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Cleanup wrapping up at reservation bombing range

Seventy-two years after it began using the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for target practice, the federal government is nearly finished cleaning up a dangerous section of the mess left behind.

The Corps of Engineers will host a public meeting Wednesday night at the Lakota Prairie Ranch Resort near Kyle to present a proposed next step for the cleanup of three former target areas within the old Pine Ridge Gunnery Range.

The government created the range in 1942, displacing 125 reservation families.

During World War II, warplanes on practice runs pummeled the range with shells and bombs. Over the next few decades, the Air Force and National Guard used the range. Most of the land has since been returned to the Oglala Sioux Tribe.


Tuesday is General Election

November 4th is the general election and there are just a couple of local races to be decided by the vote on Tuesday.

Valentine residents will decide on two new councilmen as Don Nelsen and Gary Sadi did not re-file for the positions. Those running for the two spots on the council include Wally Balliet, Dave Dent Otradovsky, Kevin Pettigrew and Neil Wescott.

The other contested race is for the Valentine School Board, where five are running to fill three positions. Those running include incumbents Will Fischer and Susie Beel. Challengers are Kurt Arganbright, Greg Gass and Jerry Reynoldson. Polls will open at 8 am and close at 8 pm on Tuesday, November 4th at the Cherry County 4-H Building.


Mission Woman Sentenced

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota woman was charged with Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding a Federal Employee pled guilty to and was sentenced on October 23, 2014 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

Twila Two Strike, age 56, was sentenced to 6 months of unsupervised probation and assessed $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on April 14, 2014, when a Rosebud Sioux Tribe Realty Officer went to Two Strike's home to investigate community complaints regarding a padlocked gate impeding cars from accessing the Blue Thunder Cemetery. While the Realty Officer was speaking with a member of Two Strike's family through a screen door, Two Strike approached him from outside his peripheral line of vision and threatened to physically assault him if he did not get off their land. Two Strike swung her hand toward the Realty Officer in an attempt to strike him.

Two Strike was released after sentencing.


Mission Man Sentenced

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on October 27, 2014 by U.S. Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Mark Antoine, age 23, was sentenced to 24 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Antoine was indicted for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assaulting, Resisting, Opposing, and Impeding a Federal Officer by a federal grand jury on December 10, 2013. He pled guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon on July 27, 2014.

On October 29, 2013, Antoine was at a home on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and got upset at his relative, the victim. Antoine assaulted the victim, including knocking her down, and attempted to choke her. Antoine also kicked the victim in the chest while wearing shoes. The victim tried to call police for help, but Antoine broke the phone.

Antoine was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


Nebraska voter registration totals

Nebraska total voter registration figures and a breakdown by party:


2008: 1,157,034

2010: 1,142,247

2012: 1,164,166

2014: 1,159,085


2008: 558,465

2010: 549,105

2012: 558,170

2014: 559,494


2008: 392,943

2010: 380,321

2012: 374,191

2014: 357,899


2008: 195,507

2010: 212,501

2012: 228,563

2014: 235,984


2008: 453

2010: 320

2012: 3,117

2014: 5,708

Source: Nebraska Secretary of State's Office


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