Community Happenings – Closed & More Information

Food Distribution To Resume Saturday

Feeding America is now called Feeding Yankton and its food distribution will start up again this Saturday at 9 a.m. at Yankton’s Kiwanis 4-H Ice Center at 709 Whiting Dr.

Participants are asked to call ahead to Don Werkmeister (605-665-1518) or Chuck Schild (605-653-9250) to add their names to the distribution list to ensure that enough food is available.

Also, recipients are asked to remain in their vehicles.

Distributions at that location are set for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m. for the rest of the summer. The group expects to switch to a new permanent location for its weekly distributions beginning in the fall.

Bad Art at Home Competition

The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, is hosting a Bad Art at Home Competition, as a kickoff to the Adult Summer Reading Program. Take the month of June to complete your masterpiece and send us a picture of your bad art through the library’s Facebook Messenger account or email us at by June 30th. We will post your picture to our Facebook page by July 6th and let the voting begin! Final votes will be tallied based on the number of likes for each picture by July 13, with a winner announced on July 17.

Not sure what to make? How about a masterpiece using the extra rolls of toilet paper or hand sanitizer bottles in your home? Do you have extra supplies left over from your child’s home-school projects? Turn it into a bad work of art! If you would like a few extra supplies, call the library to pick up your very own Bad Art Starter Kit, while supplies last.

The 2020 Adult Summer Reading Program offers a variety of challenges to be completed during the summer. Some are reading challenge, some are events. Due to COVID-19, the events will be virtual. The more activities you complete, the more chances you have to win. Prize winners will be notified using the information provided when you registered for the program. The 2020 Adult Summer Reading Program runs June 1 – July 31st. Register at

For questions, please call the library at 605-668-5275 or email us at

Mount Marty Adjusts Fall 2020 Semester Schedule

Mount Marty College announced today they will be adjusting the schedule for the fall 2020 semester. In an effort to promote safety and the wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff, a decision was made to adjust the start date and end date of the semester to accommodate for potential impacts of COVID-19 on the campus community.

Mount Marty University will begin instruction on Monday, August 24, which is one week earlier than originally scheduled. The semester will conclude on November 24, right before Thanksgiving break. Looking forward, the spring semester is expected to occur as scheduled. All decisions regarding the spring semester will be made as more information becomes available relevant to that time period.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check their email for the most up-to-date information.

Mount Marty has been working closely with health care officials, fellow GPAC members and national higher education associations since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This change to the schedule greatly reduces the risk of the virus being brought onto our campus after the extended Thanksgiving break.

For most recent updates regarding Mount Marty’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, see the college’s resources page at

Shakespeare at a Distance

Experience The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, at a Distance, taking place June 8-14, online, and throughout the Vermillion Area Community. Featuring streamed access to South Dakota Shakespeare Festival’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2019) and Taming of the Shrew (2014), a Red Bird Balloons scavenger hunt, Vermillion Public Library kids activities, online learning programs with the National Music Museum, and more! Also, be sure to check out the “Online Resources” page for links to Shakespeare performances from around the globe, scripts, family activities, and other digital resources. As always, all of the programming is “Free Will” donation. The mission of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is to engage, connect, and inspire communities by exploring our shared human experiences through inclusive, professional Shakespeare productions and theatre arts education. For more information and links:

Vermillion Public Library Summer Reading Program Opened for Teens Too


The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library wants to extend a special invite to all teens this summer. We are hosting a virtual Summer Reading Program this year with the theme, IMAGINE YOUR STORY, and we will be celebrating fairy tales, mythology, and fantasy!

Fridays in June and July, teens can join in on fun activities, Zoom chats, and quizzes. Register to receive links and reminders to your email at

Activities include interactive fairy tales, weekly art challenges, and quizzes on fantasy, fairy tales, or mythology, all led by Youth Services Assistant Mackenzie.

Check out our Facebook page @VermillionPublicLibrary or our website at for all information and updates regarding the Summer Reading Program.

USD Adjusts Fall Semester Schedule

The University of South Dakota (USD) will begin its fall semester Aug. 19 and conclude classroom instruction by Thanksgiving for most of its academic programs.

As in the past, some professional and graduate programs will continue to operate on a separate academic calendar, including the Sanford School of Medicine and School of Law, as well as the physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant programs.
After the Thanksgiving holiday, students have two non-class days available as they prepare for final exams Dec. 2-8. All universities will close Dec. 25 – Jan. 1 to facilitate deep cleaning and other preparations for the spring semester.
For more updates about USD’s pandemic planning, visit

World Archery Field Championships in Yankton postponed until 2022

The 2020 World Archery Field Championships in Yankton, USA have been postponed until 2022.

The event was due to take place in September at the NFAA Easton Archery Center, the largest dedicated archery facility in the world, which has previously hosted the world youth and world indoor championships.

This joint decision to delay was made to safeguard athlete wellbeing and due to restrictions still in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A one-year delay was rejected due to the number of events already postponed into 2021. Yankton is also due to host next year’s Hyundai World Archery Championships.

Czech Days has been Cancelled for 2020

Irene Rodeo has been Cancelled for 2020