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As April 1st approaches, the IRS warns taxpayers not to be fooled by the tricks scammers use to take advantage of those they target. Scammers use fake names, provide bogus IRS badge numbers and alter caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS is calling. With the final two weeks of the filing season about to begin and millions preparing their returns, taxpayers should be alert. As the filing season nears its end, there has been a surge of phone scams where scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other threats. They often leave "urgent" callback requests and sometimes prey on the most vulnerable people, such as the elderly, newly arrived immigrants and...

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Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin the week of April 6 on N-12 beginning one mile east of Sparks and extending to eight miles west of Springview, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads. Western Engineering Company, Inc. of Harlan, Iowa, has the $2,146,000 contract for the 22-mile project, which will include milling and asphaltic concrete work. Traffic will be maintained with use of a pilot vehicle and the roadway will be reduced to a 12-foot width. Work is anticipated to be completed by May 8. The Department of Roads’ project manager is Darrell Lurz of Valentine. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through highway construction zones.

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The Valentine Volunteer Fire Department was called out to assist with a large grass fire west of the Spring Creek area on the Rosebud Reservation late Saturday night. Lightning caused the blaze that spread quickly with strong winds. No structures were involved and no injuries were reported. Firemen got the call about 10:30 p.m. Saturday night and did not return until about 4 a.m. Cody and Kilgore Departments were also called for mutual aid and to fight the blaze.

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On Friday, March 27th, Gov. Ricketts announced that Nebraska has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. South Dakota is tied with Utah for 3rd lowest. Nebraska’s preliminary unemployment rate is the lowest in the country according to rankings released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nebraska’s seasonally adjusted rate is 2.7 percent, 0.2 percentage points lower than second-ranked North Dakota. “Today’s announcement that Nebraska has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation is great news for our state. We must continue to think strategically about the future. Growing Nebraska for the next generation requires careful planning so that our children and grandchildren...

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Nebraska lawmakers have postponed a vote on bill that would prevent counties from killing black-tailed prairie dogs when residents complain about the animals on their property.  Lawmakers adjourned for the week on Thursday without taking action. Sen. Al Davis, a rancher from Hyannis, is trying to kill the measure.  The 2012 law gives counties the power to adopt management programs to keep them from spreading.  Advocates say the animals are an important native species and the current law infringes on private property rights. Opponents say counties have the right to intervene because prairie dogs ravage ranchland by digging holes that can injure cattle and damage equipment.  Sen. Galen Hadley,...

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Below please find a list of upcoming bull sales. Contact us at (402) 376-2400 or (800) 658-4442 if you'd like to advertise your upcoming sale! Date Time Name Location Contact 4/2/2015 1:00 P.M. CT A & B Cattle The Ranch, 7 miles south of Bassett (402) 684-2371 http://www.abcattle.com 4/2/2015 1:00 P.M. CT SpringLake Angus Creighton Livestock Market, Creighton, NE (402) 569-3442 http://www.springlakeangus.com 4/3/2015 1:00 P.M. CT Notovny Angus Winner Livestock Auction, Winner, SD (605) 840-1622 4/4/2015 1:00 P.M. MT Kraye Angus Kraye Angus...

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Farmers are expected to plant a record number of soybean acres this year, but less corn as that grain's profit potential remains low due to slumping prices The U.S. Department of Agriculture's first report of the new crop season says farmers will plant 84.6 million acres in soybeans, up 1 percent from last year's previous record of 83.7 million acres. Corn planting will fall to 89.2 million acres, down 2 percent from last year. It's the third year of acreage decline. Soybeans are favored because they cost less to grow and prices haven't fallen as quickly as corn. The report is based on 84,000 farmer surveys completed in early March.

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The condition of South Dakota's winter wheat crop continues to decline. The Agriculture Department says in its latest crop report that 35 percent of the winter wheat is rated in good condition, with no producers reporting an excellent rating. A report earlier this month showed that 49 percent was graded in good condition, with zero excellent. The report says 22 percent of the winter wheat is poor or very poor. The opposite was true for cattle and calf conditions, which were rated 89 percent good or excellent. Calving progress was 34 percent complete. Sheep and lamb conditions were 85 percent good or excellent. Lambing progress was at 70 percent.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of hogs and pigs in the state is up 8 percent from the same time last year. The South Dakota office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service says there were nearly 1.3 million head on March 1, an 8 percent increase over the same time last year and a 3 percent increase over Dec. 1, 2014. The breeding hog inventory of 165,000 is a 3 percent decrease over the same time last year but the 1.12 million market hogs are a 9 percent jump. The December 2014 to February 2015 pig crop of 918,000 head was up 5 percent from 2014. Sows farrowed during the period totaled 85,000 head, up 4 percent from last year.

