July 10th, 2020


VCDC UpNEXT Coffee Hour

When: Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Time: 9:00 am

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

Tune in at www.facebook.com/LiveVermillion/ or on Channel 3.

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!

Thursdays on the Platz

Every Thursday from July 9th through August 27th! 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in downtown Vermillion. The VCDC encourages mask wearing and social distancing for the safety of all attendees.


CorTrust Bank Named Top Bank in South Dakota Second Year in a Row by Forbes Magazine

For the second year in a row, CorTrust Bank has been named Best Bank in South Dakota by Forbes Magazine. CorTrust Bank President and CEO Jack Hopkins said, “This recognition is a testament to our employees and the great work they do every day. Our customers and the communities we serve tell our story best, and we look forward to continuing to raise expectations for years to come.”

In the second annual review of Best Banks in each state, Forbes partnered with the market research firm Statista and surveyed nearly 25,000 people in the U.S. about their banking relationships.

Consumers were asked 20 questions about their banking partner and banks were rated based on customer recommendations and satisfaction. Respondents were also asked about five key banking areas including trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services, and financial advice.

For the complete Forbes Magazine article, Best-in-State Banks, click the link below.

Monster X Truck is coming to the LaunchPAD

The LaunchPAD Children’s Museum is hosting a monster truck from the Monster X Tour in the LaunchPAD parking lot in celebration of their Monster Summer Sale on July 8th from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Families will be able to sign up for a membership in the LaunchPAD parking lot and will receive monster bucks for doing so. Monster Bucks will be in the amount of $10 and can be used towards a future purchase at the LaunchPAD’s Odyssey Toy Store. Featured products from the Odyssey Toy Store will be sold in the parking lot. All current and new members will receive 20% off all retail products during the Monster Sale.

For $10, kids can create their own LaunchPAD Blast t-shirt. By choosing three colors they can blast paint through a spray bottle onto the shirt to create a one of a kind design.

During this time, Q102 will be doing a two-hour live remote from the LaunchPAD’s parking lot. LaunchPAD will be giving away four tickets to the Monster X Truck series on Saturday, July 11th. Monster X Tour will have two shows, 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm at Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, South Dakota.


Greening Vermillion

Greening Vermillion has been working on recycling and sustainability education for the community. You can access Greening Vermillion education resources which can help the Vermillion community recycle.

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.

Messy Hands Summer Camp Kit

Brought to you by Vermillion Area Arts Council & Vermillion Public Library. For over ten years, the Vermillion Area Arts Council's Messy Hands Summer Art Camp has been the premiere hands-on, visual arts event for kids and teens each summer. This year the excitement continues in a new way. With the generous support of the South Dakota Arts Council, Vermillion Public Library, Friends of the Library, City of Vermillion, and private donors, Messy Hands Summer Camp is now a take-home kit!

Perfect for budding artists aged 5 & up, Messy Hands Summer Camp kits will contain 10-12 visual art projects ranging from art principles & fundamentals to simple ceramics, watercolor, and even digital photography! Most materials needed to complete each project once will be included, along with follow-along handouts, and resource lists with links to tutorial videos made by our very own Messy Hands Summer Camp instructors.

Kits will be distributed in early July as part of the Summer Reading Program through the Vermillion Public Library. All registrants will receive precise pickup information via email.

For more information, please email camp director Susan Heggestad at artist@susanheggestad.com.

USD Move-In Day 2020

Move-in day at USD this year will take place over three days:

• Friday, August 14th

• Saturday, August 15th

• Sunday, August 16th

Check out the USD website to see the housing maps and get more information.

Vermillion Public Library COVID-19 Updates

During July we will continue to offer our pick-up at the door service for library materials. Staff are available from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday to answer the phone, respond to emails, and pull materials. We have 30-minute computer sessions available by appointment. If you need help with printing, faxing, or copying please contact us for assistance.

Our virtual summer reading program is underway, check out our website and Facebook page for summer activities and programming!

