Even though the weather was nearly 50 degrees, the water was still just above freezing for the 2015 Polar Bear Dippers. Over 70 brave souls “dipped” during the 2015 Polar Bear Dip sponsored by the Meadville Store in Meadville, NE. Ice had been cut out on the north side of the Niobrara River for the dip. The water in that area was very shallow compared to previous years.
By Janelle Keller
The 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant (CCLC Grant) application is a joint effort between the North Central Development Center (NCDC) and Ainsworth Community Schools. If the application for approximately $177,000.00 in federal funding for the next five years is approved, members of the district can expect to see an afterschool/summer school program begin to take shape by fall of 2015 for students in kindergarten through eighth grades. The team working together to apply before the February 2nd deadline is Kristin Olson, Executive Director of NCDC and Sarah Williams, Lila McAndrew Elementary Principal.
Valentine Midland News
The Valentine Police Department has a mission, vision and goals for the department. They impact our way of life in a positive sense. They’re peace officers first, and as such, they strive to keep the peace. But they’re also law enforcers. Here’s hoping you’ll only have to know them in a peaceful sense. Here then are the highlights of Chief Dana Miller’s 2014 Valentine Police Department’s annual report. Mission: The mission of the Valentine Police Department is to provide the citizens of the City of Valentine with professional and courteous law enforcement service backed with honesty and integrity. Members of the Valentine Police Department will honor and uphold the laws of the United States and the State of Nebraska uniformly without bias, ensuring fair treatment to all citizens in the community.
Cows can be artistic; ranchers have them create a stunning salt block sculpture for the Red Dress Event!
Cows and people both need salt. For both, sodium and chlorine are necessary for transfer of nerve impulses. The big difference is that cow’s diet of grass and hay is very deficient in salt; our diets can be very high in salt. The AHA suggests we consume 1500 mg of salt per day, the CDC suggests 3300 mg of salt per day. Either way, it can be difficult to keep salt intake that low. Much of the food we eat is relatively high in salt. Check the food in your cupboard, some ofit is as high as 33 percent salt.
The Gregory City Council met on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Mayor Maurie Schlaht chaired the meeting. The council members present were Chad Peck, Seymour Studenberg, Shana Flakus, Stacey Boes, Tim Mills and Blane Bartling. City attorney George Johnson, finance officer Al Cerny, public works superintendent Mark Fortuna, planning commission chairman Scott Anshutz, airport manager Mike Klarenbeek, food bank board members Lyle Martin and Ed Nebola, BID group president Doug Pochop and Vince Berens, P&Z commission chairman Scott Anshutz, Chamber of Commerce director Holly Glover and Eric Ambrosen District III specialist, attended.
A Texas man was killed in a one-vehicle accident north of Gregory on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Hector Torres Ruiz, 50, of Jacksonville, TX, died Wednesday night on Highway 47 six miles north of Gregory at 11:10 p.m. Ruiz was driving a 2006 Ford F-250 pickup south on Highway 47. The road was very icy. Throughout the evening, black ice on the highway was reported by local citizens. The driver lost control of the vehicle and entered the east ditch causing the vehicle to roll. Ruiz was thrown from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries in the crash. He was not wearing a seat belt. The three passengers in the vehicle received minor injuries as a result of the crash. All three were wearing seatbelts.