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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Beginning October 29, 2014, entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other interested community members are invited to attend each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at The Pavillion located at 409 Summit for 1 Million Cups – a free, weekly program developed by the Kauffman foundation helps build startup communities nationwide. For more information view the national website at www.1millioncups.com and access the Yankton, SD microsite at http://yankton.sites.1millioncups.com/.

• The Vermillion Municipal Pool Committee has announced open house dates, times and locations for viewing plans for the proposed new municipal swimming pool in historic Prentis Park. Vermillion Municipal Pool Committee members will be on-site to answer questions about the proposed municipal swimming pool plans. Click here for a list of open houses.

• Are you a job seeker looking for employment? The Department of Labor and Regulation has an important announcement about Job Services. Department of Labor & Regulation workforce experts can help job seekers with a variety of services ranging from career exploration to application, resume and cover letter assistance, to mock interviews and workforce training opportunities. Stop in at your local Department of Labor & Regulation office and visit with an employment representative today. For a list of local office locations, visit sdjobs.org.

• Governor Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two spring 2015 Governor's Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early January through May 2015. Governor's Office interns have the opportunity to work at the highest level of state government, learning about and preparing legislation to be introduced in the next legislative session. Interns' duties will depend on interests and strengths. Typical duties will include aiding the Governor's general counsel, conducting policy research, preparing policy briefings and staffing the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and First Lady. The positions are open to all undergraduate or graduate-level students. Preference will be given to South Dakota residents attending South Dakota colleges or universities. Students who are interested in receiving credit should also apply. The Governor's staff is open to working with individual universities and professors to secure credit for the internship program. Interested students should submit a resume, cover letter and two letters of recommendation by November 1, vis email, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information on duties or logistics, please visit http://sd.gov/governor/Internship or contact Patrick Weber at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (605) 773-5999.

• Senator John Thune is currently seeking intelligent, hard-working college students to serve as spring interns in his office in Washington, D.C., as well as in his offices in Aberdeen, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls. College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune's Washington, D.C., office should submit a resume and cover letter by November 7, 2014, to: Senator John Thune; Attn: Logan Penfield; 511 Dirksen Senate Office Building; Washington, D.C. 20510. By fax to: (202) 228-5429. By e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune's Sioux Falls, Rapid City, or Aberdeen offices should submit a resume and cover letter, by November 7, to: Senator John Thune; Attn: Robin Long; 320 North Main Avenue, Suite B; Sioux Falls, SD 57104. By e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for Men's Basketball League. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, November 7, 2014. League play is scheduled to begin the first week of December. Team registration forms and rules are available at the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or on the City of Yankton website. For further information, call (605) 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on Facebook.

• 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 .

• The Vermillion Backpack Program helps hungry kids. You can help with contributions of time or money. Learn more.

• 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.

• 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.

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

• The Heartland Human Society offers affordable pets. View the available animals or stop by the shelter on East Highway 50 in Yankton.

• 211 is an information and crisis helpline that provides resource information on non-profit, social service, and government programs, along with providing crisis intervention services. It is available anytime, day or night, from anywhere in Yankton or Bon Homme counties. More information available at helplinecenter.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, September 29 – Friday, October 31
Sandi Parish – water color exhibit “Horses” and “Children”; Bede Art Gallery; Marian Auditorium; Mount Marty College; Yankton. Bede Art Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. A free reception and gallery talk is scheduled for October 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., it is open to the public.

Tuesday, October 21 – Saturday, November 1
Meowloween October Adoption Event – Heartland Humane Society; 3400 East Highway 50; Yankton. Heartland Humane Society is having discounted adoption fees on all orange and black animals up for adoption. Cats and kittens will have a reduced adoption fee of $30. Dogs and puppies will be $75. All of our animals that qualify for this promotion are healthy, fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered (if old enough) and micro-chipped. All cats and dogs available for adoption can be found on the shelter’s webpage www.hearlandhumanesociety.net or you can stop by the shelter. Please contact the shelter at (605) 664-4244 if you have any questions.

Friday, October 31 – Saturday, November 1
Harvest Halloween Festival, downtown Yankton. For more information visit www.harvesthalloween.com.

Friday, October 31
The Yankton Democratic Party will be hosting an informational meet and greet event at party headquarters (232 Capital Street; Yankton) at 5 p.m. this event will focus on the Medicaid Expansion portion of the Affordable Health Care law. Jay Williams, Democratic candidate for State House, will be leading a discussion of the Medicaid Expansion focusing on the economic impact of the rejection of the expansion by the state government.

