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Two government-run hospitals on Native American reservations in South Dakota have agreed to undertake significant quality-of-care changes. This means the facilities on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations will keep receiving crucial federal funding. The Indian Health Service, which administers the hospitals, announced Sunday that it met the deadline to reach last-chance remediation agreements for each facility with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The agreed-upon changes include the appointment of a monitor who will provide periodic progress reports, as well as the previously proposed privatization of the facilities' emergency rooms. The agreement for the Rosebud...

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A Native American tribe in South Dakota has sued the federal government over the nearly five-month closure of the only emergency room on its reservation.  The federal lawsuit brought Thursday by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe asks that federal officials be forced to re-open the emergency room at the hospital administered by the Indian Health Service.  The Associated Press obtained a copy of the complaint ahead of its official filing.  IHS shuttered the emergency department of the 35-bed Rosebud Hospital in early December, two weeks after federal inspectors uncovered serious failures.  The lawsuit argues IHS did not give Congress an evaluation of the closure's impact at least a year in advance of...

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The American Legion Family, a 501C3 non-profit organization, needs your help. The Legion Family is involved in multiple community projects every year, all paid for by donation. The current building on Main Street is in need of a new roof. During storms the roof leaks, typically causing a flood inside the club and damaging the interior of the building. On May 13th at 10:15 am, representatives from the American Legion will be on the KVSH Comment program to host a radio-thon to raise money for building repairs. Approximately $30,000 is needed to replace the roof and fix interior damage. Please support the American Legion family by calling in on May 13th, or by calling Monty at 402-322-1151 at any...

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KEYA PAHA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL IN SPRINGVIEW KICKS OFF GRADUATION EXERCISES IN THE KVSH LISTENING AREA WITH THEIR GRADUATION SUNDAY, MAY 1ST AT 2 PM AT THE HIGH SCHOOL GYM. NEXT WEEK HAS TWO AREA SCHOOLS GRADUATING, INCLUDING BASSETT AT 2 PM ON SATURDAY MAY 7TH AND VALENTINE AT AT 4 PM AT THE GYM THAT SAME AFTERNOON. THREE AREA SCHOOLS WILL HOLD GRADUATIONS ON SATURDAY MAY 14TH INCLUDING MULLEN, THEDFORD, AND TODD COUNTY.   CODY-KILGORE COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES WILL BE HELD AT 4 PM MOUNTAIN TIME AT THE HIGH SCHOOL GYM ON SATURDAY MAY 21ST.

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The management of an embattled hospital on the Rosebud Indian Reservation could be privatized under a proposal from the federal agency responsible for the facility.  The Indian Health Service is suggesting the privatization as part of a plan to significantly improve the hospital's quality of care.  The agency and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have until Friday to reach a last-chance remediation agreement. Without an agreement, the hospital won't be allowed to bill the government for services provided to Medicare- and Medicaid-eligible patients after May 16.  Leadership from both agencies discussed a draft of the agreement with tribal leaders Tuesday. The proposed privatization...

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South Dakota's sales tax collections on farm equipment have fallen from record highs as profits in the agriculture sector decline, a slide that's led farmers to tighten budgets and to sales slumps for machinery dealers.
The U.S. Agriculture Department predicts farm income will drop again in 2016 to its lowest level in nearly 15 years.
State Economist Jim Terwilliger says agricultural equipment sales taxes match farm income closely. He expects receipts for the current budget year to be down about 15 percent.
The drop has played a part during the last two legislative sessions, making budget-setters cautious about sales tax growth that helps drive state spending.
Sales tax collections...

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An investigation into a complaint by property owners has resulted in denial of private property access to the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD).
A confrontation between ranchers Dan Welsch and Stuart Scranton occurred on Wednesday, when the Nebraska State Patrol was called after NPPD tried to ignore the ranchers’ denial of access to their property near Thedford in the Sandhills.
The ranchers said they were willing to grant NPPD access to their property if NPPD would meet a set of reasonable conditions, including:
1.  That NPPD would agree to a Performance Bond, where they would be responsible for repairing any potential destruction or disturbance to the property.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says rain brought much needed moisture to parts of South Dakota last week, with the heaviest amounts hitting the central and south central parts of the state.

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service says drier conditions early in the week allowed small grain planting to advance, with 1 percent of the corn crop in the ground and 61 percent of spring wheat planted. Oats planted is at 55 percent and barley planted is at 23 percent.

Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 2 percent very short, 20 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus.

Winter wheat condition is rated 10 percent poor, 25 percent fair,...

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Construction of a wind farm in northern Nebraska is being held up by the spring wakeup of endangered beetles.

The American burying beetles make their winter homes in the soil of Nebraska and five other states. Some construction at the northeast Holt County site must wait until the weather warms sufficiently for the beetles to leave their winter homes and move away from the danger.

Seventy-one out of the 200 turbine foundations have been installed, and work on the 400-megawatt Grande Prairie Wind Farm is expected to be finished by late November.

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Mild weather in South Dakota in March benefited calving and early fieldwork in the state. The Agriculture Department says in its latest crop report that cattle, calf, sheep and lamb losses are rated average to light. Hay and roughage supplies are rated 97 percent adequate to surplus. The report says topsoil moisture statewide is rated 70 percent adequate or surplus and subsoil moisture is 67 percent in those categories. The condition of South Dakota's winter wheat crop is rated 62 percent good to excellent.

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The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) is pleased to announce the individuals selected to the NSAA Student Advisory Committee for the 2016-17 school year. This will be the first year for this new program that was approved by the NSAA Board of Directors in December 2015. Out of over 80 impressive applicants, only 12 were selected to be on this committee, half juniors and half seniors.  These students were selected from the Nebraska’s six NSAA districts.  The selection process was focused on the representation of gender, school classification, minority representation, and participation in interscholastic athletics/activities.   From District 6, Marisa Hutchinson-- Jr., Valentine...

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Two Valentine High School athletes recently signed letters of intent to participate in college sports. Caden Billings, son of Coby and Kimberly Billings, signed to play football at Chadron State College. Braxton Coleman, son of Dallas Fowler and Kerri Gaswick signed with Nebraska Wesleyan to play football and wrestle. Congratulations to both athletes.

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The free kids fishing clinic will be held on April 30th at the Valentine Fish Hatchery.
Registration begins at 9:30am.  Youth from the area are invited to learn fundamentals of fishing with experienced fishermen.

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The Valentine Swim Team will hold their 2016 Summer registration on April 24, 2016 at 2-4pm at the Valentine City Gym.  New swimmers are required to bring a copy of their birth certificate to complete the registration process.  Swimmers must have completed Level 3 of swim lessons or be at this level to join.  Practices will begin May 31!  Contact Coach Dana Miller at 402-389-0275 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with questions.

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Valentine medal winners:   Grace Robison 5th in 100 hurdles, 4th in Shotput Sarah Shelbourn 4th in High Jump, 6th in Long Jump Neal Lin 5th in 110 Hurdles Lane McGinley 6th in 100 Hurdles Austin Dunbar 4th in Discus Dylan Lurz 3rd in Long Jump and 3rd in High Jump Garrett Egger 3rd in Triple Jump

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