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Napa Junction

Monday, February 1, 2016

Progress continues on the plan to construct a multi-million dollar grain handling facility at Napa Junction. Yankton County Commission Chairman Todd Woods says Dakota Plains Ag has recently taken out a building permit in excess of twenty-five million dollars for the project. Woods says discussions with area utility companies are underway to provide services to the Napa Junction project. Woods says several businesses have also expressed interest in locating at Napa Junction once the grain handling facility is built.


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Blizzard Warning

Monday, February 1, 2016

The National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls has issued a blizzard warning in effect for our area for Tuesday through Wednesday morning. Warning Coordination Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp says the Yankton area can expect anywhere from six to eight inches of snow with winds speeds of thirty to forty miles per hour with this storm. Heitkamp says we can expect to see daytime temperatures behind this winter system rebound into the low thirties by this weekend before we see our next chance for snow. Heitkamp says travel is not recommended to areas south and east of Yankton from Tuesday through Wednesday.


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Bald Eagle Days 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016
Over the weekend Saving Our Avian Resources, or SOAR, an Iowa based non-profit dedicated to the rehabilitation, research and education of raptors held ten educational presentations at the Lewis and Clark Visitor’s Center for Bald Eagle Days in 2016.  Terri Hoefer (ho-fur), Education Director for SOAR, says despite being unable to bring their bald eagle due to health concerns, the public’s reception was very positive. Hoefer says an ongoing mission of SOAR’s is to educate the public to alternatives to lead-based ammunition and fishing tackle which pose a serious threat to the wildlife that eat them. Those attending the presentations were able to see two falcons and three owls from SOAR’s rehabilitation program whose injuries were too severe to survive being reintroduced into the wild. 
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Sitting Bull at the Mead Building

Sunday, January 31, 2016
A private collection of items pertaining to the Native American Chief Sitting Bull was on display over the weekend in the Mead Building; the exhibit served as a trial-run for the building’s future role as a museum. Yankton County Historical Society Director Crystal Nelson says the link between Yankton and Sitting Bull revolves around General George Custer who stayed in Yankton for a few weeks with his men; their expedition west ended in the fateful Battle of the Little Bighorn one hundred and forty years ago.  Nelson says the weekend also served as a highlight for the lengthy and much awaited Mead Building restoration project which was put into motion more than seven years ago. The items on display were from the private collection of Larry and Diane Ness of Yankton. The Mead Building restoration work is expected to finish in 2018.
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MMC Homecoming

Friday, January 29, 2016

Mount Marty College students will celebrate the school’s 57th annual homecoming celebration beginning Sundaywith a 4 PM mass in Peace Chapel to honor the college’s Catholic and Benedictine mission. Director of Student Activities Lisa Willcockson says faculty, staff, and senior students recently voted for this year’s homecoming royalty candidates from the senior class, selecting five men and five women to be the candidates for Lord and Lady Marben. Willcockson says the annual homecoming celebration helps to build a sense of community among the student body and is a time to recognize students for their contributions and accomplishments. Willcockson says coronation will take place next Friday at 7:30 PM. in Marian Auditorium followed by a reception at 8:30 PM in the Cyber Café.


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Catholic Schools Week

Friday, January 29, 2016

The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2016 is Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service. The annual observance begins began Sunday and Terry Kathol Principal at Cedar Catholic High School in Hartington says this week is a time to express gratitude to the people and communities that support Catholic schools throughout the year.  Kathol says an important part of Catholic Schools Week is the community service projects that students are involved in.  Catholic Schools Week was first observed in 1974 and always begins the last Sunday in January.


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Yankton's Got Talent

Friday, January 29, 2016

The finale show for Yankton’s Got Talent, a talent competition for middle and high school students is set for this Sunday at First Assembly of God Church. This is the competition’s second year and Organizer Annette Roux says this year’s participants have shown a high level of enthusiasm for the contest. Roux says six semifinalists performed and were scored by the judges last week and the four finalists will be revealed during Sunday night’s performance. The finale show for Yankton’s Got Talent is set for 7 PM Sunday at First Assembly of God Church, Yankton.


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Chamber Business and Career Expo

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A new event promoting education and the Yankton business community is set for Laddie Cimpl Arena next Wednesday at the Yankton Chamber of Commerce Business and Career Expo gets underway. Chamber Director Carmen Schramm says hosting this event fits into the goal of Mount Mary College to become more visibly active in the local community. Schramm says the expo is open to the public and includes activities for children whose parents are attending the event. The Yankton Chamber of Commerce Business & Career Expo is set for 11 AM to 7 PM next Wednesday at Laddie Cimpl Arena.


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City Commission Election

Thursday, January 28, 2016

One city commissioner says no, another says yes and a third says maybe to seeking another term on the Yankton City Commission. Today is the first day that nominating petitions can be taken out and Commissioner Brad Woerner says for personal and business reasons he has decided not to seek another term on the board. Commissioner Charlie Gross says while there a number of projects currently underway that he would like to see completed, he is undecided on whether or not to run because after many years of serving on the board it may be time to step down and let someone else serve. After having been appointed to fill a vacant seat on the board last year, Commissioner Amy Miner says she has enjoyed being involved in city government and would like to serve a full term as city commissioner. The deadline to turn in nominating petitions for this spring’s Yankton City Commission election is February 26th. 


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Dorian Award Nominations

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau is seeking nominations for a new award recognizing leaders in area tourism. C-V-B Advisory Board Member Heidi Marsh says nominations for the Dorian Award should be for an individual or organization who has worked to attract new visitors to Yankton or to improve their overall experience through events, media, business ventures or other means. Marsh says the award is named after a fur trader and interpreter, Pierre Dorian who served as a guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition. Deadline for nominations for the Dorian Award is February 29th and the award will be presented at the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet in March.


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