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Local News

October 6, 2015
Fire Prevention Week Continues, Harrisburg Student Indicted
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October 6, 2015 - Pier's Points


October 5, 2015
Former Governor Walter Dale Miller Remembered in South Dakota, Property Tax Credit in Nebraska Benefits Historic Buildings
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October 2, 2015
Yankton Police Sergeant Jason Foote Cleared in Shooting, Harrisburg's Mason Buhl Charged with Attempted Murder, Nebraska Death Penalty Petition Cost $900,000
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October 1, 2015
School Shooting Reported in Harrisburg, Former Governor Walter Dale Miller to Lie in State
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October 1, 2015 - Pier's Points


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• Due to repairs being needed on the branch container located at the Vermillion Recycling Center, the City is asking residents to take their branches to the landfill; there will be no charge for this. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to have the branch container operable as quickly as possible. If you have questions please call 677-7050.

• The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut, is hosting Halloween Stories on Demand from October 12-31. If we see children in the library, we will ask if they’d like to hear a Halloween story. If you come in and would like a story read to your children, just ask at the desk. We are all prepared to read and would love to do so. You’ll hear some new stories and old favorites. Come enjoy our weeks of spooky delights!

• Representative Kristi Noem is accepting applications for fall internships in her Washington, D.C., office, as well as in her offices in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown. Student interns in Representative Noem’s office will assist staff with various constituent service and communications projects, as well as help with legislative research. Both South Dakota and Washington, D.C., internships provide students with first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and the countless other functions of a congressional office. College students who are interested in interning in any of Representative Noem’s offices should submit a resume and cover letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by November 6, 2015. Rep. Noem is a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax, trade, and economic growth policies. For more information, contact Christiana Frazee at 202-225-2801.

• Heartland Humane Society and The Landing have teamed up to offer discounts and promotions for all adoptions during October’s “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month celebration. All month long, those adopting pets at Heartland Humane Society will receive a $15 gift card to The Landing Restaurant and Lounge in Yankton. In addition, HHS will have discounted adoption prices on all black or orange pets as part of Meowloween promotion. Reduced rates will include $75 for dog adoptions and $30 for cat adoptions. All pets qualified for the program will be healthy, fully vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed/neutered if applicable. “Traditionally, October is one of our busier adoption months for the shelter,” Shelter Coordinator Christa Kranig said. “We want to celebrate our new pet parents with discounts and deals and say thank for adopting, not shopping.” All cats and dogs available for adoption can be found on the shelter’s webpage or you can stop by the shelter at 3400 East Highway 50 in Yankton. Please contact the shelter if you have any questions at 605-664-4244.

• Make a Difference Day, Community Collection Drive - Monday, October 5th – Friday, October 16th - Wanted: Gently used and clean winter coats, boots, snow pants, hats and gloves. All sizes needed, but especially children’s! Drop off locations: Boys & Girls Club of Yankton, Maurice’s, Payless Shoes, Yankton Community Library, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and participating area schools. Numerous groups within our community, and throughout the country, will be making an impact through the nationwide event, Make a Difference Day. Held annually in October, the United Way & Volunteer Services and Yankton Volunteer Leaders join millions of Americans on this day of action to help improve the world. The biggest Make a Difference Day project within the region is the Coat & Winter Wear Giveaway, where hundreds of winter clothing items will be distributed to those in need. In preparation for this event, an annual Community Collection Drive is conducted. Community members are being asked to drop off gently used and clean winter coats, boots, snow pants, and winter hats and gloves to the Boys & Girls Club, Payless Shoes, Maurice’s, Yankton Community Library or Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, main lobby entrance, October 5th to the 16th. School aged students can drop off their donations at participating schools from October 12th to the 16th. Children’s coats are most in need. Upon collection of the items, they are sorted and displayed for the Coat & Winter Wear Giveaway at the Yankton City Gymnasium from 5:00pm-7:00pm. This year’s event will also host a Community Resource Fair with information booths on community programs and services. For more information about drop off locations, the giveaway or Resource Fair, please contact the United Way & Volunteer Services’ office at 605-665-6766.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for Men’s Basketball League. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, November 6, 2015. League play is scheduled to begin the first week of December. 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 For further information, call (605) 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on our Facebook page.

