Nominations are now open for the 2014 Women of Distinction Awards sponsored by the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Director Carmen Schramm says again this year two local women will be recognized for their contributions to the Yankton community through their professional or community service efforts.
Schramm says a new category is being added this year titled the Rising Star Award which will be given to a woman who is thirty-five years of age or younger as recognition of their leadership and accomplishments.
Schramm says the 2014 Women of Distinction Awards will be presented on February 17th at the Roncalli Center on the Mount Marty College campus.
Revenues into the city of Yankton’s Triple-B fund are showing a slight decrease from 2012’s figures.
Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Lisa Scheve says following projections earlier this year of a decline in B-B-B revenues of about three percent, it now appears that decrease will be in the one-to-two percent range.
Bed-Board and Beverage taxes are driven by the tourism industry and Scheve says with several major events already scheduled for Yankton in 2014, it may be possible to improve those figures for next year.
Scheve says some of the events booked for Yankton next year include the South Dakota Democratic Party’s 2014 State Convention and several major archery tournaments at the National Field Archery Association Headquarters.
Mount Marty College Professor Doctor James Sullivan is scheduled to give the keynote address at Saturday’s 2013 Fall Commencement exercises at Marian Auditorium.
Mount Marty College President Doctor Joseph Benoit says the fact that Doctor Sullivan was schooled entirely within the Roman Catholic educational system gives him a unique perspective that he will share with the more than eighty students graduating this weekend.
Benoit says he personally finds this celebration of the student’s accomplishments to be a rewarding and exciting time.
Mount Marty College’s 2013 Fall Commencement exercises are set for 10:30 AM this Saturday at Marian Auditorium.
Colder weather and longer nights often lead people to avoid physical activity during the winter months, just at a time when the benefits of exercise may be most needed.Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation Superintendent Traci Grohtenhuis says not only will exercise improve one’s physical health, it can also help to generate a positive emotional and mental state that can help people overcome the winter-time blues. Grohtenhuis says there are many outdoor activities for people to enjoy in our community during the winter including utilizing the city’s extensive Auld-Brokaw Trail system.Grohtenhuis says a number of indoor exercise opportunities are also available throughout the winter at the Summit Activities Center.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon for the new Yankton Wireless World store that will be located on the north-east corner of the intersection of Broadway Avenue and 31st Street.
Wireless World Manager Keith Zessin says they are constructing the new store because their business has outgrown their current location across Broadway Avenue near Wal-Mart.
Zessin says this new location has the advantages of being easily accessible as well as highly visible for Verizon customers.
Zessin says plans are to have the new store completed by some time next summer.
Local author Marilyn Kratz is hosting a pair of book-signings this week at Rexall Drug in downtown Yankton for her latest work, Feed Sack Dresses and Wild Plum Jam: Remembering Farm Life in the 1950s.
Kratz says the book grew out of a popular column she had written for a number of years in the Yankton County Observer that chronicled her early life growing up her families’ farm near Scotland.
Kratz says the book has a natural appeal for people who grew up on farms but is also valuable for today’s young people who have little idea of what rural life was like years ago.
Kratz says her book signings for Feed Sack Dresses and Wild Plum Jam: Remembering Farm Life in the 1950s are at 5 PM tomorrow and 3 PM this Saturday at Rexall Drug in downtown Yankton.
Monday night, the Yankton City Commission heard the preliminary results of a housing study of the Yankton area that has been conducted recently by the firm of Community Partners Research Incorporated.
Community Partners Representative Scott Knudson says while the Yankton community has shown strong new home numbers over the past decade, most of those homes have been in the upper range of housing prices.
Knudson says there are currently a number of property lots in or near Yankton that are suitable for potential housing development.
Community Planning Director Dave Mingo says he expects the housing study to be finalized over the next several weeks to include final recommendations on the housing situation in Yankton.
Monday, the Yankton School Board heard a series of three presentations, both pro and con on a proposed resolution that would ask the U. S. Congress to review its’ tax laws regarding financial institutions such as credit unions and farm service agencies.
