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Local News

February 28, 2015
South Dakota Democrats Draw Attention To Secondary CTE Funding, South Dakota Delegation Reacts To Keystone XL Veto
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February 27, 2015
Dave Knoff Submits Petitions For City Commission, Deadline For Fish Houses Approaches, South Dakota VA Receives Award
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February 27, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

February 26, 2015
Yankton Area Progressive Growth Holds Annual Meeting, South Dakota House To Consider Youth Minimum Wage
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February 25, 2015
Vermillion Business Improvement District Board Allocates Funds, South Dakota Gas Prices
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February 24, 2015
Yankton City Commission Hears Funding Request From Boys And Girls Club, Yankton Receives Highway Grant, Presidential Scholar Candidate At Yankton High School
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February 23, 2015
Yankton Hosts Legislative Cracker Barrel, Cattle Numbers In South Dakota And Nebraska
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February 23, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

February 21, 2015
Daugaard Keeps Emphasis On Road Bills, Iowa To Consider Medical Marijuana
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February 20, 2015
Noem Addresses South Dakota Senate, South Dakota Democrats Discuss Minor Minimum Wage Bill
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February 19, 2015
Senator Rounds Visits South Dakota National Guard, South Dakota Gas Prices
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February 18, 2015
Yankton County Commission Approves Agriculture Survey, South Dakota Legislators Vote Down Pay Increase
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February 17, 2015
Yankton County Commission And Vermillion City Council To Meet, Programs Announced For Build Dakota Scholarship
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February 16, 2015
Nathan Johnson To Run For Yankton City Commission, South Dakota Teams With North Dakota For Code Talkers Monument
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• The Vermillion City Council was contacted about allowing chickens inside city limits. The City Council seeks your input as they evaluate further discussion of this matter. A poll has been created on the City’s website www.vermillion.us to gather public input on reviewing the matter further. An ordinance to allow for chickens in city limits has not been drafted at this time. If you would like to offer comment on the concept, please feel free to contact any City Council member or email the City at .

• The Summit Activities Center will be closing the aquatics area on Sunday, March 15, 2015, for cleaning and routine maintenance. The pool is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Saturday, March 21. Water aerobics classes will resume Monday, March 23 at 8:30 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience. For further information, please call 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on their Facebook Page.

• U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is currently seeking intelligent, hard-working college students to serve as summer interns in his office in Washington, D.C., as well as in his offices in Aberdeen, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls. Interns in Thune’s state offices will participate in constituent service and state outreach activities, while students in the Washington, D.C., office will have the opportunity to witness the legislative process, give Capitol building tours, and attend Senate votes and hearings. Both in-state and Washington, D.C., internships will allow students to work closely with constituents, hone their research and writing skills, and learn a multitude of valuable office skills. “Students have a unique opportunity to experience democracy in action as interns in a Senate office,” said Thune. “Interns gain valuable knowledge about both state and national issues and an understanding of the inner workings of a Senate office. I encourage all students to consider applying for this rewarding experience.” Thune is chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and a member of the Senate Committees on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Finance. College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune’s Washington, D.C., office should submit a resume and cover letter by March 10, 2015, to:
Senator John Thune
Attn: Logan Penfield
511 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
By Fax to: 202-228-5429
Or by E-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune’s Sioux Falls, Rapid City, or Aberdeen offices should submit a resume and cover letter, by March 10, 2015, to:
Senator John Thune
Attn: Robin Long
5015 South Bur Oak
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Or by E-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
For more information, please call 202-224-2321.

• The Summit Activities Center will be a host site for the Area Special Olympics and Roger Haas Basketball Tournaments on February 21 and March 27 and 28, 2015. Due to the tournaments, courts will not be available for open gym on those dates. For more information, please call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on our Facebook Page.

