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October 2, 2014
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman announces Nebraska Manufacturing Month, Vermillion's Bliss Pointe Ribbon Cutting, Technical Institutes Receive Grants
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October 1, 2014
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman Presents 2014 "Be Prepared" Awards, South Dakota Gas Prices, Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup
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September 30, 2014
John E. Nelson named Nebraska Lieutenant Governor, Mount Marty College designated as military friendly
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September 29, 2014
Sandi Parish art exhibit at Bede Art Gallery at Mount Marty College, Beresford VFW Auxiliary fundraiser, 1742nd returns to United States
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September 27, 2014
Enterovirus prevention, Missouri Valley Model Railroad Club 12th annual train show
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September 26, 2014
South Dakota Manufacturing Week in Yankton, Enterovirus, EB-5 controversy
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September 26, 2014 - Pier's Points


September 25, 2014
Greening Vermillion Earth Day Planning Committee, ACLU files complaint against Yankton Taco John's, Government Operations and Audit Committee seeks EB-5 answers
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September 25, 2014 - Pier's Points


September 24, 2014
Senator Thune makes a stop in Yankton, Jury in murder trial returns verdict, Local and South Dakota gas prices
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September 23, 2014
Yankton City Commission raises solid waste collection and water rates, Former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds and current Governor Dennis Dougaard respond to lawmaker questions, Murder trial goes to jury in Winner, SD
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September 22, 2014
South Dakota Manufacturers Week in Yankton, Vermillion Public Power Week, Yankton College Fall Meetings
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• Fire Prevention Week is October 5-11.  Through the Smoke Alarm Grant program, participating fire departments will receive an initial number of alarms.  Department personnel will distribute and, if possible, install the alarms in homes that lack them.  Additional information about hte smoke alarm program can be found on the South Dakota Fire Marshal website.

• The City of Vermillion is seeking interested citizens for one opening on the Vermillion Planning Commission.  The appointment will fill the remainder of a five-year term that expires in June 2017.  Interested Vermillion citizens can complete and submit a City board expression of interest form.  Forms must be returned to City Hall, 25 Center Street, by 12 p.m. on October 15, 2014.  The appointment will be made at the October 20, 2014 City Council meeting.  Please call (605) 677-7050 with any questions.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for Men's Basketball League.  Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, November 7, 2014.  League play is scheduled to begin the first week of December.  Team registration forms and rules are available at the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or on the City of Yankton website.  for further information, call (605) 668-5234.  Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on Facebook.

South Dakota lawmakers are forming a task force to address child sexual abuse in the state. Public input is sought, and you can contribute your insight  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Vermillion Backpack Program helps hungry kids. You can help with contributions of time or money. Learn more.

OSHA reminds workers and employers of the need for common sense and care when it comes to safety. Get information on how to report unsafe workplaces. Call the OSHA hotline at 800-321-6742.

• With its move to Memorial Park, Yankton's Rockin' Ribfest Committee seeks volunteers. Find out how you can help this big community event here.

• Midcontinent Communications is offering its new Broadband Lifeline Assistance Program to families who qualify. Call 800-888-1300 to learn more or apply for it.

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

All South Dakota veterans: Your benefits are ready. Visit this site to learn more. Veterans in college, here's information on Veterans' Assistance programs at USD and Mount Marty College.

• Avera Sacred Heart Hospital is now part of Avera @ Home, a program that can help you or your family adjust to home health care or home hospice. Learn more about the program.

• The new preliminary master plan for Yankton's recreational facilities is available. Read the plan. Give This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Traveling but concerned about road conditions? Use this link to get information or call 511 (in South Dakota.)

• Are you planning an event, conference or local sports tournament in the Yankton area? Add it to the Yankton area web calendar for 2014. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online submissions.

• PTSD Coach Online is a service for veterans and anyone dealing with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It's a suite of 17 tools designed to help people cope with sleep problems, trauma reminders and other issues. Access PTSD Coach Online.

