June 19th, 2020


VCDC UpNEXT Coffee Hour

When: Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Time: 9:00 am

Join us on Wednesday morning for coffee hour with the VCDC and a special guest!

Runnings Breaks Ground in Vermillion!

Runnings – your home, farm and outdoor store is joining the retail family in Vermillion. The brand new 74,000 square foot store will be located on the Bower Street site and set to open in March 2021.

Vermillion NEXT Membership

Vermillion NEXT, the Young Professionals Network for Emerging Leaders is an initiative to engage young professionals in and around the Vermillion area, for people aged 21-40. It’s a great way to get involved with the community, to meet people, and to have an impact on the city and on your own professional development. Join now!


The LaunchPAD Children’s Museum is reopening on July 1st

The LaunchPAD is asking guests to visit their website to reserve a time slot in advance of their visit. The maximum number of guests at one time allowed in the museum will be 50 total. LaunchPAD’s in-person camps will begin on July 6th. Camp sessions will be limited to 10 children per session. Camps will be broken into age groups of 4-6 and 7-10. The cost is $70 per camp. Visit launchpadmuseum.com

Chalk the Block for Juneteenth

Join the Vermillion community on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and chalk the block between 4 and 8 West Main Street and in front of McVicker Plaza in celebration of Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when the last enslaved Americans learned of their emancipation. Juneteenth commemorates a long history of black liberation movements. Participants will be encouraged to chalk messages of hope, support, celebration, and education in honor of this history. Light refreshments will be provided. Please remember to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing! And if you can't come downtown, chalk your block and share the photos with us by tagging the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company on Facebook.

Bloody Mary Sunday

Spring through Fall, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Every Sunday, Valiant Vineyards creates a new delicious Monster Meal piled on a tall ice cold glass of Bloody Mary. Follow Valiant Vineyards on Facebook to see the new meal each week!


Eagles Auxiliary People Helping People for those soaring above the rest

The Eagles Club Auxiliary #2421 know there are many people who go above and beyond to help others in our community and the surrounding area. We think it is time they are rewarded. Please nominate anyone that you would like recognized and we will give them a $25 gift certificate to the Eagles Club in Vermillion. Nominations need to be in by the 15th of every month and the winner will be awarded on the first. Nominees need to be 18 and above. The Auxiliary will award one $25 gift certificate per month for each chosen winner. Nomination forms are available at the Eagles Club or online! For more information email auxiliarynominees@yahoo.com .

The Census Helps You

Improving your community starts with responding to the 2020 Census and a few minutes can shape your future. Your response will inform how billions of dollars in federal funding can aid in community services, Head Start, SNAP, CHIP, and programs that support minority businesses. Your personal information is kept confidential by law and data collected is solely used for statistical purposes, never shared with any other government agencies. You can also respond by phone in various languages, as well as by mail. Respond today at 2020census.gov.

Attention all teens!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library wants to extend a special invite to all teens this summer. They are hosting a virtual summer reading program this year with the theme "Imagine Your Story,” and 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. 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 their Facebook page @VermillionPublicLibrary or website at www.vermillionpubliclibrary.org for all information and updates regarding the summer reading program.

Local Camp Invention Program Now Available in Action-Packed, At-Home Format

Enjoy indoor and outdoor challenges that minimize screen time and maximize creativity. Build confidence as they collaborate virtually with friends to complete exciting challenges. Receive real-time coaching and collaboration with certified educators. See that even in an at-home environment, inspiration and hands-on creativity are unlimited.

Camp Invention®, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is changing its in-person program at Jolley Elementary School to an all-new, at-home edition of the program called Camp Invention Connect™ the week of June 22nd - June 26th, 2020.

Camp Invention Connect reaches far beyond what families have come to expect from virtual learning — balancing active, independent hands-on exploration with opportunities for socialization from home. Camp Invention encourages children entering kindergarten through sixth grade to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum inspired by some of the world's greatest inventors. Since 1990, our education programs have served more than 1.5 million children, and 170,000 teachers and Leadership Interns.

Cornerstones Career Learning Center, Inc. – Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Do you want to increase your employability or advance in your current position? Let us help you improve your workplace computer skills! In this introductory class, you will explore Excel while learning the basics of creating workbooks and using common formulas. This class will use Microsoft Excel 2016, but the skills you learn will translate to other versions of Excel. You do not need Excel installed on your personal computer.

When: Wednesday, June 17, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Where: This class will be taught virtually via GoToMeeting, a free communication platform. You will receive a class link via email after registering.

You must preregister by Friday, June 12. The class is free but space is limited.


Family Movie Night Popcorn

The Vermillion Cultural Association will open their doors from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Grab some carry out popcorn to enjoy at home while watching a movie with your family. Small - $5. Medium - $6. Large - $7. Jumbo $15. *Subject to change.

Bloody Mary Sunday

They are back! CDC guidelines in place, of course. Valiant Vineyards have huge balconies to spread out and enjoy the Godzilla Bloody Mary with a whole rotisserie chicken or the Monster Bloody Mary topped with a grilled brat! Every Sunday, we create a new delicious Monster Meal piled on a tall ice cold glass of Bloody Mary. Follow Valiant Vineyards on Facebook to see the new meal each week! Spring through Fall, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.


