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February 12, 2016
Organizations Backing Medicaid Expansion in South Dakota, Farm Income Declines in Region
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February 11, 2016
Thune Dissects Obama's Proposed Budget, South Dakota Gas Prices Drop $.07
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February 10, 2016
Internet Services Continues to Lack on Tribal Lands, Policy on Transgender Athletes Passes South Dakota House
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February 9, 2016
City of Yankton Plans for Property Development Workshop, Daugaard Signs First Bill of Session
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February 8, 2016
South Dakota to Develop Clean Power Plan, Iowa Sees Backlog of Appeals, Medical Costs of Survivors to Come From State Fund
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February 5, 2016
Wear Red Day Observed in South Dakota, Hemp Bill Passes South Dakota House
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February 4, 2016
Medical Marijuana Measure Rejected by Secretary of State, Iowa Considers Fireworks, Gas Prices Drop Again in South Dakota
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February 3, 2016
Daugaard's Education Bills To Hit the Legislature, USS South Dakota Contest Announced
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February 2, 2016
Report Tells of South Dakota Education Policies, Nebraska Tasked with 911 Technology
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February 1, 2016
Industrial Hemp to be Debated in Pierre, Iowa Faces Uphill Battle on Some Issues, Road Restrictions a Focus in the Unicameral
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January 29, 2016
Daugaard and Legislature Work on State Tribal Relations, Drug Testing Bill Fails in Committee
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January 28, 2016
Bicycling Bill Hits Pierre, Health Insurance Deadline Approaches
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January 27, 2016
Transgender Policies for High School Students Going Through the Legislature, Gas Prices Down Once Again in South Dakota
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January 26, 2016
Yankton County Commission to Move Forward With Retail Study, Changes to South Dakota Retirement Pass Senate
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January 25, 2016
South Dakota Legislators to Consider Public Retirement System, Nebraska to Consider Solar Power Grants
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January 20, 2016
Bridges Become Concern Once Again For Yankton County Commission, Nebraska Lawmakers Unveil Medicaid Plan
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January 19, 2016
Daugaard Brings State of the State Tour to Yankton, Nebraska Lawmaker Proposes An Increase to Cigarette Tax
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January 18, 2016
Mentoring Advocates Seeking Interest in 2016, ACLU Expands in South Dakota
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Rep. Kristi Noem is accepting applications for summer internships in her Washington, D.C. office, as well as in her offices in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown. Student interns in Rep. Noem’s office will be afforded the unique opportunity to work with staff on 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 cover letter and resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Friday, February 26. For more information, contact John Weber at 202-225-2801.

• The Mount Marty College Bede Art Gallery is proud to announce a collaboration with the University of South Dakota (USD). From now through February 26, the gallery exhibit display will feature works from USD 2016 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students. A gallery talk will be held on Friday, February 26, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Bede Art Gallery. USD offers MFA degrees in Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The M.F.A. is a 60 credit terminal degree that involves three years of intensive study, including thesis examinations, a comprehensive thesis exhibition, and a written art theory and history exit exam. The Bede Art Gallery, located next to the Marian Auditorium lobby, is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The public is invited and encouraged to view the exhibit and also join us for the gallery talk on February 26. For more information on the Bede Art Gallery please visit www.mtmc.edu/arts/bede.aspx or contact Director, David Kahle, at 605-668-1574 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• United Way of Vermillion is again seeking nominations for its annual Volunteer of the Year Award that will be presented at the 2016 Vermillion Chamber of Commerce and Development Company Annual Banquet. Nominees are sought who exemplify the best traditions of volunteerism in Vermillion. The honoree will have a sustained record of giving of his or her time and other resources for the improvement of the community in a broad range of activities. All United Way member agencies, other non-profit agencies, and the general public are encouraged to submit nominations for the Volunteer of the Year Award. The nomination form can be accessed at unitedwayofvermillion.org/volunteer/. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2016. United Way of Vermillion improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community through focus on education, income, and health. For more information about United Way or to make a donation, visit http://www.unitedwayofvermillion.org.

• PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two summer 2016 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early May through September 2016. Governor’s Office interns have the opportunity to work at the highest level of state government, learning about and working with workgroups preparing legislation to be introduced in the next legislative session. Interns’ duties will depend on interests and strengths. Typical duties will include aiding the Governor’s general counsel, conducting policy research, preparing policy briefings and staffing the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and First Lady. The positions are open to all undergraduate or graduate-level students. Preference will be given to South Dakota residents attending South Dakota colleges or universities. Students who are interested in receiving credit should also apply. The Governor’s staff is open to working with individual universities and professors to secure credit for the internship program. Interested students should submit a resume, cover letter and two letters of recommendation by March 15, via email, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information on duties or logistics, please visit http://sd.gov/governor/Internship or contact Patrick Weber at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 605-773-5999.

