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With the community's help, the food pantry was able to open on Thursday.

Pictured is: Kristi Benson, Administrator of St. John’s Food Pantry

 

 
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The Cherry County Hospital Golf is $7,000 closer to purchasing new Infant Warming Equipment, thanks to the annual Cherry County Hospital Foundation's Golf Tournament held September 22nd at The Prairie Club. A huge thank you to everyone involved who helped contribute to this successful fundraiser, with a special thanks to The Prairie Club and all the local sponsors who donated to the cause. Results: 1st Place - Championship Flight: Ward Plumbing and Heating - Kent Sandoz, Tim Murphy, Mike Jordan, Jeff Wrage 1st Place - First Flight: Young's Western Wear: Mark Young, Jim Arnholt, Jade Egle, Norm Egle 1st Place - Second Flight: Rehab Visions: Jeremy Johnson, Darrell Metcalf, Bill Mannewitz,...

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A South Dakota man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for driving drunk with a 2-year-old child in the vehicle. Thirty-six-year-old Colton Poorman, of Rosebud, pleaded guilty in July to operating a motor vehicle under the influence with a minor present in the vehicle. The incident happened in October of 2015. Authorities say the child was not placed in safety restraints. At the time of his arrest, Poorman had been on federal supervised release for a previous felony conviction.

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A South Dakota man has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge stemming from a fatal shooting that took place in April on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. The office of U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says 18-year-old Jacob McCloskey, of St. Francis, entered his plea earlier this week. He is also charged with witness tampering and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Court records show McCloskey is accused of shooting Rhannon Joseph Kills Plenty with a rifle on April 7 and then persuading two witnesses to lie about the circumstances of the shooting. Public records do not provide additional details. McCloskey's trial is scheduled for Nov. 15....

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The public is invited to attend informational meetings across the state in October regarding the future of Nebraska’s aquatic resources.

Fisheries personnel from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have been developing a road map for the state’s fisheries and aquatic resources. The public’s
participation in the planning process is encouraged.

Each meeting will include an overview of the Commission’s Fisheries Division, an outline of the planning process and public feedback. The two-hour meetings will
begin at 7 p.m.
The meeting schedule is:

Oct. 3 – Scottsbluff, North Platte Natural Resources District (NRD), 100547 Airport Road Read More...

South Dakota's U.S. senators say a bill that has passed through a Senate committee would help ensure Native Americans receive quality care from the Indian Health Service.

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday approved the bill introduced by South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune and Sen. John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming.

The bill aims to increase transparency and accountability at the IHS and improve recruiting and retention practices at the often remote hospitals, issues the agency has struggled with for several years.

Thune, a Republican, says officials shouldn't shy away from the difficult work required to ensure tribal members receive quality...

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Nebraska land owners can apply now for money to help improve grasslands for wildlife habitat and grazing. Money is available to cover up to 75 percent of the cost of qualifying conservation projects, but land owners must apply by Oct. 21. Some of the practices that qualify include grazing management, resting rangeland, prescribed burns and brush management. The money is available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. More information is available online at www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/ne .

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The South Dakota State University Extension is asking horse owners in the state and neighboring communities to participate in an online equine nutrition survey. Heidi Carroll is the Extension's livestock stewardship associate. She says the survey will give the SDSU Extension a "clear understanding" of what South Dakotans are feeding their horses. Carroll says the survey will also help understand how current feeding practices in the region compare to information reported in other areas. Individuals who are at least 18 years old and own one or more horses can participate in the survey. The questionnaire can be found at www.equinenutrition.questionpro.com .

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A week of mostly dry, warm weather helped South Dakota farmers with silage cutting and late-season haying. However, the Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that late-week storms caused crop damage in parts of southeastern South Dakota. The spring wheat harvest statewide is close to wrapping up, at 93 percent complete. That's near the average pace. Pasture and range conditions in South Dakota are rated only 37 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 67 percent adequate to surplus.  

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says dry weather is impacting pasture and range conditions as drought conditions remain in western South Dakota. The Agriculture Department says in its latest crop progress report that topsoil moisture totals were rated 10 percent very short, 28 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 10 percent very short, 34 percent short, 55 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Pasture and range conditions were rated 8 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 36 percent good and 1 percent excellent. Stock water supplies rated 7 percent very short, 26 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. The report...

