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Local News

July 29, 2015
USDA to Fund Bird Flu Relief, South Dakota Issues 40 Gay Marriage Licenses
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July 29, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

July 28, 2015
Daugaard Pushing For Fair Sales Tax Regulations, Blaalid to Resign From Yankton City Commission
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July 28, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

July 27, 2015
Thune and Other Senators Push for the DRIVE Act, South Dakota Homeless Council Could see a Return
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July 27, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

July 25, 2015
Plans for Consolidated School District in Northeast Nebraska on Hold, Farmers Still Have Bird Flu Questions
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July 24, 2015
Locals Celebrate Five Years of the Keystone Pipeline, Proposed Bakken Pipeline Seeing Some Resistance
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July 23, 2015
Keystone Pipeline System Looking to Make Impact Locally, USDA Developing Vaccine for Bird Flu
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July 22, 2015
Yankton County Commission Enters Into Memorandum of Understanding, South Dakota to see Higher Revenues than Expected
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July 21, 2015
Yankton County Commission Set to Meet, Autism Workgroup Formed in South Dakota
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July 20, 2015
Vermillion City Council Set to Meet, Nebraska Committee to Look at Education Funding
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July 18, 2015
Yankton School Board Considers Budget, Nebraska Tax Revenue Higher Than Expected
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July 17, 2015
Onward Yankton Announces Final 15, South Dakota Prepares For Rally Visitors
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July 16, 2015
Yankton County Commission Approves Road Levy, South Dakota Has High Number of July Road Deaths
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Are you looking for a place for your student to go before or after school? The Boys & Girls Club of Yankton offers the perfect option for you. The Academy offers students ages 5 – 5th grade a safe, productive place to go before or after school. The Academy is open before school from 5:30 a.m., after school until 6 p.m., and on non-school days. At the Academy, all programming is based on our three Priority Outcomes: Academic Success, Character and Leadership, and Healthy Lifestyles. Not only will your child be in a safe environment, they will also be continuing to grow and develop. For more information, please contact the Boys & Girls Club of Yankton at (605) 668-9710 or visit www.greatfuturessd.org.

• Yankton citizens may drop off tree branches blown down by the July 28th, 2015 storm free of charge through Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the Yankton Transfer Station. Tree branches will not be picked up curbside.

• Yarn donations that will be used to make Avera Sacred Heart patient and long-term care resident shawls are being accepted at several Yankton locations. Donation locations are the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital information desk, Four Seasons Fabric and Ewe Knit It. Since November 2009, inmates at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp have crocheted hundreds of shawls and lap blankets for patients and long-term care residents of Avera Sacred Heart. Pastoral Care employees distribute the shawls and lap blankets with the following saying: “May God’s grace be upon this shawl, warming, comforting, enfolding and embracing. May this mantle be a safe haven, a sacred place of security and well-being, sustaining and embracing in good times as well as difficult ones. May the one who receives this shawl be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace and wrapped in love.” If you have questions about the program, contact Carla Hummel, director of Volunteer Services for Avera Sacred Heart, at (605) 668-8104.

• Gavins Point Dam will accept applications for duck blind permits from August 1 through September 1. The application form, application guidelines and duck blind unit map are now available online for download. Read More at: http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Media/NewsReleases/tabid/1835/Article/610598/gavins-point-duck-blind-permit-application-period-begins-aug-1.aspx Contact: Eileen Williamson in our Public Affairs office by replying to this email or via the contact information at the end of this message. Project Contact: Zachary Montreuil - (402) 667-2546 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

• Beginning Tuesday, July 22, road work will begin at the intersection of Duke Street and Cottage Avenue. The construction will close westbound travel onto Duke Street only at that intersection. Thank you for your patience during construction.

• The Summit Activities Center will be offering American Red Cross Swimming Lessons this fall. The classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings and will run from Tuesday, September 22 through Thursday, October 22, 2015. Swim lessons will include Aqua Tots, Preschool, and Red Cross Level 1 through Level 4. Registration for current Summit Activities Center members will begin Monday, August 24, 2015 during normal business hours. Registration for the general public and online registration will begin Tuesday, August 25 at 11 a.m. Online registration is available through the City of Yankton website at www.cityofyankton.org.
5:30 – 6:05 p.m. Preschool, Level I, Level II, Level III
6:15 – 6:50 p.m. Preschool, Aqua Tots, Level I, Level II
7:00 – 7:35 p.m. Preschool, Level I, Level III, Level IV
For further information, please call 668-5234 or visit the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Don’t forget to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook page.

