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Abbey is the daughter of Dean and Christy Jacobs, and Taylor is the son of Chad and Kristi Monroe.

The dinner is "sold out"; come after the banquet for the golf course discussion and live music in the lounge.  Raffle tickets for the golf clubs are available from Steve Isom, Jerry Reynoldson, and the Peppermill.

 

 
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The Nebraska State College System (NSCS) recently awarded over 100 Board of Trustee Scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Nebraska. A Board of Trustee (BOT) Scholarship provides full tuition for recipients and is worth nearly $17,000 over four years. The Board of Trustees Scholarship recipients are Nebraska residents who have earned a score of 25 or higher on the ACT or a score of 1700 on the SAT college entrance exams. The recipients also provide written recommendation letters from high school teachers or administrators. The Nebraska State College System serves nearly 9,000 students through three geographically diverse institutions. Combined, the three Colleges offer more than...

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Leo Brinda Unit 90 of the American Legion Auxiliary is proud to announce the winners of the Poppy Poster contest. Three schools participated with 197 posters entered. Overall seven posters were selected to go on to state competition. State winners will be announced in June at the state American Legion convention.
All of the posters will be displayed at the Veteran's Club during 1884 Day activities on Friday and Saturday. All winning posters will be showcased on the south wall of the basement during the pancake breakfast. Everyone is welcome.
Congratulations to these winners: No entries from second grade. Third  Grade 3A 1st Cheyenne Harp 2nd Jesse Waugh 3rd Taylor Battershaw 3B 1st...

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The Valentine Golf Course development event this Friday at the Peppermill in Valentine is sold out. This event will be a kickoff activity for private fund raising with steak and lobster served. A social hour will kick things off at six, followed by a presentation about the golf course project including discussion on preliminary design, management options and financing of the new community golf course. Dinner will be served about 7:15.  Anyone who did not get a ticket for the event can join the discussion about 8:30 to get information about the project.  There will also be some special announcements made that evening to those who are attending including the raffle for a new set of golf clubs....

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Three Valentine students were among 14 fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students from across Nebraska honored for their art work Saturday by the Nebraska Wildlife Federation. Fourth graders Jasmine Santos, Kaylee Wenig, and Gwen Roberts of Valentine Elementary received the honors for creating posters for Wildlife Week Nebraska in March. The theme of the art contest was Wildlife and Water, and focused on the close connection between water and Nebraska wildlife species. Santos’ artwork featured a mountain lion, Wenig’s was a trumpeter swan, and Roberts drew a bobcat. Their work was chosen from hundreds of entries submitted from all over Nebraska. All three are students of Deb Obermiller...

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  A crowd of about 60 people turned out for a town hall meeting last night to discuss the renewal of the Valentine City Sales Tax. It was made clear that there was no tax rate increase proposed. Three quarters percent will still go the city infrastructure needs, and one quarter percent for economic development. The only change would be using the current ½ cent being used to pay off the swimming pool, to fund a portion of a new community golf course and a portion of an expanded campus for Mid Plains Community College. The pool will be paid off in December of 2016. There was good discussion about the positive things the sales tax has allowed the city to accomplish since 2007 and the future...

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South Dakota farmers have started planting this year's corn crop.   The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that 1 percent of the state's corn crop is seeded, compared to 3 percent on average.   South Dakota farmers are expected to plant 5.8 million acres of corn this year, down 6 percent from last year.   About 6 percent of barley is in the ground in South Dakota, behind the average of 21 percent. But 37 percent of the oat crop is planted, slightly ahead of average.   Nealy all of South Dakota's winter wheat crop is rated either fair, good or excellent.

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Gov. Dave Heineman has signed a bill that will have Nebraska join forces with Colorado, Wyoming and the Dakotas in fighting wildfires.

Heineman announced Friday that he has designated Al Berndt, assistant director of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, to represent Nebraska in the Great Plains Interstate Fire Compact. Heineman approved the bill earlier this week.

The compact lets member states share their firefighters and equipment in an emergency without going through the federal government. The compact requires each state to choose a person who is responsible for forest fire control.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis, says pooling the...

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says South Dakota this year is getting nearly $310,000 for grants to develop specialty crops.   The federal funds were authorized under the 2014 farm bill.   The federal government defines specialty crops as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops.   The focus of the grants is to enhance the competitiveness of the crops by improving production efficiency, reducing distribution costs and developing new seed varieties.   The grants are expected to be awarded later this year.