• The Clay-Union foundation is seeking new mentors and youth members in Clay and Union county. The program matches youth age 5-17 with adult mentors. The mentors are interviewed and have a background check before their match is completed. Mentors spend 2 hours/week with their match, and the program benefits everyone, as they bulid a relationship together. Applications are online at www.clay-unionfoundation.org nder the sign up tab. Or call John Gille at 605-421-5050 for more information. The program is sponsored by local donations and two fundraisers a year.

• It’s that time of year again, Book Lovers Month and Valentine’s Day. Join us at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, for Blind Date with a Book. This year, there are two ways to participate. You can fill out a brief survey on our Facebook page and a literary matchmaker will select a book for you. Complete the survey by January 29 and your “date” will be ready to pick up at the circulation desk on February 1. Or, you can simply select a wrapped book from our Blind Date with a Book display during the month of February. This year we have provided selections from our adult, young adult, junior and easy reading sections. Participate as often as you like and have a great time! For further information, contact the library at 668-5275.

• The Summit Activities Center will be offering a Water Safety Instructor’s Course in April with the pre-test held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Attendance is mandatory for ALL sessions and for the pre-test. 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 22: 5:30 - 7pm
Friday April 15: 5pm – 10pm
Saturday April 16: 8am – 8pm
Sunday April 17: 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 8-10, 2016 with the Pre-test on Tuesday, March 22 at 5:30pm. The second class will be held April 29-May 1 with the Pre-test on Tuesday, April 5 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:
1. Swim 300 yards continuously.
2. 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.
3. 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 22 at 5:30 pm
Friday, April 8: 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, April 9: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday, April 10: 8 am – 8 pm
Class Two Course Schedule:
Prerequisite Swim Test: Tuesday, April 5 at 5:30 pm
Friday, April 29: 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, April 30: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday, May 1: 8 am – 8 pm
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 our Facebook Page.

• The Clay-Union foundation, Inc. is offering a $300 community garden plants grant this year, with one town or organization selected in each county. Applications were sent to the towns by email, please contact John Gille at 605-421-5050 to have an application sent to you by email. Towns that already budget for spring plantings or fall bulbs will not be eligible, but their organizations or groups can apply. Applications are due March 10th and can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Winners will be selected and notified later in March.

• VERMILLION:
Customers:
The City of Vermillion is offering a $3.00 per gallon rebate on new installation or replacement of electric water heaters purchased from a local Vermillion retailer or a local licensed plumber. To qualify for the program, water heaters must have a capacity of at least 40 gallons and participating customers must allow a load management receiver to be installed on the water heater by a city licensed electrician when applicable. In addition to the water heater rebate, there is a wiring rebate of $50.00 available to those customers who will be replacing gas water heaters with electric water heaters. To qualify for the wiring rebate all wiring must be done by a licensed electrician with a City of Vermillion electrical license. The City of Vermillion will need a copy of the invoice or receipt to show that the water heater was purchased locally as well as a copy of the invoice from your electrician.
Electricians:
The city licensed electrician will receive an installation rebate of $25.00 from the City of Vermillion when the load management receiver has been checked by Vermillion Light & Power.
For more information contact:
Vermillion Light & Power
115 W. Duke
Vermillion SD, 57069
605-677-7164

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the 2016 Adult Coed Dodgeball League. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, March 4, 2016. League play will start Tuesday, March 29, 2016. 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.

• 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 4, 2016. League will be played on Wednesday evenings, beginning March 30, 2016. 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 announces Friday, February 12 through Tuesday, February 16 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 or 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 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 February 27, 2016, and finishing on Saturday, March 19, 2016. 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 February 26 or online at www.cityofyankton.org. Registration will also be accepted on February 27 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.

