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The Valentine Police Department is currently investigating a rash of break-ins and thefts over the past couple of weeks in Valentine. On July 17th and again on the 28th , there were break-ins at Milo and Max’s on West Highway 20. The Valentine Family aquatic center was burglarized on the 25th and the Corner Bar on July 30th. There was also reports of damage at Tehrani Motors. According to police Chief Dana Miller, the perpetrators have been damaging property and stealing items totaling over $20,000. These incidents have taken place between about midnight and the early morning hours. Any residents who might have seen suspicious activities or persons in the areas are encouraged to contact...

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UNL Extension in Cherry County invites everyone to their centennial celebration to be held during the Cherry County Fair on Saturday, August 9 at 2 PM CT under the big tent.  Free Centennial Ice Cream from the University of Nebraska Dairy Store will be served by the Cherry County Extension Board.  Former Extension Educators Harry Stokely and Bud Stolzenburg, along with current Educator Jay Jenkins, will be on hand to reminisce and share stories about Extension through the years in Cherry County. Nebraska's and the nation's Cooperative Extension system turned 100 years old earlier this year. The Smith-Lever Act, which established Cooperative Extension through land-grant universities in partnership...

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The Nebraska State Fair has decided to charge a $6 "convenience fee" to get assigned seats at the fair's concerts this summer. Fair events and entertainment director Chelsey Jungck said that several people said they'd be willing to pay a small fee for a reserved seat in the arena. At previous fairs, people had to wait in line to get wristbands that would get them into the arena for free, but seats were not assigned. Jungck says the fee process works through Etix, which also provides the services for gate admission.   This year's State fair runs Aug. 22 to Sept. 1 in Grand Island.

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Authorities say a Nebraska resident has died after a semitrailer drove into the back of a pickup truck. Pierce County Sheriff Rick Eberhardt said the wreck happened Wednesday afternoon on Nebraska Highway 13 just south of Pierce. He says the pickup was attempting to turn west when it was hit from behind by a semitrailer hauling more than 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel. The accident caused the tanker to leak fuel that shut down the highway for several hours. Fire crews were able to stop the leak. Eberhardt says the pickup driver's name will not be released until next of kin are notified. No other injuries were reported.   It's unclear if police have filed charges.

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A Nebraska anti-gambling group has filed a lawsuit to keep off the November ballot a measure that would allow betting on previously recorded horse races shown on machines that resemble casino slots. 

Gambling with the Good Life said Tuesday that it filed the lawsuit on Monday. 

Executive director Pat Loontjer says the measure violates the Nebraska Constitution's provision against asking voters to answer two questions in just one vote. 

The group's attorney, Steve Grasz, says the filing asked the Nebraska Supreme Court to bar the secretary of state from putting what would be Amendment 1 on the statewide ballot. 

If approved by voters, the constitutional...

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For the fifth consecutive year, proceeds from the Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska topped the $1 million mark, as this year’s ball held at the Hoot Owl Ranch in Harrisburg, Neb. (Banner County) on June 6-7 raised $1.3 million. Over the past 17 years, the Cattlemen’s Ball has raised more than $11 million. This year’s ball raised the fourth highest total ever. The mission for the event is to raise money for cancer research at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, while showcasing Nebraska and promoting beef as part of a healthy diet. As in past years, 90 percent of the proceeds will go toward cancer research at the Fred & Pamela...

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Federal regulators say Archer Daniels Midland Company has agreed to settle allegations that it violated Clean Water Act rules at facilities where it stored fuels and oil in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. The Environmental Protection Agency says Decatur, Illinois-based ADM will pay a civil penalty of $430,000. 

Archer Daniels Midland spokeswoman Jackie Anderson said the company worked with regulators to address their regulators. 

Anderson says ADM has a compliance program in place to protect the environment. 

The EPA says the company violations involved large storage facilities for denatured ethanol, fuels and lubricants in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Deerfield...

