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January 27, 2015
Vermillion City Council Special Meeting, Nebraska Bar Bill Faces Opposition
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January 27, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

January 26, 2015
Vermillion City Council Special Meeting, Yankton City Commission Meeting Preview, South Dakota Legislature This Week
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January 26, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

January 24, 2015
Vermillion Traffic Study Underway, New Lawsuits In Fight For Keystone XL Pipeline
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January 23, 2015
South Dakota Tourism Up In 2014, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Give First State Of The State
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January 23, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

January 22, 2015
Vermillion Carbon Monoxide Scare, South Dakota Gas Prices
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January 21, 2015
Yankton County Commission Hears Concerns Over e911 Addressing, Sturgis Expects Record Attendance In 2015
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January 20, 2015
Vermillion City Council Hears From The Public On Malt Beverage Markup, Early Morning Fire In Yankton
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January 19, 2015
Powder River Training Complex Gets Approval, Vermillion City Council Meeting Preview
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January 17, 2015
Yankton Prepares For 2015 Construction And Municipal Election, Davison County Continues To Battle Measles
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January 16, 2015
South Dakota Camping Numbers Up For 2014, Bar Hours Expansion Proposed In Nebraska
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• B-Y Water consumers living east of the Jim River in the Mission Hill and Gayville area will be temporarily without water service on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, due to line maintenance near Fleeg’s Riverside Roadhouse. Water service will be interrupted at approximately 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, and will be resumed later in the afternoon.

• 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.

• The exhibit “ToMorrow’s Keepsakes” will be on display at the G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery January 16-29.

• The exhibit “Wintering Over” will be on display at the Bede Art Gallery from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on the following dates in January: 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department announces Friday, February 13 through Tuesday, February 17 as Summit Activities Center “Get Up and Play” weekend - five days of fun and inexpensive activities for the whole family. The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department and Summit Activities Center encourages everyone in the Yankton area to “Get Up and Play” this weekend. The Summit Activities Center will be offering the Yankton Summer Season Pool Pass at half price for these five days ONLY. This must be purchased at the front desk of the Summit Activities Center. A full schedule of activities can be found at the city website, http://cityofyankton.org/, the Yankton Parks and Recreation facebook page or pick up a flyer at the Summit Activities Center. For more information on the weekend of fun activities, please contact the Summit Activities Center at (605) 668-5234.

• The Yankton School District is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 YSD Teacher of the Year. A community member, student, parent, colleague, department head, or principal can make nominations. Nominators must include a short statement indicating why the nominee is an outstanding teacher of Yankton School District. Nominations can be made at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ysdtoy. The deadline for all nominations is Sunday, February 1, 2015. For additional information or questions, please go to www.ysd.k12.us/toy.

• The City of Yankton's Parks and Recreation Department is offering a four session “Quick Start” tennis program at the City Hall Gym for all girls and boys that are currently in grades K – 5th. The Quick Start philosophy is designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size. The Quick Start program will consist of four consecutive Saturdays beginning March 7, 2015 and finishing on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Times are as follows:
Kindergarten & 1st Grade 9:00 – 9:45 am
2nd Grade & 3rd Grade 9:45 – 10:30am
4th Grade & 5th Grade 10:30 – 11:15am
Cost for the program is $21.20 (includes tax). To register, please visit the Summit Activities Center by March 6 or online at www.cityofyankton.org. Registration will also be accepted on March 7 at City Hall during the Clinic (check payments only). For additional information, call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Don’t forget to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on our Facebook page.

• The City of Yankton reminds property owners that public sidewalks are to be kept clear of snow and ice. Property owners who have snow covered sidewalks adjacent to their property need to make arrangements for snow and ice removal within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. Snow removed from driveways, sidewalks or parking lots cannot be placed in the streets. Contact the City of Yankton at (605) 668-5251 for more information.

• The City of Yankton’s Park and Recreation Department would like to remind Yankton and area residents that two outdoor ice skating areas are available for their enjoyment if winter weather conditions allow. Sertoma Park has an ice hockey area, surrounded by wooden boards, available for those who want to be competitive with friends and family. Tripp Park has an ice area for those who like to relax and skate. The Tripp Park ice area now has lighting for the evening hours. The rinks are open daily, ice conditions permitting which are very dependent on daytime high temperatures. There is no usage fee, the facilities are not staffed, and there are no warming sheds or restrooms available. Bundle up the family and check out the fun on ice in Yankton!! For further information, call (605) 668-5234.

