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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Bede Art Gallery Exhibit “Naked Pottery” – 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Mount Marty College; 1105 W 8th Street; Yankton. Runs March 30-31, April 1-2.

• The Yankton County Treasurer’s Office will be closed Friday, March 27th from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

• Riverview Reformed Church is offering raised bed garden spots. Please call the church at 665-9204 to reserve, fee is $25.00. The spots are located behind the church at 1700 Burleigh in Yankton and will be ready to plant 13th.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the 2015 Women’s and Coed Sand Volleyball Leagues and Coed Softball Leagues. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, May 8. 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.

• Habitat is seeking donations for their annual rummage sale to be held March 27th and 28th. Items may be dropped off at FUMC beginning 3/26/15. If you need assistance with pickup call Tom and Jane Gilmore to schedule a time, (605) 665-8303.

• The Summit Activities Center, along with Yankton County Search & Rescue, Yankton County EMS and Dakota Scuba is proud to offer April Pool’s Day event on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. The purpose of this event is to provide fun and educational activities about water safety and offer a Discover Scuba class with Steve Nedved from Discover Scuba. The event will run from 6:30-8:30pm on Wednesday, April 1. The event is open to parents and children 10 years or older. The cost of the class is $30 per participant and payment will be made the evening of the class. To register for this unique class, please call Daniel Prendable at 605-668-9033 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For further information, please 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 their Facebook Page.

• Representative Kristi Noem is accepting applications for spring internships in her Washington, D.C. office, as well as in her offices in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown. Student interns in Representative Noem’s office will assist staff with various constituent service and communications projects, as well as assist with legislative research. Both South Dakota and Washington, D.C., internships provide students with first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and the countless other functions of a congressional office. College students who are interested in interning in any of Representative Noem’s offices should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by April 20. For more information, contact Christiana Frazee at (202) 225-2801.

• The Annual Youth Art Exhibit with run at G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery in Yankton (508 Douglas Avenue) from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. March 12 – 14, 16 – 21, 23 – 31, April 1-2.

• The exhibit “Story Tellers” will be on display at Bede Art Gallery at Mount Marty College from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. March 12 – 13, 16 – 20, 23-27.

• The Summit Activities Center will be a host site for the Area Special Olympics and Roger Haas Basketball Tournaments on February 21 and March 27 and 28, 2015. Due to the tournaments, courts will not be available for open gym on those dates. For more information, please call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on our Facebook Page.

• The Summit Activities Center will be offering American Red Cross Swimming Lessons this spring. The classes will be held Saturday mornings and will run from Saturday, March 28 through Saturday, May 2, 2015. Swim lessons will include Preschool, and Red Cross Level 1 through Level 3. Registration for current Summit Activities Center members will begin Monday, March 9, 2015 during normal business hours. Registration for the general public and online registration will begin Tuesday, March 10 at 11 a.m. Online registration is available through the City of Yankton website at www.cityofyankton.org.
10:30-11:20 a.m. Preschool and Level II
11:30- 12:20 p.m. Level I and Level III
For further information, please call 668-5234 or visit the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Don’t forget to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on their Facebook page.

• Enjoy the great outdoors this summer as a member of the Game, Fish and Parks' team! They are now taking applications for summer jobs in a variety of positions across the state. The initial application deadline is Feb. 23. Most positions run mid-May through Labor Day. For the complete job listing, descriptions, and to apply, visit the State of South Dakota employment website or contact any South Dakota One-Stop Career Center office.

• Free Tax Preparation Being Offered by Mount Marty College - For the 21st year, Mount Marty College students will assist members of the community with preparing their individual tax returns without charge. Students enrolled in the tax clinic course will help prepare required federal and state tax returns for low-income clients. The students will meet with each client for an initial interview then prepare the necessary tax returns. A second, short appointment will be conducted with each client to go over the results of the tax returns before filing. If a client is determined to require more advanced tax services, they will be asked to seek a professional tax preparer. Each tax return will go through a verification process to ensure accuracy before being returned to the client for filing. At the conclusion of the tax return preparation process, the client will be given a paper return to mail to the Internal Revenue Service along with a full and complete copy for their personal records. No data relative to any tax returns will be maintained by Mount Marty College or the students providing this service. Those interested in taking advantage of this free service should email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to indicate their interest and to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be scheduled on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

• The Riverboat Days Board of Directors is looking for input on a theme as well as Captain and Belle nominations for this year. Anyone with ideas for a theme can submit them in an email and send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Captain and Belle nominations should be a short paragraph explaining why the couple has been nominated and can also be submitted by email or mailed to PO Box 483, Yankton, SD, 57078.

