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Local News

May 22, 2015
South Dakota Kayak Challenge To Take Off From Riverside Park, South Dakota Housing Development Authority Awards $2.7 Million
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May 22, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

May 21, 2015
Nebraska Unicameral Legislature Gives Third Round Approval To Death Penalty Repeal, Gas Prices in South Dakota Continue to Rise
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May 21, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

May 20, 2015
John Kramer of Yankton Area Progressive Growth Talks Housing at State of the Community, Bird Flu Holds Large Financial Loss
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May 19, 2015
Yankton County Commission to Discuss Bridges, Rail Authority; Sanford Vermillion to Undergo Changes
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May 19, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

May 18, 2015
Daugaard Commends Delmont Volunteer Effort, Work to Begin Soon On Old Yankton Post Office
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May 16, 2015
Yankton City Commission Sees New Membership, South Dakota Economy Could Get Sales Tax Revenue Boost
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May 15, 2015
Delmont Now Accepting Public Volunteers, Water Now Safe; Yankton Has Early Morning Fires
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May 14, 2015
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Vetoes Gas Tax Increase, South Dakota Gas Prices Remain High For 2015
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May 13, 2015
South Dakota Schools Wind Down For the Year, Cell Phone Companies to Pay Fees To States
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May 12, 2015
Yankton School Board Begins To Look at 2015-2016 Budget, New Invasive Species Rules For South Dakota
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May 11, 2015
Tornado Strikes Delmont, South Dakota Republicans Select New Leadership
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May 9, 2015
Vermillion Moves Forward With Progressive Fee System, Light Arrangement to Stay at Center-Court-Main, Noem Has Possible Challenger
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May 8, 2015
New RiverWalk Selections To Be Installed, South Dakota Gas Prices At 2015 High
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May 7, 2015
Rail Authority Public Meeting A Success, South Dakota Republicans To See New Faces
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May 6, 2015
Fleeg's Bridge Safe For Now, South Dakota To Seek Further Credit Rating Improvements
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May 5, 2015
Yankton County Commission To Meet, Nebraska Could See Decrease in Property Taxes
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May 2, 2015
Yankton RiverWalk Prepares For New Sculptures, Public Utilities Commission Delays Keystone XL Hearing
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May 1, 2015
Missouri River Rendezvous Set For Saturday, South Dakota Crime Up In 2014
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Community Calendar

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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28
Becoming an Outdoor Family – This program teaches skills for a lifetime of outdoor recreation. As part of the program fee, you’ll get an electrical campsite for two nights, instruction in several outdoor skills classes, and use of program equipment. It’s a great opportunity for beginning camping families or those experienced families who want to expand their outdoor skills. Lewis and Clark Recreation Area; Yankton. $75 per family.

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

Saturday, June 27
Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day - Mount Marty College. The admissions Office at Mount Marty college will be holding Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events for prospective students to learn about the college and academic majors, visit campus, and meet with faculty. For more information on Blue and Gold Campus Visit Days, or to register, visitwww.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 7
Dakota Territorial Museum Cemetery Walk Saturday, July 11
The Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle, a 50-mile race for kayaks and canoes on the Missouri National Recreational River. Learn more.

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

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

Monday, July 20
Sheri Ellis Golf Social

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Tuesday, October 13
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Tuesday, December 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Iowa News

Huckabee is latest straw poll no-show; is event in jeopardy?
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The people running Iowa's Republican presidential straw poll want less money and glitz involved as they try to take this summer's event back to basics. But now they are facing a different kind of downsizing — fewer candidates. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is the latest 2016 prospect to opt out of the Iowa tradition. He said Thursday he won't participate in the poll that he placed second in eight years ago. That was the latest bad news for the carnival-like summer event that draws thousands of party activists. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush also plans to skip the poll. State GOP officials have fought to keep the August 8th event alive after criticism that it has ballooned into a costly sideshow. But so far, few have committed.

Iowa farm equipment company to close plants, eliminate jobs
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A farm equipment manufacturer in Sioux City is shutting down its two plants, eliminating more than 50 jobs in the area. The Sioux City Journal reports Soo Tractor, which has been doing business as Radius Steel Fabrication, will shut down production at its two Sioux City plants between the end of May and the end of June. It's unclear why the company, founded more than 70 years ago, is shutting down the plants. Its chairman, Allen Mahaney, died in February at age 77. Messages left for the company Thursday were not immediately returned. The newspaper reports the company will host a job fair May 29th for displaced workers such as welders, machinists and laser cutters.

