News & Events

Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory welcomes Alex Opsahl as Licensed Funeral Director

Alex graduated from Yankton High School in 2012, Dakota State University in Madison, SD in 2014 and from the University of Minnesota with his Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science in 2016.
He is a member of the United Church of Christ in Yankton. He grew
up in the funeral business, starting with washing cars and mowing lawns. As a junior in high school, Alex made the decision to go to college to become a licensed funeral director. For many reasons, Alex chose to pursue a career in funeral service. He wanted to follow
in his father’s footsteps and own his own funeral home. Alex feels a call to help those families who have had a loss in their lives by putting their trust in him for guidance. “The greatest compliment from a family member I can receive is a hug or thank you.” We are excited to have Alex join the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory staff. As a family owned business, we are proud that Alex will be continuing our tradition of guiding and serving families with compassion and trust.

Dr. Paul and Marley Ann Opsahl

As a part of the two-day meeting of the Yankton College Board of Trustees on April 15-16, the Rev. Dr. Paul Opsahl, who has retired to Sioux Falls with his wife Marley Ann (Brosz) Opsahl, was granted the status of Trustee Emeritus at a dinner ceremony.

Dr. Paul becomes the sixth of a select group of living Trustees who have received this honor, including Mr. William Blount ’60, Dr. Kenneth B. Jones, Dr. Alta Kussman ’49, Dr. Charles Levinger ’52 and Dr. Brooks Ranney.

The criteria for inclusion are: has served a minimum of 15 years on the Yankton College Board of Trustees; has demonstrated past and present expertise in a given field or fields enhancing the work of the Yankton College Board; is an active contributor and is committed to future financial support of Yankton College and has demonstrated his commitment to the Yankton College Mission Statement.

Fellow BOT members attested to Paul’s service on the Board for 36 years, having become a member in 1980.

Growing up in Aberdeen, Paul graduated from Central High School. Then, having already felt the “call” to ministry, he entered the School of Theology program of Yankton College, graduating with a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) degree in 1957 and a BTh (Bachelor of Theology) Degree in 1958. Soon after earning his second degree, Paul attended Hartford Seminary in CT, where he and Marley Ann were married and from which, after two more years of study, he earned a BD (Bachelor of Divinity) degree.

The young couple served parishes in Cannon Falls and Owatonna MN, then were called to Redfield where he and his family, which now included son Kevin and daughter Kim, flourished and did the work of the Lord for 21 1/2 years. During this time he became actively involved in the community of Redfield and with the SD Conference of the United Church of Christ. Election to the Board of Trustees of YC in 1980 was soon followed by being awarded the Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree by his alma mater in 1982.

Yet another call to service came from Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1987 where Paul expanded his influence into the National Board for Homeland Ministries of the UCC and then, in 1998, Paul and Marley Ann received the long-awaited call to the UCC Church in Yankton. Firmly ensconced in the environment in which they’d met and married and closer to their children and families, Paul continued his loyal endeavors on behalf of Yankton College, always with Marley Ann by his side. His official “retirement” provided the opportunity for Paul to become a vital part of the YC Legacy Committee, which was already searching for a permanent home for the College, the alumni and the historical recounting of the work begun by Dr. Joseph and Sarah (Wood) Ward. He helped develop the “Yankton College Forever!” plan with a hands-on approach that bore great fruit.

Thirty-six years passed in the “twinkling of an eye.” Paul and Marley Ann agreed that they would distance themselves from Yankton by just a few miles, and began residence at the Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls where they would find other pastors waiting to welcome them into an established community.

Perhaps Paul and Marley Ann had heard this comment by Elisabeth Foley — “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.”

We bless their past and future work for the glory of God.



May 1 - May 6    National Tourism Week

Date: May 1, 2017

May 1 - May 6    Small Business Week

Date: May 1, 2017

May 1    Mount Marty College Summer Courses Available
Mount Marty summer classes are a great way for high school students, college students, adults and teachers to get ahead in college.  Find out which classes are offered and register today: http://ift.tt/2kWtUaa http://ift.tt/2kNM4bz

Date: May 1, 2017
Time: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Location: Mount Marty College, 1105 W. 8th Street
Contact: Jonna Supurgeci
EMail: jspurgeci@mtmc.edu
Date/Time Details: Registration will remain open until May 10, 2017.  
Fees/Admission: Visit https://www.mtmc.edu/future-students/summer-courses/ for a complete list.

May 2    Business Education Development Committee Meeting
Business Education Development Committee Meeting

Date: May 2, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Yankton Chamber conference room.
EMail: renee@yanktonsd.com
Date/Time Details: First Tuesday of the month, 4pm-5pm

May 2    BINGO
BINGO at The Center every Tuesday & Friday 7-9pm.  Open to all ages and the public! 

