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June 29, 2016
Nebraska Surpasses 1,000,000 Job Mark in 2015, Update on GEAR UP Allegations
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June 28, 2016
Heartland Humane Society In Midst of Fundraising Push, South Dakota Gas Prices Stay Constant
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June 27, 2016
Immigration Statutes Coming into Play in South Dakota, Marsy's Law Not Endorsed by South Dakota Bar
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June 24, 2016
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Announces No Special Session, Nebraska Unveils New Savings Plan
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June 23, 2016
USD Alumni Association and Foundation Start New Study, Ricketts Says Money Not the Answer for Corrections
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June 22, 2016
New Business Plan and Priority Initiatives Unveiled in Nebraska, New Governors Statues Coming to Pierre
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June 21, 2016
Pollinator Week in South Dakota, South Dakota Gas Prices Rise Slightly
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June 20, 2016
States Benefit From Medicaid Expansion, Nebraska-Lincoln Receives Crop Productivity Grant
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June 17, 2016
Daugaard Says to Hold Off on Mowing, Old Lottery Scam Charges Return
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June 16, 2016
Fraud Watch Seminars Coming to South Dakota, Gas Prices Rise Slightly
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June 15, 2016
South Dakota Attractive to Young People, Dead Bee Truck Visits South Dakota
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June 14, 2016
West Nile Detected in South Dakota, New Resources to Aid Human Trafficking Victims in Nebraska
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June 10, 2016
South Dakota Offers Programs for Agriculture, Hearing to be Held on Renewable Fuels Levels
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June 9, 2016
Heritage Passport Program Comes to Northeast Nebraska, Privatized Medicaid Program Promotes Transparency in Iowa
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June 8, 2016
Elected Officials Announced From Girls State, Nebraska Prepares to Release Livestock Operations Guidelines
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June 7, 2016
Inspired Giving Day Set for South Dakota, Gas Prices Close to Unchanged
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June 6, 2016
Boys State Wraps Up in Aberdeen, Bollen Pleads Not Guilty in EB-5 Scandal
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June 3, 2016
National Gun Violence Awareness Day Observed Thursday, Iowa Draws Closer to Approving Pipeline
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June 2, 2016
Doctors Warn of Overmedicating ADHD, Planting Progresses Across Region
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June 1, 2016
United States Senator John Thune Visits Yankton, South Dakota Gas Prices Rise Slightly
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May 31, 2016
Nebraska Medical Center Introduces New Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease, Nebraska Making Plans for 150th Birthday
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May 18, 2016
Onward Yankton Gives Update at State of the Community, Ricketts Says No to Transgender Guidance
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May 17, 2016
TransCanada to Make Replacements on Keystone Pipeline, University of South Dakota to Offer New Doctorate, Nebraska Primaries Could Lead to Interesting November Races
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May 16, 2016
South Dakota Crime Numbers See Changes in 2015, Suspension for Nebraska Tourism Director, Sioux City Water Decision on Hold
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May 11, 2016
Nebraska Senators Promote Amendment V, Indictment Set in EB-5
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May 10, 2016
South Dakota Takes Steps Against Zika Virus, Gas Prices Creep Higher in South Dakota
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May 9, 2016
New Report Compares South Dakota Mothers to Nation, South Dakota Deer Population on the Rise
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May 4, 2016
Glass Recycling Reaches Milestone in Vermillion, Nebraska Voter Registration Up Ahead of Primary
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May 3, 2016
Food Insecurity Strikes Children in South Dakota, Gas Prices Rise in South Dakota
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May 2, 2016
Officials Prepare for Emerald Ash Borer in South Dakota, Sales Tax Lawsuit Filed in South Dakota
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April 29, 2016
City of Yankton Receives Department of Transportation Grant, South Dakota Sees Increase in Egg Production
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April 28, 2016
Pipeline Protest Travels Through South Dakota, Flooded Rivers Expected, Iowa House Fails With Medical Marijuana
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April 27, 2016
Representative for Convention of States Visits Yankton, Iowa Sees Hurdles to Cross in Medical Marijuana Debate
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April 26, 2016
Yankton Police Department to Receive New Radios, Severe Weather Awareness Week in South Dakota
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April 25, 2016
City Officials React to Kmart Closing, New Plan in Place for South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
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April 22, 2016
Nebraska Session Comes to a Close, Tri Valley School to Put Gun Debate on Hold, Iowa Universities Increase Room and Board
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April 21, 2016
Nebraska and Iowa Look to Wrap Up Debates as Sessions Wind Down
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April 20, 2016
Ricketts Signs Property Tax Relief Bills, South Dakota Gas Prices Rise Once Again
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April 19, 2016
Ricketts Signs $450M Road Bill, Summer Studies Set for South Dakota Legislature
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April 18, 2016
Mediation Program Offered by State of South Dakota, Filibusters Stall Progress in Unicameral
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April 15, 2016
Noem Seeks to Pass IRS Legislation, Federal Drug Sentences Get Reductions
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April 14, 2016
House Budget Posses Obstacles for South Dakota Medicaid Expansion, Federal Government Seeks More Pipeline Oversight
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April 13, 2016
National Library Week Celebrated Locally, Winner Take All Bill Fails in Nebraska
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April 11, 2016
Nebraska Sees Low Participation in Federal Program, Iowa Legislature Continues Session, South Dakota Seeking Nominations for Governor's Awards
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April 7, 2016
Autism Awareness Month, South Dakota Gas Prices Rise Once Again
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April 6, 2016
Funds an Issue for Yankton County Roads, Nebraska One Vote Away From Raising Hunting and Fishing Fees
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April 5, 2016
Keystone Pipeline Shut Down During Investigation, Nebraska Won't Pursue Choose Life License Plates, USS South Dakota Gets Keel
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April 4, 2016
South Dakota Lags in Clean Power Jobs, In-State Tuition Expanded to Iowa
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April 1, 2016
South Dakota Tribal Leaders Ride to Oppose Oil Pipeline Plans, Felony Charges Filed in EB-5 Case
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Fireworks may be discharged in the City of Vermillion between the hours of 9:00 am – 11:59 pm on July 4th. Novelty consumer fireworks will be permitted during these hours. Novelty consumer fireworks are defined as follows: non-aerial fireworks including, but not limited to, sparklers, smoke devices, snakes, snappers, party poppers, ground sparklers, or fountains up to 500 grams, and small firecrackers. Please see attached flyer for examples. For more information or questions contact City Hall at (605) 677-7050 or the Vermillion Fire EMS Department at (605) 677-7098.

