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• The Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is looking forward to the 2016 Open house/tour season. As always, visitors are welcomed in various ways - through arranged tours, as drop-ins or as host or hostess of a special gathering. The season begins on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day. The enclosed press release is just to let your readers and listeners know that it soon WILL be time to enjoy an unforgettable trip to 509 Pine Street in Yankton.

• Are you looking to get your child involved this summer? The Yankton Recreation Department has several openings in a variety of summer activities such as Red Cross Swimming Lessons, Fine Arts & Crafts, Performing Arts, Cooking, Physical Activity & Sports, Strength & Conditioning Programs, Educational Classes, Day Camps and much more. Visit our website at to get a full listing of all the exciting programs we have to offer. You can view, register, and submit payment for all of the summer programs and activities directly from the City of Yankton’s website. Or call or visit the Summit Activities Center during regular business hours to register. For further information, please call 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on our Facebook Page.

• The City of Vermillion has one vacancy due to resignation on the Planning Commission Board in June. The term of appointment expires June 2020. To be eligible for this Board position the individual must be a resident of Vermillion. If interested, please complete an Expression of Interest form available on the City’s website or at City Hall. Completed Expression of Interest forms are due in the City Manager’s office by noon, Thursday, May 12, 2016. It is anticipated that City Council will make an appointment at their May 16, 2016 meeting.

• When pranks and “destructive fun” go over the line, it’s not fun- it’s a crime. Broken glass, graffiti, theft, arson, willful damage, and on-site substance abuse are all types of problems the City of Yankton Parks Department would like citizens’ help in stopping. These and other acts of vandalism are deliberate assaults on private and public property in Yankton. They cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair and they degrade our efforts to provide high quality parks and facilities. Parks, trails, cemetery, community buildings and other shared public places are the biggest targets of vandalism. Local neighbors and park/trail users are asked to contact the police department when vandalism is taking place so the criminals can be apprehended. Citizens’ help is needed to stop vandalism in public places in the community. If you think vandalism isn't your problem, think again. Here are a few reasons why vandalism hurts everyone:
Vandalism destroys what your tax dollars have created. Each year vandals destroy thousands of dollars' worth of park facilities and equipment funded by tax dollars. A few minutes of destructive "fun" can add up to huge losses for our City's parks.
Vandalism takes dollars away from recreational programs and facilities. Replacing destroyed trees, benches, picnic tables, removing or painting over graffiti, all involve department labor and material costs. The money that could be spent on new amenities and programs is spent on repairing vandalized items.
Vandalism is not cool. Damaging public property through vandalism is both cowardly and not cool. Individuals who tag or use spray paint for artistic expression on public property are breaking the law and are no "cooler" than the person who breaks a window, destroys a young tree, or pulls down a basketball hoop on purpose. Please use peer pressure to encourage people to not vandalize public property.
Help Stop Vandalism
Here's what you can do to help prevent and address vandalism:
Always call 9-1-1 to report any crime in progress, including vandalism.
If you have information about a crime that has occurred in a park, but that does not require an immediate police response, please call 605-668-5210.
Finally, if you want to remain anonymous, you may want to call Yankton Crime Stoppers at (605) 665-4440. Each caller is assigned a code number and not asked for their name for the purpose of insuring anonymity.

• Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two fall Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from September to December 2016. 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 June 15, via 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 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.

• Yankton County Auditor Patty Hojem says the Auditor's office will begin assisting voters with absentee voting on Friday, April. 22, for the June 7, Primary. There are two ways to vote absentee, says Hojem. Registered voters can vote in person at the Auditor's office, and they need to bring a driver's license or other photo identification. If they do not have photo ID, they can sign the personal ID affidavit. In order to vote by mail, citizens must fill out an application and have their signature notarized or provide a copy of their photo identification. Those residing overseas or members of the military can request an absentee ballot by fax or email. However, those in the military who live in the states must have their application notarized or provide a copy of photo identification. Any person residing overseas or serving in the military overseas can receive their ballot electronically. Hojem says the voter registration deadline is May 23rd and that people can stop in to both register and vote absentee. Absentee voting is available until 5:00 pm on June 6th. However, any voter who is confined due to sickness or disability can request an absentee ballot by using an authorized messenger on election day until 3 p.m. Hojem says sample ballots are available and the Auditor's office is open during normal hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) throughout the election season. For more information or to receive an application for absentee ballot through the mail, contact Hojem at (605) 260-4400 ext. 0 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• April 21 – May 5: Connecting Artists & River City Area Woodcarvers at G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery. Open Monday – Friday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Located at 508 Douglas Avenue; Yankton. For more information call (605) 665-9754.