• U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is currently seeking 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 college 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 Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and the Senate Committee on Finance. College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune’s Washington, D.C., office should submit a resume and cover letter by February 19, 2016, to:
Senator John Thune
Attn: Adam Wek
511 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
By email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Or by Fax to: 202-228-5429
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 February 19, 2016, to:
Senator John Thune
Attn: Robin Long
5015 South Bur Oak
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
By email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• VERMILLION - Need technical assistance? We can help! Our Technical Assistant, or other staff, are on hand to guide you through your most pressing technology challenges every Monday from 6:30-8 pm and every Friday from 10:30 am to 12 pm. We’re here to assist in a variety of topics - everything from e-book downloads to basic software, email, and device use. There is no cost for this service, but we do encourage appointments. Call us at 677-7060 or stop by our Circulation Desk to make an appointment. 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.

• First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare – March 1st through April 2; Folger Library exhibit at the National Music Museum and the University of South Dakota. National traveling exhibition – Free admission. Open during Museum hours.

• Registration is now open for the next session of LEGO Robotics at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street. Stephanie Siebrandt from the Yankton County 4-H Youth Development Office will lead participants as they build and program their own robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robotics kits. Sessions run Mondays from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m., beginning on February 22 and continuing through March 21. Dates include February 22, February 29, March 7, March 14, and March 21. Each session’s activities build on work done and skills acquired in the previous sessions. Therefore, it is best if participants commit to attending every session. This LEGO Robotics program is limited to 24 participants, ages 8 and up. Register for this free program at the library in person or call us at 668-5275. Participants in LEGO Robotics during the summer or fall of 2015 should not register for this, as it is very similar to what was done in those sessions. Watch for future LEGO Robotics II sessions. For further information, contact the library at 668-5275.

• Yankton County Auditor Patty Hojem says the 2016 election season will be busy. All three state legislative seats for District 18 (Yankton County) are up for election. Four-year terms for states attorney, coroner, county commissioner and county treasurer must also be filled. “We’ve already had one person take out petitions for the state House of Representatives, and we expect a busy petition season,” says Hojem. “The petition deadline is 5 p.m. on March 29 for Democrats and Republicans.” She said the deadline for Independent candidates is 5 p.m. on April 26 because Independents don’t have the possibility of a primary. Democratic candidates need 21 signatures to qualify for the offices while Republicans need 50 and Independents require 78. “We’re here to help anyone who might have questions,” says Hojem. “We have a lot of respect for anyone who is willing to put themselves out there for public service so we look forward to working with potential candidates to provide any guidance they might need to qualify for the ballot." The primary election is June 7 and the general election is Nov. 8.

• Several Yankton College scholarships will be awarded this spring for the 2016-17 academic year to college bound students with a Yankton College connection, academic merit and other specific criteria. Eligible students are encouraged to apply by submitting an application no later than the February 19, 2016 deadline. Applicants must, either, have: 1) a family relationship to Yankton College alumni, former faculty or staff; or 2) a family friend, teacher or pastor with a connection to Yankton College recommend the applicant, or 3) be a Yankton College graduate, former student, faculty or staff. Download an application at www.yanktoncollege.org or visit the Yankton College office at 1801 Summit St., Door #9, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Yankton College Scholarship Program awards several $1,000 scholarships each year from endowed funds to deserving high school seniors and post-graduate students attending an accredited college or university. Named scholarships come from the kindness of Yankton College alumni and friends who are inspired by the positive influences of Yankton College. Goals of the Yankton College Scholarship Program are to perpetuate the Yankton College tradition of liberal arts in higher education; support deserving young persons who have shown outstanding promise; apply discretionary funds to a higher function and promote the memory and reputation of Yankton College. For further information contact Yankton College, by phoning toll-free (866) 665-3661.

• The Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation “Just for Fun” Basketball program, for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade boys and girls, begins February 14, 2016. Registration is available online and at the Summit Activities Center. The registration deadline is February 13, 2016.
3rd Grade: 11:30am-12:15pm
4th Grade: 12:15pm-1:15pm
5th & 6th Grade: 1:15pm-2:15pm
The program will consist of four Sunday instructional sessions beginning on Sunday, February 14, 2016. The sessions will focus on the fundamentals of basketball. Players will work on individual skills of shooting, dribbling, ball handling, passing, and footwork. They will also receive instruction on individual and team offensive and defensive concepts while being given the opportunity to participate in team scrimmages. Registration forms can be picked up at the Summit Activities Center, 1801 Summit Street or online registration is available 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.