• U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is currently seeking intelligent, hard-working college students to serve as spring interns in his Senate offices located in Aberdeen, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, and Washington, D.C. 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, hearings, and press conferences. Both in-state and Washington, D.C., internships will allow students to work closely with constituents, sharpen their research and writing skills, and learn a multitude of valuable office skills. “Students who intern in a Senate office have a unique opportunity to experience our democratic process with a front-row seat to the action,” 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; chairman of the Senate Republican Conference; and a member of the Senate Committee on Finance and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune’s Washington, D.C., office should submit a resume and cover letter by Friday, October 30, 2015, to:
Senator John Thune
Attn: Adam Wek
511 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
By fax to: 202-228-5429
Or by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune’s Aberdeen, Rapid City, or Sioux Falls offices should submit a resume and cover letter by Friday, October 30, 2015, to:
Senator John Thune
Attn: Robin Long
5015 South Bur Oak
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Or by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
For more information, please call 202-224-2321.

• Volunteer members of the South Dakota National Guard are organizing a winter clothing and toy drive during October and November to benefit needy individuals located in the communities in which they serve.‎ New or gently used coats, gloves, hats, scarves or blankets – for adults and children – are being donated by Guard members to help individuals who are in need of warm clothing this winter season. New or gently used toys are also being donated for less fortunate children for the upcoming holiday season. The clothing and toy drive is not limited to only volunteer members of the Guard, but is intended as a community activity. Members of the public who would like to help donate items are encouraged to bring winter clothing and toys items to any Army National Guard armory throughout the state or to the Air National Guard base in Sioux Falls by Dec. 1. Collected items will be delivered to a variety of local social service organizations in December for distribution to those in need.‎ The all-volunteer effort to collect winter clothing items and toys, while not an official function of the National Guard, is a welcome adjunct activity showcasing volunteers’ commitment to serve some of South Dakota’s most needy people.

• The City of Yankton would like to remind all customers on the Yankton Curbside Recycling Program that glass recyclables will NOT be picked curbside. All glass, office paper, junk mail and shredded paper must be taken to the Transfer Station to be recycled. The Yankton Recycle Center hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. For more information on recycling, please go to The following items can be picked up curbside: #1 & #2 plastics, tin and aluminum cans, newspaper, magazines and slicks, paperboard and cardboard. All items must be sorted separately within the same can or in separate containers.

• Vermillion - School is back in session and the City has a lot more pedestrian traffic. Students of USD and the Vermillion Public Schools returned to classes these past two weeks. The City would like to remind residents that drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Thank you for driving responsibly and respecting our City’s foot traffic.

• G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery – #Art Happens Here; August 28 – October 6; Monday – Friday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

• The City of Yankton's Recreation Department is offering a four session youth volleyball program at the Summit Activities Center for all girls and boys that are currently in grades 3 - 6. The youth volleyball program will start Saturday, October 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and end Saturday, October 31. The program will focus on the development of passing, setting, attacking, and serving skills. Emphasis will be placed on fundamentals and exposing participants to a positive volleyball and team sport experience. Cost for the program is $20 plus tax. To register online, please visit the City of Yankton web site at or visit the Summit Activities Center to register by Friday, October 9. For additional information, call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on our Facebook Page.

