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Local News

August 28, 2015
Waters of the United States Rule Blocked by Judge, Ebola Vaccine to be Tested in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Continues Discussion on Transgender Athletes
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August 27, 2015
Pro Death Penalty Group in Nebraska Gathers Needed Signatures, Onward Yankton Finalists to Present, South Dakota Gas Prices Down
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August 25, 2015
City Commission Hears Views on Bypass, Stays on Plan; Iowa Board Receives Comments on Proposed Pipeline
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August 24, 2015
Yankton City Commission Set to Hear About Proposed Bypass, Wisner-Pilger Breaks Ground on New School
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August 22, 2015
Yankton County Commission to Hold Public Forum, Iowa to Privatize Medicaid
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August 21, 2015
Zebra Mussels Found Once Again in Lewis and Clark Lake, Nebraska Groups Attempt Legal Action on Death Penalty
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August 20, 2015
University of South Dakota Students Set to Move in, USDA looking for Bird Flu Vaccine Producer
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August 19, 2015
Yankton Graduate to Host Scholarship Blood Drive, Proposed Pipeline Back to Iowa Courts
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August 18, 2015
Yankton County Commission to Meet Tuesday, Iowa to Look into Planned Parenthood Practices
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August 17, 2015
South Dakota State Legislature Interim Committees to Meet, Work Continues on Nebraska Highway 12
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Yankton County Emergency Management and CERT Team are proud to announce the expansion of The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program in Yankton County area. We are looking for people to become CERT team members for their communities. The first night of training is the introduction to CERT. this will be on Thursday, September 3rd at 6:30 at the Yankton County EM Building 807 Capitol St Yankton SD. Then on Saturday, September 19th, from 8 a.m. to 5pm. will be the actual training to become a trained CERT Member. Only one day of training.

• Mount Marty College Bede Art Gallery will be hosting Vermillion, SD artist, Sharon Gray’s water colour exhibit entitled, “Regional Landscapes,” and will be on display August 31 to October 2. A free reception and gallery talk is scheduled for October 2 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and open to the public.

• The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut, is closed on Monday, September 7, for Labor Day. Beginning on Tuesday, September 8, fall/winter hours are in effect, with the following hours of operation:
Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For further information, please call the library at 605-668-5275.

• G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery – #Art Happens Here; August 28 – September 3; Monday – Friday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

• The City of Yankton's Recreation Department is offering a four session youth volleyball program at the Summit Activities Center for all girls and boys that are currently in grades 3 - 6. The youth volleyball program will start Saturday, October 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and end Saturday, October 31. The program will focus on the development of passing, setting, attacking, and serving skills. Emphasis will be placed on fundamentals and exposing participants to a positive volleyball and team sport experience. Cost for the program is $20 plus tax. To register online, please visit the City of Yankton web site at www.cityofyankton.org or visit the Summit Activities Center to register by Friday, October 9. 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.

• The South Dakota Retailers Association invites customers, vendors, clubs and other organizations to nominate their favorite retail store, grocery store or restaurant for the South Dakota Retailer of the Year Award. The prestigious award is presented annually to a business owner or manager who runs a top notch business, and plays a positive role in their community. "Each year, we are honored to recognize an outstanding retailer from South Dakota who is providing stellar customer service, creating jobs, giving back to their community and supporting our state’s economy," says Shawn Lyons, Executive Director of the South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA). Individual business owners and managers are eligible for the award, as are partners and families who run a business as a team. Previous recipients of the Retailer of the Year Award include hardware stores, restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores, flower shops, appliance stores, gift shops, pharmacies, implement dealers, book stores and other businesses that play a vital role in the every day life of communities across the state. Nominations may be mailed, emailed or faxed by November 2, 2015. Nomination forms and instructions are available online at www.sdra.org/EducationEvents/RetailerofYear. Rather than using the official form, nominations for the Retailer of the Year Award may also be submitted by letter to SDRA at PO Box 638, Pierre, SD 57501, by fax at 605.224.2059 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A committee of retailers will then select the recipient, who will be honored at the SDRA Awards Banquet in Pierre in January. The event is attended by legislators and state officials, as well as by business people from across the state. Nominees who are finalists for the Award will receive a Certificate of Distinguished Service by mail. For more information, contact the South Dakota Retailers Association in Pierre at 800-658-5545, visit the Association’s website at www.sdra.org or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• The Yankton Community Library, in collaboration with Yankton County 4-H, is offering another round of the popular LEGO Robotics program. Stephanie Siebrandt from the Yankton County 4-H Youth Development Office will lead participants as they build and program their own robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robotics kits. Sessions run Mondays from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m., beginning on October 12 and continuing through November 9. Dates include October 12, 19, and 26; and November 2, and 9. Each session’s activities build on work done and skills acquired in the previous sessions. Therefore, it is best if the same participants come to every session. There is no charge for this program, but it is limited to 24 participants, ages 8 and up. Register for this program at the library beginning Monday, August 31. Participants in the summer reading program LEGO Robotics should not register for this as it is very similar to the June and July robotics programs. For more information, call the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, at 668-5276.

