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Local News

July 3, 2015
South Dakota Governor Daugaard Educates on the Homestake Mine, Fireworks Not Permitted in State/Federal Parks
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July 3, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

July 2, 2015
Nebraska Governor Denounces Waters of the United States Rules, Details Released on Mitchell Crash
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July 2, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

July 1, 2015
Yankton Chamber Hosts 10th Annual Ag Gala, Ballot Measures Set For 2016
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June 30, 2015
Yankton City Commission and Vermillion City Council Hold Joint Meeting, Petitions Turned In For South Dakota Ballot Measures
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June 29, 2015
Governors' Reaction to Same Sex Marriage Ruling, Candidates Prepare for 2016 Election
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June 27, 2015
Senate Minority Leader Sutton on Blue Ribbon Task Force, Noem Works For Pregnancy Legislation
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June 26, 2015
Delegates Head For Education Conference, Disaster Declaration for Northeast Nebraska
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June 26, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

June 25, 2015
Thune Introduces Port Labor Legislation, License Fees To Increase In South Dakota
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June 24, 2015
Yankton School District To Consider Athletic Facility Improvements, City of Yankton Announces Fireworks Show
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June 23, 2015
Governor Daugaard Gives Update on Tribal Pilot Parole Program, Corps Adjusting Water Levels After Spring Rains
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June 22, 2015
Bird Flu Expected by Some Experts, Groups on Both Sides of Nebraska Death Penalty Debate
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June 20, 2015
Yankton County Commission Moves Forward on Tax Increment District, Tripp Wind Farm is Operational
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June 19, 2015
United States House of Representatives Passes Trade Promotion Authority, Iowa Governor Wants Disaster Declaration For Bird Flu
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June 18, 2015
Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students Meets in Yankton, South Dakota Gas Prices Continue to Rise
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June 17, 2015
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Reports on Trade Mission to Europe, Another Case of Nebraska Bird Flu
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• The City of Vermillion will be fogging for mosquitoes this summer after efforts in previous years have been successful. Fogging helps control mosquito population and reduce the number of insects in the community. Fogging begins when mosquito counts meet certain levels. The City of Vermillion will spray for mosquitoes beginning June 30th and end July 3rd. Spraying takes place from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am, weather permitting. For more information, contact City Hall at (605) 677-7050.

• Cool off at the FREE annual swim carnival held at Memorial Park Municipal Pool on Saturday, July 4, from 12:30-4:00 p.m. There will be races, coin dives, watermelon, and a great deal of fun for all. This event is sponsored by First Dakota National Bank and the Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation. For further information, please call 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on their Facebook Page.

• Representative Kristi Noem is accepting applications for fall 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 August 3. For more information, contact Christiana Frazee at 202-225-2801.

• Exhibit – Dakota Prairie Quilter’s Guild – June 4-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-30, July 1-9; G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery; 508 Douglas Avenue; Yankton. Monday – Friday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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

• Registration for the 2015/2016 Soccer Seasons will open on June 1, 2015 with Early Bird Registration ending June 30, 2015. Registration will end July 31, 2015, NO EXCEPTIONS!!!! Registration fees are as follows:
U6-U8 : $30 Early Bird Registration, June 1-June 30, 2015
$40 Regular Registration, July 1-July 31, 2015
U10-U14: $40 Early Bird Registration, June 1-June 30, 2015 for one season, $85 for two seasons
$50 Regular Registration, July 1 – July 31, 2015 for one season, $95 for two seasons
New this year: Register for one season and let us know if you will be playing Fall or Spring! U14 players planning on playing High School Soccer are encouraged to sign up for Spring soccer now so that we can plan on the number of players we will have for Spring.
U16-U19: $40 Early Bird Registration, June 1-June 30, 2015
$50 Regular Registration, July 1- July 31, 2015
High School players are encouraged to register for Spring now so that we can plan on the number of players we will have in the spring, this fee covers Indoor, Club and Rec for the 2015/2016 Soccer Seasons. More information and help with questions is available online at www.yanktonsoccer.com.

