NE Developers Tackle Ethanol, Amusement

Sat April 23, 2005 - Midwest Edition

ADAMS, NE (AP) Village officials and a developer from Wisconsin have reached an agreement on a proposed $80 million dry-mill ethanol plant.

Construction on the plant –– called E-Energy Adams LLC –– is expected to begin in 2006, with the plant opening the following year. The plant would bring about 30 new jobs to the Adams, about 26 miles south of Lincoln.

Developer Jack Alderman said construction would be contingent on the approval of state and local incentives.

Each year, the plant would produce 50 million gallons of ethanol and use 18.5 million bushels of corn.

Amusement Park

A local developer said he hopes to build a $70 million amusement park in Nebraska that would employ about 600 people.

Steve Minard, president of Metro Omaha Theme Park LLC, said that construction could start this fall if the Legislature passes tax incentives aimed at creating entertainment and tourism districts.

Minard said has lined up some private investors and he has worked out an agreement to buy land in Nebraska, though he is declining to say where.

The park would feature indoor and outdoor activities, including five roller coasters and river-raft rides, Minard said.

Rep. Lee Terry, R-NE, said he supports the project. An amusement park west of Omaha on Interstate 80 would be ideal, Terry said.

Minard tried to build a similar park in Council Bluffs, IA, a few years ago, but he did not secure enough financing.