Two Vermillion Park Playgrounds Open after Renovations

The Prentis Park Playground area and equipment located at 20 Prentis Avenue, will be open to the public on June 22, 2018 with new exciting park renovations!  The park now offers a new swing set and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant swing set, a protective border surrounding the playground, and ADA compliant woodchips to further increase playground safety. Additionally, the 2-5-year-old playground was relocated from its location south of the primary playground area and is attached to the primary playground area.

The Rotary Park Playground area and equipment located at the northwest corner of Cottage Avenue and Rice Drive, will be open to the public on June 22, 2018 with new park equipment and other park improvements! The old park equipment was removed to make way for all new equipment, such as a new slide, ten spin, swing set, tire swing, and climbing feature. The playground was also remodeled with a protective border to surround the playground area and resurfaced with ADA compliant woodchips to further increase playground safety.

Road Closure

Shortly after 8:00 am tomorrow, June 13th, pavement removal will continue south, on the West City Limits Road (WCLR) project.  Traffic control will be adjusted to provide a full closure of WCLR, from 19th Street, to north of 21st Street.  This will include the intersection of 21st and WCLR.  Please follow the traffic control signage that has been installed.  The closure will remain in place until the west two lanes of traffic have been paved.

Governor’s Family Will Attend Yankton Dedication on Thursday

YANKTON, S.D. —— Governor William H. McMaster’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren will join Yankton area residents in honoring the man who led South Dakota through tumultuous times in the 1920s.
A memorial to Gov. McMaster will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m. Thursday (June 14) on the lower deck of the Meridian Bridge. The public is welcome. There will be limited seating so attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will be master of ceremonies at the event. Others on the program include Dr. Mary McMaster, the governor’s granddaughter, and Yanktonians Mike McDonald, Ken Jones, Rev. Tim Fountain and Mayor Nathan Johnson.
Yankton County’s historic preservation commission headed efforts to memorialize McMaster after members were contacted by Governor Dennis Daugaard’s office. Daugaard and his staff had learned that several past governors of South Dakota were not memorialized in their hometowns, so they reached out for someone to help change that. McMaster was one of the forgotten governors.
The historic preservation commission issued a request for donations and costs were quickly covered. The memorial was approved by the State Historical Society. City of Yankton staff assisted with the project and are also helping with the memorial program on the bridge.
McMaster is an interesting historical character. The Iowa native was orphaned as a teenager but he found a way to attend college and came to Yankton County as a young man to begin his banking career. He soon found himself immersed in the progressive politics of the state’s Republican Party, first as a state senator and then as Governor Peter Norbeck’s lieutenant governor.
McMaster and Norbeck pushed a number of controversial ideas, including a loan program for small farmers, a state cement plant, a wildlife refuge and free textbooks for school students. They also initiated the idea that state government should assist farmers in promoting and marketing crops.
McMaster succeeded Norbeck as governor in 1922, a testament to their popularity even though the farm credits program seemed headed for disaster. McMaster was re-elected governor in 1924 and throughout his tenure he continued to advocate for farmers, small business and education. The best example of his populism came in 1924 when he sold gasoline to the public from state highway shops because he believed oil companies were gouging the state’s motorists.
McMaster also championed the construction of bridges over the Missouri River, and he personally dedicated the Meridian Bridge in Yankton.
About a dozen McMaster descendants will attend Thursday’s program in Yankton. While here, they will also tour the Missouri River by pontoon, the Masonic Temple and the Episcopal Church. The governor was active in both institutions. They will also visit his house at 508 Broadway.
All interested persons are welcome to attend the memorial dedication on the Meridian Bridge


The Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company (VCDC) is pleased to share the narrowed list of possible names for their new building as the renovations of 2 E Main Street near completion. While the options that were generated from the public earlier this year ranged from the historical to the hysterical, the VCDC’s Board of Directors was pleased to see such engaged community input, and had a difficult time narrowing down the extensive list. They are appealing to the community once more to vote for the best name for the historic location.

For the first few months of 2018, many voices from around Vermillion weighed in with their ideas for appropriate names for the new space that will soon be the permanent home of the VCDC. This building, which dates back to 1884, will also be the home of Charlie’s (USD’s retail store), as well as serving as a collaborative working space for entrepreneurs and business individuals of all types. “This space has over 130 years of history… and this new future gives it another century-in-the-making.  We are looking for a name that befits its legacy, as well as defines the present use and envisions the future of Vermillion,” says Nate Welch, VCDC President & CEO. “2 E Main Street has the potential to be a next-generation commerce center – allowing opportunities for engagement and collaboration between entrepreneurs, business leaders, the VCDC staff and board members, non-profit organizations, and the University of South Dakota,” Welch says.  “What’s also exciting is the partnership with the University to create a place where many Coyote fans will stop while visiting Vermillion, and have an opportunity to see all the great things Vermillion has to offer because our Visitor Center will be located there, as well.”

