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Abbey is the daughter of Dean and Christy Jacobs, and Taylor is the son of Chad and Kristi Monroe.

The dinner is "sold out"; come after the banquet for the golf course discussion and live music in the lounge.  Raffle tickets for the golf clubs are available from Steve Isom, Jerry Reynoldson, and the Peppermill.

 

 
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The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit.

That could push a decision about the controversial oil pipeline until after the midterm elections in November.

The State Department is citing a recent decision by a Nebraska judge that overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline's path through the state. The State Department says that created uncertainty and ongoing litigation.

The government is not saying how much longer the review will take. But it says the process isn't starting over.

The pipeline has become a politically fraught issue. Republicans criticize...

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U.S. SENATE: [ Mike Johanns (R)* - Retiring in 2014. ]
Sid Dinsdale (R) - Bank President
Clifton Johnson (R) - Businessman
Bart McLeay (R) - Attorney
Shane Osborn (R) - Ex-State Treasurer, Businessman & Navy Veteran
Ben Sasse (R) - Midland University President & Ex-US Asst. HHS Secretary
Dave Domina (D) - Attorney
Larry Marvin (D) - USAF Veteran, Democratic...

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Weather permitting, construction work is scheduled to begin the week of April 28 on US‑20, beginning at Wood Lake and extending west for 10.5 miles, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.
Werner Construction, Inc. of Hastings, Nebraska, has the $2.9 million contract.  Work includes milling and replacing the asphalt roadway and shoulders.
Traffic will be maintained during construction with the use of flaggers and a pilot car.The work is scheduled to be completed in August 2014.
The Department of Roads’ project manager is Michael Rudnick of Ainsworth.  Motorists are urged to use caution while driving through highway work zones and to remember that fines are doubled...

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  United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Martin, South Dakota, woman convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter was sentenced on April 4, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.
Stephanie Red Willow, age 26, was sentenced to a total of over 6 months' custody, and 3 years of supervised release.
Red Willow was indicted for Felony Child Abuse and Neglect and Involuntary Manslaughter by a federal grand jury on September 24, 2013. She pled guilty to the Involuntary Manslaughter charge on November 27, 2013.
The charge related to Red Willow consuming alcohol and then falling asleep while holding her infant child on a couch on July 23, 2013, in Martin. She...

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  Disaster programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill are retro active to cover 2012 and 2013. Among the programs the will be of significant interest to area ranchers is the Livstock Forage program (LFP), The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP). The LFP calculates a payment to an eligible rancher based on grazing losses for his eligible livestock. The LIP makes a payment to eligible producers who expierenced higher that normal mortality of livstock due to eligible adveres weather conditions. The ELAP is intended to address other losses for livestock not covered under the other 2 programs, primarily honey bees and farm...

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Gov. Dave Heineman has signed a bill that will have Nebraska join forces with Colorado, Wyoming and the Dakotas in fighting wildfires.

Heineman announced Friday that he has designated Al Berndt, assistant director of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, to represent Nebraska in the Great Plains Interstate Fire Compact. Heineman approved the bill earlier this week.

The compact lets member states share their firefighters and equipment in an emergency without going through the federal government. The compact requires each state to choose a person who is responsible for forest fire control.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis, says pooling the...

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says South Dakota this year is getting nearly $310,000 for grants to develop specialty crops.   The federal funds were authorized under the 2014 farm bill.   The federal government defines specialty crops as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops.   The focus of the grants is to enhance the competitiveness of the crops by improving production efficiency, reducing distribution costs and developing new seed varieties.   The grants are expected to be awarded later this year.

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Gov. Dave Heineman is seeking applicants for the new, expanded Nebraska Natural Resources Commission.

A new law approved on Wednesday will increase the number of commission members from 16 to 27.

The new members are required to represent different water interests. Applicants are being sought to represent agriculture, agribusiness, irrigation districts, manufacturing, outdoor recreation, public power districts, irrigation districts, range livestock owners, wildlife conservation interests and a Lincoln resident who is interested in water issues.

Applicants should send names and applications Kathleen Dolezal in the governor's office, at P.O. Box 94848, Lincoln,...

