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The Middle School Wrestlers are on a roll! Champions of the Mullen Invite on November 21st.

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Time is quickly running out for the public to submit nominations for the 2014 Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame. Nominations are due by Dec 31st. Nomination forms are available by contacting any Board Member or Rod Palmer at Box 127, Ainsworth, Nebraska or calling 402-387-2212. Nominees must be 50 years or older or deceased. The nominee must fit the following criteria: “The Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame honor those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the Western Lifestyle or horse culture in the areas of competition, business, support of rodeo in the western lifestyle in the Sandhills of Nebraska, this includes rodeo, ranching, rodeo stock contractors,...

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The draft North Central Nebraska Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) for the counties of Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, and Rock is ready for public review. Public meetings are scheduled during the first week of December to answer questions and accept comments. This plan updates the 2009 CWPP adopted in Brown, Cherry, Keya Paha, and Rock Counties to improve collaboration and communication among the various agencies and organizations who manage fire in the central Niobrara River valley, and to effectively manage wildfire and hazardous fuels. The Central Niobrara Watershed Fire Advisory Council recommended expanding the plan boundary to coincide with the Region 24 Emergency Management...

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Leo Brinda Post 90 and the Sons of the American Legion in Valentine are sponsoring the annual Fill An Empty Stocking and Share the Gift of Reading projects. Parents and guardians who wish to sign up their children need to fill out the forms at Union Bank & Trust on Highway 20 in Valentine on or before December 15. A Christmas tree poster will be placed in the Veterans Club window, with each un-adopted family of children represented. Each note will display the family number, gender and age of each in that family. Local folks may choose a number and adopt a "family of children". Please phone 402-376-2443 to adopt on or BEFORE December 15. After adopting, select gifts of your choice, wrap them,...

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Oglala Sioux officials have rounded up and killed a number of dogs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation following the death of an 8-year-old girl who was attacked and killed by a pack on Tuesday.

Deputy Police Chief John Mousseau tells the Rapid City Journal that "a horse-trailer full" of dogs was killed Thursday.

Some residents are upset by what they say were unnecessary dog seizures and brutal tactics.

Tuesday's death happened while the girl was sledding near a housing complex. It renewed concerns among tribal leaders about the longstanding problem of packs of roaming dogs.

Pine Ridge resident Joe Locust described Thursday's dog roundup as "Gestapo...

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A newly released report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate for October dropped to 3.4 percent.

The Nebraska Labor Department said in the report released Friday that the rate was four-tenths of a point under the October 2013 rate of 3.8 percent.

The new Nebraska figure remains well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 5.8 percent in October. The new national rate is one-tenths of a point under the September figure of 5.9 percent and 1.4 percentage points below the October 2013 rate of 7.2 percent.

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A nonprofit organization that assists veterans and their families is sponsoring scholarships for a farmer and rancher training program. The Farmer Veteran Coalition is offering the financial assistance for the 10-session training program that will take place during the winter in Rapid City. Participants will learn about low-cost, sustainable methods of farming and ranching, as well as ways to launch a profitable enterprise. The grassroots group Dakota Rural Action will be hosting the seminar. Classes will be taught by local farmers, ranchers and agriculture professionals. The group says more than 80 percent of graduates over the past five years are engaged in farming activities. Online: Read More...

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is offering a training course on beef and pork quality assurance practices.

The university's extension office will hold the event on Dec. 2 at the Lancaster Extension Education Center in Lincoln. Participants can get trained or recertified at the event, which includes interactive training and a quiz.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m., and the programs begin at 6:15 p.m. Each session will last about two hours.

The program costs $10 and includes the meal and additional materials. Additional fees may apply. Pre-registration is requested by Nov. 26 to ensure an accurate head count.

For more information, contact Lindsay Chichester...

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Nebraska feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.45 million cattle on feed on November 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.  This inventory was up 3 percent from last year.  Placements during October totaled 660,000 head, up 5% from 2013. Fed cattle marketings for the month of October totaled 430,000 head, down 3% from last year.  Other disappearance during October totaled 20,000 head, up 5,000 head from last year.

