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• Snow-free sidewalks are more than a convenience; they are a matter of public safety. Clear sidewalks make it safer and easier for students and for all our neighbors traveling to and from work or school. Property owners who have snow or ice covered sidewalks adjacent to their property must make arrangements for snow removal within 24 hours after a snowfall. Please do the neighborly thing and shovel your sidewalks. For more information contact the City of Yankton at 605-668-5251.

• The City of Yankton's Recreation Department, along with YHS Strength Coach Dan Mitchell, are offering a twelve-week session of Winter Workout at the Summit Activities Center for participants currently in grades 9-12 at Yankton High School. The winter strength and conditioning program will test out on Thursday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m. in the Summit Activities Center Auxiliary Gym with the program beginning on Monday, November 23 at 3:45 p.m. The program will meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 3:45 p.m. through February 19, 2016. Cost for the program is $20 plus tax. To register online, please visit the City of Yankton web site at or visit the Summit Activities Center to register. For additional information, call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on our Facebook Page.

• South Dakota is paying a bonus to members of the Armed Forces who were legal residents of the state for no less than six months immediately preceding their period of active duty and who served on active duty during one or more of the following periods.
1. August 2, 1990 to March 3, 1991 – All active service counts for payment.
2. March 4, 1991 to December 31, 1992 – Only service in a hostile area qualifying for the Southwest Asia Service Medal counts for payment.
3. January 1, 1993 to September 10, 2001 – Only service in a hostile area qualifying for any United States campaign or service medal awarded for combat operations against hostile forces counts for payment.
4. September 11, 2001 to a date to be determined – All active service counts for payment.
Veterans with qualifying service from Aug 2, 1990 to Dec 31, 1992 [Desert Storm] may receive one bonus of up to $500.00. Veterans with qualifying service after Jan 1, 1993 may receive another bonus of up to $500.00. Active Duty for training is not allowed for Bonus purposes. Only federal active duty is applicable for bonus purposes. Applicants living outside of South Dakota may obtain an application by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please include your branch of the military and dates of service. If you do not have email you may request an application and instructions by writing SD Veterans Bonus, 425 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501-5070 or by calling 605-773-7251. Applicants living in South Dakota may apply through the nearest County or Tribal Veterans Service Officer.

• After Thursday, November 5, 2015, the City of Yankton landfill will be officially closed on Monday and Thursday evenings for the winter season. Residents will still be allowed to drop off their yard waste at the landfill during regular business hours, which are from 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM Monday through Saturday.

• In keeping with the season of giving, the Edith B. Siegrist Public Library is pleased to share its intention to offer amnesty to patrons owing fines in the month of December, in exchange for donations of personal care items. The “Forgiving for Giving” campaign will officially kick-off during our annual Holiday Open House, on Friday, December 4th, following the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company’s Downtown Parade of Lights, at approximately 7 pm.

• The City of Yankton would like to remind residents that pumpkins, apples or any other type of garden waste cannot be placed curbside for pickup. If any of these items are with your weekly trash, they will not be picked up. All of the above items can be taken to the Transfer Station at 1200 W. 23rd Street, during regular business hours and grass nites at no charge. The hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 3:45 pm. The City of Yankton thanks the residents for their cooperation.

• The Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery and the Mount Marty College Music Department will present their annual Vespers performance on Sunday, December 6. The free performances will be held at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel on the Mount Marty College campus. Tickets to Vespers are free and space is limited to 500 people per performance. Tickets will be available starting on Monday, November 9, at noon at the Mount Marty College Pages Bookstore and the Sacred Heart Monastery Gift Shop. There is a limit of 6 tickets per person. This year’s Vespers performance is titled, "ad verbum illuminatum” (the illuminated word) and will feature music that reflects the text of the illuminations from the St. John's Bible. Under the direction of Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Kenneth Tice, the choirs of Mount Marty College will present the music of Tallis, Brahms, Thompson, Tin, Powell, and more, along with traditional Christmas carols. In addition, a special Prelude concert by the Mount Marty Choral Union will begin at 6:20 p.m. For questions or further information on Vespers, please contact Wyatt Yager, Director of Events and Outreach, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• Yankton’s Parks Advisory Board, Golf Advisory Board, City Commission, and City Staff would like to remind Yankton dog owners to be responsible, courteous, and to obey the local ordinance, 5-23-m, for dog waste. The ordinance states, “No owner within the city shall permit his or her dog to defecate on public or private property other than their own. If any animal does defecate upon public or private property, then the owner shall immediately and thoroughly clean the fecal material from such public or private property.” This would include fenced in ball fields, public parks, Fox Run Golf Course, the Meridian Bridge, and other people’s yards. Each dog's owner/handler is responsible for picking up and disposing of their dog's waste. This will help keep the park environments and other people’s property clean so that dogs, children and adults can play happy and healthy without stepping in unwanted waste. Pet waste left behind can transmit harmful diseases to other pets and children also. Dog feces is a common carrier for many diseases. Yankton’s Parks Advisory Board, Golf Advisory Board, City Commission, and City Staff believe dog owners should pick up their dog’s waste because:
1. It's a common courtesy. Only irresponsible dog owners leave their dog's waste for others to look at, step in or clean up. In addition to creating a foul odor, leaving your dog's waste encourages other dogs to mark that spot.
2. Dog waste is unhealthy to the animals, children, and adults who come into contact with it. Removing dog feces prevents infestation of your dog from exposure to infective worm eggs and larvae. Dog feces can transmit diseases from your dog to young children and adults who play or work in the park or yard when the dog feces is present.
3. Dog waste biodegrades slowly and is an issue after it rains.
4. Dog waste being left behind makes ALL dog owners look bad. Not picking up after your dog tops the list of complaints the City receives about dogs.
5. Your actions set example for others. Teach children and other family members how to properly clean up after a pet.
6. Are you a good neighbor dog owner? Dog feces and urine can result in lawn burn or dead patches. When it's your dog on your neighbor's lawn, it causes a great deal of hostility--toward you, and your dog.

