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Nebraska Broadband for Business

Increasing economic vitality is on every business owner's mind today.  The goal of a new project thru the Nebraska Broadband Initiative, is to help Nebraska businesses understand how to effectively use broadband applications successfully.  By participating in "The Power of Business" survey, businesses will be sharing valuable information on broadband usage.

The real benefit comes when you complete the survey,  You will have the chance to receive a personalized scorecard.  This scorecard provides you with ideas on how to better utilize broadband technologies.  The information collected from your input will allow for a comparison of business broadband usage and impacts with peers nationwide.  Up to 500 businesses who have completed the survey will receive this personalized scorecard and the opportunity to work with a business broadband coach.

For more information about this project contact:  Jim Keeler, Business Broadband Manager with the University of Nebraska at 402-472-4235 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Ft. Niobrara Buffalo Roundup Postponed

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge has again postponed the bison roundup. Currently refuge staff are hoping to conduct the bison roundup the week of October 21, 2013. The public will be welcome to watch the roundup activates when the roundup does occur. The annual bison auction which was to be held on October 16 has also been cancelled. Surplus bison will be sold by sealed bid this year. If you are interested in receiving a bid package, please contact the Fort Niobrara NWR office at 39983 Refuge Road, Valentine, NE 69201. You can call Refuge Manager Steve Hicks, at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, 402-376-3789 for more information.


Valentine Man Hero


A group of Mitchell Technical Institute students and others worked together to pull a little girl from a burning vehicle Wednesday following a head-on collision on South Dakota state Highway 37 that resulted in two deaths. Two adults died and a young child was injured. Authorities had not released the names of any of the victims as of Wednesday night, pending the notification of relatives. Brandon Sandoz, a 19-year-old MTI student from Valentine, Neb., said he and his friend, Corey Ramold, 18, of O'Neill, Neb., and Sandoz's girlfriend, Abby Albin, 20, of Emery, were on their way to Nebraska. They saw what Sandoz described as “a big dust cloud” when a red pickup and a white van collided. Neither of the drivers of the vehicles was wearing a seat belt, the offcials said; no official information about the girl's seat belt was released, but onlookers said she was in a car seat. Sandoz, Ramold and Albin pulled over after seeing the crash and ran to the vehicles. Sandoz said while Ramold checked on the driver of the pickup, a man, Sandoz checked on the occupants of the van: a woman driver and a little girl, believed to be about 3 years old. Sandoz said the woman did not have a pulse, but the little girl did.“I got her out as quickly as I could,” he said. Sandoz said he put the little girl on the tailgate of Ramold’s pickup, and Albin stayed with her while Ramold and Sandoz went back and attempted to extricate the other driver. But by then, Sandoz said, it was too late to get to the driver out of the van. Sandoz said he and Ramold worked with about three other witnesses, some of whom Sandoz believed to be farmers from the area, to separate the vehicles. He said they hooked a chain up to a pickup and dragged the crashed pickup into the east ditch. Sandoz said they started doing chest compressions, and paramedics arrived shortly thereafter.“A minute to two minutes after we got the man out, his pickup went up in flames,” The girl was taken to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell and then transported to a Sioux Falls hospital. The state Department of Public Safety described her as "seriously injured." The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating.



Riders Unite for the Fight Against Cancer

The 5th annual Riders Unite for the Fight Against Cancer organized by the Sandhills Cancer Fund, Inc. will be on October 19th.  There will be a poker run, a silent and live auction, as well as a free will offering supper to benefit the organization which helps defray costs of patients traveling to treat cancer.  If you need more information about the poker run, and wish to travel by 4-Wheeler, call Dave Ruegge, Motorcyclists call Penny Waits, Cars and Trucks call Phil Fuchs, and Horseback - Arch Ferguson.

Call 402-382-8106 for find them on facebook @sandhillscancerfund


Custer Public Power Plans Power Outage

Custer Public Power Disctrict customers in the Mullen and Seneca area will be without electrical power at 6am mountain time / 7am central time for approximately 2 hours on Saturday September 28th while work is done on the transmission line feeding the Mullen and Seneca Subs.  Also at that time, customers in the Thedford area will experience a "blink" in service.


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