Community Calendar

Community Calendar

Comm. garden plants grant available

Thursday, January 28th 2016 - All Day

The Clay-Union foundation ,Inc. is offering a $300 comm. garden plants grant this year, with one town or organization selected in each county. Applications were sent to the towns by email, please contact John Gille at 605-421-5050 to have an application sent to you by email. Towns that already budget for spring plantings or fall bulbs will not be eligible, but their organizations or groups can apply.

Applications are due March 10th and can be emailed to Winners will be selected and notified later in March.

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned For February

Monday, February 1st 2016 - All Day

The South Dakota Highway Patrol has released its list of sobriety checkpoints planned for February.

Sobriety checkpoints are held in different counties statewide each month by the Highway Patrol. The checkpoints are designed to discourage people from drinking and then driving.

Checkpoints will be held during February in 17 different counties. The counties are: Beadle, Bennett, Brookings, Brown, Butte, Codington, Davison, Fall River, Hand, Hughes, Lyman, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts, Walworth and Yankton.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is part of the Department of Public Safety.

Free Tax Preparation Offered by Mount Marty College Accounting Students

Thursday, February 4th 2016 - All Day

From February 1 through April 1, local community members with low-incomes can receive free tax preparation by Mount Marty College accounting students. This year marks the 22nd year that Mount Marty students have been providing free individual tax preparation, overseen by qualified faculty, for federal returns.

Qualifying community members will meet with MMC students for an initial interview before their tax return preparation begins. A second, short appointment will be conducted with each client to review the results of the tax returns before filing. If more advanced tax services are deemed necessary, clients will be asked to seek assistance from 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 e-mail to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be scheduled on Mondays from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Appointments will be held on Mount Marty’s Yankton campus.

Scholarships are available

Monday, February 8th 2016 - All Day

The Clay-Union foundation ,Inc. is providing a $500 community service scholarship to seniors from Elk Point-Jefferson, Dakota Valley, and Vermillion high school, who are going on to college.  The applications were sent to the school counselors in January, and the applications are due March 18th.

The scholarship is also on the foundation website, and may be returned by email. The foundation will announce the recipient at their spring awards program. Please contact John Gille at 605-421-5050 for more information on the application.

Hartington WIC and Immunization Clinic

Thursday, February 11th 2016 - 10:30 am - 2:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church
106 West Center St.

Hartington will hold the Hartington WIC and Immunization clinic on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 106 West Center St. Hartington, NE. For an appointment or for more information regarding the WIC or Immunization Programs please call (402) 385-6300.

NENCAP’s WIC Program provides nutrition education and supplemental foods to income eligible pregnant, breast-feeding or postpartum women, infants, and children to age 5 years.

Noon Forums at Mount Marty College

Thursday, February 11th 2016 - 12:00 pm at Mount Marty College
1105 W 8th St

The Noon Forums for the spring semester at Mount Marty College will begin on Thursday, January 28, with a presentation by Dr. Chun Wu and MMC Students, entitled “BRIN research, past and future.”

Each Thursday on the Yankton campus, presenters will give a talk on a variety of topics.  The events are held over the lunch hour in the South Dining Room of the Roncalli Center and are free and open to the public.  Brown bag lunches are welcome and visitors are also able to purchase food from MMC dining services.

Spring 2016 Schedule:

  • February 11: Jordan Foos and MMC students, “MMC Winter Break Service Trip:  Learning Love in Louisville”
  • February 18: Marcus Long, “Working for the Franciscans and Human Rights at the United  Nations”
  • February 25: Patrick Hicks, “Readings with Patrick Hicks”
  • March 3: Federal Prison Camp Inmates, “Choices”
  • March 17: Jan Hausmann, “Eighteenth Century Love Stories in Novels and Films”
  • March 31: David Kahle, “Warriors for Education: A Documentary of Crow Creek Spiritual Growth”
  • April 7: Erin Riibe, “An Alaskan Adventure”
  • April 14: Alan Ferris, “Is Faster Always Better: The Psychological Consequences of Living a Fast Life”
  • April 21: Chelsie Rodabaugh, “Rosebud Service Trip”
  • April 28: Rich Lofthus, Dr. Jamie Sullivan & MMC students, “Journey to Switzerland, Germany & Austria”
  • May 5: James Reese and MMC students, “Paddlefish Readings”

Ponca Community Blood Drive

Thursday, February 11th 2016 - 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Ponca Community Hall
119 W. 3rd St.

