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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Yankton Municipal Cemetery announces that staff will be doing a spring clean-up at the cemetery. Staff will be going through all areas of the cemetery picking up anything that is in poor quality and anything that has been displaced and is on the grass. These items will then be disposed of at the time of removal. If there is a concern that an item may be removed by cemetery staff, please remove the item personally and refrain from placing back in the cemetery until Memorial Day. In accordance with cemetery policy, any alterations to any lot shall be done by cemetery personnel. The City of Yankton retains the right to remove or alter any lot improvements if they become unsightly or pose a safety hazard. Any of these services should be requested thought the Department of Parks and Recreation Office. Fresh cut flowers, potted plants and wreathes shall not be allowed on grave lawns longer than 3 days, except during the period from December 1 through March 1, and for the two weeks following Memorial Day. Unless removed by the owner within the above time the cemetery staff will remove all remaining items. All urns, plant material, etc. will be in line with the headstone. One rod iron decoration per grave. The City of Yankton is not responsible for any object placed on or near headstones. No homemade or handmade monuments. Perpetual lights are not the responsibility of the City of Yankton, even if placed by monument company. If you have questions please call 668-5231.

• Vermillion Landfill and SD DENR are working together to offer free tire recycling to residents of Clay, Yankton, and Union counties. The program will run over the course of the next three to four weeks. The program’s goal is to prevent or slow the spread of the Zika virus. Tires are a breeding area for the mosquito which can spread the virus. The collection sites at this time are the Vermillion Landfill and the Yankton Transfer Station. Other sites may become available in the future. Please check www.vermillion.us headlines for collection site updates. The Vermillion Landfill hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. For more information or questions contact City Hall at (605) 677-7050 or the Vermillion Landfill at (605) 677-7059.

• April 21 – May 12: 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 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 www.cityofyankton.org 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 www.vermillion.us 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 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.

• 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 .

• 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 www.cityofyankton.org 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.

• 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, June 7
Dakota Territorial Museum and Yankton Community Library Annual Cemetery Walk.

Sunday, June 12
Dakota Territorial Museum 80th Celebration – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Ceremony at 2 p.m.; Yankton.

Monday, June 13
Yankton City Planning Commission Meeting – 5:30 p.m.; City of Yankton Community Meeting Room; 1200 W 21st Street; Yankton.

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

Community Conversation Powered by the Bush Foundation – 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Mount Marty College Roncalli Center Dining Room; Yankton. Open to all non-profits, municipalities, counties, and economic development groups.

Friday, June 17
Czech Days Parade – 1 p.m.; Tabor.

Saturday, June 18
Heartland Humane Society Taste & Tour – Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased from a Heartland Humane Society board member, by calling (605) 664-4244 or going online at www.heartlandhumanesociety.net.

Meridian Mile – 9 a.m.; Intersection of Levee Street and Walnut Street; Yankton.

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 campinvention.org or call 800-968-4322. For more information on Mount Marty College, visit www.mtmc.edu.

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.

Wednesday, August 10
New Teacher Luncheon.

Tuesday, August 16
New Teacher Coffee.

Saturday, August 20
Riverboat Days Parade Cleanup.

Tuesday, November 15
America Recycles Day.

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