• Dr. Wayne Kindle, Superintendent of Yankton School District, is inviting the community to participate in a short survey regarding Crane Youngworth/William Field. The data collected will be compiled and shared with our community at a later date. The survey will be available through Wednesday, September 30. Log onto http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fbfield to take the survey.

• The Summit Activities Center will be closed Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day holiday. All regularly scheduled fitness classes on Monday, September 7 have been cancelled. Fall hours at the SAC will begin on Tuesday, September 8 and will be the following:
Monday – Friday 5:00 a.m. –10:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
SAC FALL & WINTER OPEN SWIM HOURS
Monday & Wednesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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 their Facebook Page.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for Adult Women’s, Men’s, and Coed Volleyball Leagues. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, October 16, 2015. League play is scheduled to begin the week of November 2. 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 www.cityofyankton.org. 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 Department of Parks and Recreation on their Facebook Page.

• The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers will not conduct tours of the Gavins Point Powerplant from Friday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Sept. 4. The final public tours for the 2015 recreation season will be Saturday, Sept. 5 through Monday, Sept. 7. Tour times are 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

• AWANA will begin at Calvary Baptist Church on Wednesday, September 2. AWANA, for children age 3 through 6th grade, is a non-denominational, Christ-centered program with a strong emphasis on Bible memorization. Calvary offers AWANA Club on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:10 p.m. September through May. Children are welcome to join at any time throughout the school year. The AWANA ministry is based on II Timothy 2:15 and stands for "Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed." Each evening consists of three main elements: Handbook Time (memorizing Bible verses to complete a handbook and earn awards), Council Time (Bible stories and object lessons for life application), and Game Time (friendly competition uniquely created around the AWANA circle). Please contact the church office (605)665-5594 for more information.

• Yankton - The north and south bound stop signs on Fox Run Parkway at the intersections of 29th Street and Sawgrass Street will be removed on August 31st. Drivers entering Fox Run Parkway from Sawgrass Street and 29th Street will need to yield the right of way to vehicles traveling north-south on Fox Run Parkway.

• Registration has begun for the Yankton Area Ice Association’s (YAIA) 2015/2016 Hockey, Figure Skating and Learn-to-Skate Programs—no experience necessary, we’ll teach you how to play and skate! YAIA Hockey Teams & Figure Skating are registering boys and girls ages 4 – 18 for youth hockey leagues and Figure Skating programs. Anyone aged 4 and up may register for the Learn-to-Skate Programs. Please visit us at www.yanktonice.org to register online or call Hockey & Learn-to-Skate Registrar, Kendra Bakke, at (605) 661-6138 or Figure Skating & Learn-to-Skate Registrar, Pam Erickson at (605) 660-3774 for more information. Walk-in registration and document turn-in is on August 30th from 5pm-7pm at the Kiwanis/4H Ice Arena; 901 Whiting Drive. Online registration is open until September 30th, 2015.

• The Summit Activities Center will be closing the aquatics area on Sunday, September 13, 2015 for cleaning and routine maintenance. The pool is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Saturday, September 19. Water aerobics classes will resume Monday, September 21, at 8:30 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience. For further information, please call 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.

• The Department of Parks and Recreation would like to advise the community that the Auld Brokaw Trail from 15th Street to 19th Street will be closed due to construction. The City of Yankton thanks all citizens and trail users for their cooperation. For more information please call 668-5231.

• The Meridian Bridge Plaza phase 1 fountain area, located to the north of the upper level bridge entrance and south of 2nd Street at the south end of Walnut Street is open to the general public. The public is advised to stay out of areas that are roped off as some work items in the plaza will need to be completed in the coming weeks. Please stay clear of barriers and work areas when workers and equipment are present. The spray jets in the plaza area can be turned on using the green push button highlighted with an orange post cap that is on the silver pole on the east side of the area. The spray jets operate for a short period of time (approximately a couple of minutes) after the button is pushed and can be repeatedly turned on to entertain. The Meridian Bridge Plaza Phase 2 construction area, which will be south of the phase 1 area, will be barricaded off as work begins in this area in the coming weeks. The trail connections to the upper level of the bridge, and the trail connection leading south to the lower level of the bridge, will be open during this project. Citizens should not enter the construction zone areas as these areas are blocked off by fences and barriers. For the safety of everyone, the blocked off areas should not be entered by the general public at any time. The City of Yankton thanks all citizens and visitors for their cooperation.