• The Summit Activities Center will be offering American Red Cross Swimming Lessons this spring. The classes will be held Saturday mornings and will run from Saturday, March 28 through Saturday, May 2, 2015. Swim lessons will include Preschool, and Red Cross Level 1 through Level 3. Registration for current Summit Activities Center members will begin Monday, March 9, 2015 during normal business hours. Registration for the general public and online registration will begin Tuesday, March 10 at 11 a.m. Online registration is available through the City of Yankton website at www.cityofyankton.org.
10:30-11:20 a.m. Preschool and Level II
11:30- 12:20 p.m. Level I and Level III
For further information, please call 668-5234 or visit the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Don’t forget to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on their Facebook page.

• The Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company (VCDC) is seeking nominations for the 2015 Vermillion Area Community Leader Award and the 2015 Vermillion Area Family Business Award. The VCDC is looking for a Vermillion area individual with a strong record of success, community involvement, and community service. This award recognizes the accomplishments of a Vermillion area individual and his/her contributions to our community. The VCDC is also looking for a Vermillion area family business with a strong record of success, family involvement, community service, multi-generational culture, and a positive family business structure. This award recognizes the accomplishments of a Vermillion area family business and their contributions to our community. The VCDC invites you to nominate your choice for one or both awards. Nomination forms are available at www.vermillionchamber.com or at the VCDC office at 116 Market Street, phone 624-5571. The nomination deadline is March 6, 2015.

• Enjoy the great outdoors this summer as a member of the Game, Fish and Parks' team! They are now taking applications for summer jobs in a variety of positions across the state. The initial application deadline is Feb. 23. Most positions run mid-May through Labor Day. For the complete job listing, descriptions, and to apply, visit the State of South Dakota employment website or contact any South Dakota One-Stop Career Center office.

• The exhibit “ToMorrow’s Keepsakes” will be on display at the G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery January 16 – March 3. The gallery is open from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for Women’s Basketball League. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, March 6, 2015. League will be played on Wednesday evenings, beginning April 1, 2015. Team registration forms and rules are available at the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or on the City of Yankton web site at www.cityofyankton.org. For further information, please stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit or call 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook Page.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the 2015 Adult Coed Dodgeball League. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, March 6, 2015. League play will start Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Team registration forms and rules are available at the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or on the City of Yankton web site at www.cityofyankton.org. For further information, call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

2015

Friday, February 27
USD Student Theatre Co-op Fundraiser – 7 p.m.; Old Lumber Company; Vermillion.

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

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

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

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

Figure Skaters Year End Performance – 7 p.m.; Yankton Kiwanis 4-H Ice Center.

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

Figure Skaters Year End Performance – 2 p.m.; Yankton Kiwanis 4-H Ice Center.

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

“Cinderella” – 3 p.m.; Yankton High School; 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

Monday, March 2
Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library – 4 – 5 p.m.; The USD Theatre Department will present selections from its upcoming musical Seuessical. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at (605) 677-7060.

Yankton Community Library – “Read with the Cat” – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Read Across America Day in celebration of the birthday of Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. Make-and-take Seuss crafts will also be available. Seuss fans of all ages are welcome to attend.

United Methodist Women of Yankton meeting – 1:30 p.m.; First United Methodist Church; 11th and Cedar; Yankton. The welcome mat is out for all!

Wednesday, March 4
Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library – artist and teacher Phyllis Packard in the Artists & Authors series. 7 p.m. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at (605) 677-7060.

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

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

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

Yankton Community Library – Members of the cast of the University of South Dakota’s theatre production of Seussical, the Musical will entertain with songs, stories, and activities and issue a reading challenge to children in attendance.

Webster School Vocal Concert (Grades 1-5) – 7 p.m.; Summit Activities Center Theatre; 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

Friday, March 6
Free First Friday Dance Night – 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Vermillion Dance Organization; 19 S Plum; Vermillion. Church Women United will hold the World Day of Prayer – 2 p.m.; The Bluffs Gathering Room; 2111 W 11th St; Yankton. Come to learn about The Bahamas and the beauty of the islands. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Saturday, March 7 – Monday, March 9
The Yankton Community Library will be closed. It will reopen on Tuesday, March 10.