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Nebraska corn farmers will plant 9.4 million acres of corn, about 94% of last year’s total of 9.95 million acres. With Nebraska corn farmers’ intentions of planting 9.4 million acres of corn this year, farmers will spend about $280 per acre to get the crop in the ground and off to a good start, based on estimates calculated by the University of Nebraska Extension. Multiplied by the 9.4 million acres USDA estimates Nebraska farmers will plant, this figures to nearly $2.6 billion invested by the state’s corn farmers over a two-month period. That figure does not include land costs, labor or equipment – it’s purely inputs like seed,...

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Since the 2008 economic downturn, average prices for registered Angus bulls sold at auction and reported to the American Angus Association® have risen sharply from $3,031 per head in Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 to $4,957 per head so far in FY 2014. That's nearly $2,000 per head in added value, or a 64% increase in price, for breeders of registered Angus bulls. Gross revenue is also up significantly: Sales of registered Angus cattle generated more than $265 million in FY 2013, compared to just shy of $210 million in FY 2008. That's a 26% increase, or more than $55 million in additional revenue for producers of registered Angus cattle. That value-added gap appears to be widening even more in FY 2014. Fiscal-year-to-date...

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Valentine and Ainsworth participated in a golf dual at the Prairie Club on Tuesday, April 15th. Here are the results from the Horse Course (par 27): Valentine Ainsworth Cameron Bancroft  32 Jake Williams  39 Brooks Coleman  35 Pryce Pinney  41 Lyle Cate  37 Dominic Henry  42 Paul Orr  38 Rob Maxwell  44 Logan O'Kief  38 Justin Keller  47 Brad Michalek  39 Cole Sunquist  51 Amos Hagedorn  39 Colton Doyle  55 Wyatt Smidt  40 Jose Garcia  55 Lucas Stoeger  45 Brendon Carson  55 Braxton Green  46 Luke Miller  47 James Battershaw  48 Kyle Johnson ...

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Valentine placed 4th overall in golf at the Ord Invitational on Friday, April 11th with a total score of 341. Ord took first with a 306, Grand Island Central Catholic was second with a 335, and Ord Reserve was 3rd with 340. Cameron Bancroft's total score of 74 placed him 3rd in individual standings. Brooks Coleman was 5th individually with a total score of 76. Brad Michalek rounded out the top 20 with a total score of 90. Kyle Johnson had a total score of 101 and Braxton Green had a total score of 112. Team Results: 1 Ord - 306 2 GICC - 335 3 Ord Res. - 340 4 Valentine - 341 5 St. Paul - 353 6 O'Neill - 357 7 Boone Central - 361 8 GINW - 376 9 Centura - 378 10 Spalding Academy - 405 11...

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The Nebraska football team practiced for two hours on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields outside of the Hawks Championship Center on Wednesday in preparations for this weekend’s Spring Game.
Head Coach Bo Pelini spoke to the media after practice and said he thought the last two days were “really good practices.”
Pelini added that he thought the team was where they should be. He said he plans to be more “dialed back” in terms of how much football the team will show.
The format for Saturday’s Red-White Spring Game is offense vs. defense. Pelini said there will be a points system used that will be sent out to the media and possibly put on the scoreboard for the game. Read More...

On April 30, Nebraskans from across the state will make time to walk for 30 minutes at lunchtime. In doing so, they'll take part in National Walk at Lunch Day, an annual event intended to encourage participants to engage in healthy lifestyle choices. Participants will also help raise money for the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation. For every organization that registers walkers for the annual event, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska will contribute $20 to the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation and the Special Olympics Nebraska. The Foundation will use donations to develop and improve hiking and biking trails. The $8,000 generated last year for Game and Parks led to the construction of...

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Ainsworth, Valentine and West Holt met on April 8th for the Ainsworth Triangular. The results are as follows: Varsity Results: VALENTINE: Cameron Bancroft – 38 Brooks Coleman – 38 Brad Michelek – 39 Kyle Johnson – 39 Lucas Stoeger – 48 Total Team Score: 154 (1st in Varsity)   WEST HOLT: Alex Fritz – 42 Austin Ramm-Lech – 42 Kelby Fedderr – 50 Eddie Frederick – 70 Theo Stenka – 52 Total Team Score: 186   AINSWORTH: Rob Maxwell – 44 Jake Wilkins – 51 Don Henry – 50 Colton Doyle – 59 Pryce Pinney – 53 Total Team Score: 198   Junior Varsity: VALENTINE: Paul Orr – 45 Braxton Green – 43 Lyle Cate – 43 Luke Miller –...

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