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June 24, 2016
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Announces No Special Session, Nebraska Unveils New Savings Plan
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June 23, 2016
USD Alumni Association and Foundation Start New Study, Ricketts Says Money Not the Answer for Corrections
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June 22, 2016
New Business Plan and Priority Initiatives Unveiled in Nebraska, New Governors Statues Coming to Pierre
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June 21, 2016
Pollinator Week in South Dakota, South Dakota Gas Prices Rise Slightly
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June 20, 2016
States Benefit From Medicaid Expansion, Nebraska-Lincoln Receives Crop Productivity Grant
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June 17, 2016
Daugaard Says to Hold Off on Mowing, Old Lottery Scam Charges Return
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June 16, 2016
Fraud Watch Seminars Coming to South Dakota, Gas Prices Rise Slightly
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June 15, 2016
South Dakota Attractive to Young People, Dead Bee Truck Visits South Dakota
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June 14, 2016
West Nile Detected in South Dakota, New Resources to Aid Human Trafficking Victims in Nebraska
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June 10, 2016
South Dakota Offers Programs for Agriculture, Hearing to be Held on Renewable Fuels Levels
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June 9, 2016
Heritage Passport Program Comes to Northeast Nebraska, Privatized Medicaid Program Promotes Transparency in Iowa
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June 8, 2016
Elected Officials Announced From Girls State, Nebraska Prepares to Release Livestock Operations Guidelines
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June 7, 2016
Inspired Giving Day Set for South Dakota, Gas Prices Close to Unchanged
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June 6, 2016
Boys State Wraps Up in Aberdeen, Bollen Pleads Not Guilty in EB-5 Scandal
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June 3, 2016
National Gun Violence Awareness Day Observed Thursday, Iowa Draws Closer to Approving Pipeline
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June 2, 2016
Doctors Warn of Overmedicating ADHD, Planting Progresses Across Region
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June 1, 2016
United States Senator John Thune Visits Yankton, South Dakota Gas Prices Rise Slightly
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May 31, 2016
Nebraska Medical Center Introduces New Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease, Nebraska Making Plans for 150th Birthday
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May 18, 2016
Onward Yankton Gives Update at State of the Community, Ricketts Says No to Transgender Guidance
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May 17, 2016
TransCanada to Make Replacements on Keystone Pipeline, University of South Dakota to Offer New Doctorate, Nebraska Primaries Could Lead to Interesting November Races
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May 16, 2016
South Dakota Crime Numbers See Changes in 2015, Suspension for Nebraska Tourism Director, Sioux City Water Decision on Hold
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May 11, 2016
Nebraska Senators Promote Amendment V, Indictment Set in EB-5
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May 10, 2016
South Dakota Takes Steps Against Zika Virus, Gas Prices Creep Higher in South Dakota
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May 9, 2016
New Report Compares South Dakota Mothers to Nation, South Dakota Deer Population on the Rise
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May 4, 2016
Glass Recycling Reaches Milestone in Vermillion, Nebraska Voter Registration Up Ahead of Primary
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May 3, 2016
Food Insecurity Strikes Children in South Dakota, Gas Prices Rise in South Dakota
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May 2, 2016
Officials Prepare for Emerald Ash Borer in South Dakota, Sales Tax Lawsuit Filed in South Dakota
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April 29, 2016
City of Yankton Receives Department of Transportation Grant, South Dakota Sees Increase in Egg Production
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April 28, 2016
Pipeline Protest Travels Through South Dakota, Flooded Rivers Expected, Iowa House Fails With Medical Marijuana
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April 27, 2016
Representative for Convention of States Visits Yankton, Iowa Sees Hurdles to Cross in Medical Marijuana Debate
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April 26, 2016
Yankton Police Department to Receive New Radios, Severe Weather Awareness Week in South Dakota
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April 25, 2016
City Officials React to Kmart Closing, New Plan in Place for South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
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April 22, 2016
Nebraska Session Comes to a Close, Tri Valley School to Put Gun Debate on Hold, Iowa Universities Increase Room and Board
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April 21, 2016
Nebraska and Iowa Look to Wrap Up Debates as Sessions Wind Down
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April 20, 2016
Ricketts Signs Property Tax Relief Bills, South Dakota Gas Prices Rise Once Again
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April 19, 2016
Ricketts Signs $450M Road Bill, Summer Studies Set for South Dakota Legislature
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April 18, 2016
Mediation Program Offered by State of South Dakota, Filibusters Stall Progress in Unicameral
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April 15, 2016
Noem Seeks to Pass IRS Legislation, Federal Drug Sentences Get Reductions
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April 14, 2016
House Budget Posses Obstacles for South Dakota Medicaid Expansion, Federal Government Seeks More Pipeline Oversight
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April 13, 2016
National Library Week Celebrated Locally, Winner Take All Bill Fails in Nebraska
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April 11, 2016
Nebraska Sees Low Participation in Federal Program, Iowa Legislature Continues Session, South Dakota Seeking Nominations for Governor's Awards
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April 7, 2016
Autism Awareness Month, South Dakota Gas Prices Rise Once Again
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April 6, 2016
Funds an Issue for Yankton County Roads, Nebraska One Vote Away From Raising Hunting and Fishing Fees
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April 5, 2016
Keystone Pipeline Shut Down During Investigation, Nebraska Won't Pursue Choose Life License Plates, USS South Dakota Gets Keel
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April 4, 2016
South Dakota Lags in Clean Power Jobs, In-State Tuition Expanded to Iowa
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April 1, 2016
South Dakota Tribal Leaders Ride to Oppose Oil Pipeline Plans, Felony Charges Filed in EB-5 Case
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• June 1 – 30: “Director’s Doodles” by Reanna Shultz at G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery. Open Monday – Friday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Located at 508 Douglas Avenue; Yankton. For more information call (605) 665-9754.