• The City of Yankton will hold the Municipal Election for the Office of City Commissioners on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Commissioners whose term expires in May are Dave Carda, Dave Knoff, & Pauline Akland. The earliest date to circulate a petition is January 30, 2015. The deadline for filing a nominating petition is 5:00 PM on Friday, February 27, 2015. The deadline for voter registration is March 30th, to vote in the April 14, 2015 election.

• The Yankton School District 63-3 School Board Election will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Two of the five school board seats, currently held by Kathy Greeneway and Matthew Pietz, are open. Elected candidates will serve a three-year term. The earliest date to circulate a petition is January 30, 2015. The deadline for filing a nominating petition is 5:00 PM on Friday, February 27, 2015. The deadline for voter registration is March 30th, to vote in the April 14, 2015 election.

• The South Dakota Department of Tourism and the Missouri River Tourism Association are now accepting applications to fill seasonal positions for travel counselors and supervisors at the 10 Information Centers along Interstates 29 and 90. Travel counselors are needed from May through September to assist visitors with travel needs, answer questions and promote South Dakota’s travel opportunities. Applicants must be high-school graduates, possess knowledge of South Dakota’s history and visitor attractions, have basic computer skills, and excellent communication skills. The Information Centers are open seven days a week, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and are located along Interstates 29 and 90 near Chamberlain, New Effington, Salem, Spearfish, Tilford, Valley Springs, Vermillion, Vivian, Wasta and Wilmot. The centers in Chamberlain, Valley Springs and Vermillion will remain open through October to accommodate out-of-state hunters and increased numbers of travelers during the fall season. All other centers will close in mid-to-late September. Seasonal applications may be obtained from the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation offices, or by visiting www.SDVisit.com. The application deadline is Feb. 6, 2015. Contact Nate Johnson at the South Dakota Department of Tourism, (800) 952-3625, with questions.

• Mentors needed - Vermillion now has 7 children seeking mentors. Volunteers spend 2 hours/week with their match, and the program benefits both adults and youth. There are boys and girls in a wide age range, and no extra skills are needed, just a caring attitude. Please contact John Gille at (605) 421-5050, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or apply online at http://www.clay-unionfoundation.org/ to be a mentor. More information is also on the website. Year-end donations to the program , which are fully tax deductible, may be mailed to P.O. Box 665, Elk Point, SD 57025.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2015

Monday, January 26
Vermillion Heroes Behind the Badges Community Blood Drive – 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Sanford Vermillion; 20 S Plum; Vermillion. Call (605) 624-2611 for more information.

Intermediate Excel 2013 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Southeast Job Link; 1200 West 21st St; Yankton.

Vermillion School Board Meeting – 7 p.m.; VHS Library; 1001 E Main St; Vermillion.

Vermillion City Council Special Meeting – 6 p.m.; City Council Chambers; City Hall; 25 Center Street; Vermillion.

Yankton Board of City Commissioners Meeting – 7 p.m.; City of Yankton Community Meeting Room; Technical Education Center; 1200 W 21st St; Room 114; Yankton.

Tuesday, January 27
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Legacy Studio ; 217 E 3rd St; Yankton.

Yankton Community Blood Drive – 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital – Benedictine Center; 501 Summit; Yankton. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call (800) 287-4903.

Wednesday, January 28
One Million Cups – 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Avera Professional Office Pavillion; 409 Summit St; Yankton.

Job Search Assistance Program – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 3113 Spruce Street; Suite 124; Yankton. For more information, call (605) 668-2900 or visit www.sdjobs.org.

Thursday, January 29
All parents of children that will be five years old on or before September 1, 2015, are invited to attend Yankton School District’s Experience JrK/Kindergarten from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Each elementary building will be open to visit the JrK and Kindergarten classrooms with your child. Registration packets for the 2015-16 school year will be available at each building during the Open House. If you are unable to attend the Open House, registration packets can be picked up at any of the elementary schools starting on January 29.

Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Dr. Vicki Geiser, “On the Front Line of the Army Corps of Engineers Bird Monitoring Crew”

Riverview Reformed Church Soup Kitchen – 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; 1700 Burleigh Street; Yankton. On the menu is ham & bean soup, chicken dumpling soup, chili, pulled pork sandwichesa, hot dogs, pies and desserts. Please call (605) 665-9204 for more information.