Earlier this spring, the VCDC’s Tourism Committee deliberated on the full list of name suggestions over several meetings. This committee, composed of representatives from many Vermillion cultural institutions, hotels, retail businesses, USD and more, discussed the options and meanings of suggested names at great length. The primary considerations given for choosing potential names were historical or community relevance, inspirational and functional meaning, and marketability, or ease-of-use. The finalists for the new building name are:

The Anchor Building – In architecture, a metal strap used to tie a wall to another structure. Also, a place or idea that stabilizes.

The Bond Stone Building – In architecture, a stone or masonry unit that projects back from the facing wall into a backup wall, tying the two together – in effect, strengthening it.

The Hub – A central area of activity.

The Burdick Block/Building An historical name of the building, referring to an early owner who was Mayor of Vermillion during the time of the flood, as well as a significant player in the transition to statehood for South Dakota, and in the formation of USD.

The Overture – A musical term referring to the introduction of something to come that’s more substantial.

Coyotes nab second-straight Showdown Series

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—The South Dakota Coyotes have topped the South Dakota State Jackrabbits 14-13 to win the annual South Dakota Showdown Series presented by South Dakota Corn for the third time in the last four years. The official announcement was made Wednesday by South Dakota Corn Utilization Council officials.

The South Dakota Showdown Series is a point-based athletic and academic competition between the two in-state university rivals.

The Yotes outscored the Jacks 11-10 in athletic competitions for the second-straight year to keep the traveling trophy in Vermillion. Those points were decided by head-to-head competitions and Summit League Championship finishes in 17 men’s and women’s sports. Both programs scored the maximum three points allotted for academic achievement by compiling a student-athlete grade-point average above 3.0.

“I am so proud of all our student-athletes and coaches and happy for Coyote fans,” said University of South Dakota Director of Athletics David Herbster. “Maybe more impressive than that is how our schools have played a part in helping the South Dakota Corn Council and Feeding South Dakota generate $70,000 to feed those in need. That’s teamwork and the biggest win.”

Feeding South Dakota, the Series’ philanthropic partner, will be able to provide 280,000 meals for adults and children throughout the state because of the $70,000 generous donation from South Dakota Corn. Funds were raised throughout the year at a variety of activities, including the “Get Off the Bench” campaign. Now in its second year, the campaign took place at USD-SDSU rivalry games during the 2017-18 season where fans were encouraged to support the overall goal to provide funding in the state’s fight against hunger.

“Through this continuing partnership with Feeding South Dakota, our state’s farmers are making a commitment to provide hundreds of thousands of nourishing meals to individuals and families who are less fortunate,” said South Dakota Corn’s Teddi Mueller. “The Showdown Series and other events throughout the year raise awareness of the state’s needs and generate a substantial amount of money to ensure South Dakotans do not go hungry. We are all partners in this meaningful cause.”

Fans can visit www.sdcornshowdown.comwww.goyotes.com, or www.gojacks.com to track progress and see point totals. Spearheading the initiative between the athletic departments and South Dakota Corn are Coyote Sports Properties and Jackrabbit Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holders for USD athletics and SDSU athletics, respectively. Both are properties of Learfield, which manages multimedia rights for nearly 130 collegiate properties around the country.

Summit Activities Center Summer Membership Promotion

“Summit Up” at the Summit Activities Center this summer! Don’t miss out on another great summer at the Summit!  In addition to youth summer programs, summer swimming, summer workouts, and summer rentals, the Summit is now offering a Sizzling Summer Special!

Anytime between June 1 and August 31, anyone who renews or purchases a membership will receive the summer special discount! All annual memberships will be reduced 12% and all quarterly memberships will be reduced 5%, but only if purchased before August 31!  This offer excludes all corporate and EFT memberships.

So, take advantage of this deal while it lasts, get into the summer swing of things, and get your Summit Activities Center membership purchased or extended for the year!

For more information, please call 668–5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD.  Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on our Facebook page.

Mosquito Control Spraying throughout the City of Vermillion

The City of Vermillion will be fogging for mosquitoes Tuesday, June 5 or Wednesday June 6, 2018 after 9:00 pm, weather permitting.

