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Panel defeats plan to allowed concealed carry without permit

A state Senate panel has defeated a proposal that would allow people in South Dakota to carry a concealed pistol without a permit.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-1 on Tuesday against the measure, which would have removed the requirement for a concealed pistol permit from state law.

Openly carrying a firearm in South Dakota is legal.

Republican Rep. Jim Stalzer has said that he has a concealed pistol permit and has been in situations where he's been glad to have it. But Stalzer says he knows people who have accidentally let their permits expire and have carried their weapons illegally.

The law enforcement community has opposed the proposal, which passed through the House.

Republican Sen. Phil Jensen says an effort to revive the plan Tuesday afternoon didn't receive enough support.


Retail gasoline prices continue to rise

Average retail gasoline prices continue to rise in the Dakotas. reports that the average price of a gallon of gas is about $2.13 in South Dakota and $2.22 in North Dakota. South Dakota's average price rose 3 ½ cents over the past week and North Dakota's average jumped nearly 5 ½ cents.

Gas prices in both states fell below the $2-per-gallon mark in January as global oil prices dropped. But Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says seasonal rises in gas prices are now well underway.

Gas in the Dakotas is still more than $1 per gallon cheaper than it was a year ago, however.

In Nebraska, gas is up almost 2 cents a gallon to an average of $2.26 per gallon.



Marketing Seminar

Sandhills State Bank has partnered with GROW Nebraska and UNL Extension to offer an afternoon workshop in Valentine, on March 4th,  focused on helping businesses review what really works to market their businesses. In the workshop, participants will learn about traditional media, social media, Google Analytics and GROW Nebraska options. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop and a friend to enjoy this hands-on interactive learning session.

The workshop will be held at the Sandhills State Bank Conference Room (note change of location)
. Cost is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Sign up today at The workshop is from 4:00 – 6:00 CT (registration will open at 3:30).

More information is available on the GROW Nebraska web site at For answers to additional questions, call GROW Nebraska at 888.476.9632.



Valentine Speech

Ainsworth Speech Tournament on February 21st brought 12 teams together for a 3 round, no finals competition.  In the novice category, Isaac Yoder from Valentine was 3rd in Informative.
In Persuasive, Ashley Hoffman took 2nd .  Amos Utecht was a double medallist with a 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking and 3rd in Humorous Prose.  At the varsity level, Sydney Dunn brought home 2 medals, with a 3rd in Humorous and 4th in Poetry.
Due to District BB finals being held at Valentine HS on Friday, the Public Speech Performance will be on Thursday, the 26th, pending results of the Badger Boys BB sub-districts.
The Speech Team cordially invites you to an evening of entertainment starting at 7 in the auditorium.  The VHS Speech Team will not be in competition again until March 7th at the Best of the West Tournament in North Platte.

United States Cattle on Feed Up Slightly

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.7 million head on February 1, 2015. The inventory was slightly above February 1, 2014.
Placements in feedlots during January totaled 1.79 million, 11 percent below 2014. Net placements were 1.71 million head. During January, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 405,000, 600-699 pounds were 340,000, 700-799 pounds were 477,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 565,000.
Marketings of fed cattle during January totaled 1.63 million, 9 percent below 2014. January marketings are the lowest since the series began in 1996.
Other disappearance totaled 77,000 during January, 8 percent above 2014.


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