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Matt Stone For Senate

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Small business owner Republican candidate Matt Stone is seeking the District 18 Senate seat in the November 4th general election. Stone says while he dislikes raising taxes, if it is needed to improve our state’s roads and bridges he would support an increase in the state gasoline tax. Stone says as a legislator he would seek to limit the amount of governmental interference in the lives of private citizens. Stone is running against Democrat Bernie Hunhoff for the District 18 Senate seat in November 4th election.


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Highway 81 Fatality

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Yankton County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the death of a Yankton man in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highways 81 and 46 early this morning. According to a sheriff’s office report at about 2:20 AM Ronald Kalsbeck age 57 of Watertown was northbound on Highway 81 in a 2012 Freightliner semi owned by N-I-M transport. Calvin Hespe  age 65 of Yankton was also northbound on Highway 81 in a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup when he failed to stop at the intersection and collided with the rear of the semi. Hespe was pronounced deceased at the scene. The accident is being investigated by the Yankton County Sheriff's Office. Assisting at the scene were the Yankton Fire Department, Irene Fire Department and Yankton County EMS.


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I Make America Motorcycle Winner

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kolberg-Pioneer employee Jonathan Egge was presented earlier today ( yesterday) with a custom painted 2014 Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle that was given away as part of the I Make America campaign sponsored by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. A technical sales specialist with Kolberg-Pioneer Egge says after the announcement was made at a company meeting last week that someone at the Yankton facility was the winner he had no idea it was him. President Jeff May says by focusing on the work that goes on at Kolberg-Pioneer and at other such facilities across the country, the I Make America campaign not only helped to raise morale among employees it also increased awareness of the importance of addressing our nation’s infrastructure needs. Egge says he has been employed at Kolberg-Pioneer for the past six months.


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Yankton County Commission Candidate Cheri Loest

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Challenger Cheri Loest is one of two candidates seeking a two-term on the Yankton County Commission in the November 4th general election. A Utica resident Loest says if she wins a seat on the Yankton County Commission focusing on local infrastructure needs will be a priority for her. Loest says her background as an engineer and the experiences she has gained by living in different states throughout our region are assets she will bring with to the board if she is elected. The open two-year term on the Yankton County Commission in the November 4th election is to finish out the term of former Commissioner Mark Johnson.


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Lake Area Sirens

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Further discussion took place yesterday by members of the Yankton County Commission regarding the possible installation of storm warning sirens in the Lewis and Clark Lake area. Yankton County Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschligt says due to people’s schedules, public meetings with lake area residents to discuss the issue will be held in the near future. Yankton County Commissioner Allen Sinclair says the commission is planning on moving forward with the siren project and will allocate money towards it in late December. Scherschligt says a current estimate puts the price of the sirens at about twenty-five thousand dollars each.


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Minimum Wage Forum

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Initiated Measure 18 which would raise the minimum wage in South Dakota was the subject of a public forum conducted last night by the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce. Part of the measure would tie future minimum wage increases to the annual rate of inflation and Executive Director of the South Dakota Retailers Association Shawn Lyons says forcing businesses to raise wages on an annual basis even when the economy is poor would have negative effects on local business and unemployment numbers. Local Attorney Ryan Cwach says without a regular increase adjusted for inflation worker’s wages quickly lose their buying power.  If passed by voters on November 4th Initiated Measure 18 would raise the minimum wage in South Dakota from seven dollars and twenty-five cents an hour to eight dollars and fifty cents per hour.


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Brush With Kindness

Monday, October 20, 2014

Yankton County Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to assist with their Brush With Kindness project set for this coming weekend. Habitat Director Julie Dykstra says about twenty volunteers are needed to help with home repairs at a pair of residences in Yankton that are in need of some improvement. Dykstra says last year’s Brush With Kindness project has made a huge difference in the life of the homeowner whose residence was repaired. Dykstra says this year’s Brush With Kindness projects will be conducted Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM and anyone interested in volunteering should contact the Yankton County Habitat for Humanity office.


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Lake Area Storm Sirens

Monday, October 20, 2014

The possible installation of storm sirens in the Lewis and Clark Lake area is on the agenda of this afternoon’s Yankton County Commission meeting. Commissioner Donna Freng says Yankton County Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschligt will be proposing conducting several public meetings on the issue to get the input of lake area residents. Freng says it is possible to work out a solution that addresses the concerns of local residents who do not want their view of Lewis and Clark Lake interfered with balanced against the need for public safety. The Yankton County Commission meets at 3:30 PM today at the Yankton County Government Center.


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Yankton County Commission Candidate Bruce Jensen

Monday, October 20, 2014

Chairman of the Yankton County Commission Bruce Jensen is one of six candidates seeking a four-year term on that board in the 2014 fall general election. Jensen says he is seeking another term on the Yankton County Commission in order to continue working on local economic development efforts. Jensen says as a commissioner he listens to both sides of an issue before deciding how to vote, seeks compromise between various interests and works to create partnerships wherever possible. Jensen is a Yankton County Commission candidate for one of three open year-seats in the November 4th general election.

 


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YSD Enrollment 2014-2015

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Two-thousand six-hundred and seventy-nine students are enrolled in the Yankton School District’s 2014-2015 school year, and that figure is a near-perfect match to the number the district’s business office projected when budgeting for the year.
District Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kindle praises the district’s business manager Jason Bietz for his office’s calculations and says those enrollment predictions, plus a rolling average of previous enrollments are used when setting the district’s budget.

Kindle says the district is preparing for a slight dip in enrollment in the near future and adds that the school’s formula hedges against changes in enrollment numbers.

Kindle says that while the district anticipates a dip in enrollment numbers in the immediate future, the district believes that after the next four years, the district will see a trend of growth.
 

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