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Shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday, there were only a handful of people at Ratingen Platz ready to take part in a protest to oppose legislation that had been passed by the South Dakota House of Representatives earlier that week.

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The Vermillion Tanagers huddle before their final game of the regular season to go 20-0 on the year. The Tanagers defeated Canton 82-36.

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota judge on Thursday blocked Gov. Kristi Noem from releasing documents and video in the investigation of the state’s attorney general for striking and killing a man with his car.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Investigators questioning South Dakota’s attorney general after a fatal car crash pressed him on how he did not realize he had struck a man and whether he had been reading email and checking news sites on his phone immediately before, according to videos of their int…

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VERMILLION — Six weeks later, U.S. Sen. John Thune can still envision the chaos around him as protestors stormed the U.S. Capitol.

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Last week, students in the Irene-Wakonda School District enjoyed a great treat – playing their first basketball game in their new gymnasium, which is just one part of a newly-completed building project at the district’s junior high and high school facility in Irene.

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To survive the past year, the Packard-Lockheart family of Vermillion has been getting creative, producing new works of art that express their individual takes on pandemic life, self-expression, and today’s realities. An exhibition of the artwork, which includes weavings, paintings, and photo…

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Thursday, Feb. 18, was the 24th day of the 2021 legislative session with 12 days plus veto day left in this 2021 session of the legislature. This year there has been a total of 283 bills introduced in the House and 194 in the Senate. This compares to 2020 when there were 294 bills introduced…

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PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement in response to the conclusion of the investigation into the fatal crash involving Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and Joseph Boever:

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The City of Vermillion has done all it can to hopefully not experience blackouts, brownouts or other electrical problems that some communities throughout the Midwest are experiencing as severe cold weather blankets the Midwest.

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After approving a reduction in lot size in Phase 2 of the Bliss Pointe housing development (see related story) the Vermillion City Council approved a resolution Tuesday calling for the creation of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District to help the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company…

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The South Dakota Legislature has now finished the fifth week of our legislative session with a four day weekend as a result of the President’s day holiday. There was an on-line cracker barrel on Feb. 13 sponsored by the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company. Our two District 17 Rep…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 7

2:20 a.m. - Officers responded to a report of suspicious activity at a residence. Caller reported observing an unknown person who appeared to be trying to look through the windows of a neighboring home. The person left the area and officers searched the area and ultimately did not locate him.

2:40 a.m. - Vermillion PD officers assisted the Clay County SO with the recovery of a stolen vehicle that had been located at a gas station in town. One adult male was arrested for possessing stolen property.

2:57 a.m. -Officers responded to a report of a suspicious activity outside of a residence. Caller reported hearing someone moving around outside the home, despite the late hour. Officers encountered one adult female who was intoxicated and became lost while trying to walk home. Officers located the residence for the woman and assisted in getting her transported home.

MONDAY, FEB. 8

6:28 a.m. - Officers responded to a report of suspicious activity at a business in Vermillion.

8:36 a.m. - Officers took a report of a vehicle collision that had no reported injuries.

11:55 p.m. - Officers located a subject with an outstanding warrant. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

TUESDAY, FEB. 9

2:06 p.m. - Officers stopped a car for speeding and cited the driver.

10:29 p.m. - The manager of a business requested assistance verifying the identification for a man attempting to purchase alcohol. An officer checked and found the identification was valid.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10

8:48 a.m. - While responding to an unrelated call, an officer contacted a man who had a warrant for his arrest out of Minnehaha County. The man was arrested.

1:17 p.m. - Officers received a report of harassment via social media. No charges are pending.

1:54 p.m. - Officers responded to a call of a crying girl. It was learned the teenager had been drinking. While waiting for a parent to arrive, the teenager tried to damage a patrol car and injure officers. Charges are pending.

6:10 p.m. - Officers stopped a car for speeding. The driver didn't have insurance on the car, so the driver was cited and the car was towed.

8:08 p.m. - Officers responded to a call of a dispute between persons. Officers found the dispute was over a custody issue.

THURSDAY, FEB. 11

1:14 a.m. - Officers responded to a call of a stolen car. The owner had started the car to let it warm up, and it was taken while he was gone. The car was found abandoned a couple hours later. Investigation continues.

3:30 p.m. - Officers responded to a non-injury accident. Investigation showed one car ran a yield sign and was struck by the other car. The driver was cited for the offense.

8:40 p.m. - Officers were called to an apartment complex to investigate a bullet coming through a wall. It was learned a male had accidentally fired a round while unloading his pistol. The male was cited for discharging a firearm within city limits.

FRIDAY, FEB. 12

12:25 p.m. - Officers received a driving complaint. Officers located the owner of the vehicle. Charges are pending.

SATURDAY, FEB. 13

12:38 a.m. - Officers stopped a car for speeding. Two passengers in the car were under the age of 21 and had been drinking. They were cited for underage consumption.

1:18 a.m. - Officers stopped a car for driving at night without headlights. The male driver had been drinking and failed sobriety tests. He was arrested for DUI.

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VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will offer free, rapid COVID-19 testing of students, faculty and staff in the Muenster University Center room 212 Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. starting Feb. 8.

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The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Volunteers provide free basic income tax return prepa…

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VERMILLION, S.D. – Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A., professor of voice/opera in the University of South Dakota Department of Music and the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Chair, was elected to the National Opera Association (NOA) board of directors for a two-year term.

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(Vermillion, SD) Due to continued high demand for electricity over a large portion of the multi-state power grid managed by Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a power outage in Vermillion remains a possibility.

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(Vermillion, SD) The City of Vermillion may experience power outages during the morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 17. There is an approximately 40% chance that the City will be without power between 6 and 7:30 a.m. To mitigate the impact on the community, and lessen the length of time of an o…

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After discussing other issues in the district, Superintendent Damon Alvey reminded the members of the Vermillion School Board Monday that there had been discussion last month of the counseling needs and the mental health needs of students in the district.

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Like other organizations that usually host live events and encourage the gathering of people, the past pandemic year has been a challenge for the Vermillion Area Arts Council (VAAC). The non-profit organization, whose mission it is to celebrate and promote the arts in Vermillion, is currentl…

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Trees cast long shadows in Prentis Park during a recent snowfall in Vermillion that scattered lights that were beaming in the park at the time. Light snow seems like a minor pest compared to the brutal cold that has decided to move into southeastern South Dakota and stay for a time. The Nati…