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Cowboy Trail Ultra Marathon

The Nebraska Tourism Commission invites teams of runners and ambitious individuals to participate in the first ever Cowboy Ultra, a two day race that will guide runners (solo and relay teams) across the 187 completed miles of the Cowboy Trail from Valentine to Norfolk.

The Cowboy Ultra will take place on Saturday, June 11. The event, organized by Angry Cow Adventures, is limited to 75 people. Registration is $65 per person and closes May 25, or as soon as the limit of 75 registrations is fulfilled. This run replaces the Border to Border Challenge and will be exclusively all on the Cowboy Trail.

The Cowboy Trail is the longest former stretch of railroad to be converted into a trail in the United States. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has operated and maintained the trail since 1994 when it was gifted to them by the Nebraska Legislature. A portion of the proceeds from the Cowboy Ultra will support improvements in Nebraska's state parks and recreation areas.

For more information on the Cowboy Ultra or to register visit or call 402-432-3622.



Western Edge- Huskerland Dual State Tournamen

Western Edge went to the Huskerland Dual State Tournament on Sunday March 13th and placed 3rd in Class C

Results: 3rd-5th grades

Western Edge vs Grand Island 42-31 win

Western Edge vs Seward County  40-21  win

Western Edge vs Columbus 24-44 lost

Western Edge vs Omaha 30-37  lost

Western Edge vs Cozad 53-13  win


Volunteers Needed for the 7th Annual Outdoor Family Fun Day

If you love to help kids enjoy the outdoors, the Niobrara National Scenic River needs your assistance. The 7th annual Outdoor Family Fun Day will be held at Smith Falls State Park on Saturday, April 23rd.

This family-focused event gives children and families the opportunity to experience hands-on activities ranging from archery to a GPS course to canoeing. Volunteers are needed to help pull off the event.

The canoeing portion needs the most volunteers, but people are also needed to help with registration and to assist presenters. Canoeing volunteers will paddle a canoe filled with potentially inexperienced youth on multiple short canoe trips throughout the day. Each trip will be led by NPS staff.

Volunteers must love working with children and be able to control a two-person canoe on their own. Registration and general volunteers should have a ready smile.

Interested individuals are asked to call the Niobrara National Scenic River at 402-376-1901. All volunteers are required to fill out a volunteer form.

Lunch and, if necessary, a day pass for Smith Falls State Park will be provided.

The Niobrara NSR is proud to offer this event in partnership with the Niobrara Council, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Northern Prairies Land Trust, the Nebraska Forest Service, the Nebraska Master Naturalists, and our many volunteers.


Badger Wrestling - Huskerland State Duals

Badger Wrestling Club went to Kearney this weekend to compete in the Huskerland State Duals. The young Badgers first took out Sidney with a final score of 39-36. And in the final match of the day Valentine edged out a tough dual 32-31 against the Central Gorillas. The 6th-8th grade Badgers walked away the 2016 Huskerland Class C State champions.


New VHS Wresting Room Goes for Bid



At their recent meeting, the Valentine Community Schools, Board of Education voted to request bids on a new 50 by 108 foot building that will be used for a wrestling room and multi purpose facility. This project has been discussed for the past few years. The estimated costs of stand along building range from $450,000 to $628,000. It is hoped that construction could be done in time for the 201602017 wrestling season. Bids are due on April 5th.

It is hoped that the community would be willing to help with some fund raising by making a tax deductible contribution to the Valentine High School Foundation.


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