• The Vermillion School District is sponsoring the summer food service program June 1st to July 31st. Free lunch will be served each weekday for area children age 18 and younger from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M at Jolley Elementary School, 224 S. University, Vermillion, SD. Closed July 3rd. For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (605)677-7000.

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

• Want to take a break from your busy schedule for a relaxing and challenging workout all in one while enjoying the views of the beautiful, scenic Missouri River? Join Summit Activities Center Yoga Instructor, Rebecca Johnson, the second Saturday of the month in June, July, and August from 9:15-10:30 a.m. for a FREE Slow Flow Yoga Plus class in Riverside Park. Mark your calendars, bring your Yoga mat or towel, and meet in the grass in front of the Dakota Territorial Capitol Building, located at Levee Street and Douglas, on June 13, July 11, and August 8 for this one-of-a-kind experience. This class will focus on breathing and mind/body connection by incorporating a flowing style of yoga as well as strength-building through held poses. Improve your strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health as you cross train the body and mind while experiencing the gorgeous scenery in Riverside Park. In case of inclement weather, class will be moved to the Summit Activities Center. For further information, call 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on their Facebook page.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

2015

Friday, July 3
Wounded Warrior Project – Dakota Territorial Museum Brown Bag Lunch – 12 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.; Dakota Territorial Museum Conference Room. Lt. Col. Terrence Flynn (ret.) will speak about the Wounded Warrior Project and his own experiences in combat, and coming home.

No fitness classes at the Summit Activities Center.

Clothing Closet in Yankton on the HSC Campus will be closed on Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 9 a.m., 10 a.m. – Archery Classes at Gavins Point Archery Range; 10 a.m. – Bing, Bang Boom Bike Parade at Lewis and Clark Amphitheater; 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding with the National Park Service at Chief White Crane; 8 p.m. – F.B.I. Hike at Gavins Point Nature Trail; 9:30 p.m. – Outdoor Nature Movies at Chief White Crane and Lewis and Clark Amphitheaters.

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

Saturday, July 4
Yankton Area Arts Summer Band Concert – 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Saving Vinyl City and Livin’ Free; Riverside Park; Yankton.

Summit Activities Center CLOSED.

City of Yankton Fireworks Show – Dusk; Riverside Park; Yankton.

INDEPENDENCE DAY CLOSING – The Yankton Community Library will close on Thursday, July 2, at 5 p.m., and will reopen on Monday, July 6, at 9 a.m.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 8 a.m. – Yankton Trilogy Disc Golf Tournament – Register at Kopetsky Ace Hardware; 10 a.m. – Patriotic Arts and Crafts.

Vermillion Area Farmers Market – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Ratingen Platz in downtown Vermillion.

Community Day in the Park with the Vermillion Fire Department – 3 p.m. – Dark; $8 adults, $5 children 6-12 years, under 5 years free.

Parade of Flags – 11:30 a.m.; From the Marina entrance along the South Dakota shore towards Gavins Point; Yankton.

Old-Time Independence Day Picnic – 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Elkhorn Valley Museum; 515 Queen City Boulevard; Norfolk.

Yankton Trilogy Disc Golf Challenge – 8 a.m.; Memorial Park Southwest Picnic Shelter; Douglas and 19th Street; Yankton.

Independence Day Celebration – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Riverside Park; Yankton.

Monday, July 6 – Thursday, July 9
Crest Road, the road that crosses the Gavins Point Dam will be closed from 8 a.m. Monday, July 6 through 5 p.m. Thursday, July 9. This closure will include nighttime hours. The public is asked to plan on an alternate route of travel during this time.

Monday, July 6
Yankton Community Library Summer Reading Program - On Monday, July 6, 1 p.m., teens are invited to be creative with an altered art painting activity. If you can bring an unwanted landscape picture, please do. If not, come join us anyway; we have some at the library. At 3 p.m., puppeteer Lisa Laird is here to present her Pockets Full of Fun show “You Might Be a Hero.” This special presentation was rescheduled from June 22 and is sponsored by the Friends of the Yankton Community Library. Preschool story time is at 6:30 that evening. We are reading Thomas the Toadilly Terrible Bully and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The craft is a colorful little troll.