Date: May 2, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Website: http://www.thecenteryankton.net
Location: The Center 900 Whiting Drive Yankton, SD
Contact: 605-665-4685
EMail: secretary@thecenteryankton.org
Date/Time Details: Every Tuesday & Friday 7-9 pm

May 5    Mount Marty College Summer Courses Available
Mount Marty summer classes are a great way for high school students, college students, adults and teachers to get ahead in college.  Find out which classes are offered and register today: http://ift.tt/2kWtUaa http://ift.tt/2kNM4bz

Date: May 5, 2017
Time: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Location: Mount Marty College, 1105 W. 8th Street
Contact: Jonna Supurgeci
EMail: jspurgeci@mtmc.edu
Date/Time Details: Registration will remain open until May 10, 2017.  
Fees/Admission: Visit https://www.mtmc.edu/future-students/summer-courses/ for a complete list.

May 5    Yankton SPARK ~ Community Conversation
SPARK, a newly formed coalition of representatives from a variety of human service organizations, is hosts monthly Community Conversations! 
 
The goal of SPARK is to connect community leaders and volunteers, while gaining knowledge and understanding of community needs. Members meet on the first Friday of each month, at the Avera Professional Office Pavilion, to share information and look for opportunities to improve the community through collaboration.
 
SPARK’s community conversations have rotated important community topics, such as hunger, housing, child care and health. SPARK will also host quarterly community service and educational opportunities for volunteers and programs.
 
Join SPARK’s upcoming COMMUNITY CONVERSATION!
Everyone is welcome to attend. Join the conversation!
 
For more information, contact United Way of Greater Yankton at (605)665-6766 or visit www.yanktonunitedway.org/spark

Date: May 5, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Website: http://www.yanktonunitedway.org/spark
EMail: unitedway@iw.net

May 5    Mother's Day Tea
Grandmothers, mothers and daughters are invited to The Center’s Mother's Day Tea.  We will be serving teas, flavored coffees and snacks.  A program featuring the Victorian Dress Era will be presented by Crystal Nelson.  Call 665-4685 to sign up!

Date: May 5, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Website: http://www.thecenteryankton.net
Location: The Center 900 Whiting Drive Yankton, SD
Contact: Kriss
EMail: secretary@thecenteryankton.org
Date/Time Details: 2-4pm Friday, May 5th

May 5    Olde Towne Dinner Theatre Trip with the Center
Travel to the Olde Towne Dinner Theatre in Worthing from The Center.  Enjoy dinner and a performance of "Insane with Power".  $62 Cost includes transportation, dinner & theatre.  Call 665-4685 to reserve your spot!

Date: May 5, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Website: http://www.thecenteryankton.net
Location: The Center 900 Whiting Drive Yankton, SD
Contact: Kriss
EMail: secretary@thecenteryankton.org
Date/Time Details: 5-11pm Friday, May 5th
Fees/Admission: $62

May 5    BINGO
BINGO at The Center every Tuesday & Friday 7-9pm.  Open to all ages and the public! 

Date: May 5, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Website: http://www.thecenteryankton.net
Location: The Center 900 Whiting Drive Yankton, SD
Contact: 605-665-4685
EMail: secretary@thecenteryankton.org
Date/Time Details: Every Tuesday & Friday 7-9 pm

May 6    Toastmasters
Are you afraid of public speaking.  Toastmasters will help you overcome your fear of public speaking.  Come join Toastmasters!!!  Meets every Saturday at 7:30 AM to 8:40 AM  at the Frying Pan in Yankton.  For more information Contact Roy Wilcox at 605-660-2485.

Date: May 6, 2017
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location: Yankton
Contact: Roy Wilcox
EMail: roy.d.wilcox.b6fp@statefarm.com
Date/Time Details: 7:30 and to 8:40 am

May 6    Heartland Humane Society Ribbon Cutting
The Yankton Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will host a ribbon cutting for Heartland Humane Society. May 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Date: May 6, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Website: http://www.yanktonsd.com/ribbon
Location: 3400 E. Hwy 50
Contact: (605) 665-3636
EMail: marissa@yanktonsd.com
Date/Time Details: May 6, 2017
10:30 a.m.

May 8    Mount Marty College Summer Courses Available
Mount Marty summer classes are a great way for high school students, college students, adults and teachers to get ahead in college.  Find out which classes are offered and register today: http://ift.tt/2kWtUaa http://ift.tt/2kNM4bz

Date: May 8, 2017
Time: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Location: Mount Marty College, 1105 W. 8th Street
Contact: Jonna Supurgeci
EMail: jspurgeci@mtmc.edu
Date/Time Details: Registration will remain open until May 10, 2017.  
Fees/Admission: Visit https://www.mtmc.edu/future-students/summer-courses/ for a complete list.

