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The Midwest Bucking Bull Finals return to Valentine September 12th and 13th. This year there will be over $80,000 in prize money for bull riders and stock contractors. The event begins on Friday evening September 12th at 6pm with the Calcutta at the Peppermill on east highway 20. Then Saturday morning begins the bucking bull competition with the bull riding classic at 7pm September 13th at the cherry county fairgrounds. After the bull riding, join the crew for a dance at the New Bull Market Beer and Grill in downtown Valentine. New this year will be a live internet webcast of the bull riding for the whole world to enjoy. Check out more details at mbbabulls.com.

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Many for-credit class opportunities will be available in the next few days through the Mid-Plains Extended Campus in Valentine. Classes starting Monday, August 25th include Lakota History and Traditions and Intro to Psychology. Classes beginning Tuesday the 26th include Basic Ground Training and Advanced Ground Training. On Wednesday the 27th, Desktop Publishing will be offered and on the 28th, classes include Lakota Language/Conversation and Creative Writing. Many online Agriculture classes are also being offered beginning on Tuesday the 26th. EMS and Healthcare classes are also available through Mid-Plains. If you need more information or to register for any of the classes, contact Mid-Plains...

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Cherry County Attorney Eric Scott has announced that two individuals have been released from federal prison and are living in the Valentine area. In a notice received from the Prisoner Release Coordinator of the Nebraska Attorney General's office, Scott says both offenders are convicted felons who have been released from prison under stringent supervisory probation conditions, and are living at 521 W. 3rd Street, in the Valentine Apartments. James W. Menard, age 31, was convicted on felony charges of selling, distributing or dispensing a controlled substance. Menard's probation supervision conditions include a location monitoring program and alcohol or intoxicant restrictions. Robert K. Garrett,...

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  LINCOLN – Rat and Beaver Lakes in Cherry County will be temporarily closed to the public next month while a chemical renovation of the lakes takes place as part of an Aquatic Habitat Project.   The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission set a tentative date of Sept. 3-4, depending on the weather, for the chemical renovation of the fishery at Rat and Beaver Lakes. The lakes will be temporarily closed to the public Sept. 3-7 for safety reasons and for control of the work area while fish are counted. A temporary water-control structure was installed this spring to allow the lakes to be lowered. A contractor will install two fish barriers below the lowered lakes in September. Those barriers...

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At an event during the Nebraska State Fair on Sunday, August 24, the Nebraska Lottery will give away a total of $100,000 to 15 semifinalists in the 100K Giveaway. WHEN: August 24, 2014 1 p.m.
WHERE: Bristol Windows Stage, Fonner Park, Grand Island During the months of May, June, July, and August, players sent in $8 worth of non-winning Summer Red Scratch tickets for a chance to win a total of $100,000 in cash prizes. Three preliminary drawings were held to select a total of 15 semifinalists who will compete at the 100K Giveaway Grand Prize drawing event. Each semifinalist is guaranteed to win at least $1,000, and one semifinalist will win the $40,000 grand prize. The semifinalists are: Rediet...

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The winter wheat harvest in South Dakota is nearly wrapped up.  The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says 94 percent of the winter wheat is in the bin. That's ahead of 93 percent at the same time last year but behind the five-year average of 98 percent. The report says rain and humidity last week slowed the small grain harvest, but above-average temperatures in the eastern part of the state aided the development of row crops. Pasture and range conditions in South Dakota are rated 67 percent good to excellent.

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Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.16 million cattle on feed on August 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.  This inventory was up 4% from last year. Placements during July totaled 375,000 head, up 1 percent from 2013. Fed cattle marketings for the month of July totaled 465,000 head, up 3 percent from last year. Other disappearance during July totaled 10,000 head, don 10,000 from a year ago.

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The Farm Rescue nonprofit in the Upper Midwest is approaching another milestone.  The volunteer organization based in North Dakota will help its 300th farm family in the region by the end of the year.  Farm Rescue plants and harvests crops for farmers in need in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Montana. It's been operating since 2006, supported by donations, business sponsors and about 1,000 people who volunteer to help with fieldwork in the spring, summer and fall. It helped its 100th farm family in 2009 and its 200th in 2012. Founder Bill Gross says if Farm Rescue can increase funding, it hopes to expand assistance in a year or two. The organization currently is helping about 50 farm...

