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Wind Turbine Parts Being Moved to Site Locations

August 23, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

With summer starting to wind down, construction of the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy farm south of Elgin is about to enter a new phase.
With more than 80 of the projected 118 turbine bases poured, big equipment is starting to move into the community to later be transported to different sites in Madison, Boone and Antelope Counties.
Nary a day now passes, that sections of the wind turbine towers aren’t transported on semi-tractor trailer trucks led by vehicles carrying signage noting wide loads. Select county road intersections have been modified to accommodate the trucks as they make wide turns headed to fields.
“Work continues to go well and is proceeding according to schedule,” said Alissa Krinsky, director of corporate communications for Invenergy, owner of Prairie Breeze. “We will continue to provide updates on construction progress as we move forward.”
Krinsky told The Elgin Review approximately 300 cubic yards of concrete go into each base. She said with most of the bases poured, workers will soon begin erecting the wind turbine towers. She said work will begin on the east side of the wind farm and proceed west in the coming weeks and months.

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

Mignery Sculpture Dedication is Sunday at Bartlett

August 23, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

A dedication of Herb Mignery’s 12 bronze pieces at the Wheeler County Courthouse will be held Sunday afternoon, Aug. 25.
The courthouse lawn will be the site for the program which will begin at 2 p.m.
Mignery, who now lives in Estes Park, Colo., will explain the story behind each of the 12 pieces of sculpture. He will be joined by his wife Sherry. Following the program, refreshments will be served.
The event is open to the public. Persons attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Supervisors Approve Law Enforcement Agreements

August 23, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Meeting last week, the Antelope County Board of Supervisors took steps to provide continued law enforcement service to three communities.
Supervisors approved the signing of three law enforcement agreements. According to County Clerk Carolyn Pedersen, agreements were approved for the communities of Elgin, Orchard and Clearwater. In the case of Elgin, the contract was for a two-year period. Earlier this month, at a meeting of the Elgin City Council, Sheriff Bob Moore said the law enforcement contract would cost the same as the one approved two years ago. Law enforcement contracts with Oakdale and Neligh are expected to be approved in the very near future.

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

New County Valuations Released

August 23, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Antelope County Assessor Heather McWhorter last week announced valuations for school districts and other tax sub-divisions, another step forward in the budgeting process for Fiscal Year 2013.
Elgin School District #18 saw its Antelope County valuation increased by more than $58 million. The new valuation has been set at $404,707,805, up from $345,838,249 one year ago. Two years ago, the valuation was $302,890,840. In Boone County, the school district’s valuation was set at $30,942,311, up from $24,266,531 one year ago. In Wheeler County, the school’s district’s valuation was set at $11,528,840, up from $10,466,879 one year ago.

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

Wind Towers Ready To Go Up

August 15, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The components are in place and the cranes are waiting for the word go…. should the weather cooperate, the first sections of the first tower to be erected are expected to go up this week south and east of Elgin.  In this photo, several of the sections wait on the ground under the steady guard of the crane. E-R photo

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