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The annual bison roundup will take place September 22 – September 26, 2014 at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge.

Call the refuge at (402) 376-3789 for a schedule of daily events.

 
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The Niobrara River Outfitters Association will be sponsoring their annual River Appreciation Day on Sunday September 21st.  NRO Members will be offering to the public a free float trip for those wanting to spend an afternoon on the Niobrara National Scenic River east of Valentine during which time the outfitters will be conducting their annual Fall River Cleanup.  Everyone will meet at their takeout points at 1pm for transportation to their starting points.  Call one of the NRO members for more details on preferred segments and vessel types (canoes or kayaks) by Friday September 19th. Cornell Bridge to Berry Bridge: Graham Canoe Outfitters 402-376-3708 Brewer Bridge to Wildcat Camp: Prairie...

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Valentine High School’s Homecoming will be Friday, September 26th.  The theme this year is  “Welcome to the Jungle.”  Monday will be Dress in Animal Print, Tuesday will be Survivor Day.  Wednesday there is no school due to School Improvement meetings.  Thursday is Class Colors day,  Freshman wear Yellow, Sophomores wear Brown, Juniors wear Blue, and Seniors dress in Green.  Staff will dress in Orange.   Friday is Spirit Day. The parade will be Friday at 2:30 p.m., therefore students will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m.  While the school encourages all students to take part in some fashion in the parade and pep rally, it is not mandatory.  The parade route will start at Cedar Canyon...

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Special State Fair 4-H Exhibitor ribbons were placed on those items entered in the Cherry County Fair that the judges selected to advance to the Nebraska State Fair. Results from judging at the 2014 State Fair in Grand Island are as follows: Brennann Jackson,You’re The Chef, Specialty Rolls,purple: Katelynn Jackson,Foodworks,Specialty Pastry,blue; Gage Krolikowski,Taxidermy,Taxidermy,purple; Tessa Krolikowski,Food Preservation,Jelled Exhibit,blue; Cody Kronhofman,Tasty Tidbits,Creative Mixes,red; Forrest Schmidt,Horticulture,Salad Tomatoes,purple; Chet Tetherow,Horticulture,Snap Beans,blue; Chet Tetherow,Welding,Welding Article,blue. Sarah Shelbourn represented Cherry County 4-H as the State...

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St. Mary's Annual Bazaar is the largest community function in Nenzel, Nebraska and is scheduled for Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm Mountain Time. It is a freewill offering for a roast beef dinner with all of the trimmings. Visit the country store to pick up homemade goodies, and while you're there, there will be kids games and raffle prizes. This annual event serves around 500 people from the small village of Nenzel, which has an approximate population of 21 residents. Nenzel was incorporated on June 23, 1899. Located on U.S. Highway 20, it is one of the most northern towns in western Nebraska, only five miles from the South Dakota border. Approximately 8 of the town's...

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About 40 people braved the chilly temperatures to attend the ribbon cutting of the first wind turbine in Cherry County on Wednesday evening. The turbine is located 3 miles west of Valentine and south of Highway 20. The turbine is the result of the City of Valentine signing a power purchase agreement with Bluestem Sandhills to integrate the power into the Valentine grid. The agreement is an effort by the city to reduce the winter peak demand rate charged by NPPD. The Valentine Chamber of Commerce hosted the ribbon cutting ceremony after a few short statements from City Council representative Don Nelsen, Cherry County Wind board member Jim Van Winkle, Bluestem representative Jon Crane and Chuck...

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Nebraska feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.13 million cattle on feed on September 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.  This inventory was up 2 percent from last year.  Placements during August totaled 425,000 head, down 3% from 2013. Fed cattle marketings for the month of August totaled 440,000 head, up 5 percent from last year.  Other disappearance during August totaled 15,000 head, up 5,000 head from a year ago.

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Agriculture officials are encouraging ranchers in disaster-declared counties to apply for donated hay bales.  The South Dakota Department of Agriculture will select the producers who will receive the hay based on the number of applications received, the amount of hay available and need. Recipients will be responsible for arranging the transportation of the hay and the associated costs. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 9. They can be found on the department's website. Agriculture officials are also encouraging some producers to donate the baled residue to the department rather than destroying it.

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The USDA says below-normal temperatures, rain in the east and light snow in western portions of Nebraska slowed field work last week.  The USDA said in a report released Monday that 26 percent of Nebraska's expected winter wheat crop had been planted, compared with the five-year average of 27 percent for the date.  Corn and soybean conditions rated 73 percent good or excellent.  Pasture and range conditions rated 54 percent good or excellent.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says below-normal temperatures, rain in the east and light snow in western portions of Nebraska slowed field work last week. The USDA said in a report released Monday that 26 percent of Nebraska's expected winter wheat crop had been planted, compared with the five-year average of 27 percent for the date. Corn and soybean conditions rated 73 percent good or excellent. Pasture and range conditions rated 54 percent good or excellent.  

