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Local News

March 3, 2015
Yankton County Commission Meeting Preview, Yankton Has Hot Lotto Winner
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March 3, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

March 2, 2015
South Dakota Releases Financials, Vermillion City Council Preview
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March 2, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

February 28, 2015
South Dakota Democrats Draw Attention To Secondary CTE Funding, South Dakota Delegation Reacts To Keystone XL Veto
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February 27, 2015
Dave Knoff Submits Petitions For City Commission, Deadline For Fish Houses Approaches, South Dakota VA Receives Award
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February 27, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

February 26, 2015
Yankton Area Progressive Growth Holds Annual Meeting, South Dakota House To Consider Youth Minimum Wage
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February 25, 2015
Vermillion Business Improvement District Board Allocates Funds, South Dakota Gas Prices
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February 24, 2015
Yankton City Commission Hears Funding Request From Boys And Girls Club, Yankton Receives Highway Grant, Presidential Scholar Candidate At Yankton High School
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February 23, 2015
Yankton Hosts Legislative Cracker Barrel, Cattle Numbers In South Dakota And Nebraska
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February 23, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

February 21, 2015
Daugaard Keeps Emphasis On Road Bills, Iowa To Consider Medical Marijuana
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February 20, 2015
Noem Addresses South Dakota Senate, South Dakota Democrats Discuss Minor Minimum Wage Bill
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February 19, 2015
Senator Rounds Visits South Dakota National Guard, South Dakota Gas Prices
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February 18, 2015
Yankton County Commission Approves Agriculture Survey, South Dakota Legislators Vote Down Pay Increase
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February 17, 2015
Yankton County Commission And Vermillion City Council To Meet, Programs Announced For Build Dakota Scholarship
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February 16, 2015
Nathan Johnson To Run For Yankton City Commission, South Dakota Teams With North Dakota For Code Talkers Monument
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• The Vermillion City Council was contacted about allowing chickens inside city limits. The City Council seeks your input as they evaluate further discussion of this matter. A poll has been created on the City’s website www.vermillion.us to gather public input on reviewing the matter further. An ordinance to allow for chickens in city limits has not been drafted at this time. If you would like to offer comment on the concept, please feel free to contact any City Council member or email the City at .

• The Summit Activities Center will be closing the aquatics area on Sunday, March 15, 2015, for cleaning and routine maintenance. The pool is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Saturday, March 21. Water aerobics classes will resume Monday, March 23 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 their Facebook Page.

• U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is currently seeking intelligent, hard-working college students to serve as summer 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, hone 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 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 Committees on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Finance. College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune’s Washington, D.C., office should submit a resume and cover letter by March 10, 2015, to:
Senator John Thune
Attn: Logan Penfield
511 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
By Fax to: 202-228-5429
Or by E-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune’s Sioux Falls, Rapid City, or Aberdeen offices should submit a resume and cover letter, by March 10, 2015, to:
Senator John Thune
Attn: Robin Long
5015 South Bur Oak
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Or by E-mail 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 Summit Activities Center will be a host site for the Area Special Olympics and Roger Haas Basketball Tournaments on February 21 and March 27 and 28, 2015. Due to the tournaments, courts will not be available for open gym on those dates. For more information, please call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on our Facebook Page.

• The Summit Activities Center will be offering American Red Cross Swimming Lessons this spring. The classes will be held Saturday mornings and will run from Saturday, March 28 through Saturday, May 2, 2015. Swim lessons will include Preschool, and Red Cross Level 1 through Level 3. Registration for current Summit Activities Center members will begin Monday, March 9, 2015 during normal business hours. Registration for the general public and online registration will begin Tuesday, March 10 at 11 a.m. Online registration is available through the City of Yankton website at www.cityofyankton.org.
10:30-11:20 a.m. Preschool and Level II
11:30- 12:20 p.m. Level I and Level III
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 their Facebook page.

• The Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company (VCDC) is seeking nominations for the 2015 Vermillion Area Community Leader Award and the 2015 Vermillion Area Family Business Award. The VCDC is looking for a Vermillion area individual with a strong record of success, community involvement, and community service. This award recognizes the accomplishments of a Vermillion area individual and his/her contributions to our community. The VCDC is also looking for a Vermillion area family business with a strong record of success, family involvement, community service, multi-generational culture, and a positive family business structure. This award recognizes the accomplishments of a Vermillion area family business and their contributions to our community. The VCDC invites you to nominate your choice for one or both awards. Nomination forms are available at www.vermillionchamber.com or at the VCDC office at 116 Market Street, phone 624-5571. The nomination deadline is March 6, 2015.

