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Local News

October 31, 2014
South Dakota District 18 Senate Candidates, Governors Bet On Dakota Marker Game
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October 30, 2014
Tim Johnson Farewell Tour Stops In Vermillion, Scams Involving Back-Taxes
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October 29, 2014
Expected Yankton County Voter Turnout, South Dakota Gas Prices
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October 29, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

October 28, 2014
Yankton City Commission - Sale Of City Property, Rick Weiland Campaign Funding
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October 27, 2014
Red Ribbon Rally, Yankton College Orchestra Event, South Dakota Ebola Screening
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October 24, 2014
USD AWOL Service Project, Thune Calls For Use Of Civil Reserve Air Fleet
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October 23, 2014
U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson Receives Award, Ladies Downtown Day & Wine Walk, Jody Bottum Lecture
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October 22, 2014
Initiated Measure #18 Forum, Yankton County Commission - Lake Area Warning Sirens
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October 21, 2014
Vermillion City Council Approves Liquor Store Management Agreement, Fatal Yankton County Crash
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October 20, 2014
Sam Heikes Wins National Award, Ebola Scams, Initiative #18 Community Forum
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October 18, 2014
Nebraska E85 Production, Clay-Union Foundation, Habitat For Humanity Of Yankton County
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October 17, 2014
Yankton County Community Emergency Management Team, Couples Challenge South Dakota's Gay Marriage Ban, South Dakota Pheasant Opener
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October 16, 2014
Senator Thune Calls For Travel Ban, Governor Daugaard's Chief Of Staff Resigns, Thomas Rokahr Benefit, United States Congressional Candidate Meet And Greet
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October 15, 2014
District 17 Legislative Candidate Forum
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October 14, 2014
Yankton School Resource Officer Approved, Nebraska District 40 Debate, Yankton Tree Trimming
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October 13, 2014
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Visits Vermillion High School, University of South Dakota Kicks Off Onward Campaign
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October 11, 2014
2014 Women's Health Forum, Health Insurance Marketplace
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October 10, 2014
Vermillion Municipal Pool Committee Open Houses, Internships In The South Dakota Governor's Office
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October 9, 2014
South Dakota Democratic Party Attorney on Mike Rounds, Yankton County Prepared for Ebola, Lesterville Water Ban Lifted, Dakota Days Thursday Events
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October 8, 2014
Yankton County Commission Meeting - Yankton County Preservation Ordinance & Public Service Champion Award, Lesterville Water Ban, South Dakota Influenza Cases, Harrisburg Bond Vote
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October 7, 2014
Lesterville Water Ban, Mountain Lion Shot in Knox County, Yankton County Commission Meeting Preview
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October 6, 2014
100th Dakota Days, Update on Emery Grain Hauling Facility, Welcome Home Ceremony for 1742nd
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October 4, 2014
Missouri Valley Model Railroad Club Train Show, Elected Officials Encourage Young People To Apply For Service Academies
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October 3, 2014
Vermillion High School Theater Department Double Feature, Yankton Community Forum on Public Education
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October 2, 2014
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman announces Nebraska Manufacturing Month, Vermillion's Bliss Pointe Ribbon Cutting, Technical Institutes Receive Grants
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October 1, 2014
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman Presents 2014 "Be Prepared" Awards, South Dakota Gas Prices, Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup
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September 30, 2014
John E. Nelson named Nebraska Lieutenant Governor, Mount Marty College designated as military friendly
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September 29, 2014
Sandi Parish art exhibit at Bede Art Gallery at Mount Marty College, Beresford VFW Auxiliary fundraiser, 1742nd returns to United States
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September 27, 2014
Enterovirus prevention, Missouri Valley Model Railroad Club 12th annual train show
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September 26, 2014
South Dakota Manufacturing Week in Yankton, Enterovirus, EB-5 controversy
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September 26, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

September 25, 2014
Greening Vermillion Earth Day Planning Committee, ACLU files complaint against Yankton Taco John's, Government Operations and Audit Committee seeks EB-5 answers
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September 25, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

