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Manufacturing Week

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Close to twenty percent of the workers in the Yankton area are employed in manufacturing and next week the work they do will be in the spotlight as our community observes manufacturing week. Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Director Carmen Schramm says the week begins with a public tour of Applied Engineering at 1 PM on Monday followed by a Welcome Community Open House & Product Showcase set for the Yankton Mall at 530 that afternoon. Schramm says the weeks’ events conclude at 3 PM Friday with  the    Manufacturer Employee Olympics at Riverside Park.  Schramm says following the Manufacturer Employee Olympics the teams will gather at The Old Mill for the post- competition awards ceremony.  


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Habitat in Vermillion

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Following their expansion of services into Clay County the local Habitat for Humanity chapter has been performing repair projects that will help people remain in their homes throughout the winter months ahead. Habitat for Humanity of Clay and Yankton Counties Director Julie Dykstra says no dollar value can be placed on the help they have provided by a completing a roof repair project for an elderly lady and building a wheelchair ramp for a another Vermillion resident. Dykstra says today and tomorrow Habitat needs the help of a few people who are not afraid to go up on a ladder. Dykstra says anyone interested in helping Habitat for Humanity by volunteering should contact their office in Yankton.


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Yankton Area Literacy Council

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This week is celebrated across the nation as “Adult Education and Family Literacy Week”.

The Yankton Area Literacy Council is having a program this evening to address this topic, and Board member Veronica Trezona says the public is invited to attend and find out more about the Literacy Council and honor their students.

Council President Patty Stuelpnagel says more tutors in math are needed in the Yankton area as they plan to start a pilot program at Stewart Elementary.

Tonight’s program begins at 5:00 at the Yankton Community Library meeting room.  The Yankton Area Literacy Council now has their office at the United Church of Christ at 218 West Fifth Street.

 


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MMC Women in Science

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

8th grade girls from around our area will be attending the Women in Science 2016 event set for the campus of Mount Marty College early next week. Associate Dean For Academic Affairs Lisa Bonneau says about two hundred seventy five young ladies will get hands-on experiences in various scientific fields. Chemistry professor Tamara Pease says it is important to encourage girls to take a look at pursuing a career in in one of the science fields. The 2016 Mount Marty Women in Science event is set for next Tuesday at Mount Marty College.


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Four Winds Boat Shop

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A love of canoeing has become a new career for one Vermillion business owner who is handcrafting boats and other items out of wood. Dawne Olson of Four Winds Boat Shop and Woodcraft says because they are meant to last for many years her cedar canoes and kayaks are a stark contrast to most watercraft produced these days. It takes as long as three hundred hours to build one of her canoes and Olson says while they are beautiful to look at they are not just works of art they are very well-built functional watercraft. Olson says she can be contacted through the Four Winds Boat Shop and Woodcraft Facebook page or through their website.


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Napa Junction

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Progress is being made on the construction of the grain-handling facility that is being built at Napa Junction northwest of Yankton. Yankton County Commission Chairman Todd Woods says work has been done to prepare the road to Napa Junction for reconstruction and some of the concrete work at the facility’s site has begun. Woods says there is a plenty of room for more businesses to locate their operations at Napa Junction once the Dakota Plains Ag facility is finished. Woods says in about a month concrete for the facilities’ silos will be poured, a process which will run around the clock for about a week until it is finished.


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Missouri River Events

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

This year’s area events that based around the Missouri River such as the annual clean-up in May and the Lake Yankton Outdoor Festival are making a difference and will continue to grow into the future. With lower than hoped for attendance for the past few years Regional Coordinator for the Izaack Walton League Paul Lepisto says plans are to hold the Lake Yankton Outdoor Festival a week earlier next year with a change to morning hours as well. Lepisto says one goal that is being accomplished by of all the events on the Missouri River is to encourage young people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors. This year’s Lake Yankton Outdoor Festival featured the return of the cardboard boat race after a six-year absence.


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Yankton Sales Tax Trend

Monday, September 26, 2016

Sales tax revenue for the City of Yankton has shown some declines over the past year.  Yankton City Finance Officer Al Viereck says when you compare last August to this August, the sales tax income dropped by over 3.6 percent.

Viereck says year-to-date in 2016, sales tax is still up 1.3 percent compared to last year, but there are major concerns with the farm economy and on-line sales.

Viereck says in talking with Yankton City Manager Amy Nelson, there are possibilities of cutbacks if the trends continue.

The Yankton City Commission meets in regular session starting at 7:00 tonight at the Regional Technical Education Center at 1200 W. 21st.

 


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Yankton Meals On Wheels

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Meals On Wheels program through The Center in Yankton has dropped in numbers this year, but it remains very valuable to dozens of local senior citizens.

The Center Executive Director Christy Hauer says there are income and age guidelines to be eligible for Meals On Wheels.  She says The Center has amazing volunteers providing a valuable service delivering the meals.

Last year, The Center sent out over 17,000 Meals On Wheels but Hauer says the deliveries have declined this year.

 

 


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New CVB Director

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Kasi Haberman as the new Convention & Visitor Bureau Director. Haberman has been employed as marketing director for the Yankton Mall and she says the position with the C-V-B represents a great opportunity for her. Chamber Executive Director Carmen Schramm in the near future the convention and visitors bureau will be looking at ways to further develop local tourism, particularly at Lewis and Clark Lake. Haberman says she begins her new duties as Convention and Visitors Bureau Director on October 18th.


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