• Due to the popularity of the Easton Archery Center’s summer rec programming with the City of Yankton, they have added two sections of Explore Archery Bowhunter class. These classes will be from July 5-27 and will provide basic compound archery instruction and information for the beginning hunter. For registration and more information, see www.cityofyankton.org. Space is limited so register today. Call the archery center at 260-9282 with any questions.

• VERMILLION - Tree branch clean-up from the storm on Friday, June 17th has concluded. The Recycling Center, located at 840 N. Crawford Road, has returned to normal collection of only accepting small branches (twigs) and leaves. The Vermillion Landfill, located at 31426 Bluff Road, accepts large branches.

• June 1 – 30: “Director’s Doodles” by Reanna Shultz at G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery. Open Monday – Friday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Located at 508 Douglas Avenue; Yankton. For more information call (605) 665-9754.

• The Clay-Union foundation, Inc. is seeking new board members in Clay and Union county. The board would like to add at least 1-2 people south of Elk Point, 1-2 north of Elk Point, and at least 2 residents in Vermillion. USD students are also welcome to serve on the board, with 4-5 positions open. Meetings currently alternate between Elk Point and Vermillion, and rides are available. The foundation is seeking immediate applications, so board members can join the board right away and learn about the community needs. Please call John Gille at 605-421-5050 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

• When you hit the golf course this summer not only can you improve your game, you can improve the quality of life for other South Dakotans. The 2016 “Golf for Guardianship” golf card allows you to golf free or at reduced rates at 76 host golf courses in South Dakota Golf cards are just $20.00. Proceeds benefit The Guardianship Program, a private non-profit program which serves as guardian for adults with disabilities in South Dakota who do not have family members available to provide assistance. “Golf for Guardianship” is sponsored by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and participating golf courses. Cards may be purchased at www.sdguardians.com or contact: The Guardianship Program, P.O. Box 794, Pierre, SD 57501 (605) 224-9647 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• Rep. Kristi Noem is accepting applications for fall internships in her Washington, DC; Sioux Falls; Rapid City; and Watertown offices. Student interns will work with staff on various constituent service and communications projects, as well as assist with legislative research. Both South Dakota and Washington, DC 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, July 15. For more information, contact Christiana Frazee at 202-225-2801.

• Are you ready for an adventure like no other, deep within the mysterious sea? DIVE IN! It’s time for SUBMERGED Vacation Bible School at Calvary Baptist Church, June 26-30 from 6:45-9:00 p.m. Bible stories, music, crafts & experiments, games, and snacks are all combined to create an unforgettable experience. As kids submerge themselves in God’s Word, they will discover that Jesus didn’t just see what’s on the outside of people, He looked deep down on the inside. So go ahead… find some ocean explorers, strap on your flippers, and dive in to find truth below the surface! Children ages 3 – 6th grade are welcome to attend this free event. Registration is now in progress - please call (605) 665-5594 to register.