September 24, 2014
Senator Thune makes a stop in Yankton, Jury in murder trial returns verdict, Local and South Dakota gas prices
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September 23, 2014
Yankton City Commission raises solid waste collection and water rates, Former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds and current Governor Dennis Dougaard respond to lawmaker questions, Murder trial goes to jury in Winner, SD
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September 22, 2014
South Dakota Manufacturers Week in Yankton, Vermillion Public Power Week, Yankton College Fall Meetings
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Beginning October 29, 2014, entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other interested community members are invited to attend each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at The Pavillion located at 409 Summit for 1 Million Cups – a free, weekly program developed by the Kauffman foundation helps build startup communities nationwide. For more information view the national website at www.1millioncups.com and access the Yankton, SD microsite at http://yankton.sites.1millioncups.com/.

• The Vermillion Municipal Pool Committee has announced open house dates, times and locations for viewing plans for the proposed new municipal swimming pool in historic Prentis Park. Vermillion Municipal Pool Committee members will be on-site to answer questions about the proposed municipal swimming pool plans. Click here for a list of open houses.

• Are you a job seeker looking for employment? The Department of Labor and Regulation has an important announcement about Job Services. Department of Labor & Regulation workforce experts can help job seekers with a variety of services ranging from career exploration to application, resume and cover letter assistance, to mock interviews and workforce training opportunities. Stop in at your local Department of Labor & Regulation office and visit with an employment representative today. For a list of local office locations, visit sdjobs.org.

• Governor Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two spring 2015 Governor's Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early January through May 2015. 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 November 1, vis 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.

• Senator John Thune is currently seeking intelligent, hard-working college students to serve as spring interns in his office in Washington, D.C., as well as in his offices in Aberdeen, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls. College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune's Washington, D.C., office should submit a resume and cover letter by November 7, 2014, to: Senator John Thune; Attn: Logan Penfield; 511 Dirksen Senate Office Building; Washington, D.C. 20510. By fax to: (202) 228-5429. By e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune's Sioux Falls, Rapid City, or Aberdeen offices should submit a resume and cover letter, by November 7, to: Senator John Thune; Attn: Robin Long; 320 North Main Avenue, Suite B; Sioux Falls, SD 57104. By e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for Men's Basketball League. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, November 7, 2014. League play is scheduled to begin the first week of December. Team registration forms and rules are available at the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or on the City of Yankton website. For further information, call (605) 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on Facebook.

• South Dakota lawmakers are forming a task force to address child sexual abuse in the state. Public input is sought, and you can contribute your insight This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• The Vermillion Backpack Program helps hungry kids. You can help with contributions of time or money. Learn more.

• OSHA reminds workers and employers of the need for common sense and care when it comes to safety. Get information on how to report unsafe workplaces. Call the OSHA hotline at (800) 321-6742.

• Traveling but concerned about road conditions? Use this link to get information or call 511 (in South Dakota).

• Are you planning an event, conference or local sports tournament in the Yankton area? Add it to the Yankton area web calendar for 2014. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online submissions.

• Want to help others as a volunteer? This one-stop spot from United Way of Vermillion can help you find opportunities.

• The Heartland Human Society offers affordable pets. View the available animals or stop by the shelter on East Highway 50 in Yankton.

• 211 is an information and crisis helpline that provides resource information on non-profit, social service, and government programs, along with providing crisis intervention services. It is available anytime, day or night, from anywhere in Yankton or Bon Homme counties. More information available at helplinecenter.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, September 29 – Friday, October 31
Sandi Parish – water color exhibit “Horses” and “Children”; Bede Art Gallery; Marian Auditorium; Mount Marty College; Yankton. Bede Art Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. A free reception and gallery talk is scheduled for October 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., it is open to the public.

