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Friday, November 20

Avera Wellness Center - Yankton - Closing at 5 p.m.

Calvary Kids Preschool - Yankton - Closed

Center for Children and Families - Vermillion - Closed

Clay County Courthouse - Vermillion - Closed

Crofton - Closed

ESU #1 - Wakefield - Closed

Hartington Candlelight Christmas - Postponed to Monday

Hartington-Newcastle - Closed

Irene-Wakonda - Closed

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry - Tyndall - Postponed to Sunday

Missouri Valley Christian Academy - Yankton - Closed

Niobrara - Closed

RTEC/Technical Education Center - Yankton - Closed

Saint Agnes - Vermillion - Closed

Sacred Heart Schools - Yankton - Closed

Santee - Closed

Tripp-Delmont - Closed

Vermillion - Closed

Vermillion Driver's License Office - Closing at 3 p.m.

Wausa - Closed

Yankton - Closed

Yankton Senior Center - Closed (No Bingo Tonight)

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Local News

November 28, 2015
FDA Approves New Food Safety Rules, Nebraska Facing Large Budget Shortfall
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November 27, 2015
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Promotes Christmas at the Capitol, South Dakota Department of Transportation Warns Against Snow Dumping
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November 27, 2015 - Pier's Points


November 25, 2015
Nebraska Roads Department Puts Highway 12 Around Niobrara on Hold, Miscalculations Found in Nebraska Prison Sentences
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November 25, 2015 - Pier's Points


November 24, 2015
Yankton City Commission Moves Forward on Downtown Facade Grants, Iowa Well Behind Typical Egg Production
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November 24, 2015 - Pier's Points


November 23, 2015
American Education Week Celebrated, Settlement Reached in Higher Education Lawsuit
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November 23, 2015 - Pier's Points


November 20, 2015
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Set To Open New Dialysis Unit, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Hopes To Keep EB-5
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November 20, 2015 - Pier's Points


November 19, 2015
Mike Durfee State Prison Working With Shelter Dogs, TransCanada Withdraws Application to Nebraska For Keystone XL Pipeline
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November 18, 2015
Yankton Receives Visit From State Chamber President, Governor Daugaard Could Seek Medicaid Expansion
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November 17, 2015
Vermillion City Council Receives Update on Pool Project, Nebraska Continues Death Penalty Argument
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November 17, 2015 - Pier's Points


November 16, 2015
Daugaard Promotes National Career Readiness Certificate, YHS Band Set to Perform in Orlando
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November 16, 2015 - Pier's Points


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• South Dakota is paying a bonus to members of the Armed Forces who were legal residents of the state for no less than six months immediately preceding their period of active duty and who served on active duty during one or more of the following periods.
1. August 2, 1990 to March 3, 1991 – All active service counts for payment.
2. March 4, 1991 to December 31, 1992 – Only service in a hostile area qualifying for the Southwest Asia Service Medal counts for payment.
3. January 1, 1993 to September 10, 2001 – Only service in a hostile area qualifying for any United States campaign or service medal awarded for combat operations against hostile forces counts for payment.
4. September 11, 2001 to a date to be determined – All active service counts for payment.
Veterans with qualifying service from Aug 2, 1990 to Dec 31, 1992 [Desert Storm] may receive one bonus of up to $500.00. Veterans with qualifying service after Jan 1, 1993 may receive another bonus of up to $500.00. Active Duty for training is not allowed for Bonus purposes. Only federal active duty is applicable for bonus purposes. Applicants living outside of South Dakota may obtain an application by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please include your branch of the military and dates of service. If you do not have email you may request an application and instructions by writing SD Veterans Bonus, 425 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501-5070 or by calling 605-773-7251. Applicants living in South Dakota may apply through the nearest County or Tribal Veterans Service Officer.

• After Thursday, November 5, 2015, the City of Yankton landfill will be officially closed on Monday and Thursday evenings for the winter season. Residents will still be allowed to drop off their yard waste at the landfill during regular business hours, which are from 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM Monday through Saturday.

• In keeping with the season of giving, the Edith B. Siegrist Public Library is pleased to share its intention to offer amnesty to patrons owing fines in the month of December, in exchange for donations of personal care items. The “Forgiving for Giving” campaign will officially kick-off during our annual Holiday Open House, on Friday, December 4th, following the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company’s Downtown Parade of Lights, at approximately 7 pm.

