Shoppers lined-up at local businesses Friday to kick-off this year’s holiday shopping season by making their gift purchases on Black Friday.
Manager Lawrence Young says after being closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Yankton Menard’s Store saw large numbers of shoppers on Black Friday.
Last year total estimated sales over the course of the Black Friday weekend set a new record of just over fifty-nine-point-one billion dollars nationally.
On Saturday,Yankton will celebrate Small Business Saturday, a promotional event created by American Express four years ago to support local, independent businesses during the holiday season.
Carmen Schramm, Executive Director of the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce, says large chain retailers have dominated small businesses in the past with expensive advertising campaigns and door-buster sales.
Schramm says she likes to avoid the large crowds during this shopping weekend and enjoys the intimate atmosphere of smaller stores.
Schramm says look for posters in the windows of participating businesses in Saturday’s all-day event.
Webster Elementary School celebrated the beginning of their anti-bullying campaign yesterday afternoon by hosting an assembly for students, parents and the community.
School Principal Melanie Ryken says last year, a group of educators were trained according to the Olweus program and brought what they learned back to Webster School.
Ryken says bullying occurs inside and outside of school and adds that it was important to invite the public to show the students the community of support they have.
Ryken says according to surveys, students feel that incidents of bullying have decreased with more students and teachers intervening in and preventing hostile situations.
Lisa Scheve, the Director of Yankton’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, addressed the City Commission Monday and outlined measures the CVB is taking to prepare for two large archery tournaments coming to Yankton next July and August.
Scheve says the CVB has set up committees to arrange lodging for the seven-hundred plus participants of the NFAA Outdoor Nationals and the IFAA World Tournaments.
Scheve says the CVB is actively working with the NFAA to attract more competitors to the tournament.
Scheve says next year’s IFAA World Field Championships will return to the United States for the first time in seven years.
Yankton highway and property development were among the items discussed at last evening’s City Commission meeting.
Regarding the reconstruction of Highway 50, City Manager Amy Nelson says that the plan developed by the State Department of Transportation calls for the construction of a five lane highway with lanes eleven and twelve feet wide.
The Commission voted to construct the highway with five twelve-foot-wide lanes to accommodate concerns voiced by businesses and citizens.
The Commission also voted to approve the plat and developer’s agreement review for lots 1 and 2 of the Groseth Crossing Subdivision on Broadway Avenue, south of Menards.
Ground breaking on the property is set for December 10.