• Are you looking for a place for your student to go before or after school? The Boys & Girls Club of Yankton offers the perfect option for you. The Academy offers students ages 5 – 5th grade a safe, productive place to go before or after school. The Academy is open before school from 5:30 a.m., after school until 6 p.m., and on non-school days. At the Academy, all programming is based on our three Priority Outcomes: Academic Success, Character and Leadership, and Healthy Lifestyles. Not only will your child be in a safe environment, they will also be continuing to grow and develop. For more information, please contact the Boys & Girls Club of Yankton at (605) 668-9710 or visit www.greatfuturessd.org.

• Yarn donations that will be used to make Avera Sacred Heart patient and long-term care resident shawls are being accepted at several Yankton locations. Donation locations are the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital information desk, Four Seasons Fabric and Ewe Knit It. Since November 2009, inmates at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp have crocheted hundreds of shawls and lap blankets for patients and long-term care residents of Avera Sacred Heart. Pastoral Care employees distribute the shawls and lap blankets with the following saying: “May God’s grace be upon this shawl, warming, comforting, enfolding and embracing. May this mantle be a safe haven, a sacred place of security and well-being, sustaining and embracing in good times as well as difficult ones. May the one who receives this shawl be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace and wrapped in love.” If you have questions about the program, contact Carla Hummel, director of Volunteer Services for Avera Sacred Heart, at (605) 668-8104.

• Gavins Point Dam will accept applications for duck blind permits from August 1 through September 1. The application form, application guidelines and duck blind unit map are now available online for download. Read More at: http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Media/NewsReleases/tabid/1835/Article/610598/gavins-point-duck-blind-permit-application-period-begins-aug-1.aspx Contact: Eileen Williamson in our Public Affairs office by replying to this email or via the contact information at the end of this message. Project Contact: Zachary Montreuil - (402) 667-2546 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Beginning Tuesday, July 22, road work will begin at the intersection of Duke Street and Cottage Avenue. The construction will close westbound travel onto Duke Street only at that intersection. Thank you for your patience during construction.

• The Summit Activities Center will be offering American Red Cross Swimming Lessons this fall. The classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings and will run from Tuesday, September 22 through Thursday, October 22, 2015. Swim lessons will include Aqua Tots, Preschool, and Red Cross Level 1 through Level 4. Registration for current Summit Activities Center members will begin Monday, August 24, 2015 during normal business hours. Registration for the general public and online registration will begin Tuesday, August 25 at 11 a.m. Online registration is available through the City of Yankton website at www.cityofyankton.org.
5:30 – 6:05 p.m. Preschool, Level I, Level II, Level III
6:15 – 6:50 p.m. Preschool, Aqua Tots, Level I, Level II
7:00 – 7:35 p.m. Preschool, Level I, Level III, Level IV
For further information, please call 668-5234 or visit the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Don’t forget to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook page.

• The asphalt mill and overlay project on West Main Street from High Street to Stanford Street in Vermillion has begun. Motorists are advised to travel with caution in this area during construction. The street will not be closed to travel during the project. Access to properties will be allowed, but may be difficult at times. Thank you for your patience during the project.

• When you hit the golf course this summer not only can you improve your game, you can improve the quality of life for other South Dakotans. The 2015 “Golf for Guardianship” golf card allows you to golf free or at reduced rates at 76 host golf courses in South Dakota. Golf cards are just $20.00. Proceeds benefit The Guardianship Program, a private non-profit program which serves as guardian for adults with disabilities in South Dakota who do not have family members available to provide assistance. “Golf for Guardianship” is sponsored by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and participating golf courses. Cards may be purchased on our website: www.sdguardians.com or contact: The Guardianship Program, P.O. Box 794, Pierre, SD 57501 (605) 224-9647 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• “Summit Up” at the Summit Activities Center this summer! Don’t miss out on another great summer at the Summit! In addition to youth summer programs, summer swimming, summer workouts, and summer rentals, the Summit is now offering a Sizzling Summer Special! Anytime between June 1 and August 31, anyone who renews or purchases a membership will receive the summer special discount! All annual memberships will be reduced 15% and all quarterly memberships will be reduced 10%, but only if purchased before August 31! This offer excludes all corporate and EFT memberships. So, take advantage of this deal while it lasts, get into the summer swing of things, and get your Summit Activities Center membership purchased or extended for the year! For more information, please call 668–5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on their Facebook page.