• The City of Yankton will begin cold asphalt milling starting on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. This project will take 3-5 days. The following streets will be affected by this project:
W. 11th St. – Highway 314 to Majestic Bluffs
W. 11th St. – Summit St. to West City Limits Road
Lakeview Dr. – Regal Dr. to E. 29th St.
Green St. – W 11th St. to W. 15th St.
The Street Department will need to have the streets cleared of all vehicles, trailers, campers, etc. until the milling process is complete. Drivers are asked to please consider taking alternate routes. Temporary “No Parking” will be posted on the routes. The work is expected to take a week.

• G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery – “Mighty Mo: A River for All Seasons” – July 16-30; Monday – Friday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

• The City of Yankton wishes to remind property owners that emergency personnel as well as delivery services depend on address numbers being displayed properly. When doing exterior maintenance chores this summer be sure to check the visibility of your house numbering. City Ordinance requires all buildings display numbers on the door or front of the structure that are a minimum of 3” in height and are visible and legible from the street immediately in front of the building. Numbering on mailboxes, in landscaping, or on curbs is not sufficient.

• The City of Yankton advises motorists that Pearl Street heading south from 2nd Street to Levee Street and Levee Street south to the boat ramp will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, July 6, 2015. The street will be closed until Wednesday, August 19, 2015 for a water main project. According to Environmental Services Director, Kyle Goodmanson, the project is anticipated that the new road will be open to traffic by Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

• U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is currently seeking intelligent, hard-working college students to serve as fall 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 Thursday, August 6, 2015, to:
Senator John Thune
Attn: Justin Bergeson
511 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
By fax to: 202-228-5429
Or by email to:
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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 Thursday, August 6, 2015, to:
Senator John Thune
Attn: Robin Long
5015 South Bur Oak
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Or by email to:
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For more information, please call 202-224-2321.

• The asphalt mill and overlay project on West Main Street from High Street to Stanford Street in Vermillion has begun. Motorists are advised to travel with caution in this area during construction. The street will not be closed to travel during the project. Access to properties will be allowed, but may be difficult at times. Thank you for your patience during the project.

• Have you been considering adopting a feline companion? Heartland Humane Society (HHS) has a variety of cats and kittens with unique personalities, and they are having a special for the month of July to encourage adoption. Saving a cat has been made much easier this summer with Heartland Humane Society’s 4-Legged Felines for $40 event extending the month of July (July 1st – Friday, July 31st). “HHS is experiencing an influx of cats and kittens that need homes. We currently have close to 40 felines being cared for at the shelter, and still some waiting for kennel space residing in foster homes. This doesn’t count the felines that are being placed on a waiting list or referred elsewhere. We really want to encourage adopting from us, especially the adults that have been here for quite some time. This will help make more space for cats that need somewhere to go,” said Christa Kranig, shelter coordinator for HHS. All felines available for the $40 promotion are spayed/neutered, completely vaccinated, healthy and micro-chipped. Any feline at HHS older than 6 months old qualifies for this adoption special. “The veterinary care these felines have received would typically cost upwards of $150 to $250. Adopting a cat with those costs already covered is an amazing deal,” Kranig said. For more information on this event, contact Heartland Humane Society at 605-664-4244 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can view all animals available for adoption on www.heartlandhumanesociety.net or on Petfinder.com.

• 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 assist 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, cover letter, and references to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by August 3. For more information, contact Christiana Frazee at 202-225-2801.