• U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is currently seeking college students to serve as fall 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, sharpen 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. Thune also serves as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. College students who are interested in interning in Thune’s Washington, D.C., office should submit a resume and cover letter by July 1, 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 Thune’s Sioux Falls, Rapid City, or Aberdeen offices should submit a resume and cover letter by July 1, 2016, to:
Senator John Thune
Attn: Robin Long
5015 South Bur Oak
Sioux Falls, S.D. 57108
By email 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 Vermillion School District is sponsoring the summer food service program May 31 through July 29. Free lunch will be served each weekday for area children age 18 and younger from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M at Jolley Elementary School, 224 S. University, Vermillion, SD. Closed July 4. For more information, contact the Vermillion School District at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• Adopt select pets during the month of June for only $10! This promotion runs from June 1st to June 30th and only certain pets qualify. All of the pets selected for this promotion have been waiting a long time to find the right home. “HHS is drastically reducing the adoption fees for selected animals to only $10. This will hopefully help them find loving homes soon, because they’ve sadly been in our care for a while. All the pets that qualify are wonderful, and for whatever reason they don’t get the attention they deserve – this promotion will help,” said Christa Kranig, Shelter Coordinator for HHS. HHS hopes you join them in this lifesaving promotion! The event includes select pets that are healthy, fully vaccinated and micro-chipped. You can view the available animals at www.heartlandhumanesociety.net or stop by the shelter at 3400 East Highway 50 in Yankton. If you have any questions on this promotion, please call the shelter at (605)664-4244 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This adoption event is part of Best Friends Animal Society’s national mission of No More Homeless Pets®, which aims to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. Heartland Humane Society is a participating member of the No More Homeless Pets® Network, a program of Best Friends Animal Society, and offers help and support to animal rescue groups that save lives in their communities.

• The Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is looking forward to the 2016 Open house/tour season. As always, visitors are welcomed in various ways - through arranged tours, as drop-ins or as host or hostess of a special gathering. The season begins on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day. The enclosed press release is just to let your readers and listeners know that it soon WILL be time to enjoy an unforgettable trip to 509 Pine Street in Yankton.

• The Yankton Parks Advisory Board would like to take time this spring to remind Yankton dog owners to be responsible and obey the local ordinance for dog waste. The ordinance states, “The person in control of any dog shall be required to remove and properly dispose of any fecal material deposited by said animal on public property or property other than the property of the dog’s owner.” This would include fenced in ball fields in the community’s parks system that some citizens use as private off-leash dog parks. Each dog's owner/handler is responsible for picking up and disposing of their dog's waste. This will help keep the park environment and other people’s property clean so that dogs, children and adults are happy and healthy. Pet waste left behind can transmit harmful diseases to other pets and children. Dog feces a common carrier for many diseases. The Parks Advisory Board believes dog owners should pick up their dog’s waste because:
1. It's a common courtesy. Only irresponsible dog owners leave their dog's waste for others to look at, step in or clean up. In addition to creating a foul odor, leaving your dog's waste encourages other dogs to mark that spot.
2. Dog waste is unhealthy to the animals, children, and adults who come into contact with it. Removing dog feces prevents infestation of your dog from exposure to infective worm eggs and larvae. Dog feces can transmit diseases from your dog to young children and adults who play or work in their yard/dirt when the dog feces is present. Ocular larva migrans - an eye disease caused by parasitic worms found in dog droppings can cause serious eye damage to young children.
3. Dog waste biodegrades slowly.
4. Dog waste being left behind makes ALL dog owners look bad. Not picking up after your dog tops the list of complaints about dogs.
5. Your actions set example for others. Teach children how to properly clean up after a pet.
6. Are you a good neighbor dog owner? Dog feces and urine can result in lawn burn or dead patches. When it's your dog on your neighbor's lawn, it causes a great deal of hostility--toward you, and your dog.

• Encouraged by the success of last summer’s barn quilt tour, the Dakota Prairie Quilt Guild is looking to increase the size of last year’s tour. Last summer 33 different barn quilt were on display, and the guild has a goal of doubling that number for the summer 2016 tour. Anyone, whether quilters or not, can be a part of this community project! Dakota Prairie Quilt Guild (DPQG) invites local area businesses and residents to create and display barn quilts on their businesses or homes. During Riverboat Days, the quilt guild will distribute a pamphlet locating all participating barn quilts and provide spectators with information about the history of the various quilt patterns. Participants are encouraged to display their barn quilts from August 13 – September 18 in order to allow more time for people to view them. If you have questions about constructing your barn quilt or would like information about having someone create one for you, contact Sandy Hoffner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (605) 665-4792. In addition, Vicki Cooley will be teaching a class on how to paint a Barn Quilt Board at the Yankton Community Library June 14 – June 16 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Participants will finish the classes with a 2X2’ Barn Quilt Board to display at their home. Contact the library at (605) 668-5275 to register and receive the list of needed supplies.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, June 29
Elise Parsley will be giving a special all-ages presentation as part of the Yankton Community Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program – 6:30 p.m.; Yankton Library.

YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - Preschool story time is Wednesday morning, June 29, at 10:15 a.m. Baseball is the theme for the preschoolers this week, with baseball books and a baseball craft. At 2 p.m., the Fitness Fun Club presentation is by the Yankton Archery Center. We won’t be shooting with bows and arrows, but there will be target practice activities following the presentation. The Wii gaming system is also available in the meeting room until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The teens meet at 4 p.m. for outdoor games including spike ball, croquet, and ladder ball.

LEWIS AND CLARK LARK RECREATION AREA – 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. – Archery Classes ages 8 and up – Gavins Point Archery Range; 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. – Watercraft Exploration ages 8 and up – Lake Yankton Boat Ramp.

One Million Cups – 9 a.m.; Gathering Grounds; Discovery Church; 205 West 3rd Street; Yankton.

UpNEXT – Vermillion’s Coffee Hour – 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.; Vermillion Public Library; 18 Church Street; Vermillion.

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

Website Development Mini Bootcamp Website 201 – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; RTEC; 1200 W 21st Street; Yankton.

YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - Preschool story time repeats on Thursday, June 30, at 10:15 a.m. LEGO Club and LEGO Robotics 2 meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. LEGO Club is free building time for all ages. Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult or teen. LEGO Robotics 2 is for registered participants only.

LEWIS AND CLARK LARK RECREATION AREA – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Fishing on Lake Yankton. Poles and bait are furnished – Chief White Crane; 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. – Archery Classes ages 8 and up; Gavins Point Archery Range.

Music at the Meridian – 6 p.m. – 8 a.m.; Meridian Bridge Plaza; 2nd Street & Walnut Street; Yankton.

Charter Optimist Club of Vermillion Meeting – 12 p.m.; Roadhouse; Vermillion. Anyone interested in becoming a Charter Member is invited to attend for more information about the Club.

Pray for America! Yankton Catholic Respect Life is inviting you to the 5th Annual "Fortnight for Freedom". The event will be held on Thurs. June 30th at 7:00 pm at St. Benedict Church. Please join us as we unite our prayers with other Christians throughout the U.S. for protection of religious freedom. Refreshments will be provided!

Friday, July 1 – Tuesday, July 5
AAA’s popular Tipsy Tow service is once again being provided by AAA South Dakota for the Independence Day holiday period, which runs from 6 p.m. Friday, July 1 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, July 5 in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Mitchell and Yankton. AAA developed the Tipsy Tow program to offer drivers who have been drinking an alternative to climbing behind the wheel and endangering themselves and others on the road. Over the holidays, up to 40 percent of all fatal crashes involve alcohol. To access AAA’s Tipsy Tow service, call 1-800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and ask for Tipsy Tow. The service is offered free, no questions asked, to both AAA members and non-members alike. AAA will give you, up to one more person and your car a ride home, within a 15-mile radius from the point of pick-up, anytime, day or night, during the four-and-a-half day period.

Friday, July 1
YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - The Library Olympics Book Club for upper elementary readers meets Friday, July 1, at 11 a.m. The group is reading Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics. The movie for Friday afternoon is Air Bud. It begins at 2 p.m. and is one hour and 39 minutes long and rated G. All ages are welcome.

Public Safety Independence Day Community Cookout – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; north of E. Cherry Street and on the west side of N. Plum Street; Vermillion.

LEWIS AND CLARK LARK RECREATION AREA – 9:30 a.m. – American Bald Eagle Program – Chief White Crane Amphitheater; 8 p.m. – Nature Binge – Chief White Crane Amphitheater; 9 p.m. – Outdoor Nature Movie – Chief White Crane Amphitheater.

Saturday, July 2
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Yankton Democrats “Rally for Sanity” – 12 p.m.; Riverside Park; Yankton.

LEWIS AND CLARK LARK RECREATION AREA – 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Bike Decorating – Lewis and Clark Amphitheater; 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Happy Birthday America Bike Parade – Start and finish at Lewis and Clark Amphitheater; 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Canoe Clinic National Parks Service – South Shore of Lake Yankton Canoe Launch Site; 9:30 p.m. – Wetlands at Night Hike featuring Frogs and fireflies – Gavins Point Nature Trail.

YANKTON BOY SCOUT TROOP #133, will be conducting the monthly scrap newspaper and aluminum can collections. Troop 133 does not accept plastic or tin cans please do not leave these items for pick up. Papers and cans will be picked up at the trailer courts and apartment complexes in Yankton. Also paper and cans will be picked up at Riverside acres. Please have your newspaper and cans secured in sacks or small cardboard boxes and ready to be picked up by 9:00AM on Saturday July 2, 2016. Paper and cans may also be brought to Riverview Reformed Church Parking lot, 1700 Burleigh, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday July 2, 2016 the day of the collection. Remember the paper shed is located on the SOUTH EAST corner of the parking lot. For more information about the newspaper and aluminum can collection, call: 857-9396 or 760-5627. Your cooperation is appreciated in not dropping papers off at any time without making prior arrangements.

