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Special City Council Meeting

The Valentine City Council held a special meeting this morning to discuss a request from Todd Hay to close the sidewalk and part of the street in front of the Derby Bar for a beer garden on June 27th, July 5th and 19th, August 9th and 16th from 6pm to 2AM. The request was approved. The council also approved the special designated liquor license for those event dates as well. No action was taken on the idea to install a 60 by 11 foot island on Main Street north of 5th Street.



Nebraska Again Hit by Twisters

Tornado activity was high again on Tuesday night, June 17th, as reports of a tornado touching down near Coleridge, just 45 miles north of Pilger, the small town that was ravaged by twin tornadoes the night before. Pilger's Monday evening tornado was a confirmed EF4, with the nearly simultaneous tornado rated an EF2. Another slow-moving tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service in the central part of the state near Mullen, located in Hooker County. Meteorologist Darren Snively in the North Platte weather office says that there were three tornadoes that touched down on Tuesday night in Cherry and Hooker counties, according to radar, storm spotters and pictures. A total of 35 tornadoes were reported across five states on Tuesday night, but many could have been the same system.

Officials warn residents to stay alert, as a cold front pushing into the Northern Plains could bring flash floods and severe weather again on Wednesday. This system extends into a large area, from the Dakotas and Nebraska eastward to Philadelphia. As this front moves east, the forecast is expected to clear up by Friday.



Town Hall Meeting Tonight for Sales Tax


Valentine residents can get their questions about the renewal of the Valentine City sales tax at a town hall meeting tonight at Valentine Hgih School at 7:30. There is no change proposed in the amount of the sales tax, just redirecting the funds that now go to now to pay for the swimming pool, to help pay for a new community golf course and expansion of the Mid Plains Community College Campus. To hear more details about what the sales tax money has been used for since 2007 and what the plan is for the future, plan to attend the meeting tonight at 7:30. There will be time allowed for a question and answer session.


Sioux Falls, SD Area Experiences Major Flooding

The town of Canton, South Dakota just south of Sioux Falls was stranded Monday evening as flood waters rose, closing parts of Interstate 29, Highway 11, and also poured across roads in Lincoln and Minnehaha counties. The heaviest rainfall started around 3 p.m. Central Time on Monday and moved east. Sioux Falls Regional airport reported approximately 3 inches of rain, with other areas such as Worthing in Lincoln County reporting around 7 inches. Hail and damaging winds were also major factors in the storms. Record amounts of rainfall has already been reported on over the weekend, and Monday's steady rain only worsened the situation, leaving residents stranded and causing flash floods.

Flooding in Canton, S.D. (Photo: @EthanWallenberg)


Storm damaged 50-75 percent of Pilger

PILGER, Neb. (AP) — Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger says 50 to 75 percent of Pilger was destroyed after two tornadoes roared through northeast Nebraska.

Unger said late Monday that the storm caused "total devastation" in the town of about 350. He says the local school is likely damaged beyond repair.

Unger says five people had to be rescued from a rural home day care northwest of Stanton. That home was hit just before the storm moved into Pilger.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has declared a state of emergency, and the National Guard was preparing to assist local emergency responders and help with the cleanup. Heineman and officials with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency were expected to arrive in the area Tuesday morning.

These tornadoes have caused two known fatalities; one to a motorist and one to a 5 year old girl. Approximately 19 other people reported injuries.

Wisner, Stanton and Pender were also in the path of the tornadoes. A tornado was also tracked near the town of Burwell, Nebraska.


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