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Mayor Kelsey Collier-Wise, while addressing Friday morning, June 4’s delegation of South Dakota Girls State, described herself as Vermillion’s version of Leslie Knope, the ambitious, hard-working and optimistic lead character in the television show “Parks and Recreation.”

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The issue of fireworks at Mount Rushmore didn’t escape a Girls State delegate when she had a chance to question Gov. Kristi Noem about it Thursday afternoon.

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The rejection of a $41 million bond issue Tuesday by Clay County voters has prompted Sheriff Andy Howe to implement changes in the operation of the Clay County Jail.

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Clay County voters Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected the Clay County Commission’s decision March 30 to ask citizens’ approval of a $41 million bond issue to finance the construction of a new county jail, law enforcement safety center, courts, government services, land acquisition costs, and cu…

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A lifeguard watches as two swimmers make a splash as they emerge from the water slide at Prentis Plunge Tuesday afternoon, June 1. The weather that day was perfect to enjoy the aquatic center, with temperatures in the mid-80s. The facility opened for the 2021 season on May 29 and on Memorial…

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Five candidates hoping to be elected Vermillion’s mayor on June 8 discussed a variety of issues during a mayoral forum held May 24 in the Vermillion High School’s Thomas H. Craig Center For Performing Arts.

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Polls in Vermillion, across Clay County and throughout the Vermillion School District will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, June 8 to allow voters to choose a mayor for the City of Vermillion and a new member of the Vermillion School Board.

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Republican Congressman Dusty Johnson, surrounded by an auditorium audience of Girls State delegates, was asked Tuesday evening if there came a time when he knew that, someday, he would like a job like the one he has now – helping people by crafting legislation.

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I’ve been digging around in my notes and not quite finding information to help back up the simple message I want to pass along to all Clay County residents 18 and older.

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The issue of fireworks at Mount Rushmore didn’t escape a Girls State delegate when she had a chance to question Gov. Kristi Noem about it Thursday afternoon.

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This year’s Memorial Day program in Vermillion will be in-person or virtual – however you would like to view it. The Memorial Day Observance, which begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 31, will be held at First Baptist Church, 101 E. Main Street, in Vermillion. Attend the indoor event in person …

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Two terms are ending on the Vermillion School Board and three candidates will be seeking to fill those two openings. Incumbent Rachel Olson is seeking reelection and the other candidates are Shane Nordyke and Wade A. Larson.

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After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State event is back. The annual civic education experience, the 20th one to be held at USD, will take place from May 31 to June 5.

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On Jan. 3, 2019, the all-volunteer Jail/Law Enforcement Center/Courthouse Facility Committee held its first meeting. In addition to the seven volunteers, four members of the Board of Clay County Commissioners, Mayor Jack Powell, representing the interests of Vermillion, and key leaders of th…

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The month of May has been proclaimed as Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month in South Dakota. According to the press release from the governor’s office: “The month ‘acquaints the public with the discipline of archeology and historic preservation and strengthens the enduring bond betwe…

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At 2:40 p.m. Saturday, May 22, the Vermillion Fire EMS Department responded to a reported house fire at 46897 Burbank RD in Burbank. The first arriving unit found smoke coming from the structure’s roof. Firefighters entered the attic space to determine the origin of the smoke, and 500 gallon…

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Jocelynn Bunkoske and Callie Radigan perform ballet 5/pointe to "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" during the Saturday 1:30 p.m. performance of the 2021 Vermillion Area Dance Organization (VADO) recital held in the Thomas H. Craig Center for Performing Arts at Vermillion High School. Other grou…

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Two measures that have been in place for approximately a year in the City of Vermillion -- 1) an emergency resolution encouraging the use of face coverings or face masks in buildings open to the public and 2) an emergency ordinance requiring the posting of a sign stating “Masks Expected per …

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Timothy J. Tracy, who has served as chief executive officer of Sanford Vermillion Medical Center since April 2004, was presented with the 2021 Community Health Service Award at Tuesday night’s Dakota Hospital Community Leadership Dinner.

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As the chairman of the Clay County Courthouse, Jail, & Law Enforcement Facility Planning Committee I would like to offer some additional clarifications and facts about the courthouse and the upcoming bond election.

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A man who has been a fixture at Vermillion City Council meetings for over three decades attended his last meeting Monday night.

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Vermillion third graders, under the direction of their music teacher, Gretchen Burbach, perform an outdoor concert at Jolley Elementary School earlier this month. The outdoor concert was one of many ways that personnel of the Vermillion School District adapted to keep everyone in the Vermill…