• The Summit Activities Center will be offering a Water Safety Instructor’s Course in April. Pre-test will be held March 31, 2015. Attendance is mandatory for ALL sessions. Participants will need to be prepared for time in the classroom and pool each day. Class space is limited. Registration is available by calling 605-668-5234 or stopping by the Summit Activities Center between 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Cost for the training will be $150.00 plus tax and payment is due at the time of registration. The payment will include WSI manual and books. There is an online portion of the class and participants will be required to do online learning prior to and throughout class. Registration and a payment is also required with Red Cross, but instructions for this will be give once the pre-test has been passed. Participants must be at least 16 years of age before the class ends. Participants must also successfully swim the following strokes: Freestyle, Backstroke, Elementary Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly at Level 4.
WSI Class Schedule:
Tuesday March 31: 5:30 - 7pm
Friday April 24: 5pm – 10pm
Saturday April 25: 8am – 8pm
Sunday April 26: 8am – 8pm
For further information, please call 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook Page.

• The Summit Activities Center will be offering two Lifeguard Training Courses this spring. The first class will be held April 17-19, 2015 with the Pre-test on Tuesday, March 31 at 5:30pm. The second class will be held May 8-10, 2015 with the Pre-test on Tuesday, April 28 at 5:30pm. Class times for each course will be Friday from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. Attendance is mandatory for ALL classes AND the prerequisite testing. Registration begins immediately. Participants may register online at www.cityofyankton.org or at the front desk of the Summit Activities Center. Cost for the training will be $140.00 plus tax and includes lifeguard training books. There is an online portion of the class and participants will be required to do online learning prior to class. Registration and a payment is also required with Red Cross, but instructions for this will be give once the pre-test has been passed. Participants must be at least 15 years of age before the class ends. Prerequisites are: Swim 300 yards continuously. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 lbs. object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object, and exit the pool without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute and 40 seconds. Treading Water for 2 minutes using legs only. Participants who fail the prerequisites will not be able to continue the course.
Class One Course Schedule:
Prerequisite Swim Test: Tuesday, March 31 at 5:30 pm
Friday, April 17: 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, April 18: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday, April 19: 8 am – 8 pm
Class Two Course Schedule:
Prerequisite Swim Test: Tuesday, April 28 at 5:30 pm
Friday, May 8: 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, May 9: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday, May 10: 8 am – 8 pm
For further information, please 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

2015

Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27
Visual artist Cheryl Peterson-Halsey will conduct workshops for local students as part of the South Dakota Arts Council’s Artists In Schools and Communities (AISC) program. She will work with sixth grade students during the residency at Yankton Middle School.

Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29
Mount Marty College Theatre will present the musical comedy, Little Shop of Horrors, by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, in Marian Auditorium on the Yankton campus. Performances will be held Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

Friday, March 27 – Saturday, March 28
Writers high school age and up are invited to register for the VLP Literary Festival and Sorcerer’s Apprentice Creative Writing Camp, to be held at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. No experience with creative writing is necessary. Visit the festival/camp website http://sites.usd.edu/dwp/camp for a complete schedule, registration forms and fees, descriptions of the workshops, writer/presenter biographies, and other information. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions.

Roger Haas Basketball Tournament – various locations; Yankton.

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.

Saturday, March 28
Technology Help at Yankton Community Library – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Studetns from the Yankton High School National Honor Society will be at the library to work with individuals who need assistance with computers. This service is free of charge, but anyone needing assistance must register ahead of time by calling the library, giving us your contact information, and telling us what help you are seeking. For further information, contact the library at (605) 668-5276.

Citizen of the Year Banquet – 1:30 p.m.; Yankton Elks Lodge. The program honoring 2014 Yankton Citizen of the Year Ben Hanten will begin at 2 p.m.

Lewis & Clark Theatre Theatrical Gala – 5:30 p.m.; Minerva’s Convention Center; 1607 E Highway 50; Yankton.

Sunday, March 29
West Catholic Development Palm Sunday Breakfast – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Any questions regarding meal sales or to place an order ahead of time, please contact Todd or Lori Heckenlaible at (402) 357-3514.

“Requiem” – performed by the 40-voice Yankton United Church of Christ Adult Choir – 3 p.m.; Yankton United Church of Christ; 5th & Walnut; Yankton.

Tuesday, March 31
Yankton Chamber of Commerce “Denim & Diamond” Annual Banquet. Social hour 5:15 p.m. and country style dinner at 6:30 p.m. The “Jeopardy” 2014 Year in Review program starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Seating is limited. Please register by March 17, 2015 at www.yanktonsd.com/annualbanquet. For questions concerning the event contact the Yankton Chamber at (605) 665-3636.

Lifelight and 1st Assembly RESET Tour – 7 p.m.; NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex; 800 Archery Lane; Yankton. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at 1st Assembly, Pizza Ranch, Carpenter Shop and Mount Marty College.

25th Annual Business Community Prayer Breakfast – 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.; Roncalli Center Main Dining Room; Mount Marty College; Yankton. Tickets for the breakfast buffet are $7.50 each and an RSVP is requested by Friday, March 26. Questions and RSVPs can be directed to (605) 668-1584 or to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

“Stations of the Cross” – 7 p.m.; Marian Auditorium; Mount Marty College; Yankton.

