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Local News

November 26, 2014
Iowa State Scientist Visits Yankton and Tyndall, South Dakota Gas Prices
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November 26, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 25, 2014
Naming Rights To Yankton Baseball Field, Yankton School Resource Officer
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November 25, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 24, 2014
Governor Daugaard Gives Travel Advice, South Dakota Transportation Commission, Sanford USD Named Ebola Center
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November 24, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 22, 2014
Nebraska Department Of Corrections Miscalculations, South Dakota Department Of Natural Resources Director Resigns, Thanksgiving Travelers
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November 21, 2014
Yankton County Emergency Management Joins Social Media, Lambda Chi Alpha Fundraiser
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November 21, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 20, 2014
United States Representative Kristi Noem Talks Immigration, USD-SDSU Showdown Series
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November 19, 2014
Yankton County Commission Meeting Summary, South Dakota Powerball Winner, Keystone XL Pipeline
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November 19, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 18, 2014
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman Announces Nebraska Youth Ag Council, Vermillion Mayor Thanks Residents
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November 18, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 17, 2014
South Dakota Announces New Leadership, Keystone XL Pipeline Barriers, Ebola Patient Dies In Nebraska, Yankton Bucks State Championship Welcome Home
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November 17, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 14, 2014
Vermillion Public Meeting Concerning Downtown Intersection, Senator Elect Mike Rounds Visits Washington
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November 14, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 13, 2014
Nebraska Governor Heineman Touts Adoption Month, Nebraska To Fight Gay Marraige Suit
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November 12, 2014
Five School Consolidation Meeting, United States Secretary Of Transportation Visits South Dakota, South Dakota and North Dakota Crop Projections, South Dakota Gas Prices
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November 11, 2014
Mount Marty College Veterans Day Program, Elks Lodge Soup Kitchen, Fallen Heroes Traveling Banners
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November 10, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 6, 2014
Corps Of Engineers Reduce Water Flow, Yankton County Commission Meeting, Shannon County Name Change
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October 31, 2014
South Dakota District 18 Senate Candidates, Governors Bet On Dakota Marker Game
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October 30, 2014
Tim Johnson Farewell Tour Stops In Vermillion, Scams Involving Back-Taxes
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October 29, 2014
Expected Yankton County Voter Turnout, South Dakota Gas Prices
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October 29, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

October 28, 2014
Yankton City Commission - Sale Of City Property, Rick Weiland Campaign Funding
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October 27, 2014
Red Ribbon Rally, Yankton College Orchestra Event, South Dakota Ebola Screening
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October 27, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Regular fall story times have ended at the Yankton Community Library, but make plans to join us in December for some very special story times. During preschool story times, there will be Christmas stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft. These are on Monday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m.; and Wednesday and Thursday, December 10 and 11, at 10:15 a.m. At the end of story time, Santa will join us to visit with the children. Bring your camera! Santa will also be here for Toddler Time on Tuesday, December 9, at 10:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to see the toddlers after their Christmas stories and songs. Registration is now open for the Winter/Spring story time sessions, which begin the week of January 5. Register by e-mailing youth services librarian Joyce Moore at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by visiting the library.

• The Board of City Commissioners is seeking City of Yankton residents to serve on a Downtown Parking Advisory Committee. Interested citizens will work with members of the City Commission and City staff to analyze downtown parking regulation in the City of Yankton. Recommendations from the Downtown Parking Advisory Committee will be made to the City Commission to consider next steps. Anyone who is interested in serving on this committee should submit a letter of interest to the City Manager’s Office.
City Manager’s Office
P.O. Box 176
Yankton, SD 57078
The deadline for these inquires is Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

• The Summit Activities Center is offering a Tiny Tots Play Club through the winter months Monday through Friday mornings from 9 a.m. -11 a.m. Join them for a place where preschool children and their grown-ups can shake off those cooped-up blues in the gym area with toys and equipment that will promote physical activity and most importantly FUN. Cost for play time in the gym is $1 per preschooler. Members of the Summit Activities Center are free. For further information, please stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit in Yankton or call (605) 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on their Facebook page.

• The first snowfall of the year is a good reminder that many members of our community rely on clear sidewalks to get to and from school and work. If you have public sidewalks at your home or business please make arrangements for snow and ice removal within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. Snow removed from driveways, sidewalks or parking lots should not be placed in the street. Contact the City of Yankton at (605) 668-5251 for more information.

