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Local News

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

 

October 22, 2014
Initiated Measure #18 Forum, Yankton County Commission - Lake Area Warning Sirens
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October 22, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

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 20, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

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 17, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

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 13, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

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 10, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

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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Community Calendar

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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 City of Vermillion is seeking interested citizens for one opening on the Vermillion Planning Commission. The appointment will fill the remainder of a five-year term that expires in June 2017. Interested Vermillion citizens can complete and submit a City board expression of interest form. Forms must be returned to City Hall, 25 Center Street, by 12 p.m. on October 15, 2014. The appointment will be made at the October 20, 2014 City Council meeting. Please call (605) 677-7050 with any questions.

• 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.

Monday, October 13 - Saturday, October 25

Tree limbs and trimmings can be dropped off a the Transfer Station located at 1200 West 23rd St in Yankton free of charge Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Visit cityofyankton.org for more information and for examples of tree pruning techniques.

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.

Thursday, October 23
Historic Downtown Yankton Ladies Downtown Day & Wine Walk – Ladies Downtown Day 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Wine Walk 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Participating businesses: Ace Hardware, Bicknell Studios, Endless Treasurers, Hatch Funiture, Head 2 Heels, Kline’s Jewelry, Larsen Carpet, Lily Crest, Lisa’s Fashions/Holiday Party, Monta’s Framing, Riverside Boutique, Riverfront/Bella’s, Royal Sport Shop, TeMari Designs, LLC, Western Trails, Yankton Rexall Drug. All shops will have their own in-store specials and promotions. There will be a drawing on Friday morning for two gift baskets, register at all shops during the Thursday event.

2014 Career and Graduate School Fair – Muenster University Center Ballroom; University of South Dakota; Vermillion. Community members, USD students and other local students are encouraged to attend. There will be information on full and part-time employment, internships and graduate programs.

”An Anxious Age: The Death of Protestant America”, Jody Bottum – The W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at the University of South Dakota, the College of Arts & Sciences and the Political Science League, are sponsoring a lecture by best-selling author Joseph (Jody) Bottum at 4 p.m. at Farber Hall, which is located inside Old Main. For more about this and other Farber Center events, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the Farber Center on the Web at www.usd.edu/farbercenter.

Friday, October 24 – Saturday, October 25
Habitat For Humanity Make a Difference Day Project – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. For more information call (605) 260-4224.

Friday, October 24
Yankton Area Arts will host the Domazlice Bagpipe Band from the Czech Republic at 7 p.m. at the G.A.R. Hall Gallery; 508 Douglas Ave; Yankton. Tickets may be purchased at the gallery or reserved by calling (605) 665-9754. Cost of tickets is $10.00 for Yankton Area Arts members and $12.00 for nonmembers.

The Yankton Democratic Party will be hosting a voter information meet and greet event at 5 p.m. This event will focus on education. Dr. Jennifer Johnke, the principal of the Yankton High School, will be on hand to give a short talk about the ongoing activities at YHS and to field questions. After Dr. Johnke’s presentation, Terry Winter will lead a discussion about state funding of education. Terry is a candidate for the District 18 State house and he has over 40 years of experience as an educator. This event will be held outside of the Yankton Democratic Party headquarters located at the corner of 3rd Street and Capital (232 Capital Street) in Historic Downtown Yankton. There will be refreshments available and the event is open to the public.

Saturday, October 25
The talented and entertaining Allen Family will be in concert at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. There is no charge for the concert (a freewill offering will be taken) and the public is encouraged to attend.

Make a Difference Day - Coat & Winter Wear Giveaway. 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; Human Services Center, South Training Center (Old Chapel).

City of Vermillion Police Department open house - 10 am - 1 pm; 15 Washington Street; Vermillion. Free hot dogs, chips, and soda. They will have vehicle tours, Halloween photos, interactive demonstrations, and lots of candy. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

Baumer String Quartet – 2 p.m. master class and 7:30 p.m. concert; Colton Recital Hall; Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts; Vermillion. Both events are free to the public. For more information about the concert or master class, please contact Eunho Kim, assistant professor of music, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Halloween Costume Party – Siouxland Dental Health; Vermillion. From 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Siouxland Dental Health in Vermillion will be hosting a Halloween Costume Party for the kids of Vermillion. There will be a photo booth, snacks, games and trick-or-treating safety tips. The Vermillion Fire Department and Vermillion Police Department have been invited. Kids can tour an ambulance, fire truck and meet the local safety officers.

