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River Walk Holiday Cookie Walk

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

In order to make the 5th Annual River Walk Holiday Cookie Walk a success dozens of cookies and other holiday treats are needed before the event which is set for the Dakota Theater the morning of December 5thRiver Walk President Katie Hunhoff says the money raised by the Holiday Cookie Walk is used to help purchase pedestals to display River Walk sculptures on. Hunhoff says volunteers are needed to help prepare the cookies that will be sold at the fundraiser and which may be dropped off at the Yankton Press and Dakotan the day before or at the Dakota Theater the morning of the Cookie Walk. Hunhoff says later in December the Yankton River Walk committee will make their selections of sculptures that are planned to be installed throughout the downtown next May.


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Collector Well Contract

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Yankton’s effort to construct a new municipal water treatment plant took another step forward this week with the approval by the Yankton City Commission of a contract with Welfl (Construction for a new collector well that will be installed at Paddlewheel Point. Director of Environmental Services Kyle Goodmanson says since the collector well was first planned, the decision has been made to expand the project beyond its’ original scope. Goodmanson says it is more cost effective to plan for a larger collector well now rather than trying to upgrade that facility in future years. Construction of the collector well is expected to begin next spring.


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School Resource Officer Dan Thompson

Monday, November 24, 2014

In only the first few days on the job, the new school resource officer for the Yankton School District is making an impact on the students he works with. Yankton Police Department Lieutenant Mike Burgeson says that School Resource Officer Dan Thompson has already been responsible for stopping a fight between a pair of students preventing them from being further involved in the juvenile justice system. Officer Thompson began his law enforcement career in the United States Air Force before joining the Yankton County Sheriff’s Office and later worked with the South Dakota Highway Patrol.   


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Downtown Parking Committee

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Yankton City Commission is seeking local residents to serve on a Downtown Parking Advisory Committee. City Manager Amy Nelson says anyone who is interested in serving on this committee should submit a letter of interest to the City Manager’s Office. Recommendations from the Downtown Parking Advisory Committee will be made to the City Commission to consider what changes, if any are needed to the current downtown parking ordinance. 


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Riverside Field Naming Rights

Monday, November 24, 2014

Much discussion was heard but no firm decision was reached last night by members of the Yankton City Commission regarding the naming rights of the baseball field located at Riverside Park. The proposal before the commission was to name the baseball facility Riverside Field at Bob Tereshinski Stadium for the next twenty years based on the significant contribution of Mount Marty College and the Yankton Baseball Association to fund the infield turf project. Director of the Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation Todd Larson says regardless of the official name of the facility it is not clear how that name change would be reflected in signage placed at Riverside Park. City Commissioner Dave Knoff says before deciding on an official name, the commission needs to hear from officials with both Mount Marty College and the Yankton Baseball Association regarding their wishes on a name. Further action on the naming rights issue was postponed until the December 8th Yankton City Commission meeting.


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Mercy Meals of Yankton

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The local charity Kids Against Hunger has recently undergone a change in name due to a new partnership with a nonprofit group based in Norfolk, Nebraska. Yankton member Steve Mach says the group’s focus is on providing nourishing meals to children, mostly in Haiti; and their efforts feed over twelve hundred food daily. Mach says the new name will be Mercy Meals of Yankton, a branch of an organization called Orphan Grain Train which provides international humanitarian relief. The process began last year when Orphan Grain Train contacted him, offering free transport of all the food Mercy Meals packs, particularly  for Haiti.

Mach says the meals they send are meant to be not just filling, but nutritious with many important vitamins and minerals necessary to young children. The local organization has also provided meals to the Rosebud Reservation, the Yankton Food Pantry and the Sack-Pack program. On December 6th, the program will be at Mike Durfree prison where two-hundred and forty inmates will work to pack sixty-thousand meals.

 


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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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