Vermillion City Council Regular Meeting – 7 p.m.; City Council Chambers; 25 Center Street; Vermillion.

Vermillion City Council Special Meeting – 12 p.m.; Large Conference Room; City Hall; 25 Center Street; Vermillion.

Tuesday, July 7
Dakota Territorial Museum Cemetery Walk – tours start at 6 p.m. and depart every 15 minutes until 7:45 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at the Yankton Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Yankton Area Summer Band concert – Riverside Park; Yankton.

Harvest of the Month – 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Yankton 4-H Office; 901 Whiting Drive; Yankton. A program for ages 5-9 designed to help add more fruit and vegetables to your daily routine.

Yankton School District Public Meeting on Crane Youngworth/Williams Field – 6:30 p.m.; Yankton High School Theater.

Yankton Community Library Summer Reading Program - On Tuesday, June 30, Toddler Time with stories, songs, and movement has two sessions beginning at, 10:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. This is for 1-3 year olds with a parent or caregiver. Siblings are welcome. At 11 a.m., elementary-age children are invited to test their super hero abilities and strength at Super Hero Training Camp. Please arrive on time so we can divide everyone into groups and explain the activities.

Yankton County Commission Regular Meeting – 3 p.m.; Commission Chamber; Yankton County Government Center; Yankton.

Wednesday, July 8
Yankton Community Library Board of Trustees Regular Meeting – 5:30 p.m.; Library meeting room; 515 Walnut; Yankton.

Pleasant Valley ice Cream Social – 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church; 45918 308th Street; Vermillion.

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

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

Yankton Community Library Summer Reading Program - Preschool story time is repeated on Wednesday, July 8, at 10:15 a.m. At 3 p.m. we are making super hero sock puppets for our weekly craft. This is intended for elementary-age children, but younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult.

Thursday, July 9
Harvest of the Month – 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Yankton 4-H Office; 901 Whiting Drive; Yankton. A program for ages 5-9 designed to help add more fruit and vegetables to your daily routine.

Vermillion Area Farmers Market – 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Clay County Fairgrounds; Vermillion.

Antique Tractor Ride – Paddlewheel Point; 803 E 4th Street; Yankton.

Yankton Community Library Summer Reading Program - On Thursday, July 9, there is another repeat of the preschool story time at 10:15 a.m. At 1 p.m., our regular LEGO Club meets in one half of the meeting room and Stephanie Siebrandt from the Yankton County 4-H office is leading LEGO Robotics in the other half. The robotics sessions required pre-registration and they are full. LEGO Club is open to all ages. Thanks to the Friends of the Library, we have several sets of DUPLO blocks for younger children.

Friday, July 10
Yankton Community Library Summer Reading Program - We are showing a movie about a wonderful little hero at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 10. It is rated G and is 93 minutes long. Come in out of the heat, relax, and enjoy!

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.

Vermillion Area Farmers Market – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Ratingen Platz in downtown Vermillion.

Musical Variety Show featuring “The Hay Country Jamboree” – 8 p.m.; Gayville Hall.

On Saturday July 11, 2015 YANKTON BOY SCOUT TROOP #133, will be conducting the monthly scrap newspaper and aluminum can collections. Troop 133 does not accept plastic or tin cans, please do not leave these items for pick up. Papers and cans will be picked up at the trailer courts and apartment complexes in Yankton. Also paper and cans will be picked up at Riverside acres. Please have your newspaper and cans secured in sacks or small cardboard boxes and ready to be picked up by 9:00AM on Saturday July 11, 2015. Paper and cans may also be brought to Riverview Reformed Church Parking lot, 1700 Burleigh, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday July 11, 2015 the day of the collection. Remember the paper shed is located on the SOUTH EAST corner of the parking lot. For more information about the newspaper and aluminum can collection, call: 857-9396. Your cooperation is appreciated in not dropping papers off at any time without making prior arrangements.

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

Sunday, July 12
Pancake Sunday – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Main Street Center; 320 W Main Street; Vermillion.

East River & Missouri Valley Bluegerass Music Association Monthly Open Jam – 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.; 202 Washington Street; Vermillion.

