Community Calendar

Community Calendar

Yankton School Board Seats Open

Friday, January 9th 2015 - All Day

The Yankton School District 63-3 School Board Election will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

Two of the five school board seats, currently held by Kathy Greeneway and Matthew Pietz, are open. Elected candidates will serve a three-year term.

The earliest date to circulate a petition is January 30, 2015. The deadline for filing a nominating petition is 5:00 PM on Friday, February 27, 2015.

The deadline for voter registration is March 30th, to vote in the April 14, 2015 election.

Scholarship available for Seniors

Monday, January 12th 2015 - All Day

The Clay-Union Foundation is offering a $500 community service scholarship to graduating high school seniors from Vermillion or Elk Point-Jefferson high school. Applications are online at or contact the school counselors.
This is the 4th year the scholarship has been offered, and applications are needed by March 20th. The foundation also has made donations to the backpack program in Vermillion and Elk Point. Donations to help support the scholarship fund may be sent to P.O. 665, Elk Point, SD 57025.

Spring Planitarium Schedule

Friday, January 16th 2015 - All Day at Wayne State College
1111 Main St

The Fred G. Dale Planetarium at Wayne State College will begin its 2015 Spring season of public shows on Jan. 16.

For this spring season, the planetarium will cycle through 10 different shows, including some new shows like Ring World, Rusty Rocket, Nanocam: A Trip into Biodiversity, and a mystery show. Included in each show will be a tour of the current night sky and a constellation song. Subsequent shows will be on Friday nights and first Sunday afternoons until May 3.

Please visit for a detailed show schedule, more information about these public shows, and how to book a private group showing. The suggested donation for all shows is $5 for adults and $3 for kids. All donations are appreciated.

For more information, please contact Dr. Todd Young, Planetarium Director, at 402-375-7471.

Wayne State College, a regional, public four-year college located in northeast Nebraska, is a proud member of the Nebraska State College System.

Free Tax Help

Wednesday, January 28th 2015 - 3:00 pm at Mount Marty College
1105 W 8th St

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 to indicate their interest and to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be scheduled on Mondays from 3:00pm-6:00pm, Tuesdays from 1:00pm-4:00pm and Thursdays from 4:00pm-7:00pm

Area high school students urged to register now for USD Summer Accounting Institute

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 12:00 am at USD
414 E Clark St

High school sophomores and juniors interested in an accounting career or those who are interested in majoring in business can register now for the ninth annual 2015 University of South Dakota Summer Accounting Institute.

Students from the region are encouraged to attend the five-day Institute, which is July 12-16. Under the direction of Erin Cornelsen, M.P.A., an accounting instructor at USD, the Accounting Institute will address educational, career exploration, and professional opportunities in accounting. Activities include field trip to a nationally-recognized public accounting firm and various regional businesses. Additional activities include faculty presentations, educational videos and fun events such as bowling, swimming, movies and more. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet national, regional and local employers who hire USD accounting graduates. Students attending the Institute are also eligible for scholarships to attend the accounting program at the Beacom School of Business.

The Institute allows students the opportunity to explore USD’s AACSB accredited business school. The school is one of only five percent of business schools worldwide to achieve AACSB accreditation, the highest distinction business schools can receive. USD’s accounting graduate placement rate is approximately 96 percent (within 3 months of graduation).

For more information about the 2015 Summer Accounting Institute or to download a registration form, please go to Cost to register is $75; however, the registration fee is waived for students who are ranked in the top 10 percent of their class. These students need to include a letter from their high school principal or guidance counselor to verify their class ranking. Students can also earn one college credit upon successful completion of the Institute. The deadline to register is May 15. For more, please contact Cornelsen at, (605) 677-5499 or Lynne Roach,, (605) 677-5559.

Bike Ride Fundraiser

Monday, February 9th 2015 - All Day

The Clay-Union Foundation is hosting a bike ride Saturday, August 15th in Elk Point, SD which will feature a 28 and 48 mile bike ride at your own pace. There are 3 different registration options available, and all proceeds support the youth mentoring and scholarship programs. Registration forms will be online at under the events tab, and also through the bikeiowa website.
The foundation is also hosting it’s second half marathon , which was a great success last year. The event will be Saturday, Sept. 26th in Elk Point, and had runners from Poland, Oklahoma and 4 other states last year. Registration is online at www.runsignup under Get to the Point half marathon. Early registration discounts apply till March 1st, then fees increase as the event draws near. Feel free to call John Gille at 605-421-5050 for more information on these events.