• The Clay-Union foundation, Inc. is seeking new board members in Clay and Union county. The board would like to add at least 1-2 people south of Elk Point, 1-2 north of Elk Point, and at least 2 residents in Vermillion. USD students are also welcome to serve on the board, with 4-5 positions open. Meetings currently alternate between Elk Point and Vermillion, and rides are available. The foundation is seeking immediate applications, so board members can join the board right away and learn about the community needs. Please call John Gille at 605-421-5050 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

• 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 2016 “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 at 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 .

• Vermillion Landfill and South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources are working together to offer free tire recycling to residents of Clay, Yankton, and Union counties. The program’s goal is to prevent or slow the spread of the Zika virus. Tires are a breeding area for the mosquito which can spread the virus. The collection sites are the Vermillion Landfill and the Yankton Transfer Station. The Yankton Transfer Station will accept tires from residents through June 24, 2016 at no charge. Commercial business tires and tires from retailers are not covered under this program and will be charged for tire disposal. The Yankton Transfer Station hours are 8:00 am-3:45 pm Monday through Saturday. For more information or questions contact the City of Yankton Solid Waste at (605) 668-5211 or the Yankton Transfer Station at (605) 668-5212.

• Rep. Kristi Noem is accepting applications for fall internships in her Washington, DC; Sioux Falls; Rapid City; and Watertown offices. Student interns will work with staff on various constituent service and communications projects, as well as assist with legislative research. Both South Dakota and Washington, DC internships provide students with first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and the countless other functions of a congressional office. College students who are interested in interning in any of Representative Noem’s offices should submit a cover letter and resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Friday, July 15. For more information, contact Christiana Frazee at 202-225-2801.

• Are you ready for an adventure like no other, deep within the mysterious sea? DIVE IN! It’s time for SUBMERGED Vacation Bible School at Calvary Baptist Church, June 26-30 from 6:45-9:00 p.m. Bible stories, music, crafts & experiments, games, and snacks are all combined to create an unforgettable experience. As kids submerge themselves in God’s Word, they will discover that Jesus didn’t just see what’s on the outside of people, He looked deep down on the inside. So go ahead… find some ocean explorers, strap on your flippers, and dive in to find truth below the surface! Children ages 3 – 6th grade are welcome to attend this free event. Registration is now in progress - please call (605) 665-5594 to register.

• U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is currently seeking college students to serve as fall interns in his office in Washington, D.C., as well as in his offices in Aberdeen, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls. Interns in Thune’s state offices will participate in constituent service and state outreach activities, while students in the Washington, D.C., office will have the opportunity to witness the legislative process, give Capitol building tours, and attend Senate votes and hearings. Both in-state and Washington, D.C., internships will allow students to work closely with constituents, sharpen their research and writing skills, and learn a multitude of valuable office skills. “Students have a unique opportunity to experience democracy in action as interns in a Senate office,” said Thune. “Interns gain valuable knowledge about both state and national issues and an understanding of the inner workings of a Senate office. I encourage all college students to consider applying for this rewarding experience.” Thune is chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and the Senate Committee on Finance. Thune also serves as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. College students who are interested in interning in Thune’s Washington, D.C., office should submit a resume and cover letter by July 1, 2016, to:
Senator John Thune Attn: Adam Wek
511 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
By email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Or by Fax to: 202-228-5429
College students who are interested in interning in Thune’s Sioux Falls, Rapid City, or Aberdeen offices should submit a resume and cover letter by July 1, 2016, to:
Senator John Thune
Attn: Robin Long
5015 South Bur Oak
Sioux Falls, S.D. 57108
By email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
For more information, please call 202-224-2321.

