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Only minor injuries reported in the tanker truck accident just southeast of Valentine on Hwy 20/83.  See news for the complete story.

After the storm - the new drainage at the golf course handled the deluge.

 
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Area emergency crews responded at about 9pm Thursday night to a semi tanker that rolled-over on Highway 20 south of Valentine.  According to Cherry County Sheriff Deputy Wickman, a southbound semi truck belonging to Abbott Trucking began hydroplaning and went off the highway.  The trucks tanker trailer jack-knifed into the highway and sideswiped the trailer of a northbound semi truck trailer which continued into Valentine.  Only minor injuries were reported.  Vehicles were detoured onto the "old" section of highway 20 off the main route to keep traffic flow open.  Valentine Volunteer Fire Department, Cherry County Hospital Ambulance Service, Valentine Police Department, and Cherry County...

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The Indian Health Service has awarded a one-year, $700,000 contract to an independent expert to help federal government-operated medical facilities improve patient care and safety. The IHS says the contract with The Joint Commission for accreditation services will help test the readiness of IHS hospitals for compliance surveys conducted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Officials say the training and education will benefit IHS facilities in the Dakotas, Arizona, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The IHS says it's also responding to requirements of agreements with CMS for the Rosebud and Pine Ridge hospitals in South Dakota. Recent issues at those hospitals...

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129th Old Settlers Annual Reunion will be held in Sparks, NE on Saturday, August 27th. GATE: $8 OR $25/CARLOAD 9 AM CT OPEN RODEO: Buckles awarded for First in the 15 & Under Age Groups: 6 & Under Barrels, 7-10 Barrels & Poles, 11-15 Barrels & Poles, 15 Under Breakaway & Team Roping, 16 & Over Barrels, Poles, Breakaway, Calf Roping, Team Roping, 45 & Over Breakaway, All Ages- Ribbon Roping (Buckles for 1st ) ****RODEO ENTRIES MUST BE TURNED IN BEFORE 20TH*** Contact Katie Morgan for entry information: Ph. (402) 389-1404 10 AM Bowry Program by Sally Connor 10 AM Horse Shoes 11 AM Small Sports: for all ages Foot Races, wheel barrow race, egg toss, gunny sack...

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Parade Forms Available

Parade entry forms are available in this week's edition of the Pioneer Advertiser, and also at the studios of KVSH. This year's theme is "Kick Up Your Heels". The Parade will be on Thursday, August 11 at 7 pm. Entrants will gather at the corner of B Street and Main Street at 6:30 pm. Call Carol Leonard for more information at 402-376-1432.

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The Nebraska Star Party returns to Merrit Resevior area this weekend. The event will run July 30th through August 5th. The theme this year is Parade of the Planets. This year all seven planets along with Pluto will be lined up beginning in the early evening. On Wednesday the star party moves to Valentine High School for the field school, swap meet, children’s program and speaker. This year’s guest speaker will be Hap Griffith, close up launch photography. The public star party will be Friday the 5th at 9pm at the Snake River Campground area at Merritt. For more information go to nebraskastarparty.org.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State auditors have raised concerns about spending and other management practices at the Nebraska agency that inspects cattle and investigates missing and stolen livestock. The audit released Tuesday faulted managers at the Nebraska Brand Committee. Among the findings, auditors say the committee's executive director used a state vehicle for a personal trip to Wyoming and approved sale of livestock without proof of ownership in at least once instance. Executive director Shawn Harvey denied using his state vehicle for the Wyoming trip and blamed miscommunication for the sale of livestock without proof of ownership. The Branding Committee vice chairman, John Widdowson,...

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The oat and winter wheat harvests are ahead of the average pace in South Dakota, where dry conditions are becoming a concern for pastures and soil moisture. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that more than one-third of the oats and more than half of the winter wheat is in the bin. About two-thirds of both crops are rated in good-to-excellent condition, but dry conditions are a concern for ranchers. Pasture and range conditions statewide are rated 47 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 74 percent adequate to surplus. Both percentages have declined in recent weeks. Soil moisture also is being affected. Topsoil moisture statewide is rated 43 percent short...

