The Brown County Community Foundation Fund, an affiliate of the Nebraska Community Foundation, hosted a county-wide “Town Hall” meeting at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 20, 2016, in the Ainsworth Community School lunchroom, with a Junior/Senior High School student youth session held earlier in the afternoon. The purpose of the meetings was to establish a vision for the Brown County Community and to identify priority goals to be addressed in pursuit of the vision. Jana Jensen and Anders Olson, consultants with the Nebraska Community Foundation, facilitated the sessions, which was attended by over 90 Brown County residents in the evening session and by approximately 20 students in the afternoon session.
With the retirement of Wes Luther as the manager of the Farmers Ranchers Co-op Propane and Appliance Division, David Dodson has been hired as Luther’s replacement. General Manager Kent Taylor said, “We are happy to welcome David to Farmers Ranchers Co-op and his entire family to the community. David has been excited about his new role and has great ideas to bring value to the company. We look forward to David being a part of the dedicated group of employees who are serving the Co-op patrons and owners.”
Valentine Midland News
In coordination with the 15th annual Heart City Bull Bash, the Niobrara Council will be hosting a Firewise® Open House during the week of February 8-12, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with a culminating event during the Bull Bash on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Did you know that a portion of the Valentine area is a registered Firewise® Community? The Firewise ® program provides communities with solutions for safety and ways in which homeowners in the community can take action and individual responsibility to prepare their homes and reduce the possibility of a wildfire.
The Valentine Police Department issued their annual report in the early part of January and shared their desired goals: To reduce crime; to reduce the fear of crime, to reduce drug\alcohol and related crimes and behaviors; to build and maintain effective community partnerships. Chief Dana Miller said in her report, “The past year has been a year of stability. All officer staffing and the administrative assistant position have had no changes. It showed a marked decrease in calls for service, however, despite the lower call volume, crimes involving theft of property and drug offenses increased. These types of crimes take officers from proactive\ preventative patrols, leaving them with longer process of investigating crime scenes, collecting and processing evidence, and preparing documentation for prosecution.”
The last commercial business in Herrick, a town of 100 people, is the pool hall. Bernie’s Inn shares Herrick’s main intersection with the American Legion post home and the U.S. post office. Marilyn Baxa, the owner of Bernie’s Inn, turned 80 last month and celebrated her birthday at the pool hall. She and her late husband Bernard bought the business 43 years ago.
Licensed cosmetologist Rose Frank has opened The Studio in Gregory. The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the hair and tanning salon will be held Friday, February 5th from 12:00-3:00 p.m. and will include food, drinks and prizes.