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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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Hanten Honored As Citizen Of The Year

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Ben Hanten was recognized as the 2014 Citizen of the Year this Saturday at a ceremony held on his behalf.

Those who spoke at the gathering spoke of Hanten’s passion for creating and for giving back to his community. 

Hanten says that he’s drawn to Yankton because of its history and quality of life.

Hanten says he gets frustrated when people believe that happiness is something to be found someplace else, like a big city.

Hanten is the owner of Ben’s Brewing, and has had a major influence in Yankton’s RibFest, the Wire Me Awake Conference for Entrepreneurs, and is a co-founder of Think 29. 

 

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Highway Fifty Reconstruction Project

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The lack of competitive bids for the Highway 50 reconstruction project may cause a delay in getting started the work started. The sole bid was from D&G Concrete Construction of Sioux Falls and was well above the engineer’s estimate for the project and South Dakota Department of Transportation Engineer Ron Peterson says because the only bid received for the work was well above the engineer’s estimate the project is on hold while the bid is being reviewed. Peterson says the issue is complicated by plans for other infrastructure work that is planned to be done at the same time as the road construction project. Peterson says a decision on whether to accept the bid or reject it and reopen the project for bidding is expected within about one week.


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Bon Homme County Burn Ban

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Officials have declared a ban on open burning in Bon Homme County which began Thursday morning. Bon Homme County Emergency Manager Scott Burgi  says due to dry conditions the ban needed to be put in place. Burgi says according to county ordinance during the ban no controlled  burns will be permitted without the approval of the local fire chief. Burgi says the ban will remain in place until significant moisture is received in the area.


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