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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Want to take a break from your busy schedule for a relaxing and challenging workout all in one while enjoying the views of the beautiful, scenic Missouri River? Join Summit Activities Center Yoga Instructor, Rebecca Johnson, the second Saturday of the month in June, July, and August from 9:15-10:30 a.m. for a FREE Slow Flow Yoga Plus class in Riverside Park. Mark your calendars, bring your Yoga mat or towel, and meet in the grass in front of the Dakota Territorial Capitol Building, located at Levee Street and Douglas, on June 13, July 11, and August 8 for this one-of-a-kind experience. This class will focus on breathing and mind/body connection by incorporating a flowing style of yoga as well as strength-building through held poses. Improve your strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health as you cross train the body and mind while experiencing the gorgeous scenery in Riverside Park. In case of inclement weather, class will be moved to the Summit Activities Center. For further information, call 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on their Facebook page.

• Yankton Municipal Cemetery announces that all Memorial Day flowers, including artificial and those not in permanent planters must be removed by Monday, June 8, 2015, after which they may be removed by the cemetery staff. All articles removed by the cemetery will not be accounted for after 10 days. In accordance with cemetery policy, fresh cut flowers may be used and will remain until they become wilted and unsightly. Reminder, only one rod iron decoration is allowed per grave. If you have questions please call 668-5231.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department and the local Bike Yankton group announce that June is “Yankton Bike to Work – Bike to Play Month.” Please visit the Yankton Parks and Recreation Facebook page and the Bike Yankton Facebook page for June bicycle events.

• The Yankton United Methodist Women will take their Annual Field Trip/Retreat and journey to the Abbott House in Mitchell on June 8, 2015. The ladies were introduced to this facility, which serves only girls from the ages of 7 to 23 who have been abused and neglected, through a program presented by the Development Director, Virginia Wishard Lambert. Deeply touched, the group decided to make the trip, take the tour and provide some sponsorship for those being served. This will be a day trip with no charge involved except for the price of each participant’s noon lunch. Any lady interested in joining with the UMW women is invited – just all Joan at 260-9564 and if there is room – you’re welcome. After the Field Trip, the group will take a recess until September.

• Summer hours at the Yankton Community Library begin on Tuesday, May 26. The Library will be open the following hours from May 26 through September 7:
Sunday: closed
Monday and Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For further information, call the library at (605) 668-5275.

• Preparations are under way for the teen summer reading program at the Yankton Community Library. We have a fun and interesting craft day project scheduled for July 6. However, to complete the project, we need donations of framed landscape paintings that will be repurposed by participants. Rolling hillsides, lakeshore scenes, even people gathering for a picnic would all be wonderful launching points for the teens to create a new painting. Please bring your donations to the library by Friday, June 18. Thank you for your help! If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call the library at (605) 668-5275.

• The Yankton Kiwanis is collecting used school supplies for the children of Haiti. They need crayons, pencils, markers, colored pencils, erasers or any school supplies you no longer need or want. Call jana (605) 660-2858, DW (605) 660-7777, or Peggy (605) 661-6531 for pick up. Or you can drop off at Slumberland, Ace hardware, HyVee or Clark Rentals.

• The Board of City Commissioners is seeking Yankton residents to fill openings on the various City of Yankton Advisory Boards and Commissions. The openings for 2015 include:
• Three vacancies on the Planning Commission
• Two vacancies on the Yankton Community Library Board
• Two vacancies on the Park Advisory BoardK
• Two vacancies on the Fox Run Golf Advisory Board
• One vacancy on the Airport Advisory Board
Anyone who is interested in filling one of the openings should submit a letter of interest to the Mayor and Board of City Commissioners including your reason for wanting to serve on the respective board or commission. Letters may be sent to:
Mayor
c/o City Manager’s Office
P.O. Box 176
Yankton, SD 57078
The deadline for these inquires is May 29, 2015.

• The City of Vermillion has five terms expiring on the Planning Commission Board in June. The term of appointment is for five years. If interested, please complete an Expression of Interest form available on the City’s website www.vermillion.us or at City Hall. Completed Expression of Interest forms are due in the City Manager’s office by noon, Thursday, June 11, 2015. It is anticipated that City Council will make an appointment at their June15, 2015 meeting.

