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Local News

March 31, 2015
Jolley Elementary Students Reach Reading Goal, Nebraska Reaches Low Unemployment Rate
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March 31, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

March 30, 2015
Lifelight RESET Tour Set For Yankton, South Dakota Veto Day In Pierre
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March 30, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

March 28, 2015
Polar Plunge Set For Vermillion, Nebraska Keeps Motorcycle Helmets
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March 27, 2015
Continued Success For Vermillion High School Senior, Citizen Of The Year Banquet
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March 26, 2015
Speaker Antonio Neves Inspires One Million Cups, South Dakota Gas Prices Down Slightly
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March 25, 2015
Powder River Training Complex Receives Approval, Pheasant Management Plan In The Works
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March 25, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

March 24, 2015
Yankton City Commission Approves Ordinances, Vermillion Student Wins South Dakota State Spelling Bee
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March 24, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

March 23, 2015
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard Signs Bills, Work Zone Awareness Week
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March 23, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Yankton County Parents as Teachers will be offering the Bright Start Responsive Parenting Class for parents or guardians of children from birth to three years of age. The class will seek to explain how to match a parent’s expectations with the child’s developmental stage and temperament. The class will also examine early childhood development, age appropriate activities, discipline, stress management, and the appropriate parental response to the children. The 12 hour classes will be April 18 and 25 and will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. Any questions can be directed to Deanna, Coordinator/Educator, Yankton County Parents as Teachers, (605) 661-4833.

• Bede Art Gallery Exhibit “Naked Pottery” – 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Mount Marty College; 1105 W 8th Street; Yankton. Runs March 30-31, April 1-2.

• Riverview Reformed Church is offering raised bed garden spots. Please call the church at 665-9204 to reserve, fee is $25.00. The spots are located behind the church at 1700 Burleigh in Yankton and will be ready to plant 13th.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the 2015 Women’s and Coed Sand Volleyball Leagues and Coed Softball Leagues. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, May 8. Team registration forms and rules are available at the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or on the City of Yankton web site at www.cityofyankton.org. For further information, call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook page.

• Habitat is seeking donations for their annual rummage sale to be held March 27th and 28th. Items may be dropped off at FUMC beginning 3/26/15. If you need assistance with pickup call Tom and Jane Gilmore to schedule a time, (605) 665-8303.

• The Summit Activities Center, along with Yankton County Search & Rescue, Yankton County EMS and Dakota Scuba is proud to offer April Pool’s Day event on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. The purpose of this event is to provide fun and educational activities about water safety and offer a Discover Scuba class with Steve Nedved from Discover Scuba. The event will run from 6:30-8:30pm on Wednesday, April 1. The event is open to parents and children 10 years or older. The cost of the class is $30 per participant and payment will be made the evening of the class. To register for this unique class, please call Daniel Prendable at 605-668-9033 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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 their Facebook Page.

• Representative Kristi Noem is accepting applications for spring internships in her Washington, D.C. office, as well as in her offices in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown. Student interns in Representative Noem’s office will assist staff with various constituent service and communications projects, as well as assist with legislative research. Both South Dakota and Washington, D.C., internships provide students with first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and the countless other functions of a congressional office. College students who are interested in interning in any of Representative Noem’s offices should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by April 20. For more information, contact Christiana Frazee at (202) 225-2801.

• The Annual Youth Art Exhibit with run at G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery in Yankton (508 Douglas Avenue) from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. March 12 – 14, 16 – 21, 23 – 31, April 1-2.

• 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2015

Tuesday, March 31 – Thursday, April 2
South Dakota Board of Regents Meeting – University of South Dakota.

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.

Lifelight and 1st Assembly RESET Tour – 7 p.m.; NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex; 800 Archery Lane; Yankton. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at 1st Assembly, Pizza Ranch, Carpenter Shop and Mount Marty College.

25th Annual Business Community Prayer Breakfast – 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.; Roncalli Center Main Dining Room; Mount Marty College; Yankton. Tickets for the breakfast buffet are $7.50 each and an RSVP is requested by Friday, March 26. Questions and RSVPs can be directed to (605) 668-1584 or to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

“Stations of the Cross” – 7 p.m.; Marian Auditorium; Mount Marty College; Yankton.