• The Yankton Kiwanis is collecting used school supplies for the children of Haiti. They need crayons, pencils, markers, colored pencils, erasers or any school supplies you no longer need or want. Call jana (605) 660-2858, DW (605) 660-7777, or Peggy (605) 661-6531 for pick up. Or you can drop off at Slumberland, Ace hardware, HyVee or Clark Rentals.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, August 24 – Saturday, August 29
HuntSafe Class at the Clay County Safety Building; 15 Washington Street; Vermillion. Class will be from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. on the 24th, 25th, and 27th and from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on the 29th. Students must register at http://gfp.sd.gov/outdoor-learning/hunter-education/ClassList.aspx - The class is free of charge.

Friday, August 28 – Sunday, August 30
Bash to the Colonies Sailboat Regatta & Powerboat Poker Bash; Lewis and Clark Lake; Yankton.

Friday, August 28
Yankton Area Chamber Golf Day – Fox Run Golf Course. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $75 per person and $15 for golf cart rental.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 7 p.m. – Birding by Bike at Lewis and Clark Amphitheater; 9 p.m. – Outdoor Nature Movie at Lewis and Clark Amphitheater.

Saturday, August 29 – Sunday, August 30
The Yankton Children’s Theater Company announces AUDITIONS for “Porridgegate”, Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30 at 2:00 pm at Ability Building Services, 909 w 23rd St., Yankton. Bring a joke or a funny story to tell as part of the tryout. Show dates are October 22, 23, 24, and 25.

Saturday, August 29
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market 2015 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – 2 p.m.; Memorial Park; Yankton. A fundraiser for River City Domestic Violence. Register today at (605) 665-4811 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Silence Hides the Violence 5k – 10 a.m.; Memorial Park; Yankton. A River City Domestic Violence Center event – to register visit www.allsportcentral.com or call (605) 665-4811.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 7 p.m. – Call of the Wild Hike at Gavins Point Nature Trail.

2015 Lesterville Pickup & Tractor Benefit Pull – 3 p.m.; Lesterville Baseball Field. Registration 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Contact Trev at (605) 660-4977 with questions.

“Don’t Look Back” – National Music Museum Film Series – 10 a.m.; Coyote Twin Theater; Vermillion.

Team HOPE Cancer Benefit Poker Run – Registration 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; Kozy’s Bar; Hwy 50 West of Yankton.

Murray Memorial Fishing Tournament; CJ’s at the Lake; 58842 897th Rd.; Crofton.

Yankton’s Best Tri – 7 a.m.; Lewis and Clark Lake; Yankton.

Rock Garden Tour – 7 p.m.; Bernie & Myrna Hunhoff Barn; 43937 303rd Road; Yankton.

Sunday, August 30
Alicia Hummel Benefit and Silent Auction – 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Abu Bekr Shrine Temple; Sioux City.

A representative from The Voice of the Martyrs will give a presentation on Sunday, August 30 at 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall at Calvary Baptist Church, 2407 Broadway. The Voice of the Martyrs seeks to raise awareness to the persecution of Christians around the world. Anyone interested in hearing this presentation is welcome to attend. More information regarding The Voice of the Martyrs can be found at www.persecution.com.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 10:30 a.m. – Interdenominational Church Service at Pierson Ranch Amphitheater.

Back to School Breakfast – 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Knights of Columbus Hall; 2700 Broadway; Yankton. The breakfast is a free will donation.

Monday, August 31 – Friday, September 4
Crest Road, the road that crosses the Gavins Point Dam, will be closed from 8 a.m. Monday, August 31 through noon Friday, September 4, 2015.

Monday, August 31
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is meeting on Monday, August 31, at 7 p.m. to finalize Sports Day and plan ahead for other fall activities. If you are in grades 6-12 and would like to have a say in library programs and services for teens, make plans to attend this meeting and join the TAB. New members are always welcome.

Riverside Yoga – 6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.; Riverside Park; Yankton.

Wednesday, September 2
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

One Million Cups – 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Avera Professional Office Pavilion; 409 Summit Street; Yankton.

Yankton County Commission Area Meeting – 7 p.m.; Mayfield Store; Rural Irene.

Ribbon Cutting and Blessing for affordable housing – 1200 W 30th St; Yankton.

Thursday, September 3
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. – Archery Classes at Gavins Point Archery Range.

Yankton Community Library After School Programs - The first Thursday of each month focuses on book-related crafts. On September 3, the project is paper bag puppets. Students can learn the basic steps and then get creative with the craft materials provided to individualize their puppets.

Yankton County Commission Area Meeting – 6 p.m.; Cottonwood Corral; West of Yankton.

