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Glass Recycling

Friday, May 22, 2015

Officials with the city of Yankton have announced that the municipal transfer station will begin accepting glass for recycling at no charge starting next week. City Manager Amy Nelson says glass will not be picked up at the curbside, meaning that people will need to bring it to the transfer station and only common household glass will be accepted. Nelson says the change in policy was made possible when a new vendor for the material was found. Nelson says Tuesday is the first day that glass will be accepted for recycling at the Yankton transfer station. 


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World Youth Archery Championships Volunteers

Friday, May 22, 2015

As the date for the opening ceremonies of the 2015 World Archery Youth Championships looms closer, the need to fill hundreds of volunteer shifts for the event grows as well. Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Stephanie Moser says in order to be prepared for unexpected events during the tournament organizers have recently added more shifts for volunteers. Moser says local service and youth group organizations can make a valuable contribution to the event by volunteering to help. The 2015 World Archery Youth Championships are set for June 6th through the 15th at the N-F-A-A Easton Yankton Archery Complex.


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Poultry Exhibitions Banned

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The ongoing outbreak of the H5N2 avian flu virus in our area has prompted state officials to order a complete ban on poultry exhibitions effective until further notice. Several turkey growing operations in Yankton and Hutchinson Counties were recently impacted by the virus resulting the destruction of thousands of birds and State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven ( OH-duh-koh-ven) says similar outbreaks have been seen across the western United States in recent months. Oedekoven says the people who are likely to be most affected by the ban are 4-H members who generally participate in exhibitions of their poultry projects when they are completed. Oedekoven says the risk to humans from the H5N2 virus is very low and is not a food safety concern.


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YSD Teacher of the Year

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sixth grade math teacher at Yankton Middle School Beth Kaltsulas has been named as the Yankton School District Teacher of the Year. Middle School Principal Todd Dvoracek  says Mrs. Kaltsulas diligently works to encourage her students to do their best work and to genuinely understand the subject of math. Dvoracek says he believes Kaltsulas can qualify for regional and state honors as an educator. The award was presented at this week’s annual Yankton School District Recognition social.


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Onward Yankton

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Having passed the half way mark in their contest to find the next big idea to help move our community forward the organizers of Onward Yankton are asking for the publics’ help in deciding who will win the ten thousand dollar prize being offered. Organizer Heidi Marsh says an online poll has been set up on the Onward Yankton Facebook page and their website as well as the Yankton Press and Dakotans’ website to get the publics’ opinion on which idea should be selected. Marsh says based on the public’s input several entries will be invited to present their idea to Onward Yankton for final consideration. Marsh says ideas for the contest may only be submitted online at the onwardyankton-dot-com website and should be presented in five hundred words or less.


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Rockin' Ribfest 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

With preparations well underway for Rockin’ Ribfest 2015 organizers are building on last year’s success and working to avoid some of the problems that plagued the event during its’ first year at Memorial Park. Complaints about last years’ Ribfest included not enough food vendors and a lack of toilet facilities and Rockin’ Ribfest Committee Member Todd Larson says steps have been taken to address both problems. Larson says this year’s event will feature a jumbo-tron to allow for easier viewing of the musical acts. Rockin’ Ribfest 2015 is set for June 6th at Memorial Park in Yankton.


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Yankton Science Olympiad

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The National Science Olympiad competition took place last weekend in Lincoln, NE and Yankton High School and Middle School students placed in the top five in the nation in their events.

Y-H-S sophomores Kelsey Westerman and Sophie McKee placed second in the country in the "Write It, Do It" events, and Yankton Middle School eighth-graders Jacob Paulson and Cole Miller took fifth place in the nation in the "Weekend Vehicle" event.


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Rail Authority Resolution

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Yankton County Commission took action yesterday to continue  discussion of establishing a local rail authority until their next meeting. Yankton County Commission Chairman Todd Woods says the action was taken because the commission is still in the process of recruiting  enough local citizens to serve on the new rail authority board. Woods says they are looking for individuals who have business experience and knowledge to sit on the rail authority board. Woods says the Yankton County Commission will discuss the rail authority resolution at their next meeting set for June 2nd.


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Optimist Youth Golf Tournament

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A longstanding community tradition continues on June 1st as the Yankton Morning Optimist Club hosts their Youth Golf Tournament for young people ages seven through eighteen at Fox Run Golf Course. Optimist Club Committee Member Dave Becker says youth ages ten and older who place first at this tournament qualify to go to a regional golf competition which will be held in Canada later this year. The tournament is completely free for the participants and Optimist Club Committee Member Cody Garvey says the best way to register for the event is to contact either himself or Dave Becker ahead of time. The 2015 Yankton Morning Optimist Club Youth Golf Tournament gets underway with a clinic at 8:30 AM June 1st at Fox Run Golf Course.


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State of the Community Forum

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Does local county government need either a full-time human resources employee or a county manager in order to continue to operate efficiently into the future? The idea was put forth at yesterday’s State of the Community luncheon by Yankton County Commission Chairman Todd Woods who says many of the issues faced by county government are complicated enough to require an employee which specialized knowledge to address them effectively. Woods says government regulations such as those found in the federal Affordable Care Act are so intricate they are often difficult for himself and fellow commissioners work with. Also speaking at yesterday’s State of the Community luncheon was Yankton Area Progressive Growth President John Kramer.


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