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Westbrook Estates Groundbreaking

Thursday, July 30, 2015

This morning members of YAPG, the City Commission and local businesses broke ground on the new Westbrook Estates development on West City Limits Rd. Dan Specht, YAPG Housing Taskforce Director, says Westbrook Estates creates a housing market at a price range not common in Yankton, which will free up lower income homes.  Specht says summer rains have caused some delays already but expects streets to be laid once underground utility work is complete in mid-August; homes and lots can be ready to sell as early as November. 

When complete Westbrook Estates is expected to have 28 single family homes, 28 twin-homes, 16 townhomes and 70 apartment units.  YAPG President John Kramer says many local businesses are expanding and creating a demand for labor, the responsibility of our community is to meet that demand to provide affordable homes for people who find work in Yankton.


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Hudson Sentenced

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Joshua Hudson was sentenced Thursday morning to 150 years with 100 years suspended in the South Dakota State Penitentiary in First Circuit Court for the March 2014 slaying of his uncle, Todd Hudson. In passing that sentence Judge Glen Eng noted that Hudson will not be first eligible for parole from the penitentiary until he is sixty-five years of age. In a plea bargain arrangement with the state, prosecutors had asked that the sentence be capped at forty years but Judge Glen Eng cited circumstances from two psychiatric exams and Hudson’s history as a felon as the need for a stiffer sentence. Hudson will also be required to pay more than twenty-one thousand dollars prosecution fees, reimbursement for his uncle’s funeral costs and other court costs.


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Meridian Bridge Plaza Fountain Area Now Open

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Meridian Bridge Plaza fountain area, located to the north of the upper level bridge entrance and south of 2nd Street is now open to the general public. Department of Parks and Recreation Director Todd Larson says  while the public is asked to stay out of areas that are roped off as some work items in the plaza still need to be completed, the plaza’s water jets are now operational. Larson says it is good to have the plaza open ahead of such events as this weekend’s Rock ‘N Rumble and next month’s River Boat Days celebration. Larson says when the Meridian Bridge Plaza Phase 2 construction area  is barricaded off as work begins there soon, the trail connections to the upper level of the bridge and those leading south to the lower level of the bridge will remain open.  


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Rock 'N Rumble

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The inaugural Rock ‘N Rumble celebration is set to get underway Saturday with activities planned for downtown Yankton. Rock ‘N Rumble is being held in conjunction with the Sturgis motorcycle rally which is expected to draw a million bikers during the weeklong event and local motorcyclist Deb Overseth says the free camping being offered at Riverside Park may attract people on their way to or from the rally to spend a night enjoying the Yankton community. Overseth says at 2 PM Saturday bikers will have the rare opportunity to ride across the Meridian Bridge as part of the event’s motorcycle parade. During Rock ‘N Rumble, bikers can tent camp in designated areas of Riverside Park from July 29th through August 11th.


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2015 Yankton County 4-H Achievement Days

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Activities get underway Friday morning at the Yankton County 4-H grounds as their 2015 Achievement Days begins. Yankton County 4-H Program Assistant Stephanie Siebrandt says a popular event at achievement days is the celebrity round robin show at 5 PM on Saturday which features local celebrities helping to show livestock. Siebrandt says Achievement Days concludes Sunday morning with the Round Robin Champion Showmanship show beginning at 9 AM. Siebrandt says Friday’s schedule begins at 9 AM with the swine show, with a number of other livestock shows scheduled throughout the day.


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Tuesday Morning Storm

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The storm that uprooted trees and caused other damage in and around Yankton early yesterday morning may have been a micro-burst, a very localized column of sinking air caused by a small and intense downdraft within a thunderstorm. Yankton County Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschligt says the storm damaged trees and buildings at the South Dakota Human Services Center as well as damaging buildings and vehicles in Yankton and at Chan Gurney Airport. Scherschligt says the damage that resulted from this storm is very similar to what was seen at the Cottonwood Campground west of Yankton in August of 2010. Scherschligt says he has contacted the National Weather Service and provided reports and photographs of yesterday’s damage in order to learn what their assessment of the storm is.


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Four Way Stop 23rd & Green

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Yankton City Commission has approved placing four-way stop signs at the intersection of 23rd and Green Streets. City Manager Amy Nelson says a traffic study of the intersection showed the need for a four-way traffic control there. City Commissioner Craig Sommer says growth in that portion of town and heavy traffic when school is dismissing or when work shifts are ending justify the four-way stop signs. Nelson says a timeline for installation of the stop signs still needs to be determined.


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Blaalid Resigns

Monday, July 27, 2015

Last evening an emotional Brooke Blaalid announced that she is resigning her seat on the Yankton City Commission to accept a position with the University of South Dakota’s Master of Social Work program in Sioux Falls. Commissioner Blaalid says her resignation is effective the middle of next month. Mayor Dave Carda says he has enjoyed working with Blaalid whose contributions to the board will be missed. Nelson says any Yankton city resident who would like to serve out the remainder of Blaalid’s term can submit a letter of interest to her office, someone will be appointed to fill the vacancy at a later date.


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Young Frankenstein

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Lewis and Clark Theater Company are preparing to stage their production of Young Frankenstein beginning Thursday evening at the Dakota Theater in downtown Yankton. Director Keith Goeden says with high quality productions of material that can test the actor’s abilities, he is impressed with the level of leadership that the Lewis and Clark Theater Company has demonstrated to other community theater companies around the region. Goeden says the talented cast of Young Frankenstein has been working hard during rehearsals to make sure that this production is a success. The Lewis & Clark Theatre Company will present the musical Young Frankenstein starting Thursday at the Dakota Theatre with productions running through Aug. 2nd and August 6th through the 9th .  


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Hearing Proposed for Mall Assessment Tax

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tonight the Yankton City Commission could set a date for the public hearing of a resolution that is intended to boost the community presence of the Yankton Mall. Community Development Director Dave Mingo says the City has been interested in aiding the Mall for many years and after tonight’s first reading a public hearing could be set for August 10th. Mingo says the resolution would establish a special assessment of the Mall that would provide funds for infrastructure improvements. 

Dial Properties, the managing company of the Mall, has volunteered to undergo this assessment which could bring an estimated 1.5 million dollars of interior and exterior improvements, parking lot repairs, remodeling and landscaping developments. This November is the cutoff date for the assessment to be in effect for 2016 with the property management planning all improvement work to be done in 2016 as well.

The City Commission meets at the RTEC building at 7 tonight .


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