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Local News

October 30, 2014
Tim Johnson Farewell Tour Stops In Vermillion, Scams Involving Back-Taxes
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October 29, 2014
Expected Yankton County Voter Turnout, South Dakota Gas Prices
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October 29, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

October 28, 2014
Yankton City Commission - Sale Of City Property, Rick Weiland Campaign Funding
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October 27, 2014
Red Ribbon Rally, Yankton College Orchestra Event, South Dakota Ebola Screening
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October 24, 2014
USD AWOL Service Project, Thune Calls For Use Of Civil Reserve Air Fleet
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October 23, 2014
U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson Receives Award, Ladies Downtown Day & Wine Walk, Jody Bottum Lecture
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October 22, 2014
Initiated Measure #18 Forum, Yankton County Commission - Lake Area Warning Sirens
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October 21, 2014
Vermillion City Council Approves Liquor Store Management Agreement, Fatal Yankton County Crash
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October 20, 2014
Sam Heikes Wins National Award, Ebola Scams, Initiative #18 Community Forum
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October 20, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

October 18, 2014
Nebraska E85 Production, Clay-Union Foundation, Habitat For Humanity Of Yankton County
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October 17, 2014
Yankton County Community Emergency Management Team, Couples Challenge South Dakota's Gay Marriage Ban, South Dakota Pheasant Opener
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October 17, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

October 16, 2014
Senator Thune Calls For Travel Ban, Governor Daugaard's Chief Of Staff Resigns, Thomas Rokahr Benefit, United States Congressional Candidate Meet And Greet
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October 15, 2014
District 17 Legislative Candidate Forum
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October 14, 2014
Yankton School Resource Officer Approved, Nebraska District 40 Debate, Yankton Tree Trimming
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October 13, 2014
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Visits Vermillion High School, University of South Dakota Kicks Off Onward Campaign
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October 13, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

October 11, 2014
2014 Women's Health Forum, Health Insurance Marketplace
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October 10, 2014
Vermillion Municipal Pool Committee Open Houses, Internships In The South Dakota Governor's Office
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October 10, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

October 9, 2014
South Dakota Democratic Party Attorney on Mike Rounds, Yankton County Prepared for Ebola, Lesterville Water Ban Lifted, Dakota Days Thursday Events
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October 8, 2014
Yankton County Commission Meeting - Yankton County Preservation Ordinance & Public Service Champion Award, Lesterville Water Ban, South Dakota Influenza Cases, Harrisburg Bond Vote
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October 7, 2014
Lesterville Water Ban, Mountain Lion Shot in Knox County, Yankton County Commission Meeting Preview
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October 6, 2014
100th Dakota Days, Update on Emery Grain Hauling Facility, Welcome Home Ceremony for 1742nd
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October 4, 2014
Missouri Valley Model Railroad Club Train Show, Elected Officials Encourage Young People To Apply For Service Academies
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October 3, 2014
Vermillion High School Theater Department Double Feature, Yankton Community Forum on Public Education
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October 2, 2014
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman announces Nebraska Manufacturing Month, Vermillion's Bliss Pointe Ribbon Cutting, Technical Institutes Receive Grants
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October 1, 2014
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman Presents 2014 "Be Prepared" Awards, South Dakota Gas Prices, Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup
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September 30, 2014
John E. Nelson named Nebraska Lieutenant Governor, Mount Marty College designated as military friendly
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September 29, 2014
Sandi Parish art exhibit at Bede Art Gallery at Mount Marty College, Beresford VFW Auxiliary fundraiser, 1742nd returns to United States
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September 27, 2014
Enterovirus prevention, Missouri Valley Model Railroad Club 12th annual train show
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September 26, 2014
South Dakota Manufacturing Week in Yankton, Enterovirus, EB-5 controversy
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September 26, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

September 25, 2014
Greening Vermillion Earth Day Planning Committee, ACLU files complaint against Yankton Taco John's, Government Operations and Audit Committee seeks EB-5 answers
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September 25, 2014 - Pier's Points