• When you hit the golf course this summer not only can you improve your game, you can improve the quality of life for other South Dakotans. The 2015 “Golf for Guardianship” golf card allows you to golf free or at reduced rates at 76 host golf courses in South Dakota. Golf cards are just $20.00. Proceeds benefit The Guardianship Program, a private non-profit program which serves as guardian for adults with disabilities in South Dakota who do not have family members available to provide assistance. “Golf for Guardianship” is sponsored by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and participating golf courses. Cards may be purchased on our website: www.sdguardians.com or contact: The Guardianship Program, P.O. Box 794, Pierre, SD 57501 (605) 224-9647 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• Registration for the 2015/2016 Soccer Seasons will open on June 1, 2015 with Early Bird Registration ending June 30, 2015. Registration will end July 31, 2015, NO EXCEPTIONS!!!! Registration fees are as follows:
U6-U8 : $30 Early Bird Registration, June 1-June 30, 2015
$40 Regular Registration, July 1-July 31, 2015
U10-U14: $40 Early Bird Registration, June 1-June 30, 2015 for one season, $85 for two seasons
$50 Regular Registration, July 1 – July 31, 2015 for one season, $95 for two seasons
New this year: Register for one season and let us know if you will be playing Fall or Spring! U14 players planning on playing High School Soccer are encouraged to sign up for Spring soccer now so that we can plan on the number of players we will have for Spring.
U16-U19: $40 Early Bird Registration, June 1-June 30, 2015
$50 Regular Registration, July 1- July 31, 2015
High School players are encouraged to register for Spring now so that we can plan on the number of players we will have in the spring, this fee covers Indoor, Club and Rec for the 2015/2016 Soccer Seasons. More information and help with questions is available online at www.yanktonsoccer.com.

• The Vermillion School District is sponsoring the summer food service program June 1st to July 31st. Free lunch will be served each weekday for area children age 18 and younger from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M at Jolley Elementary School, 224 S. University, Vermillion, SD. Closed July 3rd. For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (605)677-7000.

• “Summit Up” at the Summit Activities Center this summer! Don’t miss out on another great summer at the Summit! In addition to youth summer programs, summer swimming, summer workouts, and summer rentals, the Summit is now offering a Sizzling Summer Special! Anytime between June 1 and August 31, anyone who renews or purchases a membership will receive the summer special discount! All annual memberships will be reduced 15% and all quarterly memberships will be reduced 10%, but only if purchased before August 31! This offer excludes all corporate and EFT memberships. So, take advantage of this deal while it lasts, get into the summer swing of things, and get your Summit Activities Center membership purchased or extended for the year! For more 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 Department on their Facebook page.

• 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.

• 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2015

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.

Wednesday, July 29
Yankton Community Blood Drive – 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.; JoDean’s Steakhouse; 2809 Broadway; Yankton.

Farmer’s Market – Yankton Mall Parking Lot; 2101 Broadway Avenue; Yankton. 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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

Job Search Assistance Program – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 3113 Spruce Street; Suite 124; Yankton.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – Archery Classes – 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m.

Vermillion Community Blood Drive – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Sanford Vermillion. For more information call (605) 624-2611.

Thursday, July 30
Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day - Oreo®and ROLO® Minis will be among the Blizzard® Treats served at participating Dairy Queen® and DQ Grill & Chill® locations nationwide on Miracle Treat Day to benefit local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals®. During the 10th annual Miracle Treat Day on Thursday, July 30th, one dollar or more from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating locations will be donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which raises funds and awareness for 170 children's hospitals across the United States and Canada. All of the funds raised stay in local communities. For more information, visit MiracleTreatDay.com. Dairy Queen Locations include Tyndall, Vermillion and Yankton.

“Young Frankenstein” – 7:30 p.m.; Dakota Theatre; 328 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Job Search Assistance Program – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 1024 West Cherry Street; Vermillion.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – Archery Classes – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Yankton Area Progressive Growth, Inc, will be hosting a groundbreaking event for the residential section of Westbrook Estates on July 30th at 9 AM. The public is invited to attend. Westbrooks Estates is a 31 acre housing development located along the 2400 block of West City Limits Road and will consist of single and multi-family homes. YAPG has invited the dignitaries from the City of Yankton and members of its board who were instrumental in developing the project to be shovel bearers at the groundbreaking.

Vermillion Area Farmers Market – 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Clay County Fairgrounds. Call (605) 659-3399 or email VAFarmersMarket#gmail.com for more information.

Friday, July 31
2015 Gifted Education Awards – 9 a.m.; University of South Dakota; Vermillion.

Job Search Assistance Program – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 504 River Drive; North Sioux City.