Tuesday, October 21 – Saturday, November 1
Meowloween October Adoption Event – Heartland Humane Society; 3400 East Highway 50; Yankton. Heartland Humane Society is having discounted adoption fees on all orange and black animals up for adoption. Cats and kittens will have a reduced adoption fee of $30. Dogs and puppies will be $75. All of our animals that qualify for this promotion are healthy, fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered (if old enough) and micro-chipped. All cats and dogs available for adoption can be found on the shelter’s webpage www.hearlandhumanesociety.net or you can stop by the shelter. Please contact the shelter at (605) 664-4244 if you have any questions.

Friday, October 31 – Saturday, November 1
Harvest Halloween Festival, downtown Yankton. For more information visit www.harvesthalloween.com.

Friday, October 31
The Yankton Democratic Party will be hosting an informational meet and greet event at party headquarters (232 Capital Street; Yankton) at 5 p.m. this event will focus on the Medicaid Expansion portion of the Affordable Health Care law. Jay Williams, Democratic candidate for State House, will be leading a discussion of the Medicaid Expansion focusing on the economic impact of the rejection of the expansion by the state government.

Saturday, November 1
Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day - Mount Marty College. The admissions Office at Mount Marty college will be holding Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events for prospective students to learn about the college and academic majors, visit campus, and meet with faculty. For more information on Blue and Gold Campus Visit Days, or to register, visit www.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

Thomas Rokahr is in the 2nd year of the fight for his life against Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia (A.L.L.). Tom's parents are doing all they can and it's not enough. With all the medical, hospital, and traveling expenses the bills are piling up. Please help Tom and his family in this time of need. Tom the Tank Benefit; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; St. John's Lutheran Church; 1009 Jackson St; Yankton. Baked potato bar benefit, free will donation, all proceeds go to the family. Any questions please contact Bridgette Rokahr (402) 394-1092. For more information and updates about Tom and his battle against A.L.L. visit Tom The Tank Facebook page.

Glass Mosaic Workshop with Nancy Losacker; Picture This Series, Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to basic techniques and history, and will be able to create a small mosaic of their own. This hands-on workshop requires preregistration and nominal $10 fee. Open strictly to ages 16 & up, only. Please call or stop by the circulation desk to register. Space is very limited. For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

Yankton Boy Scout Troop #133 monthly scrap newspaper and aluminum can collections. Papers and cans will be picked up at the trailer courts, apartment complexes and Riverside Acres in Yankton. Have your newspaper and cans secured in sacks or small cardboard boxes and ready to be picked by 9 a.m. Paper and cans may also be brought to Riverview Reformed Church Parking lot; 1700 Burleigh; Yankton, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. For more information call (605) 660-5206 or (605) 857-9396.

South Dakota 125th Statehood Anniversary Celebration; 7 p.m.; Capital Building; Pierre.

Sunday, November 2
Sacred Heart Parish Bazaar and Dinner; Parish Community Center; 509 Capitol St; Yankton. Serving times 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance for discounted prices through Sacred Heart Parish, or after masses October 18th/19th and October 25th/26th. There will be a religious book sale and bake sale booth. Games for the entire family will be in Link Auditorium, bingo will be held from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday, November 3
The Yankton Chamber and Interchanges will host the District 18 House and Senate candidates at Minervas. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. with the forum beginning at 12 p.m. and ending at 1 p.m. Lunch will be $10 and is optional. RSVP's are requested for all attendees for seating.

A free Seasonal Flu clinic will be held for children in Jr. Kindergarten through 5th grade at each elementary school. Parents need not be present but a consent form must be signed by a parent for all students wishing to get the vaccine in school. Please return these form to your child's teacher or the school office by Tuesday, October 28. Monday, November 3 will be Lincoln School and Stewart School.

Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein is this year’s Fall Rawlins Visiting Artist at the University of South Dakota Department of Music. Gerstein will perform a solo piano recital at 7:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. His master class with USD piano students is from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Farber Hall in Old Main on the USD campus. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susanne Skyrm at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling (605) 677-5723.

