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Vespers Tickets Available

Friday, December 2, 2016

Free tickets are still available for the evening performances of the Mount Marty College Vespers this weekend at the Bishop Marty Chapel.

Wyatt Yager is the Director of Events and Outreach at Mount Marty, and says they expanded Vespers to three shows this year and still have a couple hundred tickets available.  The tickets are free and available for the evening performances Saturday and Sunday, as they are all sold out for the 4 p-m show on Sunday.

Tickets are available at the Sacred Heart Monastery Gift Shop or the Mount Marty College Pages bookstore.

Yager also says they have an Angel Tree set up outside the Bishop Marty Chapel and donations will go toward the Yankton Homeless Shelter and Samaritan’s Feet.

 


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State Oral Interp Festival

Thursday, December 1, 2016

This will be the 107th year the South Dakota State Oral Interpretation Festival will be held.  The Festival comes up Friday and Saturday at Harrisburg High School, and will feature 89 high schools with over 300 entries.

Yankton High School Coach Leo Kallis says there are many components of Oral Interp, and it’s different than Debate.  Categories of Oral Interpretation include Dramatic, Humorous, Readers Theater, Storytelling, Poetry, and Non-Original Oratory.

Yankton High School will compete in the Class Double-A Division, there are also entries for Class A and Class B schools.

This festival was first started in 1910 as the State Declamation Contest as part of the South Dakota High School State Track and Field meet.

 

 


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Veterans Holiday Relief Drive

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Yankton Chamber of Commerce is helping to coordinate a Veterans Holiday Relief Drive to benefit the homeless and at-risk veterans and military families.

Yankton Chamber Executive Director Carmen Schramm says veterans can be helped with donations of items for Buddy Baskets and Buddy Bags.

Schramm says items can be brought to the Yankton Chamber office at 803 East 4th Street.

Monetary donations or shopping gift cards can be dropped off at the Chamber office as well or mailed to the South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary in Hartford.

 


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Holiday Festival of Lights

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Downtown Yankton was the place to kickoff this year’s holiday season  Thursday night as the Holiday Festival of Lights got underway. Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Kasi Haberman says more than forty floats with a number of themes were entered in this year’s parade. Haberman says last night’s Holiday Festival of Lights coincided with downtown retailers beginning to maintain evening hours on Thursdays through the Christmas holiday. Haberman says last night’s Holiday Festival of Lights included the lighting of a twenty-foot Christmas tree donated by Yankton Nursery.  


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Lake Yankton Outdoor Festival

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Planning to insure that next year’s Lake Yankton Outdoor Festival is a success continued yesterday at a meeting in Yankton. Paul Lepisto Regional Conservation Coordinator for the Izaack Walton League says by holding activities at fewer sites organizers hope to improve attendance at next June’s festival. Lepisto says one of the most popular presentations from last June the Royal Gauntlet Birds of Prey from Oklahoma will be returning for next year’s festival. Lepisto says next year’s Lake Yankton Outdoor Festival is set for 10 AM to 1 PM on June 10th.


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Saturday at The Christmas Store

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This is the fifth year The Christmas Store has existed in Yankton to help young children shop for Christmas presents for their loved ones.

Sheri Duke has been very involved in The Christmas Store and says children from junior kindergarten through fifth grade can get help from personal shoppers in picking out gifts for immediate family members.

Duke says they expect around 300 kids to attend this Saturday selecting over a total of one-thousand gifts, and donations of gifts or money are much appreciated.  Donations can be dropped off at the Riverview Reformed Church or at the Services Center Federal Credit Union.

The Christmas Store will be held at the Riverview Reformed Church at 1700 Burleigh Street in Yankton this Saturday from 1 to 5 p-m.

 


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Governor's Meth Awareness Campaign Visits Yankton

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Last night a presentation on meth use was given to the public at the Yankton High School theatre and a panel of experts was on hand to answer questions; all part of the Governor’s awareness campaign “Meth Changes Everything”. Prevention Specialist with Volunteers of America Dakotas Michelle Majeres has been giving similar presentations across many communities recently and says the rise of meth use in South Dakota may be scary, but there’s relief in communities coming together to face the rising epidemic. Gerry Ebel, Drug & Alcohol Program Director at Lewis and Clark Behavioral Health says our community has the resources to effectively treat this problem in the correct method: as a health problem instead of a crime problem. Yesterday afternoon the entire Yankton High School body was given a separate presentation to educate the students on the dangers of meth use. Across South Dakota 3.8% of High Schoolers reported having tried meth. 


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Northtown Automotive Expansion

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

With an eye on improving the level of customer satisfaction with their service department officials with Northtown Automotive broke ground yesterday for an expansion at their facility. General Manager Tanner Krantz says they are expanding their service department to meet the demand they are seeing from customers from around the Yankton area. Krantz says he thanks not only his staff but also the customers whose support throughout their twelve years of operation has made this expansion possible. Krantz says current plans are to have the new expansion completed by next spring.


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City Sales Tax Numbers

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

City officials have already taken steps to address concerns regarding sales tax collections that have gone go up and down from month to month in Yankton this year. Department heads have been keeping a close eye on their budgets and Finance Officer Al Viercek says   the sales tax estimate for the year has been lowered to a two percent increase. Viercek says he has concerns about the two percent projection on sales tax numbers for next year’s budget. Viercek says city sales tax receipts for the year to date are up just under two percent from 2015.


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Giving Tuesday

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mount Marty College is asking for the financial help of alumni and community members for the school’s scholarship fund today as the annual Giving Tuesday event gets underway. More than ninety-six percent of Mount Marty students receive some form of financial aid and Assistant Director of Annual Giving Tracy Pravecek says much of that comes from various scholarships that the school offers. Pravecek says people who have supported Giving Tuesday in the past say they have done so to help insure the future of Mount Marty and the Yankton community. Pravacek says the easiest way for donors to make contributions for Giving Tuesday is by going on-line to www-dot-mtmc-dot-edu-backslash-giving


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