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MMC's Future Plans

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Now that Mount Marty College has announced Marcus Long as its new president, administrators are discussing the college’s future strategies.

Mr. Long says he is ready to implement the college’s strategic plan for recruiting and financing in the next few years and adds that once he is more acquainted with his new role, will then begin working toward a visionary plan for the college’s future.

Interim President Dr. Tom Lorang says he has agreed to continue working with the college to help provide stability and guidance in this time of transition.

Lorang says Celia Miner, Interim Vice President and Academic Dean of Student Affairs, has also agreed to continue her role at the college for another year.  

 

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YHS Graduation

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Yankton School District held its spring graduation ceremony yesterday afternoon at the Yankton High School gymnasium.

Graduating senior Patrick Binder spoke at the commencement, delivering a message that reminded his class to take advantage of opportunities offered at affordable state and technical schools that are available in South Dakota.

Binder says in the future he hopes to work to create equity in society by providing the same kinds of opportunities he has received to all people.

Binder will be attending Yale University in the Fall where he will pursue a combined ethics, politics, and economics major,

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MMC Presidential Announcement

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mount Marty College announced Friday that Marcus Long has been chosen as the college’s new president.

Long, who currently serves as vice president for administration at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, says he is excited to work in a Catholic school and adds that Yankton is similar to the town he was raised in.

Current Interim President Dr. Tom Lorang says Mr. Long is working toward his doctorate in administration in higher education and adds that Mr. Long is a very well-rounded candidate.

Marc Long says he will officially assume the duties of president on July 15th.

 

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PUC Hearing

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Members of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission conducted a public hearing in Yankton last night on a proposed rate increase of about twenty percent for electric power from Northwestern Energy. Northwestern Energy Chief Financial Officer Brian Bird says the rate increase is needed because of capital investments at facilities in South Dakota and Iowa, much of which is directly related to federal Environmental Protection Agency policy. Public Utilities Commission Chair Chris Nelson says it is possible that any increase approved by the commission will be for less than what Northwestern is asking for. Nelson says action on the rate increase request by Northwestern Energy will be decided by sometime this fall.


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World Archery Youth Tournament Volunteers

Thursday, May 14, 2015

With the event only about three weeks away, organizers of the 2015 World Archery Youth Championships are seeking the help of volunteers to make the event a success. Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Stephanie Moser says eight hundred shifts need to be filled by volunteers for a variety of duties at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex. Moser says by volunteering for a shift with the tournament such as greeting the archers at the Sioux Falls airport when they are arriving people can take advantage of the opportunity to meet guests to our community from around the globe. Moser says archers from fifty-five countries are currently registered for the 2015 World Archery Youth Championships set for June 6th through the 15th in Yankton.


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Avian Flu Outbreak

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

State health officials have ordered the destruction of about one hundred fifteen thousand turkeys on two commercial operations located in Yankton and Hutchinson Counties due to an outbreak of the avian flu. State Veterinarian with the South Dakota Animal Industry Board Dustin Oedekoven says following reports of increased mortality at the two operations this past weekend, the presence of the H5N2 strain of avian influenza was confirmed by the state testing lab. Oedekoven says birds on poultry operations near the two affected farms will be quarantined until officials are certain that the virus has not spread. Oedekoven says the destruction and removal of the infected turkeys is expected to be completed by the end of this week. 


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City Wide Clean Up Results

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Officials are pleased with the results of this spring’s annual city wide clean-up which saw an increase in the number of loads of trash picked up and taken to the local transfer station by city crews from last year. Yankton City Manager Amy Nelson says warm weather early this spring may have contributed to that increase. Nelson says this year city crews hauled five hundred eight loads of trash compared with four hundred thirty seven in 2014.

 


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Captain and Belle Dick and Joyce Lane

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Dick and Joyce Lane of Yankton have been named the 2015 Captain and Belle of Riverboat Days.

Dick Lane served on the Riverboat Days Committee for around 20 years, and Joyce was busy helping many other events while he directed the fireworks show.  He says the summer will be great.

Joyce Lane is vacationing in Ireland this week, while Dick was introduced to the crowd last night at the Optimist Club baseball game at Riverside Park.  He says they will be busy with events and parades.


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School Board Discusses Title IX Policy

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The Yankton School District discussed a draft policy at last night’s School Board Meeting on Title 9 Non-Discrimination guidelines and procedures; Title 9, which prohibits all forms of unjustified sex discrimination including sexual violence and harassment. School District Attorney Mike Marlow says the new policy is a proactive look at what steps the districts faculty and staff must do in the event of a complaint. Marlow says the new guidelines are just as much an effort to provide students a safe learning environment as they are to conform to federal regulations. Also on last night’s School Board Agenda was the creation of a new part-time special education position for Stewart Elementary and a presentation from the Silverstone Group on coming changes to the school districts voluntary benefits programs. 
 

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YHS 2015 Graduation

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Two hundred ten Yankton High School seniors are expected to get their diplomas this weekend during the 2015 graduation ceremony. Yankton High School Principal Jennifer Johnke says three seniors Patrick Binder, Johanna Lippert and Brock Mauch have been chosen to deliver speeches at Sunday’s graduation. Johnke says this year’s graduating class is ready to leave Yankton High School and begin the rest of their lives. The 2015 Yankton High School graduation ceremony is set for 2 PM Sunday at the high school’s main gym.  


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