• The Yankton Parks Advisory Board would like to take time this spring to remind Yankton dog owners to be responsible and obey the local ordinance for dog waste. The ordinance states, “The person in control of any dog shall be required to remove and properly dispose of any fecal material deposited by said animal on public property or property other than the property of the dog’s owner.” This would include fenced in ball fields in the community’s parks system that some citizens use as private off-leash dog parks. Each dog's owner/handler is responsible for picking up and disposing of their dog's waste. This will help keep the park environment and other people’s property clean so that dogs, children and adults are happy and healthy. Pet waste left behind can transmit harmful diseases to other pets and children. Dog feces a common carrier for many diseases. The Parks Advisory Board believes 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 their yard/dirt when the dog feces is present. Ocular larva migrans - an eye disease caused by parasitic worms found in dog droppings can cause serious eye damage to young children.
3. Dog waste biodegrades slowly.
4. Dog waste being left behind makes ALL dog owners look bad. Not picking up after your dog tops the list of complaints about dogs.
5. Your actions set example for others. Teach children 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.

• The Clay-Union foundation, Inc. is offering a $500 comm. service scholarship at Vermillion, EP-J and Dakota Valley this spring. We would like to invite you to help us in supporting ongoing scholarship efforts. All donations are 100 percent deductible- we are a 501c3. Donations of any size are welcome, from businesses, former residents and alumni, organizations, groups, churches, and individuals. If you believe in comm. service, please send a donation payable Clay-Union foundation, Inc, and mark the school on the memo line, so we can credit the school districts. Then mail it to P. O, Box 665, Elk Point, SD. 57025. We can also help you with donations of grain, livestock proceeds, wills, endowments, and other ways to build on our future students success. Thank you- John Gille 605-421-5050.

• The Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation Summer Programs Brochure is now available on the website and may also be picked up at the Summit Activities Center. You may register online for activities directly from the City of Yankton’s website. You can view, register, and submit payment for a variety of summer programs and activities. It is quick and easy, and you will receive immediate registration confirmation via e-mail. Current Summit Activities Center members may register at the SAC on Monday, April 18 during regular business hours. Online registration for the general public begins on April 19 at 11:00 a.m. All online registrations must be paid with a major credit or debit card. For further information, please call 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD 57078. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on our Facebook page.

• Have you ever wanted to learn meditation or yoga? The Om Sweet Om teachers are offering six week courses at the Vermillion Public Library, beginning Sunday, April 3rd, and continuing through May 8th. Beginner Meditation occurs from 3:00-3:45 pm, with Yoga for Every Body running from 4:00-5:00 pm, in the Kozak Community Room. These sessions are designed for beginners who would like to learn the basics. No experience is necessary and classes are accessible for all bodies. Come for one class or all of them. There is no charge for classes but you are welcome to provide a free will donation. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at 605-677-7060.

• Beginning April 2 the Vermillion Sanitary Landfill will resume their Saturday hours from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Landfill vouchers will be available April 4 for residents and can be picked up at City Hall.

• Encouraged by the success of last summer’s barn quilt tour, the Dakota Prairie Quilt Guild is looking to increase the size of last year’s tour. Last summer 33 different barn quilt were on display, and the guild has a goal of doubling that number for the summer 2016 tour. Anyone, whether quilters or not, can be a part of this community project! Dakota Prairie Quilt Guild (DPQG) invites local area businesses and residents to create and display barn quilts on their businesses or homes. During Riverboat Days, the quilt guild will distribute a pamphlet locating all participating barn quilts and provide spectators with information about the history of the various quilt patterns. Participants are encouraged to display their barn quilts from August 13 – September 18 in order to allow more time for people to view them. If you have questions about constructing your barn quilt or would like information about having someone create one for you, contact Sandy Hoffner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (605) 665-4792. In addition, Vicki Cooley will be teaching a class on how to paint a Barn Quilt Board at the Yankton Community Library June 14 – June 16 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Participants will finish the classes with a 2X2’ Barn Quilt Board to display at their home. Contact the library at (605) 668-5275 to register and receive the list of needed supplies.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the 2016 Women’s and Coed Sand Volleyball Leagues and Coed Softball Leagues. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, May 6. Team registration forms and rules are available at the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or on the City of Yankton web site at For further information, call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook page.


Wednesday, May 4
Matt Maher – The Saints and Sinners Tour, with special guest John Tibbs – doors open at 6 p.m. Cimpl Arena; Mount Marty College; 1105 W 8th Street; Yankton. Tickets $18 general admission. Tickets available online at or by calling (800) 965-9324.

