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Burn Ban Lifted

Friday, April 24, 2015

Yankton County Emergency Management has announced the lifting of the ban on open burning that was recently put in place. Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschligt  says the decision to lift the ban was made after consulting with area fire chiefs who think that it is safe to burn at this time if people follow the county resolution on open burning. Scherschligt says it is possible that the burn ban will be reinstated in the near future if fire conditions deteriorate. Scherschligt says when the National Weather Service has declared the Grassland Fire Index to be in the Very High or Extreme Category no open burning will be permitted. 


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Carda on Huether

Friday, April 24, 2015

Recent comments by Sioux Falls Mayor and Yankton native Mike Huether on the current state of the Yankton community have received the attention of local officials. Huether had said that the inability of local voters to approve a pair of opt-outs for the Yankton School District was a disappointment for the community and Mayor Dave Carda  says since then school district officials have made efforts to provide greater accountability to the public. Another issue Mayor Huether pointed to was the need for a new municipal pool at Memorial Park and Carda says given the current state of finances for the city a new pool has not been a high priority for the city commission. Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether spoke at last Wednesday’s One Million Cups event at the Avera Office Pavilion.


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Severe Weather Awareness Training

Thursday, April 23, 2015

National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp was in Yankton Thursday evening for a severe weather training session held at Fire Station Number Two. Heitkamp says in order to stay safe during severe weather people need to take the responsibility for developing a plan of action for themselves and their families and follow through on it. Heitkamp says there is no substitute for having trained storm spotters in the field who can provide warning of approaching severe weather. April 20th through the 24th is severe weather awareness week in South Dakota.


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Brand USA

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The marketing organization Brand USA will be providing coverage of this June’s 2015 World Archery Youth Championships to an international audience while the event is underway. Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Stephanie Moser says contact was made with the marketing firm during the recent Yankton Chamber of Commerce trip to Washington DC. Moser says exposing the community of Yankton to an international audience could provide benefits for the area tourism industry. The 2015 World Archery Youth Championships is set for June 6th through the 14th at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex.


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Downtown Ace Hardware Closing

Thursday, April 23, 2015

After operating in Yankton’s downtown for the past forty years, this afternoon that Ace Hardware location will close its’ doors. General Manager Ken Kopetsky says with greater traffic and sales at the Broadway Avenue Ace Hardware location it made sense to close the downtown store.  Kopetsky says he and his family appreciate the support they have been shown by the area community while their business has been operating.  Kopetsky says the downtown Yankton Ace Hardware store will close its’ doors at 5:30 PM today.


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Mayor Mike Huether

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether was in Yankton Wednesday to discuss his views of where his hometown is and where it should be going. Huether says one issue that concerns him is the lack of vitality in Yankton’s downtown area. Huether says another issue he has found to be disturbing is the lack of support for a pair of proposed opt-outs for the Yankton School District. Huether spoke at Wednesday's One Million Cups event at the Avera Office Pavilion.


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Missouri River Volunteers

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

With the Missouri River Watershed School Festival only about one week away, organizers are asking for the help of volunteers to make the event a success. Regional Conservation Coordinator for the Izaack Walton League Paul Lepisto says adult volunteers are needed to help guide groups of students to the various presentations at the festival. Lepisto says past volunteers have commented on the amount of information they have learned while helping with the event. The 2015 Missouri River Watershed School Festival is set for the morning of May 1st at Riverside Park.


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Diversity Training for Yankton

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Yesterday afternoon the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Diversity Training Session at the RTEC building to help local businesses to prepare for the 2015 Youth Archery Championship this June. Christy Nicholaisen, the Executive Director of the Multi-Cultural Center in Sioux Falls, led the session and says an understanding and respect of the many cultures attending will be critical in building a positive relationship with the participants. Nicholaisen says discussing things as simple as how close to stand to people when talking to them can avoid some potentially embarrassing situations.Today from 2-4 pm there will be another session focused on hospitality, lodging and dining; the Archery Championship is June 8th to 14th at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center on Hwy 50 and will bring hundreds of participants from over 60 countries.

 


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Yankton County Rail Authority Hearing

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

At Tuesday's regular meeting members of the Yankton County Commission set May 4th as the date for a special meeting to hear public comment on a proposed Yankton County Rail Authority. Yankton County Commission Chairman Todd Woods says it is vital that information on what a rail authority actually is and can accomplish be made available to the public ahead of the meeting. Woods says one of the best reasons for creating a rail authority for Yankton County is to insure local control over the rail lines. The Yankton County Regional Rail Authority public meeting is set for 7 PM May 4th at the Yankton County Government Center.


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Severe Weather Awareness Training

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp will be conducting a severe weather awareness training session in Yankton Thursday evening. Public Information Officer with Yankton County Emergency Management Lee Rettig says a special emphasis is being placed this spring on severe weather awareness for business owners and their employees. Rettig says the severe weather session set for tomorrow evening will cover the basics of how severe weather forms and how people can be better prepared for it. The National Weather Service severe weather awareness training session is set for 7 PM Thursday at Fire Station Number Two in Yankton.

 


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