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United Way Campaign

Friday, November 21, 2014

United Way and Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton is seeing good progress so far in their campaign to raise a half million dollars in donations towards their 2015 goal. Executive Director Lauren Hanson says the response to this year’s campaign by individuals and businesses has been much stronger than was expected. Hanson says the work done by the local United Way’s member agencies impacts every part of the Yankton community. Hanson says Yankton United Way has now reached about sixty percent of their 2015 campaign goal of five hundred thousand dollars. 


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Small Business Saturday

Friday, November 21, 2014

With the annual holiday shopping season giving consumers more ways to shop for the gifts they want to give, local officials are reminding area shoppers of the value of supporting small businesses during the coming weeks through Small Business Saturday. Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Director Carmen Schramm says small businesses make substantial contributions to the local community through sales taxes, employee salaries and goods and services purchased by those businesses. Schramm says next Saturday (the 29th) the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce will be manning welcome stations at the Yankton Mall and the Riverfront Events Center to register shoppers for an opportunity to win chamber dollars that can be used at local businesses. In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday as a way to encourage people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 


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Sales Tax Numbers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The latest available sales tax figures for the city of Yankton continue to show an increase from one year ago. Finance Officer Al Viercek says for the second consecutive month, sales tax revenue has shown a better than six percent increase bringing total figures for the first ten months of this year to an increase of over three and a half percent. Viercek says along with a one and a half percent increase in the retail sector sales tax numbers have been raised by other sectors of the local economy this year as well. Viercek says the current improvement in Yankton’s sales tax numbers has been mirrored by a number of other of South Dakota’s larger communities, which have also seen sales tax figures increase this year as well.


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Yankton County Emergency Management

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Yankton County Emergency Management has launched a Facebook page and Twitter account to better communicate information of an ongoing disaster or other emergency event. Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschligt  says the Facebook page and Twitter accounts will allow their communications to reach people who are not using traditional media sources such as radio and television. Scherschligt says the information posted on the Facebook page will be strictly related to current weather conditions, emergency situations and training events in our local area. Scherschligt says another advantage of using Facebook and Twitter is that they allow the public to share information related to ongoing disasters back to emergency personnel, helping to keep them informed about current situations. 


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Yankton Dot Co

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Plans are underway to launch a new website dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in the Yankton area. One Million Cups Organizer Ben Hanten says after having worked for most of the past year to promote entrepreneurial efforts in eastern South Dakota corridor through Think 29, he now wants to focus his efforts on the Yankton community. Hanten says the Yankton-dot-co  website will be include content on local entrepreneurs and their businesses, as well as a way for people to network with others in the Yankton area. Hanten says he expects the Yankton-dot-co website to be on-line early next year.


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Stevens House Majority Whip

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

District 18 Representative Mike Stevens has been elected to serve as one of four Majority party whips in the South Dakota House. Stevens says the role of a whip involves communicating among various levels of state government and helping to orientate new legislators to some of their duties such as writing bills and addressing fellow legislators on the House floor. Stevens says one advantage of the whip position is more frequent contact with Governor Daugaard and the opportunity to present his views to the state’s Chief Executive Officer. The 2015 South Dakota legislative session opens on January 14th.


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YAA Tour of Homes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Tour of Homes fundraiser set for early next month to benefit the Yankton Area Arts Association. Yankton Area Arts Executive Director Julie Amsberry says people on the tour this year will see the historical Dewey Danforth home which was constructed in the 1870’s. Amsberry says another historical residence on the tour of homes is the Hoffman House which was constructed in 1880 and has an interesting history. Amsberry says tickets for the 2014 Tour of Homes, set for 1 to 4 PM on December 7th are available at the G-A-R Art Gallery, Yankton Hy-Vee and Rexall Drug.

 


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Rural Rewards Program

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Rural Rewards program is a cooperative effort administered by the Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center that is seeking to train people to work in long-term health care facilities through-out our region. Executive Director Sandy Viau-Williams says nursing homes are finding it difficult to hire enough qualified people to provide direct care services their residents. Williams says because of its’ flexibility, certified nursing assistant training would be a good choice for someone who is interested in a health-care career or who needs to enhance their job skills while continuing to work at a full-time job. Williams says anyone interested in participating in the nursing assistant training program should contact the Yankton AHEC office or go to the Rural Rewards website for an application.


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19th Annual Yankton Community Holiday Feast

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Organizers are busy preparing to serve a holiday meal to as many as three thousand people as the 19th annual Yankton Community Holiday Feast gets underway next Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church. Event Founder Steve Johnson says since the community feast was begun nearly two decades ago it has grown from a meal for few hundred people to an event that fed nearly three thousand last year. Organizer Donna Madson says volunteers are needed to help with the feast by either delivering meals to people who are unable to attend the community feast or by serving the meal. The 19th  annual Yankton Community Holiday Feast will be next Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church 2 with meals served from 4:30 to 7 p.m.


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Weed Superintendent Resigns

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Longtime Weed Superintendent for Yankton County Tom Schramm has resigned his position. Yankton County Commissioner Allen Sinclair says current plans are to have the weed superintendent’s duties moved to the Yankton County Highway Department. Sinclair says it makes sense to have the highway department employees addressing weed issues throughout the county while saving the twenty thousand dollar per year cost of the weed superintendent’s salary. Schramm’s resignation is effective December 31st.


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