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River Appreciation Day

The Niobrara River Outfitters Association will be sponsoring their annual River Appreciation Day on Sunday September 21st.  NRO Members will be offering to the public a free float trip for those wanting to spend an afternoon on the Niobrara National Scenic River east of Valentine during which time the outfitters will be conducting their annual Fall River Cleanup.  Everyone will meet at their takeout points at 1pm for transportation to their starting points.  Call one of the NRO members for more details on preferred segments and vessel types (canoes or kayaks) by Friday September 19th.

Cornell Bridge to Berry Bridge: Graham Canoe Outfitters 402-376-3708

Brewer Bridge to Wildcat Camp: Prairie River Outfitters 402-376-1887

Rocky Ford to Rock Barn: Dryland Aquatics 402-376-3119

Rock Barn to Norden Bridge: Rock Barn Outfitters 402-376-1764


Valentine's Homecoming Events Scheduled

Valentine High School’s Homecoming will be Friday, September 26th.  The theme this year is  “Welcome to the Jungle.”  Monday will be Dress in Animal Print, Tuesday will be Survivor Day.  Wednesday there is no school due to School Improvement meetings.  Thursday is Class Colors day,  Freshman wear Yellow, Sophomores wear Brown, Juniors wear Blue, and Seniors dress in Green.  Staff will dress in Orange.   Friday is Spirit Day.

The parade will be Friday at 2:30 p.m., therefore students will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m.  While the school encourages all students to take part in some fashion in the parade and pep rally, it is not mandatory.  The parade route will start at Cedar Canyon Restaurant and the Main Street intersection as it traditionally has; the parade route will go down Main Street, turn on 5th street, and continue to the high school parking lot,  The pep rally will be held in the high school grand stands.  Anyone wishing to leave floats, banners, or any other Homecoming items in the parking lot or around the football complex so they can be viewed at the football game that evening is welcome to do so.  Anyone interested in taking part in the parade should pick up an entry form from the High School or KVSH Radio.  Varsity Football will take on the Ord Chanticleers at 7:00 p.m.

The Homecoming Dance will be held on the floor in the high school gym starting shortly after the football game and ending at 12:00 a.m.  The doors to the dance will remain open 1 hour after the conclusion of the football game and will be one-way.  Once any student leaves the dance at any time, they will not be allowed to return.  Admission to the dance is $5.00 per person.

Crowning of King & Queen will be during the half time of the football game. Queen candidates are: Sophie Lopez, daughter of Kent & Beth Lopez, Payton Sandoz, daughter of Kent Sandoz and Shari Sandoz, & Madison Kelber, daughter of Jason & Renee Kelber.  King Candidates are:  Brooks Coleman, son of Lonnie & Renae Coleman, Jacob Hand, son of Tim and Jo Hand, Gunnar Hitchcock, son of Wes & Candace Hitchcock.


2014 Nebraska 4-H State Fair Results

Special State Fair 4-H Exhibitor ribbons were placed on those items entered in the Cherry County Fair that the judges selected to advance to the Nebraska State Fair.

Results from judging at the 2014 State Fair in Grand Island are as follows: Brennann Jackson,You’re The Chef, Specialty Rolls,purple: Katelynn Jackson,Foodworks,Specialty Pastry,blue; Gage Krolikowski,Taxidermy,Taxidermy,purple; Tessa Krolikowski,Food Preservation,Jelled Exhibit,blue; Cody Kronhofman,Tasty Tidbits,Creative Mixes,red; Forrest Schmidt,Horticulture,Salad Tomatoes,purple; Chet Tetherow,Horticulture,Snap Beans,blue; Chet Tetherow,Welding,Welding Article,blue.

Sarah Shelbourn represented Cherry County 4-H as the State Fair Stylist.  She received a blue ribbon in the Fashion Show, modeling a dress in the Clothing II project area.

In 4-H Beef competition, Fletcher Larsen received a purple ribbon for Market Beef in the Market Heifer class, a purple ribbon for Simmental Breeding Beef in the Simmental Yearlings Class, and a purple ribbon for Intermediate Beef Showmanship.

These young people did an excellent job of representing Cherry County’s 4-H program and serve as an example of the positive results that can be achieved by quality completion of a 4-H project.



St. Mary's Annual Bazaar in Nenzel

St. Mary's Annual Bazaar is the largest community function in Nenzel, Nebraska and is scheduled for Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm Mountain Time. It is a freewill offering for a roast beef dinner with all of the trimmings. Visit the country store to pick up homemade goodies, and while you're there, there will be kids games and raffle prizes. This annual event serves around 500 people from the small village of Nenzel, which has an approximate population of 21 residents. Nenzel was incorporated on June 23, 1899. Located on U.S. Highway 20, it is one of the most northern towns in western Nebraska, only five miles from the South Dakota border. Approximately 8 of the town's current residents are direct descendants of the town's founder, George Nenzel. Visit this unique community on September 21st, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm Mountain Time for St. Mary's Annual Bazaar.

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Wind Turbine Ribbon Cutting Held

About 40 people braved the chilly temperatures to attend the ribbon cutting of the first wind turbine in Cherry County on Wednesday evening. The turbine is located 3 miles west of Valentine and south of Highway 20. The turbine is the result of the City of Valentine signing a power purchase agreement with Bluestem Sandhills to integrate the power into the Valentine grid. The agreement is an effort by the city to reduce the winter peak demand rate charged by NPPD. The Valentine Chamber of Commerce hosted the ribbon cutting ceremony after a few short statements from City Council representative Don Nelsen, Cherry County Wind board member Jim Van Winkle, Bluestem representative Jon Crane and Chuck Hassebrook, candidate for Governor. The turbine is located on the Bob and Nancy Sinnett Ranch which is part of the Cherry County Wind Energy Association.


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