Veterans and National Guard soldiers are sought for a research project, "Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Alcohol Use." The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is leading this project, which includes a survey about mood, alcohol use and past military experiences and takes about three hours. It is voluntary and completely confidential. Participants receive $100 compensation for the initial interview and eligible participants who take part in a second study using an MRI will receive $300. Vets and Guard soldiers who are right-handed, between the ages of 18-45 and who have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan are eligible. To enroll or learn more, call Dawne Olson at 605-677-5170 or email her. (Active-duty troops only will be compensated if taking part in the research during off-duty times.)

• Want to help others as a volunteer? This one-stop spot from United Way of Vermillion can help you find opportunities.

True Value Company's "Painting A Brighter Future" is offering schools free paint for renovations. Nygren's True Value in Vermillion encourages all schools in their territory — which includes Vermillion and Elk Point — to apply for this program.

• Learn more about the South Dakota Workforce Initiative South Dakota Wins.

• Feeding South Dakota has recently released a study on food insecurity in South Dakota. Learn more at its website on ways to help.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is offering a wide range of programs for toddlers through adults, and registration continues. To find out more, visit the library website for a full schedule of events.

Mentors Needed: The Clay-Union Foundation matches youth age 5-17 years old with qualified and screened adult volunteers. There are two boys and two girls to match in Elk Point, and two girls in Vermillion. Volunteers must be 18 or older and have a car. Email John Gille at or call 605-421-5050 to become a volunteer.

The City of Yankton and the Yankton Tobacco Education Coalition reminds all citizens that the Yankton Parks are tobacco-free.

If you have trouble with certain Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter features, or need a quick tutorial on uploading photos, poking someone, or adding online friends, the new "Book a Librarian" program is for you! This free program allows you to schedule 15 minutes to answer any social media question. Call Tonya or Dana at the Yankton Public Library to schedule a session, 605-668-5275.

• The Yankton Boys & Girls Club is looking for community feedback about the Boys & Girls Club. Help them out with planning for the future and take a couple minutes to fill out this survey.

The Vermillion Area Community Foundation is accepting proposals for projects to improve our community. Forms for submitting proposals by groups or organizations are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. While funds available are limited they can fully fund small one time requests or partially fund larger projects. Your annual donations to their Foundation will provide them with increasing funds each year for worthwhile projects.

Business After Hours: Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your business and network with your peers? Sign up to host a Business After Hours event! These events generally run from 5-7 p.m. on weeknights and the hosting business provides hours d'oeuvres and refreshments. If interested email Ann or call 605-624-5571.

• The Heartland Human Society offers affordable pets. View the available animals or stop by the shelter's new digs on East Highway 50 in Yankton.

• 211 is an information and crisis helpline that provides resource information on non-profit, social service, and government programs, along with providing crisis intervention services.  It is available anytime, day or night, from anywhere in Yankton or Bon Homme counties.  More information available at


Friday, September 26 - Sunday, October 5
"Next to Normal", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre.  Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion.  For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit

Monday, September 29 - Friday, October 3
South Dakota Manufacturing Week.  For more information visit

Monday, September 29 - Friday, October 31
Sandi Parish - water color exhibit "Horses" and "Children"; Bede Art Gallery; Marian Auditorium; Mount Marty College; Yankton.  Bede Art Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  A free reception and gallery talk is scheduled for October 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. open to the public.

Wednesday, October 1 - Tuesday, October 14
Dreaming of Books Challenge; Yankton Community Library.  Top reader award to be given at the Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover event at the library on October 14, 7 p.m. at the Yankton Community Library.

Wednesday, October 1
Michele Mechling - Artists & Authors series.  Vermillion Public Library; 7 p.m.  For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2014 Conference.  A breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. at Mount Marty College followed by a panel discussion.  Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will faciliate a panel to include the secretary of the Department of Human Services and employers representing manufacturing, retail and other industries.  Panelists will address recruiting and hiring individuals with disabilities, as well as the Governor's Employment Works initiative aimed at increasing the employment of people with disabilities.  Others involved will include members of the local chamber of commerce, Society for Human Resources Management and public along with community employers and college students.  For more information, please contact Chad Kollars at (605) 668-3050.