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There's a gap between what characteristics rural Nebraskans say are essential in a community and what currently exists in theirs, according to the Nebraska Rural Poll. The findings may reflect rural residents' acceptance of the trade-offs that are inherent in their lifestyle: Certain wants and needs can't be met there, but other qualities make the lifestyle worthwhile. The 19th annual University of Nebraska-Lincoln poll was sent to 6,813 households in 86 Nebraska counties last spring. Results are based on 1,943 responses. At least half of respondents said the following characteristics are "absolutely essential" in a community to have a high quality of life: sense of personal safety, a quality...

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Snowfall and below-normal temperatures slowed harvesting progress across South Dakota, but producers remained ahead of last year's place for corn and sunflowers. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that corn was 92 percent harvested, ahead of the 87 percent mark last year. Sunflowers were 80 percent harvested, well ahead of last year's 61 percent pace. The report listed the amount of sorghum harvested at 95 percent, ahead of the 87 percent completed at this time a year ago. Pasture and range conditions were rated 8 percent excellent, 49 percent good, 32 percent fair, 9 percent poor and 2 percent very poor.

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Shavon Shields had 25 points and nine rebounds, but Jared Terrell scored six of his 12 points in overtime, lifting the Rams to a 66-62 win over No. 21 Nebraska Saturday night. Shields turned in a strong performance in a losing effort, scoring 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting and grabbing nine rebounds in a career high 43 minutes. Terran Petteway joined Shields in double figures with 15 points, but the Huskers shot just 37 percent from the field. Terrell, who was just 2-of-12 in regulation, took advantage of a scramble and got loose in the corner for a 3-pointer to give URI a three-point lead. On the next possession, Terrell gave the hosts a four-point lead, hitting a tough 3-pointer in the corner...

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Nebraska only trailed for the game's final 3:25, but the Huskers' last drive ended on a turnover inside the Minnesota 5-yard line, as the Golden Gophers escaped from Memorial Stadium with a 28-24 win on Saturday afternoon. The loss dropped the Huskers to 8-3 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten, while Minnesota improved to 8-3 and 5-2 in the conference. It marked Nebraska's only home loss of the season in the final home game for 13 Husker seniors. Nebraska took a 21-7 lead into halftime and started the second half with the ball. However, Tommy Armstrong Jr. was sacked twice in the first three plays, and Minnesota used a short field to put up a quick score to narrow the margin to 21-14. The Big Red...

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Behind the dynamic defensive duo of Cecilia Hall and Amber Rolfzen, the No. 11 Nebraska volleyball team posted a 25-23, 25-20, 25-21 sweep against Michigan on Senior Night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday. The Huskers (20-7, 14-4 Big Ten) avenged a sweep at the hands of the Wolverines (12-16, 7-11 Big Ten) in Ann Arbor on Oct. 12 and did so with an impressive defensive display. NU tallied 15 total blocks with Hall posting 13 block assists and Rolfzen adding 12, both career highs. Hall's 13 blocks assists were the most by a Big Ten player in a match this season and tied the school record for block assists in a three-set match. Kadie Rolfzen had 13 kills and nine digs, and Kelsey...

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The No. 11 Nebraska volleyball team took care of business in a 25-11, 25-20, 26-24 sweep at Indiana Wednesday night. With their seventh straight win, the Huskers improved to 19-7 overall and 13-4 in the Big Ten. NU swept both matches this season against the Hoosiers, who dropped to 15-14 overall and 6-11 in the Big Ten. Kelsey Fien led a balanced attack with 12 kills and a .440 hitting percentage. Seven of her kills came in the decisive third set. Amber Rolfzen had 10 kills and hit .562, and Kadie Rolfzen had 10 kills and 10 digs for her second straight double-double. Annika Albrecht also had 10 digs. Cecilia Hall had five kills and three blocks, and Mary Pollmiller had 33 assists and four...

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Tear'a Laudermill scored 20 points on Wednesday night, and No. 16 Nebraska used a big second-half run to pull away from Washington State 82-61. A few minutes into the second half, Nebraska (3-0) started a 19-2 run, turning a two-point lead into a 59-40 advantage on Allie Havers' layup with 10:35 left. Washington State (2-1) was unable to recover and the Huskers avenged a 76-72 loss to the Cougars last year in Lincoln, Nebraska. Hailie Sample had 16 points, Rachel Theriot scored 14, Emily Cady added 12 and Brandi Jeffery 11. Sample and Cady also had nine rebounds and Jeffery had eight. Washington State rallied back to a 69-59 deficit on Lia Galdeira's layup with 3:13 left. The Cougars also...

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