Clubs Marcotte top bridge player

October 23, at the regular Wednesday card party, there were 24 pitch, four pinochle and 22 bridge players.

Winners of bridge were: Maurice Marcotte, first, Howard Melstad, second, Lovella Matson and Shirley Riehle tied for third, Leona Kryger blind bogey and Pat Bergman, low,

Come join us every Wednesday afternoon � no reservations needed.

Offerdahls serve lunch, celebrate

On Monday, Oct. 28, 20 card players � 12 pitch and eight bridge � enjoyed a day at the Senior Citizens from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Bridge prizes went to Shirley Riehle, first, Luceal Liffengren, second, and Louise Scott, low. Winners of the drawings were Marilyn Siecke, $5 door prize and Marge Rasmussen and Merle Offerdahl $2 each.

Merle and Eleanor Offerdahl served lunch in honor of their 61st wedding anniversary.

Looby hopes to have influence in Pierre

In remarks to local Rotarians on Tuesday noon, Oct. 29, Democratic secretary of state candidate Kate Looby, Sioux Falls, said her goal is to bring a positive influence to the operation of state government in Pierre.

Looby, who holds B.A. and M.B.A. degrees, has operated businesses with her husband in Sioux Falls for 15 years, and has raised four children.

One of her main goals if elected, she said, is to make the voter registration process easier for the state's citizens.

"South Dakota is one of the only states to never fully implement the National Voter Registration Act," Looby said. The federal legislation, she said, is designed to help states implement the process of "Motor Voter" registration � in other words, allowing people to register to vote when they apply for or renew their drivers' licenses.

"Congress has also passed the Help America Vote Act," Looby said. "South Dakota is at risk of losing millions of dollars because we are out of compliance with the national registration act."

She said it would only cost approximately $50,000 to bring the state up to compliance.

In light of recent voter registration irregularities discovered in the South Dakota, Looby said it is important that the state not react too strongly.

"Don't throw the baby out with the bath water," she said. "If we tighten up voter registration laws too much, it would make the system too difficult."

I think we need to support our county auditors and other officials who have done a wonderful job in discovering the problems without any additional regulations."

Guests of the Rotarians Tuesday were Mike Keller, dean of the USD Business School, Lisa Ketchum, interim director of the Vermillion Development Company, Michelle Lavalle, vice president and chief marketing officer at USD, and Vermillion High School seniors Jennifer Bremer, Melissa Buum, Jon Brooks and Jeff Brevik.

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