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Fire departments battle blaze near Newman Grove

July 22, 2014

Area firemen battle a house fire near Newman Grove Tuesday.
Area firemen battle a house fire near Newman Grove Tuesday.
A rural farm house was extensively damaged in a fire Tuesday afternoon, July 22, along Highway 45 about 1 1/2 miles south of Newman Grove.
The home, owned by John Johnson, was occupied, but there were no injuries.
Newman Grove, Lindsay and Albion Fire Departments battled the blaze, which apparently started in the garage area and advanced to all levels of the home.
Albion News Photo by Bethany Rachow

County faces challenge in bridge replacement

July 22, 2014

Girders for for the Primrose East bridge project in storage at Primrose.
Girders for for the Primrose East bridge project in storage at Primrose.
Boone County is one of many rural Nebraska counties facing the major task of replacing many of its county road bridges in the coming years.
Bridge replacement isn’t a new issue in Nebraska, but it is becoming steadily more costly, and the process can be time-consuming, said Darrel Thorin, county highway superintendent.
Boone County currently has 192 bridges listed in the federal system, with another 40 “local bridges” with smaller spans of under 20 feet.
Many of these are original timber bridges dating back to 1935. Many are no longer wide enough, or sturdy enough, to allow crossing by heavy modern farm equipment. Thorin estimates as many as 50 Boone County bridges are now in need of replacement.
Details in the July 23 Albion News Print and E-Editions.

Choat, Wilke are named 4-H Royalty

July 15, 2014

Boone County Fair 4-H Royalty.Evey Choat and Ethan Wilke were crowned the 2014 4-H Queen and King at the Boone County Fair last Sunday, July 13.
Their crown bearers were (front) Kate Maricle and Jay Rasmussen.
Attendants were Lily Johnson, Lauren Wilke, Fina Choat and Lyndsey Figgner; Luke Johnson and Dalton Wagner.

City Council gives nod to subdivision plans

July 15, 2014

Plans for construction of water and sewer mains, and the first phase of paving for a new subdivision just south of the city limits, were approved by the Albion City Council during its regular meeting Tuesday night, July 8.
The approval clears the way for development of the 19.5 acre, 20-lot Anderson Subdivision, located south of South Street and west of Sixth Street. The platted site map shows that Eighth Street would be extended south, with intersections connecting to three cul-de-sacs running west of Eighth Street
The plan submitted by owner Jerry Niewohner includes installation of water and sewer mains throughout the addition. Street paving, curb and gutter would be done in three phases. The first phase of paving would include Eighth Street to just beyond the first cul-de-sac intersection, as well as the cul-de-sac street itself.
Details in the July 16 Albion News Print and E-Editions.

Commissioners approve confinement permit

July 15, 2014

fter a public hearing Monday morning, July 14, Boone County Commissioners unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a Class I hog confinement feeding operation southwest of Loretto.
The permit will allow MSJM Properties to build a confinement for up to 2,500 head of hogs on land between 170th and 180th Avenues, and between 220th and 230th Streets, or about three miles south and four miles west of Loretto.
Details in the July 16 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print and E-Editions.

Boone Central seeks input on facilities

July 8, 2014

Boone Central preliminary facilities plan.
Boone Central preliminary facilities plan.
At a July 2 work session, the Boone Central School Board decided to start seeking input this week from school district patrons on possiable facilities upgrades for the Albion campus.
A new proposed plan for renovations and new construction is being made public, and patrons are asked to give feedback on it through a new website,
The school district and MindMixer will launch the website as a “comprehensive community engagement tool” starting this Thursday, July 10.
Goal of this process is to gain community involvement in school planning, with the current emphasis on facilities.
Details in the July 9 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print & E-Editions.

Boone County Fair opens this weekend

July 8, 2014

Love & Theft will be featured in concert Tuesday night, July 15.
Love & Theft will be featured in concert Tuesday night, July 15.
”Country Scenes and Children’s Dreams” will be the theme of the 2014 Boone County Fair to be held Saturday, July 12, through Wednesday, July 16, at the fairgrounds in Albion.
A country music concert by Top Ten recording duo ”Love and Theft” will be featured during the fair on Tuesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson recently struck gold with their top 10 single, “Angel Eyes.” Love and Theft was nominated as Duo of the Year at the American Music Awards. Large crowds are anticipated for their spring and summer tour, which includes the Boone County Fair.
Opening act for the July 15 performance will be the Dylan Bloom Band featuring North Bend, NE, native Dylan Bloom. A big crowd is expected for the concert.
Other new events this year will be the tractor pull on Saturday evening, and the pickup demo derby and powder puff races on Wednesday evening.
Details in the July 9 Albion News Print & E-Editions.

Local residents help with clean-up after Wakefield tornado

July 1, 2014

Local crew piles up debris on the Slama farm near Wakefield.
Local crew piles up debris on the Slama farm near Wakefield.
A crew of 18 Boone Central students and staff, along with four community volunteers, traveled to Wakefield, NE, last Friday, June 27, to assist with clean-up from the June 16 tornado that devastated Pilger and continued its path to near Wakefield.
The volunteers spent the day picking up debris spread across a 75-acre pasture, owned by Ken and Darci Slama and located about two miles east of Wakefield.
Details in the July 2 Albion News Print and E-Editions.

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