• The South Dakota Retailers Association invites customers, vendors, clubs and other organizations to nominate their favorite retail store, grocery store or restaurant for the South Dakota Retailer of the Year Award. The prestigious award is presented annually to a business owner or manager who runs a top notch business, and plays a positive role in their community. "Each year, we are honored to recognize an outstanding retailer from South Dakota who is providing stellar customer service, creating jobs, giving back to their community and supporting our state’s economy," says Shawn Lyons, Executive Director of the South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA). Individual business owners and managers are eligible for the award, as are partners and families who run a business as a team. Previous recipients of the Retailer of the Year Award include hardware stores, restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores, flower shops, appliance stores, gift shops, pharmacies, implement dealers, book stores and other businesses that play a vital role in the every day life of communities across the state. Nominations may be mailed, emailed or faxed by November 2, 2015. Nomination forms and instructions are available online at Rather than using the official form, nominations for the Retailer of the Year Award may also be submitted by letter to SDRA at PO Box 638, Pierre, SD 57501, by fax at 605.224.2059 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A committee of retailers will then select the recipient, who will be honored at the SDRA Awards Banquet in Pierre in January. The event is attended by legislators and state officials, as well as by business people from across the state. Nominees who are finalists for the Award will receive a Certificate of Distinguished Service by mail. For more information, contact the South Dakota Retailers Association in Pierre at 800-658-5545, visit the Association’s website at or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• The Yankton Community Library, in collaboration with Yankton County 4-H, is offering another round of the popular LEGO Robotics program. 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 October 12 and continuing through November 9. Dates include October 12, 19, and 26; and November 2, and 9. Each session’s activities build on work done and skills acquired in the previous sessions. Therefore, it is best if the same participants come to every session. There is no charge for this program, but it is limited to 24 participants, ages 8 and up. Register for this program at the library beginning Monday, August 31. Participants in the summer reading program LEGO Robotics should not register for this as it is very similar to the June and July robotics programs. For more information, call the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, at 668-5276.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for Adult Women’s, Men’s, and Coed Volleyball Leagues. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, October 16, 2015. League play is scheduled to begin the week of November 2. 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 For further information, call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Remember to follow the Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation on their Facebook Page.


Tuesday, October 6
Grant Writing Workshop hosted by the Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development Council – 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Plainview. For more information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (402) 582-4866.

Yankton County Commission Meeting – 4 p.m.; Commission Chamber; Yankton County Government Center; Yankton.

Ribbon Cutting and Open House – 5 p.m.; Bottorff Tax & Accounting; 914 E. Cherry Street; Vermillion.

Wednesday, October 7
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

One Million Cups – 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Avera Professional Office Pavilion; 409 Summit Street; Yankton.

Yankton County 4-H National Youth Science Day; Yankton Public Library; Yankton.

Thursday, October 8
Infinite Variety and Heartland Humane Society invites the public to paint, sip, and create artwork while supporting shelter pets on Thursday, October 8th. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Infinite Variety, located at 3 West Main Street in Vermillion. Tickets are $50 per person and limited to the first 25 registered. Sponsored by the Yankton Area Arts, canvases, paint, brushes, and easels will be provided. Participants will go home with a completed painting. Food and beverages will be provided by the Heartland Humane Society board of directors. “We held this event in Yankton last spring and sold out,” Shelter Coordinator Christa Kranig said. “Paint and Sip is about having a bit fun, raising a bit of money, and supporting a local organization working to keep stray and unwanted animals off the streets. No artistic talent is necessary, we just want you to have a great evening.” All proceeds will go directly back to Heartland Humane Society. To register for the event, call the shelter at 605.664.4244 or register online at Pre-registration is required. Heartland Humane Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves surrounding communities, protecting and enhancing the lives of companion animals by promoting healthy relationships between pets and people. Visit Heartland Humane Society online at

Mount Marty College Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs invite all fans and friends to 4th annual “Rock the Castle” event on Thursday, October 8, in Cimpl Arena. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m., with program and contests starting at 7:30 p.m. This year’s event will showcase the 2015-2016 Lancer basketball teams and introduce this year’s team members to Lancer fans in attendance. There will be fan prizes, contests, and giveaways. Also, fans will have the opportunity to meet the players and watch them compete in a skills competition, 3 point shootout, and dunk contest. This event is free and open to the public. The Lancers look forward to seeing you in Cimpl Arena. Go Lancers! For more information about Rock the Castle 2015, contact Head Men’s Basketball Coach Andrew Baker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sanford Vermillion flu vaccine clinic – 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Vermillion Area Farmers Market – 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Clay County Fairgrounds.

