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• Elijah Wergin of Troop 66 Vermillion Boy Scouts is working on his Eagle Scout project, an effort to add lights to the flagpole in Prentis Park. The project needs funding, and you can help. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Neb. Gov. Dave Heineman is encouraging all Nebraskans to volunteer throughout the month of April. Learn where you can help!

South Dakota lawmakers are forming a task force to address child sexual abuse in the state. Public input is sought, and you can contribute your insight This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Heikes Family Farm, a Vermillion-based Community Supported Agriculture program, is now taking subscriptions for 2014.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has a new pollination program for farmers and landowners. Learn more about how to sign up.

OSHA reminds workers and employers of the need for common sense and care when it comes to safety. Get information on how to report unsafe workplaces. Call the OSHA hotline at 800-321-6742.

• With its move to Memorial Park, Yankton's Rockin' Ribfest Committee seeks volunteers. Find out how you can help this big community event here.

• Midcontinent Communications is offering its new Broadband Lifeline Assistance Program to families who qualify. Call 800-888-1300 to learn more or apply for it.

The South Dakota Kayak Challenge is returning to Yankton! Learn more on how you can take part as a racer or volunteer.

• Be Well South Dakota invites South Dakotans who want to lose weight to join its 2014 Pound Pledge. For every pound participants lose between now and April 2, the group will donate one pound of food to Feeding South Dakota. Participants are encouraged to share their weekly progress to be eligible for weekly prizes and a $200 gift card grand prize. Anyone interested in joining the 2014 Pound Pledge should sign up on Facebook or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

All South Dakota veterans: Your benefits are ready. Visit this site to learn more. Veterans in college, here's information on Veterans' Assistance programs at USD and Mount Marty College.

• Avera Sacred Heart Hospital is now part of Avera @ Home, a program that can help you or your family adjust to home health care or home hospice. Learn more about the program.

The City of Yankton can text you snow alerts and other snow information, including street closings. Sign up for the alerts.

• The new preliminary master plan for Yankton's recreational facilities is available. Read the plan. Give This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office and several state livestock agencies have established The Rancher Relief Fund to help producers hit by October 2013 blizzard. You can help online and search for "Rancher Relief Fund." Donors also can mail checks to Rancher Relief Fund, Box 231, Rapid City, S.D. 57709.

Traveling but concerned about road conditions? Use this link to get information or call 511 (in South Dakota.)

• Are you planning an event, conference or local sports tournament in the Yankton area? Add it to the Yankton area web calendar for 2014. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online submissions.

• PTSD Coach Online is a service for veterans and anyone dealing with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It's a suite of 17 tools designed to help people cope with sleep problems, trauma reminders and other issues. Access PTSD Coach Online.

Veterans and National Guard soldiers are sought for a research project, "Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Alcohol Use." The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is leading this project, which includes a survey about mood, alcohol use and past military experiences and takes about three hours. It is voluntary and completely confidential. Participants receive $100 compensation for the initial interview and eligible participants who take part in a second study using an MRI will receive $300. Vets and Guard soldiers who are right-handed, between the ages of 18-45 and who have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan are eligible. To enroll or learn more, call Dawne Olson at 605-677-5170 or email her. (Active-duty troops only will be compensated if taking part in the research during off-duty times.)

• Want to help others as a volunteer? This one-stop spot from United Way of Vermillion can help you find opportunities.

True Value Company's "Painting A Brighter Future" is offering schools free paint for renovations. Nygren's True Value in Vermillion encourages all schools in their territory — which includes Vermillion and Elk Point — to apply for this program.

• Learn more about the South Dakota Workforce Initiative South Dakota Wins.

• Feeding South Dakota has recently released a study on food insecurity in South Dakota. Learn more at its website on ways to help.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is offering a wide range of programs for toddlers through adults, and registration continues. To find out more, visit the library website for a full schedule of events.

Mentors Needed: The Clay-Union Foundation matches youth age 5-17 years old with qualified and screened adult volunteers. There are two boys and two girls to match in Elk Point, and two girls in Vermillion. Volunteers must be 18 or older and have a car. Email John Gille at or call 605-421-5050 to become a volunteer.

The City of Yankton and the Yankton Tobacco Education Coalition reminds all citizens that the Yankton Parks are tobacco-free.

If you have trouble with certain Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter features, or need a quick tutorial on uploading photos, poking someone, or adding online friends, the new "Book a Librarian" program is for you! This free program allows you to schedule 15 minutes to answer any social media question. Call Tonya or Dana at the Yankton Public Library to schedule a session, 605-668-5275.

