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World Youth Archery Championships

Thursday, February 26, 2015

As the number of countries who have signed up to attend this June’s World Youth Archery Championships at the N-F-A-A Easton Yankton Archery Complex continues to grow, so does the need to have appropriate activities for the archers to engage in while they are not directly involved in the tournament. Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Stephanie Moser says twenty countries have currently signed up including several which plan on arriving in Yankton ahead of the tournament. Moser says two possibilities for providing some entertainment for the young archers include Yankton’s annual Rib Fest celebration and the Missouri National Recreational River. The World Youth Archery Championships are set for June 8th through the 14th at the N-F-A-A Easton Yankton Archery Complex.

 


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National Ag Week

Thursday, February 26, 2015

With a focus on our state’s number one industry, the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing to observe National Ag Week next month. Director Carmen Schramm says during Ag week members of the Chamber’s Agri-Business Committee will be making presentations to local students on the importance that farming and ranching play in our daily lives. Schramm says staff from the Chamber will be spending time at local ag-related businesses to gather information from them and their customers on the significant role that agriculture has in our local economy. Schramm says National Ag Week is March 15th through the 21st.


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Westbrook Estates

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Plans have been announced for the creation of Westbrook Estates, a new housing development that will be located on West City Limits Road that is intended to provide affordable housing in the Yankton community. The first phase of the project will be to construct a one hundred forty unit apartment complex with an additional seventy-four homes on thirty acres located across from the current Yankton School District Administration building and Yankton Area Progressive Growth Housing Committee Chairman Dan Specht says two home builders from the Sioux Falls area have been selected to work on the project. Tax increment financing is needed to move the housing development forward and Specht says Yankton Area Progressive Growth will be responsible for the debt incurred by the project. Specht says he is hopeful construction on Westbrook Estates can get underway this summer.


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Reverend Leonard Kayser

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Reverend Leonard P. Kayser age 82, passed away Tuesday morning at Doughtery House of the campus of Avera Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls following a brief episode of infirm health. Among other duties Reverend Kayser served as a chaplain at the South Dakota Human Services Center for a number of years and District 18 State Senator Bernie Hunhoff says he played a pivotal role in our state during the farm crisis of the 1980’s. A liturgical wake and Scripture service will be prayed at the Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel at Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton with  visitation from 6 to 8 PM Thursday with the liturgical wake and Scripture service beginning at 7 PM.


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23rd and Green Traffic Study

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Officials with the city of Yankton have announced plans a for traffic study at the intersection of 23rd and Green Streets to determine if more traffic controls are needed there for public safety. There are currently two stop signs at the intersection and City Manager Amy Nelson says the study is being undertaken in response to the large number of accidents that have occurred there. Nelson says enough accidents have occurred at 23rd and Green that the intersection qualifies for a South Dakota Department of Transportation study to decide if further traffic controls are needed. Nelson says she expects the transportation department study to begin sometime this spring. 


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State Collections

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Members of the South Dakota Legislature last week heard a presentation regarding the amount of money that is owed to various state agencies and some possibilities on how it could be collected. District 18 State Representative Jean Hunhoff says legislators were told that as much as twenty-five million dollars in recoverable funds may be collectible. Hunhoff says the question that needs to be settled is what sort of process would be used to collect the funds. Hunhoff says one proposal would be to use state resources to recover those funds. 


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CASA Fundraiser

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Southeast South Dakota CASA has announced plans for their second annual Reverse Your Luck fundraiser set for next month at Minerva’s. Executive Director Sherri Rodgers-Conti says the Reverse Your Luck raffle is based on the opposite of the usual raffle contest in that a person that enters wants their entry to be drawn last and not first. Conti says last year’s event was a sell-out and this year’s may be as well. Conti says the Second Annual Southeast South Dakota CASA Reverse Your Luck fundraiser is set for the evening of March 14th at Minerva’s. 


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Boys and Girls Club Funding Request

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Yankton City Commission will decide later this year whether or not to grant a funding request from the Yankton Boys and Girls Club for financial support in the amount of two hundred thousand dollars. The request is part of the Yankton Boys & Girls Club capital campaign to secure funding for a new facility and board President Marc Mooney says once built the new headquarters will allow for an expansion of services among our community’s young people. Mooney says the request could be paid in installments over a period of four-to-five years and would be in addition to the annual payment from the city for the club’s operating expenses. The request from the Yankton Boys and Girls Club will be considered later this year as part of their outside agency funding when the city commission begins its’ budget workshops.


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Proposed Corporate Income Tax

Monday, February 23, 2015

District 18 Senator Bernie Hunhoff has proposed instituting a corporate income tax, the revenues of which would be used for education, specifically improving teacher salaries in South Dakota. Hunhoff says since it is unlikely to pass through the state legislature, an effort to create a corporate income tax would need to be in the form of a ballot initiative.  District 18 Representative Mike Stevens says while it is unlikely such a ballot initiative would succeed, any option for increasing teacher salaries should be explored. District 18 Representative Jean Hunhoff says it is not now clear whether a corporate income tax would place an unfair burden on businesses within our state. A resolution that Senator Hunhoff helped sponsor which called for a public vote on a constitutional amendment to establish a corporate income tax in South Dakota, and to dedicate those dollars to education, was in front of the Senate State Affairs Committee last Wednesday where it died on a seven to two vote.

 


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Legislative Cracker Barrel

Saturday, February 21, 2015

District 18 legislators took time off from their work in Pierre this weekend to spend time sharing their views and hearing from constituents at a cracker barrel hosted by the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce. Regarding expanding South Dakota’s participation in the federal Medicaid program District 18 State Senator Bernie Hunhoff says with new data in place that indicates that fewer people would enroll in the expanded Medicaid program than was previously thought, the cost of implementing the program would be less than was anticipated. Representative Mike Stevens says he has concerns regarding funding South Dakota’s share of the Medicaid expansion which would reach thirty-two millions dollars by the year 2020. Representative Jean Hunhoff says given the demand for tax dollars for issues such as road and bridge maintenance across the state it is unlikely that the Medicaid expansion will move forward anytime soon. Another District 18 Legislative cracker barrel is set for 10 AM on March 7th at the Avera Office Pavilion.


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