Sunday, July 3
LEWIS AND CLARK LARK RECREATION AREA – 10:30 a.m. – Interdenominational Church Service – Pierson Ranch Amphitheater; 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. – Archery Classes ages 8 and up – Gavins Point Archery Range; 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Fishing on Lake Yankton Poles – Chief White Crane.

Monday, July 4
The City of Yankton is pleased to announce that on Monday, July 4th, the annual City fireworks show will start at dusk and can be viewed in Riverside Park. The fireworks will be shot off from the Nebraska side of the Missouri River. The City of Yankton would like to remind everyone that the Meridian Bridge will be open during the Yankton Fourth of July fireworks show giving a great vantage point from which to view the spectacle. Please remember that the Bridge is a pedestrian trail. The public will NOT be allowed to set up chairs, blankets, or other items that may block the pedestrian walkway on the Bridge as people will be crossing the bridge by foot, on bikes, by personal mobility devices, etc.

YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - The library is closed Monday, July 4, for Independence Day.

Brighten up Riverside Park on July 4th by purchasing Glow Sticks from Yankton County Parents as Teachers. Parents as Teachers (PAT) board members and volunteers will be walking through the park selling glow sticks prior to the 4th of July Fireworks Show. The glow stick necklaces will be on sale for $1.00 apiece or 6 for $5.00. The Lewis and Clark Thrivent Chapter is providing financial support of this project.

Due to the holiday, the Yankton Community Library will be closed on Monday, July 4, and reopen on Tuesday, July 5, at 9 a.m.

The VCDC office will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday.

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

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

Tuesday, July 5
Join us at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, on Tuesday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m., for a competitive Patriotic Trivia Night. Our game is in the format of Jeopardy! with teams of two playing against one another. Test your memory of America’s Songs, Famous Places Across the Land, or Sports & Leisure from days gone by. These are just a few of the categories on our game board. Register now at the library in teams of two or as an individual. Registration is required, but there is no fee. Join us for an evening of fun and games! For further information, contact the library at 668-5275.

YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - Activities resume on July 5 with toddler time at 10:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Our theme for the week is “Dance.” Our Tuesday afternoon craft is outside art. It could get messy, so wear old clothes!

Wednesday, July 6
YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - Preschool story time is Wednesday morning, July 6, at 10:15 a.m. Miss Judi O’Connell is joining us to carry out our theme. We’ll read a story, dance with Miss Judi, and do a dancing giraffe craft. Miss Judi is back in the afternoon at 2 p.m. for Fitness Fun Club with the older children. Put on your dancing shoes and join us! The Wii gaming system is also available in the meeting room until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The teens meet at 4 p.m. on Wednesday for a movie, The Sandlot, which is one hour, 42 minutes long and rated PG.

Thursday, July 7
YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - Preschool story time with Miss Judi repeats on Thursday, July 7, at 10:15 a.m. LEGO Club and LEGO Robotics 2 meet from 2:00-3:30 p.m. LEGO Club is free building time for all ages of children. Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult or teen. LEGO Robotics 2 is for registered participants only.

Bragging Rights on Thursday Night – Downtown Yankton.

Friday, July 8
YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - The upper elementary Book Club meets Friday, July 8, at 11 a.m. The group is reading Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics. The movie for Friday afternoon, Little Giants, begins at 2 p.m. and is one hour and 47 minutes long and rated PG. All ages are welcome to attend.

Saturday, July 9
Annual South Dakota High School All-Star Football Game; Vermillion.

THE CENTER – YANKTON - Save the Date for the Annual BBQ & Dance 7-9pm July 9th. Members $5 advance/$6 at door. Non-members $7 advance/$8 at door.

Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Smithsonian Institution Recording Artists Bob and Sheila Everhart will present “A Traveling Museum of Music” on Saturday, July 9, at 7 p.m., in the Riverside Park Amphitheatre. Join us for an evening of songs that were popular in rural America during all the wars in which America took part.

Sunday, July 10
Special Olympics Basketball Challenge – 1:30 p.m.; Laddie E. Cimpl Arena; Mount Marty College Campus; Yankton.

Tuesday, July 12
Yankton Chamber New Member Social – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; The Landing; Yankton.

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

Join us at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, on Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 p.m., for a night of “Crafts to Pamper Yourself.” We are halfway through the summer and it’s time to have a little self-care retreat. Whether you work hard or play hard, we have projects you can create that will heal what ails you! Using simple household products and some essential oils, participants will put together a pretty bottle of Sleepy Time Linen Spray as well as a container of Cooling Foot and Shoe Deodorizing Powder. All supplies are provided by the library. Registration and a fee are required. The class is limited to 20 participants. For more information, contact the library at 668-5275.

