate the church’s 120th anniversary.
June 27 is the date selected for the celebration. Park Church was established on June 14, 1885.
More details will follow in coming weeks.