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Mid-Plains Community College Extended Campus Classes

Many for-credit class opportunities will be available in the next few days through the Mid-Plains Extended Campus in Valentine. Classes starting Monday, August 25th include Lakota History and Traditions and Intro to Psychology. Classes beginning Tuesday the 26th include Basic Ground Training and Advanced Ground Training. On Wednesday the 27th, Desktop Publishing will be offered and on the 28th, classes include Lakota Language/Conversation and Creative Writing. Many online Agriculture classes are also being offered beginning on Tuesday the 26th. EMS and Healthcare classes are also available through Mid-Plains. If you need more information or to register for any of the classes, contact Mid-Plains Valentine at (402) 376-8033.

 

Notification of Release of Individuals

Cherry County Attorney Eric Scott has announced that two individuals have been released from federal prison and are living in the Valentine area. In a notice received from the Prisoner Release Coordinator of the Nebraska Attorney General's office, Scott says both offenders are convicted felons who have been released from prison under stringent supervisory probation conditions, and are living at 521 W. 3rd Street, in the Valentine Apartments.

James W. Menard, age 31, was convicted on felony charges of selling, distributing or dispensing a controlled substance. Menard's probation supervision conditions include a location monitoring program and alcohol or intoxicant restrictions.

Robert K. Garrett, age 31, was a habitual offender on a domestic assault violation. Garrett is also subject to certain probation supervisory conditions.

Nebraska statues require notification of release of individuals convicted of violent crimes or because of the release of an individual who is a sex offender. Both Menard and Garrett fall under the category of violent crime offenders.

 

Rat and Beaver Lake Renovations

 

LINCOLN – Rat and Beaver Lakes in Cherry County will be temporarily closed to the public next month while a chemical renovation of the lakes takes place as part of an Aquatic Habitat Project.

 

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission set a tentative date of Sept. 3-4, depending on the weather, for the chemical renovation of the fishery at Rat and Beaver Lakes. The lakes will be temporarily closed to the public Sept. 3-7 for safety reasons and for control of the work area while fish are counted.

A temporary water-control structure was installed this spring to allow the lakes to be lowered. A contractor will install two fish barriers below the lowered lakes in September. Those barriers will prevent access of common carp upstream into the lakes.

The lakes will be safe to restock two or three weeks following chemical renovation, depending on water temperatures. Bluegill, yellow perch, black crappie and largemouth bass will be stocked back into the lakes.

The renovation of Rat and Beaver Lakes is being made possible by the cooperation of the neighboring landowners and the Rat and Beaver Lake Club. The project will use Aquatic Habitat Stamp Program funds.

For more information, contact Zac Brashears at the Valentine State Fish Hatchery at 402-376-8080.

   

Nebraska Lottery to Give Away $100,000 in Prizes at the State Fair

At an event during the Nebraska State Fair on Sunday, August 24, the Nebraska Lottery will give away a total of $100,000 to 15 semifinalists in the 100K Giveaway.

WHEN: August 24, 2014 1 p.m.
WHERE: Bristol Windows Stage, Fonner Park, Grand Island

During the months of May, June, July, and August, players sent in $8 worth of non-winning Summer Red Scratch tickets for a chance to win a total of $100,000 in cash prizes. Three preliminary drawings were held to select a total of 15 semifinalists who will compete at the 100K Giveaway Grand Prize drawing event. Each semifinalist is guaranteed to win at least $1,000, and one semifinalist will win the $40,000 grand prize. The semifinalists are:

  • Rediet Teferra of Chadron;

  • Brian White of Boise, ID;

  • Sally Thomas of North Platte;

  • John Sutej of Omaha;

  • Kerry Sheeks of Grand Island;

  • Patricia Caporale of Wymore;

  • Daniel Rasmussen of Omaha;

  • Mark Magdaleno of Scottsbluff;

  • Benjamin Hasbrouck of Omaha;

  • Greg Soukup of Lincoln;

  • Keith Stewart of Lincoln;

  • Peggy Graham of Ainsworth;

  • Steven Bateman of Papillion;

  • Michael Otoski of Lincoln; and

  • Kris Delehant of Norfolk.

The mission of the Nebraska Lottery is to generate proceeds for good causes while providing quality entertainment options to Nebraskans. Over $527 million has been raised for the Nebraska Lottery’s beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993. All 93 counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska Lottery proceeds.

 

 

 

Nebraska ACT scores top national average

A new report says Nebraska's 2014 high school graduates scored higher on the ACT college entrance exam than students nationally and better than the state's 2013 graduates. 

The Nebraska Education Department says Nebraska's average ACT composite score was 21.7, seven-tenths of a point higher than the national average of 21.0 out of a possible score of 36. Nebraska's 2013 figure was 21.5. 

Statewide, 17,768 graduating seniors took the test, or 86 percent. That's up from 84 percent last year. 

Most Midwest colleges and many across the country accept or require the ACT for admission. Many colleges accept or require the SAT exam instead, especially on the coasts.

   

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