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Local News

January 31, 2015
Report From Yankton City Manager Amy Nelson, Nebraska Continues Marijuana Lawsuit
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January 30, 2015
Noem Has South Dakota In Mind On Ways And Means Committee, New Operator For Lewis And Clark Marina
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January 29, 2015
Jim Abbott At Vermillion-Yankton Forum, South Dakota House Behind Balanced Budget Amendment
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January 28, 2015
Democrats To Push For Education Funding In South Dakota Legislature, South Dakota National Guard Celebrates Birthday
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January 27, 2015
Vermillion City Council Special Meeting, Nebraska Bar Bill Faces Opposition
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January 26, 2015
Vermillion City Council Special Meeting, Yankton City Commission Meeting Preview, South Dakota Legislature This Week
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January 24, 2015
Vermillion Traffic Study Underway, New Lawsuits In Fight For Keystone XL Pipeline
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January 23, 2015
South Dakota Tourism Up In 2014, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Give First State Of The State
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January 22, 2015
Vermillion Carbon Monoxide Scare, South Dakota Gas Prices
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January 21, 2015
Yankton County Commission Hears Concerns Over e911 Addressing, Sturgis Expects Record Attendance In 2015
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January 20, 2015
Vermillion City Council Hears From The Public On Malt Beverage Markup, Early Morning Fire In Yankton
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January 19, 2015
Powder River Training Complex Gets Approval, Vermillion City Council Meeting Preview
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January 17, 2015
Yankton Prepares For 2015 Construction And Municipal Election, Davison County Continues To Battle Measles
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January 16, 2015
South Dakota Camping Numbers Up For 2014, Bar Hours Expansion Proposed In Nebraska
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• The exhibit “Story Tellers” will be on display at the Bede Art Gallery from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on the following dates in February: 2, 3, 4, 5.

• Free Tax Preparation Being Offered by Mount Marty College - For the 21st year, Mount Marty College students will assist members of the community with preparing their individual tax returns without charge. Students enrolled in the tax clinic course will help prepare required federal and state tax returns for low-income clients. The students will meet with each client for an initial interview then prepare the necessary tax returns. A second, short appointment will be conducted with each client to go over the results of the tax returns before filing. If a client is determined to require more advanced tax services, they will be asked to seek a professional tax preparer. Each tax return will go through a verification process to ensure accuracy before being returned to the client for filing. At the conclusion of the tax return preparation process, the client will be given a paper return to mail to the Internal Revenue Service along with a full and complete copy for their personal records. No data relative to any tax returns will be maintained by Mount Marty College or the students providing this service. Those interested in taking advantage of this free service should email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to indicate their interest and to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be scheduled on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

• The Riverboat Days Board of Directors is looking for input on a theme as well as Captain and Belle nominations for this year. Anyone with ideas for a theme can submit them in an email and send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Captain and Belle nominations should be a short paragraph explaining why the couple has been nominated and can also be submitted by email or mailed to PO Box 483, Yankton, SD, 57078.

• The Summit Activities Center will be offering a Water Safety Instructor’s Course in April. Pre-test will be held March 31, 2015. Attendance is mandatory for ALL sessions. Participants will need to be prepared for time in the classroom and pool each day. Class space is limited. Registration is available by calling 605-668-5234 or stopping by the Summit Activities Center between 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Cost for the training will be $150.00 plus tax and payment is due at the time of registration. The payment will include WSI manual and books. There is an online portion of the class and participants will be required to do online learning prior to and throughout class. Registration and a payment is also required with Red Cross, but instructions for this will be give once the pre-test has been passed. Participants must be at least 16 years of age before the class ends. Participants must also successfully swim the following strokes: Freestyle, Backstroke, Elementary Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly at Level 4.
WSI Class Schedule:
Tuesday March 31: 5:30 - 7pm
Friday April 24: 5pm – 10pm
Saturday April 25: 8am – 8pm
Sunday April 26: 8am – 8pm
For further information, please call 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook Page.

