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Nebraska Candidates


[ Mike Johanns (R)* - Retiring in 2014. ]
Sid Dinsdale (R) - Bank President
Clifton Johnson (R) - Businessman
Bart McLeay (R) - Attorney
Shane Osborn (R) - Ex-State Treasurer, Businessman & Navy Veteran
Ben Sasse (R) - Midland University President & Ex-US Asst. HHS Secretary
Dave Domina (D) - Attorney
Larry Marvin (D) - USAF Veteran, Democratic Activist & Frequent Candidate
David Christopher Holcomb (Independent) - Attorney & '12 Presidential Candidate
Jim Jenkins (Independent) - Rancher, Restaurant Owner & Ex-State Ethanol Board Chair
Todd Watson (Independent) - Businessman & Accountant


[ Mike Foley (R)* - Candidate for Governor in 2014. ]
Larry Anderson (R) - Auditor & Army Veteran
Charlie Janssen (R) - State Sen., Medical Staffing Company President & Navy Veteran
Amanda McGill (D) - State Sen., Non-Profit Group Executive & Ex-TV News Reporter


[ Jon Bruning (R)* - Candidate for Governor in 2014. ]
Brian Buescher (R) - Attorney & Ex-Douglas County GOP Chair
Mike Hilgers (R) - Attorney & '12 State Legislature Candidate
Doug Peterson (R) - Attorney
Pete Pirsch (R) - State Sen. & Attorney
Allan Eurek (D) - Attorney
Janet Stewart (D) - Attorney


[ Dave Heineman (R)* - Term Limited in 2014. ]
Jon Bruning (R) - Attorney General, Ex-State Sen. & '12 US Sen. Candidate
Tom Carlson (R) - State Sen., Financial Advisor & Ex-College Professor
Mike Foley (R) - State Auditor, Ex-State Sen. & Ex-Corporate Planning Analyst
Beau McCoy (R) - State Sen. & Home Improvement Contractor
Pete Ricketts (R) - Ex-COO of Ameritrade & '06 US Sen. Nominee
Bryan Slone (R) - Attorney, Businessman & Ex-Congressional Aide
Chuck Hassebrook (D) - Ex-University of Nebraska Regent & Think Tank Executive Director
Mark Elworth Jr. (Libertarian) - Marijuana Legalization Activist


Construction Season Begins on Highway 20 at Wood Lake

Weather permitting, construction work is scheduled to begin the week of April 28 on US‑20, beginning at Wood Lake and extending west for 10.5 miles, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.
Werner Construction, Inc. of Hastings, Nebraska, has the $2.9 million contract.  Work includes milling and replacing the asphalt roadway and shoulders.
Traffic will be maintained during construction with the use of flaggers and a pilot car.The work is scheduled to be completed in August 2014.
The Department of Roads’ project manager is Michael Rudnick of Ainsworth.  Motorists are urged to use caution while driving through highway work zones and to remember that fines are doubled when workers are present.


Stella’s Bar & Grill Reclaims “Best Burger” Title

The Nebraska Beef Council has announced Stella’s Bar & Grill in Bellevue, NE as the winner of the fourth annual “Nebraska’s Best Burger” contest. The contest selection was made through online nominations and a panel of judges.

During the month of March, the public was asked to nominate their favorite all beef hamburger served at a Nebraska restaurant. Over 200 restaurants received nominations with the top five moving on to a second round of online voting. During the final phase of voting, a panel of judges also scored each of the burgers based on taste, appearance and proper cooking temperature. The online votes and scores from the judges were combined resulting in the Stella’s Cheeseburger being declared the overall winner. The cheeseburger is made from a 6 ½ oz fresh, never frozen ground beef patty served with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and mayonnaise. All of the hamburgers served at Stella’s are made to order with a number of toppings available including bacon, mushrooms, a fried egg and even peanut butter.

“This was the first year that we’ve allowed past winners to be eligible in the contest,” said Adam Wegner, Director of Marketing for the Nebraska Beef Council. “Stella’s quickly surfaced to the top once again with tremendous support from the online votes and rave reviews from our panel of judges. It’s obvious they have a passion for great tasting beef and it’s their hamburgers that have created their loyal fan base.”

The Union Bar in Gering was this year’s runner-up followed by the Peppermill Restaurant in Valentine and Cellar Bar & Grill in Kearney who tied for third. Sin City Grill in Grand Island rounded out the top five. A complete list of nominated restaurants is available on


Stella’s Bar & Grill will be awarded the first place plaque and will be featured by the Nebraska Beef Council in May as part of Nebraska Beef Month.


My Town Clean Up on May 9th

This year’s My Town Clean Up will include the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes from Valentine High School on Friday May 9th. Students will leave school for each of their projects at about 1pm and arrive back by 3:30pm. A handful of volunteers from the community will also help this year so that each group of students has one teacher and one adult volunteer. There will be a total of 13 projects throughout town. There will be trash pick-up of the Cowboy Trail both east and west of town, “park route”, the alleys downtown, the cemetery, City Park, the ball fields, and the fairgrounds. Trees will be planted in the burn area of the Big Rock Fire. The Ecology Park equipment will be painted as well as the Trail Head on Main Street. We will be painting the hearts on the sidewalks down Main Street as well as the big heart in the intersection of Main Street and 1st Street. For more information contact Megan Hoefs at State Farm Insurance in Valentine.


Valentine Town Hall Meeting April 21st

The public is encouraged to attend a town hall meeting on April 21st, at 7pm CT, at the Valentine High School Auditorium to discuss community issues. This summer Valentine residents will have the opportunity to vote on renewing the city sales tax that began in 2007. During the town hall meeting, information will be presented on where the tax began, what it has accomplished and what it could mean to the future of the community. There will be information presented on the golf course project and expansion of Mid Plains Community College. There will be no tax increase. At this time the city property tax request is the lowest among our peer communities because of the sales tax collections half of which are paid by visitors to the Valentine communities. Attend the town hall meeting on April 21st to find out more.


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