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Valentine To Lincoln Run

A Lincoln man has completed a nearly 200-mile run in five days from Valentine to Norfolk.  Tom Volk started in Valentine on Monday of last week and finished his 196-mile trek Friday in Norfolk. He says he ran about 12 minutes and 30 seconds for each mile, which included a few walk breaks. He started his journey with Andy Pollock, who also lives in Lincoln. They had hoped to make the run together to call attention to the need to finish the trail west of Valentine. They planned to only stop for water, other liquids and food about every 10 miles. Pollock ran 101 miles before stopping on Wednesday, because of a half-dollar sized blister on his left foot.

 

First Flu Cases Confirmed in Nebraska

Flu is here. The first confirmed cases of the season have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. There are three, all in Douglas County.

“Several viruses are in the news right now including Ebola and enterovirus, but it’s also important to remember that flu can be a serious disease,” said Dr. Joseph Acierno, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS. “Getting vaccinated is the most important step you can take to protect yourself and your family from flu.”

The severity and the length of flu seasons vary, but flu season in the U.S. typically peaks between December and February. Though public health officials can’t predict exactly what flu season will be like this year, they recommend getting vaccinated as soon as possible for the best protection.

DHHS officially started flu surveillance Sept. 28. Surveillance shows where the flu is and how fast it’s spreading across the state.

DHHS uses multiple surveillance systems to track flu viruses, including sentinel physicians who report the number of people with flu-like illness weekly, lab tests, school surveillance, hospital data, emergency department data and death reporting.

 

Public Golf course update

 

ANYONE INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT PROGRESS ON THE NEW VALENTINE COMMUNITY GOLF COURSE IS INVITED TO ATTEND A PUBLIC MEET AND GREET ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 20TH AT 7PM AT THE PEPPERMILL EAST ROOM. COURSE ARCHITECT TOM LEHMANS REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS BRANDS WILL BE THERE TO SHARE HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT THE LAYOUT OF THE COURSE AND ROSS BUCKENDAHL FROM THE PRAIRIE CLUB WILL TALK ABOUT THEIR ROLE IN THE NEW COURSE. THERE WILL ALSO BE AN UPDATE FROM THE GOLF COURSE DEVELOPMENT BOARD. YOU CAN ALSO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE COURSE WITH THE ARCHITECT AND DEVELOPMENT BOARD. THAT'S MONDAY OCTOBER 20TH AT 7PM AT THE PEPPERMILL.

   

4-H Fall Festival at Fairgrounds October 19th

The Cherry County 4-H Council invites all 4-H families and friends to attend their Fall Festival and Year End Recognition Night on Oct. 19. There will be old fashioned family fun and games beginning at 3 PM at the Fairgrounds, followed by a potluck dinner at 5 PM and short recognition program.

 

Fire causes major damage to Royal Theater

Ainsworth firemen, assisted by firemen and units from Long Pine, Raven and Bassett, were called out about 3 a.m. today after someone passing by on Second Street in Ainsworth noticed smoke coming from the Royal Theater. The fire caused extensive damage to the front lobby area and projector room. The fire also burned through the upstairs portion into the roof. Flames were also coming out of the front of the building. The entire structure suffered smoke and water damage. The recently installed new theater seats were not destroyed but may or may not be able to used again. In addition to the theater, heavy smoke damage was sustained in adjoining businesses including the offices and studios of KBRB Radio Station, Mundhenke Agency and Ainsworth Motors. The exact cause of the fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshall and the theater's insurance company. The theater is operated by volunteers.

Article from KBRB Radio

   

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