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Record Rainfall Around the Region

Valentine and surrounding areas experienced record amounts of rainfall this past week, starting on Tuesday, June 3rd and then again getting hammered on Friday the 6th and Sunday the 8th. Valentine's Miller Field reported record amounts of rain with 2.53" on Friday and 1.58" on Sunday (24 hour total). The 2.53" amount on Friday made the nation's weather extremes, although many areas to the west of Valentine received significantly higher amounts. Miller Field also experienced a 100 mph wind gust, which caused damage to hangers and airplanes. Cody had reports of a brief tornado and also had a power line snap, causing power outages on Friday, along with flooding. Gordon had several reports of tornado on Friday with not a great deal of damage reported. With these storms, reports of pea to tennis ball sized hail came in and it caused many streets to flood, with some back roads experiencing wash outs. Crookston had the highest amount of rainfall on Friday the 6th, with about 4" of rain reported southwest of town. 4.75" of rain was reported on Friday south on German Settlement Road. Springview had about 4.5" on Sunday the 8th into Monday morning, with areas south of Valentine receiving around 6" for the weekend total. Several areas south of Cherry County remain in flood warnings as watches from the rain, which has caused flooding and ponding in low lying areas.


Annual Flag Day Program

United States Flags will be given away during the annual trivia contest on the Comment Show broadcast by Radio KVSH at 10:15 am, 940 on the AM dial. Please note that the trivia contest will be on Friday June 13th.

The American Legion Family will sponsor the Flag Day program on Saturday June 14th.
The evening program will commence at 5:45 PM CST in front of the Bank of the West at 402 North Main Street, Valentine, showcasing their newly repaired flagpole. The nationwide Pause for the Pledge will be led at 6PM by Unit 90's Little Miss Poppy Josie Kelly. Junior members of Unit 90 and local Girl Scouts are also welcome to assist in the ceremony.

Singer for this special occasion is Cornhusker Girls State citizen Miss Sydney Dunn. Members of Leo Brinda Post 90, the Son’s of the American Legion, Boy Scout Troop #288 and Cub Scouts from Pack #288 will conduct the Flag Disposal Ceremony together. United States flags that need to be destroyed in a dignified manner may be left in the white Flag Drop Box on Main Street, located in front of the Veteran’s Club here in Valentine.

For more information please phone 402 376 2443.


Noted BB Coach Rick Hesse Passes

One of the most influential coaches in North Central and North East Nebraska died Thursday afternoon.

Rick Hesse, most recently of Valentine, died after receiving a heart transplant about two weeks ago.

In early May, Hesse was accepted into the heart transplant program at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He was placed on the heart transplant list on May 16 and the transplant occurred within days.

The news of Hesse’s death has traveled quickly around the country.

Hesse coached at Clearwater for more than 20 years, leading the Cardinals to 11 state tournaments and becoming the first boys team to win four consecutive state titles.  Rick also gained notoriety as a fisherman throughout the area.

Hesse coached at Valentine High School with numerous successes and retired from administration at the school. Rick Hesse is survived by wife Kim and sons Greg, Jim, Doug and Joe. Memorial services will be at 11:00 am CT on June 14th at Valentine High School Gym.


Valentine Classic Motor Club Cruise Night

The Valentine Classic Motor Club will have their cruise night Saturday, June 7th from 6pm until roughly 9pm. They'll start in the parking lot of Henderson's IGA / Alco and take a slightly different route than past years to go by the Relay for Life event at the High School, but still ending at Scotty's Ranchland Foods with a BBQ supper for $5. They'll auction off a hoodie at 8pm. There will be plenty of parking for all of the cruise cards in the parking lots of the Valentine Chamber of Commerce and Scotty's Ranchland Foods. Hang around and check out all the rides!



Missoula Children’s Theater Coming to Valentine June 9 - 13

Valentine Area Arts Council is once again bringing Missoula Children’s Theater and the production of Rapunzel to Valentine.  Auditions will be held Monday June 9 at 10:00 am in the auditorium at the High School. There are roles for those students entering 1st grade through High School. Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show with the MCT Tour Actor/Director. Students wishing to audition must arrive by the scheduled starting time and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition.

The performance will be held on Friday June 13th at 7:00 pm and will be presented at Valentine High School Auditorium. All those cast must be available for the performance.  Admission for the performance will be $5.00 with children under age five admitted free.


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