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
Judge Orr swears in the new county officials Tuesday, January 13, 2015. County Clerk Tom Elliott, Sheriff Rusty Osburn, Cherry County Assessor Betty Daugherty, Cherry County Treasurer Janice Wiley, Clerk of the District Court Lorana Eggert, and Cherry County Commissioner Tanya Storer.
The Red Dress is a symbol of the American Heart Association and Go Red for Women. It is used throughout the United States to raise awareness of heart disease in women, along with raising funds in support of reducing its devastating effects on women. Heart City Bull Bash, Inc., decided in 2014 to have a Red Dress event. What better place or time to host a Red Dress event than the Heart City on Valentine’s Day?.
Janell Warren is the new site manager at the Dakota Senior Meals in Gregory. Janell is from Herrick. She was a cook at Avera Gregory Hospital for 35 years. She moved to the meal center in December. Said Janelle, “I enjoy it here. It’s a good place to work. I like the contact with the community.”
By Elizabeth “Sam” Grosz - Community News Service
Criminal justice reform and the rural attorney recruitment program both completed their first full year in 2014, and Chief Justice David Gilbertson reported their success to the S.D. Legislature Jan. 14 during his State of the Judiciary message. Gilbertson noted that both lives and dollars are saved through the so-called DUI and Drug Courts, which keep certain criminals out of prison, and as one recent graduate put it: “Drug Court teaches you to live in society and stay clean. Prison cannot do that.” Alternative sentencing keeps addicts out of prison, but in a structured program.