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GNST Swimmers Make a Splash at State Swimming

Six swimmers from Valentine traveled to Lincoln for the 2014 Midwestern Long Course Championships held over the weekend.  Valentine GNST swimmers joined 668 total athletes from 26 teams across the state in the 'best of the best' competition of the long course season.  The event started with a Thursday evening session and ran for three sessions a day thru Sunday night with swimmers participating in 112 events ranging in age from 8 to 18.

Caleb Long (13) kicked off the Valentine team in the Friday morning session in the 200M breaststroke event and continued on to the finals Friday evening bringing home 15th with a personal best time of 3:10.27.

Dylan Witt (12) started the weekend Friday afternoon swimming the 50M butterfly in a personal best time of 37.85 seconds bringing home 15th. Dylan then swam the 100M breaststroke in 1:32.78 grabbing a 12th place ribbon and finished off the day with a 400M medley relay with the 11-12 GNST boys taking 4th.

Savannah Dean (17) and Taryn Adams (16) joined in the competition in the Girls 15 & over 50M freestyle event Saturday morning both cutting time and swimming a 32.69, placing 61st and 32.01, placing 60th respectively.

Brayden Kieborz (12) jumped in with the group Saturday afternoon swimming the 100M freestyle cutting over 4 seconds for his personal best and placing 18th.

Dylan Witt swam Saturday afternoon with the GNST 200M freestyle relay team bringing another 4th place ribbon.  Dylan also swam the 100M freestyle cutting his time down to 1:12.64 bringing home 14th and the 50m breaststroke placing 10th in the state.

Caleb Long and Savannah Dean were back on deck Sunday morning both swimming the 100M breaststroke. Caleb swam in a 1:29.99 placing 20th and Savannah swam in a 1:37.02 placing 48th.

Kaylynn Miller joined the group Sunday afternoon swimming the 50M freestyle placing 22nd with a time of 34.79.

Dylan Witt back in the water Sunday afternoon participating in the 200M Medley Relay placing 6th, the 100M backstroke placing 20th, the 50M freestyle placing 10th swimming it in 31.33 seconds, the 50M backstroke placing 19th and the  400M freestyle relay placing 5th.

Brayden Kieborz was back on deck Sunday afternoon swimming the 50M freestyle placing 22nd with a 33.71, another personal best!

Caleb long wrapped up the weekend swimming in the 400M freestyle relay in the Sunday evening session bringing home a 4th place ribbon to finish out the meet!

This was the last event of the long course swimming season. Swimmers gave a fantastic performance in Lincoln with most times being personal bests. Honorable mentions to Dylan and Caleb for bringing home ribbons from state.

Thanks again to all the GNST sponsors, parents, coaches and swimmers! It's been a great year!


Mountain Lion killed near Chadron

A 5-month-old female mountain lion was shot south of Chadron in Dawes County on Saturday, July 19.

A man reported noticing the animal crouched in the grass about 20 yards from his residence, where two young children were present on a patio. The man retrieved a rifle from the house and approached the animal, then shot it when it stood but did not flee. The mountain lion weighed approximately 30 pounds.

As required by law, the man immediately notified authorities after the animal was shot. The Dawes County Sheriff's Department arrived at the scene, investigated the incident, and took possession of the mountain lion, which was transferred to Nebraska Game and Parks officials the next day. Authorities determined the man acted within the law in killing the animal.


Turtle Races Results 2014

Congratulations to Brandy Muirhead, the winner of the Turtle Races Championship Heat. She won $500 in Chamber Bucks. Each top heat winner won $50 in Chamber Bucks. The full results are as follows:

Heat 1:

1st - Randy Lurz, 2nd - Suzanne Schultz, 3rd - Terri Shelbourn, 4th - Jess Ravenscroft, 5th - Brandy Muirhead, 6th - Jerry Earll, 7th - Connor Jackson, 8th - Jess Ravenscroft, 9th - Rhonda Elliott, 10th - Deb Neiffer

Heat 2:

1st - Karri Hagedorn, 2nd - Anne Clark, 3rd - Suzanne Schultz, 4th - Mary Mercure, 5th - Carol Earll, 6th - Rita O'Kief, 7th - Charlene Lolley, 8th - Hunter Weinman, 9th- Twyla Kelly, 10th - Kim Jeffers

Heat 3:

1st - Kethan Mercure, 2nd - Jacob Sikes, 3rd - Xi Beta Omega, 4th - Lila O'Kief, 5th - Trevor Ferneau, 6th - Deb Neiffer, 7th - Trevor Ferneau, 8th - Julie Dewing, 9th - Charlene Lolley, 10th - Rick Lurz

Heat 4:

1st - Steskal, 2nd - Jerry Grooms, 3rd - Rick Joseph, 4th - Sue McEvoy, 5th - Rylee Wackler, 6th - Steskal, 7th - Mike Sims, 8th - Kate Drinkwalter, 9th - Jane Manzer, 10th - Courtny Morgan

Heat 5:

1st - Derek Ferneau, 2nd - Jim Lutter, 3rd -Karri Hagedorn, 4th - Kimber McGinley, 5th - John MIchalek, 6th - John Michalek, 7th - Sam Tetherow, 8th - Bill Renning, 9th - Doug Jacobs, 10th - Sally Connor

Championship Heat Winner: Brandy Muirhead


Stay Safe When the Temperatures Soar


Dangerously hot weather is predicted for Nebraska and Iowa, and the American Red Cross reminds everyone of the steps they should take to stay safe when the temperatures rise.

* Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.

* Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

* Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.

* Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.

* Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

* Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Ensure they have water and a shady place to rest.

* Eat small meals and eat more often.

* Avoid extreme temperature changes.

* Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. To help avoid problems, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and limit drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes.

If a person is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness exhaustion), move them to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing and spray the person with water or apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If they are conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

HEAT STROKE IS LIFE-THREATENING. Signs include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting; and high body temperature. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately if some shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person's body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.


Green Street Closure

Green Street from 2nd to 5th Street in Valentine will be closed on Tuesday, July 22nd, until the milling project is complete.


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