Yankton News and Info

Support Local Nonprofits on Giving Tuesday

Sunday, November 18, 2018

November 27 is Giving Tuesday, a day where people throughout our community, and the world, donate to the causes they are passionate about. This is...
Supporting and Celebrating Female Entrepreneurs

Thursday, October 11, 2018

October is National Women’s Small Business Month. It’s an opportune time to recognize and celebrate female entrepreneurs and their impact on our economy. Amy Bailey is...
Growing Yankton’s Manufacturing Base

Monday, February 19, 2018

The outlook for manufacturers in the new year is positive. A recent survey by the National Association of Manufacturers found that companies are very optimistic...
Start a Business at Yankton Startup Weekend

Monday, December 18, 2017

Entrepreneurs or innovators may spend years learning how to turn ideas into a marketable product. Imagine if there was some way to transform your most-groundbreaking...
A Cup of Coffee Stimulating Entrepreneurial Success

Monday, December 11, 2017

Entrepreneurs understand that innovative ideas and solutions to ongoing challenges are often found over a cup of coffee. Our Yankton, South Dakota, community understands the relationship...
YAPG Offers Update On Search For President

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Yankton Area Progressive Growth (YAPG) is coming closer to naming a replacement for recently departed President John Kramer. During the group’s quarterly meeting Tuesday at the...
You Earned it, You Keep it in South Dakota

Monday, November 13, 2017

“Nothing can be said to be certain, except and taxes,” Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying. And each paycheck is a reminder of how certain...
Housing for a Growing Workforce

Monday, October 30, 2017

With tech trends changing quickly and virtual reality the hot new topic, sometimes it is easy to forget what things are needs and what things...
Custom Incentives for Site Selection

Monday, October 23, 2017

Selecting the best site for industrial development is challenging, especially when all the options are fully equipped with the utilities, water, sewer, and telecommunications that...
Global Experts Provide Local Solutions

Monday, October 02, 2017

Imagine a material so impressively versatile that it is valued by industries ranging from infrastructure and transportation, to energy and industrial design. This multifaceted material is...
YAPG Sees Solid Support For Latest YES Campaign

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Yankton Area Progressive Growth (YAPG) announced Monday that it raised $2.9 million in pledges with its latest campaign, surpassing its goal and besting the amount...
YAPG Taking Time On Search

Monday, July 24, 2017

Nearly a month after the departure of Yankton Area Progressive Growth (YAPG) president John Kramer, the group has yet to name a new president. But YAPG...
Your Tax-Free Path to Business Growth

Monday, July 17, 2017

Business owners understand the challenges facing them as they work to make a small profit on their products or services. They craft a sound business strategy...
NFAA President Details Upcoming Expansion

Monday, June 19, 2017

In spite of a sagging farm and retail economy, it’s a time of expansion in Yankton. This was a theme Tuesday at Yankton Area Progressive Growth’s...
The Road Ahead

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The construction of a new 3 ½ mile highway near Napa Junction northwest of Yankton took its next big step Monday, with the aim to...
NFAA Addition Has Big Goals

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The dream of Olympic trials in the Yankton area may be another step closer to reality. Last week, the Yankton City Commission had an opportunity to...
Work To Do

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Scott Stern said he saw Yankton’s special traits throughout his life as a neighboring Freeman resident and University of South Dakota graduate. “It comes down to...
Gov. Daugaard Signs Tech School Board Bill

Monday, February 27, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed into law Senate Bill 65, An Act to establish the South Dakota Board of Technical Education and...
BB&B Tax Intended To Promote Tourism

Thursday, December 22, 2016

All three of us attended the recent City Commission discussion on Yankton’s use of the local tourism (BB&B) tax revenues. We appreciate the efforts by...
City Moves Forward With Pool Engineering

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

With the successful election to build a new aquatic center in the city’s rearview mirror, the design of the facility is now on the horizon. On...
Napa's Next Steps

