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Valentine High School Placed 1st in Class B during the UNK Band Day Competition on September 20th.

 
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Grand Island Northwest won the Sweepstakes Trophy and was named the top band overall at Saturday’s 2014 UNK Band Day Parade Competition. Twenty-four Nebraska bands marched in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Homecoming Parade and were later awarded trophies. Directed by Shawn Pfanstiel, Northwest won the Class A division and was also awarded the trophy for outstanding drum line. Winning the Best Color Guard Trophy was Columbus High School. Other first-place honors went to Kearney High School, Class AA; Valentine High School, Class B; St. Paul High School, Class C; and Axtell High School, Class D. In the middle school division, first place went to the Kearney Eighth Grade Band. Trophies...

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    Contrary to what some might believe, the RC&Ds are still alive in the state of Nebraska! There are currently eleven Resource Conservation and Development Districts in the state. These districts are no longer federally funded, but continue to thrive through memberships, donations, and grants, to foster and procure projects in their districts that meet the needs of the individual communities and counties. The North Central Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development is a unique program that is led by a volunteer council comprised of people from within the six county region – Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, and Rock. The council helps to care for and protect the natural...

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The Niobrara River Outfitters Association will be sponsoring their annual River Appreciation Day on Sunday September 21st.  NRO Members will be offering to the public a free float trip for those wanting to spend an afternoon on the Niobrara National Scenic River east of Valentine during which time the outfitters will be conducting their annual Fall River Cleanup.  Everyone will meet at their takeout points at 1pm for transportation to their starting points.  Call one of the NRO members for more details on preferred segments and vessel types (canoes or kayaks) by Friday September 19th. Cornell Bridge to Berry Bridge: Graham Canoe Outfitters 402-376-3708 Brewer Bridge to Wildcat Camp: Prairie...

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Valentine High School’s Homecoming will be Friday, September 26th.  The theme this year is  “Welcome to the Jungle.”  Monday will be Dress in Animal Print, Tuesday will be Survivor Day.  Wednesday there is no school due to School Improvement meetings.  Thursday is Class Colors day,  Freshman wear Yellow, Sophomores wear Brown, Juniors wear Blue, and Seniors dress in Green.  Staff will dress in Orange.   Friday is Spirit Day. The parade will be Friday at 2:30 p.m., therefore students will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m.  While the school encourages all students to take part in some fashion in the parade and pep rally, it is not mandatory.  The parade route will start at Cedar Canyon...

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Special State Fair 4-H Exhibitor ribbons were placed on those items entered in the Cherry County Fair that the judges selected to advance to the Nebraska State Fair. Results from judging at the 2014 State Fair in Grand Island are as follows: Brennann Jackson,You’re The Chef, Specialty Rolls,purple: Katelynn Jackson,Foodworks,Specialty Pastry,blue; Gage Krolikowski,Taxidermy,Taxidermy,purple; Tessa Krolikowski,Food Preservation,Jelled Exhibit,blue; Cody Kronhofman,Tasty Tidbits,Creative Mixes,red; Forrest Schmidt,Horticulture,Salad Tomatoes,purple; Chet Tetherow,Horticulture,Snap Beans,blue; Chet Tetherow,Welding,Welding Article,blue. Sarah Shelbourn represented Cherry County 4-H as the State...

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Soybean buyers and processors from Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam are in North Dakota this week.   The officials are attending a course at the Northern Crops Institute in Fargo. It's aimed at giving participants an overview of the quality of soybeans grown in the northern U.S. and the intricacies of buying, handling and shipping soybeans from the region.  The course is co-sponsored by the North Dakota Soybean Council, U.S. Soybean Export Council, Northern Food Grade Soybean Association and Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.   The international officials also will be touring farms and other sites in the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and...

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The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and SD Cattlewomen will be hosting their annual convention and trade show in Rapid City this week.  The groups say the event will include forums on policy discussions. Some panels will focus on animal health and ID issues, as well as updates from the state's Game Fish and Parks Department and the South Dakota Brand Board. Other gatherings will address reporting and record-keeping in the event of natural disasters, private property rights and agriculture in the classroom. The two-day event starts Friday.  

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Nebraska feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.13 million cattle on feed on September 1, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.  This inventory was up 2 percent from last year.  Placements during August totaled 425,000 head, down 3% from 2013. Fed cattle marketings for the month of August totaled 440,000 head, up 5 percent from last year.  Other disappearance during August totaled 15,000 head, up 5,000 head from a year ago.

