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Local News

November 22, 2014
Nebraska Department Of Corrections Miscalculations, South Dakota Department Of Natural Resources Director Resigns, Thanksgiving Travelers
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November 21, 2014
Yankton County Emergency Management Joins Social Media, Lambda Chi Alpha Fundraiser
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November 21, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 20, 2014
United States Representative Kristi Noem Talks Immigration, USD-SDSU Showdown Series
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November 19, 2014
Yankton County Commission Meeting Summary, South Dakota Powerball Winner, Keystone XL Pipeline
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November 19, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 18, 2014
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman Announces Nebraska Youth Ag Council, Vermillion Mayor Thanks Residents
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November 18, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 17, 2014
South Dakota Announces New Leadership, Keystone XL Pipeline Barriers, Ebola Patient Dies In Nebraska, Yankton Bucks State Championship Welcome Home
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November 17, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 14, 2014
Vermillion Public Meeting Concerning Downtown Intersection, Senator Elect Mike Rounds Visits Washington
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November 14, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 13, 2014
Nebraska Governor Heineman Touts Adoption Month, Nebraska To Fight Gay Marraige Suit
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November 13, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 12, 2014
Five School Consolidation Meeting, United States Secretary Of Transportation Visits South Dakota, South Dakota and North Dakota Crop Projections, South Dakota Gas Prices
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November 12, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 11, 2014
Mount Marty College Veterans Day Program, Elks Lodge Soup Kitchen, Fallen Heroes Traveling Banners
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November 11, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 10, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 6, 2014
Corps Of Engineers Reduce Water Flow, Yankton County Commission Meeting, Shannon County Name Change
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November 6, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

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 28, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

October 27, 2014
Red Ribbon Rally, Yankton College Orchestra Event, South Dakota Ebola Screening
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October 27, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

October 24, 2014
USD AWOL Service Project, Thune Calls For Use Of Civil Reserve Air Fleet
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October 24, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

October 23, 2014
U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson Receives Award, Ladies Downtown Day & Wine Walk, Jody Bottum Lecture
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October 23, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• The Board of City Commissioners is seeking City of Yankton residents to serve on a Downtown Parking Advisory Committee. Interested citizens will work with members of the City Commission and City staff to analyze downtown parking regulation in the City of Yankton. Recommendations from the Downtown Parking Advisory Committee will be made to the City Commission to consider next steps. Anyone who is interested in serving on this committee should submit a letter of interest to the City Manager’s Office.
City Manager’s Office
P.O. Box 176
Yankton, SD 57078
The deadline for these inquires is Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

• The Summit Activities Center is offering a Tiny Tots Play Club through the winter months Monday through Friday mornings from 9 a.m. -11 a.m. Join them for a place where preschool children and their grown-ups can shake off those cooped-up blues in the gym area with toys and equipment that will promote physical activity and most importantly FUN. Cost for play time in the gym is $1 per preschooler. Members of the Summit Activities Center are free. For further information, please stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit in Yankton or call (605) 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on their Facebook page.

• The first snowfall of the year is a good reminder that many members of our community rely on clear sidewalks to get to and from school and work. If you have public sidewalks at your home or business please make arrangements for snow and ice removal within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. Snow removed from driveways, sidewalks or parking lots should not be placed in the street. Contact the City of Yankton at (605) 668-5251 for more information.

• The Salvation Army in Yankton will soon be ringing bells at local businesses in Yankton. 90% of all funds raised locally are used to provide temporary, emergency assistance to local residents and transients in Yankton. YOU can make a difference in the lives of those in need either by donating when you see a “Red Kettle” or by volunteering to staff a Kettle at a Walmart or Hyvee. We are looking for individuals, Families, Service Clubs, Church Groups, Youth Groups who would be willing to help a couple of hours during this holiday season. If you are interested in bell ringing or have questions about the Salvation Army in Yankton, call Carol at (605) 661-5153.

