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Turtle Races June 6

The Valentine Chamber of Commerce annual Minnechaduza Day and Turtle Races will be held at the city park on June 6th with races beginning at noon.  The chamber will again be launching hundreds of rubber duckie-esque turtles that may be adopted at participating Valentine merchants. People are encouraged to “adopt” a turtle for $5 each, or 5 for $20 dollars, and if your turtle wins one of the ten qualifying heats, you win $50 in Chamber Bucks. If your turtle ends up winning the overall championship race, you could win $750 in Chamber Bucks if you are present. If you are not present, you still win $500 in Chamber Bucks. Turtles can be adopted at Wells Fargo Bank, Brewer's Canoers and Bowling Center, Comfort Inn, Conoco, Fashions, Flowerland, Henderson's IGA, The Red Door Boutique, Sandhills State Bank, Shear Madness, Shell Travel Center, Union Bank and Trust, the Valentine Visitor Center, and Young's Western Wear. The evening wraps up with the Cruise Night Activities of the Valentine Classic Motor Club.

 

Personal property tax break for Nebraska businesses passes

Nebraska farmers and business owners could get a property tax exemption under a bill passed by lawmakers.

Senators voted 47-0 on Thursday to give final approval to an exemption for personal business property.

The measure by Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island would allow business owners to exempt the first $10,000 worth of tangible property used in their operations, for an average tax savings of $162. The bill would apply to farm equipment such as irrigation pivots and tractors, and business equipment such as rail cars, pipelines and factory machines.

The bill would cost the state an estimated $19.6 million a year in lost revenue. It now heads to Gov. Pete Ricketts.

 

Memorial Day Decoration Help Needed May 23rd

Saturday May 23 at 7 am volunteers are asked to gather at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Valentine to place flags and crosses to honor our Veterans who have gone before.

We've been blessed with sunny skies for many years, but as always we will assemble regardless of weather.

All volunteers are welcome.

   

CCH Ambulance At Hendersons IGA Friday For EMS Week

 

This year, the Cherry County Hospital Ambulance wants to encourage people to learn how to potentially save a life, by learning HANDS-ONLY CPR!  According to the American Red Cross, nationally, one-quarter of Americans say they have been in a situation where someone needed CPR. The use of hands-only CPR, is a potentially life-saving technique that involves compressions only and no mouth-to-mouth contact.

CCHA is asking everyone to join them on Friday, May 22nd at Henderson’s IGA from 4-7pm for an EMS Hands-Only CPR demonstration and practice.  The ambulance will be there for people to tour, learn hands-only CPR, enjoy refreshments, and enter for a chance to win a prime rib! Come learn what you can do!

 

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts approves new two-year state budget

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed a new two-year budget that includes $408 million in state money for property tax reductions.

The Republican governor announced Wednesday that he approved the $8.7 billion package without vetoes. He says the budget met his goals of increasing property tax relief and slowing state spending increases.

The budget includes an increase in state aid for property tax reductions, education and prison expenses. The $408 million approved will go to Nebraska's property tax credit fund, which uses state money to offset local property taxes.

Ricketts says he was pleased with the overall budget, calling it a good step toward sustainable tax relief.

Lawmakers approved the budget last week.

   

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