Travis (Travee) Hobbs (left) was sworn in as the interim Brown County Clerk by Judge Mark Kozisek (right) on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 to fill the unexpired term of Janet Huggins, until a successor is elected and qualified in the November 2014 election.
Josh Finley and Shea Sinsel were crowned at the Homecoming King and Queen following the Homecoming football game with Battle Creek. Arianna Fletcher and Jake Wilkens were crowned as princess and prince of Homecoming. The 2013 King and Queen, Kody Rathe and Courtney Zwiebel were present to crown the 2014 Homecoming Royalty. Crown bearers for evening were Kaden Evans and Adysson Sears.
Valentine Midland News
By Jean Burge
Connie Hand of the Crookston Post Office, and Lonnie Coleman of the Johnstown Post Office, retired from their positions September 30, 2014. Connie and Lonnie enjoyed their jobs, and helping their customers. Of course they listened to the remarks when stamps and postage increased, or the changes of the new 911 addresses, but all in all, both are leaving with good memories of good people. Connie started her postal career working at Kilgore in 1994, then was employed at the Rosebud, SD, Post Office for two years. On January 10, 2004, she became the postmaster at Crookston where she has enjoyed serving the community. Connie said the best part of her job were her customers, who she will miss greatly.
A Ribbon Cutting was held for Bluestem Sandhills, LLC, Cherry County’s first commercial-scale wind turbine. The 1.85 MW General Electric turbine was erected in August and has been producing power for the City of Valentine since the end of September. The city signed a long-term contract with the wind development company, who has offices in Valentine and Omaha, to purchase the power over a 20 year period, with the cost of power to the City fixed for 20 years. This helps against increasing wholesale power costs to the City of Valentine. “There are many unknowns in the utility industry today. This project allows us to lock into an electric rate for 20 years creating greater long-term price stability for our residents and businesses. The predictability is extremely valuable to the City of Valentine,” said Valentine City Council member Kyle Arganbright.
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed the annual pheasant brood survey and the results show a 76 percent increase in the statewide pheasants-per-mile index from 2013. From late July through mid- August, GFP surveyed 109, 30 mile-routes across the state to estimate pheasant production and calculate the pheasants-per-mile index.
A 5K Color Run/Walk will be held at the Gregory City Park on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Proceeds will be donated to the Marty Jung family to help defray Marty’s medical expenses. The check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 18th. The run starts at 9:00 a.m. There is a registration fee. Rotary is serving a free lunch at 11:00 a.m. Appeara is donating all the paper products for the lunch.