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NE Tailwaters Opening Delayed

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
An ongoing mechanical failure has led to a delayed opening of the Nebraska Tailwaters Campground and a need to refund all reservations up to this Thursday. Corps of Engineers Park Ranger David Mines says the delay is due to a problem with their sewage system but they should be back in business for Memorial Day. The Nebraska Tailwaters Campground will reopen this Friday, the 27th.
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NFAA Brings Archery to Ribfest

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The list of things to see and do at next week’s Rockin’ Ribfest is growing. On Monday the City Commission approved an archery range to be run the National Field Archery Association of Yankton. NFAA Director of Public Relations Nancy Wenande says they were approached by the Ribfest Committee about the idea. Wenande says the range will be open all day Saturday and is free to the public of ages. Yankton’s Rockin’ Ribfest begins at 6 PM June 3rd with the Rude Band and runs from noon to midnight June 4th at the Memorial Park.
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Facilities Study Public Meeting

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
A week after the Yankton School Board heard the final report of the Comprehensive Facilities Study from the engineering firm T-S-P a public meeting was held last night for the firm and administrators to respond to questions and concerns. Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kindle says a healthy attendance led to some productive discussion and the District will need to look closely at all their options and move forward accordingly. Kindle says there will be time between now and when a decision is made to find the best course of action or a compromise. Kindle says the Yankton School Board is in discussions on the School District’s Capital Outlay plan which could influence any future decisions on facility changes from a financial standpoint.
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Grand Opening Week for Willa B's

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Yesterday marked the beginning of the grand-opening of Willa B’s Bistro and Emporium in Downtown Yankton.
Owner Chauntel Wright says it’s her hope to let the public know that Willa B’s is as good a place to find local artwork as it is to find a meal. Wright says every day this week will feature different promotions and activities. Wright says their grand-opening week will end with live music and cookouts on Friday and Saturday.

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National Science Olympiad Medalists

Monday, May 23, 2016

Thirty Yankton High School and Middle School students traveled to Wisconsin last weekend to compete in the National Science Olympiad competition.

Yankton High School advisor Bob Medeck says the high school duo of Jess Jussel and Noel Kusek won a third place bronze medal for their achievement in the Mystery Design event.

The Science Olympiad students and advisors raise all the money themselves to attend the national meet, and Medeck says the parents and community are great contributors to make this possible.

There were sixty schools represented at the National meet Friday and Saturday at the University of Wisconsin – Stout in Menomonie.


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Memorial Pool Opening Delayed

Monday, May 23, 2016
Due to the recent cold and wet weather the Yankton Parks & Recreation Department has announced the Memorial Park Pool will not be open for the summer season this Friday, May 27th but instead will open at 12:30 PM on June 3rd. Recreation Coordinator Brittany Orr says routine maintenance cannot be completed in the wet conditions and the aging pool seems to need more work with each year. Orr says the date change should not create any conflict with the Parks Departments Summer Programs or swim lessons. The City of Yankton offers the summer season pool pass that includes admission to both the Summit Activities Center Indoor Pool & the Memorial Park Outdoor Pool for one price. With the exception of Memorial Day next Monday the Summit Center will have an open swim period every day between now & June 3rd.
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County Updating Disaster Plan

Monday, May 23, 2016
Yankton County is in the process of updating its Disaster Mitigation Plan and a meeting will be held on Thursday to gather public input on developing a strategy to address the county’s disaster risks.
District 3 Community Development Specialist John Clem says the meeting will focus on local projects that could help lessen the impact of natural disasters. Clem says an updated plan is necessary to gain financial support from the Federal Emergency Management Administration. The meeting to update Yankton County’s Disaster Mitigation Plan will be held at Fire Station #2 on East 23rd Street at 10:30 AM on Thursday.
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City Hears Sidewalk Cafe Amendment

Monday, May 23, 2016
At last night’s City Commission meeting an Ordinance Amendment was heard that would allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages on sidewalks on licensed establishments. City Finance Officer Al Viereck says the amendment is the result of a change in South Dakota State Law. City Attorney Ross Den Herder says the amendment has the potential of changing the pedestrian path on the sidewalks but the City of Yankton will have the opportunity to deny a permit if it would make the pedestrian paths inconsistent. Viereck says it provides new opportunities for local businesses provided they are not on a federal highway. Last night the City Commission also moved to approve the Mayor’s selections for Advisory Board members, although Commissioners Craig Sommer, Tony Maibaum and Amy Miner voted against the motion after hearing there were citizens who were either unaware the City was accepting letters of interest or did not know the process by which to be selected.  The public hearing for the Sidewalk Café Ordinance Amendment is scheduled for the next City Commission meeting on June 13th.
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USS Scorpion Memorial Service

Sunday, May 22, 2016
Last Saturday was Armed Forces Day and former and current service members gathered at the Meridian Bridge to honor the crew of the USS Scorpion and all submarine veterans past and present. The memorial service was marked by the presence of seven future sailors of the Virginia-Class submarine USS South Dakota currently under construction. Retired U.S. Navy Captain Debra Bodentsedt, Chair of the USS South Dakota Commissioning Committee says every state was awarded a submarine memorial after World War Two with the Scorpion being given to South Dakota. The USS South Dakota is not expected to be commissioned into active duty for another two years, but Reactor Control Assistant Ensign Tyler Brown says the crew will be spending that time in the classroom. Two of the crew members of the South Dakota re-enlisted during the ceremony and then the seven sailors spent their afternoon volunteering for Yankton’s Habitat for Humanity.
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YHS 2016 Graduation

Sunday, May 22, 2016
Yesterday nearly 200 Yankton High School seniors crossed the stage and were awarded their diplomas at yesterday’s Commencement Ceremony. Student addresses were given by Parker James, Logan Haak (hawk) and Talitha Greaver. While the school year has officially ended for students there’s still a lot of business for the Yankton School District to take care of. Last week the School Board heard from the engineering firm T-S-P and their recommendations for the future of the Yankton School District. Tomorrow at the YSD Administration Building on West City Limits Road there will be a public meeting at 6 PM to review the results of the Comprehensive Facilities Study Final Report.
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