Friday, January 11, 2019

Momentum is gathering on plans for the construction of a new local ethanol plant at Napa Junction and a new natural gas line to help...
Big Plans At Napa

Friday, December 14, 2018

The last year and a half has seen a grain shuttling facility opened and a pelleting plant beginning to take shape at Napa Junction. Now, Napa...
A Helping Hand

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

As workforce needs grow and evolve, the education needs are following. The South Dakota Department of Labor is trying to help entities meet those needs. This month,...
Nancy Wenande on Alive at Five

Friday, November 16, 2018

Our CEO visited with David Leonard, the host of KYNT 1450's Alive at 5 program, on November 15th! Listen to the conversation here! Learn more about Alive...
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....
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...
'Us Vs. Them' In County Race?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

“Us versus them?” The Yankton County Commission candidates tackled that question during Monday night’s debate at the Discovery Church. An audience member noted, in a written comment,...
YAPG Donates to the MMC Project

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Mount Marty College’s (MMC) long-awaited athletic fieldhouse is one step closer to becoming a reality. On Tuesday, Yankton Area Progressive Growth (YAPG) donated $1 million to...
Napa Junction Community Investment

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Lately there has been some confusion regarding the investment that Dakota Plains has made in Yankton County.  Let me help by providing some facts in...
Local Growth: Fact Vs. Fiction

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

As we move closer to Election Day, whether it’s a statewide or a local race, please educate yourself on the candidates and the issues. It...
What's An Opportunity Zone?

Friday, September 28, 2018

The South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development team traveled to Yankton on September 21st. Here's their presentation about what opportunity zones are, what they...
Yankton Set To Celebrate Manufacturing Week

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Each year, Manufacturing Week helps students and adults build career networks and knowledge. South Dakota celebrates Manufacturing Week Oct. 1-5. To recognize manufacturers in Yankton, the...
Forum Eyes Growth Issues

Monday, September 10, 2018

Economic and growth issues dominated candidate forum held Saturday. Yankton’s GFWC Woman’s Club this weekend hosted an hour-long County Commission candidate forum at the Hillcrest Country...
South Dakota Tops List of Friendly States

Sunday, September 09, 2018

We weren't surprised when we opened this article to find South Dakota on the top of the list ranking states "friendly" for small businesses! Find the...
Get to Know YAPG CEO Nancy Wenande

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Nancy Wenande took the lead as YAPG’s CEO in March 2018. Wenande is a Yankton native who studied at Black Hills State and then moved away...
Officials Clarify Bond Proposal

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

A proposed pelleting plant may be sailing in smoother waters after being the subject of online controversy. Officials with Dakota Protein LLC appeared before the Yankton...
SDSU President Discusses School, Farm Economy, CAFOs

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A wide-ranging discussion was on the agenda at Yankton Area Progressive Growth’s (YAPG) quarterly meeting Tuesday. South Dakota State University (SDSU) president Barry Dunn took local...
New Funding Source For South Dakota Companies

Monday, August 13, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. - Entrepreneurs can make a big difference in an area's economy.  There's now another way new companies in South Dakota can get funding.  South Dakota...
Fewer Hurdles Ahead

Monday, August 13, 2018

It’s almost time for the tents to rise, for vendors to move in and for all the other trappings of Riverboat Days to come to...
Nut and Hop Production Tours Aug. 4 in Yankton

Friday, August 10, 2018

YANKTON, S.D. – The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has coordinated upcoming farm tours to feature the production of nuts and hops on Aug....
Hometown Farmer - 6th Meridian Hops Farm

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

YANKTON, SD — Hops farms are popping up in Siouxland, but how does this often bitter beer ingredient grow here? Ryan Heine knows about beer. He and his...
YAPG: Entity Interested In Former City Land

Friday, July 13, 2018

A new business may be making its way to Yankton, but details are still scant at this time. On Monday, the Yankton City Commission unanimously approved...
New Casey’s Store Coming To Yankton