Tuesday, July 14 – Thursday, July 16
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp – A free, fun 2-hour event for children ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 10. Pick one of four 3-day sessions which will include exciting and educational games, stories, songs, crafts, nature talks, hikes, and hands-on exploration. 4 – 6 year old session – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. each day. 7 – 10 year old session – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Registration opens April 6. For registration information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the park office at (605) 668-2985 ext. 0.

Yankton Area Arts Summer Band Concert – 1890 Band; Riverside Park; Yankton.

Tuesday, July 14
Glenn Shepard Seminar – 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Mount Marty College Roncalli Center. Cost is $129 for chamber members, $149 for non-members.

Harvest of the Month – 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Yankton 4-H Office; 901 Whiting Drive; Yankton. A program for ages 5-9 designed to help add more fruit and vegetables to your daily routine.

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

Wednesday, July 15
Gayville Community Blood Drive – 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Community Center; 404 Washington Street; Gayville.

Dakota Classic Cruisers Car Club and SODAC’s Cruise Group hosting the Tri State Drive In Cruisers in Downtown Vermillion – 5 p.m.

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

Thursday, July 16
Dakota Territorial Museum Ice Cream Social – 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Learn how to make ice cream. Dakota Territorial Museum; Yankton.

Harvest of the Month – 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Yankton 4-H Office; 901 Whiting Drive; Yankton. A program for ages 5-9 designed to help add more fruit and vegetables to your daily routine.

Saturday, July 18
Yankton Area Arts 2nd Annual Meridian Diner en Blanc – 6 p.m.; Meridian Bridge; Yankton. Tickets will on sale to the general public beginning Monday, June 15th, at a cost of $50. For more information contact Yankton Area Arts at (605) 665-9754.

11th Annual Heritage Music Festival – 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Elk Point/Jefferson school gym; 402 S Dougas; Elk Point.

Pioneer Games at the Dakota Territorial Museum; Yankton.

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

Monday, July 20
Sheri Ellis Memorial Golf Social – 1 p.m. shotgun start; The Bluffs Golf Course; Vermillion. 18 hole, 4 person scramble. $50 per person paid in advance, $60 day of event – includes golf, dinner and prizes. For more information call (605) 638-8465.

Tuesday, July 21
Yankton Area Arts Summer Band Concert – C.J. Kocher Little Big Band; Riverside Park; Yankton.

Harvest of the Month – 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Yankton 4-H Office; 901 Whiting Drive; Yankton. A program for ages 5-9 designed to help add more fruit and vegetables to your daily routine.

Trinity Lutheran ice Cream Social – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Trinity Lutheran Church; 816 E Clark; Vermillion.

Wednesday, July 22
Make a Wish Banquet – Old Lumber Company; 15 Court Street; Vermillion.

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

Thursday, July 23
Harvest of the Month – 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Yankton 4-H Office; 901 Whiting Drive; Yankton. A program for ages 5-9 designed to help add more fruit and vegetables to your daily routine.

Saturday, July 25
1st Annual Thera’s Angel Ride – Registration 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Kozy Inn Bar; Yankton. $15/person, $ for extra hand. Silent auction, meal and band will follow poker run at Happy Hourz Downtown Yankton. For more information contact Heather at (605) 760-4673 or Janelle at (605) 760-3728.

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

Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31
Mount Marty College Camp Invention - Led by local educators, the weeklong Camp Invention experience immerses elementary children in hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. This summer, your child can seek innovative solutions to real-world problems during the Camp Invention program at Mount Marty College in Yankton. The program will be held July 27-31 from 9:00am to 3:30pm each day, and is for students entering grades 1-6. Camp Invention’s fun, hands-on activities will include: designing a small, motor-powered vehicle, receiving personalized challenges from National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees, inventing bionic gadgets while journeying to acquire superhuman senses and using tools to upcycle electronics and build an epic, insect-themed pinball machine. This nationally-acclaimed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) enrichment program is offered by Mount Marty College in collaboration with the non-profit Invent Now. The Camp Invention program will be presented by local teachers and directed by Dr. Tamara Pease, Mount Marty College assistant professor of chemistry.