Groundbreaking for NEW Vermillion Municipal Swimming Pool – 4 p.m.; Prentis Park; Vermillion.

UpNEXT – Vermillion’s Coffee Hour – 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.; VCDC; 6 W. Main Street; Vermillion.

One Million Cups – 9 a.m.; Gathering Grounds; Discovery Church; 205 West 3rd Street; Yankton.

Dr. Richard Nicolai to Keynote Public Meeting on Biofilters for CAFOS – 6:30 p.m.; Tyndall Community Room; Tyndall.

Thursday, May 5
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Dr. James Reese and MMC students, “Paddlefish Readings”.

“A History of Hats” – 2 p.m.; Avera majestic Bluffs Gathering Place – the presentation is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 6
Simulcast of Leadercast – the world’s largest one-day Leadership Conference – Breakfast and registration starts at 7 a.m., the program begins at 8 a.m. Tickets cost $75 and include breakfast and lunch. To register visit Mount Marty College Roncalli Center Dining Room; 1105 W. 8th Street; Yankton.

THE CENTER - Mother’s Day Tea 2 pm Friday, May 6th. All mothers, daughters and grandmothers are invited to the Mother’s Day Tea. We will serve flavored coffees, teas and plenty of desserts. Come hear about and participate in the new craze of adult coloring. Also a special tea pot collection will be displayed and stories told about it. Bring your own special tea pot and story if you have one!

Saturday, May 7
Dam and Back Kayak Challenge – Registration 12 p.m.; Riverside Park; Yankton.

YANKTON BOY SCOUT TROOP #133 will be conducting the monthly scrap newspaper and aluminum can collections. Troop 133 does not accept plastic or tin cans please do not leave these items for pick up. Papers and cans will be picked up at the trailer courts and apartment complexes in Yankton. Also paper and cans will be picked up at Riverside acres. Please have your newspaper and cans secured in sacks or small cardboard boxes and ready to be picked up by 9:00AM on Saturday May 7, 2016. Paper and cans may also be brought to Riverview Reformed Church Parking lot, 1700 Burleigh, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday May 7, 2016 the day of the collection. Remember the paper shed is located on the SOUTH EAST corner of the parking lot. For more information about the newspaper and aluminum can collection, call: 857-9396 or 760-5627. Your cooperation is appreciated in not dropping papers off at any time without making prior arrangements.

Sunday, May 8
Mount Marty College Athletic Hall of Fame and Year-End Ceremony – Social 1:30 p.m., Presentation 2:15 p.m.; Roncalli Welcome Center; Mount Marty College; Yankton.

Monday, May 9
Yankton County Parents as Teachers is partnering with Papa Murphy’s in Yankton for a “Dough Raising Event” on Monday, May 9. Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n Bake Pizza is proud to partner with PAT and will graciously donate 25% of each order back to Parents as Teachers. Papa Murphy’s is located at 1100 Broadway Ave or call ahead with your order at 605-665-7272 between the hours of 11:00 and 8:00 pm. Make sure you mention Parents as Teachers when you stop in or call or if ordering online type “Parents as Teachers” in the special instructions box to ensure credit.

Wednesday, May 10
Yankton Community Blood Drive – 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital – Benedictine Center; 501 Summit; Yankton.

THE CENTER - Dementia Caregiver Support Group Coffee Tuesday, May 10th 10-11AM with Char & Lois. Call 665-4685 for more information.

Thursday, May 11
Yankton Community Library Board of Trustees Regular Meeting – 5:30 p.m.; Minerva’s; 1607 East Highway 50; Yankton.

Friday, May 13 – Saturday, May 14
South Dakota Driver Exam Stations Closed due to employee training.

Saturday, May 14
Yankton letter carriers collecting non-perishable food items. City and rural postal customers in Yankton, Mission Hill, Utica, and Gayville should place their food donations by their mailbox and the carrier or a volunteer will pick it up. Non-food items such as soap, paper products, and diapers will also be accepted. Opened or out dated food items cannot be used.

Vermillion High School Graduation – 2:30 p.m.; DakotaDome; Vermillion.

Tuesday, May 17
Missouri River Cleanup.

State of the Community – Speakers include Onward Yankton and Mount Marty College.

THE CENTER - Ice Cream Social Tuesday, May 17th 2-3:30 PM. Cool off with a root beer float or ice cream Sunday. $1 members $1.50 non-members.

Wednesday, May 18
Yankton Baccalaureate, sponsored by the Yankton Ministerial Association – 7 p.m.; Yankton High School Theatre.

Gayville Community Blood Drive – 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Community Center; 404 Washington Street; Yankton.

