Advisory Board and Commission Openings

The Board of City Commissioners is seeking City of Yankton residents to fill openings on the various
City of Yankton Advisory Boards and Commissions. The openings for 2018 include:

Three vacancies on the Planning Commission
Two vacancies on the Yankton Community Library Board
Two vacancies on the Park Advisory Board
Two vacancies on the Fox Run Golf Advisory Board
One vacancy on the Airport Advisory Board
One vacancy on Yankton Housing and Redevelopment Commission

Anyone who is interested in filling one of the openings should submit a letter of interest to the Mayor
and Board of City Commissioners including your reason for wanting to serve on the respective board
or commission. Letters may be sent to:

c/o City Manager’s Office
P.O. Box 176
Yankton, SD 57078
The deadline for these inquires is May 1, 2018.

New Graduate Programs Approved at USD

 SPEARFISH, S.D. – The first doctoral program in sustainability in this region has been approved at the University of South Dakota. The South Dakota Board of Regents this week granted USD’s request to offer both the master of science degree and the Ph.D. degree in sustainability.

USD is one of only 16 schools nationally with an undergraduate degree in sustainability. It would now offer the first such doctoral program available in the central United States. Sustainability is an emerging field that seeks to address complex and interdisciplinary issues, focusing on systems that are environmentally sound and economically profitable now and into the future.

USD’s graduate programming in sustainability emphasizes research and will be offered through face-to-face instruction. Campus officials noted that companies employing full-time sustainability professionals have increased 400 percent since 2000 across North America.

In other action, the regents approved a master of science degree in business analytics at USD. It will prepare graduates to implement data science solutions to business problems by using applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, and computing technology.

In support of the business analytics degree, USD officials cited labor force data showing that management analyst and market research analyst positions are expected to grow between 8 percent and 20 percent in South Dakota through 2024. More than 25 businesses along the Interstate 29 corridor in South Dakota have expressed support for the program.

Yankton Schools Win SD Science Olympiad

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota hosted the 34th annual South Dakota Science Olympiad on March 24.

More than 150 students competed in several science events. Yankton Middle School and Yankton High School won first place in their divisions and have been invited to participate in the Science Olympiad National Tournament at Colorado State University May 18-19.

Full Results

Middle School

1st Place: Yankton Middle School, Coaches: Brooks Schild, Tom Merrill, Nicole Mehlhaff and Elizabeth Dooley.

2nd Place: Sacred Heart Middle School, Coach: Rebecca Loutsch.

3rd Place: Dakota Valley Middle School, Coaches: Amanda Vande Vegte and Miranda Arnold.

4th Place: Vermillion Middle School, Coach: Audrey Job.

5th Place: Elk Point-Jefferson Middle School, Coaches: Angela Peirce and Nicole Pribil.

6th Place: Mickelson Middle School, Coach: Christopher Mitchell.

High School

1st  Place: Yankton High School, Coaches: Robert Medeck, Brooks Schild and Ashlee Fleming.

2nd Place: Dakota Valley High School, Coaches: Sarah Wonders and Miranda Ritts.

3rd Place: Elk Point-Jefferson High School, Coaches: Angela Peirce and Nicole Pribil.

T-4th Place: Brookings High School, Coach: Kelly Riedell.

T-4th Place: Madison High School, Coach: Dawn Wiebers.

T-4th Place: Todd County High School, Coaches: Marjorie Blare and Katie Petry.


The 8th Street Reconstruction Project is set to begin Wednesday, March 28, 2018.  During construction, 8th Street will remain closed to thru traffic from Summit to Broadway.  The contractor will maintain access to local residents.  Access to Lincoln School will be maintained on Locust St., including the intersection of Locust St. and 8th St. whenever feasible.

