Clubs Herseth addresses Vermillion Rotary

Stephanie Herseth told members of the Vermillion Rotary Club Tuesday why she wants to represent South Dakota in Congress. "South Dakota has a tradition of electing moderates from either party," she said. "The person chosen to represent the state should be the individual who is offering specific ideas on solving the problems South Dakotans face." The Rotarians, with Dan Van Peursem presiding, held their weekly luncheon at the Neuharth Center. Guests were Gary Wood, publisher of the Yankton Press & Dakotan and Vermillion Plain Talk, Caitlin Collier, Barbara Yelverton, Forrest and Alice Yelverton and Karen Muenster. Herseth, a Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for South Dakota's lone House seat against William Janklow in 2002, faces Republican Larry Diedrich in South Dakota's June 1 special election. "We need someone who can articulate our needs and priorities," she said. "I'm a South Dakotan. I always have been." After the 2002 election, Herseth worked for the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation in Brookings. The foundation has developed education programs that focus on the role of cooperative structure, diversifying family agriculture and helping young people become entrepreneurs. Herseth said that experience and the opportunity to teach at the Georgetown University Law Center and at South Dakota State University has been invaluable to her campaign. Herseth addressed a wide range of issues during the luncheon meeting. She said it is important that No Child Left Behind, which she describes as "one of the biggest unfunded mandates in education," doesn't place too large a burden on South Dakota school districts. "There are provisions in it that make little or no sense for many schools in South Dakota," Herseth said. "Accountability is needed, but our school districts are already facing a host of challenges." She said South Dakotans, especially senior citizens, are challenged by the rising costs of prescription drugs. Herseth said the variety of discount cards that are available to some citizens who qualify are proving to be confusing. "In the short term, as they work with their local pharmacists, many senior citizens have to stick with the same card for an entire year," she said. "Those offering the cards can change the drug coverage every seven days." Herseth said she would join a bi-partisan approach to eliminate discrepancies in Medicare reimbursement rates.

Midday Connection meets May 11

The Women's Midday Connection will be meeting Tuesday, May 11 at the Centerville Legion Hall. This meeting will be a little later than our usual time. Please note the time change of 12:45 p.m. We have a special treat this month because our Centerville senior girls will be modeling their prom dresses and singing for us. It is always fun to see the beautiful dresses and young women. Our speaker for the day will be Judy Aiello from Volin. She will be speaking about her search for green pastures. For reservations please call Wilhelmina Jorgenson at 326-5562, Jan Stevens at 563-2821, or Lois Lounsbery at 763-5284 by May 7. Please remember it is from 12:45 until 1:45 p.m. instead of noon. Join us for a relaxing meal and great entertainment. We look forward to seeing you there!

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