Wednesday, April 1
Sanford Care Center Vermillion Annual Easter Egg Hunt – 5 p.m. 1 – 2 Years old, 5:15 p.m. 3 – 4 years old, 5:30 p.m. 5 – 6 years old.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is proud to host South Dakota author Mary Woster Haug in the Artists & Authors series at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 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/Onward Yankton Announcement – 9 a.m.; Yankton High School Theatre.

Thursday, April 2 – Monday, April 6
Yankton Public Schools will not be in session. April 2 is a parent-teacher conference compensation day, and April 3 and April 6 are Easter Vacation days. School will resume on Tuesday, April 7.

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

Friday, April 3
The Center will be closed all day and no evening bingo.

Saturday, April 4
The Avera Yankton Care Center Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 10 a.m. at the Avera Yankton Care Center. The hunt is for children ages five and under, and is open to the community.

Heartland Humane Society Meet and Greet – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Heartland Humane Society Shelter; 3400 E Highway 50; Yankton.

Yankton Boy Scout Troop #133 will be conducting the monthly scrap newspaper and aluminum can collections. Troop 133 does not accept plastic or tin cans, please do not leave these items for pick up. Papers and cans will be picked up at the trailer courts and apartment complexes in Yankton. Also paper and cans will be picked up at riverside acres. Please have your newspaper and cans secured in sacks or small cardboard boxes and ready to be picked up by 9 a.m. Paper and cans may also be brought to Riverview Reformed Church parking lot between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Remember the paper shed is located on the southeast corner of the parking lot. For more information about the newspaper and aluminum can collection, call (605) 660-5206 or (605) 857-9396.

Sunday, April 5
The Summit Activities Center will be closed in observance of Easter. The Summit Activities Center will go back to normal business hours on Monday, April 6.

The Yankton Community Library will be closed in observance of Easter. The Yankton Community Library will reopen on Monday, April 6.

Monday, April 6
United Methodist Women of Yankton Meeting – 1:30 p.m.; First United Methodist Church; 11th and Cedar; Yankton. Refreshments will be served, the welcome mat is out for all.

Tuesday, April 7
Matt Michels, South Dakota Lt. Governor, will be the speaker at Rotary at 12 p.m. Michels will be giving a State of the State Address. Everyone is invited to attend. Meeting is at 12 p.m. at Hillcrest Country Club. Cost of the meal is $10. Please RSVP to Rotary President Amy Nelson at (605) 668-5221 no later than Friday, April 3.

Wednesday, April 8
The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will host a screening of the engaging documentary Alive Inside at 6:30 p.m., followed by a facilitated community discussion.

Yankton Community Library Board of Trustees Regular Meeting – 5:30 p.m.; Library meeting room; 515 Walnut; Yankton.

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”

Post Legislative Luncheon – 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Hillcrest Golf and Country Club; Yankton. The luncheon is open to the public, but registration is required. Register online at: www.yanktonsd.com/legislativeluncheon or by calling the Chamber at (605) 665-3636. Luncheon cost is $15.00.

Friday, April 10
“Drop Everything and Read” Day – Yankton Community Library. On April 10th, you’ll find special chairs that will be occupied by someone who is reading every minute of the day. For more information, contact the library at (605) 668-5276.

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.

Tri-Valley Chorus 65th Annual Show – 7 p.m.; Centerville Gymnasium. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Students are $5.

Sunday, April 12 – Saturday, April 18
National Library Week – If you would like to submit a poem to the Yankton Library staff, they will gladly display your poetry during National Library Week. April is National Poetry Month.

Sunday, April 12
Spellebrate – Fifth Annual Scrabble Tournament – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Southeast Job Link; 1200 W 21st St; Yankton.

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 – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Ability Building Services; 909 W 23rd St; Yankton.

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”

Ribbon Cutting – Shore to Shore Realty, LLC; 230 Broadway Ave; Suite B-1; Yankton.

Saturday, April 18
Mount Marty College Student Nurse Association Fun Run & 5k – Registration 8:30 a.m., Start time 9 a.m. $5 child, $10 student, $15 adult.

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.

International Diversity Training – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Regional Technical Education Center; 1200 W 21st Street; Yankton. The 3 p.m. session will be on religion and healthcare while the 5 p.m. session will be on retail and law.

