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Local News

December 22, 2014
Yankton City Commission Looks To 2015, Nebraska Governor Heineman Looks To The Future
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December 22, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

December 20, 2014
Daugaard Announces Investments In South Dakota Railroad Infrastructure, Daugaard To Push For More Drug Courts
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December 19, 2014
Public Utilities Commission To Hold Dakota Access Pipeline Meetings, Protest Permit Granted In Rapid City
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December 19, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

December 18, 2014
Sanford And South Dakota Team For Scholarships, Rapid City Protest March Denied
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December 18, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

December 17, 2014
Local Contractors Seek Yankton County Jobs, South Dakota Gas Prices
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December 17, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

December 16, 2014
Vermillion City Engineer Jose Dominguez Reports On Intersection Of Main, Center And Court Streets; South Dakota Democratic Party Has New Leadership
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December 16, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

December 15, 2014
Vermillion City Council Preview, South Dakota Magazine Releases New Book
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December 15, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

December 13, 2014
Mike Johanns Gives Senate Floor Farewell, Health Insurance Coverage Deadline Approaching
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December 12, 2014
Tim Johnson Gives Senate Floor Farewell, Mike Rounds Names Staff Members
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December 12, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

December 11, 2014
Thune Comments On EPA And 2016 Election, Sacred Heart Hospital Named Top Performer
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December 11, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

December 10, 2014
Yankton County Commission Delays Fleeg's Bridge Work, Greg Ibach Retained As Nebraska Director Of Agriculture, South Dakota National Guard Medal For Valor Presented
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December 10, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

December 9, 2014
Mike Stevens and Bernie Hunhoff Address Yankton School Board, Payday Lending To Be A Focus In Legislature
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December 9, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

December 8, 2014
Yankton City Commission Meeting Preview, Yankton Downtown Parking Advisory Committee
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December 8, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

December 6, 2014
Elijah Wergin Eagle Scout Project, South Dakota State Oral Interpretation Contest
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December 5, 2014
South Dakota Chamber Of Commerce President Randy Owen, South Dakota Justice Department Revenue
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December 5, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

December 4, 2014
Power River Training Complex Close To Expansion, South Dakota Joins Immigration Lawsuit, South Dakotans Comment To The EPA
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December 4, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

December 3, 2014
Yankton County Commission Hears From State Auditor And County Highway Department
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December 3, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

December 2, 2014
Vermillion City Council Discusses Liquor Licenses And Surplus Property, Nebraska State Patrol Enforcement Statistics
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December 2, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

December 1, 2014
Sanford Tree Of Lights And Wreath Auction, Wagner Fatal Crash, Bo Pelini Fired
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November 29, 2014
South Dakota Governor Daugaard Holiday Wishes, Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns Holiday Wishes
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November 28, 2014
Downtown Parking Debate In Yankton, Proposed Iowa Oil Pipeline, South Dakota Rail Traffic
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November 28, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 26, 2014
Iowa State Scientist Visits Yankton and Tyndall, South Dakota Gas Prices
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November 26, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

November 25, 2014
Naming Rights To Yankton Baseball Field, Yankton School Resource Officer
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November 25, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• HOLIDAY HOURS - The Yankton Community Library will close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23, and reopen on Friday, December 26, at 9 a.m. The library will close on Wednesday, December 31, at 5 p.m. and reopen on Friday, January 2, at 9 a.m. The library board and staff wishes everyone a happy holiday season. For further information, call the library at (605) 668-5276.

• The Christmas Tree collection site in Vermillion is open from December 12th to January 18th and accepts real trees. The site is located on the south side of Broadway Street just west of Dakota Street. Please remove any plastic that you might wrap the tree in for transporting.

