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Burge to Recieve Award

According to Eugene Rahn, Mike Burge, Valentine Economic Development Director, will be awarded the “Friend of REAP” award in Omaha Thursday evening at the organization’s annual event held at Metropolitan Community College. The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project is a program committed to strengthening rural communities through small, self-employed business development.

Mr. Rahn reported that Mike has been a strong friend for REAP. Businesses are referred for technical assistance, loans and trainings. Mr. Burge is always ready to assist in promoting and scheduling trainings. During the past 7 years the REAP Basic Business Plan training has been offered, several Quick Books classes, marketing trainings and succession planning and others have been implemented and presented with Mikes assistance and direction.

Mike has also been instrumental in getting the NEDA convention to Valentine twice in the past and is always looking at ways to promote and assist business owners in Valentine and Cherry County. REAP is one of the tools Mike uses when needed. He is always ready to assist with marketing and promoting REAP activities, trainings and referring for other REAP services. These activities and assistance show Mike is a true friend of the REAP program.


Opponents push for repeal of Nebraska prairie dog law

Nebraska wildlife advocates are trying to repeal a law designed to limit the spread of black-tailed prairie dogs, a critical native species that some ranchers view as pests.

Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha presented his repeal measure Tuesday to the Legislature's Agriculture Committee, saying the current law is too vague and runs afoul of property rights. Wildlife groups and the Nebraska Farmer's Union support his effort, saying the law is heavy-handed.

The 2012 law gives counties the option to manage prairie dog populations when a landowner's neighbors complain about the animals on their property. Since the law passed, only Sheridan County has created a management plan.

Larry Dix of the Nebraska Association of County Officials says the county has not fielded any complaints since the law went into effect.


Fire Crews Respond to House Fire


Valentine Volunteer Fire Department responded to the report of a house fire around midnight last night at 625 North Valentine Street. According to the State Fire Marshall, the fire appeared to have been caused by an electrical short in the wall. Minor damage to the wall as well as some smoke damage was reported. Valentine Fire Chief Terry Engels stated that fire crews were on scene for approximately 4 hours.


Mid Plains Sunday College

Mid Plains Community College extended campus in Valentine will be offering the Sunday College program in Valentine. The program is an opportunity to take classes one day a week to complete an associate’s degree in two years. The hybrid classes will be a combination of distance learning and teachers in the classroom. The classes will be Sunday afternoons and evenings with homework assigned during the week. For more information contact Jennifer Nollette at the Valentine Mid Plains office at 402 376 8033.

Mid plains will also offer several community classes in Valentine including Art Welding which begins on Thursday. There will also be basic computer classes and Microsoft Office classes coming up. Call Mid Plains to sign up or find out about more classes such as gardening and quilting.


Officials report 215 cases of whooping cough in January in Nebraska

Nebraska health officials say 215 cases of whooping cough were diagnosed in January alone.

Dr. Joseph Acierno, director of public health for the state Department of Health and Human Services, says the number of diagnosed cases is higher than some totals for previous years. There were 395 confirmed and probable cases of whopping cough in all of 2014.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease marked by severe coughing.

Tim Timmons, communicable disease specialist with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, says 162 of January's cases were in Lancaster County. He says 51 cases have been confirmed, and the rest are probable cases.

Acierno says parents should check family vaccination records to ensure protection.


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