THE CENTER – YANKTON - Chair massages Wednesday, May 18th 1:40-3:50 pm at The Center, 900 Whiting Drive. Cost is only $10 for members & $15 for non-members. Call 665-4685 to schedule an appointment.

Mount Marty College Golf Classic – Registration 11:30 a.m., Shotgun Start 1 p.m.; Hillcrest County Club; 2206 Mulberry Street; Yankton. For more information call (605) 668-1467.

Thursday, May 19
Final day of school in Yankton.

Friday, May 20
THE CENTER – YANKTON - The Commodity Supplemental Food Program goods will be distributed from 1-3pm Friday, May 20th at The Center. The program is for those who are over 60 and meeting income guidelines. Stop in the front office for an application or call 665-4685 for more information.

Saturday, May 21
The Teen Tech Tutors will be at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, May 21, from 1-3 p.m. This program is free and open to anyone who needs one-on-one help with computer applications. Registration is now open with thirty minute slots available. Simply call the library at 668-5275 to set up your time and let us know what type of assistance you need. The Teens are not available to help with eBook questions. For help in that area, please call for an appointment or stop at the library at your convenience.

Sunday, May 22
Yankton High School Graduation – 2 p.m.; Yankton High School Gymnasium.

Tuesday, May 24 – Thursday, May 26
5th Annual Buck Basketball Camp – Yankton High School Summit Center Main Gym. Open to all boys in Yankton & the surrounding communities. Cost is $50 per athlete. Tuesday, May 24
Willa B’s Ribbon Cutting – 3 p.m.; Downtown Yankton.

Wednesday, May 25
THE CENTER – YANKTON - Evening meal 5-6:30pm Wednesday, May 25th. Lasagna, Chinese Coleslaw, Peas, Fruit Slush. Suggested donation $5. Please call 665-1055 one day in advance for reservations.

Friday, May 27
The Yankto Memorial Pool opens for the season. It will stay open until Friday, August 19.

Saturday, May 28 – Sunday, May 29
South Dakota Kayak Challenge – Starting in Yankton, ending in South Sioux City. It begins at 7 a.m. Saturday and those who take the Challenge have until noon Sunday to finish the course. More information at

Monday, May 30
THE CENTER – YANKTON - Center closed May 30th for Memorial Day.

Tuesday, June 14
THE CENTER – YANKTON - Flag Day Program 11am Tuesday, June 14th. Join us as Elks Lodge 994 members honor our American flag.

Monday, June 20
VCDC Golf Social – 11:45 a.m.; The Bluffs Golf Course; Vermillion. Call (605) 624-5571 or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tuesday, June 21
11th Annual Yankton Chamber Ag Gala.

Wednesday, June 22 – Thursday, June 23
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp. Camps ar a free, fun, two hour events for children 4 – 6 and 7 – 10 years of age. The camps are located at the Gavins Point picnic shelter #2 at the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. The morning sessions are 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and afternoon sessions are 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, July 9
Annual South Dakota High School All-Star Football Game; Vermillion.

THE CENTER – YANKTON - Save the Date for the Annual BBQ & Dance 7-9pm July 9th. Members $5 advance/$6 at door. Non-members $7 advance/$8 at door.

Tuesday, July 12
MYOB (Mind Your Own Business) – Yankton Chamber.

Wednesday, July 13 – Thursday, July 14
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp. Camps ar a free, fun, two hour events for children 4 – 6 and 7 – 10 years of age. The camps are located at the Gavins Point picnic shelter #2 at the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. The morning sessions are 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and afternoon sessions are 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday, July 18
11th Annual Sheri Ellis Memorial Golf Social – 1 p.m.; The Bluffs Golf Course; Vermillion. 18 hole, 4 person scramble. $50 per person paid in advance, $60 day of event. Includes golf, dinner, and prizes.

Monday, July 25 – Friday, July 29
Mount Marty College’s Summer Camp Invention. Cost for the weeklong camp is $220, but those who register by March 21 will receive $25 off. Register between March 22 and May 10 to receive $15 off the total cost. There is also a $50 discount per sibling for families registering three or more siblings. To register for Camp Invention or to learn more about the EPIC program, visit or call 800-968-4322. For more information on Mount Marty College, visit

Wednesday, July 27 – Thursday, July 28
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp. Camps ar a free, fun, two hour events for children 4 – 6 and 7 – 10 years of age. The camps are located at the Gavins Point picnic shelter #2 at the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. The morning sessions are 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and afternoon sessions are 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, August 20
Riverboat Days Parade Cleanup.

Tuesday, November 15
America Recycles Day.