• AAA South Dakota will offer its Tipsy Tow community service for year-end holiday partiers this year. The innovative program gives intoxicated drivers an option to getting behind the wheel and taking a chance on the road. Anyone, AAA member or not, can call for a free Tipsy Tow ride for themselves and their vehicle from 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 to 4 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. Tipsy Tow is available in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Mitchell and Yankton at no charge, no questions asked.
Confidential local ride within a 15-mile radius from point of pick-up,
AAA’s service vehicle will take the driver and up to one more person, and their car, home,
Free and available to both AAA members and nonmembers,
South Dakota motorists should call 800-AAA-HELP (800-222-4357) and make sure they ask for Tipsy Tow.

• HOLIDAY HOURS - The Summit Activities Center extended swim and holiday hours are as follows:
December 24
5 a.m. – 2 p.m.
No Fitness Classes
December 25
CLOSED – Merry Christmas!
December 26
8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
No School Special 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
No Fitness Classes
December 29
No School Special 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
December 30
No School Special 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
December 31
5 a.m. – 5 p.m.
No School Special 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
No Fitness Classes
January 1
12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
No School Special 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
No Fitness Classes
January 2
Free Optimists Swim & Gym 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

• The Summit Activities Center will be offering American Red Cross Swimming Lessons this winter. The classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings and will run from Tuesday, January 20 through Thursday, February 19, 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, January 5, 2015 during normal business hours. Registration for the general public and online registration will begin Tuesday, January 6 at 11:00 a.m. Online registration is available through the City of Yankton website at www.cityofyankton.org.
5:15 – 5:50 p.m. Aqua Tots, Preschool, Level II, Level III
6:00 – 6:35 p.m. Aqua Tots, Preschool, Level I, Level II
6:45 – 7:20 p.m. Preschool, Level I, Level III, Level IV
7:30 – 8:05 p.m. Level I, Level II, Level III, and 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 Board of City Commissioners is seeking City of Yankton residents to serve on a Downtown Parking Advisory Committee. Interested citizens will work with members of the City Commission and City staff to analyze downtown parking regulation in the City of Yankton. Recommendations from the Downtown Parking Advisory Committee will be made to the City Commission to consider next steps. Anyone who is interested in serving on this committee should submit a letter of interest to the City Manager’s Office. The deadline for these inquiries is Monday, January 5, 2015.

City Manager’s Office
P.O. Box 176
Yankton, SD 57078

• Volunteer members of the South Dakota National Guard are organizing a winter clothing drive through the month of December 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 the most impoverished individuals who are in need of warm clothing this winter season. The clothing 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 items to any Army National Guard armory throughout the state or to the Air National Guard base in Sioux Falls by Dec. 31. Collected items will be delivered to a variety of local social service organizations in January for distribution to those in need. The all-volunteer effort to collect winter clothing items, while not an official function of the National Guard, is a welcome adjunct activity showcasing volunteers commitment to serve some of South Dakotas most needy people. See below for a complete list of armory locations to donate winter clothing items. For more information, please contact the local National Guard in your community.

Vermillion Armory
603 Princeton Street
Vermillion, SD 57069-0434
605-677-6787

Yankton Armory
204 West 31st Street
Yankton, SD 57078-0071
605-688-3045

• The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) provides a variety of workforce training services for both youth and adult job seekers. “The workforce training program is an important element in developing and growing South Dakota’s workforce,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman. “Proper training leads to better jobs, which helps our state’s workforce and economy.” DLR workforce experts can help job seekers by offering career exploration, on-the-job training and tuition assistance. This opens up opportunities for career advancement and improved quality of life. The workforce training program also helps individuals improve their basic math and reading skills through preparation for GED® testing and the National Career Readiness Certificate. “We strive to help both youth and adults with career planning and guidance, and to understand the expectations of employers,” said Secretary Hultman. In the last program year, more than 300 individuals used the workforce training program to help cover class tuition for accounting, bio-medical, diesel technology, financial services, surgical technician and many other occupations. A list of local office locations and contact information can be found at www.sdjobs.org/localoffices.