• The Vermillion School District is sponsoring the summer food service program May 31 through July 29. Free lunch will be served each weekday for area children age 18 and younger from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M at Jolley Elementary School, 224 S. University, Vermillion, SD. Closed July 4. For more information, contact the Vermillion School District at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• Adopt select pets during the month of June for only $10! This promotion runs from June 1st to June 30th and only certain pets qualify. All of the pets selected for this promotion have been waiting a long time to find the right home. “HHS is drastically reducing the adoption fees for selected animals to only $10. This will hopefully help them find loving homes soon, because they’ve sadly been in our care for a while. All the pets that qualify are wonderful, and for whatever reason they don’t get the attention they deserve – this promotion will help,” said Christa Kranig, Shelter Coordinator for HHS. HHS hopes you join them in this lifesaving promotion! The event includes select pets that are healthy, fully vaccinated and micro-chipped. You can view the available animals at www.heartlandhumanesociety.net or stop by the shelter at 3400 East Highway 50 in Yankton. If you have any questions on this promotion, please call the shelter at (605)664-4244 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This adoption event is part of Best Friends Animal Society’s national mission of No More Homeless Pets®, which aims to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. Heartland Humane Society is a participating member of the No More Homeless Pets® Network, a program of Best Friends Animal Society, and offers help and support to animal rescue groups that save lives in their communities.

• The Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is looking forward to the 2016 Open house/tour season. As always, visitors are welcomed in various ways - through arranged tours, as drop-ins or as host or hostess of a special gathering. The season begins on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day. The enclosed press release is just to let your readers and listeners know that it soon WILL be time to enjoy an unforgettable trip to 509 Pine Street in Yankton.

• The Yankton Parks Advisory Board would like to take time this spring to remind Yankton dog owners to be responsible and obey the local ordinance for dog waste. The ordinance states, “The person in control of any dog shall be required to remove and properly dispose of any fecal material deposited by said animal on public property or property other than the property of the dog’s owner.” This would include fenced in ball fields in the community’s parks system that some citizens use as private off-leash dog parks. Each dog's owner/handler is responsible for picking up and disposing of their dog's waste. This will help keep the park environment and other people’s property clean so that dogs, children and adults are happy and healthy. Pet waste left behind can transmit harmful diseases to other pets and children. Dog feces a common carrier for many diseases. The Parks Advisory Board believes 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 their yard/dirt when the dog feces is present. Ocular larva migrans - an eye disease caused by parasitic worms found in dog droppings can cause serious eye damage to young children.
3. Dog waste biodegrades slowly.
4. Dog waste being left behind makes ALL dog owners look bad. Not picking up after your dog tops the list of complaints about dogs.
5. Your actions set example for others. Teach children 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.

• Encouraged by the success of last summer’s barn quilt tour, the Dakota Prairie Quilt Guild is looking to increase the size of last year’s tour. Last summer 33 different barn quilt were on display, and the guild has a goal of doubling that number for the summer 2016 tour. Anyone, whether quilters or not, can be a part of this community project! Dakota Prairie Quilt Guild (DPQG) invites local area businesses and residents to create and display barn quilts on their businesses or homes. During Riverboat Days, the quilt guild will distribute a pamphlet locating all participating barn quilts and provide spectators with information about the history of the various quilt patterns. Participants are encouraged to display their barn quilts from August 13 – September 18 in order to allow more time for people to view them. If you have questions about constructing your barn quilt or would like information about having someone create one for you, contact Sandy Hoffner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (605) 665-4792. In addition, Vicki Cooley will be teaching a class on how to paint a Barn Quilt Board at the Yankton Community Library June 14 – June 16 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Participants will finish the classes with a 2X2’ Barn Quilt Board to display at their home. Contact the library at (605) 668-5275 to register and receive the list of needed supplies.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, June 22 – Thursday, June 23
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp. Camps ar a free, fun, two hour events for children 4 – 6 and 7 – 10 years of age. The camps are located at the Gavins Point picnic shelter #2 at the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. The morning sessions are 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and afternoon sessions are 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

To allow for paving operations, the eastbound lane on Highway 50 will be closed, on Wednesday, June 22nd, from Broadway Avenue to Burleigh Street. On Thursday, June 23rd, both lanes will be closed, for underground utility installation. The highway is expected to be reopened Thursday night. To bypass construction, we would encourage drivers to utilize the 2nd Street detour.

Thursday, June 23
LEWIS AND CLARK LARK RECREATION AREA – 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. – Water Craft Exploration ages 8 and up – Lake Yankton Boat Ramp.

Website Development Mini Bootcamp Website 101 – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; RTEC; 1200 W 21st Street; Yankton.

YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - On Thursday, June 23, there will be a repeat of the preschool story time at 10:15 a.m. LEGO Club and LEGO Robotics 2 meet from 2-3:30 p.m. LEGO Club is free building time for all ages of children. Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult or teen. LEGO Robotics 2 is for registered participants only.

