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Authorities have arrested a suspect in an incident in Charles Mix County that involved shots fired by a sheriff's deputy. Attorney General Marty Jackley says 40-year-old Russell Turner Junior was arrested at his home in Wagner. Jackley says Turner was arrested on three outstanding warrants, with additional charges pending. Authorities say the deputy was responding to a disturbance call near Dante early Thursday when he approached a pickup truck with two people inside. Jackley says the incident "escalated" and the deputy fired into the vehicle, which fled the scene. The sheriff's office says Turner resisted arrest and tried to strike the deputy with the pickup. Authorities say a minor was...

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On October 30th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is publishing a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will assess the natural and human effects of issuing a permit to authorize the take of the federally endangered American burying beetle. The NOI initiates a 60-day comment period for the public to review and comment on any of the topics to be addressed inthe EIS. Comments can be provided electronically by accessing http://www.regulations.gov/. The comment period will end December 29, 2014. The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has requested that the Service issue this permit because the construction, operation, and maintenance of...

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On October 27, 2014, Billy Ray McCloskey, age 23, and Riley McCloskey, age 20, were sentenced, in United States Federal Court, Central District of South Dakota, in connection with the murders of Benjamin Clifford, age 76, and Calvin Kills In Water, Jr., age 23, that occurred on the Rosebud Reservation on December 23, 2013. Billy Ray McCloskey pled guilty to two counts of first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Riley McCloskey pled guilty to two counts of second degree murder and was sentenced to 210 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release. Crystal Red Hawk, age 37, pled guilty to two counts of second degree murder in connection with the double homicide...

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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rock County rancher Roy Stewart are inviting the public to tour a wetland restoration project on his property Nov. 6 from 11 AM - 12:30 PM. NRCS Area Engineer Bob Atkeson said this project is special and something to be proud of. "Roy worked long and hard with NRCS and our partnering agencies to get this wetland restoration just right. He deserves credit for sticking with the process to create a wetland on his property that went above and beyond a typical wetland restoration," Atkeson said. Stewart first approached NRCS about assistance with restoring the wet meadows on his ranch. When the meandering streams in the south fork of...

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The Nebraska doctors who successfully treated two Ebola patients this fall plan to share lessons about how they protected health care workers from the deadly virus. The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medical Center plan to offer two online courses about Ebola and the methods used to treat patients with the virus in Omaha. Doctors who work at the hospital's specialized biocontainment unit have said they have received numerous requests for information related to treating Ebola. One of the courses will be designed for health care professionals, and the other course will be created for the general public. The free clinicians course is available now either through the iTunes...

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A federal report says rain in some parts of Nebraska last week slowed progress on the state's harvest.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture report says the corn harvest still trailed the average by Sunday's date. The USDA says 40 percent of the corn had been harvested, compared with 52 percent last year and the average of 59 percent by the date.  The soybean harvest was 87 percent finished, near the average of 89 percent by the date. Last year the figure was 92 percent.  The USDA says 94 percent of the winter wheat had emerged, compared with 87 percent for the five-year average.  Alfalfa hay fourth cutting was 95 percent complete, compared with the 96 percent average by the date.

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A week of warm, dry weather has helped South Dakota farmers with the harvest, but much of the corn and sunflower crops remain in the field.  The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that nearly all of the soybean crop and nearly three-fourths of the sorghum crop have been harvested.   However, the corn harvest is only 34 percent complete, well behind the average pace of 60 percent. And only 29 percent of the sunflower crop is harvested, well behind 49 percent on average.   About 73 percent of the winter wheat crop has emerged, ahead of the average pace.  The report says South Dakota ranchers are busy weaning calves and moving cattle from summer pastures.   Pasture and...

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South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more animals reported 190,000 cattle on feed on October 1st, up 6 percent from last year. The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that placements in feedlots during September totaled 50,000 head, up 16 percent from 2013. Marketings of fed cattle for the month of September totaled 42,000 head, up 31 percent from last year. Other disappearance during September totaled 3,000 head, up 2,000 head from last year.

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The warm fall weather is likely to blame for aphids that have been reported on winter wheat in central and southern South Dakota. Counties where the bug has been spotted include Hand, Hanson, Davidson and Aurora. SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist Ruth Beck says the aphids carry a virus that is transferred to the wheat and can result in reduced crop yields. She says wheat farmers should look for the bug in their fields and call the agency or treat their crops if the infestation is bad enough. The aphids are dark-green and have a brown band across their abdomen.