• The Yankton Boys & Girls Club is looking for community feedback about the Boys & Girls Club. Help them out with planning for the future and take a couple minutes to fill out this survey.

The Vermillion Area Community Foundation is accepting proposals for projects to improve our community. Forms for submitting proposals by groups or organizations are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. While funds available are limited they can fully fund small one time requests or partially fund larger projects. Your annual donations to their Foundation will provide them with increasing funds each year for worthwhile projects.

Business After Hours: Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your business and network with your peers? Sign up to host a Business After Hours event! These events generally run from 5-7 p.m. on weeknights and the hosting business provides hours d'oeuvres and refreshments. If interested email Ann or call 605-624-5571.

• The Heartland Human Society offers affordable pets. View the available animals or stop by the shelter at 601½ Burleigh St., Yankton.


Tuesday, April 15
The Yankton Chamber presents the John Schallert Small Business Seminar, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Riverfront Events Center. Register online.

Wednesday, April 16
Storm spotter/severe weather training, 7 p.m. at Yankton Fire Station No. 2, North Broadway. Staff from National Weather Service and Yankton County Emergency Managemetn will share information on alerts, warnings and watches and answer questions on severe summer weather events.

Thursday, April 17
Transfer Ceremony for Green Island property, 1 p.m. at Meridian Bridge parking lot, Yankton. The state of Nebraska is transferring 30 acres of land to the National Park Service during this event. The NPS also will cut the ribbon on its new mobile ranger station. Free.

Monday, April 21
Earth (Every) Day events, various locations, Vermillion. From films to fairs to farms, a week's worth of sustainability-focused events at the University of South Dakota and around Vermillion. Full details online.

Wednesday, April 23
Lions' Pancake Days, today and April 24, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory near Lions Park, Vermillion. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Kids 5 and younger eat free. Learn more about Vermillion Lions Club/ticket locations.

Thursday, April 24
Movie Screening of Heroes Behind The Badge, 7 and 9 p.m., Main Street Theater, Vermillion. Heroes Behind The Badge recounts the harrowing stories of law
enforcement officers who were caught in the line of fire and survived, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Donations accepted on behalf of the Vermillion Fraternal Order of Police.

Saturday, April 26
The RiverRat Marathon and Bike Ride, Yankton. Various start times, levels of involvement and volunteer opportunities. Sign up or learn more.

Sunday, April 27
The Days Of Music Bloomfield Q 125 event, 11 a.m. at Bloomfileld American Legion Pavilion, Bloomfield, Neb. Pancakes available for freewill donation starting at 10 a.m. Music starts at 11 a.m. and continues until 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and this includes lunch. Bake sale, silent auction and dancing encouraged from 2:30 p.m. on. The featured band isPhil Blum and Friends Orchestra, offering a 10-piece Lawrence-Welk style of show.

Friday, May 2
Missouri River Expo, Riverside Park, Yankton. Students from across the region will learn more about the Missouri River, the communities along it and the agencies that support is regal splendor. The National Park Service, the City of Yankton, and the Izaak Walton League of America are lead organizers on the event that continues May 3. Learn more.

Saturday, May 3
Missouri River Cleanup and Expo, Riverside Park, Yankton. Join volunteers from across the Missouri River Valley as they take to the water and get debris and trash off the banks. Includes a free lunch. After the cleanup, an expo of all things Missouri River will take place in the park. The National Park Service, the City of Yankton, and the Izaak Walton League of America are lead organizers on the event that continues May 3. Learn more.

Friday, May 23
The South Dakota Kayak Challenge, a canoe-kayak race from Yankton to Sioux City, returns to the Missouri National Recreational River. Get involved.

Sunday, June 8
The second annual Ride Across South Dakota (RASDAK), a week-long, full-state bicycling event that takes pedalers from Mount Rushmore to Sioux Falls. Deadline for registration at going rate is April 15. It increases to $175 after that. Learn more or register here.

Sunday, June 21-July 8
A Scandinavia Adult Tour in 2014 will visit Bergan and Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia, and conclude in St. Petersburg, Russia. The tour departs Sioux Falls on June 22 and returns July 8. If interested, email Lenni Billberg or call her at 605-670-2717.

Saturday, July 19
The Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle, a 50-mile race on the Missouri River between Fort Randall Dam and Springfield, 7 a.m. at Randall Creek State Rec Area, near Pickstown. Learn more or sign up.