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Monday, February 8

Alcester-Hudon - 2 hours late

Bloomfield - 10 a.m. start

Centerville - 10 a.m. start

Crofton - 10 a.m. start

Elk Point-Jefferson - Closed

Irene-Wakonda - 2 hours late

Laurel-Concord-Coleridge - 2 hours late

Viborg-Hurley - 2 hours late

Northeast Community College has postponed two EMS Workshops for tonight (Monday) - Bleeding & Shock at the Laurel Fire Hall and EMS Fire Rehab at the Randolph Fire Hall – to a later date.

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Local News

February 8, 2016
South Dakota to Develop Clean Power Plan, Iowa Sees Backlog of Appeals, Medical Costs of Survivors to Come From State Fund
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February 5, 2016
Wear Red Day Observed in South Dakota, Hemp Bill Passes South Dakota House
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February 4, 2016
Medical Marijuana Measure Rejected by Secretary of State, Iowa Considers Fireworks, Gas Prices Drop Again in South Dakota
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February 3, 2016
Daugaard's Education Bills To Hit the Legislature, USS South Dakota Contest Announced
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February 2, 2016
Report Tells of South Dakota Education Policies, Nebraska Tasked with 911 Technology
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February 1, 2016
Industrial Hemp to be Debated in Pierre, Iowa Faces Uphill Battle on Some Issues, Road Restrictions a Focus in the Unicameral
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January 29, 2016
Daugaard and Legislature Work on State Tribal Relations, Drug Testing Bill Fails in Committee
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January 28, 2016
Bicycling Bill Hits Pierre, Health Insurance Deadline Approaches
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January 27, 2016
Transgender Policies for High School Students Going Through the Legislature, Gas Prices Down Once Again in South Dakota
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January 26, 2016
Yankton County Commission to Move Forward With Retail Study, Changes to South Dakota Retirement Pass Senate
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January 25, 2016
South Dakota Legislators to Consider Public Retirement System, Nebraska to Consider Solar Power Grants
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January 20, 2016
Bridges Become Concern Once Again For Yankton County Commission, Nebraska Lawmakers Unveil Medicaid Plan
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January 19, 2016
Daugaard Brings State of the State Tour to Yankton, Nebraska Lawmaker Proposes An Increase to Cigarette Tax
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January 18, 2016
Mentoring Advocates Seeking Interest in 2016, ACLU Expands in South Dakota
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• The Mount Marty College Bede Art Gallery is proud to announce a collaboration with the University of South Dakota (USD). From now through February 26, the gallery exhibit display will feature works from USD 2016 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students. A gallery talk will be held on Friday, February 26, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Bede Art Gallery. USD offers MFA degrees in Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The M.F.A. is a 60 credit terminal degree that involves three years of intensive study, including thesis examinations, a comprehensive thesis exhibition, and a written art theory and history exit exam. The Bede Art Gallery, located next to the Marian Auditorium lobby, is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The public is invited and encouraged to view the exhibit and also join us for the gallery talk on February 26. For more information on the Bede Art Gallery please visit www.mtmc.edu/arts/bede.aspx or contact Director, David Kahle, at 605-668-1574 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• United Way of Vermillion is again seeking nominations for its annual Volunteer of the Year Award that will be presented at the 2016 Vermillion Chamber of Commerce and Development Company Annual Banquet. Nominees are sought who exemplify the best traditions of volunteerism in Vermillion. The honoree will have a sustained record of giving of his or her time and other resources for the improvement of the community in a broad range of activities. All United Way member agencies, other non-profit agencies, and the general public are encouraged to submit nominations for the Volunteer of the Year Award. The nomination form can be accessed at unitedwayofvermillion.org/volunteer/. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2016. United Way of Vermillion improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community through focus on education, income, and health. For more information about United Way or to make a donation, visit http://www.unitedwayofvermillion.org.

• Notice is hereby given that the Vermillion Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on February 9, 2016 to consider a petition for conditional use permit application for the construction of single-family townhome dwellings located on Lot 2 Block 4, and Lot 3 Block 1 of French East Addition. The public hearing will be held at the following time, date, and location:
12:15 PM
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Vermillion City Hall Large Conference Room
25 Center Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
The purpose of this hearing is to explain the petition for conditional use permit to interested persons, to answer questions regarding this item and to hear public comment on this item. The Planning Commission invites all interested persons to attend and offer their comments. Those interested persons not able to attend are invited and encouraged to send written comments, prior to the hearing, to the Assistant City Manager, 25 Center Street, Vermillion, SD 57069. If you desire to attend this public meeting and are in need of special accommodations, please notify the City Manager's Office at 677-7050 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting so appropriate auxiliary aids and services can be made available.

• PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two summer 2016 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early May through September 2016. Governor’s Office interns have the opportunity to work at the highest level of state government, learning about and working with workgroups preparing legislation to be introduced in the next legislative session. Interns’ duties will depend on interests and strengths. Typical duties will include aiding the Governor’s general counsel, conducting policy research, preparing policy briefings and staffing the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and First Lady. The positions are open to all undergraduate or graduate-level students. Preference will be given to South Dakota residents attending South Dakota colleges or universities. Students who are interested in receiving credit should also apply. The Governor’s staff is open to working with individual universities and professors to secure credit for the internship program. Interested students should submit a resume, cover letter and two letters of recommendation by March 15, via email, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information on duties or logistics, please visit http://sd.gov/governor/Internship or contact Patrick Weber at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 605-773-5999.

• The Clay-Union foundation is seeking new mentors and youth members in Clay and Union county. The program matches youth age 5-17 with adult mentors. The mentors are interviewed and have a background check before their match is completed. Mentors spend 2 hours/week with their match, and the program benefits everyone, as they bulid a relationship together. Applications are online at www.clay-unionfoundation.org nder the sign up tab. Or call John Gille at 605-421-5050 for more information. The program is sponsored by local donations and two fundraisers a year.

• It’s that time of year again, Book Lovers Month and Valentine’s Day. Join us at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, for Blind Date with a Book. This year, there are two ways to participate. You can fill out a brief survey on our Facebook page and a literary matchmaker will select a book for you. Complete the survey by January 29 and your “date” will be ready to pick up at the circulation desk on February 1. Or, you can simply select a wrapped book from our Blind Date with a Book display during the month of February. This year we have provided selections from our adult, young adult, junior and easy reading sections. Participate as often as you like and have a great time! For further information, contact the library at 668-5275.

• The Summit Activities Center will be offering a Water Safety Instructor’s Course in April with the pre-test held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Attendance is mandatory for ALL sessions and for the pre-test. 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 22: 5:30 - 7pm
Friday April 15: 5pm – 10pm
Saturday April 16: 8am – 8pm
Sunday April 17: 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 8-10, 2016 with the Pre-test on Tuesday, March 22 at 5:30pm. The second class will be held April 29-May 1 with the Pre-test on Tuesday, April 5 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:
1. Swim 300 yards continuously.
2. 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.
3. 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 22 at 5:30 pm
Friday, April 8: 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, April 9: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday, April 10: 8 am – 8 pm
Class Two Course Schedule:
Prerequisite Swim Test: Tuesday, April 5 at 5:30 pm
Friday, April 29: 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, April 30: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday, May 1: 8 am – 8 pm
For further information, please call 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 Clay-Union foundation, Inc. is offering a $300 community garden plants grant this year, with one town or organization selected in each county. Applications were sent to the towns by email, please contact John Gille at 605-421-5050 to have an application sent to you by email. Towns that already budget for spring plantings or fall bulbs will not be eligible, but their organizations or groups can apply. Applications are due March 10th and can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Winners will be selected and notified later in March.

• VERMILLION:
Customers:
The City of Vermillion is offering a $3.00 per gallon rebate on new installation or replacement of electric water heaters purchased from a local Vermillion retailer or a local licensed plumber. To qualify for the program, water heaters must have a capacity of at least 40 gallons and participating customers must allow a load management receiver to be installed on the water heater by a city licensed electrician when applicable. In addition to the water heater rebate, there is a wiring rebate of $50.00 available to those customers who will be replacing gas water heaters with electric water heaters. To qualify for the wiring rebate all wiring must be done by a licensed electrician with a City of Vermillion electrical license. The City of Vermillion will need a copy of the invoice or receipt to show that the water heater was purchased locally as well as a copy of the invoice from your electrician.
Electricians:
The city licensed electrician will receive an installation rebate of $25.00 from the City of Vermillion when the load management receiver has been checked by Vermillion Light & Power.
For more information contact:
Vermillion Light & Power
115 W. Duke
Vermillion SD, 57069
605-677-7164

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the 2016 Adult Coed Dodgeball League. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, March 4, 2016. League play will start Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Team registration forms and rules are available at the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or on the City of Yankton web site at www.cityofyankton.org. For further information, call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for Women’s Basketball League. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, March 4, 2016. League will be played on Wednesday evenings, beginning March 30, 2016. Team registration forms and rules are available at the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or on the City of Yankton web site at www.cityofyankton.org. For further information, please stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit or call 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook Page.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department announces Friday, February 12 through Tuesday, February 16 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 or 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 668-5234.

