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Bald Eagle Days 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015
This weekend members of the public will be able to see our National Bird and other birds of prey up close thanks to Bald Eagle Day’s, a free event sponsored by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers and the National Park Service.
Park Ranger Karla Zeutenhorst says an Iowa-based nonprofit group called S.O.A.R will be presenting a bald eagle and three other surprise birds. In addition to the live presentation, Zeutenhorst says there will be many educational displays and hands-on activities for children. The programs take place Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.; seating is limited and people are urged to arrive 30 minutes early. 
 

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Agrivisions 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

On Monday night First Dakota Bank will be hosting Agrivisions 2015, an agricultural seminar, at the Best Western Kelly Inn on Hwy 50. Guest speaker Dr. Brent Gloy, the founding Director of Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture and co-founder of Ag Economic Insights, says the focus of the evening will be on the changing agricultural market and strategy proposals to adapt to those changes. Gloy says some of these strategies included cautious planning for the future and better risk-management plans. Registration begins at 6:30 pm with Dr. Gloy’s presentation scheduled for 7, and an ice-cream social to follow.

 


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Yankton School District Solicitations

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Since there is no connection between the two entities, a campaign to solicit advertising locally by a company known as All School Fundraising has Yankton School District officials concerned. Yankton School District Superintendent Wayne Kindle says during a telephone call that he placed to All School Fundraising his suspicions were raised regarding the validity of these solicitations. Kindle says the Yankton School District is in no way affiliated with All School Fundraising. Kindle says people are welcome to contact his office at any time to discuss the validity of fundraising being done on behalf of the Yankton School District. 


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Clark Family Fundraiser

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A benefit for the Clark family of Gayville who lost their home during an early morning fire on January 14th is set for Saturday evening. Leader of Cowboy’s Feather River Band Cowboy Rowland says the Clark family lost everything they own in the fire including their dog which had given them the first warning of the blaze. The benefit will include free tacos and a silent auction and Rowland says donations can be made either through First National Bank in Yankton or at W Dee’s Pour House in Gayville.  The Clark family fundraiser is set for Saturday at W Dee’s Pour House in Gayville from 4 to 9 PM.


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Yankton Police Department Citizens Academy

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Preparations are underway for the third class of the Yankton Police Department’s Citizens Academy. Chief of Police Brian Paulson says the citizen’s academy gives local individuals an opportunity to learn about the programs that the Yankton Police Department is organizing or participating in. Paulson says the citizen’s academy has been organized to give people a look at how the police department operates on a daily basis. Paulson says applications for the 3rd Yankton Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy are now being accepted and are available on the city of Yankton’s website or through his office. The course begins on February 17th and runs for ten weeks.


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Missouri River Watershed Ed Festival

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

As many as four hundred students from area schools are expected to attend this years’ Missouri River Watershed Education Festival set for Riverside Park in early May. Regional Conservation Coordinator for the Izaack Walton League Paul Lepisto says this year’s presentations at the festival include historical re-enactors and information on invasive and endangered species. Lepisto says schools from northeast Nebraska and southeast South Dakota are planning on attending the festival, with a few schools coming to Yankton for it for the first time. The Missouri River Watershed education Festival is set for the morning of May 1st at Riverside Park.


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Yankton-Vermillion Town Hall Meeting

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A town hall meeting to discuss strengthening the ties between the communities of Yankton and Vermillion is set for next Wednesday morning at the Avera Office Pavilion. Organizer Ben Hanten says given the close geographical location and similar sizes of the two communities, there are good reasons why Yankton and Vermillion should be working together to further economic development and on other issues. Hanten says panelists for the town hall meeting include President and C-E-O of 1st Dakota National Bank Larry Ness and University of South Dakota President Jim Abbott who will address questions from the audience regarding the level of cooperation between the two towns and what can be done to strengthen that in the future. The Yankton-Vermillion Townhall meeting is scheduled for 9 AM next Wednesday at the Avera Office Pavilion.


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Yankton County Weed Supervisor

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Yankton County Commission has approved the appointment of Jim Leach as the Yankton County Weed Supervisor. Yankton County Highway Superintendent Brian Gustad says Leach has been employed on a part-time basis by the county in the weed department for the past three years. Gustad says Leach’s new position will be split between the Yankton Weed and Highway Departments. Leach replaces long-time Yankton County Weed Supervisor Tom Schramm who resigned his position effective the end of 2014.


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Heartland Humane Society Director

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Teri Zambon has been named as the new Director for the Heartland Humane Society. Zambon says since she has spent a number of years working in non-profits and has a love for animals the director position at Heartland Humane Society seemed to be a good fit for her. Zambon says working to complete the current fundraising campaign to renovate the shelter’s new headquarters is a priority for her as the new director. Zambon takes over from Kerry Hacecky who relocated to Council Bluffs, Iowa to be the director of a homeless shelter.


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State Employee's Salaries

Monday, January 19, 2015

South Dakota’s lawmakers have begun work on the 2015 legislative session and will be considering what sort of compensation package state employees will receive in this year’s budget. As a member of the House Appropriations committee District 18 Representative Jean Hunhoff says a preliminary look at Governor Daugaard’s proposal for state employee’s salaries was heard late last week in Pierre. Hunhoff says the Governor’s proposal seeks to address the difficulty that the state of South Dakota finds in recruiting new employees for certain positions. Governor Daugaard’s salary proposal includes a two percent adjustment for all state employees with performance based increased adjustments of zero to four-point-five percent to move employees towards a market- based salary. 


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