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Red Cross urges blood donations to maintain summer supply

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients now and throughout the summer.

Blood donations often decline in the summer months, especially around summer holidays when donors are less available to give.

Donors of all blood types are needed now. Schedule an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  Locally, you can call Jeanie Cozad at 402-376-4715

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Valentine:

7/7/2016: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., St. Nicholas Catholic Church Parish Hall, 400 West 5th St.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.


Coach Mike Riley and Staff Visit Valentine

The Valentine Rotary club and about 60 people were in attendance to welcome the Nebraska Husker Football athletic staff to the Peppermill on Tuesday morning. Coach Mike Riley, Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst, Executive Director of Player Personnel Billy Devany, and the voice of the Huskers Greg Sharpe were some of the staff on hand to answer questions and talk about the athletic program at the University of Nebraska.

Riley addressed the audience for roughly an hour. One word was used to describe the Husker community – care. This is a community that cares a lot about sports, but also about developing these student athletes into well-rounded individuals. The staff is looking to build programs, not just teams when it comes to recruiting. They want to win National Championships, but want to do it in a way that the public can appreciate.

The forum was opened to the public for questions. Riley answered many questions about recruiting and individual players, and the Valentine community showed off their knowledge about the Husker football program. Riley mentioned they were ahead of schedule and past the half way point for recruitment. He also mentioned that as far as the schedule goes, he wants to win all of the games, but tells his players that they can't do that unless they win the first one.

As they wrapped up, a drawing for season tickets was done and Kris Gentry was the winner. The staff then headed over to KVSH Radio for a wrap up on the comment program.


Relay for Life a Success

The American cancer Society Relay for Life of Cherry County 2016 in now in the books!! Preliminary fundraising amount is $31,390 for the event.  The Springview Spitfire Team added their efforts to this total with approximately $4290.00 for their community.  More funds will be coming in over the next few weeks. Over 200 people enjoyed a grilled hamburger and hot dog cook out provided by the Knights of Columbus.  Other donors for the meal were Scotty’s Ranchland foods, Henderson’s IGA, Pepsi of Valentine, Girl Scouts, and other committee members.  During this time live music was provided by Are We On?

The first ever in Valentine Color Run was a fundraiser for the Henderson’s IGA Team organized by Amanda Long in honor of her brother, Tobin Powell, that lost his battle with cancer this past Spring.  It was such a success it will likely be an annual event.

The Relay For Life Quilt designed and quilted by Janel Stoeger with t-shirts of Dave and Bonnie Price was won by Jo Hand.  This quilt represented several years of Relays in Cherry County.

The Committee would like to thank everyone for coming to be a part of this event every year and especially to the teams for being there to support this fight against cancer raising funds throughout the year!!   Be sure to watch for a date for next year’s Relay For Life as it will be the 15th one held in Valentine.


Gov. Ricketts to Visit North Central Nebraska This Week

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts will be in north central Nebraska Friday speaking with residents regarding progress being made at the state level in various areas. Ricketts on Saturday will participate in the Tour de Nebraska bike ride.

Ricketts is scheduled to speak with residents at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Blarney Stone at O’Neill, and at 2:30 p.m. in the Ainsworth Conference Center to provide his thoughts on the recently completed session of the Nebraska Legislature and discuss his priorities for the future.

On Saturday, Ricketts will take part in the Tour de Nebraska bike ride from Valentine to Springview.


Old West Day's Melodrama Cast Call on the 29th

An open cast call will be held for this year's Old West Day's Melodrama on Wednesday, June 29th at 7 pm at the Valentine High School Auditorium. This year's play is called "Buckshot and Blossoms" and many roles are available. Newcomers are welcome! Dust off your acting skills and join the Valentine Players on Wednesday, June 29th at 7 pm at the VHS auditorium for their open cast call.


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