• Check Into Cash located at 2007 Broadway Suite D is now accepting donations for River city Domestic Violence Center. You can drop off at any time non-perishable foods, new pillows, diaper/wipes, cleaning supplies, shampoo/conditioner/body wash, paper products and disposable zip-lock containers. Store hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

• Story Times/Toddler Times at the Yankton Community Library - Fall story times and toddler times conclude the week of November 18 at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, with all programs running on a normal schedule that week. Story times are Monday at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday at 10:15 a.m. Toddler times are Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. Mark your calendars for very special sessions in December. Santa Claus is joining us! Santa story times are Monday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, December 10 and 11, at 10:15 a.m. Toddlers are invited for Santa stories and songs on Tuesday, December 9, at 10:15 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. The winter/spring sessions of story times and toddler times resume January 5, 2015. Registration sheets are now available. Story time is for three, four, and five year-olds and includes books, rhymes and finger plays, music and movement, and a craft. Sessions are held on Monday evenings at 6:30 and Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:15. Toddler Time is on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. It is designed for one, two, and three year-olds and their parents and caregivers. Sessions includes short books and lots of music and movement. Siblings of all ages are welcome. New participants can register by stopping at the library, calling (605) 668-5276, or by e-mailing Youth Services Librarian Joyce Moore at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• Mentors needed - Vermillion now has 7 children seeking mentors. Volunteers spend 2 hours/week with their match, and the program benefits both adults and youth. There are boys and girls in a wide age range, and no extra skills are needed, just a caring attitude. Please contact John Gille at (605) 421-5050, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or apply online at http://www.clay-unionfoundation.org/ to be a mentor. More information is also on the website. Year-end donations to the program , which are fully tax deductible, may be mailed to P.O. Box 665, Elk Point, SD 57025.

• Representative Kristi Noem is accepting applications for spring internships in her Washington, D.C. office, as well as in her offices in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown. Student interns in Representative Noem’s office will assist staff with various constituent service and communications projects, as well as assist with legislative research. Both South Dakota and Washington, D.C., internships provide students with first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and the countless other functions of a congressional office. College students who are interested in interning in any of Representative Noem’s offices should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by December 15. For more information, contact Christiana Frazee at (202) 225-2801.

• Mount Marty College Bede Art Gallery will be hosting artist, Sirlene Bosn, and her oils, acrylics, and drawing exhibit entitled, “South Dakota Genre,” will be on display from November 3 to November 22. A free reception and gallery talk is scheduled for November 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and open to the public. For more information on the Bede Art Gallery please visit www.mtmc.edu/arts/bede.aspx or contact Director, David Kahle, at (605) 668-1574 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• 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/.

• 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.

• 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

2014

Friday, November 21 – Saturday, November 22
South Dakota Showdown Series Charity Run to benefit Feeding South Dakota - Members of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity chapters at the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University. Run will start at 8 a.m. Friday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion and is expected to finish about 10 a.m. Saturday near Coughlin-Alumni Stadium on the South Dakota State University campus. The route will follow Highway 19, connect with Highway 34 near Madison, then continue north on Highway 81. The final leg will be on Highway 14. To contribute call Derek McBride at (605) 520-7623 or Josh Jasper at (605) 310-2537.

Friday, November 21 – Sunday, December 7
“Romeo and Juliet” performs at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21-22 and Dec. 3-6; and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 23 and Dec. 7 in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre on the USD campus. Tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Senior Citizen (62+), $10 for K-12 and non-USD students with ID, and $5 USD students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at www.usd.edu/theatre or by calling the USD Theatre Box Office at (605) 677-5400 from noon to 5 p.m.

Friday, November 21
Yankton Church Women United invite the women from all denominations to the World Community Day at the Yankton Community Library Meeting Room. “Through God Our Hands Can Heal” is the program’s title. Coffee and rolls will be served at 10 a.m. with the program at 10:30 a.m. Questions? Call (605) 664-7579.

No school in Yankton due to a conferences compensation day.

Job Search Assistance Program – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 1024 W Cherry St; Vermillion. Parties interested in attending should register by calling (605) 677-6900 before 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 19.

Saturday, November 22
Mount Marty College Bede Art Gallery will be hosting artist, Sirlene Bosn, and her oils, acrylics, and drawing exhibit entitled, “South Dakota Genre,” will be on display from November 3 to November 22. A free reception and gallery talk is scheduled for November 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and open to the public. For more information on the Bede Art Gallery please visit www.mtmc.edu/arts/bede.aspx or contact Director, David Kahle, at (605) 668-1574 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Fundraiser benefit for Glen Taggart – 4:30 p.m.; Wakonda Legion Hall. Free will donation supper, with a silent/live auction and dance to follow. For more information contact Pam ganschow (605) 267-2607, Charmaine Gullikson (605) 267-2583 or Connie Taggart (605) 670-2224.