Thursday, October 2
"Islam: Tensions and Traditions" - Dr. Paul Anders.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.

"The Yellow Dress" - A dramatic one-woman play based on the stories of young women who were victims of dating violence.  Marian Auditorium; Mount Marty College; 7 p.m.
Bliss Pointe Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - 5:15 p.m.; corner of Stanford Street and Rockwell Trail; Vermillion.  Tours will follow.
Flu Shot Clinic: Bring your Medicare or insurance card or fee is $25.  No appointment necessary.  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; The Center; Yankton.

Friday, October 3 - Saturday, October 4
Church Women United state assembly.  First United Methodist Church; 11th and Cedar; Yankton.  For more information visit

Friday, October 3 - Sunday, October 5
Vermillion High School Double-Feature Theatre Weekend.  "The Birthday Knife" & "The Uninvited" - Tickets will available at the door.  The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and admission is free to those with a Vermillion School District activity card.  Vermillion High School Performing Arts Center.

Friday, October 3
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Craft Committee's Annual Fall Craft Bazaar.  7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Avera Pavilion Atrium; Yankton.  All proceeds will benefit the Avera Sacred heart Hospital Women's Center and Cribs for Kids Program.

Yankton Democratic Party meet and greet; 5 p.m.; Yankton Democratic Party headquarters; 232 Capital Street; Yankton.  The event will feature Bernie Hunhoff who will discuss the EB5 program and how it was administered by the various State government officials along with the mysteries that still remain.  People who are interested in the EB5 program and who may have questions or insights into the program are encouraged to attend and share their views.

Saturday, October 4 - Sunday, October 5
Missouri Valley Model Railroad Club 12th annual model railroad train show.  10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday.  Located at the Yankton 4-H grounds; 901 Whiting Drive; Yankton.  Admission: $4 adults, $1 children ages 5-12, children under 5 are free when admitted with an adult.  For more information visit

Saturday, October 4
Michele Mechling - Picture This workshop.  Vermillion Public Library; 2 p.m.
For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

Statehood Celebration - White Lake.  The annual Chili Cook-Off will have a statehood history theme with several events on the new and improved Main Street.  Activities will include square dancing lessons, an old time photo booth, book readings for children, displays of history books, buggy rides, hay rides, costume contests, kangaroo court, old-time kid games and an antique car, tractor and machinery show.  For more information visit

Habitat for Humanity Statewide Fall Event in Yankton.  Bella's Restaurant; 121 W 3rd St.; Yankton.  For more information call (605) 696-8480 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The 15th Annual FestiFall at Newton Hills State Park.  1 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Canton.  For more information visit, call (605) 987-2263 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Yankton Boy Scout Troop #133 will be collecting scrap newspaper and aluminum can collections.  Papers and cans will be picked up at the trailer courts and apartment complexes in Yankton, as well as Riverside Acres.  Please have your newspaper and cans secured in sacks or small cardboard boxes and ready to be picked up by 9 a.m.  Paper and cans may also be brought to Riverview Reformed Church parking lot, 1700 Burleigh, Yankton, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. the day of collection in the southeast corner of the parking lot.  For more information call (605) 660-5206 or (605) 857-9396.

Sunday, October 5 - Saturday, October 11
100th Dakota Days celebration, University of South Dakota.  For more information visit

Fire Prevention Week - "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month"

Monday, October 6
"Rockets to the Rescue", the 2014 National Youth Science Day program sponsored by the Yankton County 4-H.  3:45 p.m.  Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut; Yankton.  For more information contact the library at (605) 668-5276.

Yankton County Republicans will meet at GOP Headquarters at 314 Walnut, Yankton at 6:30 p.m.  Continuing campaign efforts and plans for the upcoming election and victory party will be discussed.  For information on early voting which has begun or for rides to the polls or Auditor's office as well as other information, voters may call the Yankton County Republican Office at (605) 260-0453.

