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Gourmet Guys Tickets

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tickets for the 7th Annual Gourmet Guys event a fundraiser held each year by Friends of the Yankton Community Library are on sale now. Library Director Kathy Wibbels says at the Gourmet Guys event six local cooks will prepare and serve a variety of dishes that include anything from soups and stews, to sandwiches and various kinds of desserts. Wibbels says funds raised at this year’s Gourmet Guys are being used to help purchase a puppet theater for the library’s children’s area. Tickets for the 7th Annual Gourmet Guys event, set for the evening of January 24th  are twenty dollars and are available at the Yankton Community Library.


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Business-Educators Expo

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce has announced plans for Business-Educators Expo set for the end of January. Chamber of Commerce Director Carmen Schramm says this event is an opportunity for area businesses to inform local educators about the goods and services they can provide. Schramm says when this event was first held three years ago, the response was overwhelmingly positive.  Schramm says the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Business-Educators Expo is set for January 30th at the Riverfront Events Center.

 


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Avera Sacred Heart Accreditation

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital has been granted a three-year accreditation and recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2013. Avera Sacred Heart President and C-E-O Doug Ekeren says this recognition is a reflection of the ongoing effort by the facility’s staff to constantly improve their level of care through accessing the latest medical technology available. Ekeren says in order to continue as a regional leader in health care, Avera Sacred Heart invests heavily in both the latest technology and the people who are needed to utilize it. Avera Sacred Heart, along with Avera Queen of Peace and Avera St. Mary’s are featured in the Joint Commission’s America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety annual report, on the Joint Commission website and on the Joint Commission’s Quality Check website.


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Senator Johnson Farewell Address

Thursday, December 11, 2014

U.S. Senator Tim Johnson gave his farewell address on the floor of the Senate yesterday as he steps away from a career spent in public service. Senator Johnson says throughout the years that he served on Capitol Hill, in order to move legislation forward he always tried to find ways to bridge the political differences that exist. Johnson says serving the citizens of South Dakota was his privilege and he is thankful for the support that our state’s citizens have given to him. Johnson was first elected to the U.S. House in 1986 and retired at the end of his third term in the Senate.


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TIF Meeting

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Yankton Area Progressive Growth hosted a public meeting last evening to explore the possibility of using tax increment financing districts as an economic development tool by local governments. Senior Vice-President with Dougherty and Company Toby Morris says in order to avoid a possible default of a TIF agreement, it is important that the developer involved be capable of executing their portion of the contract. Morris says having a high level of trust by both the government entity involved and the developer is a key factor in making a TIF district successful. Morris says tax increment financing districts have been used at least twenty times by various communities across South Dakota for housing development. 


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Toys For Kids

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Donations of cash or new, unwrapped toys are being accepted now to help provide gifts for children in our community through the Toys For Kids program. Organizer Pat Robinson says toys, appropriate for ages zero to eighteen are being accepted at this time and can be dropped off at Maurices, Dunhams, Walgreens, or Menards. Robinson says through the years of its’ existence she has heard from many people about the difference Toys For Kids has made in their lives. Robinson says eighty-five families have signed up for the program this year.


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TIF Meeting

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Yankton Area Progressive Growth is hosting a public meeting Thursday evening to discuss the use of tax increment financing districts and how they could be utilized to benefit the local economy. Y-A-P-G President John Kramer says the meeting is being held to allow people to learn about the benefits of TIF districts and clear up misinformation that exists about how this financing tool works. Kramer says financial consultant Toby Morris has earned a reputation as an expert on the subject and will be speaking at Thursday’s meeting. The Yankton Area Progressive Growth TIF informational meeting is set for 6:30 PM today at the Avera Office Pavilion. 


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City Offices Moved

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Local residents who wish to do business at one of number of municipal offices located at Yankton City Hall should be aware that some of the offices in that building have been moved. City Manager Amy Nelson says the move was done to consolidate some services and to provide greater privacy for the offices which need it. Nelson says new signage will be installed at City Hall to inform patrons of  the new locations of offices that have moved.

 


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Legislators on Education

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

District 18 legislators met with the Yankton School Board this week to give their views on what direction the South Dakota legislature is likely to take as it addresses education related issues in the upcoming 2015 session. Senator-Elect Bernie Hunhoff says there has been a trend recently of trying to shift the state of South Dakota’s responsibility to adequately fund education to local governments. Hunhoff says that shift in responsibility is dangerous because it risks a possible lawsuit on the question of equality of education funding throughout South Dakota or a property tax revolt by the state’s voters. District 18 Representative Mike Stevens says with limited resources available for funding education it is vital for school boards and administrators to keep lawmakers informed on their concerns. Stevens says one area of concern is the lag in the salaries paid in South Dakota when compared to neighboring states which is making it increasingly difficult to attract and retain teachers. The 2015 South Dakota Legislative session gets underway on January 13th.


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310th Street Gravel Request

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Yankton County Commission met in special session Tuesday to address a request for the placement of gravel on a section of 310th Street west of Yankton. The request has been before the commission for some time and Yankton County resident Jay Cutts says he is concerned that the county is wasting its’ money by placing gravel on the roadway when what is actually needed is an improved road through the area. Yankton County Commissioner John Harper says placing a two inch layer of gravel on 310th Street is the minimum amount of maintenance that the county is obligated to do and in the future more development of that roadway will occur. Along with the 310th Street issue at Tuesday’s special meeting, the Yankton County Commission deferred taking action on repair at Fleege’s Bridge until their December 16th meeting.


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