Wednesday, April 22
International Diversity Training – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Regional Technical Education Center; 1200 W 21st Street; Yankton. The session will discuss hospitality, lodging and restaurants.

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.

Monday, July 20
Sheri Ellis Golf Social

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

Police respond after fight escalates to shooting in Clinton
CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Police say they were responding to a report of a fight in Clinton when they were advised that it had escalated to a shooting. Officers with the Clinton Police Department were dispatched around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. They arrived at the scene to find that 28-year-old Cordell Clark had already been taken to the hospital following the shooting. Capt. William Greenwalt says Clark is being treated at Mercy Medical Center for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The injuries have been deemed non-life threatening. No arrests have been made. Police say the case remains under investigation.

Council Bluffs work release prisoner listed as escaped
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 21-year-old inmate has been listed as escaped from the state work release facility in Council Bluffs. The Iowa Department of Corrections says Joseph C. Smith Jr. was placed on escape status when he didn't return to the facility after getting off work Sunday. He had been returned to work release after violating his parole. Smith was arrested in May 2012 and later convicted of assault causing serious injury, assault with a weapon and willful injury causing bodily injury. He is serving a seven-year sentence for the convictions. He was free on parole from Nov. 4 until March 12.

Fire at Renaissance Faire grounds destroys 2 buildings
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An early morning fire at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire grounds has left at least two structures with nothing but charred framework remaining. Police say they responded around 1:15 a.m. Monday to reports of a fire in an area of Sleepy Hollow Sports Park where the festival is held. Fire officials called in portable water tanks to contain the flames that scorched the food vendor and maintenance buildings because no hydrants are located on the fairgrounds. Park owner Rick Flatt says he's unsure how the fire could have started because nobody works on Sunday evenings. Authorities had to cut a padlock gate to reach the site. Three burnt tanks were located near the fire scene. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

2 officers who shot, wounded man at end of chase identified
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified the two Cedar Rapids officers who shot and wounded a man at the end of a chase. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said Monday that officers Jeremy Depies and Brandon Tinta were involved in the shooting. Cedar Rapids police say the chase began shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday when officers noticed an orange BMW driving recklessly. The BMW drove the wrong way down a street and turned into an alley before crashing into a telephone pole. When officers approached the vehicle, it drove toward them, so they began to shoot. The driver wounded by the gunfire has been identified as 28-year-old Kyle Orth. He was treated at a hospital before being taken to jail. The shooting remains under investigation.

Iowa House panel approves bill on adoption leave benefits
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A House panel has approved a bill that would require some businesses in Iowa to offer more leave benefits to parents who adopt children. Members of a labor subcommittee approved the bill Monday. A committee must approve it by Friday for it to survive a legislative deadline. The Senate passed it earlier this month. The bill would require businesses offering leave benefits to parents of newborns to do the same for adoptive parents. A business that doesn't already offer such benefits would not be required to start. Supporters of the bill say it would treat biological parents and adoptive parents more equally. Some lawmakers have expressed concern about the financial impact on businesses. Federal law requires unpaid leave to biological and adoptive parents under certain guidelines.

Iowa Senate panel OKs bill changing basis for strip searches
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Senate panel has approved a bill that would allow law enforcement officials in Iowa to conduct limited strip searches on certain jail inmates without probable cause. A Judiciary subcommittee agreed Monday to advance the bill, which passed in the House. A committee must approve it by Friday to beat a legislative deadline. The bill would allow a strip search involving visual inspection of a person, including genitals, without probable cause if he or she is arrested on suspicion of a simple misdemeanor or scheduled violation and is in a holding area with others. A scheduled violation can involve offenses while driving or consuming alcohol, among others. Supporters say the bill allows for better confiscation of items entering the jail. Critics say such searches are invasive and require probable cause.

Ownership of a Janesville church cemetery unclear
JANESVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Legal questions about ownership surround the cemetery of a Janesville church that was abandoned several years ago. The property's ownership and responsibility seem to be muddled, according to an assistant Black Hawk County attorney. The Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church filed a quit claim deed in Black Hawk County in 2011, effectively giving the cemetery to trustees of Mount Vernon Township. The attorney says that courthouse records appear to show that township trustees own the cemetery. Township trustees say there were no plans or directives when the church was abandoned, so ownership is unclear. An attorney for the Iowa Conference cites a state law, which states that "a governmental subdivision" bears responsibility for cemeteries with no support mechanisms in place. The attorney says that the township is that subdivision. Both parties say that a resolution is possible.