• Enjoy the great outdoors this summer as a member of the Game, Fish and Parks' team! They are now taking applications for summer jobs in a variety of positions across the state. The initial application deadline is Feb. 23. Most positions run mid-May through Labor Day. For the complete job listing, descriptions, and to apply, visit the State of South Dakota employment website or contact any South Dakota One-Stop Career Center office.

• The exhibit “ToMorrow’s Keepsakes” will be on display at the G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery January 16 – March 3. The gallery is open from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

• The exhibit “Story Tellers” will be on display at the Bede Art Gallery from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on the following dates: February 5 – March 5.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for Women’s Basketball League. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, March 6, 2015. League will be played on Wednesday evenings, beginning April 1, 2015. 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, please stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit or call 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook Page.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the 2015 Adult Coed Dodgeball League. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, March 6, 2015. League play will start Tuesday, March 31, 2015. 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.

• Free Tax Preparation Being Offered by Mount Marty College - For the 21st year, Mount Marty College students will assist members of the community with preparing their individual tax returns without charge. Students enrolled in the tax clinic course will help prepare required federal and state tax returns for low-income clients. The students will meet with each client for an initial interview then prepare the necessary tax returns. A second, short appointment will be conducted with each client to go over the results of the tax returns before filing. If a client is determined to require more advanced tax services, they will be asked to seek a professional tax preparer. Each tax return will go through a verification process to ensure accuracy before being returned to the client for filing. At the conclusion of the tax return preparation process, the client will be given a paper return to mail to the Internal Revenue Service along with a full and complete copy for their personal records. No data relative to any tax returns will be maintained by Mount Marty College or the students providing this service. Those interested in taking advantage of this free service should email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to indicate their interest and to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be scheduled on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

• The Riverboat Days Board of Directors is looking for input on a theme as well as Captain and Belle nominations for this year. Anyone with ideas for a theme can submit them in an email and send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Captain and Belle nominations should be a short paragraph explaining why the couple has been nominated and can also be submitted by email or mailed to PO Box 483, Yankton, SD, 57078.

• The Summit Activities Center will be offering a Water Safety Instructor’s Course in April. Pre-test will be held March 31, 2015. Attendance is mandatory for ALL sessions. Participants will need to be prepared for time in the classroom and pool each day. Class space is limited. Registration is available by calling 605-668-5234 or stopping by the Summit Activities Center between 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Cost for the training will be $150.00 plus tax and payment is due at the time of registration. The payment will include WSI manual and books. There is an online portion of the class and participants will be required to do online learning prior to and throughout class. Registration and a payment is also required with Red Cross, but instructions for this will be give once the pre-test has been passed. Participants must be at least 16 years of age before the class ends. Participants must also successfully swim the following strokes: Freestyle, Backstroke, Elementary Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly at Level 4.
WSI Class Schedule:
Tuesday March 31: 5:30 - 7pm
Friday April 24: 5pm – 10pm
Saturday April 25: 8am – 8pm
Sunday April 26: 8am – 8pm
For further information, please call 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook Page.

• The Summit Activities Center will be offering two Lifeguard Training Courses this spring. The first class will be held April 17-19, 2015 with the Pre-test on Tuesday, March 31 at 5:30pm. The second class will be held May 8-10, 2015 with the Pre-test on Tuesday, April 28 at 5:30pm. Class times for each course will be Friday from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. Attendance is mandatory for ALL classes AND the prerequisite testing. Registration begins immediately. Participants may register online at www.cityofyankton.org or at the front desk of the Summit Activities Center. Cost for the training will be $140.00 plus tax and includes lifeguard training books. There is an online portion of the class and participants will be required to do online learning prior to class. Registration and a payment is also required with Red Cross, but instructions for this will be give once the pre-test has been passed. Participants must be at least 15 years of age before the class ends. Prerequisites are: Swim 300 yards continuously. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 lbs. object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object, and exit the pool without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute and 40 seconds. Treading Water for 2 minutes using legs only. Participants who fail the prerequisites will not be able to continue the course.
Class One Course Schedule:
Prerequisite Swim Test: Tuesday, March 31 at 5:30 pm
Friday, April 17: 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, April 18: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday, April 19: 8 am – 8 pm
Class Two Course Schedule:
Prerequisite Swim Test: Tuesday, April 28 at 5:30 pm
Friday, May 8: 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, May 9: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday, May 10: 8 am – 8 pm
For further information, please call (605) 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 Yankton Parks and Recreation Department announces Friday, February 13 through Tuesday, February 17 as Summit Activities Center “Get Up and Play” weekend - five days of fun and inexpensive activities for the whole family. The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department and Summit Activities Center encourages everyone in the Yankton area to “Get Up and Play” this weekend. The Summit Activities Center will be offering the Yankton Summer Season Pool Pass at half price for these five days ONLY. This must be purchased at the front desk of the Summit Activities Center. A full schedule of activities can be found at the city website, http://cityofyankton.org/, the Yankton Parks and Recreation facebook page or pick up a flyer at the Summit Activities Center. For more information on the weekend of fun activities, please contact the Summit Activities Center at (605) 668-5234.