• The City of Yankton would like to remind residents that pumpkins, apples or any other type of garden waste cannot be placed curbside for pickup. If any of these items are with your weekly trash, they will not be picked up. All of the above items can be taken to the Transfer Station at 1200 W. 23rd Street, during regular business hours and grass nites at no charge. The hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 3:45 pm. The City of Yankton thanks the residents for their cooperation.

• The Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery and the Mount Marty College Music Department will present their annual Vespers performance on Sunday, December 6. The free performances will be held at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel on the Mount Marty College campus. Tickets to Vespers are free and space is limited to 500 people per performance. Tickets will be available starting on Monday, November 9, at noon at the Mount Marty College Pages Bookstore and the Sacred Heart Monastery Gift Shop. There is a limit of 6 tickets per person. This year’s Vespers performance is titled, "ad verbum illuminatum” (the illuminated word) and will feature music that reflects the text of the illuminations from the St. John's Bible. Under the direction of Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Kenneth Tice, the choirs of Mount Marty College will present the music of Tallis, Brahms, Thompson, Tin, Powell, and more, along with traditional Christmas carols. In addition, a special Prelude concert by the Mount Marty Choral Union will begin at 6:20 p.m. For questions or further information on Vespers, please contact Wyatt Yager, Director of Events and Outreach, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• Yankton’s Parks Advisory Board, Golf Advisory Board, City Commission, and City Staff would like to remind Yankton dog owners to be responsible, courteous, and to obey the local ordinance, 5-23-m, for dog waste. The ordinance states, “No owner within the city shall permit his or her dog to defecate on public or private property other than their own. If any animal does defecate upon public or private property, then the owner shall immediately and thoroughly clean the fecal material from such public or private property.” This would include fenced in ball fields, public parks, Fox Run Golf Course, the Meridian Bridge, and other people’s yards. Each dog's owner/handler is responsible for picking up and disposing of their dog's waste. This will help keep the park environments and other people’s property clean so that dogs, children and adults can play happy and healthy without stepping in unwanted waste. Pet waste left behind can transmit harmful diseases to other pets and children also. Dog feces is a common carrier for many diseases. Yankton’s Parks Advisory Board, Golf Advisory Board, City Commission, and City Staff believe dog owners should pick up their dog’s waste because:
1. It's a common courtesy. Only irresponsible dog owners leave their dog's waste for others to look at, step in or clean up. In addition to creating a foul odor, leaving your dog's waste encourages other dogs to mark that spot.
2. Dog waste is unhealthy to the animals, children, and adults who come into contact with it. Removing dog feces prevents infestation of your dog from exposure to infective worm eggs and larvae. Dog feces can transmit diseases from your dog to young children and adults who play or work in the park or yard when the dog feces is present.
3. Dog waste biodegrades slowly and is an issue after it rains.
4. Dog waste being left behind makes ALL dog owners look bad. Not picking up after your dog tops the list of complaints the City receives about dogs.
5. Your actions set example for others. Teach children and other family members how to properly clean up after a pet.
6. Are you a good neighbor dog owner? Dog feces and urine can result in lawn burn or dead patches. When it's your dog on your neighbor's lawn, it causes a great deal of hostility--toward you, and your dog.

• 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.


Wednesday, November 25 – Friday, November 27
No school for Yankton due to a conferences compensation day and the Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday, November 25 – Saturday, November 28
The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut, will close on Wednesday, November 25, at 5:00 p.m., for the Thanksgiving holiday and reopen on Saturday, November 28, at 9:00 a.m., with regular weekend hours.

Friday, November 27 – Saturday, November 28
On Friday and Saturday following the Thanksgiving holiday trains will be running at the Missouri Valley Model Railroad Club from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The location is in the basement of the old J. C. Penny’s building located on the Southeast corner of Cedar and Third Streets.

Friday, November 27
Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.; Kiwanis 4-H Ice Rink; 901 Whiting Drive; Yankton.

Yankton Clothing Closet closed due to Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 28 – Sunday, November 29
WJ Rach Cowboy Christmas – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Schiferls WJ Rach; 55659 892nd Road; Fordyce.

Saturday, November 28
Small Business Saturday – Remember to shop local!

Do you need help with basic computer skills, e-mail, Internet searches, Facebook, etc.? If so, the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, has just what you need! Students from the Yankton High School National Honor Society will be at the library two Saturdays per month to work with individuals who need assistance with computers. Registration is now open for sessions that take place on Saturday, November 28, from 1-3 p.m. Thirty minute time slots are available as one-on-one mini technology classes to anyone who registers. This service is free of charge, but anyone needing assistance must register ahead of time by calling or stopping in the library, giving us your contact information, and telling us what help you are seeking.