Another chicken farm in Buena Vista County gets bird flu
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Another chicken farm in Buena Vista County has tested positive for bird flu, the 17th farm in that northwest Iowa county to get the virus. Iowa Department of Agriculture officials on Thursday did not have an immediate count on the number of chickens housed at the egg-laying facility. The new case brings Iowa's total to 63 farms infected in 15 counties and more than 25.5 million birds dead, dying or scheduled to be euthanized. Iowa has reported 11 new outbreaks this week. The disease prompted state officials to cancel poultry shows at fairs in the state this summer. Across the Midwest, the U.S. Department of Agriculture puts the bird loss at nearly 39 million, mostly chickens and turkeys.

Iowa cancels bird shows at Iowa State Fair, county fairs
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — There will be no chickens or ducks at the Iowa State Fair this summer and no poultry shows at county fairs in Iowa this year as the bird flu continues to infect birds. Iowa Department of Agriculture officials on Thursday prohibited all live bird exhibitions at fairs and live bird sales at livestock auctions and swap meets. The order lasts through the end of the year. Iowa has more than 25 million birds and more than 60 farms infected with the H5N2 virus. Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says the scale of the current outbreak is unprecedented and it's important to take every step possible to limit the spread of the disease. Other states to take similar steps include Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Largest Minnesota farm hit by bird flu to lay off 39 workers
RENVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The largest Minnesota farm to be hit by bird flu is temporarily laying off 39 full-time employees. The outbreak at the Rembrandt Enterprises egg farm in Renville was confirmed last week. All 2 million chickens there will have to be killed to ensure the complete eradication of the H5N2 virus. The Spirit Lake, Iowa-based company said Thursday that the layoffs will start around June 1st. While Rembrandt plans to restart the operation, it says it can't predict the date. Rembrandt Enterprises is owned by Glen Taylor, who also owns the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. The company is one of the largest egg producers in the U.S. It had to destroy 5.5 million chickens on its Rembrandt, Iowa, farm after bird flu turned up there last month.

Census says Des Moines reaches population peak, topping 1960
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pat yourself on the back, Des Moines, you've never been bigger. The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday released an estimate showing Des Moines' population on July 1st, 2014 was 209,220. That tops the city's previous population high of 208,982 set in the 1960 census. Following that peak, the city's population began a long decline that saw the number of residents bottom out at 191,003 in the 1980 census. It's been a slow climb back since. Des Moines is Iowa's largest city, followed by Cedar Rapids, with at 2014 estimate of 129,195, and Davenport with 102,448. Sioux City had a population of 82,517, Iowa City had 73,415 and Waterloo totaled 68,364.

Kennel club in western Iowa donates pet oxygen mask kits
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A kennel club in western Iowa has donated pet oxygen mask kits to help cats and dogs in fire emergencies. The Council Bluffs Kennel Club's seven kits will go to the local fire department. The masks can be used on pets of various sizes. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports the donation will allow each station and most fire trucks under the department's jurisdiction to have masks. Curtis McKeon with the Council Bluffs Fire Marshal's Office estimates about 80 percent of the roughly 1,000 fire calls received last year involved pets.

Michigan beats Iowa 8-5 in Big Ten tourney
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cody Bruder and Kendall Patrick hit home runs, leading Michigan to an 8-5 victory over Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament Thursday night. The third-seeded Wolverines (35-23) knocked Hawkeyes starter Blake Hickman (9-2) out of the game in the third inning. Hickman walked three of the last six batters he faced, and allowed four hits and two earned runs in the loss at Target Field for second-seeded Iowa (39-15). Five Wolverines had at least two hits as Michigan peppered Hickman's replacement, Ryan Erickson, with seven hits and four runs — two earned — in four innings. Bruder and Jacob Cronenworth each had three hits for Michigan, and Patrick finished with three RBIs. Cronenworth took the mound in the ninth inning, getting two outs for the save. Eric Toole homered for Iowa, which will play sixth-seeded Indiana on Friday. Michigan next plays on Saturday.

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Weather delays opening of 9 public swimming pools in Lincoln
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nine public swimming pools in Lincoln will open two days later than planned because recent rain and cool temperatures have made pool water too cold for safe swimming. The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department made the announcement Thursday. The pools are now scheduled to open Monday for swimming. They typically open days earlier. Officials say while the facilities will not allow swimming until then, they'll open Saturday for registrations, sales and other requests. The pools will be available for use through August.

Omaha officer killed by gunman shot above protective vest
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The police chief of Nebraska's largest city says an Omaha police officer killed in the line of duty was shot just above the top of her protective vest. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer gave more details Thursday of the shooting that killed 29-year-old Officer Kerrie Orozco on Wednesday. The chief said Orozco and another officer had responded to a call for backup from officers who came under fire from the heavily-armed suspect. Schmaderer says 26-year-old Marcus Wheeler fired on police who tried to arrest him Wednesday afternoon. Orozco and another officer soon arrived and chased after Wheeler, who turned and fired on them, too. Orozco was hit, and died at a local hospital. Wheeler was also shot and killed. Schmaderer says Orozco did not fire her gun.