• The Summit Activities Center will be offering two Lifeguard Training Courses this spring. The first class will be held April 17-19, 2015 with the Pre-test on Tuesday, March 31 at 5:30pm. The second class will be held May 8-10, 2015 with the Pre-test on Tuesday, April 28 at 5:30pm. Class times for each course will be Friday from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. Attendance is mandatory for ALL classes AND the prerequisite testing. Registration begins immediately. Participants may register online at www.cityofyankton.org or at the front desk of the Summit Activities Center. Cost for the training will be $140.00 plus tax and includes lifeguard training books. There is an online portion of the class and participants will be required to do online learning prior to class. Registration and a payment is also required with Red Cross, but instructions for this will be give once the pre-test has been passed. Participants must be at least 15 years of age before the class ends. Prerequisites are: Swim 300 yards continuously. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 lbs. object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object, and exit the pool without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute and 40 seconds. Treading Water for 2 minutes using legs only. Participants who fail the prerequisites will not be able to continue the course.
Class One Course Schedule:
Prerequisite Swim Test: Tuesday, March 31 at 5:30 pm
Friday, April 17: 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, April 18: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday, April 19: 8 am – 8 pm
Class Two Course Schedule:
Prerequisite Swim Test: Tuesday, April 28 at 5:30 pm
Friday, May 8: 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, May 9: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday, May 10: 8 am – 8 pm
For further information, please call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook Page.

• The exhibit “ToMorrow’s Keepsakes” will be on display at the G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery January 16 – February 5. The gallery is open from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

• The exhibit “Wintering Over” will be on display at the Bede Art Gallery from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on the following dates in January: 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department announces Friday, February 13 through Tuesday, February 17 as Summit Activities Center “Get Up and Play” weekend - five days of fun and inexpensive activities for the whole family. The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department and Summit Activities Center encourages everyone in the Yankton area to “Get Up and Play” this weekend. The Summit Activities Center will be offering the Yankton Summer Season Pool Pass at half price for these five days ONLY. This must be purchased at the front desk of the Summit Activities Center. A full schedule of activities can be found at the city website, http://cityofyankton.org/, the Yankton Parks and Recreation facebook page or pick up a flyer at the Summit Activities Center. For more information on the weekend of fun activities, please contact the Summit Activities Center at (605) 668-5234.

• The Yankton School District is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 YSD Teacher of the Year. A community member, student, parent, colleague, department head, or principal can make nominations. Nominators must include a short statement indicating why the nominee is an outstanding teacher of Yankton School District. Nominations can be made at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ysdtoy. The deadline for all nominations is Sunday, February 1, 2015. For additional information or questions, please go to www.ysd.k12.us/toy.

• The City of Yankton's Parks and Recreation Department is offering a four session “Quick Start” tennis program at the City Hall Gym for all girls and boys that are currently in grades K – 5th. The Quick Start philosophy is designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size. The Quick Start program will consist of four consecutive Saturdays beginning March 7, 2015 and finishing on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Times are as follows:
Kindergarten & 1st Grade 9:00 – 9:45 am
2nd Grade & 3rd Grade 9:45 – 10:30am
4th Grade & 5th Grade 10:30 – 11:15am
Cost for the program is $21.20 (includes tax). To register, please visit the Summit Activities Center by March 6 or online at www.cityofyankton.org. Registration will also be accepted on March 7 at City Hall during the Clinic (check payments only). For additional information, call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Don’t forget to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on our Facebook page.

• The City of Yankton reminds property owners that public sidewalks are to be kept clear of snow and ice. Property owners who have snow covered sidewalks adjacent to their property need to make arrangements for snow and ice removal within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. Snow removed from driveways, sidewalks or parking lots cannot be placed in the streets. Contact the City of Yankton at (605) 668-5251 for more information.

• The City of Yankton’s Park and Recreation Department would like to remind Yankton and area residents that two outdoor ice skating areas are available for their enjoyment if winter weather conditions allow. Sertoma Park has an ice hockey area, surrounded by wooden boards, available for those who want to be competitive with friends and family. Tripp Park has an ice area for those who like to relax and skate. The Tripp Park ice area now has lighting for the evening hours. The rinks are open daily, ice conditions permitting which are very dependent on daytime high temperatures. There is no usage fee, the facilities are not staffed, and there are no warming sheds or restrooms available. Bundle up the family and check out the fun on ice in Yankton!! For further information, call (605) 668-5234.

• The City of Yankton will hold the Municipal Election for the Office of City Commissioners on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Commissioners whose term expires in May are Dave Carda, Dave Knoff, & Pauline Akland. The earliest date to circulate a petition is January 30, 2015. The deadline for filing a nominating petition is 5:00 PM on Friday, February 27, 2015. The deadline for voter registration is March 30th, to vote in the April 14, 2015 election.

• The Yankton School District 63-3 School Board Election will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Two of the five school board seats, currently held by Kathy Greeneway and Matthew Pietz, are open. Elected candidates will serve a three-year term. The earliest date to circulate a petition is January 30, 2015. The deadline for filing a nominating petition is 5:00 PM on Friday, February 27, 2015. The deadline for voter registration is March 30th, to vote in the April 14, 2015 election.