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Gov. Dave Heineman is seeking applicants for the new, expanded Nebraska Natural Resources Commission.

A new law approved on Wednesday will increase the number of commission members from 16 to 27.

The new members are required to represent different water interests. Applicants are being sought to represent agriculture, agribusiness, irrigation districts, manufacturing, outdoor recreation, public power districts, irrigation districts, range livestock owners, wildlife conservation interests and a Lincoln resident who is interested in water issues.

Applicants should send names and applications Kathleen Dolezal in the governor's office, at P.O. Box 94848, Lincoln,...

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Nebraska corn farmers will plant 9.4 million acres of corn, about 94% of last year’s total of 9.95 million acres. With Nebraska corn farmers’ intentions of planting 9.4 million acres of corn this year, farmers will spend about $280 per acre to get the crop in the ground and off to a good start, based on estimates calculated by the University of Nebraska Extension. Multiplied by the 9.4 million acres USDA estimates Nebraska farmers will plant, this figures to nearly $2.6 billion invested by the state’s corn farmers over a two-month period. That figure does not include land costs, labor or equipment – it’s purely inputs like seed,...

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The 56th Annual UNL College Rodeo was held April 18th-19th at the Lancaster Events Center in Lincoln. Lindsay Adamson, a sophomore on UNL's Women's Team, was named the champion breakaway roper. She won 1st place in the long go-around, 2nd place in the short go-around, and 1st place in the average by 1/10 of a second.  Trevor Butterfield placed in both rounds and finishes 3rd in the average of the tie-down roping. Caleb Miles was 2nd in the long round and 3rd in the average of the bronc riding. Matt Cover finished 1st in the long round and 3rd in the average of the team roping. And Bryce Dibbern won 2nd in the long round and finished 6th in the average of the bulldogging. After UNL's Rodeo,...

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Here are the results from the Ainsworth Triangular Golf Meet on April 22nd between Ainsworth, North Central and Valentine: Valentine took 1st with a total team score of 175. Cameron Bancroft: 40, Brooks Coleman: 47, Brad Michelek: 43, Lyle Cate: 47 and Paul Orr: 45. North Central was 2nd with a 205. Ainsworth took 3rd with a 217. Valentine Jr. Varsity -  Kyle Johnson: 53, Lucas Stoeger: 48, Logan O'Kief: 57, Braxton Green: 49, Amos Hagedorn: 50. Other Valentine scores include James Battershaw: 64, Will Major: 78, Cade Adamson: 78, Nick Fisbeck: DQ

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Valentine and Ainsworth participated in a golf dual at the Prairie Club on Tuesday, April 15th. Here are the results from the Horse Course (par 27): Valentine Ainsworth Cameron Bancroft  32 Jake Williams  39 Brooks Coleman  35 Pryce Pinney  41 Lyle Cate  37 Dominic Henry  42 Paul Orr  38 Rob Maxwell  44 Logan O'Kief  38 Justin Keller  47 Brad Michalek  39 Cole Sunquist  51 Amos Hagedorn  39 Colton Doyle  55 Wyatt Smidt  40 Jose Garcia  55 Lucas Stoeger  45 Brendon Carson  55 Braxton Green  46 Luke Miller  47 James Battershaw  48 Kyle Johnson ...

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Valentine placed 4th overall in golf at the Ord Invitational on Friday, April 11th with a total score of 341. Ord took first with a 306, Grand Island Central Catholic was second with a 335, and Ord Reserve was 3rd with 340. Cameron Bancroft's total score of 74 placed him 3rd in individual standings. Brooks Coleman was 5th individually with a total score of 76. Brad Michalek rounded out the top 20 with a total score of 90. Kyle Johnson had a total score of 101 and Braxton Green had a total score of 112. Team Results: 1 Ord - 306 2 GICC - 335 3 Ord Res. - 340 4 Valentine - 341 5 St. Paul - 353 6 O'Neill - 357 7 Boone Central - 361 8 GINW - 376 9 Centura - 378 10 Spalding Academy - 405 11...

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The Nebraska football team practiced for two hours on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields outside of the Hawks Championship Center on Wednesday in preparations for this weekend’s Spring Game.
Head Coach Bo Pelini spoke to the media after practice and said he thought the last two days were “really good practices.”
Pelini added that he thought the team was where they should be. He said he plans to be more “dialed back” in terms of how much football the team will show.
The format for Saturday’s Red-White Spring Game is offense vs. defense. Pelini said there will be a points system used that will be sent out to the media and possibly put on the scoreboard for the game. Read More...

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