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Farm Service Agency Announces Disaster Designation for Cherry County

Farm Service Agency (FSA), Doug Steffen, announced that Cherry is one of 3 Nebraska counties designated as contiguous natural disaster areas due to severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding conditions affecting parts of South Dakota.  Those counties are Cherry, Dawes and Sheridan.

These counties were designated a Presidential Major Disaster on August 7, 2015, based on May 8-29, 2015 storms.  This designation authorizes Emergency (EM) Loans for eligible producers.  Steffen stated, “Producers in these counties are encouraged to contact their local FSA Service Center for detailed information about available programs and updated disaster designations.”

Emergency Loan applications are available for qualifying physical or production losses caused by these disaster conditions.  Physical losses include structures, equipment and livestock while production losses include crops.  These loans do require security and the ability to repay the loan.  The deadline for submitting applications is April 7, 2016.  For additional details contact the FSA at 402-336-3796 ext. 116.

In addition to the Emergency (EM) Loan Program, the FSA has other loan programs and disaster assistance programs which can be considered in assisting farmers to recover from their losses.  Contact your local FSA Service Center or access additional information about Farm Loan and FSA Disaster Assistance programs at



Help Needed to Remove Small Rocks

Construction of the new community golf course in Valentine is in the final stages. They would like to start seeding grass on Monday and need help removing small rocks during these cooler days. The more the better and it would not take that long if they have enough help. The public is welcome to come when they can to help pick up rocks from the fairway and green areas. If no one else is there, just make piles and they will get them picked up. Rocks golf ball size or larger, need to be removed from the fairways and greens.

Everyone should make sure they have a volunteer release formed signed with the city of Valentine.

Any civic organization that could help out with labor during a concentrated effort would be appreciated.

It’s the big push as it is getting closer all the time so all help will be appreciated. Contact Steve Isom for details.


Valentine Community Schools celebrates systems AdvancEd Accreditation!

Administrators, teachers and staff had been getting ready for the accreditation review that took place last April for the past five years.    The purpose of the accreditation is to ensure continuous school improvement and to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of all components of our educational system.  An external team visited our schools for three days to review different aspects of our systems like; policies, assessments, perceptions, student learning, curriculum, just to name a few.  The systems AdvancEd accreditation goes beyond the basic Rule 10 accreditation requirement set for all Nebraska schools.  The AdvancEd mission is to, ‘Lead and empower the education community to ensure that all learners realize their full potential.’


Earthquake Shakes South of Thedford

Authorities say a minor earthquake has shaken the Sandhills region of Nebraska.  The tremor occurred just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, and its epicenter was situated 22 miles southeast of Thedford.  The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake registered a magnitude of 3.6, which was unlikely to cause any damage.


Valentine Blood Drive on Thursday, September 3rd

The next blood drive in Valentine will be Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 from 11:30 am until 5:30 pm at the Catholic Church Parish Hall, sponsored by the Valentine Rotary Club.

For an appointment, please contact Jeanie Cozad at 402-376-4715.


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