04/18/2012 Attorney General’s Office Warns of Phone Scams

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04/18/2012 Attorney Generals Office Warns of Telecommunications Services Invoice Scam

The South Dakota AttorneyGenerals Office is warning businesses and government offices of atelecommunications services invoice scam. A.G. Marty Jackley says that acompany is sending solicitations that look like invoices for telecommunicationsservices that weren’t authorized. The state’s Consumer Protection Division hasreceived several calls from businesses and government offices across SouthDakota. They have been sent an invoice for $425 for a telecom maintenance agreement from a company that is thought to be from California. Jackley saysthe invoices serve as future sales pitches from the companies. He says theinvoices look real and are being paid without question. Jackley says recipientsshould question the validity before they submit payment. Those that havequestions about the scam can contact the A.G.s Consumer Protection Division at1-800-300-1986 or email consumerhelp@state.sd.us.

04/13/2012 Three $1,000 Scholarships Available from SDTA

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Three $1,000 Scholarships Available from SDTA

Pierre-The South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA) has announced that it will award three $1,000 SDTA Memorial Scholarships for the 2012 fall semester.

The SDTA Memorial Scholarships are available to students who have completed at least two semesters of course work at an accredited post-secondary school in South Dakota and who are members/customers or whose parent(s) are members/customers of an SDTA member company. The scholarship can be used at any post-secondary educational institution in South Dakota, including public and private universities, technical schools, and community colleges.

The scholarship program began with a single $300 scholarship in 1987. Since the scholarship fund was established, the rural telecommunications industry has awarded $50,825 to help 75 South Dakota students received their post-secondary education.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is June 8, 2012. Applications are available from any South Dakota post-secondary institution student financial aid office, the SDTA office (605-224-7629) or ginigrannes@sdtaonline.com), or any SDTA member company, including Valley Telecommunications Cooperative in Herreid.

03/20/2012 Valley Scholarships for 2012 are Due on April 6th!

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Valley Scholarships for 2012 are Due on April 6th!

The 2012 Valley Telco $500 Scholarship Applications are available. The scholarship information may be obtained from area school guidance counselors or from our headquarters office in Herreid. The application may also be downloaded HERE.

To be considered, each applicant is to submit their answers to a short questionnaire. Applications are judged by an independent third party. The scholarship award applies towards the students second semester of higher education. Complete instructions and requirements are included in the application packet. Completed applications are due in our business office on April 6, 2012. No late applications will be accepted.

The Valley Board of Directors, Staff, & Management are please to assist our area youth in continuing their education. Good Luck!

03/05/2012 PUC Warns of Deceitful Billing Scheme

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PUC Warns of Deceitful Billing Scheme

Pierre, S.D. – South Dakota businesses are being targeted in a billing scheme by an out-of-state company that attempts to elicit payment for telecommunications services and/or products that have not been ordered or received, warns the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. Businesses have reported receiving a document that appears to be an invoice for telecom maintenance agreement from an unfamiliar company. The document instructs the recipient to remit payment of several hundred dollars to an address in California. The PUC has learned that school districts and other public agencies have received the billing.

Businesses that have contacted the PUC confirmed that they have not ordered such services and did not send money to the company. The billing entity did not respond to inquiries made by the PUC.

The PUC advises businesses and individuals to carefully review all inoivces and billng statements they receive and to question any that are from companies not familiar to the recipient.

Businesses or consumers may contact the PUC for assistance by calling 1-800-332-1782 or by emailing PUC@state.sd.us.

02/17/2012 KFYR Channel 5 is BACK!

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KFYR Channel 5 is BACK!

Our technicians have successfully launched KFYR-TV Channel 5 out of Bismarck. There may be some minor tweaking to do, but for the most part this channel is fully operational! If Channel 5 does not appear, please reset your Set-Top-Box by pulling the power cord for a few seconds. Plug the power cord back in and wait for the video tv service to load. Channel 5 should then be part of your channel line-up. If you have any questions, please contact our business office at 437-2615.

02/07/2012 Important SPAM Update

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Important SPAM Update

We have received numerous calls this morning regarding a suspicious messagethat appears to be sent from Valley Internet.

Please disregard this message, as it is a spammers attempt to gain access to your internet account. DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK INCLUDED IN THE MESSAGE. If you have clicked on this link, or feel that your Internet account has been compromised, please contact our business office immediately at 437-2615.

The entire text of the spam message appears below:

Dear Subscriber,

Your Valley webmail account has exceed the maximum
limit and its can not longer receive or send mails
from your account, so resolved this problem you are to
re-activate your account to avoid lost of data in your
account. To re-activate your account clicking on:

Best regards
Valley Webmail

Please remember that Valley will never ask for your email and password information via email. If at any time you receive suspicious emails such as this, and are unsure ofwhat to do, please contact our business office for verification and/ordirection at 437-2615.

01/03/2012 Universal Sports No Longer Available

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Universal Sports No Longer Available

KDLT of Sioux Falls has notified us that they will no longer be carrying the NBC Universal Sports Channel that was broadcast on Valley Video Channel 35. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

11/15/2011 SDHSAA Volleyball Coverage on Valley Video

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SDHSAA Volleyball Coverage on Valley Video

Valley Video is pleased to announce that the 2011 State High School Volleyball Tournaments (November 17, 18, & 19) will be broadcast LIVE on Valley Video Channels 297, 298, & 299.

Channel 297 – Class AA

Channel 298 – Class A

Channel 299 – Class B

Match Schedule:
Session 1: Thursday, Nov 17 – 12pm, 1:45pm
Session 2: Thursday, Nov 17 – 6pm, 7:45pm
Session 3: Friday, Nov 18 – 10am, 11:45am
Session 4: Friday, Nov 18 – 4pm, 5:45pm, 7:30pm
Session 5: Saturday, Nov 19 – 9am, 10:45am
Session 6: Saturday, Nov 19 – 4pm, 6pm, 8pm

These LIVE broadcasts are in cooperation with SDPB, SDN Communications and its member companies, including Valley Telecommunications Cooperative.

Good Luck to the Herreid-Selby Area Lady Wolverines and the Mobridge-Pollock Tigers…from all of us at Valley!

Valley Names LaCoursiere as GM

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Valley Names LaCoursiere as GM

Valley Telecommunications Cooperatives Board of Directors has announced that Valleys Plant Manager, Darin LaCoursiere, has been named the General Manager/CEO of Valley Telecommunications, effective November 15, 2011. LaCoursiere replaces former General Manager John Tormoehlen who announced his retirement last month.

To read the entire press release, please click here.