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Ground Broken for New Golf Course

Ground was officially broken on a new community golf course on April 29th on property northeast of Valentine owned by the city. Over a year of effort has gone into the research and planning of the new course which will be designed by Tom Lehman with Chris Brands.

City Council member Kyle Arganbright welcomed those present to the event and thanked all those who have helped make this project possible. According to golf board chairman Tim Colvin, board member and Director of Club Operations at The Prairie Club, Ross Buckendahl, has been invaluable in planning the layout and construction of the unique 10 hole course. Mr. Buckendahl previously stated that this course will be something the entire community will be very proud of, and one of the best in the state. The facility will also include a driving range, practice putting green, clubhouse and maintenance facility. There will also be a 1.7 acre pond for irrigation of up to 50 acres of the property. The main source of irrigation water will be the discharge from the Valentine waste water treatment plant located nearby.

Financing for the project will be a $1.75 million bond, backed by sales tax revenue, and private donations. Total project budget will be right at $2 million. Contributions to the project can still be made and are tax deductible. Donations can be left at the city offices or with the Sandhills Area Foundation.

Major construction will be completed this fall and grass will be planted in August or September. Tentative opening of the course will be July of 2016. Volunteers have been removing some trees, removing interior fence lines, and removing concrete debris from the site.

There will be additional opportunities for community volunteers to help with the new course over the next several months. Volunteers must fill out a release form at the city office before working on the site.


Valentine High School Honors Day Program May 4th

The Valentine High School will have their Honors Day Program on Monday, May 4th  at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.    Students will be recognized in areas of Scholastics, Music, Art, Dance, Social Studies, Science, Math, Speech, Drama, Business, Language Art, PE/Health, Special athletic awards, and for Attendance.  The Honor Society installation will also be held.  The VHS Foundation Scholarships will be given at that time.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.


Prescribed Burn Today South of Valentine

There will be a prescribed burn today south of town on the Valentine Refuge near Pelican Lake. The timing will be from around the noon hour until dark. Another prescribed burn is set to take place tomorrow, April 29th, as well.


Ground Breaking for New Golf Course

The public is invited to join members of the Valentine golf course development board and representatives of the city at the ceremonial ground breaking of the new community golf course. The event will take place at 5:30 this Wednesday evening at the main entrance to the property just Northeast of Cherry Hills Estates.

Construction will be underway on the new 10 hole golf course that is slated to open for play in July of 2016. The budget for the course is right at 2 million dollars and will be paid for by a bond, backed by sales tax revenue, and private contributions. Tax deductible contributions to the new course can also be dropped off at City Hall or with the Sandhill’s area foundation.

The contest for a name for the new golf course and a logo is still open and will remain open until an official name is picked by the board. Submissions can be dropped off to Mike Burge at KVSH Radio or at City Hall. The ground break ceremony will take place at 5:30 this Wednesday.


Homebuyer Education Workshop Scheduled For Valentine in May

For families dreaming of owning their own home, but uncertain about how to make that dream a reality, the Central Nebraska Housing Developers (CNHD) will conduct a REACH-Approved Homebuyer Educational workshop in Valentine in May.  This workshop will be held at Mid-Plains Community College at 113 North Hall on May 14 and 21, 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


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