Tuesday, July 28 – Thursday, July 30
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp – A free, fun 2-hour event for children ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 10. Pick one of four 3-day sessions which will include exciting and educational games, stories, songs, crafts, nature talks, hikes, and hands-on exploration. 4 – 6 year old session – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. each day. 7 – 10 year old session – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Registration opens April 6. For registration information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the park office at (605) 668-2985 ext. 0.

Thursday, July 30
Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day - Oreo®and ROLO® Minis will be among the Blizzard® Treats served at participating Dairy Queen® and DQ Grill & Chill® locations nationwide on Miracle Treat Day to benefit local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals®. During the 10th annual Miracle Treat Day on Thursday, July 30th, one dollar or more from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating locations will be donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which raises funds and awareness for 170 children's hospitals across the United States and Canada. All of the funds raised stay in local communities. For more information, visit MiracleTreatDay.com.

Saturday, August 1
Rock-N-Rumble; Yankton Riverside Park.

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

Tuesday, August 4
Yankton Area Arts Summer Band Concert – TBA; Riverside Park; Yankton.

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

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

Tuesday, August 11
Dakota Territorial Museum Stories and Crafts – 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.; programming for families and children focusing on Native American stories and crafts. No cost.

New Teacher Welcome Luncheon – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Riverfront Event Center; Yankton.

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

Saturday, August 15
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Monday, August 17
Yankton School Welcome Back Coffee – 8:15 a.m.; Yankton High School.

Tuesday, August 18
Sacred Heart School Welcome Back Coffee – 8:30 a.m.; Sacred Heart Middle School; Yankton.

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

Saturday, August 22
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Monday, August 24
Mount Marty College Welcome Back Coffee – 8 a.m.; Cyber Café on Mount Marty College Campus; Yankton.

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

Friday, August 28
Yankton Area Chamber Golf Day – Fox Run Golf Course.

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 10
Leadership Yankton.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 13
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Tuesday, December 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Iowa News

Branstad vetoes school spending, mental health deal
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has vetoed $55.7 million in one-time education funding as well as a bipartisan deal to keep two state mental health institutes open. Branstad announced the vetoes late Thursday, as he approved a slew of budget bills. Branstad approved much of the more than $7 billion in spending that was passed in the Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate. The legislative agreement included an increase in ongoing money for K through 12 education, as well as the one-time payment. The fate of the two mental health institutes — in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda — was hotly debated. After Branstad sought to end funding for the facilities, lawmakers reached a deal to keep the Mount Pleasant center open and to seek a private provider to run the other.

Officials say Gray's Lake Park in Des Moines to reopen
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a popular park near downtown Des Moines that was closed due to flooding will reopen soon. City officials for Des Moines say Gray's Lake Park will reopen Friday morning at 5 a.m. Some parts of the park, including the beach and the playground, will remain closed. Officials say volunteers and city staff helped clean up dirt and debris at the park, which has been closed since severe weather with heavy rains affected the area late last month.

Federal government to step up bird flu monitoring this fall
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal government has announced plans to step up monitoring of wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued plans Thursday aimed at minimizing the impacts on domestic poultry flocks if any bird flu viruses return or mutate in migrating waterfowl and other wild birds. Federal and state biologists will collect around 41,000 samples from apparently healthy wild birds from targeted areas across the country, mostly from ducks shot by hunters. The H5N2 strain has cost poultry producers around 48 million birds, hitting Iowa egg producers and Minnesota turkey growers especially hard.

Ex-security guard pleads not guilty in Iowa mall shooting
CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A former security guard has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of a 20-year-old coworker shot dead inside a busy Iowa mall. Court records show 22-year-old Alexander Kozak entered the plea in writing on Thursday through his attorney. Investigators say Kozak shot Andrea Farrington multiple times June 12th at the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville, killing her. The shooting prompted a chaotic scene in which some shoppers fled and others went on lockdown. Kozak worked as a mall security guard but quit his job earlier in the day. Investigators say he went to his North Liberty home to retrieve a gun and returned to shoot Farrington, who worked at a children's museum at the mall. Kozak was arrested during a traffic stop near Davenport after the shooting.

