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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day on Friday, May 15

Governor Pete Ricketts, in accordance with a proclamation from President Obama, announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff on Friday, May 15, 2015, in honor of a Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday, May 15, 2015.

A Peace Officer Memorial will be held at the Cherry County Justice Center at 8:30 pm.


Bike Rodeo to Promote Bike Safety on May 16th

A bike rodeo will be held Saturday May 16 @ 2pm at the Zion Lutheran Church at 3rd and Haley, hosted by the Valentine Police Department.  The activity will promote safe bike riding.  Participants will have to have a signed waiver by parent/guardian to participate and helmets are required.


FFA Upcoming Events on May 18th and 19th

The FFA will be holding their plant sale from their greenhouse at Scotty's Ranchland Foods on Monday, May 18th from 2 pm until about 5:30 pm. They will also be selling projects made during shop class. Come out and support Valentine FFA at Scotty's on Monday, May 18th.

Valentine FFA is also holding a community service day to give back to all the businesses and community supporters of FFA around town on Tuesday, May 19th. If your business needs help with general labor, such as raking the yard, painting or cleaning up, please give FFA Advisor Brent Nollette a call at 402-389-0439 or email him at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The FFA is offering help to businesses as well as community members.


Man sentenced for trespassing on South Dakota reservation

A Chicago man accused by federal authorities of repeatedly violating an order banning him from entering the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota has been sentenced to one year in prison.

Acting U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says 44-year-old Steven Nichols was also ordered to spend one year on supervised release and to not re-enter the lands of Todd County and the reservation.

On September 2011, Nichols was barred from the reservation and escorted off tribal lands. The reason wasn't immediately clear.

Federal authorities say Nichols violated that tribal order at least three times, and as a result, he was sentenced to nine months in federal custody in September. He was placed on a work release program, but he was again found on tribal land in January.

Nichols was charged with criminal trespass following the January incident. He later pleaded guilty to the charge.


Wild Weather Weekend Wreaks Havoc on Nebraska and South Dakota

The two-state region experienced rain, hail, flooding, snow and tornadoes over the weekend. Valentine escaped the severe weather, but received lots of moisture, mainly in the form of heavy rain, although some flurries did fall. Over the 4 day period, Valentine recorded a storm total precipitation around 2.79". The year-to-date moisture deficit was erased, and Valentine now sits at 5.04" of precipitation for the year, or .45" above normal.

Other areas received an over-abundance of moisture, with flooding in southeast Nebraska, a tornado in Roseland, Nebraska in Adams County on Wednesday, and 15+ inches of snow in Sheridan County and the panhandle. South Dakota also saw up to two feet of snow in the Black Hills, and a tornado ripped through the southeastern South Dakota town of Delmont, causing injuries to at least nine people and lots of property damage.

Valentine and surrounding areas remain in a freeze watch and frost advisory through Tuesday morning. Temps are expected to warm to the 70s by mid-week, but a chance of showers remains in the forecast.


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