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More than half of South Dakota's winter wheat crop is already in the bin, and the crop is piling up at some elevators. The weekly crop report from the Agriculture Department estimates that 53 percent of the state's winter wheat crop was harvested as of Sunday, well ahead of the five-year average of 22 percent. Harrold elevator manager Kevin Kjorsvik says that the pace of the harvest is unusual, but a mild winter and spring made it an early year. Harrold-area farmer Harlan Smith says the winter wheat crop is a good one. He says the downside is that prices are bad, due to a large crop in the Plains.

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The production of livestock in Nebraska is critical to Nebraska’s economy.  Are you prepared to address a livestock emergency and recover quickly?  What plans or procedures can you put in place to prevent or minimize the impact should an emergency occur? Three (3) Livestock Emergency Training Workshops have been scheduled in North Central Nebraska.  Each of the workshops have identical agenda and speakers, so if one workshop does not work for your schedule, another session will deliver the same message as the others. These workshops are scheduled as follows (each 8:30 am to 4:30 pm) with free lunch provided: July 27 – Ainsworth – Elks Lodge – 111 E. 3rd Street August 8 – Broken...

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One dead American Blackbird in the North Central District Health Department coverage area has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The NCDHD traps mosquitoes in several locations across their region to test for West Nile Virus. At this time, no mosquito pools in the NCDHD region have tested positive.

West Nile Virus is contracted through mosquitoes that have bitten an infected bird. Generally, birds cannot pass the virus to humans. West Nile Virus symptoms are flu-like and can include a slight fever or headache. Severe symptoms are not likely, but can lead to encephalitis, which can cause inflammation of the brain, disorientation, convulsions and paralysis. People over 50, infants,...

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The Valentine Rotary Club will host a disc golf tournament Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the Valentine Disc Golf Course located in the Valentine City Park. The Heart City Throwdown will be the inaugural tournament held at the Valentine course. Tournament play will consist of two rounds of 16 holes. Players will check in between 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. CDT. There will be a Players Meeting at 8:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. Players will also be able to compete in some skill contests during the day. Disc golf players of all skill levels are welcome to enter the tournament. There will be five divisions: Youth Recreational, 8-12 years old, $5 entry fee; Recreational, $10 entry fee;...

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14 swimmers from Valentine traveled to Kearney over the weekend to compete in the final regular season long course meet of the summer.  Valentine swimmers competed along side approximately 90 swimmers from five teams across the state at the Kearney Summer Sizzler two day event at Harmon park in Kearney Nebraska. Wrigley Greenough was honored for her participation in the 8 & under age group  receiving a medal and recognition for swimming at a young age. Dylan Witt qualified in his 6th event for state on Saturday making the cut in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:48.04. Full results as follows... Wrigley Greenough placed first in the 200 meter individual medley, the 50 meter...

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  LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A sheriff's department official says Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler have died in a car crash in Wisconsin after coaching at a kicking clinic. Louisiana State's kicker was injured in the crash. Waukesha County Lt. Thom Moerman said speed was likely a factor in the single-vehicle crash that happened around 11:45 p.m. Saturday night. The 24-year-old Sadler, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was driving. He and 22-year-old Foltz, of Greeley, Nebraska, both died. LSU kicker, 21-year-old Colby Delahoussaye, was also a passenger and was injured in the crash. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln said Sunday the team will skip this week's planned...

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The Valentine Youth Planning Commission will be holding their annual meeting (including election of officers) at 6 p.m. tonight at the youth activities directors’ office in the city gym. Anyone interested in youth programs is invited to become a member to help grow the organization. For those of you that have been so supportive over the years - they thank you tremendously for your efforts in making opportunities for our area kids happen!

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