Attorney: Returning ex-Des Moines officer to prison unneeded
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An attorney for a former Des Moines police officer who spent less than two years in prison for severely beating a man during a 2008 traffic stop says putting him back behind bars wouldn't be beneficial. In a sentencing brief filed Friday, 31-year-old Mersed Dautovic's attorney argued that returning him to prison would harm his daughters and negate progress he's made since his 2012 conviction of using excessive force on Octavius Bonds. Dautovic finished his federal sentence and was released in January 2014. But in August, a three-member panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals deemed the sentence too lenient and sent Dautovic's case back for resentencing. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the decision. Dautovic will be resentenced April 20. Prosecutors seek a 14-year prison term.

Iowa man accused of kidnapping, threatening girlfriend
WOODBINE, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa man accused of confining his girlfriend and psychologically torturing her has been arrested. Online court records on Monday listed a first-degree kidnapping charge against 50-year-old Daniel Yate, of Woodbine. He was detained after his girlfriend told police last week that he assaulted her at his home and wouldn't let her leave. Woodbine Police Chief Michael Jensen says the girlfriend accused Yates of binding her and threatening to throw her in a nearby river. The girlfriend says Yates also sat on her chest and opened and closed a knife. Records show the woman had injuries consistent with her allegations and a hospital visit revealed a broken rib. Court documents don't yet list an attorney for Yates to seek comment on his behalf.

Western Iowa man adjusting holster shoots hand, police say
CARTER LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a western Iowa man accidentally shot himself in the hand. The Council Bluffs Police Department says 21-year-old Marvin Naggatz, of Crater Lake, arrived at the hospital around 4:30 p.m. Sunday with a gunshot wound to the hand. He was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released from CHI Health Mercy Hospital. Naggatz told police and hospital staff that he was in a parking lot trying to adjust his holster when the .40-caliber handgun discharged. The bullet struck him in the hand. Naggatz has a permit to carry weapons. Police say no charges have been filed at this time.

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Nebraska News

Police respond to report of shooting at Omaha lake
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police say someone has been shot at Standing Bear Lake in northwest Omaha. Officers responded to a report of a shooting around 2:50 p.m. Monday. The person who was shot was transported to the Nebraska Medical Center in serious condition. Police remained at the scene to search for a suspect. No arrests have been made at this time. No further information has been released.

Regulators relax scrutiny of Nebraska nuclear plant
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal regulators are relaxing inspections of the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant after nearly four years of heightened scrutiny. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday the power plant owned by the Omaha Public Power District has improved enough to return to the agency's normal oversight program. Since 2011, Fort Calhoun has faced additional inspections and oversight. The plant, which sits about 20 miles north of Omaha, was also shut down from April 2011 to December 2013 for repairs and inspections. It initially shut down for routine maintenance, but significant flooding in 2011, a small fire and a series of safety violations forced it to remain closed. The NRC will hold a public meeting on April 9 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Thompson Center to discuss Fort Calhoun.

Nebraska lawmakers to debate proposed ban on flying lanterns
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State senators will debate whether to outlaw small flame-powered paper air balloons in Nebraska. A legislative committee voted 7-0 on Monday to advance a bill that would ban the sale, possession and use of paper lanterns. The lanterns are made of flame-retardant paper and lifted by hot air from open flames at their bases. They're often released into the sky at memorials or celebrations. But the bill's advocates say the lanterns create dangerous fire hazards if they land in neighborhoods or dry fields. If the bill passes, violators would face a $100 fine. Hot air balloons large enough to carry people would be not included in the ban. The bill is LB136.

