Local News

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 25, 2016 - Pier's Points

 

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 21, 2016 - Pier's Points

 

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

• Yankton Municipal Cemetery announces that staff will be doing a spring clean-up at the cemetery. Staff will be going through all areas of the cemetery picking up anything that is in poor quality and anything that has been displaced and is on the grass. These items will then be disposed of at the time of removal. If there is a concern that an item may be removed by cemetery staff, please remove the item personally and refrain from placing back in the cemetery until Memorial Day. In accordance with cemetery policy, any alterations to any lot shall be done by cemetery personnel. The City of Yankton retains the right to remove or alter any lot improvements if they become unsightly or pose a safety hazard. Any of these services should be requested thought the Department of Parks and Recreation Office. Fresh cut flowers, potted plants and wreathes shall not be allowed on grave lawns longer than 3 days, except during the period from December 1 through March 1, and for the two weeks following Memorial Day. Unless removed by the owner within the above time the cemetery staff will remove all remaining items. All urns, plant material, etc. will be in line with the headstone. One rod iron decoration per grave. The City of Yankton is not responsible for any object placed on or near headstones. No homemade or handmade monuments. Perpetual lights are not the responsibility of the City of Yankton, even if placed by monument company. If you have questions please call 668-5231.

• Vermillion Landfill and SD DENR are working together to offer free tire recycling to residents of Clay, Yankton, and Union counties. The program will run over the course of the next three to four weeks. The program’s goal is to prevent or slow the spread of the Zika virus. Tires are a breeding area for the mosquito which can spread the virus. The collection sites at this time are the Vermillion Landfill and the Yankton Transfer Station. Other sites may become available in the future. Please check www.vermillion.us headlines for collection site updates. The Vermillion Landfill hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. For more information or questions contact City Hall at (605) 677-7050 or the Vermillion Landfill at (605) 677-7059.

• April 21 – May 12: Connecting Artists & River City Area Woodcarvers 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 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.

• Are you looking to get your child involved this summer? The Yankton Recreation Department has several openings in a variety of summer activities such as Red Cross Swimming Lessons, Fine Arts & Crafts, Performing Arts, Cooking, Physical Activity & Sports, Strength & Conditioning Programs, Educational Classes, Day Camps and much more. Visit our website at www.cityofyankton.org to get a full listing of all the exciting programs we have to offer. You can view, register, and submit payment for all of the summer programs and activities directly from the City of Yankton’s website. Or call or visit the Summit Activities Center during regular business hours to register. 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 Department on our Facebook Page.

• The City of Vermillion has one vacancy due to resignation on the Planning Commission Board in June. The term of appointment expires June 2020. To be eligible for this Board position the individual must be a resident of Vermillion. If interested, please complete an Expression of Interest form available on the City’s website www.vermillion.us or at City Hall. Completed Expression of Interest forms are due in the City Manager’s office by noon, Thursday, May 12, 2016. It is anticipated that City Council will make an appointment at their May 16, 2016 meeting.