• The City of Yankton's Parks and Recreation Department is offering a four session “Quick Start” tennis program at the City Hall Gym for all girls and boys that are currently in grades K – 5th. The Quick Start philosophy is designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size. The Quick Start program will consist of four consecutive Saturdays beginning March 7, 2015 and finishing on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Times are as follows:
Kindergarten & 1st Grade 9:00 – 9:45 am
2nd Grade & 3rd Grade 9:45 – 10:30am
4th Grade & 5th Grade 10:30 – 11:15am
Cost for the program is $21.20 (includes tax). To register, please visit the Summit Activities Center by March 6 or online at www.cityofyankton.org. Registration will also be accepted on March 7 at City Hall during the Clinic (check payments only). For additional information, call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Don’t forget to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on our Facebook page.

• The City of Yankton reminds property owners that public sidewalks are to be kept clear of snow and ice. Property owners who have snow covered sidewalks adjacent to their property need to make arrangements for snow and ice removal within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. Snow removed from driveways, sidewalks or parking lots cannot be placed in the streets. Contact the City of Yankton at (605) 668-5251 for more information.

• The City of Yankton’s Park and Recreation Department would like to remind Yankton and area residents that two outdoor ice skating areas are available for their enjoyment if winter weather conditions allow. Sertoma Park has an ice hockey area, surrounded by wooden boards, available for those who want to be competitive with friends and family. Tripp Park has an ice area for those who like to relax and skate. The Tripp Park ice area now has lighting for the evening hours. The rinks are open daily, ice conditions permitting which are very dependent on daytime high temperatures. There is no usage fee, the facilities are not staffed, and there are no warming sheds or restrooms available. Bundle up the family and check out the fun on ice in Yankton!! For further information, call (605) 668-5234.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2015

Wednesday, March 4
Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library – artist and teacher Phyllis Packard in the Artists & Authors series. 7 p.m. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at (605) 677-7060.

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

Thursday, March 5 – Sunday, March 15
Yankton Children’s Theatre Company production of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” – Dakota Theater; Yankton. Performances on 5-8 and 13-15. Sunday performances at 2 p.m., all other performances at 7 p.m. Tickets available at the door, opening night is half price.

Thursday, March 5
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Yankton Federal Prison Camp Inmates, “Choices”

Yankton Community Library – Members of the cast of the University of South Dakota’s theatre production of Seussical, the Musical will entertain with songs, stories, and activities and issue a reading challenge to children in attendance.

Webster School Vocal Concert (Grades 1-5) – 7 p.m.; Summit Activities Center Theatre; 1801 Summit Street; Yankton.

Yankton Housing and Redevelopment Commission Meeting – 12 p.m.; City Hall Meeting Room; Yankton.

Friday, March 6
Free First Friday Dance Night – 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Vermillion Dance Organization; 19 S Plum; Vermillion. Church Women United will hold the World Day of Prayer – 2 p.m.; The Bluffs Gathering Room; 2111 W 11th St; Yankton. Come to learn about The Bahamas and the beauty of the islands. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Saturday, March 7 – Monday, March 9
The Yankton Community Library will be closed. It will reopen on Tuesday, March 10.

Saturday, March 7
Legislative Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m.; Avera Office Pavilion Amphitheatre; 409 Summit St; Yankton.

First United Methodist Church Annual Turkey Supper – 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; 207 W 11th Street; Yankton. Meal includes Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cranberries, and cake. Cost is $10 for 13 years and older, $5 for 4 – 12 year olds, free for 3 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the church office. For more information call (605) 665-2991. Tickets will also be sold at the door the day of the supper. Proceeds to help fund mission trips.

Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will host library staff member and local visual artist Susan Heggestad as she leads an introductory block printing workshop from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Registration, and a $5 fee is required. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at (605) 677-7060.

Yankton Boy Scout Troop #133 will be conducting the monthly scrap newspaper and aluminum can collections. REMINDER: Boy Scout Troop #133 does not accept plastic or tin only paper and aluminum. 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 a.m. 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. 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: 660-5206 or 857-9396. Your cooperation is appreciated in not dropping papers off at any time without making prior arrangements.

Heartland Humane Society Meet and Greet – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Hy-Vee; Yankton.

Monday, March 9
Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library – award-winning and nationally-recognized author Ben Mikaelsen will present “Finding the Heart of the Story”. 6:30 p.m. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at (605) 677-7060.

Tuesday, March 10
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer – Yankton Ice Association; 901 Whiting Drive; Yankton.

Teen Event at the Yankton Community Library – 3 p.m.; A craft activity is scheduled to celebrate Teen Tech Week.

Yankton Community Blood Drive – 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital – Benedictine Cener; 501 Summit Street; Yankton. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call (800) 287-4903.

Wednesday, March 11
Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library – In honor of Women’s History Month the library will host a screen of the award-winning documentary Miss Representation at 7 p.m. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at (605) 677-7060.

Yankton Community Library Board of Trustees Regular Meeting – 5:30 p.m.; Library meeting room; 515 Walnut; Yankton. For more information, call (605) 668-5275.

Friday, March 13
Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena; Yankton.

St. Rose of Lima Fish Fry – 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall; 1316 W 5th St; Crofton. Carry Out 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. All the fish you can eat – Adults $10, Children 6-12 $5, Ages 5 and under free.

No School in Yankton – Teacher in-service.

Saturday, March 14
Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena; Yankton.

The Teen Advisory Board at the Yankton Community Library is hosting a craft activity for students in grades 6 through 12. 3 p.m. Participants can make coasters or decorative wall hangings using old CDs and yarn. The library is currently accepting donations of yarn for this project.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting – 7 p.m.; Yankton Community Library. Anyone in grades 6 – 12 is welcome to join the Teen Advisory Board. Contact youth services librarian, Joyce Moore, at (605) 668-5276 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Reverse Your Luck with CASA – 5:30 p.m.; Minervas Convention Center; Yankton. The Reverse Your Luck event includes a social hour and dinner, a chance to win $1000 in the reverse raffle, deluxe gift basket raffles, several other games, and an entertaining dueling pianos show. Tickets for the March 14th fundraiser are $50 each, and the doors will open at 5:30 p.m. For ticket information, contact Sherri Rodgers-Conti at the Southeast CASA office, 410 Walnut Street, call (605) 760-4825, or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Technology Help at Yankton Community Library – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Studetns from the Yankton High School National Honor Society will be at the library to work with individuals who need assistance with computers. This service is free of charge, but anyone needing assistance must register ahead of time by calling the library, giving us your contact information, and telling us what help you are seeking. For further information, contact the library at (605) 668-5276.

Sunday, March 15
Hartington Ambulance Belgian Waffle Feed – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Hartington Fire & Ambulance Hall. All you can eat waffles, sausage, flavored syrups and drinks by Dad’s Belgian Waffles. Take-outs available. Adults $7, Kids K-6th grade $5.

Open Skate – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Kiwanis 4-H Ice Arena; Yankton. FINAL OPEN SKATE of the season.

Cookie Competition at the Elkhorn Valley Museum – 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.; 515 Queen City Boulevard; Norfolk.

Monday, March 16 – Tuesday, March 17
The second regularly scheduled Yankton Middle School Parent-Teacher conferences for the 2014-2015 school year have been set for 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. both days. School will be in session on parent-teacher conference days.

Monday, March 16 – Friday, Monday 20
The Smile Mobile is set to return to Yankton. Preregistration is required to participate. Registration forms can be printed online at www.yanktonunitedway.org or obtained at the Contact Center, County Health Nurse, Clothing Closet, Head Start, and United Way & Volunteer Services. Please return completed registration forms to United Way & Volunteer Services’ at 610 W 23rd Street, Suite 11, Yankton, by March 4th for scheduling purposes. Call (605) 665-6766 for more information.