 

September 24, 2014
Senator Thune makes a stop in Yankton, Jury in murder trial returns verdict, Local and South Dakota gas prices
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September 23, 2014
Yankton City Commission raises solid waste collection and water rates, Former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds and current Governor Dennis Dougaard respond to lawmaker questions, Murder trial goes to jury in Winner, SD
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September 22, 2014
South Dakota Manufacturers Week in Yankton, Vermillion Public Power Week, Yankton College Fall Meetings
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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Beginning October 29, 2014, entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other interested community members are invited to attend each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at The Pavillion located at 409 Summit for 1 Million Cups – a free, weekly program developed by the Kauffman foundation helps build startup communities nationwide. For more information view the national website at www.1millioncups.com and access the Yankton, SD microsite at http://yankton.sites.1millioncups.com/.

• The Vermillion Municipal Pool Committee has announced open house dates, times and locations for viewing plans for the proposed new municipal swimming pool in historic Prentis Park. Vermillion Municipal Pool Committee members will be on-site to answer questions about the proposed municipal swimming pool plans. Click here for a list of open houses.

• Are you a job seeker looking for employment? The Department of Labor and Regulation has an important announcement about Job Services. Department of Labor & Regulation workforce experts can help job seekers with a variety of services ranging from career exploration to application, resume and cover letter assistance, to mock interviews and workforce training opportunities. Stop in at your local Department of Labor & Regulation office and visit with an employment representative today. For a list of local office locations, visit sdjobs.org.

• Governor Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two spring 2015 Governor's Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early January through May 2015. Governor's Office interns have the opportunity to work at the highest level of state government, learning about and preparing legislation to be introduced in the next legislative session. Interns' duties will depend on interests and strengths. Typical duties will include aiding the Governor's general counsel, conducting policy research, preparing policy briefings and staffing the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and First Lady. The positions are open to all undergraduate or graduate-level students. Preference will be given to South Dakota residents attending South Dakota colleges or universities. Students who are interested in receiving credit should also apply. The Governor's staff is open to working with individual universities and professors to secure credit for the internship program. Interested students should submit a resume, cover letter and two letters of recommendation by November 1, vis email, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information on duties or logistics, please visit http://sd.gov/governor/Internship or contact Patrick Weber at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (605) 773-5999.

• Senator John Thune is currently seeking intelligent, hard-working college students to serve as spring interns in his office in Washington, D.C., as well as in his offices in Aberdeen, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls. College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune's Washington, D.C., office should submit a resume and cover letter by November 7, 2014, to: Senator John Thune; Attn: Logan Penfield; 511 Dirksen Senate Office Building; Washington, D.C. 20510. By fax to: (202) 228-5429. 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 November 7, to: Senator John Thune; Attn: Robin Long; 320 North Main Avenue, Suite B; Sioux Falls, SD 57104. By e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for Men's Basketball League. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, November 7, 2014. League play is scheduled to begin the first week of December. Team registration forms and rules are available at the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or on the City of Yankton website. For further information, call (605) 668-5234. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on Facebook.

• South Dakota lawmakers are forming a task force to address child sexual abuse in the state. Public input is sought, and you can contribute your insight This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• The Vermillion Backpack Program helps hungry kids. You can help with contributions of time or money. Learn more.

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

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

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

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

• The Heartland Human Society offers affordable pets. View the available animals or stop by the shelter on East Highway 50 in Yankton.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, September 29 – Friday, October 31
Sandi Parish – water color exhibit “Horses” and “Children”; Bede Art Gallery; Marian Auditorium; Mount Marty College; Yankton. Bede Art Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. A free reception and gallery talk is scheduled for October 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., it is open to the public.

