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May 2, 2016
Officials Prepare for Emerald Ash Borer in South Dakota, Sales Tax Lawsuit Filed in South Dakota
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April 29, 2016
City of Yankton Receives Department of Transportation Grant, South Dakota Sees Increase in Egg Production
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April 28, 2016
Pipeline Protest Travels Through South Dakota, Flooded Rivers Expected, Iowa House Fails With Medical Marijuana
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April 27, 2016
Representative for Convention of States Visits Yankton, Iowa Sees Hurdles to Cross in Medical Marijuana Debate
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April 26, 2016
Yankton Police Department to Receive New Radios, Severe Weather Awareness Week in South Dakota
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April 25, 2016
City Officials React to Kmart Closing, New Plan in Place for South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
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April 22, 2016
Nebraska Session Comes to a Close, Tri Valley School to Put Gun Debate on Hold, Iowa Universities Increase Room and Board
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April 21, 2016
Nebraska and Iowa Look to Wrap Up Debates as Sessions Wind Down
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April 20, 2016
Ricketts Signs Property Tax Relief Bills, South Dakota Gas Prices Rise Once Again
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April 19, 2016
Ricketts Signs $450M Road Bill, Summer Studies Set for South Dakota Legislature
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April 18, 2016
Mediation Program Offered by State of South Dakota, Filibusters Stall Progress in Unicameral
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April 15, 2016
Noem Seeks to Pass IRS Legislation, Federal Drug Sentences Get Reductions
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April 14, 2016
House Budget Posses Obstacles for South Dakota Medicaid Expansion, Federal Government Seeks More Pipeline Oversight
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April 13, 2016
National Library Week Celebrated Locally, Winner Take All Bill Fails in Nebraska
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April 11, 2016
Nebraska Sees Low Participation in Federal Program, Iowa Legislature Continues Session, South Dakota Seeking Nominations for Governor's Awards
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April 7, 2016
Autism Awareness Month, South Dakota Gas Prices Rise Once Again
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April 6, 2016
Funds an Issue for Yankton County Roads, Nebraska One Vote Away From Raising Hunting and Fishing Fees
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April 5, 2016
Keystone Pipeline Shut Down During Investigation, Nebraska Won't Pursue Choose Life License Plates, USS South Dakota Gets Keel
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April 4, 2016
South Dakota Lags in Clean Power Jobs, In-State Tuition Expanded to Iowa
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April 1, 2016
South Dakota Tribal Leaders Ride to Oppose Oil Pipeline Plans, Felony Charges Filed in EB-5 Case
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• 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 .

• April 21 – May 5: 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 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.

• Pursuant to SDCL 11-4, notice is hereby given that the Vermillion City Council will hold a public hearing on May 2, 2016, regarding amendment of the Vermillion Zoning Regulations. Specifically, the City Council will be considering adoption of amendments as follows: Section 155.032, R-2 Residential District to provide for Fraternities, Sororities and boarding and lodging houses as conditional uses and providing for lot and yard regulations for such uses; Section 155.072 Off Street Parking to modify language pertaining to fraternities and sororities, remove the exemptions to parking in the front and side yards and modifying language pertaining to parking allowances in all districts; Section 155.008 Definitions, amending the definition of an Accessory Building or Use; Section 155.077, Landscaping Standards, providing additional requirements for living ground cover in all residential, commercial and industrial districts. A copy of the proposed amendments to the zoning regulations is available for public review at the Vermillion City Hall in the office of the City Manager during regular business hours. The City Council public hearing will be held at the following time, date, and location: 7:00 p.m.
Monday, May 2, 2016
Vermillion City Hall (25 Center Street)
City Council Chambers
The purpose of this hearing is to explain the proposed amendments to interested persons, to answer questions regarding this item and to hear public comment on this item. The City Council invites all interested persons to attend and offer their comments. Those interested persons not able to attend are invited and encouraged to send written comments, prior to the hearing, to the Vermillion Assistant City Manager, 25 Center Street, Vermillion, SD 57069. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need special assistance to participate in this hearing, please contact the Assistant City Manager at (605) 677-7050. Anyone who is deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech-disabled may utilize Relay South Dakota at (800) 877-1113 (TTY/Voice). Notification 48 hours prior to the hearing will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this hearing.
Andy Colvin
Assistant City Manager