Saturday, November 1
Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day - Mount Marty College. The admissions Office at Mount Marty college will be holding Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events for prospective students to learn about the college and academic majors, visit campus, and meet with faculty. For more information on Blue and Gold Campus Visit Days, or to register, visit www.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

Thomas Rokahr is in the 2nd year of the fight for his life against Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia (A.L.L.). Tom's parents are doing all they can and it's not enough. With all the medical, hospital, and traveling expenses the bills are piling up. Please help Tom and his family in this time of need. Tom the Tank Benefit; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; St. John's Lutheran Church; 1009 Jackson St; Yankton. Baked potato bar benefit, free will donation, all proceeds go to the family. Any questions please contact Bridgette Rokahr (402) 394-1092. For more information and updates about Tom and his battle against A.L.L. visit Tom The Tank Facebook page.

Glass Mosaic Workshop with Nancy Losacker; Picture This Series, Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to basic techniques and history, and will be able to create a small mosaic of their own. This hands-on workshop requires preregistration and nominal $10 fee. Open strictly to ages 16 & up, only. Please call or stop by the circulation desk to register. Space is very limited. For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

Yankton Boy Scout Troop #133 monthly scrap newspaper and aluminum can collections. Papers and cans will be picked up at the trailer courts, apartment complexes and Riverside Acres in Yankton. Have your newspaper and cans secured in sacks or small cardboard boxes and ready to be picked by 9 a.m. Paper and cans may also be brought to Riverview Reformed Church Parking lot; 1700 Burleigh; Yankton, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. For more information call (605) 660-5206 or (605) 857-9396.

South Dakota 125th Statehood Anniversary Celebration; 7 p.m.; Capital Building; Pierre.

Sunday, November 2
Sacred Heart Parish Bazaar and Dinner; Parish Community Center; 509 Capitol St; Yankton. Serving times 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance for discounted prices through Sacred Heart Parish, or after masses October 18th/19th and October 25th/26th. There will be a religious book sale and bake sale booth. Games for the entire family will be in Link Auditorium, bingo will be held from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday, November 3
The Yankton Chamber and Interchanges will host the District 18 House and Senate candidates at Minervas. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. with the forum beginning at 12 p.m. and ending at 1 p.m. Lunch will be $10 and is optional. RSVP's are requested for all attendees for seating.

A free Seasonal Flu clinic will be held for children in Jr. Kindergarten through 5th grade at each elementary school. Parents need not be present but a consent form must be signed by a parent for all students wishing to get the vaccine in school. Please return these form to your child's teacher or the school office by Tuesday, October 28. Monday, November 3 will be Lincoln School and Stewart School.

Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein is this year’s Fall Rawlins Visiting Artist at the University of South Dakota Department of Music. Gerstein will perform a solo piano recital at 7:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. His master class with USD piano students is from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Farber Hall in Old Main on the USD campus. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susanne Skyrm at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling (605) 677-5723.

Tuesday, November 4
Election Day – Polls in Yankton County & Clay County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Polling locations in Yankton County include the National Field Archery Center – Yankton, City Hall – Yankton, JoDean’s – Yankton, Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, Lesterville Fire Hall, Mayfield Store and Gayville Community Center. Polling locations in Clay County include the SESD Experimental Farm – Beresford, Wakonda Senior Citizen Center, Vermillion 4-H Center/Fairgrounds and Vermillion National Guard Armory. For more information on Yankton County call (605) 260-4400. For more information on Clay County call (605) 677-7120.

Wednesday, November 5
The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting several educational sessions in the coming months on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program. Vermillion Public Library; 18 Church St.; Vermillion. 2 p.m. For more information visit www.ltcpartnership.sd.gov.

The Rural Office of Community Services, Inc., (ROCS) will offer area residents the opportunity to meet with a navigator in Yankton to learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace. An outreach event is scheduled in Yankton from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Northern Lights Conference Room 2 on the second floor of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital's Northern Lights Addition. No appointment necessary. For more information, contact Marilyn Kathol at (605) 668-8105 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Tim Schwasinger at (605) 668-8103 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Lizzy Bolander at (605) 469-5363 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Alice Alexandrescu, local social practice artist; Artists & Authors Series, Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, 7 p.m. Alice will discuss her constructive approaches and contagious energy in and out of the art world driven by a proper belief in liberty and justice for all. She’ll facilitate a group creative moment, show off some of her student’s media masterpieces and a speed chronology of selected projects. For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

The Yankton Chamber of Commerce Business Development Committee will be hosting a fall business seminar with WorkSmart Seminars on Mobile Apps for Business – 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m; Riverfront Event Center; Yankton. Cost of the seminar is $40 for chamber members and $49.95 for non-members. Registration deadline is November 3. For more information visit www.yanktonsd.com/seminars.

Thursday, November 6
“I Would Walk 500 Miles: The Way of St. James" - Jordan and Rebecca Foos. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

Silver Threads Health & Product Fair, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 320 W Main Street; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 624-8072.

The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting several educational sessions in the coming months on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program. Yankton Public Library; 515 Walnut St.; Yankton. 2 p.m. For more information visit www.ltcpartnership.sd.gov.