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Another vacant property is about to be occupied once again. Casey’s General Store is set to open a fourth Yankton location at the intersection of 23rd...
Finding Enjoyable, Well-Paying Work

Monday, July 02, 2018

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard Work is an important part of personal fulfillment. True, most of us work because we must – to provide for ourselves and our...
A Big Splash For Dive In Yankton

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Another step has been taken in making Yankton’s future aquatic facility a reality. Yankton Area Progressive Growth (YAPG) has donated $250,000 to Dive In Yankton (DIY),...
Time To 'Think Big'

Friday, May 18, 2018

Port Yankton supporters will continue their push for gaming at the proposed entertainment complex, while the downtown "Sandbox" co-working space will receive a new look...
SD Labor Secretary Discusses Youth Participation

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

South Dakota is trying to stem the trend of falling labor participation amongst the state’s youth. Tuesday, Marcia Hultman, secretary of the South Dakota Department of...
New RTEC Scholarship Opportunities for Welders

Monday, April 16, 2018

By 2020, the American Welding Society reports there will be a significant shortage of welders in the U.S—an estimated 290,000 welding jobs will be unfilled. The...
South Dakota allows business to prosper

Monday, April 09, 2018

There are many things happening in our state that lead me to be hopeful about South Dakota’s future, especially in the realm of economic development....
Rail investments can boost local economies

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Infrastructure is at the forefront of policy discussions these days. The White House recently released its plan for a massive infrastructure program. Governors and state...
Stephenson Dedicated To Giving Back

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Rob Stephenson grew up in Yankton, left home, then returned in the late ‘90s to work for First Dakota National Bank. Since then, he has...
Paint - South Dakota Campaign Seeking Volunteers

Monday, April 02, 2018

"Paint – South Dakota” is underway and South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) is seeking volunteer painters and nominations for houses in need of painting. To...
Stephenson Wins Yaggie Cornerstone Award

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Frank Yaggie Cornerstone Award is the highlight honor given out each year at the end of the Yankton Chamber of Commerce Social and Awards...
Meridian District Hires Executive Director

Monday, March 26, 2018

Jessica Scott has been hired as the new executive director of the Meridian District in Yankton. The position, previously held by Mollie Grey, will be spearheading...
South Dakota a top 5 state in net migration

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Many more people are moving to South Dakota than leaving it. That’s according to the 41st annual United Van Lines National Movers Study which ranked South...
Wenande Takes The Reins At YAPG

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Nancy Wenande has taken on many roles in serving the Yankton community. This month, she’ll officially take on a new one — CEO of Yankton Area...
Archery Center Seeking Volunteers

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The National Field Archery Association Easton Yankton Archery Center is hosting the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships and has a volunteer opportunity unlike any other....
New laws could boost South Dakota's craft beer industry

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

KSFY Governor Dennis Daugaard is making South Dakota’s craft beer industry a priority during this year's legislative session. “One area where regulation continues to stifle economic development...
Schramm Named To South Dakota Tourism Board

Friday, February 02, 2018

Yankton’s impact on the South Dakota tourism industry is growing. There are several residents of Yankton serving on governor-appointed boards for various purposes. That now includes...
Dakota Rising Fellowship Helps Local Businesses

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Dakota Rising is a free comprehensive Fellowship experience that seeks out, celebrates and inspires rural entrepreneurs. The 24-month program is designed to provide rural entrepreneurs...
Downtown Plans And Designs

Friday, December 08, 2017

Yankton is closing in on a year working with Dakota Resources’ design:SD initiative on revitalizing the downtown district. Thursday, volunteers constituting business and civic leaders from...
Centerville Opens Doors for a Local Entrepreneur

Monday, November 13, 2017

Armed with community feedback, business surveys, business planning assistance from the Centerville Development Corporation, and a desire for more dining options in Centerville, a core team...
Expansion At NFAA Takes Shape