• Volunteer members of the South Dakota National Guard are organizing a winter clothing and toy drive during October and November to benefit needy individuals located in the communities in which they serve.‎ New or gently used coats, gloves, hats, scarves or blankets – for adults and children – are being donated by Guard members to help individuals who are in need of warm clothing this winter season. New or gently used toys are also being donated for less fortunate children for the upcoming holiday season. The clothing and toy drive is not limited to only volunteer members of the Guard, but is intended as a community activity. Members of the public who would like to help donate items are encouraged to bring winter clothing and toys items to any Army National Guard armory throughout the state or to the Air National Guard base in Sioux Falls by Dec. 1. Collected items will be delivered to a variety of local social service organizations in December for distribution to those in need.‎ The all-volunteer effort to collect winter clothing items and toys, while not an official function of the National Guard, is a welcome adjunct activity showcasing volunteers’ commitment to serve some of South Dakota’s most needy people.


Wednesday, November 25 – Friday, November 27
No school for Yankton due to a conferences compensation day and the Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday, November 25 – Saturday, November 28
The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut, will close on Wednesday, November 25, at 5:00 p.m., for the Thanksgiving holiday and reopen on Saturday, November 28, at 9:00 a.m., with regular weekend hours.

Wednesday, November 25
20th Annual Yankton Community Holiday Feast – 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Calvary Baptist Church; 2407 Broadway; Yankton.

Gayville Community Blood Drive – 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Gayville Community Center; 404 Washington; Gayville.

One Million Cups – 9 a.m.; Avera Professional Office Pavilion; 409 Summit Street; Yankton.

Job Search Assistance Program – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 3113 Spruce Street; Suite 124; Yankton.

Friday, November 27 – Saturday, November 28
On Friday and Saturday following the Thanksgiving holiday trains will be running at the Missouri Valley Model Railroad Club from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The location is in the basement of the old J. C. Penny’s building located on the Southeast corner of Cedar and Third Streets.

Friday, November 27
Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.; Kiwanis 4-H Ice Rink; 901 Whiting Drive; Yankton.

Yankton Clothing Closet closed due to Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 28
Small Business Saturday – Remember to shop local!

Do you need help with basic computer skills, e-mail, Internet searches, Facebook, etc.? If so, the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, has just what you need! Students from the Yankton High School National Honor Society will be at the library two Saturdays per month to work with individuals who need assistance with computers. Registration is now open for sessions that take place on Saturday, November 28, from 1-3 p.m. Thirty minute time slots are available as one-on-one mini technology classes to anyone who registers. This service is free of charge, but anyone needing assistance must register ahead of time by calling or stopping in the library, giving us your contact information, and telling us what help you are seeking.

Coloring for Adults – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Community Library.

Sunday, November 29
Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.; Kiwanis 4-H Ice Rink; 901 Whiting Drive; Yankton.

Coloring for Adults – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Community Library.

Monday, November 30
Vermillion Curbside Recycling will not be collecting on Thursday, November 26 due to City Offices being closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Residents on the Thursday collection route will instead be picked up the following Monday, November 30th. If you have questions please call City Hall at 677-7050. Teen Advisory Board Meeting – 7 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Tuesday, December 1
Join Dakota Hospital Foundation and Sanford Vermillion as they host a farewell ceremony for the historic Dakota Hospital building and celebrate the future of health care in the community with the annual Tree of Lights event – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., farewell program at 5:30 p.m.; Sanford Vermillion; 20 S Plum Street; Vermillion.

Farewell to historic Dakota Hospital building – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. Farewell Program; Sanford Vermillion; 20 S Plum Street; Vermillion.