• The Salvation Army in Yankton will soon be ringing bells at local businesses in Yankton. 90% of all funds raised locally are used to provide temporary, emergency assistance to local residents and transients in Yankton. YOU can make a difference in the lives of those in need either by donating when you see a “Red Kettle” or by volunteering to staff a Kettle at a Walmart or Hyvee. We are looking for individuals, Families, Service Clubs, Church Groups, Youth Groups who would be willing to help a couple of hours during this holiday season. If you are interested in bell ringing or have questions about the Salvation Army in Yankton, call Carol at (605) 661-5153.

• Check Into Cash located at 2007 Broadway Suite D is now accepting donations for River city Domestic Violence Center. You can drop off at any time non-perishable foods, new pillows, diaper/wipes, cleaning supplies, shampoo/conditioner/body wash, paper products and disposable zip-lock containers. Store hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

• Story Times/Toddler Times at the Yankton Community Library - Fall story times and toddler times conclude the week of November 18 at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, with all programs running on a normal schedule that week. Story times are Monday at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday at 10:15 a.m. Toddler times are Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. Mark your calendars for very special sessions in December. Santa Claus is joining us! Santa story times are Monday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, December 10 and 11, at 10:15 a.m. Toddlers are invited for Santa stories and songs on Tuesday, December 9, at 10:15 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. The winter/spring sessions of story times and toddler times resume January 5, 2015. Registration sheets are now available. Story time is for three, four, and five year-olds and includes books, rhymes and finger plays, music and movement, and a craft. Sessions are held on Monday evenings at 6:30 and Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:15. Toddler Time is on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. It is designed for one, two, and three year-olds and their parents and caregivers. Sessions includes short books and lots of music and movement. Siblings of all ages are welcome. New participants can register by stopping at the library, calling (605) 668-5276, or by e-mailing Youth Services Librarian Joyce Moore at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• 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.

• Representative Kristi Noem is accepting applications for spring internships in her Washington, D.C. office, as well as in her offices in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown. Student interns in Representative Noem’s office will assist staff with various constituent service and communications projects, as well as assist with legislative research. Both South Dakota and Washington, D.C., internships provide students with first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and the countless other functions of a congressional office. College students who are interested in interning in any of Representative Noem’s offices should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by December 15. For more information, contact Christiana Frazee at (202) 225-2801.

• Beginning October 29, 2014, entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other interested community members are invited to attend each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at The Pavillion located at 409 Summit for 1 Million Cups – a free, weekly program developed by the Kauffman foundation helps build startup communities nationwide. For more information view the national website at www.1millioncups.com and access the Yankton, SD microsite at http://yankton.sites.1millioncups.com/.

• Are you a job seeker looking for employment? The Department of Labor and Regulation has an important announcement about Job Services. Department of Labor & Regulation workforce experts can help job seekers with a variety of services ranging from career exploration to application, resume and cover letter assistance, to mock interviews and workforce training opportunities. Stop in at your local Department of Labor & Regulation office and visit with an employment representative today. For a list of local office locations, visit sdjobs.org.

• 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.

• 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.

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

• The Heartland Human Society offers affordable pets. View the available animals or stop by the shelter 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 helplinecenter.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2014

Friday, November 21 – Sunday, December 7
“Romeo and Juliet” performs at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21-22 and Dec. 3-6; and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 23 and Dec. 7 in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre on the USD campus. Tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Senior Citizen (62+), $10 for K-12 and non-USD students with ID, and $5 USD students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at www.usd.edu/theatre or by calling the USD Theatre Box Office at (605) 677-5400 from noon to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, November 26 – Friday, November 29
Summit Activities Center in Yankton Thanksgiving Holiday Hours:
Wednesday, November 26 – Open 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Thursday, November 27 – CLOSED
Friday, November 28 – Open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
There will be no fitness classes Wednesday evening and all day Friday – Saturday. There will be a No School Special Swim and Gym on Friday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. For further information, call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut, will close on Wednesday, November 26, at 5 p.m., for the Thanksgiving holiday and reopen on Saturday, November 29, at 9 a.m., with regular weekend hours.

Wednesday, November 26 – Monday, December 1
Tipsy Tow is being offered over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend for motorists who feel unsafe behind the wheel after drinking. AAA South Dakota will give the driver, up to one more person, and the vehicle a free ride home, no questions asked. Tipsy Tows are available from 6 p.m. Wed., Nov. 26 until 2 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1 in Yankton. To request a Tipsy Tow, call 1-800-AAA-HELP (222-4357) and say, “I need a Tipsy Tow.” AAA will do the rest. Tows are limited to within a 15-mile radius from point of pickup and are offered free during the 104 hours of the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Wednesday, November 26
Penny Bingo – 1 p.m. – The Center. Open to the public.