Saturday, March 7
Legislative Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m.; Avera Office Pavilion Amphitheatre; 409 Summit St; Yankton.

First United Methodist Church Annual Turkey Supper – 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; 207 W 11th Street; Yankton. Meal includes Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cranberries, and cake. Cost is $10 for 13 years and older, $5 for 4 – 12 year olds, free for 3 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the church office. For more information call (605) 665-2991. Tickets will also be sold at the door the day of the supper. Proceeds to help fund mission trips.

Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will host library staff member and local visual artist Susan Heggestad as she leads an introductory block printing workshop from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Registration, and a $5 fee is required. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at (605) 677-7060.

Monday, March 9
Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library – award-winning and nationally-recognized author Ben Mikaelsen will present “Finding the Heart of the Story”. 6:30 p.m. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at (605) 677-7060.

Tuesday, March 10
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer – Yankton Ice Association; 901 Whiting Drive; Yankton.

Teen Event at the Yankton Community Library – 3 p.m.; A craft activity is scheduled to celebrate Teen Tech Week.

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

Wednesday, March 11
Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library – In honor of Women’s History Month the library will host a screen of the award-winning documentary Miss Representation at 7 p.m. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at (605) 677-7060.

Yankton Community Library Board of Trustees Regular Meeting – 5:30 p.m.; Library meeting room; 515 Walnut; Yankton. For more information, call (605) 668-5275.

Friday, March 13
Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena; Yankton.

St. Rose of Lima Fish Fry – 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall; 1316 W 5th St; Crofton. Carry Out 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. All the fish you can eat – Adults $10, Children 6-12 $5, Ages 5 and under free.

Saturday, March 14
Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena; Yankton.

The Teen Advisory Board at the Yankton Community Library is hosting a craft activity for students in grades 6 through 12. 3 p.m. Participants can make coasters or decorative wall hangings using old CDs and yarn. The library is currently accepting donations of yarn for this project.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting – 7 p.m.; Yankton Community Library. Anyone in grades 6 – 12 is welcome to join the Teen Advisory Board. Contact youth services librarian, Joyce Moore, at (605) 668-5276 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Reverse Your Luck with CASA – 5:30 p.m.; Minervas Convention Center; Yankton. The Reverse Your Luck event includes a social hour and dinner, a chance to win $1000 in the reverse raffle, deluxe gift basket raffles, several other games, and an entertaining dueling pianos show. Tickets for the March 14th fundraiser are $50 each, and the doors will open at 5:30 p.m. For ticket information, contact Sherri Rodgers-Conti at the Southeast CASA office, 410 Walnut Street, call (605) 760-4825, or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sunday, March 15
Hartington Ambulance Belgian Waffle Feed – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Hartington Fire & Ambulance Hall. All you can eat waffles, sausage, flavored syrups and drinks by Dad’s Belgian Waffles. Take-outs available. Adults $7, Kids K-6th grade $5.

Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena; Yankton. FINAL OPEN SKATE of the season.

Cookie Competition at the Elkhorn Valley Museum – 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.; 515 Queen City Boulevard; Norfolk.

Monday, March 16 – Friday, Monday 20
The Smile Mobile is set to return to Yankton. Preregistration is required to participate. Registration forms can be printed online at www.yanktonunitedway.org or obtained at the Contact Center, County Health Nurse, Clothing Closet, Head Start, and United Way & Volunteer Services. Please return completed registration forms to United Way & Volunteer Services’ at 610 W 23rd Street, Suite 11, Yankton, by March 4th for scheduling purposes. Call (605) 665-6766 for more information.

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

The Moody Chorale will perform at Calvary Baptist Church at 7:00 p.m. Founded in 1946 at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, the Chorale has long been established as one of America’s leading collegiate choral organizations specializing in sacred music. Their repertoire includes a broad range of songs chosen from various cultures, styles and time periods. There is no charge for the concert (a freewill offering will be taken) and the public is encouraged to attend.

