Applications are now available for the Promoting Agricultural Youth scholarships which are given to area high school seniors who plan on pursuing an ag-related career.
Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Director Carmen Schramm says this year four scholarships will be awarded, each in the amount of thirty-five hundred dollars.
Schramm says application forms for the scholarships will be available through area schools and ag-related businesses.
Schramm says the deadline to submit an application for one of the four 2014 PAY scholarships is March 19th, the scholarships will be awarded at this June’s Ag Gala.
AM 1450 KYNT Radio has been named as one of fifty national finalists for the 27th annual Crystal Award competition sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters.
KYNT General Manager Curt Dykstra says the awards are presented to radio stations who provide a high level of community service to their listening area throughout the year.
Dykstra says one example of KYNT’s dedication to the Yankton community is the number of interviews conducted with local agencies as part of the Morning Coffee program hosted by Scott Kooistra.
Dykstra says the ten Crystal Award recipients will be honored at a luncheon in Las Vegas set for April 8th.
The Yankton Volunteer Fire Department is currently asking for donations that will be used to help finance a new museum that will be used to house and display a pair of antique fire engines and other historical items.
Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says the new museum would be built near the site of Fire Station Number Two and would be open to the public for viewing.
Nickles says the fundraising target is to have the estimated twenty-five thousand dollars needed for the fire station museum raised by this October’s Fire Prevention Week.
Nickles says about twenty-five hundred dollars has been donated towards the new fire station museum so far.
The recent passage on a vote of sixty-one to six of House Resolution Ten-Seventeen by the South Dakota House of Representatives may signal the beginning of a shift in public policy regarding the cultivation of industrial hemp in our state.
The resolution urges Congress, the United States Department of Justice and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency to recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity.
One of its’ sponsors was District 18 Representative Bernie Hunhoff who says he supported it because it would give our state’s farmers another possibility for generating income by growing products at home that we are currently importing from other countries.
The same measure failed to receive approval in the South Dakota Senate by a vote of thirteen to twenty-one.
A gas leak in the 600 block of East Sixth Street late Monday evening forced the evacuation of a number of area residents until the potentially dangerous situation was resolved.
Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says the owner of the home discovered the gas leak shortly before 9 PM and notified authorities of the situation.
A gas valve had frozen open causing the residence to fill with natural gas and Nickles says he was told by a Mid-American Energy employee that is something that does not commonly happen.
Nickles says about ten people were evacuated from their homes while the gas leak was repaired.
The Yankton City Commission has approved a request from the Rockin’ Ribfest Committee for financial assistance in the amount of sixty-eight hundred dollars.
The event is relocating to Memorial Park and Historic Downtown Yankton Board Member Ben Hanten says the money would help to insure the success of this year’s Rockin’ Ribfest by helping to provide a large stage and professional production for the live music that will be featured that day.
City Commissioner David Knoff says given the potential for Ribfest to grow in coming years, the sixty-eight hundred dollar request is a good investment for the city.
Rockin’ Ribfest 2014 is set for June 7th at Yankton’s Memorial Park.
Incumbent City Commissioner Jake Hoffner has submitted his nominating petition to seek another term on the Yankton City Commission.
Hoffner says the adoption of a new ordinance that regulates the ownership of animals during his term of office is a good example of how local government can utilize the input of a number of community members when creating new regulations.
Hoffner says if he is re-elected he would like the opportunity to continue to work on issues important to the Yankton community including the municipal recycling program.
Along with Hoffner, incumbents Nancy Wenande and Craig Sommer have submitted their nomination petitions to seek another three year term on the Yankton City Commission.
Providing young people and their parents with positive how-to skills and helpful insights for addressing verbal consent, respecting boundaries and sexual decision-making was the goal of yesterday’s Date Safe Presentation at Yankton High School.
Date Safe Project Founder Mike Domitrz says it is essential for young people to develop the skills they need to make good decisions regarding their own personal boundaries.
Domitrz says parents can play a vital role in this process by demonstrating to their children respect for other people at home.
Domitrz says more information on the Date Safe Project can be at w-w-w-dot-datesafeproject-dot-org.