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GOAC EB-5 Hearing

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Some questions were answered and more were raised this week at a hearing held by the South Dakota Government Operations and Audit Committee as they look into the EB-5 visa for cash program. The committee examined written responses to questions that had been submitted by some of the principals involved including former Governor Mike Rounds and GOAC (GOH-ak) member District 18 Senator Jean Hunhoff says at this time she is not in favor of issuing subpoenas and hearing those responses under oath. South Dakota House Minority Leader District 18 Representative Bernie Hunhoff  says it is clear to him that more people were involved in the EB-5 scandal than former cabinet member Richard Benda who committed suicide in October of last year. The Government Operations and Audit Committee meets again to further review the EB-5 visa for cash program in mid-November.


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August Sales Tax Numbers

Thursday, September 25, 2014

This week city staff released sales tax figures for the month of August in Yankton. City Manager Amy Nelson says August had a sales tax increase of two-point-two percent which continues a trend of growth for 2014. Nelson says generally speaking sales tax figures tend to be larger in the summer months than in the winter. In was only in the months of January and February this year that Yankton saw a decline in sales tax numbers. 


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Habitat For Humanity State-Wide Fall Event

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yankton is the host city for this year’s Habitat For Humanity state-wide fall Event set for October 4thYankton County Habitat For Humanity Director Julie Dykstra says about one hundred twenty-five people from across South Dakota have already registered for the fall event which is held to help recognize Habitat supports and volunteers for the work they have done throughout the past year. Dykstra says the fall event is an great opportunity to showcase Yankton to people who may never have visited our community before. The 2014 Habitat for Humanity state-wide fall event is set for 6 PM at Bella’s Restaurant in downtown Yankton on October 4th.


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Homeland Security Grants

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Local emergency officials have prioritized their list of projects in order to seek homeland security grant funding at a regional meeting set for next month in Mitchell. Two of the local projects up for consideration are a portable power generator and an access control system for Sacred Heart School and  Yankton County Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschligt says the proposed access control system would guard against unwanted intruders at Yankton’s Catholic School. Scherschligt says the portable power generator would be used to provide electricity at emergency shelters during a sustained power outage. Scherschligt says he will be attending the regional meeting of emergency managers in Mitchell on October 8th to advocate for local projects, there is about three hundred thirteen thousand dollars available this year through the homeland security grant program.


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Senator Thune In Yankton

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The recent bombing of ISIS  strongholds in Syria was one of the issues discussed by U.S. Senator John Thune when he made a stop in Yankton Tuesday. Senator Thune says there has been concerns expressed regarding whether President Obama has the constitutional authority to take such military action without first asking Congress for a declaration of war. Thune says while he supports the military strikes against ISIS he also thinks that the President should consult Congress before taking such action. Earlier this week United States forces were joined by five Arab nations in air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS.


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TAP Grant Application

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Members of the Yankton City Commission have approved seeking four hundred thousand dollars in grant funding that would be used in the construction of the first of three proposed phases of a pedestrian trail at Fox Run. City Commissioner Pauline Akland says construction of the trail on Yankton’s northwest side would enhance safety for the citizens who walk or bike in the area. City Manager Amy Nelson says if the transportation alternatives program grant is funded, design work on the project would begin next year with construction of the trail extension scheduled for 2016. Nelson says if the grant application is fully funded, the city’s share of phase one of the Fox Run Trail project would be just over two hundred eleven thousand dollars.


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Boys and Girls Club-CDBG Grant

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday night the Yankton City Commission passed a resolution to apply for a community block grant for just over five hundred thousand dollars from the state of South Dakota for funding for a new Boys and Girls Club facility. Executive Director Vanessa Merhib says support has been found in the local community for a new twenty-five to thirty thousand square-foot headquarters for the Boys and Girls Club and negotiations are ongoing regarding property for the new facilities’ location. District Three Planning Community Development Specialist Eric Ambrosian says the deadline to submit an application for funding is October 1st and a decision could be expected by later this fall. Ambrosian says the cost of the new Boys and Girls Club headquarters is estimated at about four million dollars.


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Manufacturing Week

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tours of various manufacturing plants located in the Yankton community will be a highlight of manufacturing week set for September 29th through October 3rdYankton Area Chamber of Commerce Director Carmen Schramm says the tours will give members of the public the opportunity to see first-hand where and how a number of local products from well-known companies are manufactured. Schramm says people who toured local manufacturing plants during last year’s event were surprised at the variety of high-tech products produced by Yankton companies. Schramm says more information on the dates and times for tours during Manufacturing Week can be found at the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce website.


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Fall In The Park At Lewis And Clark

Sunday, September 21, 2014
The Lewis and Clark Recreation Area hosted its first ever Fall in the Park event Saturday afternoon and offered a variety of activities ranging from Dutch oven cooking, crafts, and live music, in effort to inspire appreciation of the outdoors.
Fish and Parks Naturalist Nancy Teachout says the event was a success and attendance exceeded organizers’ expectations.
Teachout says they plan on making Fall in the Park an annual event and she looks forward to expanding obstacle course offerings next year.
Teachout and organizers estimate 1200 people were in attendance at Saturday’s event.

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Banned Book Week At The Library

Sunday, September 21, 2014
This week the Yankton Community Library, in conjunction with the American Library Association, celebrate Banned Books Week. The event celebrates unrestricted access to reading materials and seeks to raise awareness of the dangers of censorship.
Kathy Wibbels, the Director of the Yankton Community Library, says censorship prevents the exchange of ideas and obscures the truth.
All week long the Yankton Library will have an interactive bulletin board and display of once-banned books. Visitors are invited to bring a copy of their favorite banned book and have their picture taken with it to be displayed at the library.

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