Bragging Rights on Thursday Nights – 6 p.m. – Missouri River Associates; 124 Walnut Street; Yankton.

“Murder by the Book” Victorian Tea Event – 6:30 p.m.; Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home; 509 Pine Street; Yankton.

Friday, June 24
LEWIS AND CLARK LARK RECREATION AREA – 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. – Water Craft Exploration ages 8 and up – Lake Yankton Boat Ramp; 8 p.m. – Nature Binge – Lewis and Clark Amphitheater; 9 p.m. – Outdoor Nature Movie – Lewis and Clark Amphitheater.

On Friday, June 24, the MMC Lancer Club will hold their 2nd annual Lancer Club Party, a fundraiser for student-athlete scholarships. The event, starting at 7:00 p.m. will be held at the Old Mill just north of The Landing in downtown Yankton. Community members, alumni and friends are invited to attend and enjoy the live music, silent auction, heavy appetizers, complimentary keg beer donated by Conkling Distributing, and a cash bar. Tickets for the event are $30 for an individual ticket or $150 for a table of 6. Tickets will be available at the door, but you can guarantee your spot by ordering your tickets prior to the event. Purchase your tickets today or sign up to be a sponsor by contacting Cindy Sohler in the Lancer Athletics Department at 605-668-1241 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about this event, go to www.mtmc.edu/lancerclub.

YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - The Library Olympics Book Club for upper elementary students, meets at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 24. The group is reading Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics. The movie for that afternoon is Mighty Ducks. It begins at 2 p.m. and is 100 minutes long and rated PG. All ages are welcome to attend.

Yankton County Relay for Life – 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Riverside Park; Levee Street & Douglas Avenue; Yankton.

Saturday, June 25 – Sunday, June 26
Morrie Wachendorf First Dakota Classic Baseball Tournament – Riverside Park Baseball Stadium; Levee Street & Pearl Street; Yankton.

Yankton Twins Baseball Tournament – Sertoma Park; 15th Street & Ferdig Avenue; Yankton.

Saturday, June 25
LEWIS AND CLARK LARK RECREATION AREA – 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. – Archery Class – Gavins Point Archery Range; 10 a.m., 11 a.m. – Watercraft Exploration ages 8 and up – Lake Yankton Boat Ramp; 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Old Time Fun at the Ranch – Pierson Ranch; 5:30 p.m. – Old Iron Association Tractor Parade – Pierson Ranch to Lewis and Clark Campgrounds; 7 p.m. – Pie Iron Cooking – Chief White Crane.

9th Annual Tour of Lawns & Gardens – 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.; Riverview Reformed Church; 1700 Burleigh Street; Yankton.

Market at the Meridian – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Corner of 2nd & Walnut Street; Yankton.

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

Sunday, June 26
LEWIS AND CLARK LARK RECREATION AREA – 10:30 a.m. – Interdenominational Church Service – Pierson Ranch Amphitheater.

Monday, June 27
YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - The final week of June is a busy one at the Yankton Community Library. Week 4 of the summer reading program begins Monday, June 27, with two special guests. At 2 p.m., Steve Rokusek, also known as Science Steve, presents amazing science experiments. All ages are welcome. Then, instead of the regular preschool story time Monday evening, there is a family story time at 6:30 p.m. Bestselling author Elise Parsley joins us to share her new book, If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t! She will also do a drawing demonstration, play some music, and provide activities. Books sales and author signing follow the event. Don’t miss this fun family presentation!

Vermillion School Board Meeting – VHS Library; 1001 E. Main Street; Vermillion.

Riverside Yoga Mondays – 6 p.m.; Territorial Capitol Replica; Levee Street & Douglas Avenue; Yankton.

Tuesday, June 28
YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - Toddler time is Tuesday, June 28, with sessions at 10:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The theme for the toddlers this week is BUGS. Craft day for elementary-aged children is Tuesday at 2 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a white or light colored t-shirt. The project is designing your own sports jersey. Fabric markers and felt cut-outs are provided. Children not wishing to decorate a cloth t-shirt can try out their designs on paper shirts provided by the library.

Armchair Traveler Experience – 6:30 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton.

Summer Concert Series – 8 p.m.; Riverside Park; Levee Street & Douglas Avenue; Yankton.

Wednesday, June 29
Elise Parsley will be giving a special all-ages presentation as part of the Yankton Community Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program – 6:30 p.m.; Yankton Library.

YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - Preschool story time is Wednesday morning, June 29, at 10:15 a.m. Baseball is the theme for the preschoolers this week, with baseball books and a baseball craft. At 2 p.m., the Fitness Fun Club presentation is by the Yankton Archery Center. We won’t be shooting with bows and arrows, but there will be target practice activities following the presentation. The Wii gaming system is also available in the meeting room until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The teens meet at 4 p.m. for outdoor games including spike ball, croquet, and ladder ball.

