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YSD Facilities Study Update

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Members of the Yankton School Board were updated at their meeting  Monday night on the comprehensive facilities study that is being conducted by the firm of TSP of Sioux Falls. Several areas of concern were found during the study and Project Manager Rob Collins says the general classroom environment was clearly number one. Collins says a number of recommendations will be coming from the study and may include the possibility of moving students from the current elementary schools to grade centers. Collins says current plans are to have the final report completed with recommendations by the April 18th  Yankton School Board meeting.

 


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Death Penalty Bill

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The South Dakota Senate State Affairs Committee will hold a hearing today on Senate Bill 94 which would abolish our state’s use of the death penalty. Committee member Senator Bernie Hunhoff says one of the measure’s prime sponsors is retired 1st Circuit Court Judge Senator Arthur Rusch of Vermillion, who may be the only legislator in state history to have presided over a death penalty case. Hunhoff says the effort to overturn the death penalty is also being supported by a deacon with St. Agnes Church in Vermillion Denny Davis. If approved, South Dakota would become the 20th state to abolish the death penalty.


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VCDC Moves

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company is relocating its’ operations and office from the current location at the Vermillion Technology Center at 1012 Princeton Street to 6 West Main Street, in the city’s downtown district.  V-C-D-C Director Nate Welch says in order to open up the Vermillion Technology Center for possible future tenants the decision has been made to relocate downtown. Welch says the move downtown is temporary until their facilities committee can consider long-term office options for the VCDC. Welch says physical relocation of the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company office will take place this week and expects few if any disruptions to service.


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YSD RTEC

Monday, February 8, 2016

Members of the Yankton School Board got their first look last night at agreements associated with the possible purchase of the Regional Technical Education Center by the Yankton School District. President Matt Pietz (peetz) says the Yankton School District has a number of classes that are currently being taught at R-TEC. Pietz says no changes to how the R-TEC facility operates is expected if the school district makes the purchase. The proposed purchase of the Regional Technical Education Center by the Yankton School District will be on the agenda of next month’s meeting of the Yankton School Board.


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HSC Property Workshop

Monday, February 8, 2016

Last night, the Yankton City Commission discussed a property development workshop set for later this month to explore possible options for the municipally owned land on the old campus of the South Dakota Human Services Center. As part of the process the community is invited to take part in an public input session the evening of February 25th and Community Planning Director Dave Mingo says given the size of the property, it may be suitable for development for multiple uses. Mingo says part of the discussion will need to include what to do with the soccer fields that are currently located there. The public input session for the use of the former H-S-C land owned by the city is set for 6 PM February 25th at Yankton Fire Station Number Two.


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District 18 Cracker Barrel

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The need for increased funding for K-through-12th grade education, specifically to improve teacher salaries was an issue discussed at this weekend’s District 18 Legislative Cracker barrel, hosted by the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce. Representative Mike Stevens says it has taken years for education funding to be a priority for the legislature and he supports Governor Daugaard’s plan for a one-half cent increase in the state sales tax to help finance increases in teacher salaries. Representative Jean Hunhoff says she is in agreement with increasing revenues for improving teacher salaries. Senator Bernie Hunhoff says it is good the education funding is receiving attention in this year’s session but he has doubts as to whether Governor Daugaard’s proposal goes far enough in addressing the issue of teacher pay. The final Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce District 18 Legislative Cracker barrel is set for 10 AM February 27th at the Avera Office Pavilion. 


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Snow Removal

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Last Tuesday’s blizzard caused headaches for many people and resulted in city staff working extra hours to clear the snow from Yankton’s streets. City Manager Amy Nelson says while some people have said that plowing should’ve begun sooner, the decision was made to hold off plowing operations until the strong winds associated with the storm had died down. With several months of possible snow yet this winter ahead of us as well as the possibility of more snow next fall Nelson says already this year over fifty-two thousand dollars have been spent on snow removal. Nelson says the city has budgeted about six hundred thousand dollars for snow removal this year.


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Smile Mobile Registration

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Registrations are now being taken for young people who wish to utilize the services of the Delta Dental Dakota Smiles Mobile when it arrives in Yankton next month.  Children up to the age of twenty-one can receive free dental services through the smile mobile and United Way Executive Director Lauren Hanson says registration forms can obtained at their office, through the school system or at a number of other local agencies. Hanson says the dental care services provided by the smile mobile has made a significant difference in the lives of the young people who have received them. Hanson says The Smile Mobile is set to return to Yankton March 28th through April 1st and the deadline to register is March 18th.  


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Yankton County Record Land Sales

Friday, February 5, 2016

Yankton County set an annual record for land sales in 2015.

Register of Deeds Brian Hunhoff says there was a record amount of farmland and residential sales last year.

Hunhoff says this resulted in 103-thousand dollars in Land Transfer Fees to Yankton County, and he says the Napa Junction project resulted in two major land sales.

Hunhoff says housing developments in the City of Yankton also helped the County set the all-time record.

There were 981 land transfers, 920 deeds, 803 mortgages and 88 plats last year in Yankton County and Hunhoff says these all represented major increases from the average totals
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Yankton County Task Force

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Yankton County Task Force on Roads and Bridges has met three times this year to address the situation on repairing the local roadways.

Task Force member Jeff Gudahl of Yankton says they are hoping to get state legislators input on what sources of funding might be available.

Gudahl says it’s important to have involvement by the townships in Yankton County.

Yankton County Commissioner Don Kettering chairs the Task Force and says they are trying to explore all funding sources that could help repair roads and bridges in the county.


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