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Local News

August 28, 2015
Waters of the United States Rule Blocked by Judge, Ebola Vaccine to be Tested in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Continues Discussion on Transgender Athletes
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August 27, 2015
Pro Death Penalty Group in Nebraska Gathers Needed Signatures, Onward Yankton Finalists to Present, South Dakota Gas Prices Down
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August 25, 2015
City Commission Hears Views on Bypass, Stays on Plan; Iowa Board Receives Comments on Proposed Pipeline
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August 24, 2015
Yankton City Commission Set to Hear About Proposed Bypass, Wisner-Pilger Breaks Ground on New School
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August 22, 2015
Yankton County Commission to Hold Public Forum, Iowa to Privatize Medicaid
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August 21, 2015
Zebra Mussels Found Once Again in Lewis and Clark Lake, Nebraska Groups Attempt Legal Action on Death Penalty
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August 20, 2015
University of South Dakota Students Set to Move in, USDA looking for Bird Flu Vaccine Producer
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August 19, 2015
Yankton Graduate to Host Scholarship Blood Drive, Proposed Pipeline Back to Iowa Courts
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August 18, 2015
Yankton County Commission to Meet Tuesday, Iowa to Look into Planned Parenthood Practices
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August 17, 2015
South Dakota State Legislature Interim Committees to Meet, Work Continues on Nebraska Highway 12
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Yankton County Emergency Management and CERT Team are proud to announce the expansion of The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program in Yankton County area. We are looking for people to become CERT team members for their communities. The first night of training is the introduction to CERT. this will be on Thursday, September 3rd at 6:30 at the Yankton County EM Building 807 Capitol St Yankton SD. Then on Saturday, September 19th, from 8 a.m. to 5pm. will be the actual training to become a trained CERT Member. Only one day of training.

• Mount Marty College Bede Art Gallery will be hosting Vermillion, SD artist, Sharon Gray’s water colour exhibit entitled, “Regional Landscapes,” and will be on display August 31 to October 2. A free reception and gallery talk is scheduled for October 2 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and open to the public.

• The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut, is closed on Monday, September 7, for Labor Day. Beginning on Tuesday, September 8, fall/winter hours are in effect, with the following hours of operation:
Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For further information, please call the library at 605-668-5275.

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

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

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

• The Yankton Community Library, in collaboration with Yankton County 4-H, is offering another round of the popular LEGO Robotics program. Stephanie Siebrandt from the Yankton County 4-H Youth Development Office will lead participants as they build and program their own robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robotics kits. Sessions run Mondays from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m., beginning on October 12 and continuing through November 9. Dates include October 12, 19, and 26; and November 2, and 9. Each session’s activities build on work done and skills acquired in the previous sessions. Therefore, it is best if the same participants come to every session. There is no charge for this program, but it is limited to 24 participants, ages 8 and up. Register for this program at the library beginning Monday, August 31. Participants in the summer reading program LEGO Robotics should not register for this as it is very similar to the June and July robotics programs. For more information, call the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, at 668-5276.

• Dr. Wayne Kindle, Superintendent of Yankton School District, is inviting the community to participate in a short survey regarding Crane Youngworth/William Field. The data collected will be compiled and shared with our community at a later date. The survey will be available through Wednesday, September 30. Log onto http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fbfield to take the survey.

• The Summit Activities Center will be closed Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day holiday. All regularly scheduled fitness classes on Monday, September 7 have been cancelled. Fall hours at the SAC will begin on Tuesday, September 8 and will be the following:
Monday – Friday 5:00 a.m. –10:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
SAC FALL & WINTER OPEN SWIM HOURS
Monday & Wednesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
For further information, please call 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on their Facebook Page.

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

• The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers will not conduct tours of the Gavins Point Powerplant from Friday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Sept. 4. The final public tours for the 2015 recreation season will be Saturday, Sept. 5 through Monday, Sept. 7. Tour times are 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

• AWANA will begin at Calvary Baptist Church on Wednesday, September 2. AWANA, for children age 3 through 6th grade, is a non-denominational, Christ-centered program with a strong emphasis on Bible memorization. Calvary offers AWANA Club on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:10 p.m. September through May. Children are welcome to join at any time throughout the school year. The AWANA ministry is based on II Timothy 2:15 and stands for "Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed." Each evening consists of three main elements: Handbook Time (memorizing Bible verses to complete a handbook and earn awards), Council Time (Bible stories and object lessons for life application), and Game Time (friendly competition uniquely created around the AWANA circle). Please contact the church office (605)665-5594 for more information.