Saturday, March 21 – Sunday, March 22
The Yankton Community Library is hosting its family movie weekend. On both Saturday and Sunday, they will show Whiplash at 1 p.m. and Foxcatcher at 3 p.m. All movies are free of charge. For further information, please call the library at (605) 668-5276.

Saturday, March 21
Wine & Dine at The Center – Wine tasting, silent auction, live auction. Tickets go on sale in January. Please stop by The Center or call (605) 665-4685 to reserve your tickets.

Monday, March 23
Interchange Forum – Yankton City Commission.

Tuesday, March 24
Chamber/Media Forum – Yankton City Commission and Yankton School Board.

Wednesday, March 25
Wire Me Awake – USD Campus; Vermillion. For full details visit the Wire Me Awake website: www.wiremeawake.com.

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

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

Sunday, March 29
West Catholic Development Palm Sunday Breakfast – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Any questions regarding meal sales or to place an order ahead of time, please contact Todd or Lori Heckenlaible at (402) 357-3514.

Monday, March 30
Interchange Forum – Yankton School Board.

Tuesday, March 31
Yankton Chamber of Commerce “Denim & Diamond” Annual Banquet. Social hour 5:15 p.m. and country style dinner at 6:30 p.m. The “Jeopardy” 2014 Year in Review program starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Seating is limited. Please register by March 17, 2015 at www.yanktonsd.com/annualbanquet. For questions concerning the event contact the Yankton Chamber at (605) 665-3636.

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

Saturday, April 11
Missouri Valley Christian Academy's 7th Annual Race for Christ - The event features a 5k walk, 5k and 10k run and a kid's half mile fun run/walk. All courses, except the kid's fun run, will follow park paths and highlight the Meridian Walking Bridge. An awards ceremony will follow the event. A meal will be served after the race. All proceeds from the race will go to support Missouri Valley Christian Academy, a K-8 Christian school, located in Yankton, SD. For more information you can contact the school at (605) 665-4470. You can also register at www.mvcamustangs.org.

Monday, April 13
South Dakota Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting Night of Champions in Sioux Falls featuring former NFL quarterback and current college football analyst, Tim Tebow. 7:30 p.m.; Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. For more information about the event and ticket sales, please visit www.southdakotafca.org or contact Erika Hessman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (605) 335-7555.

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 21
Yankton Boy Scout Troop 102 Annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Feed – 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Trinity Lutheran Church; 403 Broadway; Yankton. Adults & Youth $5, Children under 5 free. Tickets available from any Troop 102 Scout or at the door.

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

Wednesday, April 29
For King and Country – 7 p.m.; Laddie E. Cimpl Arena.

Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28
Becoming an Outdoor Family – This program teaches skills for a lifetime of outdoor recreation. As part of the program fee, you’ll get an electrical campsite for two nights, instruction in several outdoor skills classes, and use of program equipment. It’s a great opportunity for beginning camping families or those experienced families who want to expand their outdoor skills. Lewis and Clark Recreation Area; Yankton. $75 per family. 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.

Tuesday, September 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Tuesday, October 13
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Tuesday, December 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Iowa News

Iowa exports record $15 billion worth of goods in 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Commerce says Iowa companies exported a record $15.1 billion worth of merchandise last year which contributed to the nation's record export level exceeding $2.3 trillion. In the report released Thursday the government says machinery led Iowa exports totaling about $3.6 billion in value. That was followed by food and related products and agricultural products. Canada was the leading destination for Iowa products followed by Mexico, Japan and China. More than 3,300 companies — by far most of them with fewer than 500 employees — exported goods in the most recent report. Coinciding with the release of the data, the White House issued a statement citing it as a reason Congress should act on new trade agreements now in negotiations to expand trade with additional countries.

