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Crazy Days comes to Yankton Saturday
Historic Downtown Yankton is the site of crazy deals on goods and services this Saturday. It starts at 9 a.m., so get your "feet on the street" and check out incentives, music and treats for shoppers.

Make-A-Wish raises nearly $30,000 in Vermillion
South Dakota Make-A-Wish Foundation hosted its dinner and auction July 23 in Vermillion and raised more than $29,000 for the cause. It'll continue raising money Saturday with a motorcycle ride-through event. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and a street dance follows. Learn more or sign up.

Designs unveiled for Yankton Collector Well
Kyle Goodmanson of the City of Yankton presented options for the design of a structure that'll house the collector well as the city improves its water infrastructure. You can learn more about the project here.

Bonus program seeks to pay South Dakota veterans
Officials are hoping to get the word out widely to all South Dakota veterans about a financial bonus program for which they may be eligible. Veterans of the Gulf War or the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq may be eligible, according to John Fette who oversees the program in Pierre. Fette says active-duty service men and women may also be eligible for the bonus. Veterans and their families This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it about the program or to have Fette review their eligibility.

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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, July 26
Crazy Days in Historic Downtown Yankton! A wide range of businesses will offer special deals, treats and more.

Kayaking for Fun program, 10 a.m. at Randall Creek Rec Area, Pickstown.

Christmas in July Celebration, 7 p.m. at Chief White Crane Recreation Area, Yankton.

Motorcycle Ride-Through for Make-A-Wish, 5 p.m. registration, ride begins at 6 p.m. at Old Lumber Company, Vermillion. Support a great cause and show off your bike as the crowd gathers to hear it roar. South Dakota Make-A-Wish is hosting this fund-raiser. Call the Old Lumber Company to sign up in advance at 605-658-9663.

Street Dance, Vermillion. South Dakota Make-A-Wish will celebrate its fundraising efforts with a free street dance for Ride-Through motorcyclists (see above) and the public. Come out and hear the music and support a good cause.

Monday, July 28
• Screening Saves Lives event, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Sanford Vermillion, 20 S. Plum St. A wide range of free and low-cost health screenings available for the public. Call 888-996-4673 for information - some screenings require appointments, most do not. Continues Tuesday.

• Heartland Humane Society Foster Family training, 6 p.m. at Heartland Humane Society office, East Highway 50, Yankton. Learn about this much-needed program and how you can help. More than 15 dogs and cats must be turned away monthly due to a lack of space. Fostering is fun, flexible and helps animals in need. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Or call 605-664-4244.

Tuesday, July 29
Screening Saves Lives event, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Sanford Vermillion, 20 S. Plum St. A wide range of free and low-cost health screenings available for the public. Call (888) 996-4673 for information - some screenings require appointments, most do not.

Thursday, July 31
YHS Boys & Girls High School Soccer Signup and meeting, 6 p.m. at Summit Activities Center main theater for girls 9-12 and 7 p.m. for boys 9-12. Students and at least one parent should attend this important meeting. Call girl's head coach Tyler Schuring at 380-7667 or boy's head coach Warren Brenner at 665-1602 with questions or if you cannot attend.

Sunday, Aug. 3
Collin Raye Faith & Freedom Acoustic Concert, 7 p.m. at Summit Theater, 1801 Summit St., Yankton. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Order tickets now or call Dave at Sacred Heart Church, 665-3655. Raye's 2012 Yankton concert sold out.

Monday, Aug. 4
YHS Bucks Golf Signup meeting, 10 a.m. in Room 235 at Yankton High School. Boys in grades 7-12 who are interested in playing golf can sign up. Call Coach Sime at 661-8720 for information or if you cannot attend this meeting; practice will begin Aug. 11th.

Monday, Aug. 11
Yankton Area Diabetes Support meeting, 1 p.m. at Avera Sacred Heart Campus, Pavilion, conference room 2. Kim Neuhalfen will demonstrate how to use the AveraChart patient portal and Susan Barnes RN CDE will discuss important diabetes lab tests. You do not have to have diabetes to attend. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information.

