The University of Nebraska Extension, Nebraska Soybean Board and Midplains Ag in Elgin, Nebraska are collaborating on a Technologies for Irrigation Management Field Day near Elgin on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.
The field day will be held at the Rich Uhrenholdt farm located 3 miles south and 5.5 miles west of Elgin. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with presentations beginning at 9 a.m.
Ben Buckner and Dr. Olivia Kellner are the keynote speakers. Buckner of AgResource will talk about current market outlook. Dr. Kellner, a climatologist and meteorologist with Climate Impact Company, will explain how weather forecasts can be used to help make farm and field decisions.
Demonstrations will include Jain Irrigation sprinklers, AgSense telemetry control of pivots and soil moisture sensors, drones in agriculture and phosphorus usage in soybeans.
A noon meal sponsored by Nebraska Soybean Board will be provided with free will donation to benefit the Elgin FFA.
An anonymous Antelope County farmer has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School.
Pope John will use the funds to improve their fine arts programs offered by the school. The musical department, led by instructor Rachel Becker will be able to purchase a much needed drum set for the Pope John band, along with some audio equipment for the annual musical production. The One-Act team, led by instructor Peggy Payne will be able to purchase a portable spotlight and performance boxes for students.
“The arts are such an important foundation to an education at Pope John, we are grateful to Monsanto and our anonymous donor.” said, Betty Getzfred, Administrator at Pope John XXIII Central Catholic.
The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit.
Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.
“Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donation makes in their community.”
For more information or to see a complete list of the 2017 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit www.GrowCommunities.com.
(courtesy of Anna Meis, St. Boniface/Pope John)
Sunday marked a historical milestone for Pope John Central Catholic High School as the 50th class graduated.
Graduating seniors were Erin Beckman, Chad Bode, Gracie Bullock, Justin Funk, Brody Hupp, Noah Knievel, Jordan Mescher, Amy Nelson, Shantel Preister, Miles Schrage, Emily Seier, Elizabeth Selting and James Short.
Betty Getzfred presented the Class of 2017 with Edward Moser handing out diplomas. Jordan Mescher and Elizabeth Selting performed "The Time of My Life."
Thirteen students from Elgin Public School earned graduation diplomas on Saturday afternoon.
Elianne Heilhecker was recognized as valedictorian while Kelsey Welding was salutatorian. Class motto was "The future is always decided by those who put their imagination to work, who challenge the unknown and who are not afraid to risk failure."
Seniors were Zoey Bergman, Kenneth Bush, Geoffrey Carr, Katelyn Copeland, Austin Dohmen, Anthony Getzfred, Elieanne Heilhecker, Jaime Hoefer, Nicholas Iburg, Paige Nichols, Taya Voborny, Kelsey Welding and Baylee Wemhoff.
Elgin has made it clear - they will be neighborly but see "no benefit" to a multi-school plan.
The Elgin Board of Education met Thursday night for its monthly meeting with guests from Neligh-Oakdale present — David Wright and Ron Gilg, both of whom are on Neligh-Oakdale's newly formed committee discussing future plans with the Unified District, Clearwater, Ewing and Orchard.
Board members from districts listed above - excluding Elgin - met last week to discuss future plans. Elgin did not attend that meeting due to not having a committee formed for such conversations.
According to Elgin's board minutes, "Elgin was invited by two Neligh board members to send a two person subcommittee to the next area meeting of various school board committees. While Elgin sees no benefit to our district and has no interest in being involved in a numerous school plan, it was decided they would send someone out of respect for their neighbor's invitation."
St. Boniface Elementary School in Elgin recently recognized Principal Betty Getzfred for 40 years of service following the school's spring concert.
Father Kevin Vogel, President of the school congratulated Mrs. Getzfred, stating, "We would like to congratulate and honor someone very special to our school family. The 2016-17 school year marks Betty Getzfred's 40th anniversary of teaching and leadership at St. Boniface."
Betty began her service at St. Boniface in 1976 as a classroom teacher and in 1978 she assumed head teacher duties. She was named St. Boniface Principal in 1996 and continued to teach 5th grade. In 2008, in addition to her Principal responsibilities at St. Boniface, she took on the role as Pope John's Administrator.
This year, when Carter Selting, son of Brian and Kelsey Selting of Elgin began pre-school, he marked her first third-generation family she has worked with at St. Boniface.