Yankton County 4-H Ice Cream Social – 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; 4-H Grounds; Yankton.

Friday, October 9 – Saturday, October 10
Vermillion Oktoberfest; W. H. Over Museum; Vermillion.

Friday, October 9
5th Annual Candle Light Vigil – 7 p.m.; Yankton Middle School Auditorium. Honoring Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence, featuring Teri Jendusa-Nicolai.

Yankton Chamber 101: How to Maximize Your Chamber Benefits – 12 p.m. – 1p.m.; Chamber Office; Yankton.

Saturday, October 10
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market 2015 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

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

Doug Ganschow Benefit – 4:30 p.m.; Wakonda Legion Hall. Free will offering supper starting at 4:30 p.m., live auction starting at 7 p.m., silent auction starting at 4:30 p.m. Cash donations can be made at First Premier Bank in Wakonda to “Doug Ganschow Benefit”. For more information or if you would like to donate something please contact Donna Henriksen (605) 661-3987, Pat Girard (605) 267-2421, or Darby Ganschow (605) 661-2739.

VFW Auxiliary Vendor Show – 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Beresford VFW Post Home. Several different vendors, door prizes, free admission, bake sale, and lunch is provided by the VFW Auxiliary. The public is welcome. World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend – 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Yankton Alcoa/Kiwanis Ice Arena. The World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend is a global opportunity for girls to try out hockey as a new sport and to be introduced to basic skills in hockey in a positive, fun, and safe environment. Members of the Yankton Girls Ice hockey team, coaches, as well as YAIA volunteers will be coaching new players interested in playing hockey. Equipment/gear will be available for use or you can bring your own!

Yankton County 4-H Petting Zoo – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Yankton Tractor Supply Company; Yankton.

Sunday, October 11
Gayville Community Harvest Festival Service – 10:30 a.m.; Gayville Community Center. Chili cook-off and baked potato meal to follow. All Chili Chefs welcome to compete. Free will offering for meal with proceeds benefiting Community Center. Methodist Praise Band providing worship. Call or text (605) 661-3122 by September 27 to enter chili contest – open to everyone!

Calvary Kids Preschool will have an all-you-can-eat pancake fundraiser on Sunday, October 11 from Noon – 2:00 p.m. The meal will be served by Chris Cakes and will include all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausages as well as drinks. Chris Cakes, Pocahontas, IA has been entertaining and feeding crowds since the mid 1960’s. They have their own special blend of pancake mix, a huge custom grill, and provide some fancy flipping right onto the customer’s plate! The event promises fun for the whole family! Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under with all proceeds to benefit Calvary Kids Preschool. Calvary Kids Preschool is a Christ-centered preschool with strong academic preparedness and an emphasis on social skills. A wide variety of teaching methods is used including our Smart Board and several interactive field trips. For additional information, please call (605) 665-5594.

Celebrate the harvest Sunday, October 11th from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the St. Agnes Soup Kitchen at the Sigel Hall located 10 miles north of Yankton on Highway 81 and 1 mile west on Lesterville Road. Fill up on chicken noodle soup, potato soup, chili, taverns, hot dogs, pies, and desserts. There will be a bake walk, country store, and a raffle for great prizes! The event is sponsored by the Sigel Altar Society.

The Center – Movie Sunday – 2 p.m.; Free event.

Monday, October 12
Mount Marty College Lancers Coaches Corral – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Czeckers; Yankton.