Iowa City church opposes planned Chauncey tower
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City church that's across the street from the site of the planned Chauncey tower is opposing the project. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports Trinity Episcopal Church filed a petition Monday asking for a judicial review of the City Council's June 8th vote to rezone the site of the proposed 15-story mixed-use, residential tower. An attorney representing Trinity Episcopal says the church wants the court to consider whether Iowa City violated its restructuring plan. In previous objection, Trinity Episcopal cited a state law that specifies if the owners of 20 percent of the land within a 200-foot radius of the project object to the rezoning, a vote would require a super-majority. The city determined the church represents just seven percent. City Development Services Coordinator John Yapp declined to comment to the newspaper.

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Nebraska officials report year's 1st West Nile virus case
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska health authorities have reported the state's first human case of West Nile virus for 2015. The Nebraska Health and Human Services Department said in a news release Thursday that someone who lives in the Central District Health Department area tested positive for West Nile virus but was not hospitalized. The district covers Hall, Hamilton and Merrick counties. Doctor Tom Safranek is the state epidemiologist, and he says West Nile virus "can be a mild illness for some and serious for others." The state reported 142 confirmed human cases last year and eight deaths. Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild flu-like symptoms. The most vulnerable people are those who are at least 50 or have weakened immune systems.

Federal officials open investigation into Nebraska explosion
WEST POINT, Neb. (AP) — Federal officials are opening an investigation into an explosion and fire at a northeast Nebraska petroleum distribution center that left seven people injured. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says officials at its Omaha office will look into the Wednesday afternoon explosion at Sapp Bros. Petroleum in West Point. The agency says it will investigate whether there were safety violations at the facility and if it contributed to the incident. OSHA says it hasn't inspected the Sapp Bros. facility in West Point in the past five years, though it has issued citations for other company locations. Two of the injured people were taken to the burn unit at an Omaha hospital.

Court gives woman new shot at discrimination lawsuit
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has given a former eye clinic worker a new shot at convincing a jury that she was discriminated against based on a perceived disability. Cindy Marshall's lawsuit says EyeCare Specialties of Lincoln fired her in 2012 because it perceived her as disabled after learning she once completed substance abuse treatment and because of medical conditions that make her hands tremble and causes red marks on her skin. A Lancaster County judge entered a judgment for the clinic, saying that Marshall failed to prove the clinic discriminated against her. But the high court Thursday said Marshall presented evidence that the clinic reprimanded her for failing to bandage the marks on her arms and that a jury should be allowed to decide whether the clinic discriminated against her.

Omaha fines company $100,000 for delayed waste pickup
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The city of Omaha has fined a Kansas-based company $100,000 after complaints about delayed yard waste pickup. City officials met with representatives from Deffenbaugh Industries Wednesday to address the complaints filed in May and June. The company and the city say the pickup problems stem from a shortage of workers with commercial driver's licenses. The waste and recycling firm has brought in 10 drivers from other cities, and plans to hire an additional 23 drivers. Mayor Jean Stothert's office says Deffenbaugh also has agreed to work with schools and job training programs to recruit new workers. The World-Herald reports Deffenbaugh began picking up yard waste along with trash this week. It plans to keep taking yard waste to the county landfill through October.

North Dakota's Jeff Campbell champ in College Home Run Derby
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Jeff Campbell of North Dakota won the College Home Run Derby, hitting 10 homers in the finals to easily defeat Wake Forest's Will Craig on Thursday night. Campbell set a derby record with 20 first-round homers, the longest traveling 479 feet. The senior first baseman-pitcher followed with four more in the second round to secure a spot in the two-man finals. Craig went deep nine times in the first round and waited two hours until his next turn. He hit 16 in the second round for a total of 25, quitting with two outs left after he took the overall lead and knocked out Georgia Tech's Kel Johnson. Craig had only 18 minutes between his turn in the second round and the finals, and he could only get five more balls over the fence. There were no bat restrictions for the eight contestants, and major-league baseballs were used.

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