• Yankton - The north and south bound stop signs on Fox Run Parkway at the intersections of 29th Street and Sawgrass Street will be removed on August 31st. Drivers entering Fox Run Parkway from Sawgrass Street and 29th Street will need to yield the right of way to vehicles traveling north-south on Fox Run Parkway.

• Registration has begun for the Yankton Area Ice Association’s (YAIA) 2015/2016 Hockey, Figure Skating and Learn-to-Skate Programs—no experience necessary, we’ll teach you how to play and skate! YAIA Hockey Teams & Figure Skating are registering boys and girls ages 4 – 18 for youth hockey leagues and Figure Skating programs. Anyone aged 4 and up may register for the Learn-to-Skate Programs. Please visit us at www.yanktonice.org to register online or call Hockey & Learn-to-Skate Registrar, Kendra Bakke, at (605) 661-6138 or Figure Skating & Learn-to-Skate Registrar, Pam Erickson at (605) 660-3774 for more information. Walk-in registration and document turn-in is on August 30th from 5pm-7pm at the Kiwanis/4H Ice Arena; 901 Whiting Drive. Online registration is open until September 30th, 2015.

• The Summit Activities Center will be closing the aquatics area on Sunday, September 13, 2015 for cleaning and routine maintenance. The pool is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Saturday, September 19. Water aerobics classes will resume Monday, September 21, at 8:30 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience. For further 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 on our Facebook Page.

• The Department of Parks and Recreation would like to advise the community that the Auld Brokaw Trail from 15th Street to 19th Street will be closed due to construction. The City of Yankton thanks all citizens and trail users for their cooperation. For more information please call 668-5231.

• The Meridian Bridge Plaza phase 1 fountain area, located to the north of the upper level bridge entrance and south of 2nd Street at the south end of Walnut Street is open to the general public. The public is advised to stay out of areas that are roped off as some work items in the plaza will need to be completed in the coming weeks. Please stay clear of barriers and work areas when workers and equipment are present. The spray jets in the plaza area can be turned on using the green push button highlighted with an orange post cap that is on the silver pole on the east side of the area. The spray jets operate for a short period of time (approximately a couple of minutes) after the button is pushed and can be repeatedly turned on to entertain. The Meridian Bridge Plaza Phase 2 construction area, which will be south of the phase 1 area, will be barricaded off as work begins in this area in the coming weeks. The trail connections to the upper level of the bridge, and the trail connection leading south to the lower level of the bridge, will be open during this project. Citizens should not enter the construction zone areas as these areas are blocked off by fences and barriers. For the safety of everyone, the blocked off areas should not be entered by the general public at any time. The City of Yankton thanks all citizens and visitors for their cooperation.

• 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.

• 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 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.

• 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 .

• “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.

• 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

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.

Friday, August 28 – Sunday, August 30
Bash to the Colonies Sailboat Regatta & Powerboat Poker Bash; Lewis and Clark Lake; Yankton.

Friday, August 28
Yankton Area Chamber Golf Day – Fox Run Golf Course. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $75 per person and $15 for golf cart rental.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 7 p.m. – Birding by Bike at Lewis and Clark Amphitheater; 9 p.m. – Outdoor Nature Movie at Lewis and Clark Amphitheater.

Saturday, August 29 – Sunday, August 30
The Yankton Children’s Theater Company announces AUDITIONS for “Porridgegate”, Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30 at 2:00 pm at Ability Building Services, 909 w 23rd St., Yankton. Bring a joke or a funny story to tell as part of the tryout. Show dates are October 22, 23, 24, and 25.

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.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – 2 p.m.; Memorial Park; Yankton. A fundraiser for River City Domestic Violence. Register today at (605) 665-4811 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Silence Hides the Violence 5k – 10 a.m.; Memorial Park; Yankton. A River City Domestic Violence Center event – to register visit www.allsportcentral.com or call (605) 665-4811.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 7 p.m. – Call of the Wild Hike at Gavins Point Nature Trail.