• When pranks and “destructive fun” go over the line, it’s not fun- it’s a crime. Broken glass, graffiti, theft, arson, willful damage, and on-site substance abuse are all types of problems the City of Yankton Parks Department would like citizens’ help in stopping. These and other acts of vandalism are deliberate assaults on private and public property in Yankton. They cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair and they degrade our efforts to provide high quality parks and facilities. Parks, trails, cemetery, community buildings and other shared public places are the biggest targets of vandalism. Local neighbors and park/trail users are asked to contact the police department when vandalism is taking place so the criminals can be apprehended. Citizens’ help is needed to stop vandalism in public places in the community. If you think vandalism isn't your problem, think again. Here are a few reasons why vandalism hurts everyone:
Vandalism destroys what your tax dollars have created. Each year vandals destroy thousands of dollars' worth of park facilities and equipment funded by tax dollars. A few minutes of destructive "fun" can add up to huge losses for our City's parks.
Vandalism takes dollars away from recreational programs and facilities. Replacing destroyed trees, benches, picnic tables, removing or painting over graffiti, all involve department labor and material costs. The money that could be spent on new amenities and programs is spent on repairing vandalized items.
Vandalism is not cool. Damaging public property through vandalism is both cowardly and not cool. Individuals who tag or use spray paint for artistic expression on public property are breaking the law and are no "cooler" than the person who breaks a window, destroys a young tree, or pulls down a basketball hoop on purpose. Please use peer pressure to encourage people to not vandalize public property.
Help Stop Vandalism
Here's what you can do to help prevent and address vandalism:
Always call 9-1-1 to report any crime in progress, including vandalism.
If you have information about a crime that has occurred in a park, but that does not require an immediate police response, please call 605-668-5210.
Finally, if you want to remain anonymous, you may want to call Yankton Crime Stoppers at (605) 665-4440. Each caller is assigned a code number and not asked for their name for the purpose of insuring anonymity.

• Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two fall Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from September to December 2016. Governor’s Office interns have the opportunity to work at the highest level of state government, learning about and 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 June 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.

• Yankton County Auditor Patty Hojem says the Auditor's office will begin assisting voters with absentee voting on Friday, April. 22, for the June 7, Primary. There are two ways to vote absentee, says Hojem. Registered voters can vote in person at the Auditor's office, and they need to bring a driver's license or other photo identification. If they do not have photo ID, they can sign the personal ID affidavit. In order to vote by mail, citizens must fill out an application and have their signature notarized or provide a copy of their photo identification. Those residing overseas or members of the military can request an absentee ballot by fax or email. However, those in the military who live in the states must have their application notarized or provide a copy of photo identification. Any person residing overseas or serving in the military overseas can receive their ballot electronically. Hojem says the voter registration deadline is May 23rd and that people can stop in to both register and vote absentee. Absentee voting is available until 5:00 pm on June 6th. However, any voter who is confined due to sickness or disability can request an absentee ballot by using an authorized messenger on election day until 3 p.m. Hojem says sample ballots are available and the Auditor's office is open during normal hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) throughout the election season. For more information or to receive an application for absentee ballot through the mail, contact Hojem at (605) 260-4400 ext. 0 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• 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.

• The Clay-Union foundation, Inc. is offering a $500 comm. service scholarship at Vermillion, EP-J and Dakota Valley this spring. We would like to invite you to help us in supporting ongoing scholarship efforts. All donations are 100 percent deductible- we are a 501c3. Donations of any size are welcome, from businesses, former residents and alumni, organizations, groups, churches, and individuals. If you believe in comm. service, please send a donation payable Clay-Union foundation, Inc, and mark the school on the memo line, so we can credit the school districts. Then mail it to P. O, Box 665, Elk Point, SD. 57025. We can also help you with donations of grain, livestock proceeds, wills, endowments, and other ways to build on our future students success. Thank you- John Gille 605-421-5050.

• The Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation Summer Programs Brochure is now available on the www.cityofyankton.org website and may also be picked up at the Summit Activities Center. You may register online for activities directly from the City of Yankton’s website. You can view, register, and submit payment for a variety of summer programs and activities. It is quick and easy, and you will receive immediate registration confirmation via e-mail. Current Summit Activities Center members may register at the SAC on Monday, April 18 during regular business hours. Online registration for the general public begins on April 19 at 11:00 a.m. All online registrations must be paid with a major credit or debit card. For further information, please call 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD 57078. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on our Facebook page.

• 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

Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22
Open House and Free Fishing Weekend in South Dakota – Camping fees still apply.

Friday, May 20
THE CENTER – YANKTON - The Commodity Supplemental Food Program goods will be distributed from 1-3pm Friday, May 20th at The Center. The program is for those who are over 60 and meeting income guidelines. Stop in the front office for an application or call 665-4685 for more information.

