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Fire Crews Extinguish Weekend Grass Fire

A grass fire near the German Settlement Road prompted response by the Valentine Volunteer Fire Department and Kilgore Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday afternoon around 2pm. According to Valentine Fire Chief Engels, a cutting torch sparked the blaze, which burned approximately 3 acres as well as the edge of a tree grove at the Duane Porath place. No structures were reported damaged. Fire crews were on scene for approximately 90 minutes extinguishing the fire.


Fire Departments Train in Valentine


The Valentine Volunteer Fire Department hosted a two night training put together by the Nebraska Fire Marshall's Office at the fire hall. Several departments including Valentine, Ainsworth, and Thedford took part in the training. The drills focused on teamwork and fire behavior and control using water vs. propane. A video from the event can be seen by visiting the Valentine Volunteer Fire Department's Facebook page.


Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The White House sent notice of the veto to the Senate on Tuesday, shortly after the bill was received at the White House. It's the third veto of Obama's presidency.

The move puts a freeze on a top GOP priority, at least for now. It also reasserts Obama's authority over a project that's become a flashpoint in the national debate about climate change.

Congressional Republicans may try to override Obama's veto, but have yet to show they can muster the two-thirds majority in both chambers that they would need. Senator John Hoeven, the bill's chief GOP sponsor, says Republicans are about four votes short in the Senate and need about 11 more in the House.


Panel defeats plan to allowed concealed carry without permit

A state Senate panel has defeated a proposal that would allow people in South Dakota to carry a concealed pistol without a permit.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-1 on Tuesday against the measure, which would have removed the requirement for a concealed pistol permit from state law.

Openly carrying a firearm in South Dakota is legal.

Republican Rep. Jim Stalzer has said that he has a concealed pistol permit and has been in situations where he's been glad to have it. But Stalzer says he knows people who have accidentally let their permits expire and have carried their weapons illegally.

The law enforcement community has opposed the proposal, which passed through the House.

Republican Sen. Phil Jensen says an effort to revive the plan Tuesday afternoon didn't receive enough support.


Retail gasoline prices continue to rise

Average retail gasoline prices continue to rise in the Dakotas. reports that the average price of a gallon of gas is about $2.13 in South Dakota and $2.22 in North Dakota. South Dakota's average price rose 3 ½ cents over the past week and North Dakota's average jumped nearly 5 ½ cents.

Gas prices in both states fell below the $2-per-gallon mark in January as global oil prices dropped. But Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says seasonal rises in gas prices are now well underway.

Gas in the Dakotas is still more than $1 per gallon cheaper than it was a year ago, however.

In Nebraska, gas is up almost 2 cents a gallon to an average of $2.26 per gallon.



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