Randy and Brenda Pelster of Petersburg are the proud parents of a son, Kahnen John, born March 23, 2010 at the Boone County Health Center in Albion.
He weighed 6 pounds and was 20 1/2 inches long.
Grandparents are Delmer and Pauline Pelster of Petersburg, and Dale and Kathy Buelt of Elgin, and great grandmother is Virginia Foss of Petersburg.
Florian Pelster of Kearney and formerly of Elgin died Wednesday, April 21 at the Good Samaritan Hospital. His body was cremated and will be buried at a later day here in St. Boniface cemetery.
Approximately 1,300 delegates from 105 chapters attended the Nebraska Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Leadership Conference April 11-13 in Lincoln, NE. FCCLA is an organization of family and consumer sciences students and it is the only youth lead organization with Family as its focus.
The theme of the 2010 Conference was “FCCLA, the CLUE to your future”—CLUE was an acronym for Creative Leaders Using Education. Attending from Elgin were officers for the 2010-2011 school year: Michelle Bauer - President, Jessica Heithoff-Vice President, Allen Miller – District Rep and Ashley Bode – News Reporter. They were accompanied by adviser Barb Bode.
The students attended the opening general session on Monday as well as leadership sessions on Tuesday. Session presenters included Bill Cordes, “YOGOWYPI” (You Only Get Out What You Put In). Christopher Brockhoft, the National President presented Clues to Leadership informing students on what to focus on while writing their speeches when running for an office. Tyler Gassaway, a DECA Alum, presented the session ATTACK-A-TUDE, helping students develop Positive Attitudes. CW4 Teresa Domeier from the Nebraska National Guard Food Service Program informed students on how they prepare food for up to 7000 soldiers in the field. Carson Fitzgerald, from Kearney, presented “Understanding Driver Risk.” This session tied in with the FCCLA program FACTS, Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety. Kristina Debus, Miss Teen South Dakota, presented “Who Did It/ Where? With What?” This session gave students tips on image, answering questions, and giving speeches during interviews. Tammie Fischer, the Director of UNL Center for Economic Education taught the students songs, games, and presented other ideas to teach elementary students financial fitness.
Many other sessions were presented by the state officers on how to be a leader in the office they were elected. Advisers had the opportunity to get ideas from Kris Brockhoft, the FCS teacher at Winner, South Dakota and mother of the FCCLA National President.
The 43rd annual Elgin FFA Banquet was held April 19, 2010. The 2009-2010 officer team began the evening with Opening Ceremonies. After Brieann Grosserode gave the invocation, a potluck supper followed.
Throughout the evening, a silent auction containing several items donated by local businesses and FFA supporters were available for bidding.
Some of the year’s activities were shown during a PowerPoint presentation prepared by Devin Brown and Justin Reestman.
This year’s Greenhand and Chapter Farmer Degree recipients were recognized.
Nebraska State FFA Association Vice President Tyler Spilinek addressed the members and guests and challenged everyone to represent our Agricultural Industry and Lead Out Loud.
Karl Hensley informed everyone about the, “I Believe in The Future of Ag” program which supports the Nebraska FFA Foundation and local FFA Chapters. He then presented the FFA Chapter with a check as part of the program.
Mr. Hensley awarded this year’s CVA Leadership award to AJ Braband. Certificates of Appreciation were given to several friends and supports of FFA. Justin Reestman and FFA Alumni Tyler Reestman presented their parents, Ken and Joyce Reestman with the Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree.
Following retiring addresses by FFA Officers Justin Reestman and Devin Brown, the 2010-2011 officer team was announced. Devon Baum-Sentinel, Brieann Grosserode-Reporter, Justine Meis-Treasurer, Grant Beckman-Secretary, Caleb Pelster-Vice President, and AJ Braband-President.
Having served the St. Boniface and St. Bonaventure Catholic Churches for the past five years, Father Dan Andrews will soon be moving on.
“Archbishop Lucas has decided to appoint me the next pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk effective the middle of June,” Andrews said in a letter to the parishes delivered over the weekend. “Sacred Heart is an excellent parish but also an awesome responsibility. I go knowing that God guides my path through my bishop and that his mercy has never, and will never fail me.”
“Of course, there is sadness in my heart as I prepare to say farewell to you all. It’s not an easy thing to accept a new pastor into a parish. This is a relationship that takes a while to build up and demands a great amount of trust. Then, just when you are getting settled, the priest seems to move on. It’s not easy. I always say that is is much harder for the people when a pastor moves than for the man himself. However, this community is strong and I know that you will embrace my successor when he arrives. I’m sure the Archbishop will let us know soon who that will be.”
Andrews went on to say, “I will do my very best to insure that the transition goes as smoothly as possible. I feel good knowing that the work will carry on because, of course, it did long before I arrived.”