• Living Traditions: Dakota, Nakota, Lakota Art, a traveling art exhibit from the South Dakota State Historical Society, will be showcased at the Bede Art Gallery January 4-29, 2016 and the Mother Jerome Schmitt Library from February 1-26, 2016, both located on the Mount Marty College Campus. The Dakota, Nakota and Lakota people of South Dakota have produced beautiful art throughout their history. Bringing out the beauty in everyday objects led to strong traditions of decorative quillwork, beadwork, painting and carving. Dance and ceremonies also have an important place in Sioux culture. Living Traditions: Dakota, Nakota, Lakota Art showcases artistic work done in three different time periods – the nomadic hunting period, the reservation period, and modern times. Text, photographs, and images of objects from the museum collection are shown on twenty text panels in five pop-up kiosks. For more information about the Society’s traveling exhibits contact Kate Vandel, Curator of Exhibits, Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD, 57501, telephone 605-773-4373 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online tours of all of the Society’s traveling exhibits are available online at http://history.sd.gov/Museum/exhibits/traveling.aspx.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, February 11
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Jordan Foos and MMC students, “MMC Winter Break Service Trip: Learning Love in Louisville”.

YANKTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY After School Programs - LEGO Club is scheduled for the second Thursday on February 11. The library provides the LEGOs and participants provide the imagination and engineering ability. LEGO Club is open to all ages with DUPLOs available for preschoolers.

Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 14
“I love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” – presented by the Vermillion Community Theatre. Showtimes 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Event held at the Vermillion Event Center. For ticket information visit vermillioncommunitytheatre.org.

Friday, February 12
Yankton Chamber New Member Orientation – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; Chamber Conference Room; 803 E 4th Street; Yankton.

Doing Business with Federal Agencies – 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; RTEC; 1200 W 21st Street; Yankton. Learn the basics that your business needs in order to sell to Federal Agencies.

Saturday, February 13
Technology Help – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut; Yankton.

Yankton Community Library – Teen Cake Decorating Contest – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; All students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join us for this fun event. 515 Walnut; Yankton.

Eli Kortan Family Soup Kitchen Fundraiser – 2:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Beseda Hall; Tabor. Serving homemade chicken noodle & chili soup, sandwiches and dessert. There will also be a community bake sale, silent auction and raffle.

Hands on History – 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Elkhorn Valley Museum; 515 Queen City Boulevard; Norfolk.

Free Admission: The Yankton PeeWee B Hockey team (12 & 13 year olds), with a record of 13-1-0 cordially invites the Yankton area communities to come watch them play for Yankton Hockey’s first ever division title with games at 1:15pm & 5pm Saturday, February 13th against an undefeated Huron team! If you’ve been curious about the hockey program and/or interested in having your child or a child you know play—this is a great opportunity to see what it’s all about. Hockey is a very exciting sport to watch and this is going to be a very exciting set of games! Come out and support our hometown Yankton team. Admission is free for these two games! Yankton is a young program, but these kids have outscored every other PeeWee team in their bracket by over 20 points! We hope to see you there!

Special Olympics Basketball Tournament; Summit Activities Center; 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

Try Archery! – 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; NFAA Easton Archery Center; 800 Archery Lane; Yankton.

Second Chance Prom – A Night at Sea – 5 p.m.; Minerva’s Convention Center; 1607 East Highway 50; Yankton.

Happy Hearts Valentine’s Challenge – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; NFAA Easton Archery Center; 800 Archery Lane; Yankton.

Sunday, February 14
Happy Heart’s Couples – 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.; NFAA Easton Archery Center; 800 Archery Lane; Yankton.

Monday, February 15
Vermillion Chamber and Development Company Annual Banquet – 5:30 p.m.; Vermillion.

Tuesday, February 16
United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton Annual Meeting – 5:15 p.m.; Mount Marty College Boardroom; Yankton.

Wednesday, February 17
One Million Cups – 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Gathering Grounds Coffeehouse; Discovery Church; 205 West 3rd Street; Yankton.

Thursday, February 18
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Dr. Marcus Long, “Working for the Franciscans and Human Rights at the United Nations”.

YANKTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY After School Programs - Stephanie Siebrandt of the Yankton County 4-H Youth Development office is leading Science Club the third Thursday of each month. The February 18 topic is the human heart. We’ll learn about blood and how the heart pumps it.

YHS Orchestra Solo/Ensembles Concert – 7 p.m.; Yankton Middle School; 2000 Mulberry Street; Yankton.

Saturday, February 20
Try Hockey for Free – Yankton Alcoa/Kiwanis Ice Arena; Yankton. The event is a part of Hockey Weekend Across America.

