Sacred Heart is returning a fundraiser called Roses Just Because which raises money for hospice care and at the request of donors, distributes beautiful flowers to appreciative people..
Executive Director of The Sacred Heart Foundation, Frani Kieffer says about sixty-five percent of the funds raised go directly to The Sacred Heart Foundations and are used to support the hospice operating endowment.
Kieffer says roses cost twenty-five dollars a dozen, can be purchased until March 14th and will be delivered to Yankton on April 8th.
It has been arranged that donors can have flowers delivered to people currently in Yankton’s Sacred Heart hospice care.
Wire Me Awake organizers hosted their third conference with a move to Vermillion yesterday and made a number of adjustments they believe have improved the event. Co-founder Dan Spect says this year’s conference featured less speakers and more group-work allowing attendees to explore areas of interest and network with business-minded people. Spect says organizers relocated the event to the University of South Dakota campus in order to attract more students and bring the event to a new crop of people. Spect says roughly two-hundred and thirty people attended the conference with around seventy-percent of the attendees being students.
Organizers of the first annual Missouri River Expo discussed info about the May 3rd event which will take place at Riverside Park.
Park Ranger Dugan Smith says the Park Service wants to build on the Missouri River clean-up which takes place that morning and adds that the Parks have worked with the Boy Scouts to provide numerous activities throughout the day.
Smith says some of the activities include the unveiling of an upgraded mobile ranger station, hiking, archery instruction and twenty presenters of a variety of topics.
The expo is part of a weekend that includes the Missouri River Watershed Festival for area schools on Friday, May 2, followed by the Missouri River clean-up and expo on that Saturday.
The Yankton Volunteer Leaders yesterday hosted a Leadership Workshop at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Pavilion. Presenters at the workshop included Dr. Matt Fairholm of U-S-D and Scott Meyer from “9 Clouds” digital marketing of Sioux Falls. Fairholm spoke on becoming a leader that others want to follow and says sometimes “leadership” is confused with “management”.
Fairholm says if business leaders treated their employees like volunteers, it would be easier to develop commitment and good morale, and that leaders can be found at all levels of an organization…not just at the top. Meyer spoke on creating action and revenue with digital media and says it pays for any organization to think of their core audience as their “weirdos”.
Meyer says technology has allowed entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams locally where they have greater encouragement and support. The Volunteer Leaders also offered opportunities for networking and promotion of local non-profit services.
After more than two hours of discussion at their regularly scheduled meeting last night, the Yankton County Commission voted unanimously to rezone the property between 436th Avenue and 437th Avenue north of Highway 50 from agricultural to commercial property and approved a conditional-use permit allowing the construction of a grain storage facility on the site.
Chairman Bruce Jensen says despite some contentious dialogue between commissioners, the public, and representatives of YAPG and Dakota Plains Ag Center, he feels the meeting was positive.
Although YAPG pressed the commission to vote in support of creating a tax increment finance district commissioner John Harper says the commission felt they did not have enough details about the T.I.F. to do so and the commission agreed to hold a public meeting with Dakota Plains and YAPG next week to specify details
The public meeting to discuss tax increment financing to fund the construction of a grain facility will be held at the Yankton County Government Center on March 11 at 3 P.M.
Bills related to regulating texting while driving were discussed by District 18 Legislators at this year’s final legislative cracker barrel sponsored by the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Representative Bernie Hunhoff says he supports making texting while driving a secondary offense and also supports the idea that local communities can make their own laws regarding texting.
Senator Jean Hunhoff also supports making texting while driving a secondary offense but is unsure about whether communities should be able to make their own laws on texting.
Representative Mike Stevens says he predicts that there will be a state-wide texting ban and that there will be a cultural change in the near future where texting and driving is no longer an issue.
The South Dakota State Legislature will be in recess beginning March 17.
Members of the Yankton County Commission met Friday to discuss the goals that they had accomplished in 2013 and to set new priorities for the future.
Commissioner Allen Sinclair says one area in which much progress was made in 2013 was in the Yankton County Highway Department which has a new supervisor, has purchased new equipment and has developed a plan for road and bridge improvements throughout the county.
State mandated bridge inspections are set for this year and Commissioner Garry Moore says once the report is complete, priorities can be set for improving those structures and the roads that connect them.
