Blue Mass to Honor First Responders to be Held at Mount Marty College

YANKTON, SD – The Office of Campus Ministry at Mount Marty College is sponsoring a Blue Mass in honor of Yankton-area first responders on January 30, 2018. [Read More]

No boys allowed – All female Nebraska Honor Flight in the works

Patriotic Productions is now taking applications for their next honor flight to Washington D.C. Organizer Evonne Williams says they have put together eleven past flights that included veterans from WWII, Korea and Vietnam and decided to make number twelve much different.  This flight is for women veterans only. [Read More]

Two boys charged with vandalism that killed thousands of Sioux City bees


Sioux City police say tips from the public have led to the arrest of two boys in the destruction of honeybee hives last month. [Read More]

Bill would put the pedal closer to the metal

Legally doing 80 miles an hour on Interstate 80 could soon be an option in Nebraska. [Read More]

Health Department Staff Honored

PIERRE, S.D. – Fifteen South Dakota Department of Health staff were recently recognized in the agency’s annual Secretary’s Awards Program. Awards were given in three categories: employee excellence, outstanding contribution to public health and the rising star award. The recipients of the awards are listed below. [Read More]

Special election today for Sioux City area House seat

A special election for an Iowa House seat in northwest Iowa today is a test for Iowa’s two major political parties.

Republicans hope to retain the seat, vacated when Republican Representative Jim Carlin of Sioux City won a special election last month to become a state senator. Democrats point to the results of that December race, as their Democratic candidate won the half of the state senate district that’s up for grabs today. [Read More]

Convenience and Grocery Store Owners Named South Dakota Retailer of the Year

A couple who operate nine convenience and grocery stores have been named the recipients of the 2018 South Dakota Retailer of the Year Award.

Jeff and Janine Nielsen of Canistota were honored at the annual Awards Banquet of the South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) on January 8 in Pierre. The event was attended by state legislators, constitutional officers, and retailers from throughout the state.

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GFP Going Paperless for Three Hunting and Fishing Applications

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently announced that they will not distribute printed applications for paddlefish, spring turkey and special buck seasons in 2018. [Read More]

USD Grad Student to Showcase Work at CAIRNS Exhibit

VERMILLION, S.D. – Keith Braveheart, a University of South Dakota visual art graduate student is one of 28 Lakota artists selected from across the United States and Canada to participate in an exhibit at the Journey Museum & Learning Center in Rapid City this March.

The exhibit, hosted by the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS) will feature works that explore the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre.

“This exhibition is important, as it will speak about a significance not often discussed and presents history from multiple perspectives,” said Braveheart. “I’m from Kyle, South Dakota, and I have a grandmother who was a survivor of the massacre. Her name was Elk Woman. Growing up on the Pine Ridge reservation, I often drive by the massacre site and still feel the energy today. As an artist, I feel a responsibility to create an artwork for this exhibition and will be painting a large work while at USD.”

The event titled, “Takuwe,” will feature an impressive roster of prestigious and emerging Lakota artists representing five of the seven Lakota nations recognized by the U.S. and Canadian governments. To learn more about the exhibit, please visit –

Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces 2018 class

The 2018 inductees for the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been released.

Cindy Stanbro, executive director of the Iowa Rock and Roll Museum in Arnolds Park, says [Read More]

2018 Legislative Session Events Scheduled for Vermillion

The Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and Development Company’s Governmental Affairs Committee released the 2018 dates for Legislative Session Events.  The first of the events will be the always popular Cracker Barrel series.  This year the Governmental Affairs Committee is partnering with the League of Women Voters, the Clay County Republicans and the Clay County Democrats to host two Legislative Cracker Barrels on Saturday January 27th and February 17th.  Both of these sessions will be from 9:00am to 11:00am and will be held at Vermillion City Hall Council Chambers, 25 Center Street.  District 17 Legislators, Senator Art Rusch, and House Representatives Nancy Rasmussen and Ray Ring will be on hand to discuss topics from the 93rd Legislative Session.

These sessions are open to the public; everyone is encouraged to join us for some great discussion and refreshments provided by partners of the Governmental Affairs Committee.

This year’s Business Day at the Legislature is scheduled for Thursday, February 22nd in Pierre.  Chamber members interested in attending this all-day event with other leaders from around the state to represent Vermillion are encouraged to reach out to the VCDC office to coordinate with VCDC staff attending.  “This annual event is a great way for Vermillion to show we have a voice and we keep an eye on the happenings in Pierre during the Legislative Session.  The work communities do together collectively for business is extremely important and having other Vermillion representatives join us makes our voices that much louder,” says VCDC Executive Director, Nate Welch.

The VCDC’s Governmental Affairs Committee also announced plans to host South Dakota Chamber President, David Owen, who will give an overview of the 93rd Legislative Session on March 15th at 11:30am in conjunction with the VCDC Business Luncheon Series.

For more information on these events, please contact Lindsey Peterson at the VCDC offices at 605-624-5571

13 Yankton Programs named to the Academic Achievement Award

13 different Yankton Academic programs have been named to the Academic Achievement Award honors for the Fall of 2017. Programs include: Football Team, Oral Interpretation, Boys Golf Team, Boys Cross Country Team, Girls Soccer Team, Volleyball Team, All-State Chorus, Girls Tennis Team, Football Cheerleaders, Competitive Cheer Team, Competitive Dance Team, Boys Soccer Team, and Girls Cross Country Team.

Initiated during the 1996-97 school year, the SDHSAA ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT TEAM AWARD program is designed to recognize varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups for their academic excellence. The South Dakota High School Activities Association believes that high school students learn in two distinct ways; inside the classroom and outside the classroom – on the stage and/or athletic field.

This academic program creates a positive environment for school teams to have its members excel in the classroom. This program is also meant to motivate students toward academic excellence and to promote academic encouragement from teammates.

All varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups that achieve a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to receive the SDHSAA ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT TEAM AWARD.

State files lawsuit against former Sioux City recycler

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has filed a lawsuit against a former Sioux City council member who owned several defunct electronic waste recycling businesses. [Read more]

Governor to give annual State of the State address

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to give his annual State of the State address to lawmakers in Pierre. The speech in the state House chamber will be held Tuesday, when lawmakers gather for the 2018 legislative session. It’s the Republican governor’s final session in office. It runs until lawmakers adjourn in late March. Daugaard tells the Argus Leader he will discuss workforce development, managing state assets and extending a law governing the use of lakes on private land created by flooding. Republicans hold supermajorities in both the House and the Senate.

Reynolds message: ‘dream big…anything can happen’

History will be made in the Iowa Capitol today when Kim Reynolds becomes the first female governor to deliver the annual “Condition of the State” address. [Read More]

Five South Dakota teachers earn profession’s top honor

PIERRE, S.D. – Five South Dakota classroom teachers are among the nearly 5,461 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve [Read More]

New effort tries to help farmers hit by opioid addiction


A recent study finds opioid addiction is hitting farm families much harder than the rest of rural America and a new outreach campaign is targeting

A recent study finds opioid addiction is hitting farm families much harder than the rest of rural America and a new outreach campaign is targeting those populations in Iowa and elsewhere.

Will Rodger, director of policy communication for the American Farm Bureau Federation, says the research found 74% of farmers [Read More]