• The South Dakota Department of Tourism and the Missouri River Tourism Association are now accepting applications to fill seasonal positions for travel counselors and supervisors at the 10 Information Centers along Interstates 29 and 90. Travel counselors are needed from May through September to assist visitors with travel needs, answer questions and promote South Dakota’s travel opportunities. Applicants must be high-school graduates, possess knowledge of South Dakota’s history and visitor attractions, have basic computer skills, and excellent communication skills. The Information Centers are open seven days a week, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and are located along Interstates 29 and 90 near Chamberlain, New Effington, Salem, Spearfish, Tilford, Valley Springs, Vermillion, Vivian, Wasta and Wilmot. The centers in Chamberlain, Valley Springs and Vermillion will remain open through October to accommodate out-of-state hunters and increased numbers of travelers during the fall season. All other centers will close in mid-to-late September. Seasonal applications may be obtained from the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation offices, or by visiting www.SDVisit.com. The application deadline is Feb. 6, 2015. Contact Nate Johnson at the South Dakota Department of Tourism, (800) 952-3625, with questions.

• Mentors needed - Vermillion now has 7 children seeking mentors. Volunteers spend 2 hours/week with their match, and the program benefits both adults and youth. There are boys and girls in a wide age range, and no extra skills are needed, just a caring attitude. Please contact John Gille at (605) 421-5050, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or apply online at http://www.clay-unionfoundation.org/ to be a mentor. More information is also on the website. Year-end donations to the program , which are fully tax deductible, may be mailed to P.O. Box 665, Elk Point, SD 57025.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2015

Friday, January 30
2015 Business Educators Expo – 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Riverfront Event Center. The deadline to reserve a booth is January 13th. You can reserve your booth online by going to www.yanktonsd.com/educator or contact the Chamber at (605) 665-3636.

No School In Yankton – Teacher in-service. No school for preschool through grade 12.

Job Search Assistance Program – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 1024 W Cherry Street; Vermillion. Parties interested in attending should register by calling (605) 667-6900 before 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 28.

Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Kiwanis 4-H Ice Center; 709 Whiting Drive; Yankton. For more information, call (605) 665-0229.

Saturday, January 31
Dancing With The Stars - River City Domestic Violence Center and River City Family Connections Fundraiser – Minerva’s Bar and Grill. 7 p.m. cocktails and dessert, 8 p.m. show. Individual ticket $30, couple $50. For tickets call (605) 665-4811

Legislative Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m.; Avera Office Pavilion Amphitheatre; 409 Summit St; Yankton.

4th Annual Yankton Baseball Hall Of Fame Fundraiser – 5 p.m.; Elks Lodge; Yankton. Tickets available at First Chiropractic and JJ Benji’s. For more information call Jeff Benjamin at (605) 661-6351 or Marcia Walter at (605) 660-6564.

Legislative Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m.; Vermillion City Hall Council Chambers; 25 Center Street; Vermillion.

Beresford VFW & Auxiliary Soup & Pie Luncheon – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Post Home; 206 N 3rd; Beresford. Adults $6, Children 5-10 $3, Under 5 Free.

Thomas Merton: His Journey & Legacy – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Benedictine Peace Center – Sacred Heart Monastery; 1005 West 8th Street; Yankton.

Sunday, February 1
Hands-On History – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.; Elkhorn Valley Museum; 515 Queen City Blvd; Norfolk.

West Catholic Soup & Pie Lunch – St. John’s Parish Center, Fordyce. Sponsored by West Catholic Development in celebration of Catholic Schools Week. Mass at 10:30 a.m., Lunch served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Adults $5, kids (5-12) $3, under 4 free. Menu includes chili, chicken noodle soup and tasty homemade pies.

Pancake Breakfast – 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; VFW Post 791; 209 Cedar Street; Yankton.

Monday, February 2
Yankton United Methodist Women Monthly Meeting – 1:30 p.m.; First United Methodist Church; 11th & Cedar St.; Yankton. All women in the community are welcome.

Wednesday, February 4
The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will host local author and USd professor Mahhew Moen in the Artists & Authors series at 7 p.m. For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

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

Thursday, February 5
Yankton Area Literacy Council Annual Meeting – 5 p.m.; Yankton Community Library. Members are urged to attend to hear about the literacy council’s role in the area. Students who have recently completed a level of study will receive their certificates at the meeting.

Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Kenny Tomek, “Simple Nutrition for a Complex Life”

Red Out – VHS wrestling match – Heart Health Month

“Death by Chocolate” – 7:30 p.m.; Dakota Theatre; 326 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Friday, February 6 – Sunday, February 8
44th annual American Legion MidWinter Conference – Ramkota Hotel & Event Center; Watertown.

