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State of the Community Forum

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Issues within the Yankton School District and workforce development were addressed yesterday at a State of the Community public forum hosted by the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce. One of the obstacles to workforce development locally is a shortage of affordable housing and Yankton Area Progressive Growth President John Kramer says indications are that if more housing in the under two hundred thousand dollar range were available those homes would not remain unsold for very long. The Yankton School District is using reserves to balance its’ general fund budget annually and Superintendent of Schools Wayne Kindle says without a major change in the district’s financial picture an opt-out of the freeze on property taxes won’t be needed immediately but may be necessary in the future. Kindle says another challenge that the Yankton School District will have to face in the next few years is aging infrastructure at both Beadle Elementary School and Crane-Youngworth Field.


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Airport Breakfast

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Yankton Regional Aviation Association is hosting their 17th annual Airport Breakfast this Sunday morning at the Chan Gurney Airport. South Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame member Steve Hamilton says depending on the weather in previous years as many as forty aircraft have flown into Chan Gurney for the airport breakfast. Hamilton says there will be aircraft and aviation related displays for people to enjoy at the breakfast. The Yankton Regional Aviation Association’s 17th annual Airport Breakfast is set for 8 AM to 1 PM this Sunday at the Chan Gurney Airport.


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Manufacturing Week

Monday, September 15, 2014
Executive Director of the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Carmen Schramm says one of the goals of the upcoming manufacturing week is to raise awareness of the growing relationship between Yankton High School students and local manufacturers.

Schramm says prior to manufacturing week, RTEC and the Chamber are teaming-up to walk the homecoming parade on September 19th, and she invites manufacturers to walk the parade wearing company logo wear.

Schramm says that as part of manufacturing week, on October 2nd the Yankton High School will open their doors for a public open house showcasing their career and technical education program.

Manufacturing Week runs September 29th through October 3rd and Schramm adds that Yankton and area schools will be touring seven Yankton manufacturers on September 30th.

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New Owners Of SD Magazine

Monday, September 15, 2014
Bernie and Myrna Hunhoff, founders of South Dakota Magazine, have sold the magazine to their daughter Katie and her business partner Heidi Marsh. 

Hunhoff says it was the right time for a new generation to take the helm of the business. 

Hunhoff says the new owners don’t plan on making significant changes to the magazine, but adds that the magazine strives to improve on each and every issue. 

Bernie Hunhoff will remain at the magazine as editor at large, a position he says he hopes will allow him more freedom to search for stories.
 

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Fran Fox Open House

Monday, September 15, 2014

A retirement open house is set for this Thursday afternoon for Fran Fox of Fox Hospitality. Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Director Carmen Schramm says for the past fifty years Fran Fox touched the lives of numerous people who were new to the local community. Schramm says an open house in Fox’s honor is set for Thursday afternoon at the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce headquarters. Schramm says the retirement open house for Fran Fox of Fox Hospitality is set for 4 to 6:30 PM Thursday.


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Gavins Point Dam Repairs

Monday, September 15, 2014

Work to repair damage done during the high water releases of 2011 at Gavins Point Dam continues into this fall. Gavins Point Operations Manager Dave Becker says the current work on dam’s spillway gates represents the last of the repair work needed as a result of the water releases in 2011 that went as high as one hundred sixty thousand cubic feet per second. Becker says while it is not tied to the flood event of 2011 crews are also busy now replacing the dams’ sixty-year-old-plus power transformers. Becker says the cost of the repair work to the Gavins Point Dam spillway gates is about twelve million dollars and is expected to be completed next year.


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Mount Marty College Avera Science Building Dedicated

Friday, September 12, 2014

A dedication ceremony was held this morning for the new Mount Marty College Avera Science Laboratory. Interim Mount Marty College President Doctor Thomas Lorang says as a vast improvement over the previous science lab, the new science building uses state-of-the-art technology including safety features as well as internet and computer access.  Lorang says the partnership between Mount Marty College and Avera made the dream of a new science facility for the school a reality. Construction of the the new Mount Marty College Avera Science Laboratory began about two years ago.


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Hazardous Household Waste Collection

Friday, September 12, 2014

A collection of hazardous household waste is set for this morning at the Yankton Transfer and Recycling Station. Mary Robb with city of Yankton Public services says the hazardous household waste collection is an opportunity to properly dispose of old cleaners, pesticides and other toxic items such as fluorescent light bulbs. Robb says there is a ten dollar fee per vehicle charged to help offset the cost of the collected material’s disposal. Robb says the collection of hazardous household waste is set for 9 AM to 1 PM today at the Yankton Transfer and Recycling Station.


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United Way Goal & Awards

Thursday, September 11, 2014
The Yankton United Way announced a new campaign goal of $500,000 at the Wednesday evening kickoff.  The Board of Directors voted to increase the goal $30,000 from the past few years, and hope to fund additional programs and higher requests from the 22 agencies they serve.
Three groups were given the "Big Thanks" award, including Bruce Viau from KPI-JCI, First Dakota National Bank and KYNT Radio/Riverfront Broadcasting.

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Mulberry Bend Trail Dedication

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A dedication ceremony is planned tomorrow for the newly constructed Mulberry Bend Hiking Trail at Mulberry Bend Overlook located on the Nebraska side of the Vermillion-to-Newcastle Bridge. National Park Service Ranger Dugan Smith says the Mulberry Bend Hiking Trail gives people a unique look at the Missouri River and some of the surrounding countryside. Smith says along with ranger programs and guided hikes on the new trail, the Missouri National Recreational River’s Mobile Ranger Station will be available for the public to view during and after the trail’s dedication. Smith says the Mulberry Bend Hiking Trail Dedication is set for 1 PM tomorrow at Mulberry Bend Overlook located on the Nebraska side of the Vermillion-to-Newcastle Bridge.


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