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Officials broke ground Tuesday evening on a new Mid-Plains Community College Valentine Campus.

Pictured left to right are: Jacob Sertich; Linette Butler; Brenda Benjamin; Tad Pfeifer; Bonnie Kruse; Garry Lawyer; Mike Steele, MPCC area vice president of administrative services; Mike Burge; MPCC President Ryan Purdy; Ernie Mehl; Jennie Nollette; Cindy Duncan;, Dr. Jody Tomanek, MPCC area vice president of academic affairs and North Platte Community College; Dave Dent; Shane Siewert; Matt Broz and Louie Stithem.

 

Protesters against wind energy on Main Street Tuesday afternoon as a turbine blade travels down the street.

 
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THE VALENTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MET THIS WEEK FOR THEIR REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING. THE BOARD DISCUSSED THE UPCOMMING CRAZY DAY PROMOTION IN VALENTINE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH. MANY VALENTINE BUSINESSES WILL TAKE PART. THE CHAMBER ALSO SET THE DATE FOR THEIR ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT...THIS YEARS TOURNAMENT WILL BE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH AT THE PRARIE CLUB. THE EVENT WILL BE A FOUR PERSON SCRAMBLE WITH ENTRY FEE OF 400 DOLLARS AND A 10 AM SHOTGUN START. SEVERAL TEAMS HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP, SO CONTACT THE CHAMBER OFFICE TO REGISTER YOUR TEAM. THERE WILL BE A LIMITED NUMBER OF TEAMS ACCEPTED.   THEY WILL AGAIN HAVE A WATERMELON FEED AS PART OF THE CHERRY COUNTY...

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The new stop sign is up at the intersection of 3rd and Hall St. in Valentine. The Valentine Police Department urges everyone to use caution and be aware. Since this stop sign is a new addition, there may be a few unintentional stop sign violations until everyone gets used to it, so pay extra attention at this intersection and remember, never text and drive – or play other games on your mobile devices!

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A community came together to raise funds for a little girl fighting leukemia. The Valentine Lions Club, Bank of the West and parents involved in the Monkeying Around Group, a play group for young children in the Valentine area, joined forces to host a carnival fundraiser on Tuesday evening at the Cherry County Fairgrounds for Syerra Dawson, a 3 year old Valentine resident who was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Syerra will have 2 ½ years of treatment. People from all around the two state region donated items and attended the event, which raised over $20,000 and had over 600 attendees. Carnival games, a hamburger/hot dog feed, dunk tank, petting zoo, bounce houses and silent...

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It’s official – Valentine has a new college campus. Mid-Plains Community College broke ground Tuesday on a site at 715 E. Highway 20 - next to The Niobrara Lodge. Businessmen and women from throughout Cherry County, as well as a representative from Congressman Adrian Smith’s office, joined MPCC board members, administrators and staff for the ceremony. U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer sent a statement, which was read by MPCC President Ryan Purdy. Purdy recognized those in attendance and thanked everyone for coming. “We are here to celebrate an event that has been in the works since we established a campus in Valentine in 2002,” said Purdy. “When we established our ‘storefront,’ our goal...

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The Cherry County Planning Commission voted to recommend disapproval of the conditional use permit for a proposed wind farm southwest of Kilgore. The day started with protesters holding anti wind signs at the Cherry County Courthouse prior to the planning commissions meeting Tuesday afternoon. At 4pm the commission opened a regular meeting in the courtroom. Longtime commission chairman George Johnson resigned after 12 years in public service on the appointed board. At 4:30 the meeting was recessed to Valentine High School where a public hearing began at 5pm to take testimony on the application. The vote to disapprove came at almost 2AM after over 8 and one half hours of testimony and review....

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The oat and winter wheat harvests are ahead of the average pace in South Dakota, where dry conditions are becoming a concern for pastures and soil moisture. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that more than one-third of the oats and more than half of the winter wheat is in the bin. About two-thirds of both crops are rated in good-to-excellent condition, but dry conditions are a concern for ranchers. Pasture and range conditions statewide are rated 47 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 74 percent adequate to surplus. Both percentages have declined in recent weeks. Soil moisture also is being affected. Topsoil moisture statewide is rated 43 percent short...

