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Nebraska town of 130 gets $250,000 grant

A small Nebraska town is getting a $250,000 grant to help upgrade its water system.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development says Merriman will use the money to update parts of its water system.

Merriman is planning to replace a well and make modifications to an existing well house.

The town will also receive $350,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help with the project.


Alco Stores Closing

All 198 Alco Stores, including the one located in Valentine, are shutting down.

The beleaguered company filed for bankruptcy early last month.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas on Thursday approved an order from the company’s creditors to close all Alco stores.

Those stores include Valentine, Ainsworth, Gordon, Ord, Broken Bow, O'neill in the KVSH area. It will also include stores in North Platte, Ogallala, Imperial, McCook, Cozad, and Albion.

The company was founded 113 years ago and had evolved into a discount retailer that served smaller communities. But in recent years, it had faced increasing competition from other discount retailers.

According to a news release from the company, the federal bankruptcy court approved an order authorizing Tiger Capital Group LLC, SB Capital Group LLC and Great American Group LLC to conduct Going Out Of Business sales in each of Alco's 198 locations in 23 states.


Final Deer Harvest Numbers

Valentine Deer Check Station

2014 Firearm Rifle Deer Season



mule deer: 111 bucks

26 does

whitetail deer: 154 bucks

26 does



mule deer: 31 bucks

1 does

whitetail deer: 118 bucks

13 does



mule deer: 14 bucks

0 does

whitetail deer: 14 bucks

3 does


Total mule deer bucks = 156

Total mule deer does = 27

Total whitetail bucks = 286

Total whitetail does = 42



TOTAL DEER FOR 2014 = 511


compared to 2013 = 459

up 52 deer at Valentine Check Station


Bad weather could impact holiday travel in Dakotas

Bad weather could snarl Thanksgiving travel plans for residents of the Dakotas.

The National Weather Service says parts of the two states could get up to 4 inches of snow from a clipper system sweeping in from the west.

The agency posted a winter weather advisory for most of North Dakota into Tuesday night, and for northeastern South Dakota into Wednesday morning. Forecasters said travelers should prepare for snow-packed and icy roads.

The good news for travelers is that gasoline is a lot cheaper than it was a year ago at this time. reports the average retail gas price in North Dakota is about $2.95 a gallon, more than 22 cents lower than last year. In South Dakota it's $2.83 per gallon — more than 31 cents lower.


Fellowship of Christian Athletes Valentine Chapter Benefit

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Valentine Chapter is raffling off a bicycle just in time for the Christmas holiday.

Tickets can be purchased Dec. 4th & Dec 6th at the basketball games. Tickets cost $ 1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

The drawing will be Dec. 12th at the Teen Center.

All proceeds will be donated to the local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


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