• Yankton Municipal Cemetery announces that staff will be doing a spring clean-up at the cemetery. Staff will be going through all areas of the cemetery picking up anything that is in poor quality and anything that has been displaced and is on the grass. These items will then be disposed of at the time of removal. If there is a concern that an item may be removed by cemetery staff, please remove the item personally and refrain from placing back in the cemetery until Memorial Day. In accordance with cemetery policy, any alterations to any lot shall be done by cemetery personnel. The City of Yankton retains the right to remove or alter any lot improvements if they become unsightly or pose a safety hazard. Any of these services should be requested thought the Department of Parks and Recreation Office. Fresh cut flowers, potted plants and wreathes shall not be allowed on grave lawns longer than 3 days, except during the period from December 1 through March 1, and for the two weeks following Memorial Day. Unless removed by the owner within the above time the cemetery staff will remove all remaining items. All urns, plant material, etc. will be in line with the headstone. One rod iron decoration per grave. The City of Yankton is not responsible for any object placed on or near headstones. No homemade or handmade monuments. Perpetual lights are not the responsibility of the City of Yankton, even if placed by monument company. If you have questions please call 668-5231.

• Summer hours at the Summit Activities Center will begin on Saturday, May 16 and will be the following:
Monday-Friday
5:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Please note, the Summit Activities Center will be closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. For further information, please call 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street. Remember to follow the Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation on their Facebook Page.

• The MNRR – As Nature Inteded; G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery; 508 Douglas Avenue; Yankton. April 30 – May 2, May 4-9, 11-16, 18-23, 25-26.

• Are you looking to get your child involved this summer? The Yankton Recreation Department has several openings in a variety of summer activities such as Red Cross Swimming Lessons, Fine Arts & Crafts, Performing Arts, Cooking, Physical Activity & Sports, Educational Classes, Day Camps and much more. Visit our website at www.cityofyankton.org to get a full listing of all the exciting programs we have to offer. You can view, register, and submit payment for all of the summer programs and activities directly from the City of Yankton’s website. Or call or visit the Summit Activities Center during regular business hours to register. For further information, please call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on their Facebook Page.

• The Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation announces Memorial Park Pool will open at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29 and close for the season on Wednesday, August 19 at 8:00 p.m. The Summit Activities Center pool will be available on May 18-28 for open swim. Please call the Summit Activities Center for specific open swim times. Listed below are the summer hours, rates for Memorial Pool, and pool pass information. Pool passes are on sale now at the SAC.
Memorial Pool
Daily Pool Hours
12:30-8:00 pm
Family/Adult Swim
Thursday & Sunday Evenings: 6:00-8:00 pm
Buck Night
Wednesday & Saturday Evenings: 5:00-8:00pm
Memorial Pool Daily Passes
Family (Immediate Family Only) - $10.00
Adults (18 & Over) - $6.00
Youth (17 & Under) - $5.00
Yankton Summer Season Pool Pass
Family - $90.00 (SAC Discount - $70.00)
Individuals - $45.00 (SAC Discount - $35.00)

• PRIDE Training will be offered in Yankton for those interested in foster/adoptive parent training. The dates of the program will be May 16, 30, June 6, 13, and 16. The class is free of charge and a total of 30 hours. The location is the Technical Education Center in Yankton. For additional information and to RSVP please contact Jody Paulsen at (605) 857-1578 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

UPCOMING EVENTS

2015

Friday, May 22
Lewis & Clark Recreation Area Activity – 7 p.m. Geo-cashing at Chief White Crane Amphitheater.

Lewis & Clark Recreation Area Activity – 9 p.m. Outdoor Nature Movies at Chief White Crane and Lewis and Clark Amphitheaters.

Open Swim – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Summit Activities Center; 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

Saturday, May 23
Vermillion’s Prentis Park Swimming Pool opens for the summer. The last day of swimming will be July 31.

Nature Olympics – 10 a.m.; Pierson Ranch Recreation Area; Yankton. For more information, call (605) 668-2985.

Lewis & Clark Recreation Area Activity – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Archery Classes – reservation required, call (605) 668-2985.

Lewis & Clark Recreation Area Activity – 7 p.m. Gavins Point Nature Trail Hike.

South Dakota Kaytak Challenge – 7 a.m.; Riverside Park Boat Ramp; Levee Street; Yankton.

Poker Tournament Benefiting the March of Dimes – 12:30 p.m.; Yankton Bowl. Yankton. $100 buy-in, $100 buy backs until the end of the third blind level, $50 add-on at break. Cash prizes for 1st-3rd, other prizes for best hand, royal flush. Number of prizes depends on number of people. With questions, call Dawn (605) 661-4323.

Sunday, May 24 – Monday, May 25
The Yankton Community Library will be closed on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 24
Lewis & Clark Recreation Area Activity – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Archery Classes – reservation required, call (605) 668-2985.

Lewis & Clark Recreation Area Activity – Interdenominational Church Service – Pierson Ranch Amphitheater.

Monday, May 25
In observance of Memorial Day, Northeast Community College office in Norfolk, and its extended campuses in O’Neill, South Sioux City and West Point will be closed on Monday, May 25. College offices will re-open Tuesday, May 26, at 8 a.m.

