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Proposed Corporate Income Tax

Monday, February 23, 2015

District 18 Senator Bernie Hunhoff has proposed instituting a corporate income tax, the revenues of which would be used for education, specifically improving teacher salaries in South Dakota. Hunhoff says since it is unlikely to pass through the state legislature, an effort to create a corporate income tax would need to be in the form of a ballot initiative.  District 18 Representative Mike Stevens says while it is unlikely such a ballot initiative would succeed, any option for increasing teacher salaries should be explored. District 18 Representative Jean Hunhoff says it is not now clear whether a corporate income tax would place an unfair burden on businesses within our state. A resolution that Senator Hunhoff helped sponsor which called for a public vote on a constitutional amendment to establish a corporate income tax in South Dakota, and to dedicate those dollars to education, was in front of the Senate State Affairs Committee last Wednesday where it died on a seven to two vote.

 


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Legislative Cracker Barrel

Saturday, February 21, 2015

District 18 legislators took time off from their work in Pierre this weekend to spend time sharing their views and hearing from constituents at a cracker barrel hosted by the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce. Regarding expanding South Dakota’s participation in the federal Medicaid program District 18 State Senator Bernie Hunhoff says with new data in place that indicates that fewer people would enroll in the expanded Medicaid program than was previously thought, the cost of implementing the program would be less than was anticipated. Representative Mike Stevens says he has concerns regarding funding South Dakota’s share of the Medicaid expansion which would reach thirty-two millions dollars by the year 2020. Representative Jean Hunhoff says given the demand for tax dollars for issues such as road and bridge maintenance across the state it is unlikely that the Medicaid expansion will move forward anytime soon. Another District 18 Legislative cracker barrel is set for 10 AM on March 7th at the Avera Office Pavilion.


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First Game at Bob Tereshinski Stadium

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Mount Marty College baseball team took advantage of the mild February weather to begin their baseball season this afternoon with a triple-header against Presentation College.  Long-time coach and Hall of Fame member Bob Tereshinski was on hand to watch the game at Riverside Field in the Bob Tereshinski Stadium, with the name change approved by the Yankton City Commission earlier this year.  (The Lancers won the opener 5-0).

 


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31st Street Trail Project

Friday, February 20, 2015

Officials with the city of Yankton have announced that the South Dakota Transportation Commission has awarded the community a four hundred thousand dollar grant for trail funding. City Manager Amy Nelson says the new trail will run along the south side of 31st Street and will connect Adkins Drive to Broadway Avenue as part of what is expected to be a multi-phase infrastructure improvement project. Nelson says the input of local citizens was vital in the success of Yankton’s grant application. Nelson says city staff will be meeting with South Dakota Transportation Department officials to establish a schedule for the project.


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River Rat Marathon Early Deadline

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The deadline for early registration for the sixth annual River Rat Marathon & Bike Ride set for April 25th at Riverside Park in Yankton is quickly approaching. Organizer Bruce Schild says a number of races are scheduled for this year’s event including full and half marathons and a five kilometer race near or in the city of Yankton. Schild says since its’ beginning in 2010 the River Rat Marathon has donated nearly twenty-nine thousand dollars to local organizations such as Bravo Battery, the Yankton Science Club, the Yankton Track Club and The Center. Schlid says the deadline for early registration for the 2015 River Rat Marathon and Bike Ride is March 1st and can be made online at riveratmarathon-dot-com.


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Payless Shoe Store Recognition

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Yankton’s Payless Shoe Source has been named as the number one ranked store in the four-state area for 2014. Payless Manager Craig Sommer says the recognition is not solely based on the number of sales made during the year, other factors such as quality customer service is also taken into account. Sommer says much of the credit for the recognition belongs with his experienced sales staff. Sommer says the Yankton Payless Store was selected first from among thirty stores in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and eastern South Dakota.


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Lewis and Clark Camping

Thursday, February 19, 2015

As camping reservations for a stay at a state park for Memorial Day weekend opens up in South Dakota, officials with Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area are expecting another busy camping season. District Park Supervisor Shane Bertsch says given the popularity of camping at Lewis and Clark over the holiday weekend, anyone wishing to reserve a camping spot should do so soon. Bertsch says a combination of the natural attraction of Lewis and Clark Lake with modern facilities and visitor-friendly staff has many people returning to the Yankton area year after year. Bertsch says camping reservations can be made twenty-four hours a day at w-w-w-dot-campsd-dotcom or by calling 1-800-710-2267.


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YAPG Annual Meeting

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

An announcement regarding the development of a new housing subdivision in the local community is expected at next week’s annual Yankton Area Progressive Growth meeting. Y-A-P-G President John Kramer says because the volume of housing units in an affordable price range here is low compared to larger communities, a method of reducing the financial risk to a developer will need to be used. Kramer says all the major manufacturers in Yankton are currently looking for new employees, but are hampered in recruiting them by the lack of new homes under two hundred thousand dollars. Kramer says the annual Yankton Area Progressive Growth meeting is set for 11:45 AM next Wednesday at Minerva’s.


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Smile Mobile Registration

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The deadline to register for the Delta Dental Smile Mobile program is fast approaching. The Smile Mobile will be in Yankton March 16th through the 20th and United Way Executive Director Lauren Hanson says through the program free dental care is available for children under the age of twenty-one. Hanson says untreated dental disease can have a negative impact on a child’s well-being and overall health. Hanson says registration forms can be obtained at the Contact Center, Yankton County Health Nurse, Clothing Closet,  Head Start or at the United Way office and need to be submitted by March 4th.  


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Missouri River Clean Up

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Building on the work of the past eleven years, organizers are expecting another successful Missouri River Clean Up at Riverside Park in Yankton this spring. National Park Service Ranger Dugan Smith says in spite of the efforts of volunteers that have resulted in nearly one hundred tons of trash being removed from the Missouri River over the past eleven years, more garbage waits to be removed. Smith says while it may be possible to change the schedule for the clean-up to an every other year event in the future, the need for such an event will not go away. Smith says the twelfth annual Missouri River Clean Up is set for the morning of May 2nd at Riverside Park.


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