2015 Lesterville Pickup & Tractor Benefit Pull – 3 p.m.; Lesterville Baseball Field. Registration 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Contact Trev at (605) 660-4977 with questions.

“Don’t Look Back” – National Music Museum Film Series – 10 a.m.; Coyote Twin Theater; Vermillion.

Team HOPE Cancer Benefit Poker Run – Registration 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; Kozy’s Bar; Hwy 50 West of Yankton.

Murray Memorial Fishing Tournament; CJ’s at the Lake; 58842 897th Rd.; Crofton.

Yankton’s Best Tri – 7 a.m.; Lewis and Clark Lake; Yankton.

Rock Garden Tour – 7 p.m.; Bernie & Myrna Hunhoff Barn; 43937 303rd Road; Yankton.

Sunday, August 30
Alicia Hummel Benefit and Silent Auction – 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Abu Bekr Shrine Temple; Sioux City.

A representative from The Voice of the Martyrs will give a presentation on Sunday, August 30 at 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall at Calvary Baptist Church, 2407 Broadway. The Voice of the Martyrs seeks to raise awareness to the persecution of Christians around the world. Anyone interested in hearing this presentation is welcome to attend. More information regarding The Voice of the Martyrs can be found at www.persecution.com.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 10:30 a.m. – Interdenominational Church Service at Pierson Ranch Amphitheater.

Back to School Breakfast – 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Knights of Columbus Hall; 2700 Broadway; Yankton. The breakfast is a free will donation.

Monday, August 31 – Friday, September 4
Crest Road, the road that crosses the Gavins Point Dam, will be closed from 8 a.m. Monday, August 31 through noon Friday, September 4, 2015.

Monday, August 31
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is meeting on Monday, August 31, at 7 p.m. to finalize Sports Day and plan ahead for other fall activities. If you are in grades 6-12 and would like to have a say in library programs and services for teens, make plans to attend this meeting and join the TAB. New members are always welcome.

Riverside Yoga – 6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.; Riverside Park; Yankton.

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

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

Yankton County Commission Area Meeting – 7 p.m.; Mayfield Store; Rural Irene.

Ribbon Cutting and Blessing for affordable housing – 1200 W 30th St; Yankton.

Thursday, September 3
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. – Archery Classes at Gavins Point Archery Range.

Yankton Community Library After School Programs - The first Thursday of each month focuses on book-related crafts. On September 3, the project is paper bag puppets. Students can learn the basic steps and then get creative with the craft materials provided to individualize their puppets.

Yankton County Commission Area Meeting – 6 p.m.; Cottonwood Corral; West of Yankton.

Friday, September 4
Life in a small town has its unique charms, and Phyllis Schrag will explore them during her entertaining presentation, “Baseball, Preachers and Funerals.” Schrag is an independent scholar from Sioux Falls, and she will speak at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, in the Gathering Place at Avera Majestic Bluffs. "Baseball, Preachers and Funerals" is a presentation in a storytelling format and provides a humorous yet poignant look at small-town life. Its setting is a place where all the town kids were needed to have their own “World Series,” preachers had an impact on children’s development, and funerals were simply a part of life. Lessons gleaned from baseball, preachers and funerals present a child’s perspective of life in a small town. The presentation is free and open to the public. This program at Avera Majestic Bluffs was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. – Archery Classes at Gavins Point Archery Range; 7 p.m. – Pie Iron Cooking at Lewis and Clark Amphitheater; 9 p.m. – Outdoor Nature Movie at Lewis and Clark Amphitheater.

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.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 10 a.m. – Dog Gone Good Hike for Dogs and Their Owners at Gavins Point Nature Trail; 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. – Watercraft Exploration at Lake Yankton Boat Dock; 7 p.m. – Nature Bingo at Chief White Crane Amphitheater.

Sunday, September 6
Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Bow Valley will hold the Holy Family Parish Pancake & Sausage Breakfast & Catholic Order of Forester Raffle from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Bow Valley Dancehall, Bow Valley – Raffle, bake sale & games for all.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Activities – 10:30 a.m. – Interdenominational Church Service at Pierson Ranch Amphitheater; 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. – Archery Classes at Gavins Point Archery Range.

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

September Craft Night for Adults – 6 p.m.; Yankton Community Library.

