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Impressive flames lit up the sky as the Valentine Fire Department hosted a training session Tuesday night.

 
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  The Valentine Volunteer Fire Department hosted a two night training put together by the Nebraska Fire Marshall's Office at the fire hall. Several departments including Valentine, Ainsworth, and Thedford took part in the training. The drills focused on teamwork and fire behavior and control using water vs. propane. A video from the event can be seen by visiting the Valentine Volunteer Fire Department's Facebook page.

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President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The White House sent notice of the veto to the Senate on Tuesday, shortly after the bill was received at the White House. It's the third veto of Obama's presidency. The move puts a freeze on a top GOP priority, at least for now. It also reasserts Obama's authority over a project that's become a flashpoint in the national debate about climate change. Congressional Republicans may try to override Obama's veto, but have yet to show they can muster the two-thirds majority in both chambers that they would need. Senator John Hoeven, the bill's chief GOP sponsor, says Republicans are about four...

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A state Senate panel has defeated a proposal that would allow people in South Dakota to carry a concealed pistol without a permit. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-1 on Tuesday against the measure, which would have removed the requirement for a concealed pistol permit from state law. Openly carrying a firearm in South Dakota is legal. Republican Rep. Jim Stalzer has said that he has a concealed pistol permit and has been in situations where he's been glad to have it. But Stalzer says he knows people who have accidentally let their permits expire and have carried their weapons illegally. The law enforcement community has opposed the proposal, which passed through the House. Republican...

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Average retail gasoline prices continue to rise in the Dakotas. GasBuddy.com reports that the average price of a gallon of gas is about $2.13 in South Dakota and $2.22 in North Dakota. South Dakota's average price rose 3 ½ cents over the past week and North Dakota's average jumped nearly 5 ½ cents. Gas prices in both states fell below the $2-per-gallon mark in January as global oil prices dropped. But GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says seasonal rises in gas prices are now well underway. Gas in the Dakotas is still more than $1 per gallon cheaper than it was a year ago, however. In Nebraska, gas is up almost 2 cents a gallon to an average of $2.26 per gallon.  

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Sandhills State Bank has partnered with GROW Nebraska and UNL Extension to offer an afternoon workshop in Valentine, on March 4th,  focused on helping businesses review what really works to market their businesses. In the workshop, participants will learn about traditional media, social media, Google Analytics and GROW Nebraska options. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop and a friend to enjoy this hands-on interactive learning session.
The workshop will be held at the Sandhills State Bank Conference Room (note change of location). Cost is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Sign up today at grownebraska.org. The workshop is from 4:00...

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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 3/4/2015 1:00 P.M. CT Hall Angus Ranch Bassett Livestock, Bassett, NE (402) 684-3845 3/6/2015 12:00 P.M. CT Soesbe Black Angus Winner Livestock Auction, Winner, SD (605) 830-2756 3/6/2015 12:30 P.M. CT Titus Ranch Winner Livestock Auction, Winner, SD (402) 497-2722 https://www.facebook.com/TitusRanch 3/7/2015 1:00 P.M. CT Green Valley The Ranch, near Atkinson, NE (402) 925-2970 http://www.greenvalleycattle.com/ 3/9/2015 1:00...

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Gov. Pete Ricketts emphasized the importance of keeping young people interested in agricultural Tuesday at the 10th-annual Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop. “We have fewer and fewer people with that direct relationship to the farm,” he said. “It’s important for us to reconnect with that heritage that we have here in the state. Eco-tourism gives the opportunity for folks all around this country and all around the sate to come and experience the beautiful state we have here in Nebraska.” Ricketts said the workshop combined the state’s top industries and that agro/eco-tourism provides people an opportunity to reconnect with Nebraska’s farming roots. The workshop is sponsored by the Nebraska...

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Earlier this month, the USDA released its 2015 forecast of net farm income. The estimates were headline worthy. Net farm income is forecast to be down nearly 32% from 2014 and at the lowest levels since 2009. Most of the media coverage of the report looked at net farm income relative to the last few years.  Over this time period the picture is certainly sobering.  If the forecasts of 2015 are realized, net farm income will have fallen 43% in just two years.   Without doubt, anytime net income for any industry falls 43% in two years things are serious. But what is often overlooked is how the 2015 net farm income forecast fits into the long run. Over the 86 years of data, the inflation adjusted...

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The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) is asking U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to provide farmers more time to evaluate and make decisions on farm programs associated with the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. The new farm bill brought many changes to farm programs and decisions related to those programs are currently required to be made by the end of February, while others must be made by the end of March. “Over the past several months Farm Bureau has had the opportunity to work one-on-one with farmers across the state to see how changes in farm bill programs might affect them and how different options might fit into their risk management strategies. While Nebraska seems to be...

