Clubs Midday Connection to meet June 8

The Women's Midday Connection will meet June 8 at the Centerville American Legion Hall for a noon luncheon. Our special feature this month is "Beaded Jewelry." Sandy Pederson of Centerville will show us jewelry she has made, talk about the history of beaded jewelry and explain how she makes it. Jerilyn Delzell of Lincoln, NE, will be our speaker and she will discuss how sometimes you and your house need remodeling. For reservations call Whilhelmina Jorgenson, 326-5562, Jan Stevens, 563-2821, or Lois Lounsbery, 763-5284 by June 5. If you haven't ever come to our meeting before, don't be shy. There are lots of friendly faces, and we would love to have you join us. Hope to see you June 8!

Nielsen: Great things are happening at USD

"Great things are happening at USD." That statement, made by University of South Dakota Athletic Director Joel Nielsen, sums up the changes that have happened on campus in just a few short months. He spoke at the noon luncheon of the Vermillion Rotary Club Tuesday. Nielsen, who has been on the job since Dec. 1, 2003, said one of the first positive changes that happened to Coyote athletics was the hiring of a new head football coach, Ed Meierkort, on Dec. 18. "We're excited about his ability," Nielsen said. "He brings the right characteristics with him." Nielsen said USD can be proud of every member of the athletic department staff. "I was attracted to USD by the quality of the coaching staff," Nielsen said. "We've had outstanding years here and this year was no different." Nielsen addressed the findings of an athletic review committee formed by USD President James Abbott. That committee's recommendations are leading to further positive changes in USD programs, he said. "The first recommendation was for us to put more emphasis on gender equity, competitiveness and restructuring of athletic programs," Nielsen said. That restructuring also called for USD to ends its baseball program after this year. Funding saved from eliminating that sport will be used, in part, to provide additional scholarships to athletes in other activities. "It gives our coaches more assurance that they can bring the right quality of students to our campus � students that will succeed not only in sports, but also academically," Nielsen said. Other exciting changes are ahead, he said. On Wednesday, Daktronics and Scheel's of Sioux Falls announced a $2 million investment in a new video replay board, scoreboard and message center to the DakotaDome that will be installed this summer. A new marketing theme will also be unveiled. The Coyotes, Nielsen said, will be known as "South Dakota's team." Guests of Rotary Tuesday were Bob Henry and Bruce Scribner.

Sons of Norway meet in Yankton

Lillehammer Lodge met on May 18, at Christ the King Church, Yankton. Guests were George and Ruth Casanova of Aberdeen, and Nellie Nielsen and Beverly Lowe of Yankton. President Carol Broderson called the meeting to order. The anthems of Norway and the United States were sung and the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. was recited. Phyllis Nielsen challenged us in singing a May Day song Gjaeter-livet, appropriate to the season. The secretary's (Helen Severson) and the treasurer's (Clarice Holm) reports were read and accepted. The financial secretary, Laura Martindale, reported no new member applications. Twila and Arnold Anderson were recognized for their 65th wedding anniversary. Don and Mary Fran Thompson and D. Jean Silvey will not be able to attend the 1st District Convention as delegates. Alternates Wayne and Esther Knutson and Carol Broderson will attend. Members were reminded to bring their cookie donations to the June meeting to be taken to the Convention. There was a brief discussion on having a float in the August Riverboat Days parade. As a non-profit organization, the cost of participating is $10. Thanks were expressed to all who helped with the "Taste of Heritage Food Fest." Approximately 300 people were served and many good comments were received. Don Frasch, John Grindvold, Arnold Anderson, Wayne Knutson and D. Jean Silvey assisted in the initiation of new Lillehammer members: Donavon List, Analyn Schmidt, Mearl Larson and Margarethe Larson. George Casanova, of Aberdeen, Sub-district 6 Director of 1st District SON, gave a brief summary of the projects and work of the lodge. His message touched on cultural skills programs, workshops, scholarships available for camp attendance, stamp collection for Tubfrim, and encouraged events to create interest in membership. He quoted a slogan to challenge members: "Nothing will happen unless you think it can happen, and you make it happen". The business meeting was declared closed and Jean Silvey introduced our guest speaker for the evening. Nils Haubenreisser, a German exchange student and graduating senior at Yankton High School this spring. He was born in Berlin and grew up close to the infamous wall dividing East Germany and West Germany. He described growing up in that area and how he was accepted as an exchange student. The birthday song and Norwegian table prayer preceded lunch and visiting.

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