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• The National Weather Service has reported no snow in the last 24 hours in Yankton or Vermillion.
• Want to help those in need this holiday season? Do so by volunteering to help the Yankton Salvation Army as a bell ringer. Two-hour shifts are the norm, but all are welcome in this fun and festive effort to support those in need in the community. Call Carol at 605-661-5153 to learn more or sign up.
• National Guard and Reserves can nominate employers for the Freedom Award, presented annually to employers who take pride in helping Guard and Reserve members who work for them. Nominate your employer today.
• Avera Sacred Heart Hospital is now part of Avera @ Home, a program that can help you or your family adjust to home health care or home hospice. Learn more about the program.
• The City of Yankton can text you snow alerts and other snow information, including street closings. Sign up for the alerts.
• The new preliminary master plan for Yankton's recreational facilities is available. Read the plan. Give
• South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office and several state livestock agencies have established The Rancher Relief Fund to help producers hit by the recent snowstorm. You can help online and search for "Rancher Relief Fund." Donors also can mail checks to Rancher Relief Fund, Box 231, Rapid City, S.D. 57709.
• Traveling but concerned about road conditions? Use this link to get information or call 511 (in South Dakota.)
• Health insurance exchanges for South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa residents who have no insurance or have questions about their options now are open. Learn all you can about the new system online or call toll-free 1-800-318-2596. Steps you can take now as the website is improved.
• The National Alliance on Mental Illness encourages all people who suffer from mental illness to seek help. Its Information HelpLine can assist you or your family. Call 800-950-NAMI (6264) or
for referrals or information.
• South Dakota veterans have another tool to answer questions. The new website can help any servicemen or women with one click.
• PTSD Coach Online is a service for veterans and anyone dealing with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It's a suite of 17 tools designed to help people cope with sleep problems, trauma reminders and other issues. Access PTSD Coach Online.
• Hunting seasons are under way in South Dakota. Handy guide to regulations. Report poachers to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. Have
on your behalf.
• Bon Homme Bass and a number of other groups seek your help in refurbishing the Springfield Marina. If you'd like to help them out, call Tom Logue at 605-464-1770. You also can send financial support to Bon Homme Bass, Box 487, Tyndall, SD 57066. Money raised will complete a dredging project, replace the handicap-accessible dock in the marina and return this site to its once admirable condition.
• Veterans and National Guard soldiers are sought for a research project, "Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Alcohol Use." The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is leading this project, which includes a survey about mood, alcohol use and past military experiences and takes about three hours. It is voluntary and completely confidential. Participants receive $100 compensation for the initial interview and eligible participants who take part in a second study using an MRI will receive $300. Vets and Guard soldiers who are right-handed, between the ages of 18-45 and who have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan are eligible. To enroll or learn more, call Dawne Olson at 605-677-5170 or email her. (Active-duty troops only will be compensated if taking part in the research during off-duty times.)
• Yankton Parks and Recreation Dept. is accepting registrations for men's basketball league teams. The deadline is Nov. 8 and league play begins in December. Forms and rules are available at the Summit Activities Center or online. Call 605-668-5234 for information.
• Want to help others as a volunteer? This one-stop spot from United Way of Vermillion can help you find opportunities.
• True Value Company's "Painting A Brighter Future" is offering schools free paint for renovations. Nygren's True Value in Vermillion encourages all schools in their territory — which includes Vermillion and Elk Point — to apply for this program.
• Learn more about the South Dakota Workforce Initiative South Dakota Wins.
• Feeding South Dakota has recently released a study on food insecurity in South Dakota. Learn more at its website on ways to help.
• The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is offering a wide range of programs for toddlers through adults, and registration continues. To find out more, visit the library website for a full schedule of events.
• Mentors Needed: The Clay-Union Foundation matches youth age 5-17 years old with qualified and screened adult volunteers. There are two boys and two girls to match in Elk Point, and two girls in Vermillion. Volunteers must be 18 or older and have a car. Email John Gille at or call 605-421-5050 to become a volunteer.
• The City of Yankton and the Yankton Tobacco Education Coalition reminds all citizens that the Yankton Parks are tobacco-free.
• If you have trouble with certain Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter features, or need a quick tutorial on uploading photos, poking someone, or adding online friends, the new "Book a Librarian" program is for you! This free program allows you to schedule 15 minutes to answer any social media question. Call Tonya or Dana at the Yankton Public Library to schedule a session, 605-668-5275.
• The Yankton Boys & Girls Club is looking for community feedback about the Boys & Girls Club. Help them out with planning for the future and take a couple minutes to fill out this survey.
• The Vermillion Area Community Foundation is accepting proposals for projects to improve our community. Forms for submitting proposals by groups or organizations are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. While funds available are limited they can fully fund small one time requests or partially fund larger projects. Your annual donations to their Foundation will provide them with increasing funds each year for worthwhile projects.
• Business After Hours: Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your business and network with your peers? Sign up to host a Business After Hours event! These events generally run from 5-7 p.m. on weeknights and the hosting business provides hours d'oeuvres and refreshments. If interested email Ann or call 605-624-5571.
• The Heartland Human Society offers affordable pets. View the available animals or stop by the shelter at 601½ Burleigh St., Yankton.
Friday, Dec. 13
Saturday, Dec. 14
Winterfest at Ponca State Park, near Ponca, Neb. A wide range of free activities for the whole family. This weekend includes an Elf Magic Show. Full details on Facebook.
Sunday, Dec. 15
Tuesday, Dec. 17
Sunday, June 21-Tuesday, July 8 2014
A Scandinavia Adult Tour in 2014 will visit Bergan and Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia, and conclude in St. Petersburg, Russia. The tour departs Sioux Falls on June 22 and returns July 8. If interested, email Lenni Billberg or call her at 605-670-2717.