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The bicycles take over town during Tour De Nebraska.

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The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients now and throughout the summer. Blood donations often decline in the summer months, especially around summer holidays when donors are less available to give. Donors of all blood types are needed now. Schedule an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  Locally, you can call Jeanie Cozad at 402-376-4715 Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Valentine: 7/7/2016: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., St. Nicholas Catholic Church Parish Hall, 400...

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The Valentine Rotary club and about 60 people were in attendance to welcome the Nebraska Husker Football athletic staff to the Peppermill on Tuesday morning. Coach Mike Riley, Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst, Executive Director of Player Personnel Billy Devany, and the voice of the Huskers Greg Sharpe were some of the staff on hand to answer questions and talk about the athletic program at the University of Nebraska. Riley addressed the audience for roughly an hour. One word was used to describe the Husker community – care. This is a community that cares a lot about sports, but also about developing these student athletes into well-rounded individuals. The staff is looking to build programs,...

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The American cancer Society Relay for Life of Cherry County 2016 in now in the books!! Preliminary fundraising amount is $31,390 for the event.  The Springview Spitfire Team added their efforts to this total with approximately $4290.00 for their community.  More funds will be coming in over the next few weeks. Over 200 people enjoyed a grilled hamburger and hot dog cook out provided by the Knights of Columbus.  Other donors for the meal were Scotty’s Ranchland foods, Henderson’s IGA, Pepsi of Valentine, Girl Scouts, and other committee members.  During this time live music was provided by Are We On? The first ever in Valentine Color Run was a fundraiser for the Henderson’s IGA Team...

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts will be in north central Nebraska Friday speaking with residents regarding progress being made at the state level in various areas. Ricketts on Saturday will participate in the Tour de Nebraska bike ride. Ricketts is scheduled to speak with residents at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Blarney Stone at O’Neill, and at 2:30 p.m. in the Ainsworth Conference Center to provide his thoughts on the recently completed session of the Nebraska Legislature and discuss his priorities for the future. On Saturday, Ricketts will take part in the Tour de Nebraska bike ride from Valentine to Springview. \

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An open cast call will be held for this year's Old West Day's Melodrama on Wednesday, June 29th at 7 pm at the Valentine High School Auditorium. This year's play is called "Buckshot and Blossoms" and many roles are available. Newcomers are welcome! Dust off your acting skills and join the Valentine Players on Wednesday, June 29th at 7 pm at the VHS auditorium for their open cast call.

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There will be a free farm and ranch clinic that will take place in Valentine, Nebraska on Thursday, June 30th. This clinic will give farmers and ranchers the opportunity to meet with agriculture law attorneys and ag financial counselors. For more information on the clinic or to signup you can call Michelle Soll at 1-800-464-0258.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday announced that the 2016 nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees has opened. “Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers across the spectrum of American agriculture to get involved in this year’s elections. We have seen an increase in the number of qualified nominees, especially among women and minorities, and I hope that trend continues.” To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person...

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Falling cattle prices are affecting producers in the Aberdeen area.

Ross Ulmer, who runs a cattle operation near Frederick, says that packers are seeing financial gain while producers get the short end of the stick. Kevin Larson, owner and auctioneer at Aberdeen Livestock, says that packers and retailers "are making extraordinary margins right now."

Hub City Livestock owner Steve Hellwig says that in the current market, feedlot operations are getting hit hardest. He attributes the low cattle prices to the cyclical nature of the market.

Ulmer is optimistic that cattle prices will turn around, particularly if there's a strong corn crop.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday announced that farmers and ranchers filing crop acreage reports with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) now can provide the common information from their acreage reports at one office and the information will be electronically shared with the other location. This new process is part of the USDA Acreage Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative (ACRSI). This interagency collaboration also includes participating private crop insurance agents and insurance companies, all working to streamline the information collected from farmers and ranchers who participate in USDA programs. “If...

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South Dakota leads the nation in the production of bison and sunflowers. The Agriculture Department says the state topped those commodity classes in 2015 and was second in honey and oats. South Dakota ranked third in the production of flaxseed, alfalfa hay, all hay and proso millet, and fourth in navy beans and spring wheat. The state was fourth in beef cows, sixth in corn, seventh in soybeans and ninth in winter wheat.

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Nine swimmers from Valentine traveled to Broken Bow over the weekend to compete in the BBCST Sprint Into Summer.  Approximately 60 swimmers from 6 teams competed in 40 events in this two day meet.  Dylan Witt and Daniel Witt both bringing home the coveted Bob Fitzpatrick award for swimming the fastest 50M Freestyle in the 13-14 and 9-10 age groups respectively.

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The Nebraska High School Rodeo season wrapped up this weekend with the high school finals in Hastings at the Adams County Fairgrounds. Rodeo athletes from across the Cornhusker State competed in two go-rounds on June 16-17 and the short go-round on June 18. The top four contestants in each of twelve events were determined, and they go on to compete at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyo., July 17-23. Champions from the 2016 Finals are: Mark Kasperbauer, Spalding, boys cutting; Concey Bader, Palmer, girls cutting; Cade Svoboda, Ord, bareback riding; Libby Winchell, Scottsbluff, goat tying; Cody Henderson, Alliance, tie-down roping; Bailey Brown, North Platte, breakaway roping;...

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On Tuesday, June 21st the Nebraska Athletic Department is sending Head Coach Mike Riley, Billy Devaney and Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst to Valentine!  They will be at the Peppermill from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Coffee and rolls will be provided.  The event is sponsored by the Valentine Rotary Club. The tour is the latest outreach to Nebraska fans by Riley and Eichorst. Since taking over as Director of Athletics in January of 2013, Eichorst has made more than 300 appearances around the state and more than 500 total and this is some of Riley’s first opportunities to speak to Husker fans outside of Omaha and Lincoln since taking over as the Huskers’ head coach in December of 2014. At...

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Four swimmers from Valentine traveled to Kearney over the weekend kicking off the long course swim season to compete in the 2016 GNST Kearney invite.  Malika Monroe, Daniel Witt, Lee Major, and Dylan Witt completed alongside over 80 swimmers from 9 teams in 37 events in 2 days.  Dylan Witt, getting things rolling in his 7th year swimming, brought home State cuts in three events.  Full results are as follows…

Malika Monroe brought home 6th place in the 50M freestyle, 5th place in the 100M...

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Join the Valentine Rotary Club Youth Planning Commission and professional disc golfer Brandon Oatman, assisted by Trevor Wilkerson, Darren Holzinger and Ray Johnson this Sunday, June 12th, at the Valentine City Park for a free disc golf clinic. Registration starts at 1 pm CT and continues until 1:30. The clinic will follow, and will last approximately an hour and a half. Prizes will be given away during the clinic, and registrants will also receive a complimentary playing disc. The disc golf clinic will cover: rules, etiquette, driving, putting, and techniques for throwing the disc, and will be followed by playing time with the clinic coaches. The clinic is open to all ages and abilities. Any...

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