Monday, March 16
The second regularly scheduled yankton High School Parent-Teacher conferences for the 2014-2015 school year have been set for Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 24, from 4 p.m – 8 p.m. School will be in session on parent-teacher conference days.

Tuesday, March 17
Rockin’ For Meals – 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; The Center; Yankton.

Vermillion Chamber Banquet – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 19
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Sr. Maribeth Wentzlaff and MMC Students, “Service: The Key to Love in Key West”

The Moody Chorale will perform at Calvary Baptist Church at 7:00 p.m. Founded in 1946 at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, the Chorale has long been established as one of America’s leading collegiate choral organizations specializing in sacred music. Their repertoire includes a broad range of songs chosen from various cultures, styles and time periods. There is no charge for the concert (a freewill offering will be taken) and the public is encouraged to attend.

Saturday, March 21 – Sunday, March 22
The Yankton Community Library is hosting its family movie weekend. On both Saturday and Sunday, they will show Whiplash at 1 p.m. and Foxcatcher at 3 p.m. All movies are free of charge. For further information, please call the library at (605) 668-5276.

Saturday, March 21
Wine & Dine at The Center – Wine tasting, silent auction, live auction. Tickets go on sale in January. Please stop by The Center or call (605) 665-4685 to reserve your tickets.

Monday, March 23
Interchange Forum – Yankton City Commission.

Tuesday, March 24
Chamber/Media Forum – Yankton City Commission and Yankton School Board.

The second regularly scheduled yankton High School Parent-Teacher conferences for the 2014-2015 school year have been set for Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 24, from 4 p.m – 8 p.m. School will be in session on parent-teacher conference days.

Wednesday, March 25
Wire Me Awake – USD Campus; Vermillion. For full details visit the Wire Me Awake website: www.wiremeawake.com.

Thursday, March 26
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Dr. Theresa Lafferty, “The Saint John’s Bible Project”

Friday, March 27
Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day - Mount Marty College. The admissions Office at Mount Marty college will be holding Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events for prospective students to learn about the college and academic majors, visit campus, and meet with faculty. For more information on Blue and Gold Campus Visit Days, or to register, visitwww.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

Saturday, March 28
Technology Help at Yankton Community Library – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Studetns from the Yankton High School National Honor Society will be at the library to work with individuals who need assistance with computers. This service is free of charge, but anyone needing assistance must register ahead of time by calling the library, giving us your contact information, and telling us what help you are seeking. For further information, contact the library at (605) 668-5276.

Sunday, March 29
West Catholic Development Palm Sunday Breakfast – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Any questions regarding meal sales or to place an order ahead of time, please contact Todd or Lori Heckenlaible at (402) 357-3514.

Monday, March 30
Interchange Forum – Yankton School Board.

Tuesday, March 31
Yankton Chamber of Commerce “Denim & Diamond” Annual Banquet. Social hour 5:15 p.m. and country style dinner at 6:30 p.m. The “Jeopardy” 2014 Year in Review program starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Seating is limited. Please register by March 17, 2015 at www.yanktonsd.com/annualbanquet. For questions concerning the event contact the Yankton Chamber at (605) 665-3636.

Thursday, April 9
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Dr. James Reese, “Readings from MMC Creative Writing Students”

Saturday, April 11
Missouri Valley Christian Academy's 7th Annual Race for Christ - The event features a 5k walk, 5k and 10k run and a kid's half mile fun run/walk. All courses, except the kid's fun run, will follow park paths and highlight the Meridian Walking Bridge. An awards ceremony will follow the event. A meal will be served after the race. All proceeds from the race will go to support Missouri Valley Christian Academy, a K-8 Christian school, located in Yankton, SD. For more information you can contact the school at (605) 665-4470. You can also register at www.mvcamustangs.org.

Monday, April 13
South Dakota Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting Night of Champions in Sioux Falls featuring former NFL quarterback and current college football analyst, Tim Tebow. 7:30 p.m.; Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. For more information about the event and ticket sales, please visit www.southdakotafca.org or contact Erika Hessman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (605) 335-7555.

Tuesday, April 14 – Sunday, April 19
University of South Dakota Healthcare Careers Camp – For more information about the camp or to download an application, please go to www.usd.edu/medical-school/health-careers-camp.cfm or contact Kathy Van Kley with the Sanford School of Medicine at (605) 658-6329 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Application deadline is Wednesday, April 1.