Vermillion Children's Choir will be holding auditions for children ages 9-13, grades 4-7 on September 8th from 4-6pm and September 10th from 5-7pm at the United Church of Christ in Vermillion. This is for children from the entire area. Rehearsals will be every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Please see our website for more information and to sign up for auditions - www.vermillionchildrenschoir.weebly.com.

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

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

Thursday, September 10
Leadership Yankton Session #1.

Vermillion Children's Choir will be holding auditions for children ages 9-13, grades 4-7 on September 8th from 4-6pm and September 10th from 5-7pm at the United Church of Christ in Vermillion. This is for children from the entire area. Rehearsals will be every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Please see our website for more information and to sign up for auditions - www.vermillionchildrenschoir.weebly.com.

Yankton Community Library After School Programs - LEGO Club is back on the second Thursday of each month. On September 10, students can build whatever they want using the library’s LEGOs and then have their masterpieces displayed until we take them apart and build again next month.

Friday, September 11 – Saturday, September 12
Heartland Humane Society (HHS) is having a rummage sale Friday, September 11th 12pm – 6pm and Saturday, September 12th 8am – 2pm. HHS is asking for your support by donating quality items for the sale! The sale will be at the shelter, 3400 East Highway 50 in Yankton, SD. “What a great way to help animals…Take a day to clean out your storage space and donate unwanted items to a good cause. Your contribution is also tax deductible. 100% of the proceeds will go towards the care of our fostered and sheltered pets,” says Christa Kranig, shelter coordinator at Heartland Humane Society. For more information on donating or details on the fundraising 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 also see additional details on items wanted for the sale by visiting www.heartlandhumanesociety.net/events.

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.

Nikki’s Fund 5K Run/Walk to Help USD Students and Promote Suicide Awareness – Registration 8 a.m., Race at 9 a.m.; Prentis Park; Vermillion.

On Saturday September 12, 2015 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 September 12, 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 September 12, 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 or 760-5627. Your cooperation is appreciated in not dropping papers off at any time without making prior arrangements. Please note the date of the paper drive has changed due to the Labor Day holiday and will be the second Saturday instead of the first.

Sunday, September 13
Business After Hours and Open House at Masaba – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; The VCDC and community members are encouraged to join Masaba personnel for food, beverages and tours.

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.

Yankton School District #63-3 will be offering a free educational screening for preschool children 3 & 4 years of age, who are residents of Yankton School District #63-3. Parents who have concerns about their child’s development are invited to schedule an appointment. The preschool screen is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16th and Monday, September 21st. Call Amanda Beringer at 665-3999 to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, September 17
Do you have an e-reader but are tired of BUYING books for your device? Come check out all the wonderful online resources available with your library card at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, on Thursday, September 17, at 6 p.m. During out class Daring to Go Digital!, the staff will demonstrate the new e-resources available through the Library, including Zinio online magazines, IndieFlix, and OneClick Digital audio books. We will show you how to set up an account as well as do checkouts. We will also go over basics for downloading e-books and managing your account through South Dakota Titles To Go…, OverDrive. The class is free, but registration is required as class size is limited. Call or stop in the library today to reserve your spot! Please bring your device, email address, password, and your library card to the class! For more information, call the library at 668-5276.

Yankton Community Library After School Programs - Stephanie Siebrandt from the Yankton County 4-H Youth Development Office is back this fall with her popular Science Club. On September 17, we explore earthquakes through faults, the Richter scale, seismographs, seismic waves, and more. These first three weeks’ programs are all from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Yankton County Commission Area Meeting – 7:30 p.m.; Gayville Community Center.

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.

6th Annual Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center; 800 Archery Lane; Yankton. Target & 3D archery, air rifles, bowbirds, trap shooting, waterfowl, slingshots, first aid, and more. $35 with adult attending, $50 without adult attending. Register online at www.neyac.org, call (605) 260-9282 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions.

Fall in the Park at Lewis and Clark – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Lewis and Clark Recreation Area; 5 miles west of Yankton on Hwy 52. New this year: Zoomobile, Wii Ski – Jet Ski simulator, TIPS (Turn in Poachers) Trailer, Miniature Golf, Butterfly Maze, Face Painting, Fish Tank, Ducks Unlimited games, Nature Bingo, Nature Scavenger Hunt, Public Domain Tune Band. Returning Activities: Air rifles and archery, Dutch oven cooking, obstacle course, photo board, lemonade stand, popcorn, crafts & games for all ages, preschool activities. Call (605) 668-2985 for more information. Park entrance license required. Daily License - $6/vehicle.