Memorial Day Program – 11 a.m.; Fantle Memorial Park; Douglas Avenue and 21st Street; Yankton.

Tuesday, May 26
Open Swim – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Summit Activities Center; 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

Vermillion Planning Commission Meeting – 5:30 p.m.; City Hall – Large Conference Room; 25 Center Street; Vermillion.

Yankton Community Blood Drive – 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital—Benedictine Center; 501 Summit Street; Yankton.

World War II Speech – 7 p.m.; Summit Activities Center; 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

Wednesday, May 27
One Million Cups – 9 a.m.; Avera Professional Office Pavilion; 409 Summit Street; Yankton.

Farm Safety Day Camp – 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Pine Acres Fairgrounds; 700 Whiting Drive; Yankton.

Open Swim – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Summit Activities Center; 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

Penny Bingo – 1 p.m.; The Center; 900 Whiting Drive; Yankton.

Job Search Assistance Program – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 3113 Spruce St.; Ste 124; Yankton. For more information, call (605) 668-2900.

Thursday, May 28
Open Swim – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Summit Activities Center; 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

Farmers Market – 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Corps of Discovery Welcome Center; 89705 Highway 81; Crofton.

The Department of Labor and Regulation will be hosting a Career Expo at the North Sioux City Community Center, 205 Sodriac Drive. Local employers will be there with a variety of open positions in the area. Be prepared to fill out applications and hand out resumes and references. The Career Expo is open to the public. For more information call (605) 242-5445.

Friday, May 29
Job Search Assistance Program – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 1024 West Cherry St.; Vermillion. For more information, call (605) 677-6900.

Saturday, May 30
Yankton Youth Step Outside – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Jim River Trap Range. Event includes 3D Archery, 22 Rifles, BB guns, Shotgun Trap, Hands on Fish Tank. Free and open to all ages. Parent/Guardian must accompany youth. Free lunch provided.

2015 Rally for a Miracle Bikes and Babes Motorcycle Run - Proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – breakfast at Vermillion Walmart
10:30 a.m. – leave Walmart, destination J&L Harley Davidson, Sioux Falls
11:30 a.m. – register at J&L (receiving route maps and poker cards)
12:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – ride
4 p.m. – turn in poker hand
5 p.m. – prizes awarded

Monday, June 1
Summer Reading Program Kick Off – Yankton Community Library – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. A fire truck, police car, ambulance, and Highway Patrol car are scheduled to be in the parking lot. Children can visit with community helpers and see the vehicles they use. More community heroes will be in the library meeting room to talk to children about their jobs.

Teen Summer Reading activity and informational meeting – Yankton Community Library – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, June 2 – Thursday, June 4
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp – A free, fun 2-hour event for children ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 10. Pick one of four 3-day sessions which will include exciting and educational games, stories, songs, crafts, nature talks, hikes, and hands-on exploration. 4 – 6 year old session – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. each day. 7 – 10 year old session – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Registration opens April 6. For registration information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the park office at (605) 668-2985 ext. 0.

Tuesday, June 2
Calling all Big Bang Theory geeks to the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut, on Tuesday, June 2, 6:30 p.m., to a night of fun and games as we test your knowledge about one of television’s most popular shows. Teams of two persons will challenge one another to see who knows the most about our favorite television Nerds. Registration is required but the evening is free. (605) 668-5276.

Wednesday, June 3 – Thursday, June 4
The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut, is once again hosting a summer babysitting clinic for individuals between the ages of 12 and 18 on June 3-4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. There is a registration fee which must be paid at the time of registration. Class size is limited to fifteen participants, and registration is required. Please direct questions about the babysitting clinic to Stephanie Siebrandt at (605) 665-3387.

Thursday, June 4
Yankton Housing and Redevelopment Commission Meeting – 12 p.m.; City Hall Meeting Room; Yankton.

Ribbon Cutting – Kopetsky’s Ace Hardware Broadway; 2404 Broadway Avenue; Yankton.

Friday, June 5
Dakota Territorial Museum Brown Bag Lunch – 12 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.; Dakota Territorial Museum Conference Room. Randy Teboe from the Ponca Tribe will present about the tribe as well as some other interesting facts.

Saturday, June 6 – Sunday, June 14
World Archery Youth Championships – NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center.

Saturday, June 6
Springfield Fire Auxiliary 1st Annual Poker Run – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.; Springfield Fire Hall. Entry Fee - $20 Day of the cruise.

Tuesday, June 9
Yankton Community Library - On June 9, 6:30 p.m., Arthur L. Rusch, author of County Capitols: The Courthouses of South Dakota, will talk about how he researched and wrote his book, using a PowerPoint presentation depicting historical courthouses throughout the state.

