It's National Small Business Week, and the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the importance of small businesses in the community. Carmen Schramm, director of chamber services, says business owners facing challenges should seek out help.
Business owners can access information on resources here.
During its regular meeting the Vermillion City Council approved a base bid for the development of a leachate pond and improvement to the city’s landfill.
The leachate pond is required of a landfill in order to process water that runs off of a landfill. City Manager John Prescott says the improvements are part of a Joint Powers effort that affects both Vermillion and Yankton.
The estimated cost of the development is between $1.28 and $2 million.
Bonus program seeks to pay South Dakota veterans
Officials are hoping to get the word out widely to all South Dakota veterans about a financial bonus program for which they may be eligible. Veterans of the Gulf War or the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq may be eligible, according to John Fette who oversees the program in Pierre.
Fette says active-duty service men and women may also be eligible for the bonus. Veterans and their families can contact his office to find out more about the program or to have Fette review their eligibility.
Email Fette at
As part of its innovative readiness training program, US Army National Guard Engineers are in Yankton with 38 pieces of equipment, moving dirt and developing outdoor ranges at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex.
Second Lt. Seth Uschuck, a platoon commander with the 153rd Engineering Battalion, says the work not only helps the complex, it helps his men train.
Uschuck says his men will complete work and depart from their training in Yankton on June 19.
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* The theme of "Groundbreaking Reads" sets the stage for the Yankton Community Library's 2013 Adult Summer Reading Program. Explore not only groundbreaking books, but topics such as the Underground Railroad, "bucket lists", obituary writing, a cemetery walk, and much more. Dig into other underground phenomena and activities like composting and tuber cooking. The 2013 Summer Reading Program is open to all adults with programs, prizes, special events, and book discussions. The adult program began May 20 and continues until Aug. 2.
* The Chamber Ambassadors Committee will be representing Yankton Chamber businesses by distributing promotional items at the Czech Days Parade on June 21 and at Yankton Riverboat Days on Aug. 16. If your business has trinkets that you would like us to pass out to the crowd, please drop them off at the Yankton Chamber & Visitors Center, 803 E. 4th St. Trinkets will also be used for the upcoming Riverboat Days Parade in August. Please no paper items or brochures. If you can volunteer time to walk with the float on June 21 and/or on August 16, please call the committee at 605-665-3636 or
* The Healthy Yankton Community Garden invites gardeners still wishing to reserve garden plots to make reservations as soon as possible. Get your plot by calling Avera Sacred Heart Community Wellness Coordinator Angie O'Connor at 605-668-8590. Garden plots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Garden plots are approximately 12 feet by 18 feet and cost $20 per plot. The Community Garden is located along West City Limits Road on the Marne Creek West City Park, which shares a parking lot with the Yankton Dog Park.
* The Yankton Parks Advisory Board would like to take time this spring to remind Yankton dog owners to be responsible and obey the local ordinance for dog waste. A person in control of any dog is required to remove and properly dispose of any fecal material deposited by said animal on public property or property other than the property of the dog's owner. This includes fenced-in ballfields in the community's parks system that some citizens use as private off-leash dog parks. Cleaning up after your dog will help keep the park environment and private property clean so that all dogs, children and adults are happy and healthy. Pet waste left behind can transmit harmful diseases to other pets and children.
* The City of Yankton and the Yankton Tobacco Education Coalition reminds all citizens that the Yankton Parks are tobacco-free. The primary reasons for supporting tobacco-free parks are the health risks related to exposure to secondhand smoke, the peer influence on the community's youth through role modeling, and the environmental impact due to littering. The environmental impact of leaving cigarette butts on the ground is of concern also. Cigarette butts on the ground are unsightly and take away from the beauty of the community's parks just as any litter does. There are also the potentially deadly effects on toddlers if the butts are ingested. Please do your part to keep Yankton's parks tobacco and litter FREE!
* When pranks and destructive fun go over the line, it's not fun — it's a crime. Broken glass, graffiti, theft, arson, willful damage, and on-site substance abuse are all types of problems the City of Yankton Parks Department would like your help in bringing to a stop. Acts of vandalism are deliberate assaults on private and public property. They cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair and they degrade our efforts to provide high quality parks and facilities. If you think vandalism isn't your problem, think again. Here's why vandalism hurts everyone:
* Rummage or yard sales signs, advertising signs, posters, or notices of any kind must be posted on private property. For the safety of all drivers and pedestrians signs cannot be posted in boulevards, attached to utility poles, street signs, street trees, light poles, or be placed in parks. A good general rule is to keep signs to the inside of the public sidewalk or fifteen feet from the roadside curb if there is no sidewalk. Signs posted in the public right of way will e removed. For more information on sign placement and permits, visit cityofyankton.org or call 605-668-5251.