• The Summit Activities Center is offering a Tiny Tots Play Club through the winter months Monday through Friday mornings from 9 a.m. -11 a.m. Join them for a place where preschool children and their grown-ups can shake off those cooped-up blues in the gym area with toys and equipment that will promote physical activity and most importantly FUN. Cost for play time in the gym is $1 per preschooler. Members of the Summit Activities Center are free. For further information, please stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit in Yankton or call (605) 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on their Facebook page.

• The first snowfall of the year is a good reminder that many members of our community rely on clear sidewalks to get to and from school and work. If you have public sidewalks at your home or business please make arrangements for snow and ice removal within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. Snow removed from driveways, sidewalks or parking lots should not be placed in the street. Contact the City of Yankton at (605) 668-5251 for more information.

• The Salvation Army in Yankton will soon be ringing bells at local businesses in Yankton. 90% of all funds raised locally are used to provide temporary, emergency assistance to local residents and transients in Yankton. YOU can make a difference in the lives of those in need either by donating when you see a “Red Kettle” or by volunteering to staff a Kettle at a Walmart or Hyvee. We are looking for individuals, Families, Service Clubs, Church Groups, Youth Groups who would be willing to help a couple of hours during this holiday season. If you are interested in bell ringing or have questions about the Salvation Army in Yankton, call Carol at (605) 661-5153.

• Check Into Cash located at 2007 Broadway Suite D is now accepting donations for River city Domestic Violence Center. You can drop off at any time non-perishable foods, new pillows, diaper/wipes, cleaning supplies, shampoo/conditioner/body wash, paper products and disposable zip-lock containers. Store hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

• Mentors needed - Vermillion now has 7 children seeking mentors. Volunteers spend 2 hours/week with their match, and the program benefits both adults and youth. There are boys and girls in a wide age range, and no extra skills are needed, just a caring attitude. Please contact John Gille at (605) 421-5050, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or apply online at http://www.clay-unionfoundation.org/ to be a mentor. More information is also on the website. Year-end donations to the program , which are fully tax deductible, may be mailed to P.O. Box 665, Elk Point, SD 57025.

• OSHA reminds workers and employers of the need for common sense and care when it comes to safety. Get information on how to report unsafe workplaces. Call the OSHA hotline at (800) 321-6742.

• Traveling but concerned about road conditions? Use this link to get information or call 511 (in South Dakota).

• Are you planning an event, conference or local sports tournament in the Yankton area? Add it to the Yankton area web calendar for 2014. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online submissions.

• Want to help others as a volunteer? This one-stop spot from United Way of Vermillion can help you find opportunities.

• 211 is an information and crisis helpline that provides resource information on non-profit, social service, and government programs, along with providing crisis intervention services. It is available anytime, day or night, from anywhere in Yankton or Bon Homme counties. More information available at helplinecenter.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2014

Tuesday, December 2 – Tuesday, December 23
A stunning Fontanini Bethlehem Village consisting of over 400 pieces that was donated to Mount Marty College will be on display beginning December 2 throughout the Advent season. The village can be viewed in the MMC Boardroom, located in the Scholastica Learning Center (SLC), Tuesday, December 2 through Thursday, December 4 and then Monday, December 8th through Tuesday December 23 from 2-6 PM. Special weekend viewings will also be available December 13-14 and 20-21 from 1-4 PM. The public is welcomed to view the village at no cost.

Thursday, December 18 – Tuesday, December 23
Crimson Door Holiday Show – G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery; 508 Douglas Avenue; Yankton. For more information, call (605) 665-9754.

Monday, December 22
Yankton Community Blood Drive – 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.; JoDean’s Steakhouse; 2809 Broadway; Yankton. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call (800) 287-4903.

Al-Anon meeting – 7:30 p.m.; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; Vermillion. For more information, call (605) 624-9764.

Yankton High School Band Holiday Concert – 7 p.m. – Yankton High School Theatre.