Wednesday, July 13 – Thursday, July 14
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp. Camps ar a free, fun, two hour events for children 4 – 6 and 7 – 10 years of age. The camps are located at the Gavins Point picnic shelter #2 at the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. The morning sessions are 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and afternoon sessions are 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Thursday, July 14
Tour of Homes at Bliss Pointe Housing Development – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Vermillion. 5:30 p.m. Groundbreaking Ceremony for playground by Crouch Recreation, 5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m. Hosted tours of newly constructed homes. Public is welcome and encouraged to attend, food and refreshments will be provided.

Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 17
Crazy Days Sidewalk Sale – Yankton Mall.

Saturday, July 16
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

The Tom Kruse Benefit will be Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the Eagles Club in Vermillion, SD. A free will offering supper and silent auction will start at 4:30 pm with the Live Auction to begin at 7pm. For a listing of the auction items please log on to "Benefit for Tom Kruse" on Facebook. Cash donations can be made at the Bank of the West in Vermillion to "Tom Kruse Benefit" or go to www.youcaring.com/tom-kruse-578759 where you can make a donation. If you would like to donate something for the auction please contact Pam Ganschow (605)670-6245, Mike Kruse (605)202-1061 or Leanne Brown (605)670-0826. See you at the benefit.

Yankton Area Arts will be hosting the 3rd Annual Meridian en Blanc dinner to be held Saturday, July 16th, on the historic Meridian Bridge in Yankton, SD. Intending to celebrate the arts in a beautiful outdoor setting, this has become an annual fundraiser to support arts programming in the Yankton area. This year’s picnic, catered by HyVee’s Chef Staci will feel like an authentic French picnic under the arches of the Eifel Tower. Social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner at 7:30 p.m. Dancing to music by Bridge City Big Band from 8:15 to 10:00 p.m. will conclude the evening festivities. The Meridian en Blanc event is generously sponsored by First Dakota Bank and the Benedictine Sisters. Tickets are on sale at GAR Hall Monday-Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at a cost of $50. No reservations and all sales are final. For more information contact Yankton Area Arts at 605-665-9754 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Monday, July 18
11th Annual Sheri Ellis Memorial Golf Social – 1 p.m.; The Bluffs Golf Course; Vermillion. 18 hole, 4 person scramble. $50 per person paid in advance, $60 day of event. Includes golf, dinner, and prizes.

Thursday, July 21
Bragging Rights on Thursday Night – Downtown Yankton.

Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24
Great Plains Lions Leadership Institute; Mount Marty College; Yankton. Any Lion, Lioness, or Leo who is 18 or older, has not yet served as District Governor as of the dates of the institute, is eligible. $160 before June 1, $180 after May 31. For more information contact Lion Anne Smarsh This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Lion Craig Donecker This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Friday, July 22
Goglin Funeral Home Ribbon Cutting – 10 a.m.; 807 W. 31st Street (Hwy 50); Yankton.

Saturday, July 23
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Monday, July 25 – Friday, July 29
Mount Marty College’s Summer Camp Invention. Cost for the weeklong camp is $220, but those who register by March 21 will receive $25 off. Register between March 22 and May 10 to receive $15 off the total cost. There is also a $50 discount per sibling for families registering three or more siblings. To register for Camp Invention or to learn more about the EPIC program, visit campinvention.org or call 800-968-4322. For more information on Mount Marty College, visit www.mtmc.edu.

Wednesday, July 27 – Thursday, July 28
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp. Camps ar a free, fun, two hour events for children 4 – 6 and 7 – 10 years of age. The camps are located at the Gavins Point picnic shelter #2 at the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. The morning sessions are 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and afternoon sessions are 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Thursday, July 28
Yankton Chamber Downtown Professional/Retailers Event.

Discover Downtown Yankton – 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Downtown Yankton.

Friday, July 29
Yankton Chamber Downtown Vacant Building Tour.

Saturday, July 30
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Downtown Crazy Days – Yankton.

Friday, August 5 - Saturday, August 6
The Center and the City of Yankton’s Recreation Department, is hosting the 2016 Yankton Senior Games for Seniors 50 years and older from any community on August 5-6. Participants 49 years old who turn 50 on or before December 31, 2016 are eligible to participate. Yankton Senior Games’ events will include 8 Ball Pool, Shuffleboard, Bean Bag Toss, Table Tennis on Friday, August 5 and Track & Field and Basketball on Saturday, August 6. Registration forms may be picked up at The Center or the Summit Activities Center and participants are encouraged to pre-register in order to prevent cancellation of events. There is a nonrefundable, $5 entry fee for each participant. For additional information, please call The Center at 605-665-4685. Remember to follow the Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation on our Facebook Page.

