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Thune to Speak Tuesday at Rotary Club

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Next week Republican Senator John Thune will be in town as a guest speaker for the Yankton Rotary Club.
Simon Fuller, Rotary Club President, says any member of the public is welcome to attend the speaking portion of the event. The Yankton Rotary Club meets at Noon on Tuesday, May 31st. Last week Senator Thune introduced the Indian Health Services Accountability Act of 2016 with fellow Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming. In the past year three South Dakota IHS hospitals have had their funding threatened when they were found to have severe deficiencies. Thune has said the bill should bring mismanagement in the IHS to heel. Yankton native Jay Williams who will be Thune’s Democratic challenger this fall has stated he is pleased to see Thune take action but is unhappy it took an election year for him to do so, citing Senator Thune’s previous 18 years in office.

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Yankton Police in Pursuit

Friday, May 27, 2016

A Y-P-D high speed pursuit drove a fugitive into Nebraska this week.  Wednesday afternoon Yankton Police began pursuit of a suspect by West City Limits Road. The chase led to Gavin’s Point Dam and was terminated when the suspect crossed into Nebraska. The Nebraska State Patrol says they assisted the Cedar County Sheriff’s office in assuming the search just before 6:30 PM. State patrol efforts included the use of manpower and a helicopter. Deb Collins of N-S-P says the suspect abandoned the vehicle just across the state line near the Meridian walking bridge. The search was called off shortly after 9 PM due to deteriorating weather. N-S-P reports stated the suspect crossed into South Dakota on foot where he is still at large. Yankton Chief of Police Brian Paulsen says he suspect is believed to be 27-year-old Reid Lande who is wanted for parole violation. Lande is 5 foot seven and 125 pounds with blond hair and hazel eyes. 


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Dunham's Re-Opening

Friday, May 27, 2016

This morning Dunham’s had its grand-opening and ribbon-cutting in its new expanded location at the Yankton Mall. City Manager Amy Nelson says Dial Property representatives believe the new Dunham’s location brings new vitality to the Yankton Mall that could attract retailers. Nelson says exterior changes to the Yankton Mall to fit current trends could prove useful in acquiring new businesses. Dunham’s new location on the north side of the Yankton Mall is over forty-thousand square feet with expanded clothing, footwear, and outdoor selections.


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Westbrook Estates Opening Event

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Less than a year after its groundbreaking ceremony, the Westbrook Estates development on West City Limits road held its ribbon cutting and opening events. The residential project has completed its first phase with 46 housing lots & an apartment complex with over 70 units priced for families with moderate incomes. Executive Director of South Dakota Housing Mark Lauseng says there are many communities in South Dakota where the lack of affordable housing is a problem and he commends Yankton Area Progressive Growth for their initiative. YAPG President John Kramer says they wanted to respond to the market to show it could be done and now they will seek private developers to help finish the project. Dan Specht of Vision Real Estate says they expect to see the project attract new families to Yankton as well as relieve stress on our community's housing market. The Westbrooks Residential development will have apartments starting at $550 month and new homes at $130,000.

Pictured (from left to right): Dan Specht (Vision Real Estate) , Nathan Johnson, John Kramer, Rob Stephenson (YAPG), Amy Nelson, Steve Boote (Eagle Construction), Tony Maibaum, Jake Hoffner, Mark Lauseng (SDHDA) & Kelly Nielson (Nielson Construction).


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Summer Band & Kid's Art Fest

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Next week a valued tradition in our community begins once again with the Yankton Area Summer Band Concerts and Kids Art Fest. Yankton Area Arts Executive Director Julie Amsberry says the Kids Art Fest will have different activities and games for elementary-aged children. The all-volunteer summer band is usually comprised of 70 to 100 local musicians of various skill levels. Amsberry says local conductors have been invited to lead them.  On May 31st, the 25th Annual Kid’s Art Fest will run from 5 to 7:30 PM at Riverside Park. The Summer Band concert will begin at 8 PM in the Amphitheatre under the direction of guest conductor Ashley Leader of Crofton. If there is inclement weather all band rehearsals and concerts will be held at the Summit Activities Center. All events are free to the public.

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6th Annual SD Kayak Challenge

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Tomorrow at Riverside Park, come rain or shine, paddlers will launch their boats and endure a seventy-two mile trip down the Missouri River for the 6th Annual South Dakota Kayak Challenge. Co-Founder Jarret Bies says the event is larger than ever this year, and thanks to that success it will be making a charitable contribution to the Friends of the Missouri organization.  Bies says he would like the public to come see the rare sight of over one-hundred and eighty vessels take to the Missouri. The South Dakota Kayak Challenge begins at 7 AM tomorrow at Riverside Park and ends when the last participant crosses the finish line in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
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VFW Memorial Day Ceremony Planned

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The Ernest-Boyer VFW Post 791 will be holding a number of Memorial Day ceremonies next Monday with a special service at 11 AM in the Fantle-Memorial Park. VFW Post 791 Commander Bill Rueppel says there will be Honor Guard ceremonies at several cemetery plots across town prior to the Memorial Park service. Rueppel says the service could include music, a reading of the original Memorial Day Orders and guest speaker “Moose” Walsh. Honor Guard ceremonies will begin at 9 AM Monday morning at the Yankton cemetery VFW plot and progress through the GAR plot, Sacred Heart cemetery and the HSC cemetery spending about fifteen minutes at each location. After the service in Memorial Park there will be a potluck at the VFW Post Home.
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Highway 50 Construction Behind Schedule

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
May showers have been continually setting back progress on the Highway 50 construction project. President of D&G Concrete Construction, Gregory Branaugh (Bren-ah), says one day of rain can mean three days of work lost and the project is now several weeks behind schedule. Branaugh says they could begin more paving the Tuesday or Wednesday after Memorial Day which could mean shutting down a lane of traffic. Branaugh says he still has hopes of having the South lanes of the road complete before the 4th of July weekend, putting the project back on schedule.
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Mental Wellness Conference set for June

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Two weeks from now the 18th Annual Yankton Area Mental Wellness Conference will bring national, regional and local experts to Mount Marty to connect and collaborate. Executive Director of Yankton Area Mental Wellness, Inc. Pam Kettering says local workers will be able to learn a great deal from the speakers brought in and each other. While the conference is for registered participants only there will be an event open to the public that Wednesday the 8th at 5 PM. Officer Germaine Galloway, or TALL COP as he is known. Kettering says TALL COP will be able to educate community members how to identify signs of Yankton’s youth drug culture. The 18th Annual Yankton Area Mental Wellness Conference is scheduled for June 8th & 9th. Those who wish to register can do so online at yamwi.org


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Dairy Overlay District Meeting

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Last night at Fire Station #2 a public meeting was held by the Yankton County Planning and Zoning office to measure public opinion to change on regulations that would allow large-scale livestock feeding operations in Yankton County to take advantage of growing demand for dairy production. Planning and Zoning Administrator Pat Garrity says they are looking for places these operations would be viable and would like to work with landowners in the corridor of U.S. Highway 81 and 46. Garrity says that in attendance showed a good deal of dissatisfaction with the idea as well as suspicion of Yankton County government. Garrity says he and the County Commissioners will be looking further into the impacts such a change would have on Yankton County.
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