Are you ready for some football? Or soccer? How about some challenging sports trivia? Join us at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, for Sports Day on Saturday, September 19, at 2 p.m. All ‘tweens and teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to attend. Wear your favorite sports gear and come ready to play!

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.

Yankton County Commission Area Meeting – 6 p.m.; Lesterville Fire Hall.

Yankton County Commission Area Meeting – 7 p.m.; Marv’s Bar; Utica.

Yankton School District #63-3 will be offering a free educational screening for preschool children 3 & 4 years of age, who are residents of Yankton School District #63-3. Parents who have concerns about their child’s development are invited to schedule an appointment. The preschool screen is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16th and Monday, September 21st. Call Amanda Beringer at 665-3999 to schedule an appointment.

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

Yankton County Commission Area Meeting – 6 p.m.; Mission Hill Town Hall.

Thursday, September 24
2nd Annual Community Quiz Bowl – 7 p.m.; Southeast Job Link; Yankton. If you are interested in sponsoring a team, or in organizing a team, please contact Southeast Link at (605) 668-3480.

Yankton Community Library After School Programs - The fourth Thursday of each month is a movie. On September 24, we have a recent release about a lovable alien and an adventurous young girl. It is rated PG and is 94 minutes long. Please note that all movies begin promptly at 3:30 p.m.

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.

Thursday, October 1
Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media – Reception 5 p.m., Presentation 6 p.m. – Neuharth Concourse; Al Neuharth Media Center; 555 Dakota Street; Vermillion.

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

Farm profits to fall second consecutive year
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will be a less profitable year for farmers as low grain, milk and hog prices cut into income. The abundance of grain leftover from last year's crop and this year's anticipated harvest of the third-largest corn crop and second-largest soybean crop on record have kept prices below the cost of production. The USDA said in a report Tuesday net farm income is expected to decline 36 percent to $58.3 billion, the lowest in nine years. Iowa State University agricultural economist Chad Hart says farmers are using savings to get by. Others are borrowing more, but while farm debt is rising, the USDA says it is not yet at worrisome levels.

Regulator OKs rate increases for health providers in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's top insurance regulator has approved rate increases for several health providers in the state. Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart announced Wednesday that he approved increases on individual insurance plans provided by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Coventry Health Care and Gundersen Health Insurance. The changes go into effect in January. The Des Moines Register reports the rate increases include between 17.6 percent and 28.7 percent on average for plans by Wellmark, 19.8 percent on average for plans by Coventry and 9.4 percent on average for plans by Gundersen. The newspaper reports some residents who attended a hearing earlier this year on the proposed increases criticized it. Officials for at least two of the providers say the increases were needed because of unexpected health care costs.

Iowa jury decides not to indict officer in fatal shooting
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A grand jury has decided not to indict a Des Moines police officer who fatally shot a 28-year-old man after a low-speed car chase in June. Polk County Attorney John Sarcone says the jury announced its decision Wednesday morning in the case of Senior Officer Vanessa Miller. Police say Miller shot Ryan Bolinger from inside her patrol car following a low-speed car chase on June 9th. Miller was assisting another officer in responding to the chase. Bolinger was accused of displaying "erratic behavior" and advancing toward Miller's vehicle. Bolinger was shot once in the torso and later died. Miller and the other officer are on administrative leave as part of department protocol.

Walker talks tough on China while campaigning in Iowa
DENISON, Iowa (AP) — GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker is renewing his call for President Barack Obama to cancel an official state visit with the president of China in response to slumping U.S. stock markets. The Republican governor from Wisconsin said Wednesday following a campaign stop in Denison, Iowa, that such a move would not hurt trade with states like Iowa or Wisconsin. Walker first called for the state visit to be canceled Monday. He defended it on Wednesday when asked about possible negative repercussions for agricultural states like Iowa and Wisconsin that combined do more than $2 billion in trade with China. He says instead of inviting the Chinese president to a state dinner, Obama should "be taking them to the woodshed." Walker is on a seven-stop, two-day campaign swing in rural southwest Iowa.

