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Moonlight Madness Oct 23

THE VALENTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WILL ONCE AGAIN BE SPONSORING SOME FALL EVENTS THIS OCTOBER. COMING UP ON THURSDAY THE 23RD WILL BE MOONLIGHT MADNESS FROM 6-9PM. PARTICIPATING AREA BUSINESSES WILL BE OFFERING IN STORE SPECIALS AND DISCOUNTS, AND THE CHAMBER WILL BE DOING AN “UNRELATED ITEMS” CONTEST. PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES WILL HAVE IN THEIR STORE AN ITEM THAT IS UNRELATED TO THEIR USUAL WARES. WRITE DOWN THE UNUSUAL ITEMS ON THE CARD PROVIDED, AND AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, TURN IT IN FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN THOSE ITEMS, AND $150 IN CHAMBER BUCKS.

 

THEN ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 31ST WILL BE THE ANNUAL HALLOWEEN KIDDIE COSTUME PARADE. AREA KIDS ARE INVITED TO DO SOME BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS TRICK OR TREATING IN THEIR COSTUMES FROM FIRST AND MAIN TO 4TH STREET. AN ADDED BONUS THIS YEAR WILL BE SOME FUN ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS IN FRONT OF THE JUSTICE CENTER. THE VALENTINE CHAMBERS NEXT EVENT WILL BE THE HOLIDAY PREVIEW ON NOVEMBER 23RD.

 

South Dakota stores prepare for hunting season

South Dakota stores are preparing for the hunting season that's scheduled to begin this week.

The stores have been getting ready for the past two months.

Tony Naatjes is a manager at Gary's Gun Shop. He says he expects to be between 10 and 15 percent up in revenue compared to last year. He says a lot of the revenue will come from selling shells.

About 100,000 hunters converge every year on the state's hunting fields. South Dakota officials say those hunters spend more than $200 million on their passion.

Naatjes says hunters should stock up before hitting the fields Saturday. He adds that the recent drop in gas prices could help drive more people to his store.

 

Deadline for SD voter registration 1 week away

South Dakota voters have one week to register for the upcoming general election.

Secretary of State Jason Gant says nearly 518,000 people have registered to vote on Nov. 4. The deadline for registration is Oct. 20.

Gant says it's a noteworthy election with U.S. Senate and gubernatorial contests, along with many legislative and local races.

Nearly 12,000 absentee ballots have been requested so far.

 

   

Tribe to vote on tribal national park plan

The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council will allow tribal members to vote on a proposed tribal national park in southwestern South Dakota.

Tribal officials have been working with the National Park Service on a plan to turn the South Unit of Badlands National Park and surrounding land into the nation's first tribal national park, and to introduce a herd of buffalo.

Opponents have argued that the plan threatens the sanctity of sacred land near the Black Hills and also the ranching way of life of the people who live there.

The Tribal Council has rescinded a 2013 resolution that evicted some ranchers in the area. Tribal President Bryan Brewer says a vote will be held within three months on the creation of the park.

 

Hearings planned for Nebraska power line project

Nebraska Public Power District plans to begin public hearings next month in each county along the route of its recently approved 345,000-vote transmission line through the Nebraska Sandhills.

District spokesman Mark Becker said Monday that at the hearings, district officials will explain the need for the transmission line and gather more information on routing. The district wants to finish the work in 2018. The Nebraska Power Review Board on Friday approved the $328 million project.

The district says the project is needed to increase reliability of the transmission network, relieve congestion and provide more capacity to carry electricity from wind turbines in remote parts of the state.

Ranchers and others spoke in opposition Friday, saying the 220-mile line posed a threat to the Sandhills' fragile ecosystem of grasses and dunes.

 

   

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