State Championships Brings Archers to Yankton

Yankton, S.D. –  The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center wrapped up hosting the South Dakota Archers Association Indoor Championship. 220 archers from around the state competed in the two-day event to determine champions in 42 categories divided into gender, age and bow divisions. This year, South Dakota archers had the opportunity to shoot in the newly constructed addition to the Archery Center to get firsthand experience of the space that hosted the 2015 World Archery Indoor Championships in February. “This place is really something,” remarked Tim Withers board member for the South Dakota Archers Association, SDAA, organizing the event. “This addition is spacious, in past years we’ve been here we have been able to have all archers shoot at the same time on Sunday. Last year we got pretty close to reaching the capacity of the range for one line. Having this new space lets us continue to grow as I expect we will.”

Running in conjunction to this even was the second annual USA Archery State Indoor & State JOAD
Championships. This was a one-day event using a different indoor competition format. This year was the first
time this tournament was certified as a World Archery STAR event; meaning that scores shot at this event
qualified for state, national and world records. Sixteen archers earned championship titles and earned the first
state records for South Dakota in the USA Archery Indoor competition format. “Being approved as a World Archery STAR event was very exciting,” commented Josahan “Jos” JaimeSantacruz, Programs Director for the Archery Center and event organizer. “We are now able to recognize state records for this tournament and I expect in future years more archers will flock to Yankton to compete for both state championships and state record titles.”

Next year marks the 65th anniversary of the South Dakota Archers Association. Board members are planning
on big things to commemorate this milestone at the Sate Indoor Championships. “We’d like to thank our
members for their continued support and participation in archery all these years,” remarked Kathy Faber,
SDAA secretary. “We’re looking forward to it.”

For photos, updates, and additional event details, visit the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center’s Facebook,
Twitter, and Instagram (@YanktonArchery).

Lancer Archery Team Earn Three State Championships

YANKTON, South Dakota – The Mount Marty College Archery Team wrapped up it’s indoor season
with an outstanding performance at the South Dakota Archers Association State Indoor Championships hosted at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center March 24-25.

Yankton native Kendra Hunhoff earned her state title in the Adult Female Freestyle division with a score of 599 with 86 X’s out of a possible 600/120X points and a new personal best score for competition. Freshman archer Curtis Lapour (Humphrey, NE) earned his first South Dakota State Championships title in the Adult Male Barebow division with a score of 336/4X, also earning a new personal best score. In the Adult Female Freestyle Limited Recurve division the first and second place awards went to McKenna Cooley (FR/Henderson, NV) and Callie Stevens (SO/Florence, MT), respectively, after a nearly identical score of 526 where Cooley inched out Stevens by a single X. Stevens came back from an equipment failure on the first day of competition but bounced back with a personal best score both Saturday and Sunday. Freshman archer Chase Vleck (Neligh, NE) finished with a first place win in the first flight of the Adult Female Bowhunter Freestyle division with a score of 429/7X. Vleck suffered a shoulder injury towards the end of the second day of competition but was able to finish her round nearly tying her first day’s score and earning a personable best X count.

“I am blown away by our archers at this event,” remarked Mackenzie Kieborz, assistant coach for the Lancer archery
team. “All five podium finishers shot personal best scores in a competition. It’s hard enough achieving new score
benchmarks in practice let alone under the pressure of competition. Both Callie and Curtis dealt with equipment issues and they were able to come back from them without missing a beat. Chase had a sudden shoulder issue in the secondto-last end but was able to finish and was still able to match her first day of scoring and earn a higher X count. So much happened this weekend but all of our archers stayed focused and consistent the entire event. I’m very proud of our entire team.”

The Lancer archers are switching gears after this event and focusing on outdoor long distance shooting for their last
three events of the year; the First Dakota Classic and Collegiate Outdoor Regionals in April and US Collegiate Outdoor Target National Championships in May. For more information on Mount Marty College’s archery program, please visit mmclancers.com or contact Coach Josahan “Jos” Jaime-Santacruz at jos@neyac.org.

NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center to Host Two South Dakota State Indoor Championships

Yankton, S.D. – The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center will play host to two state championships March 23-25; the NFAA SDAA State Indoor Championship and the USA Archery State Indoor & State JOAD Championships.

These events incorporate the two most popular indoor competition formats.