Rick Perry shrugs off fundraising woes in return to Texas
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rick Perry says he's been short of money his whole life as the struggling Republican presidential candidate prepares to take his cash-strapped campaign back to South Carolina. Perry on Wednesday returned to his former home at the Texas governor's mansion for a ceremony honoring military veterans. He told reporters afterward that he knows "how to deal with a shortage of money." The chairman of Perry's Iowa operation resigned this week over the uncertainty of future compensation. His departure came as Perry's campaign said it had resumed paying some staffers who lost their salaries earlier this month amid sluggish fundraising. Perry on Wednesday also deflected questions about whether he supports ending birthright citizenship, saying attention on the issue was a symptom of a larger border security problem.

Clinton mourns TV shooting, pledges to fight gun violence
ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says the on-air shooting of two TV journalists confirms that it's time to do something to prevent gun violence in the United States. Speaking after an event in Iowa Wednesday, the Democratic presidential candidate said she was stricken to hear about the fatal on-air shooting of a reporter and a cameraman from a TV station in Virginia earlier in the day. After offering her condolences to the victims' families and co-workers, Clinton said she would work on the issue, adding that there are ways to balance legal gun rights with "preventative measures and control measures." Clinton says that if guns weren't so readily available, perhaps such carnage would be prevented.

Officials investigate wastewater discharge in Lake Panorama
PANORA, Iowa (AP) — Officials say they're investigating the cause of a wastewater discharge that entered Lake Panorama in central Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it's unclear what caused a pump to fail Saturday night at a lift station managed by the South Panorama Sanitary District. Officials reported the problem Sunday morning, around the time officials believe the discharge ended. DNR officials say it wasn't clear to the agency that there was a wastewater discharge until Monday night. The sanitary district believes it was likely a small discharge. It's unclear what caused a pump to fail, since all pumps at the lift station appear to be functional. Officials for the sanitary district are considering the construction of a new lift station, where discharges would be less likely to reach the lake.

Bowfishing tournament in Mississippi River draws complaints
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A large and noisy overnight fishing tournament in a national wildlife refuge on the Mississippi River has prompted calls for tighter restrictions on such events. The Bowfishing Association of America tournament featured teams of three and four using bows to shoot fish from boats with aircraft-style propellers. The fast-moving boats deployed lights to illuminate the invasive fish that were the target, such as carp and gar. While a thrill to the 130 participants who came from as far away as Alabama, campers and cabin dwellers complained of the loud noises, lights and of potential disturbances to wildlife. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says event organizers did not give advance notice for the tournament. The agency is considering whether rule changes are necessary to avoid similar complaints in the future.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press

Nebraska News

Nebraska pro-death penalty group collects 166K signatures
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An organization campaigning to reinstate Nebraska's death penalty after lawmakers repealed it in May says it has collected more than enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016. Nebraskans for the Death Penalty announced Wednesday that it has gathered 166,692 signatures from all 93 of the state's counties. Nebraska is the first traditionally conservative state to repeal capital punishment since North Dakota in 1973. The group needed roughly 57,000 valid voter signatures to place the issue on the statewide general election ballot, and double that number to halt the death penalty repeal before the new law goes into effect on Sunday. The petitions go to the Nebraska secretary of state's office, which will forward them to counties to verify in a process that will take about 40 days.

Appeals court says Tyson Foods doesn't underpay workers
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal appeals court has decided that Tyson Foods doesn't have to pay workers at two of its Nebraska plants for the time they spend putting on and taking off safety gear and preparing for work. The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Wednesday that Tyson doesn't owe workers at its plants in Dakota City and Madison for that time. The appellate rulings will eliminate two lower court decisions ordering Tyson to pay more than $20 million. The workers who sued argued that Tyson should pay them for the roughly 30 minutes they spend putting on uniforms and safety gear, sanitizing equipment, sharpening knives and other duties. They said they're only paid for their time on the assembly line plus four minutes for all the pre- and post-production chores.

Sidney council accepts city manager's resignation
SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — The council has accepted the resignation of the longtime Sidney city manager. The Sidney Sun-Telegraph reports that Gary Person spoke about the city's successes and growth over the past decades and during his 16 years in the post. He announced his intentions last week and said he wasn't being pushed out. At Tuesday's council meeting Person acknowledged the events involving Sidney Police Chief B.J. Wilkinson, who remains on paid administrative leave, stemming from an incident involving former city public works director John Hehnke, whom Person fired last week. Person told the council that if his resignation "will help the community heal, move forward and place its energy and focus into its very bright future, then please accept it." The council appointed City Clerk Geri Anthony as interim city manager.

