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Todd County School Board Election

Six candidates will be on the ballot for the Todd county School board Election to be held Tuesday. June 15th.  The two elected, at large, will serve 3 year terms.  Candidates include: Carl Bizardie, Melissa Whipple-Riley, Charles Moe, William “BeBe” Long the third, James Leader Charge and Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln Jr.   The election polls will be open from 7am until 7pm central time.  There are sixteen polling places across Todd County.


Cause of Ohlmann Building Center Fire

According to Valentine Fire Chief Terry Engles, after the initial investigation by the State Fire Marshals Office, the cause of the devastating fire at Ohlmann Building Center in Valentine was "probable electrical".  The Valentine Volunteer Fire Department responded about 7:45 last Wednesday morning to a report of smoke in the building.  A short time later the building was fully involved in fire producing thick dark smoke that drifted over the west and southwest parts of town.  The fire was out by about 11am with the help of fire departments from Kilgore, Cody, Wood Lake and Ainsworth.  The south part of the structure was built in 1895 and was one of the oldest business buildings in Valentine.  The Ohlmann family would like to thank the fire departments, emergency responders and the community for their support during this time.  Craig Ohlmann told KVSH News that they plan to reopen as soon as possible in a makeshift office in the back shop.  Mr. Ohlmann stated that clean up will begin in the near future at the site on Cherry Street.  The phone number for Ohlmann Building Center will remain the same at 376-3640. 


Kids Connect at Camp Catch Up

Kids Connect at Camp Catch Up By Todd Reckling, Director, Division of Children and Family Services
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

This summer, 108 children ages 8 to 19 who are or have been state wards will attend Camp Catch Up for a weekend.

More important than the games, fun and food is the chance for these siblings, who’ve been separated by foster care or adoption, to reconnect again.

Camp Catch Up was created eight years ago because we know how important siblings are to each other. Our first choice is to keep siblings in the same foster or adoptive home. When children can’t be placed together, we work to keep their family ties in place.

Campers can do fun activities with their brothers and sisters like canoeing and swimming and also strengthen their relationships. Some siblings don’t get to spend much time together during the year, and this is a chance to really spend some quality time together.

The kids are so happy to be together, and we’re seeing more siblings wanting to attend Camp Catch Up every year. These brothers and sisters have a great time as they share what’s going on in their lives.

Last year when I went to Hordville to say "hi" to those Camp Catch Up kids, I was amazed at the wonderful turnout. Kids with smiles on their faces were everywhere and laughter filled the air.

Kids wearing brightly colored tee-shirts were running around playing games, swimming, doing crafts and most importantly, spending time with their siblings. The chance for the kids to bond and just have some fun doing ‘kid things’ was so important. The closeness you could sense between them was a constant reminder of how important it is to bring brothers and sisters together like this.

This year, camps are planned at Halsey June 17 to 20 and in Gretna July 8 to 11. The camp is free to the youth and is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Sherwood Foundation and the William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation.


Fire at Ohlmann Building Center

The Valentine Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call of smoke at Ohlmann Building Center in Valentine at 7:45 this morning.  About 10 minutes later, thick black smoke could be seen bellowing from the building on Cherry Street.  Firemen from Wood Lake, Cody, Ainsworth and Kilgore were called for mutual aid to battle the fire.  Some area residents were evacuated from their homes due to the heavy smoke.  Flames could be seen coming from the roof of the main building at about 8:40am.  Shortly before 10am Valentine Fire Chief Terry Engles told KVSH that they felt they had the fire contained and it would take a lot of water to cool things down.  By 11am, the blaze was under control and the remnants of the building were smoldering.  Fire crews continued to pour water onto the structure to help dowse hot spots.  The Nebraska Fire Marshall's Office has been called in to determine the cause of the fire.  The main buildings on Cherry Street appear to be total losses. 


Dave and Deb Otradovsky celebrate 40th wedding anniversary

An open house in celebration of Dave and Deb Otradovsky's 40th Wedding Anniversary will be held Saturday afternoon from 3 until 5 PM at the Cedar Canyon Steakhouse.  Everyone is welcome.


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