Tuesday, November 4
Election Day – Polls in Yankton County & Clay County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Polling locations in Yankton County include the National Field Archery Center – Yankton, City Hall – Yankton, JoDean’s – Yankton, Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, Lesterville Fire Hall, Mayfield Store and Gayville Community Center. Polling locations in Clay County include the SESD Experimental Farm – Beresford, Wakonda Senior Citizen Center, Vermillion 4-H Center/Fairgrounds and Vermillion National Guard Armory. For more information on Yankton County call (605) 260-4400. For more information on Clay County call (605) 677-7120.

Wednesday, November 5
The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting several educational sessions in the coming months on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program. Vermillion Public Library; 18 Church St.; Vermillion. 2 p.m. For more information visit www.ltcpartnership.sd.gov.

The Rural Office of Community Services, Inc., (ROCS) will offer area residents the opportunity to meet with a navigator in Yankton to learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace. An outreach event is scheduled in Yankton from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Northern Lights Conference Room 2 on the second floor of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital's Northern Lights Addition. No appointment necessary. For more information, contact Marilyn Kathol at (605) 668-8105 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Tim Schwasinger at (605) 668-8103 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Lizzy Bolander at (605) 469-5363 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Alice Alexandrescu, local social practice artist; Artists & Authors Series, Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, 7 p.m. Alice will discuss her constructive approaches and contagious energy in and out of the art world driven by a proper belief in liberty and justice for all. She’ll facilitate a group creative moment, show off some of her student’s media masterpieces and a speed chronology of selected projects. For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

The Yankton Chamber of Commerce Business Development Committee will be hosting a fall business seminar with WorkSmart Seminars on Mobile Apps for Business – 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m; Riverfront Event Center; Yankton. Cost of the seminar is $40 for chamber members and $49.95 for non-members. Registration deadline is November 3. For more information visit www.yanktonsd.com/seminars.

Thursday, November 6
“I Would Walk 500 Miles: The Way of St. James" - Jordan and Rebecca Foos. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

Silver Threads Health & Product Fair, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 320 W Main Street; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 624-8072.

The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting several educational sessions in the coming months on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program. Yankton Public Library; 515 Walnut St.; Yankton. 2 p.m. For more information visit www.ltcpartnership.sd.gov.

A free Seasonal Flu clinic will be held for children in Jr. Kindergarten through 5th grade at each elementary school. Parents need not be present but a consent form must be signed by a parent for all students wishing to get the vaccine in school. Please return the form to your child's teacher or the school office by Tuesday, October 28. Thursday, November 6 will be Webster School and Beadle School.

Heartland Humane Society Wine & Whiskers - 6 p.m.; Minerva's Event Center; Yankton. To view a full list of the auction items, buy tickets or learn more, check out Wine and Whiskers at the Heartland Humane Society website.

Yankton College/Yankton High School Orchestra Festival – 7 p.m.; Yankton High School Theatre. Open to the public. For more information, contact Yankton College at (605) 665-3661.

St. John’s Lutheran Church Soup Kitchen; 1009 Jackson Street; Yankton. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Menu: Soups, taverns, hot dogs, pies, coffee and milk.

Monday, November 10
11th Annual Yankton Middle School Veteran’s Day Celebration – 9 a.m.; Yankton Middle School “Old” Gymnasium; 2000 Mulberry St; Yankton. The program is free to the public and coffee and cookies will be served.

Tuesday, November 11
Veterans Day Soup Kitchen – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Yankton Elks Lodge; 504 West 27th St; Yankton. Menu: homemade soups, taverns, pies/desserts.

Yankton Middle School 11th Annual Veteran’s Day Celebration – 9 a.m.; Yankton Middle School Old Gymnasium; 2000 Mulberry St; Yankton.

Yankton Community Blood Drive – 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital; Benedictine Center; 501 Summit St; Yankton. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call (800) 287-4903 or visit www.liveservebloodcenter.org.

Wednesday, November 12
Alderman Rich Holland, Long Overdue Series Community Discussion “The ‘Everything’ Plan for the City”; Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, 7 p.m. What really leads the decision-making in a city? The answer could be a vital document called The Comprehensive Plan. This discussion will cover the history, need, preparation and use of a Comprehensive Plan and illustrate why it is so important to the growth of Vermillion. For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

Gayville Community Blood Drive – 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m..; Gayville Community Center; 404 Washington; Gayville. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call (800) 287-4903 or visit www.liveservebloodcenter.org.