• 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 February 27, 2016, and finishing on Saturday, March 19, 2016. 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 February 26 or online at www.cityofyankton.org. Registration will also be accepted on February 27 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.

• U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is currently seeking college students to serve as summer 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 building 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. “Students have a unique opportunity to experience democracy in action as interns in a Senate office,” said Thune. “Interns gain valuable knowledge about both state and national issues and an understanding of the inner workings of a Senate office. I encourage all college students to consider applying for this rewarding experience.” Thune is chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and the Senate Committee on Finance. College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune’s Washington, D.C., office should submit a resume and cover letter by February 19, 2016, to:
Senator John Thune
Attn: Adam Wek
511 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
By email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Or by Fax to: 202-228-5429
College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune’s Sioux Falls, Rapid City, or Aberdeen offices should submit a resume and cover letter, by February 19, 2016, to:
Senator John Thune
Attn: Robin Long
5015 South Bur Oak
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
By email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• VERMILLION - Need technical assistance? We can help! Our Technical Assistant, or other staff, are on hand to guide you through your most pressing technology challenges every Monday from 6:30-8 pm and every Friday from 10:30 am to 12 pm. We’re here to assist in a variety of topics - everything from e-book downloads to basic software, email, and device use. There is no cost for this service, but we do encourage appointments. Call us at 677-7060 or stop by our Circulation Desk to make an appointment. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at 605-677-7060.

• First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare – March 1st through April 2; Folger Library exhibit at the National Music Museum and the University of South Dakota. National traveling exhibition – Free admission. Open during Museum hours.

• Registration is now open for the next session of LEGO Robotics at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street. Stephanie Siebrandt from the Yankton County 4-H Youth Development Office will lead participants as they build and program their own robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robotics kits. Sessions run Mondays from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m., beginning on February 22 and continuing through March 21. Dates include February 22, February 29, March 7, March 14, and March 21. Each session’s activities build on work done and skills acquired in the previous sessions. Therefore, it is best if participants commit to attending every session. This LEGO Robotics program is limited to 24 participants, ages 8 and up. Register for this free program at the library in person or call us at 668-5275. Participants in LEGO Robotics during the summer or fall of 2015 should not register for this, as it is very similar to what was done in those sessions. Watch for future LEGO Robotics II sessions. For further information, contact the library at 668-5275.

• Yankton County Auditor Patty Hojem says the 2016 election season will be busy. All three state legislative seats for District 18 (Yankton County) are up for election. Four-year terms for states attorney, coroner, county commissioner and county treasurer must also be filled. “We’ve already had one person take out petitions for the state House of Representatives, and we expect a busy petition season,” says Hojem. “The petition deadline is 5 p.m. on March 29 for Democrats and Republicans.” She said the deadline for Independent candidates is 5 p.m. on April 26 because Independents don’t have the possibility of a primary. Democratic candidates need 21 signatures to qualify for the offices while Republicans need 50 and Independents require 78. “We’re here to help anyone who might have questions,” says Hojem. “We have a lot of respect for anyone who is willing to put themselves out there for public service so we look forward to working with potential candidates to provide any guidance they might need to qualify for the ballot." The primary election is June 7 and the general election is Nov. 8.

• Several Yankton College scholarships will be awarded this spring for the 2016-17 academic year to college bound students with a Yankton College connection, academic merit and other specific criteria. Eligible students are encouraged to apply by submitting an application no later than the February 19, 2016 deadline. Applicants must, either, have: 1) a family relationship to Yankton College alumni, former faculty or staff; or 2) a family friend, teacher or pastor with a connection to Yankton College recommend the applicant, or 3) be a Yankton College graduate, former student, faculty or staff. Download an application at www.yanktoncollege.org or visit the Yankton College office at 1801 Summit St., Door #9, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Yankton College Scholarship Program awards several $1,000 scholarships each year from endowed funds to deserving high school seniors and post-graduate students attending an accredited college or university. Named scholarships come from the kindness of Yankton College alumni and friends who are inspired by the positive influences of Yankton College. Goals of the Yankton College Scholarship Program are to perpetuate the Yankton College tradition of liberal arts in higher education; support deserving young persons who have shown outstanding promise; apply discretionary funds to a higher function and promote the memory and reputation of Yankton College. For further information contact Yankton College, by phoning toll-free (866) 665-3661.