Monday, November 06, 2017

A big addition is on course to ring in a big year at the National Field Archery Association’s (NFAA) Easton Yankton Archery Center. Organizers say a...
Lake Area Sees Another Big Summer

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Camping and visitation numbers at four state parks in the Yankton area increased for the sixth season in a row. "It’s been a good summer for...
Prime Land for Industrial Development

Monday, October 16, 2017

When selecting a premier site to build or expand your business, evaluating factors such as available utilities, transportation, and cost are necessary. Even the topography...
YAPG Seeking a Chief Executive Officer

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Yankton Area Progressive Growth (YAPG) is seeking an experienced Chief Executive Officer.  Under the direction of the YAPG Board of Directors, this position oversees all programs,...
Sapa Flies New Flag of Ownership

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Sapa Extrusions, Inc., now operates under a new flag and a new name. As of Monday, Yankton’s Sapa facility is now Norsk Hydro (pronounced Hee-dro) Extruded...
An Influential Industry Leader - Globally and Locally

Monday, August 21, 2017

Influential industry leaders share a few key characteristics including extensive experience, widespread recognition, and a dedication to quality and reliability. With seven plants in four countries,...
Port Yankton: Feasible, But Long Road Ahead

Monday, August 21, 2017

Even if every step to make the proposed Port Yankton casino, hotel, convention and entertainment facility were successful — including a change to the state’s...
Pinpoint a Perfect Property with Site Selection Tools

Monday, August 07, 2017

The expansive lands in the midwestern states provide a vital escape from overcrowded, highly developed regions. Additionally, they offer companies business-friendly incentives and low taxes. However,...
A Solution to Work Distractions

Monday, July 31, 2017

Entrepreneurs and remote workers quickly learn that there is a dark side to working from home. While working from home is quite flexible, it can also...
GOED Rolling Out New CDBG Program

Thursday, July 13, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is pleased to announce the details for the Bulldoze, Build, and Beautify (BBB) activity under...
Kramer Exits YAPG

Friday, June 30, 2017

After three years at the helm, Yankton Area Progressive Growth (YAPG) president John Kramer is about to take a step back for other pursuits. Read the...
Leadership SD Participants Benefit From Experience

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A program that helps to grow South Dakota leaders and entrepreneurs has benefited two Yankton citizens. Nancy Wenande and Ashli Jensen-Danilko recently graduated from Leadership South...
Ride-Sharing Service Coming To Yankton County

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft aren't in South Dakota, but that's not stopping one corner of the state from welcoming another ride-sharing service.  The company...
design:SD Downtown Yankton Project

Monday, April 17, 2017

Learn about the ideas presented at the design:SD reveal on April 8th and how you can get involved in the process of revitalizing downtown Yankton. More...
2017's Best & Worst States for Millennials

Monday, April 10, 2017

Loved by marketers, vilified by media, millennials are at once the most popular and unpopular generation alive. They’re the largest, too, giving them an outsized influence...
Building For The Future

Monday, March 13, 2017

Two Yankton High School seniors are celebrating this week as they have been announced as Build Dakota Scholarship award winners. The scholarships, sponsored by local...
Community Pitches Downtown Ideas

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Members of the Yankton community — from public officials to members of the public — were challenged to think of their visions for downtown Yankton. Wednesday...
Onward Yankton To Host Public Forum Feb. 1

Monday, January 30, 2017

Onward Yankton invites community members to share their vision for Downtown Yankton during the Design South Dakota learning studio on Feb. 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m....
Design:SD Kicks Off Downtown Yankton Project

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

“What do you celebrate about downtown Yankton?” With that simple question, the design:SD Project Downtown Yankton began on Tuesday. Read the rest of the story here!
Downtown Facade Grant Funds Available

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Following a successful first year with four Yankton downtown properties sprucing up their facades, applications are now available for 2017 grant funds. The facade grant...
YSD: The Internship Program Exceeding Expectations

