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Prepare for Extreme Heat

The National Weather Service has issued a excessive heat watch through Friday evening, July 22, and heat advisories are being issued as well, as heat index values could climb to around 105 degrees with temperatures in the 100s. Little relief is expected overnight and temperatures will remain quite warm at around 70 degrees. The longevity of this even will result in a dangerous situation for sensitive groups, including children, the elderly, or those with medical conditions. Leaving a child or pet in an enclosed vehicle can be deadly - even for a short period of time.

Caution is being advised to prepare for the extreme temperatures. Temperatures this high could lead to heat related illnesses. Plan ahead. Remember to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air conditioned room if possible or in the shade if outdoors, and be sure to check up on relatives and neighbors.


Valentine High School and Middle School Band Camp

The Valentine Middle School Band Camp will begin on Thursday, July 28th at 9:00 a.m. in the middle school band room.  6th grade band students practice from 9:00 to 10:30, 7th grade band from 10:30-noon, and 8th grade band from 1:00-2:30.

Schedules can be picked up the first day of practice.  If your child cannot attend or for any other questions, please contact Tammy Russell at 402-376-2034.

The Valentine High School Band Camp will begin on Monday, August 1st, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Valentine High School band room.  All high school band students and flag corps are required to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Russell at 402-376-2034.


New Golf Course Event July 24th


Last week, a volunteer crew worked on cutting and replacing sod on the greens at the new Fredericks Peak Colf Club. Some of the greens needed some help in spots and the practice putting green had a good stand of grass that was cut and moved to fill in those bad spots. The sod was taken from one of two practice putting greens.

This Sunday, July 24th, the golf course development board will host an open house event at the course with free hotdogs and hamburgers from 11 to 1 and tours of the course from 11 to 2pm. Anyone who would like to see the progress on the course is encouraged to come out for a guided tour. Putting will be allowed on one practice green, so bring your putter.


Rosebud IHS emergency room to reopen Friday after 7 months

A shuttered emergency room at a government-run hospital on South Dakota's Rosebud Indian Reservation is reopening.

Chris Buchanan with the Indian Health Service told tribal officials the facility will reopen Friday. It's been closed since December, in part because IHS struggled to maintain appropriate staffing levels.

Since then, nine people have died and five babies have been delivered in ambulances on their way to other facilities.

Re-opening the department with the help of contracted group AB Staffing Solutions is one of the requirements the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services set for the hospital to maintain its ability to bill to that agency, a key source of funding.

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says more work needs to be done to ensure quality tribal health care.


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.”


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