Tuesday, October 21 – Saturday, November 1
Meowloween October Adoption Event – Heartland Humane Society; 3400 East Highway 50; Yankton. Heartland Humane Society is having discounted adoption fees on all orange and black animals up for adoption. Cats and kittens will have a reduced adoption fee of $30. Dogs and puppies will be $75. All of our animals that qualify for this promotion are healthy, fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered (if old enough) and micro-chipped. All cats and dogs available for adoption can be found on the shelter’s webpage www.hearlandhumanesociety.net or you can stop by the shelter. Please contact the shelter at (605) 664-4244 if you have any questions.

Wednesday, October 29
The City of Vermillion will be holding a public meeting at City Hall, 25 Center Street, at 7 p.m. to discuss several proposed alternatives for improvements at the intersection between Main Street and Center/Court Streets. During the meeting the City will present the alternatives and then have time for public input.

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation will host Job Search Assistance Programs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 3113 Spruce St; Ste 124; Yankton. For more information, call (605) 668-2900 or visit (a href=”http://www.sdjobs.org/” target=”_blank”>www.sdjobs.org.

Tim Johnson, Vermillion “Tour of Thanks” Coffee – 5 p.m.; Vermillion Public Library; 18 Church Street; Vermillion.

Thursday, October 30
“Pope Francis: Where are Your Red Shoes" - Dr. Theresa Lafferty. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

#AskAnArchivist Day – Questions concerning archives, archival collections or preservation of archival materials can be tweeted with the tag #AskAnArchivist to @SDArchives to staff of the South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The State Archives staff are available to help assist with research and can be contacted at (605) 773-3804 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information, visit www.history.sd.gov/Archives.

Friday, October 31 – Saturday, November 1
Harvest Halloween Festival, downtown Yankton. For more information visit www.harvesthalloween.com.

The Yankton Democratic Party will be hosting an informational meet and greet event at party headquarters (232 Capital Street; Yankton) at 5 p.m. this event will focus on the Medicaid Expansion portion of the Affordable Health Care law. Jay Williams, Democratic candidate for State House, will be leading a discussion of the Medicaid Expansion focusing on the economic impact of the rejection of the expansion by the state government.

Saturday, November 1
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, visit www.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

Thomas Rokahr is in the 2nd year of the fight for his life against Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia (A.L.L.). Tom's parents are doing all they can and it's not enough. With all the medical, hospital, and traveling expenses the bills are piling up. Please help Tom and his family in this time of need. Tom the Tank Benefit; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; St. John's Lutheran Church; 1009 Jackson St; Yankton. Baked potato bar benefit, free will donation, all proceeds go to the family. Any questions please contact Bridgette Rokahr (402) 394-1092. For more information and updates about Tom and his battle against A.L.L. visit Tom The Tank Facebook page.

Glass Mosaic Workshop with Nancy Losacker; Picture This Series, Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to basic techniques and history, and will be able to create a small mosaic of their own. This hands-on workshop requires preregistration and nominal $10 fee. Open strictly to ages 16 & up, only. Please call or stop by the circulation desk to register. Space is very limited. For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

Yankton Boy Scout Troop #133 monthly scrap newspaper and aluminum can collections. Papers and cans will be picked up at the trailer courts, apartment complexes and Riverside Acres in Yankton. Have your newspaper and cans secured in sacks or small cardboard boxes and ready to be picked by 9 a.m. Paper and cans may also be brought to Riverview Reformed Church Parking lot; 1700 Burleigh; Yankton, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. For more information call (605) 660-5206 or (605) 857-9396.

South Dakota 125th Statehood Anniversary Celebration; 7 p.m.; Capital Building; Pierre.

Sunday, November 2
Sacred Heart Parish Bazaar and Dinner; Parish Community Center; 509 Capitol St; Yankton. Serving times 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance for discounted prices through Sacred Heart Parish, or after masses October 18th/19th and October 25th/26th. There will be a religious book sale and bake sale booth. Games for the entire family will be in Link Auditorium, bingo will be held from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday, November 3
The Yankton Chamber and Interchanges will host the District 18 House and Senate candidates at Minervas. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. with the forum beginning at 12 p.m. and ending at 1 p.m. Lunch will be $10 and is optional. RSVP's are requested for all attendees for seating.