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More than half of South Dakota's winter wheat crop is already in the bin, and the crop is piling up at some elevators. The weekly crop report from the Agriculture Department estimates that 53 percent of the state's winter wheat crop was harvested as of Sunday, well ahead of the five-year average of 22 percent. Harrold elevator manager Kevin Kjorsvik says that the pace of the harvest is unusual, but a mild winter and spring made it an early year. Harrold-area farmer Harlan Smith says the winter wheat crop is a good one. He says the downside is that prices are bad, due to a large crop in the Plains.

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The production of livestock in Nebraska is critical to Nebraska’s economy.  Are you prepared to address a livestock emergency and recover quickly?  What plans or procedures can you put in place to prevent or minimize the impact should an emergency occur? Three (3) Livestock Emergency Training Workshops have been scheduled in North Central Nebraska.  Each of the workshops have identical agenda and speakers, so if one workshop does not work for your schedule, another session will deliver the same message as the others. These workshops are scheduled as follows (each 8:30 am to 4:30 pm) with free lunch provided: July 27 – Ainsworth – Elks Lodge – 111 E. 3rd Street August 8 – Broken...

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One dead American Blackbird in the North Central District Health Department coverage area has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The NCDHD traps mosquitoes in several locations across their region to test for West Nile Virus. At this time, no mosquito pools in the NCDHD region have tested positive.

West Nile Virus is contracted through mosquitoes that have bitten an infected bird. Generally, birds cannot pass the virus to humans. West Nile Virus symptoms are flu-like and can include a slight fever or headache. Severe symptoms are not likely, but can lead to encephalitis, which can cause inflammation of the brain, disorientation, convulsions and paralysis. People over 50, infants,...

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Corn and soybean crops in Iowa and Nebraska continue to make good progress and plant development remains ahead of the five-year average for this point in the growing season.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop update says corn in Iowa and Nebraska is rated at nearly 80 percent good to excellent while soybeans are around 78 percent good to excellent.

Storms last week brought rain to both states missing south-central and southeast Iowa and leaving western and southwestern Nebraska without much new moisture.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says some Iowa farmers have reported isolated crop damage from high wind.

Nebraska farmers...

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The Valentine Youth Planning Commission will be holding their annual meeting (including election of officers) at 6 p.m. tonight at the youth activities directors’ office in the city gym. Anyone interested in youth programs is invited to become a member to help grow the organization. For those of you that have been so supportive over the years - they thank you tremendously for your efforts in making opportunities for our area kids happen!

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The Valentine Swim Team traveled to Hastings for their "Fun in the Sun" Meet held at Hastings Aquacourt Waterpark.  Valentine put on their game faces to compete against 19 other teams and 180 athletes to bring home several personal bests and some great performances.  Newcomer Wrigley Greenough showed off her butterfly skills and brought home a 4th place!  Several of the swimmers were invited to participate in the ever popular relays.  Valentine team members brought home 5th, 6th, 7th 9th, and 10th in the 200 Free Relays.  They pulled off 3rd, 8th, 9th, and  11th in the 200 Medley Relays.  Given a few more swimmers, we might have just brought home all the places!  Valentine wraps up their...

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Daniel Nelson, of Denton, and Jason Stephens, of North Platte, were drawn as lottery winners of two Super Tag multispecies big game permits. The Nebraska Game
and Parks Commission drew the names July 8.

Cameron Sonnenfeld, of Ravenna, and William Ryden, of Julesburg, Colorado, were drawn as winners of the Combo multispecies big game permits.

The Super Tag and Combo permits are valid in 2016 and 2017. The Super Tag bag limit is one elk, one antelope, one deer and two turkeys. The Combo bag limit is one antelope, one deer and two turkeys. The permits are valid in open seasons with appropriate equipment.

Nelson was one of 1,221 Nebraska resident entries in the...

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Flag Football, Tackle Football and Volleyball are now open for registration. Grades 3rd-6th. Deadline is August 10th for all. You can print the forms off at heartcitysports.com or you can pick them up from the pool, youth activities office or KVSH. Return registration to city hall or the youth activities office. Any questions contact Jake Hamilton – 402-322-3174.

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Summer is in full swing, and the Niobrara National Scenic River is offering visitors a variety of ways to discover more about the river. In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service, visitors may participate in ranger-guided canoe floats, Junior Ranger programs, or special kids’ activities.

Ranger-guided canoe floats are offered at 1:00 p.m. on several Thursdays throughout the summer. Visitors will discover some of the reasons the Niobrara is one of the very few National Scenic Rivers in the country. Reservations are required, and space is limited. Please contact the Niobrara NSR at 402-376-1901.
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