* The Lewis and Clark Visitor Center, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Park Service, has reopened. Its hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The center is located on Nebraska Highway 121 near the Gavins Point Dam.
* The city of Vermillion is hosting a Citizens Academy in spring 2013 for citizens over the age of 18. The Citizens Academy is a free, hands-on, interactive public information program that allows citizens an insight into City services and the functions of City Departments. Applications are available at the Vermillion City Hall or online at this link. Vermillion residents are give first consideration and the class size is limited to 20 participants.
* Are you having trouble with a certain feature of Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter? Do you need a quick tutorial on uploading photos, poking someone, or adding online friends? Then 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.
* Calvary Kids Preschool is now taking registrations for the 2013-2014 school year. Preschool classes for children ages 3,4, and 5 and Junior Kindergarten classes are offered. This Christ-centered program will provide a quality education for your child. Students learn through reading and writing centers, SmartBoard activities, art projects, field trips, and more. Please call 665-5594 for additional information.
*The Clay-Union Foundation is seeking 1-2 adult board members from Union County to serve on the board of directors. The board meets 5-6 times a year, oversees the scholarship program, and provides input on local needs. The board members also help with the annual bike ride in Elk Point, there are 5 board members from Clay County, with 2 board members terms ending in May. For more information about being a board member, please call John Gille at 605-421-5050 or email John Gille and request an application.
* The Yankton Boys & Girls Club is looking for community feedback about the Boys & Girls Club. Please help them out with planning for the future and take a couple minutes to fill out this survey.
*South Dakota Sen. John Thune is currently seeking hard-working college students to serve as interns in his office in Washington D.C. as well as in his offices in Aberdeen, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls. Interns in Thune's state offices will participate in constituent service and state outreach activities, while students in the Washington, D.C. office will have the opportunity to witness the legislative process, give Capitol tours, and attend Senate votes and hearings. Both in-state and Washington, D. C. internships will allow students to work closely with constituents, hone their research and writing skills, and learn a multitude of valuable office skills. Thune is a member of the Senate Committees on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Budget; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and Finance.
*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.
* Douglas Roegiers from Burbank & Vermillion, SD will sing and compete on NBC TV's new talent show: "The Winner Is." Doug may be appearing along with others on June 10, the half hour preview promotional session following NBC's "The Voice." Doug will be one of the 6 competitors on Thursday, July 11 when NBC presents the first of eight shows "The Winner Is" at 8 p.m. central time.
* Special exhibition "The Shapes of Sound: Hearing with Your Eyes," through Sept. 3 at the National Music Museum, Arne B. Larson Concert Hall located on USD campus.
* USD Career & Graduate School Fair is set for Thursday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Muenster University Center. To register, visit this link. The USD Academic & Career Planning Center are sponsoring the event. For additional information,
*"Main Street Matters" campaign launched by Benjamin Moore to help revitalize & repaint 20 cities & towns across North America are asking consumers around the country to cast their vote online for which 20 Main Streets should be revitalized of the more than 100 North American cities (including Vermillion) nominated at: www.paintwhatmatters.com. Winning communities will receive paint & supplies needed for facades, porches, railings, & other exterior building trims along with advice & help from Benjamin Moore color experts & skilled professional painters. Vote once a day until 11:59 PM EST on June 30, 2013. The final list of Main Streets & towns to be repainted will be posted in July.
*Heartland Human Society is offering adorable cats ready to go home with you during "9 Lives for $9 Adoption Event" now through Saturday, June 29. Participating in the event allows the shelter a chance at a $1,000 grant from Best Friends Animal Society. The event includes all kittens and cats age 9 months & older available for adoption at Heartland. View the available animals at www.heartlandhumanesociety.net or stop by the shelter at 601 1/2 Burleigh Street in Yankton.
Tuesday, June 18
The public is invited to the Vermillion Skate Park Dedication at Barstow Park at 1:30 p.m. Representatives from Wellmark, who provided funding for the park, will be present at the event. Come on out to celebrate the dedication.
