Highway 19 work to resume March 2; some traffic to be re-routed to I-29

Highway 19 work to resume March 2; some traffic to be re-routed to I-29 Work on Highway 19 north of Vermillion is scheduled to begin March 2.

On Tuesday, construction crews will close the highway to through traffic between the bypass at the north edge of Vermillion to Highway 46, two miles n orth of Centerville. Through traffic will be detoured to I-29. Local traffic will be maintained.

Work scheduled for this construction season includes the replacement of two bridges at the Vermillion River bottom just north of the Clay Rural Water Plant. Crews will also begin grading in April. The Department of Transportation plans to hold a public meeting in March to discuss details of the project. A date for that meeting will be announced soon.

In the event of a heavy snowfall, Department of Transportation crews will remove snow along Highway 19 to provide access for local traffic.

For more information about the project, contact Ron Peterson, Yankton Area Engineer at (605)688-2929, extension 13.

The Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center was thrilled to exceed its goal of raising $500 for the Relay for Life event held on Sunday, Feb. 22.�

Last month, medical center employees were encouraged to pay $2 for a "permission sticker" to wear blue jeans to work every Friday in the month.� Through the five Fridays in January, $326 was raised.�

A second fund raiser, a "Kiss the Pig" contest, was held during two weeks in February to help the facility reach its goal.� Employees were encouraged to "vote" for the department manager that they would like to see

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kiss a pig.�Votes were 50 cents each and all were asked to vote early and vote often.

The ballots were running very close down to the last half hour when the care center employees rallied their voting efforts and easily edged Amy Thiesse, director of nursing at the care center, into first place.� The "Kiss the Pig" ceremony took place in the care center to the delight of employees and residents on Friday, Feb. 20.� Thiesse enthusiastically obliged the audience with a generous display of lip stick, and the reading of a brief poem written by resident Kay Iverson.

While the adorable pint-sized swine was receiving the smooch, This Little Pig Went to Market played in the background.�

Special thank you to Tim Heine for providing the little pig and Nick Merrigan for delivering to the care center.� With the culmination of the Kiss the Pig contest, it was reported by Mary Merrigan, director of public relations, that the total raised between the two fundraisers by the employees of Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center was $701.�� Congratulations SVVMC!

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