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YHS Homecoming Parade

Monday, August 25, 2014

With the deadline for entries fast approaching officials with Yankton High School are looking for people or organizations who are interested in having a float in this year’s Yankton High School homecoming parade. Yankton High School Principal Jennifer Johnke says community, business and political organizations are welcome to participate in this year’s homecoming parade. Johnke says the deadline for parade entries is September 5th and application forms are available on-line at the school district web-site or through the high school.  The Yankton High School homecoming parade is set for 2:30 PM on September 19th.

 


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Meridian Bridge Plaza Project

Friday, August 22, 2014

Members of the Yankton City Commission will consider Monday night whether to accept a bid from Welfl Construction for just under four hundred seventy six thousand dollars for the construction of the first of three proposed phases of the Meridian Bridge Plaza project. City Commissioner Jake Hoffner says this project is an example of local citizens and government working together to improve the community. Parks and Recreation Director Todd Larson says as part of the project the replacing of the green space at the north end of the Meridian Bridge with a water fountain and benches will create a gathering place for people near Yankton’s downtown area. The Yankton City Commission meets Monday (today) at 7 PM at the Regional Technical Education Center.


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Community Survey

Friday, August 22, 2014

Later next week twelve hundred households in the Yankton community will receive in the mail surveys that ask for their thoughts on the services provided by the city of Yankton. City Manager Amy Nelson says the survey provides citizens who are chosen at random an opportunity to comment on a number of issues and that input is valuable to city staff as they determine what areas need to be addressed. Nelson says in order to be able to accurately gauge the survey’s results, the questions asked will be the same this year as they have been in previous years. Nelson says the community surveys are expected to be mailed on August 27th.

 


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YSD ACT Scores

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Scores for students who took the A-C-T test this year were released this week and the news is very positive for students in the Yankton School District. Yankton High School Principal Jennifer Johnke says along with having achieved the highest A-C-T scores of any class at Yankton High School for the previous five years, the class of 2014 outperformed the state-wide average by more than a full point. Johnke says the test scores indicate that the students are ready for college or technical school courses and can have the benefits of  qualifying them for scholarships while avoiding the need and expense of taking remedial courses after high school. State-wide South Dakota students earned an average composite score of twenty-one-point-nine, versus twenty-one-point-zero for the nation. 


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Liberalized Fishing Lake Yankton

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ahead of a planned renovation of Lake Yankton set for early next month that involves killing off all the fish in the lake South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks officials have announced that anglers will be allowed to harvest those fish using liberalized methods. The issue is made more complicated by the joint jurisdiction of Lake Yankton between the states of Nebraska and South Dakota and Project Coordinator Todd Saint-Sauver says South Dakota anglers will be allowed to use as many as six lines to take three times the normal legal limit of fish and can also use alternative methods such as spears, bow and arrows and snagging. Saint-Sauver says because Lake Yankton is being partially drained for the renovation, some shorelines will consist of soft mud and anglers should use caution when accessing them. Sauver says Nebraska anglers should check with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for their liberalized fishing regulations.


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EB5 Subpoenas Sought

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Legislative leaders of South Dakota’s Democratic Party have called for the South Dakota Government Operations and Audit Committee to subpoena a number of people including former Governor and U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds to answer questions surrounding the E-B-5 scandal. District 18 Representative Bernie Hunhoff says since the news of the E-B-5 scandal broke nearly one year ago little progress has been made in determining what exactly happened in what has been described as a citizenship for sale program. Hunhoff says legislators have an obligation to find the answers to questions regarding what state officials knew of the financial dealings of former state cabinet member Richard Benda who committed suicide in October of last year. Hunhoff says he is hopeful that when the Government Operations and Audit Committee meets again next month they will undertake a thorough investigation of the E-B-5 scandal.

 

 

 

 

 


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New Youth Services Librarian Named

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Joyce Moore has been named as the new Youth Services Librarian at the Yankton Community Library. Prior to taking a position in Yankton, Moore served as the youth services librarian at the Vermillion Public Library for eight years and Library Director Kathy Wibbels says with that experience, Moore was able to take on the role of library assistant at the Yankton Community Library and is good choice for Youth Services Librarian.  Wibbels says Moore is well-suited to reach out to the library’s teenage patrons and expand the facilities’ offerings and programs to them. Moore has an elementary teaching degree from the University of South Dakota and a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas. 


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Fleege's Bridge Discussion

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

With inspections of bridges located over the James River set for the near future, the need to address the situation at the bridge on old Highway 50 about six miles east of Yankton was discussed yesterday by members of the Yankton County Commission. Chairman Bruce Jensen says he is concerned that following the inspection, the load limit on that bridge will be dramatically lowered. Jensen says it may be in the best long-term interest of the project to the contact to the James River Water Development District and discuss replacing the Ike’s Dam at Kelly’s Cove which was removed a number of years ago and is thought to contribute to the scouring which has occurred at the bridge site since the 1990’s. Several years ago the cost of replacing Fleege’s Bridge was estimated at about to five million dollars.


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YSD Food Program

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

With the start of a new year in the Yankton School District, there are also changes to the school food program for students.Child Nutrition Supervisor Sandi Kramer says new guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture that are now in effect require students to take more fruits and vegetables with both breakfast and lunch and have lowered the amount sodium that can be served in each meal. Kramer says one change which is likely to be unpopular with students is a restriction on the size of snack beverages that can be sold at school. The cost for breakfasts for students at the Yankton School District this year is one dollar thirty cents and the price for lunch varies from two dollars twenty cents at elementary schools up to two dollars fifty cents at Yankton High School.


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Drowning Death

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Yankton County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the drowning death of a juvenile male who was swimming in the James River north of Yankton Saturday evening. The drowning took place at the Jamesville Colony at about 7:30 PM Saturday and the victim has been identified as a ten year old male from Frankfort, South Dakota. Yankton Search & Rescue, Yankton Emergency Management, South Dakota Game Fish and Parks, and Cedar County Nebraska Emergency Management assisted at the scene. The body of the juvenile male was located in the river at 9:35PM.

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