Clubs Commission meets atop the Mound
The Clay County Historic Preservation Commission held its regular monthly meeting on the top of Sprit Mound on Monday, May 10 at 7 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Kevin Jacobson. Some of the agenda items discussed were Historic Preservation Week activities, the Clay County Preservation Awards and the Downtown Vermillion Street-scape Plan. Other commission members present were: Evelyn Schlenker, Tom Thaden, Bill Ranney, Dan Christopherson, Warren Kuhler, Holly Straub and Ron Johnson. Special guests were Ron and Lind Thaden. Ron Thaden gave the commission a tour of the Spirit Mound Historic Prairie Restoration Project prior to the meeting. The Clay County Historic Preservation Commission invites the public to its guided walking tour of the Spirit Mound Project on Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m.
Overseth guest of Lillehammer
Lillehammer Lodge 1-633 met on April 20 at Christ the King Church at 7 p.m. Nineteen officers were present. Guests were Deb Overseth, Nellie Nielsen, and Elaine Rasmussen. The national anthems of Norway and the United States were sung, followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the U.S. The secretary's report was read and approved. The treasurer reported no bills and the report was approved as read. There were no new applications for membership. President Carol introduced Deb Overseth, a representative of RSVP, or Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. She explained the opportunities and benefits of this program. Joanne Christensen and Helen Severson were presented pins for having brought in new members to the lodge. John and Elvira Grindvold were honored on their 60th wedding anniversary. Vi Ranney gave a brief report on tours planned for 2005 to Norway and Sweden. Our next meeting will be on May 18, at Christ the King. Jean Silvey announced that our program will feature an exchange student from Germany, who is presently a Yankton High School exchange student.
Catholic Daughters hold spring meeting
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas met at the St. Joseph Dining Room, Elk Point, April 27 at 7 p.m. for the spring meeting. Entertainment consisted of Jacob Sample, singing Through the Eyes of a Child and Oh Dear Lord. Bethanie and Erica Peter entertained with a Hebrew selection. They are students in the Elk Point Public School. Regent Theresa Wingen called the business meeting to order. Donations were given to Rev. James Gibbons of Brazil who is working with girls at risk in Sobradinho, Bahia, Brazil. The court will furnish miniature bibles for the second graders receiving their first communion on May 2. The State Project is "Abuse" and the court will be selling Life Savers "Save a Life." Donations may be given at the Masses at St. Agnes Church after the Masses in May. A bus trip by "Kelly's Koaches" is planned on June 22 for the Shrine of Mary at Yankton. Installation of officers will be held at the Shrine, and a tour of the grounds will take place. Members will enjoy a meal at one of Yankton's eating establishments, Maria Heimstra was honored for her first place winning poem in the local contest "Let Freedom Ring." Birthdays were honored for the month of April and May. Hostesses for the evening were Phyllis Limoges, chairman, Rita Ahman, Elenore Duhaime, Rosemary Suing, Elaine Trudeau, Cecelia Mau and Barb Chicoine. The May meeting will be held on May 15 at the St. Agnes School Auditorium, at 9 a.m. with a breakfast. Scholarship winners will be announced and CDA Mother-Daughter will be honored. Members are encouraged to attend.
Rotarians learn of 'Valiant' local business
The Vermillion Rotarians, with Kent Scribner presiding, met for our weekly lunch Tuesday at the Neuharth Center. Our numerous guests today included Gene Goheen, Jack Hansen, Karen Muenster, Joe and Sonna Trotzig, Tom Prinsen, and Cindy Chaney. Chuck Yelverton was recognized for his work setting up the second graders in Vermillion with bicycle helmets for the summer season and he, in turn, thanked the numerous volunteers for helping with the distribution and proper fitting for the little tykes. Happy biking! For our program today, Eldon Nygaard, regional entrepreneur extraordinaire, told us the story of the once-thought-to-be-impossible establishment of a wine industry right here in South Dakota. He and his wife, Sherry, established this state's first winery, Valiant Vinyards, in part as an expression of, in Eldon's case at least, sheer Norwegian-American stubbornness, he told us. Being told that it couldn't be done just got him going and now there are an additional five wineries in the state. (The requirement that one must be a stubborn Norwegian type has presumably been lifted now.) Distribution of the wines of Valiant Vineyards keeps spreading and one can now buy these wines in Paris. Sacre bleu! Eldon announced the first Great Dakota Wine Fest scheduled for Sept. 11-12 here in Vermillion on the balmy south-facing banks of the Missourri Valley. Besides the locally produced wine, the festival will feature other homemade offerings from ice cream to pies to meat roasted a la South Dakota. Sounds like something to buy a ticket for.