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Some Nebraska students get OK to pose with guns

A central Nebraska school board has decided to let students pose with guns in their senior portraits.

The Broken Bow school board took the action at its meeting Monday night.

The issue arose last year when a student was denied permission to pose with a gun.

Superintendent Mark Sievering says that as district officials talked about the issue, "There was a sense that to allow a student to have a firearm, as long as it was done in a tasteful manner in terms of a hunting or sporting-type picture, that that might be OK."

Sievering says students may not be pointing guns at the cameras in their pictures or the photos will not be used in yearbooks or other school publications.


Drugs and Money Seized on Rosebud Reservation

On October 15, 2014, the Rosebud Law Enforcement Services received information regarding suspicious activity at the Quality Inn at the Rosebud Casino. Officers responded to a room rented by a male and female. The Officers observed drug paraphernalia in plain view. Upon requesting and receiving a Tribal Search Warrant, the Officers seized approximately 90 grams of methamphetamine. In addition, the Officers seized approximately six thousand United States dollars ($6,000) suspected to be drug related.

Also found in the room was paraphernalia, including loaded syringes. The suspects were arrested and are currently incarcerated in the Rosebud Sioux Adult Correctional Facility. Bond has been set at $10,000.00 for each suspect.

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is working diligently to eradicate the use and sale of drugs throughout the Reservation. If you have any information pertaining to the use and/or sale of drugs on the Rosebud Reservation please contact the Rosebud Sioux Law Enforcement Services Criminal Investigation Division at (605)747.2281.


Golf Course Update


About two dozen people attended a public meeting last evening to learn about the progress being made on a new community golf course in Valentine. Chris Brands, who works with Tom Lehman on golf course design, explained what their philosophy is when building a course. Ross Buckendahl, with The Prairie Club, explained how he will be involved in the project in design and construction. Mr. Brands stated that the Valentine area is quote “one of our favorite places we have ever worked”. He worked with Tom Lehman on the design of the Dunes course at The Prairie Club. Brands has 25 years of experience in course design and 18 of those have been with Lehman. Referring to the local community course Brands stated “We want to get the best possible use of the property”. Mr. Buckendahl has lived in the Valentine community for seven years and now is Director of Operations at The Prairie Club. He stated that they would hopefully start construction in March, sculpt the landscape, install irrigation and plant grass by fall and be ready to open in the summer of 2016.

The Valentine Golf Course Development board continues to meet approximately every two weeks to work on such things as irrigation, infrastructure, easements and leases. The next meeting for the board is planned for October 28th, at 5:30 at the Valentine Library and is open to the public. Numerous community members have stepped up and donated to a golf course fund that currently has over $230,000 for development. Donations can still be made at either the City of Valentine office or to the Sandhills Area Foundation. Both donations are tax deductible.


Valentine To Lincoln Run

A Lincoln man has completed a nearly 200-mile run in five days from Valentine to Norfolk.  Tom Volk started in Valentine on Monday of last week and finished his 196-mile trek Friday in Norfolk. He says he ran about 12 minutes and 30 seconds for each mile, which included a few walk breaks. He started his journey with Andy Pollock, who also lives in Lincoln. They had hoped to make the run together to call attention to the need to finish the trail west of Valentine. They planned to only stop for water, other liquids and food about every 10 miles. Pollock ran 101 miles before stopping on Wednesday, because of a half-dollar sized blister on his left foot.


First Flu Cases Confirmed in Nebraska

Flu is here. The first confirmed cases of the season have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. There are three, all in Douglas County.

“Several viruses are in the news right now including Ebola and enterovirus, but it’s also important to remember that flu can be a serious disease,” said Dr. Joseph Acierno, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS. “Getting vaccinated is the most important step you can take to protect yourself and your family from flu.”

The severity and the length of flu seasons vary, but flu season in the U.S. typically peaks between December and February. Though public health officials can’t predict exactly what flu season will be like this year, they recommend getting vaccinated as soon as possible for the best protection.

DHHS officially started flu surveillance Sept. 28. Surveillance shows where the flu is and how fast it’s spreading across the state.

DHHS uses multiple surveillance systems to track flu viruses, including sentinel physicians who report the number of people with flu-like illness weekly, lab tests, school surveillance, hospital data, emergency department data and death reporting.


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