May 9    Dementia Caregiver Support Group
The Center offers a Dementia Caregiver Support Group Coffee with Char & Lois.  The group meets from 10-11am the second Tuesday of each month and is open to the public.  Call 665-4685 for more information.

Date: May 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Website: http://www.thecenteryankton.net
Location: The Center 900 Whiting Drive Yankton, SD
Contact: 605-665-4685
EMail: Secretary@TheCenterYankton.org
Date/Time Details: 10-11am the 2nd Tuesday of each month

May 9    BINGO
BINGO at The Center every Tuesday & Friday 7-9pm.  Open to all ages and the public! 

Date: May 9, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Website: http://www.thecenteryankton.net
Location: The Center 900 Whiting Drive Yankton, SD
Contact: 605-665-4685
EMail: secretary@thecenteryankton.org
Date/Time Details: Every Tuesday & Friday 7-9 pm

May 12    BINGO
BINGO at The Center every Tuesday & Friday 7-9pm.  Open to all ages and the public! 

Date: May 12, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Website: http://www.thecenteryankton.net
Location: The Center 900 Whiting Drive Yankton, SD
Contact: 605-665-4685
EMail: secretary@thecenteryankton.org
Date/Time Details: Every Tuesday & Friday 7-9 pm

May 13    Toastmasters
Are you afraid of public speaking.  Toastmasters will help you overcome your fear of public speaking.  Come join Toastmasters!!!  Meets every Saturday at 7:30 AM to 8:40 AM  at the Frying Pan in Yankton.  For more information Contact Roy Wilcox at 605-660-2485.

Date: May 13, 2017
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location: Yankton
Contact: Roy Wilcox
EMail: roy.d.wilcox.b6fp@statefarm.com
Date/Time Details: 7:30 and to 8:40 am

May 15    Welding Basics Class
Whether you want to expand your welding knowledge or you are starting a welding career from scratch, you'll receive a great introduction during this 48-hour Welding Basics course beginning at Yankton's RTEC on Monday, May 15, 2017. This course, which will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, will run through June 26, 2017. However, there will be no class on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.

During the 12-night class, students will have an opportunity to experiment with different types of welding while covering topics such as welding positions, weld defects and repair, welding symbols, basic types of material, safe operation of a cutting torch as well as brazing and gas welding.

Cost of the course is $1,500 plus tax. Applications are available by contacting RTEC at (605) 668-5700.

If you already possess welding skills, be sure to check out RTEC's other welding courses and opportunities to earn American Welding Society (AWS) certification in our AWS Accredited Testing Facility.

RTEC's upgrade welding course begins May 16, 2017, and ends on June 22, 2017. Previous welding experience is required.

Complete details and application forms can be found on the web at www.rtecedu.org.

Date: May 15, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Website: http://www.rtecedu.org
Location: 1200 W. 21st St.
Yankton, SD 57078
Contact: (605) 668-5700 contactrtec@gmail.com
EMail: jsvatos@rtecedu.org; bspencer@rtecedu.org
Date/Time Details: Mondays and Wednesdays
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fees/Admission: Cost is $1,500 plus tax.

May 15    Dinner & Entertainment at The Center
Join us for a special night of good food and entertainment.  After dinner, the singing group "Mirabile" will be performing a wide array of musical genres.  Call 665-4685 for reservations!

Date: May 15, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Website: http://www.thecenteryankton.net
Location: The Center 900 Whiting Drive
Contact: Kriss
EMail: secretary@thecenteryankton.org
Date/Time Details: 5:30-7 pm Monday, May 15th
Fees/Admission: $10

May 16    BINGO
BINGO at The Center every Tuesday & Friday 7-9pm.  Open to all ages and the public! 

Date: May 16, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Website: http://www.thecenteryankton.net
Location: The Center 900 Whiting Drive Yankton, SD
Contact: 605-665-4685
EMail: secretary@thecenteryankton.org
Date/Time Details: Every Tuesday & Friday 7-9 pm

May 17    Chair Massages
Chair massages at The Center every 3rd Wednesday of the month.  Cost is only $10 for members & $15 for non-members.  Call 665-4685 today to schedule an appointment.

Date: May 17, 2017
Time: 1:40 PM - 3:50 PM
Website: http://www.thecenteryankton.net
Location: The Center 900 Whiting Drive Yankton, SD
 
Contact: 605-665-4685
EMail: secretary@thecenteryankton.org
Date/Time Details: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month 1:40-3:50pm
Fees/Admission: $10 for members and $15 for non-members

May 18    Roscoe's Ranger Academy
CALLING ALL KIDS! 