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A winter with little snow has left much of the Dakotas abnormally dry or in moderate drought, though a weather expert says conditions could improve in the coming months.  National Drought Mitigation Center climatologist Brian Fuchs says the number of areas in the Plains states that are snow-free is "unheard of" for this time of year.  Fuchs says parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota have been in moderate drought for three months.  The U.S. Drought Monitor shows about three-fourths of the Dakotas in abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions.  Fuchs says the coming months will determine whether summer will be marred by drought. He says there is a greater-than-average chance of precipitation...

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Cody-Kilgore played hard and defeated Crawford last night in Boys Basketball, 57-49. They'll advanced to play Sioux County on Thursday at 7 pm CT. That game will be broadcast on KVSH and kvsh.com.   Other Select Nebraska Boys Basketball Scores: C1-10 Subdistrict Tournament Semifinal Cozad 65, Kearney Catholic 53 Gothenburg 60, Minden 36   C1-11 Subdistrict Tournament Semifinal Ainsworth 62, Broken Bow 43 O'Neill 45, Ord 30   C1-12 Subdistrict Tournament Semifinal Chadron 59, Mitchell 26 Chase County 56, Ogallala 35   D2-7 Subdistrict Tournament Semifinal Anselmo-Merna 65, Stapleton 38 Pleasanton 62, Sandhills/Thedford 59   D2-9 Subdistrict Tournament Semifinal Mullen...

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Valentine battled it out against Broken Bow in the first round of C1-11 Subdistrict Basketball action on Monday night, but were unable to pull off a win, falling 54-44. Other scores are as follows: NE BOYS BASKETBALL C1-11 Subdistrict Tournament First Round Broken Bow 54, Valentine 44   C1-12 Subdistrict Tournament First Round Ogallala 60, Gordon/Rushville 59   D1-7 Subdistrict Tournament First Round North Central 51, CWC 33   D2-7 Subdistrict Tournament First Round Stapleton 69, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 49   D2-9 Subdistrict Tournament First Round Hyannis 50, McPherson County 44   SD BOYS BASKETBALL Winner 83, Crow Creek 56 SD GIRLS BASKETBALL District 13B Stanley...

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A hard-fought, rough and tumble weekend led to the Badger Wrestling Team placing runner up at State in Omaha. Only two points separated the Badgers from the state champions, O'Neill. Freshman Jordan Kelber (106) took home his first championship medal, and 3 other Badgers took 2nd: Noah Eklund (126), Hudson Pearman (138), Jacob Hand (145). Braxton Coleman (176) took home third place. Great effort from all of the Badgers! Team Scores: 1. O'Neill 107.0 2. Valentine 105.0 3. Battle Creek 89.0 4. East Butler 88.0 5. David City 84.5   Individual Results. C106 Results
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NE BOYS BASKETBALL Battle Creek 76, O'Neill 42 Boone Central/Newman Grove 72, Crofton 45 Broken Bow 47, Minden 43 Gothenburg 75, Ogallala 48 Hemingford 77, Crawford 47 Mullen 62, Twin Loup 34 Ord 60, Ravenna 53 Sandhills/Thedford 61, Brady 38 Stuart 58, North Central 38 Valentine 53, Gordon/Rushville 51   SD BOYS' BASKETBALL Bennett County 64, Jones County 56 Lyman 73, Kadoka Area 65 White River 92, New Underwood 51 Winner 66, Mobridge-Pollock 53 SD GIRLS' BASKETBALL Philip 63, White River 30 Winner 66, Mobridge-Pollock 32    

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NEBRASKA BOYS SCORES: Ainsworth 92, Anselmo-Merna 52   NEBRAKSA GIRLS BASKETBAL: C1-10 Subdistrict Tournament Semifinal Kearney Catholic 66, Cozad 27 Minden 55, Gothenburg 28   C1-11 Subdistrict Tournament Semifinal Ainsworth 61, Broken Bow 34 Ord 63, Valentine 34   C1-12 Subdistrict Tournament Semifinal Chadron 47, Ogallala 28 Mitchell 67, Chase County 43   D2-7 Subdistrict Tournament Semifinal Pleasanton 38, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 34 Sandhills/Thedford 60, Anselmo-Merna 19   D2-9 Subdistrict Tournament Semifinal Arthur County 45, Hyannis 36 Mullen 54, Paxton 31   D2-12 Subdistrict Tournament Semifinal Crawford 53, Cody-Kilgore 23 Hay Springs 46, Sioux...

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