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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.

• 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.

Head Start Yankton is now taking applications. Call 665-2854 to apply for your 3-to-5-year-old child.

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 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 .

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's new digs on East Highway 50 in Yankton.


Saturday, August 23
Boys & Girls Club Rhythm & Brews 7-1pm at Minerva's Bar & Grill in Yankton.  Live Music, casino games, Silent & Live Auction, hors D' oeuvres and Craft Beer Tasting.  Tickets available at: Boys & Girls Club, Czeckers, Both First Dakota National Bank locations and Minerva's.  Call 605-668-9710. $50 general admission; $250 VIP.

Sunday, August 24
Bret Michaels & Friends Rock N' Relief Concert for Pilger Nebraska.  Showing at Divot's DeVent Center in Norfolk, NE.  Visit for more information.  Purchase tickets at

Saturday, August 30
Valiant Vineyards Winery presents: The Great Dakota Wine Fest. 10am-6pm.  Grape Stomp, Wine Tasting, Arts & Crafts, cooking with wine demonstration and Live Music by T-Wilson King, Mrogan Appley, Kayla Thompson, and The Great Otis.

Iron Warrior Poker Run for Eisen Kemp Rueter who was born with a Complex Heart condition.  Registration starts at 12noon at Happy Hourz; Entry Free $15 with Cash Payouts! 1st Payout is $100; 2nd is $50.  Auction starts at 7pm, 50/50 raffle and door prizes.  Bring your motorcycle, truck or hot rod.  If it has wheels and a motor, it's accepted.  Can't make it? Donations can be sent to: Dorothy Perk 804 E 15th St Yankton, SD 5078.

Team Hope Cancer Benefit Poker Run.  Registration 12-1pm at Kozy's(Hwy 50 west of Yankton).  BBQ Meal 6:30-8pm, Street Dance to follow-open to public. Any and all vehicles welcome.  Contact infor: Karen Edler, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Friday&Saturday, Sept. 5&6
10th Annual Ribs, Rods & Rock N' Roll in Vermillion.  Visit for more

Saturday, Sept. 6
Ty Herndon appearing at the WJ Ranch(located 7 miles south of Yankton).  Show starts at 8pm; advanced tickets $25($40 at door).  Order tickets online at or call 402-357-2102

Friday, Sept. 12
Women's Business Conference, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kelly Inn, Yankton. This professional development-focused event includes a number of key speakers from the community. Register before Sept. 2 for a discount. Learn more.

Sunday, Sept. 14
Yankton Scramblers Cycle Club.  Race Times: Sign-up 7:30am; Practice 9:30am. Track located 8 miles West of Yankton on Hwy 50 then south 1/4 mile on Hwy 52.  For detailed race information visit

Sunday, Sept. 21
Yankton Scramblers Cycle Club.  Race Times: Sign-up 7:30am; Practice 9:30am. Track located 8 miles West of Yankton on Hwy 50 then south 1/4 mile on Hwy 52.  For detailed race information visit

Saturday, Sept. 27
Get to the Point Half-Marathon, 8 a.m. at 1000 W. Main St., Elk Point. This new event in Elk Point supports the Clay-Union Foundation and its efforts to support youth. Online registration information. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information.

July 11, 2015
The Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle, a 50-mile race for kayaks and canoes on the Missouri National Recreational River. Learn more.