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On Wednesday, July 30th, eleven judges at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Appeals Court) denied the request by the American Meat Institute, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and other meatpacker lobby groups for an injunction that would have halted enforcement of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law. While the decision to uphold the denial of the meatpacker-requested preliminary injunction was unanimous, the Appeals Court ruled 8 to 3 to reinstate the specific judgment by the original three-judge panel of the Appeals Court that decided in March that COOL did not violate the meatpacker lobby groups’ First Amendment free speech protections....

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Omaha residents will soon be able to select live farm animals for future meals and watch them get slaughtered.

The Omaha City Council on Tuesday approved the creation of a live meat market in the southern part of the city. The council debated for more than an hour on whether to grant a special use permit for Tom's Live Market.

The business will process animals such as sheep, pigs, rabbits, goats and small cattle. Customers can pick animals from pens at the business and wait while they're slaughtered, processed and packaged.

Council members have required owner Tom Meyer to post signs warning off children under 12 from areas where they could see the animals...

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USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the availability of over $9 million in outreach and technical assistance for minority farmers and ranchers and military veterans that are new to farming and ranching. The funding, provided through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program, will enable community-based organizations and other partners to work directly with these groups to successfully acquire, own and operate farms and ranches and equitably participate in all USDA programs. "The future face of agriculture needs to be varied in experience, background and knowledge to meet...

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Nebraska's Football Fan Day is Friday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. 

Fans can meet and greet and get autographs from coaches and players who are on the preseason practice roster. Fans will enter through Gates 3 and 24 on the southeast and southwest corners of the stadium. Gates open at 2 p.m. 

The majority of players will be seated on the field, and freshmen will be in the stands on the west side. 

Fans should limit autograph requests to one item per player or coach. Any apparel items fans want to have signed should be in hand rather than worn. 

Free parking will be available in nearby lots. 

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Valentine fought hard in the Senior Legion Baseball Tournament in O'Neill, winning the first game on Friday, July 18th against Ainsworth 18-7. They took on the #1 seed Creighton next, and fell 3-13 in 5 innings. Valentine rallied from the losers bracket against Neligh, winning 12-9 on July 20th and then beat Taylor Burwell Sargent 11-9  on the 21st to face Creighton again on Tuesday, July 22. Valentine needed to win twice to take home the championship. They started out strong in the first game, beating Creighton 7-4, but could not catch a break against Creighton in the second game, who was previously undefeated. The final score of the second game was Creighton 13, Valentine 0 in 5 innings. Creighton...

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When competing for a roster spot, burdened by the thought that any day could be your last, former Husker lineman Jeremiah Sirles was advised to avoid one urge. “Don’t get caught up in the numbers game,” the rookie offensive tackle said. Never mind that Sirles is one of 89 players on San Diego’s roster as training camp begins Wednesday — a total that will eventually drop to 53. There are 15 offensive linemen — eight listed as tackles — reporting this week. Sirles is the only first-year tackle. Perhaps that kind of information had been notable up until this point. But as league vets have told Sirles, it can be distracting in August, when a player’s mentality is so vital to his...

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Twenty-two swimmers from Valentine traveled to Kearney over the weekend to compete in the 2014 GNST Summer Sizzler. Nearly 100 swimmers from 6 teams across the state competed in 36 events in this two day event held at Harmon Park in Kearney. Brayden Kieborz and Caleb Long brought home state qualifying times from Kearney in the 50M freestyle and 200M breaststroke respectively. Brayden and Caleb join Dylan Witt who qualified earlier in the season in the 50M freestyle and 100M breaststroke. Dylan also added the 50M butterfly, 50M breaststroke, 50M backstroke and 100M freestyle to his state times now totaling six events. Additionally, Kaylynn Miller, Taryn Adams and Savannah Dean will...

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Nebraska deer permits are now available for purchase. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission asks hunters buying their permits to consider also making a tax-deductible donation to Hunters Helping the Hungry. Founded in 2012, Hunters Helping the Hungry allows for the distribution of venison to Nebraskans in need. During the state's various deer seasons, hunters can donate deer at participating processors. The processors then distribute ground venison to food pantries and soup kitchens across the state. The cost of processing is paid for entirely by donations. In 2013, 363 hunters donated 392 deer, which provided more than 19,000 pounds of venison to Nebraskans in need. Hunters and others...

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