Tuesday, October 7
Teen Advisory Board; Yankton Community Library; 7 p.m.  New members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, October 8
Kaiya Ansorge - Long Overdue series.  Vermillion Public Library; 7 p.m.
For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

The South Dakota Housing Development Authority will be hosting a public meeting to solicit comments on the drafts of the Annual Action Plan, HOME Program Allocation Plan, Housing Tax Credit Allocation Plan, Housing Opportunity Fund Allocation Plan, Citizen Participation Plan and the emergency Solutions Grant Program Administrative Plan.  The public meeting will be held at several locations throughout the state through the Dakota Digital Network (DDN).  The meeting will begin at 2 p.m.  A DDN site is available in Yankton at the Department of Human Services Building.

All You Can Eat Pancakes & French Toast: Also includes a single serving of eggs and bacon or sausage.  Only $5 for adults and $2.50 for children under 10.  This is our biggest fall fundraising even.  Open to the public.  4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.; The Center; Yankton.

Thursday, October 9
"Sleep - The Most Important Thing We Do" - Abby Goeken.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.

RED Steakhouse and the Vermillion Chamber & Development Company Legislative Affiars Committee is sponsoring a Gubernatorial Candidate 'Meet and Greet' from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at RED Steakhouse.  The Gubernatorial Candidates - Governor Dennis Daugaard, Mike Meyers and Susan Wismer have been invited to meet and socialize with the Vermillion public.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend to get to know the candidates before the elections.  Appetizers will be served.  The Gubernatorial Candidate Debate will be televised on SDPB at 8 p.m.

Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media - 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Al Neuharth Media Center; 555 Dakota Street; Vermillion.  Veteran journalist Peter S. Prichard, former editor of USA Today and former president of the Newseum, is the recipient of the 2014 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Media.

One Book South Dakota Book Discussion - Yankton Community Library, 6:30 p.m.  Discussion of the 2014 One Book North and South Dakota titled "Dakota: A Spiritual Geography" by Kathleen Norris.  The discussion will be facilitated by Mount Marty Professor and Humanities Scholar Jamie Sullivan.  Books are available for check out at the library.  For further information, contact the library at (605) 668-5276.

Friday, October 10
Vermillion Light and Power will host a customer appreciation open house in recognition of Public Power Week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Complimentary hamburgers and brats will be served for lunch.  The open house will be held at the Municipal Service Center; 115 West Duke St.; Vermillion.

Saturday, October 11
Hartington-Newcastle FFA Chapter Fall Festival - Cedar County Fairgrounds; Hartington.  The day begins with a 5k run/walk, followed by Canvas Art Lessons by Roni Lammers, a soup lunch served by the Hartington-Newcastle Booster Club, a dodgeball tournament, pie eating contest, free country dance lessons, supper served by the Cedar Catholic Booster Club and concluding with a bonfire and free country dance.  There will be muttin' bustin', calf roping, horse & buggy rides, bouncy house, pumpkin carving, horse play, and many more fun, free activities for the kids.  Preregistration by October 3rd is required for the 5k, canvas art and dodgeball tournament by contacting This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , by calling (402) 640-8441 or visiting their Facebook page (Hartington Newcastle FFA Chapter).

Beresford VFW Auxiliary Vendor Show & Bake Sale - 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Post Home; Beresford.  Fundraiser for cancer and military families.
Sunday, October 12 - Saturday, October 18
Teen Read Week; Yankton Community Library.  This year's theme is "Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library".

Sunday, October 12
Celebrate the harvest from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the St. Agnes Sigel Soup Kitchen at the Sigel Hall.  10 miles north of Yankton on highway 81 and 1 mile west on Lesterville road.  Chicken noodle soup, potato soup, chili, taverns, hot dogs, pies and desserts.  There will be a bake walk, country store, and a raffle for great prizes.  The event is sponsored by the Sigel Altar Society.

Wednesday, October 15
Wessington Springs will be South Dakota's Capital for a Day.  The Governor's activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, business tours around town and a social hour with the public.  The Governor will also hold a roundtable meeting for community leaders to meet and discuss the needs of the city.

