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Authorities: North Dakota woman left children in cold car

A 24-year-old Rosebud Sioux tribal member has been charged with child abuse for allegedly leaving her two young children to die in a car on a cold day in North Dakota.

An FBI agent says Michelle Wounded Face left her children in a car that wasn't running on the Fort Berthold Reservation. The agent says the children weren't properly dressed for the cold weather.

Court documents show the average temperature that day was 1 degree and a wind chill advisory had been issued.

Police say they discovered an assault rifle in the vehicle when they found the shivering children, who survived.

Court documents allege Wounded Face told authorities she had left her children to die.

The federal public defender's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

Davis' School Funding Proposal Could Impose Local Income Tax

A Nebraska lawmaker and several advocacy groups say they'll work this year to increase state aid for schools while reducing what rural districts have to generate through property taxes.  Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis unveiled a proposal Tuesday to lower the percentage of agricultural land that districts can tax, while guaranteeing $500 per-pupil in state "foundation aid" for every school. The proposal would also allow districts to impose a local income tax, tied to a property tax cut.  Reducing the percentage of farm and ranch land that districts can tax would let more districts qualify for state equalization aid under Nebraska's funding formula.  Renee Fry of the OpenSky Policy Institute says the bill would move local governments away from their reliance on property taxes while preserving state aid for schools.

 

Proposal seeks to draw medical residents to rural Nebraska

Medical residents who work in under-served parts of Nebraska could receive up to $120,000 in loan repayments under a new bill in the Legislature.

Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln proposed a loan reimbursement program Tuesday for areas designated as having a shortage of health care professionals. The bill would largely apply to rural areas which lack doctors.

The bill would let residents receive up to $40,000 a year in reimbursement, up to a maximum of $120,000. Residents would have to be enrolled or accepted into an approved medical specialty program in Nebraska.

Borrowers would have to practice in an approved specialty for at least one year in a shortage area, and accept Medicaid patients. Those who end their practice would have to repay 150 percent of the remaining principal.

   

Bull Bash Returns to Valentine

Heart City Bull Bash will be returning February 14th, 2015. The committee is hard at work in preparation to get the bulls back. Again this year there will be the Red Dress Event the evening of the 13th at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. The Bull Bash will take place on Main Street on the 14th with the bull exhibits, commercial exhibits and the 4-H luck of the draw among the many events.

The Gun Show and Craft Show will be held at the Connot Brothers Auction Service facility on South Macomb Street.

After the Bull Bash, there will be the “Bash after the Bulls” at the 4-H building where a lucky person could win over $2,000. Ron Bauer will be at the Valentine Sale Barn this Thursday with information and selling tickets to the event and for a Remington Rifle that will be given away.

Check out more Bull Bash events at Bull Bash.net.

 

Free Business Marketing Workshop in Valentine January 29

A free marketing workshop is scheduled for Thursday evening, January 29, from 6-9 pm at Mid-Plains Community College, 113 N. Hall Street, Valentine, Nebraska.

Whether you are an existing business, or you are interested in starting a business, this free workshop is for you. Everyone is welcome – you do not need to be a Chamber member to attend.

The topic of this Marketing Workshop is “How to Squeeze More Out of Your Marketing.” David Buchholz, guest speaker, has shared his expertise in marketing with Cherry County businesses in the past. David is president of David & Associates, a Nebraska based communications firm with over 30 years of marketing experience. At this workshop you will learn basic marketing principles that have a bottom-line impact on your business, establish an identity for your business, three ways to build your business, learn how to compete on value-not price, connect with your customer, and build your business without wasting a lot of money. Register Today for this valuable workshop by calling Kathy Drake at 402-394-1790, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Central Nebraska Economic Development District (CNEDD) is partnering with the Valentine Chamber of Commerce and Rural Enterprise Assistance Project to bring this valuable workshop to businesses in the Valentine area.

To learn more about the Central Nebraska Economic Development District and how we can serve your community or county, please call Judy Petersen at 402-340-0106, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

   

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