Tuesday, December 23
Yankton Community Blood Drive – 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital – Benedictine Center; 501 Summit; Yankton. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call (800) 287-4903.

Wednesday, December 24
1 Million Cups – 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Avera Professional Office Pavilion; 409 Summit Street; Yankton.

Saturday, December 27
Overeaters Anonymous – 9 a.m.; Newman Center- USD Campus; 320 E Cherry.

Monday, December 29 – Wednesday, December 31
Activities at the Yankton Community Library – Frozen on Monday, December 29 at 1 p.m. On Tuesday, December 30, 1 p.m., enjoy Maleficent. On Wednesday, December 31, we’ll bring out the LEGO’s. You can build in teams or as individuals. Families are especially welcome. Preschool children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, December 31
New Year’s Eve Party – 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.; The Center; 900 Whiting Drive; Yankton. For more information call (605) 665-4685.

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

2015

Monday, January 5
Yankton Community Library Teen Advisory Board Meeting – 7 p.m. New members for the TAB are always welcome, but you don’t have to be on the teen board to participate in teen programs. If you have any questions about the TAB or teen activities, please contact Joyce Moore at the library at (605) 668-5276 or by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tuesday, January 6 – Thursday, January 8
32nd Annual Dakota Farm Show – DakotaDome; Vermillion. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thursday. Free admission and parking. For more information please go to www.farmshowsusa.com. For vendor information please call Penny Swank at (507) 437-7969.

Thursday, January 8
Deadline to donate to Cinderella’s Closet. Cinderella’s Closet is looking for your help, so prom dreams can come true. Please check your closets and donate prom dresses, also accessories, to this great cause. Drop off is at Riverview Reformed Church, 1700 Burleigh, Yankton, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, contact Deb at (605) 665-5507.

Saturday, January 10
Governor’s Inaugural Celebration – Lincoln. For more information visit www.itsallaboutnebraska.com.

Monday, January 12
The Divorced, Widowed and Separated Support Group will be starting again on January 12, 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 has experienced one of these life changing moments. 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, January 13
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Saturday, January 24
Friends of the Library’s 7th Annual Gourmet Guys – Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut; Yankton. For more information contact Library Director Kathy Wibbels at (605) 668-5276.

Friday, January 30
2015 Business Educators Expo – 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Riverfront Event Center. The deadline to reserve a booth is January 13th. You can reserve your booth online by going to www.yanktonsd.com/educator or contact the Chamber at (605) 665-3636.

Saturday, January 31
Dancing With The Stars - River City Domestic Violence Center and River City Family Connections Fundraiser – Minerva’s Bar and Grill. 7 p.m. cocktails and dessert, 8 p.m. show. Individual ticket $30, couple $50. For tickets call (605) 665-4811

Legislative Cracker Barrel

Saturday, February 7
Registration deadline for Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation “Just for Fun” Basketball program. Registration is available online at www.cityofyankton.org and at the Summit Activities Center.

Tuesday, February 10
Yankton Day in Pierre

Thursday, February 19 – Sunday, February 22
"Stand Off at HWY #37", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visitwww.usd.edu/theatre.

Saturday, February 21
Legislative Cracker Barrel

Tuesday, February 24
Mobile Apps For Business

Tuesday, March 10
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Friday, March 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, April 14
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer – ABS

Thursday, April 16 – Monday, April 27
"Seussical", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.

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.