National Music Museum at the Movies – 10 a.m.; “Whiplash”; Coyote Twin Theatre; Vermillion.

Gayville Fire Department 12th Annual Fundraiser – River Rats Dueling Pianos – Social Hour 5 p.m., Dinner 6 p.m., Entertainment & Auction to follow; Gayville Community Center. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the door – available at CorTrust Bank, Valley Ag, or any Gayville Firefighter.

Adult Coloring – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Cinderella's Closet is back again this year, helping Prom Dreams Come True, by providing gently used Prom dresses, (sizes 0-22) available at no cost, for Prom night. Over 100 dresses to choose from. A selection of jewelry and shoes as well. Come and check out the dresses on Saturday, February 20th from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Dress fitting location is 1700 Burleigh St., Yankton, SD inside Riverview Reformed Church. Don't miss Prom for lack of a dress. Check out - Cinderella's Closet Yankton SD on Facebook. Questions call Deb 605-665-5507.

Sunday, February 21
Strike Out Cancer 9 Pin Mulligan Bowling Tournament – 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Tyndall Lanes. Entry fee is $20.

Adult Coloring – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Tuesday, February 23
State of the Community – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Minerva’s Convention Center; Yankton.

Calvary Kids Preschool will hold a special Preschool & Kindergarten Preview event on Tuesday, February 23. Prospective preschool students (for those age 3 or 4 by September 1, 2016) are invited to attend the morning session from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Students who would be in Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year are invited to attend the afternoon session from 12:30-1:30 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to experience preschool alongside our current preschoolers. Space is limited, so please contact the Calvary office at (605) 665-5594 to register. The event will be held at Calvary Kids Preschool, 2407 Broadway.

Yankton Community Blood Drive – 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital – Benedictine Center; 501 Summit Street.

Wednesday, February 24
Yankton Area Progressive Growth Annual Meeting – Those interested in attending should contact YAPG at (605) 665-9011.

Thursday, February 25 – Sunday, February 28
The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, is celebrating the 2016 Oscars weekend February 27 and 28. We will kick the weekend off early by showing Shawn the Sheep at 3:30 on Thursday, February 25. On Saturday, we’ll show the nominated films Steve Jobs at 9 a.m., Bridge of Spies at 11:15 a.m., and The Martian at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, you can view Spotlight at 1 p.m. and Brooklyn at 3 p.m. You are invited to bring snacks if you like. Make your Oscar predictions and be entered in a drawing with prizes awarded to the two top predictors. For further information, please call the library at 668-5275.

Thursday, February 25
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Dr. Patrick Hicks, “Readings with Patrick Hicks”.

YANKTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY After School Programs - Our movie on February 25, the fourth Thursday, is Paddington. It is 95 minutes long and rated PG.

Friday, February 26
THE CENTER – Travel with The Center to The Worthing Dinner Theater – 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Cost is $62 and includes transportation, meal and theater.

National Music Museum – Kenneth Be, The Elizabethan Lute – noon and 7 p.m. – Prelude to Shakespeare Folio exhibit. Lute, cittern and Renaissance guitar in the Elizabethan era.

Saturday, February 27
Vermillion Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; City Hall Council Chambers; 25 Center Street; Vermillion.

Legislative Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Pavilion; 409 Summit Street; Yankton.

Technology Help – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut; Yankton.

Polar Plunge – Corner of Market and Kidder Streets; Vermillion.

Sunday, February 28
Strike Out Cancer 9 Pin Mulligan Bowling Tournament – 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Tyndall Lanes. Entry fee is $20.

Fundraiser for the House of Mary Shrine – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; KC Hall. Breakfast Feast & Bake Sale: pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, biscuits & gravy. A free will offering will be taken.

Monday, February 29
Suicide Rish Assessment and Risk Management Training = 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Human Services Center South Training Center; Intersection of Hwy 81 & Hwy 50; Yankton. No cost to attend; registration is limited. Contact Taylor Funke at 211 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thursday, March 3
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Federal Prison Camp Inmates, “Choices”.

Twist of Pine Ribbon Cutting – 2 p.m.; 109 Capitol Street; Yankton.

Monday, March 7
Yankton Community Library – Teen Advisory Board Meeting – 7 p.m.; 515 Walnut; Yankton.

Tuesday, March 8
Chamber Mixer – Anytime Fitness – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; 2509 Fox Run Parkway; Yankton.