Friday, February 6
Free First Friday Dance Night – 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Vermillion Dance Organization; 19 S Plum; Vermillion.

History Lesson at Avera Majestic Bluffs – 12 p.m. Sr. Marielle Frigge will speak about the large statue of Jesus with a child that occupies the front lobby of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. A meal will be available for those attending, and proceeds will go toward the Avera Sister James Care Center and the Avera Yankton Care Center Eden Fund.

Saturday, February 7
Registration deadline for Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation “Just for Fun” Basketball program. Registration is available online at www.cityofyankton.org and at the Summit Activities Center.

Sanford Vermillion Community Health and Wellness Fair – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Lee Medical Building; USD Campus; Vermillion. Call Sanford Vermillion at (605) 624-2611 or visit sanfordvermillion.org for more details.

Picture This Series presents Altered Book Workshop with Susan Heggestad – Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Registration is required. Please stop by the Circulation Desk or call the library at (605) 677-7060.

Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena.

Take Your Child to the Library Day – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Yankton Community Library. Please contact youth services librarian Joyce Moore at (605) 668-5276 if you have questions.

Sunday, February 8
Hands-On History – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.; Elkhorn Valley Museum; 515 Queen City Blvd; Norfolk.

Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena.

Strike Out Cancer 9 Pin Mulligan Bowling Tournament – Tyndall Lanes. 2 Sundays, February 8 and February 15. Start times 1 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. each Sunday. Call Tyndall Lanes at (605) 589-4737 for reservations and information.

Monday, February 9
Yankton Community Library Teen Advisory Board Meeting – 7 p.m.; Yankton community Library; 515 Walnut; Yankton. If you have any questions about the TAB or teen activities, please contact Joyce Moore at the library at (605) 668-5276 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tuesday, February 10
Yankton Day in Pierre – The Legislators Reception will be 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Best Western Ramkota.

Yankton Community Blood Drive – 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital; Benedictine Center; 501 Summit Street; Yankton. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call (800) 287-4903.

Red Out – VHS basketball games – Heart Health Month

Wednesday, February 11
Mix & Learn – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; National Field Archery Association; 800 Archery Lane; Yankton.

Thursday, February 12
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Jordan Foos, “Volunteering at Red Cloud Indian School: The Catholic, Lakota Pine Ridge”

eBooks and OverDrive Class – 6:30 p.m.; Yankton Public Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton. This class is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. It is limited ot fifteen participants. You can register by calling the library at (605) 668-5276 or stopping at the library.

Friday, February 13 – Saturday, February 14
Heartland Humane Society/Sugar Momma’s Custom Cakery Fur-Ever Yours Valentine’s Day Fundraiser. Sugar Momma’s Custom Cakery will prepare variety boxes of signature cupcakes to be delivered by HHS volunteers and board members. A handwritten card will accompany the six-cupcake variety box. To order, visit the new shelter at 3400 E Highway 50 in Yankton or at the Wooden Spoon at 403 E 4th Street in Yankton. Orders can also be placed online at www.heartlandhumanesociety.net. Orders must be submitted by Thursday, February 12.

Friday, February 13
Yankton Area Arts is excited to invite you to join us at GAR Hall on Friday, February 13, 2015 from 6:30-9:00pm for a Paint & Sip class with area artist and instructor Cheryl Peterson-Halsey. Participants will be part of a social art experience in which each artist will receive professional instruction to ultimately create a 16×20 painting to take home. Cost of the class is $40 and all are encouraged to register early by visiting www.YanktonAreaArts.orgor by calling (605) 665-9754 for more information. Space is limited.

Saturday, February 14
2nd Chance Prom – Doors open at 5 p.m.; Minervas; 1607 S Dakota 50; Yankton. An Evening in Paris – Grand March, Dinner, Dance. Tickets are $35.

Fundraiser for the Bow Valley Schutzenfest Celebration on August 2nd – Bow Valley Ballroom. Dance off competitions, cowboy lunch, Clay Creek Deaf Cowboy band, arena races.

Open Skate – 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Yankton Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena.

Technology Help at Yankton Community Library – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. This service is free of charge, but anyone needing assistance must register ahead of time by calling the library. For further information, contact the library at (605) 668-5276.