Friday, September 4
Life in a small town has its unique charms, and Phyllis Schrag will explore them during her entertaining presentation, “Baseball, Preachers and Funerals.” Schrag is an independent scholar from Sioux Falls, and she will speak at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, in the Gathering Place at Avera Majestic Bluffs. "Baseball, Preachers and Funerals" is a presentation in a storytelling format and provides a humorous yet poignant look at small-town life. Its setting is a place where all the town kids were needed to have their own “World Series,” preachers had an impact on children’s development, and funerals were simply a part of life. Lessons gleaned from baseball, preachers and funerals present a child’s perspective of life in a small town. The presentation is free and open to the public. This program at Avera Majestic Bluffs was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. – Archery Classes at Gavins Point Archery Range; 7 p.m. – Pie Iron Cooking at Lewis and Clark Amphitheater; 9 p.m. – Outdoor Nature Movie at Lewis and Clark Amphitheater.

Saturday, September 5
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market 2015 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 10 a.m. – Dog Gone Good Hike for Dogs and Their Owners at Gavins Point Nature Trail; 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. – Watercraft Exploration at Lake Yankton Boat Dock; 7 p.m. – Nature Bingo at Chief White Crane Amphitheater.

Sunday, September 6
Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Bow Valley will hold the Holy Family Parish Pancake & Sausage Breakfast & Catholic Order of Forester Raffle from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Bow Valley Dancehall, Bow Valley – Raffle, bake sale & games for all.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 10:30 a.m. – Interdenominational Church Service at Pierson Ranch Amphitheater; 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. – Archery Classes at Gavins Point Archery Range.

Tuesday, September 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer – United Way; Yankton.

September Craft Night for Adults – 6 p.m.; Yankton Community Library.

Vermillion Children's Choir will be holding auditions for children ages 9-13, grades 4-7 on September 8th from 4-6pm and September 10th from 5-7pm at the United Church of Christ in Vermillion. This is for children from the entire area. Rehearsals will be every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Please see our website for more information and to sign up for auditions - www.vermillionchildrenschoir.weebly.com.

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

Wednesday, September 9
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Thursday, September 10
Leadership Yankton Session #1.

Vermillion Children's Choir will be holding auditions for children ages 9-13, grades 4-7 on September 8th from 4-6pm and September 10th from 5-7pm at the United Church of Christ in Vermillion. This is for children from the entire area. Rehearsals will be every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Please see our website for more information and to sign up for auditions - www.vermillionchildrenschoir.weebly.com.

Yankton Community Library After School Programs - LEGO Club is back on the second Thursday of each month. On September 10, students can build whatever they want using the library’s LEGOs and then have their masterpieces displayed until we take them apart and build again next month.

Friday, September 11 – Saturday, September 12
Heartland Humane Society (HHS) is having a rummage sale Friday, September 11th 12pm – 6pm and Saturday, September 12th 8am – 2pm. HHS is asking for your support by donating quality items for the sale! The sale will be at the shelter, 3400 East Highway 50 in Yankton, SD. “What a great way to help animals…Take a day to clean out your storage space and donate unwanted items to a good cause. Your contribution is also tax deductible. 100% of the proceeds will go towards the care of our fostered and sheltered pets,” says Christa Kranig, shelter coordinator at Heartland Humane Society. For more information on donating or details on the fundraising event, contact Heartland Humane Society at 605-664-4244 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also see additional details on items wanted for the sale by visiting www.heartlandhumanesociety.net/events.

Saturday, September 12
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market 2015 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Nikki’s Fund 5K Run/Walk to Help USD Students and Promote Suicide Awareness – Registration 8 a.m., Race at 9 a.m.; Prentis Park; Vermillion.

On Saturday September 12, 2015 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 September 12, 2015. 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 September 12, 2015 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. Please note the date of the paper drive has changed due to the Labor Day holiday and will be the second Saturday instead of the first.

Sunday, September 13
Business After Hours and Open House at Masaba – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; The VCDC and community members are encouraged to join Masaba personnel for food, beverages and tours.

Monday, September 14
The Divorced, Widowed and Separated Support Group will be starting again on September 14, 2015. The Divorced, Separated and Widowed group is a process designed to help those who have experienced any of these life change moments and would like some help processing those changes. The group is faith based, but non-sectarian and is open and available to anyone who sees themselves in one of these times in their lives. The group meets at the Riverview Reformed Church building at 1700 Burleigh Street Yankton, on Monday evenings at 7:00 PM, and will meet for nine weeks. If you would like more information or to register, please call the Family Education and Counseling Center 605-260-9284, or look on our website at www.feccinc.com.