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Agriculture officials are encouraging ranchers in disaster-declared counties to apply for donated hay bales.  The South Dakota Department of Agriculture will select the producers who will receive the hay based on the number of applications received, the amount of hay available and need. Recipients will be responsible for arranging the transportation of the hay and the associated costs. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 9. They can be found on the department's website. Agriculture officials are also encouraging some producers to donate the baled residue to the department rather than destroying it.

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The USDA says below-normal temperatures, rain in the east and light snow in western portions of Nebraska slowed field work last week.  The USDA said in a report released Monday that 26 percent of Nebraska's expected winter wheat crop had been planted, compared with the five-year average of 27 percent for the date.  Corn and soybean conditions rated 73 percent good or excellent.  Pasture and range conditions rated 54 percent good or excellent.

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters that changes in Nebraska law now require them to be certified in bowhunter education if they hunt big game with a crossbow and are ages 12 through 29. Hunters ages 12 and 29 who hunt deer, antelope, elk or bighorn sheep with bow and arrow or a crossbow must carry with them proof of certification of a bowhunter education course. In addition, hunters ages 12 through 29 who hunt anything with a firearm or air gun must carry with them proof of certification of a firearm hunter education course. To find hunter and bowhunter education classes in Nebraska, visit HuntSafeNebraska.org.

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ANOTHER WEEKEND OF UPSETS RESULTED IN ZERO PERFECT CARDS IN WEEK 4 OF THE PIGSKIN PREDICTION CONTEST. MISSISSIPPI STATE'S STUNNING WIN OVER LSU WAS THE ONLY PICK WRONG FOR SAMANTHA PHILLIPS, THIS WEEK'S FIRST PLACE WINNER. 25 PEOPLE MISSED JUST TWO PICKS, SO SECOND PLACE WAS DETERMINED BY THE HUSKER'S TOTAL YARDAGE OF 456. JOHN ORMESHER WAS THE CLOSEST WITH HIS YARDAGE OF 448, SO HE PLACED SECOND.

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  A STRONG HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS PROGRAM STARTS WITH A STRONG YOUTH PROGRAM. AREA SPORTS FANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUPPORT THE VALENTINE YOUTH FOOTBALL PROGRAM FOR 5TH AND 6TH GRADERS THIS SUNDAY, STARTING OFF AT 1PM WITH A FLAG FB GAME. THEN AT 3, TACKLE FOOTBALL BETWEEN AINSWORTH AND GORDON, VALENTINE TAKES ON GORDON AT 4, AND THEN ITS VALENTINE VS. AINSWORTH AT 5PM THIS SUNDAY. THE LIONS CLUB WILL BE THERE AT 1 WITH THEIR GRILL FOR A HAMBURGER AND HOTDOG FEED.

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The results from the Broken Bow invite are as follows: 1. Minden 382 2. Kearney Catholic 396 3. Ogallala 416 4. Gothenburg 437 5. Valentine 442 6. Broken Bow 512 7. Mullen 616 8. Ainsworth NS Individually, Ashton Bancroft placed 7th with a 94. Sherridan Bancroft placed 12th with a 107. Tori Osterman placed 18th with a 117, Jessica Stankoski placed 24th with a 124 and Allison Collier placed 29th with a 132.

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JOIN THE LIONS CLUB FOR A HAMBURGER AND HOT DOG FEED FUND RAISER THIS SUNDAY, SEPT 21ST, AT VALENTINE HIGH SCHOOL TO BENEFIT THE TACKLE FOOTBALL TEAM, WHICH IS COMPRISED OF 3RD AND 4TH GRADE STUDENTS. THE TACKLE FOOTBALL GAMES DON'T START UNTIL 3 PM, BUT THE LIONS CLUB WILL BE GEARED UP AND READY TO GO FOR THE FLAG FOOTBALL GAMES FOR 5TH AND 6TH GRADERS THAT BEGIN AT 1 PM. THE TACKLE FOOTBALL TEAMS HAVE AN EXCITING LINE UP BETWEEN GORDON, AINSWORTH AND VALENTINE, SO COME OUT THIS SUNDAY TO SUPPORT YOUR FUTURE SPORTS STARS! HELP MAKE THIS EVENT A SUCCESS BY SUPPORTING YOUTH SPORTS THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE VALENTINE HIGH SCHOOL.

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