Yankton College Night at Cimpl Arena. Mount Marty College will be recognizing local Yankton College Alumni from the Yankton area at the Lancer home double header basketball games against Grace University. Game times are at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. with doors opening at 1 p.m. For more information, contact the Mount Marty College Alumni Office at (605) 668-1542 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sunday, February 15
Hands-On History – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.; Elkhorn Valley Museum; 515 Queen City Blvd; Norfolk.

Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena.

Strike Out Cancer 9 Pin Mulligan Bowling Tournament – Tyndall Lanes. 2 Sundays, February 8 and February 15. Start times 1 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. each Sunday. Call Tyndall Lanes at (605) 589-4737 for reservations and information.

Monday, February 16
Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Yankton Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena.

Benefit for the House of Mary Shrine, Breakfast and Bakesale – 8:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m.; KC Hall. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, biscuits and gravy will be served – free will offering.

Tuesday, February 17
Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Yankton Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena.

Thursday, February 19 – Sunday, February 22
"Stand Off at HWY #37", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visitwww.usd.edu/theatre.

Thursday, February 19
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Dr. Aina Westrheim Ravna, “The Sami: Native People of Norway”

Unplug, Unwind, Craft – 6 p.m.; Yankton Community Library. The class is limited to fifteen participants and is geared to adults and teens who are accompanied by an adult. For further information, contact the library at (605) 668-5276.

Saturday, February 21
Legislative Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m.; Avera Office Pavilion Amphitheatre; 409 Summit St; Yankton.

The Centers Annual Wine and Dine Event – 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Featured events include wine tasting, live and silent auctions, and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are on sale for $30. Stop in today at 900 Whiting Drive or call (605) 665-4685 for information.

Sunday, February 22
Hands-On History – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.; Elkhorn Valley Museum; 515 Queen City Blvd; Norfolk.

Relay for Life Event – 12 p.m; DakotaDome; Vermillion.

Tuesday, February 24
Mobile Apps for Business – Riverfront Event Center (lower level); Yankton. Seminar will run from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cost of the seminar is $40 for chamber members and $49.95 for non-members. Registration deadline is February 20th. For more information visit www.yanktonsd.com/seminars.

IMPACT – is there an app for that?! – Tools to Keeping your Non-Profit Relevant – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Pavilion; Conference Rooms 1 & 2; Yankton. Cost is $20 per attendee. Register online at www.yanktonunitedway.org.

Wednesday, February 25
Yankton Area Progressive Growth Annual Meeting – 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Minervas Convention Center; Yankton.

Thursday, February 26
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Dr. Ryan Maderak, “A Night in the Life of an Astronomer”

Friday, February 27 – Saturday, February 28
Elevate Conference – Sunnybrook Community Church; 5601 Sunnybrook Drive; Sioux City. Tickets for the Elevate Conference are $65 until February 1, when the price increases to $85. Conference fees include lunch on Saturday. Visit elevateconference.org for additional information and to register.

Saturday, February 28
Legislative Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m.; Vermillion City Hall Council Chambers; 25 Center Street; Vermillion.

Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Yankton Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena.

Technology Help at Yankton Community Library – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. This service is free of charge, but anyone needing assistance must register ahead of time by calling the library. For further information, contact the library at (605) 668-5276.

Thursday, March 5 – Sunday, March 15
Yankton Children’s Theatre Company production of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” – Dakota Theater; Yankton. Performances on 5-8 and 13-15. Sunday performances at 2 p.m., all other performances at 7 p.m. Tickets available at the door, opening night is half price.

Thursday, March 5
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Yankton Federal Prison Camp Inmates, “Choices”

Friday, March 6
Free First Friday Dance Night – 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Vermillion Dance Organization; 19 S Plum; Vermillion. Sunday, March 7
Legislative Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m.; Avera Office Pavilion Amphitheatre; 409 Summit St; Yankton.

Tuesday, March 10
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Saturday, March 14
Wine & Dine at The Center – Wine tasting, silent auction, live auction. Tickets go on sale in January. Please stop by The Center or call (605) 665-4685 to reserve your tickets.

Thursday, March 19
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Sr. Maribeth Wentzlaff and MMC Students, “Service: The Key to Love in Key West”

Thursday, March 26
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Dr. Theresa Lafferty, “The Saint John’s Bible Project”

Friday, March 27
Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day - Mount Marty College. The admissions Office at Mount Marty college will be holding Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events for prospective students to learn about the college and academic majors, visit campus, and meet with faculty. For more information on Blue and Gold Campus Visit Days, or to register, visitwww.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

Thursday, April 9
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Dr. James Reese, “Readings from MMC Creative Writing Students”

Tuesday, April 14 – Sunday, April 19
University of South Dakota Healthcare Careers Camp – For more information about the camp or to download an application, please go to www.usd.edu/medical-school/health-careers-camp.cfm or contact Kathy Van Kley with the Sanford School of Medicine at (605) 658-6329 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Application deadline is Wednesday, April 1.

