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2 Killed Near Martin

Two people have died and two others recieved life-threatening injuries in a one-vehicle crash near Martin.  SDHP says 44 year old Marvin Poorbear of Springfield SD was driving east on US Hwy 18 early Monday morning when he lost control of his vehicle and it rolled.  Poorbear, who was wearing a seatbelt was killed.  Three passengers who were not wearing seatbelts were ejected. Twenty-three-year-old Melisa Cummings of Martin died.  The other two passengers were taken to a Sioux Falls hospital.  Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.


Benefit Auctions at Cherry County Fair

There will be two benefit auction this weekend during the Cherry County Fair.

The Friday Auction will be a benefit for area Firemen Fire Departments.

All proceeds will be equally distributed to Cherry County Fire Departments

- 3 Chainsaw Sculptures

- GPS System - Huskerland Communications

- Custom Barnwood Picture Frame - Dick Clark Construction

- GHD Flat Iron - J Salon

- Handmade Quilt, by Sue Kerr, Kay Sandoz, and Judy Roosa

- 1/2 Processed Hog - Valentine Locker

- King Jacuzzi Suite for 1 night- Dunes Lodge & Suites



- 3 Chainsaw Sculptures

- Karaoke Machine - Huskerland Communications

- Custom Alder Shelf - Dick Clark Construction

- Pair of Chincks- Jack's Tack

- King Jacuzzi Suite for 1 night- Dunes Lodge & Suites

They have room for a few more items each night. If you would like to donate an item contact Abby Clark at 402-376-1323

with proceeds going back to Cherry County Ag Society for Fair & Big Tent Event Improvements

County Fair Trade Show

The Big Tent Event trade show during the Cherry County Fair is full. 65 to 70 venders will display their wares during the event Friday through Sunday. The outdoor trade show will also be larger including a chainsaw artist, mechanical bull, ATV’s, tractors and equipment. A special salute to the Cherry County Volunteer Fire Departments will be held on Friday evening August 17th at 5pm, with a tribute and benefit auction of a limited number of items. If any business would like to donate an item for the benefit of the fire departments, contact Abby Clark at 402-376-1323.

KVSH Radio will be broadcasting from inside the Big Tent during the fair. Spur Radio will provide live video streaming from the KVSH booth on Now you can watch the activities in the tent as well as listen. Stop by to spin the wheel of fortune to win prizes from Heart City Radio and purchase tickets for the gun raffle with 100% of proceeds going to area fire departments.


Another Fire in Niobrara River Valley


Another wildfire broke out Monday afternoon Southeast of Sparks on the north side of the Niobrara Scenic River. The Valentine Fire department was called out about 2:30 Central Time and soon had the assistance of several other departments and several ranch rigs with sprayers. The fire started in the canyons west of the recent Fairfield Creek Fire in Cherry County. The cause is not known at this time but it may have been lightning from an earlier storm.

The fire department is requesting additional spray rigs from area ranches if they can help with the fire and have been talking to emergency management officials about getting help from National Guard helicopters again. Spray rigs should report to the fire hall to get directions and information about where they are needed. Private water tanker trucks were also being dispatched to the scene. Another wildfire broke out this afternoon Southeast of Sparks on the north side of the Niobrara Scenic River.


City Council Meets.

The Valentine City Council met last evening for a regular monthly meeting at the Valentine Library meeting room. A request from the Valentine Rotary Club was approved for an alcohol permit in the City Park Pavilion on August 23rd , for the annual Rotary Picnic. The request for the Pizza Hut liquor license change of locations was also approved.

The council discussed the need for fireworks ordinances. The discussion was to limit the hours that fireworks could be shot off in the city limits to eliminate late night noise. There were thoughts expressed about enforcing disturbing the peace ordinances rather than creating new laws. There was also discussion to enforce other city ordinances currently on the books and not create new ones. No action was taken after a brief discussion.

An ordinance was discussed about sending members of the city planning commission to a training session to cover duties of the commission. City Attorney Suzy Beel stated that creating an ordinance would require board members to attend training and would have to be enforced. A possible solution would be bringing a training session to Valentine. Planning Commission Members are currently volunteers and instructed in duties by city officials. No action was taken at this time.

Steve Kerr of the Valentine Economic Development Board addressed the council to request a commitment of at least $20,000 per year for five years from LB840 sales tax funds for administrative costs of the economic development program. A group of interested citizens has been working on a plan to bring various organizations together to work on a cohesive economic development program. Mr. Kerr presented the information and encouraged the council to approve the five year pledge commitment. Organizations that made previous commitments to the project include; the Valentine Chamber of Commerce, Cherry County Commissioners, Visitors Promotion Board and the Cherry County Concerned Citizens group. Council member Neal Wescott suggested $10,000 for one year. A motion was made to approve the 5 year request, subject to the financial participation of other community entities. The motion was passed. The recommendation of appointing Monty Neiffer to the economic development loan committee was also approved.


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