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St. Francis Man ging to Jail

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact was sentenced on February 10,  by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Joseph Blue Bird, age 26, was sentenced to 36 months of custody and 5 years of supervised release. Blue Bird was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

Blue Bird was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 19, 2012. He pled guilty on November 19, 2013.

The conviction stems from an incident in May 2012, wherein the victim went to her neighbor's house in Rosebud for a social gathering. Blue Bird was also present at the gathering.
Blue Bird was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service


Bull Bash this Saturday


The 13th Annual Heart City Bull Bash in Valentine, Nebraska will be held Saturday, February 15th. Billed as the Heart City’s Main Event the Bull Bash pays tribute to agriculture and is a winter festival that gives cattlemen the opportunity to look at bulls and bale feeders while the rest of the family takes in art, gun, quilt and craft shows, a tasty lunch, and wine tasting.

This year each cattle and commercial exhibitor will be supplied with raffle tickets. When you visit with them and they give you one of those raffle tickets – you will be eligible to win either a Bar None Custom Made Pure Beaver Hat donated by Kaycee Hoffman and the Bull Bash Committee or a Ruger American 22-250 with a 22” barrel donated by the Gun Cabinet and the Heart City Bull Bash Committee. The bull exhibitors will draw for the hat and the commercial exhibitors will draw for the gun. Tickets will need to be deposited in an entry box in front of Plains Trading before 4:00 CST that afternoon so the drawing can be held that day.

Attendees of the Bull Bash will want to start their day early so they can make the rounds! Start your day with a 5K Run/Walk with the Bulls. This event starts at 10:30 a.m. and you can call Andy at 402-322-1137 or Tonya at 402-322-0012 to register or just check in at 10:30 CST at the Comfort Inn. There is no registration fee. Tee shirts may be purchased.

And while we’re thinking about healthy lifestyles, Bull Bash attendees have an opportunity to have their heart health assessed complimentary by Bryan Medical out of Lincoln. Bring your current cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and height statistics to the Bryan Medical truck that will be parked just south of Wells Fargo from 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Their staff will enter your information into their computer and evaluation your heart health. There is no cost, you don’t need an appointment and it only takes about ten minutes.

Our first Go Red for Women Salt Block Art Contest has been a big hit throughout the area, The entries will be judged by popular vote at the Go Red for Women Event on Valentine’s Day , Friday, February 14, 8:30 p.m. CST Cherry County Fairgrounds. The blocks will be on display during Bull Bash.

What sounds better in these bitter temps than a quilt show? The Bull Bash offers a great one and you get to vote on your favorite! But most important – just come into Nelsen’s Furniture and enjoy the beauty and talent that that will be on display via our area quilters. The show opens at 10:00 and promises quilts of all kinds – old and new. Contact Debbie Galloway 402-966-3471 for more information on bringing your own quilt.

 Taste some home grown Nebraska wine with Friends of the Library at Wells Fargo Bank from 2-4 p.m. Featured vineyards this year are Nissen Brothers from Hartington and Milleta Vista from St.Paul.

The Vet’s Club on Main Street will be an important stop this year as they are hosting our craft show in the basement, serving a delicious lunch upstairs and you will be able to buy your dessert right there at the VFW bake sale.

Plains Trading is bringing some great book signing opportunities again this year for Bull Bash. Local author Evelyn Foster will be at Plains Trading from 10:30 – noon with Bricks of Love. At that same time C.M. Wendelboe will be there with his third book Death on the Greasy Grass. And come by at noon and have Tom Brewer sign Bone Yard which features him. Tom is running for the Congressional seat.

Support 4-H at the Luck of the Draw at Cedar Canyon. And who can imagine it’s already the third year for the Guns and Roses Gun show? It’s a favorite part of the Bull Bash and it’s back in the same location – Hoover Event Center. Come and buy or trade some guns. There’s always folks there that can repair guns as well so keep that in mind.

There will be artists to draw your portrait, business appreciation events, grand openings – check out for a complete schedule with times and specials. Many in-store specials and hot drinks and sweet treats will line the sidewalk.

This event that’s all about the livestock industry continues to keep agriculture in the forefront during this daylong celebration. Families are encouraged to take a break from calving and feeding chores and spend the afternoon celebrating their rich livestock heritage with friends and neighbors.


Indian Child Welfare Update

Native American organizations are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the treatment of American Indian and Alaska Native children in the private adoption and public child welfare systems.

Tribal leaders delivered a letter Monday to DOJ Attorney General for Civil Rights Jocelyn Samuels demanding the investigation.

The request follows a recent custody battle over a Cherokee girl known as Baby Veronica who eventually was adopted by a white South Carolina couple. It also comes after lawsuits alleging violations of federal law governing foster care and adoptions in some states. 

In 1978, Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act to curb the high number of Indian children being removed from their homes and placed in non-Indian foster care.

Experts say the law has slowed the removals, but Native children are still disproportionately represented in the child welfare system nationwide.


Lions Club Fund Raiser Nets Over $500 For Community Projects


Puxatony Phil saw his shadow, but that didn't stop the Valentine Lions Club from serving pancakes and sausage to about 60 people from around the community during their Groundhog Day pancake feed at the Cherry County Fairgrounds on Sunday evening. This event is the number one fund raiser for the Valentine Lions Club each year. This year, $631 was raised before expenses, and according to Lions Club President Jimmy Wright, about $550 will help the Lions Club continue to make a difference in the community through 2014.


70th Annual Coronation "Cupids Memories"

Mark your calendars for the 70th annual Coronation event.  "Cupid's Memories" will be held on February 9th at 5pm at the Valentine High School.  Kids from the Valentine Community Schools will be involved as they have done in the past, as well as the Zion Lutheran School.  Tickets are being sold at Fashions in Valentine, and will be available at the door.

Following the Coronation ceremony, there will be a dance for all high school students and their dates.  The dance will be held at the high school.  Doors for the dance will open at 7pm and close at 8.  This will be a one way door with the dance ending at 11pm.  The dance will cost $5 per person.

2014 Coronation Candidates are, from the Senior Class, Brianna Bussinger, Shaniya DeNayer, Lindsey Fay, Abbey Jacobs, Sheyanne Long, Emily Medley, Emily Perrett, Trevor Bukaske, Quin Conner, Triston Eklund, Braxton Green, Ed McCleary, Brad Michalek, and Taylor Monroe.  Junior Class candidates are Lesley Adamson, Sydney Dunn, Rachel Kilmer, and Bailey Leonard, Cameron Bancroft, Daniel Cox, Kyle Johnson, and Cameron Perrett.  Sophomore Class candidates are Grace Hustrulid, Chloe Jones, Nicole Lurz, Macey Mathis, Jesse Schell, Bryan Sliger, Corbin Standing Ready, and Ty Wolken.  From the freshman class, candidates are Kortney Kronhofman, Allison Robinson, Bayden Sayer, Sarah Shelbourn, Emerson Verbeek, Newt Bussinger, Kyle Critchfield, Jared Fulton, Trey Nelson and Hudson Pearman.



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