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Work begins this week on Valentine's new Community Golf Course surrounding the Fish Hatchery, and Golf Development Board Members and City Council Members "tee off" on the course site.

Construction should be completed this fall.

 
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Ground was officially broken on a new community golf course on April 29th on property northeast of Valentine owned by the city. Over a year of effort has gone into the research and planning of the new course which will be designed by Tom Lehman with Chris Brands. City Council member Kyle Arganbright welcomed those present to the event and thanked all those who have helped make this project possible. According to golf board chairman Tim Colvin, board member and Director of Club Operations at The Prairie Club, Ross Buckendahl, has been invaluable in planning the layout and construction of the unique 10 hole course. Mr. Buckendahl previously stated that this course will be something the entire...

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The Valentine High School will have their Honors Day Program on Monday, May 4th  at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.    Students will be recognized in areas of Scholastics, Music, Art, Dance, Social Studies, Science, Math, Speech, Drama, Business, Language Art, PE/Health, Special athletic awards, and for Attendance.  The Honor Society installation will also be held.  The VHS Foundation Scholarships will be given at that time.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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There will be a prescribed burn today south of town on the Valentine Refuge near Pelican Lake. The timing will be from around the noon hour until dark. Another prescribed burn is set to take place tomorrow, April 29th, as well.

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The public is invited to join members of the Valentine golf course development board and representatives of the city at the ceremonial ground breaking of the new community golf course. The event will take place at 5:30 this Wednesday evening at the main entrance to the property just Northeast of Cherry Hills Estates. Construction will be underway on the new 10 hole golf course that is slated to open for play in July of 2016. The budget for the course is right at 2 million dollars and will be paid for by a bond, backed by sales tax revenue, and private contributions. Tax deductible contributions to the new course can also be dropped off at City Hall or with the Sandhill’s area foundation. The...

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For families dreaming of owning their own home, but uncertain about how to make that dream a reality, the Central Nebraska Housing Developers (CNHD) will conduct a REACH-Approved Homebuyer Educational workshop in Valentine in May.  This workshop will be held at Mid-Plains Community College at 113 North Hall on May 14 and 21, from 6-10 p.m. both evenings.  Participants are required to attend both evenings to receive a certificate of completion. CNHD has a down payment assistance program, and participation in a REACH-certified workshop is a requirement for applying for these funds or other down payment assistance, as well as to qualify for low-interest mortgage loans.  To participate in these...

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Soil moisture continues to be a concern in South Dakota as farmers work to get their crops in the ground. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop progress report that subsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 67 percent short or very short; and topsoil moisture supplies are 69 percent short or very short. One-third of the state's winter wheat crop is rated in poor or very poor condition. Stock water supplies are rated 39 percent short or very short. Planting of spring wheat, barley and oats is three-fourths or more done, well ahead of the average pace in South Dakota.

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Millennial consumers are becoming more important to the beef industry. That’s because their views will impact not only current demand for beef, but demand well into the future. Consumers born between about 1980 and 2000, account for approximately a fourth of the U.S. population, and about a third of all adults – more than the Baby Boomer generation. Controlling about $200 billion in annual spending, they are certainly significant to beef sales today. Research conducted through the Beef Checkoff program in 2011 shows that these consumers don’t necessarily see food just as fuel or as sustenance. They view it as an adventure; a route to diverse cultural and social experiences. The research...

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Dry conditions across South Dakota over the past week have enabled farmers to start planting corn, but the lack of rain is hurting soil moisture. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop progress report that about 5 percent of the corn crop is seeded, near the five-year average pace. The planting of small grains crops is well ahead of the average. But subsoil moisture is rated 65 percent short or very short, and topsoil moisture is rated 67 percent short or very short. Only 25 percent of South Dakota's winter wheat crop is rated in good to excellent condition.