Yankton Area Diabetes Support Meeting – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Campus; Pavilion; Conference Room 2; Yankton.

Tuesday, October 13
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; EconoLodge; 611 W 23rd Street; Yankton.

Need a new scarf for fall? It’s time to get creative at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street! Unplug, Unwind, Craft takes place on Tuesday, October 13, at 6 p.m. This month’s featured craft is a T-shirt scarf. In order to personalize your scarf to your wardrobe, participants are asked to bring their own T-shirts. There is a minimal charge which you must pay at the time of registration. This class is limited to twenty participants and is geared to adults and teens who are accompanied by an adult. For further information, contact the library at 668-5275.

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

The Center – Dementia Caregiver Group – 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Free event.

Long Term Care Educational Session – 3 p.m.; Yankton Public Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Wednesday, October 14
B4 Baby Open House – 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Sanford Vermillion; Administration entrance – 102 S. Plum Street; Vermillion.

The Center – All you can eat pancakes & French toast – 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; $5.00.

Yankton Community Library Board of Trustees Regular Meeting – 5:30 p.m.; Library Meeting Room; 515 Walnut; Yankton.

Thursday, October 15
Ladies Day Out and Wine Walk – 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Historic Downtown Yankton.

Yankton Chamber Leadercast

Mount Marty Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; Mount Marty Campus; Yankton. MMC Students and Faulty, “The Educational Benefits of Travel”

Friday, October 16
There will be no school at Yankton Public Schools on Friday, October 16, a teacher in-service day.

Saturday, October 17 – Sunday, October 18
Bright Start Responsive Parenting Classes – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. Classes will be held at the Avera Pavilion Conference Room 2, located at 409 Summit Street in Yankton. The classes are free and pre-registration is required as class size in limited. To register, call Yankton County Parents as Teachers at (605) 661-4833.

Saturday, October 17
Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market 2015 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Fundraiser for Don VanderTuig – Silent Auction starts at 7 p.m., Dance starts at 8 p.m.; Yankton VFW. Call Laurie Larsen at (402) 640-2147 for more information.

Sunday, October 18 – Saturday, October 24
Teen Read Week is October 18-24. Throughout the week, students in grades 6 through 12 can vote for their all-time favorite Young Adult book. They can also participate in a scavenger hunt. On Friday, October 23 there is a special program for teens and ‘tweens in grades 6 through 12. It is an after-hours event from 7-9 p.m. Games and activities for the evening are being planned by the TAB. Let your voice be heard by joining the group. New members are always welcome and applications for the TAB can be picked up at the circulation desk. If you have questions about any of these programs or the Teen Advisory Board, please call Joyce Moore, Youth Services Librarian, at 668-5275.

Sunday, October 18
St. Agnes Parish Fall Festival – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; 202 Washington Street; Vermillion. Dinner served from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., raffles begin at 1 p.m. Roast turkey dinner includes a choice of dessert and beverage. Youth Group Car Raffle – 2002 Kia Rio. Also: Country Store, Silent Auction, Lots of fun kids games. Adults - $8, 10 & under - $4, under 2 – free.

Monday, October 19
The Center – Mystery Dinner Theater – 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; $10 before October 12th and $15 after.

Long Term Care Educational Session – 10:30 a.m.; Vermillion Public Library; 18 Church Street; Vermillion.

Tuesday, October 20
Farm Credit Services of America Ribbon Cutting & Open House – public open house from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. with ribbon cutting at 4 p.m.

Long Term Care Educational Session – 11:45 a.m.; Prairie View Apartments; Nutrition Site/AARP; Wagner.

