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Lesson Learned SD

Friday, July 1, 2016

Yankton High School student Adam Lange  has been awarded a cash prize of ten thousand dollars for his winning entry in the Lesson Learned SD contest. The contest encourages young people to be safe drivers and Lange says distracted driving is an issue everyone should take seriously. The check was presented by Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels who says the July Fourth holiday weekend is one of the worst times of the year for automobile accidents many of which are preventable. The Lesson Learned SD contest is sponsored by the South Dakota Broadcasters Association.


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Onward Yankton

Friday, July 1, 2016

Onward Yankton is now recognized as a 501-C-3 nonprofit, a status that will benefit the organization as it works towards its’ two million dollar capital campaign goal. President R-J Rieger says organizations designated with the 501-C-3 status are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions, which benefit businesses and individuals who are considering financial donations to support Onward Yankton projects. Rieger says in addition to private donations, Onward Yankton is also actively pursuing state and federal grants and 501-C-3 status can be of help in securing those grants. Rieger says Onward Yankton intends to reach its’ two million dollar capital campaign goal by 2018.


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Fourth of July Fireworks

Friday, July 1, 2016

Yankton’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display is set for Monday evening at Riverside Park. Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Stephanie Moser says unlike a number of area communities Yankton holds its’ Independence Day celebration on July Fourth regardless of what day of the week it falls on. Moser says unlike past years, there will not be a concert at Riverside Park that night. Yankton’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display will get underway Monday at Riverside Park.


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Amy Nelson On The Job

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Yankton City Manager Amy Nelson has undertaken a new project aimed at increasing her knowledge of what the jobs of city staff in various departments actually consist of. Nelson says she spent time Thursday morning working with water department staff as they cleaned grease out of one of the city’s lift stations using a fire hose. Nelson says by spending time actually working alongside city staff she will gain direct knowledge about the duties they are performing she could not get otherwise. Nelson says it will take some time to complete but she intends to work alongside every city employee in every department.


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Roscoe's Great Adventure

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A locally produced coloring book will soon be appearing at information centers across the state of South Dakota that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park system while promoting the Yankton area. Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Director Carmen Schramm says the coloring book was produced with help from the owners of South Dakota Magazine and artist Jessi Koch and tells the story of the National Park service’s mascot Roscoe the River Otter. Schramm says the coloring book was sponsored by a number of local businesses. Schramm says the Roscoe’s Great Adventure coloring book will be available locally at either the Yankton Chamber of Commerce office or the Missouri National Recreational River’s headquarters.


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Fireworks and Kids

Thursday, June 30, 2016

With the annual Fourth of July celebration nearly here local fire officials are noting the need for the safe use of fireworks. Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says some basic safety rules include wearing eye protection, not lighting fireworks while still holding them and making sure that items such as rockets and missiles land in a safe location. By municipal ordinance fireworks are not to be discharged within Yankton and Nickles says the only legal place to shoot fireworks is on private land outside of city limits. Nickles says he has seen as many as thirteen fireworks related fires occur on July Fourth.


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Fireworks Safety

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

With the annual Fourth of July celebration nearly here local fire officials are noting the need for the safe use of fireworks. Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says some basic safety rules include wearing eye protection, not lighting fireworks while still holding them and making sure that items such as rockets and missiles land in a safe location. By municipal ordinance fireworks are not to be discharged within Yankton and Nickles says the only legal place to shoot fireworks is on private land outside of city limits. Nickles says he has seen as many as thirteen fireworks related fires occur on July Fourth.


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Laundromat Fire

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Yankton Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a dryer on fire at the K & D Laundromat on Broadway Avenue early Wednesday afternoon. Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says once the fire was reported, firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze which did a minimal amount of smoke damage to the building. Nickles says these types of fires are nearly always caused by placing towels or rags into a dryer that are contaminated with an oily or otherwise flammable substance. Nickles says firefighters were on scene for about twenty minutes.


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Heartland Humane at Music at the Meridian

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Heartland Humane Society is partnering with the Music at the Meridian concert series which gets underway tonight to bring the community an opportunity to meet dogs that are available for adoption. Executive Director Kerry Hacecky says up to three dogs will be available for adoption Thursday evenings during the event. Hacecky says she will be at the concerts to speak with people who are not seeking to adopt a pet but who are interested in volunteering to help Heartland Humane. The Music at the Meridian concert series will be held over the next five consecutive Thursdays, starting this week, from 6 to 8 PM at the Meridian Bridge in downtown Yankton.


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Den Herder Counsels Commission

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Yankton City Commission received a briefing earlier this week from City Attorney Ross Den Herder regarding the duties and restrictions they have as members of the board. Den Herder says as commissioners, communicating with members of the public is encouraged but some subjects are off limits outside of a commission meeting. Den Herder says under a city manager form of government communications between commissioners and city staff is tightly governed and could potentially result in criminal charges and removal from office. Den Herder also discussed new rules and laws that cover how emails are considered and what issues can be discussed in executive session.

 


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