Saturday, August 6
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Wednesday, August 10
New Teacher Luncheon.

Saturday, August 13
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Tuesday, August 16
Yankton School District New Teacher Coffee.

Wednesday, August 17
Sacred Heart School New Teacher Coffee.

Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21
Yankton Riverboat Days.

Saturday, August 20
Riverboat Days Parade Cleanup.

Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Heritage Ride - Saturday, August 20th Elk Point, SD. Where- Imm. Lutheran church parking lot, registration starts early- 7 am, riders leave at 8 am. Routes of 28 and 48 miles. Snacks and beverages provided on the routes. A meal is available at Spink Cafe for those who register for it. Proceeds support the Clay-Union foundation, Inc. and it's local scholarship and community fund efforts. Registration forms are online at BIKEIOWA - Your #1 source for Iowa bicycle rides, events and news. under Heritage ride, or on www.clay-unionfoundation.org under events. Contact John Gille at 605-421-5050 for more information.

Friday, August 26
Yankton Chamber Golf Day.

Saturday, August 27
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, September 3
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, September 10
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, September 17
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, September 24
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Get to the Point half marathon and 5k run/walk - Elk Point, SD. Where- starts at Casey's exit 18 off I-29. Half walkers leave at 8:15 am, runners leave at 8:30 am. The 5k runners and walkers leave at 8:45 am. Food and beverages provided for entries after the race, as well as dri-fit shirts. Half entries also receive finisher medals and age division ribbons will be awarded for the top 3 in each class. Register online at online event registration services at GetMeRegistered.com under Get to the Point. Early discounts are available. Proceeds support the Clay-Union foundation, Inc. Contact John Gille at 605-421-505 for more information.

Saturday, October 1
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, October 8
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, October 15
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, October 22
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, October 29
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Tuesday, November 15
America Recycles Day.

Iowa News

Report on candidate's fatal plane crash doesn't list cause
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A new federal report provides no answer on what caused a fiery 2014 plane crash that killed a Dubuque physician who was running for the U.S. Senate. The National Transportation Safety Board report confirms details about conditions the night of Oct. 13, 2014, when Doug Butzier died when his plane went down near the Dubuque airport. It doesn't list a probable cause of the crash. Such information will be contained in the next report, which safety board officials say could be released within weeks. The report says Butzier, a Libertarian candidate, was returning to Dubuque from a West Des Moines campaign trip. He was flying on instruments because the bad weather prevented a visual approach to the airport. An autopsy says he died of blunt force and thermal injuries.

Iowa judge accused of assaulting husband over his affair
MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa judge is accused of throwing a water bottle at her husband and hitting him. Online court records say Judge Stephanie Rattenborg, of Manchester, is charged with domestic assault in Delaware County. Her attorney, Mark Roeder (RAY'-dur), said Wednesday that she'll plead not guilty. Her first court appearance on the charge is scheduled for July 12. Court documents say a sheriff's deputy responded to a 911 call from Rattenborg's husband Friday evening. The documents say Randall Rattenborg told the deputy that his wife threw the water bottle at him and began hitting him because she'd learned he was having an extramarital affair. He suffered a minor lip injury. The documents say Stephanie Rattenborg admitted throwing the water bottle but denied hitting her husband.

Workers deepening Lake Manawa to improve water clarity
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Workers are dredging in Council Bluffs' Lake Manawa for the first time in decades as part of an effort to improve its water clarity and eliminate algae blooms. The Daily Nonpareil reports a dredging barge is slowly making its way across the 715-acre lake, removing sand from the lake bottom. Crews are concentrating on a 60-acre area, where they want to increase depths to a maximum of 16 feet deep. The lake now has a maximum depth of 12 feet with large areas only 6 or 7 feet deep. It's the first dredging of Lake Manawa since 1982. The work will cost $4.2 million, paid from a statewide lake restoration fund. The company doing the work plans to remove 500,000 cubic yards of sand from the lake bottom.

Names release in Ottumwa officer-involved shooting
OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the man who Ottumwa officers say they shot after he pointed a rifle at them. An Ottumwa Police Department news release Tuesday identified the man as 60-year-old Michael Heady Sr. The officers who shot him were identified as Sgt. Noah Aljets, a 12-year veteran of the force, and Officer Derek Shaw, who's been on the force for nine years. Police received a call about a house fire just before 9 a.m. Saturday. The caller also said a man was outside shooting a rifle into the burning home. Heady came out the home's front door after officers arrived. Police say the officers fired when he raised the rifle and pointed it at them. Heady was taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery.

Electrical problem suspected in Iowa State Capitol fire
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities suspect an electrical problem caused a small fire at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. Firefighters were dispatched around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday to a first-floor office on the building's east side. The blaze and the water sprayed to extinguish the flames caused only minor damage. No injuries have been reported. Capt. Mark Logsdon of the Iowa State Patrol says the fire cause is being investigated, but investigators so far think an unspecified electrical problem is to blame.