Friday, March 11 – Sunday, March 13
Hansen-Haas Tournament Weekend – Yankton.

Monday, March 14
Chamber/Interchange School Candidate Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; Minerva’s Convention Center; Yankton.

Thursday, March 17
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Dr. Jan Hausmann, “Eighteenth Century Love Stories in Novels and Films”.

Friday, March 18
National Music Museum – Ayreheart – 7 p.m. Free admission, Farber Hall; Old Main Building; USD Campus; Vermillion.

Saturday, March 19
National Music Museum at the Movies – Shakespeare in Love – 10 a.m.; Coyote Twin Theatre; Vermillion. Oscar-winning romantic comedy imagining the source for Shakespeare’s greatest love story.

Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 1
United Way & Volunteer Services is once again partnering with Delta Dental to bring FREE dental care to the youth of Yankton. The Delta Dental Smile Mobile will be here Monday, March 28th through Friday, April 1st and will be parked at Beadle Elementary. If you’re not familiar with the Dental Mobile, it is a service run throughout the state by Delta Dental of SD which provides no cost dental care to children ages 0-21. They have the capability to do everything from routine preventative cleaning to caps and crowns.

Thursday, March 31
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. David Kahle, “Warriors for Education: A Documentary of Crow Creek Spiritual Growth”.

Friday, April 1
Mount Marty College’s Blue & Gold Campus Visit Day – 9:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 1105 West 8th Street; Yankton.

Wednesday, April 6
2016 Yankton Chamber Business & Career Expo – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Laddie Cimpl Arena; 1105 W 8th Street; Yankton.

Thursday, April 7
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Dr. Erin Riibe, “An Alaskan Adventure”.

National Music Museum Live – Sigiswald Kuijken with The Bach Society of Minnesota – 7 p.m. A celebration of Baroque music with the dean of the Baroque violin.

Thursday, April 14
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Dr. Alan Ferris, “Is Faster Always Better: The Psychological Consequences of Living a Fast Life”.

Saturday, April 16
National Music Museum at the Movies – 10 a.m.; Coyote Twin Theatre – Spinal Tap. Hilarious mockumentary/cult-comedy about heavy-metal bands and rock-world clichés.

Thursday, April 21
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Chelsie Rodabaugh, “Rosebud Service Trip”.

Thursday, April 28
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Dr. Rich Lofthus, Dr. Jamie Sullivan & MMC students, “Journey to Switzerland, Germany & Austria”.

Thursday, May 5
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Dr. James Reese and MMC students, “Paddlefish Readings”.

Iowa News

Iowa Republicans offer state budget targets below Democrats
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican leaders in the Iowa House have released budget targets for the upcoming fiscal year, and they propose to spend less money than both Governor Terry Branstad and Senate Democrats. House Republicans on Thursday called for spending about $7.32 billion from the general fund for the fiscal year beginning July 1st. Senate leaders recommend $7.398 billion and Branstad proposes just over $7.4 billion. The targets released by Republicans would spend less money than Democrats on several budget items, including education and health care. The parties don't agree how much money is available to spend, which influences the budget targets. The targets do not specify potential cuts. House Republicans and Senate Democrats say committees will use the targets as they prepare agency budgets and at some point will reconcile the differences.

Clinton, Sanders vigorously agree — except when they don't
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders vigorously agreed. Except when they didn't. The rivals spent much of Thursday's sixth Democratic presidential debate in a respectful discussion of their marginal differences on issues like immigration, criminal justice reform and entitlements. But both were animated when the contest turned to one of fundamental questions facing Democrats: has President Barack Obama gone far enough in his policies and if not, how far should the next president go? Clinton, who has cast herself as the rightful heir to Obama's legacy, accused Sanders of diminishing the president's record, short-changing his leadership and seeking to wipe away his signature health care law. Sanders responded by noting that Clinton was the only one on the stage who ran against Obama in the 2008 presidential race.

Utility company in Cedar Falls builds solar panel garden
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Falls Utilities is constructing a garden of solar panels on the western side of the city as part of a project for its customers. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that more than 1,200 electric customers, about 6 percent of the company's customer base, are participating in the Simple Solar project in which customers can purchase solar "shares" at $399 each. The price ended up dropping to $270 a share due to a large customer response. Participating customers will receive a monthly credit on their bill for electricity generated at the garden. Work for the project began before the holiday season, and solar panels arrived for installation this month. The company's general manager, Jim Krieg, says the project is on track to deliver test energy in February.

