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Proposal seeks to draw medical residents to rural Nebraska

Medical residents who work in under-served parts of Nebraska could receive up to $120,000 in loan repayments under a new bill in the Legislature.

Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln proposed a loan reimbursement program Tuesday for areas designated as having a shortage of health care professionals. The bill would largely apply to rural areas which lack doctors.

The bill would let residents receive up to $40,000 a year in reimbursement, up to a maximum of $120,000. Residents would have to be enrolled or accepted into an approved medical specialty program in Nebraska.

Borrowers would have to practice in an approved specialty for at least one year in a shortage area, and accept Medicaid patients. Those who end their practice would have to repay 150 percent of the remaining principal.

 

Bull Bash Returns to Valentine

Heart City Bull Bash will be returning February 14th, 2015. The committee is hard at work in preparation to get the bulls back. Again this year there will be the Red Dress Event the evening of the 13th at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. The Bull Bash will take place on Main Street on the 14th with the bull exhibits, commercial exhibits and the 4-H luck of the draw among the many events.

The Gun Show and Craft Show will be held at the Connot Brothers Auction Service facility on South Macomb Street.

After the Bull Bash, there will be the “Bash after the Bulls” at the 4-H building where a lucky person could win over $2,000. Ron Bauer will be at the Valentine Sale Barn this Thursday with information and selling tickets to the event and for a Remington Rifle that will be given away.

Check out more Bull Bash events at Bull Bash.net.

 

Free Business Marketing Workshop in Valentine January 29

A free marketing workshop is scheduled for Thursday evening, January 29, from 6-9 pm at Mid-Plains Community College, 113 N. Hall Street, Valentine, Nebraska.

Whether you are an existing business, or you are interested in starting a business, this free workshop is for you. Everyone is welcome – you do not need to be a Chamber member to attend.

The topic of this Marketing Workshop is “How to Squeeze More Out of Your Marketing.” David Buchholz, guest speaker, has shared his expertise in marketing with Cherry County businesses in the past. David is president of David & Associates, a Nebraska based communications firm with over 30 years of marketing experience. At this workshop you will learn basic marketing principles that have a bottom-line impact on your business, establish an identity for your business, three ways to build your business, learn how to compete on value-not price, connect with your customer, and build your business without wasting a lot of money. Register Today for this valuable workshop by calling Kathy Drake at 402-394-1790, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Central Nebraska Economic Development District (CNEDD) is partnering with the Valentine Chamber of Commerce and Rural Enterprise Assistance Project to bring this valuable workshop to businesses in the Valentine area.

To learn more about the Central Nebraska Economic Development District and how we can serve your community or county, please call Judy Petersen at 402-340-0106, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

   

Valentine Vets' Club Soup Contest - Round 1 Results

The 11th Annual Vets’ Club Soup contest was just the ticket to warm everyone up Friday night when an enthusiastic crowd chose Debbi Hoffman’s Country Potato as the first round winner.

Vying with Hoffman were Ray Shields’ Cheesy Broccoli with Bacon, Ed Bacon’s 1964 Bean Soup, Kate Fullerton’s Burger Bean Bonanza and Rick Lurz’s Country Soup.

Hoffman won a $25 gift card from Henderson’s IGA, and the other contestants were given gift baskets as a thank you for entering. All contestants also received $20 in free raffle tickets.

All of those tasting and voting on the soups received a free raffle ticket. The raffle will be held at the contest finale Feb. 6 and you must be present to win. The grand prizes for the raffle are a Winchester 12 gauge shotgun, a Savage .243 rifle, and a Savage .223 rifle,

Additional raffle prizes include numerous gift certificates and donations from area businesses. A complete listing can be found on posters around town. Just a few of the many items to be given away are two star quilts, jewelry, pet products, pool cues, home decor and tools. Stop at the Vets’ Club to see all of the prizes that will be given away Feb. 6.

Check at the Vets’ Club 402-376-3603 if interested in entering the soup contest. Slots are available for all weeks, Jan. 16, 23 and 30.

Come and join us every Friday!

The Vets’ Club would like to thank all of the area merchants who help support all of its activities.

 

House overwhelmingly approves Keystone XL pipeline

The House has overwhelmingly passed a bill authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline despite a veto threat from the White House.

The bill passed Friday on a 266-153 vote, one of the first pieces of legislation considered by the Republican-controlled Congress. It was the 10th vote the House had taken since July 2011 to advance the $7 billion project, which would carry oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

The Senate has a test vote on Monday with enough support to pass an identical bill.

Hours before the House vote, Nebraska's highest court tossed out a lawsuit challenging the pipeline's route, an obstacle the White House said it needed removed to make a decision on the project. The White House veto threat was based partly on the outstanding Nebraska case.

The director of a group leading opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is denouncing the Nebraska Supreme Court's tossing of a lawsuit over it.

Jane Kleeb, executive director of Bold Nebraska, sobbed Friday morning following the release of the court's opinion throwing out the lawsuit, even though a majority of judges agreed that the landowners who sued should have won their case.

Because it raised a constitutional question, a supermajority of five judges was needed to rule on the law. But three justices found that the landowners didn't prove they had standing to file the lawsuit.

Kleeb says she is still confident the White House will not approve federal permits needed to build the pipeline, but says opponents will consider other ways to try to block the project.

   

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