Progress made on ground breaking plans for Newcastle/ Vermillion bridge Meeting for the second time, county, city and civic groups from South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa met in South Sioux City, NE last week to continue to lay plans for ground breaking ceremonies of the Newcastle/Vermillion bridge that is scheduled to begin construction this spring.
An exact date still has to be announced, but it is believed sometime in April may be set as the target date. The group is planning to have the actual shovel ground breaking take place on the Missouri River bank on the South Dakota side. After this ceremony, all those attending will retire to the National Guard armory in Vermillion for speeches from visiting dignitaries and a luncheon that will be served at the armory.
Clay County, SD Commissioners Jerry Sommervold, Ralph Westergaard and Bill Willroth Sr., along with Vermillion Mayor Bill Radigan, also attended the meeting. Connie Hanish of the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce, was designated as secretary for this planning committee.
Others attending the planning session from Nebraska were Dixon County Supervisor Jerry Schroeder of Newcastle, NE; Elsie Lund and Ellen Kneifl, both of Newcastle.
Dedication ceremonies after the bridge construction is completely finished will be held on the Nebraska side of the river.