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St. Agnes will serve tacos Nov. 11

The St. Agnes Youth Group is having their 23rd annual taco dinner fundraiser Sunday, Nov. 11, from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Agnes School Gym.

In honor of Veterans Day, all veterans will eat for free.

This is an all you can eat meal – adults $6, children $4 and 5 years old and younger are free. The proceeds will go toward the youth group ski trip to Mankato in February.

For more information, contact Ray Hofman at 624-6457.

Catholic United will have matching funds for this project.

Dept. of Ag seeks producers' input

Coordinating efforts with the Governor's Drought Task Force, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is asking farmers and ranchers who struggled with this year's extreme drought conditions to send their ideas on drought disaster relief.

"SDDA wants to know how we can best help our producers through this drought year," said South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones. "Hearing their ideas first-hand is the best way to do that."

Producers are encouraged to e-mail their comments and suggestions by Friday, Nov. 16, to agmail@state.sd.us , call 605-773-5425, or write the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, 523 E Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501.

Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating nearly $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 80,000 South Dakotans.  The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow.  Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov/ or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Clay-Union Foundation seeks mentors

The Clay-Union Foundation mentors youth age 5-17 years old, and is actively seeking adult mentors to match with children in our area.

There are two boys in Union County, one 13 years old in Elk Point, and a 12-year-old near Jefferson. Vermillion has an adult male volunteer ready to match, and he would like to locate a boy 10-13 years old to share his interests in gardening, farming, books and bicycling.

The program also has a request for three adult African-American volunteers to match with 5-, 8- and 10-year-olds in Vermillion.

Background checks and interviews are performed with all volunteers, and the goal is to spend two hours per week with their match. Applications are available at http://www.clay-unionfoundation.org/ or call John Gille at (605) 421-5050 for more information.

Mentoring benefits all members, so consider joining the program. The Clay-Union Foundation is funded in part by donations to the United Way of Vermillion,and area businesses and donors.

Clay Co. 4-H recognition event is Nov. 11

The Clay County 4-H Recognition Event is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Clay County 4-H Center in Vermillion beginning at 2 p.m.  Area 4-H members, leaders, families and friends are invited to attend.

Clay County 4-H members will be recognized for their achievements, project accomplishments and participation during the past year.  Various local sponsors will present special awards.

The Friends of 4-H and Meritorious Service awards will be presented to local individuals in recognition of their community support of the 4-H program.

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