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Vermillion Holiday Stroll

Join local businesses on December 6th for the Vermillion Holiday Stroll from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Participating businesses stay open until 8 p.m., and typically offer sales or discounts, and perhaps treats (and sometimes sips) for customers to enjoy! Our Vermillion community members make their way around our town, shopping at our local shops and restaurants.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Yankton will soon be ring bells at local Businesses! Ninety percent of all funds are used to provide temp, emergency assistance to local residents and transients In Yankton. You can make a difference in the lives of those in need either by donation when you see a red kettle or by volunteering to be a ringer at Hy-Vee Organizers are look for individuals, families service clubs church groups willing to help a couple of hours during the holiday season If your interested in bell ringing or questions about the Salvation Army in Yankton Please call jen at 260-4413

Give back with Missouri River Associates

Give back this holiday season with Missouri River Associates. From November 26 through December 10th, bring in a donation to Amiee’s Shoes (new or gently worn shoes) OR a donation to Heartland Humane Society (cat/dog food or toys, ect) and in return you can choose an ornament off the Giving Tree!!

Find more information on the Facebook Event Page: Give back with Missouri River Associates.

Toys for Kids Seeking Donations

Community wide agencies, organizations, and individuals are working to make the holidays brighter this year through the Yankton Toys for Kids program.

Donations of new, unwrapped children’s toys, are being accepted and can be dropped off now through December 16th at Yankton Rexall, Hedahl’s Auto Value, Bombgaars, Badland’s Sports Cards, Maurices, Dunham’s Sports, Walmart, or Menards.

Don’t have time to shop for a toy? Let us do the shopping for you! Caring neighbors are helping Santa Claus make the holidays special for the children in the Yankton area. Cash donations are accepted to fill in where needs are not met and ensure that every referred child receives a toy. For more information on the Toys for Kids Program, please call Pat Robinson at (605) 661-6500 or the United Way of Greater Yankton office at (605) 665-6766.

United Way Big Friend-Little Friend Program Seeking Caring Adult Volunteer Mentors

United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton announced in May they would be merging with Big Friend – Little Friend (BFLF) to be a programming component under United Way. BFLF is designed to give young people the opportunity to gain a one to one friendship with a positive and sincere adult mentor. Studies show that youth who have mentors experience improved self-esteem, greater academic achievement, increased motivation in school, and higher quality lifestyle choices.

Since its inception in 1977, BFLF has included a community-based mentoring program, which promotes a positive one on one friendship between youth and adult volunteers through a community setting, where the youth and mentor have match meetings at various locations throughout their community, including the mentor or mentees homes.

Thanks to a recent partnership with the Yankton School District, United Way BFLF will launch an In-School Mentoring program, piloting in both Webster and Stewart Elementary School in January 2019. In-School Mentoring provides referred students with one-to-one interaction from a caring adult role model and offers an opportunity for youth to be positively impacted in a controlled setting that also allows access to educational, recreational, and developmental supports that may enhance the mentoring relationship.

Lauren Hanson, United Way Executive Director, “This is a unique opportunity for community members, companies and current volunteers to make a difference as mentoring local youth creates a positive impact on our entire community.”

Yankton School District Superintendent, Dr. Wayne Kindle shared that “The Yankton School District is pleased to be collaborating with United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton in providing an In-School Mentoring program. We know there are youth in our elementary schools who would appreciate and benefit from an adult mentor from our community. We give thanks to those adult mentors who are providing their time and talents to share with our young kids.”

“Our hope is to recruit 15 volunteers to give 2 hours per month, during school hours, sharing their time and positivity with students in a one on one capacity” shared Tara Bartekoske, United Way’s Volunteer Program Coordinator, “We are looking for volunteers who could be a mentor and change a life.”

Volunteers are paired with students who are experiencing difficulties with self-esteem, attendance, academics, and/or social issues. This is not a tutoring program. Volunteer mentors use this time in any way which is special to the pair—playing games, doing crafts, shooting hoops, sharing hobbies, and talking about their week.
For more information, please contact United Way at 605-665-6766.

Holiday Food Baskets

The holiday season is racing forward and the center Food Pantry is again providing Holiday food Baskets to low income families and individuals and fruit baskets to homebound individuals Historically individuals retailers banks churches schools, clubs and other organizations have collected donations for this very special project.

Funding is needed to buy food for the baskets the goal is $22,000 Please send Donations to: Contact Center Food Pantry 321 w 3rd St. Suite BO2 Yankton SD 57078 Donations are also welcome in the Contact center directly. We are located in the basement of the
Yankton county Government Building 321 w 3rd St. Families and individuals wishing to participate in the holiday food baskets and fruit baskets project will need to provide proof of address, members of the household and show active snap card Wednesday is December 12 is the deadline to sign up for the baskets

The Clay-Union Foundation, Inc. Mentors

The Clay-Union foundation, Inc. is seeking boy age 7-12 years old in the Vermillion area to match with an adult male who is ready to be a mentor. And a 7 -year old boy needs an adult mentor in N. S. City. The volunteers spend 2 hours/week with their matches, and there are many benefits for both the adult and the youth in mentoring programs. Apply online at under the sign-up tab. The applications take 2-3 weeks to process and complete, depending on whether a volunteer is ready, or had just applied.

