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August 24, 2016
Optimist Club Going Strong in Vermillion, Tribes Join in Oil Pipeline Protest
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August 23, 2016
Yankton City Commission Hears Analysis of Financial Reports, Fish Records Broken in South Dakota
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August 22, 2016
Heart Walk Raises Money in South Dakota, State of Emergency Declared in North Dakota Amidst Pipeline Protest
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August 19, 2016
Sister James Facility Given Honor, Traffic Numbers Down at Sturgis
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August 18, 2016
USD Set for Move-In Day, Arrest Warrant Issued in Hit and Run
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August 17, 2016
Road and Bridge Levy Referendum Petition Filed in Yankton County, Lawsuit Brought Over Pipeline Protests
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August 16, 2016
Cases of Fraud Relatively Low in South Dakota, Oil Pipeline Protests Continue
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August 15, 2016
Racial Wealth Divide Present, Final Sturgis Traffic Numbers Announced
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August 12, 2016
University of South Dakota Fraternity Receives Honor, Sentence Handed Down in Child Rape
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August 11, 2016
Nebraska Inks Deal With Taiwan, South Dakota Gas Prices Stay Constant
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August 10, 2016
Southeast South Dakota Faces Natural Gas Challenges, Vaccines Encouraged as School Starts
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August 9, 2016
Boys and Girls Club Raffle Approaching, Tyndall Officer Injured
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August 8, 2016
Minimum Wage Not tied to Productivity, Nebraska Senator Fined
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July 27, 2016
HyVee Sponsors Lunch For First Responders, South Dakota Delegates Combine to Back Clinton
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July 26, 2016
Yankton City Commission Gets Update on Boys and Girls Club, Gas Prices Fall Once Again in South Dakota
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July 25, 2016
Governor Daugaard Reacts to Tragedies Around the Nation, Escaped Inmate Found in Nebraska Corn Field
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July 20, 2016
Yankton County Says 'No' For Now To State Road Transfer, Nebraska Senators Prepare to Balance Budget
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July 19, 2016
Nebraska Tax Receipts Less Than Expected, Human Services Center Without Accreditation
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July 13, 2016
Nebraska Unveils New Slogan, South Dakota State Parks See Increase in Entrance Licenses
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July 12, 2016
Drinking Water Study Conducted Shows Increase, Gas Prices Dip in South Dakota
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July 11, 2016
South Dakota Joins Transgender Bathroom Lawsuit, Flags To Stay at Half-Staff Through Tuesday, Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash
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July 8, 2016
Nebraska Department of Transportation Releases Roads Report, The Office of Mike Rounds Robbed
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July 5, 2016
155th Returns Home, Crow Peak Fire Nearly Contained
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July 1, 2016
153rd Set to Deploy to Kuwait, Nebraska Announces Hay Harvesting Permits, South Dakota Regents Announce Alcohol Sales
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• The South Dakota Retailers Association invites customers, vendors and civic organizations to nominate their favorite retail store, grocery store or restaurant for the South Dakota Retailer of the Year Award. Nominations may be mailed, emailed or faxed by Nov. 1, 2016. Nomination forms and instructions are available online at www.sdra.org/EducationEvents/RetailerofYear. Nominations 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 .

• South and North Dakota Photography Portfolio – August 18 – 25; 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Bede Art Gallery; Mount Marty College; 1105 W 8th Street; Yankton.

• GriefShare, a special help seminar and support group for people experiencing grief and loss, will be held on Thursday evenings at Discovery Church beginning September 8 at 7:00 PM. GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Seminar sessions include “Is This Normal?” “The Challenges of Grief,” “Grief and Your Relationships,” “Why?” and “Guilt and Anger.” Each series lasts 13 weeks. Meetings will be held at 205 West 3rd St., Yankton, SD. For more information, call the church office at (605) 689-2211.

• Discovery Zone for Kids, our program for children K-6th grade, will begin at 6:30 pm, September 14, at Discovery Church. All children K-6th grade are welcome to attend. Please register at our website discoverychurchyankton.org or by calling the church office at (605) 689-2211. Discovery Church is located at 205 West 3rd St., Yankton, SD.

• The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut, is closed on Monday, September 5, for Labor Day. Beginning on Tuesday, September 6, 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.

• The Summit Activities Center will be closed Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day holiday. All regularly scheduled fitness classes on Monday, September 5 have been cancelled. Fall hours at the SAC will begin on Tuesday, September 6 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, Friday - 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday - 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 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 our Facebook Page.

• NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Vermillion City Council on the 29th day of August, 2016 at the hour of 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 25 Center Street, will meet in special session to consider the following application for an alcoholic beverage license to operate within the municipality for the licensing period stated below, which has been presented to the City Council and filed in the Finance Officer's Office: Special Daily License (On-Sale) Malt Beverage and Wine License: Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company, Inc. for expanded hours on or about September 1, 2016 on Ratingen Platz and portions of Market and Main Streets for expanded Thursdays on the Platz event. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN THAT any person, persons, or their attorney may appear and be heard at said scheduled public hearing who are interested in the approval or rejection of any such application.

• NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Vermillion City Council on the 6th day of September, 2016 at the hour of 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 25 Center Street, will meet in regular session to consider the following application for an alcoholic beverage license to operate within the municipality for the licensing period stated below, which has been presented to the City Council and filed in the Finance Officer's Office: Special Daily License (On-Sale) Malt Beverage and Wine License: Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company, Inc on or about September 30 & October 1, 2016 at Ratingen Platz and portions of Market and Main Street for Oktoberfest event. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN THAT any person, persons, or their attorney may appear and be heard at said scheduled public hearing who are interested in the approval or rejection of any such application.

• NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Vermillion City Council on the 29th day of August, 2016 at the hour of 5:30 P.M. at the City Hall Council Chambers, 25 Center Street, will meet in special session to consider the following application for a special permit to exceed allowable sound levels for the dates and times stated which has been filed in the Finance Officer's Office: Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and Development Company request for a special permit to exceed allowable sound levels on Ratingen Platz and portions of Market and Main Streets on or about September 1, 2016 for expanded hours on Thursdays on the Platz event. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN THAT any person, persons, or their attorney may appear and be heard at said scheduled public hearing who are interested in the approval or rejection of any such application for special permit.

• NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Vermillion City Council on the 6th day of September, 2016 at the hour of 7:00 P.M. at the City Hall Council Chambers, 25 Center Street, will meet in regular session to consider the following application for a special permit to exceed allowable sound levels for the dates and times stated which has been filed in the Finance Officer's Office: Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and Development Company request for a special permit to exceed allowable sound levels at Ratingen Platz and portions of Market and Main Street on or about September 30 and October 1, 2016 for Oktoberfest event music. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN THAT any person, persons, or their attorney may appear and be heard at said scheduled public hearing who are interested in the approval or rejection of any such application for special permit.

• Tours of the Gavins Point power plant will not be offered from Friday, August 19 through Friday, September 2. Tours will resume in time for Labor Day weekend.

• The Clay-Union foundation, Inc. is seeking youth age 5-17, and mentors 18 and up to match throughout Clay and Union county. Volunteers spend 2 hours/week with their match, which benefits both the child and the adult. Apply online at www.Clay-Unionfoundation.org under sign up tab. Print the app out and mail, or call John Gille 605-421-5050, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and one can be mailed to you. The program has matched 143 youth to date, and is seeking new members.

• Yankton Transit is now registering preschool to 12th grade students for transportation during the upcoming school year. Register before August 12th and your name will be put in for a drawing with a chance to win a $40/20 ride punch card. To register, go to 901 East 7th Street; Yankton. If you have questions, please call (605) 665-4610.

• AWANA will begin at Calvary Baptist Church, 2407 Broadway-Yankton, on Wednesday, August 31. 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 6:30-8:00 p.m. September through May. Children are welcome to join at any time throughout the school year. Club dues are $10 per child which covers the cost of books and a uniform. Please contact the church office (605)665-5594 for more information.

• 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 20 through Thursday, October 20, 2016. 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 29, 2016 during normal business hours. Registration for the general public and online registration will begin Tuesday, August 30 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 Summit Activities Center will be closing the aquatics area on Sunday, September 11, 2016 for cleaning and routine maintenance. The pool is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Saturday, September 17. Water aerobics classes will resume Monday, September 19, 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 Elkhorn Valley Museum (EVM) in Norfolk, NE is excited to announce free general admission for children every Tuesday thanks to an anonymous sponsorship. Starting this Tuesday, children (ages 18 and under) accompanied by a paid adult family member will have free general admission to the entire museum. The Elkhorn Valley Museum is dedicated to providing educational and fun family experiences in all of our exhibits including the Children’s Discovery Zone. National research has repeatedly shown that the earlier children experience visiting a museum the more likely they are to have a strong foundation in critical thinking skills, civic engagement, curiosity and awareness of their environment. Be sure to take advantage of free children’s general admission and stop by with your family next Tuesday! • Calvary Kids Preschool is gearing up for the new school year! Calvary Kids Preschool is a Christ-centered preschool which provides a quality education for preschool and junior kindergarten. Students learn through hands-on activities, daily reading and writing centers, SmartBoard activities, arts and crafts, free play, and various fun and exciting field trips. They also have the opportunity to serve others. If you would like additional information about Calvary Kids Preschool, or if you would like to schedule a time for your child to visit the classroom, please call (605) 665-5594. Limited space is available so call today.

