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Mighty Mo Photo Show

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tonight’s Yankton Area Arts First Friday event will feature the announcement of the winners in this year’s Mighty Mo Photo Show. This year’s photographic contest entries had to be tied in with a piece of poetry related to the Missouri River and Yankton Area Arts Director Jackie Quinn says poets who had submitted works in the Mighty Mo category of a poetry contest held last year had the option of having their poem included in this year’s Mighty Mo photo contest. Quinn says local author Marilyn Kratz will be on hand this evening to provide a reading of the poem she wrote which several photographers in the Mighty Mo contest decided to interpret. Yankton Area Arts First Friday event is set for 5 PM today at the G-A-R Art Gallery.


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Pursuit Arrest

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Yankton County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the arrest of a Yankton man who has been charged with numerous offenses related to a pursuit that involved several other law enforcement agencies late Tuesday night. Brock Brower, age 30 was arrested and charged with D-U-I 4th, Grand Theft, Aggravated Felony Eluding, Reckless Driving, Driving Revoked, Open Container and he had a warrant for his arrest for failure to pay a fine from Clay County. The Yankton County Sheriff’s Office reports that the pursuit  began within city limits and resulted in the South Dakota Highway Patrol spiking the suspect vehicle near SD Hwy 19 and 306th Street, deflating three of four tires. Brower was transported to the Yankton County Jail. Agencies involved in the pursuit include the Yankton Police Department, Yankton County Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.


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Yankton Emergency Management Assists at Sturgis Rally

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Members of Yankton County Emergency Management will be heading to Sturgis early next week to provide assistance to local emergency management personnel there during the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally. Yankton County Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschligt says the idea to provide the assistance came about after a conversation with Meade County Emergency Management personnel who explained that while the Sturgis rally is underway local emergency staff would not have the ability to respond to a non-rally related event such as an outbreak of severe weather. Scherschligt says he and the other personnel from our area that are assisting at the Sturgis rally will gain valuable experience that may prove useful during a local emergency event in the future. Scherschligt says along with himself, Yankton County Emergency Management Public Information Officer Lee Rettig and Bon Homme County Emergency Management Director Scott Burgi (BUR-gee) will be providing assistance during this year’s Sturgis Rally.


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Substation Permit Approved

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Officials with Northwestern Energy were granted a conditional use permit Monday evening by the Yankton City Commission that will allow them to begin moving forward on construction of the new substation that will be located on Whiting Drive. Northwestern Energy Operations Manager Brad Wenande says the substation is part of a twenty-two million dollar project that includes a new switching station located in the Napa Junction area as well transmission lines to the new substation. When asked about possible health risks associated with electrical transmission lines Wenande says there are no studies that have demonstrated that such risks exist for people who live near power lines.Wenande says construction of the new substation is expected to begin this year.


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Missouri River Expo

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

As part of the planning process for a number of local events directly tied to the Missouri River, organizers yesterday reviewed the first ever Missouri River expo held in early May at Riverside Park and looked for ways to improve the event in the future. National Park Service Ranger Dugan Smith says the Missouri River Expo was an opportunity for people to appreciate the scenic beauty of and diverse ways to enjoy this unique portion of the river.  smith says as part of an effort to expand the expo next year to include a wider segment of the public organizers are considering adding more exhibits and presenters to the event. Smith says one possibility in future years will be to hold the Missouri River Expo as a two-day event.


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Avera State Health Plan

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Changes to the health insurance plan for State of South Dakota employees have caused a change in policy throughout the Avera Health Care system. Avera Medical Group Chief Medical Officer Doctor Tad Jacobs says the designation of certain services as Tier One procedures had meant that patients needing those services were required to travel long distances and incur higher out of pocket expenses to receive that care. Jacobs says Avera has made the commitment to treat State of South Dakota Employee Health plan members as if they were being seen at a Tier One facility for a list of procedures designated by the State adding that Avera will accept the same out of pocket payment from State Employee Health Plan members as they would have paid to receive the designated services from a Tier One provider. South Dakota’s new state employee health plan went into effect July 1st and covers a three-year term. 


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Sign Ordinance Dsicussion

Monday, July 28, 2014

Representatives of the National Field Archery Association and Mount Marty College last night voiced their concerns regarding Yankton’s recently revised sign ordinance to members of the city commission who in turn directed city staff to examine the situation and see if accommodations could be made for large scale events. Representing the National Field Archery Association Nancy Wenande says there are plans for placing extensive signage throughout the community to welcome archers ahead of major archery events such as next years’ World Archery Youth Championships. City Commissioner Dave Knoff says in order to help inform people who are not familiar with the Yankton community he sees a need to allow signs for large events such as archery tournaments and welcoming new students to campus. Yankton’s new sign ordinance went into effect about one year ago.


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Hillcrest Pro AM Tournament

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Forty-First annual Hillcrest Golf and Country Club Pro-AM golf tournament is set to get underway this Thursday in Yankton. Hillcrest Golf Pro Sean Riley says a total of two hundred eight amateur and professional golfers are expected to compete in this year’s Pro-Am tournament. Riley says top prize at the tournament this year is twenty-one thousand dollars. The Forty-First Annual Hillcrest Golf and Country Club Pro-Am Tournament gets underway this Thursday and runs through Sunday.

 


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Highway 50 Project

Sunday, July 27, 2014

At their meeting Monday members of the Yankton City Commission will consider an agreement with the South Dakota Department of Transportation for the reconstruction project of Highway 50 set to get underway early next year. City Manager Amy Nelson says one development has been that South Dakota D-O-T has decided to now begin work on the portion of the project that is located near downtown Yankton first in 2015 and work on the section of roadway east of Marne Creek the following year. Nelson says the agreement addresses some of the concerns brought forth by local citizens including street lighting and the width of lanes on the road. The Yankton City Commission meets Monday at 7 PM at the Regional Technical Education Center.

 


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Saturday Morning Storm

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A fast moving storm that was responsible for significant hail damage in Aurora and Douglas Counties caused some damage to windows and crops as it moved through our area Saturday morning. Yankton County Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschilgt says he has received reports of windows in homes and automobiles near Tabor that sustained damage from nickel to quarter sized hail as the weather system moved through the area. Scherschilgt says while the exact extent of the damage will not be known for some time, he has spoken with farmers who report at least some damage to their corn crop. The National Weather Service reports that Saturday’s storm brought sixty-nine hundredths of an inch of rain to our area.  


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