Tuesday, April 14
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer – ABS

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

Thursday, April 16
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Mary Abbott, “Ten Days in Italy: Rome, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and Florence”

Tuesday, April 21
Yankton Boy Scout Troop 102 Annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Feed – 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Trinity Lutheran Church; 403 Broadway; Yankton. Adults & Youth $5, Children under 5 free. Tickets available from any Troop 102 Scout or at the door.

Thursday, April 23
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Sr. Cynthia Binder, Dr. Rich Lofthus, Dr. James Sullivan and MMC Students, “Europe Trip: WWII and the Liberation of France”

Wednesday, April 29
For King and Country – 7 p.m.; Laddie E. Cimpl Arena.

Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28
Becoming an Outdoor Family – This program teaches skills for a lifetime of outdoor recreation. As part of the program fee, you’ll get an electrical campsite for two nights, instruction in several outdoor skills classes, and use of program equipment. It’s a great opportunity for beginning camping families or those experienced families who want to expand their outdoor skills. Lewis and Clark Recreation Area; Yankton. $75 per family. Saturday, June 27
Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day - Mount Marty College. The admissions Office at Mount Marty college will be holding Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events for prospective students to learn about the college and academic majors, visit campus, and meet with faculty. For more information on Blue and Gold Campus Visit Days, or to register, visitwww.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

Saturday, July 11
The Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle, a 50-mile race for kayaks and canoes on the Missouri National Recreational River. Learn more.

Tuesday, September 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Tuesday, October 13
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Tuesday, December 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Iowa News

12 jurors selected in trial of man charged with killing girl
WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) — A jury has been selected in the trial for a man accused of killing his former girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter. Lawyers began questioning jurors Monday and narrowed a pool of more than 100 candidates to a panel of five women and seven men for the trial of Casey Frederiksen. Prosecutors say the 35-year-old was watching Evelyn Miller for her mother in July 2005 when he sexually abused the girl and stabbed her to death. He is charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault. The Floyd girl's body was found in the Cedar River a few days after she was reported missing. The trial is being held in Hamilton County because a judge granted a change-of-venue request to move it from Floyd County. Opening statements are expected Tuesday, pending weather conditions.

House education committee OKs anti-bullying legislation
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Legislation aimed at expanding guidelines for Iowa educators who respond to school bullying has advanced in the House. An education committee voted 19-4 Monday in favor of the bill. The full House can now debate it. The measure would clarify the ability of educators to monitor bullying off school grounds. It would also expand parental notification language and the definition of cyberbullying. After several changes to the bill Monday, it now better mirrors Senate legislation. Rep. Quentin Stanerson, a Center Point Republican, says a $200,000 appropriation for teacher training and a student mentoring program would remain in the bill. That's different than the Senate. Sen. Robert Hogg, a Cedar Rapids Democrat, says removing the appropriation helps the legislation's chances. He says he wants to secure funding through another legislative process.

Officials: Des Moines woman found in alley not killed
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a woman whose body was found in a Des Moines alley wasn't killed. The Des Moines Police Department says an autopsy conducted Monday on 35-year-old Shannon Prothero revealed no major trauma to her body, and the Iowa medical examiner determined her death is not a homicide. Her body was reported shortly before 8:45 a.m. Sunday in an alley near 14th Street and 14th Place. Sgt. Jason Halifax says other causes of death are being investigated, including an overdose or exposure. He says that information will not be available until toxicology tests are completed.

Iowa middle school teacher arrested on sexual abuse charges
UNDERWOOD, Iowa (AP) — A teacher at an Iowa middle school has been arrested on charges related to a claim that he sexually abused a former female student. Pottawattamie County officials say 45-year-old Barret B. Glasnapp turned himself in Monday on an arrest warrant of four counts of sexual abuse, one count of felony sexual exploitation by a school employee and five misdemeanor counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. Authorities say Glasnapp's interaction began in 2011 when the student was 14, after her eighth-grade year, and continued until October. She was a student of Glasnapp from 2009 until 2012. According to an affidavit, an investigator assigned to follow up on a report of a sexual assault at Underwood Middle School in December found that Glasnapp had resigned from his post in November.