Thursday, June 20
Cancer Support Group will meet @ 2:30 pm in the Sletwold Room at Trinity Lutheran Church, 816 E. Clark St. For more information, call Marcy at 605-624-8706.
Vermillion Area Farmers Market will be at the Clay County Fairgrounds from 3-7 p.m. For more information call 605-659-3399 or
Everyone is welcome to join the annual Clay County Historical Society Ice Cream Social at the Eagles, serving begins at 5 p.m. Taverns, chips, homemade pies and cakes, ice cream, lemonade and coffee will be served. Free will donation of $6 is requested. John McNeil will be the featured entertainment and the Summer Theater will present a short program.
Open House at Midwest Ready Mix & Equipment, 1405 E Hwy 50 from 4-9 pm. Hands on equipment demos. Brats and burgers at 6:30.
Friday, June 21
The Dalesburg Midsummer Festival at Dalesburg Lutheran Church is an annual celebration of Scandinavian and rural heritage. It includes a smorgasbord supper, musical performances and more.
Vermillion Community Theatre in conjunction with Dakota Players presents the delightful children's musical: "X is for Zebra" at the Vermillion High School Performing Arts Center @ 7 PM. Tickets are $5 for those over the age of 5 & are available at the door.
Saturday, June 22
Pink Ladies Tee Off against Cancer Golf Tournament. Show your support for loved ones who are fighting cancer & for those who we have lost!
Vermillion Area Farmers Market will be at Ratingen Platz, on the corner of Market and Main Streets, from 9 a.m.-noon. For more information call 605-659-3399 or
Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 9 a.m. at the Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, 20 S Plum St. Use the administration entrance just south of the hospital entrance and gather in the board room. Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with eating disorders and struggles.
The "Meet Your Guards" 5K Fun Run will begin with registration at 9 a.m. at the Vermillion National Guard Armory. The event costs $20 and includes free t-shirts while they last. The event gives the public a chance to meet the men and women who serve in the National Guard.
St. Agnes School's Annual Golf Outing will be at The Bluff's Golf Course. The 4-person Best Ball Scramble will begin with team sign-in at 11:45 AM and the open format shot gun start at 1:00 PM. Dinner will be served following golf at The Roadhouse at 6:00 PM, golf awards and prizes will follow. Please contact The Bluffs to register your team, 677-7058. Thanks for your support!
Sunday-Thursday, June 23-27
Kids are encouraged to get ready for the ride of their life at "Colossal Coaster World" Vacation bible School at Calvary Baptist Church from 7-9 p.m. Through every twist, turn, and dive, Colossal Coaster World will challenge kids to face their fears and trust God. Bible stories, music, crafts and experiments, recreation, and snacks are all combined to provide kids with an adventure-filled week designed especially for them. At the end of the week, kids will want to do it all over again! Children from third to sixth grade are welcome to attend this free event. Call 665-5594 to register.
Monday, June 24
The 2013 Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Corporation's annual Golf Social at The Bluffs Golf Course, Vermillion. It's an 18-hole, four-person scramble event and registration with team photos will begin at 11:45 a.m. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m., with dinner and awards at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join the fun! Reserve your spot by registering today. You can register to have a 4 person golf team, be a hole sponsor and/or donate a pin or door prize. Call 605-624-5571 or visit their website. All proceeds go to support the activities of the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Corporation (VCDC).
Support group meeting for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimers or memory loss will be @ 7:00 PM at the Vermillion Public Library.
Wednesday, June 26
The Equalizer/PrintSource invite the public to their Open House and Kick-Off Celebration at the 121 E Cherry Street location from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. The celebration is in honor of them introducing the collaboration between The Equalizer and Mark Winegar, the creator of Yote.Biz, an on-line mobile business directory. Join themfor a FREE lunch, catered by HyVee, and find out what Yote.Biz is all about. They will also have lots of other great marketing ideas for your business from The Equalizer and PrintSource.
Saturday, June 29th
Yankton's Dogs R Us 4-H group will host its first Pet Palooza at the 4-H Fairgrounds from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is replacing Heartland Humane Society's Animal Fair traditionally held in May. This free, public event will include a registration booth to join the 4-H Club, a Meet-n-Greet booth with available pets from the Heartland Humane Society, fingerprinting for youth, a petting zoo, agility courses, guest appearances by the Yankton Police K-9 unit and pet contests. The Yankton County 4-H will provide lunch for a small fee. All vaccinated pets are welcomed on leashes.