• The Dazzlers, in coordination with the City of Yankton’s Recreation Department, is offering a nine-week Baton and Pom-Pom program for boys and girls ages 3 years and older. This innovative program, instructed by USD’s Feature Twirler Sierra Johnson, will include exciting performances at USD’s 102nd Parade, as well as a final performance at the conclusion of the program. The program will be held on Monday evenings, September 12-November 14, 2016 at City Hall Gym located at 416 Walnut Street. Cost for the nine-week program is $65 plus tax, which will include the cost of a baton or pom-pom. Registration forms may be picked up and returned to the Summit Activities Center by Friday, September 9 or you may register online at www.cityofyankton.org. For additional information, visit the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or call 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation on our Facebook Page.

• Yankton’s local National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) committee is seeking nominations for the awards of Outstanding Employer of the Year and Outstanding Employee with a Disability. The employer award is offered for outstanding achievements in improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The employee award is given to an employee with a disability in recognition of outstanding achievements in competitive employment by overcoming a disability as well as providing inspiration for other individuals with disabilities. If you would like to nominate a person or business from the Yankton area for either of these awards, please contact Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Rehabilitation Services District Supervisor Jennifer Trenhaile at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 605-668-3050. All nominations must be submitted by Aug. 31. NDEAM is acknowledged nationally and in South Dakota each October.

• Mighty Mo: Animals from the Journals of Lewis and Clark – July 23 – August 25. G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery; 508 Douglas Avenue; Yankton. Monday – Friday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

• 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 .

• 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.

• 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

Tuesday, August 23 – Friday, August 26
Crest Road, the road that crosses the Gavins Point Dam will be closed from 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 23 through 5 p.m. Friday, August 26 to repave the roadway. This closure will include nighttime hours. The public is asked to plan on an alternate route of travel during this time.

Tuesday, August 23
Mount Marty College New Teacher Coffee.

Yankton Community Blood Drive – 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital – Benedictine Center; Yankton.

Wednesday, August 24
One Million Cups – 9 a.m.; Discovery Church; 205 W 3rd Street; Yankton.

UpNEXT: Vermillion’s Coffee Hour – 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.; Vermillion Public Library; Vermillion.

4th Street, from Broadway Avenue to Burleigh Street, will be closed on Wednesday, August 24th. During this time, the contractors, for the Highway 50 reconstruction project, will be paving a portion of the north side of the highway. Side street access will be permitted, for local traffic, as the paving operation allows. 4th Street is scheduled to be re-opened late afternoon or early evening, on the 24th.

Thursday, August 25
Vermillion Public Library Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting – 6 p.m.; Small Conference Room; Vermillion Public Library; Vermillion.

National Park Service Centennial Celebration – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Riverside Park; Levee Street; Yankton.

Friday, August 26
Yankton Chamber Golf Day – Hillcrest; Yankton. The event is open to chamber members and the public. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $75 per person (includes 18 holes, dinner, door prizes, and a free beverage) and $10 per person for golf cart rental. Payout for the tournament will be for the top three teams in three flights. To register, call the Chamber at (605) 665-3636 or sign up online at http://www.yanktonsd.com/golf.

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.

Gather your friends and join us for a fun day of painting on Saturday, August 27th at The Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Welcome Center for Creative Spirit's Painting with the Naturalist. The 10:00 am class session will paint the CS Sailboat Fleet and the 1:00 pm class session will paint Dusty the Dragonfly. The class is taught by professional instructors and all materials will be provided for the 11x14 paintings. The cost per person per session is $25. Lemonade and cookies will be provided to snack on while you paint at this fun event for all ages. Please no alcohol at this family friendly event. Please register at the Lewis and Clark Welcome Center or call 605-668-2985.

Sunday, August 28
2nd Annual Mother City Disc Golf Doubles Challenge – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Memorial Park; Yankton. Early bird registration will be $20 per team and after August 23 it will be $30 per team. If you wish more information, you can go on the Yankton County Parents as Teachers facebook page, contact Jesse Bailey at (715) 563-3213, or contact Deanna Branaugh at (605) 661-4833.