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, 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

Rick Perry to attend conservative summit in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Governor Rick Perry will attend a conservative summit in Iowa next month. Jeff Marschner, a spokesman for the conservative group Citizens United, said Sunday that Perry will attend the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24th in Des Moines. The event is being sponsored by Citizens United and Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa. Perry is weighing a 2016 presidential bid and has made many visits to the early voting state over the past year. Perry entered the 2012 presidential race with fanfare but quickly stumbled. He finished fifth in the Iowa caucuses in early 2012 and quit the race two weeks later. Other confirmed guests for the summit include New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

Police: man dies after accidentally shooting himself in face
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 22-year-old man is dead after police say he accidentally shot himself in the face inside a Des Moines apartment. KCCI reports the incident happened shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday. According to police reports, investigators believe Fabiano Aguiniga accidentally shot himself with a shotgun while five other people were in the apartment. Witnesses reported seeing Aguiniga handling a shotgun just before the fatal shot. Witnesses also told police everyone at the apartment had been drinking alcohol Saturday.

Supporters wonder about Iowa Juvenile Home's future
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The future of the former Iowa Juvenile Home facility in Toledo remains murky, and questions about how the state will care for delinquent girls linger. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports supporters of the facility hope the state will decide soon what to do with it, but lawsuits related to the closure of the juvenile home complicate the situation. Bill Skow says it's sad to see the facility set empty like a ghost town. Skow was one of the founders of a foundation that supported the juvenile home. The Iowa Juvenile Home closed in January after questions were raised about the treatment of teenagers, including use of isolation cells and a lack of educational opportunities. But a year ago, the facility housed 21 youths and employed 93 staff members.

4 ex-workers of turkey company in protective care
NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) — Four mentally disabled former employees of a turkey company that was ordered last year to pay millions for mistreating workers in Iowa have been placed in protective care in South Carolina. The New York Times reports the former Henry's Turkey Service workers had spent years living in a dilapidated Newberry, South Carolina, bunkhouse. Deputy Sheriff Todd Johnson says the four adults were removed from the bunkhouse last week. Multiple agencies are investigating. The now-defunct Texas-based Henry's Turkey Service sent hundreds of mentally disabled men from Texas to labor camps in seven states. In Iowa, 32 workers lived in a run-down former schoolhouse in Altalissa for years while working long hours for roughly $65 a month and enduring abuse.

Logic gives No. 23 Iowa wild 100-98 win over Drake
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Samantha Logic's contested drive through traffic with less than 3 seconds remaining gave Number 23 Iowa a wild 100-98 win over Drake on Sunday in a game that saw the teams combine for 24 points in the last 65 seconds. Melissa Dixon hit 10 3-pointers and scored 31 points for the Hawkeyes (9-2). Logic and Ally Disterhoft each had 18 points and Logic had 11 rebounds Sophomore Lizzy Wendell hit a 3-pointer with 8.6 seconds left to tie the game and finished with a Knapp Center record 43 points for the Bulldogs (5-6). Becca Jones had 19 points and 13 rebounds, both career highs, and Caitlin Ingle, who missed a tough shot at the buzzer, had 17 points and 10 assists. Drake led by as many as seven in the first half and was up 48-43 at the break. Iowa's big lead was 88-80 with 2:56 to play. Both teams shot better than 50 percent and made 13 3-pointers. Iowa was just 17 of 27 from the line to help Drake down the stretch.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

Nebraska News

Police say man with gunshot wound dies on Omaha sidewalk
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha Police are investigating a fatal shooting after a 25-year-old man died on a sidewalk this weekend. Police Officer Michael Pecha says the shooting victim was found around 4:45 a.m. Sunday in northeast Omaha. The wounded man was found on a sidewalk and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. Police said the victim's name was Kerrington Luker. But authorities released few other details of the shooting Sunday. This is Omaha's 27th homicide of the year.

After 10 years, Heineman prepares for a new chapter
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is preparing for a new chapter after nearly 10 years in office. The 66-year-old Republican is about to finish nearly two and a half terms marked by tax cuts, an expansion of business incentives and increased funding for higher education. Heineman may also be remembered for scandals in the state prison system and the resignation of two lieutenant governors. The governor says he and his wife, Sally Ganem, plan to return to their home in Fremont with their dog, Snickers. Heineman says he might consider a job on a corporate board or in a position that promotes economic development. Some lawmakers say Heineman will be remembered for helping the state through the 2009 budget crisis, and for passing the largest tax cuts in Nebraska's history.