Wednesday, April 1
Sanford Care Center Vermillion Annual Easter Egg Hunt – 5 p.m. 1 – 2 Years old, 5:15 p.m. 3 – 4 years old, 5:30 p.m. 5 – 6 years old.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is proud to host South Dakota author Mary Woster Haug in the Artists & Authors series at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 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.

One Million Cups/Onward Yankton Announcement – 9 a.m.; Yankton High School Theatre.

Thursday, April 2 – Monday, April 6
Yankton Public Schools will not be in session. April 2 is a parent-teacher conference compensation day, and April 3 and April 6 are Easter Vacation days. School will resume on Tuesday, April 7.

Saturday, April 4
The Avera Yankton Care Center Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 10 a.m. at the Avera Yankton Care Center. The hunt is for children ages five and under, and is open to the community.

Sunday, April 5
The Summit Activities Center will be closed in observance of Easter. The Summit Activities Center will go back to normal business hours on Monday, April 6.

The Yankton Community Library will be closed in observance of Easter. The Yankton Community Library will reopen on Monday, April 6.

Monday, April 6
United Methodist Women of Yankton Meeting – 1:30 p.m.; First United Methodist Church; 11th and Cedar; Yankton. Refreshments will be served, the welcome mat is out for all.

Wednesday, April 8
The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will host a screening of the engaging documentary Alive Inside at 6:30 p.m., followed by a facilitated community discussion.

Thursday, April 9
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Dr. James Reese, “Readings from MMC Creative Writing Students”

Post Legislative Luncheon – 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Hillcrest Golf and Country Club; Yankton. The luncheon is open to the public, but registration is required. Register online at: www.yanktonsd.com/legislativeluncheon or by calling the Chamber at (605) 665-3636. Luncheon cost is $15.00.

Saturday, April 11
Missouri Valley Christian Academy's 7th Annual Race for Christ - The event features a 5k walk, 5k and 10k run and a kid's half mile fun run/walk. All courses, except the kid's fun run, will follow park paths and highlight the Meridian Walking Bridge. An awards ceremony will follow the event. A meal will be served after the race. All proceeds from the race will go to support Missouri Valley Christian Academy, a K-8 Christian school, located in Yankton, SD. For more information you can contact the school at (605) 665-4470. You can also register at www.mvcamustangs.org.

Tri-Valley Chorus 65th Annual Show – 7 p.m.; Centerville Gymnasium. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Students are $5.

Sunday, April 12 – Saturday, April 18
National Library Week – If you would like to submit a poem to the Yankton Library staff, they will gladly display your poetry during National Library Week. April is National Poetry Month.

Sunday, April 12
Spellebrate – Fifth Annual Scrabble Tournament – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Southeast Job Link; 1200 W 21st St; Yankton.

Monday, April 13
South Dakota Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting Night of Champions in Sioux Falls featuring former NFL quarterback and current college football analyst, Tim Tebow. 7:30 p.m.; Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. For more information about the event and ticket sales, please visit www.southdakotafca.org or contact Erika Hessman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (605) 335-7555.

Tuesday, April 14 – Sunday, April 19
University of South Dakota Healthcare Careers Camp – For more information about the camp or to download an application, please go to www.usd.edu/medical-school/health-careers-camp.cfm or contact Kathy Van Kley with the Sanford School of Medicine at (605) 658-6329 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Application deadline is Wednesday, April 1.

Tuesday, April 14
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer – ABS; 909 W 23rd St; Yankton.

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.

Thursday, April 16
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Mary Abbott, “Ten Days in Italy: Rome, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and Florence”

Ribbon Cutting – Shore to Shore Realty, LLC; 230 Broadway Ave; Suite B-1; Yankton.

Tuesday, April 21
Yankton Boy Scout Troop 102 Annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Feed – 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Trinity Lutheran Church; 403 Broadway; Yankton. Adults & Youth $5, Children under 5 free. Tickets available from any Troop 102 Scout or at the door.

International Diversity Training – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Regional Technical Education Center; 1200 W 21st Street; Yankton. The 3 p.m. session will be on religion and healthcare while the 5 p.m. session will be on retail and law.

Wednesday, April 22
International Diversity Training – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Regional Technical Education Center; 1200 W 21st Street; Yankton. The session will discuss hospitality, lodging and restaurants.

Thursday, April 23
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Sr. Cynthia Binder, Dr. Rich Lofthus, Dr. James Sullivan and MMC Students, “Europe Trip: WWII and the Liberation of France”

Wednesday, April 29
For King and Country – 7 p.m.; Laddie E. Cimpl Arena.

Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28
Becoming an Outdoor Family – This program teaches skills for a lifetime of outdoor recreation. As part of the program fee, you’ll get an electrical campsite for two nights, instruction in several outdoor skills classes, and use of program equipment. It’s a great opportunity for beginning camping families or those experienced families who want to expand their outdoor skills. Lewis and Clark Recreation Area; Yankton. $75 per family. 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.

Monday, July 20
Sheri Ellis Golf Social

Tuesday, September 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Tuesday, October 13
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Tuesday, December 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

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