Saturday, May 21
The Teen Tech Tutors will be at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, May 21, from 1-3 p.m. This program is free and open to anyone who needs one-on-one help with computer applications. Registration is now open with thirty minute slots available. Simply call the library at 668-5275 to set up your time and let us know what type of assistance you need. The Teens are not available to help with eBook questions. For help in that area, please call for an appointment or stop at the library at your convenience.

USS Scorpion Memorial Service – 12 p.m.; USS Scorpion Memorial; Near Meridian Bridge; Yankton. Following the ceremony, a BBQ Rib lunch will be served at the VFW post. Reservations must be made no later than May 18th by calling the Yankton VFW at (605) 665-3562 after 3:30 p.m. any day.

Afternoon Tea for Dolly & Me; 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Elkhorn Valley Museum; 515 Queen City Boulevard; Norfolk.

Sunday, May 22
Yankton High School Graduation – 2 p.m.; Yankton High School Gymnasium.

Tuesday, May 24 – Thursday, May 26
5th Annual Buck Basketball Camp – Yankton High School Summit Center Main Gym. Open to all boys in Yankton & the surrounding communities. Cost is $50 per athlete. Tuesday, May 24
Willa B’s Ribbon Cutting – 3 p.m.; Downtown Yankton.

Community Meeting on final report presented by TSP from Sioux Falls concerning Yankton School District facilities – 6 p.m.; YSD Administration Building; 2410 West City Limits Road; Yankton.

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

Wednesday, May 25
THE CENTER – YANKTON - Evening meal 5-6:30pm Wednesday, May 25th. Lasagna, Chinese Coleslaw, Peas, Fruit Slush. Suggested donation $5. Please call 665-1055 one day in advance for reservations.

Friday, May 27
The Yankto Memorial Pool opens for the season. It will stay open until Friday, August 19.

Saturday, May 28 – Sunday, May 29
South Dakota Kayak Challenge – Starting in Yankton, ending in South Sioux City. It begins at 7 a.m. Saturday and those who take the Challenge have until noon Sunday to finish the course. More information at http://sdkayakchallenge.org.

Monday, May 30
THE CENTER – YANKTON - Center closed May 30th for Memorial Day.

The Summit Activities Center will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

Tuesday, June 7
Dakota Territorial Museum and Yankton Community Library Annual Cemetery Walk.

Sunday, June 12
Dakota Territorial Museum 80th Celebration – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Ceremony at 2 p.m.; Yankton.

Monday, June 13
Yankton City Planning Commission Meeting – 5:30 p.m.; City of Yankton Community Meeting Room; 1200 W 21st Street; Yankton.

Tuesday, June 14
THE CENTER – YANKTON - Flag Day Program 11am Tuesday, June 14th. Join us as Elks Lodge 994 members honor our American flag.

Community Conversation Powered by the Bush Foundation – 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Mount Marty College Roncalli Center Dining Room; Yankton. Open to all non-profits, municipalities, counties, and economic development groups.

Friday, June 17
Czech Days Parade – 1 p.m.; Tabor.

Saturday, June 18
Heartland Humane Society Taste & Tour – Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased from a Heartland Humane Society board member, by calling (605) 664-4244 or going online at www.heartlandhumanesociety.net.

Meridian Mile – 9 a.m.; Intersection of Levee Street and Walnut Street; Yankton.

Monday, June 20
VCDC Golf Social – 11:45 a.m.; The Bluffs Golf Course; Vermillion. Call (605) 624-5571 or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tuesday, June 21
11th Annual Yankton Chamber Ag Gala.

Wednesday, June 22 – Thursday, June 23
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.

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.

Tuesday, July 12
MYOB (Mind Your Own Business) – Yankton Chamber.

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, August 10
New Teacher Luncheon.

Tuesday, August 16
New Teacher Coffee.

