About face: U.S. Army to retain ROTC program at USD

Cadets involved in the ROTC program at the University of South Dakota, Mount Marty College, and other area schools take part in training exercises on the USD campus in this 2009 file photo. Part of the ROTC cadets’ training included a ride in a Blackhawk helicopter to the Austin Training Area, located near the Missouri River between Elk Point and Jefferson. (Photo by David Lias

By Randy Dockendorf randy.dockendorf@yankton.net VERMILLION — In a reversal of its decision, the U.S. Army will retain the ROTC program at the University of South Dakota and its affiliate at Mount Marty College. Army officials announced last month the elimination of Reserve Officers Training Corps programs at 13 schools nationwide … Read Article

Women’s influence being felt downtown

Female owners/operators of businesses in downtown Vermillion include Emily Sudbeck, Willson Florist; Shawn Johnson, Infinite Variety; Peggy Higman, RED Steakhouse; Rita Houska, Rita's Purse-o-nalities; Amy McComsey-Nelson, Amy's Whoopti-Do; Jessi Wilharm, Chae's Oriental Dining; Judy Nygren, Nygren's True Value; Laura Brady, Body in Balance Massage;  Diane Wirth, The Varsity Pub; Margret Crew, Clay County Title & Abstract; Sara Bye, Farmers Insurance; Bekki Engquist-Schroeder, The Spa at Wynie Mae's; Tabatha Odens, Pets Paw; Lisa Johnson, Vermillion Beauty Shop; Gloria Christopherson, Nook n Cranny; and Crystal Solomon, The Front Porch. Not pictured are Amber Groh, The Varsity Pub; Trish Durham, The Mane Attraction; Marla David, Meridian Title Company; Caitlin Collier, Collier Law Office; Karen Muenster; Monica Iverson, Cakes by Monica; Phyllis Packard, LumoStudios; Lois Hazen, Massage for Health; Dorothy Neuhaus, Ot 'n Dot's Arts, Antiques & Collectables; Paulette Wipf, Pressing Matters; Bonnie Rowland, Raziel's; Kelly Saunders, Scoops; Marie Oulette, Total Flooring; Clarene Meins, University Cleaners; Amy Christensen, Vermillion Vision Clinic; and Linda Vogel, Vogel Law. 
(Photo by David Lias)

By David Lias david.lias@plaintalk.net The growing influence of women entrepreneurs in downtown Vermillion was noticed immediately by Nancy Naeve of Sioux Falls television station KSFY as she and a cameraman visited the community Monday. Naeve was responding to an invitation she received from Bekki Engquist-Schroeder, owner-operator of The Spa at … Read Article

Tests reveal Studebaker was in high gear

Cheryl Miller & Pam Jackson

Investigators awaiting results from DNA analysis By David Lias david.lias@plaintalk.net Tests done on the 1960 Studebaker Lark discovered in Brule Creek near a gravel pit in Union County indicate the vehicle was in high gear when it entered the channel. The automobile was last seen 42 years ago, being driven … Read Article

Quad State competition held in DakotaDome Saturday

The SOUND of USD wrapped up a day-filled with marching bands with an exhibition at the conclusion of the 32nd Annual Quad State Marching Competition held in the DakotaDome Saturday, Oct. 19. The exhibition included a new halftime show that will be unveiled at the next Coyote home football game. (Photo by David Lias)

The 32nd annual Quad State Marching Band Competition was held Saturday, Oct. 19, in the DakotaDome on the University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion. Quad State attracts bands from Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming and Minnesota. The majority of competitive field bands from the region attend, and the lineup … Read Article

Governor, officials discuss blizzard relief at SDPB

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard answers a question posed by Stephanie Rissler, moderator of the SDPB program “South Dakota Focus,” during a special taping of the program Monday in Vermillion. 
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By David Lias david.lias@plaintalk.net Gov. Dennis Daugaard and several state officials traveled to Vermillion Monday, Oct. 14 for a special taping of the South Dakota Public Broadcasting program “South Dakota Focus.” The program, taped in the SDPB studios located in the Al Neuharth Media Center on the University of South … Read Article