Both the SDAA State Indoor and USA Archery State Indoor are shot at a similar distance at different paper target faces. The SDAA State Indoor will follow an NFAA Indoor 300 round, where archers shoot 120 arrows over the course of two days for highest cumulative score to determine a champion. The USA Archery State Indoor will be a single-day event where archers will shoot 60 arrows for cumulative score. This is the same shooting format used at the World Archery Indoor Championship hosted at the Archery Center this past February.

“This is the second year we’ve been able to offer South Dakota archers the opportunity to win state
championships in two indoor shooting formats,” remarked Josahan “Jos” Jaime-Santacruz, Archery Center
Coach and Programs Director. “Archers in our state have given outstanding performances on the national
stage at events using either shooting format; I’m excited to see them bring their best game to these two

“This is the largest archery event in the state,” commented NFAA Foundation President and Archery Center
Director Bruce Cull. “We’re on track to have 250-300 archers and their families from every corner of South
Dakota here in Yankton this weekend; staying in our hotels and enjoying our community. It’s been a great
experience every year and this weekend should be excellent as well”

Tournament registration can be found at www.NEYAC.org. Any questions can be answered by calling (605)

For photos, updates, and additional event details, visit the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center’s Facebook,
Twitter, and Instagram (@YanktonArchery).

The American Legion Department of South Dakota

WAGNER – The annual District 8 Spring Meeting of the South Dakota American Legion will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in Wagner for Legionnaires from Turner, Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Clay, Douglas, Hutchinson and Yankton counties.

The Legion business session will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Wagner American Legion Post Home.  The social will be at 5:00 p.m. and a meal will be served 6:00 p.m.

 Participants will elect District Commanders and District Vice Commanders for two year terms and County Commanders and Vice Commanders in the District for one-year terms during the business meeting.

The session will also feature Post Americanism reports, a membership turn-in, recognition of the District 8 Legionnaire of the Year and an address by State American Legion Commander Hugh Holmes of Mitchell.

District 8 Commander Greg Geiman will conduct the business session and Wagner Post #11 will be in charge of the local arrangements.

The District 8 Auxiliary will hold its meeting at 7:00 p.m. the same day at the Wagner American Legion Post Home.


The Habitat Bike team is accepting donations for their annual rummage sale on March 23rd & 24th.  Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity Clay and Yankton Counties affordable housing mission. Donate your lightly used furniture, working appliances, household items and nicer clothing. Donations may be dropped off at the Habitat warehouse located at 218 Capital Street on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 2pm.  Donations will be accepted at the Old Mill beginning March 21st & 22nd.

If you need assistance with moving your items, please contact Tom or Jane Gilmore at 665-8303 to schedule a time for pick up. The Habitat Rummage sale will be at the Old Mill, 106 Capital Street on March 23rd & 24th.

Generator upgrades will cause spillway flows at Gavins Point Dam

YANKTON, S.D. – Upgrades to the hydropower generators at Gavins Point Powerplant will result in water flows through the spillway gates. When the generators shut down for the upgrades, water that normally runs through the powerplant will be diverted to the spillway.
Spillway flows are expected to begin on February 26 and continue through approximately May 15.

Boating restrictions will be in place on the Missouri River below Gavins Point Dam during this time. When water is released through the spillway, hazardous conditions may exist for vessels on the river and boaters are urged to use caution. The restricted area for boats is marked by signs located on the north and south bank of the Missouri River approximately 500 yards below the spillway. During spillway releases boaters will not be allowed to go upstream of these signs.