LEWIS AND CLARK LARK RECREATION AREA – 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. – Archery Classes ages 8 and up – Gavins Point Archery Range; 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. – Watercraft Exploration ages 8 and up – Lake Yankton Boat Ramp.

One Million Cups – 9 a.m.; Gathering Grounds; Discovery Church; 205 West 3rd Street; Yankton.

Thursday, June 30
Yankton Community Blood Drive – 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital – Benedictine Center; 501 Summit Street; Yankton.

Website Development Mini Bootcamp Website 201 – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; RTEC; 1200 W 21st Street; Yankton.

YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - Preschool story time repeats on Thursday, June 30, at 10:15 a.m. LEGO Club and LEGO Robotics 2 meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. LEGO Club is free building time for all ages. Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult or teen. LEGO Robotics 2 is for registered participants only.

LEWIS AND CLARK LARK RECREATION AREA – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Fishing on Lake Yankton. Poles and bait are furnished – Chief White Crane; 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. – Archery Classes ages 8 and up; Gavins Point Archery Range.

Music at the Meridian – 6 p.m. – 8 a.m.; Meridian Bridge Plaza; 2nd Street & Walnut Street; Yankton.

Friday, July 1
YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - The Library Olympics Book Club for upper elementary readers meets Friday, July 1, at 11 a.m. The group is reading Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics. The movie for Friday afternoon is Air Bud. It begins at 2 p.m. and is one hour and 39 minutes long and rated G. All ages are welcome.

Public Safety Independence Day Community Cookout – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; north of E. Cherry Street and on the west side of N. Plum Street; Vermillion.

LEWIS AND CLARK LARK RECREATION AREA – 9:30 a.m. – American Bald Eagle Program – Chief White Crane Amphitheater; 8 p.m. – Nature Binge – Chief White Crane Amphitheater; 9 p.m. – Outdoor Nature Movie – Chief White Crane Amphitheater.

Saturday, July 2
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Yankton Democrats “Rally for Sanity” – 12 p.m.; Riverside Park; Yankton.

LEWIS AND CLARK LARK RECREATION AREA – 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Bike Decorating – Lewis and Clark Amphitheater; 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Happy Birthday America Bike Parade – Start and finish at Lewis and Clark Amphitheater; 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Canoe Clinic National Parks Service – South Shore of Lake Yankton Canoe Launch Site; 9:30 p.m. – Wetlands at Night Hike featuring Frogs and fireflies – Gavins Point Nature Trail.

Sunday, July 3
LEWIS AND CLARK LARK RECREATION AREA – 10:30 a.m. – Interdenominational Church Service – Pierson Ranch Amphitheater; 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. – Archery Classes ages 8 and up – Gavins Point Archery Range; 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Fishing on Lake Yankton Poles – Chief White Crane.

Monday, July 4
The City of Yankton is pleased to announce that on Monday, July 4th, the annual City fireworks show will start at dusk and can be viewed in Riverside Park. The fireworks will be shot off from the Nebraska side of the Missouri River. The City of Yankton would like to remind everyone that the Meridian Bridge will be open during the Yankton Fourth of July fireworks show giving a great vantage point from which to view the spectacle. Please remember that the Bridge is a pedestrian trail. The public will NOT be allowed to set up chairs, blankets, or other items that may block the pedestrian walkway on the Bridge as people will be crossing the bridge by foot, on bikes, by personal mobility devices, etc.

YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - The library is closed Monday, July 4, for Independence Day.

Brighten up Riverside Park on July 4th by purchasing Glow Sticks from Yankton County Parents as Teachers. Parents as Teachers (PAT) board members and volunteers will be walking through the park selling glow sticks prior to the 4th of July Fireworks Show. The glow stick necklaces will be on sale for $1.00 apiece or 6 for $5.00. The Lewis and Clark Thrivent Chapter is providing financial support of this project.

Tuesday, July 5
Join us at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, on Tuesday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m., for a competitive Patriotic Trivia Night. Our game is in the format of Jeopardy! with teams of two playing against one another. Test your memory of America’s Songs, Famous Places Across the Land, or Sports & Leisure from days gone by. These are just a few of the categories on our game board. Register now at the library in teams of two or as an individual. Registration is required, but there is no fee. Join us for an evening of fun and games! For further information, contact the library at 668-5275.

YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - Activities resume on July 5 with toddler time at 10:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Our theme for the week is “Dance.” Our Tuesday afternoon craft is outside art. It could get messy, so wear old clothes!