Tuesday, September 15
Time Management Workshop presented by Southeast South Dakota SHRM – 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; KPI Training Center; 700 West 21st St.; Yankton. Contact: Bridget Benson; SESDSHRM Chapter President; (605) 665-4425; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Wednesday, September 16
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Yankton School District #63-3 will be offering a free educational screening for preschool children 3 & 4 years of age, who are residents of Yankton School District #63-3. Parents who have concerns about their child’s development are invited to schedule an appointment. The preschool screen is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16th and Monday, September 21st. Call Amanda Beringer at 665-3999 to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, September 17
Do you have an e-reader but are tired of BUYING books for your device? Come check out all the wonderful online resources available with your library card at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, on Thursday, September 17, at 6 p.m. During out class Daring to Go Digital!, the staff will demonstrate the new e-resources available through the Library, including Zinio online magazines, IndieFlix, and OneClick Digital audio books. We will show you how to set up an account as well as do checkouts. We will also go over basics for downloading e-books and managing your account through South Dakota Titles To Go…, OverDrive. The class is free, but registration is required as class size is limited. Call or stop in the library today to reserve your spot! Please bring your device, email address, password, and your library card to the class! For more information, call the library at 668-5276.

Yankton Community Library After School Programs - Stephanie Siebrandt from the Yankton County 4-H Youth Development Office is back this fall with her popular Science Club. On September 17, we explore earthquakes through faults, the Richter scale, seismographs, seismic waves, and more. These first three weeks’ programs are all from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Yankton County Commission Area Meeting – 7:30 p.m.; Gayville Community Center.

Saturday, September 19
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market 2015 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

6th Annual Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center; 800 Archery Lane; Yankton. Target & 3D archery, air rifles, bowbirds, trap shooting, waterfowl, slingshots, first aid, and more. $35 with adult attending, $50 without adult attending. Register online at www.neyac.org, call (605) 260-9282 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions.

Fall in the Park at Lewis and Clark – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Lewis and Clark Recreation Area; 5 miles west of Yankton on Hwy 52. New this year: Zoomobile, Wii Ski – Jet Ski simulator, TIPS (Turn in Poachers) Trailer, Miniature Golf, Butterfly Maze, Face Painting, Fish Tank, Ducks Unlimited games, Nature Bingo, Nature Scavenger Hunt, Public Domain Tune Band. Returning Activities: Air rifles and archery, Dutch oven cooking, obstacle course, photo board, lemonade stand, popcorn, crafts & games for all ages, preschool activities. Call (605) 668-2985 for more information. Park entrance license required. Daily License - $6/vehicle.

Are you ready for some football? Or soccer? How about some challenging sports trivia? Join us at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, for Sports Day on Saturday, September 19, at 2 p.m. All ‘tweens and teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to attend. Wear your favorite sports gear and come ready to play!

Monday, September 21
Discussion on “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger – 3:30 p.m.; Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. Meet and greet with William Kent Krueger – 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Raziel’s in downtown Vermillion. Presentation by William Kent Krueger – 7 p.m.; Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. “Ordinary Grace” is South Dakota’s 2015 One Book.

Yankton County Commission Area Meeting – 6 p.m.; Lesterville Fire Hall.

Yankton County Commission Area Meeting – 7 p.m.; Marv’s Bar; Utica.

Yankton School District #63-3 will be offering a free educational screening for preschool children 3 & 4 years of age, who are residents of Yankton School District #63-3. Parents who have concerns about their child’s development are invited to schedule an appointment. The preschool screen is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16th and Monday, September 21st. Call Amanda Beringer at 665-3999 to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, September 23
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Yankton County Commission Area Meeting – 6 p.m.; Mission Hill Town Hall.

Thursday, September 24
2nd Annual Community Quiz Bowl – 7 p.m.; Southeast Job Link; Yankton. If you are interested in sponsoring a team, or in organizing a team, please contact Southeast Link at (605) 668-3480.

Yankton Community Library After School Programs - The fourth Thursday of each month is a movie. On September 24, we have a recent release about a lovable alien and an adventurous young girl. It is rated PG and is 94 minutes long. Please note that all movies begin promptly at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 26
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market 2015 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Wednesday, September 30
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Thursday, October 1
Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media – Reception 5 p.m., Presentation 6 p.m. – Neuharth Concourse; Al Neuharth Media Center; 555 Dakota Street; Vermillion.

