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SD State Agriculture Department seeks ag ambassador nominations

The state Department of Agriculture is taking nominations for the 2015 South Dakota Governor's Ag Ambassador Award.

The person chosen is expected to provide leadership to the state's agricultural industry to help it grow, supports responsible stewardship of livestock and land, highlights the significance of South Dakota agriculture to the global food system and influences decision makers on sound agricultural policies.

Nominations are due by April 17. The form can be found at under the "Happening Now" section by clicking "Governor's Ag Ambassador Award Nomination Form."

The award will be presented in July at the Governor's Agricultural Summit in Deadwood.

The 2014 ambassador was Brad Greenway, of Mitchell, who runs a diversified farm with a swine operation, a beef cow/calf herd, and corn, soybean and wheat crops.


Woman killed by pack of wild dogs on Rosebud Reservation

A 49-year-old woman on the Rosebud Indian Reservation has died following an attack from a pack of wild dogs.

Mellette County Sheriff Mike Blom tells KELO-TV he found 49-year-old Julie Charging Whirlwind surrounded by dogs around 6:30 a.m. Saturday. He says he shot and killed two of the dogs so emergency responders could reach the woman.

Charging Whirlwind was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where she later died. She was from the Lower Swift Bear Community of the reservation.

Blom says there have been multiple reports of wild dog attacks in recent weeks.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe acting president Willie Kindle issued the following statement on March 14th: "All residents of the Rosebud Reservation are here-by notified to tie up or secure their dogs. Any dog found at-large, outside of the owner's property, will be impounded."


Troopers to be looking for St. Patrick's Day drunk drivers

Nebraska State Patrol troopers will put in more hours on state roads this St. Patrick's Day to be on the lookout for drunken drivers.

The patrol says it received a more than $5,000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety to pay for the enhanced enforcement.

The effort will run for all of Tuesday.

Those wanting to report suspected impaired drivers may call 911 or the Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline at (asterisk)55 from any cellular phone or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline.


City Council Votes to Continue Progress on New Golf Course

The Valentine City Council met Thursday evening, March 12th, for a regular meeting at the public library meeting room.

CPA Terry Galloway presented the 2013 and 2014 audit report which showed the city in pretty good overall financial shape. They budgeted 1.9 million dollars and only spent 1.4 million to operate the city. The city has pretty good cash reserves and very limited debt.

Tom Elliott made a request to the council for an alcohol permit in the Trail-head Park on June 27th for a class of 1970 reunion. The request was approved.

Judy Peterson of Central Nebraska Economic Development District discussed applying for another owner occupied housing rehabilitation grant. The grants are based on income levels and can help homeowners with improvements to their homes. There could also be a down payment assistance grant. The city voted to have her apply for both.

The council approved several measures pertaining to the construction of a new municipal golf course. The resolution authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount of 1.75 million dollars was approved. This will be paid back with sales tax money and was approved by voters last summer. The council also approved a land purchase and an easement to assist with the development of the course. The contract with Tom Lehman Design group for architectural services was approved, and the agreement with engineering firm of Olsson Associates to design the system that will get water from the waste-water treatment plant to a holding pond on the course was approved. The goal is to break ground on the new course the first of April although there has already been some debris removal from the site.



Medical Delay Sentence

A couple who delayed getting a child medical treatment must serve time in federal prison and pay more than $32,000 in restitution.

Court documents show that 41 year old Terri Covey of Rapid City and 43 year old Gilbert Young, who lives in Nebraska, lived together on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in 2013 when a child under the age of 7 suffered a brain injury.

While in Young's care, the child suffered a severe seizure.  Young witnesses the seizure but did not call 911.  When informed of the seizure, Covey did not immediately get the child help.

Chief US District Judge Viken sentenced Young to three years in custody and Covey to one year.  They will split payment of the court-ordered restitution.


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