May 15th, 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) VCDC Updates

The VCDC's COVID-19 daily update for Chamber Members will now move to a twice weekly update every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

If timely and pertinent information is released, we will send out a special daily update.

Be sure to look out for this important update. At any other time, please visit for relevant business, financial and employee news related to the Coronavirus pandemic.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar for the VCDC's first ever

Virtual Happy Hour!

When: Friday May 15th, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm CST

Please follow the link below to register.

Vermillion Victory Bonds

Visit the Vermillion Gift Card Marketplace to purchase your very own Vermillion Victory Bonds. Support participating businesses by purchasing discounted gift cards at

Census 2020

Have you completed your census yet? If not, visit and answer 10 simple questions online. Everyone counts in Vermillion and every resident counted is worth $1,600 per year for 10 years in federal funding.

Why respond to Census?

Census data will allow states to gather information to inform how much in employment funds are needed and provides metrics for state workforce agencies.

Statistics also assist in locating skilled workers, where to hire new employees, and establish vocational rehabilitation and job services for people with disabilities. Respond today at to have your voice heard and make sure you #countyourselfinvermillion.

Get your GED with Cornerstones Career Learning Center

Stuck at home? There’s never been a better time to get your GED! We’re still enrolling in online classes. Call us at 605.677.6912 or email

Vermillion NEXT

Vermillion NEXT would like to congratulate a few of our current and former members that are making big marks on our community!

Congratulations to:

• Kelsey Collier-Wise, former Vermillion NEXT Chair was named Vermillion Mayor.

• Travis Letellier, former Vermillion NEXT Chair and 2018 Vermillion NEXT Young Professional of the Year recipient, was named as the interim associate vice president for USD's Office of Diversity.

• Jordan Bonstrom, current Vermillion NEXT Steering Committee member, was appointed to the Vermillion Human Relations Commission.

We are so proud to call you friends and colleagues.



The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is hosting a digital streaming event featuring the film, Neither Wolf nor Dog. Watch the movie for free on Vimeo starting May 16th.

Adapted from the acclaimed novel, Neither Wolf nor Dog by Kent Nerburn, the story follows a white author who gets sucked into the heart of contemporary Native American life in the sparse lands of the Dakotas by a 95-year-old Lakota elder and his sidekick.

For one week you will have access to the movie by following a special link, which can be found on the Vermillion Public Library’s website or on Facebook. Note that this link will only work until May 23rd, or when the attendance limit has been met, whichever comes first. Please only use the link if you intend to watch the entire film, as it can be viewed a limited number of times, and is only available on a first come, first served basis. We recommend multi-person households watch this as a group at one time so as many people as possible can enjoy it.

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.

Clay County Princess Pageant

August 13, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. It’s time to enter the Clay County Princess and Jr. Princess Pageant. Princess title (11-13 yrs) and Jr. Princess (7-10 yrs) is limited to 15 contestants together. The entry fee of $20 includes opening number t-shirt and gift bag with jewelry and goodies, flower, and participation trophy. Princess and Jr. Princess will receive tiara, sash, flowers and trophy. Runner-ups receive trophies. Must be a Clay County 4-H member or live in Clay County and be able to attend fair all 3 days. Please contact Clay County Extension Office (677.7111) or Joan Miller ( or 605.929.4067) to reserve your spot now or for more information. This year’s theme is “Hawaiian” (colorful tank top, grass skirt, leis, flower hair clips).

Chamber Member Annoucements

The First Bank & Trust team is thrilled to welcome Krista Welch into the organization. She is now filling the role as Mortgage Loan Officer. Krista is excited to assist you in getting into your dream home or helping to lower your current interest rate.

Krista is a born and raised South Dakotan from Scotland, SD. Her and her husband Nate have lived in Vermillion for over 6 years with their 3 children, Mya, Izzy and Logan.

Please stop in to welcome Krista and let her assist you with any and all of your mortgage needs!


Missouri Valley Recycling Center to Reopen Monday, May 11th

The Missouri Valley Recycling Center will reopen on Monday, May 11th for drop-off recycling only. The remainder of the Vermillion Recycles Program will continue to be suspended until further notice.

