Community Growth and Development

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Yankton Casino Measure Falls in South Dakota Senate

Monday, February 25, 2019

South Dakota state senators have scrapped a measure that would have put a constitutional amendment that could have paved the way for a proposed casino complex in Yankton to a statewide vote. Read the complete article here!
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Backers Pitch Port Yankton

Thursday, February 14, 2019

While a hearing was held in Pierre to decide Port Yankton’s fate, backers of the project were continuing their pitch back in Yankton. Port Yankton project backers Bernie Hunhoff and Randy Johnson were both on hand at 1 Million Cups Wednesday morning — the same day the issue was to be heard by the Senate State Affairs Committee — to discuss where the proposal is at, at this point. Read the complete article here!
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During Annual Meeting, YAPG Touts A Big Year Of Progress

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Yankton Area Progressive Growth (YAPG) — as with many local entities — had a big 2018. During YAPG’s 2019 Annual Meeting Tuesday, the group took a little time to highlight those successes.  “We had a very good year,” YAPG chairman Rob Stephenson said. “Maybe not as many big things going on as we had some other years, but still some great things.” Read the complete article here!
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Creative Solution for Tourism and Veterans

Friday, February 08, 2019

By Nancy Wenande, CEO Every community that relies on tourism understands just how the ups and downs of the off-season impact the flow of business. Yankton has been working through the decades to find creative solutions to bring people to the community, not just in the beautiful summer months but also year-round. Port Yankton is a project that will not only support these regional efforts, but also create a revenue source that will have a statewide impact. Senate Joint Resolution 5 (SJR 5) is making its way through the Legislature right now. If approved, it would allow South Dakotans to decide whether to grant...
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Port Yankton: Back On The Agenda

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The Port Yankton dream is back, and this time, it has an even more compelling argument to make in its favor. That’s not to say that having the Legislature give it the OK to put it before voters in 2020 is a slam dunk. And it sure doesn’t mean that those who opposed the idea last year won’t fight it again this winter. Read the complete article here!
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New Port Yankton Bill Introduced

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Backers of a casino and entertainment complex for Yankton are taking another attempt at a legislative route. On Tuesday, legislation was introduced in Pierre to amend the state constitution and allocate a casino license for Port Yankton to be considered by the voters of South Dakota in the 2020 general election. Read the complete article here!
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Local Entities Lend A Hand To Furloughed Fed Workers

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Facebook Twitter Email Print Save   Banks and the Yankton School District are extending a hand to help those federal workers who have been furloughed by the partial government shutdown. First Dakota National Bank president Rob Stephenson told the Press & Dakotan that it has its own federal worker assistance program. “Last week, we got our heads together and decided to offer a no-fee, no-interest (loan) program for federal workers that aren’t getting paid in our service communities,” Stephenson said. “Anybody is eligible that lives or works in our trade territory of our 19 offices. They don’t have to be a customer; they just have to be able...
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Polling The People

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Port Yankton supporters will decide by January whether to resurrect the proposed entertainment complex and convention center. Plans include a casino, requiring a state constitutional amendment. Currently, South Dakota allows certain gaming at Deadwood and tribal casinos. The Pork Yankton effort ran into a roadblock during the 2018 Legislature when the measure died in committee and didn’t reach the floor. However, Port Yankton backers are considering a petition drive to place the constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot. Read the complete article here!
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Diving in, But Not Driving Apart

Friday, November 09, 2018

It’s no secret how the Yankton City Commission feels about the aquatic center issue that now faces Yankton voters. We stood together on Oct. 8 and voted unanimously to “dive in” to this pool project. Our intent with approving the property tax opt-out as a commission was not to take a short cut or to deprive citizens of a vote on the issue. Read the rest of the article here!