Chair massages: 15 minute massages with a licensed massage therapist.  Call (605) 665-4685 to schedule an appointment.  $10 for members and $15 for non-members.  1:40 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.; The Center; Yankton.

Evening Meal: Serving Beef Tips & Gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, cookie, coffee and milk.  Suggested donation $5.  Open to the public.  Call (605) 665-4685 for reservations.  5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.; The Center; Yankton.

Thursday, October 16
Historic Preservation Ordinance volunteer meeting, G.A.R. Hall; Yankton.  7 p.m.

"Visual Communication" - Dr. Jane Venes.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.

"Facebook for Beginners"; 6:30 p.m.; Yankton Community Library.  This class will go over the basics of sharing photos, "poking", adding friends, "liking", and privacy settings.  The class is designed for people who have some computer knowledge and experience.  The class is free of charge but limited to 15 participants.  Preregister by October 10 by stopping by the circulation desk or calling the library at (605) 668-5276.

Sunday, October 19
SOUTH DAKOTA 125TH EVENT - Canistota's high school sophomores will host a bike ride and work on historic sites at 1:30 p.m.  South Dakota's first Governor, portrayed by John Timm, will be speaking at the high school at 3 p.m.  An auction and bake sale at 4 p.m. will be followed by a meal and birthday cake at 5 p.m.  Money raised will be used to pay for park improvements, including a climbing wall, special needs swing, performance stage and labyrinth.

Monday, October 20
Women's Health Forum - Avera Sacred hearth Hospital Professional Office Pavilion; Yankton.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m., forum begins at noon.

Wednesday, October 22
Penny Bingo: Open to the public.  Prizes and treats.  1 p.m.; The Center; Yankton.

Saturday, October 25
The talented and entertaining Allen Family will be in concert at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church.  There is no charge for the concert (a freewill offering will be taken) and the public is encouraged to attend.

Sunday, October 26
Yankton Youth Soccer Association Annual General Meeting.  6 p.m.; Summit Activities Center; Yankton.  For more information contact Deb Lillie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Monday, October 27
The Yankton Chamber and Interchange will host the Yankton County Commission and County Auditor candidates at Minervas.  Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. with the forum beginning at 12 p.m. and ending at 1 p.m.  Lunch will be $10 and is optional.  RSVP's are requested for all attendees for seating.

Hard Rock Casino Trip: Join us as we take a day trip to the Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City.  Cost is $28 and includes transportation, $10 in slot play and a free buffet.  Call (605) 665-4685 to make your reservation.  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; The Center, Yankton.

Tuesday, October 28
The Yankton Chamber and the local media will host the Yankton County Commission candidates, the County Audiotr candidates and the District 18 House and Senate candidates at the Regional Technical Educational Center (RTEC).  The County Commission Forum will begin at 7 p.m., the county auditor candidates at 8 p.m. and the District 18 candidates at 8:30 p.m.  KVHT will provide live streaming during the event.  For event details, visit

Thursday, October 30
"Pope Francis: Where are Your Red Shoes" - Dr. Theresa Lafferty.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.

Friday, October 31 & Saturday, November 1
Harvest Halloween Festival, downtown Yankton.  For more information visit

Monday, November 3
The Yankton Chamber and Interchanges will host the District 18 House and Senate candidates at Minervas.  Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. with the forum beginning at 12 p.m. and ending at 1 p.m.  Lunch will be $10 and is optional.  RSVP's are requested for all attendees for seating.

Wednesday, November 5
The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting several educational sessions in the coming months on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program.  Vermillion Public Library; 18 Church St.; Vermillion.  2 p.m.  For more information visit

Thursday, November 6
"I Would Walk 500 Miles: The Way of St. James" - Jordan and Rebecca Foos.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.

Silver Threads Health & Product Fair, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  320 W Main Street; Vermillion.  For more information call (605) 624-8072.

The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting several educational sessions in the coming months on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program.  Yankton Public Library; 515 Walnut St.; Yankton.  2 p.m.  For more information visit

Thursday, November 13
"The World War One Correspondence of John and Anna Warns" - Dr. Rich Lofthus.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.

