August 17

What's UpNEXT? - Vermillion's Coffee Hour at the Vermillion Public Library

Wednesday, Aug 15

Teresa McDowell Johnson, Vermillion Food Pantry

Sponsored by:

Redwood Mediation Services & Legal Assistance

COMING to UpNEXT Coffee Hour:

8/29 - General Election Ballot Measures

ATTENTION: If you receive a phone call or visitor in your business stating they are working with the VCDC, please contact us to verify. (605)-624-5571


What are the Best. Thursdays. Ever? Thursdays on the Platz in downtown Vermillion!

Your chance to catch free, live music, affordable food & drinks, and tons of summer fun continues now through August 23rd. Musical acts like 35th & Taylor, Whiskey Rich, and Beard grace the National Music Museum stage each Thursday from 5:30-7:30 pm. Hosted by the Vermillion NEXT Committee and the VCDC. More information can be found at

Tickets Now On Sale

Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries – now a hit show on Netflix – is coming to the Vermillion Public Library! Join the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library for this memorable event! There are two ticket options:

$20 Ticket (Limited Quantity Available): Includes the Author Meet & Greet at Carey’s Bar from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Your ticket will get you a supper catered by Heck’s Dakota Style BBQ and 1 free bar drink! Plus you will meet the author in person! Afterwards, wander over to the Vermillion Public Library for an Author Talk and Q&A with Craig Johnson, plus book sales and signing (doors open at 5:30 pm).

$5 Ticket (Proceeds go towards Vermillion Public Library Youth programming): Author Talk and Q&A with Craig Johnson (6:30 – 8:00 pm), plus book sales and signing (8:00 – 9:00 pm) at the VPL. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

$0/No Ticket: Barnes & Noble Book Sale and Author Book Signing. Open to the public! (8:00 – 9:00 pm). Tickets go on sale July 21st at the Library Circulation Desk.


Visit: and click on the "Things to Do" tab in the center of the page for a comprehensive view of community events. If you don't see your event listed, use the 'Submit New Event' button on our calendar to send us the information. For further assistance, feel free to contact our Marketing & Tourism Manager at

RED Steakhouse and the University of South Dakota are partnering on a survey to help RED understand how they can meet the needs of the community and better serve its customers. At RED, our vision is to be a landmark destination in downtown Vermillion, an economic development tool and something the entire community can be proud of supporting. We appreciate your input. Take the Survey at

Just two-and-one-half months left to visit the National Music Museum before it begins preparations for architectural expansion and renovation!

The NMM’s doors will close to the public on Oct. 7, so the last day to visit for a while will be Saturday, Oct. 6 (which also happens to be USD D-Days end day/parade day). Please help get the word out and encourage others to visit! Sundays through Labor Day are free-admission days for South Dakota residents. The NMM’s hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. Another good reason to visit: The NMM has just published a cool souvenir book with highlights of their world-class musical instrument collection. For sale in the NMM gift shop.

USDA Rural Development And The Small Business Administration Host Joint Lender Meetings

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) are holding joint training sessions for lenders to learn about programs and products available to support business lending in South Dakota.

USDA RD staff will explain the Business & Industry (B & I) and the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) guaranteed programs and how lenders can use them to expand their portfolio, while maintaining the personal contacts through servicing. Lenders will also learn about using Farmer Mac as a secondary market, using lender participation to extend your loan limits, and using these programs to meet your CRA goals.

U.S. Small Business Administration will present on the benefits of using the 7(a) Guaranty Loan. This program will allow for a lender to finance new ventures or assist existing businesses in their community by providing extended terms to help small business owners with their business operations and reducing the lenders’ loan risk.

Please make plans to attend one of the sessions below to get the latest information on these guaranteed loan products:

Aug. 15:

Sioux Falls: 9:00 am – Zeal Center of Entrepreneurship – Main Conference at 2329 N. Career Avenue, Southeast Technical Campus, Sioux Falls, SD

Aug. 22:

Pierre: 9:00 am – USDA facility at 1717 North Lincoln Avenue, Pierre.

Sept. 20:

Rapid City: 9 a.m. – USDA facility at 414 East Stumer Road, Rapid City.

If you have questions, you can contact David Puls at 605-330-4243 ext. 13 or email at or Dana Kleinsasser at 605-352-1157 or email at

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

This Week’s Happenings

Aug. 17

5-7 p.m. - VHS Athletics Booster Bash at the Vermillion High School

Aug 18

9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Vermillion Area Farmers Market at Ratingen Platz

10 a.m. - Overeaters Anonymous at the Newman Center

5-7 p.m. - Cardboard Regatta at the Prentis Plunge

Aug. 19

11 a.m.-4 p.m. - Bloody Mary Sunday at Valiant Vineyards Winery

2-2:45 p.m. - Dances of Universal Peace at Vermillion Public Library

4:30-5:30 p.m. - Author Craig Johnson Meet & Greet at Carey's Bar

6:30-8 p.m. - Author Craig Johnson Talk and Q&A at the Vermillion Public Library

8-9 p.m. - Author Craig Johnson Book Signing at the Vermillion Public Library

Aug. 20

5:30-7 p.m. – Welcome Table Serves a Free Meal at First United Methodist Church

6:30-8:30 p.m. - Celebrate Recovery Cornerstone at the Cornerstone Church

7 p.m. – City Council Meeting at City Hall

Aug. 21

4 p.m. – Mahjong at the Vermillion Public Library

7 p.m. – Living River Group of the Sierra Club at the Vermillion Public Library

Aug. 22

8 a.m. – UpNEXT Coffee Hour at Vermillion Public Library

12 p.m. – Rotary Meeting at the Al Neuharth Media Center

12-1 p.m. – Yappin’ Yotes Toastmasters Club Meeting at Muenster University Center

1-4 p.m. – Knitting Group at the Vermillion Public Library

4 p.m. – Mahjong at the Vermillion Public Library

Aug. 23

12 p.m. – Optimist Club Meeting at First Dakota National Bank Conference Room

3-7 p.m. – Vermillion Area Farmers Market Summer Market at Clay County Fairgrounds

5:30-7:30 p.m. – Thursdays on the Platz USD Night, featuring Blue Ruin at Ratingen Platz


Aug. 17

4 p.m. - USD Women's Volleyball vs. Iowa State, Exh. (A)

Aug. 18

9 a.m. - Girls' Tennis @ Yankton Quad

5 p.m. - USD Women's Volleyball Red & White Scrimmage (H)

Aug. 19

1 p.m. - USD Women's Soccer vs. Northern Iowa (A)

Aug. 20

9 a.m. – Boys’ Golf vs. Dell Rapids (A)

Aug. 21

10 a.m. – Girls’ Tennis @ Mitchell Tri

Aug. 23

3 p.m. – Boys’ Golf vs. Beresford/Lennox (H)

4 p.m. –Girls’ Tennis vs. Lennox (H)

5:15 p.m. – Volleyball vs. Wagner (A)


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