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Free Business Marketing Workshop in Valentine January 29

A free marketing workshop is scheduled for Thursday evening, January 29, from 6-9 pm at Mid-Plains Community College, 113 N. Hall Street, Valentine, Nebraska.

Whether you are an existing business, or you are interested in starting a business, this free workshop is for you. Everyone is welcome – you do not need to be a Chamber member to attend.

The topic of this Marketing Workshop is “How to Squeeze More Out of Your Marketing.” David Buchholz, guest speaker, has shared his expertise in marketing with Cherry County businesses in the past. David is president of David & Associates, a Nebraska based communications firm with over 30 years of marketing experience. At this workshop you will learn basic marketing principles that have a bottom-line impact on your business, establish an identity for your business, three ways to build your business, learn how to compete on value-not price, connect with your customer, and build your business without wasting a lot of money. Register Today for this valuable workshop by calling Kathy Drake at 402-394-1790, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Central Nebraska Economic Development District (CNEDD) is partnering with the Valentine Chamber of Commerce and Rural Enterprise Assistance Project to bring this valuable workshop to businesses in the Valentine area.

To learn more about the Central Nebraska Economic Development District and how we can serve your community or county, please call Judy Petersen at 402-340-0106, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Valentine Vets' Club Soup Contest - Round 1 Results

The 11th Annual Vets’ Club Soup contest was just the ticket to warm everyone up Friday night when an enthusiastic crowd chose Debbi Hoffman’s Country Potato as the first round winner.

Vying with Hoffman were Ray Shields’ Cheesy Broccoli with Bacon, Ed Bacon’s 1964 Bean Soup, Kate Fullerton’s Burger Bean Bonanza and Rick Lurz’s Country Soup.

Hoffman won a $25 gift card from Henderson’s IGA, and the other contestants were given gift baskets as a thank you for entering. All contestants also received $20 in free raffle tickets.

All of those tasting and voting on the soups received a free raffle ticket. The raffle will be held at the contest finale Feb. 6 and you must be present to win. The grand prizes for the raffle are a Winchester 12 gauge shotgun, a Savage .243 rifle, and a Savage .223 rifle,

Additional raffle prizes include numerous gift certificates and donations from area businesses. A complete listing can be found on posters around town. Just a few of the many items to be given away are two star quilts, jewelry, pet products, pool cues, home decor and tools. Stop at the Vets’ Club to see all of the prizes that will be given away Feb. 6.

Check at the Vets’ Club 402-376-3603 if interested in entering the soup contest. Slots are available for all weeks, Jan. 16, 23 and 30.

Come and join us every Friday!

The Vets’ Club would like to thank all of the area merchants who help support all of its activities.

 

House overwhelmingly approves Keystone XL pipeline

The House has overwhelmingly passed a bill authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline despite a veto threat from the White House.

The bill passed Friday on a 266-153 vote, one of the first pieces of legislation considered by the Republican-controlled Congress. It was the 10th vote the House had taken since July 2011 to advance the $7 billion project, which would carry oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

The Senate has a test vote on Monday with enough support to pass an identical bill.

Hours before the House vote, Nebraska's highest court tossed out a lawsuit challenging the pipeline's route, an obstacle the White House said it needed removed to make a decision on the project. The White House veto threat was based partly on the outstanding Nebraska case.

The director of a group leading opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is denouncing the Nebraska Supreme Court's tossing of a lawsuit over it.

Jane Kleeb, executive director of Bold Nebraska, sobbed Friday morning following the release of the court's opinion throwing out the lawsuit, even though a majority of judges agreed that the landowners who sued should have won their case.

Because it raised a constitutional question, a supermajority of five judges was needed to rule on the law. But three justices found that the landowners didn't prove they had standing to file the lawsuit.

Kleeb says she is still confident the White House will not approve federal permits needed to build the pipeline, but says opponents will consider other ways to try to block the project.

   

Valentine City Council Meeting

The Valentine City Council met on Thursday evening, January 8th, for their regular monthly meeting. The council approved several agenda items including the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway sign on city property on Highway 12 just east of Valentine. They accepted the sixth place hanger bid. The cooperative effort between the city police and the Borders without Boundaries animal rescue was approved on a six-month trial basis.

Snow removal procedure were discussed, noting the slick condition of the city streets. The city ordinances concerning snow removal were reviewed. A lot of the discussion centered around getting out earlier when snow is occurring. The question was asked as to what puts the plows in motion in the city, and the answer was "whenever it is needed". No action was taken.

Ron Bauer, with the Bull Bash committee, gave a report on the Red Dress Event, the Bull Bash, and the Bash after the Bulls.

The new lease agreement with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission was approved to accommodate some boundary changes for the new golf course.

The NPPD Wholesale Power contract had little discussion and was tabled by the council.

 

NE Court Rejects Keystone Lawsuit

Nebraska's highest court has tossed a lawsuit challenging a proposed route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying the landowners who sued didn't have legal standing to do so.

 

The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that the three landowners failed to show they had legal standing to bring their case.

 

The split decision upholds a 2012 state law that allowed the governor to empower Calgary-based TransCanada to force eastern Nebraska landowners to sell their property for the project.

 

President Barack Obama has said he was waiting for the Nebraska ruling before making major decisions for the pipeline, which would carry more than 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to Texas refineries.

 

Republicans say the pipeline is a top congressional priority.

   

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