People can stay informed by checking our web site, www.nwo.usace.army.mil/gavinspoint or by calling (402) 667-2546

Mount Marty College Announces Their 2018 Homecoming Court

Mount Marty College is gearing up for Homecoming 2018. The annual Lancer Days celebration begins with Mass at 4 p.m. on February 4, 2018.
In preparation for the week-long event MMC seniors, along with faculty and staff, chose ten candidates for Lord and Lady Marben.
The five women chosen were: Erin Boyle, O’Neill, NE, daughter of John and Christi Boyle; Laura Cattle, West Wyalong, Australia, daughter of Philip and Sharon Cattle; Morgan Citterman, Ivanhoe, MN, daughter of Archie and Connie Citterman; Abby Keffeler, Piedmont, SD, daughter of Michael and Tammy Keffeler; Vanessa Ryken, Gayville, SD, the daughter of Brian and Laura Ryken.
The five men chosen were: Mel Gabel,Houston, Texas, son of Mel and Vanessa Gabel, Ben Hegge, Crofton, NE, son of Bob and Helene Hegge; Riley Pearson, Pender, NE, son of Don & Karen Pearson; Brandon Ronning, Aberdeen, SD, son of Brenda Pulfrey and Brad Ronning; Sam Voigt, Gregory, SD, son of Tim and Jennifer Voigt.
Coronation of Lord and Lady Marben will take place on Friday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Marian Auditorium on the MMC campus.  This year’s royalty will be crowned by last year’s Lord, Robert Neswick and last year’s Lady, Krista Radke.
Coronation is just one of many student activities scheduled during the weeklong “Lancer Days 2018-Hollywood Homecoming” celebration. The week’s homecoming activities will conclude on Saturday, Feb. 10th with men’s and women’s basketball games against Briar Cliff University beginning at 2 p.m. in Cimpl Arena and a dance later in the evening.
For more information about the Homecoming Events and Coronation, please contact Mount Marty College Director of Student Activities, Lisa Willcockson at 605-668-1302 or lisa.willcockson@mtmc.edu.

On Saturday, February 3, 2018, YANKTON BOY SCOUT TROOP #133, will be conducting the monthly scrap newspaper and aluminum can collections. Troop 133 does not accept plastic or tin cans. Please do not leave these items for pick up.

Papers and cans will be picked up at the trailer courts and apartment complexes in Yankton. Also paper and cans will be picked up at Riverside Acres. Please have your newspaper and cans secured in sacks or small cardboard boxes and ready to be picked up by 9:00AM on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

Paper and cans may also be brought to Riverview Reformed Church parking lot, 1700 Burleigh, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018, the day of the collection. Remember the paper shed is located on the SOUTHEAST corner of the parking lot.

For more information about the newspaper and aluminum can collection, call: 857-9396 or 760-5627. Your cooperation is appreciated in not dropping papers off at any time without making prior arrangements.

World Archery Tournament Volunteers Needed

The NFAA Foundation is looking for South Dakota and Nebraska residents who can help Yankton host one of the most prestigious archery tournaments in the world by volunteering for the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center February 14-19.

The tournament will include archers from at least 33 countries. More than 1000 volunteer shifts are available, from welcoming event attendees to helping with equipment to food service and transportation. No archery experience is needed. Volunteers are needed February 12th through the 19th. Available shifts range from two to several hours.

To volunteer, call (605) 260-9282 or go online at nfaafoundation.volunteerlocal.com (or click here http://bit.ly/2COffVJ)

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Blue Mass to Honor First Responders to be Held at Mount Marty College

YANKTON, SD – The Office of Campus Ministry at Mount Marty College is sponsoring a Blue Mass in honor of Yankton-area first responders on January 30, 2018.

The Blue Mass is an opportunity to pray alongside, and offer a blessing over, the emergency personnel who serve the Yankton area–police officers, EMTs, firefighters, and those in similar roles. All first responders and the entire Yankton-area community are invited to attend this special service. The Mass will be held at 12 p.m. on January 30, 2018, in Bishop Marty Chapel on the campus of Mount Marty College.

For questions or further information about the Blue Mass, please contact Jordan Foos, Director of Campus Ministry, at jordan.foos@mtmc.edu.

Vermillion Regional Scripps Spelling Bee Announces Winners

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Vermillion Regional Scripps Spelling Bee has announced three winners who will go on to the state Scripps Spelling Bee at the University of South Dakota on March 17. They are Kamil Schorn, a 4th  grader at Jolley Elementary School, Vermillion; Katie Schulte, a 6th grader at Yankton Middle School, Yankton; and Mya Halverson, a 5th grader at Jolley Elementary School, Vermillion. The championship word in the 8th round was cupolas.