Thursday, November 13
"The World War One Correspondence of John and Anna Warns" - Dr. Rich Lofthus. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

“Exploring South Dakota’s Political Tradition”; The University of South Dakota will explore South Dakota’s political history with a conference at the Al Neuharth Media Center; Vermillion. The daylong program will feature the launch of the book “The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture (Vol. 2)” and a keynote address by Tom Isern, a University Distinguished Professor of History at North Dakota State University. There will also be four panel discussions on South Dakota’s unique political history. The conference is free and open to the public but registration is required. The deadline to register is Friday, November 7. For more information or to register, click here.

Facebook For Beginners – 6 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut, Yankton. Call the library at (605) 668-5276 or register in person at the circulation desk by Friday, November 7.

Saturday, November 15
Sacred Heart School’s 6th Annual Vendor Blender – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Sacred Heart Elementary School Gym; 1500 Saint Benedict Drive; Yankton, SD 57078. Over 30 vendors, bake sale items, handmade items, Godfather’s Pizza from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Thursday, November 20
"A Topical Vacation: Collecting Stamps by Topic" - Dr. Terry Nelson. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

Friday, November 21 – Sunday, December 7
"Romeo and Juliet", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.

Sunday, November 30
Victorian Christmas High Tea - Cramer-Kenyon Historic Home.

Thursday, December 4
"Update on the MMC 'Interpret a Genome' Project" - Dr. Vicki Geiser. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14
Christmas Open Houses - Cramer-Kenyon House; 509 Pine Street; Yankton. Open houses are scheduled for December 12th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. and from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on December 13th and 14th. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions about this event, please call the curator at the Cramer-Kenyon Home at (605) 665-7470.

Friday, December 12
Yankton Contact Center Holiday Food Basket signup deadline – Families and individuals wishing to participate in the Holiday Food/Fruit Baskets Project must complete a simple application, providing proof of address, number in the household, and an active SNAP card. For more information, please call (605) 260-4400.

Thursday, February 19 – Sunday, February 22
"Stand Off at HWY #37", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visitwww.usd.edu/theatre.

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

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

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

Saturday, July 11
The Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle, a 50-mile race for kayaks and canoes on the Missouri National Recreational River. Learn more.

Iowa News

Citigroup to lay off 370 Des Moines area workers
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Citigroup says it plans to lay off 370 employees in the Des Moines area by the middle of next year. The company tells the Des Moines Register the decision came from "ongoing efforts" to increase efficiency of its operations. Affected employees come from the company's consumer banking business section. They represent more than two-thirds of Citigroup's workforce in the Des Moines area. Employees were told of the layoffs last week.

GOP gathers voting, recount data in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With Election Day just around the corner in the competitive Iowa Senate race, Republicans are requesting information from state and local voting officials about polling places, voting rules and recount procedures. The GOP says it just wants to be prepared in case there is any question about the outcome between Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley. The National Republican Senatorial Committee recently requested materials from the Iowa secretary of state's office and the Ernst campaign has reached out to county auditors, seeking information. The NRSC has made similar requests to secretary of state offices in 10 other states with tight Senate races. Democrats have not made such extensive record requests of Iowa officials. They say they are focused on winning, but will be ready for a recount situation.

Poll: Economy, other issues overshadow abortion
DENVER (AP) — A new Associated Press-GfK Poll shows that candidates will have a hard time rallying voters around social issues on Election Day. The poll found that likely voters' top issues are the economy, health care, Ebola and the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Those issues largely favor Republicans. Democrats have tried to rally their base of single women by focusing on abortion rights and other social issues. But last month's poll found only 43 percent of likely voters found abortion an important issue. Democrats have the advantage on that subject and same-sex marriage, but those issues are not priorities for voters.