Iowa Senate panel OKs bill on state mental health facilities
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Senate panel has approved a bill that could halt the upcoming closings of state mental health centers in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant. A three-member human resources subcommittee approved the bill unanimously Monday. It now heads to a full committee for consideration. The bill would require the state Department of Human Services to keep the facilities open until it develops a "suitable and appropriate" long-term care and treatment plan for its patients. The Legislature would approve the plan. Gov. Terry Branstad's budget proposal removes funding for the facilities. State officials say patients will be able to receive treatment elsewhere. Critics say the closings, scheduled later this year, have not been well organized. Democratic Sen. Rich Taylor, the bill's sponsor, says he has bipartisan support in both chambers.

Gov. Branstad defends plan to give raises to some staffers
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is defending plans to give raises to some staffers in his office, arguing the budgeted money will be below previous administration costs. Branstad's budget proposal seeks nearly $2.4 million for his office in the fiscal years that end in 2016 and 2017. That's an increase from nearly $2.2 million this current fiscal year. Chief of Staff Matt Hinch says the money will be used for "modest" increases in salaries and other costs. He says there has not been such a financial request in years. Branstad said Monday that former Gov. Chet Culver spent more money for such matters. Records show he spent about $3.4 million in the fiscal year that ended in 2009 and nearly $2.7 million in the fiscal year that ended in 2010.

Police: Iowan faked pregnancy for money in adoption scam
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have arrested an Ankeny woman accused of faking pregnancy to trick an Iowa couple into giving her money. The Ankeny Police Department says 29-year-old Tracy Leann Bess was charged Friday with fourth-degree theft after prospective adoptive parents from Dewitt, Iowa, claim she accepted $200 from them when she wasn't pregnant. According to a news release, Bess had signed onto Life Long Adoptions, an agency that connects birth mothers with potential parents. Detectives say Bess wasn't pregnant during this scam, but that she used information from a prior pregnancy to con people into offering her financial support. Police say Bess previously used a similar scam in multiple states, including Nebraska. Bess could not be reached to comment on the charge, and online court records do not yet list an attorney.

Senate panel OKs bill that would add fine arts to Iowa Core
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Senate panel has approved a bill that would add fine arts to Iowa's mandated education curriculum for K-12 students, though lawmakers expressed concern about its potential costs. An education subcommittee approved the bill Monday. It now heads to a full committee, where it would need approval by Friday to survive a procedural legislative deadline. The bill would add music, theater, visual art and other fine arts to the Iowa Core, the state's mandated academic standards. Sen. Herman Quirmbach, who sponsored the bill, says it would properly recognize fine arts. He questioned an analysis by the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency, which determined it could cost a school district up to $100,000 to implement the bill. Lawmakers say they need more financial analysis to pass the bill out of committee.

Judge: Ethanol plant must pay sex harassment victim's wages
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge says a northeastern Iowa ethanol company must pay an additional $1.1 million in lost wages and attorneys' fees to a former laboratory manager who was sexually harassed. A jury in October ordered Homeland Energy Solutions to pay $1.4 million to Tina Haskenhoff to cover back pay and emotional distress. District Judge John Bauercamper granted Haskenhoff's request Monday for $240,000 in front pay to cover three years of wages as she completes a college degree to enter a new field. He says she cannot be reinstated at the Lawler plant because those responsible for her harassment remain employed there. Bauercamper also granted attorneys' fees and expenses in the amount of $846,000. And he ordered the company to amend its policies and procedures to prevent future workplace harassment and discrimination.

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Nebraska News

Missouri DNR official to lead Nebraska environmental agency
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A state water official from Missouri is slated serve as the new director of Nebraska's Department of Environmental Quality. Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Monday that he has chosen Jim Macy of Jefferson City, Missouri, for the position. Macy served as director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' financial assistance center, which provides funding for drinking water and wastewater projects. He also served as a section chief for the department, a field and regional director, a soil and water district coordinator and an environmental specialist. Macy will start March 9. His annual salary will be $120,000.

Iowa middle school teacher arrested on sexual abuse charges
UNDERWOOD, Iowa (AP) — A teacher at an Iowa middle school has been arrested on charges related to a claim that he sexually abused a former female student. Pottawattamie County officials say 45-year-old Barret B. Glasnapp turned himself in Monday on an arrest warrant of four counts of sexual abuse, one count of felony sexual exploitation by a school employee and five misdemeanor counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. Authorities say Glasnapp's interaction began in 2011 when the student was 14, after her eighth-grade year, and continued until October. She was a student of Glasnapp from 2009 until 2012. According to an affidavit, an investigator assigned to follow up on a report of a sexual assault at Underwood Middle School in December found that Glasnapp had resigned from his post in November.