Lawmakers try to find compromise on education funding
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At odds over education funding, Iowa lawmakers have established a negotiating committee to attempt to reach compromise. A joint conference committee with lawmakers from both chambers met Thursday. The Republican-majority House and Democratic-controlled Senate must determine a funding level for K through 12 education for the upcoming academic year. House Republicans have advanced a plan that would provide about $100 million in additional funding, while Senate Democrats want to give schools over $200 million in additional funding. Both proposals include money dedicated to teacher leadership training. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Council Bluffs Democrat, calls education a priority because it's a "ticket to a better life." But Representative Chuck Soderberg, a Republican from Le Mars who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, says the House proposal is what the state can afford.

Iowa Senate panel OKs bill on hunting apprenticeship
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Senate panel has approved a bill that would make it easier for adults in Iowa to try out hunting before getting a hunting license. A three-member subcommittee for natural resources and the environment unanimously approved the bill Thursday. It now heads to a full committee for consideration. Current law requires an adult to complete a hunter education course before obtaining a hunting license. This bill would allow adults to skip the course and work with a licensed adult under an apprentice permit program. Evan Heusinkveld with the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance says the bill is similar to legislation in more than 30 other states. Senator Dick Dearden, a Des Moines Democrat and committee vice chairman, says the bill can open up hunting to more people.

Former board member seeks to block closure of Iowa school
GLADBROOK, Iowa (AP) — A former board member for an Iowa school district seeks to block the closure of one of its three schools. The Board of Education at Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District voted 5-2 Wednesday to close the district's elementary and middle school building located in Gladbrook and move students to two schools in Reinbeck in an effort to cut costs. But Charles Bearden, who previously served on the board, has filed a legal petition to prevent the closure. Bearden told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier on Thursday that the building in Gladbrook is newer than those in Reinbeck, and that it would be a "disgrace" to shut it down. Josh Hemann, a current board member who voted in favor of the proposal, says maintaining an elementary school in every town isn't realistic.

Liquidation looms for insurance cooperative
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An insurance cooperative created to provide health care in Iowa and Nebraska will be formally liquidated this weekend. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said Thursday that a Polk County judge has agreed to approve the liquidation plan, which will be finalized on Saturday night. CoOportunity is a federally funded nonprofit established to provide health care in Iowa and Nebraska. Gerhart took the cooperative over after he determined the nonprofit's claims would exceed its available cash. About 24,000 people still have CoOportunity plans in Iowa and Nebraska, with about 5,500 who bought coverage on the insurance exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. Gerhart said that people who received plans through the exchange must enroll in new coverage by midnight Saturday to maintain any federal tax subsidies.

Officials: Nearly 173K Iowans possibly hit by data breach
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state insurance official says nearly 173,000 Iowans may have been affected by the recent data breach at health insurer Anthem Incorporated. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said Thursday that 172,727 policyholders in Iowa may have had their personal information compromised. The cyberattack into a database of more than 80 million people was discovered earlier this month. The health insurance provider says hackers gained access to names, birthdates, email addresses, Social Security numbers and other information of people who are currently covered or previously had coverage. Gerhart says Anthem will contact each person affected by the breach and inform them of available identity theft services and other protections. He says the Iowa Insurance Division continues to work with Anthem to monitor the situation.

3 people injured in Fort Dodge house fire remain at hospital
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Three people remain in the hospital following a house fire in Fort Dodge that killed a woman and two young children. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that Ashley Ulrich, her infant son Matthew Osborne and his father Lucas Osborne were undergoing treatment for burns Wednesday at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City. Three people died when flames engulfed their home Sunday afternoon, and others in the house escaped uninjured. Fire officials identified the three killed in the fire as 25-year-old Amy Devlin, her 6-month-old son Bryce Devlin and 5-year-old Joseph Kennedy. An autopsy revealed all three died of smoke inhalation. Family members say Ulrich sustained severe burns on her arms, and that Lucas Osborne's wounds caused an infection. The source of the fire remains under investigation.

