My final article

Roughly three and a half years ago I was assigned my first story for The Volante as a new freshman reporter. I remember that first story so vividly — I was going to cover Nikki’s Run, a suicide awareness glow in the dark run.  I remember calling my mom terrified to interview a college senior […]

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Patriot Week honors USD Veterans, inspires students

Veteran’s Day is a national holiday set to honor veterans across the United States. This year, USD is making the celebration a full week with their first-ever Patriot Week.  The week-long celebration is being put on by USD’s ROTC unit and the Veteran’s Resource Center.  Patriot Week began on Monday with a virtual 5k run […]

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Vermillion mother arrested for murder in the first degree of one-year-old son

A 26-year-old mother was arrested on Monday for murder charges after the death of her son.  The Vermillion Police Department responded to a report of a child not breathing at a Vermilion home on Monday afternoon. Officers discovered the boy was deceased upon arrival. Maria Milda, the mother of the deceased child, was arrested shortly […]

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Annual coat drive donates winter wear to community members

For over a decade, Grace Baptist Church hosts a coat drive each year to help those in the community who may need coats for the winter as the weather changes. This year, the coat drive will take place Nov. 6 through 8.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the church had to change how they distributed […]

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USD political student organizations prepare for 2020 election night

With 2020 Election Night less than a week away both the USD College Democrat and USD College Republican student organizations are preparing for the big night as well as events following the election.  Both groups have undergone new leadership in the last two years and have underclassmen as presidents. Melody Beaulieu, a sophomore political science […]

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Making internet connections: Honors common read event moved online

Incoming freshmen in the honors program each year participate in the honors common read event. For this, the class is assigned a book to read over the summer and then meet for an event usually during the first few weeks of class to have a discussion with honors professors and peer mentors on the book.  […]

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Rowdy Rags keeps student connected with western roots

During her freshman year of college, seven hours from home, Jenna Kari was homesick. Kari decided to turn her homesickness into a business. Kari founded Rowdy Rags, an online western clothing store, in 2018. She said it was a way for her to stay connected to her western roots.  “I grew up on a third-generation […]

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The Boathouse brings ‘something to do’ to South Dakota

The Boathouse in Yankton SD, held its grand opening on March 28 — two days before the city of Yankton decided to close the city due to COVID-19.  Chris Hunhoff, owner of the Boathouse, said it was frustrating having to close their doors immediately after finishing construction, but he said it allowed them time to […]

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Heartland Humane Society helps furry friends find forever homes

Approximately 6.5 million animals enter an animal shelter each year. Currently, the Heartland Humane Society in Yankton, SD is home to roughly 30 of those shelter animals.  Kerry Hacecky, the director at Heartland, said most animals they house were either surrendered by their previous owner or were stray.  Hacecky said half the stray animals are […]

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Color of USD brings fanfare​ without sporting events

The Color Guard interprets music by synchronized work of flags, rifles, the air blade and through dance. USD’s Color Guard group — the Color of USD — accompanies the marching band at all sporting events during a normal school year.  This year, with the lack of sporting events, the group has still been active and […]

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