Attorney: Omaha company won't refund clients for vouchers
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An attorney for an Omaha event planning company says customers who purchased travel vouchers from the business won't be reimbursed any time soon. Steve Lefler, attorney for the owner of Creative Creations, said Monday that consumers shouldn't expect refunds or for unused vouchers to be honored. Creative Creations purchases the vouchers for airline flights at a reduced rate and resells them to the public. The vouchers sparked protest last week when hundreds of customers discovered their vouchers wouldn't be honored because the company had overbooked flights. Only a limited number of vouchers can be redeemed each month. The Better Business Bureau says more than 500 complaints valued at nearly $500,000 had been received as of Monday morning. Lefler says it wasn't the company's intent to take advantage of the customers.

BNSF railroad adds new safety rules for crude oil trains
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — BNSF railroad has started taking additional safety measures for crude oil shipments because of four recent high-profile derailments in the U.S. and Canada. The railroad said Monday that is slowing down crude oil trains to 35 mph in cities with more than 100,000 people and increasing track inspections near waterways. The Fort Worth, Texas, based railroad also is stepping up efforts to find and repair defective wheels before they can cause derailments. BNSF spokesman Michael Trevino says these additional safety efforts began in response to the recent derailments. One was earlier this month near Galena, Illinois, and the Mississippi River. The number of rail accidents remains relatively small compared to total rail traffic, but fiery accidents involving crude oil are increasing because U.S. and Canadian oil production is booming.

Douglas County fined for violating child labor laws
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal agency has fined Douglas County for violating child labor laws by letting four teenagers load a wood chipper last summer. The U.S. Department of Labor issued $3,100 in fines after discovering that four underage employees operated a wood chipper while temporarily working on a maintenance crew for the county engineer. Child labor laws allow only adults to do this. The Douglas County Board is slated to approve payment of the fines Tuesday. Construction and maintenance manager Tom McDonald says the permanent employee in charge of the wood chipper didn't know minors weren't allowed to load it. McDonald says a workers' compensation claim filed after one of the teens bruised a finger prompted the Labor Department's investigation and subsequent fines.

Nebraska term-limit expansion measure wins initial approval
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A ballot measure that could give Nebraska lawmakers an extra four years in office has won initial approval in the Legislature. Senators gave the constitutional amendment proposal first-round approval on Monday with a 27-12 vote. The current proposal would allow lawmakers to serve up to three consecutive four-year terms in office, if voters approve it. Lawmakers have to approve it twice more. Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus says his proposal could be changed to allow two consecutive six-year terms instead. Term limits went into effect in 2006 under a voter-approved constitutional amendment that limited lawmakers to two consecutive four-year terms. Schumacher says the extra time is important to preserve institutional knowledge in the one-house Legislature. The measure is LR7CA

Creation of Lutheran high school considered for Columbus
COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — Parents, community members and the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod churches in Nebraska are considering opening a Lutheran high school in Columbus. An informational meeting was held last week to gauge interest in the school. There are Lutheran schools in Columbus, but they do not teach students beyond the eighth grade. Melanie Gustafson, a mother of four, said a conversation with other parents sparked the idea for a high school. The process for creating the school includes seeking approval from the church councils and conducting a feasibility study to gauge interest in the school and evaluate what resources are available. The study will also establish if there are enough students to sustain the school. It is not currently known where the school would be located or what the cost of tuition would be.

Nebraska Sen. Chambers' ISIS statement provokes more debate
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska senator's comment comparing police to the Islamic State terrorist group is continuing to provoke debate in the Legislature. The comment by longtime state Sen. Ernie Chambers came up again on Monday and filled up most of the Legislature's morning debate time. Many lawmakers condemned the comments during debate last week. During a committee hearing this month, Chambers said "my ISIS is the police" because officers are licensed to kill and pose a threat to his neighborhood. Chambers said he isn't a man of violence, but if he carried a gun, he would use it as protection against police and would want to shoot first and ask questions later. Chambers has refused to apologize for the comments.

Senators advance measure to protect pregnant employees
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska mothers-to-be will have better employment protection under a bill headed to a final vote in the Legislature. Senators advanced a measure Monday that would require employers to acknowledge physical limitations of pregnancy and make accommodations for employees. The bill also would bar discrimination against pregnant women in employment practices like hiring or firing. The bill by Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha won second-round approval on a voice vote. Mello says the bill complies with a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold an appeals case by a pregnant woman who asked for job accommodations similar to those available to workers with physical disabilities. The bill is LB627.

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