August 27th, 2021


VCDC Annual Banquet

Vermillion Fully Charged

Join us for an electrifying night of energizing stories.

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

Social hour 5:00pm-6:00pm

Dinner at 6:15pm

Sanford Coyote Sports Center

VCDC UpNEXT Coffee Hour

When: Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

Time: 8:30-9:30 AM

Join us in a conversation about the Dakota Days celebration coming up the first weekend of October. Watch at or on Channel 3.

Thank you to our sponsor: The Main Street Inn



Greening Vermillion will soon be launching a new round of storm drain painting. Artists throughout our community have painted several drains across town, and more will be painted this summer and fall! The painted drains help bring awareness about water pollution through storm drains- reminding community members that Vermillion’s stormwater drains directly into the Vermillion River. This pollution has an impact of fish and wildlife as well as clean water for recreation, drinking, and the natural beauty of our community.

Visual Artists Needed

If you are interested in developing a mural to be painted on a stormwater drain in Vermillion, please send a draft of your design to Meghann Jarchow by 27 August 2021(

To learn more about the Adopt-a-Drain program, visit

Pancake Fly-In Breakfast

Please come join the Main Street Center and Lions at their Pancake Fly-In Breakfast on Sunday, August 29th, 2021 from 8 am to 12 pm at the Vermillion Airport. Free Will Offering.

Ribs, Rods and Rock n’ Roll

Save the date! September 10th and 11th.

5K Color Run

730th ASMC on September 11th, 2021. Free event!

Coyote Block Party

Coyote athletics are back and are kicking off the season in style. On Saturday, August 28th at the Coyote Block Party join us for food, games and fun!

The Party will be rocking outside the DakotaDome from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Hear from USD student-athletes and coaches.

Tickets to Coyote volleyball, football and basketball will be available to purchase as well.


Vermillion Area Farmer’s Market

Every Thursday 3:00PM to 7:00PM

Clay Co. Fairgrounds

Cherry & High Streets

The market features homegrown and homemade products from the Southeastern SD, Northeastern Nebraska, and Northwestern Iowa areas including fresh produce, meats, eggs, jams and jellies, clothing items, crafts, and more.

They welcome new vendors and offer affordable, seasonal and weekly vendor rates. They encourage both established producers and smaller enterprises to give their market a try. USDA rules for dairy, meat, and eggs apply–please give them a visit and ask for their latest vendor contract.

Lunch & Learn at the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library

Join the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library for a discussion of the most recent selection of the South Dakota Humanities Council’s One Book SD program, “The Children's Blizzard,” by Melanie Benjamin.

The New York Times bestselling author of “The Aviator's Wife” reveals a little-known story of courage on the prairie: the freak blizzard that struck the Great Plains, threatening the lives of hundreds of immigrant homesteaders--especially their children.

This hybrid program will be held in person at the Vermillion Public Library and virtually through Zoom! Space is limited. Copies of the book can be checked out from the library. Register through the Vermillion Public Library website at, or by visiting: Registration is required to get the Zoom link.

The program will take place Friday, September 3rd at noon. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch, and refreshments will be served! This program was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion, South Dakota. Contact us at 605-677-7060, or through email at

Photography Contest

The Friends of the Missouri National Recreational River is hosting a photography contest! Show us your Missouri River! Categories include River Activities, Wildlife and plants, Scenery, and Youth (under 18). For more information, go to FOMNRR Facebook page. Winning photographs will be printed in the FOMNRR newsletter and shown on the FOMNRR website and Facebook page. Deadline is October 1, 2021. Entries may be submitted by email to

Public Notices

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to South Dakota Small Businesses

Small nonfarm businesses in 32 South Dakota counties and neighboring counties in Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began July 6th, 2021.

Primary South Dakota counties: Beadle, Davison, Hutchinson, Jerauld, Kingsbury, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Sanborn, Tripp and Turner;

Neighboring South Dakota counties: Aurora, Bon Homme, Brookings, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Clark, Clay, Douglas, Gregory, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Lake, Lincoln, Lyman, Mellette, Moody, Spink, Todd and Yankton; Neighboring Iowa county: Lyon; Neighboring Minnesota counties: Pipestone and Rock; Neighboring Nebraska counties: Cherry and Keya Paha.

Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

“Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 2.88 percent for businesses and 2 percent for private nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Garfield said.

By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The Secretary declared this disaster on July 12th, 2021.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration. However, nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance in drought disasters.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications by clicking the button below. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply for economic injury is March 14th, 2022.

Bright Energy Choices

Issued Date: July 26, 2021

Point of Contact: John Prescott, City Manager, 605.677.7050

(Vermillion, SD) Vermillion Light & Power is offering Bright Energy Choices to our utility customers; Bright Energy Choices is a program that lets our community support the development of additional carbon-free, renewable energy resources.

90% of the electricity purchased by Vermillion Light & Power customers last year came from clean energy resources that do not produce greenhouse gases. Put clean energy comes from renewable resources including hydroelectric, wind, and solar, in addition to nuclear energy which is not renewable, but releases no greenhouse gases.

Do you want 100% clean energy? If you elect to participate in Bright Energy Choices, a small premium of $0.001(one-tenth of one cent)per kilowatt-hour (kWh) will be added to 10% of your kWh usage each month. This represents the portion of your electricity that comes from fossil fuels, and will be offset by Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) when you participate. For an average homeowners using 900 kWh’s per month, the Bright Energy Choices premium will be only $0.09 per month.

The City’s wholesale power supplier, Missouri River Energy Services, purchases Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) on behalf of our participating customers. RECs are proof that electricity was generated by qualifying clean, renewable facilities. When you enroll, REC purchases will offset the portion of your energy that comes from fossil fuels, making your electric usage 100% clean and carbon free!

If you want to utilize only clean energy and take a step towards a more sustainable and renewable future, join the Bright Energy Choices program today. For only a small fee on your utility bill, you will be investing in 100% clean energy.

To opt into the Bright Energy Choices program, please fill out the form below and return it to City Hall, or complete the form online at

We are sending this New Release as a service to the new media and citizens of Vermillion.

Recycling Help for Property Owners & Managers

Do your tenants recycle? Greening Vermillion wants to help you help them!

Email to request free info cards that say where to find the online and print Recycling & Sustainability Guide. Some property managers are including the cards with welcome letters to new tenants. A little information and encouragement go a long way.

Recycling prolongs the life of our landfill (saving money), conserves natural resources, and provides valuable materials to regional manufacturers. It even makes people feel good!

Please reach out to Greening Vermillion with any questions and follow @GreeningVermillion on Facebook.

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 Director of Strategic Communications & Tourism at


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