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Cody-Kilgore student to graduate high school with associate degree

Margaret Rosfeld knows where she’s going in life. She also knows what it will take to get there.

I’m going to study psychology - specifically neuropsychology,” said Rosfeld, 17. “I plan to have my Ph.D. by the time I’m 25, so I can begin working.”

Rosfeld is currently a senior at Cody-Kilgore High School in Cody. The Valentine native has been taking dual credit courses through Mid-Plains Community College since she was a junior, and as a result, will graduate with an associate degree before she receives a high school diploma.

“The dual credit program is a good opportunity to get some requirements out of the way for a lower cost than as a freshman in college,” Rosfeld said. “Mid-Plains works well with high school systems and was willing to work with me for what I wanted out of the experience.”

Dual credit classes are accepted for both high school and college credit. They are taught in high schools by instructors with public school teaching certification who have completed 18 hours of graduate level coursework in a particular subject area, qualifying them to teach that subject at the college level. Students may also complete the classes online or via distance learning.

Taking psychology classes through the dual credit program allowed Rosfeld to weigh her options for psychology-related professions.

“I was able to narrow my focus from counseling or something to neuropsychology,” said Rosfeld. “I’m fascinated by learning whether or not mental functions are localized, if they interact and if they can be dissociated. I think, potentially, I could end up researching or maybe working with brain injuries.”

Through the dual credit experience, Rosfeld also learned how to work with a college, apply for financial aid, communicate effectively with instructors and purchase textbooks.

“My favorite part has been the independence of college,” said Rosfeld. “I had to learn how to be more organized. Now, I plan out my whole week on a calendar and try not to stray from it.”

Last year, four of the seven classes Rosfeld took were online. This year, she’s taking five online classes. The courses have been more challenging than those in high school, so making sure the work is done and done right has taught Rosfeld a lot about accountability.

“While there is a teacher with me in the classroom, I’m not told which class to work on,” said Rosfeld. “When I'm finished I can work on other things. It's given me a drive to go out and get what I want.”

Her advice to other high school students contemplating college level courses is to make sure they’re taking the classes because they want to.

“If you take the classes because your parents or teachers expect it out of you, you won’t do as well,” said Rosfeld. “It’s a lot of personal responsibility, and you have to be prepared to put in the time. That being said, don’t decide not to take the classes because you think they’ll be too hard or it’s something only ‘smart people’ do. If you put in the effort, it will pay off big time.”

Rosfeld will graduate with an associate degree from MPCC on May 6, 2016. On May 21, 2016, she will receive her high school diploma.

“My mom is actually back in college to finish up her degree, so we joke about how we have the same graduation year,” said Rosfeld.

Rosfeld plans to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney to pursue a bachelor’s degree. She hasn’t decided where she will go for graduate school.

More information about the dual credit program is available by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Local artist and residents featured in fall issue of KayakFish magazine

Reporter Jerry McBride paints the scene of the perfect fishing retreat on several of the refuge lakes around Valentine, NE and at Merritt Reservoir in the fall issue of KayakFish magazine. The article follows locals Katie Froning, Doug Jacobs and Steve Isom as they tour around the refuge lakes and Merritt Reservoir catching bass, pike and walleye. Local artist, photographer and angler Patricia Schemmer captures all of the action through her photography, which is highlighted in the article.  The article speaks highly of Valentine and the surrounding area as a fishing paradise, especially by kayak, and mentions that Valentine has lots more to offer tourists and residents than meets the eye. The fall issue of KayakFish magazine is on newsstands until November 13, 2015.


Homebuyer Education Workshop Scheduled For Ainsworth in November

The Central Nebraska Housing Developers (CNHD) will conduct a REACH-Approved Homebuyer Educational workshop in Ainsworth in November.  This workshop will be held at the Ainsworth Conference Center at 606 E 4th Street on November 12 & 19, from 6-10 p.m. both evenings.  Participants are required to attend both evenings to receive a certificate of completion.

CNHD has a down payment assistance program, and participation in a REACH-certified workshop is a requirement for applying for these funds or other down payment assistance, as well as to qualify for low-interest mortgage loans.  To participate in these special programs, all persons to be listed on the property deed must complete Homebuyer Education.

The cost of the workshop is $50 per person, which covers books and materials.  Pre-registration is required.

To sign up for this workshop, or to inquire about future workshops, please contact Melissa Krysl, Marketing Specialist, at 402-340-6464 or via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit the CNHD website for housing information at


Mid Plains Construction Delayed

The new Mid Plains Valentine Extended Campus construction project is expected to be delayed until Spring 2016.

According to Ryan Purdy, President of Mid-Plains Community College,  the construction bids for the Valentine project came back higher than they anticipated.  In his message to the Board of Governors, Purdy reported that he believes there are a number of factors that caused the overage.

  1. Few large general contractors available in the area.
  2. Contractors are working to complete summer and fall projects before winter and were unable to meet the expected timetable.

“So we’re going to slow the project down, regroup and re-open the bidding process” he stated.  “We will review the current design for possible efficiencies that can be gained,  seek additional funding opportunities, and scale back our plan, if needed, in order to bring the anticipated costs to a level that matches available resources.  Therefore, this “hiccup” will delay our proposed completion date but it’s a decision that I feel is in the best interest for the college,” he added.

Purdy indicated that the Governors decided to go ahead with their October Board meeting scheduled in Valentine on Wednesday this week but will postpone the groundbreaking ceremonies to a later date.


Planned Power Outage Friday in Halsey and Purdum Areas

Custer Public Power District customers in the Halsey and Purdum areas will be without electrical power at approximately 9am Central Time, Friday, October 23 for about 3 hours while maintenance work is being done in the Halsey substations.


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