Friday, January 30
2015 Business Educators Expo – 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Riverfront Event Center. The deadline to reserve a booth is January 13th. You can reserve your booth online by going to www.yanktonsd.com/educator or contact the Chamber at (605) 665-3636.

No School In Yankton – Teacher in-service. No school for preschool through grade 12.

Job Search Assistance Program – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 1024 W Cherry Street; Vermillion. Parties interested in attending should register by calling (605) 667-6900 before 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 28.

Saturday, January 31
Dancing With The Stars - River City Domestic Violence Center and River City Family Connections Fundraiser – Minerva’s Bar and Grill. 7 p.m. cocktails and dessert, 8 p.m. show. Individual ticket $30, couple $50. For tickets call (605) 665-4811

Legislative Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m.; Avera Office Pavilion Amphitheatre; 409 Summit St; Yankton.

4th Annual Yankton Baseball Hall Of Fame Fundraiser – 5 p.m.; Elks Lodge; Yankton. Tickets available at First Chiropractic and JJ Benji’s. For more information call Jeff Benjamin at (605) 661-6351 or Marcia Walter at (605) 660-6564.

Legislative Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m.; Vermillion City Hall Council Chambers; 25 Center Street; Vermillion.

Beresford VFW & Auxiliary Soup & Pie Luncheon – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Post Home; 206 N 3rd; Beresford. Adults $6, Children 5-10 $3, Under 5 Free.

Sunday, February 1
Hands-On History – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.; Elkhorn Valley Museum; 515 Queen City Blvd; Norfolk.

West Catholic Soup & Pie Lunch – St. John’s Parish Center, Fordyce. Sponsored by West Catholic Development in celebration of Catholic Schools Week. Mass at 10:30 a.m., Lunch served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Adults $5, kids (5-12) $3, under 4 free. Menu includes chili, chicken noodle soup and tasty homemade pies.

Monday, February 2
Yankton United Methodist Women Monthly Meeting – 1:30 p.m.; First United Methodist Church; 11th & Cedar St.; Yankton. All women in the community are welcome.

Wednesday, February 4
The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will host local author and USd professor Mahhew Moen in the Artists & Authors series at 7 p.m. For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

Thursday, February 5
Yankton Area Literacy Council Annual Meeting – 5 p.m.; Yankton Community Library. Members are urged to attend to hear about the literacy council’s role in the area. Students who have recently completed a level of study will receive their certificates at the meeting.

Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Kenny Tomek, “Simple Nutrition for a Complex Life”

Friday, February 6 – Sunday, February 8
44th annual American Legion MidWinter Conference – Ramkota Hotel & Event Center; Watertown.

Friday, February 6
Free First Friday Dance Night – 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Vermillion Dance Organization; 19 S Plum; Vermillion. Saturday, February 7
Registration deadline for Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation “Just for Fun” Basketball program. Registration is available online at www.cityofyankton.org and at the Summit Activities Center.

Sanford Vermillion Community Health and Wellness Fair – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Lee Medical Building; USD Campus; Vermillion. Call Sanford Vermillion at (605) 624-2611 or visit sanfordvermillion.org for more details.

Picture This Series presents Altered Book Workshop with Susan Heggestad – Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Registration is required. Please stop by the Circulation Desk or call the library at (605) 677-7060.

Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena.

Sunday, February 8
Hands-On History – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.; Elkhorn Valley Museum; 515 Queen City Blvd; Norfolk.

Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena.

Monday, February 9
Yankton Community Library Teen Advisory Board Meeting – 7 p.m.; Yankton community Library; 515 Walnut; Yankton. If you have any questions about the TAB or teen activities, please contact Joyce Moore at the library at (605) 668-5276 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tuesday, February 10
Yankton Day in Pierre – The Legislators Reception will be 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Best Western Ramkota.

Yankton Community Blood Drive – 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital; Benedictine Center; 501 Summit Street; Yankton. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call (800) 287-4903.

Wednesday, February 11
Mix & Learn – National Field Archery Association

Thursday, February 12
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Jordan Foos, “Volunteering at Red Cloud Indian School: The Catholic, Lakota Pine Ridge”

eBooks and OverDrive Class – 6:30 p.m.; Yankton Public Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton. This class is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. It is limited ot fifteen participants. You can register by calling the library at (605) 668-5276 or stopping at the library.