For more information or questions contact City Hall at (605) 677-7050.

Check out our web site at www.cityofvermillion.us


Miami Marlins Tryout Camp to be Hosted in Yankton

In coordination with Miami Marlins Baseball scout Hank Krause, Mount Marty College Lancer Athletics will host a Miami Marlins tryout camp on Wednesday, June 13 in Yankton, SD. The tryout camp will take place at the home ballpark for the Mount Marty College Lancers baseball team — Bob Tereshinski Stadium, located at Riverside Field, 407 Levee Street in Yankton.

The June 13 tryout camp will begin at 9 a.m. Participants should be between the ages of 15 and 21 and must provide their own gloves, shoes and uniforms. In addition to scouts from the Marlins organization, several college coaches and other scouts will be in attendance. Cost for the camp is $20 per participant. Please bring exact amount in cash; checks may be made out to Hank Krause.

For more information, on the tryout camp please contact Hank Krause at 712-568-2600 or at hkrause@premieronline.net

Public Service Announcement

Due to underground utility work, the intersection of 23rd Street and West City Limits Road (WCLR) will be closed to all traffic, on Thursday, May 31st.  Access, to all properties, on WCLR, north of 23rd, Street will be from 31st Street.  Please follow the traffic control signage that has been installed.  The closure is expected to last 2 days.


Vermillion, SD, May 25, 2018 –From arts to athletics and everything in-between, the City of Vermillion is expected to be bustling with activity during the week of June 4th through 10th. Not only will the community host the sixth annual South Dakota Shakespeare Festival in Prentis Park, but scores of high school football players and coaches, along with many family members, will also return this June for the SD High School All-Star Football Game, presented by Sanford. Not only will these headlining events draw large crowds, but in addition, the Vermillion Eagles Sunshine Aerie 2421 will host the 71st Dakota State Convention, bringing over 200 additional visitors to town!

“We often think of Vermillion as having vibrancy and energy during the school year – but not as much in the summer.  That hasn’t been the case the last few summers, as activities and events continue to roll into Vermillion.”  Says Nate Welch, CEO of the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company.  “I think more and more people around the state and the region are discovering that between all of the fine restaurants, shopping and outdoor amenities that Vermillion summers offer, this is a great place to visit, often!”

This year’s production for the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is Richard III, and is sure to draw the typical large crowds of theater and Shakespeare enthusiasts from around the region. In the SDSF’s first history play, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, entices us to join him on his treacherous climb to political power. This gripping tale of political intrigue is chock full of drama, seduction, betrayal, and some of Shakespeare’s most enticing characters. The production will be presented June 7-9 at 7pm and June 10 at 4 pm in Vermillion’s scenic Prentis Park – next to the new municipal aquatic center, the Prentis Plunge. Free will donations are welcome, and a variety of refreshment vendors will be present during the run of the show. The audience is encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets for seating. More information about the production can be found at www.sdshakespearefestival.org.

Another event expected to draw visitors from across the state is the 2018 South Dakota High School All-Star Football Game, presented by Sanford. Beginning June 6th, nearly 90 top young athletes and coaches from all over South Dakota will arrive in Vermillion for 3 days of training and special events including paintball, a skills competition, and an All-Star Recognition Banquet featuring C.J. Ham of the Minnesota Vikings. Then, the big game takes place in the DakotaDome on Saturday, June 9th and will likely draw a packed house. Tickets for the game can be purchased by visiting www.livevermillion.com.

Miami Marlins Tryout Camp to be Hosted in Yankton

In coordination with Miami Marlins Baseball scout Hank Krause, Mount Marty College Lancer Athletics will host a Miami Marlins tryout camp on Wednesday, June 13 in Yankton, SD. The tryout camp will take place at the home ballpark for the Mount Marty College Lancers baseball team — Bob Tereshinski Stadium, located at Riverside Field, 407 Levee Street in Yankton.

The June 13 tryout camp will begin at 9 a.m. Participants should be between the ages of 15 and 21 and must provide their own gloves, shoes and uniforms. In addition to scouts from the Marlins organization, several college coaches and other scouts will be in attendance. Cost for the camp is $20 per participant. Please bring exact amount in cash; checks may be made out to Hank Krause.

For more information, on the tryout camp please contact Hank Krause at 712-568-2600 or at hkrause@premieronline.net.

USD Teacher Pathway Promotes Diversity in Education

VERMILLION, S.D. – High school students from the Sioux Falls School District visited the University of South Dakota campus last week to learn from faculty and staff about the importance of diversity in education.