Mount Marty College Camp Invention Inventor’s Showcase – 2:30 p.m.; Main Dining Hall; Roncallie Center; Yankton.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 10 a.m. – Camouflaged Critters Program and Craft at Chief White Crane Amphitheater; 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Beach Party, Limbo, Sandcastle Building and Cool Fun Water Games at West Midway Beach; 7 p.m. – National Park Service Program on Lewis and Clark at Lewis and Clark A,mphitheater; 9:30 p.m. – Outdoor Nature Movie at Lewis and Clark Amphitheater.

Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Yankton Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Committee.

Saturday, August 1
Rock-N-Rumble; Yankton Riverside Park. 2 p.m. – Guided parade starting at 3rd & Douglas, across Meridan Bridge and to Lewis and Clark Lake. 5 p.m. – BBQ at The landing. 8 p.m. – Rally Party in downtown Yankton.

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.

YANKTON BOY SCOUT TROOP #133, will be conducting the monthly scrap newspaper and aluminum can collections. Troop 133 does not accept plastic or tin cans, please do not leave these items for pick up. Papers and cans will be picked up at the trailer courts and apartment complexes in Yankton. Also paper and cans will be picked up at Riverside acres. Please have your newspaper and cans secured in sacks or small cardboard boxes and ready to be picked up by 9:00AM on Saturday August 1, 2015. Paper and cans may also be brought to Riverview Reformed Church Parking lot, 1700 Burleigh, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday August 1, 2015 the day of the collection. Remember the paper shed is located on the SOUTH EAST corner of the parking lot. For more information about the newspaper and aluminum can collection, call: 857-9396. Your cooperation is appreciated in not dropping papers off at any time without making prior arrangements.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. – Archery Classes; 10 p.m. – Searching Through a DARK PARK Geocaching at Gavins Point Shelter #2.

Vermillion Area Farmers Market – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Ratingen Platz.

Sunday, August 2
2015 Schuetzenfest – 7:30 a.m. – Sunset; Bow Valley. Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 10:30 a.m. – Interdenominational Church Service.

Monday, August 3
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) of the Yankton Community Library is meeting Monday, August 3, at 7 p.m. This is an important planning meeting for fall programming, so all members are encouraged to attend. Topics to be discussed include monthly teen events, special events for Teen Read Week in October, and holiday party plans. New members to the Teen Advisory Board are always welcome. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to apply. Application forms can be picked up at the library.

Tuesday, August 4
Yankton Area Arts Summer Band Concert – TBA; Riverside Park; Yankton.

Vermillion Police Department’s National Night Out Scavenger Hunt – 7 p.m.; Southwest corner of Prentis Park; Vermillion. To be followed by free popcorn and a movie.

Wednesday, August 5
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Thursday, August 6 – Saturday, August 8
Clay County Fair –visit www.claycountyfair.net/schedule.html for a schedule of events.

Thursday, August 6
Yankton Housing and Redevelopment Commission Meeting – 12 p.m.; City Hall Meeting Room; Walnut Street; Yankton.

Friday, August 7 – Saturday, August 8
Free days at the Clothing Closet on the HSC Campus. Friday 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Friday, August 7
The City of Yankton’s Recreation Department will host the third annual Yankton Duathlon for youth ages 6-15 years on Friday, August 7 at Riverside Park. This free event will include biking and running and is open to participants from Yankton and the surrounding area. Participants are required to wear a helmet and are encouraged to bring a water bottle. Registration forms may be picked up and returned to the Summit Activities Center by Thursday, August 6. For additional information, visit the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or call 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation on our Facebook Page.

Saturday, August 8
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.

2nd Annual “Get Inspired!” Peter Auch 5K Memorial Race and Fun Glow Run/Walk – 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration; 7 p.m. Introduction, National Anthem, and Line Up; 7:30 p.m. 5K Competitive Run; 8:15 p.m. Speaker Doug Adams from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Special Music, and 5K Awards Ceremony; 9 p.m. Glow Run/Walk. Beresford High School. For additional information call Cindy at (605) 214-4380 or visit the Facebook page.

Tuesday, August 11
Dakota Territorial Museum Stories and Crafts – 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.; programming for families and children focusing on Native American stories and crafts. No cost.

New Teacher Welcome Luncheon – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Riverfront Event Center; Yankton.

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

Wednesday, August 12
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Saturday, August 15
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.

Sunday, August 16
Teach your family about the importance of giving back by bringing school supply donations to Memorial Pool, and the whole family will swim for FREE on Sunday, August 16, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Family night rules apply.