Overeaters Anonymous meeting will be at 9:00 AM at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, 20 S Plum Street. Use the administration entrance just south of the hospital entrance in the board room. Overeaters Anonymous is a 12 step program for people with eating disorders and struggles.
Sunday, June 30th
YHS Booster Club invites everyone to the Nancy Burgess Memorial Golf Tournament: 2 - Person Scramble 18-Hole Tournament at the Fox Run Golf Course. Tee times start at 1:00 PM. Entry is $20 per person for adults and $10 per person for 12-18 year olds. Green fees are separate. Carts are available for rent at Fox Run.
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,
Tuesday, July 9
Vermillion Community Blood Drive sponsored by Sanford Vermillion from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 2:30-6 p.m. Free All-American t-shirts and lunch to all who donate. Donors must be at least 17 years old. Call Sanford Vermillion at 605-624-2622 for additional information. Walk-ins are welcome!
Thursday, July 11
"Thursdays on the Platz"in downtown Vermillion on the corner of Main & Market. Enjoy live music & food. Bring the family! More information to follow soon.
Monday, July 15
8th Annual Sheri Ellis Memorial Golf Social at The Bluffs Golf Course. 1:00 PM shotgun start. 18 hole, 4 person scramble. $50 per person paid in advance; $60 day of event. Includes golf, dinner & prizes. Sponsored by Sanford Vermillion & Dakota Hospital Foundation. To register, call Jill at 605-638-8465
Friday, July 19
Vermillion Community Theatre presents the original musical "Robin Hood, Spirit of the Greene" July 19-22 at the Vermillion High School Performing Arts Center. The 7 p.m. performances are set for Friday, Saturday and Monday with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. More information is on the theatre's website.
Thursday, July 25
The Department of Labor and Regulation will be hosting a Job Search Assistance Program (JSAP) at 1024 West Cherry Street from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. The JSAP is a free workshop for people recovering from job loss or enhancing their job search skills. Trained instructors speak on modern-day techniques used to successfully find employment. Topics covered are: resume and cover letting writing, interviewing etiquette, networking effectively, using social media and much much more! Parties interested in attending should register by calling 605-677-6900 before 5:00 PM Wednesday, July 24.
Tuesday-Thursday, August 6-8
The City of Yankton's Recreation Department in coordination with the Yankton Area Senior Center is hosting the 2013 Yankton Senior Games for Seniors 50 years and older from any community. Participants 49 years old who turn 50 on or before December 31, 2013 are eligible to participate. Registration forms may be picked up at the Summit Activities Center and participants are encouraged to pre-register in order to prevent cancellation of events. For additional information, visit the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit St. or call 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Department of Parks & Recreation on its Facebook page.
Monday, August 12
6th Annual Hy-Vee Scramble for SESDAC at The Bluff's Gold Course. Sign-in and team photos from 12:00-12:45pm and shotgun start at 1:00 PM. Prime Rib Dinner and program to follow. Tickets are available for dinner for non-golfers. For registration and information please contact The Bluff's Golf Course at 605-677-7058. Get your team signed up early as this one fills up FAST!
Saturday, August 24-25
Head out to the 2013 Bullarama at the Clay County Park Rodeo Arena, unless otherwise noted, for a weekend of fun. Visit www.Bullarama.org or call Linda Hawley @ 202-0194 with questions. Event schedule follows:
Saturday, August 24
Sunday August 25
Iowa corn crop continues to lag in stormy spring
The latest crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows Iowa's cornfields have been hit hard by the wet spring.
Twelve percent of the crop is in poor condition, worse among the 18 leading corn growing states. Monday's report says 4 percent is very poor while 34 percent is fair and 50 percent is good or excellent. Eleven percent of corn plants haven't emerged from the ground yet and 6 percent of the crop hasn't been planted. Normally the crop is all in by now and 99 percent emerged.
The USDA already assumes the average amount of corn expected to be harvested per acre in the U.S. to be reduced to 156.5 bushels per acre down from 158 bushels estimated a month ago.
Governor says Iowa school start rules are too lax
Governor Terry Branstad says the rules governing school start dates in Iowa are "too lax." Branstad told reporters Monday that the existing policy hurts summer tourism in the state and that he expects to see some changes made by the Department of Education.
Under current Iowa law, schools are supposed to start the week that includes September 1st. But nearly all districts apply for and get waivers to start earlier in August. A group led by Iowa State Fair Manager Gary Slater has filed a petition with the state Department of Education seeking tougher enforcement of the law.
