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Commissioner Appointments and Filings

The Cherry County Commissioners met Tuesday for a regular meeting and voted to approve the reappointment of the members on the Cherry County Visitors promotion board. Reappointed for two year terms were Jon Davenport and Kerry Krueger. Serving four year terms will be Mary Young, Joan Rupe and Greg Nollette. The commissioners also approved a new three year contract with CPA Don Wilson of McCook for audit services.

In other news Tom Elliott has refilled for election for Cherry County Clerk, Eris Scott filed for County Attorney and Suzy Beel refilled for school board. The terms of Beel, Dean Churchill and Will Fischer will all be up for election this year. Fischer previously filed for reelection. Incumbents have until February 18th to file for election and challengers have until March 3rd at the Clerk’s office.



Helmet Law Defeated By Filibuster

Motorcyclists will still be required to wear helmets when they ride in Nebraska.

Opponents succeeded Tuesday in blocking a bill in the Legislature that would have repealed the state's helmet requirement. The measure by Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins would have exempted riders older than 21 from the law.

Senator Al Davis was among the majority when lawmakers voted 25-22 to cease debate on the bill and force a vote. However, thirty-three votes were needed to stop the legislative filibuster. Lawmakers started discussing the bill on Thursday.

Bloomfield says the issue was one of personal choice and freedom. Opponents say repealing the law would increase health care costs and make the roads less safe.


The bill is LB393


Coronation Results

A very large crowd attended the 70th annual Coronation sponsored by the Valentine Chamber of Commerce.  "St. Valentine", Bailey Dexter, and "The Royal Herald", Chet Tetherow, were the emcees for the event. 

Receiving Coronation Queen honors, Most for VHS and the 1st Annual Kay Sedevy Memorial Scholarship was Brianna Bussinger.  King went to Triston Eklund.  Prince and Princess honors went to Emily Perrett and Taylor Monroe.

Duke and Duchess was Bailey Leonard and Cameron Perrett.

Nicole Lurz and Corbin Standing Ready were named Count and Countess.

Pages were Sarah Shelbourn and Newt Bussinger.

The Heart City Heart Award went to Cathy Colburn.


First Red Dress Event this Friday

Get your red dress... or shirt or tie or boots... on for the first ever Heart City Bull Bash Goes Red For Women Red Dress Event on Friday, February 14! Come join us for an evening of celebration, entertainment, dessert, awards and an auction. All proceeds will go to the Cherry County Hospital, Bryan Health and American Heart Association.

Mike Baxter of Ranchland Auction Service of Ainsworth, Ne., will emcee the evening's activities and auction off the salt block art created by livestock. Event participants will have the opportunity to choose their favorite salt block art by voting with their dollars. Doctors from Bryan Health will be on hand to visit with the folks and there will be music by the Bar J Wranglers in a limited engagement.

Tickets for the event are $20/person. They can be purchased at: Wells Fargo Bank, Security 1st Bank, Union Bank & Trust, Auntie D's, Fashions and Farm Bureau Insurance Agency.

Don't forget to donate to the Go Red for Women fundraiser when you make purchases at local retailers and restaurants such as: Henderson's IGA, Scotty's Ranchland Foods, Cedar Canyon Steakhouse, Coachlight Inn, Milo & Max's, Neon Bar & Grill, and Peppermill,

Red attire is admired, but not required at the Red Dress Event on Valentine's Day, February 14.


St. Francis Man ging to Jail

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact was sentenced on February 10,  by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Joseph Blue Bird, age 26, was sentenced to 36 months of custody and 5 years of supervised release. Blue Bird was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

Blue Bird was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 19, 2012. He pled guilty on November 19, 2013.

The conviction stems from an incident in May 2012, wherein the victim went to her neighbor's house in Rosebud for a social gathering. Blue Bird was also present at the gathering.
Blue Bird was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service


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