Workers cleaning Iowa ditch where herbicide, oil spilled
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Environmental specialists in Iowa are determining the effects of a semitrailer crash in the northwestern corner of the state that spilled herbicide and soybean oil into a ditch. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the crash happened Tuesday morning near Highway 9 about six miles west of Rock Rapids. Officials say an unknown amount of soybean herbicide spilled, as did 150 gallons of soybean oil and 5,000 gallons of water, which reached the ditch and ran into an unnamed tributary of Mud Creek and Rock River. Officials say the spilled chemical caused a milky white color in the tributary for about 150 feet, but no stressed fish or other aquatic animals were found. The ditch was dammed and was being cleaned Tuesday afternoon.

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Nebraska News

Prosecutors take child abuse case to Nebraska Supreme Court
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — Prosecutors are asking the Nebraska Supreme Court to overrule the Nebraska Appeals Court, which had overturned a Scottsbluff man's conviction on child abuse. Cody Olbricht was convicted last year of child abuse resulting in serious injury, accused of beating his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter. He was sentenced to 18 to 30 years in prison. In February the Appeals Court ruled that evidence didn't show the girl's injuries occurred when Olbricht was the only adult in her presence. The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that prosecutors say in their appeal that the evidence was sufficient for the conviction and that the Appeals Court was overreaching in requiring that prosecutors show the girl was solely in Olbricht's care when the injuries occurred. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Aug. 30.

2 ordered to send trial in killing of Nebraska man in Kansas
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A judge has found sufficient evidence for two people to stand trial in the killing of a Nebraska man in a Salina motel parking lot. The Salina Journal reports that 21-year-old DiAntre Lemmie and 24-year-old Amber Craig were bound over for trial Tuesday. They are charged in the fatal April shooting of 32-year-old Adonis Loudermilk, of Lincoln, Nebraska. Among the preliminary hearing witnesses was James Faircloth, who tattooed Lemmie at the motel. Faircloth said he heard Craig tell Lemmie that Loudermilk had a "wad" of cash, and that Lemmie vowed to "get that." Later, Lemmie left the room, and Faircloth said he heard Lemmie say, "I know you got it," followed by gunshots. Fairchild testified Craig then said that she didn't think Lemmie would "take it that far."

Douglas County Fair finds new, temporary home in Omaha mall
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Douglas County Fair will be held this year at Crossroads Mall in Omaha. County fair board member Shayne Fili says the mall is perfect for the fair's more urban feel. Fili says there will be live music, hundreds of quits to judge, seminars to be held and an amateur barbecue contest for food lovers. Exhibits will be set up in the mall parking lot, inside a former store and in mall walkways. The fair will run from July 21 through July 23, which gives winners in quilting, textiles and photography an opportunity to compete at the Nebraska State Fair, which is being held from Aug. 26 through Sept. 5. Last year's county fair was held in September at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Man suspected of sex assaults in Nebraska City nursing home
NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) — A 75-year-old man has been charged with sexually assaulting two residents at a Nebraska City nursing home. Online records say Terry McClane, of Union, remained in Otoe County custody Wednesday. He's charged with two felony and two misdemeanor counts of sexual assault and two felony counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult. The records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. Prosecutors say McClane began visiting the Golden Living Centers facility while his wife lived there and continued after she died May 15. Staffers became suspicious after a June 17 incident and called police. Two residents say McClane sexually assaulted them between Jan. 1 and June 17. Golden Living Centers Executive Director Jade Harrah says the facility is cooperating with authorities and the residents' relatives.

Omaha house fire injures 1 man, 2 firefighters on Tuesday
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A house fire has led to minor injuries for three people, including two Omaha firefighters. Officials say the fire occurred Tuesday morning just north of 120th and Blondo Streets in northwest Omaha. Responding firefighters reported heavy smoke and flames when they arrived at the one-story home just after 7 a.m. Battalion Chief Tim McCaw says four adults and one child escaped from the blaze after a neighbor called 911 and knocked on the door of the burning home to alert the occupants. McCaw says an elderly man was treated for smoke inhalation. A firefighter also twisted an ankle while fighting the fire inside the home, and other firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion.

Nebraska plan for dementia, Alzheimer's care released
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska care plan for residents living with dementia and Alzheimer's disease has been released. Clayton Freeman, regional director of programs for the Alzheimer's Association, says the plan's goals include identifying in the next two years a standard assessment for state doctors to use at annual Medicare wellness visits, and to educate people on the benefits of requesting the assessments. The plan also calls for promoting and directing informal and unpaid caregivers to free training options and making sure support is available so people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease and their families understand legal and financial issues, as well as health information on how the diseases progress. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the plan was released Tuesday and is to be presented to Gov. Pete Ricketts.

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