Returned library materials are being quarantined and wiped down before resuming circulation. However, please keep in mind, the library cannot guarantee germ-free physical materials. You need to consider if using physical library materials is best for you and your family.

We appreciate everyone’s patience during this difficult time. We are working hard to offer as many services as possible in the safest way we can. Despite the highly fluid nature of the pandemic, we’re still here for our community!

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.


Cruisin' with the Coyotes is coming to a town near you!

"Cruisin' with the Coyotes" presented by Jerry's Auto Sales is an event to connect fans in local communities. The weekend of July 11th - 12th will see the beloved Charlie Coyote, parading and spreading good cheer through nine different towns including Vermillion and Yankton in a Jerry's vehicle.

Saturday, July 11th

• Wakonda – 1:00 pm

• Volin – 1:15 pm

• Gayville – 1:30 pm

• Yankton – 1:50 pm

Sunday, July 12th

• Vermillion – 1:00 pm

• Burbank – 1:30 pm

• Elk Point – 1:50 pm

• Beresford – 2:25 pm

• Harrisburg – 3:05 pm

Hydrant Party!

Hosted by the Vermillion Parks and Recreation Dept. & Vermillion Fire EMS Dept. every Tuesday from June 23rd to July 28th. Participants are required to wear a sandal shoe. Social distancing will be enforced. Please only attend the party closest to your neighborhood. Freeze pops will be provided. If rained out Tuesday, come Wednesday!

12:00 pm – Bluffs Golf Course

1:00 pm – Trinity Church

2:00 pm – Hillside Church

3:00 pm – Armory Parking Lot

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 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 of Vermillion Board Vacancies


To serve on any City board or commission, you must be a resident of Vermillion. If you are interested in serving on either of the boards listed below, please complete an Expression of Interest form that can be submitted via the City’s website.


The City of Vermillion has one vacancy, due to resignation, on the Joint Powers Solid Waste Advisory Board. The Board is comprised of elected officials (4), appointed city staff (2), and citizens from Vermillion, Yankton, Clay County, and Yankton County (4). The Board generally meets four times a year to make recommendations regarding landfill and recycling center operations. Twice in Vermillion and twice in Yankton at approximately 5:30 pm and typically on a Thursday.

To be eligible for this appointment, the individual must be a resident of Vermillion. If interested, please submit an Expression of Interest form via the City’s website. Completed Expression of Interest forms are due by 12:00 pm on Thursday, July 16th, 2020. It is anticipated that City Council will make an appointment at their July 20th, 2020 meeting.

DENR Recognizes the City of Vermillion for Drinking Water Compliance

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced today that the City of Vermillion public water system and the system’s operation specialists have been awarded a Secretary’s Award for Drinking Water Excellence.

“The coronavirus has brought us many challenges this year including uncertainty about the health of our families and communities. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of South Dakota’s public water supply systems, one resource we do not need to worry about is safe drinking water. DENR is excited to award the City of Vermillion with the Secretary’s Award for Drinking Water Excellence for its efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and for delivering safe drinking water to their customers for 19 consecutive years,” said DENR Secretary Hunter Roberts. “Year after year, the City of Vermillion system operation specialists have worked tirelessly to provide safe drinking water to its customers and this year is no exception.”

The system’s operations specialists are Wade Mount, Fred Balleweg, Curt Haakinson, Dale Husby, Shane Griese, Tyler Zimmerman, Eric McPherson, and Andrew Wickre.

To qualify for the Secretary’s Award for Drinking Water Excellence, public water systems and their system operations specialists had to meet all of the compliance monitoring and reporting requirements, drinking water standards, and certification requirements for ten consecutive years or more.

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.



Polaris is looking for FT Mid Shift & 2nd Shift team members for warehouse associate duties. Apply online today!

Prairie Eye Clinic

Looking for a full-time and part-time optician – technician. Email resume to drbrown@prairieeyeclinic.com


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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