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Celebrate My Drive contest

Valentine High School will be participating in a national campaign to encourage safe driving along with State Farm Insurance which organized the event now in its 3rd year. From October 15th through the 24th, area citizens are encourage to go to “celebrate my” to take a short two question driving quiz and then vote for the Valentine School. First place in the contest will be a $100,000 grant to the school and a concert for the youth by The Band Perry. The school could also win a $25,000 grant as second place. Valentine will compete in the less than 750 student school category. Again voting will take place October 15th through the 24th and you must provide a date of birth and an email. Only one vote per email addres per day. The email addresses will not be used for any marketing or other uses. Go to “celebrate my drive. Com for more details, or call 402 376-2810 and talk to Megan.


State RC&D's Meet in Area


The North Central Resource, Conservation and Development District hosted the annual meeting of the state RC&D's on Sunday evening and Monday in Bassett. Sunday evening the group gathered at the Nolles (no-Less)Ranch south of Bassett for a social gathering and supper. BKR Extension Agent Denny Bauer gave a beef cutting demonstration and then grilled up the meat to serve the crowd.

On Monday morning, the six districts represented, met at the RC&D building in Bassett to report on what projects each district was currently involved with and to share other project ideas.

The North Central RC&D currently holds a non profit status and can act as a depository for community fund raising projects. They also host meetings at the conference room in Bassett and provide informational sessions open to the public. For more information about the North Central RC&D contact Lou Ann Tooker in Atkinson, Kristine Gale in Bassett or Mike Burge in Valentine.


Break-Ins Tuesday AM

According to Valentine Police Chief Dana Miller, at least one, possibly two individuals were involved in the breaking and entering of residences and garages in the Northwest part of Valentine during the early morning hours of Tuesday September 30. Small items and personal identifications were stolen. If you have any information about these break-ins, you are asked to call the Valentine Police Department at 376-3055.


Gov. Heineman Names John E. Nelson Nebraska’s 40th Lieutenant Governor

Gov. Dave Heineman today announced his appointment of State Senator John E. Nelson of Omaha to be the 40th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. Nelson will officially become the Lieutenant Governor at a swearing-in ceremony with Secretary of State John Gale and Gov. Heineman today at 1:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Hearing Room of the State Capitol.

“I am pleased that Senator Nelson has agreed to serve the people of Nebraska as the Lieutenant Governor,” said Gov. Heineman. “John is a respected public official, an active member of his community and church, and is a veteran. With his dedicated record of public service, I believe he will continue to serve Nebraskans well.”

“I am honored to receive this appointment and look forward to serving the citizens of Nebraska as their Lieutenant Governor for the remaining 100 days of this term,” said Nelson.

Nelson has served Nebraska as a State Senator for Legislative District 6 since 2007. While in the Legislature, he has served as a member of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee. Nelson has been a private practice attorney since 1964, focusing in the areas of small business, estate planning, probate, and guardianships and conservatorships.

Additionally, Nelson is a retired Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He served his country as an active duty service member in the U.S. Navy from 1957-1960. He was a member of active reserve units at NAVRESCEN in Omaha from 1963-1983, with annual training on active duty including seminars at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the U.S. Department of Defense Resources Management Course at the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, California.

As an active member of his community, Nelson has held several positions related to public and community service and is a member of several local organizations. These include serving as Chief Deputy Election Commissioner for Douglas County from 1972-1980; President of the Kiwanis Club of Omaha from 2001-2002; elder and current trustee of his church; and member of Omaha Toastmasters Club #229. Nelson has also received awards and recognitions throughout his public service, including receiving the Leonard Thiessen Award presented by the Nebraska Arts Council for his support and commitment to the arts in 2014.

Nelson graduated from the Creighton University School of Law, and holds a degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nelson graduated from Geneva High School as valedictorian. He and his wife Judy have three adult children.


Thousands attend anti-pipeline concert in Nebraska 

Roughly 8,000 people filled a northeast Nebraska farm Saturday to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform at a concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Politicians and activists spoke to the crowd on Art and Helen Tanderup's farm about the pipeline project between performances.

Young said before the concert that he thinks it's important for America to use more renewable energy, and he supports people who are trying to offer solutions.

The proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast.

Pipeline critics worry it could contribute to pollution and contaminate groundwater.

TransCanada says the pipeline would have advanced safety features. The southern leg of the pipeline between Oklahoma and Texas is already operational.



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