• Heartland Humane Society is currently accepting cupcake orders for its annual Fur-Ever Yours Cupcakes to be delivered Valentine’s Day weekend. For $25 per order, purchasers can have a half dozen gourmet cupcakes delivered to a recipient in Yankton or Clay County with a handwritten message attached. Proceeds of each sale will go directly back to the cost of care for the 300 or more animals HHS plans to serve in 2016. The shelter plans to accommodate up to 250 orders this year. Gourmet bakers will include the team at Willa B’s Bistro in Yankton and Cupcakes by Shelly in Vermillion. Flavors will include mocha, red velvet, and champagne white. To purchase cupcakes, order online at www.heartlandhumanesociety.net/events/cupcakes , contact HHS at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or stop by the shelter at 3400 East Highway 50. Orders can also be purchased by calling 605.664.4244.

• The Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation “Just for Fun” Basketball program, for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade boys and girls, begins February 14, 2016. Registration is available online and at the Summit Activities Center. The registration deadline is February 13, 2016.
3rd Grade: 11:30am-12:15pm
4th Grade: 12:15pm-1:15pm
5th & 6th Grade: 1:15pm-2:15pm
The program will consist of four Sunday instructional sessions beginning on Sunday, February 14, 2016. The sessions will focus on the fundamentals of basketball. Players will work on individual skills of shooting, dribbling, ball handling, passing, and footwork. They will also receive instruction on individual and team offensive and defensive concepts while being given the opportunity to participate in team scrimmages. Registration forms can be picked up at the Summit Activities Center, 1801 Summit Street or online registration is available at www.cityofyankton.org. For further information, please stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit or call 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook Page.

• Living Traditions: Dakota, Nakota, Lakota Art, a traveling art exhibit from the South Dakota State Historical Society, will be showcased at the Bede Art Gallery January 4-29, 2016 and the Mother Jerome Schmitt Library from February 1-26, 2016, both located on the Mount Marty College Campus. The Dakota, Nakota and Lakota people of South Dakota have produced beautiful art throughout their history. Bringing out the beauty in everyday objects led to strong traditions of decorative quillwork, beadwork, painting and carving. Dance and ceremonies also have an important place in Sioux culture. Living Traditions: Dakota, Nakota, Lakota Art showcases artistic work done in three different time periods – the nomadic hunting period, the reservation period, and modern times. Text, photographs, and images of objects from the museum collection are shown on twenty text panels in five pop-up kiosks. For more information about the Society’s traveling exhibits contact Kate Vandel, Curator of Exhibits, Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD, 57501, telephone 605-773-4373 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online tours of all of the Society’s traveling exhibits are available online at http://history.sd.gov/Museum/exhibits/traveling.aspx.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, February 8
The next Yankton Area Diabetes Support meeting will be February 8th, 2016 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on the Avera Sacred Heart Campus, Pavilion, conference room 2. Kenny Tomek RD for Hy-Vee will present “Healthy Snack Ideas for Everyday Life”. Everyone is welcome! A snack is provided.

Yankton Cribbage Club – 6:30 p.m.; VFW Post 791; 209 Cedar Street; Yankton.

YHS One-Act Play Performacne – 7 p.m.; Summit Activities Center Theatre; 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

Vermillion School Board Meeting – 7 p.m.; Al Neuharth Media Center; USD Campus; Vermillion.

Yankton School Board Meeting – 5:30 p.m.; Yankton School District Administration Building; 2410 West City Limits Road; Yankton.

Yankton City Commission Meeting – 7 p.m.; 1200 W 21st Street; Room 114; Yankton.

Yankton City Planning Commission Meeting – 5:30 p.m.; City of Yankton Community Meeting Room; 1200 W 21st Street; Room 114; Yankton.

Tuesday, February 9
Yankton Community Blood Drive – 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital – Benedictine Center; 501 Summit Street; Yankton.