Thursday, November 20
"A Topical Vacation: Collecting Stamps by Topic" - Dr. Terry Nelson.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.

Friday, November 21 - Sunday, December 7
"Romeo and Juliet", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre.  Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion.  For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit

Thursday, December 4
"Update on the MMC 'Interpret a Genome' Project" - Dr. Vicki Geiser.  Mount Marty Noon Forum Series.  South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty.  Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria.  12 p.m.

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 visit

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


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.

Iowa News

Audit: funds misused at conservation district
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state audit of the Mahaska County Soil and Water Conservation District office alleges more than $279,000 was improperly taken and cash not properly deposited by a former secretary over seven years. Iowa Auditor Mary Mosiman says in a report released Wednesday her office investigated financial irregularities at the request of state agriculture department officials. The audit shows cash withdrawn from commission accounts numerous times from 2006 to 2013 by Jessica Strasser, the former office secretary who resigned in August 2013. Strasser took responsibility in a letter to the commission, blaming the stress of raising two children and working two jobs while her husband, an Iowa National Guard officer, was repeatedly deployed to active duty. No charges have been filed. The telephone number listed for Strasser wasn't working.

Vermont Sen. Sanders to return to Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will return to Iowa for a town hall meeting in Davenport this weekend. The political committee associated with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is sponsoring the public event on Saturday. Sanders, an independent who is supported largely by Democrats, was in Iowa last month for a series of town hall meetings. The upcoming meeting will be at 6:30pm on the east campus of Genesis Medical Center. Sanders is one of a number of liberals who are visiting Iowa, prompting speculation about their presidential ambitions for 2016. His last visit was over the same weekend that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared at U.S. Senator Tom Harkin's annual fundraiser in Indianola.

No charges for Iowa student in fatal fight
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a male student will not be charged in connection with a fight at a western Iowa high school that led to the death of a 17-year-old student. Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber said at a Wednesday news conference that the 16-year-old student used legally justifiable force in responding to a fight initiated by Dakota Escritt. Wilber said Dakota died days after a September 25th fight at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs. An autopsy shows he had bleeding in the brain caused by a fractured skull. His head hit the school floor after the other student punched Dakota. The Associated Press generally does not identify juveniles accused of crimes. The student was initially charged with assault in the case. That charge has been dropped.

Muscatine man found not guilty of murder
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — A 23-year-old Muscatine man has been found not guilty of first-degree murder. Jordan Daufeldt no longer faces life in prison after the jury determined Tuesday he wasn't guilty in his friend's shooting death. Troy Ott was killed during a fight at Daufeldt's home on June 29. After they spent the afternoon drinking, the pair left Ott's home and headed for the Daufeldt residence. Daufeldt said Ott became angry after he confronted Ott about his erratic driving. He said Ott threatened him and refused to leave. The Muscatine Journal reports Daufeldt then pulled out a loaded gun. He said he only wanted to scare Ott. During a struggle with the gun, Ott was shot three times.

ISU student found dead in apartment on campus
AMES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa State University student has been found dead in her apartment on campus, but authorities say no foul play is suspected. University police say the woman was found unresponsive Tuesday night in a University Village apartment on the Ames campus. Authorities and medical personnel responded to the scene but the woman was pronounced dead. Police say a resident reported finding the woman inside the locked apartment. No foul play is suspected, but additional information is not available. The student's name has not been released pending family notification.

Officials: New Iowa facility will house men, women
GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Officials in western Iowa say a new law enforcement center will house both men and women. Mills County Sheriff Eugene Goos says the facility has the capacity to separate the inmates. It can house up to 45 inmates. The Daily Nonpareil reports the new facility in Glenwood will mean less female inmates at the Adams County jail in Corning, where they're often held after a transfer. County officials say that will result in savings of between $2,000 and $6,000 each month. Federal prison inmates can be held at the law enforcement center. It will also house the Mills County Sheriff's Office.