A free Seasonal Flu clinic will be held for children in Jr. Kindergarten through 5th grade at each elementary school. Parents need not be present but a consent form must be signed by a parent for all students wishing to get the vaccine in school. Please return these form to your child's teacher or the school office by Tuesday, October 28. Monday, November 3 will be Lincoln School and Stewart School.

Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein is this year’s Fall Rawlins Visiting Artist at the University of South Dakota Department of Music. Gerstein will perform a solo piano recital at 7:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. His master class with USD piano students is from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Farber Hall in Old Main on the USD campus. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susanne Skyrm at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling (605) 677-5723.

Tuesday, November 4
Election Day – Polls in Yankton County & Clay County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Polling locations in Yankton County include the National Field Archery Center – Yankton, City Hall – Yankton, JoDean’s – Yankton, Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, Lesterville Fire Hall, Mayfield Store and Gayville Community Center. Polling locations in Clay County include the SESD Experimental Farm – Beresford, Wakonda Senior Citizen Center, Vermillion 4-H Center/Fairgrounds and Vermillion National Guard Armory. For more information on Yankton County call (605) 260-4400. For more information on Clay County call (605) 677-7120.

Wednesday, November 5
The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting several educational sessions in the coming months on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program. Vermillion Public Library; 18 Church St.; Vermillion. 2 p.m. For more information visit www.ltcpartnership.sd.gov.

The Rural Office of Community Services, Inc., (ROCS) will offer area residents the opportunity to meet with a navigator in Yankton to learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace. An outreach event is scheduled in Yankton from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Northern Lights Conference Room 2 on the second floor of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital's Northern Lights Addition. No appointment necessary. For more information, contact Marilyn Kathol at (605) 668-8105 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Tim Schwasinger at (605) 668-8103 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Lizzy Bolander at (605) 469-5363 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Alice Alexandrescu, local social practice artist; Artists & Authors Series, Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, 7 p.m. Alice will discuss her constructive approaches and contagious energy in and out of the art world driven by a proper belief in liberty and justice for all. She’ll facilitate a group creative moment, show off some of her student’s media masterpieces and a speed chronology of selected projects. For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

The Yankton Chamber of Commerce Business Development Committee will be hosting a fall business seminar with WorkSmart Seminars on Mobile Apps for Business – 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m; Riverfront Event Center; Yankton. Cost of the seminar is $40 for chamber members and $49.95 for non-members. Registration deadline is November 3. For more information visit www.yanktonsd.com/seminars.

Thursday, November 6
“I Would Walk 500 Miles: The Way of St. James" - Jordan and Rebecca Foos. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

Silver Threads Health & Product Fair, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 320 W Main Street; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 624-8072.

The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting several educational sessions in the coming months on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program. Yankton Public Library; 515 Walnut St.; Yankton. 2 p.m. For more information visit www.ltcpartnership.sd.gov.

A free Seasonal Flu clinic will be held for children in Jr. Kindergarten through 5th grade at each elementary school. Parents need not be present but a consent form must be signed by a parent for all students wishing to get the vaccine in school. Please return the form to your child's teacher or the school office by Tuesday, October 28. Thursday, November 6 will be Webster School and Beadle School.

Heartland Humane Society Wine & Whiskers - 6 p.m.; Minerva's Event Center; Yankton. To view a full list of the auction items, buy tickets or learn more, check out Wine and Whiskers at the Heartland Humane Society website.

Yankton College/Yankton High School Orchestra Festival – 7 p.m.; Yankton High School Theatre. Open to the public. For more information, contact Yankton College at (605) 665-3661.

St. John’s Lutheran Church Soup Kitchen; 1009 Jackson Street; Yankton. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Menu: Soups, taverns, hot dogs, pies, coffee and milk.

