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Discover Downtown

Friday, July 22, 2016

As part of its mission to boost traffic to Yankton’s downtown and encourage business growth, Onward Yankton is hosting a Discover Downtown event set for next week. Downtown Business Owner Cathy Clatworthy says when the idea of an event showcasing the downtown area was first mentioned, the response from other business owners was overwhelmingly positive. Clatworthy says from her perspective, there is a lot of appeal to operating a business that is located in a community’s downtown. Onward Yankton is hosting a ribbon cutting next Thursday at 5 PM to kick off the Discover Downtown event at Onward Yankton’s new downtown home, located at 104 West 3rd Street (formerly Books and Beans).


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Sales Tax Numbers

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sales tax numbers for the city of Yankton have shown some modest improvement during the past month. Sales tax numbers for June showed an increase of just over three percent and City Finance Officer Al Viercek says the retail segment of the local economy has been a little sluggish lately. Viercek says as of now he doesn’t think that this year’s sales tax numbers will have much of an impact on the current budget. Viercek says sales tax numbers for this year is up about two-point-seven percent. 


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Rock N Rumble

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The second annual Rock N’ Rumble event is set to get underway in downtown Yankton Friday. Chairperson Stephanie Moser says Rock N’ Rumble begins today with music from The Austin-Buescher Band and Bad Hamster starting at 4 PM. Out of respect for his contributions to the community Moser says this year’s Rock N’ Rumble parade is dedicated to the memory of Steve-Chopper-Johnson. The second annual Rock N’ Rumble event begins today and concludes tomorrow in downtown Yankton.


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MSAC Meeting

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Finding the keys to sustain a reservoir like Lewis and Clark Lake will not only involve engineering but also an economic framework to put solutions into action and Brigham Young University engineering professor Rollin Hotchkiss, will speak on sedimentation issues the Missouri Sedimentation Action Coalition meeting set for August 1st  in Yankton. Executive Director Sandy Stockholm says one possibility for removing the sedimentation that is building up in Lewis and Clark Lake is to flush the material downstream. Stockholm says each lake on the Missouri river reservoir system has a different life expectancy. The meeting of the Missouri Sedimentation Action Coalition is set for August 1st at the Landing Restaurant in Yankton.


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Onward Yankton One Million Cups

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Community members are being asked to tell Yankton what types of businesses could bring growth to our community’s downtown area during a special 1 Million Cups workshop set for next week. Onward Yankton President R-J- Reiger says during the workshop attendees will brainstorm different ideas about what new businesses would be a good fit for the downtown. Reiger says he would like to see a large number of people give their input at this One Million Cups meeting. The Onward Yankton 1 Million Cups workshop is set for next Wednesday at  9 AM at the Discovery Church in downtown Yankton.



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Yankton College All-Class Reunion

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Keeping the Dream Alive is the theme for this years’ Yankton College All-Class reunion which begins today and concludes this weekend. Y-C Executive Director Jan Garrity says one highlight of the bi-annual event is the honoring of alumni who have excelled in fields such as athletics and humanitarian work. Yankton College will be re-located to the Mead Cultural Center once the renovation project is complete and Garrity says that move will allow Y-C historical documents and memorabilia to preserved for many years to come. Garrity says about two hundred alumni and their families are expected to attend the 2016 Yankton College All-Class Reunion.


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Boys and Girls Club

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

With an opening date set for this fall construction on the new Yankton Boys and Girls Club continues to progress. Development Coordinator Frani Kieffer says the project has moved to the stage where interior painting is taking place and furniture for the new facility is being ordered. In order to help keep the annual cost of membership low Kieffer says  the Yankton Boys and Girls Club is currently conducting a fundraising raffle for a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox. Kieffer says the grand opening of the new Yankton Boys and Girls Club is expected in mid-October. 


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Heat Wave

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The hottest weather that our region of the country has experienced in some time will blister southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska at least until this weekend. National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp says a high pressure system will produce daytime high temperatures in the triple digits and heat index values close to one hundred ten degrees for the next several days. Heitkamp says in this extreme heat people should take precautions for their pets and children, look after anyone who is elderly or ill and avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day. Heitkamp says this heat wave will begin to moderate by this weekend with daytime high temperatures expected to be in the mid-to-upper eighties on Sunday.

 


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DNC

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Yankton businessman and US Senate candidate Jay Williams will be attending the Democratic National Convention set to begin next Monday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Williams says he is hopeful that the Democratic Party will embrace the idea of expanding the federal Medicare system to include all Americans. Williams says he has never attended a national political convention previously. The Democratic National Convention runs from July 25th through the 28th in Philadelphia.


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Road Transfer Nixed

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Yankton County Commission has declined to accept an offer, at least for now, from the state of South Dakota to exchange two highways that span a little more than six miles just west of Yankton Tuesday and commission members made their doubts about the deal very clear. Chairman Todd Woods says the offer includes a one-time cash payment of about one-point-three million dollars which looks good at first, but he has serious concerns about the cost of long term maintenance. A fellow commissioner raised the possibility of exchanging the two highways for Fleege’s Bridge which needs to be replaced and Woods says while that idea is more attractive to the county, it may not be a good one for the state.The two state highways involved in the trade offer are 314 and 435.


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