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House Fire in Thedford Claims Life

Thedford - Sunday a.m. a house fire east of Thedford claimed the life of 95 year old , Arlyne 'Beanie' Werner.  A trucker driving by at approx. 6:30, called the fire in.  The first responders got her out, but Werner had succumbed to smoke inhalation.

The fire appeared to have started on the east edge of the home, Werner's bedroom was on the west.  They found her still in her bed.

The community is shocked as well as the Thedford United Church of Christ as this is the 3rd loss of members from the congregation in 3 weeks.  100 year old Alfred Goehring, 84 year old Lenore Holt celebration of life services were back to back on November 7th and 8th. "We just had played cards with her on Friday," a fellow card loving friend stated.  Services are pending.


Rosebud Sioux Tribe: House Vote in Favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline an Act of War

In response to the recent vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to authorize the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal president announced that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) recognizes the authorization of the this pipeline as an act of war.

The tribe has done its part to remain peaceful in its dealing with the United States in this matter, in spite of the fact that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe has yet to be properly consulted on the project, which would cross through tribal land, and the concerns brought to the Department of Interior and to the Department of State have yet to be addressed.

“The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will not allow this pipeline through our lands,” said President Scott of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. “We are outraged at the lack of intergovernmental cooperation. We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such. We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people.”

In February of this year, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and other members of the Great Sioux Nation adopted tribal resolutions opposing the Keystone XL project.

“The Lakota people have always been stewards of this land,” added President Scott. “We feel it is imperative that we provide safe and responsible alternative energy resources not only to tribal members but to non-tribal members as well. We need to stop focusing and investing in risky fossil fuel projects like TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. We need to start remembering that the earth is our mother and  stop polluting her and start taking steps to preserve the land, water, and our grandchildren’s future.”

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, along with several other South Dakota Tribes, stand together in opposition to risky and dangerous fossil fuel projects like TransCanada’s Keystone XL. The proposed route of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline crosses directly through Great Sioux Nation (Oceti Sakowin) Treaty lands as defined by both the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties and within the current exterior boundaries of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation and Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.


Deer Harvest Numbers Down

The number of deer checked in at the Valentine Fish Hatchery was down on the opening weekend of the firearm deer season. According to check station personnel there were 129 deer checked as of Sunday evening. That compares to 172 last year. Cold snowy weather was a contributing factor for lower hunter success. There are also still a few hundred permits available for the Sandhills Unit which normally would sell out the first few days of the season. This might indicate a lower number of hunters in the field as well. At the Valentine Check Station, there were only 48 deer checked in on Saturday compared to 67 last year and 81 checked in on Sunday compared to 105 the previous year. The area seems to still be rebounding from two years of lower deer numbers due to drought and disease.


Early Morning Fire

The Valentine Volunteer Fire Department and other local rescue units responded to a report of a structure fire on North Shore Street in the west part of town about 6:20 Monday morning. According to fire Chief Terry Engles, the home was a total loss and the fire marshal’s office believes the fire began in a chimney. The home was not occupied at the time of the fire but Steven Kent was living in the residence. Fire crews were out for about four hours in cold temperature and even colder wind chills in the minus 10 degree range.



Holiday Preivew

Valentine's Holiday Preview is scheduled for Sunday, November 23rd from 1pm to 5pm.  Shoppers can sign up at participating locations to win a prize of that businesses choice from their location, then all the names from all participating businesses will go in for a grand prize drawing of $500!  They will have Santa Claus from 1pm to 4pm at Viaero Wireless.  As always, there will also be in-store promotions at participating businesses as well.  Something new this year is a decorating contest between businesses.


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