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Sister Contribute to MMC

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

 

The Benedictine Sisters announced a major contribution this morning of 2.25 million dollars to Mount Marty College.  Sister Penny Bingham says the first phase of the donation will go toward 80 new endowed scholarships for Mount Marty students.

Mount Marty President Dr. Mark Long says he was very pleased to learn of these scholarships made possible by the Sisters.

Long says about fifteen different non-profit groups in the Yankton area will benefit from today’s second annual Mission Day event where Mount Marty students will contribute over 600 service hours to the community this afternoon


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The Sandbox

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Plans have been announced for the creation of our community’s first co-working space on the first floor of the Onward Yankton building which has the potential to benefit both existing businesses and those seeking to get off the ground. Sandbox Co-founder Liz Hannum says co-working spaces can meet a number of needs for different people including entrepreneurs and corporate employees. Sandbox Co-founder Mollie Grey says Yankton has the potential to realize the benefits that co-working spaces have provided in larger communities such as Sioux Falls and Minneapolis. Grey says current plans are to have The Sandbox open for business by November 1st.


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MMC New School Year

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Classes for the 2016-2017 school year at Mount Marty College resumed this week at the school’s Yankton campus. President Marc Long says this year’s incoming freshman class has shown a growth in size of about four percent from last year. Long says students at Mount Marty benefit from the school’s smaller class size which provides a great level of personal attention from the faculty. Long says about fifteen different non-profits and groups in the Yankton area will benefit from today’s Mount Marty College’s second annual Mission Day event where students will contribute over six hundred service hours to the community in one afternoon.


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Chief Paulsen on Domestic Violence

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Efforts at raising awareness in our community of the problem of domestic violence such as the recent 9th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event is having a positive impact on the lives of area citizens. Chief of Police Brian Paulsen says during the past five years the number of calls for assistance in those types of cases has declined dramatically. Paulsen says often the children in a home suffer silently while abuse is occurring. Paulsen says in an effort to further address the issue, the Yankton Police Department has begun conducting follow-up visits on homes were domestic violence has occurred. More than sixty men participated in this year’s 9th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event held at Memorial Park last weekend.

 


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Successful "Walk A Mile"

Monday, August 29, 2016

The ninth annual “Walk A Mile” event was another success Saturday at Memorial Park in Yankton to raise money and awareness in the fight against domestic violence and sexual abuse.

River City Domestic Violence Center board member Sheila Woodward says this event has raised awareness of this problem in Yankton.  She applauded the nearly 70 men who walked in high-heeled shoes around the Park, and raised more than $13,000 for the River City Domestic Violence Center.

Yankton Police Chief Brian Paulson spoke right after the walk, and says domestic violence and sexual abuse reports are now at their lowest level in at least seven years in our community.

The Family Fun Day organized by the River City Family Connections group attracted more than 700 people for a day of events at the park.

 

 

 

 

 


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WNV Death

Monday, August 29, 2016

The South Dakota Department of Health has confirmed the first death associated with a case of West Nile Virus in 2016, a Yankton County resident who was between eighty to eighty-nine years of age. State Epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger says the number of cases reported so far this year has exceeded either of the previous two year’s totals. Kightlinger says while he had hoped to see the number of West Nile Virus cases decline, the reasons for the increase is not completely understood. Kightlinger says the mosquitoes responsible for West Nile Virus will be a threat until we have a hard frost late next month or in early October.


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United Way Human Foosball

Monday, August 29, 2016

United Way and Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton are hosting an afternoon of human foosball next month to help kick-off their annual fundraising campaign. Executive Director Lauren Hanson says unlike the table-top game, this version of foosball will use human beings to move the ball around the field of play. Hanson says the human foosball tournament will take place at the Landing Restaurant the afternoon of September 10th. Hanson says teams participating in the tournament will be taking donations on behalf of Yankton United Way.


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NPS Celebrates in Yankton

Friday, August 26, 2016

The 100th anniversary of the National Park Service was celebrated Thursday across the United States, including a program at the Riverside Park Amphitheatre hosted by the Missouri National Recreational River.

Local Superintendent Rick Clark says they have had a very good year of promoting the Missouri River and the National Park Service.

Clark says one goal in the years ahead is to continue promoting recreation on the Missouri River to give even more people an opportunity.

The Missouri National Recreational River was established in 1978, and Clark says the National Park Service now operates 413 units throughout the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Westbrook Estates

Friday, August 26, 2016

With construction of new housing units continuing at Westbrook Estates, demand for those new homes doesn’t show any signs of diminishing. Yankton Area Progressive Growth President John Kramer says the demand for housing is so great some of the new homes that are not yet completed have already been purchased. Kramer says home sales at Westbrook Estates are being looked at to see who is making the purchases and what their reasons are. Kramer says he hopes to have the results of that study available by this October.

 


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Municipal Sales Tax Numbers

Friday, August 26, 2016

Following a slight decline in sales tax collections for the City of Yankton in July municipal officials are hoping those numbers rebound this month. City Manager Amy Nelson says while those numbers were down last month, for the year overall, they are still on track. Nelson says in June of this year sales tax figures increased about three percent.


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