Coloring for Adults – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Community Library.

Holiday Pictures at the Mead – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Mead Museum; 126 Mead Street; Yankton.

Try Archery! – 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; NFAA Easton Archery Center; 800 Archery Lane; Yankton.

Sunday, November 29
Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.; Kiwanis 4-H Ice Rink; 901 Whiting Drive; Yankton.

Coloring for Adults – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Community Library.

Monday, November 30
Vermillion Curbside Recycling will not be collecting on Thursday, November 26 due to City Offices being closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Residents on the Thursday collection route will instead be picked up the following Monday, November 30th. If you have questions please call City Hall at 677-7050. Teen Advisory Board Meeting – 7 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Tuesday, December 1
Join Dakota Hospital Foundation and Sanford Vermillion as they host a farewell ceremony for the historic Dakota Hospital building and celebrate the future of health care in the community with the annual Tree of Lights event – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., farewell program at 5:30 p.m.; Sanford Vermillion; 20 S Plum Street; Vermillion.

Farewell to historic Dakota Hospital building – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. Farewell Program; Sanford Vermillion; 20 S Plum Street; Vermillion.

YHS Chorus and Orchestra Concert & Cookie Walk – 5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Summit Activities Center Theatre; 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

Sacred Heart Middle School Winter Concert – 7 p.m.; The Link; 504 Capitol Street; Yankton.

Wednesday, December 2
One Million Cups – 9 a.m.; Avera Professional Office Pavilion; 409 Summit Street; Yankton.

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”

THE CENTER - Travel with The Center to the Worthing Dinner Theater Thursday, December 3rd 5:00-11:00 pm to see “The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays.” $62.00 per person Cost includes: Transporation, Meal and Theater. For more information, please call The Center @ 605-665-4685.

YankTON Challenge Team Coordinators Meeting – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Czeckers Sports Bar & Grill; Yankton.

Bach’s Lunch – 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Trinity Lutheran Church; 403 Broadway Avenue; Yankton.

YMS Orchestra Concert – 7 p.m.; Yankton Middle School; 2000 Mulberry Street; Yankton.

Sacred Heart Elementary School Christmas Concert – 7 p.m.; Summit Activities Center Theatre; 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

Friday, December 4
Vermillion Parade of Lights – 6:30 p.m.; Downtown Vermillion.

The Gurney Landing Parade of Lights – 6 p.m.; Yankton.

Saturday, December 5
Mercy Meals is pleased to host Phillips, Craig, & Dean on Saturday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Yankton High School Theater. You are encouraged to come and experience this special night of praise and worship to bring in the Christmas Season. Tickets are $22 and are available at The Carpenter’s Shop, Clark’s Rental, and Rexall Drug or you may purchase online at All proceeds will help support Mercy Meals’ annual meal pack at Mike Durfee State Prison. Last year 250 inmates and volunteers packed over 60,000 meals.

When the ground outside has turned white, and the holiday shopping is a fright, bring the kids to our event. It will be a night for all well spent! The Yankton Community Library and the Recreation Department are sponsoring a Parents’ Night Out on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. for boys and girls 6 to 12 years of age, at the Summit Activities Center. Participants will make craft projects, eat pizza, play organized games in the gym, and take a swim in the SAC pool. Cost for the program is $5.00 per child. Registration forms are available at the Summit Activities Center or the Yankton Community Library. A limited number of scholarships will be available for this program. The registration deadline is Friday, December 4. Registration forms and payment should be turned in at the Library. For additional information, call (605) 668-5275, (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Yankton Library at 515 Walnut Street or Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street.

Let yourself be “Touched by the Sounds of Advent,” as music, silence, prayer and presentations speak to your heart and embrace you in the gentle sounds and powerful scriptures of the Advent season. This offering, led by staff members of the Benedictine Peace Center, is open to men and women of all faiths. It is held at Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton, on Saturday, December 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. The suggested donation is $15. For more information, go to, then to the Opportunities and Events page, or call 605-668-6292 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please register by December 2.

Corps of Discovery Welcome Center – A Taste of Christmas! 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Welcome Center; 89705 Hwy 81; Crofton.

Tuesday, December 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital; Yankton.

Unplug, Unwind, Craft – 6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton.

