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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.

Wednesday, October 22
Penny Bingo: Open to the public. Prizes and treats. 1 p.m.; The Center; Yankton.

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 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 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 .

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

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