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Cody-Kilgore Student Graduates High School with Associate Degree


Cody-Kilgore student graduates high school with associate degree

A Valentine native has become the first student to graduate from high school and Mid-Plains Community College at the same time.

Margaret Rosfeld, 18, wore two tassels and accepted both an associate degree and a high school diploma as she walked across the stage at Cody-Kilgore High School on Saturday. MPCC officials were on hand for the ceremony.

“With the aid of technology and personal tenacity, Margaret completed 60 hours of college credit, her first two years of her bachelor’s degree, while still attending Cody-Kilgore High School in one of the most remote areas of the state,” said Chuck Salestrom, MPCC area vice president of public information and marketing. “She will enter the university system next fall as a junior-level college student. That’s pretty remarkable.”

Rosfeld finished high school in January. She had been taking dual credit courses through MPCC since she was a junior.

“Initially, I wanted to go into neuropsychology, but I’ve since decided to major in counseling and minor in biology,” said Rosfeld. “I would like to become a children’s mental health counselor. Neuropsychology is mostly lab work. I want to see the impact I have on people.”

Rosfeld is currently living in Grand Island and is preparing to take more classes through MPCC this summer. She will begin studies at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the fall. Her goal is to earn a master’s degree by the time she’s 23.


Margaret Rosfeld is the first student to graduate from high school and Mid-Plains Community College at the same time. She’s seen here with Chuck Salestrom, MPCC area vice president of public information and marketing, during graduation ceremonies Saturday at Cody-Kilgore High School.



Heather Johnson

Area Communications Specialist

Mid-Plains Community College

Room 208D, 1101 Halligan Drive

North Platte, NE 69101


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2016 Turner Foundation Youth Initiative Grant Request Forms Available

The 2016 Turner Foundation Youth Initiative Grant Request Forms are available at the studios of KVSH (126 W 3rd Street). Applications are due June 3, 2016.

Please mail your request to: Turner Foundation Grant, c/o 904 Riege Ave., Valentine, NE 69201

Any questions, call 402-389-1675.


Planning Commission Table Vote on Wind Farm

The Cherry County Planning Commission held a lengthy meeting and public hearing about the proposed Kilgore Wind Project at the Cherry County Courtroom on Monday. The regular meeting began at 4pm, with the public hearing beginning at 4:30. 30 of the 100 or so people who attended, signed up to testify. Commission member Gary Swanson conducted public hearing. During the time allowed for developer Bluestem Sandhills to respond to questions brought up during the hearing and questions from the planning commission, over half the people had left the meeting during a short break. Most of the public testimony raised questions about lack of communication from the local privately held companies involved, about environmental issues, disruptions during construction and aesthetics. Comments in favor included property tax relief, benefits to schools and community, and economic benefits with 3 or 4 full time long term jobs created. There was also discussion about private property rights. The county regulations do require the developer to provide information that funds are available to guarantee that the turbines would be removed. Salvage value of the project would cover the cost of decommissioning the turbines. This will be reassessed in years to come to see if bonding would be required. The board members reviewed the topics of each public testimony, on a one by one basis, to make sure it was relevant to the duties of the planning commission. There was concern about whether or not Nebraska Game and Parks should have been notified of the hearing as a municipality within three miles of the project. A motion was approved to table a vote on the application until clarification about game and parks can be verified.


Lions Club Benefit for Bill Sokol

The Valentine Lions Club will be holding a Medical Benefit for Bill Sokol, current Lions Club President, as he continues to fight septic infections and complications related to getting a knee replacement.

They will be holding a hamburger & hotdog feed on Tuesday, May 31st 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Cherry County Fairgrounds.

The monies raised during this free-will donation fundraiser will be matched by the Modern Woodsmen for up to $1,500 to aid Bill’s family.

There will be entertainment by the Heart City Heartwarmers,

Cherry County EMS will be hosting a Dessert and Bake Sale.

There will be a gun raffle for a .17 HMR Lever action Henry Rifle. Tickets are $5/ticket or $10/3 tickets; tickets are available at NimRods, or can be bought at the door the evening of the benefit.


Niobrara Council Considers Rocky Ford

At last week’s Niobrara Council meeting, the council discussed the situation with Rocky Ford Camp and outfitters. In April, the council voted to oppose the purchase of land in the Niobrara River Corridor by the Federal Government. That motion was the result of the National Park Service’s intentions to purchase Rocky Ford, for what some saw as an inflated price. The Park Service said they wanted to property to ensure public access in the future.

Kerry Krueger, the owner of Rocky Ford, sent a letter to the Niobrara Council offering them the opportunity to purchase the real estate and business. The council discussed the proposal at length last week, and decided to have the development committee explore possible funding partners for such an acquisition. The topic will continue to appear on the Niobrara Council Agenda at future meetings.



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