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Wed
07
Oct

Pacific Ethanol at full throttle as harvest begins

Approximately 250 semi trucks loaded with grain or ethanol by-products are rolling in and out of the Aurora West complex each and every day now as the two ethanol plants hit their full capacity, just in time for the harvest season.
Pacific Ethanol, the California-based company which purchased the plants effective July 1, reported this week that the transition from Aventine Renewable Energy has gone well.

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Wed
07
Oct

Aurora to host classical concert pianist Sunday

The Hamilton Community Foundation fine arts committee is sponsoring a concert on Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Untied Methodist Church, 1104 A St. in Aurora. It is free to anyone who would like to attend.
The concert will be a performance by a renowned classical pianist, Andreas Klein, who has an extensive history in the world of music and is happy to share it with the local community.

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Wed
07
Oct

Soccer gaining momentum

One of the world’s most popular sports is and has been gaining traction in Aurora. In a town where athletics seem to reign supreme, this should come without any surprise.
Soccer is one of the biggest sports in the world with children learning the game at a young age. The same happens in Aurora with the Optimist program, which has gained plenty of popularity, garnering over 300 kids. However, once kids graduate past the sixth grade, there’s no outlet for them to continue soccer.

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Wed
30
Sep

Employees the focus of Lunch and Learn

Aurora Area Chamber and Development kick started the Lunch and Learn sessions Thursday with a presentation from Mike Henke on motivating and retaining today’s employees.
“Today we will talk about a subject where there is a lot of depth to it, motivating and retaining employees,” he began. “I actually have well over a full day’s material on this now.”

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Wed
30
Sep

BNSF to smooth railroad crossings

Burlington Northern Santa Fe officials announced this week that work will begin soon to level out several crossings in the final phase of the railroad’s double track expansion project.
Those same crews began working almost a year ago on a 12.7-mile stretch from east of Hampton to west of Aurora, installing a second set of tracks as well as a second Highway 14 overpass. Though a majority of the work has been completed, some finishing details remain at 14 crossings, including three in Aurora and two in Hampton.

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Wed
30
Sep

Newlyweds accept call to local churches

It’s been a whirlwind summer for Ben and Courtney Erzkus, who graduated from seminary school in May, got married in June, were ordained and then moved half way across the country from Maryland to Nebraska, where they both accepted their first callings as Lutheran pastors.

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Wed
30
Sep

High Plains begins building new greenhouse facility

High Plains Community High School has already broken ground on the building process of a new greenhouse at their Polk location.
The greenhouse project is headed by teacher Tom Hofmann, who explains the reasoning behind the construction as an educational benefit to students.

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Wed
30
Sep

AACD to offer Leadership Tomorrow classes Oct. 8

The Aurora Area Chamber and Development has begun accepting applications for the Hamilton County Leadership Tomorrow classes as they have taken over the responsibilities of putting together and facilitating the project.
“I feel that this is a very important part of the community,” said Barb Ernst, executive director of the AACD.

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Wed
23
Sep

Grosshans International earns Case IH’s prestigious Pinnacle Achievement award

Grosshans International, Inc., in Aurora has received the Case IH company’s highest honor, earning the Pinnacle Achievement award for 2014.
The Pinnacle Crystal is awarded to dealerships that meet the highest level of standards Case IH has implemented in the areas of service, parts, sales, marketing and operations. A total of 467 of the company’s 794 dealerships completed the detailed Pinnacle assessment, of which only 16 locations in North America achieved the highest ranking in all categories. Grosshans International was the only dealership cited in Nebraska.

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Wed
23
Sep

St. Mary’s statue dedicated in memory of Kathy Cudly

One of Kathy Cudly’s final wishes came true earlier this month when a statue of Mary, the mother of Jesus, was dedicated at St. Mary’s Church in Aurora.
“I think she’s up there smiling,” said Al Cudly, who lost his wife to cancer in May of last year. “This is something that will be there for a long, long time.”
 

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