The suspension includes:

• Curbside Recycling (During this time, residents should consider all refuse non-recyclable. DO NOT save recyclable materials until the end of the suspension. The recycling program is not designed for such increased capacity.)

• Satellite Drop-off Trailers

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)



The Monday Commercial Cardboard Route will continue uninterrupted.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday – Sunday – CLOSED


Arts Council adapts with new with virtual exhibition

At a time when most face-to-face events have been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, it takes a bit of creativity and flexibility to bring arts & cultural experiences to the community. An attempt to do just that, the Vermillion Area Arts Council (VAAC) recently shared their first program since the global pandemic was announced: a ‘virtual’ exhibition.

In the weeks following the World Health Organization deeming the spread of COVID-19 a pandemic, many artists, musicians, actors and other culture makers have seen exhibitions and performances cancelled or postponed. All the while, millions of people are staying home, and find themselves increasingly needing to experience the comfort and engagement the arts often provide. Under the circumstances, typical programming offered by the VAAC wasn’t possible, so its board of directors discussed new ways of serving the community. One of the first ideas presented was to host a digital art exhibition to provide encouragement to artists and share their work with others.

The exhibition, the Social Distancing Solo Exhibition series, would feature any artists worldwide who followed the guidelines and submitted images of their work, and would be featured on the Arts Council’s website.

In all, 30 artists from around the world are featured in the exhibition series. There are artists from France, Italy, Canada, and across the USA. The variety of media includes paintings, drawings, fiber art, mixed media, sculpture, photography, and ceramics. The virtual exhibition was curated by artists and VAAC board members Aaron C. Packard and Klaire A. Lockheart.

You can view the exhibition by visiting the VAAC’s website at

To find out more about the exhibit or other upcoming events, you can follow the Vermillion Area Arts Council’s facebook page @vermillionareaartscouncil or email the board at

Digital Library and Wi-Fi access available 24/7

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is closed to the public during the COVID-19 crisis, but patrons can still check out items with our temporary pick-up service by calling or emailing Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Alternatively, you can place a reserve through the library’s online catalog, which can be found by visiting our website,, and selecting “Catalog & Your Account”. You will need your barcode number to log in. Your password is your last name in lowercase.

After you place your request, a staff member will contact you when your items are ready for pick-up. Please note that requests placed over the phone are limited to five items at one time. When you arrive at the library come to the southern parking lot entrance where the sliding doors are. Items will already be checked out and ready to go. To return items, place them in the outside book drop or on the table in the south vestibule labeled for returns.

We also want to remind everyone that the library has many digital services available to you for free through our website! These services are available 24/7 and all you need is internet access and a device that connects to it.

These are just a few resources you can use for free with your library card. For the full list of free online resources, visit and select “eResources” under the “Resources” menu button.

Don’t have internet access? Our wi-fi is up and running all day, every day and can be reached from the closer spots in our parking lot. We are even working on extending the range of the signal to increase public access.

For more information visit, call 605-677-7060, or email

Recycling Suspended until Further Notice

Due to public health concerns stemming from the Coronavirus (COVID-19), effective April 3rd, 2020 at 4:30 pm, much of the City Recycling program will be suspended until further notice. This interruption in service is precautionary out of consideration for the safety and health of City residents and Staff.

During this time, residents should consider all refuse non-recyclable. DO NOT save recyclable materials until the end of the suspension. The recycling program is not designed for such increased capacity.

The suspension includes:

• Curbside Recycling

• Satellite Drop-off Trailers

• Drop-off at Missouri Recycling Center

The Monday Commercial Cardboard Route will continue uninterrupted.

The Missouri Valley Recycling Center will be closed to the public effective April 3rd at 4:30 pm. All yard waste and branches will be accepted at the Vermillion Landfill during this time.

Thank you for recycling, Vermillion! We look forward to serving you again soon.

Hike/Bike Path Closed Near Dakota Street Bridge

Due to water main repairs under the Vermillion River, the hike/bike path will be closed from the fishing pier to Cotton Park until further notice.

Benchmark Building Maintenance

Benchmark Building Maintenance would like to announce that they are opening up their commercial cleaning services to all. Commercial and residential cleaning/disinfecting packages available. Call 605.659.5201 to schedule your cleaning process today!

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.


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.


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