• Pursuant to SDCL 11-4, notice is hereby given that the Vermillion City Council will hold a public hearing on May 2, 2016, regarding amendment of the Vermillion Zoning Regulations. The City Council will be considering an amendment to Section 155.008, Definitions, and Section 155.071, Accessory Uses and Structures. Specifically, the amendments would provide definitions and regulations for constructing and maintaining a chicken coop for the keeping or housing of chickens as permitted by ordinance. A copy of the proposed amendments to the Vermillion Zoning Regulations is available for public review at the Vermillion City Hall in the office of the City Manager during regular business hours. The City Council public hearing will be held at the following time, date, and location: 7:00 p.m.
May 2, 2016
Vermillion City Hall (25 Center Street)
The purpose of this hearing is to explain the proposed amendments to interested persons, to answer questions regarding this item and to hear public comment on this item. The City Council invites all interested persons to attend and offer their comments. Those interested persons not able to attend are invited and encouraged to send written comments, prior to the hearing, to the Assistant City Manager, 25 Center Street, Vermillion, SD 57069. If you desire to attend this public meeting and are in need of special accommodations, please notify the City Manager's Office at 677-7050 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting so appropriate auxiliary aids and services can be made available.

• 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.

• Have you ever wanted to learn meditation or yoga? The Om Sweet Om teachers are offering six week courses at the Vermillion Public Library, beginning Sunday, April 3rd, and continuing through May 8th. Beginner Meditation occurs from 3:00-3:45 pm, with Yoga for Every Body running from 4:00-5:00 pm, in the Kozak Community Room. These sessions are designed for beginners who would like to learn the basics. No experience is necessary and classes are accessible for all bodies. Come for one class or all of them. There is no charge for classes but you are welcome to provide a free will donation. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at 605-677-7060.

• Beginning April 2 the Vermillion Sanitary Landfill will resume their Saturday hours from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Landfill vouchers will be available April 4 for residents and can be picked up at City Hall.

• 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.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the 2016 Women’s and Coed Sand Volleyball Leagues and Coed Softball Leagues. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, May 6. Team registration forms and rules are available at the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or on the City of Yankton web site at www.cityofyankton.org. For further information, call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook page.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, April 27
Severe Weather Spotter Training Class led by the local National Weather Service – 7 p.m.; Yankton Fire Station #2.

Sanford Vermillion – An Evening for Women – 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Vermillion Event Center; 912 N. Dakota St.; Vermillion. Learn about varicose veins, what causes them and available treatment options. Call (605) 677-3617 to RSVP by Friday, April 22.

Evening Meal at The Center – 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Suggested donation of $5; Yankton.

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

UpNEXT – Vermillion’s Coffee Hour – 8 a.m.; VCDC; 6 W. Main Street; Vermillion.

Yankton Board of City Commissioners CIP Workshop – 5:30 p.m.; City of Yankton Community Meeting Room; Technical Education Center; 1200 W 21st Street; Room 114; Yankton.

Thursday, April 28 – Friday, April 29
Crest Road, the road that crosses the Gavins Point Dam will be closed from 8 a.m. Thursday, April 28 through 8 a.m. Friday, April 29.

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

YACA presents “The Piano Man” starring Jim Witter – 7:30 p.m.; Summit Activities Center Theatre; 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

Science Olympiad Building Event Expo – 7:30 p.m.; Yankton Middle School; 2000 Mulberry Street; Yankton.

Friday, April 29 – Saturday, April 30
Yankton All-School Art Show; Yankton Middle School; 2000 Mulberry Street; Yankton.

Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1
Vermillion High School to Present Beauty and the Beast - April 29, 30, May 1 – Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. To be presented at the High School Performing Arts Center.

Friday, April 29
Arbor Day Festivities – 10:30 a.m.; Riverside Park softball area, along the Missouri River; Yankton.