All volunteers are fully background checked before matches and interviewed with the parents/guardian and youth to determine if there’s a common interest before completing a match. Active communication with all parties is the key to a successful match. Please call Amanda Abraham at 605-214-0235 or Kirsten Colt at 712-444-0685 after 6:30 pm, or any time on weekends for more information. Completing the application online and returning it by email will begin the process.


During this holiday season, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will be accepting donations of unopened non-perishable food items for the Vermillion Food Pantry! Through the month of December, patrons who have accumulated overdue fines, with the exception of replacement fees, will be able to have up to $15 of those fines waived in exchange for donations of much-needed items such as non-perishable foods or personal care products.

Needed items include: Food items such as dried grains, canned or packaged proteins, canned or dried fruits and vegetables, shelf-stable dairy products, oils and condiments; non-food items such as paper products, personal care and soap products, etc.

Visit the Vermillion Food Pantry’s website for a complete wish list of items you can donate at

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion, SD. For more information email or call the library at 605-677-7060.


The Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company is pleased to announce that historic downtown Vermillion will once again be the festive backdrop for this season’s annual Stand-Still Parade of Lights on Thursday, November 29th, 6-6:45 pm. A great community event for all ages, visitors can expect creative parade entries, warm drinks and treats, great giveaways, and much more.

Individuals and community groups are encouraged to enter their festively lit floats in this year’s Parade of Lights. Entries are due by Tuesday, November 20th, and can be submitted online at, by phone at 605.624.5571, or email to Chamber Director Katherine Heine at

For more information contact Susan Heggestad, Marketing & Tourism Manager, at

Wayne State College To Present Laser Light Shows

The Fred G. Dale Planetarium at Wayne State College (WSC) is proud to present Laser Light Shows from Nov. 12 to Dec. 7 – a limited time engagement!

Using a full-dome, solid-state laser projection system that produces all colors of the rainbow and an awesome sound system, the laser shows will be an intense and exciting experience for all ages. The planetarium will present 30 laser shows including Laser Beatles, Laser Pink Floyd, Laser Zeppelin, Laser Rush, Laser Country, and special holiday and kids’ shows!

Please find more information about the planetarium and these shows, including the full laser show schedule, at  Admission is free, but the suggested donation for the laser shows is $5 per person.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Todd Young (; 402-275-7471) with any questions.

Elk’s Hoop Shoot

Yankton Elks Lodge #994 would like to announce that it is once again hosting the Elk’s Hoop Shoot this year. Area students wanting to participate in the Hoop Shoot competition should attend the local Lodge competition, which will be held on, Sunday, December 16th at the Yankton Middle School North Gymnasium, 2000 Mulberry Street, Yankton, SD 57078.   Doors will open at 2:00 P.M. for registration, and registration will be closed at 2:30P.M.  The competition will begin at 3:00 P.M.   There will be both Boys and Girls divisions with three age brackets for a total of six divisions. Eligibility requirements are as follows.

If the contestant will be age 7 on April 1, 2019, they are too young to participate.
If the contestant will be age 8 or 9 on April 1, 2019, s/he shoots in the 8 to 9 age group.
If the contestant will be age 10 or 11 on April 1, 2019, s/he shoots 10 to 11 age group.
If the contestant will be age 12 or 13 on April 1, 2019, s/he shoots in the 12 to 13 age group.
If the contestant will be age 14 on April 1, 2019, s/he is too old to participate.

The 8 & 9 year old age groups will shoot from 4 feet in front of the free throw line.  The other age divisions shoot from behind the regular free throw line.   The Boys 8-9 division along with all Girls age divisions will use a 28.5” basketball.  The Boys 10-11 and 12-13 divisions will use a regulation size men’s basketball.

The contestants that make the most free throws in each group will advance to the next round of competition, which is the State Level, with the opportunity to then advance to the Regional Level, and finally the National Level.  The South Dakota Elks will pay for the expenses of the champions to advance to the Regional and National levels of the competition.  The levels are scheduled as follows.

LOCAL: 12/16/2018 – Yankton Middle School, 3 P.M. – registration closes at 2:30 P.M.

STATE: 02/02/2019– Pierre SD at 11 A.M.
REGION: 03/09/2019 – Rapid City, SD
NATIONAL: 04/21/2018 – Chicago, IL

If you have questions, please contact the local Hoop Shoot director, Steven Pietila, at 605-760-4916.

Visit this website for more information and rules.….

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Assistance Program

The Center offers Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Assistance October 15 to December 7. Last year our volunteers saved Yankton County residents $333,983! Call 665-4685 to set up an appointment with one of our qualified SHIINE representatives who will help you.

Soupless Soup Kitchen

The Center’s Annual Soupless Soup Kitchen is cooking now until December 31!  Each year we ask our members and the community to donate a tax deductible gift to help our organization keep running!  Please help us out by stopping by or mailing in a donation.  Every penny counts to reach our $6,000 goal!

Mead Masquerade 2018

Join us for THE EVENT OF THE YEAR at the Mead Cultural Education Center.

The Missouri Magic Band is back again this year playing a variety of music. Food and beverages will again by the wonderful Counterfeit Catering. We welcome Brian Englemann as magician and tumblers from River City Gymnastics. There will be a night filled with dancing, games and overall fun.

Tickets are $100 each. If you are a member of the Yankton County Historical Society we have a special – buy 2 tickets and pay only $150, a savings of $50. For those that buy their tickets by Dec. 1, you are invited to dance lessons with Judi O’Connell on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Call 605-665-3898 for more information.