Friday, February 13
Yankton Area Arts is excited to invite you to join us at GAR Hall on Friday, February 13, 2015 from 6:30-9:00pm for a Paint & Sip class with area artist and instructor Cheryl Peterson-Halsey. Participants will be part of a social art experience in which each artist will receive professional instruction to ultimately create a 16×20 painting to take home. Cost of the class is $40 and all are encouraged to register early by visiting www.YanktonAreaArts.orgor by calling (605) 665-9754 for more information. Space is limited.

Saturday, February 14
2nd Chance Prom – Doors open at 5 p.m.; Minervas; 1607 S Dakota 50; Yankton. An Evening in Paris – Grand March, Dinner, Dance. Tickets are $35.

Fundraiser for the Bow Valley Schutzenfest Celebration on August 2nd – Bow Valley Ballroom. Dance off competitions, cowboy lunch, Clay Creek Deaf Cowboy band, arena races.

Open Skate – 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Yankton Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena.

Sunday, February 15
Hands-On History – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.; Elkhorn Valley Museum; 515 Queen City Blvd; Norfolk.

Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena.

Monday, February 16
Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Yankton Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena.

Tuesday, February 17
Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Yankton Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena.

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.

Thursday, February 19
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Dr. Aina Westrheim Ravna, “The Sami: Native People of Norway”

Saturday, February 21
Legislative Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m.; Avera Office Pavilion Amphitheatre; 409 Summit St; Yankton.

The Centers Annual Wine and Dine Event – 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Featured events include wine tasting, live and silent auctions, and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are on sale for $30. Stop in today at 900 Whiting Drive or call (605) 665-4685 for information.

Sunday, February 22
Hands-On History – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.; Elkhorn Valley Museum; 515 Queen City Blvd; Norfolk.

Tuesday, February 24
Mobile Apps for Business – Riverfront Event Center (lower level); Yankton. Seminar will run from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cost of the seminar is $40 for chamber members and $49.95 for non-members. Registration deadline is February 20th. For more information visit www.yanktonsd.com/seminars.

Thursday, February 26
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Dr. Ryan Maderak, “A Night in the Life of an Astronomer”

Friday, February 27 – Saturday, February 28
Elevate Conference – Sunnybrook Community Church; 5601 Sunnybrook Drive; Sioux City. Tickets for the Elevate Conference are $65 until February 1, when the price increases to $85. Conference fees include lunch on Saturday. Visit elevateconference.org for additional information and to register.

Saturday, February 28
Legislative Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m.; Vermillion City Hall Council Chambers; 25 Center Street; Vermillion.

Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Yankton Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena.

Thursday, March 5 – Sunday, March 15
Yankton Children’s Theatre Company production of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” – Dakota Theater; Yankton. Performances on 5-8 and 13-15. Sunday performances at 2 p.m., all other performances at 7 p.m. Tickets available at the door, opening night is half price.

Thursday, March 5
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Yankton Federal Prison Camp Inmates, “Choices”

Friday, March 6
Free First Friday Dance Night – 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Vermillion Dance Organization; 19 S Plum; Vermillion. Sunday, March 7
Legislative Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m.; Avera Office Pavilion Amphitheatre; 409 Summit St; Yankton.

Tuesday, March 10
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Saturday, March 14
Wine & Dine at The Center – Wine tasting, silent auction, live auction. Tickets go on sale in January. Please stop by The Center or call (605) 665-4685 to reserve your tickets.

Thursday, March 19
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Sr. Maribeth Wentzlaff and MMC Students, “Service: The Key to Love in Key West”

Thursday, March 26
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Dr. Theresa Lafferty, “The Saint John’s Bible Project”

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 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”

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

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”

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”

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.

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

Iowa News

Republican White House maybes court evangelicals toward 2016
ATLANTA (AP) — Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are courting the Republican Party's elite donors in the early maneuvering for the 2016 presidential race. But several other potential Republican candidates are concentrating their efforts on Christian conservatives. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal hosted a prayer rally in his home state, where he called for a national spiritual revival. Doctor Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, spoke and attended services this weekend at a Houston, Texas megachurch conference billed as an effort to "restore the soul of America." Several White House hopefuls also addressed social conservatives at the Freedom Summit in Iowa, which hosts the nation's first caucuses in 2016. Republicans agree that religious conservatives still are an important voting bloc. The challenge for a GOP nominee is securing that support while reaching the wider electorate.

