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Yankton County Commission Candidate Deb Bodenstedt

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Deb Bodenstedt is one of six candidates seeking a four year term on the Yankton County Commission in the November 4th general election. Bodenstedt says as a candidate issues such as long-term economic development and infrastructure needs such as replacing Fleege’s Bridge are priorities for her. Bodenstedt says installing storm warning sirens in the Lewis and Clark lake area and improving cel-phone reception throughout the county are issues that need to be addressed in the near future. Along with Bodenstedt, John Harper, Todd Woods, Bruce Jensen, Ray Epp and Garry Moore are seeking one of three open four terms on the Yankton County Commission in the November 4th election.


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Archer Honored

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Matthew Archer has been honored with a 2014 Thomson Reuters Public Sector Champion Award for Business Process Transformation for his work as Yankton County Deputy Director of Equalization. Archer says he was given the award for the work he has done in the equalization office to improve efficiency and customer service by utilizing computer technology. Archer says while he is honored to have received the recognition the credit for the work that has been accomplished belongs with everyone in the equalization office. Archer was presented the award recently at an annual gathering of Thomson Reuters’ customers in New Orleans, Louisiana.


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Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

An event to kick-off Yankton’s Red Ribbon Week campaign to combat drug use in our community is set for the Yankton High School Theater later this month. City Commissioner Pauline Akland says the idea for hosting a Red Ribbon campaign in Yankton began after she was surprised by the number of drug related arrests contained recently in the daily record of the Yankton Press and Dakotan newspaper. Akland says the red ribbon campaign kick-off event will include  presentations from members of the Yankton Sheriff’s Office, Yankton Police Department and local educators. The Red Ribbon Week Campaign Rally is set for 6:30 PM October 28th at the Yankton High School theater. 


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Combine Fire

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Members of the Yankton Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of combine on fire just south of Utica shortly before noon yesterday. Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says while firefighters were able save about two hundred bushels of soybeans and did not allow the fire to spread, the combine is a complete loss. Nickles says firefighters returned to the scene about one hour later to extinguish a fire on one of the combine’s tires which had reignited. Nickles says as we begin to see drier conditions throughout the area, caution is needed to avoid starting wildfires during the harvest season.


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School Resource Officer Approved

Monday, October 13, 2014

Last night members of the Yankton City Commission and the Yankton Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of a Yankton Police Department Officer to serve as the school resource officer in the Yankton School District. The school resource officer would split their time between the Yankton Middle School and Yankton High School and Chief of Police Brian Paulsen says the officer’s role will not be involved so much in direct law enforcement, but will be one of relationship building with students and their families. Yankton is the last community of its’ size in South Dakota to start a school resource officer program and Superintendent of Yankton Schools Wayne Kindle says research has demonstrated a direct connection between having such an officer in a school system and a reduction of crime and arrests at those schools. Kindle says current plans are to have the school resource officer hired and on duty by November 3rd.


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Ekeren Named Avera CEO

Monday, October 13, 2014

Doug Ekeren has been named as the new regional president and C-E-O of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. With a current workforce of about twelve hundred employees Ekeren says some of his duties as president and C-E-O include determining the types of services Avera will offer in the future and insuring a high-level of quality care for the patients in their health care system.  Ekeren says one challenge that will need to be addressed in the near future is the uncertainty that has accompanied the ongoing implementation of the federal affordable care act. Ekeren replaces former President and C-E-O Pam Rezac who recently retired after seventeen years in that position.

 


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House Fire

Monday, October 13, 2014

Quick action on the part of local homeowner is being credited with avoiding a major fire yesterday. Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says as a homeowner in the 500 block of Mulberry Street was using a heat gun to remove old paint from a window frame the heat from the gun caused a fire to start within the wall which was then extinguished with a garden hose. Nickles says these types of fires are especially dangerous because they can occur within the wall of a home without the homeowner being aware of the situation until the flames have spread. The house fire was reported at about 12:40 PM yesterday.


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School Resource Officer position considered by City Commission

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tonight the Yankton City Commission will be considering  a proposal to provide the school district with a School Resource Officer. The Officer would be a member of the Police Department but would serve at the discretion of the Schools.Superintendent of Schools Wayne Kindle says the officer will be there as a useful resource to the students and to build a positive relationship with them.

Kindle says a School Resource Officer could have the effect of lowering student arrests at school by fifty-percent.If all goes well the Police Department will soon advertise the position and hire an applicant within November.


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Yankton Culver's has Grand Opening

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Yankton Culver’s on Highway 81 had its’ Grand Opening this weekend.Jason Bradley, the franchise owner, says that the market conditions indicated it was worth any risk to bring a new franchise into Yankton.


Bradley says that although there is an emphasis on serving guests as rapidly as possible, he wouldn't classify Culver’s as “fast food”, instead preferring to take more time to create quality.The restaurant is open 10 A.M to 10 P.M and is located West of Menards.

 

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Budget and Policy Institute speaks on education underfunding

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The South Dakota Budget and Policy Institute recently gave a presentation to local teachers and administrators on K through 12 education funding within the state. 
The Institutes’ findings were that South Dakota education funding has been significantly decreased in the past several years. Executive Director of the S-D-B-P-I, Joy Smolnisky, says that South Dakota’s low population density demands its’ funding be compared to bordering states and that our state’s funding is twenty-five percent less than its’ neighbors.

Smolnisky says there is a general lack of awareness of current education under funding and that South Dakota is no longer utilizing its’ taxes the way it previously has.The Budget and Policy Institute has been giving similar presentations in other communities across our state in hopes of raising awareness regarding education under funding.

 


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