Wednesday, October 21
The Center – Chair Massages – 1:40 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.; $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Thursday, October 22
Mount Marty Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; Mount Marty Campus; Yankton. Phil Jaquith, “On the Frontlines of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in Liberia, Africa”

Make a Difference Day, Coat & Winter Wear Giveaway & Community Resource Fair – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Yankton City Gymnasium; 416 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Missouri River Associates Ribbon Cutting & Open House – 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; 124 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Friday, October 23
Mount Marty College will hold their fall Blue and Gold Visit Day on Friday, October 23, in conjunction with the college’s Family Weekend festivities. Visiting college campuses is one of the most important aspects of choosing a college. Mount Marty College's Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events are a great opportunity to gather all the information need to make that ever-important college decision. Blue and Gold Visit Day attendees will get a chance to tour MMC’s 80-acre campus and learn more about the admissions process, scholarship opportunities, academic programs available, campus life activities and more. Future visit days will be held in December and April. However, interested students who are unable to attend are encouraged to schedule their own personal campus visit. To register for this event or future campus visit opportunities, visit

Saturday, October 24
Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market 2015 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

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

8th Annual Brian Nielsen Fishing Tournament – Meeting and registration 7 a.m., Start time 8 a.m., Weigh in 4 p.m.; Weigand Boat Docks; Lewis & Clark Lake; Nebraska Side. All proceeds raised from Brian’s tournament will be donated to local charities. $100 fee per 2 person boat. Entry fee includes 1 free buffet for each fisherman at C.J.’s at the Lake. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place. Contact Julie & Mark Nielsen with any questions at (605) 664-1072 or (605) 665-9522.

River City Gymnastics & Cheer Fall Family Festival – 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Archery Center; Yankton.

Sunday, October 25
God & Country – Presented by the Rivercity Harmony Sweet Adelines – 3 p.m.; The Center; Yankton. General Admission - $10. Tickets are available from HyVee and Yankton Rexall Drug.

Wednesday, October 28
The Center – Evening Meal (Serving BBQ Ribs) – 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; $5.00.

The Center – Flu Shot Clinic – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.; $25 or bring your insurance or Medicare card.

Thursday, October 29
Mount Marty Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; Mount Marty Campus; Yankton. Dr. Helen Ciernick, “Mother Mary”

Saturday, October 31
Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market 2015 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Downtown Yankton Harvest Halloween Fest

Tuesday, November 3
The Center – National Memory Screening Day – 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Free event.

Thursday, November 5
Mount Marty Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; Mount Marty Campus; Yankton. Merle and Gina Brandt, “Get in the Boat: Haiti Mission Trip”

Silver Threads Health & Product Fair: Join area businesses and organizations on Thursday, November 5, 2015 10:30 am - 1:30 pm. for the 8th annual Silver Threads Health & Product Fair. Display and share information on health, eye & hearing care, physical therapy, home care, senior living, insurances, outreach services, and other topics related to senior aging, planning and retirement. Several mini-programs are scheduled. Soups, sandwiches and desserts will be served plus bake sale items. Sponsored by the Main Street Center; 320 W Main Street, Vermillion, SD 57069. (605) 624-8072. Vendor space still available

Saturday, November 7
Try Hockey for Free Day – 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Yankton Alcoa/Kiwanis Ice Arena. The event is part of Come Play Hockey Month. Members of the Yankton youth hockey program, coaches, and YAIA volunteers will be coaching new players interested in trying hockey. Equipment/gear will be available for use. New players aged 7 – 12 that register for hockey on November 7 will have the USA Hockey fee waived. YAIA registration fees will still apply.

Tuesday, November 10
State of the Community – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sunday, November 15
HARVEST DINNER 2015 AT GOLGOTHA - You are cordially invited to Golgotha Lutheran Church’s Harvest Dinner on Sunday November 15, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Golgotha Fellowship Hall. Golgotha Lutheran Church is located at 87242 543rd Avenue, Wausa, NE 68786. Church service that day will be at 9:30 a.m. We will be serving Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, sweet corn, and a variety of salads and great tasting homemade desserts! The costs are $10 for adults, K-6th grade are $6 and preschool aged children and under are free. Also there will be children’s activities downstairs after they are done eating. Thank you and everyone is welcome to attend the Harvest Dinner for great food, fun, and fellowship. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, November 18
Suicide Risk Assessment and Risk Management Training – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Human Services Center Training Center; Intersection of Hwy 81 & Hwy 50; Yankton.