Join us for our February Craft night at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, on Tuesday, February 9, from 6:00-7:30 pm., to create a spring centerpiece. Participants need to bring a jar or vase that, when turned over, will fit over a 3 inch bird’s nest. Please bring your basic craft tool kit plus a needle nose pliers and glue gun. All other supplies are provided by the library. A sample of the completed project is available at the library. Class size is limited to 22 participants. Registration is now open and requires a $5.00 payment. For further information, contact the library at 668-5275.

Yankton Day in Pierre. Delegates from the Yankton Chamber of Commerce, the city, county and school district will head to Pierre to meet with seven state departments to discuss matters affecting the Yankton area.

Vermillion Planning Commission Meeting – 12:15 p.m.; City Hall – Large Conference Room; 25 Center Street; Vermillion.

Wednesday, February 10
One Million Cups – 9 a.m.; Gathering Grounds Coffeehouse; Discovery Church; 205 West 3rd Street; Yankton.

Pancake Feed – 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; The Center; 900 Whiting Drive; Yankton.

Thursday, February 11
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Jordan Foos and MMC students, “MMC Winter Break Service Trip: Learning Love in Louisville”.

YANKTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY After School Programs - LEGO Club is scheduled for the second Thursday on February 11. The library provides the LEGOs and participants provide the imagination and engineering ability. LEGO Club is open to all ages with DUPLOs available for preschoolers.

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

Doing Business with Federal Agencies – 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; RTEC; 1200 W 21st Street; Yankton. Learn the basics that your business needs in order to sell to Federal Agencies.

Saturday, February 13
Technology Help – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut; Yankton.

Yankton Community Library – Teen Cake Decorating Contest – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; All students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join us for this fun event. 515 Walnut; Yankton.

Eli Kortan Family Soup Kitchen Fundraiser – 2:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Beseda Hall; Tabor. Serving homemade chicken noodle & chili soup, sandwiches and dessert. There will also be a community bake sale, silent auction and raffle.

Hands on History – 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Elkhorn Valley Museum; 515 Queen City Boulevard; Norfolk.

Free Admission: The Yankton PeeWee B Hockey team (12 & 13 year olds), with a record of 13-1-0 cordially invites the Yankton area communities to come watch them play for Yankton Hockey’s first ever division title with games at 1:15pm & 5pm Saturday, February 13th against an undefeated Huron team! If you’ve been curious about the hockey program and/or interested in having your child or a child you know play—this is a great opportunity to see what it’s all about. Hockey is a very exciting sport to watch and this is going to be a very exciting set of games! Come out and support our hometown Yankton team. Admission is free for these two games! Yankton is a young program, but these kids have outscored every other PeeWee team in their bracket by over 20 points! We hope to see you there!

Monday, February 15
Vermillion Chamber and Development Company Annual Banquet – 5:30 p.m.; Vermillion.

Tuesday, February 16
United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton Annual Meeting – 5:15 p.m.; Mount Marty College Boardroom; Yankton.

Thursday, February 18
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Dr. Marcus Long, “Working for the Franciscans and Human Rights at the United Nations”.

YANKTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY After School Programs - Stephanie Siebrandt of the Yankton County 4-H Youth Development office is leading Science Club the third Thursday of each month. The February 18 topic is the human heart. We’ll learn about blood and how the heart pumps it.

Saturday, February 20
Try Hockey for Free – Yankton Alcoa/Kiwanis Ice Arena; Yankton. The event is a part of Hockey Weekend Across America.

National Music Museum at the Movies – 10 a.m.; “Whiplash”; Coyote Twin Theatre; Vermillion.

Gayville Fire Department 12th Annual Fundraiser – River Rats Dueling Pianos – Social Hour 5 p.m., Dinner 6 p.m., Entertainment & Auction to follow; Gayville Community Center. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the door – available at CorTrust Bank, Valley Ag, or any Gayville Firefighter.

Adult Coloring – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Sunday, February 21
Strike Out Cancer 9 Pin Mulligan Bowling Tournament – 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Tyndall Lanes. Entry fee is $20.

Adult Coloring – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Tuesday, February 23
State of the Community – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Minerva’s Convention Center; Yankton.

Calvary Kids Preschool will hold a special Preschool & Kindergarten Preview event on Tuesday, February 23. Prospective preschool students (for those age 3 or 4 by September 1, 2016) are invited to attend the morning session from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Students who would be in Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year are invited to attend the afternoon session from 12:30-1:30 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to experience preschool alongside our current preschoolers. Space is limited, so please contact the Calvary office at (605) 665-5594 to register. The event will be held at Calvary Kids Preschool, 2407 Broadway.