Yankton RiverWalk Annual Celebration – Social with free appetizers 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Music by Poker Alice at 8:30 p.m.; Old Mill; Yankton. The event is free to the public.

Lip Sync Battle – 7 p.m.; Minervas Convention Center; 1607 East Highway 50; Yankton.

Job Search Assistance Program – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 904 East Cherry; Vermillion. Parties interested in attending should register by calling (605) 677-6900 before 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

Saturday, April 30
Dance for Cancer – Meal/Raffle 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Live Band 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Bow Valley Dance Hall. Aduylts $10, 10/Under $5.

Running in Color – Registration 10 a.m., Race 10:30 a.m.; Mount Marty College Admissions Office; Mount Marty College Campus, Yankton.

Yankton Police Department taking back unwanted prescription drugs – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Yankton Police Department; 410 Walnut Street; Suite 102; Yankton.

Hot Shot Indoor Pin Shoot – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; NFAA Easton Archery Complex; 800 Archery Lane; Yankton.

Try Archery! – 11 a.m.; NFAA Easton Archery Complex; 800 Archery Lane; Yankton.

Imitating Alice – 12 p.m.; Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home; 509 Pine Street; Yankton.

The Clay Creek Deaf Cowboy Band – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Avera Majestic Bluffs; 2111 West 11th Street; Yankton.

Mount Marty College Spring Choral Concert: Brahm’ Requiem – 7:30 p.m.; Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel; 1005 West 8th Street; Yankton.

Monday, May 2
Yankton Community Library Teen Advisory Board Meeting – 7 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Yankton High School Vocal Concert – 7 p.m.; Summit Activities Center Theatre; 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

Wednesday, May 4
Matt Maher – The Saints and Sinners Tour, with special guest John Tibbs – doors open at 6 p.m. Cimpl Arena; Mount Marty College; 1105 W 8th Street; Yankton. Tickets $18 general admission. Tickets available online at www.itickets.com or by calling (800) 965-9324.

Groundbreaking for NEW Vermillion Municipal Swimming Pool – 4 p.m.; Prentis Park; Vermillion.

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

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

“A History of Hats” – 2 p.m.; Avera majestic Bluffs Gathering Place – the presentation is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 6
Simulcast of Leadercast – the world’s largest one-day Leadership Conference – Breakfast and registration starts at 7 a.m., the program begins at 8 a.m. Tickets cost $75 and include breakfast and lunch. To register visit yanktonsd.com/leadercast. Mount Marty College Roncalli Center Dining Room; 1105 W. 8th Street; Yankton.

THE CENTER - Mother’s Day Tea 2 pm Friday, May 6th. All mothers, daughters and grandmothers are invited to the Mother’s Day Tea. We will serve flavored coffees, teas and plenty of desserts. Come hear about and participate in the new craze of adult coloring. Also a special tea pot collection will be displayed and stories told about it. Bring your own special tea pot and story if you have one!

Saturday, May 7
Dam and Back Kayak Challenge – Registration 12 p.m.; Riverside Park; Yankton.

Monday, May 8
Mount Marty College Athletic Hall of Fame and Year-End Ceremony – Social 1:30 p.m., Presentation 2:15 p.m.; Roncalli Welcome Center; Mount Marty College; Yankton.

Wednesday, May 10
Yankton Community Blood Drive – 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital – Benedictine Center; 501 Summit; Yankton.

THE CENTER - Dementia Caregiver Support Group Coffee Tuesday, May 10th 10-11AM with Char & Lois. Call 665-4685 for more information.

Friday, May 13 – Saturday, May 14
South Dakota Driver Exam Stations Closed due to employee training.

Saturday, May 14
Yankton letter carriers collecting non-perishable food items. City and rural postal customers in Yankton, Mission Hill, Utica, and Gayville should place their food donations by their mailbox and the carrier or a volunteer will pick it up. Non-food items such as soap, paper products, and diapers will also be accepted. Opened or out dated food items cannot be used.