Tuesday, April 14
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer – ABS

Thursday, April 16 – Monday, April 27
"Seussical", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.

Thursday, April 16
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Mary Abbott, “Ten Days in Italy: Rome, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and Florence”

Thursday, April 23
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Sr. Cynthia Binder, Dr. Rich Lofthus, Dr. James Sullivan and MMC Students, “Europe Trip: WWII and the Liberation of France”

Saturday, June 27
Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day - Mount Marty College. The admissions Office at Mount Marty college will be holding Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events for prospective students to learn about the college and academic majors, visit campus, and meet with faculty. For more information on Blue and Gold Campus Visit Days, or to register, visitwww.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

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

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Iowa News

Western Iowa fire chief resigns after volunteers suspended
SHELBY, Iowa (AP) — The fire chief in western Iowa's Shelby has resigned following the dismissal of the town's volunteer firefighters. Fire Chief Eric Wendt stepped down Wednesday just days after the City Council's suspension of all firefighters at the Shelby Volunteer Fire Department. The city of about 640 is now relying on service in Minden and Avoca for emergency response. Wendt tells the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil he resigned for personal reasons, not because of the firings. He says since he was the only one serving the department, he didn't want to be held liable should anything go wrong. The council decided Monday that the department's fundraising proceeds should be under council control, something the volunteers didn't want. Wendt says the council now oversees the department and is accepting volunteer applications.

Fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa slated to open late 2015
WEVER, Iowa (AP) — A $1.9 billion fertilizer plant in southeastern Iowa is expected to begin production later this year. In a project update released this week, Iowa Fertilizer Company says plant construction should be complete by August, with operation starting in the last three months of the year. The company is building the plant near Wever in Lee County. Iowa Fertilizer says construction is about 70 percent complete. The plant is expected to employ about 240 people and produce between 1.5 million and 2 million tons of nitrogen fertilizer each year. Company officials say they also want the plant to produce diesel exhaust fluid. The Des Moines Register reports the plant is one of the largest projects in state history. Iowa Fertilizer is a subsidiary of Egypt-based Orascom Construction Industries.

Nationwide to move 175 jobs out of Des Moines to Columbus
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company has plans to move 175 jobs out of Des Moines to its Ohio headquarters. Company spokesman Eric Hardgrove tells the Des Moines Register the company's home mortgage operations will be relocated to headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, by mid-2016. He says the move can help streamline mortgage services and improve customer service. Hardgrove says the relocation is not a reflection of poor performance in Des Moines. He says current home mortgage employees can apply to other Nationwide operations or for different positions within the Des Moines branch, where about 230 positions are currently available. Nationwide employs more than 4,000 people in Des Moines.

Iowa Senate panel advances early school start bill
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Senate panel has advanced a bill that would let school districts in Iowa decide whether to start classes earlier in August. Members of an education subcommittee voted Thursday in favor of advancing the bill, which would remove authority from the state education department to issue waivers that allow school districts to start early. The department recently released new guidelines for the waivers, which in the past were issued automatically. The bill will be sent to a full committee for consideration. A similar House bill was recently sent to another full committee for review. Organizations in support of both bills say school districts should have control on deciding their calendars. Tourism officials say early school start dates hurt businesses that rely on summer attendance, including the Iowa State Fair.

House panel rejects bill on crossbow use for Iowa children
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Members of a House panel have rejected a bill that would have expanded the ability of children to use a crossbow to hunt deer in Iowa. The natural resources subcommittee tabled the bill indefinitely Thursday. Bill sponsor Representative Matt Windschitl, a Missouri Valley Republican, says he will work with interested parties to reword the bill for a future session. The bill would have allowed children ages 16 and under with a youth deer hunting license to hunt for deer with a crossbow during other firearm seasons. The minor would have needed an unused tag. A child can currently use a crossbow during the late muzzleloader season if they're accompanied by a licensed adult. The Iowa Bowhunters Association, which supports archery through bow and arrow, expressed concern about expanding crossbow use.