Job Search Assistance Program – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 3113 Spruce St. Ste. 124; Yankton. For more information, call (605) 668-2900 or visit www.sdjobs.org.

Thursday, November 27 – Friday, November 28
No school in Yankton – classes will resume on Monday, December 1.

Friday, November 28 – Saturday, November 29
11th Annual Missouri Valley Model Railroad Club Open House. Both days 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 221 W 3rd St; Yankton. Free Admission. For more information contact Francis Serr at (605) 660-4237 or Don Hopf at (605) 661-4123.

Friday, November 28 – Sunday, November 30
Add some sparkle to your holiday season! The Dakota Dance Association of Yankton, SD will be presenting Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Yankton High School Theatre, 1801 Summit Street, Yankton. Attend an evening performance (7:30pm) on November 28-29 or take in a matinee (2pm) on November 29-30. Over 150 local cast members ranging in from 1st grade to adult will be performing in this year’s production. Highlights of this year’s performance include the debut of first grade dancers in the newly added role of Christmas Fairies, new costumes for the Sugar Plum Fairy and Lead Angel, as well as scenery updates to this classic story which will transport you from a holiday gathering of friends to the Kingdom of Sweets where wonderful things to eat and drink come alive. Dakota Dance Association welcomes back director Linda Haar, choreographer Dorota Dannenbring and a large group of volunteers behind the scenes. Linda Haar is a Yankton College Theatre graduate who has directed over 80 shows primarily at Bon Homme High School and Lewis and Clark Theatre Company. Dorota Dannenbring is a graduate of the Conservatory of Dance in Warsaw, Poland and has been a dance instructor in Yankton for 25 years. Tickets go on sale at the Yankton Mall, 2101 Broadway, next to the JC Penney entrance, beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8th and continuing through Friday, Nov. 28th. Tickets may be purchased by stopping at the Yankton Mall during the following sale hours:
Saturday and Sunday Nov. 8-23----------------------1:00– 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday Nov. 10-26-------------------6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 28--------------------------------------------10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
In addition, tickets will be available at the door 1 hour prior to each performance. If you are unable to purchase tickets during these times, please call Luann Kennedy, Ticket Sales Chairperson, at 664-4747 and leave a message, or write to the Dakota Dance Assoc., P.O. Box 264, Yankton, SD 57078. Ticket prices are $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 12th grade and under. All seats are reserved.

Saturday, November 29
Benefit For Johnny Benson – 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Happy Hourz; 311 Douglas Avenue; Yankton. Johnny was diagnosed in October with stage 4 liver, lung and colon cancer. He is the father of three beautiful children and is a life-long resident of Yankton. Because he is self-employed, he does not currently have insurance and as a result is under a tremendous amount of financial burden trying to pay for medical bills, pharmaceutical supplies and chemo treatments. In order for Johnny to continue the necessary medical treatments that he must undergo, his friends and family are asking for your support to help his fight against cancer. There will be food, live music, beer specials, a 50/50 drawing and auction items.

Sunday, November 30
Victorian Christmas High Tea - Cramer-Kenyon Historic Home. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. The elegant affair will feature a selection of teas and many varieties of sandwiches and sweets, served by hostesses garbed in the attire of the period. Guests, too, are invited to dress in the Victorian manner, if they please. Tickets go on slae beginning November 10 at 10 a.m. at Pretty’s and Prims; Yankton. Phone orders may be placed at (605) 260-6020. Cost is $25.

Monday, December 1
Yankton Children’s Theatre Company Fundraiser – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Yankton Pizza Ranch. Everyone interested may come to Pizza Ranch and enjoy a delicious meal at regular prices. Pizza Ranch will donate a percentage of the profit from the evening to support Yankton Children’s Theatre Company.

Tuesday, December 2
The Dakota Hospital Foundation Tree of Lights Open House & Wreath Auction will be held at the Vermillion Event Center, 912 N Dakota Street; Vermillion. The evening will feature a lovely variety of hors d’oeuvres and refreshments beginning at 5 p.m. with the Wreath Auction starting at 6 p.m.

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.