Thursday, November 19
Mount Marty Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; Mount Marty Campus; Yankton. Sr. Maribeth Wentzlaff & Jordan Foos, “Catholic Leadership Programs: Its History and Hopes”

Thursday, December 3
Mount Marty Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; Mount Marty Campus; Yankton. Dr. Paul Anders, “Promoting Interfaith Understanding”

Tuesday, December 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Thursday, December 10
Mount Marty Noon Forum – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; Mount Marty Campus; Yankton. Dr. Alan Ferris, “Happiness in the 21st Century”

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

Iowa News

Suspect in fight that hurt Iowa principal turns himself in
GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a former Iowa State basketball standout has turned himself in to police following a fight that injured a high school principal and two others. Mills County Attorney Tricia McSorley says 42-year-old Hurl Beechum, of Arizona, turned himself in Saturday and was released after posting bond. Beechum, 18-year-old Denver Cook and 21-year-old Colton McDaniel face charges in connection to the confrontation in Glenwood on Sept. 27. It was not immediately clear if the men have attorneys. Authorities say Glenwood Community High School Principal Richard Hutchinson confronted a group of young adults over a racial slur outside his home. An affidavit says a fight broke out and Cook and McDaniel kicked and punched Hutchinson. Police say Beechum, Hutchinson's stepson, became involved in the fight and shot McDaniel in the leg.

Carly Fiorina's campaign includes the rare job: "body woman"
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Presidential candidates typically hire a right-hand man to handle everything from their lunch orders to pens for autographs. In the case of Carly Fiorina, her "body man" is actually a "body woman." She's 22-year-old Rebecca Schieber, a recent graduate of Northwestern University who has this to say about her six months on the campaign: "I don't think the books I read in college at all prepared me for this experience." Schieber says she relies on the social skills she learned from her mom who teaches etiquette classes. She says that poise helps her when she has to cut off a meeting or talk over people who are older or more experienced. Fiorina says she hopes Schieber is an inspiration to other young women.

Authorities in Dubuque investigating shooting death
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Dubuque are investigating the death of a man who was found in the rear of a home with gunshot wounds. The person was found behind a home around 11 p.m. Sunday. Dubuque Police Lt. Scott Baxter says the shooting was not a random act of violence, and authorities suspect the victim and shooter knew each other. Police have recovered a gun. Baxter says authorities don't believe the public faces a direct threat. The man's identity was withheld until family members could be notified. The death marks the fifth homicide in the city in 2015.

Branstad says he can't remove regents board after UI hiring
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he wants to dispel the notion that he has any authority to remove members of a state board that oversees Iowa's three public universities, following criticism over its hiring of a new University of Iowa president. Branstad said Monday he was shocked that the Faculty Assembly at the university's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences voted recently for the nine-member Iowa Board of Regents to resign. The faculty group also asked Branstad to dismiss the board. Branstad, who appoints members for six-year terms, says Iowa code is clear that the board doesn't serve at the pleasure of the governor. The board's appointment in September of Bruce Harreld, a business executive, has been criticized by some UI faculty. They question Harreld's lack of experience in academics.

Iowa insurer Wellmark to sell policies on health exchange
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's dominant health insurer has agreed to start selling policies that will qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield announced Monday that plans will be available for 2017. The company has not previously participated in the Affordable Care Act's online health-insurance marketplace, which was launched in the fall of 2013. As a result, moderate-income Iowa residents were not able to choose Wellmark insurance if they wanted to purchase policies that qualified for new federal subsidies to help pay their premiums. Wellmark sells more than three-quarters of all health-insurance policies that Iowa consumers purchase on their own in lieu of coverage through an employer or government program.