Ponca Community Blood Drive, Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Ponca Community Hall, 119 W 3rd.

February After School Programs at the Yankton Community Library

Thursday, February 11th 2016 - 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm at Yankton Community Library
515 Walnut Street

Plans are in place for February’s Thursday after school programs at the Yankton Community Library.  Craft day is the first Thursday of the month. The February 4 session offers a variety of projects around the theme of hearts including paper weaving, making a mobile, and putting together a love bug.

LEGO Club is scheduled for the second Thursday on February 11.  The library provides the LEGOs and participants provide the imagination and engineering ability.  LEGO Club is open to all ages with DUPLOs available for preschoolers.

Stephanie Siebrandt of the Yankton County 4-H Youth Development office is leading Science Club the third Thursday of each month.  The February 18 topic is the human heart.  We’ll learn about blood and how the heart pumps it.

Our movie on February 25, the fourth Thursday, is Paddington.  It is 95 minutes long and rated PG.

Crafts, LEGOs, and Science Club after school programs run from 3:45-4:45 p.m. in the meeting room at the library, 515 Walnut Street.  Movies begin promptly at 3:30 p.m.  Registration is not necessary for any of these programs.

In addition to Thursday programs, there is Wii gaming every Friday afternoon from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Special activities in February include Take Your Child to the Library Day.  On Saturday, February 6, parents are invited to bring children in any time during our regular hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The children can pick up The Library Game at the desk, complete the activities, and earn a treat.

A new session of LEGO Robotics begins on Monday, February 22, and runs for five weeks.  Due to a set number of robotics kits, this free activity is limited to 24 participants and registration is required.  Children must be at least 8 years old and should plan to come to all five sessions.  Children who attended LEGO Robotics in the summer or fall of 2015 should not register, as this is very similar.

If you have questions about any of these activities, contact the library at 605-668-5275 or e-mail

45th Annual South Dakota American Legion MidWinter Conference

Friday, February 12th 2016 - All Day at Crossroads Hotel & Convention Center
100 4th St SW


The 45th Annual South Dakota American Legion MidWinter Conference will be held at the Crossroads Hotel & Convention Center in Huron, South Dakota, February 12-14, 2016. Legionnaires, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Riders from across the State of South Dakota will be in attendance.

The Legion business session will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 12, with meetings of the Department Finance Commission, Department Executive Committee and the 5 Year Membership Council throughout the day. The evening will feature a joint banquet with National American Legion Vice Commander Alan Davis from the Department of Minnesota as the main speaker.

Saturday will commence at 8:00 a.m. with a joint session with the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion. At 10:30 a.m., the American Legion will conduct breakout sessions on Membership, Public Relations/ Media, Americanism, Conducting Meetings, 100th Anniversary and MyLegion.Org. The evening will feature a Membership Go-Getter Banquet.

Sunday morning a memorial service will be held at 8:30 a.m. followed by the American Legion State Oratorical finals. Contestant winners from the 8 American Legion Districts will vie for the Championship trophy, which will entitle them to compete for the National American Legion Oratorical Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana in April. The State winner will win a $1,000 scholarship and compete at the National level for an $18,000 scholarship.

Leadership in attendance will be State American Legion Commander Terry Hanson of Arlington, State American Legion Auxiliary President Jane Benzel of Hot Springs and Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander Colon Royal of Iroquois. Also present will be National Vice Commander Davis, Judy Twete National American Legion Auxiliary Northwest Division Vice President of The Department of North Dakota, National Membership Chairman Ken Orrock of Rapid City, Director of the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center Darwin Goodspeed and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Larry Zimmerman.



Le Mars Bible Church Family Matters Bible Conference with Carey and Pam Hardy

Friday, February 12th 2016 - All Day

Le Mars Bible Church Family Matters Bible Conference with Carey and Pam Hardy

 *Friday Night: Valentine’s Day Banquet ($10/person)
6 PM – Keys to an Effective Marriage

 *Saturday Morning: Parenting Matters (Free will offering)z
8:30 AM – Balanced Parenting Part One
9:45 AM – Balanced Parenting Part Two
11:00 AM – Parenting Q and A (with Carey and Pam)
2:00 PM – Modesty Matters (girls middle school age and older and all mothers)

 *Sunday Morning: Marriage Matters
8:00 AM – Taming the Tongue
9:30 AM – Breakout Sessions
-Women: Trusting God in Marriage and Parenting
– Men: The Role of the Husband
10:45 AM – Resolving Conflict

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