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Brush With Kindness

Monday, October 20, 2014

Yankton County Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to assist with their Brush With Kindness project set for this coming weekend. Habitat Director Julie Dykstra says about twenty volunteers are needed to help with home repairs at a pair of residences in Yankton that are in need of some improvement. Dykstra says last year’s Brush With Kindness project has made a huge difference in the life of the homeowner whose residence was repaired. Dykstra says this year’s Brush With Kindness projects will be conducted Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM and anyone interested in volunteering should contact the Yankton County Habitat for Humanity office.


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Lake Area Storm Sirens

Monday, October 20, 2014

The possible installation of storm sirens in the Lewis and Clark Lake area is on the agenda of this afternoon’s Yankton County Commission meeting. Commissioner Donna Freng says Yankton County Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschligt will be proposing conducting several public meetings on the issue to get the input of lake area residents. Freng says it is possible to work out a solution that addresses the concerns of local residents who do not want their view of Lewis and Clark Lake interfered with balanced against the need for public safety. The Yankton County Commission meets at 3:30 PM today at the Yankton County Government Center.


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Yankton County Commission Candidate Bruce Jensen

Monday, October 20, 2014

Chairman of the Yankton County Commission Bruce Jensen is one of six candidates seeking a four-year term on that board in the 2014 fall general election. Jensen says he is seeking another term on the Yankton County Commission in order to continue working on local economic development efforts. Jensen says as a commissioner he listens to both sides of an issue before deciding how to vote, seeks compromise between various interests and works to create partnerships wherever possible. Jensen is a Yankton County Commission candidate for one of three open year-seats in the November 4th general election.

 


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YSD Enrollment 2014-2015

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Two-thousand six-hundred and seventy-nine students are enrolled in the Yankton School District’s 2014-2015 school year, and that figure is a near-perfect match to the number the district’s business office projected when budgeting for the year.
District Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kindle praises the district’s business manager Jason Bietz for his office’s calculations and says those enrollment predictions, plus a rolling average of previous enrollments are used when setting the district’s budget.

Kindle says the district is preparing for a slight dip in enrollment in the near future and adds that the school’s formula hedges against changes in enrollment numbers.

Kindle says that while the district anticipates a dip in enrollment numbers in the immediate future, the district believes that after the next four years, the district will see a trend of growth.
 

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Yankton County Commission Candidate John Harper

Friday, October 17, 2014

Incumbent John Harper is one of six candidates seeking a four year term on the Yankton County Commission during this fall’s general election set for November 4thHarper says seeking funding for infrastructure improvements throughout Yankton County is a priority issue for him in the near future. Harper says one critical situation that needs to be addressed soon is the replacement of the bridge over the James River located about six miles east of Yankton on old Highway Fifty. Harper is a self-employed general contractor who served for ten years as a member of the Yankton County Planning Commission and was chairman of the county’s Road Committee during its existence.


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2014 Pheasant Opener

Friday, October 17, 2014

Noon Saturday marks the beginning of the 2014 pheasant season in South Dakota. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Conservation Officer Sam Schelhaus says while our state’s pheasant numbers are below the ten year average, the population of ring-necks has rebounded from last year and bird numbers are particularly good throughout our region. Schelhaus says when in the field, hunters should wear blaze orange garments, eye protection and be certain of their target and what is behind it before pulling the trigger. This year’s pheasant season concludes on January 4th.


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Susan Wismer in Yankton

Friday, October 17, 2014

South Dakota Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Susan Wismer made a campaign stop in Yankton last (Friday) night to share her views with local voters and to hear their thoughts on the issues. Wismer says she is seeking the office of Governor in order to address some of the challenges facing our state that the current administration has neglected including expanding the federal Medicaid program, education funding, care for the elderly and infrastructure. Wismer says the ongoing E-B-5 scandal is an example of the types of problems that occur when one party has dominated state government for four decades. As well as having served in the South Dakota legislature for the past six year, Wismer is a Certified Public Accountant and small business owner that has been doing bookkeeping and taxes in the community of Britton for the past thirty years.


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YVFD Ladder Truck

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Following the approval of the Yankton City Commission earlier this week, the Yankton Volunteer Fire Department will be replacing the ladder truck they have used for more than two decades. Fire Chief Tom Kurtenbach says the ladder truck is an essential piece of equipment that has allowed firefighters to respond to situations that occur off the ground such as on rooftops and has been used to provide mutual aid to other area communities such as Springfield and Vermillion. Kurtenbach says because of the one million dollar cost for the new truck the Yankton Fire Department only replaces ladder trucks on a twenty-five year rotation.  Kurtenbach says because the ladder truck will be custom built delivery of the new truck is expected to take about one year to complete.


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Yankton County Commission Candidate Ray Epp

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ray Epp is one of six candidates seeking a four year term on the Yankton County Commission in the November 4th general election. A third generation family farmer in the Mission Hill area Epp says a priority for him is seeking  to modernize the infrastructure throughout Yankton County , much of which was constructed in the 1950’s. Epp says if he wins a seat on the board, his background in farming and participation in various community organizations are assets he will bring with him to the Yankton County Commission. The South Dakota Pork Producers Council selected the Ray and Pam Epp Farm from Mission Hill for their 2012 Pork Environmental Steward award.


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CERT Training

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Preparing area residents for responding to a disaster or other emergency situation is the goal of a series of Community Emergency Response Team training sessions that will begin in Yankton late next week. Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschligt says during the nine training sessions participants will learn the basics of disaster response including emergency medical treatment, fire safety and team organization. Scherschligt says the training is available to anyone who has an interest learning more about disaster preparation and response. Scherschligt says the first Community Emergency Response Team training session is set for 6:30 PM next Thursday at the Yankton County E-M-S Training Facility located at 807 Capitol Street..


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