Friday, Aug. 15
Yankton Riverboat Days, several locations, continues through Aug. 17. Learn more.

Saturday, Aug. 16
Riverboat Days Kayak Run, 2:30 p.m. at "The Bubble" on Missouri River. Kayak with passionate paddlers in this "race" with a fun-focus. Learn more.

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.

Iowa News

Deliberations to resume at Iowa man's murder trial
A jury will resume deliberations Thursday at the trial of an Iowa man charged with killing his pregnant wife. The jury is considering whether Seth Techel is guilty of first-degree murder and nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy. The 23-year-old who once dreamed of a law enforcement career faces life in prison if convicted. Prosecutors say Techel shot his wife, Lisa, while she slept in their trailer in rural southeastern Iowa in May 2012. She was 17 weeks pregnant with the couple's first child. Seth Techel says that he was in the shower when he heard a loud noise, came out to find his wife dying, and dialed 911. The jury started deliberating Wednesday following a weeklong trial. Two previous trials in the case have ended with hung juries.

Report says Prairie Pothole region losing wetlands
Federal officials and conservationists say a recent report detailing annual wetland losses in the five-state Prairie Pothole Region highlights the need for increased protection for birds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its Status and Trends of Prairie Wetlands report earlier this month. The report shows that the wetlands in the region declined by an average of 6,200 acres per year — and some conservationists say the trend isn't slowing down. Conservationists and wildlife officials say more emphasis needs to be put on conservation easements and incentive-based programs that protect wetlands on farmland while reimbursing farmers for lost income. Officials say Prairie Pothole Region provides breeding and nesting habitat for more than 60 percent of the nation's migratory waterfowl.

Fatal boat pilot from 2012 offers insurance money
A man facing lawsuits involving a boat crash that killed four people and injured six others on the Mississippi River in 2012 has agreed to hand over $300,000 from an insurance policy, but he wants a judge to absolve him of future damages if he does. Reports say an attorney representing 22-year-old Joseph Schier Jr. has proposed the deal in court documents. Attorneys representing four people killed in the collision and two others injured want the court to hold hearings to determine if Schier has assets that could satisfy judgments if the wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits are successful. Schier and 23-year-old Douglas Metcalf were shuttling partygoers in boats that collided on May 2012. Lawsuits claim the men acted negligently causing a collision.

Clinton mayor walks out of closed council sessions
The mayor of Clinton has refused to attend two closed sessions of the City Council saying a recent lawsuit over open meetings which the city lost has taught him a valuable lesson. Mayor Mark Vulich stepped out of two separate closed sessions on Tuesday, one involving a salary increase for the city administrator and the other an undisclosed legal matter. The council voted to go into closed session but Vulich left and remained in his office during the two-hour closed discussions. Reports say he doesn't have to attend if he doesn't think it's appropriate. He says he's learned things through previous closed meeting lawsuits and doesn't "make the same mistake twice." He says whether he attends closed sessions from now on depends on the situation.

Tripoli says no to backyard chickens
Officials in the northeast Iowa city of Tripoli have rejected a request to allow backyard chickens in the community. Reports say the Tripoli City Council on Monday voted against a proposal to allow residents to keep chickens. Resident Paul DeGroote had gone door-to-door to gather signatures from neighbors in support of the change after realizing his four chickens were in violation of Tripoli's livestock ban. DeGroote expressed frustration, saying he didn't understand why, "in a small town that's got a thousand people, and it is supposedly agriculturally based, you can't have backyard chickens." Councilman Dan Woods supported the chicken ordinance but says others thought chickens would be noisy and hurt property values.

Democrat O'Malley: Governor shift key to Congress
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley isn't coy about considering a 2016 presidential candidacy. He tells the Associated Press: "It's something I'm considering." Until he decides, he's on a quest to help Democrats win back governorships seized by Republicans in 2010, which would give Democrats the edge in congressional redistricting, an act most governors are afforded. O'Malley headlines the Iowa Democratic Party's convention, and is scheduled to campaign Saturday with state Senator Jack Hatch, Democratic candidate for governor. Republicans won a majority of governorships, including an arc that stretches across Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, all which had been previously held by Democrats. Governors elected in November will sign redistricting maps in their second term, he says. "So it's important for the here-and-now" but also "for the next decade."

