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Economic Development board Meets

 

The Valentine Economic Development Board met Monday evening at the public library meeting room for a regular monthly meeting. The board discussed progress on gathering information about a new community golf course and also reviewed information on some revolving loan fund applications. There was also some discussion about what types of businesses the Valentine community need at this time. Planning continues for the 2014 Nebraska Economic Developers Conference which will come to Valentine May 14ththrough the 16th. About 125 people involved in economic development in the state will meet for three days in Valentine. For more information abut the Valentine Econoimc Development program contact Mike Burge at 402 376-6842.

 

Rosebud Reservation Diabetes

Tribal members on South Dakota's Rosebud Indian Reservation will soon have access to a modern workout facility and other resources to help prevent and treat diabetes.

 

The wellness center under construction in Rosebud is part of a $5 million investment from the world's largest manufacturer of insulin, Denmark-based Novo Nordisk Inc.

 

The company will formally announce the effort Friday.

 

The money will also fund a mobile unit that will screen tribal members who don't have transportation and train certified diabetes educators who are native.

 

American Indians have the highest rate of diabetes among all races and ethnic groups in the U.S.

 

Connie Brushbreaker heads up Rosebud's diabetes education program and says the additional resources are needed because a lack of funding, space and staff have limited what she can do.

 

Residents Urged to Attend Game and Parks Meeting in Valentine

 

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners will be in Valentine on August 29th and 30th. They plan to hold a social event on the Niobrara River on the evening of the 29th, and a regular business meeting at the Niobrara Lodge at 8 AM on the 30th. Last month at their meeting in Lincoln, the Commissioners voted to participate in a land purchase of 461 acres in Cherry County. The piece of land is located southwest of Valentine, or south of Kilgore, on the Niobrara River. A delegation of Cherry County residents attended that meeting but were not included in the discussion about the land purchase before the commissioners voted to proceed. Cherry County Commissioner Jerry Adamson encourages area residents to attend the meeting in Valentine on the 30th. At this time it does not appear that discussion about the recent land acquisition is on the agenda for the meeting.

   

Rosebud Man Sentenced on Drug Charge

 

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, man convicted of conspiracy to distribute between 50 and 100 kilograms of marijuana was sentenced on August 19, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Alfred Eagle Deer, Jr., age 31, was sentenced to 28 months of custody, 3 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Eagle Deer was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 29, 2012, and pled guilty to a Superseding Information on May 29, 2013, that charged him with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance, 50-100 kilograms of marijuana.

Eagle Deer will report to the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence.

 

High Number of Travelers Expected in Nebraska for Labor Day Weekend

AAA Travel projects 34.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the 2013 Labor Day holiday period which runs from Thursday, August 29, through Monday, September 2. AAA’s survey reflects a 4.2 percent increase from the 32.7 million people who traveled last year and is the highest number of Labor Day travelers since 2008. The anticipated increase is predominantly due to a positive economic outlook and improving consumer confidence. Of those traveling, 85 percent (29.2 million) will reach their destination by car. Eight percent (2.6 million) will travel by air. The remaining seven percent will travel by other modes such as rail, bus, and watercraft. During the five-day holiday period, the largest share of travelers (46 percent) will depart on Friday, August 30 with most (43 percent) returning on Monday, September 2. Nebraskans staying closer to home will find numerous ideas on how to celebrate the last summer holiday at www.visitnebraska.com. The events section lists dozens of fairs and community celebrations appropriate for the entire family. Outdoor enthusiasts should visit www.outdoornebraska.org for information on events and activities at our State Parks and State Recreation Areas.

   

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