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Wagon Train To Pierre

Monday, September 1, 2014

South Dakota’s history will be celebrated this Wednesday at the rodeo grounds and the Mead Building as South Dakota’s 125th anniversary celebration continues with the sending off of a wagon train to Pierre.

Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce Carmen Schramm says that beginning at 1 P.M., the Mead Building will be open for tours and that there will be transportation to and from the rodeo grounds, which will serve as the location for the wagon train celebration.

Schramm says tickets for the 5 P.M. meal at the rodeo grounds are ten dollars for adults and six for children ten and under and can be purchased at the Dakota Territorial Museum.

The wagon train will feature roughly ninety wagon trains making a seventeen-day journey to the Capital.


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Thursday Night Tornado

Friday, August 29, 2014

No property damage or injuries have been reported in connection with tornado that struck northern Yankton County Thursday night. Yankton County Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschligt says he saw three funnels clouds with the storm one of which was on the ground at least some of the time. Scherschligt says while surveying the area after the storm he saw no damage and has not had any reports from residents of damage at their homes. Scherschligt says that the one funnel cloud was on ground for approximately thirty-five to forty minutes.


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United Way Week

Friday, August 29, 2014

United Way and Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton is gearing up for another fundraising campaign as they prepare for United Way week early next month. United Way Director Lauren Hanson says during the week of September 8th local residents will receive a fundraising card in the mail asking for their financial support. Hanson says even the smallest contributions made on a regular basis helps to support vital programs in our community such as Meals on Wheels. Hanson says United Way and Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton currently helps to fund twenty-two partner agencies in the local community. 


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James River Bridge Inspections

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Inspections of four bridges located in Yankton County that cross the James River have been scheduled for next month and will involve the closure of those bridges from 8 AM to 5 PM each day while the inspections are underway. Yankton County Highway Superintendent Brian Gustad says the traveling public should make plans to use alternate routes on the days that the bridges will be closed. Gustad says because a boom truck will used in these inspections they will give a better idea of what the actual condition of the bridge is than the normal annual inspection does. Gustad says the dates and locations of the inspections are as follows:

September 22nd 431st Street/Menno Road

September 23rd 436th Avenue/ Jamesville Colony

September 24th  306th Avenue/Volin Road and

September 25th 309th  Street/ at Fleege’s Bridge  


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Kathleen Norris

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Benedictine Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Social Justice plans to have author Kathleen Norris as the featured speaker for the Fall Benedictine Lecture Series set for September 30th at Mount Marty College. Executive Director of the South Dakota Humanities Council Sherry DeBoer says Norris will give a presentation on her book Benedict’s Dakota: Themes of the Rule as Lived on the Plains. Kathleen Norris’ presentation will be held at Mount Marty College on Tuesday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Marian Auditorium.


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Municipal Utility Bills

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Following approval earlier this week by the Yankton City Commission municipal utility customers will soon be able to pay their bills with credit cards. Finance Officer Al Viercek says the new system will also allow customers to utilize check-cash online payment for their monthly bills. Viercek says as is common with purchases made using a credit card customers will be charged a service fee with each transaction. Viercek says he expects the new system to be in place for use within the next two months.


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Nurse of the Year Finalist

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mary Pistulka has been named as one of ten finalists for the National Association and Home Care and Hospice Nurse of the Year. Pistulka has been employed at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital for the past twenty-six years and she says the focus of hospice care is not in seeking a cure for what the patient suffers from but rather is on making them as comfortable as possible through symptom management and addressing their emotional and spiritual concerns as they approach the end of their lives. Pistulka says through her work she has seen the healing that is possible not only for the patient who is dying but for their families as well during their time in hospice care. The general public is invited to visit the National Association and Home Care’s website and vote for this year’s winner.The 2014 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year will be announced at the N-A-H-C Annual Meeting & Exposition October 19th-through-the-22nd in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

 

 


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YSD Career and Technical Education Grant

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A number of new educational programs have been started this year at Yankton High School that were funded through a two-hundred-eighty thousand dollar career and technical education grant from the state of South Dakota. Principal Jennifer Johnke says the grant has helped to fund a computer aided drafting course offered at Yankton High School as well as through an academy for students for students from area schools at the Regional Technical Education Center. Johnke says a welding course is also being offered that has seen a high level of interest from students at Yankton High School and other area schools. Johnke says a machining processes class is also planned for the spring semester of this school year.


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EB5 Subpoenas

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Legislative leaders of the South Dakota Democratic Party yesterday asked some of the people involved in the E-B-5 scandal including U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds to testify under oath about the matter at a hearing of the Government Operations and Audit Committee set for late next month. House Minority Leader Bernie Hunhoff says along with sworn testimony from the principals involved in the matter, Democrats are asking for a full day of hearings, equal time for questions from both Republicans and Democrats and that legislative members should have access to legal counsel during the hearing. Hunhoff says with a December 1st deadline for a report from GOAC (GOH-ak) approaching and little progress having been made so far in learning the truth about the E-B-5 scandal, he and his fellow party members are serious about seeking subpoenas to have former and current state officials including Governor Dennis Daugaard testify under oath in person before the committee. News of the E-B-5 scandal broke nearly one year ago following the suicide of former state cabinet member Richard Benda who has since been linked to the misappropriation of about one-half million dollars of taxpayer money.

 

 


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Yankton Community Library Tech Survey

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

An online survey is underway to help staff at the Yankton Community Library determine how the facility’s computers are being utilized and what their future needs may be. Library Director Kathy Wibbels says the survey will ask general questions about the types of information that library patrons are accessing online and how they are looking for it. Wibbels says because it gives them a better idea of the community’s level of computer usage it is important for people who do not regularly use the library’s computers to participate in the survey as well.  Wibbels says the Yankton Community Library technology survey can be found at the City of Yankton’s website and will be available through September 13th.


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