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The Nebraska State College System (NSCS) recently awarded over 100 Board of Trustee Scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Nebraska. A Board of Trustee (BOT) Scholarship provides full tuition for recipients and is worth nearly $17,000 over four years.

The Board of Trustees Scholarship recipients are Nebraska residents who have earned a score of 25 or higher on the ACT or a score of 1700 on the SAT college entrance exams. The recipients also provide written recommendation letters from high school teachers or administrators.

The Nebraska State College System serves nearly 9,000 students through three geographically diverse institutions. Combined, the three Colleges offer more than 200 degree, certificate and pre-professional programs that are accessible on the campuses, via the Internet and in several locations throughout the state. With more than 250 credentialed faculty members and 50,000 successful graduates, the Nebraska State College System provides significant human and intellectual capital that contributes to the current and future strength of the State of Nebraska.

Congratulations to these local Board of Trustees Scholarship recipients:


































Poppy Poster Winners

Leo Brinda Unit 90 of the American Legion Auxiliary is proud to announce the winners of the Poppy Poster contest. Three schools participated with 197 posters entered. Overall seven posters were selected to go on to state competition. State winners will be announced in June at the state American Legion convention.
All of the posters will be displayed at the Veteran's Club during 1884 Day activities on Friday and Saturday. All winning posters will be showcased on the south wall of the basement during the pancake breakfast. Everyone is welcome.
Congratulations to these winners:

No entries from second grade.

Third  Grade


1st Cheyenne Harp

2nd Jesse Waugh

3rd Taylor Battershaw


1st McKenna Elliot

2nd Trevor Crisman

3rd JD Holmes


1st Lainey Egelhoff

2nd Connor Kreutner

3rd Jackson Ravenscroft

Fourth Grade


1st Alli Loughran

2nd Jasmine Santos

3rd Dakota Krogman


1st Gwen Roberts


1st Gunnar Battershaw

Fifth Grade


1st Molly Forgets Nothing

2nd Calvin Stoeger

3rd Jonah Perrett


1st Fletcher Larson

2nd Ellie Springer

3rd Isabelle Salters

Sixth Grade

1st Skylar Reagle

2nd Katherine Petersen

3rd tie Torrie Tinant

3rd tie Jenna Cox


Seventh Grade no entries

Eighth Grade

1st Dylan Lurz

2nd Connor Whiting

3rd Sheridan Bancroft

Ninth Grade

1st Shyla Stearns

2nd Andie Hanson

3rd tie Sierra Woodson

3rd tie Britni Monroe

Tenth Grade

1st Natalie Lurz

2nd Taryn Adams

3rd Nicole Lurz

Eleventh Grade

1st Rachel Kilmer

2nd Marty Haglan

3rd Payton Sandoz

Twelth Grade

1st Quin Connor

2nd Tristan Eklund

3rd Justin Hartman

3rd Kayton Honeycut


Entries to State Competition


Class I – Cheyenne Harp

Class II – Fletcher Larson

Class III – Skyler Reagle

Class IV – Shyla Stearn

Class V – Natalie Lurz

Class VII – Cate Salters

Poppy Coloring Sheets


1 – Kord Colburn

2 – Cadence Swanson

3 – Memory Davis


1 – John Gibson

2 – Camden Doney

3 – Emma Kreutner


1 – Rowen Sabatka

2 – Doc Lancaster

3 – Tryston Gaver

3 – Marybelle Ward


Golf Fund Raiser This Friday Night

The Valentine Golf Course development event this Friday at the Peppermill in Valentine is sold out. This event will be a kickoff activity for private fund raising with steak and lobster served. A social hour will kick things off at six, followed by a presentation about the golf course project including discussion on preliminary design, management options and financing of the new community golf course. Dinner will be served about 7:15.  Anyone who did not get a ticket for the event can join the discussion about 8:30 to get information about the project.  There will also be some special announcements made that evening to those who are attending including the raffle for a new set of golf clubs. The evening will wrap up with live music at 9pm. Private funding is an crucial part of the financial structure for a new golf course project to move forward.  A fund has been set up through the City of Valentine for supporters to donate to the project. Donations are tax deductible. At this time there is over $91,000 in that fund which has been contributed by private citizens toward the proposed new golf course.


Wildlife Federation Honors Valentine Students

Three Valentine students were among 14 fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students from across Nebraska honored for their art work Saturday by the Nebraska Wildlife Federation.

Fourth graders Jasmine Santos, Kaylee Wenig, and Gwen Roberts of Valentine Elementary received the honors for creating posters for Wildlife Week Nebraska in March. The theme of the art contest was Wildlife and Water, and focused on the close connection between water and Nebraska wildlife species.

Santos’ artwork featured a mountain lion, Wenig’s was a trumpeter swan, and Roberts drew a bobcat. Their work was chosen from hundreds of entries submitted from all over Nebraska. All three are students of Deb Obermiller from Valentine Elementary.

The awards were presented at Wild Adventure Day at Pioneers Park Nature Center in Lincoln. Wild Adventure Day featured two dozen free outdoor activities like a prairie hike, casting, and live snakes provided by a dozen local organizations and agencies. The event was sponsored by Nebraska Wildlife Federation, Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Russ’s Market, and Union Bank and Trust.






Town Hall Meeting on Sales Tax


A crowd of about 60 people turned out for a town hall meeting last night to discuss the renewal of the Valentine City Sales Tax. It was made clear that there was no tax rate increase proposed. Three quarters percent will still go the city infrastructure needs, and one quarter percent for economic development. The only change would be using the current ½ cent being used to pay off the swimming pool, to fund a portion of a new community golf course and a portion of an expanded campus for Mid Plains Community College. The pool will be paid off in December of 2016. There was good discussion about the positive things the sales tax has allowed the city to accomplish since 2007 and the future projects the city will face. Since 2007 retail sales have gone up 32% with the city's property tax rate going down 19%. Those are both trends the city would like to see continue. According to statistics, half of the sales tax revenue in Valentine is generated by visitors to the community.

The Valentine City Council must still approve the ballot language which they are expected to do at the May 8th meeting. The vote on the sales tax renewal is tentatively set for July 15th. There will be additional informational meetings held early this summer concerning the sales tax.


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