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Valentine FFA District Career Development Events Results

The Valentine Chapter of the FFA attended the District Career Development Events competition on March 5th at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE.  The Ag Communications Team of Tessie Harvey Ty Gracey and Allison Robinson took first place and qualified for State competition.  The Farm Management Team also qualified for State.  Farm Management team members are Dan Cox, Brittney O'Kief, Katie Hale, and Gunnar Hitchcock.  Dan Cox placed 2nd individually.  The Ag Mechanics team placed 2nd and qualified for State.  Ag Mechanics team members are Lance Hockenbary, Nate O'Kief, Jake Fulton, and Triston Eklund.  The Agronomy Team of Trevor Bukaske, Tom Harvey, Gunnar Hitchcock, and Rygh Robinson placed 2nd and qualified for State.  Individual placings put Tom Harvey in 2nd and Gunnar Hitchcock at 8th place.  The Welding team also qualified for State.  Arc Welding - Chet Tetherow -3rd, GMAW Welding - Rygh Robinson 6th, and OAW Welding - Jake O'Kief placed 5th.  Placing 4th and qualifying for State was the Food Science team of McKenzie Anderson, Bailey Leonard, Sheyanne Long, and Lindsey Fay.  One other team qualified for State from Valentine FFA's chapter, and that's the Agri Science team of Logan O'Kief, Cade Adamson, Jared Fulton, and Allison Robinson who finished in 5th place.

Other teams at the competition were the Livestock Management Team, which tied for 3rd place.  Members were Brittney O'Kief, Clint Miller, Dan Cox, Nate O'Kief, Justin Lurz and Bailey Dexter.

The Forticulture Team of Bailey Dexter, Tessie Harvey, Jacy Miller, and Ty Gracey placed 5th.

In Nusery and Landscape, the team of Chesney Eide, Shelbie Buechle, Jessica Stankoski, and Gunnar Hitchcock placed 4th.

The Ag Sales Team placed 6th.  Team members are Zach Day, Owen Hanson, Wyatt Smidt, Trevor Bukaske, and individual placing put Owen Hanson at 9th.

In Meats, the team of Sheanne Long, Chesney Eide, Clint Miller, and Zach Day finished 10th,

The Envirothon Team placed 11th.  Members were McKenzie Anderson, Bailey Leonard, Lance Hockenbary, Peter New.

And The Vet Science Team placed 8th.  Members are Annie Smidt, Justin Lurz, Peter New, and Shelbie Buechle.


Pesticide Workshop


Pesticide applicators who apply any restricted use pesticide on “a contractual or for hire” basis are classified as commercial applicators. Noncommercial applicators are those who apply restricted use pesticides only on lands owned or controlled by his/her employer or for a governmental agency or subdivision of the state. These applicators must be certified by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture in a variety of applicable categories. They then need to re-certify every three years.


Re-certification training in some categories will be offered in Valentine on March 20 at the Cherry County Extension Office at 9:00 AM CT. Location of the Extension Office is at the corner of 4th and Main Street in the old courthouse.


Initial certification training in several categories will be held in Valentine at the Cherry County Extension Office beginning at 8:30 AM CT on April 10. Please note that this is a change from some dates published earlier by the Pesticide Safety Education Program.


Pre-registration with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture is required. You should register on-line at at least ten working days in advance of the class you plan to attend. Program information booklets are available at the Extension Office. For more information call 800-627-7216.


NE Lawmakers Support Keystone XL

A majority of Nebraska's state lawmakers have signed a letter in support of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.


The letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was signed this week by 29 of Nebraska's 49 state senators. It urges federal approval of the pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.


Nebraska has been a stronghold for pipeline opponents, including environmentalists and some landowners. A district court judge last month invalidated a state law that was used to approve the project, but the state is appealing.


Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion, who supports the project, gathered signatures for the letter. It was signed by 22 Republicans and seven Democrats in the officially nonpartisan, one-house Legislature.


Mission Man Sentenced


United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on March 3, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Francisco Maldonado, age 41, was sentenced to 51 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Maldonado was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 12, 2013. He pled guilty on December 4, 2013.

The conviction stems from an incident on June 9, 2013, when Maldonado was in the company of others, at a rural Todd County home near Antelope. Maldonado struck the victim with a frying pan and a sharp object, causing serious bodily injuries, including several cuts on the victim’s head that required staples, a 1 inch puncture wound to his left forearm, and a 1 ½ inch puncture wound to his right bicep, both of which required sutures.

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


Valentine Prom Set

The 2014 Valentine Junior- Senior prom “A Shipwreck Dream” will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The Banquet will be held at the Peppermill Restaurant at 6:00 P.M. Pictures will be taken at the High School around 7:00 P.M. with the doors closing at 7:30 P.M. followed by the promenade at 8:00 P.M. with the crowning to take place around 8:15 P.M. The public is welcome to attend. The dance will be from 9:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M. on the floor of the gym. The post prom event will be hosted by the parents after the dance at the 4-H building.


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