School Board member Jay Williams says since the financial institution tax issue is political in nature it is not something that the school board should be addressing.
Williams says even if new taxes were applied to credit unions and similar institutions, he has his doubts as to whether any of that money would be available to benefit the Yankton School District.
Lacking a motion to move the issue to a vote the Yankton School Board took no action on the proposed resolution last night.
City Attorney Dave Hosmer has submitted his resignation to the Yankton City Commission effective December 31st.
Hosmer says he has enjoyed working with both the Yankton City Commission and city staff since he was appointed City Attorney in April of 2009.
Hosmer says while he expects to miss working as an attorney, he is looking forward to a career in financial planning with the local firm of Raymond James Financial Services.
City Manager Amy Nelson says she expects that Deputy City Attorney Ross Den Herder will act as Interim City Attorney until a permanent replacement for Hosmer can be found.
The Yankton City Commission will hear the preliminary results of a housing study funded by Yankton Area Progressive Growth at tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting.
City Commissioner Jake Hoffner says he jumped on board with the idea of conducting a housing study when how learned that the Federal Government provides funding mechanisms and incentives to cities that perform these types of studies.
Hoffner says no one on the Commission has seen the preliminary results and is eager to learn of the findings to determine how the City moves forward in addressing the housing shortage.
The Yankton City Commission meets this evening at 7 P.M. at the regional Technical Education Center.
Mount Marty College students are studying for tests and preparing their final papers and portfolios as they begin the final week of the fall semester.
Mount Marty Media Relations Director Kristi Tacke says after this Friday students have four weeks off before returning on January 13.
Tacke says the Mount Marty Fall Commencement in this Saturday at 10:30 A.M. in Marian Auditorium with Professor of English Dr. James Sullivan giving the Commencement Address.
Tacke says the fall commencement includes the Nurse Anesthesia graduates, and will feature the first graduating class of the Masters of Science in Nursing degree.
The Yankton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in apprehending the person responsible for robbing the Cork and Bottle Convenience Store early Thursday morning.
Via a media release Yankton Police Lieutenant Todd Brandt says
at about 2:30 Thursday morning an unknown subject described as being approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds and wearing a dark coat and dark pants robbed the Cork and Bottle of an undisclosed amount of cash.
No one was injured in the robbery and anyone who has information on the identity of the subject is asked to contact the Yankton Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 605-665-4440.
Yankton River Walk is hosting their annual Holiday Cookie Walk fundraiser Friday morning at the Dakota Theater in downtown Yankton.
River Walk President Lisa Scheve says current plans are to expand River Walk 2014 by either installing a new sculpture pedestal or a new sidewalk location in the downtown area.
Scheve says at this morning’s fundraiser home-baked holiday cookies will be available for a cost of eight dollars per pound to help support Yankton River Walk.
Scheve says the River Walk Holiday Cookie Walk starts at 10 am Friday at the Dakota Theater.
In an age of volatile prices for commodities such as corn and soybeans managing the risk involved in marketing those crops is vital to today’s farmers.
Iowa State University Farm Business Management Specialist Steve Johnson says because high prices for commodities that were seen in recent years have not been sustained farmers need to take advantage of strategies such as pre-selling their harvests and using crop insurance to minimize the financial risk they face.
Johnson says with diminishing payments to ag producers, passage of a new federal farm bill has less significance for farmers now than it has in previous years.
Johnson spoke in Yankton yesterday as part of the Growing On 2014 tour sponsored by the South Dakota Corn Growers and Farm Credit Services of America.
An upgrade to the system used to rout first responders to the scene of an emergency will soon mean faster response times by providing mapping that shows the exact location of the emergency situation.
Yankton County Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschligt says once an emergency call for help is sent out from dispatch the new system that utilizes Samsung tablet technology will quickly provide emergency personnel with an address and route to that location.
Scherschligt says he expects the new tablets to arrive in the next week and that the new system will be fully operational sometime next month.
Scherschligt says the new system will be installed in all fire departments throughout Yankton County as well as search and rescue and the Yankton County Emergency Management office.