Turkey Trot – 5K or 1 mile Family Fun Run or Walk – 1 p.m.; Prentis Park; Vermillion. $20 adults, $10 children under 12 years old. Please mail money, names, phone number, and t-shirt size to Robin Svendsen; 38 Muirfield Court; Vermillion, SD 57069. Questions? Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

1st Annual Vermillion Armory Holiday Kick Off Vendor/Craft Show – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Vermillion National Guard Armory; 603 Princeton Ave; Vermillion.

Tuesday, November 25
Yankton Community Blood Drive – 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Benedictine Center; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital; 501 Summit Street; Yankton. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call (800) 287-4903.

Wednesday, November 26 – Friday, November 29
Summit Activities Center in Yankton Thanksgiving Holiday Hours:
Wednesday, November 26 – Open 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Thursday, November 27 – CLOSED
Friday, November 28 – Open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
There will be no fitness classes Wednesday evening and all day Friday – Saturday. There will be a No School Special Swim and Gym on Friday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. For further information, call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut, will close on Wednesday, November 26, at 5 p.m., for the Thanksgiving holiday and reopen on Saturday, November 29, at 9 a.m., with regular weekend hours.

Wednesday, November 26
Penny Bingo – 1 p.m. – The Center. Open to the public.

Thursday, November 27 – Friday, November 28
No school in Yankton – classes will resume on Monday, December 1.

Friday, November 28 – Saturday, November 29
11th Annual Missouri Valley Model Railroad Club Open House. Both days 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 221 W 3rd St; Yankton. Free Admission. For more information contact Francis Serr at (605) 660-4237 or Don Hopf at (605) 661-4123.

Friday, November 28 – Sunday, November 30
Add some sparkle to your holiday season! The Dakota Dance Association of Yankton, SD will be presenting Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Yankton High School Theatre, 1801 Summit Street, Yankton. Attend an evening performance (7:30pm) on November 28-29 or take in a matinee (2pm) on November 29-30. Over 150 local cast members ranging in from 1st grade to adult will be performing in this year’s production. Highlights of this year’s performance include the debut of first grade dancers in the newly added role of Christmas Fairies, new costumes for the Sugar Plum Fairy and Lead Angel, as well as scenery updates to this classic story which will transport you from a holiday gathering of friends to the Kingdom of Sweets where wonderful things to eat and drink come alive. Dakota Dance Association welcomes back director Linda Haar, choreographer Dorota Dannenbring and a large group of volunteers behind the scenes. Linda Haar is a Yankton College Theatre graduate who has directed over 80 shows primarily at Bon Homme High School and Lewis and Clark Theatre Company. Dorota Dannenbring is a graduate of the Conservatory of Dance in Warsaw, Poland and has been a dance instructor in Yankton for 25 years. Tickets go on sale at the Yankton Mall, 2101 Broadway, next to the JC Penney entrance, beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8th and continuing through Friday, Nov. 28th. Tickets may be purchased by stopping at the Yankton Mall during the following sale hours:
Saturday and Sunday Nov. 8-23----------------------1:00– 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday Nov. 10-26-------------------6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 28--------------------------------------------10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
In addition, tickets will be available at the door 1 hour prior to each performance. If you are unable to purchase tickets during these times, please call Luann Kennedy, Ticket Sales Chairperson, at 664-4747 and leave a message, or write to the Dakota Dance Assoc., P.O. Box 264, Yankton, SD 57078. Ticket prices are $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 12th grade and under. All seats are reserved.

Sunday, November 30
Victorian Christmas High Tea - Cramer-Kenyon Historic Home. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. The elegant affair will feature a selection of teas and many varieties of sandwiches and sweets, served by hostesses garbed in the attire of the period. Guests, too, are invited to dress in the Victorian manner, if they please. Tickets go on slae beginning November 10 at 10 a.m. at Pretty’s and Prims; Yankton. Phone orders may be placed at (605) 260-6020. Cost is $25.

Monday, December 1
Servant Hearts Clinic

Tuesday, December 2
The Dakota Hospital Foundation Tree of Lights Open House & Wreath Auction will be held at the Vermillion Event Center, 912 N Dakota Street; Vermillion. The evening will feature a lovely variety of hors d’oeuvres and refreshments beginning at 5 p.m. with the Wreath Auction starting at 6 p.m.

