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Valentine Dazzled During the 2nd Annual Heart of Christmas Celebration!

Photo by Laura Vroman

Make sure to cast your vote for the Heart of Christmas Tree Contest! Contest ends Dec. 5th.

Below are two of the trees around town, be sure to see them in person for the best effect!

Sand Painters Art Guild Tree

Tree Photos by Janette Duffield

 
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The Cherry County Commissioners appointed Kathy Hammond as the County Treasurer to fill out the term of Jan Wiley who recently stepped down from the position that she held for numerous years. Hammond was one of three applicants interviewed for the position. Mrs. Hammond has worked in the county clerk’s office and the county justice department previously. Hammond will serve until the 2018 election and will have the opportunity to run for election to the office if she wants to. Also at this week’s meeting, the commissioners gave approval for the Cherry County Tourism promotion board to investigate potential sites for a new convention center.

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Santa Claus will be back in Valentine this Saturday from 1 to 4PM at the Security 1st Bank parking lot with his elves and reindeer. Kenners will also be there to offer horse drawn wagon rides to the public. Another seasonal event in Valentine will be the Christmas Cantata on December 11th at the United Methodist Church. 34 community members have come together under the direction of Bethany Springer to present “Come Let Us Adore” at 7pm that evening. This will be a memorial cantata with the public invited to bring pictures of loved ones for display. The program will last between 45 minutes to one hour and refreshments will be served afterwards. For more information contact Connie Rhodes...

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Memberships are now available to the New Frederick Peak Golf Club at Valentine. The city owned, 10 hole, Tom Lehman designed course is set to open in the Spring of 2017. The city has set up the opportunity for area residents to purchase memberships starting right now. Payments can be made if desired. Membership fees will be economical enough for golfers to afford, yet generate enough to offset the cost of operating the course. Individual or single membership will be $550 Couples will be $700 Family $800 Student, Grade or High school $100 College student under 25, $175 Single cart fees will be $550 annually Family 2 carts will be $700 annually Information on the memberships are available...

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There is an effort underway to use locally raised beef in the school lunch program in the Valentine Community School system. Similar efforts have been very successful in other Nebraska schools including Mullen. Board member Craig O’kief appeared on the KVSH Comment program Wednesday morning to discuss details about the local effort. There will be some expense incurred to make this project happen. Anyone who would like to make a donation to the project can drop it off at the high school office or at Security First Bank where and account has been set up. Ranchers interested in donating beef can contact Craig O’kief at 402 376 4133 or Brent Nollett at 402 389 0439. Other board members include...

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The Cherry County Board of Commissioners will conduct a special meeting set for 4:00 pm CT on December 7, 2016 to be held at the Valentine High School Auditorium. The purpose of this meeting will be to consider an application for a conditional use permit for BSH Kilgore, LLC. The permit would allow the establishment of a commercial/utility grade wind energy conversion system. The meeting is open to the public and an agenda is on file at the office of the County Clerk.

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An important change is coming January 1st in the cattle industry. The Food and Drug Administration will begin tighter regulations on animal feeds that contain medicine. Producers will have to get a prescription from a veterinarian prior to using feed with various medicines in them. On November 8th, there will be an informational meeting at the Peppermill in Valentine for producers and veterinarians to learn more about these important regulations. There will be speakers and time for questions and answers. For more information or to confirm that you will be there, call Interstate Commodities at 402 376 3565 or Bradley Cardinal at 389 2338. All producers are invited to attend the event which...

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During harvest, farmers often face a choice of where to market their crops. Elevators may offer different prices, but the best deal isn’t always obvious. An updated online calculator offered by the Soy Transportation Coalition can help farmers quickly determine the most profitable location to deliver their soybeans. Farmers enter data on transportation costs, price per bushel and the distance to a local elevator versus an elevator that is farther away. The calculator then provides a side-by-side profit comparison of both elevators. The calculator is available at soytransportation.org or via an app for iPhone and Android devices by searching “STC Calculator”...