Yankton Community Blood Drive – 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital – Benedictine Center; 501 Summit Street.

Wednesday, February 24
Yankton Area Progressive Growth Annual Meeting – Those interested in attending should contact YAPG at (605) 665-9011.

Thursday, February 25 – Sunday, February 28
The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, is celebrating the 2016 Oscars weekend February 27 and 28. We will kick the weekend off early by showing Shawn the Sheep at 3:30 on Thursday, February 25. On Saturday, we’ll show the nominated films Steve Jobs at 9 a.m., Bridge of Spies at 11:15 a.m., and The Martian at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, you can view Spotlight at 1 p.m. and Brooklyn at 3 p.m. You are invited to bring snacks if you like. Make your Oscar predictions and be entered in a drawing with prizes awarded to the two top predictors. For further information, please call the library at 668-5275.

Thursday, February 25
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Dr. Patrick Hicks, “Readings with Patrick Hicks”.

YANKTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY After School Programs - Our movie on February 25, the fourth Thursday, is Paddington. It is 95 minutes long and rated PG.

Friday, February 26
THE CENTER – Travel with The Center to The Worthing Dinner Theater – 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Cost is $62 and includes transportation, meal and theater.

National Music Museum – Kenneth Be, The Elizabethan Lute – noon and 7 p.m. – Prelude to Shakespeare Folio exhibit. Lute, cittern and Renaissance guitar in the Elizabethan era.

Saturday, February 27
Vermillion Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; City Hall Council Chambers; 25 Center Street; Vermillion.

Legislative Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Pavilion; 409 Summit Street; Yankton.

Technology Help – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut; Yankton.

Polar Plunge – Corner of Market and Kidder Streets; Vermillion.

Sunday, February 28
Strike Out Cancer 9 Pin Mulligan Bowling Tournament – 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Tyndall Lanes. Entry fee is $20.

Monday, February 29
Suicide Rish Assessment and Risk Management Training = 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Human Services Center South Training Center; Intersection of Hwy 81 & Hwy 50; Yankton. No cost to attend; registration is limited. Contact Taylor Funke at 211 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thursday, March 3
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Federal Prison Camp Inmates, “Choices”.

Twist of Pine Ribbon Cutting – 2 p.m.; 109 Capitol Street; Yankton.

Monday, March 7
Yankton Community Library – Teen Advisory Board Meeting – 7 p.m.; 515 Walnut; Yankton.

Tuesday, March 8
Chamber Mixer – Anytime Fitness – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; 2509 Fox Run Parkway; Yankton.

Friday, March 11 – Sunday, March 13
Hansen-Haas Tournament Weekend – Yankton.

Monday, March 14
Chamber/Interchange School Candidate Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; Minerva’s Convention Center; Yankton.

Thursday, March 17
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Dr. Jan Hausmann, “Eighteenth Century Love Stories in Novels and Films”.

Friday, March 18
National Music Museum – Ayreheart – 7 p.m. Free admission, Farber Hall; Old Main Building; USD Campus; Vermillion.

Saturday, March 19
National Music Museum at the Movies – Shakespeare in Love – 10 a.m.; Coyote Twin Theatre; Vermillion. Oscar-winning romantic comedy imagining the source for Shakespeare’s greatest love story.

Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 1
United Way & Volunteer Services is once again partnering with Delta Dental to bring FREE dental care to the youth of Yankton. The Delta Dental Smile Mobile will be here Monday, March 28th through Friday, April 1st and will be parked at Beadle Elementary. If you’re not familiar with the Dental Mobile, it is a service run throughout the state by Delta Dental of SD which provides no cost dental care to children ages 0-21. They have the capability to do everything from routine preventative cleaning to caps and crowns.

Thursday, March 31
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. David Kahle, “Warriors for Education: A Documentary of Crow Creek Spiritual Growth”.

Wednesday, April 6
2016 Yankton Chamber Business & Career Expo – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Laddie Cimpl Arena; 1105 W 8th Street; Yankton.

Thursday, April 7
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Dr. Erin Riibe, “An Alaskan Adventure”.

National Music Museum Live – Sigiswald Kuijken with The Bach Society of Minnesota – 7 p.m. A celebration of Baroque music with the dean of the Baroque violin.

Thursday, April 14
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Dr. Alan Ferris, “Is Faster Always Better: The Psychological Consequences of Living a Fast Life”.

