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Cody-Kilgore student, Margaret Rosfeld, graduated high school with an MPCC Associate Degree.

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Tornado spotted by Littleburg Road (~11 mi north of Valentine) east of the school on May 22.

Photo by Kristi Monroe.

Lightning Strike - captured by CoCoRaHs observer valentinenebraska.net

Near the church on 3rd street in Valentine on right heading west toward end of road.

 

 
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In a press release from Greg Nollette, President of the Kilgore Rural Fire Protection District, the department wanted to correct some inaccurate information that was presented at the public hearing on a wind farm on Monday in Valentine. During that hearing, a person testifying stated that the Kilgore Fire Department only had two trucks and was ill-equipped to battle a fire in a wind turbine. According to the release from the Kilgore Fire Department, they currently have 4 wildland trucks, 2 six wheel drive water tenders, 20 sets of bunker gear, and 6 self contained breathing apparatuses. There are a total of 30 active trained members of the volunteer department. They are also a member...

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5/24/16 Cody-Kilgore student graduates high school with associate degree A Valentine native has become the first student to graduate from high school and Mid-Plains Community College at the same time. Margaret Rosfeld, 18, wore two tassels and accepted both an associate degree and a high school diploma as she walked across the stage at Cody-Kilgore High School on Saturday. MPCC officials were on hand for the ceremony. “With the aid of technology and personal tenacity, Margaret completed 60 hours of college credit, her first two years of her bachelor’s degree, while still attending Cody-Kilgore High School in one of the most remote areas of the state,” said Chuck...

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The 2016 Turner Foundation Youth Initiative Grant Request Forms are available at the studios of KVSH (126 W 3rd Street). Applications are due June 3, 2016. Please mail your request to: Turner Foundation Grant, c/o 904 Riege Ave., Valentine, NE 69201 Any questions, call 402-389-1675.

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The Cherry County Planning Commission held a lengthy meeting and public hearing about the proposed Kilgore Wind Project at the Cherry County Courtroom on Monday. The regular meeting began at 4pm, with the public hearing beginning at 4:30. 30 of the 100 or so people who attended, signed up to testify. Commission member Gary Swanson conducted public hearing. During the time allowed for developer Bluestem Sandhills to respond to questions brought up during the hearing and questions from the planning commission, over half the people had left the meeting during a short break. Most of the public testimony raised questions about lack of communication from the local privately held companies involved,...

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The Valentine Lions Club will be holding a Medical Benefit for Bill Sokol, current Lions Club President, as he continues to fight septic infections and complications related to getting a knee replacement. They will be holding a hamburger & hotdog feed on Tuesday, May 31st 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. The monies raised during this free-will donation fundraiser will be matched by the Modern Woodsmen for up to $1,500 to aid Bill’s family. There will be entertainment by the Heart City Heartwarmers, Cherry County EMS will be hosting a Dessert and Bake Sale. There will be a gun raffle for a .17 HMR Lever action Henry Rifle. Tickets are $5/ticket or $10/3...

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South Dakota leads the nation in the production of bison and sunflowers. The Agriculture Department says the state topped those commodity classes in 2015 and was second in honey and oats. South Dakota ranked third in the production of flaxseed, alfalfa hay, all hay and proso millet, and fourth in navy beans and spring wheat. The state was fourth in beef cows, sixth in corn, seventh in soybeans and ninth in winter wheat.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says South Dakota's 2016 winter wheat crop is forecast to be up 28 percent from last year. The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates the crop at 54.6 million bushels based on May 1 conditions. Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 1.05 million acres, up 8 percent from last year. That's 98 percent of the planted acreage. The average yield is forecast at 52 bushels per acre, up 8 bushels from last year. May 1 hay stocks are estimated at 2.2 million tons, down 4 percent compared to one year ago.

