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OMAHA, Neb. — Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers to be cautious when shopping for pets online after a BBB investigation was conducted by BBB serving the Heart of Texas. It uncovered 11 related dog breeding websites to be scams. Within the last four months, BBB has received 16 …

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GRINNELL, Iowa — Grinnell Mutual is partnering with its independent agents to continue the Road to Success Scholarship program. Eighty $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to college-bound high school seniors with good driving records throughout our writing territory.

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St. Paul certainly had no doubt about the “inspiration” of Scripture, as he says in 2 Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is God-breathed” [inspired] “and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (NASB) In other words, while using human writers, God is the ultima…

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Church Women United are holding their annual planning session Monday at 9 a.m. at Peace Church, 206 E. 31st St.

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If you have questions or concerns about God, religion or the Bible, bring them to the River’s Edge at The Landing, 104 Capital, Yankton at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. A small group will meet to discuss those questions.  

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I want to thank all of the school district patrons who have attended the opt-out meetings. Your questions and involvement have been greatly appreciated. There have been over 30 meetings held regarding the opt-out since September.

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PIERRE — Round 3 of the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) 2019 Community Innovation Grant (CIG) program has been completed. Seventeen South Dakota nonprofits will receive grant awards. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the Community Innovation Grant program supports eff…

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It was in London, England, 1854, when a severe diarrhea illness caused the deaths of 500 adults and children over a ten-day period and proved the value of scientific thinking. Physician-scientist John Snow mapped out the locations of those sick, and his work pointed to water from a hand pump…

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Poets Tom Montag and David Graham have just published a fine anthology, “Local News: Poetry About Small Towns,” from MWPH Books, P.O. Box 8, in Fairwater, Wisconsin. Here’s one of the many poems I’ve enjoyed, by Peggy Trojan, who lives in Wisconsin. Ms. Trojan published her first poem in 201…

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During the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Plain’s annual meeting, the Lead YDS of the Year as well as the Woman of the Youth were recognized, Savannah Sullivan and Jean Hunhoff, both of Yankton.

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TABOR — The Tabor Chamber of Commerce will host a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Tabor American Legion Hall. Serving is from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Wellmark Foundation is offering two competitive Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grant opportunities in 2020. The MATCH grants are designed to support larger projects that build upon the assets unique to a community. The term “matching grant” means an organi…

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The Rural Office of Community Services, Inc. (ROCS) announces the availability of the HOME Homeowner Rehabilitation Program to assist home-owners with home rehabilitation measures to their owner-occupied homes.

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Help Karlie Haas reach her goal of 40 people registering to donate blood to receive a college scholarship! She is hosting a community blood drive in Yankton on Friday, Jan. 24, from 3-6:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church.

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Matthew 2:1-12. Tradition has given to the three Magi, the names Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. This might be Caspar’s story.

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New Women’s Bible Studies will soon begin at Calvary Baptist Church. “Fire by Night” will meet Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. beginning Monday, Jan. 13, to study “God of Creation: A Study of Genesis.” And “Joy in the Morning” will study “You’re Already Amazing” and will meet Wednesday mornings…

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General Federation of Woman’s Club (GFWC) Scholarship

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SPEARFISH — Teachers may now register for the Spring 2020 session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game Program (SDSMG) operated by the Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education. The spring session begins Monday, Feb. 10 and ends its 10-week trading period on Friday, April 17.

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The Yankton County 4-H Youth Development is once again leading an educational rural safety initiative for local students. In an effort to increase awareness of rural dangers and reduce farm-related accidents, this is the 1st time the organization has brought an award-winning safety resource …

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There’s a very fine book, “Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems,” published by Grayson Books of West Hartford, Connecticut, and I’ve found a number of poems for this column there. Here’s another, this one by Ellen Bass, who lives in California, and whose most recent book of …

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BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension recently released a resource guide on traditional Dakota and Lakota games. The free, downloadable guide contains six traditional Dakota games and six traditional Lakota games, including photos, instructions on how to play and how to craft the game pieces.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West reminded private nonprofit organizations in South Dakota, the Flandreau Santee Indian Reservation and the Yankton Indian Reservation of the Jan. 17, 2020, deadlin…

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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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A blizzard is more than just a storm: it can bring with it fear, sorrow, loss, cold, hunger and a place in the history books.

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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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Only two runs. One game. That was all.  But it did not happen. The team could not produce those two runs. They could not win that one last game.  So the Chicago White Sox went on to play another day and the Minnesota Twins went home to watch and wonder what “might have been.”

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New Women’s Bible Studies will soon begin at Calvary Baptist Church. “Fire by Night” will meet Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. beginning Monday, Jan. 13, to study “God of Creation: A Study of Genesis.” And “Joy in the Morning” will study “You’re Already Amazing” and will meet Wednesday mornings…

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Yankton’s One80 Youth Ministry, Pursuit and First Youth, present a Semester Kickoff event with Yankton alumni, Bobby Bugattii, back in Yankton at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, speaking and sharing his hip hop music at the Yankton High School theatre. All students in grades 6-12 are invited for t…

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General Federation of Woman’s Club (GFWC) Scholarship