Department of Education Director Jason Glass says the department is reviewing the petition with the governor's office, but no final decision has been made.
Ankeny police: 13-year-old boy led car chase
Police in central Iowa say a 13-year-old boy led officers on a weekend car chase through a residential area.
Ankeny police say the boy drove the car with a flat tire early Sunday morning over curbs and around 50 miles per hour in a residential area. The car also went through a construction zone and several barricades before speeding off again.
The chase ended after the boy crashed the car into a tree. He was taken to a hospital for a minor injury to his face. The boy has been charged with reckless driving, operating while intoxicated, eluding police and driving without a license. The Associated Press generally does not name juveniles suspected of crimes.
Doctor seeks dismissal of manslaughter charges
Attorneys for a Des Moines doctor are asking a judge to dismiss involuntary manslaughter charges in the overdose deaths of 10 patients who he had prescribed painkillers.
Daniel Baldi's attorneys argued in a court filing Monday that four of the patients had no medication prescribed by Baldi in their systems when they died. They said four others had amounts of the drugs at or below therapeutic levels while the remaining two failed to use them as prescribed.
Prosecutors brought charges against Baldi last September. They allege he prescribed large amounts of narcotic painkillers to patients including Paul Gray, founder of the band Slipknot, who died in 2010. The filing also alleges the criminal investigation and prosecution is improperly based on confidential peer-review documents obtained by the Iowa Board of Medicine.
Dubuque man pleads guilty in heroin death
A 50-year-old Dubuque man has pleaded guilty to selling heroin to someone who died from the drug.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says in a news release Monday that Alvin Stanley Briggs, Junior was convicted after admitting Thursday that he sold $100 worth of heroin in July 2012 to an individual identified in court filings only as S.R., who died as a result of the drug.
U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade will sentence Briggs after a presentence report is completed.
Briggs faces a sentence of at least 20 years in prison, with a maximum of life imprisonment and a $1 million fine. The case was investigated by the Platteville, Wisconsin police department and Dubuque, Iowa Drug Task Force.
Suspect in Iowa City drug ring pleads guilty
One of the men involved in an alleged Iowa City drug ring involved in a deadly police sting has pleaded guilty to federal charges.
Norman Dudley pleaded guilty Monday to selling crack cocaine to an undercover Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement agent in the parking lot of a K-Mart store last August.
Authorities have said the transaction came days before undercover agent Daniel Stepleton went to an Iowa City trailer as part of an undercover operation, where he was ambushed by masked men wielding weapons. Police say Ivan Hardemon pointed a gun to Stepleton's head, but the agent managed to grab his own weapon and open fire.
Stepleton shot and killed the 24-year-old Hardemon and injured Demarco Dudley, Norman's brother, before escaping unharmed. Investigators determined Stepleton acted in self-defense.
Trial set for man charged in 1974 killing of teen
A trial has been set for Oct. 15 for a Des Moines man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 17-year-old Ottumwa girl in 1974.
The Ottumwa Courier reports a judge set the trial Monday for 67-year-old Robert Pilcher in the Wapello County Courthouse.
Pilcher has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of Mary Jones, whose body was discovered April 9th, 1974, in a farmhouse. She had been shot to death and sexually assaulted. Pilcher was interviewed in 1974 but never charged. Investigators say they arrested Pilcher in November 2012 after linking him to the case through DNA evidence. He's being held in the Wapello County Jail on $1 million bond.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
Nebraska corn, soybeans progressing near average
The Nebraska corn crop is faring far better than some other states including neighboring Iowa with 75 percent of the crop in good or excellent condition. Just 2 percent is rated poor.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report released Monday that Nebraska's corn is 100 percent emerged in line with the normal average. In Iowa where soggy fields have hampered planting, 12 percent of the crop is in poor condition, worse among the 18 leading corn growing states, 4 percent is very poor and 6 percent hasn't been planted yet.
Nebraska's soybeans are 77 percent good or excellent, 21 percent fair and just 2 percent poor. Ninety percent has emerged, which is near average.
Freakish accident kills McCook woman
A 70-year-old McCook woman has been killed in a freakish accident with her minivan. The McCook Daily Gazette reports that authorities think Patricia Peters got out of her minivan on Friday while it was in neutral and tried to put something in the vehicle or arrange something already on the passenger side.
Peters apparently got caught and pulled under the minivan when it rolled backward down her driveway, across a street and struck a parked vehicle.