Thursday, December 3
Mount Marty Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; Mount Marty Campus; Yankton. Dr. Paul Anders, “Promoting Interfaith Understanding”

THE CENTER - Travel with The Center to the Worthing Dinner Theater Thursday, December 3rd 5:00-11:00 pm to see “The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays.” $62.00 per person Cost includes: Transporation, Meal and Theater. For more information, please call The Center @ 605-665-4685.

YankTON Challenge Team Coordinators Meeting – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Czeckers Sports Bar & Grill; Yankton.

Friday, December 4
Vermillion Parade of Lights – 6:30 p.m.; Downtown Vermillion.

The Gurney Landing Parade of Lights – 6 p.m.; Yankton.

Saturday, December 5
Mercy Meals is pleased to host Phillips, Craig, & Dean on Saturday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Yankton High School Theater. You are encouraged to come and experience this special night of praise and worship to bring in the Christmas Season. Tickets are $22 and are available at The Carpenter’s Shop, Clark’s Rental, and Rexall Drug or you may purchase online at All proceeds will help support Mercy Meals’ annual meal pack at Mike Durfee State Prison. Last year 250 inmates and volunteers packed over 60,000 meals.

When the ground outside has turned white, and the holiday shopping is a fright, bring the kids to our event. It will be a night for all well spent! The Yankton Community Library and the Recreation Department are sponsoring a Parents’ Night Out on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. for boys and girls 6 to 12 years of age, at the Summit Activities Center. Participants will make craft projects, eat pizza, play organized games in the gym, and take a swim in the SAC pool. Cost for the program is $5.00 per child. Registration forms are available at the Summit Activities Center or the Yankton Community Library. A limited number of scholarships will be available for this program. The registration deadline is Friday, December 4. Registration forms and payment should be turned in at the Library. For additional information, call (605) 668-5275, (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Yankton Library at 515 Walnut Street or Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street.

Let yourself be “Touched by the Sounds of Advent,” as music, silence, prayer and presentations speak to your heart and embrace you in the gentle sounds and powerful scriptures of the Advent season. This offering, led by staff members of the Benedictine Peace Center, is open to men and women of all faiths. It is held at Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton, on Saturday, December 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. The suggested donation is $15. For more information, go to, then to the Opportunities and Events page, or call 605-668-6292 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please register by December 2.

Corps of Discovery Welcome Center – A Taste of Christmas! 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Welcome Center; 89705 Hwy 81; Crofton.

Tuesday, December 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital; Yankton.

Unplug, Unwind, Craft – 6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Yankton Community Blood Drive – 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital – Benedictine Center; 501 Summit Street; Yankton.

Thursday, December 10
Mount Marty Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; Mount Marty Campus; Yankton. Dr. Alan Ferris, “Happiness in the 21st Century”

Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 13
The Cramer-Kenyon Board of Directors issues an invitation to the community to attend the 2015 Holiday Tours and Open Houses at the historic Eastlake Stick Style home at 509 Pine Street in Yankton. There is no admission price for the annual event; however, donations will be gratefully accepted. A preview of the interior indicates that traditional decorative elements will be found on the main floor of the beautiful Victorian home, mingling with priceless mementoes from both the Cramer and Kenyon families. Dates and times will be Friday evening, December 11 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Saturday December 12 and Sunday December 13, both from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Visitors will be served a beverage and home-made cookies as they enjoy the holiday atmosphere. Children are welcome but good behavior is expected. No reservations are needed; you may enter from the front of the home at 509 Pine Street or park in the lot behind the home and enter through the kitchen. That entrance has a “lift” to enable those who have difficulty walking to ride up the stairs. Board members will greet you. PLEASE bring your cameras. The Home is always camera-ready. In addition to the holiday atmosphere, the Board will be pleased to introduce visitors to the present Curator of the home, Veronica Trezona, who has added her own special touch to the home’s atmosphere. Holiday time is memory-making time and the Board hopes that your memories will include the Open House at 509 Pine Street. We’ll be waiting for you and hope that we won’t be disappointed.

Saturday, December 12
The Christmas Store – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Riverview Reformed Church; 1700 Burleigh Street; Yankton. Children in grades Jr-Kindergarten through 5th grade may choose FREE Christmas gifts for their immediate family.

Technology Help at Yankton Community Library – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; 515 Walnut; Yankton.

Tuesday, December 15
Ted and Alice Miller on South Dakota Public Television’s NO COVER, NO MINIMUM – Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; SDPB Studios, Vermillion.

Saturday, December 18
Teen Christmas Party – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Thursday, December 31
THE CENTER - Come to The Center to celebrate New Year's Eve, Thursday, December 31st from 7-11 pm. Dance to live music from The Bumble Bees and enjoy dinner. Members $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Non-members $9 in advance and $10 at the door.

Monday, January 4
Yankton Challenge Kickoff Wellness Expo – 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Avera Pavilion; 501 Summit; Yankton.

Saturday, February 20
Try Hockey for Free – Yankton Alcoa/Kiwanis Ice Arena; Yankton. The event is a part of Hockey Weekend Across America.