Monday, August 29 – Sunday, September 4
The 41st Old Time Music Festival – Plymouth City Fairgrounds; 500 4th Avenue NE; Le Mars.

Monday, August 29
Learn How To Plan For Future Health Care Needs At Free Seminar – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; Avera Professional Office Pavilion Amphitheatre; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Campus; Yankton. To register or to get more information about this event, please call (877) 282-8372 or visit www.avera.org/classes-events/.

Yankton Area Diabetes Support Group Meeting: The ABCs of Diabetes! – 7 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Campus; Pavilion Auditorium; Yankton.

Wednesday, August 31
Habitat for Humanity Open House and Appreciation – 5 p.m.; 218 Capital Street; Yankton.

Mount Marty College Mission Day – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. This event will focus on MMC’s mission of preparing students for service to the community and personal growth. This will be an opportunity for the entire campus (students, faculty and staff) to roll up their sleeves, assist local programs in the community, and make a big IMPACT.

Heart & Vascular Screens – 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sanford Vermillion – Main Entrance; 102 S Plum Street; Vermillion.

Thursday, September 1
Thursdays on the Platz – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Ratingen Platz in downtown Vermillion. Music by Goodroad, food provided by Aramark.

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.

Sunday, September 4
Holy Family Parish Pancake & Sausage Breakfast & Catholic Order of Forester Raffle – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Bow Valley Dancehall; Bow Valley. Raffle, bake sale & games for all!

Monday, September 5
The Yankton Community Library will be closed for Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 6
The internationally known housing organization, Habitat for Humanity, recently announced its intention to serve Clay County and bring much needed housing assistance to its communities. Julie Dykstra, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Clay and Yankton Counties, will present an overview of the organization and its work on Tuesday, September 6th at 7 pm at the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. Families and individuals in need of Habitat’s assistance are encouraged to contact the organization to determine their eligibility to participate. Further information about the organization can be found by visiting http://www.habitatclayyankton.org/.

Wednesday, September 7
Additionally, this chapter of the organization seeks interested Vermillion-area residents to join its Board of Directors to help guide needed work. An informational session about the organization and its work will be held during the Vermillion UpNEXT Coffee Hour on Wednesday, September 7th at 8 am, also at the Vermillion Public Library.

Thursday, September 8
eBooks and OverDrive Class – 6 p.m.; Yankton Community Library; 515 Walnut Street; Yankton.

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.

First Annual United Way Human Foosball Tournament – 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; The Landing; Yankton. Teams can register by calling United Way at (605) 665-6766 or by visiting www.yanktonunitedway.org/kickoff.

Sunday, September 11
9/11 Remembrance Event “Laps for Lives” – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Vermillion High School Track. To register, search “Laps For Lives” on Facebook or call for more information (605) 677-6787.

Monday, September 12
The Divorced, Widowed and Separated Support Group will be starting again on Monday, September 12, 2016. 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.

National Assisted Living Week - Phyllis Schrag, a South Dakota Humanities Council Speaker's Bureau Scholar, will present the program, “If You Have to Grow Up, It Might As Well Be in a Small Town,” at 2 p.m. in the Gathering Place. Growing up in a 1950s small town had some unique advantages that modern children will never experience. This storytelling presentation is sure to delight audiences as it explores commonalities found in most regional small towns. Details of lessons learned from a child’s point-of-view will evoke many individual memories among audience members.

Tuesday, September 13
The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, partnering with Osher Life-Long Institute, will present a discussion of this year’s One Book South Dakota on Tuesday, September 13th at 3 pm. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Library’s Circulation Desk.

Patrick Hicks is the author of over ten books, including The Collector of Names, Adoptable, and This London. He will appear at the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library to read from his newest novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, on Tuesday, September 13th, at 7 pm.

United Way September Chamber Mixer – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Avera Professional Office Pavilion; 409 Summit Street; Yankton.

Thursday, September 15
Save the Date: Business Luncheon. Featuring speaker Anita Norling, Alternative HRD: “The Overtime Rules have Changed, is your Company Ready?” RED Steakhouse; Vermillion. Chamber members $10; non-chamber $20. Call (605) 624-5571 for more information.

Restore Church Ribbon Cutting – 3 p.m.; 1208A Broadway; Yankton.

