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Vermillion Special Election

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Voters in Vermillion went to the polls yesterday to decide a pair of ballot issues. By a vote of 445 to 761 a five percent tax on malt beverages ordinance was upheld. Revenue from the tax is planned to help pay for a portion of city bond debt for the Prentis Park Improvements Project. On the second issue by a margin of 629 to 567 voters approved a referred measure deciding whether or not to keep a new city ordinance establishing day-care regulations in Vermillion. Turnout for the special election was about twenty-four percent with just over twelve hundred voters casting their ballots.


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Father Mark Lichter

Monday, June 29, 2015

After spending the last nine years as pastor at Sacred Heart parish in Yankton Father Mark Lichter is leaving and relocating to Sacred Heart parish in Aberdeen effective Wednesday. Father Lichter says the level of cooperation that has been seen during his time here between the Sacred Heart and Saint Benedict’s parishes is something that he takes pride in. Lichter says there are a number of similarities between the position he has had here in Yankton and his new one in Aberdeen. Father Lichter says Father Larry Regynski who has served the Holy Family parish in Mitchell for the past twelve years has been named as the new pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Yankton. 


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Yankton County Budget Session

Monday, June 29, 2015

Members of the Yankton County Commission met in special session yesterday to continue work on their 2016 budget. Commission Chairman Todd Woods says given the complexity of dealing with the issues of creating a budget for an organization as large as Yankton County government he is satisfied with the process thus far. The commission plans to address the county highway department budget prior to next week’s regular meeting and Woods says while dollars are never easy to find, he wants to work towards infrastructure improvements throughout the county. A preliminary budget must be submitted to the state of South Dakota by August 1st.


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Rusty Crayfish

Friday, June 26, 2015

Officials with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department have announced the discovery of a new invasive species in our state’s waters. Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Mike Smith says the presence of rusty crayfish was confirmed by testing following their discovery earlier this month in the Missouri River below Gavins Point Dam. Smith says since it would be impossible to remove the new species of crayfish from the river the best option is to not allow them to spread to other bodies of water further upstream or inland. Smith says in an effort to halt the spread of invasive species such as rusty crayfish, regulations prohibiting the taking of bait from the Missouri, James, and Big Sioux Rivers were put into place several years ago.


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Hudson Hearing

Friday, June 26, 2015

In preparation for a jury trial set for late next month, a motions hearing was held this (yesterday) morning for Joshua Hudson who has pled not guilty by reason of insanity to several charges including second degree murder in the death of his uncle Todd Hudson in March of last year. Deputy States Attorney Erich Johnke told the court that he expects to have the results of a third psychiatric evaluation of the defendant in hand by early next week. Johnke stated that he was told by Doctor Manlove of Rapid City that his findings are that to a reasonable degree of medical certainty Hudson was sane at the time of the incident, contradicting earlier findings by another psychiatrist. An evaluation by Dr. Melissa Spanggaard of Sioux Falls had previously found Hudson to be legally insane at the time of the killing, while a second evaluation by Dr. Hartley Alsgaard at the South Dakota Human Services Center was inconclusive. A trial date of July 27th has been set in the matter.


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23rd Annual Irene Rodeo

Friday, June 26, 2015

The 23rd annual Irene Rodeo get's underway Friday night in Irene. Rodeo Announcer Randy Taylor's says the Irene Rodeo is a family-friendly event that features free admission for children ten years of age and under and a number of activities specifically for young people. Taylor says events at this year’s rodeo include barrel-racing, saddle-bronc and bull riding. Taylor says the 23rd Irene Rodeo concludes tonight in Irene.


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Injury Accident

Friday, June 26, 2015

One person was taken to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a two vehicle accident just east of Yankton early Friday afternoon. The Yankton County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 130 PM a 1985 Ford F-350 pickup pulled out on Highway 50 near JR’s Oasis and was struck by an eastbound 2002 Chevy Venture resulting in the female driver of the van being transported for medical attention. First responders were on scene for about one hour following the accident.


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Relay For Life

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The 2015 Relay For Life of Yankton gets underway this evening in Riverside Park. Organizer Carla Hummel says one goal of the relay is to celebrate the participants who have survived their cancer diagnosis for another year. Hummel says a new feature of this year’s relay is a glow walk across the Meridian Bridge following the luminary ceremony. The 2015 Relay For Life of Yankton begins at 5 PM Friday at Riverside Park.


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PAY Scholarships

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A number of Promoting Agricultural Youth or PAY scholarships will be awarded to area high school seniors at next week’s Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce 10th Annual Ag Gala. Chamber Director Carmen Schramm says this year eight scholarships for three thousand dollars each will be given away Tuesday night. Schramm says through the continued support of people throughout our area, the scholarships have increased both in numbers and in amount since the PAY scholarships were started ten years ago. Schramm says the 10th Annual Chamber Ag Gala is set for next Tuesday at 5 PM at the Kiwanis 4-H Ice Center.


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St John's Bible at MMC Reunion

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Alumni attending this weekend’s All-School Reunion at Mount Marty College will have the opportunity to view all seven volumes of the St. John’s Bible, the first hand-written, hand-illuminated bible to be produced in over 500 years. Two volumes of the St. John’s Bible have on display at Mount Marty since the beginning of the year and Director of the Benedictine Institute Andy Henrickson says all seven volumes will be on display at the all-school reunion through this weekend. Henrickson says calligraphy is an important part of the St. John’s Bible and there is a long tradition of studying that subject at Mount Marty. Henrickson says beginning July 8th members of the public may view all seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 2 PM and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 PM in the boardroom located in the Scholastica Learning Center.

 


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