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Abbott Memorial Service

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Memorial service plans for Colette Abbott, the wife of University of South Dakota's President James Abbott have been announced. Colette Abbott died at the couple's home yesterday at the age of fifty-nine.  The school said Abbott had been diagnosed with cancer recently and was awaiting surgery. President James Abbott's family will host an open house at their residence this Sunday from 2 to 5 PM  Everyone is welcome to attend the event at 415 East Main Street in Vermillion. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on next Monday in Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall on the USD campus.


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Missouri River School Festival

Thursday, May 5, 2016

About two hundred seventy five students from south east South Dakota and north east Nebraska are expected to participate in this year’s Missouri River Watershed School Festival set for Friday morning at Riverside Park. Regional Conversation Coordinator with the Izaack Walton League Paul Lepisto says an interest in enjoying the outdoors and possibly working in it has been developed by students who have attended past year’s festivals. Lepisto says a new presentation at this year’s festival involves examining the various species of birds that make the Missouri River near Yankton their home. This is the eighth consecutive year that the Missouri River Watershed School Festival has been held at Riverside Park.


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Special Yankton County Commission Meeting

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Yankton County Commission has called a special meeting for next Monday afternoon to hear a presentation on alternative measures that might be used for road repair on the county highway system. Chairman Todd Woods says a representative from the firm of Mid-States Reclamation will be providing the commission with information on different road repair options. Woods says the commission is seeking to find the best way to address the county’s infrastructure needs at the lowest cost. The Yankton County Commission will meet in special session at 1 PM Monday at the Yankton County Government Center.


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Gavins Point Dam Releases

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Because many locations on the Missouri River downstream of Nebraska City rose above flood stage releases from Gavins Point Dam were recently reduced from twenty-one thousand cubic-feet-per-second to fourteen thousand c-f-s. Chief of the Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division Jody Farhat says she expects that within the next several days releases from Gavins Point will begin to be increased. Farhat says the Missouri River reservoir system currently has plenty of capacity this spring to handle the expected amount of runoff and snowpack melt. Farhat says this year’s runoff forecast is twenty-two million acre feet or about eighty-nine percent of average.


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Collette Abbott Memorial Service

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Memorial service plans for Colette Abbott, the wife of University of South Dakota's President James Abbott have been announced. Colette Abbott died at the couple's home Wednesday at the age of fifty-nine.  The school said Abbott had been diagnosed with cancer recently and was awaiting surgery. President James Abbott's family will host an open house at their residence this Sunday from 2 to 5 PM  Everyone is welcome to attend the event at 415 East Main Street in Vermillion. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on next Monday in Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall on the USD campus.


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Collette Abbott

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Colette Abbott, wife of University of South Dakota President James Abbott, died suddenly earlier today at their home in Vermillion at the age of fifty-nine. Abbott had been diagnosed with cancer last week and was awaiting surgery. She was active in numerous local and statewide community organizations as well as being an avid runner who helped found South Dakota’s first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in 2008 to help raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Colette and James Abbott were married in 1987 and she is survived by her husband, three adult daughters and two grandchildren. Final arrangements are pending.


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13th Annual Missouri River Clean Up

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Volunteers will spend this Saturday morning helping to remove trash from the banks of the Missouri River near Yankton. National Park Service Ranger Dugan Smith says during the past twelve years volunteers have removed more than one hundred tons of trash and debris from the banks of the Missouri River in the Yankton area. Smith says people who wish to participate in the cleanup should dress appropriately and pay attention to the weather forecast for that day. Sign up for the 13th annual Missouri River Clean Up gets underway at 8 AM this Saturday at Riverside Park in Yankton.


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Mount Marty College Spring Commencement

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mount Marty College is holding their 2016 Spring Commencement Exercises May 14th at Laddie Cimpl Arena. President Marcus Long says Mount Marty graduate and long-time supporter Rudy Gerstner will be giving the keynote address at this year’s spring commencement ceremony. Long says commencement is an enjoyable time for the graduates, their families and the faculty and staff at Mount Marty. Mount Marty College’s 2016 Spring Commencement Exercises are set for 2 PM May 14th  at Laddie Cimpl Arena.


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West City Limits Road

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

At yesterday’s meeting members of the Yankton County Commission declined to pay a bill which had been submitted to them from the city of Yankton for the recent repair work that was done on West City Limits Road. Yankton County Commission Chairman Todd Woods says which entity, the city or county is financially responsible for maintaining West City Limits Road is unclear. The bill was for about four hundred twenty-five dollars and Woods says since the work was not approved by Yankton County ahead of time the commission declined to accept it. Woods says he thinks that following the future annexation of the Westbrook Estates Housing Development, all of West City Limits Road will be within Yankton city limits.


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First Friday Reception

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Yankton Area Arts Association is hosting a First Friday reception later this week for the Connecting Artists organization. Executive Director Julie Amsberry says the Connecting Artists group seeks to inspire and help other artists in the Yankton area. Amsberry says the members of Connecting Artists often rely on the advice and support of fellow members. Amsberry says the First Friday reception for the Connecting Artists group will be held from 5 to 7 PM this Friday at the G-A-R Hall.


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