The students are participating in the USD School of Education’s Culturally Responsive Teacher Pathway, a partnership with the Sioux Falls School District that aims to promote teacher diversity and cultural responsiveness in the district.

Through research, School of Education Dean Donald Easton-Brooks, Ph.D., and his colleagues have demonstrated that students of color experience greater academic success when their education includes teachers of color—a finding that suggests a need for more teacher diversity in South Dakota. While over one-third of students in the Sioux Falls School District are students of color, 98 percent of their teachers are white.

USD’s program responds to that disparity by facilitating opportunities for students interested in becoming culturally-responsive teachers.

Students in the program have opportunities to visit USD, take a dual-credit course preparing them to become teachers, receive direct support from USD advisors and earn admittance to the USD School of Education. Students who successfully complete the program will be able to student-teach in Sioux Falls and become teachers in the district.

“The Sioux Falls School District is excited for the start of the Teacher Pathway program as a ‘grow your own’ approach to introducing the rewarding career of education to our students,” said Sioux Falls School District Assistant Superintendent James Nold, Ed.D. “The partnership with USD that allows our students the opportunity to receive dual credit and visit a college campus is all part of a very important process of increasing the overall depth of our teacher applicant pool and attracting teachers of diversity to our school district.”

USD is equally enthusiastic about the partnership. “We are excited to have an opportunity to work with Sioux Falls Schools on such an important initiative, as this has a chance to enhance our community on multiple levels,” said Easton-Brooks.

The visit day on May 14 included tours of the Center for Diversity and Community, the Dakota Dome, and Delzell Education Center. In the upcoming months, the School of Education and the Sioux Falls School District will continue to work with the students as they explore opportunities to create a more diverse and culturally-responsive educational community.

USD Farber Center Ready for 72nd American Legion Auxiliary South Dakota Girls State

VERMILLION, S.D. – The W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at the University of South Dakota will host the 2018 American Legion Auxiliary South Dakota Girls State program May 28 – June 2.

This is the 17th consecutive year USD and the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership will co-host ALA SD Girls State as 375 high school junior girls from across the state, chosen by the South Dakota ALA, learn about civic participation. Now in its 72nd  year, ALA SD Girls State teaches participants every aspect of American government from the state and local level to the federal and executive branches.

Students are divided into cities and counties where they have an opportunity to run for a mythical political office ranging from governor to local law enforcement positions. They will also have an opportunity to learn firsthand from state and local public servants, including, U.S. Sen. John Thune; U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds; Congresswoman Kristi Noem; S.D. Governor Dennis Daugaard; S.D. Attorney General Mary Jackley; State Sen. Craig Kennedy, State Rep. Jean Hunhoff and S.D. Public Utilities Commissioner Kristie Fiegen.

Inauguration of the new ALA SD Girls State governor will take place at 8 p.m. on June 1 in Aalfs Auditorium with Raina Grimsley, 2017 ALA SD Girls State Governor, providing the keynote address. The participants will be sworn in as citizens of ALA SD Girls State by The Honorable Judge Arthur Rusch, Ret. and a military tribute will be presented by Denny Brendan, SD American Legion Vice Commander of Watertown. The ALA Girls State Chorus, under the direction of Ethel Cooper of Springfield, will present a patriotic concert prior to the inauguration ceremony. The South Dakota Army National Guard will assist with all the flag ceremonies and morning physical fitness group runs.

The Law Enforcement portion for the week will include Colonel Craig Price, Superintendent, South Dakota Highway Patrol teaching a Law Enforcement Class. The Yankton Police Department Special Response Team and K9 Unit are also scheduled to do demonstrations and the Clay County Sheriff’s Department and Vermillion Police Department will be facilitating a Forensic Investigation Team. Lt. Michael Burgeson, Yankton Police Department, will offer an active shooter presentation Saturday, June 2, at 8:30 a.m., open to the public.

Sandy McKeown, director of criminal justice at USD, is in charge of the judicial portion and will be assisted by area judges and attorneys.

The ALA SD Girls State community project for 2018 is supporting Veterans (previously homeless) living in HUD-VASH housing, the Barakah House and those in the Transition in Place Program. Throughout the week, ALA SD Girls State will collect monetary donations, toiletries, towels, single bed sheets, alarm clocks, shower curtains, gift cards, and household kitchen items. Donations are also accepted by contacting Cheryl Hovorka, ALA SD Girls State Director, at (605) 677-5702 or via e-mail.

For more information about ALA SD Girls State, visit their website.