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South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more animals reported 220,000 cattle on feed on Aug. 1, up 5 percent from last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its latest report that placements in feedlots during July totaled 18,000 head, up 6 percent from 2015. Marketings of fed cattle during July totaled 32,000 head, down 6 percent from last year. Other disappearance during July totaled 1,000 head, down 2,000 from last year.  

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South Dakota: Bennett County 34, Little Wound 8 Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 34, Todd County 14 Gregory 40, Wolsey-Wessington 36 Kadoka Area 52, Edgemont 2 Mobridge-Pollock 47, Jones County/White River 0 Winner 60, Chamberlain 6   Nebraska: Cody-Kilgore 58, Hyannis 0 Clearwater/Orchard 54, Ainsworth 22 Gordon/Rushville 46, Mitchell 14 Hershey 25, Kimball 0 Mullen 58, Garden County 6 Osmond 52, North Central 14 Sandhills/Thedford 68, Brady 14 St. Paul 37, Arcadia-Loup City 21 Valentine 27, North Platte St. Patrick's 10
  VB: Hyannis def. Cody-Kilgore, 26-24, 25-23, 18-25, 23-25, 15-7

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Team Results 1 VALENTINE 205 2 WEST HOLT 209 3 WH JV 1183 4 AINSWORTH 1193 5 VAL JV 3069 Individual Results 1 Sherridan Bancroft VALENTINE 44 2 Lauren Ferguson VALENTINE 48 3 Brea Hostert WEST HOLT 50 4 Megan Bilstein WEST HOLT 51 5 Emily Burk WEST HOLT 53 6 Vanessa Taylor AINSWORTH 53 7 Ramsey Ravenscroft VALENTINE 54 8 Bailey Boh WEST HOLT 55 9 Lydia Stenka WEST HOLT 59 10 Whitney Barnes VALENTINE 59 11 Abbie Clark VALENTINE 59 12 Hannah Brotsky WH JV 60 13 Gracie Beddow WH JV 61 14 Sidney Braun WH JV 62 15 Rebecca Taylor AINSWORTH 64 16 Abbie Sandoz VAL JV 69 17 Natalie Saner AINSWORTH 76      

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  On Tuesday, September 20th, the Valentine High School Girl's Golf team had the honor of being the first team to play on Fredrick Peak Golf Club in Valentine, NE. They answered by each playing their personal best of the 2016 golf season and bringing home the first place team trophy with a team score of 407. Sherridan Bancroft placed 1st with an 88, Ramsey Ravenscroft 4th with a 100, Lauren Ferguson 8th with a 109, Whitney Barnes 10th with a 110, Abbie Clark shot a 115 and Abbie Sandoz with a 151. This would not have been possible without the hard work of several people. First and foremost, we can not say enough about the hours Tad Buechle and his crew has put in to get the course ready for...

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On Tuesday, September 20th, the Valentine High School Girl's Golf team had the honor of being the first team to play on Fredrick Peak Golf Club in Valentine, NE. They answered by each playing their personal best of the 2016 golf season and bringing home the first place team trophy with a team score of 407. Sherridan Bancroft placed 1st with an 88, Ramsey Ravenscroft 4th with a 100, Lauren Ferguson 8th with a 109, Whitney Barnes 10th with a 110, Abbie Clark shot a 115 and Abbie Sandoz with a 151. This would not have been possible without the hard work of several people. First and foremost, we can not say enough about the hours Tad Buechle and his crew has put in to get the course ready for the...

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The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team made history Saturday by winning its first rodeo as a team. The accomplishment was sweetened by the fact that it happened on home turf – at the Wild West Arena in North Platte during the 2016 Mid-Plains Community College Stampede. “I’m excited about it,” said Dustin Elliott, MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach. “We’ve come in second as a team before, but never first.” Kris Rasmussen, of Riverdale, contributed to MPCC’s overall success by winning the steer wrestling. So did Reece Weber, of Valentine, who won the team roping alongside Hershey native Tucker White, representing Hastings College. “Kris won both rounds and the average,...

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