Omaha mayor orders flags at half-staff for slain officer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has ordered flags in city to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Officer Kerrie Orozco, who was killed Wednesday in the line of duty. Stothert says flags should remain at half-staff until dusk Monday on Memorial Day. Stothert said Thursday the move is a sign of respect for Orozco and her service to the city. The city also plans to turn lights at the Heartland of America Fountain and on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge blue beginning Thursday night through Memorial Day. Stothert is in Florida for her son's wedding on Friday. She will return to Omaha on Sunday, ahead of schedule, to participate in services for Orozco.

Nebraska votes to scrap ban on immigrant driver's licenses
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's Legislature has voted to end the nation's last ban on driving privileges for young people brought into the United States illegally as children. In a 34-9 vote on Thursday, the unicameral Legislature agreed to scrap the policy by a veto-proof margin. Gov. Pete Ricketts has maintained that those who arrived in the country illegally shouldn't receive privileges intended for legal residents. The federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an executive action President Barack Obama announced in 2012, gives the youths a Social Security number, a two-year work permit and protection from deportation. A few states initially announced they would deny licenses to those youth, but only Arizona and Nebraska excluded them from driver's license eligibility. Arizona's law was blocked by a federal appeals court in July.

Nebraska farm, ranch tourism liability bill passes
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Farmers and ranchers who open their property to tourists could be shielded from certain lawsuits under a bill passed by Nebraska lawmakers. The Legislature gave the measure final approval on Thursday with a 46-0 vote. Senator Ken Schilz of Ogallala has said he introduced it to promote rural tourism and give farmers and ranchers another potential revenue source without the fear of lawsuits. The bill is aimed at sites such as working farms and ranches, hiking trails, lakes and hunting and bird-watching areas. It also could apply to hayrack or boat rides, vineyard tours and haunted houses. A 2012 Nebraska Tourism Commission report found that liability and insurance concerns were a major roadblock to the tourism industry's growth in the state. The bill is LB329.

Nebraska senators pass cannabis study for seizure sufferers
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska residents suffering from intractable seizures could have one more treatment option under a medical cannabis study headed to Gov. Pete Ricketts' desk. Senators voted 44-2 on Thursday to commission a University of Nebraska Medical Center study on the effectiveness of cannabidiol, a cannabis extract, in treating severe epileptic seizures. Nebraska would obtain cannabidiol from an England-based company authorized by the Federal Drug Administration for rare diseases. Supporters say the study could provide immediate aid to patients who have exhausted other treatment options. Ricketts' spokesman says the governor supports FDA-approved studies of marijuana for medical purposes. Ricketts has five days to take action on the bill, sponsored by Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue. The bill is LB390.

Bird flu crisis slows in Minnesota, focus now on recovery
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has notched six straight days without a new bird flu case. And though state officials aren't ready to say the outbreak is over, they're beginning to stand down. The first case in the Midwest was confirmed in March at a Minnesota turkey farm, and the virus then spread to 88 farms in the top turkey producing state. But new cases have fallen off sharply and the focus is turning toward getting farms back into production. To be sure, the disease remains a threat. Iowa, the chief egg producer in the U.S., has reported several new probable cases this week. But things have settled down enough that Minnesota's Board of Animal Health stopped issuing daily updates unless it has new cases. And federal personnel assigned to the state have fallen.

Nebraskan accused of forgery and taking dad's check card
GERING, Neb. (AP) — A 27-year-old Scottsbluff man who faces three drug charges also is accused of stealing from his father. Online court records say a preliminary hearing is scheduled May 29 for Dustin Leonhardt. Jail records say he remained in custody on Thursday. His attorney didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press, seeking comment on the allegations against Leonhardt. Leonhardt is charged with forgery and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device in addition to the three drug charges. A court affidavit says Leonhardt used his father's check card three times earlier this month and wrote a check on his father's account. The affidavit says the drugs were discovered Friday on Leonhardt and in his father's backyard shed, where officers found and arrested Leonhardt.

Michigan State beats Nebraska 9-7 in Big Ten tourney
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ryan Krill hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning in Michigan State's 9-7 victory over Nebraska on Thursday in the Big Ten tournament. The Spartans (34-22) scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth to erase a 7-3 deficit in the elimination game. On Friday, Michigan State will play the Illinois-Maryland loser. Joe Mockbee retired 11 of 13 batters in 3 2-3 innings of relief for the fifth-seeded Spartans. The Cornhuskers (34-23) had a five-run fifth inning to take a 6-2 lead. Mark Weist and Chad Roskelly combined for six of the Spartans' 13 hits.

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