Monday, November 10
11th Annual Yankton Middle School Veteran’s Day Celebration – 9 a.m.; Yankton Middle School “Old” Gymnasium; 2000 Mulberry St; Yankton. The program is free to the public and coffee and cookies will be served.

Wednesday, November 12
Alderman Rich Holland, Long Overdue Series Community Discussion “The ‘Everything’ Plan for the City”; Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, 7 p.m. What really leads the decision-making in a city? The answer could be a vital document called The Comprehensive Plan. This discussion will cover the history, need, preparation and use of a Comprehensive Plan and illustrate why it is so important to the growth of Vermillion. For more information call the library at (605) 677-7060.

Thursday, November 13
"The World War One Correspondence of John and Anna Warns" - Dr. Rich Lofthus. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

“Exploring South Dakota’s Political Tradition”; The University of South Dakota will explore South Dakota’s political history with a conference at the Al Neuharth Media Center; Vermillion. The daylong program will feature the launch of the book “The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture (Vol. 2)” and a keynote address by Tom Isern, a University Distinguished Professor of History at North Dakota State University. There will also be four panel discussions on South Dakota’s unique political history. The conference is free and open to the public but registration is required. The deadline to register is Friday, November 7. For more information or to register, click here.

Saturday, November 15
Sacred Heart School’s 6th Annual Vendor Blender – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Sacred Heart Elementary School Gym; 1500 Saint Benedict Drive; Yankton, SD 57078. Over 30 vendors, bake sale items, handmade items, Godfather’s Pizza from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Thursday, November 20
"A Topical Vacation: Collecting Stamps by Topic" - Dr. Terry Nelson. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

Friday, November 21 – Sunday, December 7
"Romeo and Juliet", 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.

Sunday, November 30
Victorian Christmas High Tea - Cramer-Kenyon Historic Home.

Thursday, December 4
"Update on the MMC 'Interpret a Genome' Project" - Dr. Vicki Geiser. Mount Marty Noon Forum Series. South Dining Room of Roncalli at Mount Marty. Brown bag lunches are welcomed and visitors are also welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria. 12 p.m.

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14
Christmas Open Houses - Cramer-Kenyon House; 509 Pine Street; Yankton. Open houses are scheduled for December 12th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. and from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on December 13th and 14th. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions about this event, please call the curator at the Cramer-Kenyon Home at (605) 665-7470.

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

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.

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

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

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

Iowa News

Hillary Clinton campaigns with Braley
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is urging Iowa Democrats to get out the vote for Senate candidate Bruce Braley, saying he has "proven he will get the job done." The former first lady, senator and secretary of state appeared before about 400 people at a union hall in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday. She was also scheduled to appear in Davenport. Clinton came to Iowa in September to headline retiring Senator Tom Harkin's last annual "Steak Fry" fundraiser. She has kept up a busy schedule this fall, campaigning for Democrats in close races. Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked in a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state lawmaker and lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard. Ernst was campaigning Wednesday with Arizona Senator John McCain.

Christie helping friends in final midterm stretch
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is returning to Iowa yet again to campaign for a governor who doesn't need his help, one in a string of meetings with Republican candidates who would be valuable allies should he run for president. One potential ally would be Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, a state institution who has a double-digit lead over his Democratic rival in recent polls. Christie is expected to join Branstad for a rally in Burlington on Thursday. Christie has already visited Iowa three times in recent months. The trips to the state that's the first to vote in caucus and primary season give him a chance to mingle with activists and fundraisers who could help propel his campaign if he decides to run for president in in 2016.

Authorities capture Iowa student amid lockdowns
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in northwest Iowa say several schools are no longer on lockdown after a 16-year-old student suspected of bringing a gun to his school was taken into custody. The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office says the student was captured Wednesday afternoon without incident. Additional information was not released. Authorities placed Siouxland Community Christian School in Sioux City and two other schools on lockdown following a search for the student. He's suspected of bringing a handgun to Siouxland Community Christian on Tuesday and making threats. Officials at the nearby Kingsley-Pierson Community School District also placed their facilities on precautionary lockdown. Sheriff's Maj. Todd Wieck says the student was considered armed and dangerous because the handgun was unaccounted for at the time of the search. It has since been recovered.

