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River Walk Advisory Committee

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A major change in the focus of the Yankton’s River Walk community sculpture organization has its’ members seeking to form a special advisory committee to assist in future acquisitions. River Walk will no longer be purchasing a number of sculptures for display each year, but will now be focused on obtaining one piece that will be permanently displayed in our community and President Katie Hunhoff says the advisory committee will help with that process. Hunhoff says she would like to see the committee members come from all segments of the community. Hunhoff says anyone interested in serving on the River Walk advisory committee should contact her or another River Walk board member.


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Winter Weather System

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A major winter storm is expected to impact our area through Tuesday evening and into Wednesday morning. National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Fuhs says our region may experience as much as fourteen inches of snowfall before this winter storm is finished. Fuhs says later today high winds and heavy snowfall will make visibility difficult for travelers. Fuhs says once this storm moves out of our area daytime highs are expected to remain in the twenty’s with no more precipitation in our immediate forecast.

 


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2016 City Sales Tax Number

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Final sales tax numbers for the community of Yankton last year came in less than had been originally projected. City Manager Amy Nelson says sales tax numbers for 2016 showed an increase of one-point-eight-two percent, less than the three percent that had been originally budgeted for. Nelson says city staff will now evaluate how these sales tax numbers will impact future projections. Nelson says the decline is sales tax revenue seen in Yankton is being experienced across South Dakota.


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Yankton United Way Record

Monday, January 23, 2017

With two full months to go before the official campaign drive is over, the United Way of Yankton has reached an all-time high in money raised.

United Way Executive Director Lauren Hanson says since the campaign started last fall, they have raised 547-thousand dollars in this drive.

Hanson says the community response has been terrific to support the needs of the United Way and its 52 programs, with long-time donors giving more and many new donations.

Hanson says typically the final ten percent is the toughest to raise, so individuals and businesses are encouraged to donate to the Yankton United Way to reach the 600-thousand dollar goal.

 

 

 

 


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Planning Advance Priorities

Monday, January 23, 2017

At last night’s meeting Yankton City Manager Amy Nelson provided a snapshot look at the work that was recently done in a strategic planning session by members of the Yankton City Commission to establish priorities for the coming year. Nelson says the planning advance priorities document is meant to give a forecast of some specific goals that will be addressed but does not represent all the projects that the city will be involved in. Nelson says some of the ideas discussed include greater transparency for city government, finding a new use for Water Treatment Plant Number 1 once it is taken off-line and improvements to our community’s downtown area. The complete planning advance priorities document is available on the city of Yankton’s website.


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Two Vehicle Accident

Monday, January 23, 2017

A two vehicle accident shortly before noon Monday impacted traffic at the intersection of 21st and Douglas Avenue but resulted in no injuries to anyone involved. Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says the collision resulted in one vehicle landing on its’ side and firefighters had to take out the windshield to remove the uninjured driver. Nickles says traffic had to be diverted around the intersection until the accident scene was cleared. Nickles says it took firefighters about fifteen minutes to free the driver from her vehicle.


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Legislative Cracker Barrel

Sunday, January 22, 2017

District 18 lawmakers were home from Pierre this past weekend and spent time sharing their views on the first two weeks of the 2017 South Dakota Legislative session at a legislative cracker barrel. There may be an effort this year to repeal South Dakota’s sales tax on food and Senator Craig Kennedy says that is an idea he can support. Representative Mike Stevens says he expects the legislature and other agencies will work on the issue of methamphetamine and opiate abuse during this session. Representative Jean Hunhoff says she has serious concerns about a lack of federal dollars for state programs and how that will impact community development block grants.The next Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce District 18 legislative cracker barrel is set for February 4th at the Avera Office Pavilion.

 


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Recycling

Sunday, January 22, 2017

With several bid awards connected to Yankton’s new single-stream recycling program on the agenda for Monday night’s meeting of the Yankton City Commission, a public education campaign is about to be launched. City Manager Amy Nelson says Keep Yankton Beautiful is working with city staff to develop the campaign. Nelson says an informational video on recycling will be available for residents to watch. Nelson says the recycling education campaign is expected to get underway February 1st.


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Tourism Agreement

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Plans have been announced for the formation of a cooperative marketing partnership between the South Dakota Department of Tourism and the Yankton community. The program uses matching state funds to promote local tourism and South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen says without that investment people who might visit the southeast portion of our state will not learn about the recreational opportunities found here. Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Director Carmen Schramm says the new partnership will widen the tourism promotion efforts underway in our area. Schramm says more details on the tourism agreement will be forthcoming in the near future.


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Yankton Baseball Hall of Fame

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Longtime Yankton baseball supporters Roger Thompson, Jim Robinson, and Mike Imeg (eye-meg) will be inducted into the Yankton Baseball Associations’ Hall of Fame at their annual banquet set for February 10thYankton Baseball Association President Jason Nelson says all three of these individuals have left their mark on local baseball.  Nelson says it is important to honor the people who helped shape and support Yankton baseball through the years. The Yankton Baseball Association’s Hall of Fame Banquet is set for 5 PM February 10th   at the Yankton Elks Lodge. 


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