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Valentine Police Keep Their Jobs

At the July 12 meeting of the Valentine City Council, over 100 concerned people crammed into the library meeting room, most of which were showing support of the Valentine Police Department.  The matter of eliminating the department was on the city council's agenda and was quickly taken care of when mayor Rowdy Kleunder stated that he was given some bad information prompting him to put the matter on the agenda.  The council then voted to keep the Valentine Police Department which led to cheers from the crowd.


Tribal Theft

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Two people have pleaded guilty to stealing from the Rosebud Sioux tribe in South Dakota.
     Thirty-two-year-old Nathan Janis, from the city of Rosebud, is accused of receiving money through the tribal child care services program to which he was not entitled. Thirty-nine-year-old Barbara Duysak, of Rosebud, faces a similar accusation. She worked as an administrator for the program at the time.
     U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Janis and Duysak both face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when they are sentenced on Oct. 1.


No Valentine Police?

An item on the Valentine City Council agenda for tonight's regular meeting has caused quite a stir among Valentine residents.  Item 17 on the agenda is to review, discuss and take action on eliminating the Valentine Police Department.  The police department currently has five employees which are responsible for enforcing statutes within the city limits.  City Manager Shane Siewart told KVSH that Mayor Rowdy Kluender asked to have the item placed on the agenda on Tuesday afternoon.  Several Valentine residents have been upset at the thought of not having police protection on a level that they are accustomed to.  The city council meeting begins at 7pm tonight at the Valentine Library.


Cherry County Fair Approaches

Plans have been finalized for the 2012 Cherry Co Fair and Rodeo in Valentine.  This years theme is "Hats Off to Our Volunteers and Sponsors".  The event, with all the usual activities, will run the week of August 13th.  The open stage show along with dozens of vendors will be in the tent.  Some space is still available by contacting Abby Clark.  A carnival will be on the grounds with rodeo action Friday and Saturday nights during fair week. 

On a related note, Entries are now being taken for Miss Rodeo Cherry County.  The contest this year will be held on August 8th and 9th.  Contestants must be between ages 14-20 as of January 1st 2012.  For more information, contact Judy Reece at 376-1879 or Virginia Ensminger at 376-3384.



Parents of youth interested in participating in the Citizen Washington Focus trip in the summer of 2013 are encouraged to call the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 as soon as possible to get detailed information and to register their children as reservations for the trip are currently being made.  Several upcoming fund raising opportunitieswill be available this summer and fall to help the participants make money to put toward their trip. 

In addition to the stay at the National 4-H Center in Washington DC and visits to all the usual sites in DC, the bus trip will include stops with touring and activities in Chicago, Niagra Falls, New York City, Gettysburg, and Philidelphia at an approximate cost of $2000.  The trip is open to all youth that will have completed 9th grade by June 2013.  Tentative travel dates are May 27-June 12.


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