Wednesday, July 6
YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - Preschool story time is Wednesday morning, July 6, at 10:15 a.m. Miss Judi O’Connell is joining us to carry out our theme. We’ll read a story, dance with Miss Judi, and do a dancing giraffe craft. Miss Judi is back in the afternoon at 2 p.m. for Fitness Fun Club with the older children. Put on your dancing shoes and join us! The Wii gaming system is also available in the meeting room until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The teens meet at 4 p.m. on Wednesday for a movie, The Sandlot, which is one hour, 42 minutes long and rated PG.

Thursday, July 7
YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - Preschool story time with Miss Judi repeats on Thursday, July 7, at 10:15 a.m. LEGO Club and LEGO Robotics 2 meet from 2:00-3:30 p.m. LEGO Club is free building time for all ages of children. Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult or teen. LEGO Robotics 2 is for registered participants only.

Friday, July 8
YANKTON LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM - The upper elementary Book Club meets Friday, July 8, at 11 a.m. The group is reading Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics. The movie for Friday afternoon, Little Giants, begins at 2 p.m. and is one hour and 47 minutes long and rated PG. All ages are welcome to attend.

Saturday, July 9
Annual South Dakota High School All-Star Football Game; Vermillion.

THE CENTER – YANKTON - Save the Date for the Annual BBQ & Dance 7-9pm July 9th. Members $5 advance/$6 at door. Non-members $7 advance/$8 at door.

Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Smithsonian Institution Recording Artists Bob and Sheila Everhart will present “A Traveling Museum of Music” on Saturday, July 9, at 7 p.m., in the Riverside Park Amphitheatre. Join us for an evening of songs that were popular in rural America during all the wars in which America took part.

Sunday, July 10
Special Olympics Basketball Challenge – 1:30 p.m.; Laddie E. Cimpl Arena; Mount Marty College Campus; Yankton.

Tuesday, July 12
MYOB (Mind Your Own Business) – Yankton Chamber.

Yankton Chamber New Member Social

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

Wednesday, July 13 – Thursday, July 14
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp. Camps ar a free, fun, two hour events for children 4 – 6 and 7 – 10 years of age. The camps are located at the Gavins Point picnic shelter #2 at the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. The morning sessions are 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and afternoon sessions are 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Thursday, July 14
Tour of Homes at Bliss Pointe Housing Development – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Vermillion.

Saturday, July 16
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

The Tom Kruse Benefit will be Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the Eagles Club in Vermillion, SD. A free will offering supper and silent auction will start at 4:30 pm with the Live Auction to begin at 7pm. For a listing of the auction items please log on to "Benefit for Tom Kruse" on Facebook. Cash donations can be made at the Bank of the West in Vermillion to "Tom Kruse Benefit" or go to www.youcaring.com/tom-kruse-578759 where you can make a donation. If you would like to donate something for the auction please contact Pam Ganschow (605)670-6245, Mike Kruse (605)202-1061 or Leanne Brown (605)670-0826. See you at the benefit.

Monday, July 18
11th Annual Sheri Ellis Memorial Golf Social – 1 p.m.; The Bluffs Golf Course; Vermillion. 18 hole, 4 person scramble. $50 per person paid in advance, $60 day of event. Includes golf, dinner, and prizes.

Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24
Great Plains Lions Leadership Institute; Mount Marty College; Yankton. Any Lion, Lioness, or Leo who is 18 or older, has not yet served as District Governor as of the dates of the institute, is eligible. $160 before June 1, $180 after May 31. For more information contact Lion Anne Smarsh This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Lion Craig Donecker This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Saturday, July 23
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Monday, July 25 – Friday, July 29
Mount Marty College’s Summer Camp Invention. Cost for the weeklong camp is $220, but those who register by March 21 will receive $25 off. Register between March 22 and May 10 to receive $15 off the total cost. There is also a $50 discount per sibling for families registering three or more siblings. To register for Camp Invention or to learn more about the EPIC program, visit campinvention.org or call 800-968-4322. For more information on Mount Marty College, visit www.mtmc.edu.

Wednesday, July 27 – Thursday, July 28
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp. Camps ar a free, fun, two hour events for children 4 – 6 and 7 – 10 years of age. The camps are located at the Gavins Point picnic shelter #2 at the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. The morning sessions are 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and afternoon sessions are 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Thursday, July 28
Yankton Chamber Downtown Professional/Retailers Event.

Discover Downtown Yankton – 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Downtown Yankton.

Friday, July 29
Yankton Chamber Downtown Vacant Building Tour.

Saturday, July 30
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Friday, August 5 - Saturday, August 6
The Center and the City of Yankton’s Recreation Department, is hosting the 2016 Yankton Senior Games for Seniors 50 years and older from any community on August 5-6. Participants 49 years old who turn 50 on or before December 31, 2016 are eligible to participate. Yankton Senior Games’ events will include 8 Ball Pool, Shuffleboard, Bean Bag Toss, Table Tennis on Friday, August 5 and Track & Field and Basketball on Saturday, August 6. Registration forms may be picked up at The Center or the Summit Activities Center and participants are encouraged to pre-register in order to prevent cancellation of events. There is a nonrefundable, $5 entry fee for each participant. For additional information, please call The Center at 605-665-4685. Remember to follow the Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation on our Facebook Page.

