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The last year was relentless — local, national and international events crashed against me day and night and eroded some of my mental defenses. Things seeped in, and they wore on me. I felt 2019 in a way that I don’t know that I’ve felt any other year. It was hard for so many. It was sad for…

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“Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries about Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion” by Ingrid Newkirk & Gene Stone; © 2020, Simon & Schuster; 294 pages

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Yankton’s Dakota Theatre will be screening the movie “Dances with Wolves,” in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the film’s release, this Sunday at 2 p.m.

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The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, for a staff training and in-service day.

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Lewis & Clark Visitor Center will hold its annual Bald Eagle Days Jan. 24-26. View bald eagles perching in nearby trees, participate in hands-on activities, and watch programs with live raptors presented by SOAR Raptors of Dedham, Iowa.

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VERMILLION — The University of South Dakota Opera presents “Death by Chocolate & Aria,” a fundraising gala Jan. 25 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at RED Steakhouse in downtown Vermillion.

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Few things bring as much pleasure as pulling a freshly baked loaf of bread out of your oven. And it’s not just that heavenly taste of the bread, either!

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“Maybe Dying is Like Becoming a Butterfly” by Pimm van Hest, illustrated by Lisa Brandenburg; © 2019, Clavis Publishing. 32 pages

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VERMILLION — Edie’s Book Shop, operated by the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library, will be operating January through June of 2020. One Friday & Saturday each month, you will be able to access great deals on books — everything from the newest bestsellers, to the hottest mysteries, v…

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VERMILLION — The “Dances of Universal Peace” are spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on the sacred phrases, Scripture and poetry of many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, music, and movement into a living experience of unity, peace, integration and healing.

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VERMILLION — Last January, severe weather caused the National Music Museum in Vermillion to cancel its T. Wilson King guitar concert, so they are offering the show this month, giving attendees the renewed opportunity to hear three of the finest modern guitars in the NMM’s collection. The NMM…

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Happy New Year from all of us at Yankton Area Arts! We are looking forward to great things in 2020 and are grateful to have your support and participation all year long!

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VERMILLION — Do you love browsing through cookbooks or trying new recipes and cooking techniques? Consider joining the Vermillion Public Library’s most popular book club — Cook the Book.

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Storytime begins again at the Yankton Community Library on Jan. 6. Story times are designed for preschool age and under and are offered on Mondays at 6 p.m. and Tuesdays/Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Story time is followed by an art activity geared toward preschool-aged children.  

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LINCOLN, Neb — Youngsters ages 6-17, now is the time to get out your favorite artist supplies and give free rein to your imagination to create a poster for the Nebraska Aviation Art Contest 2020. Combine the flights of the past with the dreams of the future in this year’s theme “Flying Yeste…

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Have you been thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Want to learn a new hobby, find better ways to manage your finances or try a new diet? The library has a book for that.

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is inviting the public to ring in the New Year by enjoying a guided hike through one of the state’s scenic state park lands.

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QUIMPER, France — Former Yankton resident Clark Eide has released the second book in his “Abbey Chronicles” series, “To Everything A Season,” the continuation of the fascinating story of his “not so ordinary” modern day monk, Jean Moreau, available now at Yankton Area Arts.

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SPRINGFIELD — After working with inmates for years, the Rev. Jason Wiersma knows prison walls aren’t the only things holding people captive.

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VERMILLION — University of South Dakota music students placed highly in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the South Dakota Music Teachers Association (SDMTA) competitions that were held at Black Hills State University in Spearfish on Nov. 8-9.

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The Lewis & Clark Theatre Company will be hosting auditions for its upcoming production of “On Golden Pond,” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, and Monday, Dec. 16, at Dakota Theatre, 328 Walnut St.

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The Yankton Area Summer Band sponsored by the Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation and Service Center Federal Credit Union, will be hosting its 22nd annual free Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the theater at the Yankton High School/Summit Activities Center.

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Celebrate the Holiday season with “A Prairie Christmas On Stage,” presented by AM 1450 KYNT and First Dakota National Bank, at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec, 16, at Mount Marty College’s Marian Auditorium.

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VERMILLION — University of South Dakota Fine Arts alumnus Cameron Stalheim will exhibit his collection of works “As Above, So Below” in the John A. Day Gallery, located in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, from Dec.18-Jan. 17. A closing reception will be held for Stalheim on Jan.17…

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VERMILLION — During this holiday season, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will be accepting donations of unopened non-perishable food items for the Vermillion Food Pantry! Through the month of December, patrons who have accumulated overdue fines, with the exception of replacem…

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Yankton Children’s Choir, Ensemble-In-Residence at Mount Marty College, invites the community to come together for their “Christmas with the Classics” concert on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.  

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Projects built on good ideas come and go all the time in the workplace. That’s how the busy, changing-priority world goes. The process of creating plots of wildflowers and native grasses at the entrance area of Lewis & Clark Recreation Area started in 2014. Five years later, the project …