The Yankton Mall and the National Park Service are teaming up on a new monthly program, taking place at the Yankton Mall!

This month we will discuss Habitat – Got to have habitat! Habitat is a place where an animal calls home. Discover what makes a habitat for creatures living in and along the shores of the Missouri National Recreational River. 

There be a drawing at the end of the program for prizes like free pizzas, cookies, video games/movies and more courtesy of Yankton Mall retailers! Plus, the first 10 rangers will receive a FREE Roscoe's Great Adventure coloring book. 

Roscoe’s Ranger Academy meetings are free to youths in Pre-K through 8th grades. No registration or fee is required to participate in any of the 45-minute programs. Those who complete three sessions will earn a certificate and membership card. The Academy will take place on the south end of the mall.

Date: May 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Website: http://www.yanktonmall.com/Home.aspx
Location:

Yankton Mall - 2101 Broadway Yankton SD 57078

South end court. (Near Aaron's Rentals) 

EMail: khaberman@dp-mgmt.com
Date/Time Details: 3rd Thursday of every month 

May 19    BINGO
BINGO at The Center every Tuesday & Friday 7-9pm.  Open to all ages and the public! 

Date: May 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Website: http://www.thecenteryankton.net
Location: The Center 900 Whiting Drive Yankton, SD
Contact: 605-665-4685
EMail: secretary@thecenteryankton.org
Date/Time Details: Every Tuesday & Friday 7-9 pm

May 20    Toastmasters
Are you afraid of public speaking.  Toastmasters will help you overcome your fear of public speaking.  Come join Toastmasters!!!  Meets every Saturday at 7:30 AM to 8:40 AM  at the Frying Pan in Yankton.  For more information Contact Roy Wilcox at 605-660-2485.

Date: May 20, 2017
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location: Yankton
Contact: Roy Wilcox
EMail: roy.d.wilcox.b6fp@statefarm.com
Date/Time Details: 7:30 and to 8:40 am

May 20    Commodity Supplemental Food Program
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program is for those who are over 60 with a gross income of $1276 or less per month for a one person household, or $1726 or less for a two person household.  This qualifies you to receive a box of food monthly from the Feeding South Dakota program. 
Commodities are distributed at The Center from 1-3pm on the 3rd Friday of each month.  Stop in the front office for an application or call 605-665-4685 for more information.

Date: May 20, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Website: http://www.thecenteryankton.net
Location: The Center 900 Whiting Drive Yankton, SD
Contact: 605-665-4685
EMail: secretary@thecenteryankton.org
Date/Time Details: 1-3 pm the 3rd Friday of each month

May 23    State of the Community
City Manager - Amy Nelson
County Commissioner - Don Kettering

Date: May 23, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Website: http://www.yanktonsd.com/event
Location: Minerva's Event Center
1607 E. Hwy 50
Contact: Marissa Terca
EMail: marissa@yanktonsd.com
Date/Time Details: 11:30-1:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission: $15 Early Bird (Before May 12)
$18 (After May 12)
No Lunch

May 23    BINGO
BINGO at The Center every Tuesday & Friday 7-9pm.  Open to all ages and the public! 

Date: May 23, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Website: http://www.thecenteryankton.net
Location: The Center 900 Whiting Drive Yankton, SD
Contact: 605-665-4685
EMail: secretary@thecenteryankton.org
Date/Time Details: Every Tuesday & Friday 7-9 pm

May 26    BINGO
BINGO at The Center every Tuesday & Friday 7-9pm.  Open to all ages and the public! 

Date: May 26, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Website: http://www.thecenteryankton.net
Location: The Center 900 Whiting Drive Yankton, SD
Contact: 605-665-4685
EMail: secretary@thecenteryankton.org
Date/Time Details: Every Tuesday & Friday 7-9 pm

May 27    Toastmasters
Are you afraid of public speaking.  Toastmasters will help you overcome your fear of public speaking.  Come join Toastmasters!!!  Meets every Saturday at 7:30 AM to 8:40 AM  at the Frying Pan in Yankton.  For more information Contact Roy Wilcox at 605-660-2485.

Date: May 27, 2017
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location: Yankton
Contact: Roy Wilcox
EMail: roy.d.wilcox.b6fp@statefarm.com
Date/Time Details: 7:30 and to 8:40 am

May 30    BINGO
BINGO at The Center every Tuesday & Friday 7-9pm.  Open to all ages and the public! 

Date: May 30, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Website: http://www.thecenteryankton.net
Location: The Center 900 Whiting Drive Yankton, SD
Contact: 605-665-4685
EMail: secretary@thecenteryankton.org
Date/Time Details: Every Tuesday & Friday 7-9 pm