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

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”

Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 13
The Cramer-Kenyon Board of Directors issues an invitation to the community to attend the 2015 Holiday Tours and Open Houses at the historic Eastlake Stick Style home at 509 Pine Street in Yankton. There is no admission price for the annual event; however, donations will be gratefully accepted. A preview of the interior indicates that traditional decorative elements will be found on the main floor of the beautiful Victorian home, mingling with priceless mementoes from both the Cramer and Kenyon families. Dates and times will be Friday evening, December 11 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Saturday December 12 and Sunday December 13, both from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Visitors will be served a beverage and home-made cookies as they enjoy the holiday atmosphere. Children are welcome but good behavior is expected. No reservations are needed; you may enter from the front of the home at 509 Pine Street or park in the lot behind the home and enter through the kitchen. That entrance has a “lift” to enable those who have difficulty walking to ride up the stairs. Board members will greet you. PLEASE bring your cameras. The Home is always camera-ready. In addition to the holiday atmosphere, the Board will be pleased to introduce visitors to the present Curator of the home, Veronica Trezona, who has added her own special touch to the home’s atmosphere. Holiday time is memory-making time and the Board hopes that your memories will include the Open House at 509 Pine Street. We’ll be waiting for you and hope that we won’t be disappointed.

Saturday, December 12
The Christmas Store – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Riverview Reformed Church; 1700 Burleigh Street; Yankton. Children in grades Jr-Kindergarten through 5th grade may choose FREE Christmas gifts for their immediate family.

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

Tuesday, December 15
Ted and Alice Miller on South Dakota Public Television’s NO COVER, NO MINIMUM – Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; SDPB Studios, Vermillion.

Wednesday, December 16
Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers – 7:30 p.m.; Summit Activities Center Theater.

Saturday, December 18
Teen Christmas Party – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Thursday, December 31
THE CENTER - Come to The Center to celebrate New Year's Eve, Thursday, December 31st from 7-11 pm. Dance to live music from The Bumble Bees and enjoy dinner. Members $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Non-members $9 in advance and $10 at the door.

Monday, January 4
Yankton Challenge Kickoff Wellness Expo – 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Avera Pavilion; 501 Summit; Yankton.

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

Icy weather expected in Nebraska, Iowa on Thanksgiving Day
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Weather officials say freezing rain moving through parts of Nebraska and Iowa could produce ice accumulations and snow late on Thanksgiving Day. The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning was in effect Thursday for portions of east central Nebraska, southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Officials say they expect significant icing and wind to result in power outages and dangerous traveling conditions overnight. The snow is expected to end by early Friday.

Judge recommends Iowa throw out 1of 4 Medicaid contracts
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An administrative law judge has recommended Iowa throw out one of four contracts awarded to private companies set to take over the state's Medicaid program in January. Judge Christie Scase says in a ruling Wednesday that Iowa should reverse its contract with Florida-based WellCare. The Des Moines Register reports the ruling is considered a "proposed decision." It's unclear how it will affect plans to let WellCare and three other companies run Iowa's $4.2 billion Medicaid program for the poor and disabled. The ruling says WellCare should have disclosed information early to state officials about fraud or mismanagement involving former executives. WellCare officials said in a statement it will challenge the ruling. Governor Terry Branstad said in a statement Wednesday his office is working to ensure things remain on schedule.

Refurbished snowflakes gracing Fort Dodge light poles
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Giant snowflakes have been refreshed and now grace light poles along six bridges in Fort Dodge. The Messenger reports that 80 of the refurbished holiday decorations were installed Tuesday morning. Inmates at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility joined several local organizations in the effort. They used 6,000 feet of electrical cord and 7,200 LED light bulbs for their work, which included stripping off the old garland. The workers welded any areas that needed repair, sandblasted the metal framework and then primed and painted before putting on the wiring and lights. An anonymous donor paid for the supplies.

Missing therapy horse found about a mile from Iowa home
COLFAX, Iowa (AP) — The Jasper County Sheriff's Office says a therapy horse missing since last week has been found. Denise Carroll told Des Moines television station KCCI that her family's horse, Buddy, was found Wednesday by Tom Colvin, executive director at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Colvin spotted Buddy in a field about a mile from the Carrolls' home. Carroll says Buddy was donated to help her and her husband and their children. The Carrolls care for several foster children with special needs.

