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NPPD Official: "Jefferson County Prime Area For Wind Energy Project"

The old axiom is that you can tell you're in Nebraska because the seasons are differentiated by the wind either blowing a constant 30 miles an hour from the north or 30 miles an hour from the south.

But if you're John Richards from the Nebraska Public Power District that 30 mile an hour wind is a good thing.

Richards spoke last Thursday to the Jefferson County Planning & Zoning commission regarding the potential for wind energy as a boon to not just Nebraska but to Jefferson County as well. He said that counties neighboring Jefferson have already set zoning regulations for wind energy and encouraged the same thing to happen locally. These regulations would encompass farms, businesses and private homes.

"Wind energy in Nebraska is growing," Richards said. "I can't tell you who, but there is already somebody in Jefferson County who is doing some monitoring of wind potential as an energy source."

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Putting Our Priorities In Order

The Legislature spent quite a bit of time this week putting our priorities in order. Thursday was the deadline for senators and committees to select their priority bills for the session. Prioritizing a bill basically ensures that it will appear on the agenda for debate and a vote before the end of the session in early June.

I have chosen LB490 as my personal priority bill. This bill was advanced by the General Affairs Committee, as an effort to bolster the struggling horse racing industry in Nebraska by tapping into keno revenue. The bill would apply measures to increase keno revenue, and distributes the additional revenue to the Charitable Gaming Operations Fund and the Live Horseracing Endowment Fund. As keno is often played at the horseracing tracks, I believe it is only proper that a portion of its proceeds be turned back to aid the race tracks, especially as live horseracing is suffering financially.

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NPPD Official: "Jefferson County Prime Area For Wind Energy Project"

The old axiom is that you can tell you're in Nebraska because the seasons are differentiated by the wind either blowing a constant 30 miles an hour from the north or 30 miles an hour from the south.

But if you're John Richards from the Nebraska Public Power District that 30 mile an hour wind is a good thing.

Richards spoke last Thursday to the Jefferson County Planning & Zoning commission regarding the potential for wind energy as a boon to not just Nebraska but to Jefferson County as well. He said that counties neighboring Jefferson have already set zoning regulations for wind energy and encouraged the same thing to happen locally. These regulations would encompass farms, businesses and private homes.

"Wind energy in Nebraska is growing," Richards said. "I can't tell you who, but there is already somebody in Jefferson County who is doing some monitoring of wind potential as an energy source."

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Farm Life, Dancing And Sledding Hold Fond Memories For This Special Group

If you are 104-years-old and you are the youngest in the group, you know you are among some very special people.

Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury has fewer than 50 residents, but four of them are over 100 years old.

Recently a "Birthday Celebration" was held to celebrate the long lives of four of the residents.

Barb Schwisow, Gardenside Activities Director said they all are pretty active and still come to a lot of activities and enjoy doing things, plus they have a good attitude.

The youngest of the group is Henry Ortgies, who turned 104 on Feb. 27. He recalled growing up on the family farm in rural Thayer County.

Henry enjoys talking about of his job as a head foreman at a windmill factory.

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Richard Smith

Richard M. Smith, 79, of Fairbury, Neb., died March 10, 2011 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury.

Survivors include his wife, Elva; sons, Randy Smith and wife, Diane of Hebron, Russell Smith and wife, Sarah of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren, Jeremiah Smith of Chadron, Sarah Chapman and husband, Dustin of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Remy and Calin Chapman of Lincoln.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 21, at the United Methodist Church in Fairbury with the Rev. Warren Schoming officiating. Cremation has taken place. No viewing. A register book is available at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to family's choice.

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Evelyn Nolte

Evelyn Nolte 81, formerly of Daykin, Neb., died March 9, 2011 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

Survivors include her daughter, Thelma Bartels of Fairbury; sons, Gary Nolte of Fairbury, Mark Nolte of Virginia, Neb., Tony Nolte and wife, Candi of Daykin; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Harold Schwisow and wife, Mary of Cottonwood, Minn.

Services were held March 12 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Daykin with the Rev. Paul Beyer officiating. Cremation followed the services. Memorials to ASCERA Care Hospice or the Parkinson's Association. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.

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Anna Achtemeier

Anna Colene Achtemeier, 87, of Lincoln, formerly of Beatrice, died March 12, 2011.

She was born on March 25, 1923 at rural Fairbury and attended School District 69 at rural Fairbury. She graduated from Endicott High School in 1940. She lived in rural Fairbury before moving to Beatrice in 1952 and then to Lincoln in 1967.

She worked at the Lincoln Regional Center as a Psych Tech from 1963 until her retirement in 1987. She also provided in-home day care.

She was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church of Beatrice and was currently a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church of Lincoln.

She enjoyed her flower gardens and her dog, Rowdy.

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Viola and Christoph Wiegert

Viola and Christoph Wiegert, 94 and 95, both of Fairbury, Neb., died March 10, 2011 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

Survivors include their sons, Harold and Mary Wiegert, Ronald and Rosanna Wiegert, all of Fairbury, Dale Wiegert of Grand Island; daughter, Betty Cacak and husband, Mike of Eagle; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Services were held March 14, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairbury with the Rev. Charles Schmidt officiating. Memorials to Grace Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.

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Carolyn Garcia

Carolyn S. (Hardy) Garcia, 77, lost her brief but courageous battle with colon cancer on March 6, 2011 with her husband and family by her side.

Born to Howard and Muriel Hardy, Jan. 18, 1934 in Endicott, Neb. She was the middle of three children.

She graduated from Endicott High School and went on to work in the education field for many years, first as a teacher, then as an instructional aide.

She met her husband Francis a.k.a. "Wimpy" in Bakersfield, Calif., and they married in 1955.

She loved traveling, reading, and turn-arounds to State Line.

She had a lifelong passion for cats, from Boogie, Angel and Midnight to PeeWee and Gus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Nancy, and grandsons, Christopher and Cade.

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Eugene Elder

Eugene Edward Elder was born in Red Cloud, Neb. on May 1, 1926, the son of Eugene and Clyda Elder. He died March 8, 2011 in Lincoln at the age of 84 years.

He was a merchant marine from 1943-1944 after which he took over the family business as the owner of Elder Jewelry.

On May 13, 1944 he was married to Betty Jane Keil and to this union three children were born.

He was a master jeweler and was a Gemological Institute of America graduate. He owned Elder Jewelry in Hebron, from 1944-l984 and Elder Jewelry in Fairbury, from l986 to 2008.  After this he retired and moved to Lincoln to be closer to his children and grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; and sister, Genevieve Tibbetts.

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