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Mable Ragan, oldest Nebraskan, to mark her 112th birthday

January 29, 2013

Mable Steiner Ragan, Nebraska’s oldest living resident, will reach another milestone this Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, when she celebrates her 112th birthday at Good Samaritan Society Wolf Home in Albion.
A celebration in Mabel’s honor will be held at Wolf Home this Friday, Feb. 1, at 2:30 p.m. However, due to the prevalence of flu this year, the nursing home is not open to the public.
Mrs. Ragan was born Feb. 1, 1901 at Lindsay in Platte County, Nebraska.
Details in the Jan. 30 Albion News Print & Electronic Editions.

Entertainment highlight

January 29, 2013

Toni Rasmussen
Toni Rasmussen
Boone Central speech team member Toni Rasmussen (above) entertained the crowd with her speech on “Driving in Really Bad Weather” during the Albion Chamber/AEDC annual dinner last Sunday evening, Jan. 27, at the Albion Country Club.

Former Rae Valley Market is demolished

January 29, 2013

Demolition took place last Saturday at the former Rae Valley Market location in Petersburg.
Demolition took place last Saturday at the former Rae Valley Market location in Petersburg.
A landmark is now forever gone from the downtown area.
Last Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, demolition began at the former Rae Valley Market (Andre’s Store) in downtown Petersburg.
Rae Valley Market was moved last year to a new spacious building near the junction of Highways 14 and 32 in Petersburg.
The demolition provided Petersburg residents with an opportunity to review the history of the local grocery store, which dates back to 1887 when J.J. Andre moved his small store building into Petersburg from its former location in Raeville.
Complete details in the Jan. 30 Petersburg Press Print & Electronic Editions.

Commissioners review road pact for wind farm

January 29, 2013

A proposed agreement on use and modification of county roads between Boone County and Prairie Breeze Wind Energy, LLC, was reviewed by Boone County Commissioners during their meeting Monday, Jan. 28.
Prairie Breeze is making plans to build a 200 megawatt wind farm in Antelope and Boone counties. The project could include up to 20 towers in northern Boone County.
Darrel Thorin, county highway superintendent, presented a map showing Boone County roads the company plans to use and possibly modify for hauling components to wind tower sites.
Commissioners will consider approval of the agreement at a later date.

Sheriff’s office investigates auto thefts

January 29, 2013

Investigation of a series of auto thefts during January is winding down at Boone County Sheriff’s Department this week.
Two Albion residents were being held in the Boone County Jail in connection with the thefts.
The case involved possibly four stolen vehicles, one vehicle fire and one accident since Jan. 4.
Details in the Jan. 30 Albion News Print and Electronic Editions.

Lueken takes reins as Chamber president

January 29, 2013

Retiring Chamber President Lori Krohn presents the president's plaque to 2013 President Shelley Lueken.
Retiring Chamber President Lori Krohn presents the president's plaque to 2013 President Shelley Lueken.
Shelley Lueken took the reins as 2013 president of the Albion Chamber of Commerce during the joint chamber/Albion Development Dinner Sunday evening, Jan. 27, at the Albion Country Club.
Shelley is a native of the Albion area and is employed as an insurance clerk at Boone County Health Center. She has served three years on the chamber board.
“Working with the board and membership, I hope to encourage teamwork and involvement to make the Chamber and community of Albion the best it can be,” said Lueken.
Shelley and her husband, Dan, are the parents of two daughters, Lauren, nine, and Katie, five.

Boone County 43rd in total property taxes levied

January 29, 2013

Current property taxes per capita for area counties.
Current property taxes per capita for area counties.
Boone County ranks 43rd among Nebraska’s 93 counties in total property taxes levied for 2012, according to statistics compiled by the Nebraska Department of Revenue.
The county ranks 53rd in the state in total population, with a 2010 census count of 5,505.
Total property taxes of $17,537,839 were levied on the county’s property for the current year, an increase of $855,283 or 5.13 percent from last year’s total of $16,682,556.
Boone County is 12th lowest in tax rate, and ranks 50th among the 93 counties in the percentage change in total property tax dollars from 2011 to 2012.
Details in the Jan. 30 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and Electronic Editions.

Card wrestlers “compete with intensity”

January 29, 2013

Mark O'Brien (Photo, Jim Dickerson)
Mark O'Brien (Photo, Jim Dickerson)
It has been an up-and-down season for the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals during their first season as a cooperative wrestling program.
However, at just the right time – with conference and district tournaments looming – the Cardinals took positive strides foward in competition this past week. Read more

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