APNewsBreak: Ex-Iowa coach releases, rebuts report
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Several former Iowa women's field hockey players alleged they were pressured to play injured and sought therapy due to negative experiences under Coach Tracey Griesbaum. Griesbaum provided The Associated Press the university's summary of its previously confidential investigation, which led to her August firing. She called the allegations false and said was proud of her 15 years leading a successful program. The investigation didn't substantiate any policy violations but said it was very concerning that several former players described "a team environment of fear, intimidation and/or mistreatment." Griesbaum denied she pressured anyone to play through injuries, saying she took a conservative approach. She says she's aware some players sought therapy, but doesn't see that as negative. Griesbaum's planning legal action against the school, alleging gay female coaches have faced discrimination.

Iowa man faces murder charge in girlfriend's death
SHENANDOAH, Iowa (AP) — A southwest Iowa man has been charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 death of his girlfriend. The state Department of Public Safety says 34-year-old Brian Davis of Shenandoah, Iowa was arrested Wednesday. He is being held at the Fremont County Jail on $1 million cash bond. Court records do not list an attorney. Officials say witness interviews and crime scene evidence led to Davis' arrest in connection to the July 2009 death of Holly Durben. She was found dead in a residence she shared with Davis. An autopsy determined she was shot in the head.

Inmate dies at Scott County jail in Davenport
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 33-year-old male inmate has died at the Scott County Jail in Davenport. The Scott County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that medical aid was summoned a little before 12:45 a.m. Wednesday when Lawrence Bonner appeared to be unresponsive in his cell. He was pronounced dead around 1 a.m. An autopsy has been ordered. The death investigation has been turned over to the state Department of Public Safety, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Scott County medical examiner's office.

Drake $65M expansion plan moving forward
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drake University says it is moving forward with a $65 million project that will include construction of two new buildings, renovation of four existing halls and the addition of new degree programs. Pending approval of final plans, construction could start on the buildings including a school of education center as early as next summer. Completion is expected in two years. The university, in an announcement Wednesday, says its board of trustees has approved plans to offer new bachelor degree programs in data analytics, kinesiology and secondary education in health, physical education, and coaching. Programs will begin the fall of 2015. Starting in fall of 2016, the private university will offer master of science in athletic training, bachelor of science in pre-occupational therapy and doctor of occupational therapy degrees.

Designs unveiled for Iowa City downtown project
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Architects and engineers have unveiled proposals to improve downtown Iowa City that could cost more than $10 million. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the plans were shown Tuesday inside of a hotel ballroom. During the open house, Iowa City residents and business community members studied the designs. The proposals include a performance stage, cabled lighting, enhanced greenery and public art work. Assistant City Manager Geoff Fruin says the project's design phase will continue through 2015. He says the project's construction could start in 2016, but the City Council needs to approve the budget first. Business owner Catherine Champion says she is "totally in love" with the designs. Former Iowa City Mayor Regenia Bailey also was excited about the planned update of downtown streets.

Officials planning to connect eastern Iowa trails
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials in two eastern Iowa counties are considering trail expansions that could one day be part of a trail stretching from the Waterloo area to Burlington. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that Johnson County officials want to expand six miles of eastern Iowa's Hoover Trail by 2016. The project is expected to cost at least $3 million. Officials in Linn County are also planning two Hoover Trail segments that would connect with the six-mile portion in Johnson County. Linn County and the city of Ely have partnered on building a section that would be about one mile. Ely city officials plan to start the bidding process next year for a half-mile segment of the trail to be built in Ely by 2015.