Tuesday, May 17
Missouri River Cleanup.

State of the Community – Speakers include Onward Yankton and Mount Marty College.

THE CENTER - Ice Cream Social Tuesday, May 17th 2-3:30 PM. Cool off with a root beer float or ice cream Sunday. $1 members $1.50 non-members.

Wednesday, May 18
Yankton Baccalaureate, sponsored by the Yankton Ministerial Association – 7 p.m.; Yankton High School Theatre.

Gayville Community Blood Drive – 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Community Center; 404 Washington Street; Yankton.

THE CENTER – YANKTON - Chair massages Wednesday, May 18th 1:40-3:50 pm at The Center, 900 Whiting Drive. Cost is only $10 for members & $15 for non-members. Call 665-4685 to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, May 19
Final day of school in Yankton.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Saturday, August 20
Riverboat Days Parade Cleanup.

Tuesday, November 15
America Recycles Day.

Iowa News

Iowa lawmakers to return to Capitol for more budget talks
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers attempting to finish up the legislative session are returning to the Capitol after failing to reach compromise on several budget issues, including state funding for Planned Parenthood. Members of the Democratic-controlled Senate and Republican-majority House were expected to meet Friday to try to hash out deals over some bills that will make up the roughly $7.35 billion budget that goes into effect in July. Lawmakers met for hours Thursday night in an attempt to reach adjournment. But they emerged from private meetings with little movement on the bill that would fund health and human services. GOP lawmakers have proposed adding language that would remove state funding for family planning facilities that provide abortions. Democrats oppose the plan. Lawmakers are also split on staff funding for state transportation employees.

Professional basketball league forming in Great Plains
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A professional basketball league is trying to get off the ground in the Great Plains. The National Basketball League of America is affiliated with the National Basketball League of Canada. The goal is to help former NCAA and NAIA college basketball players who have regional connections get noticed by other, more established pro leagues. League President Darryl Greene tells The Daily Republic newspaper that the goal is to have six teams for the inaugural season that's scheduled to start in September and run through November. The Dakota Magic will be based in Mitchell, the Omaha Charges in Nebraska and the Sioux City Hornets in Iowa. Greene has been in conversation with officials in Rapid City, Bismarck and Fargo about starting teams in those cities.

Minnesota woman accused of counterfeit Iowa prescriptions
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities have charged a Minnesota woman with counterfeiting prescriptions. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that 27-year-old Jenna Fuhrmann, of Webster, Minnesota, faces three felony counts of prohibited acts. Her attorney didn't immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press. Court records say her preliminary hearing is set for May 6 in Mason City. Court documents say Fuhrmann illegally filled a total of 22 counterfeit prescriptions in Mason City from August 2014 through this month. The documents say the prescriptions used the name of a Minnesota doctor.

Trial delayed for Iowan accused of Medicaid fraud
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A trial has been delayed for a western Iowa man accused of fraudulently billing Medicaid. Online court records say 52-year-old Darren Washington has pleaded not guilty to charges of theft and fraudulent practice. His Pottawattamie County trial was to have begun Tuesday but now is set to begin May 31. The Daily Nonpareil reports that Washington billed Medicaid for services he didn't perform while working for Health Homes Family Services. Court records say the fraudulent billings totaled more than $13,400.

Man gets 20 years for robbery, stabbing in Eagle Grove
CLARION, Iowa (AP) — A 33-year-old man has been given 20 years in prison for a violent robbery in Wright County. Evan Calo was sentenced this week for the June 27, 2015, robbery and stabbing of a man at a residence. Calo pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and willful injury. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that the two 10-year sentences are to be served at the same time he serves sentences for theft and robbery in Cerro Gordo County. Calo pleaded guilty in March to those charges.