Saturday, October 3
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market 2015 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Wednesday, October 7
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Saturday, October 10
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market 2015 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Tuesday, October 13
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Saturday, October 17
Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market 2015 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, October 24
Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market 2015 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, October 31
Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market 2015 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Tuesday, December 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Iowa News

David Stanley, former Iowa lawmaker, dies
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — David Stanley, a former Iowa lawmaker who helped start a tax reduction lobbying group, has died. Wesley United Methodist Church in Muscatine says Stanley died Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at the church on September 26th. Stanley, a Republican, was first elected to the legislature in 1959. He served several terms in both chambers between the 1960s and 1970s, eventually becoming Senate majority leader. Stanley was chairman of Iowans for Tax Relief, a lobbying group he helped create. He also held leadership roles for groups including National Taxpayers Union and United Marriage Encounter. Governor Terry Branstad said in a statement that Stanley was a "strong and effective" voice in the legislature. U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley issued a statement that said Stanley dedicated himself to reducing taxes for Iowa residents.

Iowa cooperative: Employee dies after entering grain bin
FARNHAMVILLE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa cooperative says one of its employees has died after entering a grain bin filled with soybeans. Farmers Cooperative Company in Farnhamville says Bret Steck entered the grain bin around 9 a.m. Thursday for routine cleaning. They say in a statement he became "engulfed" in soybeans. Emergency responders removed Steck shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday. The company says Steck entered the bin with proper supervision. They say authorities will conduct an investigation.

Iowa official orders Texas company to pay back investors
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's insurance commissioner is ordering a Texas company to repay over $2 million he says was defrauded from Iowa residents. Commissioner Nick Gerhart announced Thursday that he had ordered Carson Energy, Incorporated to repay money to 14 Iowa residents. A news release says they were defrauded with "unregistered gas and oil investments." Gerhart's office seeks to protect people from fraud. The order names the Austin-based company and three current or former staffers. The company may request a hearing on the charges. Senior Vice President Michael Johnson says the accusations are false. He says the company will fight the charges and expressed confidence it would be resolved. According to the order, company representatives called prospective Iowa investors, touting a "low risk, high potential oil and gas project."

Iowa power cooperative to add solar panels to the state
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa power cooperative says it plans to add solar panels to the state to generate another source of energy. Central Iowa Power Cooperative said Thursday it plans to have the panels operational by the end of 2016. They're currently accepting bids for the work, which will determine where the panels are located and how much will be spent. CIPCO says the panels will be located on the ground. Officials expect to use at least 30 acres of land for the project, which may be split into several sites. Karen Morrow, a CIPCO spokeswoman, says generating solar energy is another way for the cooperative to provide clean electricity. Officials say they use resources including wind and hydroelectric.

Tulane administrator a finalist for president at Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa says an administrator at Tulane University is the second finalist being considered to become president of the school. The UI announced Thursday that Michael Bernstein, senior vice president for academic affairs at the private New Orleans university, was among four finalists and would visit the Iowa City campus Friday. Earlier, the university announced Marvin Krislov, president of Oberlin College in Ohio, was a finalist. Two other finalists will be named soon, and the Iowa Board of Regents is expected to choose a successor for retired president Sally Mason next week. Bernstein has a doctorate in economics from Yale University, where he also received masters and bachelor's degrees. He has held his current position since 2007 and for 20 years worked at the University of California-San Diego.

Walker: 'We cannot afford to lose' in Middle East
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says the United States would aggressively confront what he describes as "radical Islamic terrorism" should he be elected. The Wisconsin governor plans to lay out his foreign policy agenda Friday in a speech at The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, South Carolina. The state hosts the South's first presidential primary next February, soon after Iowa and New Hampshire lead off the nominating contests. According to excerpts released by Walker's campaign, the candidate accused President Barack Obama of making Americans "passive spectators while the world descends into chaos." He also repeated his opposition to Obama's proposed nuclear agreement with Iran. The speech excerpts do not detail whether Walker wants to commit more American ground troops to the Middle East.

Trump, Cruz to hold joint event to blast Iran deal
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are planning to appear together at an upcoming Capitol Hill rally against the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. Trump announced the event during an appearance Thursday in South Carolina, saying it would be "in the next few weeks." Cruz aides confirmed Trump's statement. They say that the Texas senator invited Trump to join him at an event sponsored by Tea Party Patriots, the Center for Security Policy and the Zionist Organization of America. Congress is expected to begin debate on the accord when lawmakers return from recess September 8th. Trump, who leads most polls of GOP primary voters, called Cruz a "nice guy." Cruz has declined to criticize the front-runner for his controversial comments on immigration or any other topic.

Ben Carson gains support as the other political outsider
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Ben Carson's genial way of politicking is proving to be a draw for voters who like Donald Trump's status as an outsider but not his belligerence. The retired neurosurgeon is emerging in polls as a top-tier candidate in the Republican presidential field. But that rise is being eclipsed by the headline-grabbing Trump. The soft-spoken Carson jokes about how little attention his approach is getting. He addressed more than 2,000 people at a rally in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Thursday. And he's winning over some voters who see him as having a similar philosophy as Trump's but not his rough edges. A retired lab technician from Little Rock, Paul Wallace, says he's leaning toward backing Carson because "he says what he believes in without being brash about it."