Jury finds man guilty in 2013 Waterloo shooting death
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Jurors have found a 33-year-old man guilty of first-degree murder in a 2013 shooting death in Waterloo. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the jury concluded Thursday that Antonio Hutchins is guilty of first-degree murder and willful injury causing serious injury. The two verdicts come after nearly three days of deliberation. Prosecutors say Hutchins allegedly killed 30-year-old Cedrick Matlock and shot another man in the arm in 2013 outside of a Waterloo grocery store. During the trial, Hutchins' defense attorney said he was acting in self-defense. Authorities say the men were unarmed. Conviction for first-degree murder in Iowa carries a life sentence without parole. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Dubuque man gets 50 years for Platteville cab driver murder
LANCASTER, Wis. (AP) — A Dubuque man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison and 18 years of supervised release for robbing, kidnapping and killing a Platteville taxi driver. The Telegraph Herald reports 26-year-old Tommy L. Johnson Junior was sentenced Thursday in Lancaster, Wisconsin, on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and first-degree reckless homicide. Johnson pleaded no contest in November in connection to the June robbery and murder of 79-year-old Merle Forbes. Police say Johnson stabbed Forbes, put the man in the trunk of his own cab while he was still alive and drove off. Johnson's attorney says his actions were a result of undertreated mental illness, and that he meant to kill himself, not anyone else. But prosecutors say Johnson's 30 prior convictions demonstrate a pattern of dangerous behavior.

Iowa man convicted for dumping wastewater into river
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A northwestern Iowa man charged for dumping gallons of wastewater into a river was convicted. The Sioux City Journal reports 57-year-old Michael Wolf of Remsen was charged in federal court in Sioux City on one count of discharging pollutant into a U.S. body of water. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Wolf dumped about 845,000 gallons of untested wastewater and pollutant into a West Branch Floyd River tributary in October 2012 near Sioux Center. The polluted water, which Wolf obtained from the Sioux-Preme Packing wastewater treatment lagoons, included agricultural waste. He was an employee at the pork processing plant and oversaw the facility's lagoons. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources found that the dumping killed thousands of fish over an 11-mile stretch.

D-League suspends Iowa teammates Stokes, Lucas over fight
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA Development League has suspended Iowa Energy forward Jarnell Stokes for three games and teammate Kalin Lucas for two games for fighting on the bench. The league announced the suspensions Thursday. The 6-foot-9 Stokes and 6-1 Lucas were ejected for fighting with 2:29 left in the third quarter of Iowa's 124-120 win over Rio Grande on Tuesday night. A broadcast of the game showed pushing and shoving near the bench for Iowa, an affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies, during a timeout. Lucas, a former star at Michigan State, played one game this season for the Grizzlies. Stokes, a rookie out of Tennessee, has split time between Iowa and Memphis. The suspensions were to start Thursday night against Fort Wayne.

Iowa's White questionable for Wisconsin rematch
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa star Aaron White remains questionable for Saturday's game against Number 5 Wisconsin after suffering a stinger in last weekend's loss at Purdue. White sat out Thursday's practice in an attempt to heal the injury, which is affecting his right shoulder and neck. Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery says the coaching staff is unsure of White's status, adding that White will likely try to practice Friday in an effort to see if he can play against the Badgers. Key substitute Gabe Olaseni rolled his left ankle on Monday. Olaseni says he'll be ready by Saturday, though his effectiveness won't be known until tip-off.

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Nebraska News

No injuries reported in 2 fires at high school in Lincoln
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials have canceled classes for the rest of the day after two fires were set at Lincoln High School in the capital city. Concerns over smoke in the building led to the cancellation on Thursday morning. No injuries have been reported. Students and school workers were evacuated twice. The first time was after someone started a fire in a trash can. The second time was after someone set fire to wrestling mats stored in a hallway near one of the gymnasiums. District operations director Scott Wieskamp says officials hope to let people back into the building later Thursday to collect personal items.

Yellowstone oil spills fuel arguments over Keystone line
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As Congress presses the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, government records show oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. An Associated Press review shows accident numbers growing steadily since 2009, reversing a decade-long decline. Keystone would go from Canada to the Gulf, passing near where 30,000 gallons of crude spilled into Montana's Yellowstone River earlier this month. The recent breach became the latest in a string of spills to highlight ongoing problems with maintenance of the nation's crude pipeline network. After the U.S. Senate voted Thursday in favor of Keystone, Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state cited the increase in spills in calling for Obama to veto the measure. Keystone supporter North Dakota Democrat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said building it was preferable to using older pipelines.

Renters could benefit from Nebraska property tax measure
Renters could benefit from Nebraska property tax measure LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Renters and some homeowners could end up saving money under a proposed income tax credit in the Nebraska Legislature. Senator Kate Bolz of Lincoln presented the bill to a legislative committee Thursday as part of the ongoing debate over property taxes. The measure would create an income tax credit that residents could claim once their property tax bill reaches a certain percentage of their income. Renters could also claim the credit based on a percentage of their rent. Renee Fry of the OpenSky Policy Institute, which supports the bill, says most of the tax reductions would go to low- and middle-income residents. Mark Intermill, a lobbyist for AARP Nebraska, says the bill provides additional cash to those who need it most to cover basic necessities. The bill is LB186.