Tuesday, June 9 – Thursday, June 11
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp – A free, fun 2-hour event for children ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 10. Pick one of four 3-day sessions which will include exciting and educational games, stories, songs, crafts, nature talks, hikes, and hands-on exploration. 4 – 6 year old session – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. each day. 7 – 10 year old session – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Registration opens April 6. For registration information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the park office at (605) 668-2985 ext. 0.

Tuesday, June 9
Yankton Community Library - On June 9, 6:30 p.m., Arthur L. Rusch, author of County Capitols: The Courthouses of South Dakota, will talk about how he researched and wrote his book, using a PowerPoint presentation depicting historical courthouses throughout the state.

Saturday, June 13
Taste and Tour 2015 – Heartland Humane Society. Registration 6:30 p.m. at The Varsity in Vermillion. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Taste and Tour at 10 locations downtown. 9:15 p.m. Raffles and live music at The Varsity. $25 per ticket. Purchase tickets at HHS, Nook ‘n’ Cranny, or by calling (605) 664-4244. 100% of proceeds support HHS animals.

Wednesday, June 17
Blue Ribbon Task Force on Education Data Gathering Event for the Business Community – The Commons at Yankton High School.

Thursday, June 18 – Sunday, June 21
67th Czech Days at Tabor

Thursday, June 25 – Sunday, June 28
Yankton Children’s Theater Company’s presentation of How to Eat Like a Child.

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.

Friday, June 26
Yankton Area Chamber Member Orientation – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; Yankton Area Chamber Conference Room; 803 E 4th Street; Yankton.

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.

Tuesday, June 30
The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Committee is holding the 10th Annual Ag Gala at the Pine Acres Kiwanis/4H Ice Arena at 709 Whiting Drive. The Farm Family of the Year Award will be announced along with the eight P.A.Y. Scholarship recipients for 2015 from Crofton, Gayville/Volin, Hartington, Irene/Wakonda, Menno and Yankton. Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels is the Master of Ceremonies and South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture, Lucas Lentsch, is a speaker. The AG Gala begins at 5pm and features a social hour, a Prime Rib dinner catered by Rollin’ Smoke BBQ, a raffle, and a musical program by Vern Kaul, the East River Cowboy. Tickets are $40/person. Sponsorships for this event are still available. To register for tickets and/or tables of 8 or if you are interested in a sponsorship, please contact Carmen Bodden at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (605) 665-3636.

Dakota Territorial Museum Pioneer Games – 5:30 p.m.; Westside Park; Yankton. Bring the family to the museum for an evening of fun games for the kids to play. There will be something for little kids up to 12.

Friday, July 3
Wounded Warrior Project – Dakota Territorial Museum Brown Bag Lunch – 12 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.; Dakota Territorial Museum Conference Room. Lt. Col. Terrence Flynn (ret.) will speak about the Wounded Warrior Project and his own experiences in combat, and coming home.

Tuesday, July 7
Dakota Territorial Museum Cemetery Walk 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.

Tuesday, July 14 – Thursday, July 16
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp – A free, fun 2-hour event for children ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 10. Pick one of four 3-day sessions which will include exciting and educational games, stories, songs, crafts, nature talks, hikes, and hands-on exploration. 4 – 6 year old session – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. each day. 7 – 10 year old session – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Registration opens April 6. For registration information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the park office at (605) 668-2985 ext. 0.

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Glenn Shepard Seminar – 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Mount Marty College Roncalli Center. Cost is $129 for chamber members, $149 for non-members.

Monday, July 20
Sheri Ellis Golf Social

Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31
Mount Marty College Camp Invention - Led by local educators, the weeklong Camp Invention experience immerses elementary children in hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. This summer, your child can seek innovative solutions to real-world problems during the Camp Invention program at Mount Marty College in Yankton. The program will be held July 27-31 from 9:00am to 3:30pm each day, and is for students entering grades 1-6. Camp Invention’s fun, hands-on activities will include: designing a small, motor-powered vehicle, receiving personalized challenges from National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees, inventing bionic gadgets while journeying to acquire superhuman senses and using tools to upcycle electronics and build an epic, insect-themed pinball machine. This nationally-acclaimed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) enrichment program is offered by Mount Marty College in collaboration with the non-profit Invent Now. The Camp Invention program will be presented by local teachers and directed by Dr. Tamara Pease, Mount Marty College assistant professor of chemistry.

Tuesday, July 28 – Thursday, July 30
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp – A free, fun 2-hour event for children ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 10. Pick one of four 3-day sessions which will include exciting and educational games, stories, songs, crafts, nature talks, hikes, and hands-on exploration. 4 – 6 year old session – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. each day. 7 – 10 year old session – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Registration opens April 6. For registration information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the park office at (605) 668-2985 ext. 0.

Friday, August 28
Yankton Area Chamber Golf Day – Fox Run Golf Course.

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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