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 5
Vermillion Parade of Lights – 6:30 p.m. First, second and third places will be awarded. Entry forms can be found on the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company website, www.vermillionchamber.com, or at the Chamber office at 116 Market St. Deadline is December 1. At the end of the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will light the community Christmas Tree at Ratigen Platz on the corner of Market and Main Streets. After the tree lighting, children and parents are invited to the Edith B. Siegrist Public Library for “Stockings for Soldiers”, an opportunity to make a free ornament to take home, and to decorate a stocking or ornament for a soldier serving overseas or at the VA Hospital, sponsored by the library.

GrowingOn 2015 - “Leveraging Risk Management Tools to Manage Revenue” – Steve Johnson. 9:30 a.m.; Best Western Kelly Inn/Minerva’s; Yankton. Admission is free and includes a meal. Register at cropinsurancespecialists.com or call (800) 884-FARM or (605) 334-0100.

Saturday, December 6
Free pictures with Santa at HyVee in Vermillion – 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Parents’ Night Out – 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. the Yankton Community Library and the Recreation Department are sponsoring a Parents’ Night Out for boys and girls 6 to 12 years of age, at the Summit Activities Center. Cost is $5 per child. Registration deadline is Friday, December 5. For additional information, call (605) 668-5275, (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Yankton Library or Summit Activities Center.

Sunday, December 7
Mount Marty College Vespers – Bishop Marty Chapel; Mount Marty College; Yankton. Performances are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets to Vespers are free, but space is limited to 500 people per performance with a limit of six tickets per person. Tickets will be available starting at noon on Monday, November 10 on a first come first served basis at two locations; the Sacred Heart Monastery Gift Shop or the Mount Marty College Pages Bookstore. For more information on the event contact Wyatt Yager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

Saturday, December 13
The Christmas Store – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Riverview Reformed Church; 1700 Burleigh St.; Yankton. Children ages 3 to 10 years old come and shop for free Christmas gifts for your family. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cookies and coffee for the adults while they wait.

Yankton Community Library Teen Christmas Party – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. The festivities include games and progressive gift exchange. Attendees are asked to bring a wrapped gift costing no more than $5. Numbers will be drawn and gift stealing will ensue.

2015

Saturday, January 31
Dancing With The Stars - River City Domestic Violence Center and River City Family Connections Fundraiser – Minerva’s Bar and Grill. 7 p.m. cocktails and dessert, 8 p.m. show. Individual ticket $30, couple $50.

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

Branstad to kick off budget hearings
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad will hold a series of budget hearings as he readies the next state financial plan. Department heads and elected officials are set to present information to Branstad and staff starting Friday. More than 40 hearings will be held, concluding in mid-December. Branstad will present his next proposed budget to the Legislature in early 2015. Department of Management Director David Roederer said Thursday that the state must be cautious as it drafts a plan, because revenue growth has slowed. That's due in part to the falling corn and soybean prices paid to farmers. The state's current general fund budget includes nearly $7 billion in spending. While state revenues have grown compared to the previous year, the gains have been more modest than originally anticipated.

Survey suggests economy still slow in rural areas
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West improved in November, but the monthly survey of bankers doesn't suggest much growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says low grain and energy prices continue to limit the economy in rural areas. The overall economic index for the region improved for the first time since May, but it only reached the neutral score of 50. That's up from 43.4 in October. The survey indexes range from 0 to 100. Any score below 50 suggests decline in that factor in the months ahead. Bankers from rural areas of Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, the Dakotas and Minnesota were surveyed.

Teen arrested after bomb threat at Iowa school
SPENCER, Iowa (AP) — A 16-year-old has been arrested in connection to a bomb threat at a northern Iowa high school. Spencer police say the teenager was arrested Thursday morning. He has been released into his parents' custody. Police say the teenager is suspected of writing a bomb threat at Spencer High School that was discovered Wednesday morning on a bathroom wall. Students were evacuated and later released after authorities declared the school safe. The Sioux City Journal reports the teenager faces charges of terrorism and arson threats. A search of his home did not uncover any bomb-making materials.

