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Krogman Charged in Matiesen Death

Tylor Krogman of White River has been charged in Cherry County Court in the July 11th death of Ed Mathiesen of rural Valentine. According to the court documents Krogman has been charged with Manslaughter, Assault and strangulation in Mr. Matheisen’s death on a rural county road north of Valentine. Mr. Krogman was appointed a lawyer, Stephen Potter of Gothenberg. According to the autopsy report, Mathiesen died of blunt force trauma and neck injuries and his death was ruled a homicide. During the investigation Mr. Krogman stated that he and friends had come to Valentine for a bachelor party on the night of the incident. He stated that he did not remember exactly what happened but then later stated the Mr. Mathiesen had made unwanted advances on him and they were involved in an altercation. Krogman and his parents reported to the Cherry County Justice Center the following day and said the he had been involved in some sort of altercation but could not remember details. Krogman was ordered held on 10% of $500,000 bond and will appear in court again next week.



Saturday fire at fertilizer plant forces Highway 20 closure, evacuation of 2 homes

A Saturday afternoon fire at the Farmers-Ranchers Cooperative fertilizer plant west of Ainsworth closed down Highway 20 for approximately 45 minutes and forced the brief evacuation of two nearby homes.

According to Ainsworth Fire Chief Brad Fiala, at approximately 1:50 p.m. Saturday, firefighters received a call of black smoke coming out of the top of the new fertilizer plant building approximately 1.5 miles west of Ainsworth.

Fiala said the 75-foot conveyor leg at the fertilizer plant caught fire.

Fiala said firefighters worked with coop employees, figuring out the best way to keep any flames from reaching the ammonium nitrate stockpiles.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Department and Nebraska State Patrol blocked traffic on Highway 20, and two homes close to the fertilizer plant were evacuated.

The fire chief said firefighters covered the ammonium nitrate stockpile with tarp, then sprayed water from the roof of the building where it connected to the top of the leg. He said the rubber conveyor belt and plastic buckets were burning, along with residue from the previous material that had been run through the conveyor.

Fiala said a contractor had been at the site sealing the area where the conveyer leg attaches to the roof of the building.

In addition to the Ainsworth Volunteer Fire Department, the Brown County Sheriff’s Department and the Nebraska State Patrol, Fiala said the Brown County Ambulance Service was on scene in a standby capacity, which is protocol anytime there is a response to a structure fire.

He said firefighters were on scene for approximately 3 hours Saturday, and one firefighter remained to keep the site secure until the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office arrived to investigate.


SD man sentenced

A South Dakota man who admitted to sexually abusing a woman on the Rosebud Indian Reservation has been sentenced to three years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange ordered the 31-year-old Cyprian Night Shield to follow his prison term with five years of supervised release. The Rosebud man earlier pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual contact.

Federal prosecutors say Night Shield was at his home on Aug. 15, 2014, when a woman visited him. Authorities say Night Shield took the woman to a back bedroom and locked the door and sexually abused her.

Night Shield is now under the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.



Golden West Telephone Service Interruption November 4th

Golden West telephone has announced that they will have an interruption in service for customers in KVSH area on Wednesday, November 4th between 12 midnight and 5 am CT. The anticipated interruption will be for approximately one hour. For further information please call 1-855-888-7777.


Moonlight Madness Winners

The winners of the unrelated items contest just happened to be related. Bethany Springer won the adult division, winning $200 in Chamber Bucks. Grant Springer won the 12 and Under division, winning a gift basket.


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