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The cost of brand inspections for cattle could rise to $1.10 per head under a bill advanced by Nebraska lawmakers. Senators gave first-round approval Monday to an increase in the maximum fee that the Nebraska Brand Committee can charge. The committee inspects cattle and investigates missing and stolen cattle. Inspections are mandatory in the western two-thirds of Nebraska anytime a bovine animal changes ownership. Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis says the committee has reached the maximum fee that it can charge under state law. The ceiling was last increased from 65 cents to 75 cents per head in 2005. Lawmakers say the committee has been conservative in raising its fees and sometimes has been able...

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Nebraska corn farmers will plant 9.3 million acres of corn, equal to last year’s total acres planted. With Nebraska corn farmers’ intentions of planting 9.3 million acres of corn this year, farmers will spend about $280 per acre to get the crop in the ground and off to a good start. This figure, multiplied by the estimated 9.3 million corn acres to be planted in Nebraska, grows to more than a $2.6 billion investment by the state’s corn farmers over a two-month period. That amount does not include land costs, labor or equipment – it’s purely inputs like seed, fuel, and fertilizer. Looking beyond these initial inputs, however,...

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The Valentine Badgers placed 2nd overall with a score of 351 at the Broken Bow invite held on Friday, May 1st. Cameron Bancroft was an individual champion, placing 1st with a score of 71, just 1 under par. Brooks Coleman placed 12th with an 87. Lyle Cate scored a 91. Amos Hagedorn scored 102, Logan O'Kief 103 and Kyle Johnson 108.  

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Jr. Varsity Golf scored 186 over North Central's 223 at the North Central Triangular Golf Meet on April 30th. Individual scores: Kyle Grooms - 33, Logan O'Kief - 44, James Battershaw - 46, Trevor Willcuts - 53, Ethan Gehlsen - 55, Cade Adamson - 57, Shawn Ward 66. In Varsity action, Valentine placed 1st with a 164, Ainsworth were runners up with 189 and North Central placed 3rd with 193. Individually, Cameron Bancroft scored 38, Brooks Coleman and Lyle Cate scored 41, Kyle Johnson scored 44 and Amos Hagedorn scored 48.

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  VHS QUIZ BOWL PARTICIPANTS TRAVELED TO HOLDREDGE TO PARTICIPATE AT STATE ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015.  RESULTS ARE AS FOLLOWS; VALENTINE'S RECORD ENDED UP BEING 5 AND 2. VALENTINE FIRST WON OVER HASTINGS ST. CECELIA  40 TO 0 THEN LOST TO BELLEVUE EAST 5 TO 55; THEN WON OVER KEARNEY 30 -20 THEN WON OVER MINDEN 30-25 THEN WON OVER NORTH BEND CENTRAL 30-25 THEN WON OVER CAMBRIDGE 30-25 UNTIL FINALLY LOSING TO HUMPREY 10 - 45. THIS PLACES VALENTINE IN THE TOP TEN IN THE STATE ACROSS ALL CLASSES. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL VHS QUIZ BOWL PARTICIPANTS:  RAELYN ADAMS, MCKENZIE ANDERSON, JAMES BATTERSHAW, ANNIE BRICKNER, GABRIEL DUNKEL, NICHOLAS HAYWARD, GUNNAR HITCHCOCK, KELSEY HONEYCUTT,...

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Contestants have been announced for the Miss Rodeo Nebraska and Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska competitions June 14-17 in North Platte. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the annual Miss Rodeo Nebraska Pageant. Trying for the title of MRN is: Emily Taylor Emily Taylor, 24, is the daughter of Rick and Karen Arkfeld of Battle Creek and Mark Taylor of Colorado. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism and an emphasis in advertising and public relations. While at UNL, Emily was a member of the English and western equestrian teams and was active in both the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow club and Abel Residents...

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Reminder that the Badger Booster Sports Banquet is on Sunday May 3, 2015 at the Peppermill Restaurant at 5 pm. (Previous news release incorrectly stated the Bull Market). Athletes can pick up their complimentary ticket at the high school office. Anyone else wanting to attend can purchase tickets at the high school office for $12 or at the door for $15.

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