Monday, August 17
Yankton School Welcome Back Coffee – 8:15 a.m.; Yankton High School.

Tuesday, August 18
Sacred Heart School Welcome Back Coffee – 8:30 a.m.; Sacred Heart Middle School; Yankton.

Wednesday, August 19
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Yankton Memorial Park Pool will close for the season on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 8pm.

Thursday, August 20
The Heartland Humane Society and Homeward Bound Rescue, along with the City of Yankton Parks and Recreation Department, invites the community to the sixth annual Pooch Plunge at the Memorial Park Pool in Yankton. The dog swim event will be held on the evening of Thursday, August 20th from 6pm – 8pm. There is a fee for each dog that is brought in to swim and each dog must be accompanied by a human companion. Dogs and their humans are invited to swim as lifeguards will be on duty. Proceeds from the Pooch Plunge will go toward the care of Heartland Humane Society and Homeward Bound Rescue’s shelter pets and supplies. All dogs should have a collar, carry ID tags, be properly licensed, vaccinated and in good health to participate. Please ensure all dogs are leashed until ready to take the plunge. Please be courteous and be prepared to clean up after your dogs. For more information please contact the Summit Activities Center at (605)665-5234, the Heartland Humane Society at (605) 664-4244 or the Homeward Bound Rescue (605)-665-2626.

Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23
Yankton Riverboat Days Friday, August 21
The Clothing Closet will be closed for Riverboat Days. It will reopen on Tuesday, August 25th from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, August 22
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.

Mount Marty College 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament – Registration – 12 p.m., Play begins at 1 p.m.; Laddie E. Cimpl Arena; Yankton. For more information contact Sam Holden at (605) 280-5496 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for questions or more information.

Monday, August 24 – Saturday, August 29
HuntSafe Class at the Clay County Safety Building; 15 Washington Street; Vermillion. Class will be from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. on the 24th, 25th, and 27th and from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on the 29th. Students must register at http://gfp.sd.gov/outdoor-learning/hunter-education/ClassList.aspx - The class is free of charge.

Monday, August 24
Mount Marty College Welcome Back Coffee – 8 a.m.; Cyber Café on Mount Marty College Campus; Yankton.

Wednesday, August 26
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Sanford Vermillion Community Celebration – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Vermillion High School; 1001 E. Main Street; Vermillion. Bring the entire family for a picnic meal, ice cream and more: Great Plains Zoo Express, Inflatables, Sanford Arts Vermillion Activity Table. For more information, call (605) 638-8465.

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

Saturday, August 29
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.

Wednesday, September 2
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Saturday, September 5
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.

Tuesday, September 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer – United Way; Yankton.

Wednesday, September 9
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Thursday, September 10
Leadership Yankton Session #1.

Saturday, September 12
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.

Monday, September 14
The Divorced, Widowed and Separated Support Group will be starting again on September 14, 2015. The Divorced, Separated and Widowed group is a process designed to help those who have experienced any of these life change moments and would like some help processing those changes. The group is faith based, but non-sectarian and is open and available to anyone who sees themselves in one of these times in their lives. The group meets at the Riverview Reformed Church building at 1700 Burleigh Street Yankton, on Monday evenings at 7:00 PM, and will meet for nine weeks. If you would like more information or to register, please call the Family Education and Counseling Center 605-260-9284, or look on our website at www.feccinc.com.

Tuesday, September 15
Time Management Workshop presented by Southeast South Dakota SHRM – 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; KPI Training Center; 700 West 21st St.; Yankton. Contact: Bridget Benson; SESDSHRM Chapter President; (605) 665-4425; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Wednesday, September 16
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Saturday, September 19
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.

Monday, September 21
Discussion on “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger – 3:30 p.m.; Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. Meet and greet with William Kent Krueger – 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Raziel’s in downtown Vermillion. Presentation by William Kent Krueger – 7 p.m.; Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. “Ordinary Grace” is South Dakota’s 2015 One Book.

Wednesday, September 23
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Saturday, September 26
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.

Wednesday, September 30
Farmers Market – 8 a.m.; Yankton Mall parking lot, west of Fryn’ Pan.

Saturday, October 3
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.

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

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.