Saturday, April 16
National Music Museum at the Movies – 10 a.m.; Coyote Twin Theatre – Spinal Tap. Hilarious mockumentary/cult-comedy about heavy-metal bands and rock-world clichés.

Thursday, April 21
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Chelsie Rodabaugh, “Rosebud Service Trip”.

Thursday, April 28
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Dr. Rich Lofthus, Dr. Jamie Sullivan & MMC students, “Journey to Switzerland, Germany & Austria”.

Thursday, May 5
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center. Free and open to the public. Dr. James Reese and MMC students, “Paddlefish Readings”.

Iowa News

Documents show Iowa has backlog of criminal appeal cases
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Documents show the Iowa attorney general's office has a large backlog of criminal appeal cases, and the agency has warned the state about staffing issues for years. Chief Deputy Attorney General Eric Tabor described the conditions in a January 7th letter to the Iowa Executive Council, which authorizes some expenses involving litigation. Tabor sought permission for the Iowa attorney general's office to hire three lawyers on a temporary basis to reduce the load. The office faces a backlog of about 100 criminal appeal cases. The council later approved the request. Tabor says an Iowa Supreme Court rule change in 2012 that required more filing of appeal briefs has added work to the office. Documents show the agency tried to alert the state in 2013.

Sioux City officer shot and wounded while arresting man
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City police officer is recovering after being wounded by a suspect who also shot and wounded himself before his arrest. The Sioux City Journal reports the incident happened Saturday morning when officers were following up on a number of reported robberies and burglaries. While at an apartment, an 18-year-old man shot and wounded a 13-year veteran of the police force. The man also hurt himself. The wounded officer was treated at a local hospital and released. The 18-year-old suspect remained in custody Sunday. He hadn't yet appeared in court to be formally charged, so he doesn't have a lawyer representing him yet. The last time a Sioux City officer was shot and wounded in the line of duty was October 2014.

Body found after firefighters extinguish fire Saturday
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are working to identify a body found inside a Council Bluffs home after firefighters extinguished a fire. The fire was reported shortly after 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Fire Chief Justin James says the fire didn't take long to contain because the fire largely burned itself out. The body was found in the bedroom where the fire started. James says authorities are investigation the cause of the fire and the cause of death. Few details were released immediately about the body. James says he thinks the home was a rental home.

Davenport officials considering unpopular fire cuts
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The fire department cuts Davenport officials are considering aren't very popular. The Quad-City Times reports some residents have posted signs in their yards declaring "Fire Truck closed today. Contact your alderman." The City Council is considering whether to approve more than $600,000 in public safety cuts in its proposed $201.7 million budget. Mayor Frank Klipsch says he hopes the fire cuts will be a short-term solution. A city committee will look for better answers in future budgets. The fire department plans to demote a district chief and lieutenant and eliminate a management analyst because of the budget cuts. The city's new budget would start July 1.

Former retail stores being converted to storage businesses
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Another former big box retail store in Davenport has been converted into a self-service storage center. The Quad-City Times reports converting existing retail buildings into storage centers is becoming increasingly popular nationwide. One of the latest examples is a former Kmart store in Davenport that will eventually hold 651 storage units in a climate-controlled environment. The U-Haul Moving and Storage business opened in West Davenport last June, and the final units are expected to be ready later this month. U-Haul sustainability director Michelle Sullivan says using existing buildings allows the company to satisfy demand for storage while being easier on the environment. Previously, Menards converted one its older stores into a storage business in 2014 when it build a new store.

Jok scores 23 to lead No. 5 Iowa past Illinois, 77-65
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Peter Jok scored 23 points and Jarrod Uthoff added 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Number 5 Iowa past Illinois 77-65 Sunday. Jok took over early in the second half, scoring seven of the first 10 points for Hawkeyes (19-4, 10-1 Big Ten) and led them to a 48-36 lead with 16:48 to play. Iowa would push the lead to as many as 20 points midway through the half. Adam Woodbury added a double-double for the Hawkeyes with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Iowa outrebounded the Illini 43-32. Illinois (11-13, 3-8) has been outrebounded in 10 of its 11 conference games. Jalen Coleman-Lands led Illinois with 17 points, going 5 of 11 from 3-point range.