Iowa man accused of starting fire that damaged 3 vehicles
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A man has been arrested on suspicion of starting a fire in Cedar Falls that damaged three vehicles and a shed. Cedar Falls police say 30-year-old Nicholas Matthew Kollasch was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree arson and first-degree criminal mischief. Court records do not list an attorney. Police say fire officials responded early Thursday to a report of a vehicle on fire. Authorities found three vehicles and a nearby shed on fire. All three vehicles were completely destroyed and authorities considered the fire suspicious. Kollasch of Cedar Falls was arrested a short time later.

Man suffers gunshot wound to head in central Iowa
LAUREL, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating what's been reported as an accidental shooting of a man in central Iowa. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports that deputies were notified about the shooting around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in Laurel. The man was taken to a Marshalltown hospital and then flown to a trauma center in Des Moines. His name hasn't been released. Chief Deputy Steve Hoffman of the Marshall County Sheriff's Office says three people who were in the house when the man was shot are cooperating with investigators.

Iowa teacher takes plea deal, gets probation
FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) — A North Iowa Community School District kindergarten teacher accused of inappropriately touching a child has taken a plea deal. Online court records say 62-year-old Allen Twait, of Forest City, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to assault causing injury or mental illness. He originally was charged with lascivious acts with a child and indecent contact with a child. He was sentenced to two years of probation and fined $315. Twait also was granted a deferred judgment, which means his crime will be removed from his record if he successfully completes probation. A criminal complaint alleges Twait fondled a child under 14 last February, but that the incident was not alleged to have occurred at the school where Twait worked. Twait was placed on administrative leave after he was charged.

Man accused of burglarizing homes in Iowa City
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man has been charged in connection to the theft of jewelry and electronics in at least two homes in Iowa City. Iowa City police say 22-year-old Bruno Campos Felipe was arrested Wednesday night. He faces first-degree and third-degree theft. Court records do not list an attorney. Authorities say a recent search warrant of Campos Felipe's home produced evidence linking him and another friend to several residential burglaries. One reported in June involved the theft of a video game console. Another reported in September involved the theft of a wedding ring valued at more than $8,000. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports Campos Felipe told authorities he pawned some of the stolen items but he denied stealing them.

Judge says 3 men must pay for defrauding northern Iowa bank
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former bank vice president and two accomplices have been sentenced for defrauding a bank in northern Iowa. Sixty-two-year-old Richard Jones, of Emmetsburg, 68-year-old Michael Manning, of Milford, and 37-year-old Aric Manning, of Phoenix, were sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. Prosecutors say that from November 2003 to March 2010, Jones used his position at Iowa Trust and Savings Bank to forge customers' signatures on fraudulent loan documents and direct nearly $476,000 to the Mannings and two other people. Jones was sentenced to 14 months in prison and told to pay more than $207,000 in restitution. Aric Manning was given a year and ordered to pay more than $58,000 in restitution. Michael Manning was sentenced to a day and ordered to pay nearly $27,500 in restitution.

No. 25 Iowa women defeat Wright State 83-77
CEDAR PARK, Texas (AP) — Chase Coley scored a career-high 22 points and Number 25 Iowa beat Wright State 83-77 on Thursday at the Lone Star Showcase. Coley was 11 of 16 from the floor and Alexa Kastanek was 6 of 9 from 3-point range for all 18 of her points. The Hawkeyes shot 49 percent to the Raiders' 34 percent in Cedar Park, outside Austin, Texas. Kim Demmings had 28 points but was only 1 of 9 from 3-point range. Emily Vogelpohl added 15 points while Antania Hayes had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Richelle van der Keijl 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Raiders (4-2) led by five in the second quarter before they were outscored 32-6, leaving the Hawkeyes ahead 51-30. Wright State was within 80-77 with a minute left but Demmings missed a long 3-pointer and Whitney Jennings made three free throws. Iowa is 5-0 for the second straight season and ninth time in program history.

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Nebraska News

Icy weather expected in Nebraska, Iowa on Thanksgiving Day
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Weather officials say freezing rain moving through parts of Nebraska and Iowa could produce ice accumulations and snow late on Thanksgiving Day. The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning was in effect Thursday for portions of east central Nebraska, southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Officials say they expect significant icing and wind to result in power outages and dangerous traveling conditions overnight. The snow is expected to end by early Friday.

