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400+ Bike Riders Coming to Valentine Area

A total of 430 cyclists on the Tour de Nebraska bicycle adventure will roll out of Springview on Wednesday, June 22 and travel five days to Bassett, Ainsworth and Valentine in north central Nebraska, according to Susan Larson Rodenburg, Co-Founder and Event Organizer.

With a record number of cyclists on this year’s Tour de Nebraska annual bicycle adventure, it’s even more critical for motorists and cyclists to use extra caution on the road.

Rodenburg coordinates closely with the Nebraska State Patrol, County Sheriffs, the Nebraska Agency for Emergency Management and local law enforcement, which provide an extra layer of safety and support. This cooperation as led to a near stellar safety record for Tour de Nebraska, and she wants that to continue in 2016.

The noncompetitive cycle tour will start and end in Springview. It will proceed to overnights at Bassett (Wednesday, 6/22), Ainsworth (Thursday, 6/23) and Valentine (Friday and Saturday, 6/24-25) and back to Springview on Sunday, June 26. Cyclists of all ages originate from 24 states.

Throughout the year, Rodenburg and her staff work closely with host communities and communities along the route to provide overnight camping, meals, entertainment and support.

The favorite rest stop and overnight host towns chosen by the riders receive cash awards. This year, the Rodenburgs created the Tour de Nebraska Give Back Program, which offers a $500 grant to the overnight host communities. “It’s a small token of thanks for their efforts,” Rodenburg said.

 

Circus in Valentine Today and Tomorrow

The Sandhills Shrine presents the James Cristy Cole Circus in Valentine at the rodeo grounds tonight, June 8th at 7 pm and tomorrow, June 9th at 2 pm and 7 pm. The event lasts around 90 minutes, and showcases tigers, elephants, horses, camels, acrobats, clowns and more. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Henderson's IGA and Scotty's Ranchland Foods. Adults are $12 in advance and children are $5. Tickets will also be available at the gate; $14 for adults and $7 for children. Cash only.

 

Duck Lake Getting Handicap Accessible Parking - Volunteers Needed

The Sandhills Prairie Refuge Association  is partnering with Valentine National Wildlife Refuge and Nebraska Game and Parks to fund and build a handicap accessible parking pad at Duck Lake.  They plan on constructing forms on Monday, June 13 and pouring concrete on Wednesday, June 15.

They are in need of volunteers on both days.  If you can help for only part of a day, that can work too.  If you can help, please call Mark Lindvall at 402-389-1843.

   

Turtle Races 2016 Results

Here are a few results from the Valentine Chamber of Commerce's Turtle Races:

Heat 1: Annie Bailey

Heat 2: Xi Beta Omega

Heat 3: Dean Kockrow

Heat 4: Bob Brown

Championship Heat: Jerilyn Colburn

 

On the Road with NET comes to Valentine

Join NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR Stations in Valentine on Tuesday, June 14th and Wednesday, June 15th as part of their On The Road with NET Tour.

On Tuesday from 6:30 pm until 8 at the Valentine High School, NET will be screening local “Nebraska Stories” segments and have a panel discussion. Segments feature rancher Sara Switzer Sortum, Fort Hartsuff, the DeWitty settlement and more.

The NET Kids Event will be Wednesday from 10 am – 11 am at the Valentine Public Library in partnership with the Valentine Summer Reading program. Meet Jet Propulsion from PBS KIDS “Ready Jet Go!” and enjoy family friendly activities.

   

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