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The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition (NGLC) is once again hosting a summer grazing tour which will be held on June 14th in the Nebraska Sandhills near Thedford. The NGLC has partnered with the Sandhills Task Force and Nebraska Audubon to bring ranchers and bird enthusiasts together to learn more about successful grazing practices, Sandhill ranch heritage, indigenous and migratory birds, and wildlife habitat. Proper grazing in the Sandhills provides income for ranch businesses, wildlife and bird habitat, vegetation diversity, and increased water quality and quantity. Come learn grazing strategies from area ranchers as well as information about birds and habitat from statewide experts.   The...

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Snow and rain in South Dakota over the past week has hampered spring fieldwork. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that fewer than two days were suitable for fieldwork. The planting of corn, soybeans, spring wheat, oats and barley is behind last year's pace. However, both topsoil and subsoil moisture across South Dakota is benefiting, as both are rated mostly adequate to surplus. Pasture and range conditions are rated 74 percent good to excellent, and stock water supplies are 90 percent adequate to surplus.

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South Dakota's sales tax collections on farm equipment have fallen from record highs as profits in the agriculture sector decline, a slide that's led farmers to tighten budgets and to sales slumps for machinery dealers.
The U.S. Agriculture Department predicts farm income will drop again in 2016 to its lowest level in nearly 15 years.
State Economist Jim Terwilliger says agricultural equipment sales taxes match farm income closely. He expects receipts for the current budget year to be down about 15 percent.
The drop has played a part during the last two legislative sessions, making budget-setters cautious about sales tax growth that helps drive state spending.
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  Coach Devin Muirhead reported the end of a great season for the valentine boys golf team at district play at The Prairie Club Tuesday. The Badgers placed 7th as a team out of 15 teams at the C-5 districts with a score of 373. Kimball won the team title with a 319, followed by Southern Valley with a 339. The third qualifying team was Perkins County with a 347. No one placed individually but everyone played a good round of golf. There are no seniors this year so everyone will be back for next year. The team is really looking forward to practicing on our own course next year. Only top 10 individuals and, only top 3 teams qualify for state. Logan O'kief- 95 Lyle Cate-91 Rece Jordan-95 Kyle...

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An Omaha man wants to ban the release of balloons at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln after the University of Nebraska football scores its first points in a game. A federal lawsuit filed this week by Omaha resident Randall Krause says the mass release results in the open dumping of solid waste, which the lawsuit says is barred by the 1976 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The lawsuit says the balloons have "become solid waste the moment they are out of sight of the fans" and says they pose a threat to wildlife and children. A corporate sponsor covers the balloon costs, and they are given to fans. A university spokesman declined to comment on the litigation. Krause seeks an injunction that...

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At the Bassett Golf Invite, the Valentine Badgers took 4th place out of 11 teams with a 365. 2 medals: 12th Kyle Grooms with a personal best 89 13th Jordan Kelber with a personal best 89

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Look out Casper - here they come. Four members of the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo team will compete at nationals. They are: Rowdy Moon, of Sargent; Trey Engel, of Silver Creek; Ethan Lesiak, of Clarks, and Reece Weber, of Valentine. The team rounded out the 2015-16 rodeo season in Dickinson, N.D. over the weekend. There, Moon placed second in the bareback riding, and Duell Puttergill, of Tryon, got second in the saddle bronc riding. Kris Rasmussen, of Riverdale, was fourth in the steer wrestling, and Riley Weehler, of Mount Ayr, Iowa, ended up seventh in the tie down roping. MPCC finished fifth in the men’s team standings. The next stop for the team will be the National Intercollegiate...

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Team Results: MS Girls Ainswoth 188 Valentine Red 124 G/R 110 C/k 39 Val White 20 MS Boys Val Red 168 G/R 143 Ains 104 CK 48 Val White 24 HS Girls N Central 157 Val 108 Ains 92 CK 66 GR 48 TC 27 Boys Ains 162 Val 115 NC 112 GR 101 TC 20 Mens Results 100 Meters  Varsity - Finals x 1. Jack Gale 11.71 North Central 2. 10 Denis Mulcahy 11.96 Read More...

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