Friday, December 5
Vermillion Parade of Lights – 6:30 p.m. First, second and third places will be awarded. Entry forms can be found on the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company website, www.vermillionchamber.com, or at the Chamber office at 116 Market St. Deadline is December 1. At the end of the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will light the community Christmas Tree at Ratigen Platz on the corner of Market and Main Streets. After the tree lighting, children and parents are invited to the Edith B. Siegrist Public Library for “Stockings for Soldiers”, an opportunity to make a free ornament to take home, and to decorate a stocking or ornament for a soldier serving overseas or at the VA Hospital, sponsored by the library.

GrowingOn 2015 - “Leveraging Risk Management Tools to Manage Revenue” – Steve Johnson. 9:30 a.m.; Best Western Kelly Inn/Minerva’s; Yankton. Admission is free and includes a meal. Register at cropinsurancespecialists.com or call (800) 884-FARM or (605) 334-0100.

CookieWalk – A RiverWalk Fundraiser; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Dakota Theatre lobby; Yankton. Tasty, decorative homemade holiday cookies will be for sale in the beautiful lobby of the Dakota Theater lobby in Yankton at 328 Walnut St. Called the Cookie Walk, the event raises funds for Yankton’s RiverWalk project, which places sculptures in the downtown and riverfront area. Some of Yankton’s best cookie-makers donate the holiday treats, which sell by the pound. RiverWalk is beginning its fifth year in Yankton. The non-profit group’s mission is to enhance the community’s appearance and culture by featuring great outdoor art in the downtown district. Selected sculptures are displayed on downtown streets and in Riverside Park for one year. Current sculptures will be replaced in May of 2015.

Saturday, December 6
Free pictures with Santa at HyVee in Vermillion – 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Parents’ Night Out – 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. the Yankton Community Library and the Recreation Department are sponsoring a Parents’ Night Out for boys and girls 6 to 12 years of age, at the Summit Activities Center. Cost is $5 per child. Registration deadline is Friday, December 5. For additional information, call (605) 668-5275, (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Yankton Library or Summit Activities Center.

Heartland Humane Society December Meet and Greet at Tractor Supply – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 2908 Broadway; Yankton. Heartland will have several different sizes and breeds of dogs available to meet and adopt. Anyone interested in adopting an animal is encouraged to fill out an application prior to the Meet and Greet. Applications must be reviewed and approved prior to adoption. You can pick up an application at the shelter or find it online at www.heartlandhumanesociety.net.

Sunday, December 7
Mount Marty College Vespers – Bishop Marty Chapel; Mount Marty College; Yankton. Performances are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets to Vespers are free, but space is limited to 500 people per performance with a limit of six tickets per person. Tickets will be available starting at noon on Monday, November 10 on a first come first served basis at two locations; the Sacred Heart Monastery Gift Shop or the Mount Marty College Pages Bookstore. For more information on the event contact Wyatt Yager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tuesday, December 9
Yankton Community Blood Drive – 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital – Benedictine Center; 501 Summit; Yankton. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call (800) 287-4903 or visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org.

Thursday, December 11
Yankton Area Progressive Growth would like to invite you to learn more about one of the most successful economic development tools available to us in South Dakota. We will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Avera Professional Office Pavilion Amphitheatre. The topic will be the use of the tax increment financing. We have invited Mr. Toby Morris, a financial consultant who is one of the state’s leading experts on the subject. He brings a wealth of information on how other communities and regions have effectively used the tool to accomplish their development needs. Please plan to join us in becoming more familiar about this tool we can use to enhance the economic development of Yankton!

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14
Christmas Open Houses - Cramer-Kenyon House; 509 Pine Street; Yankton. Open houses are scheduled for December 12th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. and from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on December 13th and 14th. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions about this event, please call the curator at the Cramer-Kenyon Home at (605) 665-7470.

Friday, December 12
Yankton Contact Center Holiday Food Basket signup deadline – Families and individuals wishing to participate in the Holiday Food/Fruit Baskets Project must complete a simple application, providing proof of address, number in the household, and an active SNAP card. For more information, please call (605) 260-4400.

Saturday, December 13
The Christmas Store – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Riverview Reformed Church; 1700 Burleigh St.; Yankton. Children ages 3 to 10 years old come and shop for free Christmas gifts for your family. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cookies and coffee for the adults while they wait.

Yankton Community Library Teen Christmas Party – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. The festivities include games and progressive gift exchange. Attendees are asked to bring a wrapped gift costing no more than $5. Numbers will be drawn and gift stealing will ensue.