50 new flags donated to tornado-ravaged Nebraska town
PILGER, Neb. (AP) — The northeast Nebraska town ravaged by a tornado has received a donation of 50 flags and 10 decorative cases to help replace what was lost in the June 16 storm. Lieutenant Governor John Nelson and officials from Woodman of the World presented the flags to Pilger officials Friday to replace ones the town used for ceremonies at its cemetery. The city's previous flags were stored inside city offices that were heavily damaged by the storm along with three-quarters of the twon. Pilger Village Clerk Kim Nieman told the Norfolk Daily News the new flags will look beautiful at the cemetery. Midwest Bank of Pilger also gave the town a check for $400. The bank collected individual donations to help replace the lost flags.

New quarter depicting Homestead Act will be celebrated
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — At the Homestead National Monument in southeast Nebraska, officials are already planning to celebrate next year's release of a quarter celebrating the Homestead Act. The Beatrice Daily Sun reports a series of events celebrating the quarter's launch is being planned for at the Homestead Education Center on February 9th and at Beatrice High School on February 10th. The February 9th event will feature experts from the U.S. Mint discussing coin collecting. The Beatrice event will offer attendees a chance to buy the quarter depicting a cabin, water pump and two ears of corn before it is available at banks, and everyone there under 18 will receive a quarter.

States trying to lure lawyers into rural practice
CORSICA, S.D. (AP) — Federal grant money has long been available for doctors, nurses and dentists willing to relocate to rural areas. Now a South Dakota program is offering a similar incentive for lawyers. It provides an annual subsidy of $12,000 for attorneys who live and practice law in sparsely populated communities. Jake Fischer is the first of up to 16 attorneys accepted into the program, which is funded by the state's judicial system, bar association and counties. The 30-year-old left his job at a Minneapolis nonprofit this past spring to move to a new office in Corsica, South Dakota. He'll be the only full-time attorney in the town of 600 and one of just two in a county of 3,000. Nebraska and Arkansas are soon launching their own incentive programs for rural lawyers.

North Texas holds on to beat Creighton 62-58
DENTON, Texas (AP) — Colin Voss had 16 points and eight rebounds to help North Texas hold on and beat Creighton 62-58 on Sunday. Creighton overcame a 17-point deficit, using a 31-6 run capped by back-to-back 3's by Toby Hegner and Isaiah Zierden, to pull within 57-55 with 1:19 left. T.J. Taylor split a pair of free throws for North Texas to stretch its lead to 58-55 with 35 seconds to go. The Bluejays couldn't answer, missing four 3-point attempts. Taylor then made four more from the line to seal it for North Texas Austin Chatman hit a trey at the buzzer to cap the scoring for Creighton. Jordan Williams added 13 points, and Taylor dished out five assists and was 7 of 8 from the line for North Texas (6-4). Hegner scored 13 points and Zierden finished with 12 to lead Creighton (9-4).

Nebraska-Omaha holds off Texas-Pan American 77-72
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Tyus scored 20 points, including the go-ahead bucket late in the second half, to lead Nebraska-Omaha to a 77-72 win over Texas-Pan American on Sunday. Tied at 70 with 2:15 to go, Tyus got a steal and a bucket to put Omaha (6-5) back in front and sparked a final 7-2 spurt to cement the win. Devin Patterson pumped in 17 points, Tre'Shawn Thurman had 14 and Mike Rostampour 12 for the Mavericks, who shot 45.8 percent from the floor to win their second straight. Tyus also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. UT-Pan American (5-7) rallied late in the second half to catch the Mavericks with a 12-2 run that included a 3-pointer from Shaquille Boga. But the Broncs went cold and the rally stalled in Omaha. Shaquille Hines led the Broncs with 27 points and five assists, while Boga finished with 18 points.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

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