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Valentine Library Celebrates Reading 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Not too long ago, the Valentine Library started a program to encourage young readers to read 1,000 books before they reach kindergarten. The 1000BK program now has 11 young readers that have read 1,000 books each since last August: Daequan and Keaton Poor Bear, Eli Beel, Evelyn & Eliza Graves, Giddeon Cloyd, Tryston & Anniyah Bailey, Darby Murphy, Samantha Liebhart and Medora Dahlstrom. For every 100 books read, the kids can bring in their sheet and get a small prize. After 1000 books are read, they receive their very own library card and a book bag. This program is free and those interested can stop by the Valentine Public Library to pick up their folder, which contains sheets and stickers to keep track of books read. This is a great way to help foster a love of reading at a young age. The summer reading program is also going on at the library through June on Wednesdays at 10 am for 5 years through 5th grade and on Thursdays for preschoolers ages 1 through 4 years old. You may call the library with any questions: 402-376-3160.


400+ Bike Riders Coming to Valentine Area

A total of 430 cyclists on the Tour de Nebraska bicycle adventure will roll out of Springview on Wednesday, June 22 and travel five days to Bassett, Ainsworth and Valentine in north central Nebraska, according to Susan Larson Rodenburg, Co-Founder and Event Organizer.

With a record number of cyclists on this year’s Tour de Nebraska annual bicycle adventure, it’s even more critical for motorists and cyclists to use extra caution on the road.

Rodenburg coordinates closely with the Nebraska State Patrol, County Sheriffs, the Nebraska Agency for Emergency Management and local law enforcement, which provide an extra layer of safety and support. This cooperation as led to a near stellar safety record for Tour de Nebraska, and she wants that to continue in 2016.

The noncompetitive cycle tour will start and end in Springview. It will proceed to overnights at Bassett (Wednesday, 6/22), Ainsworth (Thursday, 6/23) and Valentine (Friday and Saturday, 6/24-25) and back to Springview on Sunday, June 26. Cyclists of all ages originate from 24 states.

Throughout the year, Rodenburg and her staff work closely with host communities and communities along the route to provide overnight camping, meals, entertainment and support.

The favorite rest stop and overnight host towns chosen by the riders receive cash awards. This year, the Rodenburgs created the Tour de Nebraska Give Back Program, which offers a $500 grant to the overnight host communities. “It’s a small token of thanks for their efforts,” Rodenburg said.


Circus in Valentine Today and Tomorrow

The Sandhills Shrine presents the James Cristy Cole Circus in Valentine at the rodeo grounds tonight, June 8th at 7 pm and tomorrow, June 9th at 2 pm and 7 pm. The event lasts around 90 minutes, and showcases tigers, elephants, horses, camels, acrobats, clowns and more. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Henderson's IGA and Scotty's Ranchland Foods. Adults are $12 in advance and children are $5. Tickets will also be available at the gate; $14 for adults and $7 for children. Cash only.


Duck Lake Getting Handicap Accessible Parking - Volunteers Needed

The Sandhills Prairie Refuge Association  is partnering with Valentine National Wildlife Refuge and Nebraska Game and Parks to fund and build a handicap accessible parking pad at Duck Lake.  They plan on constructing forms on Monday, June 13 and pouring concrete on Wednesday, June 15.

They are in need of volunteers on both days.  If you can help for only part of a day, that can work too.  If you can help, please call Mark Lindvall at 402-389-1843.


Turtle Races 2016 Results

Here are a few results from the Valentine Chamber of Commerce's Turtle Races:

Heat 1: Annie Bailey

Heat 2: Xi Beta Omega

Heat 3: Dean Kockrow

Heat 4: Bob Brown

Championship Heat: Jerilyn Colburn


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