Tuesday, October 13
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Iowa News

Officials investigate death of Iowa man found by motorcycle
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a western Iowa man found near a motorcycle. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says the body of 52-year-old Albert J. Giramonti, of Crescent, was found Tuesday morning in a ditch north of Council Bluffs. Authorities believe Giramonti was driving the motorcycle when he lost control on the gravel road and left the roadway. There was a helmet at the scene but authorities can't verify whether he was wearing it prior to the crash. Giramonti's wife reported him missing on Sunday. An autopsy has been scheduled.

Iowa bird flu disaster declaration extended to Aug. 30
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has extended a state of disaster emergency through Aug. 30 in response to the bird flu outbreak in the state. The declaration Tuesday is the third extension of the original disaster proclamation. It otherwise would have expired Friday. The virus has infected more than 31.5 million birds in Iowa, mostly egg-laying chickens, making the state the hardest hit in the nation. Branstad's declaration activates disaster response programs, allows the use of state supplies and makes other efforts to speed response efforts. Branstad says disposal of dead birds and disinfection of barns has been completed and turkey farms are expected to be ready for restocking by the end of August. Some chicken operations may be ready for new birds in September.

Ex-Iowa field hockey coach files state civil rights action
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former field hockey coach who was fired at the University of Iowa last year has filed a state civil rights complaint. Tracey Griesbaum's action is a step toward filing a lawsuit. Her attorney, Tom Newkirk, told the newspaper that he and Griesbaum have exhausted efforts "to get the university to investigate and remedy this without a lawsuit." Griesbaum has said gender bias under athletics director Gary Barta led to her firing. University spokeswoman Jeneane Beck said Monday the university will cooperate with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission investigation. The university has said Barta's decision to fire Griesbaum was not related to gender, but tied to an investigation into player complaints against her.

UI plans to upgrade Kinnick, add student housing
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa says it wants to spend up to $45 million on improvements to Kinnick Stadium and about $85 million on a student-housing project. The university outlined plans for the new projects in a document sent to the Board of Regents. The UI will provide more detail at a regents meeting next week. The university outlined plans to spend $35 million to $45 million on renovations to the stadium, focused on the north end zone. Improvements would include new suites, restroom upgrades and expanded food options. The UI also wants to spend about $85 million on a student-housing project near the athletic complex that would be financed through athletic department and dormitory revenue bonds.

Weeks after escape, inmates at Iowa prison still on lockdown
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Inmates at Iowa's maximum-security prison are still facing tight security measures that were imposed after a dangerous felon managed to escape three weeks ago. Inmates at the Iowa State Penitentiary remain on restricted movement status, which means they are confined to their cells for the vast majority of the time. Prison officials imposed the lockdown July 5, after inmate Justin Kestner escaped from one of the state's highest-security cells. He was captured several hours later in Illinois. Penitentiary spokeswoman Rebecca Bowker says the restricted movement will remain in place "per security concerns and operational needs" but didn't elaborate. A notice on the prison's website says visitors will not be allowed from July 31 through Aug. 3. Iowa ombudsman Ruth Cooperrider says she wants an explanation for the ongoing security crackdown.

USDA expects to pay farmers $191 million for bird flu losses
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says that's in addition to the nearly $400 million spent on cleaning up dead birds and disinfecting barns. The government also is paying to research and stockpile a bird flu vaccine. Vilsack spoke Tuesday at a bird flu conference in Des Moines where the poultry industry is talking about how to better respond if the disease returns. Hardest hit by the outbreak this spring were Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. Vilsack says the USDA is preparing for recurrence of the virus spread by wild migrating birds and plans to ask Congress to consider a poultry disaster program similar to one that exists for livestock producers.

Man behind raptor center and famed eagle cam has died
DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — The man behind the famed eagle cam in northeast Iowa has died. Scott Fjelstul (FEHL-stool) of Fjelstul Funeral Home said Tuesday that Bob Anderson died Monday at a hospital in Decorah (deh-KOR'-uh). Anderson was 64. Fjelstul would not provide the cause of death. Anderson was executive director and the guiding force behind the Raptor Resource Project. The project installed its first camera in the eagle nest in 2007. The live video feed showed a nest 80 feet up in a tree overlooking the Decorah Fish Hatchery. The organization says more than 200 million views of the website were made in 2011 from people in 184 countries. Organization officials say Anderson was proud of his efforts with the Decorah eagles, but "his heart was truly in his peregrine falcon recovery work."