Sunday, October 26
Yankton Youth Soccer Association Annual General Meeting. 6 p.m.; Summit Activities Center; Yankton. For more information contact Deb Lillie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

“Swingin' To The 50's" - 3 p.m.; The Center; 900 Whiting Drive; Yankton. Rivercity Harmony & Sweet Adelines with guest Smooth Benediction. General admission $10.00, children 12 and under admitted free. For tickets, contact or call Phyllis Christiansen (605) 668-0659, Marlene Herman (605) 925-7191, Mary Uhrich (605) 660-3029, or Betty Thomas (605) 661-4975. Tickets also available at Hy-Vee and Yankton Rexall Drug.

Bras For A Cause – Kozy Inn Bar; Yankton. Contest participants should bring their decorated bra to Kozy Inn Bar, located 5.5 miles west of Yankton on Highway 50, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Several cancer survivors will be judging the event and top winners will receive prizes to include gift baskets from area businesses. Winners will be announced at 5 p.m. Registration for the contest is $5 per bra. Participants can enter up to 5 bras. Proceeds will go to Team Hope which supports local friends and families affected by cancer. For more information, call Hacecky at (605) 661-5949.

Monday, October 27
The Yankton Chamber and Interchange will host the Yankton County Commission and County Auditor 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.

Hard Rock Casino Trip: Join us as we take a day trip to the Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City. Cost is $28 and includes transportation, $10 in slot play and a free buffet. Call (605) 665-4685 to make your reservation. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; The Center, Yankton.

A free Seasonal Flu clinic will be held for middle school students at the Yankton Middle 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 consent form to the office by Tuesday, October 21.

A free Seasonal Flu clinic will be held for high school students at the Yankton High School. Parents need not be present but a consent form must be signed by a parent for all students under the age of 18. Students age 18 and older may sign their own forms. Please return the form to the office by Tuesday, October 21.

Tuesday, October 28
The Yankton Chamber and the local media will host the Yankton County Commission candidates, the County Audiotr candidates and the District 18 House and Senate candidates at the Regional Technical Educational Center (RTEC). The County Commission Forum will begin at 7 p.m., the county auditor candidates at 8 p.m. and the District 18 candidates at 8:30 p.m. KVHT will provide live streaming during the event. For event details, visit www.yanktonsd.com/candidate.

Red Ribbon Rally; Yankton High School Theater. Presentations from sheriff’s office, Yankton Police Department with drug dog presentations, the federal prison and school principals. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the event.

Sacred Heart School Soup Luncheon; Sacred Heart Community Center; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. On the menu: chili, chicken noodle, hot dogs, veggies, coffee, juice, and ice cream. Free will donation, proceeds will benefit the Local Contact Center and “Operation Christmas Child” Charity in honor of Hannah Nelson.

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

Wednesday, October 29
The City of Vermillion will be holding a public meeting at City Hall, 25 Center Street, at 7 p.m. to discuss several proposed alternatives for improvements at the intersection between Main Street and Center/Court Streets. During the meeting the City will present the alternatives and then have time for public input.

Thursday, October 30
“Pope Francis: Where are Your Red Shoes" - Dr. Theresa Lafferty. 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, October 31 – Saturday, November 1
Harvest Halloween Festival, downtown Yankton. For more information visit www.harvesthalloween.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Iowa Senate candidate cancels on newspaper editors
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has cancelled a meeting with the Des Moines Register's editorial board, saying her time was better spent campaigning in Iowa. Editors at the newspaper say Ernst notified them Wednesday night that she wouldn't attend the Thursday meeting. Publisher Rick Green says he's disappointed. Ernst spokeswoman Gretchen Hamel issued a statement saying the Register's recent editorials make the newspaper's position "perfectly clear." The paper has run several editorial pieces criticizing Ernst's policy positions. Ernst has met with editors at Nebraska's Omaha World-Herald, whose readership extends into western Iowa, and in Sioux City. But newspapers in Cedar Rapids and Dubuque say they unsuccessfully sought meetings with her. Ernst is running against Democratic U.S. Representative Bruce Braley. Braley's spokesman says the congressman has accepted all editorial board invitations.