No. 17 Iowa women hold on, 78-74 over Wisconsin
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Bethany Doolittle scored 22 points, Samantha Logic finished an assist short of a triple-double Thursday night and No. 17 Iowa held off Wisconsin 78-74 to remain in second place in the Big Ten with one game remaining. Logic, a Wisconsin native who had her career high of 30 points in the last meeting, had 20 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Hawkeyes (22-6, 13-4 Big Ten). Ally Disterhoft added 17 points. The Badgers (8-19, 4-13) trailed by 13 with 3:27 to play but after Nicole Bauman's 3-pointer made it 73-70 at 56 seconds, Doolittle scored. Bauman made two free throws at 23 seconds, and then Logic fed Disterhoft for a five-point lead at 21 seconds. Jacki Gulczynski had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Bauman finished with 18 points for the Badgers. Iowa can finish unbeaten at home for the fifth time and match the 1992-93 team's 15-0 record with a win over Minnesota on Sunday.

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Nebraska News

Nebraska judge agrees to halt condemnations for Keystone XL
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska judge has issued a temporary order to stop a Canadian company from seizing access to land in one eastern county to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The ruling Thursday by York County Judge Mary Gilbride was expected. Pipeline builder TransCanada has said it agreed to put the project on hold because of several pending lawsuits by landowners. Company spokesman Mark Cooper has said TransCanada will ask county judges to delay actions on other eminent domain cases until the lawsuits are resolved. Earlier this month, a judge blocked TransCanada's efforts in northern Nebraska's Holt County. The proposed pipeline needs President Barack Obama's approval before it could be built across Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska to connect with existing pipelines. It'd carry more than 33.6 million gallons of oil daily.

Omaha chief says robbery suspect shot in back by officer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says a robbery suspect killed this week by police was shot in the back and that internal affairs and grand jury investigations will determine whether the shooting was justified. Danny Elrod died Monday night after being shot by Officer Alvin Lugod. Authorities later determined that Elrod was unarmed. Schmaderer detailed the events of the shooting during a press conference Thursday. The chief says Elrod robbed a nearby store of money, then refused police commands to show his hands and get on the ground. Schmaderer said Elrod repeatedly told officers on the scene that he had a gun and repeatedly reached for his waistband, as though he had a weapon. Schmaderer said Elrod was shot as he turned and grabbed the top of a fence.

Nebraska senators kill bill to expand family planning
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would allow more women to qualify for Medicaid family planning services has stalled in the Nebraska Legislature. Supporters fell two votes short Thursday of the 25 needed to advance it, while 21 lawmakers opposed it. Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha says his measure would have prevented unwanted pregnancies, saving the state millions each year and significantly reducing the number of abortions in Nebraska. It also would have funneled some of those savings to the Every Woman Matters program, which funds cancer screenings and mammograms for women ages 40 to 64. Opponents argued the bill's savings were only hypothetical, and described it as a partial Medicaid expansion. Abortion opponents said the bill was the incorrect way to effectively reduce abortions. The bill is LB77.

Nebraska lawmakers to debate pay for petition circulators
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Placing a ballot question before voters could get easier under a bill Nebraska lawmakers will debate this year. The Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee voted 7-0 Thursday to advance a proposal that would let petition organizers pay circulators by the signature. A 2008 ban on signature-based compensation forces groups to pay petition circulators hourly. Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte, who introduced the measure, says most citizen groups don't have the resources to pay circulators hourly. Paying by the signature creates an incentive for circulators to gather more, although some critics argue that it encourages fraud and aggressive behavior. Committee chairman Sen. John Murante of Gretna says advancing the bill could help to avoid lawsuits that may arise if the ban stays in place. The bill is LB367.

Gov. Ricketts signs bill to save Nebraska cigar bars
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed a bill designed to keep the state's cigar bars in business. The new law approved Thursday authorizes cigar smoking in licensed establishments. It was introduced after the Nebraska Supreme Court struck down a 2009 law that allowed patrons to smoke cigars in cigar bars and shops. Before the August ruling, indoor smoking was allowed in cigar bars, hotel guest rooms and tobacco-only retailers. The law by Senator Tyson Larson of O'Neill makes clear that state lawmakers intended to create a legal exemption for those establishments so they could continue to operate. It's written so it will stand up to the court's review. The bill is LB118.