Nebraska gambling measure killed quickly by lawmakers
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lawmakers have defeated a measure that could have opened the door to expanded gambling in Nebraska. Senators voted 27-16 on Monday to indefinitely postpone the proposal after less than an hour of debate. The proposed ballot measure by Sen. Paul Schumacher would have given lawmakers the power to regulate gambling, if voters had approved it. The measure faced heavy opposition from gambling opponents, who argued that voters have already decided the issue. The measure is LR10CA

Some Nebraskans at risk from data security breach
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska attorney general's office says nearly 105,000 Nebraskans could have had their personal information exposed as part of a huge data security breach. Attorney General Doug Peterson announced Monday that the breach of health insurer Anthem could lead to the exposure of names, addresses and Social Security numbers for 104,795 Nebraska residents. The insurer is mailing notices to those people and offering to pay for two years of credit monitoring. Anthem doesn't sell policies or process claims in Nebraska, but residents still could be at risk if their employer is based in one of the 14 states where the company operates. Nebraskans also could be affected if they have coverage through a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan and received care in a state where Anthem processes health claims.

Nebraska corrections official to retire amid criticism
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska corrections official who was criticized by lawmakers in a state prisons investigation is set to retire. Larry Wayne, the deputy director of Nebraska's Department of Correctional Services, will step down effective April 3. The department's new director, Scott Frakes, announced the retirement on Monday. Some lawmakers blamed Wayne for the state's handling of Nikko Jenkins, an inmate who was released despite claims of mental illness and who went on to kill four people in Omaha. A state ombudsman told lawmakers that Wayne had promised to "bury" Jenkins in segregation, which Wayne denies. Wayne has served in the role since April 2003, and his career in the department stretches back to August 1975. He served in roles including warden, administrator, investigator, unit manager, senior case manager and classification counselor.

1 killed, 2 others hurt in Nebraska Panhandle collision
MELBETA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 72-year-old woman has been killed in a car collision with a semitrailer in the Nebraska Panhandle. The accident occurred about 8:45 a.m. Sunday. The Nebraska State Patrol says Ladena Hill, of Melbeta, was a passenger in a car driven by 36-year-old Brandee Hill, of Gering. The patrol says Hill was driving north on a county road when she pulled onto Nebraska Highway 92 and was struck by the westbound big rig. Brandee Hill and another passenger in the car were taken to Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. On Monday hospital nursing supervisor Evelyn Bentley said Brandee Hill's condition had been upgraded to serious. The hospital couldn't provide information on the other passenger. The patrol says the truck driver wasn't injured.

Disaster policy to give Nebraska cities faster repayment
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Emergency Agency will be changing its policy so that communities that are rebuilding after a disaster can get reimbursed faster. The new procedure will reimburse communities after each individual project has been completed, rather than waiting until all of a community's rebuilding projects were finished. The requirement to finish all projects placed a burden on smaller communities that had to take out loans and pay interest for projects while waiting for reimbursement. Communities have been waiting for more than three years for repayment after floods in 2011. Until a couple of months ago, the state agency and FEMA still owed a total of $7.2 million. FEMA pays 75 percent of project costs and the state pays 12.5 percent. Local communities must cover the rest. The agency's new policy will be similar to that of Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management.

Nebraska winner-take-all bill clears first-round vote
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An effort to reinstate the winner-take-all system in presidential elections has cleared a first-round vote in Nebraska's Legislature. Lawmakers voted 31-17 on Monday to advance the bill through the first of three required votes. Supporters of the bill overcame a legislative filibuster. Nebraska and Maine are the only states where it's possible to split electoral votes between opposing presidential candidates, though other states have considered the practice. Two of Nebraska's electoral votes are awarded to the statewide winner, while the remaining three are distributed by congressional district. Nebraska split its electoral votes for the first time in 2008, when Democrat Barack Obama captured one from the 2nd congressional district in Omaha on his way to the presidency. The bill is LB10

Nebraska police find pot inside container labeled 'Not Weed'
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man in Lincoln, Nebraska, has been cited for possessing pot inside a container that had been slapped with a label reading: "Not Weed." The Lincoln Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/1DvAdjI ) that Lancaster County deputies stopped the man's vehicle around 9 p.m. Saturday. Officers found the plastic sour cream container during a search of his car, and the driver acknowledged that the pot belonged to him. He was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and cited for having less than an ounce of marijuana.

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