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Farmers browsed new technology used to help farmers be more efficient in the fields. The Unmanned Arial Vehicle is a new tool built by the University of Nebraska makes it easy for farmers to spot stresses in their lands soil. "We can basically fly over a field and identify that stress in minutes and then provide information for the producer to make a decision about," said Brian Krieke, Soil Educator at UNL. It quickly transmits data while flying less than 400 feet over a farmers crops. "Rapidly evaluate an entire section of land quickly so you can then go and identify different spots in your land," said Krieke. New technology in the farming industry isn't just taking flight however,...

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  A STRONG HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS PROGRA STARTS WITH A STRONG YOUTH PROGRAM. AREA SPORTS FANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUPPORT THE VALENTINE YOUTH FOOTBALL PROGRAM FOR 5TH AND 6TH GRADERS THIS SUNDAY, STARTING OFF AT 1PM WITH A FLAG FB GAME. THEN AT 3, TACKLE FOOTBALL BETWEEN AINSWORTH AND GORDON, VALENTINE TAKES ON GORDON AT 4, AND THEN ITS VALENTINE VS. AINSWORTH AT 5PM THIS SUNDAY. THE LIONS CLUB WILL BE THERE AT 1 WITH THEIR GRILL FOR A HAMBURGER AND HOTDOG FEED.

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The results from the Broken Bow invite are as follows: 1. Minden 382 2. Kearney Catholic 396 3. Ogallala 416 4. Gothenburg 437 5. Valentine 442 6. Broken Bow 512 7. Mullen 616 8. Ainsworth NS Individually, Ashton Bancroft placed 7th with a 94. Sherridan Bancroft placed 12th with a 107. Tori Osterman placed 18th with a 117, Jessica Stankoski placed 24th with a 124 and Allison Collier placed 29th with a 132.

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JOIN THE LIONS CLUB FOR A HAMBURGER AND HOT DOG FEED FUND RAISER THIS SUNDAY, SEPT 21ST, AT VALENTINE HIGH SCHOOL TO BENEFIT THE TACKLE FOOTBALL TEAM, WHICH IS COMPRISED OF 3RD AND 4TH GRADE STUDENTS. THE TACKLE FOOTBALL GAMES DON'T START UNTIL 3 PM, BUT THE LIONS CLUB WILL BE GEARED UP AND READY TO GO FOR THE FLAG FOOTBALL GAMES FOR 5TH AND 6TH GRADERS THAT BEGIN AT 1 PM. THE TACKLE FOOTBALL TEAMS HAVE AN EXCITING LINE UP BETWEEN GORDON, AINSWORTH AND VALENTINE, SO COME OUT THIS SUNDAY TO SUPPORT YOUR FUTURE SPORTS STARS! HELP MAKE THIS EVENT A SUCCESS BY SUPPORTING YOUTH SPORTS THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE VALENTINE HIGH SCHOOL.

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IN A ROMP OVER FRESNO STATE IN NINETY DEGREE WEATHER, NEBRASKA WON ON THE ROAD 55 - 19, SNAPPING FRESNO'S 13 GAME WINNING STREAK AT HOME.  BUT THERE WERE MANY UPSETS THIS WEEK IN THIS THIRD WEEK OF THE PIGSKIN PREDICTION CARDS.  AS A RESULT, ALL  WINNERS THIS WEEK HAD TWO INCORRECT PICKS, WITH YARDAGE DETERMINING THE WINNERS.  FIRST PLACE WAS WON BY NEIL WESCOTT.  CORBIN STANDING READY AND ANDY CRONIN TIED FOR SECOND, PICKING THE SECOND-CLOSEST YARDAGE FOR NE.  THIS WEEK, THE HUSKERS HAVE ANOTHER NIGHT GAME AGAINST MIAMI FLORIDA IN LINCOLN.. GET YOUR PREDICTION CARDS AT ONE OF OUR SPONSORS: ISOM AGENCY, WARD PLUMBING, SECURITY 1ST BANK, SANDHILLS FAMILY DENTAL, NELSEN FURNITURE, THE PEPPERMILL,...

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Here are a selection of high school football sports scores from this week: Team Name Score Team Name Score Valentine 0 Chadron 40 Cody-Kilgore 26 St. Edward 19 North Central 58 Plainview 18 Ainsworth 8 Ravenna 27 Sandhills/Thedford 55 Mullen 30 Broken Bow 40 Minden 6 Gordon/Rushville 24 Bridgeport 22 O'Neill 14 Pierce 49 Ord 30 St. Paul 21 Todd County 42 Crow Creek 0 White River 8 Lyman 44 Cozad 14 Chase County 12

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