Betty's husband, Jim and two daughters, Sara and Megan were on hand for the special occasion. The crowd came to their feet, giving Betty a standing ovation to express their appreciation and congratulations. Father Vogel closed the evening by saying, "Betty’s constant presence in the community and the school is a large part of the strength our Catholic Schools. Thank you for the countless hours you have dedicated to our children."
(courtesy of Anna Meis- St. Boniface Schools)
The weather has not been kind to the members of the Pope John XXIII Central Catholic Jr. Right to Life group, but they have been busy turning nature’s fury into positive ways to share their message.
Pope John’s Jr. Right to Life group had been scheduled to attend the National March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 27th of this year, but due to a blizzard in northeast Nebraska, they were unable to make their bus trip across the country. Several area groups had donated funds to help offset the costs of the trip.
After the students were unable to go, they began the process of returning the donations. The St. Boniface Knights of Columbus Council #2411 of Elgin had donated funds towards the trip and requested that the group keep the donation and find a way to utilize the money to promote the Right to Life cause.
That’s where the weather came into play again. On Christmas Day 2016, a long-standing pro-life message billboard on highway 14 north of Elgin was destroyed by high-powered winds. The sign had previously been a billboard for an area business. After the business closed, some area volunteers had turned it into a pro-life message board.
After learning of the sign’s destruction, the group’s faculty sponsor, Sister Patricia Hoffman and co-Presidents Shantel Preister, Sydney Kerkman, and Emily Seier began working with their Jr. Right to Life members at Pope John to develop a new sign. They asked members to submit message ideas for the sign and selected one created by Pope John junior, Paige Meis – “Every Life Deserves A Lifetime”. The school’s Advancement Office helped the group select a photo and submit a final design for creation by a local sign company. The new billboard was put in the previous sign’s place by school supporters using equipment loaned free of charge by a local business – Beckman Lumber. The group was able to pay for the project utilizing the Knights of Columbus Council’s donation.
The students at Elgin Public School will be hosting a blood drive throughout the day on Thursday with a special goal in mind.
From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., the National Honor Society will sponsor the Red Cross Bloodmobile at the Elgin Public gym. Walk-ins are welcome. If you prefer to make an appointment, call ahead at 402-843-2455.
The students are extra driven to make this a successful drive, as Principal Greg Wemhoff will get a pie to the face if the students reach their goal.
Pope John musicians had an excellent day at the District Music Contest.
The students brought back a number of strong ratings from the contest on Friday in Norfolk. The following students received strong ratings:
Mixed Choir: Superior
Women's Choir: Superior
Men's Choir: Excellent
Girls Duet, Elizabeth Selting and Jordan Mescher: Superior
Freshmen Girls Group: Superior (Perfect Score)
Flute Solo, Sydney Kerkman: Superior
Vocal Solo, Erin Beckman: Superior
Vocal Solo, Madison Dilly: Superior
Vocal Solo, Brianna Hupp: Excellent
Vocal Solo, Logan Henn: Excellent
Vocal Solo, Brody Hupp: Superior
Local Cargill representative, Brent Schmidt recently presented a check for $3,750 to the Environmental Science/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program at Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School in Elgin. The funds were donated courtesy of the Cargill Cares grant, which included funds from the local Cargill location along with a matching grant from Cargill's Global Partnership Fund.
In 2015-16, faculty members from the Pope John science department were granted funds from Cargill to start an Environmental Science/STEM class, which focused on better preparing students who were interested in pursuing a career in agriculture and also to get learners excited about STEM in agriculture. Pope John Technology Coordinator, Julie Dwyer stated, "It was decided to add another dimension to this class with the incorporation of robotics. Thanks to being awarded a Cargill Cares grant, this will become a reality."
Robotics can play a significant role in meeting future agricultural needs by improving production yield while reducing resources required, and making farming an exciting high-tech profession. Farmers are already among the most prominent adopters of robotic technology, and we would like our students to be aware and part of these exciting changes in the ag industry.
Grant monies will be used to purchase materials needed to build six robots, robot programming software, and the project-based curriculum to move students through the engineering process. The materials purchased for this class would also be used to supplement curricula in the physics and junior high science classes that are currently being taught at Pope John.