Saturday, August 20
Riverboat Days Parade Cleanup.

Tuesday, November 15
America Recycles Day.

Iowa News

Woman awaits verdict in crash death case involving deputy
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo woman has been convicted of two charges and awaits a judge's decision on a third filed after a collision that killed an off-duty Black Hawk County sheriff's deputy. Thirty-one-year-old Shawna Flippo was charged after the Aug. 4 collision in Waterloo between her sport utility vehicle and a motorcycle driven by 34-year-old Timothy Petersen. After a one-day nonjury trial Monday, Shawna Flippo was found guilty of having no insurance and driving while suspended. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Magistrate Patricia McGivern said she will rule later on the charge that Flippo didn't obey a stop sign before entering traffic from a retailer's parking lot driveway.

Council again votes not to seek grant for white-water park
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The City Council again has effectively rejected a plan to seek a National Park Service grant to help fund a $2.6 million white-water park and kayak course near downtown Waterloo. The council voted 3-2 Monday to seek the $750,000 grant, but the resolution required four votes to pass. The council first voted 3-1 last week to seek the grant, with Councilman Jerome Amos Jr. absent. He requested the reconsideration. Councilman Bruce Jacobs voted against the measure, saying taxpayers' money should be spent elsewhere first. Leisure Services Director Paul Huting says the park project is still alive. A design contract is nearing completion while the city seeks other funding options.

The Latest: Forecasters warn of tornado risk in Ohio Valley
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Parts of the Great Plains and Ohio Valley could see severe weather Tuesday as two storm systems make their way across the country's midsection. The Storm Prediction Center says central and northern Texas — including the Dallas-Fort Worth area — could see large hail and powerful winds Tuesday. In the east, Kentucky, southern Ohio, southern Illinois and southern Indiana are all at risk for bad weather, including tornadoes. So far, the risk is lower than on Monday, when powerful storms spawned tornadoes across the Great Plains, killing two people in Oklahoma. In all, the Storm Prediction Center received 23 reports of tornadoes in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The storms also downed trees and damaged buildings in northeast Texas, and dropped softball-sized hail in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Former Dunkerton police chief takes plea deal in theft case
DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say Dunkerton's former police chief will receive probation as part of a plea deal on allegations that he used a city credit card to fuel his personal vehicle. On Monday Timothy Schultz entered written Alford pleas, saying "the state has enough evidence to convict me of this offense, and I want to take advantage of the plea offer, although I do not believe I am guilty of committing this offense." Two felony charges he faced were downgraded to misdemeanors in exchange for his pleas. At sentencing Schultz will be given two years of probation and be ordered to pay restitution. Schultz served as chief until city officials began to question fuel expenses in 2014. State auditors later found that he made about $2,500 worth of improper fuel purchases.

Police: 2 injured when car crashes into Iowa fire station
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two people have been injured when the vehicle they were riding in crashed into a Des Moines fire station. Sgt. Paul Parizek said that police responded to the crash around 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Des Moines Fire Department spokesman Brian O'Keefe said that the vehicle jumped the curb in front of Des Moines Fire Station 4 and crashed into the station's garage doors. According to Parizek, one passenger was seriously injured and transported to a hospital. He said that the vehicle's driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Police said that a third passenger fled from the scene before officers arrived. The Des Moines Register reports that fire station's garage windows were broken during the incident. The crash is under investigation, and Parizek said that charges are pending.

Officials: Chemical in Anamosa water deemed harmless
ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — Officials have lifted a bottled water advisory in Anamosa after determining a chemical mistakenly added to the water supply was harmless at low concentrations. The Department of Natural Resources lifted the advisory Monday evening after determining the chemical was triethanolamine, used mostly in the cosmetic and drug industries. One to three gallons of the chemical were mixed into about 750,000 gallons of water storage, which diluted the chemical to a harmless level. Officials had advised people to drink bottled water while they determined what chemical was mixed into the water. A city worker noticed the wrong chemical was added, apparently because a supplier mislabeled a container. Anamosa, an eastern Iowa city of about 5,500 people, flushed its water distribution system and contacted hospitals, schools, and restaurants about the advisory.