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A proposal to massively expand the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) powers under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) should focus on finding common sense solutions to clean water, not give the federal government blanket authority for regulating all waters everywhere, according to testimony offered by Morrill County (Nebraska) Farm Bureau President Jeff Metz before the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee today. “Let me be very clear – everyone wants clean water,” said Metz. “However, this proposed rule isn’t about clean water. This rule is clearly focused on expanding the role of federal regulatory agencies into the daily lives of...

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The Sparks Spurs Cowboy Fast Draw club met on Sunday, March 29th for a fun day of shooting and then gathered for a meal afterwards.  Mike McCoy AKA Real McCoy took top honors of the day with Chuck Bertrang AKA Frito Bandito 2nd.  In third place was Rich Mercure AKA Outlaw Rich.  Nancy Storms AKA Mother Nature came in first for the ladies with Sandi McCoy AKA Prairie Star 2nd and Marla Mercure AKA Outlaw's Lady coming in third. Their regular practice shooting night is Thursdays at 7:00 pm at Sparks.  The public is welcome to participate and give it a try.

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The Valentine High School wrestling team held their post season banquet Sunday evening at the high school commons area.  There were several awards handed out celebrating a very successful season.  Some of the awards included:   Most Improved: Dean Hasse Badger Heart: Jarod Fulton 9th Grade OW: DJ Stephen 10th Grade OW: Hudson Pearman/Noah Eklund 11th Grade OW: Braxton Coleman 12th Grade OW: Jacob Hand 2014-15 OW: Jordan Kelber (state champ)

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5th Annual Ainsworth Relays 2015 - 3/27/2015, East City Park, Ainsworth, NE Women - Team Rankings - 14 Events Scored 1) O'Neill High School 112 2) North Central 92 3) West Holt 84 4) Ainsworth 78 5) Valentine 23 6) Stuart 5   Men - Team Rankings - 14 Events Scored 1) O'Neill High School 116 2) Ainsworth 112 3) North Central 62 4) Valentine 46 5) Stuart 44 6) West Holt 29   Complete Results are as follows: GIRLS: Girls 4x100 Meter Relay 1 O'Neill High School A 54.70 10 1) Gutshall, Aurora 2) Parks, Briaunna 3) Eichelberger, Sam 4) Pinkerman, Randi 2 Ainsworth A 55.50 8 1) Platt, Shayden 2) Fletcher, Arianna 3) Peters, Laura 4) Steinhauser, Claire 3 West Holt A 59.10...

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VALENTINE V-KIDS WRESTLING RESULTS FROM THE NE STATE USA TOURNAMENT IN GRAND ISLAND MARCH 21 AND 22: SHAWN SHEPLER PARTICIPATED AUSTIN HARP  7TH PLACE IN THE PRE-K/K DIVISION BRODEN WESTOVER  8TH PLACE IN THE 3RD AND 4TH GRADE DIVISION   AND 2 STATE CHAMPIONS: LOGAN MAYHEW   160 POUNDS IN THE 3RD AND 4TH GRADE DIVISION AND ASHTON LURZ       95 POUNDS IN THE 3RD AND 4TH GRADE DIVISION  

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Valentine Youth Wrestling competed in two different tournaments over the weekend. The results are as follows: USA Wrestling - Nebraska State Tournament: Pre K through Kindergarten: Boone Jespersen - 7th place at 41 lbs Jhett Jespersen - 6th place at 43 lbs. 1st and 2nd grade: Andon Olson - 4th place at 60 lbs 7th - 8th grade: Jarrett Battershaw - 5th place at 85 lbs Gage Krolikowski - 5th place at 102 lbs Caleb Long - 3rd place at 132 lbs Black Hills Nations in Spearfish, SD: High School Division: Garrett Long - 5th place at 110 lbs Jordan Kelber - 2nd place at 113 lbs Noah Eklund - 2nd place at 138 lbs Hudson Pearman - Champion at 152 lbs

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