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Weed Superintendent Resigns

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Longtime Weed Superintendent for Yankton County Tom Schramm has resigned his position. Yankton County Commissioner Allen Sinclair says current plans are to have the weed superintendent’s duties moved to the Yankton County Highway Department. Sinclair says it makes sense to have the highway department employees addressing weed issues throughout the county while saving the twenty thousand dollar per year cost of the weed superintendent’s salary. Schramm’s resignation is effective December 31st.


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2014 AA State Volleyball Tournament

Monday, November 17, 2014

With the 2014 Class Double A State Volleyball Tournament set to get underway Thursday at the Summit Activities Center the community of Yankton is making preparations to welcome the volleyball players and their fans. Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Stephanie Moser says her efforts ahead of the tournament have involved raising awareness among local businesses about the tournament and preparing to host the event’s hospitality room. Moser says making the tournaments’ visitors to our community welcome is not only good business while the tournament is going on, but could also generate business into the future. Yankton High School students in grades 9 through12 will be released from school at 11 AM Thursday due to the State Double A Volleyball Tournament, busses will run at normal times, including pickup at the high school. Students in Pre-school through 8th grade are in session for a regular school day.

 


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Winter At The Summit Activities Center

Monday, November 17, 2014

Colder weather and shortened hours of daylight can mean a lowering of one’s activity level and a loss of the health benefits that come with regular exercise. Recreation Superintendent with the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department Tracy Grohtenhuis  says research has shown that the benefits of exercise include a lower level of stress, fewer days lost to illness and improved mobility. Grohtenhuis says the Summit Activities Center provides opportunities for exercise in-doors including water aerobics, Zumba and weight training equipment. Grohtenhuis says the Summit Activities Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day due to the holiday, but will reopen the following day at 8 AM.


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Yankton Area Art's Crimson Door

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Next month the Yankton Area Arts Association will be holding their annual Crimson Door Holiday Show. Director Julia Amsberry says the event is an opportunity for local artists to display and sell hand-made gifts for the holiday season at a low price. Amsberry says those who are members of the Yankton Area Arts Association will have the first opportunity to view and purchase the items at the event with a special discount. The gallery will be open to the public from the 6th of December to the 23rd at the G-A-R Hall on 508 Douglas.

 


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Cramer-Kenyon Holiday Victorian Tea

Sunday, November 16, 2014

On November 30th the Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home will be hosting its first ever Holiday Victorian Tea party. Board of Directors member Joan Neubauer says that at the ladies only event, guests will be served fancy Victorian era tea & food in the restored 19th century home. Neubauer says the occasion will also have an exhibit from the curator of the Dakota Territorial Museum, Crystal Nelson, who will display her own handmade clothing of the Victorian period. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Pretty and Prims at 222 Capital St. or by calling 260-6020.


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CASA Program Expansion

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Southeast South Dakota CASA Program is planning to expand their child advocacy efforts into two adjoining counties, a move that will require the hiring of a person to fill a part-time position.CASA Director Sheri Rodgers-Conti says due to the increased work load, in order to begin to serve abused and neglected children in Clay and Bon Homme Counties a second position needs to be filled. Conti says it is very likely that the part-time position will be expanded to a full-time one in the future. Conti says anyone interested in applying for the part-time CASA position should contact her at the Yankton CASA office.


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GOAC Hearing

Friday, November 14, 2014

Members of the South Dakota Government Operations and Audit Committee met Thursday ( late last week) in Pierre to discuss written testimony from Joop Bollen and to hear from Jack Warner, the executive director and C-E-O of the South Dakota Board of Regents regarding their involvement in the E-B-5 investment for green card program. GOAC ( Committee member District 18 Senator Jean Hunhoff says they learned from Jack Warren that Bollen didn't have the authority to sign contracts turning over control of the program to his private firm and that new conflict-of-interest rules have since been developed. Hunhoff says the results of an ongoing investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be needed to determine if any laws were broken in the administering of the E-B-5 program. Hunhoff says the Government Operations and Audit Committee will continue to look into the E-B-5 matter in 2015.


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Holiday Shopping Season

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The upcoming holiday shopping season appears to be a strong one for local merchants in the Yankton area. Chamber of Commerce Director Carmen Schramm says as the annual holiday shopping season is now beginning earlier that emphasizes the importance of shopping locally and supporting businesses in the Yankton community. Schramm says while it now appears that this year’s shopping season will be a good one for local businesses, those businesses should make sure that have both the superior customer service and inventory stock that will enable them to compete with larger stores. Schramm says again this year the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce is actively promoting Small Business Saturday, set for the Saturday after Thanksgiving, as a way for consumers to support local businesses.


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YSD School Resource Officer

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Former South Dakota Highway Patrol Officer Dan Thompson has been selected to serve as the new school resource officer for the Yankton School District. Chief of Police Brian Paulsen says Thompson possesses the experience, knowledge and temperament that will allow him to step into the role of school resource officer and begin to develop a relationship of trust with students that is vital to this position. Paulsen says it is important that young people understand that members of the police force are not only here to enforce laws, but are also available to help those students with the issues that they are struggling with both at school and in the home. Chief Paulsen says Officer Thompson began his law enforcement career in the United States Air Force before joining the Yankton County Sheriff’s Office and then spent the past twenty-three years with the South Dakota Highway Patrol.


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Xpedition Archery

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

One of the country’s foremost manufacturers of high-end archery equipment, Yankton-based Xpedition Archery presented information on their business at this morning’s One Million Cups event. Company founder Devon Bakley  says their partnership with local manufacturer Applied Engineering as well as the solid work ethic demonstrated by people throughout out our area made Yankton a good choice for locating Xpedition Archery here. Bakley says since its’ founding in January of 2013, Xpedition Archery has steadily increased its’ share of the archery equipment market by providing innovative products to bow hunting enthusiasts. Bakley says within the next two to three years he expects Xpedition Archery to be manufacturing nine-to-ten thousand bows annually.


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