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Boys State 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Next week over 300 high school students from South Dakota will attend the American Legion’s 73rd Annual Boy’s State Session at the NSU campus in Aberdeen. American Legion Department Adjutant Denny Brenden says the students selected are those who have shown leadership skills and high academic potential. Yankton’s Boy’s State representative from the American Legion, John Darcy, says the week will involve classes on civics and politics, with elections and debates of current issues. Yankton High is sending fourteen boys to the session which runs from the 1st to the 5th. 
 

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WAYC 2015 tours of Yankton

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Next week competitors and their families will arrive in Yankton for the 2015 World Archery Youth Championship and several organizations are coming together to showcase our community, state and nation for hundreds of international guests. Tournament Manager Nancy Wenande says the school district has organized a dinner of pizza and ice cream, followed by a gift exchange with local high school students. Wenande says there will be a countryside tour focused on agriculture as well as a visit to a local elk and buffalo ranch. The tournament’s opening ceremony is on June 6th and is open to the public; it includes a Parade of Nations and Native American song and dance.
 

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Avian Flu in Knox County

Thursday, May 28, 2015
On Wednesday night the Nebraska Department of Agriculture placed a Knox County farm under quarantine after a preliminary test for Avian Flu came back positive. Greg Ibach, Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, says after the initial positive tests in Dixon County, precautions were taken to isolate the location in Knox County so it could undergo depopulation. Ibach says the Center of Disease Control and State Health Departments have determined that the outbreak does not pose a risk to humans. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture will conduct 6.2 mile radius search for poultry and chicken to isolate and test them as well.
 

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June is Yankton's Bike to Work Month

Thursday, May 28, 2015
The Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation in conjunction with the Bike Yankton organization has declared June as “Bike to Work-Bike to Play” Month. Director of Parks and Recreation, Todd Larson, says there will be group rides to a number of activities meant to appeal to the public, such as outdoor music performances and free yoga classes. Larson says participation and promotion of Bike to Work-Bike to Play Month could impact future decisions that could make Yankton a more bike friendly community. A full schedule of events can be found at the Parks and Recreation and Bike Yankton Facebook Page. 
 

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New KYB Director

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

With new Executive Director Paula Hallberg on board, Keep Yankton Beautiful is ready to continue its’ mission to keep the local community clean and attractive for residents and visitors. Hallberg says one of her priorities as K-Y-B Director is to work to educate people about the opportunities that exist for recycling here in the Yankton community. Hallberg says the emphasis that is being placed on creating new housing here is an opportunity for K-Y-B to be involved and help insure that new developments in and around the community are attractive. Hallberg says the next large event that Keep Yankton Beautiful is involved in will be this summer’s annual River Boat Days celebration set for August 21st through the 23rd at Riverside Park.


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City Land Purchase

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The city of Yankton has approved a purchase of land from the state of South Dakota for an amount just under four hundred thousand dollars. The property is adjoining a parcel of land on the south campus of the South Dakota Human Services Center previously purchased by the city and City Commissioner Chris Ferdig spoke in opposition to the purchase saying the city still owes money on their previous purchase of land at H-S-C and already owns enough property around the community to accommodate any business that would seek to locate here. City Commissioner Craig Sommer says he supports the purchase because the city has an interest in making sure that development on that property is suitable to the needs and desires of local residents. The size of the parcel of property purchased is eleven-point-two-seven-acres.


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Blue Ribbon Task Force On Education Funding

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Education Funding has announced they are conducting public input meeting in Yankton next month. Task Force Co-Chair District 33 Representative Jacqueline Sly says given the changes that have taken place during the twenty years since the current school funding formula was established, it’s time to re-examine it and look for more equitable solutions to the issue. Sly says along with the issue of education funding in general, the task force is also interested in addressing the question of teacher’s salaries. The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Education Funding is holding a public input session at 6:30 PM on June 17th at the Yankton High School Commons.

 


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Yankton County Regional Rail Authority

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The creation of a Yankton County Regional Rail Authority was approved by members of the Yankton City Commission Tuesday night. Toby Morris of the investment firm of Dougherty and Company says establishing a rail authority would give that board the ability to secure low-interest government backed loans for financing economic development projects. Morris says creating a rail authority does not automatically grant control of a given rail line, that rests with whoever has the lease for the line. Following Tuesday night’s action, establishing a Yankton County Regional Rail Authority is now dependent on the approval of the Yankton County Commission.


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City Land Purchase

Monday, May 25, 2015

Members of the Yankton City Commission will consider a possible land purchase at their meeting Tuesday. Yankton City Manager Amy Nelson says the eleven-point-two-seven acre parcel of land is located on the south campus of the South Dakota Human Services Center. The property has been appraised at three hundred ninety five thousand dollars and Nelson says the city is able to make an offer on it prior to what would most likely be a public auction. The Yankton City Commission meets Tuesday at 7 PM at the Regional Technical Education Center.


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Memorial Day Observance

Monday, May 25, 2015

Members of the Yankton Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Posts gathered at Memorial Park yesterday to pay respect to the military servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Keynote speaker South Dakota VFW Commander Donald Dahlin says seeing so many military veterans who have passed away has given Memorial Day a deeper meaning for him personally. Dahlin says unfortunately the vast majority of people in our nation do not have a clear understanding of the sacrifices made by military veterans in the defense of freedom. Memorial Day is observed every year on the last Monday of May and  originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans  established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.


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