Nebraska Sen. Chambers renews push to ban cougar hunting
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's longest-serving senator is pushing once again to end the state's mountain lion hunting season. Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha argued Thursday that the population in Nebraska is so small that there's no need for a state hunting season to manage the animals. The Game and Parks Commission estimates that 22 mountain lions lived in Nebraska's Pine Ridge region as of June 2014. The commission opposes the bill, saying it should have the authority to manage the population. Chambers says the 2012 law that allowed mountain lion hunting was based on irrational fears. If the Natural Resources Committee doesn't advance it, he says he'll use procedural tactics to try to pull it from the committee or attach it as an amendment to other bills. The bill is LB127.

2 confirmed for new terms on Nebraska college system board
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Legislature has confirmed the reappointment of two members to the Nebraska State College System board of trustees. The board chairwoman, Michelle Suarez of Lincoln, and Jess Zeiss of Omaha, have been given new, six-year terms. Suarez and Zeiss were confirmed on Thursday. The seven-member board provides governance and policy oversight of system. The system boasts more than 9,000 students total on college campuses in Chadron, Peru and Wayne.

Nebraska patrol releases names of 3 killed in I-80 wreck
COZAD, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Patrol has released the names of three people who were killed and five who were injured in a collision on Interstate 80. The accident occurred Wednesday evening near Cozad when a westbound sport utility vehicle crossed the median and struck an eastbound car. On Thursday the patrol identified the fatalities as the SUV driver, 16-year-old Anthony Hill, and two passengers, 41-year-old Regina Hill and 67-year-old Dennis Alexander. All three were from Cozad. Two other passengers, 19-year-old William Alexander, of Cozad, and 44-year-old Kathryn McReynolds, of Eustis, were flown to a Kearney hospital. The three people in the car were taken to a Lexington hospital. They were identified as the 54-year-old driver, Denton Tatman, and 51-year-old Lisa Tatman, both of Crawford, Colorado, and 3-year-old Mariah Tatman, of Omaha.

Jurors find Nebraska man guilty of girl's death in 2008
GERING, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man has been convicted of fatally beating of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter. After just over an hour of deliberation Thursday, jurors in Gering found 28-year-old Dustin Chauncey guilty of child abuse resulting in the death in the killing of Juliette Geurts in July 2008. Investigators dismissed two other charges against Chauncey because of the statute of limitations. Chauncey and Juliette's mother, Charyse Geurts, were living together when the girl was found dead in her crib. Autopsy results revealed she died from internal organ damage caused by blunt force trauma. Following the guilty verdict, the court ordered that Geurts, who was being held for refusing to testify Wednesday, be released and any contempt proceedings be dismissed. A sentencing hearing for Chauncey has been set for April 10th.

Nebraska-Omaha tops IPFW 73-67
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Tre'Shawn Thurman scored eight points in the second half to help rally Nebraska-Omaha to a 73-67 win over IPFW Thursday night. CJ Carter scored 12 points, Mike Rostampour and Kyler Erickson scored 11 apiece, and Devin Patterson added 10 for the Mavericks (10-17, 4-11 Summit League), who trailed 36-28 at halftime. The Mavericks rallied to a 52-51 lead after a 13-2 run capped by Erickson's 3-pointer, then pulled ahead 61-55 after Thurman's jumper. Thurman and Patterson combined for 11 points in the final 3:59. Steve Forbes and Max Landis scored 13 apiece for the Mastodons (15-13, 8-7), who have lost two straight. Michael Calder and Mo Evans each scored 11 and Joe Edwards added 10. Omaha led briefly but the Mastodons pulled ahead 15-13 on a layup by Joe Reed and pulled away on an 11-4 run to lead by eight at halftime behind Edwards' 10 points.

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