Broadband committee helping Branstad still sorting issues
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As Governor Terry Branstad prepares to introduce legislation aimed at expanding broadband Internet in Iowa, members of a committee tasked with giving him key recommendations for a bill say it's a complex issue that they're still sorting out. Members of a broadband committee within a science, technology, engineering and math advisory council say they're still deciding what the state's overall goal should be with expanding high-speed Internet, also known as broadband. John Carver, superintendent of the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District in northeast Iowa, is committee co-chair. He says there's a shifting national definition of what constitutes high-speed Internet. Branstad is once again making expanded broadband Internet a top priority this session. He has set aside $5 million in his budget proposal.

Final interviews planned for next Des Moines police chief
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The four finalists to be Des Moines next police chief will be interviewed this week as officials prepare to make their choice. KCCI reports the final four candidates will go through a series of public events and interviews this week. The finalists are Northwestern University police chief Michael Davis; Des Moines police Captain Allan Tunks; Des Moines police Major Stephen Waymire; and Des Moines police Major Dana Wingert. A public reception will be held for the candidates on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the World Food Prize building. They will meet privately with top city officials on Friday. Former Des Moines Police Chief Judy Bradshaw retired in October and is now assistant director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

Bald eagles return to Iowa again as they migrate
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa bird watchers will again be able to spot bald eagles this winter as they visit in search of warmer weather. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports thousands of bald eagles cross Iowa each winter as they migrate south. Wildlife experts say any location that offers open water where the eagles can hunt is likely to offer a good chance to see bald eagles. An eagle watching event will also be held at North Central Junior High on February 7th. Conservation efforts have helped the bald eagle population rebound nationwide over the past several decades.

Baker, No. 14 Wichita State breezes past Drake 74-40
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Ron Baker scored 15 points and No. 14 Wichita State breezed past Drake 74-40 on Sunday for its 26th straight win in the Missouri Valley Conference. Tekele Cotton added 10 points for the Shockers (18-2, 8-0). No one played more than 28 minutes for Wichita State. Reed Timmer topped Drake (4-16, 1-7) with eight points.

Buss, No. 20 Northern Iowa edge Illinois State 54-53
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Nate Buss hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 5 seconds left and No. 20 Northern Iowa edged Illinois State 54-53 on Sunday. Northern Iowa (18-2, 8-1 Missouri Valley) overcame a 12-point deficit in the final 11 minutes. Seth Tuttle scored 21 for the Panthers and Jeremy Morgan made three steals and blocked a shot down the stretch. Daishon Knight drove the lane at the end for Illinois State (12-8, 4-4), but his short shot hit the bottom of the rim as the horn sounded. Knight fell to the floor after the miss.

Moody helps Iowa State upend No. 8 Texas 58-57
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nikki Moody scored 14 points, including two free throws with 17. 5 seconds left, to help Iowa State upset Number 8 Texas 58-57 on Sunday. Texas guard Brooke McCarty then missed a jump shot with two seconds left. Seanna Johnson added 13 points for Iowa State (15-4, 5-2 in Big 12). Kelsey Lang led Texas (14-4, 3-4) with 12 points, but she attempted only one shot in the second half while surrounded by defenders. Texas, which has lost four of its last five games, took a 54-52 lead with 2:15 remaining on a 3-point basket by freshman McCarty. Lang, swarmed by defenders inside, passed the ball out to McCarty. After a missed jump shot by Moody, Texas forward Nekia Jones converted a three-point play with 55 seconds left. Bryanna Ferstrom made a layup for Iowa State that left the Cyclones trailing by a point with 33 seconds left.

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Nebraska could require carbon monoxide detectors in homes
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An increase in carbon monoxide poisoning calls last year could prompt Nebraska lawmakers to require alarms in homes and apartments. A bill set for a legislative hearing Thursday would add Nebraska to a growing list of states that require the devices in addition to smoke alarms. The Nebraska Regional Poison Center received 167 carbon monoxide calls in 2014. That's up from 107 calls the previous year. Kathy Jacobitz, the group's managing director, says the detectors are an important safety device. The bill by Senator Sara Howard of Omaha would require carbon monoxide detectors in any home or apartment sold, rented or issued a building permit after January 1st, 2017. Howard says she introduced it in response to past carbon monoxide deaths in Nebraska.

Omaha police continue investigating shooting that killed 3
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police are continuing to investigate this weekend's shooting that left three dead and five wounded. Officer James Shade said Sunday he couldn't release any additional information about Saturday's shooting. No arrests have been reported. The shooting happened at a small northeast Omaha home where as many as 50 people were gathered for a party. Police say multiple shooters fired at the home around 2 a.m. Saturday. Most people at the party refused to help police. Investigators are urging anyone with information about the shooting to come forward or submit a tip anonymously to Crime Stoppers. A $25,000 reward is offered for solid information. The five people wounded in the shooting were in stable condition Saturday. A hospital spokesman said Sunday no updates were available because the patient's requested privacy.