Leader of Valley County Health System resigns
ORD, Neb. (AP) — The Valley County Health System's president and CEO has resigned following allegations of harassment and conflicts of interest. William T. Sugg, who had been on investigatory suspension since late June, resigned last week after an investigation revealed the accusations. Board Chairman Gary Garnick said Sugg's resignation becomes effective Monday, the same day his contract was set to expire. Attempts to reach Sugg for comment by The Grand Island Independent were unsuccessful. Garnick said Director of Finance Ashley Woodward will serve as interim CEO and that the board of trustees hopes to start the search for a new CEO soon. Two separate investigations into Sugg's conduct by an independent investigator revealed claims by female employees, who said that Sugg routinely gave them unwanted attention and touched them inappropriately.

Amputees decry Medicare payment overhaul for artificial feet
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Boston Marathon bombing survivor and a former U.S. Senator who lost a leg serving in Vietnam have joined an industry campaign to block new Medicare requirements for artificial legs and feet. Mounting cost in the last 10 years — even as the number of amputees went down — has prompted scrutiny from government investigators. Now, Medicare's billing contractors are proposing closer supervision and tighter rules. At a protest Wednesday at Health and Human Services headquarters, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis said the Medicare rules could influence treatment for younger patients like her. Former Democratic Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska has fired off a critical letter to HHS leadership. The Obama administration is saying little, although officials promise continued access to appropriate care.

3 people accused of selling mislabeled synthetic marijuana
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The owners of two Lincoln businesses face federal charges that they conspired to acquire and sell synthetic marijuana and commit other crimes. Court documents unsealed Tuesday say that between October 2013 and April this year, Allen Peithman Jr., Sharon Elder and Jacie Sanne bought and sold synthetic cannabinoids that were mislabeled to avoid drug regulations. The stores are Dirt Cheap and Island Smokes. Prosecutors say drug labels didn't suggest the drugs were not intended for human consumption, and the labels didn't include federally required warnings of possible side effects. Elder's lawyer, Bob Creager (KREE'-gur), declined to comment Wednesday. Online court records don't list the names of attorneys who could be contacted to comment on behalf of Peithman and Sanne.

Man loses custody battle for kids living with sex offender
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Court of Appeals has rejected a father's request for custody of his daughters to get them out of the home of a registered sex offender. The Central City man argued that a Phelps County District judge was wrong to find there was no significant risk to his 16- and 14-year-old daughters if they remain in the house with their stepfather. Court documents say the stepfather testified that he served four years in prison for sexually assaulting his 15-year-old stepdaughter from a previous marriage. A three-judge panel of the state appeals court said Tuesday that the lower court relied on a therapist's testimony that the stepfather wasn't likely to reoffend. The appeals panel also said the lower court properly considered what was in the best interests of the children.

Students encouraged to 'stake their claims' this school year
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — School officials and Beatrice city leaders gathered this week to help encourage hundreds of young students to stake their claim this school year through academic achievement. The city of Beatrice's new branding slogan "Stake Your Claim" is intended to encourage residents to do their best for the betterment of the community. Fifth grade student Makenna Blum told the Beatrice Daily Sun that staking her claim means "standing up for what you believe in." Her friend, Macy Gronewold, added that it means establishing a path for yourself. Students from the city's four elementary schools joined officials on Tuesday at the Homestead National Monument of America to kick off the academic year. They also sang Happy Birthday to celebrate the 99th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Regulators say gravel mine failed to correct safety problems
ORD, Neb. (AP) — Federal regulators say a Nebraska gravel mine failed to correct the safety problems that contributed to a worker's death, but the company plans to appeal. The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday investigators found issues at Ulrich Gravel's mine in July that hadn't been corrected since a March death. Regulators say a 44-year-old worker died after the truck he was driving fell into a pond at the mine in Valley County. Ulrich's attorney Josh Schultz says the company believes the citations are inaccurate. He says Ulrich Gravel has a strong safety record after more than 35 years in business. Inspectors say the mine failed to erect berms or guardrails on roads next to water and failed to repair a cracked windshield on a front-end loader that could impair visibility.

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