Waterloo building owner flies Irish, US flags to mark event
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a downtown Waterloo building has figured out how to celebrate a local Irish festival without offending veterans and others. Last year, Donna Nelson upset some people when she replaced a large American flag atop the downtown Black's Building with an Irish flag to mark the Iowa Irish Fest. This year, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1Mt188e ) Nelson installed 24 Irish flags Monday around the roof's edge but kept the American flag flying above them. Besides celebrating the festival, Nelson says she wanted to honor Irish immigrant James Black, who constructed the downtown building a century ago and which still bears his name. Nelson says she was relieved when Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark called her soon after the flags went up to say they looked great.

Council gives Sioux City mansion another reprieve
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The City Council has given another demolition reprieve to a 125-year-old home in Sioux City's historic Rose Hill district. The council voted on Monday to give Jim Gengler the extra time to either repair or sell the home. It was flagged by the city in August 2013 for severe rot and other structural issues. This past February the council gave Salvador Carrasco 150 days to at least make significant progress on renovations. City records say he has not. On Monday Gengler told the council that he's bought the home from Carrasco.

3 percent Iowa tuition hike proposed for spring semester
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Undergraduate students at Iowa's three public universities may have to pay $100 more for tuition next spring. The Iowa Board of Regents released a proposal Tuesday for a 3 percent tuition increase to go into effect for the spring 2016 semester. The board will discuss the increase next week and is expected to vote in September. The increase would mean that full-time undergraduate resident students at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa would pay $100 more. The proposal says that lawmakers only gave the schools a $6.5 million base budget increase, far less than the regents requested. Earlier this month, Gov. Terry Branstad vetoed an additional $6.2 million in one-time funding for the schools that had been approved by lawmakers.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press

Nebraska News

Omaha Tribe member gets prison on sexual abuse charge
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska has been sentenced to more than three years in prison on a sexual abuse charge involving a 9-year-old girl. U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg in Nebraska says 23-year-old Lawrence Merrick, Jr., of Winnebago, was sentenced Friday to 37 months in prison on a charge of abusive sexual contact with a child. He was ordered to serve five years of supervised release and to register as a sex offender. Merrick is accused of entering a residence at the Winnebago Reservation in April 2014 and rubbing the buttocks of a 9-year-old girl who was sleeping. The girl woke up and told her mother while Merrick fled the home.

Friends, family help 13-year-old pull off backyard musical
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Family, friends and other young children helped a 13-year-old Lincoln boy with a passion for musical theater pull off a production of "Shrek: The Musical" this weekend on a backyard stage. Last summer, around 70 people attended a play that Dylan Lawrence and several friends put together at his home. Friends of Dylan's parents attended the show and decided to offer up their backyard to Dylan as a place for him to direct larger productions. That space in Lincoln is now called The Backyard Theatre. Dylan says he spent around 10 months working on his latest show. Although he had help with building the sets for the musical, the creativity and all major decisions were his.

Former worker helps at Omaha museum's replica grocery store
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 79-year-old Omaha man who used to work at Buffett & Son grocery in the 1950s is sharing tales of his high school job with visitors at the Durham Museum's replica of the old store. Hal Capps volunteers at the museum and makes appearances during special events and tours. He says he enjoys being able to once again put on his butcher's apron and step behind the counter. On a recent afternoon, Capps hosted two dozen students from Millard Children's Academy while they were on a field trip. The children gathered at the grocery counter while Capps pointed out the difference between today's supermarkets and the neighborhood grocery stores of times past. He showed off the store's equipment, including an old-fashioned cash register and a sliding ladder.

Number of groups hiring Nebraska lobbyists reaches new high
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says more groups than ever are turning to lobbyists to try to exert influence in the Nebraska Legislature, but spending on specific lawmakers remains difficult to track. Common Cause Nebraska said in a report Tuesday that the number of groups hiring lobbyists rose to a record-high 527 this year, up from 506 in 2014. The report says groups spent nearly $14.1 million last year, most of which went to lobbyists. Common Cause Nebraska says tracking perks such as food, golf outings and event tickets is difficult because they're all categorized as entertainment. Jack Gould, the group's issues chairman, says money spent by the groups can't be tracked to specific events or recipients. The report was compiled from lobbyist disclosures filed with the Legislature.

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