Clubs Club will donate stuffed animals

The Coyote Cubs 4-H club met on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. President Annie Carlson called the meeting to order. Tony Hubert led the flag pledges. Kate Renner, secretary, took roll with roll call topic, "Your favorite hobby." She also gave the secretary's report. The treasurer's report was given by Emily Renner. Laura Aga, community service coordinator, suggested the community service idea of donating stuffed animals to the Vermillion Police Department. All approved this idea, so everyone is to bring a stuffed animal to our December meeting. New business enrollment forms were handed out. Also our club program for 2004-2005 was given to each family. The 4-H recognition event is Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m. Demonstrations were: "Magnetizing a Screwdriver," Tony Hubert; "Picture Perfect," Laura Aga; "Mounting Pictures," Laura Aga. The hostess was Laura Aga. Our next meeting will be Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m. It will be the Christmas party. Remember to bring a stuffed animal. Reporter, Shelli Knutson

Former justice speaks to Rotarians

The Vermillion Rotarians with president Kent Scribner presiding met for our weekly lunch Tuesday at the Neuharth Center. Guests today, all seniors from Vermillion High School, were Morgan Brooks, Alissa Christensen, and Anne Carlson. Next week's luncheon is being relocated across the hall for a program that will start at noon building on a visit to campus of John Siegenthaler, a near legendary newsman of the sort that the Neuharth Center brings for us from time to time. Today's program focused on a ballot issue in the upcoming election. Specifically, we will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed "Amendment A," which would change the manner of staffing the trial judge positions in the state of South Dakota. Robert Amundson, a retired South Dakota Supreme Court justice, gave us the gist of the argument for the adoption of Amendment A. Trial judges are currently elected to their positions in South Dakota unless they are replacing a judge who resigns or dies while still in office. Because of a recent (2002) U.S. Supreme Court ruling, such judicial elections must now allow for the same kind of campaigning (and financing for that campaigning) that prevails with regard to other political offices. For example, interest groups that are free to support candidates for the legislature, for governor, etc. may now also support candidates for judicial positions. Amendment A aims to head off these kinds of influences when it comes to the positions of trial judges in the circuit court system of South Dakota. That is certainly something worth pondering.

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