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Badger Booster Spirit Contest Tomorrow

The Badger Boosters are sponsoring a “Spirit” contest this Friday night, September 26th, before the Badger football game, which is set for 7 pm Central Time. Come dressed in your best Badger gear or be the loudest fan and win a prize. The Badger Spirit table is located just as you walk in the gate at Badger field.  Stop by the table for the judges and the winner will be announced at half time.


Come out and cheer on the Badgers and show your Badger spirit!!


Fischer Congratulates Circle C Market for its national recognition

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statement congratulating Stacey Adamson, Tracee Ford, students at the Cody Kilgore High School, and the entire Cody community for Circle C Market’s national recognition as American Graduate Champion: “The tireless efforts of Stacey Adamson and Tracee Ford to lead their neighbors and build a student run grocery store have revitalized their entire community. Their dedication to Cody and the students of Cody-Kilgore High School has transformed a clever idea into a valuable educational tool and an economically important reality. I congratulate Stacey and Tracee for their national recognition as American Graduate Champions and thank them for their work to empower students and enrich their community.” “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen” is a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting dedicated to recognizing and promoting efforts to keep youth on track to graduation.  More information on Circle C Market is available on their website: http://www.circlecmarket.com/

Story from Midland News.


Old West Days and Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering Just Around the Corner

Approximately 40 outstanding daytime performers are scheduled to gather from all across the Midwest for Valentine's Old West Days and Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering, set for October 9 - 12, 2014. In addition to the daytime performers, other featured artists include Bill Barwick, Brooke Turner, Miss V the Gypsy Cowbelle, THe Plains Folk, D.W. Groethe, and Elizabeth Ebert.

Tickets are on sale now for the featured performances, along with the Old Time Melodrama. Tickets are available at Young's Western Wear or the Valentine Visitors Center, or by contacting one of the Old West Days board members.

Activities kick off on Thursday afternoon, October 9th, with a BBQ and live entertainment at Security First Bank's parking lot at 4:30 pm Central. The cost is $5 for hamburgers, chips and a soft drink. The first performance of the Melodrama is Thursday evening at 7:30 pm at the high school. Tickets are $5 per person and are available at the door as well as the places mentioned above.

On Friday, Poetry and Music sessions will take place all day at the high school beginning at 9 am. In the gym, the western art, quilt and trade show will open at 10 am. A variety of western-themed artists and vendors will be selling their wares. The Lady Wranglers will also be present to shine boots in the sit and visit area in the middle of the gym. Featured performances start at 7:30. Tickets are $12 for the featured performances.

Saturday's activities commence again with Poetry and Music sessions at 9 am, with the trade show opening again at 10 am. On Saturday, there are two featured performance sessions, at 1:30 pm and again at 7:30 pm. A surprise guest will be selected from all of the outstanding daytime performers to be featured in the evening performances.

Sunday wraps up Old West Days with special church services around the area. The trail ride is scheduled for 2 pm, and the final performance of the Old Time Melodrama is at 7:30 pm. For more information, you may contact 1-800-658-4023 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


UNK Band Day Results

Grand Island Northwest won the Sweepstakes Trophy and was named the top band overall at Saturday’s 2014 UNK Band Day Parade Competition. Twenty-four Nebraska bands marched in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Homecoming Parade and were later awarded trophies. Directed by Shawn Pfanstiel, Northwest won the Class A division and was also awarded the trophy for outstanding drum line.

Winning the Best Color Guard Trophy was Columbus High School.

Other first-place honors went to Kearney High School, Class AA; Valentine High School, Class B; St. Paul High School, Class C; and Axtell High School, Class D.

In the middle school division, first place went to the Kearney Eighth Grade Band.

Trophies for the event were donated by the Kearney Hub. Assisting with the awarding of the trophies was Hub Marketing Director Penny Parker, along with UNK band directors Duane Bierman and Brian Alber.

UNK Band Day Parade Competition:

Class AA

1st – Kearney High School

2nd – North Platte High School

3rd – Columbus High School

Class A

1st – Grand Island Northwest

Class B

1st – Valentine High School

2nd – Cozad High School

Class C

1st – St. Paul High School

2nd – Wood River High School

3rd – Grand Island Central Catholic

Class D

1st – Axtell High School

2nd – Amherst High School

3rd – Deshler High School

Middle School Division

1st – Kearney Eighth Grade Band

2nd – Ogallala Middle School

3rd – Holdrege Middle School


River Appreciation Day

The Niobrara River Outfitters Association will be sponsoring their annual River Appreciation Day on Sunday September 21st.  NRO Members will be offering to the public a free float trip for those wanting to spend an afternoon on the Niobrara National Scenic River east of Valentine during which time the outfitters will be conducting their annual Fall River Cleanup.  Everyone will meet at their takeout points at 1pm for transportation to their starting points.  Call one of the NRO members for more details on preferred segments and vessel types (canoes or kayaks) by Friday September 19th.

Cornell Bridge to Berry Bridge: Graham Canoe Outfitters 402-376-3708

Brewer Bridge to Wildcat Camp: Prairie River Outfitters 402-376-1887

Rocky Ford to Rock Barn: Dryland Aquatics 402-376-3119

Rock Barn to Norden Bridge: Rock Barn Outfitters 402-376-1764


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