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts stands by ag director reappointment
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts says he stands by his decision to reappoint the state's agriculture director despite protests from animal welfare groups that want him removed. Ricketts said Thursday that he thinks Department of Agriculture director Greg Ibach will continue to improve his agency's policies for enforcing animal neglect penalties. Ibach's legislative reappointment hearing on Tuesday was marked by protests from animal welfare activists who said the department wasn't doing enough to enforce humane regulations in commercial breeding facilities. A petition on the website change.org called for citizens and senators to block his reappointment. Ricketts pointed to the positive testimony on Ibach's working relationships with the Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Humane Society. The governor says new regulations to address the protesters' concerns are currently under review.

Nebraska marriage fee proposal still waiting for vote
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposal to raise the cost of marriage licenses issued by Nebraska counties has yet to reach a vote in the Legislature. The bill continued to face opposition Thursday from Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, who has promised to prolong the debate until the measure is withdrawn. Lawmakers adjourned for the day without voting on the bill. Opponents say the proposed increase from $15 to $50 amounts to a tax increase of more than 300 percent for couples getting hitched. Senator Kathy Campbell of Lincoln has said the current $15 fee doesn't cover the cost of collecting and filing marriage licenses. The new fee was proposed by the Nebraska Association of County Officials, which notes that the fee hasn't been changed in 20 years.

Nebraska governor, ag director announce annual ag conference
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An annual state agriculture conference is expected to focus on helping small and mid-sized Nebraska farmers prepare a transition plan for their operations. Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach announced the annual agriculture conference with Governor Pete Ricketts in a news conference Thursday. The Governor's Ag Conference is set for March 4 and 5 in Kearney. Ibach says a study showed more than 50 percent of the state's small and medium dairy farms don't have successors. A panel will address how to transition operations to younger farmers. Ricketts says the conference will also address connecting the state's urban and rural sectors through agriculture and increasing foreign exports to countries in Asia. Representatives from the US Department of Agriculture, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and the Scoular Company will speak.

Nebraska plant giving away tons of rotten sugar beets
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — Western Sugar Cooperative officials say the co-op must dispose of 10,000 tons of rotten sugar beets and has offered them free to livestock feeders. The co-op's Jerry Darnell told television station KDUH that the problem cropped up at its Scottsbluff plant in November, when temperatures dropped from 40 degrees to minus 20. Piles of beets outside froze, trapping warm air inside that led to the rotting. Darnell says the co-op wants "to process everything we buy and make it into refined white sugar. This year Mother Nature has not cooperated, and it's throwing us a curveball." He says the loss will affect growers, because there are fewer beets to process into sugar and, thus, less sugar to sell.

Omaha man pleads no contest for strangling girlfriend
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder charges for strangling his girlfriend and leaving her in an empty grave. The Omaha World-Herald reports 20-year-old Mikael Loyd entered his plea deal Thursday. He was charged for choking 19-year-old Melissa Rodriguez in August 2013 and later dumping her body into a grave. Police say the murder occurred just after Loyd had left a mental health institution. They say Loyd had an outstanding arrest warrant for making comments about wanting to kill his mother, but they didn't take him into custody before the murder. A message left for Loyd's attorney was not immediately answered. Loyd faces 20 years to life in prison. A sentencing hearing has been set for April.

Omaha man convicted of first-degree murder in party slaying
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man has been convicted of first-degree murder in connection to a shooting death at a party following a Miley Cyrus concert last year. The Omaha World-Herald reports 24-year-old LaRon M. Jones was found guilty Thursday in the March shooting of 21-year-old Brandon Samuels. He was also convicted on two weapons charges. Police say a fight broke out at the house party, and when the fight escalated, Jones and others got into cars to leave. They say Jones returned to the end of the home's driveway and began firing shots into the air and then at the house. Jones faces a life term in prison. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Man accused in 5-year-old Omaha girl's death takes plea deal
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The 21-year-old man accused in the shooting death of a 5-year-old Omaha girl has taken a plea deal. KETV-TV reports Vincent Hicks pleaded no contest Thursday to second-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony. He had previously been charged with first-degree murder and other weapons counts in connection to the January 2014 killing of Payton Benson. A sentencing hearing for Hicks has been scheduled for April 3rd.

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