Des Moines Water works switches on nitrate removal system
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The water utility serving a half a million customers in central Iowa including the city of Des Moines says it has switched on its nitrate removal system. Des Moines Water Works CEO Bill Stowe says nitrate concentration in untreated water from river sources is approaching 10 milligrams per liter. That's a level the Environmental Protection Agency says isn't safe for babies to drink. Stowe says processed water remains safe but it costs extra to run the denitrification equipment. It ran for a record 177 days last year at a cost of $1.5 million. Stowe says Iowa's voluntarily farm program designed to help contain fertilizer runoff is not working. Water Works has sued several upstream county agriculture drainage systems seeking federal regulation of the runoff through Clean Water Act permits.

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Nebraska, Oklahoma join suit to halt Colorado marijuana law
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson and his counterpart in Oklahoma are joining a lawsuit aimed at halting legal marijuana in Colorado. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the two states asked to be added as plaintiffs this month in a case being considered by an appeals court in Denver. The appeal combines two separate cases: one on behalf of a Colorado couple who own land near a recreational marijuana growing facility and another brought one by a group of sheriffs from Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska. Oklahoma and Nebraska argue they have "unique sovereign interests" in stopping marijuana from crossing their state borders, and that they shouldn't be left out as the court weighs the issue. The U.S. Supreme Court denied considering a similar lawsuit by states in March.

'You stole my chair!' Woman confronts man in her wheelchair
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 75-year-old woman has confronted a man who was cruising around an Omaha park in her stolen motorized wheelchair. Reva Murrell told Omaha station KETV her chair was stolen Monday from her senior citizens home. Viewing security recordings later, Murrell saw a man enter through a door that's normally secure, get in her chair, drive around for time and then roll out. A friend of hers spotted the chair and a man a few hours later at Adams Park. Murrell says she and her friend then went to the park and found him. She says she told him, "Hey, that's my chair! You stole my chair!" Murrell says the man stood up and didn't say a word while she called police. He was arrested on suspicion of theft.

Omaha Public Schools to review severe weather guidelines
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha Public Schools says it's reviewing its severe weather procedures after parents were told they couldn't take shelter inside an elementary school during a tornado warning. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Principal Adriana Vargas reportedly told parents of Castelar Elementary students that they would have to wait the storm out in their vehicles Wednesday around 4 p.m. The action disturbed parents such as Jennifer Lang, who says she huddled outside the school entrance with about two dozen other parents during the storm. District spokeswoman Monique Farmer says Vargas and other principals at crowded schools had concerns about letting more people in when space was tight inside storm shelters. The district's current storm guidelines don't address what to do with people outside the school during severe weather.

Cousin charged with shooting of 14-month-old in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A young Omaha man is being held on $750,000 bail for the shooting of his 14-month-old cousin. La'Shannon Bland was charged Thursday with assault, possessing a stolen firearm and tampering with evidence. Online court records don't list the name of an attorney who could speak on his behalf. In court Bland told a judge that he'd found the gun a couple weeks ago and was handling it in the basement of a northeast Omaha home when it accidentally fired. The bullet went through the ceiling and struck the toddler in a wrist. Bland's mother, Latisha Mayfield, says her son loves his cousin and that the shooting was a horrible accident.

Dozens pack board meeting to oppose potential reservoirs
NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — Opposition has surfaced to the possibility of more reservoirs being constructed in northeast Nebraska. Dozens of people packed a board meeting Thursday of the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District to underscore their stance. One of them. Ken Gentrup, of West Point, says most of them are farmers who want to protect their land and don't want the district to act on a study of potential reservoir sites. The study identified 10 sites in Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Madison, Washington and Wayne counties. District officials say the sites could provide flood control and recreation. The board took no action at the meeting.

Professional basketball league forming in Great Plains
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A professional basketball league is trying to get off the ground in the Great Plains. The National Basketball League of America is affiliated with the National Basketball League of Canada. The goal is to help former NCAA and NAIA college basketball players who have regional connections get noticed by other, more established pro leagues. League President Darryl Greene tells The Daily Republic newspaper that the goal is to have six teams for the inaugural season that's scheduled to start in September and run through November. The Dakota Magic will be based in Mitchell, the Omaha Charges in Nebraska and the Sioux City Hornets in Iowa. Greene has been in conversation with officials in Rapid City, Bismarck and Fargo about starting teams in those cities.

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