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Yankton Day

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce has announced plans for their annual Yankton Day at the Legislature set later this month. Chamber Director Carmen Schramm says plans are to meet with officials of various state agencies including the Department of Tourism and Game, Fish and Parks. Schramm says a reception is planned for that evening for legislators that will feature an opportunity to meet Olympic archery gold medalist Juan Carlos and try their skills on an archery range. Schramm says Yankton Day at the legislature is set for February 10th.

 


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Higher Education Funding

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Funding levels for our state’s higher education system are a cause for concern among university officials in South Dakota. University of South Dakota President Jim Abbott says the small salary increases they are seeing make it more challenging to attract or retain quality educators. Abbott says he also is troubled by the long-term effects of South Dakota having the lowest teacher salaries for K-through-12th grade teachers in the nation. Abbott says he supports a scholarship program to encourage more young people to go into teaching as a career.


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District 18 Cracker Barrel

Saturday, January 31, 2015

District 18 lawmakers were in Yankton this weekend to spend some time sharing their views with constituents at a legislative cracker barrel. Regarding finding the funding for South Dakota’s infrastructure needs, Representative Jean Hunhoff says she is certain that some dollars for highways and roads will be obtained, but adds it remains to be seen what that revenue source will be or in what amount. Representative Mike Stevens says his sense is that while the legislature is serious about raising taxes for roads, it is not clear now what that level of funding may be. Senator Bernie Hunhoff says while it may not be the most urgent issue facing the legislature, he thinks that some money for roads and bridges, particularly on the local level will come out of this session. A legislative summer study last year found that eleven percent of roads in South Dakota are currently considered to be in fair or poor condition and that number is expected to increase to fifty-two percent of South Dakota roads in fair or poor condition within the next ten years.  


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Check Scams

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Scams involving the use of fraudulent checks have been operating in the Yankton area recently and local banking officials are asking their customers to be careful with the checks they are depositing into their accounts. Much of the scamming activity uses check overpayment schemes involving internet sites such as Craigslist and Kevin Watt, Vice President of Collections at First Dakota National Bank says often the thieves will seek to get people to send money to them for shipping charges on an item they are selling. Watt says he has seen fraudulent checks in the past several weeks in amounts as high as thirty-four hundred dollars. Watt says before someone deposits a check from an unknown source they need to be certain the check is good by verifying that the bank it is drawn on is real and there are funds available to cover the amount.


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Business Educator Expo

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Educators from across our area are coming to our community Friday for the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business-Educator Expo in downtown Yankton. Chamber Director Carmen Schramm says over fifty businesses will be providing information on their products and services to the educators attending today’s expo. Schramm says over five hundred teachers and school officials from both Yankton and across the area are expected to attend. Schramm says the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business-Educator Expo runs from 9 AM to 3:30 PM Friday at the Riverfront Events Center.


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Yankton-Vermillion Forum

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Community leaders from Yankton and Vermillion shared their views yesterday on what benefits could be reached by furthering cooperation between the two communities at a forum hosted by One Million Cups. As a long-time resident of both towns University of South Dakota President Jim Abbott says one of the topics discussed at the forum was the difficulty that people are finding in communicating with one another in an age where there are more sources of information than ever before. Abbott says he has no doubt that much of the economic development that will occur in South Dakota in the future will be driven by entrepreneurs who will harness new and evolving technologies to drive their businesses. Also speaking at yesterday’s forum were President of First Dakota National Bank Larry Ness, Vermillion City Council Vice-President Kelsey Collier-Wise, Yankton Area Progressive Growth President John Kramer and Think 29 founder Ben Hanten. 


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Mount Marty College Homecoming

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mount Marty College is making preparations to celebrate their homecoming next week which includes the coronation of Lord and Lady Marben next Friday evening, February 6th. Mount Marty Student Affairs Director Lisa Willcockson says the ten members of Mount Marty Royalty are made up of five women and five men who have been chosen by faculty and other students based on their academic performance and community involvement.Willcockson says the entire student body will vote on who will be named Lord and Lady Marben prior to Friday’s coronation at 7:30 PM at Marian Auditorium. Willcockson says the five women chosen were:  Holly Hegge, Crofton, Nebraska, Anna Kollasch, Whittemore, Iowa, Courtney Miller, Mitchell, South Dakota, Lauren Orwig, Norfolk, Nebraska, and Kelsey Schmidt, Woonsocket, South Dakota, the five men chosen were: Zachary Bauman, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Derek Blumenstock, O’Neill, Nebraska, Jacob Fokken, Yankton, South Dakota , Joshua Monson, Bryant, South Dakota, and Ryan Oye, Luverne, Minnesota.


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Pallid Sturgeon

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The discovery last year of two small fish in the Missouri River near St. Louis is very good news for researchers and biologists who have been working to restore the natural habitat of the endangered pallid sturgeon. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Fisheries Biologist Sam Stukel says these larval fish, which are only two-to-three weeks of age, are the first ever that young captured by biologists in the stretch of the Missouri River between Yankton and St. Louis. Stukel says genetic testing will show whether the young pallids were spawned from a pair of wild parents or from fish that had been raised in a hatchery such as the one at Gavins Point Dam. Stukel says this find is clear evidence that pallid sturgeon are reproducing in the stretch of the Missouri River between Yankton and St. Louis.  


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City of Yankton Website

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Officials have announced plans to overhaul the city of Yankton’s website this year and are asking for the public’s input to make that process a success. City Manager Amy Nelson says the city’s website is not only a way for municipal government and citizens to communicate, it also provides people with what is often their first look at the Yankton community. Nelson says people who wish to comment on what the city’s website should include can fill out a survey that is found on the current website. Nelson says plans are to have the new website on-line by this fall.


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Agrivision 2015 Advises Caution

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Last night at the Agrivisions 2015 conference held at the Best Western Kelly Inn, the keynote speaker, a tenured professor of Agricultural Economics counseled those in attendance to be aware of a shift in the ag-marketplace. Dr. Brent Gloy, who specializes in Agricultural Finance and Agri-Business Management, says a prosperous seven year period for farmers is coming to an end and now growers will need to prepare for a less profitable year.  Gloy says now is the time for farmers to be more conservative in the management of their business. Not all the prospects for farmers seemed gloomy though, Gloy anticipates some relief for farmers this year with higher subsidies and savings from the recent drop in oil prices.
 

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