Ft. Niobrara Buffalo Roundup Postponed
Friday, 27 September 2013 05:53
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
Thursday, 26 September 2013 07:50
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.