National Emergency Services Test

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National Emergency Services Test

On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at approximately 1PM Central Time, the federal government will conduct the first-ever end-to-end national test of the Emergency Alert System, or EAS. The test will occur simultaneously on all radio and broadcast, cable, and satellite TV systems and will last about 30 seconds. The purpose of the test is to ensure that, if ever needed, a Presidential alert message that warns of a national emergency could be disseminated throughout the nation. It is important that the public be made aware of the test so that the 9-1-1 system is not flooded with calls, forcing 9-1-1 centers to divert resources away from actual emergencies.

Valley Begins General Manager Search

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Valley Begins General Manager Search

Valley Telecommunications Cooperatives Board of Directors has announced the retirement of General Manager/CEO John Tormoehlen effective October 31, 2011. Tormoehlen joined Valleys staff on September 1, 2005. John and his wife Cynthia, moved to Herreid from Forsyth, Montana where John served for eight years as the Marketing Manager for Range Telephone. Prior to his time in the telephone industry, John spent two years in sales and 25 years in education as both a teach, and administrator. The Tormoehlens are in the process of relocating to Tampa, Florida.

Valley Board President, Dean Wessel stated, Valley will work hard to ensure that the transition to a new General Manager is as seamless as possible to Valleys members. The Board of Directors is in the process of searching for a new General Manager and interviews will take place in the near future.

Valley Video to Provide Local Content

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Valley Video to Provide Local Content

Valley Telecommunications is pleased to announce that local content will soon be available to Valley Video subscribers. Valley is currently in the testing phase of providing live coverage of the Napoleon (ND) Livestock Sale on Thursdays and the Herreid Livestock Sale on Fridays. This project is a joint effort of Valley Telecommunications and BEK Communications of Steele, ND. Valleys Plant Manager Darin LaCoursiere added, Valley is working hard to provide our members with local content that is pertinent to our rural local areas that will enhance the service that they receive from Valley. By providing this type of service, we are adding value to the Video product that we provide. The livestock sales for both barns are currently offered via the internet as a live webcast, but LaCoursiere added, The addition of the live video tv feed on our cable system is another avenue for our members to watch and assess the markets across two states.

Following the testing phase, the Livestock Sales may be viewed on the Valley Video Special Events Channel 290. If these broadcasts go well, we hope to offer additional local content for our members in the future, said LaCoursiere.

Time is running out!

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Time is running out!

Time is running out to take advantage of Valleys very special DSL Netbook offer! Sign up for the Valley Netbook Bundle and receive a brand new HP Netbook Computer for only $100! Call Valley at 437-2615 for all of the exciting details!

Reminder: Crop Damage Forms Due

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Reminder: Crop Damage Forms Due

Crop damage forms for the Year 3 construction project will be processed in December and January, so any landowner with crop damage in the rural Leola Phase 2 (east) or Ipswich areas from the 2011 construction project should contact Valleys business office at 437-2615 for a crop damage claim form and turn them in as soon as possible. The crop damage form may also be downloaded by clicking here.

FREE Cooperative Month Lunch Today!

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FREE Cooperative Month Lunch Today!

Join us in Ipswich today from 11:30 to 1:00pm for a FREE Cooperative Month Appreciation Meal. Your local Cooperative partners, North Central Farmers Elevator, FEM Electric and Valley will be serving roast beef sandwiches, salads, chips and cupcakes. Everyone is welcome!

It’s Annual Meeting Day!

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It’s Annual Meeting Day!

Join us in Herreid this afternoon and evening for our 56th Annual Meeting. The festivities kick off at 5pm with an Appreciation Meal at 5pm at the Herreid Community Center. Registration also begins at 5pm at the Herreid School Gymnasium. Pre-meeting Entertainment begins at 6pm at the Herreid School Gymnasium and will be provided by the Prairie Harmony Singers. The Business Meeting begins at 7pm and we look forward to spending the evening with you. Each registered member will receive an appreciation gift. We hope to see you tonight in Herreid.

Crop Damage Due to Construction

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Crop Damage Due to Construction

The Year 3 FTTF project is underway and over the next several months, Valleys contractors including Ripley Construction of Cannon Falls, MN, and PUSH, Inc. of Rice Lake, WI, as well as Valleys engineers, Finley Engineering of Bismarck, ND, will be working in the Phase 2 Leola (east) and Ipswich areas.

Homeowners and landowners in the above mentioned areas may notice employees of these companies in the area. These contractors may visit your premise or require access to your home. They are authorized by Valley to obtain information and enter your premise on our behalf. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact our business office at 437-2615. Thank you for your cooperation.

Any landowner with crop damage in the rural Leola Phase 2 (east) or Ipswich areas from the 2011 construction project should contact Valleys business office at 437-2615 for a crop damage claim form.

The crop damage form may also be downloaded here.

Our Best DSL Offer Ever!

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Our Best DSL Offer Ever!

Sign up for our NEW! Valley Netbook Bundle and youll receive an HP Netbook Computer for ONLY $100! For just $50 a month, youll receive Valley High Speed Internet, the SecureIT Live Internet Security Package, and a Wireless Router to lease. And, we will even throw in FREE Installation! It doesnt get any better than this!

Call Valley today at 437-2615 and ask for the DSL Netbook Bundle!

*Offer ends October 31, 2011. For new customers only. 24 month service agreement is required. Early termination fee of $150 applies. Manufacturers warranty applies for one year. Valley is not responsible for warranty coverage. Additional restrictions apply.

Save Rural Broadband

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Save Rural Broadband

The FCC has proposed radical policy changes that could deprive millions of individuals, businesses and governments of broaband access. This loss or reduction in broadband acccess would result in lost jobs, less comprehensive health care, and blocked access to global markets, which will stifle innovation and hamper our nations competitiveness.

You can help by contacting our state senators and representative. Use the templates below to send your message to our nations leaders.

Template letter for Sunator Thune

Template letter for Senator Johnson

Template letter for Representative Noem