Ex-Iowa coach, administrator confirm relationship
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A top University of Iowa athletic administrator and the college's recently fired women's field hockey coach say their long-standing relationship was not a conflict of interest. The relationship between senior associate athletics director Jane Meyer and coach Tracey Griesbaum has come under scrutiny following Griesbaum's recent firing over allegations of player mistreatment. At least one parent of a former player and one professor have claimed that the couple's relationship created the appearance that complaints about Griesbaum's coaching would be ignored. Griesbaum and Meyer confirmed their decade-long relationship Wednesday, saying they live together but aren't married. They say they weren't required to disclose or take steps to manage the relationship because Griesbaum didn't report to Meyer, who had been the department's number two official until an August reorganization.

Kum & Go chain settles disabilities lawsuit
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Kum and Go convenience store chain will spend millions of dollars to make changes at more than 400 stores in 11 states to settle a lawsuit that claimed its gas stations failed to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. A Clinton, Iowa, man who uses a wheelchair filed the class-action lawsuit in April 2013 on behalf of all Kum and Go customers who use wheelchairs or scooters. A federal court judge on Thursday approved the settlement negotiated by attorneys for the company and the man, Gary McDermott. It specifies the company will bring 100 stores into compliance within two years and 75 additional stores each year until modifications are made at all stores. Modifications include fuel assistance calling devices at gas pumps and relocated fuel pump controls.

2-vehicle collision in Iowa kills 1, injures 2
YARMOUTH, Iowa (AP) — A two-vehicle collision in southeast Iowa has killed a 39-year-old man. The Des Moines County Sheriff's Office says James Wishmeier was driving a minivan Thursday morning near Yarmouth when he failed to stop at a stop sign. A semi-truck pulling a grain trailer struck the car, causing it to catch fire. Wishmeier was killed. A juvenile in Wishmeier's car and the driver of the semi-truck received non-life-threatening injuries. Both were taken to hospitals. The crash remains under investigation.

Iowa officials hope new overpass reduce crashes
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials are hoping that work to raise overpasses on Interstate 29 will reduce frequent crashes by vehicles hauling tall loads. The Sioux City Journal reports that on Tuesday, a sand silo being carried on a tractor-trailer struck the bottom of an overpass near Salix. The silo landed in the interstate's median, and then the semitrailer struck a crane in a ditch. The driver was taken to and later released from a Sioux City hospital after the accident. Dakin Schultz of the state's transportation department says the overpass that was struck by the silo will soon be gone and replaced with a taller one set to open later this year. Another overpass near Salix is expected to be replaced in 2016.

Iowa pizzeria says manager stole nearly $18,000
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A former manager at a pizzeria in Cedar Falls has been accused of stealing nearly $18,000 from his employer. The Cedar Falls Police Department says 23-year-old Tyler Boyd Kobliska was arrested Wednesday. He faces one count of first-degree theft. Court records do not list an attorney. The Godfather's Pizza chain discovered the theft in June. Kobliska of Cedar Falls had worked for the restaurant for nine years. Kobliska was booked into the Black Hawk County Jail and later released after posting bond.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

 

Nebraska News

Novartis announces layoffs at Lincoln plant
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Novartis has announced more layoffs at its manufacturing plant in Lincoln. Company spokeswoman Julie Masow tells the Lincoln Journal Star that 75 jobs were eliminated Thursday. That includes 31 positions that were open. The cuts represent the third phase of restructuring at the plant that Novartis announced in April 2013. In January, the company laid off 27 people and eliminated 58 open positions. In May 2013, it laid off 72 people and eliminated 41 open positions. The layoffs were in response to the plant shutting down for a year and a half after the Food and Drug Administration found numerous quality-control problems. The Lincoln plant manufactures Excedrin, TheraFlu and the animal health product Sentinel.

Wind farm project dedicated in Broken Bow
BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) — Central Nebraska officials have dedicated a new wind farm project near Broken Bow. The North Platte Telegraph reports that the Broken Bow II wind has 43 turbines, doubling the number in an area northeast of the city. Construction began in January. The wind farm was placed into commercial operation on October 1st. Power from the facility will go the Nebraska Public Power District, which bought it under a 25-year contract. Custer County now has the second-largest concentration of wind turbines in Nebraska. Melissa Garcia, president and CEO of Custer Economic Development Corp, says the project will benefit local businesses.