2 Iowa school districts opt to not share grades
LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa school districts have decided not to share grades in the upcoming school year. The decision means the Remsen-Union and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn school districts will have to make big budget cuts. Together, they face budget cuts totaling about $600,000. The Le Mars Daily Sentinel reports Remsen-Union will have to make about $400,000 worth of reductions in general fund expenditures to not face a budget shortfall. The MMC district will have to make about $200,000 worth of budget cuts. The decision was made at an MMC school board meeting Monday. Remsen-Union school board members also were in attendance. Both school boards had to approve a whole grade sharing plan before February. Grade sharing would have meant sending students in grades five through eight to one district and those in grades nine through 12 to another.

Nicole Carroll resigns from Iowa Board of Regents
URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Board of Regents member Nicole Carroll says she has resigned from the group that governs the state's three public universities. Carroll says in a news release that the resignation is due to her family's move out of Iowa. She says the decision is effective Thursday. Carroll says she wanted to make the announcement ahead of the board's next meeting. She was appointed by Governor Terry Branstad in 2011.

Iowa man held after arrest near White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iowa man arrested in Washington after the Secret Service found a hunting rifle, ammunition and a knife in his car parked near the White House will stay in jail for now. A judge on Thursday ordered R.J. Kapheim of Davenport held until a Friday hearing. He has been charged with illegally carrying a rifle in the District of Columbia, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Court documents filed Thursday say Kapheim approached a Secret Service post Wednesday and said he had an appointment with the president, who Kapheim said called him directly. The officer determined he didn't have an appointment. Kapheim showed officers to his nearby car and let officers search it. He was arrested after officers found the rifle in the back seat.

Logan-Magnolia beats Gladbrook-Reinbeck 28-24
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Brady Charbonneau ran for 234 yards and two touchdowns, the last with 59 seconds left, and Logan-Magnolia beat Gladbrook-Reinbeck 28-24 Thursday in the Class A title game. Charbonneau, a 5-foot-5, 162-pound senior, sprinted 83 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second half. He then finished a 12-play, 73-yard drive with an 8-yard burst as the Panthers came up with a big finish to a 14-0 season. Eric Stoakes rushed for 185 yards and two scores for Gladbrook-Reinbeck (12-2), which couldn't hold on after a taking a 24-21 lead on Dalton Schwartz's 25-yard interception return. It was the second title for Logan-Magnolia, and coach Matt Straight has been involved with both. He starred for the Panthers when they won their previous championship in 1990.

Newell-Fonda beats Fremont-Mills 39-35
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Backup quarterback Jason Hess scored on an 8-yard run with 17 seconds left Thursday to lift Newell-Fonda to a 39-35 victory over Fremont-Mills and the eight-player state championship. Hess filled in for injured starter Brady Dicks and made several big plays, including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Cole Wise and a 33-yard heave to Wise to set up his winning touchdown. Fremont-Mills used two hook-and-laterals to drive to the Newell-Fonda 9-yard line with 4 seconds remaining. But the Mustangs stripped the ball from quarterback Jason Rusten on the final play and Dustin Johnson recovered to end it. Newell-Fonda ran off 11 straight victories after starting 0-3 to win its first state championship and deny Fremont-Mills (13-1) a second title in four years.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

 

Nebraska News

Police: 3 being questioned in Omaha bank robbery
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say three men are in custody for questioning following a bank robbery in Omaha. Police say the robbery happened before 11 a.m. Thursday at a Bank of the West branch. Witnesses say three men entered the bank, displayed a firearm and demanded money. They left with an undisclosed amount of money and fled in a vehicle. Police are investigating whether a nearby shooting is related to the robbery. One man suffered a non-life-threatening injury in the shooting. The three men in custody are being questioned. No charges have been filed.

Survey suggests economy still slow in rural areas
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West improved in November, but the monthly survey of bankers doesn't suggest much growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says low grain and energy prices continue to limit the economy in rural areas. The overall economic index for the region improved for the first time since May, but it only reached the neutral score of 50. That's up from 43.4 in October. The survey indexes range from 0 to 100. Any score below 50 suggests decline in that factor in the months ahead. Bankers from rural areas of Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, the Dakotas and Minnesota were surveyed.

Nebraska insurer rejects medical network's offer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska is rejecting the latest contract offer from one of the state's biggest medical networks because the insurer says the offer still costs too much. CHI Health officials offered a new agreement to Blue Cross earlier this week that would have cut rates by $10 million. But Blue Cross officials say CHI Health's rates have been roughly $60 million higher. CHI Health CEO Doctor Cliff Robertson said Thursday he's disappointed because he believed this latest offer could have resolved the dispute. Numerous facilities and doctors affiliated with CHI Health have been out of the Blue Cross network since September 1st, so they are significantly more expensive for the insurer's customers. In several rural communities, CHI Health operates the only hospital in town.

