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. 
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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

Window rule receives positive feedback

By Travis Gulbrandson travis.gulbrandson@plaintalk.net Vermillion Building Official Farrel Christensen said the city has received several positive comments from local contractors about the ordinances concerning egress windows in rental properties. Christensen spoke about the issue during the Vermillion City Council’s regular meeting Monday night. “(The contractors) supported the idea of the … Read Article

Officials struggle with aging safety center repairs

By Travis Gulbrandson travis.gulbrandson@plaintalk.net The HVAC system in Vermillion’s Public Safety Center is be too old for permanent repairs, which may result in the police station being relocated some time in the next decade. Police Chief Matt Betzen discussed the possibility with the Vermillion City Council at the council’s regular … 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

Authorities investigating alleged rape on USD campus

By Travis Gulbrandson travis.gulbrandson@plaintalk.net The city police are investigating an alleged rape that took place more than a week ago at Coyote Village on the University of South Dakota campus. The incident is alleged to have taken place between two students on Sunday, Oct. 6. Police Chief Matt Betzen told … Read Article

City’s comprehensive plan may involve VCDC

By Travis Gulbrandson travis.gulbrandson@plaintalk.net The City of Vermillion’s Comprehensive Plan may incorporate the Chamber-proposed community-wide strategic plan. During a meeting held last Monday afternoon, Assistant City Manager Andy Colvin said the two plans would be independent of each other, but would also use many of the same basic elements. “The … Read Article