2015

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Iowa News

Officials investigate fire at Iowa ice cream plant
LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of a small electrical fire at a northwest Iowa plant owned by the makers of Blue Bunny ice cream. Wells Enterprises says efforts are underway to figure out the cause of the Monday night fire at one of its facilities in Le Mars. No injuries were reported. The Le Mars Daily Sentinel reports firefighters from several departments responded to the fire and helped extinguish it quickly. Cleanup included ventilating smoke inside the affected plant. Wells planned to resume operations there Tuesday. A message left for a company spokeswoman was not immediately returned.

Iowa woman gets probation in theft case
ELDORA, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman has been given probation for stealing from an elderly man under her care. District Court Judge Michael Moon recently ordered to suspend a 10-year prison sentence for 60-year-old Pamala Hammond. She will instead be on probation for two- to five years. A message left for Hammond's attorney was not immediately returned Tuesday. The Des Moines Register reports Hammond pleaded guilty last month to a count of theft in connection to the estate of James Curtis Ruby, of Eldora. The 88-year-old veteran died in 2012. Hammond was accused of transferring more than $630,000 from Ruby's accounts to her own. She was also accused of writing several checks totaling more than $115,000 from Ruby accounts.

Iowa posts record egg production as demand soars
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The egg is on a roll. It has never been more popular as a fast-food restaurant breakfast staple and its appeal has broadened far beyond the day's first meal. High demand has kept egg prices at record levels, even as production soars. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Iowa, the nation's leading egg supplier, produced a record 1.4 billion eggs in October, up 4 percent from a year ago. Egg prices have broken records for the past 10 days, with the Midwest price reaching $2.18 a dozen on Monday. Restaurants have broadened their menu offerings including eggs, with quick-service restaurants adding more egg-white sandwiches and eggs showing up as toppings on pizza and hamburgers. People also use more eggs around the holidays as families cook and bake at home.

Iowa won't identify fan booted for heckling coach
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa is refusing to identify the fan booted out of a Kinnick Stadium suite for yelling at offensive coordinator Greg Davis at halftime of Saturday's game. Iowa spokesman Steve Roe said the individual was a guest in a hospitality booth of Learfield Sports, which handles Hawkeye sports marketing. The fan caused a stir when he yelled at Davis to throw the ball down the field as Davis was getting on an elevator. Roe says the fan also directed comments at Wisconsin's staff. Roe called for security. Athletic officials asked the fan to leave and he did so on his own. Roe says the school isn't identifying the individual because police weren't involved. UI Police spokesman Dave Visin says the incident was over by the time officers responded.

2 plead guilty in connection to Iowa house fires
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two people have pleaded guilty to charges in connection to a string of house fires in Sioux City. The Sioux City Journal reports a 17-year-old pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree arson as part of a plea deal that will dismiss a third-degree burglary charge. Thirty-two-year-old Daisy Castillo pleaded guilty recently to third-degree burglary as part of a plea deal that dismissed a second-degree arson charge. She was sentenced to five years in prison. The Associated Press does not generally name minors accused of crimes. Authorities have been investigating a string of suspicious house fires in August and September. Eighteen-year-old Javen Mobley has pleaded not guilty to second-degree arson and third-degree burglary. A 14-year-old is charged in juvenile court with first-degree arson.

Iowa teen sentenced in drive-by shooting
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Fort Dodge teenager has been given five years in prison for his involvement in a drive-by shooting. Eighteen-year-old Xavier Rhone was sentenced Monday in Webster County District Court on a charge of going armed with intent. Judge Kurt Wilke said he would reconsider the sentence if Rhone undergoes counseling and shows improvement. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports Rhone admitted earlier this year to firing two shots from a .22-caliber revolver in August at the home of a person who had allegedly threatened him. No one was injured in the shooting. Rhode pleaded guilty to the going armed with intent charge as part of a plea deal that dropped several other charges.

Man sought for Iowa thefts arrested in Florida
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A man charged with writing a series of bad checks to buy jewelry, bicycles and a car from Cedar Falls businesses has been arrested in Florida. Cedar Falls police said Tuesday that Troy Engle was arrested last week in Manatee County, Florida on eleven arrest warrants for theft. Capt. Craig Berte says the 33-year-old opened a checking account with a $50 deposit in late October, then wrote at least $22,000 in checks for merchandise. He says the jewelry and bicycles were pawned for cash, while the vehicle was recovered with Engle in Florida. Berte says he expects more businesses to come forward as victims, and the losses to rise. He says Engle was arrested after police received information that he may be in Florida. Engle's jailed while facing extradition proceedings.