A free Seasonal Flu clinic will be held for children in Jr. Kindergarten through 5th grade at each elementary school. Parents need not be present but a consent form must be signed by a parent for all students wishing to get the vaccine in school. Please return the form to your child's teacher or the school office by Tuesday, October 28. Thursday, November 6 will be Webster School and Beadle School.

Heartland Humane Society Wine & Whiskers - 6 p.m.; Minerva's Event Center; Yankton. To view a full list of the auction items, buy tickets or learn more, check out Wine and Whiskers at the Heartland Humane Society website.

Yankton College/Yankton High School Orchestra Festival – 7 p.m.; Yankton High School Theatre. Open to the public. For more information, contact Yankton College at (605) 665-3661.

St. John’s Lutheran Church Soup Kitchen; 1009 Jackson Street; Yankton. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Menu: Soups, taverns, hot dogs, pies, coffee and milk.

Monday, November 10
11th Annual Yankton Middle School Veteran’s Day Celebration – 9 a.m.; Yankton Middle School “Old” Gymnasium; 2000 Mulberry St; Yankton. The program is free to the public and coffee and cookies will be served.

Tuesday, November 11
Veterans Day Soup Kitchen – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Yankton Elks Lodge; 504 West 27th St; Yankton. Menu: homemade soups, taverns, pies/desserts.

Yankton Middle School 11th Annual Veteran’s Day Celebration – 9 a.m.; Yankton Middle School Old Gymnasium; 2000 Mulberry St; Yankton.

Yankton Community Blood Drive – 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital; Benedictine Center; 501 Summit St; Yankton. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call (800) 287-4903 or visit www.liveservebloodcenter.org.

Wednesday, November 12
Alderman Rich Holland, Long Overdue Series Community Discussion “The ‘Everything’ Plan for the City”; Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, 7 p.m. What really leads the decision-making in a city? The answer could be a vital document called The Comprehensive Plan. This discussion will cover the history, need, preparation and use of a Comprehensive Plan and illustrate why it is so important to the growth of Vermillion. For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

Gayville Community Blood Drive – 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m..; Gayville Community Center; 404 Washington; Gayville. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call (800) 287-4903 or visit www.liveservebloodcenter.org.

Thursday, November 13
"The World War One Correspondence of John and Anna Warns" - Dr. Rich Lofthus. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

“Exploring South Dakota’s Political Tradition”; The University of South Dakota will explore South Dakota’s political history with a conference at the Al Neuharth Media Center; Vermillion. The daylong program will feature the launch of the book “The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture (Vol. 2)” and a keynote address by Tom Isern, a University Distinguished Professor of History at North Dakota State University. There will also be four panel discussions on South Dakota’s unique political history. The conference is free and open to the public but registration is required. The deadline to register is Friday, November 7. For more information or to register, click here.

Facebook For Beginners – 6 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut, Yankton. Call the library at (605) 668-5276 or register in person at the circulation desk by Friday, November 7.

Saturday, November 15
Sacred Heart School’s 6th Annual Vendor Blender – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Sacred Heart Elementary School Gym; 1500 Saint Benedict Drive; Yankton, SD 57078. Over 30 vendors, bake sale items, handmade items, Godfather’s Pizza from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Thursday, November 20
"A Topical Vacation: Collecting Stamps by Topic" - Dr. Terry Nelson. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

Friday, November 21 – Sunday, December 7
"Romeo and Juliet", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.

Sunday, November 30
Victorian Christmas High Tea - Cramer-Kenyon Historic Home.

Thursday, December 4
"Update on the MMC 'Interpret a Genome' Project" - Dr. Vicki Geiser. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14
Christmas Open Houses - Cramer-Kenyon House; 509 Pine Street; Yankton. Open houses are scheduled for December 12th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. and from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on December 13th and 14th. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions about this event, please call the curator at the Cramer-Kenyon Home at (605) 665-7470.

Friday, December 12
Yankton Contact Center Holiday Food Basket signup deadline – Families and individuals wishing to participate in the Holiday Food/Fruit Baskets Project must complete a simple application, providing proof of address, number in the household, and an active SNAP card. For more information, please call (605) 260-4400.

Thursday, February 19 – Sunday, February 22
"Stand Off at HWY #37", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visitwww.usd.edu/theatre.

Friday, March 27
Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day - Mount Marty College. The admissions Office at Mount Marty college will be holding Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events for prospective students to learn about the college and academic majors, visit campus, and meet with faculty. For more information on Blue and Gold Campus Visit Days, or to register, visitwww.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

Thursday, April 16 – Monday, April 27
"Seussical", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.

Saturday, June 27
Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day - Mount Marty College. The admissions Office at Mount Marty college will be holding Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events for prospective students to learn about the college and academic majors, visit campus, and meet with faculty. For more information on Blue and Gold Campus Visit Days, or to register, visitwww.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

Saturday, July 11
The Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle, a 50-mile race for kayaks and canoes on the Missouri National Recreational River. Learn more.

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