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Wheat growers in western Nebraska face several serious challenges: Wheat stem sawfly. Wheat streak mosaic. Weeds, including kochia. Making best use of scarce moisture. Research is providing answers to meet some of the challenges, and still searching for answers to others, according to speakers at the Wheat Production Workshop this month at Scottsbluff. For their part, producers should respond to these challenges with a range of tools and stay tuned for new information, the researchers said. Responses include careful selection of wheat variety; using a broad approach to weed control including several types of herbicide, crop rotation and perhaps tillage; killing volunteer wheat before planting...

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The heated tempers of the nation’s border states are driving the debate over immigration policy. States farther away from the U.S.-Mexico border, though, are reckoning with a different set of challenges: a skimpy agriculture labor market and cumbersome immigrant-worker programs that go unfixed amid partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill. Over 20,000 U.S. farms employ more than 435,000 immigrant workers legally every year, according to 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture census data. Thousands _ probably tens of thousands _ more are employed illegally. Naturally, agricultural powerhouses near the border, such as Florida and California, employ tens of thousands of seasonal immigrant laborers every...

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A youth fishing day will be held at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, September 6 starting at 8:00 AM and lasting until 12:00 PM.  The event is open to children up to 15 years old.  Children under 10 years old need to be accompanied by an adult.  A pond has been stocked with fish by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.  To get there go to the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge 5 miles east of Valentine on Highway 12 and follow the signs to the pond located by the refuge corrals. Volunteers will be on hand to help bait hooks, untangle lines, and show first timers how to cast.  Loaner fishing poles, bait, hooks, and bobbers will be on hand for those who need them....

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The Valentine Lady Badgers competed in their first golf tournament of the year. 2 Badgers received medals, Ashton Bancroft with a 102 and Sherridan Bancroft with a 109, and Valentine placed 5th overall. Team Results: 1st O'Neill High 407 2nd Battle Creek Bravettes 440 3rd Cedar Catholic High Sc 450 4th Norfolk Catholic 451 5th Valentine 460 6th Pierce 483 7th Crofton 514 8th Plainview 536 9th West Holt 1288 10th Ainsworth 2289 Individual Results: 1 Stephanie Sorensen Plainview 90 2 Mackenzie Hale West Holt 90 3 Hailee Harmon O'Neill High 91 4 Paige Mitchell West Holt 96 5 Paige Gaughenbaugh O'Neill High 97 6 Breanna Attema Pierce 97 7 Bridget Henn Battle Creek Bravettes 100 8...

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  Badger Football total of 53 boys out. Very young team for first year head coach Blake Beebout. 9 Seniors 7 Juniors 17 Sophomores 20 Freshmen   Volleyball has 35 girls out this year. 6 seniors 8 juniors 12 sophomores 7 freshmen   Cross Country has only four athletes out at this time for boys and girls competition.     Girls Golf has just enough to make a team with five girls competing. 2 seniors 2 juniors and 1 freshman.

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An upcoming renovation project at Lake Yankton in Cedar County will result in all fish being eliminated on Sept. 10. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has authorized fish salvage there Aug. 20 through Sept. 8. The water level at the lake is down four feet and dropping. This salvage allows licensed anglers to harvest fish remaining in the lake. Length and daily bag limits are rescinded for the lake during the salvage period. Legal methods of take include snagging, hand fishing, spearing and archery. The use of legal baitfish seines, dip nets and landing nets is allowed. Anglers should use caution while salvaging fish as years of sedimentation has made the lake bed unstable. Stranded fish...

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The first home Husker football game in Lincoln is Saturday, August 30.  Motorists planning highway travel to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL) home football games are reminded to buckle up and pay extra close attention to the increased traffic which can lengthen one’s travel time. There are several active highway improvement projects on Nebraska’s highways and the interstate.  Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) contractors will try to minimize lane closures on home game weekends for highways around the immediate Lincoln area, but some lane and speed restrictions will still be in place. Leave for your destination early, allowing plenty of time for safe arrival to Memorial...

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