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Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Director Jim Macy announced the state is awarding $2.08 million to support 128 tire recycling and cleanup projects across the state. The grants support local efforts to clean up tire piles and conduct community scrap tire collections. In addition, funds will be used by schools and organizations across the state to provide partial reimbursement for playground mulch, synthetic turf fields, running tracks, and other recycled rubber projects that were made from scrap tires.   Nebraskans generate nearly 1.9 million scrap tires each year, about one tire for every person in the state. The grants are part of NDEQ’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants...

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Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) congratulated Charity Hunt and Sydney Linse of Keya Paha County Schools today on being selected to perform in the National Oratory Retreat and Performance at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Prior to their performances, Smith met with the students at the U.S. Capitol and gave them a personal tour. For more information on the National Oratory Retreat and Performance, click here.

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  The Valentine Badger Booster held their annual all sports banquet at the Peppermill on Sunday evening. Male athlete of the year, and Bill Raubach award winner was Braxton Coleman. Female athlete was Nicole Lurz who won the Business and Professional Womens award. 12 sport award winners were; Braxton Coleman, Kinzie Eggleston and Tori Osterman. The Badger Booster Fan of the year was Eldon Haas. KVSH Radio awarded two $250 scholarships for sportsmanship and dedication to Tori Osterman and Kinzie Egglston.

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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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Snow and rain in South Dakota over the past week has hampered spring fieldwork. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that fewer than two days were suitable for fieldwork. The planting of corn, soybeans, spring wheat, oats and barley is behind last year's pace. However, both topsoil and subsoil moisture across South Dakota is benefiting, as both are rated mostly adequate to surplus. Pasture and range conditions are rated 74 percent good to excellent, and stock water supplies are 90 percent adequate to surplus.

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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.
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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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Two members of the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team are now guaranteed to compete at nationals. Trey Engel, of Silver Creek, won the bull riding at the Hastings College Rodeo in Hastings on Saturday, earning enough points to secure a spot at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. in June. Engel’s win comes just a week after Rowdy Moon, of Sargent, won the bareback riding at a rodeo in Spearfish, S.D. - also earning a trip to nationals. According to Elliott, there will be more qualifiers. “We’ve got three for sure,” said Elliott. “Ethan Lesiak [of Clarks], even though he didn’t have a good weekend in Hastings, still gained enough points that he can’t be moved...

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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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