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Tribal Summit in Bismarck

Tribal leaders in the Dakotas will discuss topics ranging from health care to economic development during an annual gathering in Bismarck this week.  The 18th annual Tribal Leaders Summit is Wednesday through Friday at the Bismarck Civic Center. Coordinator Julie Dejarlais says that there will be a panel of experts to give updates on issues, and a panel of tribal leaders who will ask questions. Dejarlais says the goal of the question-and-answer format is to give the audience a clearer picture of issues impacting American Indians. The keynote speaker this year is 1964 Olympic gold-medal runner Billy Mills. The Oglala Lakota athlete now works with an organization that helps American Indian youth. The summit coincides with the United Tribes International Powwow, Thursday through Sunday.


Bucking Bull finals Return to Valentine

The Midwest Bucking Bull Finals return to Valentine September 12th and 13th. This year there will be over $80,000 in prize money for bull riders and stock contractors. The event begins on Friday evening September 12th at 6pm with the Calcutta at the Peppermill on east highway 20. Then Saturday morning begins the bucking bull competition with the bull riding classic at 7pm September 13th at the cherry county fairgrounds. After the bull riding, join the crew for a dance at the New Bull Market Beer and Grill in downtown Valentine. New this year will be a live internet webcast of the bull riding for the whole world to enjoy. Check out more details at mbbabulls.com.


Mid-Plains Community College Extended Campus Classes

Many for-credit class opportunities will be available in the next few days through the Mid-Plains Extended Campus in Valentine. Classes starting Monday, August 25th include Lakota History and Traditions and Intro to Psychology. Classes beginning Tuesday the 26th include Basic Ground Training and Advanced Ground Training. On Wednesday the 27th, Desktop Publishing will be offered and on the 28th, classes include Lakota Language/Conversation and Creative Writing. Many online Agriculture classes are also being offered beginning on Tuesday the 26th. EMS and Healthcare classes are also available through Mid-Plains. If you need more information or to register for any of the classes, contact Mid-Plains Valentine at (402) 376-8033.


Notification of Release of Individuals

Cherry County Attorney Eric Scott has announced that two individuals have been released from federal prison and are living in the Valentine area. In a notice received from the Prisoner Release Coordinator of the Nebraska Attorney General's office, Scott says both offenders are convicted felons who have been released from prison under stringent supervisory probation conditions, and are living at 521 W. 3rd Street, in the Valentine Apartments.

James W. Menard, age 31, was convicted on felony charges of selling, distributing or dispensing a controlled substance. Menard's probation supervision conditions include a location monitoring program and alcohol or intoxicant restrictions.

Robert K. Garrett, age 31, was a habitual offender on a domestic assault violation. Garrett is also subject to certain probation supervisory conditions.

Nebraska statues require notification of release of individuals convicted of violent crimes or because of the release of an individual who is a sex offender. Both Menard and Garrett fall under the category of violent crime offenders.


Rat and Beaver Lake Renovations


LINCOLN – Rat and Beaver Lakes in Cherry County will be temporarily closed to the public next month while a chemical renovation of the lakes takes place as part of an Aquatic Habitat Project.


The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission set a tentative date of Sept. 3-4, depending on the weather, for the chemical renovation of the fishery at Rat and Beaver Lakes. The lakes will be temporarily closed to the public Sept. 3-7 for safety reasons and for control of the work area while fish are counted.

A temporary water-control structure was installed this spring to allow the lakes to be lowered. A contractor will install two fish barriers below the lowered lakes in September. Those barriers will prevent access of common carp upstream into the lakes.

The lakes will be safe to restock two or three weeks following chemical renovation, depending on water temperatures. Bluegill, yellow perch, black crappie and largemouth bass will be stocked back into the lakes.

The renovation of Rat and Beaver Lakes is being made possible by the cooperation of the neighboring landowners and the Rat and Beaver Lake Club. The project will use Aquatic Habitat Stamp Program funds.

For more information, contact Zac Brashears at the Valentine State Fish Hatchery at 402-376-8080.


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