Police say Iowa man had machete during dispute
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City man faces multiple charges after police say he tried to enter his ex-girlfriend's home with a machete and threatened to take their children. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports 20-year-old Pedro Javier Lagos faces charges including first-degree burglary, interference with official acts and domestic abuse assault with display or use of a weapon. Court records do not list an attorney. Police received a call Saturday night about a domestic fight in progress. They say they found Lagos armed with a machete outside a home. Lagos is accused of trying to enter the home through front and back entrances during a dispute with his ex-girlfriend that involved their children. Police say Lagos tried to kick at officers before he was arrested.

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Nebraska News

Man found under girl's bed in Lincoln enters plea
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man has pleaded no contest to a charge after he was found asleep under a 7-year-old girl's bed in Lincoln. Twenty-five-year-old Dangelo Madkins pleaded no contest Tuesday to a charge of terroristic threats. The Lincoln Journal Star reports the plea deal dismissed charges of stalking and criminal trespassing. Police say Madkins was stalking the girl's mother, whom he had dated. He was found under the empty bed snoring in May. Police say he had a stun gun, knife, screwdriver, a key to the apartment and the woman's work identification.

Parole head says she was pressured to parole more
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The chairwoman of Nebraska's parole board says a former prisons director pressured her into paroling more inmates in an effort to reduce crowding. Esther Casmer testified under subpoena Tuesday that some inmates were paroled even though they hadn't completed mandatory programming to treat anger management, addictions and other problems. Casmer told a legislative committee that the board's role as a public-safety gatekeeper became compromised in 2008, when former corrections director Bob Houston started pushing to release more prisoners. Casmer also says the governor's chief-of-staff, Larry Bare, told her and another board member that they should "be concerned about losing your jobs for not paroling enough people." Casmer was appointed by Gov. Dave Heineman in 2005. A spokesman for the governor says he will respond as soon as he can.

Lincoln woman gets probation in slow-speed chase
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln woman has been given probation for a slow-speed chase down Interstate 80 earlier this year. The Lincoln Journal reports 26-year-old Leahlia Beatty was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation on charges of driving under the influence and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest. Her license was revoked for six months. Authorities say they pulled over Beatty in February as she drove east in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80. The vehicle later did a U-turn and began heading west in the eastbound lanes. The chase reached speeds of 40 mph. Beatty is accused of nearly hitting a Nebraska State Patrol trooper. Spiked stop strips flattened her car's tires and it soon went out of control, ending up in the ditch.

Man faces murder charge in fatal Omaha shooting
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A detective says an argument on Facebook between two men may have led to a fatal shooting in northwest Omaha. Detective Michael Smith testified during a preliminary hearing Tuesday that an argument between 31-year-old Kenneth Armour and 30-year-old Michael Stubbs began with a comment to a Facebook post and escalated via phone. Armour is accused of fatally shooting Stubbs on Nov. 5. Smith testified that Stubbs identified Armour as the shooter before he died. The Omaha World-Herald reports Armour faces several felony charges in the case, including first-degree murder. A message left for his attorney was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Ricketts names state budget, policy directors
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts has named his top budget and policy advisers. Ricketts announced Tuesday that he will retain Gerry Oligmueller as the state budget administrator and Lauren Kintner as his policy director and general counsel. Oligmueller has served as budget administrator since 1995, under former Democratic Gov. Ben Nelson and Republican Govs. Mike Johanns and Dave Heineman. He also has been acting director of the Department of Administrative Services since July 2013. Kintner leads an office that advises governors on policy, while serving as a liaison to state agencies and the Legislature. She previously served as an assistant attorney general under former Nebraska Attorney General Don Stenberg, and an assistant to former U.S. Rep. Hal Daub of Omaha. She is married to Nebraska state Sen. Bill Kintner, of Papillion.

Doctor behind 'free radical' aging theory dies
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The scientist who developed the most widely accepted theory on aging that's used study cancer and other diseases has died in Nebraska. Dr. Denham Harman developed the "Free Radical Theory of Aging" in 1954, though it took years for additional research to prove its importance. The theory essentially says that a byproduct of oxygen utilization is adverse chemical reactions in cells, with the result being aging and, ultimately, death. Harman officially retired in 1986, but he worked into his 90s at the University of Nebraska Medical Center — arriving each day at 7 a.m. He held both medical and doctorate degrees. University of Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Tom O'Connor says Harman died Tuesday at a hospital in Omaha. He was 98.

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