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Municipal Salary Adjustments

Friday, December 19, 2014

At the final Yankton City Commission meeting of 2014 salary increases were approved for the City Attorney, Finance Officer and City Manager. City Manager Amy Nelson says because these employees work directly for the Yankton City Commission their salary adjustments are treated differently than other municipal employees. Nelson says credit for much of the work she has been able to accomplish in the past year lies with the employees that she supervises. Nelson says the salary adjustments go into effect January 1st and were in the amounts of four-point-two-six percent for the City Attorney and Finance Officer while her salary for City Manager was increased seven percent.


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Building Permit Numbers

Friday, December 19, 2014

The community of Yankton posted strong building permit numbers for 2014. Community Planning Director Dave Mingo says building permit numbers totaled more than thirty million dollars with sixty new housing units being constructed. Mingo says when compared with the last ten to fifteen years, 2014 was above the average in terms of building permit values. Mingo says with a number of larger projects currently under consideration he expects 2015 to be another good year for local building permit numbers.

 


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South Dakota Chorale Concert

Friday, December 19, 2014

For the first time ever the South Dakota Chorale (koh-ral)  is presenting a concert in Yankton set for the campus of Mount Marty College Saturday evening. Mount Marty Music Department Chair Kenneth Tice says the concert is entitled A Rose is Blooming and the performance will consist of musical selections from a number of both contemporary and older composers. Tice says the South Dakota Chorale is made up professional musicians and this concert is a unique opportunity to enjoy some first-class entertainment. The South Dakota Chorale concert is set for 7:30 Saturday evening at the Bishop Marty Chapel and tickets cost fifteen dollars.


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Live Nativity Scene

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The public is invited to attend two performances of a live nativity scene this weekend at the First United Methodist Church. Worship Committee Member Lexi Klinkhammer says the performances feature live music and an opportunity to meet the live animals and cast that make up the nativity scene. Klinkhammer says this an opportunity for families to get outdoors and celebrate the holiday season. Klinkhammer says two performances of a live nativity scene are set for 5:30 and 6:30 PM this Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Yankton.


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South Dakota Code Club

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Vermillion-based South Dakota Code Club works to educate area young people on how to write the computer codes that are responsible for creating the web-sites and other internet applications that people are utilizing every day. Organizer Evie  Clerxc  says the club provides the needed education for students who may choose to pursue a career in computer science while having the flexibility to stay living in South Dakota and work remotely for anyone in the world. Clerxc says she would like to see the club expand into other communities throughout our region. Clerxc says the South Dakota Code Club is free to attend and meets the last Monday of every month at the Tech Center of the Vermillion Public Library.

 


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Heart To Heart

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The River City Domestic Violence Center has announced plans to again host their Heart To Heart Dancing with the Stars fundraiser set for late next month. R-C-D-V-C Advocate Jessi Priestly says the center works to provide victims of domestic violence with a safe place to live as they begin to regain control of their lives. Priestly says funds raised at the Heart To Heart Dancing with the Stars event go towards meeting the day-to-day expenses of the center. Priestly says the River City Domestic Violence Center Heart To Heart Dancing with the Stars fundraiser is set for the evening of January 31st at Minerva’s. 


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December to Remember

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Heartland Humane Society is offering adoptions of dogs or cats at the reduced rate of twenty-five dollars per animal throughout the month of December. Heartland Humane Board Member Marv Ehlers says the reduced adoption fee is meant to encourage people to select a dog or cat from the Heartland Humane Society in order to make room for more animals at the facility. Ehlers says as part of the adoption process an application needs to be filled out to determine if the person seeking an adopted animal would be able to adequately care for them. The December to Remember adoption event is part of the Best Friends Animal Society’s national mission which aims to end the killing of dogs and cats in animal shelters.


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Contractors Contact List

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Yankton County Commission took action yesterday to begin compiling a list of local contractors who are interested in performing work for the county that can be used in the future when projects do not meet the twenty-five thousand dollar threshold for public bids. The issue was raised recently when local contractors had not been allowed to offer price quotes on a proposed repair project at Fleege’s Bridge and Cliff Madsen of C & C Construction says those contractors help to support our community and deserve to be included when work such as this project is available. Yankton County Commissioner John Harper says a contact list of local contractors could be created through the Yankton County Highway Department. Superintendent Brian Gustad says since no one has yet been hired for the Fleege’s bridge repair project, any local contractor who is interested in the work should contact the Yankton County Highway Department.


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Fleege's Bridge Discussion

Monday, December 15, 2014

The issue of repair work to the bridge located about six miles east of Yankton on Old Highway 50 is on the agenda of this afternoon’s Yankton County Commission meeting. Commissioner John Harper says this item is on today’s agenda to allow local contractors the opportunity to bid on the project. Harper says in order to protect the bridge’s pilings, the project will involve placing up to two thousand tons of rip-rap below the bridge. The Yankton County Commission meets today at 3:30 PM at the Yankton County Government Center.


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Habitat Needs Land

Monday, December 15, 2014

Yankton County Habitat for Humanity is in need of property on which to continue building homes throughout our community. Executive Director Julie Dykstra says throughout various programs such as home builds and Brush With Kindness, Habitat For Humanity has impacted the lives of forty-five families in Yankton County. Dykstra says in order to move forward with more home build projects beyond the thirty-ninth one scheduled for next spring, Habitat for Humanity is now looking for property upon which to build future residences. Dykstra says their current home build project on Pearl Street is progressing well, with an anticipated occupancy date expected for early spring  of next year.


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