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

An internship program established at YHS just a year ago has expanded beyond expectations. According to Yankton High School (YHS) principal Dr. Jennifer Johnke, the internship...
SD: Top Moving Destination

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

More people are calling South Dakota home. A new study ranks South Dakota as the top state people moved to in 2016. Read the rest of the...
YSD To Offer Free Preschool For All

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Yankton School District began the preschool program in the 2007-08 school year. At that time, we hired one full time, certified teacher and paraprofessional....
Students Eye The Future At Career Fair

Monday, December 05, 2016

One of the most difficult challenges for any high school student is deciding what they’re going to do after graduation. On Thursday, Yankton High School (YHS)...
Yankton's Mead Building

Saturday, December 03, 2016

The current home of Yankton's Cultural Education Center opened in 1909 as the women's receiving hospital at what was known at the time as the Dakota Hospital for...
Best States For Business: South Dakota

Friday, December 02, 2016

According to Forbes' recent list of the best states to do business, South Dakota is in the top ten! Here are their reasons for why...
Governor Exclusive: Entrepreneurship

Friday, November 04, 2016

“I want to keep entrepreneurs here.” SD Gov. Dennis Daugaard met with BizNOW in the Capitol recently to give an update on entrepreneurship and the amazing...
Onward Yankton Hires Development Director

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

As part of its strategy to revitalize Downtown Yankton and inspire economic growth and development, Onward Yankton has hired Yankton native Mollie Grey as part-time...
Manufacturing Week To Engage Public, Manufacturers

Monday, October 03, 2016

While tourism and agriculture are among Yankton’s biggest economic drivers, this coming week, the manufacturing sector of the city will be taking center stage. Manufacturing Week,...
Big Job, Small Town Life

Monday, September 19, 2016

While the Greater Yankton Living area has a growing economy with multiple employment opportunities, it can be difficult to find the perfect town that offers...
How Far Does $100 Goes In Each State

Friday, September 02, 2016

Whether you're buying a home or shopping for food, a new report finds we get more out of our money in South Dakota than in...
Best Places to live

Monday, August 22, 2016

With low crime rates, affordable housing, and supportive communities, South Dakota is a family friendly, wonderful place to live. In fact, according to a list...
Agriculturally Rich

Monday, August 08, 2016

While many of the towns within the Greater Yankton Living region are in South Dakota, Greater Yankton also reaches across the Missouri river to include...
2016 Best Places to Live in South Dakota

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Explore the best places to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Ranking based on...
South Dakota's Cost of Living 4th Lowest

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released the 2014 Real Personal Income for States and Metropolitan Areas which includes the Regional Price Parities (RPP), a cost of living measure,...
Millennials find success in South Dakota

Thursday, June 09, 2016

When it comes to cheap available housing, employment and a quality nightlife, South Dakota has most of the country beat. At least, according to the...
Students Enjoyed High School Internship Program

Friday, May 27, 2016

Yankton High School students had an opportunity to intern with area companies for the first time this spring. Hear from some of the students below:                 "This...
Nuns ensure Avera Health stays true to mission

Thursday, March 24, 2016

A high-ranking executive at Avera Health plans to walk into a meeting sometime soon and quote from a recent snippet in Reader’s Digest. It tells the satirical...
Employment in Greater Yankton Living

Monday, March 21, 2016

With an unemployment rate of 3.3%, you might be wondering - how does the Greater Yankton Living area do it? What is their secret to...
Westbrook Estates Projects Advancing

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Despite some weather-related setbacks, the dueling projects to build affordable housing at Westbrook Estates are on track to see their first residents by the beginning...
South Dakota's Rankings from USDA

Saturday, February 20, 2016

South Dakota has reason to brag with its number one ranking from the United States Department of Agriculture for Bison, Oats, and Sunflowers. It's ranked...