2 Nebraskans indicted on Medicaid fraud
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The owner of an Omaha medical equipment company and a southeastern Nebraska mental health professional have been indicted on federal counts of Medicaid fraud. Federal court records show Clement Akara of Omaha fraudulently billed Medicaid 76 times, illegally getting nearly $66,000. Court records say the 60-year-old Akara filed claims for nebulizers and other equipment and services never provided. Akara did not immediately return a message Thursday seeking comment. Federal prosecutors also announced Thursday the indictment of 47-year-old Melissa Prentice-Erickson of Henderson. The indictment says Prentice-Erickson over five years submitted 2,614 claims for services not provided. The claims totaled nearly $270,000. A business number for Prentice-Erickson was disconnected Thursday.

Friends complete final harvest for Nebraska farmer
OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska farmer who died before he could complete his final harvest has received some help from his friends. Dick Zeller says he got a group of friends together on Wednesday to finish work left on Andy Biel's farm. The 38-year-old from Ogallala died last month of cancer. Zellers says the group had six combines, seven grain carts and 18 trucks to help harvest Biel's corn. The group did the same work last year while Biel was undergoing treatments. Biel's wife, Twila Biel, tells KNOP television that farming meant everything to her husband. She said her husband would be amazed by the volunteer work.

Police: Student dies after fall in Lincoln
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a high school student has plunged to his death from a Lincoln parking garage just a few days after a similar death. Police say it's unclear whether the student jumped or fell Thursday afternoon from the south side of a parking garage in the downtown area. Authorities have not released the name of the Lincoln Public Schools student. The Lincoln Journal Star reports his family has been notified of the death. On Monday, 28-year-old Monica Martinez, of Lincoln, also fell from the top of a parking garage in the downtown area. Investigators think she jumped on purpose.

95-year-old woman dies after Nebraska house fire
THEDFORD, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 95-year-old woman has died following a house fire near Thedford. Thomas County Sheriff Gary Eng says Antoinette Arlyne Werner was found Sunday morning in her bed following a report of fire at her property near the community of Thedford. A portion of the house was engulfed in flames by the time fire officials arrived. Eng tells Lexington radio station KRVN that Werner was removed from the house but later died of smoke inhalation. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

Teen found guilty in death of Nebraska jailer
GERING, Neb. (AP) — A Wyoming teenager has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the strangling death of a Nebraska jailer. Jurors in Scotts Bluff County District Court returned the verdict Wednesday in the trial of 16-year-old Dylan Cardeilhac. They also considered a conviction of first-degree murder or manslaughter. The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports jurors determined Cardeilhac intentionally killed 24-year-old Amanda Baker, but without premeditation or malice. Prosecutors say Cardeilhac strangled Baker in February at the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center as part of an escape attempt. Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner said Cardeilhac told others at the detention center he was willing to kill a guard. A defense attorney argued his client didn't intend to kill Baker. Cardeilhac will be sentenced on January 9th.

Indian Center considers fundraising options
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln community center that served as a popular tailgating spot may have to raise its rental fees to replace lost football parking revenue. The Indian Center's board of directors is looking at options after deciding to ban alcohol in the wake of a September 20th tailgate party, where several people were arrested. Board members discussed on Wednesday how to replace an expected $60,000-plus loss in parking profits. The Lincoln Journal Star reports they discussed a proposal to start charging people who rent the center for events. Parking profits had allowed the board in recent years to drop the rental fee, only requiring a refundable deposit as insurance in case of damage. The board is also considering holding a larger flea market to raise money.

O'Neill man grabs $1,410 in groceries in 3 minutes
O'NEILL, Neb. (AP) — An O'Neill man who was given three minutes to grab as many free groceries as he could snagged more than $1,400 worth at a local store. O'Neill radio station KBRX reports that Tony Bosn won the chance in a drawing sponsored by the O'Neill Rotary Club. With his wife coaching him, Bosn filled more than three shopping carts Wednesday at a Super Foods store in O'Neill. The total value of the items he grabbed came out at $1,410.56. A second-place winner received a $300 gift certificate to the store.

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