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Nebraska News

Boy, 11, died after being struck by SUV, Fremont police say
FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say an 11-year-old boy has died after being struck by a sport utility vehicle in Fremont. The accident occurred around 3:35 p.m. Monday. Fremont police say a 16-year-old was headed east on Military Avenue when the SUV he was driving struck the boy. Police say there was no crosswalk where the accident occurred. Police say the boy was taken to a Fremont hospital and then flown to an Omaha hospital, where he died. The 11-year-old was identified as Andrew Perez-Martinez, of Fremont. The teenage driver's name hasn't been released. Fremont police and the Nebraska State Patrol are investigating the accident.

Woman killed, 4 other people hurt in Dawson County collision
LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 49-year-old Kearney woman has been killed in a south-central Nebraska collision. The accident occurred around 8:35 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 30, about five miles east of Lexington. The Dawson County Sheriff's Office says a westbound sport utility vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming pickup. The SUV then rolled and came to rest on the passenger side. The Sheriff's Office says the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. She was identified as Lisa Antillon. The pickup driver and three other people were taken to a Lexington hospital.

Testimony seeks changes in Nebraska segregation rules draft
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Those who have testified at a Nebraska Department of Correctional Services hearing on restrictive housing say there are changes needed in the proposed solitary confinement rules. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that former inmates, American Civil Liberties Union officials and state Ombudsman's office representatives told a hearing officer there are concerns that the 19-page draft policy on segregation is too broad, continues the use of long-term segregation and doesn't have a timeline or enough detail. The department developed the rules and regulations after the state passed a law in 2015 requiring a long-term plan for use and reduction of restrictive housing. Republican state Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus introduced the law. He says the proposed regulations have a lot of steps, no appeal process and no real mandate to change what's going on now.

Nebraska primary to winnow field in down-ticket races
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska voters are picking a Republican nominee for an Omaha congressional district and narrowing the field in more than a dozen legislative races in the state's primary election. The polls will be open Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Don Bacon and Chip Maxwell are running for the GOP nomination in the Omaha-based 2nd District. The winner will face first-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford in the November general election. Voters will also pick candidates in 13 legislative races with more than two contenders. The top two vote-getters in each race will advance to the general election. The Legislature is officially nonpartisan, but Republicans hold 36 of the 49 seats and both parties hope to pick up more.

The Latest: Forecasters warn of tornado risk in Ohio Valley
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Parts of the Great Plains and Ohio Valley could see severe weather Tuesday as two storm systems make their way across the country's midsection. The Storm Prediction Center says central and northern Texas — including the Dallas-Fort Worth area — could see large hail and powerful winds Tuesday. In the east, Kentucky, southern Ohio, southern Illinois and southern Indiana are all at risk for bad weather, including tornadoes. So far, the risk is lower than on Monday, when powerful storms spawned tornadoes across the Great Plains, killing two people in Oklahoma. In all, the Storm Prediction Center received 23 reports of tornadoes in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The storms also downed trees and damaged buildings in northeast Texas, and dropped softball-sized hail in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Warrant issued for burned Omaha man lists murder charge
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An arrest warrant alleging murder and four counts of attempted murder has been issued for an Omaha man recovering from burns. Police said Monday that 32-year-old Antone Page will be taken into custody after he leaves a hospital. Court records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. Page is accused of stabbing 48-year-old Steven Edwards on Friday and then touching off a fire after splashing gasoline around an apartment and onto Edwards and others there. An Omaha police officer responding to a 911 call fired four gunshots at the apartment door lock so he and other officers could get in. Another officer used a stun gun to subdue Page and pull him from the apartment. Edwards died at a hospital a few hours later.

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