Powers keys No. 17 Michigan St women in 74-69 win over Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Aerial Powers scored 25 points and had a key steal and two free throws in the closing seconds, Tori Jankoska hit four free throws in the final 23 seconds and Number 17 Michigan State held off Iowa 74-69 Sunday. Megan Gustafson made 1 of 2 free throws with 34 seconds left to pull Iowa within 68-67. Jankoska then made two free throws with 23.7 seconds to play and Powers followed with a steal and two free throws at 15.4 seconds. Ally Disterhoft made a layup to get Iowa within three but Jankoska iced it with two at the stripe with five seconds left. Jankoska had 11 points, Branndais Agee 15 and Jasmine Hines 11 with 10 rebounds for the Spartans (18-5, 9-3 Big Ten), who won the first meeting 80-73. Disterhoft had 17 points for the Hawkeyes (15-9, 5-7) and Chase Coley and Tania Davis had 12 each.

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Nebraska News

Nebraska fund would clarify financial onus of rape kit exams
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Advocates for survivors of sexual assaults in Nebraska say some victims mistakenly receive statements for medical costs of sexual assault exams, despite state and federal law prohibiting such notices. A measure proposed to the Nebraska Legislature would create a state fund for the charges that pile up when a victim reports a sexual assault, ensuring survivors will not be charged with paying for going to the hospital. Suzanne Gage, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, which is backing the bill, said Nebraska's current system has been leading to questions about who pays and when. The proposal would shift the onus off of law enforcement and instead would use a pool of private, state and federal money to pay for up to $200 for the examiner's fee and up to $300 for the examination facility. The bill is LB1097.

State suspends teacher's license for violating test rules
CRAWFORD, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials have decided to suspend a former Crawford teacher's license for a year because she violated state testing rules last spring. The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports the state Board of Education unanimously approved the suspension of Ramona Hourt's certificate Friday. The Nebraska Professional Practices Commission determined that Hourt violated rules for the state writing test by taking pictures of students' computer screens, discussing answers with students and making writing suggestions during the test. Hourt said in a letter to the board that she was encouraging students during the test and didn't believe she was giving them answers. Hourt apologized for her actions and resigned from the Crawford school district last year.

Woman suspected of drunken driving after car hits home
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln woman is facing a charge of drunken driving after her car smashed into a house Saturday night. Lincoln Police say the crash happened around 10:30 p.m. Saturday on South 77th Street. The 32-year-old woman's car hit a mailbox and hit a brick home. Two residents of the home told police the woman was trying to back out when they came outside to check on her. Officers determined the woman had a blood-alcohol level of 0.148. That's well above the legal limit of .08. The crash caused about $5,000 damage to the home.

$10,000 grant will help care for more than 30 rescued pupped
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — More than 30 puppies are being nursed back to health after being rescued from a breeder in central Nebraska last month. The Grand Island Independent reports that a $10,000 grant will pay for the care of those puppies at the Central Nebraska Humane Society. The Grand Island facility took possession of 31 dogs on January 11th. Since then, one of the dogs had a litter of puppies to bring the total to 35. Another litter is expected soon. Executive Director Laurie Dethloff estimates it will cost $12,000 to $14,000 to rehabilitate the dogs. She says many of them will lose all of their teeth because they are in bad condition. Four of the dogs have been adopted and two are in foster care. One is available for adoption.

NU State Museum offering free Thursday night admission
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska State Museum is offering free Thursday night admissions in February. Admission to Morrill Hall will be free between 4:30 and 8 p.m. on February 11th, 18th and 25th. The museum is also hosting a series of science related events throughout the month where admission will be charged. The University of Nebraska State Museum is the state's premier museum of natural history. The museum is focused on natural science and the state's natural and cultural heritage.

Homestead Monument schedules valentines program
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — The Homestead National Monument is presenting a program on the history of making and giving valentines. Valentines collector Marcia Rowley will be the speaker at the February 14th event, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Rowley collects valentines from the 1920s to the 1970s, and most of them were made in Germany and the United States. The monument sits four miles west of Beatrice, along Nebraska Highway 4.

Evolution of public health will be focus of event
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The evolution of public health policy will be the subject of the next Omaha Science Cafe. Barbara Hewins-Maroney is an associated professor of urban studies and urban administration. She will talk about how public health policy is changing. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Slowdown, 729 North 14th Street. Science Cafes are free educational events sponsored by the university to increase people's science literacy. They are open to everyone 21 and older. Go to WWW DOT UNMC DOT edu SLASH ScienceCafe for more information about Science Cafes.

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