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Fifteen years ago, George Johnson and his daughter, Emily, began their first foray into winemaking, vinifying local wild grapes and other fruits in their home in rural Cody, Nebraska. At the suggestion of a family friend, they began to experiment with turning their uniquely flavored wines into vinegar, and today, Johnson operates one of the most successful independent vinegar businesses in the nation. With customers in every state and the loyalty of top chefs in Omaha, St. Louis, and Chicago, George Paul Vinegars offers a product ripe with old-world methodology and modern entrepreneurial spirit. With the help of a $40,000 USDA Value-Added Producer Grant, the Johnsons conducted a feasibility...

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The Lady Badgers wrapped up their final game of the regular season with a win against Bennett County. Varsity score: Valentine def. Bennett County, S.D.: 25-14, 25-8, 27-25. C1-11 Sub-districts will be on November 3rd at Rock County High School. The bracket is below, with Valentine most likely playing in Match 1. More information to follow.   Match 1
11/03/2014
5:00 PM CT Match 3
11/03/2014
7:30 PM CT Match 2
11/03/2014
6:15 PM CT Match 4
11/04/2014
7:00 PM CT WINNER  

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THERE WERE 5 PERFECT CARDS FOR THIS WEEK'S PIGSKIN PREDICTION CONTEST, SO NEBRASKA'S TOTAL YARDAGE OF 455 WAS THE TIEBREAKER TO DETERMINE THE WINNERS. NEBRASKA HAD 42-24 WIN OVER RUTGERS, WITH AMEER ABDULLAH RUNNING FOR 225 YARDS AND THREE TOUCHDOWNS, SETTING A SCHOOL RECORD WITH 341 ALL-PURPOSE YARDS. MIKE ELLIOTT OF VALENTINE PLACED FIRST WITH HIS GUESS THAT WAS JUST 11 YARDS OFF THE TOTAL, AND MICHELLE RICKS, ALSO FROM VALENTINE, PLACED 2ND WITH HER GUESS THAT WAS 32 YARDS OFF THE TOTAL. THE HUSKERS WILL TAKE ON PURDUE IN LINCOLN ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST AND KICKOFF HAS BEEN SET AT 2:30 PM CENTRAL. WINNERS ON THE CARD: KANSAS STATE AUBURN ALABAMA ARIZONA GEORGIA TECH TCU ILLINOIS OHIO...

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Select football scores from Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25th, 2014: Valentine 34, Broken Bow 7 Ainsworth 0, Hartington Cedar Catholic 48 Cody-Kilgore 40, Arthur County 34 Gordon 6, Ogallala 49 Mullen 27, Maxwell 67 O'Neill 7, Cozad 39 Ord 21, Gothenburg 24 North Central 42, Niobrara Verdigre 26 Sandhills-Thedford 25, Overton 20 Martin 40, Little Wound 13 Mission 21, Red Cloud 26 White River 20, Philip 48 Winner 62, Wagner 12   In volleyball action, below are the results of the Southwest Conference Tournament: First Round Ainsworth def. Broken Bow, 25-20, 25-18 Gothenburg def. Valentine, 25-16, 25-23 Minden def. Cozad, 25-19, 25-23 Consolation Semifinal Valentine...

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A Pierre taskforce that manages the city's deer population plans to recommend that no deer be killed this year in light of unusually low population numbers in the area. This would be the first year Pierre's Deer Management Task Force recommends against a deer harvest. City Commissioner Jeanne Goodman says on average 24 deer were found on three separate counts last month. Goodman says that's considerably lower than counts in previous years. The number of deer to be harvested, set by the state Game, Fish and Parks Department, has reached as high as 70 in previous years. In the last two years, the department set the harvest number at 20 for the city.

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Ameer Abdullah reached a number of milestones in Nebraska's win over Northwestern. He became the first Nebraska player to post three 1,000-yard rushing seasons and the school's No. 2 all-time leading rusher. He also scored a career-high four touchdowns in the 38-17 victory. Abdullah said none of those accomplishments mean anything if the 16th-ranked Cornhuskers don't win the rest of their games. The senior from Homewood, Alabama, says few people will remember his statistics when his college career is over. He says he would like to be remembered for leading the Cornhuskers (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) to their first conference championship since 1999. Nebraska hosts Rutgers (5-2, 1-2) on Saturday at...

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