Judge: State inmates not entitled to minimum wage
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Nebraska prisoner who argued that he should be making minimum wage for his work behind bars. Stephen Cavanaugh sued several state prison officials earlier this year, saying that over the past year, he was assigned to work as a food server, window washer and maintenance worker and paid between $1.21 and $2.25 a day. His lawsuit says he should have been paid minimum wage of $7.25 an hour and asked a federal judge to award him nearly $3,400, plus $350 for his legal costs. U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp dismissed the lawsuit Wednesday, saying that while state law sets minimum wage, another state law specifically allows the prisons director to determine the hours prisoners work and their rate of compensation.

Lincoln police arrest 3 in connection to shooting
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in Lincoln have arrested three men in connection to the August shooting death of a man. Nineteen-year-old Joshua Nootenboom-Carr and 23-year-old Derick Lewis each face charges of first-degree murder and attempted robbery in the death of 21-year-old Maurice Lamont Williams. Nootenboom-Carr also faces other citations. Twenty-three-year-old Jason Holmes faces charges of accessory to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit robbery. Police say Holmes was waiting in a car when Nootenboom-Carr and Lewis entered an apartment for a robbery. Police say Williams was shot in the chest during the home invasion. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Holmes was arrested Wednesday. Nootenboom-Carr and Lewis were already incarcerated on unrelated charges. Court records do not list attorneys.

Police: Iowa man accidentally shoots himself
RED OAK, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a southwest Iowa man is in critical condition after accidentally shooting himself in the face. Red Oak police say 28-year-old Cody Allen Keith Tunnell was handling a weapon Wednesday night when it went off. He told authorities he thought the weapon was unloaded. Authorities say they also interviewed witnesses. Tunnell was taken to a local hospital before being airlifted to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. The Omaha World-Herald reports Tunnell is listed in stable but critical condition as of Thursday morning. The shooting remains under investigation.

Omaha man found guilty in girlfriend's death
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend last year has been found guilty of first-degree murder. Jurors in Douglas County District Court deliberated more than two hours Thursday before reaching a verdict on 33-year-old Robert Grant. Prosecutors said Grant stabbed 43-year-old Trudy McKee in September 2013. She was found with more than 40 stab wounds. Grant was not present when the verdict was read. Sentencing is scheduled for December 3rd.

Kum & Go chain settles disabilities lawsuit
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Kum and Go convenience store chain will spend millions of dollars to make changes at more than 400 stores in 11 states to settle a lawsuit that claimed its gas stations failed to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. A Clinton, Iowa, man who uses a wheelchair filed the class-action lawsuit in April 2013 on behalf of all Kum and Go customers who use wheelchairs or scooters. A federal court judge on Thursday approved the settlement negotiated by attorneys for the company and the man, Gary McDermott. It specifies the company will bring 100 stores into compliance within two years and 75 additional stores each year until modifications are made at all stores. Modifications include fuel assistance calling devices at gas pumps and relocated fuel pump controls.

Stops yield nearly $560K in suspected drug money
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska sheriff says deputies have seized nearly $560,000 in suspected drug money in recent traffic stops. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the money was confiscated in three separate stops in Lancaster County. The biggest bust came on Saturday, when a deputy stopped 31-year-old Matthew S. Crothers of Palos Heights, Illinois, and 50-year-old Jeffrey Larkin of Orland Park, Illinois. Authorities say a search of their pickup yielded nearly $439,000 in a spare tire and a small amount of marijuana. Deputies also seized nearly $54,000 in a Sunday stop, and arrested 33-year-old Wing Lun Lau of Minneapolis. On Friday, they confiscated $67,000. The sheriff says deputies arrested 21-year-old James Milton Atkinson of Mankato, Minnesota, and 22-year-old Erik Joseph Felsheim of Waseca, Minnesota.

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