Saturday, August 6
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Wednesday, August 10
New Teacher Luncheon.

Saturday, August 13
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Tuesday, August 16
Yankton School District New Teacher Coffee.

Wednesday, August 17
Sacred Heart School New Teacher Coffee.

Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21
Yankton Riverboat Days.

Saturday, August 20
Riverboat Days Parade Cleanup.

Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Heritage Ride - Saturday, August 20th Elk Point, SD. Where- Imm. Lutheran church parking lot, registration starts early- 7 am, riders leave at 8 am. Routes of 28 and 48 miles. Snacks and beverages provided on the routes. A meal is available at Spink Cafe for those who register for it. Proceeds support the Clay-Union foundation, Inc. and it's local scholarship and community fund efforts. Registration forms are online at BIKEIOWA - Your #1 source for Iowa bicycle rides, events and news. under Heritage ride, or on www.clay-unionfoundation.org under events. Contact John Gille at 605-421-5050 for more information.

Friday, August 26
Yankton Chamber Golf Day.

Saturday, August 27
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, September 3
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, September 10
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, September 17
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, September 24
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Get to the Point half marathon and 5k run/walk - Elk Point, SD. Where- starts at Casey's exit 18 off I-29. Half walkers leave at 8:15 am, runners leave at 8:30 am. The 5k runners and walkers leave at 8:45 am. Food and beverages provided for entries after the race, as well as dri-fit shirts. Half entries also receive finisher medals and age division ribbons will be awarded for the top 3 in each class. Register online at online event registration services at GetMeRegistered.com under Get to the Point. Early discounts are available. Proceeds support the Clay-Union foundation, Inc. Contact John Gille at 605-421-505 for more information.

Saturday, October 1
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, October 8
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, October 15
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, October 22
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Saturday, October 29
Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Ohiya Casino and Resort; 53142 Highway 12; Niobrara.

Tuesday, November 15
America Recycles Day.

Iowa News

Mason City woman died after house fire, authorities say
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 64-year-old Mason City woman has died after a fire at her home. Relatives of Nancy Thompson had called 911 after finding evidence of the fire Tuesday night. It was out before firefighters arrived. Mason City Fire Marshal Jayme Medlin says a wall lamp had ignited a window covering in the kitchen. The flames didn't leave the kitchen, but there was smoke damage throughout the house. Firefighters found Thompson on a bedroom floor. She was taken to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, where she was pronounced dead.

Prosecutor: Chinese man got life for killing Iowa girlfriend
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Chinese man who fled home after killing his girlfriend in Iowa will serve a life sentence in China. Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness said Wednesday that the U.S. State Department informed her office and Iowa City police that 24-year-old Xiangnan Li (zee-UNG'-nuhn lee) was sentenced earlier this week in the Chinese city of Wenzhou (WEHN'-joo). In March the former University of Iowa student told a Chinese court that he'd killed 20-year-old Iowa State student Tong Shao (tong show) in September 2014. Iowa authorities wanted Li to be returned for trial, but the United States and China don't have an extradition treaty. The Criminal Investigation Bureau of China has said that Chinese citizens are subject to Chinese prosecution for any crimes they commit abroad.

Officials plan to start refilling Lake Delhi on Friday
DELHI, Iowa (AP) — Officials are planning to close the floodgates Friday and start refilling Lake Delhi, now that the $16 million restoration project has been finished. The 9-mile-long lake on the Maquoketa (muh-KOH'-kih-tuh) River emptied in July 2010 when heavy rain caused the previous dam to fail. Property owners formed a taxing district shortly after the storms, and voters approved a $6 million bond measure for the new dam and restoration. Other money came from the state, Delaware County and private donations. Steve Leonard of the Lake Delhi Combined Recreational Facility and Water Quality District told The Des Moines Register the lake could refill in as little as four days or take three or more weeks, depending on rainfall and river flow.

The Latest: Tornado watch issued overnight for Indiana
CHICAGO (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of Indiana until 5 a.m. EDT as severe weather moves through the Midwest. The weather service also issued a flood advisory for northern and north central Indiana due to heavy rains due to thunderstorms that moved across the state late Wednesday. In Illinois, Livingston County emergency manager Chuck Schopp says at least four homes and a gas station sustained damaged when a tornado ripped through central Illinois. Two people had been trapped inside a home, but he says they were able to escape. The weather service says it received numerous reports of tornadoes west and southwest of Chicago, adding a survey will be conducted Thursday to determine the number.

