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Mid-Plains Community College Groundbreaking Ceremony July 19th

Mid-Plains Community College will host an official groundbreaking ceremony on a new extended campus in Valentine on July 19.

The public is invited to attend the 5 p.m. ceremony and accompanying reception at 715 E. Highway 20 – next to The Niobrara Lodge.

“It will be an exciting day for Valentine. The process to get to where we are started more than two years ago, and now all of our efforts are coming to fruition,” said MPCC President Ryan Purdy. “Meeting the needs of the residents in our service area is a priority, and this extended campus facility is the major factor in helping to meet the needs of the Valentine and Cherry County area.”

MPCC has had a presence in Valentine since June of 2002. It provides numerous dual credit courses through the local high schools.

Additionally, on-site, online and distance learning classes are offered in a small building at 113 North Hall Street that is overseen by Jennie Nollette, campus coordinator.

Exam proctoring; community education; health care training for certified nursing assistant, medical assistant, licensed practical nurse and emergency medical technician students, CPR certification, Compass placement, GED and Automotive Service Excellence testing; adult basic education, educational advice and financial aid information are all available through the Hall Street location.

However, an increased demand for services has led to the need for a larger facility. The new building will be approximately 7,500 square feet and will include five classrooms plus a technical training shop.

Work on the estimated $2.6 million campus will begin immediately. Site prep has already started and construction will commence in the near future.

The goal is to begin offering classes at the new campus in 2017.

“We need to thank the Valentine region for supporting our campus operations from the start,” said Purdy. “The community’s support has been tremendous, however, funding is still needed to completely finance the facility. We believe the new campus will help in providing additional educational opportunities to all of our constituency and will provide rural economic stabilization in the northern part of our service area. We anticipate that the Valentine campus will follow in the footsteps of the other three extended campuses, and its impact will be substantial.”


Plans Complete for Cherry County Fair

Plans are complete for the 2016 edition of the Cherry County Fair and Rodeo the week of August 8th through the 14th, with the main run Thursday through Sunday of that week. This year's theme is "Kick Up Your Heels". Regular events are planned, including the trade show, stage entertainment, rodeo, parade, and carnival. New this year will be a very special exhibit, "Remember our Fallen", a traveling photo memorial of Nebraskans who have fallen in service to our country. Wild pony races and a wood carver are also some of the new features this year. Premium pamphlets will be out in the July 20th edition of Midland News. Also, at Monday night's meeting, the Valentine State High School Finals Rodeo Association presented the board with a check for over $12,000 which represented the remaining funds in their account. The money is earmarked for new restrooms on the south side of the rodeo arena.


Golf Course Update

The Valentine Golf Course Board met last evening to discuss progress on the new community golf course. Unusually heavy rain on a few occasions over the past year, have caused some erosion and run off problems which are being addressed on an ongoing basis. The wash out from the old city landfill is the first issue to be addressed with repairs and preventative measure being taken at this time. The construction is behind where it was expected to be at this time, but is still under the projected budget thanks to volunteers. The board will host a public showing of the course on July 24th from 11am until 2pm for anyone who would like to look. They will offer burgers and hotdogs and free putting on the practice green. The course will not be open for play. More information will be discussed with golf course board members on the KVSH Comment program this Thursday at 10:15.

At this time they are looking for some part time summer help at the course. Applicants must be 16 or older and have a valid driver’s license. All positions are subject to a veteran’s preference. Applications are available at city hall.


City Wide Garage Sale Feature 30 Sales Saturday



Things are shaping up for a busy Saturday this weekend in Valentine for the city wide garage sale. At this time it looks like about 30 garage sales throughout the community. The Midland News will have the map and a listing of sales with a brief description of each. Be sure to pick up an extra copy. Sales usually begin about 8am. Be sure to watch for lemonade stands as well. The weather is calling for highs in the mid 80's on Saturday for the city wide event.


Golf Course Making Progress


The Valentine Golf Course Management Committee will meet tonight(Mon) at 5:30 at the Valentine Library. The committee continues to work on clubhouse development, fee structure and course maintenance. 3 Heavy rains, in the past year, have caused erosion issues that are the most important issues being addressed at this time. Tonight’s meeting is open to the public if there are questions about the course. Even with these setback the construction is still under total budget.

On Wednesday the 13th, a volunteer crew will be working on sodding of certain greens. They will start at 8am if anyone has time to help for a couple of hours it would be appreciated.


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