Iowa universities want more study on job changes
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The presidents of Iowa's three public universities are calling for more analysis before moving forward with cost-saving plans to restructure administrative jobs. The presidents told the Iowa Board of Regents on Thursday that they need more specifics on how recommendations by Deloitte Consulting would be implemented. Deloitte recommended earlier this month that the universities restructure their human resources, information technology and finance staffs. Those functions could be performed at a college level rather than in individual departments. The consultant says the schools cut could up to 250 jobs through attrition and retirements in coming years by changing the way work is performed, saving millions of dollars. Deloitte is also recommending using fewer desktop computers and printers. The regents are scheduled to vote on whether to implement the plans next month.

Veteran U. of Iowa vice president set to retire
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A longtime University of Iowa administrator credited with helping rebuild the campus after a 2008 flood has announced plans to retire. The university's vice president for finance and operations, Doug True, is planning to leave the school in early 2015. He had been in that role since 1991. True has worked closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to push forward major building projects to replace those damaged by the Iowa River flood of 2008. He's also credited with helping manage the university's finances. UI President Sally Mason says she's promoting two campus officials — Rod Lehnertz and Terry Johnson — to take over True's duties on an interim basis. Mason is praising True for his "talent, dedication and deep knowledge." The Iowa Board of Regents also honored him Thursday.

Dubuque school officials investigate speeding van
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque school officials are investigating an apparently speeding district van caught by another motorist on video. The incident happened Tuesday when Jay Shipley of Solon, noticed a van traveling more than 80 miles per hour on Interstate 280 near North Liberty. Shipley told the Telegraph Herald he could see children inside and became concerned, so he called the Iowa State Patrol and then sped up to get video of the van. He later posted the video on his Facebook account. The van appears to be owned by the Dubuque Community School District. Rick Colpitts, the district's human relations executive director, says Shipley notified the district. Colpitts says a school staff member was driving students to a conference in Des Moines. Colpitts says the district will decide whether to discipline the employee.

Iowa corrections facility escapees back in custody
WEST UNION, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say three men who walked away from a residential correctional facility in northeast Iowa are back in custody. The state Department of Corrections says Shaun McBride and Taylor Oakes were arrested Wednesday night in Mitchell County. Tyler Roe was arrested Tuesday in Howard County. Department spokesman Fred Scaletta says the men, who were all on probation for various charges, walked away from the residential correctional facility in West Union on Friday and did not return. He says Oakes and McBride also cut GPS tracking monitors. Scaletta says information about the escapes will be sent to the county attorney's office.

Davenport OKs new ordinance on hunting coyotes
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The city of Davenport has agreed to let certain residents kill coyotes on their properties. The City Council voted unanimously in favor of the new ordinance Wednesday. It will allow people living on 10 acres or more inside Davenport city limits to kill coyotes on their land. A landowner or person living on the land will not need a hunting license. Additional hunters on the property will need a license. The Quad-City Times reports a special meeting with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources was held before the vote. Department officer Jeff Harrison noted state law prohibits discharging a firearm within 200 yards of an occupied structure such as a residence.

Status of Cedar Rapids downtown district discussed
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Supporters of a proposed historic district in downtown Cedar Rapids say the designation would enable property owners to get big tax breaks when renovating their buildings. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG-TV reports the Cedar Rapids Community Development Department hosted two meetings to discuss the idea Wednesday. Franklin Rainbolt, maintenance supervisor for United Fire Group's buildings, attended one of the meetings and spoke favorably about tax credits that companies could apply for if renovating in a historic district. United Fire purchased a 100-year-old building in Cedar Rapids a year ago and is considering modernizing it. Renovations could reach $5 million in costs. Rainbolt says historic district tax credits could fund up to 25 percent of that cost.

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Nebraska students charged in alcohol death
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say several University of Nebraska-Lincoln students in a fraternity face felony charges in the alcohol-related death of a freshman. University police say four FarmHouse Fraternity members were arrested Thursday on suspicion of procuring alcohol to a minor resulting in death. Three other students, including another fraternity member, face citations. Eighteen-year-old Clayton Real was found dead at the fraternity house near campus in September. Affidavits show Real's cause of death was acute alcohol intoxication. The affidavits also say fraternity members threw a party the night before and provided alcohol to underage attendees, including Real. Sergeant Jerry Plessel says the arrested students are in custody at the Lancaster County jail. A hearing is scheduled Friday. University spokesman Steve Smith says the school has suspended the fraternity chapter indefinitely.