Friday, September 16
National Assisted Living Week - Dave Merkel will provide a special music performance at 2 p.m. in the Gathering Place. For more information, call (605) 668-8900.

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.

Friday, September 23
One evening…..One heart …. One Cry! Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and Revive Our Hearts is hosting a large-scale simulcast prayer event on Friday, September 23 from 6-9 pm to gather thousands of women to pray for God’s mercy and supernatural intervention in our world, our nation, our churches, our cities, and our homes. While the world around us wrestles with wavering hope in political parties, portfolios, safety, stability, or the advancement of the right social cause—we are crying out to the only One who gives hope and peace. Cry Out! is an opportunity for you to actually do something together that will make a difference. Thousands strong. Crying out to the King of Kings to do in us and in our nation what no man-made effort can accomplish. This three-hour prayer meeting will focus on five areas of prayer emphasis: personal, families, churches, our nation, and the world. Each segment will be led by a different keynote speaker and will include Scripture reading, a short devotional message, corporate interactive prayer, and worship. Mark your calendars for Friday, September 23 from 6-9 pm. Gather your friends, and join us at Discovery Church, 205 West 3rd St., Yankton, SD for this free event as we unite with women across America to lift our hearts to the Lord in prayer. No reservations or tickets required. Questions? Contact the church office at (605) 689-2211.

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.

Thursday, October 27
Mounty Marty College Fall Music Showcase – Marian Auditorium; Yankton. It will feature MMC Music Department ensembles.

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.

Saturday, December 3
Mounty Marty College Vespers – 7 p.m.; Bishop Martin Marty Chapel. This year’s concert will feature the MMC Choral Union, Chamber Choir, and brass ensemble with organ.

Sunday, December 4
Mounty Marty College Vespers – 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Bishop Martin Marty Chapel. This year’s concert will feature the MMC Choral Union, Chamber Choir, and brass ensemble with organ.

Sunday, December 11
Mount Marty College Fall Band Concert – 7:30 p.m.; Marian Auditorium; Yankton.

Iowa News

Woman gets probation for fatal Council Bluffs crash
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 29-year-old Council Bluffs woman has been given two years of probation for a fatal hit-and-run accident. The Daily Nonpareil reports that Stephanie Kenealy was sentenced Monday. She'd pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatality accident. The judge also granted her a deferred judgment. Under a deferred judgment, the conviction can be wiped from Kenealy's record if she successfully completes the terms of her probation. Authorities say 54-year-old David Ryder was riding his bike in the same direction as Kenealy's sport utility vehicle when she hit the bicyclist during a downpour of rain on Sept. 8, 2015. Ryder was declared dead at the scene. Authorities say Kenealy had left the scene and returned nearly an hour later.

Fort Dodge hires new company for sewer work after mishaps
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The Fort Dodge City Council has hired a new construction company to take over a sewer project after firing a Minnesota company that was involved in a series of mishaps. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports the council voted Monday to hire Wicks Construction, of Decorah, to take over the project from Carstensen Contracting, of Pipestone, Minnesota. Last month, the council ordered Carstensen off the job after numerous problems, including breaking four gas lines, breaking three water service lines, leaving sandbags in a manhole and causing two sewage backups, knocking down an overhead electrical line and cutting a phone line. The city will pay Wicks $3.2 million to complete work on the project, which will increase the capacity of sewers and eliminate backups in much of southern Fort Dodge.

2 occupants hospitalized after Cedar Rapids house fire
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two people have been hospitalized after a Cedar Rapids house fire. The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says firetrucks were dispatched a little before 2 a.m. Tuesday. One occupant was found outside the home, thanks to the assistance of a neighbor. Firefighters had to rescue a man from the flames and smoke inside the two-story structure. The fire cause is being investigated.

Clayton County board advances plan for sand mining expansion
ELKADER, Iowa (AP) — Clayton County supervisors have given initial approval to the expansion of a sand mining operation. The board unanimously voted Monday to rezone 746 acres near Clayton from agricultural to heavy industrial use. The rezoning requires at least one more reading and affirmative board vote to take effect. The board imposed five restrictions on Pattison Sand Co., including that the company would be responsible for any water well damage that could be attributed to the mining. Silica sand is used by oil and gas drillers for hydraulic fracturing.

Drop in Iowa State Fair attendance blamed on bad weather
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Weather is being blamed for a drop in attendance at this year's Iowa State Fair. Some days were rainy, some extra hot and humid and some apparently were just right for going to the fair, which ended Sunday. The attendance for the 11-day fair was 1,031,278. That's a drop of about 86,000 from last year's record-breaking 1,117,398. Fair CEO Gary Slater told The Des Moines Register that "the numbers weren't down because of any other reason other than weather."