The three will join regional winners from four other locations to compete for a chance to represent South Dakota at the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. May 28-June 1. In South Dakota the Scripps competition is sponsored by USD with help from Rotary International. USD sponsors the trip to the televised national bee, which includes visits to major attractions in the nation’s capital along with educational programming for students and family members.

The judges for the event were local community members: Maxine Johnson, Vermillion Lions Club; Art Mabry, Vermillion Rotary Club; and Nate Welch, Vermillion Chamber and Development Company. The pronouncer was Julayne Throeson from Williow Lake, a retired English teacher.

The competition also included a written component. The winners who scored highest in the written spelling test and vocabulary multiple choice test were 8th grader Alexandru Georgescu of Vermillion Middle School, Vermillion; 7th grader Alexander Calhoon from Scotland Middle School; and 4th grader Kamil Schorn from Jolley Elementary School, Vermillion.

This year nearly 60 schools across South Dakota signed up with the Scripps organization at www.spellingbe.com to participate in the competition. Scripps provides instructional materials for teachers and schools to prepare for local spelling bees. Local winners move up to regional bees in one of five sites, Mitchell, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Vermillion and Watertown.

The National Spelling Bee began in 1925 when nine newspapers joined together to host a bee. Now, more than 90 years later, the Scripps bee reaches 11 million students every year.

D18 Legislative Cracker Barrel Saturday

The first District 18 Cracker Barrel Legislative Coffee will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Avera Professional Office Pavilion, Yankton. The event starts at 10 a.m.

This is the first of three cracker barrels, sponsored by the Yankton Chamber of Commerce, to be held this session. The others are Feb. 3 and March 3.

These events are free and open to the public.

GFWC $500 Scholarship

Information has been received from Linda K. Dodds, GFWC of SD Scholarship Chairman, that this is the designated year for the $500 GFWC Scholarship to be awarded to a female student who will be graduating in the spring of 2018.  One scholarship will be awarded state-wide.  Local GFWC President, Joan Neubauer, has provided to the YHS Counseling Department information about the scholarship, requirements which must be met and application forms, along with the address to which the completed forms must be sent by March 31, 2018.

Applicant requirements include:

  •        Must be a female resident of South Dakota
  •        Must provide proof of enrollment in an accredited South Dakota school of higher learning
  •        Must provide a personal statement describing why higher education is important to future plans and also         detailing recent and/or current volunteer community service work.
  •        Must provide one letter of personal reference from someone other than a relative
  •        Must include a recent photograph, which GFWC of SD may use for publication
Interested applicants will go to the YHS Counseling Department to acquire necessary information.  All requirements are reiterated on the Application.
We are looking forward to a winner from Yankton this year!

Yankton School District Teacher of the Year Nominations

The Yankton School District is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 YSD Teacher of the Year. The goal of the South Dakota Department of Education Teacher of the Year program is to recognize and honor the tremendous contributions of outstanding classroom teachers.

The South Dakota Department of Education defines a classroom teacher as being a person who has a class of his/her own and spends at least three or more hours per day, five days a week, for six or more calendar months during a school year in a classroom teaching students. The South Dakota Department of Education has determined school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers are NOT eligible. Any teacher that is retiring at the
end of the 2017-2018 school term is also not eligible.

A community member, student, parent, colleague, department head, or principal can make nominations. Nominators must include a short statement indicating why the nominee is an outstanding teacher of Yankton School District. Nominations can be made at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ysdtoy. The deadline for all nominations is Friday,
February 9, 2018.

Participating in the Teacher of the Year Program has a positive impact on the entire community. Recognizing outstanding teachers establishes a culture that rewards excellence in teaching and validates the work of the teacher. It gives students a sense of pride in their teachers, displays teachers as positive role models, and encourages students to think about teaching as a career. Being a part of the nomination process gives the community a sense of
pride in its teachers, and helps to get the public involved and invested in the schools. The District Teacher of the Year becomes a nominee for his or her district’s Regional Teacher of the Year Award.