Arrest warrant issued in fatal Omaha shooting from Thursday
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect in a fatal Omaha shooting that happened Thursday morning. Police say they are looking for 19-year-old Ary Soto in connection with the shooting death of 20-year-old Roberto Gonzalez. Gonzalez was shot in southeast Omaha Thursday morning around 8:30. He was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center where he later died. Police said Saturday that a warrant had been issued for Soto on suspicion of first-degree murder and using a weapon. Previously, police arrested another person as an accessory to the shooting.

Fight ends demonstration honoring Omaha shooting victims
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A demonstration honoring three Omaha shooting victims killed when gunmen opened fire on a party this weekend had to be cut short when a fight started. Roughly 100 people gathered Sunday afternoon to walk through the neighborhood and remember the victims of Saturday's shooting that also injured five others. Through most of the 45-minute prayer walk, participants were consoling family members of the victims and hugging. But near the end of the event a fight started. Several cars of Omaha police officers responded quickly to the incident and helped disperse the crowd. Police continue investigating the shooting, but did not release any updates on the case Sunday.

Fremont man, 19, dies after gun discharges Sunday
FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — Fremont police say a 19-year-old man died Sunday after a gun discharged. Police and firefighters responded to a medical emergency around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. An injured man was taken to a Fremont hospital where he later died. Police are investigating the incident. Officials did not explain Sunday how the gun went off.

Bellevue hiring fair scheduled for veterans, service members
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — An employment workshop will be held before next month's hiring fair in Bellevue for veterans, service members and military spouses. The workshop will focus on resume preparation, how to navigate hiring fairs, how to translate military skills and how to handle interviews. The Hiring Our Heroes event will take place Feb. 18 at the Lied Activity Center, 2700 Arboretum Drive, Bellevue. The workshop is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the hiring fair, which is set to run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nebraska works to recruit dairy farmers from other states
SEWARD, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is trying to attract dairy farmers from other states with the promise of abundant land, plentiful water and feed and agriculture-friendly rules. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that sales pitch can be effective in California where dairy producers face drought, urban sprawl and high costs. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture estimates that every dairy cow represents a $5,000 economic impact in the state. Marty De Hoog is one of two California dairy farmers to move operations from California to Nebraska in the past four years. He brought his family and about 500 cows with in him 2013. De Hoog says he likes the people in Nebraska and the readily available water, but he's still not wild about the cold.

Nebraska farmer visits South American counterparts
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska farmer recently visited Colombia and Brazil to learn more about international markets for U.S. crops. The Nebraska Corn Board says John Greer from Edgar was part of a delegation with the U.S. Grains Council. Greer says the recent U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement seems to be creating new opportunities to sell American corn and related products. That's encouraging because Colombia is one of the largest importers of corn in the region. But Brazil will compete with the United States to sell grain to Colombia.

Growing older population in Nebraska will need housing
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — More Nebraskans need housing designed for senior citizens' needs, but in many communities, especially rural ones, that can be hard to find. The Grand Island Independent reports developers are starting to respond to those needs in some cities. Dean and Gwen Garringer recently moved into a new duplex in Aurora designed especially for seniors. The Garringers didn't think they'd be able to have a home of their own again after deciding they couldn't maintain their home in Phillips. Currently, about 14 percent of the state's population is 65 or older, and the percentage is higher in many rural counties. That group is expected to grow significantly over the next decade as more baby boomers retire.

Hilliard scores 24 to lead No. 4 Villanova over Creighton
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Darrun Hilliard scored a season-high 24 points to lead Number 4 Villanova to a 71-50 victory over Creighton Sunday night. Ryan Arcidiacono added 10 points for the Wildcats (18-2, 5-2 Big East), which rebounded from one of its worst performances of the season — Monday's 78-58 defeat at Georgetown. In that loss, the Wildcats had a season-low eight assists and were one off a season high with 18 turnovers. They had 15 assists and just five turnovers against Creighton. James Milliken had 13 points for the Bluejays (9-12, 0-8), who lost their ninth straight game. Creighton's last win came December 19th at home versus Texas-Pan American.

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