Vermillion Power Supply Mix

For the last several years the City’s supplemental power supplier, Missouri River Energy Services, has provided the City of Vermillion a power supply mix pie chart. The chart indicates the percentage of Vermillion Light and Power customers’ supply that is renewable as well as the percentage that is carbon-free or “clean”. A renewable source is a power resource that can be used repeatedly and replaced naturally like wind and solar. Vermillion’s 2019 power supply mix was 90% carbon-free and 63% renewable. Hydro supplied 60% of the electricity for Vermillion Light and Power customers in 2019. The diverse mix of power supply resources results in reliable, affordable, and environmentally friendly electrical service for Vermillion Light and Power customers.

Leave No Trace at Burbank Beach

The National Park Service and South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks are having a litter issue at one of the most pristine and beautiful access points on the river in Southeastern South Dakota. Known to some as the Burbank Beach, the Bolton Game Production Area and river access in the Missouri National Recreational River is a popular destination because of its remoteness, extensive river beaches and sandbars, and the abundance of wildlife including bald eagles, deer, turkey, Piping Plovers, and butterflies and dragonflies. Litter like bottles and aluminum cans, potato chip bags, candy wrappers, and beach chairs are left behind for the next visitor to see. Litter affects the environment for wildlife that depend on the river for life and for the people who depend on it for recreation purposes.

The Bolton river access is in the lower 59-Mile District of the Missouri National Recreational River, a unit of the National Park Service, and nationally recognized as a wild and scenic river in the Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Last weekend, staff from South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (SDGFP) and the National Park Service (NPS) collected up to 12 bags of trash from the sandy beaches of the Bolton Game Production Area. “For anyone that has spent time in that area will agree it's a unique bit of paradise that should be respected and not degraded,” says Rick Clark, Missouri National Recreational River Superintendent.

The consumption of alcohol at the beach is a great concern with the two agencies who have been monitoring the misuse of the area. The NPS in partnership with SDGFP has instituted a newly formed sand bar closure in the nearby area of the Bolton Beach to prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages. This effort will hopefully help curb some of the litter issues the two agencies have been dealing with and to prevent incidents including discharging of weapons and a spinal cord injury from a shallow dive that both happened on one weekend.

“We all have a responsibility to reduce the impact on the places we love,” says Clark. “Following Leave No Trace Principles can help minimize our footprint and help the wildlife that call our recreational spaces home.” These principles were established by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, and build on work by the US Forest Service, National Park Service, and the Bureau of Land Management in the mid-1980s.

Vermillion Recycling Services

The Curbside Recycling Program will resume regular service on Monday, June 1st.

To ensure pick-up, recyclable materials should be placed at a curbside location by 7:30 am on your recycling day. Please do not place recycling bins in the street.

Large Green Bin:

#1 & #2 Plastics/ Aluminum Cans/ Tin Cans

(Rinse all items prior to placing them in the recycling bin.)

Small Blue Bin:

Junk Mail/ Magazines/ Newspaper/ Office Paper


Cardboard should be flattened and placed snugly between the two bins.

Click on the image below for an enlarged view of the Curbside Recycling Route Map.

Satellite Drop-Off Containers:

Satellite drop-off containers remain unavailable at this time.

Recycling Center:

The Missouri Valley Recycling Center is open for drop-off recycling.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday – Sunday – CLOSED

Contact Recycling: 605-677-7156

Yard Waste

In addition to the Recycling Center, two drop-off locations will remain available for yard waste.

• Barstow Park – Dartmouth Street (Near the ice rink/skate park)

• Prentis Park – Prentis Avenue (Near the baseball diamond)

No Plastic Bags.

All branches must go to the Landfill.


Landfill operations will continue winter hours until further notice.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday – Sunday – CLOSED

Contact Landfill: 605-677-7059

Prentis Plunge

Prentis Plunge will not open for the 2020 season.

The following amenities will remain closed until further discussion at the June 1, 2020 meeting.

• Playgrounds & basketball courts

• All park/picnic shelters

Parks restrooms remain closed at this time, and park drinking fountains are not available for use.

The Vermillion Police Department will be assisting with the enforcement of the closure policy. Failure to comply will result in removal or prosecution.

The hike/bike path remains open along with the green spaces of the parks. Please practice social distancing while utilizing these spaces.

Vermillion Recreation Programming

Advertising for limited recreational programing will begin with dates of the actual programs to be determined. Baseball and softball practice may begin, but games are not yet to take place in City fields.

City Council

City Hall is currently closed to the public. Residents that need assistance are encouraged to call at 605.677.7050. You can also watch live or review the most recent City Council meetings.

Marketplace Vermillion

1,600 square foot, corner space available for rent. Great visibility and great location! Call or text 605.299.9925 for more info.



If your business or employer has shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak and you’re looking for temporary work, please contact our local HyVee Vermillion. Call the store at 605.624.5574 and ask to speak with Keith Emmerson.


The University of South Dakota is now hiring for campus positions. Apply today!

2020 Census

Earn Extra Income. Work Flexible Hours. Teachers, History Makers Needed! Help get funding for your community! Apply online! 2020census.gov/jobs or 1.855.JOB.2020


Visit: www.LiveVermillion.com 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 Director of Strategic Communications & Tourism at Megan@VermillionChamber.com.


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