Sesquicentennial Highlights

1971

Mr. Myron Iverson has donated his 1961 Cadillac ambulance to the city and county.  Mr. Iverson discontinued his ambulance business on July 1.  All requests for ambulance service should be made to the Vermillion Police Dispatcher at 624-4408.

A request was made to the City Council to exclude racing pigeons from the ordinance regulating animals within the city limits. 

A total of 13 area artists participated in the 1st annual Sidewalk Art Show and Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Museum was held on the USD Campus.

At the Council's regular meeting, an ordinance that would have amended the newly farm animal ordinance was tabled. It would have excluded racing homing pigeons from regulation. The Council is split on exactly what to do with the pigeons. One Alderman stated that pigeons are a bigger problem than horses. He went on to say "Horses don't land on anybody's roof." Another Alderman suggested that "maybe make a pigeon leash law." The fate of the pigeon in Vermillion is unknown.

At this week's Council meeting and after months of discussion about pigeons the Council amended the animal ordinance that allows pigeons within the city limits if they are owned by members of the National Pigeon Association, the pigeons must be kept in a closed loft, be banded and exercise only on the owners property. So, keep your pigeons.

Frederick Manfred, well known South Dakota author, will be the guest speaker at the Missouri River Conference on October 7th. His topic will be "The Missouri River in its Natural State."

Dedication ceremonies for the new Center of Continuing Education at USD will be held at the Center at 3:30 p.m. on October 8, 1971.

At Monday night's meeting of the City Council, Oden Implement Company was awarded the bid for the new ambulance.  The model of the new vehicle will be a 1972 International Harvester.

Vermillion and other communities will need to find solutions to their solid waste disposal problems in the near future. The public is invited to a meeting regarding solid waste disposal on Monday, November 8th at the Center for Continuing Education.

The Newberry Store was the scene of an early morning robbery. The Manager had just completed a bank deposit of $1155.00 and placed it in the safe. He walked out of his office and when he came back the money was missing. Employees working at the lunch counter saw a man wearing a black trench coat and black hat walk into the store. Both employees said he was sharp looking as he walked to the back of the store.  Chief Offerdahl said this was possibly the man and he seemed to know where he was going without hesitation. The investigation is continuing.

Shoppers!!! Don't forget to sign up for a free turkey to be given away by participating Chamber members. The names will be collected at the close of business on Saturday and 30 names will be drawn for turkeys. There are a total of 100 turkeys to be given away.  Shoppers need not be present to win and may register as often as possible.

Ground breaking ceremonies for the new $3,050,000 Fine Arts Center will be held at 2:00 p.m., November 12, 1971. Guests include the South Dakota Legislature and the Board of Regents. The College of Fine Arts is currently housed in eight different buildings.

A "Holiday Historic House Tour," has been set for December 12th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. This is the first Tour of Homes sponsored by the Clay County Historical Society.

END 1971

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