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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 …

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The Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home, 509 Pine Street, Yankton, is open from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for the Christmas season. Come to view the house in all its Christmas finery, enjoy hot cider and cookies in the kitchen … all for a free will donation.

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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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The Lewis & Clark Theatre Company (LCTC) will usher in the Christmas season with a heartwarming, classic tale.

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“The End of Something Wonderful” by Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic, illustrated by George Ermos; © 2019, Sterling Children’s Books. 32 pages

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VERMILLION — The Vermillion Area Arts Council will host the first Members’ Exhibit Dec. 3-31. This exhibit takes place at the First Dakota National Bank Coyote Gallery, 12 E Main Street, and represents a collaboration between the Vermillion Area Arts Council, and the Vermillion Cultural Asso…

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VERMILLION — The University of South Dakota’s Department of Theatre is offering the family-friendly musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” This stage adaptation is based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel and the beloved Disney film.

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The 24th annual Yankton Community Holiday Feast will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Calvary Baptist Church, 2407 Broadway, Yankton.

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The fourth- and fifth-grade students at Stewart Elementary will be kicking off the winter season with their rendition of “The Big Chill,” a mini musical about the joys of winter, which will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the Yankton High School theatre.

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The Yankton Community Library will be closing at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, and will remain closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of Thanksgiving.

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On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30, holiday trains will run at the Missouri Valley Model Railroad Club from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. The club location is on the lower level of the old downtown JCPenney building located on the southeast corner of Cedar and Third (221 West Third Street).

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Two Yankton residents were disappointed not to hear their names called during the honorable mentions in the Dakota MasterWorks awards ceremony last month, but their moods brightened when they were both announced place winners.

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Yankton’s Holiday Festival of Lights is looking for entries for the parade of lights being held on Thursday, Dec. 5. The theme for this year’s event is “Christmas Carols.”

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VERMILLION — “Hands On: Student-Curated Exhibitions at the University Art Galleries,” featuring exhibitions curated by University of South Dakota students, will be on view in the John A. Day Gallery Nov. 18-22, and in Gallery 110 from Dec. 2-6. Closing receptions, open to the public, will be…

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Join the staff at the Yankton Community Library for the final Adult Craft night of 2019 as they make book page Christmas trees. They will be making this fun and clever craft on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m.  

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Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home, 509 Pine Street, Yankton, is starting to look a bit like Christmas. Soon it will be completely decorated for the holiday season. Open house is scheduled for Dec. 7-8 from 1-4 p.m.

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I laugh about it now, but when I first started using my bread machine I was afraid to do anything that might jeopardize the quality of the bread I was making.

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SIOUX FALLS — The South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association Hall of Fame announced its 2020 inductees during a press conference Thursday at the SDRRMA Exhibit in the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. Induction events will be held April 17-18, 2020, at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall in Sioux Falls.

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Former Yankton resident and former Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether will be holding a book signing event at Monta’s Framing and Design on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m.-noon.  

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NORTH SIOUX CITY — Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve near McCook Lake invites visitors to get in the holiday spirit and step back in time by attending the annual Christmas at the Homestead on Saturday, Nov. 9, from noon to 4 p.m.

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The next installment of the Little White Church Sessions, “An Evening with Tough Old Bird,” is set for the AME Allen Chapel (508 Cedar Street) in Yankton at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9.

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In celebration of Veterans Day, the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, is honored to welcome a Living Library of Veterans on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m.

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VERMILLION — The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is hosting its first Wine & Paint event on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Adults 21 and up are invited a relaxing evening of wine and a fun painting session led by Beth Samenus.

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Yankton Area Arts hosted an Art Market at the Harvest Halloween Festival last weekend. What a beautiful day to share art with the community! We had 11 artists sharing their work, James Dean playing great music as folks walked in, and four non-profits offering free arts and crafts projects fo…

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Rockapella has become one of the world’s most sophisticated, lasting, and imitated vocal groups in existence. They were at the forefront in progenitors of the astonishing full-band sound of “contemporary” a cappella. You’d be hard pressed to find a more influential vocal ensemble out there i…

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Note to Readers: Thank you for sharing about your plant experiences this season and for reading about other talented people of our region who enjoy plants.

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Three of the new South Dakota Master Gardener Interns that are from Yankton share their choices of plants worthy a top pick this past growing season. These three interns are also new members of Missouri Valley Master Gardeners.

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Emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation of ash trees was identified in the Sioux Falls area over a year ago. What’s happening about EAB there now is highlighted, with a note of interest for Yankton.

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Some people are especially attuned to the rhythm of Nature around this region. Darlene Kunde of Yankton noticed something she hadn’t seen before concerning common lilac shrubs at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area. A campground host at the park also remarked in surprise about lilacs near the …

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• If you’re curious about getting your garden or flowerbed space ready for next season with no-till methods, the South Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has videos that describe South Dakotans who are trying methods that allow them to use no-till gardening. No-Till gardeni…

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Lori Anderson, manager of Hy-Vee Floral Department at Yankton Hy-Vee, (605) 665-0662, says that houseplants are for decoration, and have other benefits too. A wide variety of them also help purify the air of harmful chemicals. Anderson shares tips to care for houseplants during the winter mo…