Minden celebrating 100th anniversary of Christmas lights
MINDEN, Neb. (AP) — Minden will begin its monthlong celebration of its Christmas lights when switches are flipped at dusk on Friday. The Kearney Hub reports that Minden city and tourism officials have been planning the 100th anniversary celebration for more than a year. Minden Mayor Ted Griess says the 100-year tradition is "something the community can boast about." The tradition began in 1915, when the Grand Army of the Republic, a Civil War veterans organization, planned its annual encampment in Minden. Residents wanted lights strung around the town square and north for two blocks to the city auditorium to welcome the organization members. Minden was declared Nebraska's Christmas City in 1996 by then Governor Ben Nelson.

Authorities: Ex-lawmaker Howard Lamb died after collision
BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a former state senator has died after his pickup collided with a semitrailer near Broken Bow in central Nebraska. Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow says Howard Lamb, of Anselmo, died at a Kearney hospital on Tuesday. He was 91. The accident occurred around 1:15 p.m. Monday, about a mile south of Broken Bow on Nebraska Highway 21. Custer County Sheriff Dan Osmond says Lamb was driving on the highway when he tried to turn into a private driveway but collided with the oncoming big rig. Lamb was taken to Broken Bow for treatment and then flown to CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. The semitrailer driver wasn't injured. Lamb served in the Nebraska Legislature from 1977 to 1993.

Man suspected of firing shots during chase still sought
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Authorities are still searching for a man who may have fired his weapon at a pursuing officer in Grand Island. The incident occurred around 9:45 p.m. Monday at a McDonald's restaurant on West Second Street. Police say the officer had been dispatched to the restaurant to remove a sleeping man. But when the officer arrived he came upon the man holding the gun on another man. Police Capt. Dean Elliott says the officer and witnesses reported hearing shots as the man ran off upon seeing the officer. Elliott says it's not known whether the man had aimed at the officer. Elliott also says police have had previous contacts with the man. Sergeant Bud Edwards said Thursday that the man had not been found. His name hasn't been released.

Omaha man gets 80-130 years for kidnapping, brutal assault
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man has been given 80 to 130 years in prison for raping, kidnapping and savagely attacking a woman over her boyfriend's debt. Thirty-three-year-old Ronald Ford Junior was sentenced on Wednesday. He and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Shavontae Green, were convicted for the attack on the 38-year-old woman. Green was sentenced Tuesday. Authorities say Ford was upset because the woman's boyfriend owed Ford money for a laptop computer. Ford and Green went to the boyfriend's house in January but found only the woman there. She was beaten, and then they kidnapped her and took her to their home. Prosecutors say the woman was beaten again, sexually assaulted, burned with a cigarette, whipped with a chain, doused with boiling water and splashed with bleach.

Lincoln man's magazine gives inmates an outlet
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Tommy Redd has never served a prison sentence, but he has seen the effect of prison sentences on inmates through their art and writings. He told the Lincoln Journal Star that the inmates "are starving for a way to voice their opinions." He's giving them that chance. He's CEO of Unboxed, a magazine of collected life stories expressed through art, letters, poems and writings sent from prisons. Redd works at the Food Bank of Lincoln as a distribution center assistant, and he puts out the magazine on his own time. The first issue of 1,500 copies came out in June 2014 and was sent to more than 1,100 penal institutions.

Scottsbluff man accused of abusing infant son
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — A Scottsbluff man whose infant son has been hospitalized is charged with intentional child abuse The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that Jahad Clarke was arrested Monday. His attorney didn't immediately return a message Thursday from The Associated Press, seeking comment on Clarke's behalf. Court records show Clarke will turn 23 on Friday. Police and medics were sent to Clarke's home on Monday because his 4-month-old boy was not breathing. The boy was taken to a local hospital and then flown to Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. Clarke initially reported that the boy had fallen off a couch while the boy's mother was at work. But Clarke later said that while he was holding the baby over his head, he accidentally dropped him to a floor.

Ruled competent for trial, man takes deal in stabbing case
SCHUYLER, Neb. (AP) — A Schuyler man ruled competent for trial has taken a plea deal and been convicted of attempted murder for stabbing a woman. The Columbus Telegram reports that 43-year-old Amauri Herrera-Alvarez pleaded no contest on Wednesday in Colfax County District Court. Prosecutors dropped a weapons charge in exchange for his plea. His sentencing is set for February 3rd. Prosecutors say the incident was discovered on November 2nd, 2014, outside a Schuyler apartment building. An officer cut a rope Herrera-Alvarez was using to hang himself from a tree. Inside the building they found the injured woman, who was in a relationship with Herrera-Alvarez. Herrera-Alvarez intended to plead not guilty by reason of insanity but eventually was found competent to stand trial.

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