APNewsBreak: US Senate panel demands info in lottery scandal
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A U.S. Senate oversight committee is demanding information about how state lotteries are increasing security after an insider allegedly rigged jackpots for years. Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, says fraud allegations in lottery games raise serious concerns. Yet he says it's not clear what the Multi-State Lottery Association is doing to address them. In a letter to association leaders obtained by The Associated Press, Thune says his committee wants answers to several questions by July 7. Investigators say the association's former security director, Eddie Tipton, installed software code that allowed him to predict winning numbers on specific days of the year. A jury has convicted Tipton of rigging a $16.5 million jackpot, and he's charged with manipulating games in four other states.

5 injured in firetruck-SUV collision, Omaha authorities say
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Five people have been injured in a downtown Omaha collision between a firetruck and a sport utility vehicle. Authorities say the lights were flashing and siren blaring on the northbound firetruck around 10:35 a.m. Wednesday as firefighters responded to an emergency call. But their truck collided with an eastbound SUV at an intersection and ended up crashing into the side of an art gallery building. Four firefighters and the SUV driver, 40-year-old Jason Sauvain, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, were taken to Creighton University Medical Center for treatment of what turned out to be minor injuries. No one in the building was injured.

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Nebraska News

Woman hospitalized after tubing accident in western Nebraska
BRIDGEPORT, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 21-year-old woman has been hospitalized after a tubing accident in the Nebraska Panhandle. The accident occurred around 1:10 p.m. Wednesday at Bridgeport State Recreation Area in Morrill County. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the woman was tubing on one of the lakes when her tube struck a shoreline. She was taken to a hospital in Morrill and then flown to a Scottsbluff hospital. Her name hasn't been released.

5 injured in firetruck-SUV collision, Omaha authorities say
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Five people have been injured in a downtown Omaha collision between a firetruck and a sport utility vehicle. Authorities say the lights were flashing and siren blaring on the northbound firetruck around 10:35 a.m. Wednesday as firefighters responded to an emergency call. But their truck collided with an eastbound SUV at an intersection and ended up crashing into the side of an art gallery building. Four firefighters and the SUV driver, 40-year-old Jason Sauvain, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, were taken to Creighton University Medical Center for treatment of what turned out to be minor injuries. No one in the building was injured.

Turbine malfunction takes Nebraska nuke plant offline
FORT CALHOUN, Neb. (AP) — Omaha's public power utility says its nuclear power plant in eastern Nebraska has been temporarily taken offline for a minor malfunction. Omaha Public Power District says in a written release that the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station north of Omaha was taken offline Tuesday morning when a turbine tripped. The utility says the system responded as designed by automatically shutting down the reactor without incident. The utility says the plant is safe and there were no injuries. Operators are analyzing the cause of the situation, focusing on the speed and power controls of the turbine. Crews are working to resolve the issue and restore the unit to service. The utility announced earlier this month that it would close the nuclear power plant by the end of the year.

Nebraska prepares to offer special savings accounts
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will become one of the nation's first states to offer special tax-free savings accounts to people with disabilities. The state is set to launch its Enable Savings Plan on June 30. The plan allows adults with disabilities and their families to save as much as $100,000 without losing Social Security benefits. Supporters say the plans will help them save for medical, housing and educational needs. Under previous state law, adults with disabilities could lose Medicaid coverage and Social Security if they accumulated more than $2,000 in assets. State Treasurer Don Stenberg says Ohio and Tennessee launched similar accounts earlier this month, but Nebraska's is among the first. Residents from other states can also sign up for Nebraska's plan. First National Bank of Omaha will manage the program.

Bellevue city administrator cited for dental office incident
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say an eastern Nebraska city administrator has been ticketed for misdemeanor counts following a disturbance at a local dental office. Omaha television station WOWT reports that Bellevue City Administrator Dan Berlowitz was cited Tuesday afternoon following the disturbance that morning at Allen Smith Dental in Bellevue, where Berlowitz's wife used to work. A police report says Berlowitz poked a dentist in the chest and then pushed the dentist's shoulder. Berlowitz was later cited on suspicion of trespassing, disturbing the peace and third-degree assault, all misdemeanors. Berlowitz did not immediately return a phone message left at his office Wednesday.

Wounded deputy gets $1,500 to help with health insurance
CHAPPELL, Neb. (AP) — A Deuel County sheriff's deputy who lost his family health insurance after he was shot four times while serving arrest warrants will get $1,500 from the county. Mike Hutchinson was injured Dec. 3 while trying to arrest a suspect in Big Springs. He's left a hospital and has been recovering. He lost his group plan coverage May 31 after the county's new third-party provider determined that he wasn't working the required number of hours. Officials say coverage rules aren't set by the county. The county commissioners voted Tuesday for Hutchinson's one-time stipend. Hutchinson says he'll use the money to obtain coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Officials say his medical bills from the shooting have been covered by workers' compensation insurance.

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