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Yankton School District Days Off

Monday, January 16, 2017

Like most other schools in the region, the Yankton School District cancelled classes today because of the ice storm and very slippery roadways.

Yankton School Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kindle says the Board of Education sets the school calendar a couple years in advance, but the Board is always prepared to make needed adjustment.  Today was the second day off this school year in Yankton, as there was a snow day just before Thanksgiving.

The Winter Weather Advisory is set to end at midnight, and mostly sunny skies are expected by tomorrow afternoon.

 


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USS South Dakota Update

Monday, January 16, 2017

This shapes up to be a busy, yet different, year for the sailors working on the U-S-S South Dakota submarine out in Connecticut.

Deb Bodenstedt of Yankton has served as the chair of the Commissioning Committee for the submarine project, and she says they all had a very busy and successful year in 2016, with a number of sailors taking in five events across South Dakota.

Bodenstedt says the sailors work on the submarine will take much more of their time this year, including very specialized work on the nuclear reactor portion of the vessel.

Bodenstedt says they hope to bring the sailors to Dakota Days, Hobo Days, the South Dakota State Fair and more this year.

The timeline is to have the Christening of the U-S-S South Dakota this coming December, and the Commissioning of the submarine is expected in December of 2018.

 


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Crane Youngworth Proposed Layout

Friday, January 13, 2017

The proposed layout for Crane-Youngworth Field was presented to the Yankton School Board and community last night.

T-S-P Senior Architect Rob Collins says a lot of people have worked very hard on this project, from School Board members to staff and students, to many community members.

Collins says they have an aggressive timeline for the construction progress, as they hope to get bids this spring and do a majority of the perimeter work around the field this summer.

Collins showed drawings of the proposed grandstand and bleachers, restrooms and concessions, and fieldhouse area to the School Board last night. 

The total seating capacity including the visitors section and end zone seating for the band and students would be around 4200 with this proposal for Crane-Youngworth Field.

 


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Pheasants Forever Banquet

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The 24th Annual Banquet for the Yankton Chapter of Pheasants Forever is coming up this Saturday.

Banquet organizer Ron Pesek says the Yankton Chapter has received recognition on a statewide level for being the first South Dakota Pheasants Forever chapter to be credited with one million dollars in habitat expenditures!

Pesek says their annual banquet Saturday night at Minerva’s is always a great time for members and their families, with tickets for members available at the door.

Pheasants Forever is a conservation program which is based on the theory of keeping the funds in local control and allowing the chapters to determine how the money is spent in their areas. 

 


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Cabin Fever Games

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Registration is underway for the first ever Cabin Fever games set for the N-F-A-A Yankton Easton Archery Complex next month. Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Kasi Haberman says to help beat the winter blues, teams will compete in a number of events throughout the day. Haberman says prizes will be awarded and an informational video on Cabin Fever Games can be found on the event’s Facebook page. Haberman says Yankton’s Cabin Fever Games is set for February 18th at the N-F-A-A Yankton Easton Archery Complex.


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Mayor Mike Huether

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Yankton native and Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether was in Yankton yesterday to discuss the current state of his home town. Mayor Huether says he would give our community a satisfactory grade and adds that he is seeing positive efforts here that were not visible a few years ago. Huether says the new single stream recycling system and a pre-school program for Yankton School District students are evidence of a change of direction in the community. Mike Huether says an obvious project to improve people’s experience in the community would be a new pool at Memorial Park.


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The Sandbox

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

After months of preparation Yankton’s first co-working space, The Sandbox is now open for business. With high-quality wi-fi and bottomless coffee available for members Owner Mollie Grey says The Sandbox provides people with a place they can work that lacks the distractions of either an office or home setting.  Grey says her customers include everyone from independent entrepreneurs to corporate employees. Grey says some of her goals for The Sandbox’s first year of operation are to increase it’s membership and begin hosting regular events in Yankton’s downtown area.


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Yankton Prisoner Escapes

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A state prison inmate has been placed on escape status after walking away from his assigned unit. Alvin Williams, age 42, left the Yankton Community Work Center this morning without authorization and was last seen wearing a green parka with a hood, khaki pants, black boots and white gloves. Williams is a black male, 5-feet-7 inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Williams was sentenced in June 2002 to 25 years in prison for a conviction of aggravated assault from Minnehaha County. Anyone who sees Williams or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact law enforcement immediately. 


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YSD Audit

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Yankton School Board heard the results of their annual financial audit last evening and the school district was given a clean bill of health. While the district has a general fund balance of just over seven hundred twenty thousand dollars Yankton School District Superintendent Wayne Kindle says that is the result of one-time money from several sources and not ongoing revenue from increased student enrollment. Kindle says following a tax increase signed into law last year during the 2016 South Dakota legislative session, the Yankton School District has spent more money on salaries for teachers and other staff than has been provided for by state government. Kindle says he would like to see the 2017 session of the South Dakota Legislature work to provide pre-school education state-wide for students.


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Millennium Contract

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

 Following the approval last night of a contract with Millennium Recycling of Sioux Falls by the Yankton City Commission our community’s new single-stream recycling program can move forward. City Manager Amy Nelson says in the months ahead informing city residents about how the new recycling program works will be a priority for city staff. Nelson says residents will be supplied with two new carts a red one for recycling and a black one for garbage. Nelson says current plans are to begin the new recycling program this spring.


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