Spontaneous combustion causes Cedar Rapids fire
Cedar Rapids fire officials say a fire at a local bar was caused by spontaneous combustion of rags and towels containing animal fat. An early morning fire Wednesday at the Chrome Horse Saloon and Slop House damaged the first and second floors of the four-story building. Fire department spokesman Greg Buelow says in a statement that investigators determined the fire started in a plastic bucket under a table in the kitchen that contained towels and rags. They smoldered before generating enough heat to combust. The fire department received video surveillance footage and it shows spontaneous heating of the rags and towels. Spontaneous combustion occurs when a flammable material slowly heats through oxidation until it reaches its combustion point and catches fire.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press


Nebraska News


Nebraska may have to add money to general fund

Nebraska lawmakers may have to add money to the state's general fund when they convene next year. A legislative report released Wednesday says the state faces a projected shortfall of nearly $4.6 million for the new budget year that began this month. The estimate represents the difference between the amount of money the state is expected to have it its general fund by June 30 and the amount that's required by law. It's likely to change once the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board meets in October to predict the state's future revenue. Despite the estimate, state officials say Nebraska's overall finances are in good shape. The state is expected to see a record-high cash reserve of $707.8 million.

Vote on machine gambling remains on Nov. 4 ballot

Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale has rejected a request that he remove a proposed constitutional amendment authorizing machine gambling on "historic horse races" from the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Reports say the request by Omaha attorney Steve Grasz suggested that the proposal violates the state constitution by containing more than one subject. Although the language of the amendment contains more than one subject, Gale says, it "connects its subjects together to be part of one general subject." Gale says his authority is limited to whether the alleged defect is patently unconstitutional. He says it's possible his decision may be challenged in court. The proposed constitutional amendment would allow machine gambling on "historic horse racing" only at licensed horse race parks.

United Way of Midlands CEO hospitalized

The United Way of the Midlands says its CEO has been hospitalized with a serious heart condition. The Omaha-based organization says Karen Bricklemyer was admitted to Creighton University Medical Center on Tuesday and is undergoing treatment. Senior vice presidents are handling day-to-day operations, including work on the annual fundraising campaign that kicks off in August. The organization says the executive committee of its board of directors will meet later this week to discuss an interim leadership plan. Bricklemyer's family has requested privacy. The organization says it will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Labor union sues ex-president over missing $28,000

A Douglas County public employees union has filed a lawsuit against its former president to recover at least $28,000 that disappeared during her tenure. Reports say the Employees United Labor Association filed the lawsuit against Anne Hurley earlier this month accusing her of using dues money for personal purposes. Hurley's attorney, Matt Kahler, says his client denies any wrongdoing and plans to answer the lawsuit next week. Hurley, who led the union from 2009 to 2012, has worked in the Register of Deeds office for 15 years. Register of Deeds Diane Battiato says Hurley told her about the accusations. Battiato says she views this as a dispute between the union and Hurley.

Gibbon loses city shop, vehicles to fire

The city maintenance building in Gibbon is a total loss after a fire started in a pickup and spread. City Administrator Chris Rector in the city of 1,800 people says the building was reported in flames at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday. The fire was extinguished about four hours later. Reports say a wire in the engine compartment in one of the city pickups is the suspected cause. Rector says four pickups, a street sweeper, and the city's front end loader was a total loss. A road grader and a dump truck also have extensive damage and could also be totaled. Rector said the building is also likely a total loss. He estimates damage from $400,000 to $500,000.

Two men arrested, charged in Omaha shooting death
Two men have been charged in arrest warrants in the weekend shooting death of an Omaha man. Omaha police announced Wednesday that 24-year-old Absalom Scott and 29-year-old Rico Larry have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder and weapons counts in the Sunday shooting death of 59-year-old Frank Sanders. Police officers responding to a call of a shooting around 11 p.m. Sunday found Sanders dead in a midtown Omaha apartment.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

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