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2014 Nebraska 4-H State Fair Results

Special State Fair 4-H Exhibitor ribbons were placed on those items entered in the Cherry County Fair that the judges selected to advance to the Nebraska State Fair.

Results from judging at the 2014 State Fair in Grand Island are as follows: Brennann Jackson,You’re The Chef, Specialty Rolls,purple: Katelynn Jackson,Foodworks,Specialty Pastry,blue; Gage Krolikowski,Taxidermy,Taxidermy,purple; Tessa Krolikowski,Food Preservation,Jelled Exhibit,blue; Cody Kronhofman,Tasty Tidbits,Creative Mixes,red; Forrest Schmidt,Horticulture,Salad Tomatoes,purple; Chet Tetherow,Horticulture,Snap Beans,blue; Chet Tetherow,Welding,Welding Article,blue.

Sarah Shelbourn represented Cherry County 4-H as the State Fair Stylist.  She received a blue ribbon in the Fashion Show, modeling a dress in the Clothing II project area.

In 4-H Beef competition, Fletcher Larsen received a purple ribbon for Market Beef in the Market Heifer class, a purple ribbon for Simmental Breeding Beef in the Simmental Yearlings Class, and a purple ribbon for Intermediate Beef Showmanship.

These young people did an excellent job of representing Cherry County’s 4-H program and serve as an example of the positive results that can be achieved by quality completion of a 4-H project.



St. Mary's Annual Bazaar in Nenzel

St. Mary's Annual Bazaar is the largest community function in Nenzel, Nebraska and is scheduled for Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm Mountain Time. It is a freewill offering for a roast beef dinner with all of the trimmings. Visit the country store to pick up homemade goodies, and while you're there, there will be kids games and raffle prizes. This annual event serves around 500 people from the small village of Nenzel, which has an approximate population of 21 residents. Nenzel was incorporated on June 23, 1899. Located on U.S. Highway 20, it is one of the most northern towns in western Nebraska, only five miles from the South Dakota border. Approximately 8 of the town's current residents are direct descendants of the town's founder, George Nenzel. Visit this unique community on September 21st, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm Mountain Time for St. Mary's Annual Bazaar.

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Wind Turbine Ribbon Cutting Held

About 40 people braved the chilly temperatures to attend the ribbon cutting of the first wind turbine in Cherry County on Wednesday evening. The turbine is located 3 miles west of Valentine and south of Highway 20. The turbine is the result of the City of Valentine signing a power purchase agreement with Bluestem Sandhills to integrate the power into the Valentine grid. The agreement is an effort by the city to reduce the winter peak demand rate charged by NPPD. The Valentine Chamber of Commerce hosted the ribbon cutting ceremony after a few short statements from City Council representative Don Nelsen, Cherry County Wind board member Jim Van Winkle, Bluestem representative Jon Crane and Chuck Hassebrook, candidate for Governor. The turbine is located on the Bob and Nancy Sinnett Ranch which is part of the Cherry County Wind Energy Association.


Nebraska, Iowa Army National Guard Units Delay Drills

Nebraska and Iowa Army National Guard units have delayed drills this month because of a federal funding shortage that has affected thousands of Army National Guard units across the country.

Nebraska National Guard spokesman Kevin Hynes said Tuesday that the delays affect about 20 Nebraska Army Guard units  about half of the state’s total. The state has about 3,500 soldiers in the Army Guard.

Col. Greg Hapgood of the Iowa National Guard says the delays affect most of the state’s 7,200 Army National Guard members.

The states’ Air National Guard units are not affected.

A $101 million funding gap has led to postponed Guard drills nationwide. Efforts are underway in Congress to get funding reallocated so drills can be held and National Guard members can get paid.


Report Suggests Changes for Nebraska Medicaid

A new report says computer technology and increased competition could lower the cost of Nebraska’s Medicaid program.

The report released Wednesday by the Platte Institute for Economic Research suggests that the state contract with more than two health plans for each of Nebraska’s Medicaid service regions.

The report says the increased competition would reduce the leverage that any one plan has over the state.

It also calls for new technology to confirm whether Medicaid recipients are eligible for the benefit. Jim Vokal, the group’s CEO, says Pennsylvania and Illinois have realized millions in savings by catching people who don’t qualify.

The Platte Institute released the report in advance of next year’s legislative session. The group opposes efforts to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law.


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