Lincoln woman falls while trying to 'car surf'
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Lancaster County sheriff says a 23-year-old Lincoln woman has suffered several scrapes after falling off the hood of a moving sedan while trying to "car surf." Sheriff Terry Wagner says Jamie Peterson tumbled onto the gravel roadway of Rock Creek Road late Wednesday afternoon when her friend who was driving the sedan swerved to avoid an oncoming car. Wagner says Peterson was taken to a hospital for treatment. Her friend was cited for drunken driving. The sheriff told the Lincoln Journal Star that car surfing "is an interesting new phenomenon for us," adding that it "is really a dangerous activity."

Train crashes into car at Columbus crossing
COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A train has crashed into a car that got stuck on tracks after it was maneuvered around a barricade at a crossing in Columbus. The Columbus Telegram says the accident occurred around 6:30 a.m. Thursday on 17th Avenue. Police say the driver was later cited for trespassing and a railroad crossing violation. The driver and her passenger were not injured. Police say another driver got stuck at the same crossing around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, but the crew of an oncoming train was alerted in time to stop before hitting the car. The car was removed by a tow truck.

Medical papers scattered all over Omaha street
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The owner of a medical waste company says it was an improperly secured truck door that sent hundreds of confidential medical records onto an Omaha street. Cellphone video taken Wednesday by Omaha business owner Jason Bucsis shows thousands of pages blowing on and around a southwest Omaha street. Bucsis says a back door of a Medi-Waste Disposal truck was open as it traveled, sending boxes of records into the street. Omaha television station KETV reports that good Samaritans scrambled to try to help the driver recover the records, even reaching into sewers to grab papers. Medi-Waste Disposal owner Ryan Funk says he believes most of the records were recovered. He says new policies will be put in place to try to keep such an accident from happening again.

IMG's David Witty hired as Nebraska associate AD
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst has announced the hiring of David Witty as senior associate athletic director in charge of marketing and communications. Eichorst said Thursday that Witty was selected after a national search and will begin his duties November 17th. Witty for the last eight years has been vice president and general manager of Husker IMG Sports Marketing. He previously spent more than two decades with the Kansas City Royals in media relations and marketing. Witty earned his bachelor's degree from Kansas State and his master's in sports administration from St. Thomas University in Florida.

Work on airport's terminal project to start soon
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The executive director of the Central Nebraska Regional Airport says demolition work should begin soon for its passenger terminal project. The Grand Island Independent reports the $14.1 million passenger terminal is the largest project the airport has ever undertaken. The new terminal is expected to open in spring 2016. The airport has to tear down three buildings in order to make room for the new passenger terminal that will be almost 34,000 square feet. Officials with the airport say the new terminal is needed because of an increase in passengers. Ten years ago, the annual passenger total was 6,200. It's now at 57,000. Executive director Mike Olson construction crews may start taking down covered parking as early as next week. Steel beams for the terminal are expected to be installed this winter.

Lawyers say woman to seek pardon in 1958 deaths
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two lawyers say a woman who was convicted as an accomplice in her boyfriend's 1958 killing spree will apply for a pardon. The Lincoln Journal Star reports Caril Clair, formerly Caril Fugate, was 14 when she accompanied Charlie Starkweather, who killed 10 people over eight days in Nebraska. Clair was convicted of first-degree murder for her role in the slayings. Lawyers John Stevens Berry Senior and Linda Battisti together wrote "The Twelfth Victim, the Innocence of Caril Fugate in the Starkweather Murder Rampage." They contend Clair is innocent. They say on the day that the killings began, Clair arrived home from school and was greeted by Starkweather who was holding a gun. They say Clair was forced to go with Starkweather in the slayings. Berry says his office will file the application for Clair's pardon.

Lincoln man gets prison for shooting ex-girlfriend
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln man has been given 10 to 15 years in prison for shooting his ex-girlfriend in February. Lancaster County District Judge Steven Burns sentenced 32-year-old Paul Boye on Thursday on a second-degree assault charge. He will be eligible for parole in five years. The Lincoln Journal Star reports Boye shot 25-year-old Andrea Eberspacher on February 1st. She survived but the bullet went through her kidney. The couple initially told authorities they were partying at their house when the shooting occurred and she didn't know who did it. An affidavit says a witness later told investigators that Boye told others he shot Eberspacher. Eberspacher later said Boye shot her after he began yelling at her.

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