Three Affiliated Tribes issues support for pipeline protest
NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — The Three Affiliated Tribes is formally supporting the Standing Rock Sioux as that tribe protests construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Bismarck Tribune reports Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox has issued a formal letter supporting "an alternative means and method of transporting oil to market." The protesters in southern North Dakota have disrupted construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline that's to carry oil to Illinois. The Standing Rock tribe fears a leak could contaminate their drinking water, which comes from the Missouri River. More than two dozen protesters have been arrested. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier estimates law enforcement overtime costs related to the protest are totaling about $100,000 per week. Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Friday issued an emergency declaration to free up more state resources.

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Man faces homicide charge in Nebraska Panhandle crash
GERING, Neb. (AP) — A 23-year-old man has been charged with vehicular homicide and drunken driving in the crash of a pickup on the west side of Mitchell in the Nebraska Panhandle. Online court records don't list the name of an attorney for Joshua Bolzer, who was formally charged Monday in Scotts Bluff County Court in Gering. Authorities say he was driving the truck early Saturday morning when it went out of control on U.S. Highway 26. The truck stuck a utility pole, a tractor and a liquor store. A passenger, 19-year-old Dereon Betancur, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other 19-year-old passengers were taken to a Scottsbluff hospital. Authorities say one of them reported that Bolzer had been driving 120 mph or more just before the crash.

4 people in pickup hospitalized after it was hit by bus
COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say four people in a pickup were treated at a hospital after the truck was struck by a school bus. The accident occurred around 4 p.m. Monday on a county road about three miles north of Columbus. Platte County Sheriff's Lt. Kevin Schuller says the westbound bus was full of students from Shell Creek Elementary when their driver didn't stop in time to avoid hitting the pickup. The truck driver had stopped and was waiting to turn south. Schuller says none of the students or their driver was injured. Four of the five people in the pickup were sent to a hospital.

Suburban Omaha council fires city administrator
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — A city council has fired a suburban Omaha city administrator who was charged with assault and other crimes after an altercation at a dentist's office. The Bellevue council voted unanimously Monday night to dismiss City Administrator Dan Berlowitz. He'll receive health insurance benefits and 10 months of pay — about $120,000 — in exchange for a release of claims against the city. He's been on paid leave since the June 21 incident. A police report says Berlowitz poked a Bellevue dentist in the chest and then pushed the dentist in a shoulder. Berlowitz's attorney says Berlowitz felt threatened and says Berlowitz denied assaulting the dentist. Last month the 63-year-old Berlowitz pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of assault, trespassing and disturbing the peace.

Lincoln inmate assaulted staffer, prisons department says
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The state prisons department says an inmate has assaulted a staff member at the Lincoln Correctional Center. The Department of Correctional Services says that around 6:30 p.m. Sunday the inmate threatened to harm the staffer. Two other staff members intervened and tried to take the inmate elsewhere, but the inmate became combative. The department says the inmate managed to place his arms around the staffer's neck before other staff members restrained him. The staffer later sought medical treatment. The department says the results of its investigation will be sent to the Lancaster County attorney for possible charges. The names of those involved have not been released.

Woman pleads no contest to helping man dump body in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A woman has pleaded no contest to helping her boyfriend dump his mother's body in southeast Omaha in 2015. The Omaha World-Herald reports Gabriela Guevara pleaded no contest Monday to being an accessory. She will be sentenced in October. Her boyfriend, Roberto Martinez-Marinero, pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his mother, 45-year-old Jesus Ismenia Marinero, and his 4-year-old half brother, Josue Ramirez-Marinero. He was sentenced to life in prison. After killing his mother, Martinez-Marinero took her two youngest children in an attempt to eliminate witnesses. He dumped his then-11-month-old half brother in a La Vista dumpster. The child was found later, bruised but otherwise uninjured. He threw the 4-year-old boy off a bridge to his death.

Woman dies when SUV hits dump truck near Lincoln
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A woman was killed near Lincoln when her vehicle hit the back of a dump truck. The Lincoln Journal Star reports the woman died Monday afternoon when her sport utility vehicle collided with the truck, which had stopped on a gravel road and was waiting to turn into a construction site. The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says rescue workers tried to revive the woman and called for a medical helicopter, but she died at the scene of the crash. The sheriff's office hasn't released the woman's name. The truck driver wasn't injured.

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