For additional information or questions, please go to www.ysd.k12.sd.us/apps/pages/toy


Applications are now available for 2018 grant funds to spruce up facades in Yankton’s Meridian District.  The facade grant program seeks to provide multiple grants each year, including a 50% match of private funds, to grant funds for a total of $15,000 available in 2018.

Preference will be given to projects that involve historic restorations, but new non-historic facade improvements are eligible as well.  All projects must fall within a set of repair and enhancement guidelines and must occur on the portions of the building visible to the public.  Owners and tenants of existing commercial property (excluding single family residences) located south of 5th Street between Linn Street and Burleigh Street are eligible to apply for assistance.

Applicants are asked to complete a simple, two-page application and include a proposed budget and a basic drawing or illustration of the proposed project.  All improvements must conform to the building code and other codes, and the owner must work with the South Dakota Historic Preservation Office on projects impacting buildings in the historic district.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee representing the downtown community, business owners, historical preservation, elected officials, and city staff.  Following the committee review, applications recommended for funding will be submitted to the City Commission.

The application deadline is set as March 1st, with additional applications being accepted as long as grant funds remain available.  Copies of the application can be picked up at the Community and Economic Development Department located in City Hall at 416 Walnut Street from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or downloaded anytime online at cityofyankton.org.

2018 Legislative Session Events Scheduled for Vermillion

The Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and Development Company’s Governmental Affairs Committee released the 2018 dates for Legislative Session Events.  The first of the events will be the always popular Cracker Barrel series.  This year the Governmental Affairs Committee is partnering with the League of Women Voters, the Clay County Republicans and the Clay County Democrats to host two Legislative Cracker Barrels on Saturday January 27th and February 17th.  Both of these sessions will be from 9:00am to 11:00am and will be held at Vermillion City Hall Council Chambers, 25 Center Street.  District 17 Legislators, Senator Art Rusch, and House Representatives Nancy Rasmussen and Ray Ring will be on hand to discuss topics from the 93rd Legislative Session.

These sessions are open to the public; everyone is encouraged to join us for some great discussion and refreshments provided by partners of the Governmental Affairs Committee.

This year’s Business Day at the Legislature is scheduled for Thursday, February 22nd in Pierre.  Chamber members interested in attending this all-day event with other leaders from around the state to represent Vermillion are encouraged to reach out to the VCDC office to coordinate with VCDC staff attending.  “This annual event is a great way for Vermillion to show we have a voice and we keep an eye on the happenings in Pierre during the Legislative Session.  The work communities do together collectively for business is extremely important and having other Vermillion representatives join us makes our voices that much louder,” says VCDC Executive Director, Nate Welch.

The VCDC’s Governmental Affairs Committee also announced plans to host South Dakota Chamber President, David Owen, who will give an overview of the 93rd Legislative Session on March 15th at 11:30am in conjunction with the VCDC Business Luncheon Series.

For more information on these events, please contact Lindsey Peterson at the VCDC offices at 605-624-5571

13 Yankton Programs named to the Academic Achievement Award

13 different Yankton Academic programs have been named to the Academic Achievement Award honors for the Fall of 2017. Programs include: Football Team, Oral Interpretation, Boys Golf Team, Boys Cross Country Team, Girls Soccer Team, Volleyball Team, All-State Chorus, Girls Tennis Team, Football Cheerleaders, Competitive Cheer Team, Competitive Dance Team, Boys Soccer Team, and Girls Cross Country Team.

Initiated during the 1996-97 school year, the SDHSAA ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT TEAM AWARD program is designed to recognize varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups for their academic excellence. The South Dakota High School Activities Association believes that high school students learn in two distinct ways; inside the classroom and outside the classroom – on the stage and/or athletic field.

This academic program creates a positive environment for school teams to have its members excel in the classroom. This program is also meant to motivate students toward academic excellence and to promote academic encouragement from teammates.

All varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups that achieve a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to receive the SDHSAA ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT TEAM AWARD.