Nebraskan pulled from Platte River dies
A 36-year-old man who was pulled unresponsive from the Platte River in eastern Nebraska has died.
Douglas County Chief Deputy Sheriff Tom Wheeler said Monday that Christopher Creekmore of Omaha was pronounced dead Sunday evening at a hospital.
Creekmore and his stepbrother, 19-year-old James Duncan, had been in the river at Two Rivers State Park on Sunday afternoon. They were jumping off a log into the water when Creekmore didn't come up immediately after one leap. He appeared unconscious when he did surface.
Rescuers pulled Creekmore onto a sandbar and began CPR. A helicopter flew Creekmore to the Omaha hospital.
Sen. Lathrop to kick off Nebraska 'listening tour'
Nebraska Sen. Steve Lathrop is kicking off his statewide listening tour as he weighs a run for governor.
Lathrop announced that he will visit Plattsmouth on Tuesday to meet with business and community leaders, and attend a dinner at the Plattsmouth VFW. The stop is the first of nearly 20 planned visits to communities throughout the state.
Lathrop, a Democrat, has said he is seriously considering a run for governor in the 2014 election. Current Republican Governor Dave Heineman is ineligible to run again because of term limits. Lathrop says the stops will focus on local economic growth and job creation. Lathrop represents an Omaha legislative district that includes Ralston and Millard.
He has formed a state political committee, "Lathrop for Nebraska."
Regulators raise concern about Neb. nuke plant
The utility that runs the Cooper nuclear power plant in southeast Nebraska must persuade regulators it has improved the way workers respond to problems.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials plan to meet on June 26th with the Nebraska Public Power District to discuss the concerns inspectors identified last year.
The NRC says that Cooper's overall performance is acceptable, but regulators to know what NPPD has done to improve the way problems are analyzed and addressed.
NPPD spokesman Mark Becker says the plant's managers are working to correct this issue, but he emphasized that Cooper continues to operate safely.
Cooper is located on the Missouri River about 70 miles south of Omaha.
Neb. cancels paper-recycling contract
Nebraska officials are canceling their contract with a Lincoln-based paper recycling firm after auditors found that the state failed to collect more than $60,000 from the company.
Auditor Mike Foley tells The Associated Press that Shredding Solutions, Inc. was required to pay a market rate for the paper that it picked up from state offices and sold for other uses.
Foley says the company paid a flat $25 per ton under a "verbal agreement" when the market rate ranged from $55 to $100 per ton. Auditors found that, over time, the company's required monthly payments became increasingly late and sporadic.
Nebraska has since recouped more than $27,000. A state administrator says Nebraska is soliciting new bids under a simpler contract.
Shredding Solutions Inc. declined to comment.
Oglala Sioux Tribe president arrested in Nebraska
The president of the Oglala (OHG'-lah-luh) Sioux Tribe has been arrested during a protest of alcohol sales in Nebraska, on the border of South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Tribal President Bryan Brewer was taken into custody Monday in Whiteclay, Nebraska as activists protested the town's alcohol sales on the border of the officially dry reservation.
Deputy Sheridan County Attorney Jamian Simmons says Brewer was arrested on a 2012 warrant for passing a bad check for $191 to a veterinary clinic. Simmons says Brewer was taken to Rushville, where he paid the amount that he owed and was released. She says the charges will be dismissed.
Brewer and his spokeswoman did not answer their cellphones or respond to text messages Monday afternoon.
Jury finds man not guilty in stabbing death
Jurors in Lincoln have found a man not guilty in the stabbing death of a man last August. The Lancaster County jury on Monday found Joshua Albright not guilty of murder. Reports from the courtroom say Albright had been charged in the death of 30-year-old Benjamin Miller.
Police say the confrontation was about a woman both men dated.
Albright's attorney argued his client was only defending himself.
Nebraskan who bragged about bank heist gets prison
A Nebraska woman who made a video in which she gleefully described robbing a bank has been given 10 to 20 years in prison.
Twenty-year-old Hannah Sabata of Stromsburg was sentenced on Monday in York County District Court. In May she'd pleaded guilty to robbery after a charge of theft was dismissed. She'd been charged with stealing a car to use for the robbery on November 27th at the Waco branch of Cornerstone Bank.
After the robbery, Sabata recorded a video in which she displayed cash and bragged about stealing a car and robbing a bank. She spoke of having the best day of her life.
She posted the video to the Internet site YouTube.