Sioux City judge confirmed to Iowa federal court
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A U.S. magistrate from Sioux City has been approved to serve as a judge on one of Iowa's federal courts. Senator Chuck Grassley announced Thursday that the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the nomination of Leonard Strand, of Sioux City, to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Northern District of Iowa. President Barrack Obama nominated Strand in June to replace U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett. The nomination will go back to Obama for final approval. Strand graduated from the University of Iowa law school in 1990 and had a private practice before becoming a magistrate in 2012. The Senate also confirmed Rebecca Ebinger's nomination as a U.S. District judge for the Southern District of Iowa on Tuesday.

Former Iowa Wesleyan University nursing students win lawsuit
MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — A southeast Iowa jury has awarded seven former nursing students of Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant $75,000 each after the nursing program lost national accreditation just prior to their graduation in the spring of 2013. The students filed a lawsuit with several allegations including breach of contract and negligence. They said damages included the inability to enter a chosen graduate school program as a result of graduating from a non-accredited nursing program and loss of earning capacity. A Henry County jury returned the verdict on Wednesday. Attorneys for the university say the situation was disappointing for all involved and Iowa Wesleyan will work with its insurance providers to pay the judgment. They say the nursing program is now nationally accredited and continues to provide a high quality nursing education.

Missouri trooper waives arraignment on manslaughter count
VERSAILLES, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri state trooper will be scheduled for a jury trial now that he has waived his arraignment on a manslaughter count linked to the drowning of a handcuffed Iowa man who fell from a patrol boat at the Lake of the Ozarks. Forty-four-year-old Anthony Piercy made the court appearance Thursday in Morgan County, sparing the judge from formally reading the criminal complaint to him. Piercy was charged in December in the May 2014 death of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson of suburban Des Moines. Piercy had arrested Ellingson for boating while intoxicated and was taking him to a patrol zone office. Witnesses say Piercy didn't property secure a life jacket on Ellingson before Ellingson went into the water, and Ellingson's body was recovered the next day. Piercy is free on bond.

Hoosiers use late surge to upset No. 4 Hawkeyes 85-78
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 14 points and Troy Williams added 13 and Indiana rallied to upset No. 4 Iowa 85-78 on Thursday night after blowing a big lead. Indiana (20-5, 10-2 Big Ten) pulled into a three-way for the conference lead and gave coach Tom Crean his fourth 20-win season at the school. Jarrod Uthoff led the Hawkeyes (19-5, 10-2) with 24 points, and Mike Gesell had 17. Iowa lost for the first time in four games. It could have been much easier. Indiana was cruising in the first half, building a 16-point lead before giving it away. The Hawkeyes closed to 45-38 at the half and scored the first nine points of the second half to take their first lead since the opening minutes. Trailing 60-56 with 9:35 left, Indiana regained the lead with 14-2 run and never trailed again.

No. 7 Ohio State blasts Iowa 98-81 for 8th straight win
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell and Shayla Cooper each scored 20 points and seventh-ranked Ohio State blasted Iowa 98-81 on Thursday night for its eighth straight victory. Ameryst Alton had 18 with six assists for the Buckeyes (20-4, 12-1 Big Ten), who also won in Iowa City for the first time in eight years. Ohio State had little trouble with the reeling Hawkeyes (15-10, 5-8), pushing a 14-point halftime lead to as much as 23 late in the third quarter. Ally Disterhoft had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Iowa, losers of three straight and six of eight.

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Nebraska News

University leader in Lincoln addresses racism in community
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A leader at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says the school is taking steps to address issues of racism on campus and in the community. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Chancellor Harvey Perlman wrote a letter to organizers of a "Black Lives Matter" rally held in November. He responded to the organizers' list of seven specific requests by outlining the steps the university is taking to make campus a more inclusive space that values all of its community members. He said some of the organizer's requests are already being met as academic departments look to incorporate multicultural programs and the university focuses on increasing diversity through new hires. Rally organizers say the most important part of the statement was the chancellor's acknowledgment that racism is present at the university and in the Lincoln community.

Farm income declining in region so loan demand growing
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Federal Reserve says farm income continued to decline during the fourth quarter in Midwestern and Western states, so farmers are borrowing more. But the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Missouri said Thursday that bankers report few problems with farmers failing to make loan payments. Farm income is down because prices have declined for cattle, soybeans, wheat and corn. The value of farmland continues to decline. The value of non-irrigated land declined 4 percent in the fourth quarter, and irrigated land values slipped 2 percent from the previous year. The value of ranchland was flat in the quarter after declining an average of 8 percent in the first nine months of 2015. The 10th Federal Reserve District covers Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Colorado, northern New Mexico and western Missouri.