Branstad reiterates he cannot cut Planned Parenthood funding
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has reiterated he does not have the legal authority to stop a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Iowa from receiving state funding, despite public calls to do so from presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal and others. Branstad said Monday his office has spoken with the Iowa Attorney General about the state's options in removing taxpayer funding that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland receives for Medicaid services. He says the state would need to show Planned Parenthood has violated terms of the grant money it receives. Branstad emphasized no state dollars are used to fund abortions. Republicans around the country have targeted Planned Parenthood after several videos were released by an anti-abortion group. Louisiana Gov. Jindal and Republican legislators in Iowa have asked Branstad to cut funding.

Branstad announces plan to increase skilled labor in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have announced an initiative to increase skilled labor in Iowa, but it's unclear how much the plan would cost or how it would be funded. Branstad and Reynolds said Monday the Future Ready Iowa plan aims to increase the number of Iowans with two-year and four-year degrees, as well as apprenticeships and other certifications. Branstad and Reynolds sourced a research center at Georgetown University that says by 2025, 68 percent of jobs in Iowa will require education and training beyond high school. The new initiative seeks to have 70 percent of Iowans with that extra education and training by 2025. Details about how much the initiative would cost were not released. Branstad says the state has programs already working toward the goal.

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Nebraska News

TD Ameritrade clients look for safer options in volatility
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — TD Ameritrade clients continue to invest in stocks, but they are picking safer options amid the recent market volatility. The online brokerage says its Investor Movement Index fell to 4.76 this month from September's 5.24 reading. The six-point index is based on what investors are buying and selling. TD Ameritrade's Nicole Sherrod says investors continued trading more volatile stocks for more stable ones during the past month as the market continued its ups and downs. TD Ameritrade clients continued to be net buyers of equities during the month. Some popular buys included Apple, Exxon-Mobil, Chevron and Verizon Wireless. Some of the most commonly sold stocks were JC Penney and Motorola, which both hit 52-week highs in September. Alcatel-Lucent and Yahoo were also popular sells.

Student's fossil find leads to discovery of new species
Fossils found by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student in New Mexico have led to the discovery of a new genus and rodent-like species. The fossils were found in May 2014 by then-sophomore Carissa Raymond in New Mexico's San Juan Basin, during her first fossil hunt. She saw a row of small black teeth coming out of the ground, and fossilized jawbones and a partial skull roof were found. A paper published Monday by the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society says the new species was alive roughly 65 million years ago. Researchers believe the rodent-like animal weighed as much as 45 pounds. Raymond says her discovery was "beginner's luck."

Experts: Rural Nebraska lacks access to mental health care
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Experts say the lack of access to mental health care in rural areas of Nebraska isn't improving. The June 2015 Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce report says there wasn't a mental health provider in 48 of Nebraska's 93 counties in 2014. According to the report, roughly 84 percent of psychiatrists are in metropolitan counties. Dr. Howard Liu, director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska, says rural areas don't have all the resources to support mental health care. He says the shortage could worsen, with the report showing more than half of the licensed workforce as being older than 50. National Alliance on Mental Illness Nebraska Executive Director Tom Adams says people in rural areas can have a hard time simply finding others to talk with about mental illness.

8 Winnebago Tribe council members to take oath of office
WINNEBAGO, Neb. (AP) — The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has scheduled a swearing-in ceremony after this week's election to fill eight of its nine open council seats. The elected members will take their oath of office at 10 a.m. Wednesday, one day after the election. The ceremony will take place at the Blackhawk Center Gymnasium in Winnebago. The tribe normally uses a staggered election system, with three seats up for election each year, but more seats are on this year's ballot because of the six council members who are resigning or being removed from office after an audit uncovered questionable spending practices. The swearing-in will include a tribal drum group opening and speeches by newly inaugurated council members.

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