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Economic Summit Held in Valentine


The Valentine Economic Development Board helped to sponsor and host the first ever Rural Renaissance “Sandhills Summit” the later half of last week. The event was hosted at The Prairie Club and offered an opportunity for several large business representatives to learn about rural Nebraska economies and network with local connections. A community reception opened the event with Governor Pete Rickets, Senator Deb Fischer and Congressman Adrian Smith all attending the event.

Topics covered during the three day event included; internet speed across Nebraska, a bankers view of Nebraska and the communities of Valentine, O'neill, Ord and Broken Bow giving a presentation on how they approach economic development in their communities. There was plenty of opportunity for networking with a tour of the community and a couple of golf activities.

Organizers were very pleased with the outcome of the summit and the facilities at The Prairie Club and were impressed with the Valentine community. Other sponsors of the event included First National Bank of Omaha, Nebraska and Omaha Public Power, Kutak Rock law firm and the Central Nebraska Economic Development District. The Cherry County Visitors Promotion Board also contributed to hosting the event.


Senator Sasse Holds Listening Session in Valentine

Roughly 50 constituents attended the public listening session at the Valentine Livestock Auction on Friday morning for US Senator Ben Sasse. The number one topic brought up was the Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL) issue. Senator Sasse is a co-sponsor of a bill that would repeal the COOL mandate. Many area producers believe that consumers want American beef, and COOL gives consumers a means of knowing where their food comes from. However, in response to other nations' opposition to the mandate, Senator Sasse stated that he “doesn't want to start a trade war”. Some other issues that were brought up include Obamacare, government spending, the National Parks Service, and the VA's handling of veterans' healthcare.




Otto Rosfeld Performance Saturday of Labor Day Weekend At Homestead National Monument of America

Labor Day Weekend activities at Homestead National Monument of America will include a performance by Otto Rosfeld on Saturday September 5, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Education Center. Through song, stories and poems, Mr. Rosfeld will share “Treading Lightly or Stomping”, an overview of mankind’s impact on the earth.

Otto Rosfeld was born and raised in Rushville, NE, in what is known by literary people as Sandoz country. He has a bachelor of music degree from Chadron State College. After more than 30 years as a public school teacher, Otto took early retirement to pursue full time his love for the performing arts. An independent scholar and musician, he has been performing his programs since the early 1990s.  This program is provided with support from Humanities Nebraska.

Every day of the Labor Day weekend you can participate in living history activities such as churning butter, making corn husk dolls, candle dipping and more. Other special events include a vintage car show at Homestead National Monument of America’s Heritage Center on Sunday September 6 and a good old-fashioned spelling bee at Freeman School (10 a.m.) on Monday September 7.

Homestead National Monument of America’s Heritage Center is located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free of charge.


Husker Tailgate Party October 17


The Sandhills Area Foundation is planning a Husker Tailgate party at the Neon Bar and Grill on October 17th. The event will begin two hours before kickoff of the Huskers versus Minnesota game. The game time has not yet been announced. Area residents are invited to show off their culinary skills by fixing their favorites tailgate foods and bring to share with the others attending. Attendees should also bring lawn chairs and there will be big screen TV's for viewing the game. Tickets are $25 each and are available from Steve Brown at Security First Bank. If you would like to bring tailgate food, contact Suzy Beel at 402 376 2639. That date again is October 17th.


Two Vehicle Accident South of Crookston

According the Cherry County Sheriff Rusty Osburn, his office is still investigating the cause of a two vehicle accident south of Crookston on the South Crookston Road.

At least one person was transported to the Cherry County Hospital by Ambulance with undetermined injuries.  The accident occurred about 7:30 Sunday evening. Emergency personnel from the Valentine Fire Department, Cherry County Hospital Ambulance and County Sheriff's office responded to the incident. More details on the accident should be available in the next 24 hours.


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