Group seeks to operate dog racing track in Dubuque
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Greyhound Association has formally requested a license to operate a dog racing track in Dubuque next year. An official from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission tells the Telegraph Herald ( ) the license application was received Wednesday, the final day an application could be submitted. The association wants to be able to take over Dubuque Greyhound Park for at least five years for a nominal fee. Racing operations will be done at the existing Mystique Casino track but will be an independent business. A law approved earlier this year allows casinos in Council Bluffs and Dubuque to cease greyhound racing. Part of the law gives the greyhound association the right to run the track in Dubuque. The casinos will also pay industry participants a total of $72 million.

Davenport buys historic home to give to nonprofit
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The city of Davenport has bought a long-deteriorating historic home and plans to turn it over to a community group eager to restore it. The Quad-City Times reports Davenport acquired the Lambrite-Iles-Petersen home on Monday after paying $34,000 to its owner. The city will give the property to the nonprofit Friends of 510 to clean up the home and find a buyer to renovate it. The house was built in the late 1850s and got its name from its past owners, who include a sawmill owner and the chief surgeon at a Confederate prison camp. Mike Ryan leads the nonprofit group. He says it has raised nearly $40,000 in pledges toward its work on the residence, which will include securing the house against further damage from weather.

Iowa St's Thomas, Nader suspended 3 games
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State's Matt Thomas and Abdel Nader will serve three-game suspensions for offseason drunken-driving arrests. Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg says Thomas and Nader will each miss an exhibition contest and games against Oakland and Georgia State. Hoiberg says he's proud of the way Thomas and Nader have conducted themselves since their arrests. Thomas averaged 5.5 points a game as a freshman last year. Nader sat out last season after transferring from Northern Illinois.

ISU's Hogue hopes to build on strong NCAA tourney
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State forward Dustin Hogue is looking to build off his breakout performance in last season's NCAA tournament. Hogue scored a career-high 34 points — a total nearly three times above his season average — on 15 of 19 shooting against UConn in the Sweet Sixteen. The Cyclones lost 81-76 to the eventual national champions. But Hogue's performance was a fitting end to a season in which he continually exceeded expectations. The Cyclones (28-8 in 2013-14) will be looking for more big things out of Hogue, now a senior, when they open the season against Oakland on November 14th.

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Nebraska News

Nearly 9 inches of rain falls Tuesday on Lincoln
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials closed several roads and part of U.S. Highway 6 after nearly 9 inches of rain fell around Lincoln in less than a day. The Lincoln Journal Star says rainfall totals from Tuesday reported to the National Weather Service include 8.9 inches at the Lincoln wastewater treatment plant, 8.5 inches near West O and 20th streets and 6 inches near the Lincoln Airport. Highway 6 west of Lincoln near Pawnee Lake was closed overnight, and rescue crews helped several drivers from their vehicles caught on that flooded stretch. The road was reopened by 10 a.m. Wednesday. Several roads, parking lots and a picnic area at Holmes Lake also were closed. Weather forecasters say more rain could fall later Wednesday and on Thursday.

Nebraska faces worker shortage in manufacturing
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A leading state business group says Nebraska needs more skilled workers to fill its manufacturing jobs. The president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry said Wednesday that the shortage is the greatest challenge that its manufacturing members face. Barry Kennedy, the group's president, says many Nebraska businesses would hire more people if they could find ones with adequate training to work with technology. His remarks came during an appearance with Gov. Dave Heineman, who proclaimed October as Nebraska Manufacturing Month. Heineman says the shortage demonstrates the need to boost enrollment in Nebraska's community colleges and universities. Chris Roth, president of Reinke Manufacturing Company in Deshler, says his company needs workers with specific training in computer technology, math and science.

Nebraska state Capitol official defends chair cost
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The State Capitol administrator is defending the cost of restoring 46 antique statehouse chairs at a cost of nearly $2,000 each. The Omaha World-Herald reports the wood-and-leather chairs are the original furniture used when the State Capitol opened in 1932. State Capitol administrator Bob Ripley says the $87,400 spent for the chairs will save money in the long run. Two members of the Capitol Commission also defended the refurbished chairs. State Sen. Greg Adams says the furniture will last a long time. Former state Sen. Jim Cudaback says the chairs should be preserved in its original state as much as possible. But Governor Dave Heineman, who heads the commission, said in an emailed statement that Ripley should've been more sensitive to the cost.