Opponents urge lawmakers to snuff out tobacco tax increase
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's tobacco tax could more than double under a bill that is drawing praise from health officials but strong criticism from retailers, grocers and smokers. A legislative committee heard testimony Thursday on a bill by Senator Mike Gloor that would bump Nebraska's cigarette tax from 64 cents to $2.14 per pack, generating an estimated $120 million in state revenue. Opponents say the bill taxes an addiction and does not guarantee smokers will quit. A law enforcement consultant testified that states with high cigarette taxes have created a lucrative black market that attracts organized crime. Medical professionals say the bill would encourage smokers to quit and help finance important state health programs. The bill is LB1013.

Nebraska gambling opponents launch anti-casino campaign
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A coalition that has for years battled expanded gambling in Nebraska will muster its resources to fight a ballot campaign that would allow casinos at licensed horse racing tracks. Gambling With the Good Life launched its campaign against the ballot measure Thursday at a news conference, backed by Gov. Pete Ricketts, family advocacy groups, and former Husker football coach and U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne. Circulators are gathering signatures for a petition proposing three measures for voters in November. The measures would officially allow casinos, create a commission to oversee them, and require casinos to pay a one-time state licensing fee. Gambling With the Good Life Executive Director Pat Loontjer says her group cannot compete with the money financing the petition drive, but will rely on citizens and business leaders.

Canadian Pacific creates website to argue for rail merger
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Canadian Pacific has created a website to showcase all of its arguments for its proposed takeover of Norfolk Southern railroad. Most of what's on the WWW DOT CP Consolidation DOT com website is from Canadian Pacific's previous statements and reports on the proposed merger. But the site also lists the question Canadian Pacific plans to ask Norfolk Southern shareholders this spring. Canadian Pacific wants Norfolk Southern investors to vote on whether they want the two railroads to discuss a merger. Norfolk Southern has rejected all of Canadian Pacific's takeover offers. The latest one was worth roughly $30 billion. Norfolk Southern doesn't plan to create its own website about the proposed deal. All of its statements on Canadian Pacific's offers are listed on the news section of its corporate site, www.nscorp.com .

Hospital says stolen laptop contained patient ID information
McCOOK, Neb. (AP) — Community Hospital in McCook has told nearly 4,200 former patients that their identity information was contained on a laptop computer that was stolen in December. Hospital officials say the laptop belonged to an employee of the hospital's auditing company, Seim (seyeme) Johnson of Omaha, and that it was stolen in Nashville, Tennessee. The hospital says Seim Johnson's subsequent investigation couldn't confirm that the laptop's encryption software was functioning. The hospital's health information manager, Rachel Berry, says the hospital is "not aware of any activity that would make us believe the information has actually been accessed or viewed." On Thursday Berry said all of the former patients notified are receiving a free year of identity monitoring. A Seim Johnson representative didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

Western Nebraska man sentenced for theft of government funds
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A western Nebraska man has been sentenced to 90 days' home confinement and ordered to repay more than $92,000 for working while collecting disability payments. U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says 42-year-old Frank Sanchez Junior was sentenced Thursday in a Lincoln federal court for theft of government funds. Sanchez must also perform 150 hours of community service and serve five years' supervised release. Authorities say Sanchez worked at BNSF Railroad from August 2004 through July 2007, when he filed for a Railroad Retirement Disability Annuity because of medical conditions. Prosecutors say Sanchez filled out a report in 2009 stating his condition hadn't changed and that he had not returned to work. Officials discovered in 2012 that Sanchez had returned to work at the railroad in 2009 while still collecting disability benefits.

Woman whose Omaha babysitter was killed to read statement
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A woman who was at the scene of her babysitter's murder as a child is now protesting the convicted killer's early release. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Beth Bushon will read a written statement Friday at a resentencing hearing for Christopher Garza, one of the two men serving life sentences for Christina O'Day's murder nearly 26 year ago. Garza, who was 16 during the 1990 murder, is eligible for a lighter sentence under a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared that life sentences without parole were unconstitutional for juvenile offenders. Under the ruling, judges can still impose life sentences, but they must consider other options. Garza is one of 27 Nebraskans are being resentenced as a result of the ruling.

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