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Yankton County Weed Supervisor

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Yankton County Commission has approved the appointment of Jim Leach as the Yankton County Weed Supervisor. Yankton County Highway Superintendent Brian Gustad says Leach has been employed on a part-time basis by the county in the weed department for the past three years. Gustad says Leach’s new position will be split between the Yankton Weed and Highway Departments. Leach replaces long-time Yankton County Weed Supervisor Tom Schramm who resigned his position effective the end of 2014.


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Heartland Humane Society Director

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Teri Zambon has been named as the new Director for the Heartland Humane Society. Zambon says since she has spent a number of years working in non-profits and has a love for animals the director position at Heartland Humane Society seemed to be a good fit for her. Zambon says working to complete the current fundraising campaign to renovate the shelter’s new headquarters is a priority for her as the new director. Zambon takes over from Kerry Hacecky who relocated to Council Bluffs, Iowa to be the director of a homeless shelter.


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State Employee's Salaries

Monday, January 19, 2015

South Dakota’s lawmakers have begun work on the 2015 legislative session and will be considering what sort of compensation package state employees will receive in this year’s budget. As a member of the House Appropriations committee District 18 Representative Jean Hunhoff says a preliminary look at Governor Daugaard’s proposal for state employee’s salaries was heard late last week in Pierre. Hunhoff says the Governor’s proposal seeks to address the difficulty that the state of South Dakota finds in recruiting new employees for certain positions. Governor Daugaard’s salary proposal includes a two percent adjustment for all state employees with performance based increased adjustments of zero to four-point-five percent to move employees towards a market- based salary. 


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Fleege's Bridge

Monday, January 19, 2015

The new members of the Yankton County Commission may be looking at new ways to address the ongoing issue of replacing the bridge on old Highway 50 about six miles east of Yankton. Yankton County Commission Chairman Todd Woods says while the bridge is currently safe to use, because it is part of an important route through the county a solution to the longstanding issues at the site needs to be found. Woods says with current low interest rates and the uncertainty of federal funding it may be necessary to pass a bond issue to get the needed financing.   The cost of replacing Fleege’s Bridge was estimated several years ago to be about four million dollars.

 

 


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Girls on the Run

Sunday, January 18, 2015

In 2015 United Way is bringing a new 10 week after-school program to Yankton’s Elementary Schools called Girls on the Run. United Way Executive Director Lauren Hanson says the program is designed to motivate young girls to live fulfilling and confident lives and will begin this spring with Lincoln and Beadle before implementing the program in the fall for the other two schools. Hanson says mentorship in areas of relationships and self-image coincides with a goal of a 5K run at the end of the program. The program begins in March and costs $26.50 although nobody will be denied because of inability to pay; registration forms can be found in the school offices of Beadle and Lincoln or can be found at yanktonunitedway.org


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United Way Campaign Goal

Friday, January 16, 2015

United Way and Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton has announced they are closing in on reaching their campaign goal of one half million dollars. United Way Executive Director Lauren Hanson says thanks to the generosity of the Yankton community donations have already reached ninety percent of the goal with four hundred fifty thousand dollars having been contributed so far. Hanson says there is still time to make a donation to this year’s campaign goal. The United Way annual fundraiser kicked off in September to raise money to support nearly thirty five local programs serving the Yankton Area. 


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Yankton County EMS 2014

Friday, January 16, 2015

2014 was a record setting year for the staff of Yankton County Emergency Medical Services as they responded to two thousand and five calls for help throughout the Yankton area. Yankton County E-M-S Administrator Steve Hawkins says a change in both our area’s demographics and the attitudes that people have about asking for help in a medical emergency have contributed to the higher number of calls. Hawkins says much of the credit for what Emergency Medical Services has been able to accomplish belongs the first responders throughout Yankton County who provide essential services during times of crisis. Hawkins says the number of calls responded to in 2013 by Yankton County E-M-S was seventeen hundred ninety two.


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Slowey Resigns

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Camille Swift-Slowey has announced she is leaving her position as executive director of Keep Yankton Beautiful. Slowey says she has resigned in order to spend more time with her children and working to renovate her home. Slowey says with several new changes coming to Keep Yankton Beautiful this year, the next director will need to be an energetic person who can engage local businesses and individuals on behalf of the organization. Slowey says her resignation is effective January 30th.


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Yankton County Land Sales 2014

Thursday, January 15, 2015

After several record setting years, Yankton County land sales saw a decline last year. Register of Deeds Brian Hunhoff says after topping out at just over ninety-eight million dollars in 2013, land sales in Yankton County last year totaled about seventy million six hundred thousand dollars. Hunhoff says he suspects that lower commodity prices during the past year were at least partly responsible for 2014’s lower numbers. Hunhoff says that Yankton County land sales in 2012 topped eighty-one-point-two million dollars.


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Noon Accident

Thursday, January 15, 2015

One person was sent to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital with undetermined injuries as a result of a two vehicle accident at the intersection of 4th and Broadway about noon yesterday. Yankton Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says the accident occurred when a suburban struck a semi-tractor trailer and required the extrication of one person who was injured in the crash. Nickles says emergency personnel were on the scene of the accident for about forty minutes.

 


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