Moore says there are about eighty-six bridges located in Yankton County that county government is responsible for.
Local business owner Chris Ferdig has submitted his nominating petition to be included on the April 8th Municipal election ballot.
The owner of Ferdig’s Transmissions, Ferdig says he is again seeking a seat on the commission to help represent what he describes as the common person in the Yankton community.
Ferdig says if he is elected, one of his priorities would be to improve the level of fiscal responsibility on the part of municipal government.
Along with Ferdig, incumbents Craig Sommer, Nancy Wenande and Jake Hoffner have submitted nominating petitions for the April 8th municipal election.
Mount Marty College has announced that there will be no increase in tuition or fees for the 2014-2015 school year.
President Joseph Benoit says that decision was made by the college’s board of trustees who want to make sure that an education at Mount Marty remains affordable and accessible to their students.
Benoit says Mount Marty College has been identified by the Washington Monthly Magazine as one the top schools in the nation for the value that students receive for their tuition dollar.
Benoit says Mount Marty graduates report a 96 percent employment rate in degree relevant programs, as well as nearly 100 percent acceptance into graduate and professional programs.
With pledges totaling just under one hundred eighteen thousand dollars and more than forty-five thousand dollars in in-kind donations so far, the workforce development fund drive begun earlier this month by the Regional Technical Education Center is rapidly nearing its’ goal of two hundred thousand dollars.
General Manager Josh Svatos says the fund drive was begun in response to federal budget cuts that have reduced the revenue that R-TEC has relied on for its’ day-to-day expenses.
Svatos says the public is welcome to attend an open house on March 10th that will showcase the work that goes on at R-TEC.
Svatos says he is hopeful the workforce development fund drive will reach its’ goal of two hundred thousand dollars by the end of next month.
Applications are now available for the Promoting Agricultural Youth scholarships which are given to area high school seniors who plan on pursuing an ag-related career.
Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Director Carmen Schramm says this year four scholarships will be awarded, each in the amount of thirty-five hundred dollars.
Schramm says application forms for the scholarships will be available through area schools and ag-related businesses.
Schramm says the deadline to submit an application for one of the four 2014 PAY scholarships is March 19th, the scholarships will be awarded at this June’s Ag Gala.
AM 1450 KYNT Radio has been named as one of fifty national finalists for the 27th annual Crystal Award competition sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters.
KYNT General Manager Curt Dykstra says the awards are presented to radio stations who provide a high level of community service to their listening area throughout the year.
Dykstra says one example of KYNT’s dedication to the Yankton community is the number of interviews conducted with local agencies as part of the Morning Coffee program hosted by Scott Kooistra.
Dykstra says the ten Crystal Award recipients will be honored at a luncheon in Las Vegas set for April 8th.
The Yankton Volunteer Fire Department is currently asking for donations that will be used to help finance a new museum that will be used to house and display a pair of antique fire engines and other historical items.
Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says the new museum would be built near the site of Fire Station Number Two and would be open to the public for viewing.
Nickles says the fundraising target is to have the estimated twenty-five thousand dollars needed for the fire station museum raised by this October’s Fire Prevention Week.
Nickles says about twenty-five hundred dollars has been donated towards the new fire station museum so far.
The recent passage on a vote of sixty-one to six of House Resolution Ten-Seventeen by the South Dakota House of Representatives may signal the beginning of a shift in public policy regarding the cultivation of industrial hemp in our state.
The resolution urges Congress, the United States Department of Justice and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency to recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity.
One of its’ sponsors was District 18 Representative Bernie Hunhoff who says he supported it because it would give our state’s farmers another possibility for generating income by growing products at home that we are currently importing from other countries.
The same measure failed to receive approval in the South Dakota Senate by a vote of thirteen to twenty-one.
A gas leak in the 600 block of East Sixth Street late Monday evening forced the evacuation of a number of area residents until the potentially dangerous situation was resolved.
Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says the owner of the home discovered the gas leak shortly before 9 PM and notified authorities of the situation.
A gas valve had frozen open causing the residence to fill with natural gas and Nickles says he was told by a Mid-American Energy employee that is something that does not commonly happen.
Nickles says about ten people were evacuated from their homes while the gas leak was repaired.