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The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation offered corn virtual field trips to fourth and fifth grade classrooms participating in the Ag Pen Pal program this year. These live field trips featured corn harvest in Nebraska and brought the front seat of a combine directly into the classroom using mobile technology. Fourth and fifth graders from Lincoln and Omaha got an exciting opportunity to “ride-along” with a farmer harvesting crops. “This was a fun opportunity to provide an actual harvest experience to urban students,” said Brad Frerichs, a corn and soybean farmer from Virginia, Nebraska. “Being able to share what we do and the importance of agriculture in our state is invaluable.” More...

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The Ag Committee of the Nebraska Unicameral met on Friday, Oct. 14, to, ‘examine any issues within the jurisdiction of the Agriculture Committee of the Legislature.’ The current topic of the day was discussed under the guidelines of LR612, a Nebraska resolution which allows a study of Ag issues by the Ag Committee and since the Nebraska Brand Committee fall under that umbrella, in turn, allows a study of the operation of that committee. The recent actions of the Nebraska Brand Committee as examined by a state audit completed by the Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts were reviewed. Chairman Jerry Johnson opened the hearing by reminding all present comments would be received after the Brand...

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  The Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) organization encourage Cattle Producers in Nebraska to link in to an upcoming hearing of the Agriculture Committee On Friday, October 14, the Ag Committee will ‘examine any issues within the jurisdiction of the Agriculture Committee of the Legislature.’ The hearing will begin at 10 am on Friday and can be streamed live on laptops, desktops, pad and phones, which have Internet capabilities. The live video link is available on the right side of the Nebraska Unicameral home page: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/ One key issue to be addressed during the Ag Committee hearing will be...

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Valentine Deer Check Station 2016 Firearm Rifle Deer Season
SANDHILLS UNIT : mule deer:        162   bucks 11   does whitetail deer:   216  bucks 25   does KEYA PAHA   UNIT: mule deer:           53   bucks 1    does whitetail deer:   145    bucks 30    does CALAMUS WEST   UNIT: mule deer:          20   bucks 1   does whitetail deer:    27   bucks 5   does   Total mule deer bucks =  235 Total mule deer does   =    13   Total whitetail bucks   =   388 Total whitetail does     =     60   TOTAL DEER FOR 2016   =   696   compared to 2015 = 638 up 62 deer at Valentine Check Station

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The Valentine Wrestling Club will be holding their Parent Meeting on Tuesday, November 29th at 6:30 pm in the Valentine High School Commons Area with practices beginning the first week of December.  The Wrestling Club is open to all students from Pre-K through 8th Grade. Registration is currently available on their website at www.valentinewrestling.com The meeting will focus on introducing the new Coaches, going over the different programs offered, registeration and tournament information. New this year, we are offering one week of practice in our Badger Tough program free for anybody wanting to see if they like wrestling. The only requirement is the wrestler needs a current AAU insurance...

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  Boys Basketball 5 Seniors 3 Juniors 7 Sophomores 10 Freshmen Total 25 Girls Basketball 3 Seniors 4 Juniors 5 Sophomores 8 Freshmen Total 20 Wrestling 7 Seniors 8 Juniors 8 Sophomores 4 Freshmen Total 27

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Twin Loup's defense was able to hold Sandhills-Thedford to 8 points and advance to the D2 championship game, 18-8. Twin Loup got an interception returned for a touchdown by Brayden Strohl for the game winner, making it 12-0 Wolves. They also got a rushing score from Alex Horky to get things started, out to an 18-0 lead before Sandhills-Thedford got on the board. This marks the first state final appearance for Twin Loup. Sargent made 4 previous trips, including winning it all in 2011. The D2 final is set for 10:15 a.m. on Monday, November 21st. The Wolves face Falls City Sacred Heart, who topped BDS 16-12.

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Steven Dent's decision to choose bareback riding as the final event for the Elite Rodeo Athletes World Championship on Sunday afternoon at American Airlines Center proved a wise one. It took a determined ride by Dent, the season points leader, and he was rewarded with a score of 86.0 to secure a victory over a field that included Kaycee Feild (83.50) and Bobby Mote (84.0). Dent's ride, aboard Smack Daddy, propelled him to the overall ERA season championship as well. "Competing against the best guys in the world every day makes you better," said the 30-year-old from Mullen, Nebraska. "I'm humbled and blessed to beat those guys." Season point leader Lisa Lockhart gained the overall barrel racing...

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