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Nebraska News

Would-be Omaha intruder has died, police say
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was shot while trying to break into a northeast Omaha home has died. Police say the home's lone resident shot the man in the chest around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The wounded man was found by officers on a sidewalk a few blocks from the home. Police say he died later at an Omaha hospital. He was identified as 41-year-old Lee Harvey. The resident told police the man had tried to get in through the front door, and Lieutenant Catherine Milone told the Omaha World-Herald the door was "pretty banged up where he was trying to get in." The resident's name hasn't been released.

Omaha killer mentions congressman in outburst
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Convicted Omaha killer Nikko Jenkins, whose release from prison last year has been dragged into the race for Nebraska's 2nd House District, mentioned the Republican incumbent in a courtroom appearance. Jenkins said loudly Wednesday as he entered a courtroom, "Vote for Lee Terry, guys. Best Republican ever." Jenkins awaits sentencing for killing four Omahans in August 2013. Terry and Republicans have accused Democratic challenger Brad Ashford, a state lawmaker from Omaha, of supporting a state law that allows criminals like Jenkins to be released from prison early. At the hearing Wednesday, Jenkins' public defender renewed a request for Jenkins to be transferred to a state psychiatric hospital, instead of having doctors treat him at the Lincoln prison where he's being held. The judge did not rule on the request Wednesday.

Furlough program released violent inmates early
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The chairman of a legislative committee says 162 Nebraska inmates convicted of violent crimes were freed early under a furlough program. The program was revealed at a hearing Wednesday as the chairman, Senator Steve Lathrop, questioned Governor Dave Heineman. Heineman was subpoenaed to testify under oath as part of an investigation into miscalculated prison sentences and other problems. Lathrop says the program allowed the release of inmates convicted of second-degree murder, manslaughter and other crimes. Lathrop argues that the re-entry furlough program violated state law, because it was created without public hearings or a waiver signed by the governor. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and the Department of Correctional Services both say the regulations in question didn't have to go through that process and weren't illegal.

Nebraska candidate says he's paid back taxes
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A southeast Nebraska candidate for the Legislature says he's paid the back taxes his construction company owed. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Republican Bob Tiemann had previously said he didn't owe the federal government. But Tiemann told the newspaper on Monday that the Internal Revenue Service provided him new information last week that convinced him his company was in arrears. Tiemann says he paid nearly $17,000 for unpaid withholding taxes owed by R.L. Tiemann Construction from tax years 2012 and 2006. The IRS had filed a tax lien against the company with the Gage County Register of Deeds on September 30th, listing the unpaid taxes. Tiemann's opponent for the District 30 seat, Roy Baker of Lincoln, says the tax lien is something voters should consider.

Groundwater atlas of Lancaster County available
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — "The Groundwater Atlas of Lancaster County, Nebraska" has been completed and been made available to the public. University officials say a team from the Conservation and Survey Division of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources created maps, wrote text and compiled and interpreted data for the atlas. The atlas includes a compilation of chloride concentration data so important to irrigators and domestic well owners. The atlas and a CD-ROM of GIS files used to create the maps are $14 each and can be bought from the Nebraska Maps and More Store on the first floor of Hardin Hall, 33rd and Holdrege streets. They can be purchased online at H T T P COLON SLASH SLASH NebraskaMaps DOT unl DOT edu. Customers can also dial 402-472-3471 to place a phone order.

Wastewater powering Innovation Campus heating
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln's wastewater is helping heat and cool a building on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Innovation Campus. About 70 percent of Lincoln's wastewater is treated at the Theresa Street facility that's near the campus. The Lincoln Journal Star reports the campus uses a renewable energy system that captures heat from the wastewater that's funneled to the plant. It helps power heating and cooling systems for the Nebraska Innovation Commons and Conference Center. Executive Director Dan Duncan of the Innovation Campus says the Centralized Renewable Energy System will eventually reduce heating and cooling costs for Innovation Campus partners by up to 30 percent. It's also expected to be a way to attract companies needing office space but looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

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