Dickinson County Nature Center Photography Contest

Monday, February 9th 2015 - All Day at Dickinson County Nature Center
2279 170th St

Become a part of a new exhibit at the Dickinson County Nature Center.

The Okoboji nature center is looking for beautiful digital images reflecting the connection between humans and the environment for its new Art & Nature photography contest and display.
Images should highlight the diversity of life on Earth, including wildlife in its natural habitat, the relationship between people and nature, plant life, weather, landscapes and seasons.

All photos must have been taken in the last year at one of the Dickinson County Conservation Board’s areas: Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area, 1924 240th St., Milford; Judd Wildlife Area, 1987 250th St., Milford; Kenue Park, 2251 170th St., Okoboji; Orleans Beach, 25040 140th St., Spirit Lake; Superior Marsh Wildlife Area, 3380 130th St., Superior; or Westport Park, 1175 230th St., Everly.

Photographs are due by April 1 and will be classified into three age groups: 13 and younger, 14-18 or 19 and older. All submitted images will be on display at the nature center through August. Winners in each age group will be notified via e-mail by April 15. Their images will be featured prominently in the photography display at the Dickinson County Nature Center, as the nature center’s June Facebook cover photo and on the nature center’s website. Winners will also receive a $5 gift certificate to the Nature Store at the nature center.

How to enter
Photographers may enter one photo 5-15 MB in size to labeled as firstnamelastname_location, for example johnsmith_horseshoebend. Photos should be jpeg, png or tiff files. In the body of the e-mail, include the photographer’s name, location of the photo, approximate date taken, age of photographer, city of residence and a short photo caption.

All images should display content appropriate for all ages. Please do not include photographs of pets or domestic animals, the willful harassment of wildlife, damage to the environment by the photographer, photos that put any individual or animal in danger or images that infringe on the rights of another photographer or person.

Photographers retain all rights to their images except for use by Dickinson County Conservation.

For more information, contact 712-336-6352, e-mail , visit or stop by the Dickinson County Nature Center, 2279 170th St. in Okoboji 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Nominations Seeked

Wednesday, February 18th 2015 - All Day

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 or at the VCDC office at 116 Market Street, phone 624-5571. The nomination deadline is March 6, 2015.

Dr. Seuss is on the loose!

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - All Day at Yankton Community Library
515 Walnut Street

Make plans to visit the Yankton Community Library the first week of March because Dr. Seuss is on the loose! Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is twenty-five years old this year and is the theme for our week-long celebration. Children are invited to come to the library during the week of February 23 to help us decorate by creating a hot air balloon. The balloons will be hung throughout the library to share the places our readers would like to go.

Monday, March 2, is Read Across America Day in celebration of the birthday of Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. Join us to “Read with the Cat” and other special guests from 2 to 4 p.m. that day. Make-and-take Seuss crafts will also be available. Seuss fans of all ages are welcome to attend.

We have a special treat for our after school Books and Authors program on Thursday, March 5. Members of the cast of the University of South Dakota’s theatre production of Seussical, the Musical will entertain us with songs, stories, and activities and issue a reading challenge to children in attendance. The top reader will receive four free tickets to attend Seussical, the Musical on the USD campus in April. The performances are presented April 16-18, April 22-25, and April 27 at 7:30 p.m.; and April 19, 25-26 at 2 p.m.

Join the fun! Check out our special decorations and displays throughout the week. Come in for stories, songs, and crafts. Celebrate Seuss at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut!

For more information, contact the library at 668-5276.

United Methodist Women Meeting

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 1:30 pm at First United Methodist Church
207 W 11th St

March 2 is the date for the next meeting of the United Methodist Women of Yankton. At 1:30 P.M. the First United Methodist Church at 11th and Cedar will be the scene of a gathering of ladies from the church and the community. The meeting will begin with devotions and a short business meeting then speaker Mike Foss, who is with the South Dakota Job Service, will speak about “My Life’s Journey”. The meeting will conclude with refreshments prepared and served by Judy Bevers and Jane Miller. The welcome mat is out for all!

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