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press

Nebraska News

Nebraska senators begin review of school aid, property taxes
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have kicked off a review of school funding and its impact on local property taxes, an issue that has divided the Legislature in years past. The Revenue and Education committees convened Thursday along with mediators who will try to help senators reach an agreement. Nebraska's public schools rely heavily on property taxes, and rural senators have argued that farmers and ranchers are paying more than their share because of high property values. Some urban senators say the state needs to focus on diversifying the economy beyond agriculture to grow the cities while encouraging people to live in rural areas. Senator Kate Sullivan, chairwoman of the Education Committee, says the meetings are intended to generate ideas for a Nov. 12 public hearing. Lawmakers are set to reconvene in January.

Ralston faces potential tax hike due to arena's money issues
RALSTON, Neb. (AP) — Ralston officials could face a tough task in persuading lawmakers to help spare city taxpayers from a huge tax increase. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Ralston Mayor Don Groesser is expected to propose a 34 percent property tax increase and a new restaurant tax in the city in response to the Ralston Arena's financial problems. But Groesser says he'll promise to roll back the property tax increase if lawmakers step in with more incentives for the arena. Several legislators say changing state law to help spare taxpayers from the potential increase would be a difficult sell to the Legislature. State Senator Merv Riepe says he'll do what he can to help but that the city shouldn't "expect the Legislature to ride in on a white horse to save it."

Federal appeals court upholds Nebraska plant's $2.3M penalty
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal appeals court has affirmed a $2.3 million penalty against a company that operated a rendering plant in Lexington and violated the federal Clean Water Act and the Nebraska Environmental Protection Act. STABL Inc. had appealed the penalty, ordered by a federal judge last year. Federal officials said STABL had violated terms of its wastewater discharge limits hundreds of times between August 2006 and May 2010, resulting in an economic benefit to the company of more than $1.1 million. The pollutants included ammonia, oil and grease. In its appeal, STABL argued — among other things — that discharge monitoring reports used against it were unreliable and should not have been allowed into evidence. On Thursday, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that and other arguments by STABL.

Problems at new apartments in Lincoln remain unresolved
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln officials say problems at a new apartment complex remain unresolved but aren't serious enough to warrant action by the city. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that tenants who moved into the Prime Place apartment complex over the weekend were met with unfinished units and common areas. Some apartments had clogged bathtub drains. Officials noted seven building code violations when the complex was inspected last week, but all of them were considered minor. Building and Safety Manager Terry Kathe says those issues haven't been resolved as of Wednesday, but none are considered life-threatening. Kathe says the city has urged the developer and contractor to finish cleaning. The complex's developer has declined to comment on specific problems.

Sriracha-scented tickets spice up new Nebraska Lottery game
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Lottery says it will be selling Sriracha-scented scratch tickets as part of a new $2 scratch game. It's called Hot Sriracha, and each ticket contains a scent replicating that of the famous Asian sauce. The game offers three $15,000 top prizes and a total of more than $468,000 in cash prizes. Acting Nebraska Lottery director Jill Marshall says in a news release that lottery officials think the new game "is the first Sriracha-scented scratch game ever made." Lottery spokesman Neil Watson said Thursday that tickets are being distributed and may be purchased wherever they're offered.

Montana man pleads not guilty to fatal drunken-driving crash
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A 23-year-old Montana man accused in a drunken-driving crash that killed a Nebraska physician has pleaded not guilty to a vehicular homicide charge. The Flathead Beacon reports that Matthew Michael Hollo pleaded not guilty to the charge Thursday in Flathead County District Court and is expected to go on trial in February. Prosecutors allege Hollo was intoxicated on June 6th when he drove his pickup truck head-on into the sport-utility vehicle driven by 68-year-old cardiologist Timothy Fangman of Omaha. The crash happened north of Columbia Falls. Charging documents say Hollo's blood-alcohol level after the crash was 0.143 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Hollo faces 30 years in prison if convicted.

Nebraska officials seize marijuana during traffic stop
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a canine has helped find 70 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Nebraska. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says 50-year-old Raymond Ojeda, of California, was arrested following a traffic stop Wednesday night. He faces charges including possession with intent to deliver. Authorities say a deputy became suspicious of three large duffel bags in Ojeda's car during the traffic stop. A canine later indicated the odor of illegal drugs in the car. The drugs were discovered inside the bags. Court records do not list an attorney for Ojeda.

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