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Highway Fifty Reconstruction Project

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The lack of competitive bids for the Highway 50 reconstruction project may cause a delay in getting started the work started. The sole bid was from D&G Concrete Construction of Sioux Falls and was well above the engineer’s estimate for the project and South Dakota Department of Transportation Engineer Ron Peterson says because the only bid received for the work was well above the engineer’s estimate the project is on hold while the bid is being reviewed. Peterson says the issue is complicated by plans for other infrastructure work that is planned to be done at the same time as the road construction project. Peterson says a decision on whether to accept the bid or reject it and reopen the project for bidding is expected within about one week.


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Bon Homme County Burn Ban

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Officials have declared a ban on open burning in Bon Homme County which began Thursday morning. Bon Homme County Emergency Manager Scott Burgi  says due to dry conditions the ban needed to be put in place. Burgi says according to county ordinance during the ban no controlled  burns will be permitted without the approval of the local fire chief. Burgi says the ban will remain in place until significant moisture is received in the area.


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Onward Yankton

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A group calling itself Onward Yankton has publicized  plans for an announcement regarding a new initiative for the local community. Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Director Carmen Schramm says the announcement will be made at next week’s One Million Cups event. The Onward Yankton announcement is planned for next week’s One Million Cups set for the Yankton High School Theater at 9 AM next Wednesday. 


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River Walk 2015 Preview

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Local citizens got their first look at the sculptures that have been selected to be a part of River Walk 2015 at a fundraiser held last night. River Walk President Katie Hunhoff says a number of factors are addressed during the sculpture selection process including the pieces’ theme, durability and appeal to a wide variety of people. Hunhoff says over the next month, sites for the new sculptures will be selected prior to their installation on May 7th. Hunhoff says a gala celebration for River Walk artists and supporters is planned for the evening of May 8th.


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Youth World Archery Update

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The World Youth Archery Championship will be held in Yankton’s NFAA complex in June and organizers are busy recruiting sponsors and volunteers. 

Hosting the championship will put Yankton in a global spotlight and Tournament Manager Nancy Wenande says because the event is not-for-profit, she encourages Yankton and the surrounding area to support the event.

Wenande says volunteers don’t need to have an archery background, only a positive attitude.

Because Yankton will host competitors from more than sixty countries, The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting volunteers and the business community to attend a diversity training program to be held April 21st and 22nd. 

For more information on the tournament, or to become a volunteer, people are encouraged to contact the NFAA Easton Archery Complex in Yankton.

 

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Wire Me Awake 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

People attending Wire Me Awake 2015, held yesterday on the campus of the University of South Dakota heard from a number of presenters on the subject of entrepreneurism including the event founder Yankton businessman Ben Hanten. Hanten says his message to young entrepreneurs is that a person doesn’t need anyone’s permission to begin realizing the dream of creating their own business venture. Hanten says it is vital that people realize that they can learn more from their business failures than from their successes. Hanten says about three hundred people, many of them students at U-S-D and Yankton and Vermillion High Schools attended this year’s Wire Me Awake.


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City Wide Clean Up

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A sure sign of spring in the local community is Yankton’s annual city wide clean-up which has been scheduled for the middle of next month. City Manager Amy Nelson says this year’s clean-up is set for the week of April 13th. Nelson says more information on what types of materials are accepted during the city wide clean-up is available on the city of Yankton’s website or from city staff. Some of the items that are not eligible for the 2015 city wide clean-up include: grass clippings and leaves, tires, refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, motor oils, and automotive-type batteries.


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Youth Minimum Wage Bill

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

One piece of legislation recently signed into law by Governor Dennis Daugaard is a minimum wage bill that allows a lower wage to be paid to workers under the age of eighteen than to those who are eighteen and older. District 18 State Senator Bernie Hunhoff says he disagrees with the idea that younger workers are less valuable to an employer than older ones. Hunhoff says he is uncomfortable with the precedent that this legislations sets. South Dakota residents voted fifty-five percent to forty-five percent in November to raise the state's minimum hourly wage from seven-twenty-five to eight dollars and fifty cents per hour, this legislation exempts workers under the age of eighteen from that and instead allows them to be paid seven dollars fifty cents per hour.

 


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Little Shop of Horrors

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Mount Marty College Theater Department is preparing for the opening night of their production of Little Shop of Horrors. Mount Marty College Theater Director Rusty Ruth says this production of Little Shop of Horrors includes a large number of speaking and singing parts as well as the opportunity for puppeteers to perform. Ruth says this production is based on the popular 1980’s musical of the same name. Performances of A Little Shop of Horrors are set for Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 PM with a 2 PM matinee on Sunday at Marian Auditorium on the Mount Marty College campus. .


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River Walk Sneak Peek

Monday, March 23, 2015

The public gets their first look at the new sculptures that will make up River Walk 2015 at an event set for this Thursday at Czecher’s sports bar. River Walk committee members will be bartending and serving drinks that evening with the tips from that going towards the project and President Katie Hunhoff says photographs of the 2015 sculptures will be available for people to view. Hunhoff says as part of the fundraiser raffle tickets will be available for the privilege of placing someone’s name on a River Walk sculpture pedestal. Hunhoff says the River Walk 2015 fundraiser is set for 5:30 to 8 PM Thursday at Czecher’s Sports Bar.


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