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Tourism Agreement

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Plans have been announced for the formation of a cooperative marketing partnership between the South Dakota Department of Tourism and the Yankton community. The program uses matching state funds to promote local tourism and South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen says without that investment people who might visit the southeast portion of our state will not learn about the recreational opportunities found here. Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Director Carmen Schramm says the new partnership will widen the tourism promotion efforts underway in our area. Schramm says more details on the tourism agreement will be forthcoming in the near future.


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Yankton Baseball Hall of Fame

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Longtime Yankton baseball supporters Roger Thompson, Jim Robinson, and Mike Imeg (eye-meg) will be inducted into the Yankton Baseball Associations’ Hall of Fame at their annual banquet set for February 10thYankton Baseball Association President Jason Nelson says all three of these individuals have left their mark on local baseball.  Nelson says it is important to honor the people who helped shape and support Yankton baseball through the years. The Yankton Baseball Association’s Hall of Fame Banquet is set for 5 PM February 10th   at the Yankton Elks Lodge. 


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Turf Fundraising at Crane-Youngworth

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Yankton School District has organized a committee to raise funds for a synthetic turf surface at Crane-Youngworth Field.

Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kindle says their first committee meeting takes place Thursday, and this group will seek to raise around $800,000 for a synthetic turf project which would allow both football and soccer to be played at Crane-Youngworth Field.  He says there has been great community support behind this entire project.

Kindle says overall, they hope to get bids approved this spring and complete construction this summer of the grandstand, bleachers, restrooms and concession areas at Crane-Youngworth.  The field surface would be the final part of the project in the summer of 2018.  

 

 


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4030 Foundation

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Planning is underway to build a new youth sports complex on about forty-nine acres of land purchased last year by members of the 4030 Foundation. 4030 Foundation spokesman Dr. Luke Serck says a firm is currently developing plans for soccer and baseball fields at the site. Serck says at some point they plan on asking the city of Yankton for some assistance with this project. Serck says closing date on the property purchase is March 1st but the state of South Dakota has given the 4030 Foundation the option to move that date up if they desire.


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Pathways Shelter for the Homeless

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

With a new name and a new location Pathways Shelter for the Homeless is ready to address the growing issue of the homeless in our community. Executive Director Jesse Bailey says last year they served nearly twice the number of homeless people as in 2015. Bailey says the biggest advantage the new location at the former Star-Brite Motel located on 4th Street has is the amount of room there to provide shelter for the homeless. Bailey says Pathways Shelter for the Homeless can house up to forty-eight people.


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Yankton County Commission-YAPG

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

No action was taken yesterday by the Yankton County Commission on a funding request from Yankton Area Progressive Growth for an annual pledge of fifty thousand dollars per year for the next five years. That amount represents a ten thousand dollar annual increase from the county’s previous commitment to YAPG’s capital campaign and Chairman Don Kettering says economic development is the only way to increase the county’s tax base. Kettering says helping to fund economic development efforts is a priority. Kettering says the Yankton County Commission will consider the funding request from Yankton Area Progressive Growth at their next meeting February 7th.


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Design SD

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The process of developing a vision for the future of our community’s downtown area was begun yesterday with a series of listening sessions held throughout Yankton by members of Design South Dakota. Designer Joe Bartmann says the listening sessions are in preparation for a larger public meeting planned for February 1st . Bartmann says the input of the Yankton community is vital to the Design South Dakota process. Bartmann says the Design South Dakota public input meeting is set for 530 PM February 1st at the Avera Office Pavilion.


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Rebecca Swift

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Yankton Area Arts is hosting an exhibit by Yankton native and nationally known makeup artist Rebecca Swift that gets underway this Friday. Yankton Area Arts Director Julie Amsberry says Swift is a multi-talented individual whose work as a professional make-up artist is the basis for a unique exhibit.  Amsberry says since working on the set of the movie Carter & June  Swift has made a specialty of special effects make-up. The Yankton Area Arts Association’s exhibit of the work of make-up artist Rebecca Swift runs from this Friday through February 28th with a First Friday reception with the artist set for 5 PM on February 3rd.


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Yankton School District Days Off

Monday, January 16, 2017

Like most other schools in the region, the Yankton School District cancelled classes today because of the ice storm and very slippery roadways.

Yankton School Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kindle says the Board of Education sets the school calendar a couple years in advance, but the Board is always prepared to make needed adjustment.  Today was the second day off this school year in Yankton, as there was a snow day just before Thanksgiving.

The Winter Weather Advisory is set to end at midnight, and mostly sunny skies are expected by tomorrow afternoon.

 


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USS South Dakota Update

Monday, January 16, 2017

This shapes up to be a busy, yet different, year for the sailors working on the U-S-S South Dakota submarine out in Connecticut.

Deb Bodenstedt of Yankton has served as the chair of the Commissioning Committee for the submarine project, and she says they all had a very busy and successful year in 2016, with a number of sailors taking in five events across South Dakota.

Bodenstedt says the sailors work on the submarine will take much more of their time this year, including very specialized work on the nuclear reactor portion of the vessel.

Bodenstedt says they hope to bring the sailors to Dakota Days, Hobo Days, the South Dakota State Fair and more this year.

The timeline is to have the Christening of the U-S-S South Dakota this coming December, and the Commissioning of the submarine is expected in December of 2018.

 


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