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Onward Yankton

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The search for the next big idea for the Yankton community was begun  Wednesday by a group known as Onward Yankton who announced the creation of a contest with a grand prize of ten thousand dollars. The announcement was made at Yankton High School and First Dakota National Bank President Larry Ness says the contest is being held to discover an idea that, when implemented, could be as impactful to the community as the construction of the Meridian Bridge. District 18 State Senator Bernie Hunhoff says once the big idea has been determined, the Onward Yankton group is serious about implementing it. Hunhoff says the contest to find Yankton’s next big idea will run for the next one hundred days.


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United Way Reaches Goal

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

United Way and Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton has announced that they have achieved their campaign goal of five hundred thousand dollars. Executive Director Lauren Hanson says donations in the amount of five hundred thousand, seven hundred twenty-six dollars were received for this year’s campaign. Hanson says through these contributions thousands of people in the Yankton area will benefit from United Way supported programs. Hanson says United Way and Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton helps support over thirty-five programs in our area.


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Missing Inmate

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
A state prison inmate has been placed on escape status after leaving a Yankton community service assignment.  John Collins was last seen in Yankton at 3 P.M.  Collins is 30, 6 feet tall, and 165 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.  Collins is serving a 10 year sentence for grand theft out of Lawrence County.
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Business Community Prayer Breakfast

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Yankton City Manager Amy Nelson gave the key note address at Tuesday's 25th annual Business Community Prayer Breakfast. Speaking the subject of ethics, Nelson says much of our community’s success is rooted in the efforts made by its’ citizens who come together to achieve goals and to make Yankton a better place to live and work. Nelson says the real leaders demonstrate their leadership and connection to the community through their actions, not only from the title they hold. Tuesday's Business Community Prayer Breakfast was hosted by Mount Marty College, the Yankton Kiwanis Club and the Benedictine Institute of Leadership, Ethics and Social Justice.

 


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Hudson Arriagnment Set

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

An arraignment date has been set for Joshua Hudson, charged with second degree murder, aggravated assault and grand theft in connection with the March 2014 slaying of 46 year old Todd Hudson of Yankton. In First Circuit Court Monday Judge Glen Eng denied a motion from Deputy States Attorney Erich Jonke for a third psychiatric evaluation of the defendant. Judge Eng noted that while the state is not in agreement with the findings of a second psychiatric evaluation, information is contained in the evaluation that can be used by the prosecution. Judge Eng set 930 AM on April 13th as the date for an arraignment hearing the matter.


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Polar Plunge

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Plans have been announced for the sixth annual Yankton Polar Plunge to benefit South Dakota Special Olympics at the Midway Boat Ramp later next month. Organizer Sherri Duke says money raised at the Polar Plunge is used to help finance trips to Special Olympics tournaments and to purchase uniforms and equipment for the athletes. Duke says Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels will return to M-C the event where plungers in costume take a dip in the waters of Lewis and Clark Lake. Duke says the 6th annual Yankton Polar Plunge is set for 1 PM April 19th at the Midway Boat Ramp at Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area.


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Transportation Taxes

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lawmakers during the 2015 South Dakota Legislative session passed the largest tax increase in our state’s history, a bill that is intended to raise as much as eighty-five million dollars for infrastructure maintenance and improvements, some of which goes into effect Wednesday. A member of the House Appropriations Committee, District 18 Representative Jean Hunhoff says some of the increases, including a twenty percent increase in license plate fees, are meant for counties and townships to utilize. Hunhoff says the bill also includes provisions for a bridge fund and allows counties to increase their wheel tax in order to generate more revenue. The transportation funding bill had an emergency declaration attached to it, meaning most of the tax and fee increases are effective Wednesday.


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5th Annual Spellabrate

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Yankton Area Literacy Council has announced plans for the 5th annual Spellabrate for a good cause Scrabble tournament fundraiser. Organizer Veronica Trezona says the deadline to register for the event is this Sunday. Trezona says the tournament consists of thirty minute sessions played in three divisions: Adults, Students ages 12 to 17 and Youth ages 11 and under. Trezona says the fifth annual Spellebrate for a Good Cause Scrabble Tournament is set for Sunday, April 12th , at the Regional Technical Education Center.


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Chamber To Offer Diversity Training

Sunday, March 29, 2015

In preparation for the World Youth Archery Tournament in June, the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting diversity training sessions in April to promote understanding of the diverse cultures that will be staying in Yankton.

Director of Yankton’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Stephanie Moser says having a better understanding of other cultures’ customs will go a long way in making tournament guests feel welcomed.

Tournament volunteers and the entire business community are encouraged to attend the April 21st and 22nd sessions. 
For more information, contact the Yankton Area Chamber.  

 

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Nelson To Speak At Prayer Breakfast

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Yankton’s City Manager Amy Nelson will be the guest speaker at tomorrow’s 26th annual Business Community Prayer Breakfast.

Nelson says she’s excited to speak at the event, which is entitled “Ethics in the Business World.”

The event will be held at Mount Marty College and will have the Saint John’s Bible on display.

 

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