Former Hastings mayor Bill Welton dies
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Former Hastings Mayor Bill Welton has died. He was 75. The Hastings Tribune reports that Welton died Sunday. The funeral home handling his services said Wednesday that the family asked not to disclose his cause of death. Welton was elected mayor in 1980, defeating incumbent Bob Allen. Welton elected to serve only one term, leaving office in 1984. Prior to his election, Welton served on the Hastings Board of Public Works. After his mayoral term, he served as president of the Hastings Museum Board of Trustees. Welton wasn't the first in his family to delve into local politics. He was the grandson of former Hastings Mayor William Madgett. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Hastings.

Judge: State banking officials acted improperly
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a Nebraska businessman's lawsuit against state banking regulators, but acknowledged that they may have singled him out because he criticized President Barack Obama. U.S. District Judge John Gerrard ruled Tuesday that the Nebraska Department of Banking employees acted improperly when they inquired about statements made by Bob Bennie Jr. But Gerrard dismissed the lawsuit, saying their conduct didn't go far enough to violate his free-speech rights. Bennie, a Lincoln financial adviser and tea party activist, called Obama a "communist" and an "evil man" in a 2010 interview with the Lincoln Journal Star. He also appeared in television commercials riding a horse and promising new investment customers a $100 payment toward the purchase of a gun. Bennie says he wants Governor Dave Heineman to fire the employees.

Grand jury clears officers in Nebraska man's death
SCHUYLER, Neb. (AP) — A grand jury in eastern Nebraska has cleared law enforcement officers of any wrongdoing in the June shooting death of a Columbus man who led authorities on a car chase. The Columbus Telegram reports jurors in Colfax County District Court returned the decision in connection with the investigation into the death of 32-year-old Jason T. Van Buskirk. Authorities say Van Buskirk, who was originally pursued in connection with a domestic disturbance in Columbus, led several law enforcement departments on a car chase through two counties. He is accused of shooting at a state trooper and ramming into several police cruisers. Authorities eventually shot at Van Buskirk, and he was pronounced dead a short time later. Colfax County Attorney Denise Kracl did not release additional information.

Lincoln boy critically hurt in hit-and-run
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An 11-year-old Lincoln boy has been critically injured and police are questioning a driver in what they say was a hit-and-run. Police say the boy was riding his bicycle when a pickup hit him around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday. Witnesses say the driver fled the scene, and police found the truck on a central Lincoln street with the boy's bicycle still wedged under it. The boy was taken to a Lincoln hospital with serious injuries. Lincoln police say they have taken the driver in for questioning, but no arrest had been made by late Wednesday morning.

Nebraska's Randy Gregory keeps opponents guessing
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's defensive coaches have kept opponents guessing when it comes to how they use Randy Gregory. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Gregory has been a down lineman at left and right end, he's blitzed as a linebacker, he's lined up as a stand-up rush end on the left side, he's dropped into pass coverage. And he just might do something new Saturday night when the Number 19 Cornhuskers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) visit 10th ranked Michigan State (3-1). Gregory is back in top form after he tweaked an old knee injury in the season opener and had minor arthroscopic surgery August 31st. The 2013 Big Ten sack champion recorded two against Miami and 2 ½ last week against Illinois.

No resolution for Jets player accused of assault
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — A New York Jets practice squad player is due in court in two weeks on domestic violence charges, possibly to have a trial date set. A conference scheduled in Florham Park municipal court Wednesday for Quincy Enunwa was postponed because the woman he was accused of injuring did not attend. Defense lawyer Anthony Fusco says the woman lives in Nebraska, where Enunwa attended college, and is not currently in a relationship with Enunwa. Whether she testifies could be a key to the case. It's not clear whether she will attend the conference set for October 15th. Florham Park police say the rookie wide receiver pulled a female off a hotel bed and that she injured her head and finger. Enunwa has pleaded not guilty.

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