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Whiteclay Nursing Home Delay

A nursing home designed to serve Native Americans in the Nebraska border town of Whiteclay will not open for at least another year because of a funding delay.
The proposed 60-bed facility near South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was supposed to open last month. But financial consultant Gary Ruse of Gordon says the Oglala Sioux Tribe wasn't able to secure the money it needed right away. The tribe has since received a loan from the Shakopee Tribe in Minnesota, and Ruse says construction has now begun.
Nebraska Sen. LeRoy Louden says the facility is opening in Nebraska because South Dakota officials insisted they had enough beds to serve the population. But Louden says the South Dakota facilities are located more than 100 miles from the isolated reservation.

 

Wanblee Man Sentenced in Kidnapping

A Wanblee man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for kidnapping a man on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.
U.S. Attorney Brendon Johnson says 52-year-old William Jakeway was sentenced Monday on charges of kidnapping and aiding and abetting. Jakeway pleaded guilty to the charges in June.
Authorities say Jakeway and his son, Jerett Jakeway, abducted a man in November 2011. They accused the man of stealing a "piece of property" from another family member. Authorities say the Jakeways forced the man out of a vehicle at gunpoint and assaulted him.
Jerett Jakeway is slated to be sentenced next month. He also has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and aiding and abetting.

 

Valentine Homecoming Royalty

At halftime of Valentine's 34-7 win against the Broken Bow Indians, homecoming royalty was crowned.  Crowned king was Marcus Nelson, and Queen Sydney Dahl.

   

Paranorrmal Investigators Return to Valentine

 

Midwest Paranormal Investigators will be back in Valentine this Thursday evening to help raise funds for Centennial Hall in Valentine. The Midwest team members spent some time a couple of years ago in Centennial Hall during one of their paranormal investigations. This Thursday evening they will return to Valentine at Cedar Canyon Steakhouse at 6:30 to show footage of some of their investigations and hold a question and answer session. The public is invited to attend and ask questions and view some of the never before seen video from some of the investigations. All admission will go to help fund Centennial Hall.

 

Pinnacle Bank Donates $25,000

 

Pinnacle Bank has donated $25,000 to the local area fire relief fund to help those affected by the wildfires along the Niobrara River Valley this summer. Justin Hammond of Pinnacle Bank presented the donation check, thanking area volunteers and volunteer firemen for their efforts during this extremely trying year for Nebraska and the Midwest.

 

A total of 118,523 acres were affected in the wild fires, and the cost to fight the fires and losses to public property could top $8 million. The North Central Development Center in Ainsworth has set up a fund for monetary donations to assist the fire departments and those who lost homes and other property to the fires. Checks can be mailed to the North Central Development Center at 335 N. Main St., Ainsworth, NE 69210. Include the words fire relief in the check's memo. All donations are tax deductible, and 100 percent of the funds donated will go toward the fire departments and those affected by the wildfires.

   

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