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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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Meth Seizure

Friday, July 24, 2015

The recent seizure of about one and one half pounds of methamphetamine in the Yankton area is a source of concern for local law enforcement. Chief of Police Brian Paulsen says that having that large of an amount of meth being seized in a community the size of Yankton was surprising even to members of his department. While there have a few incidents of meth labs being discovered locally in the past several years, Paulsen says the methamphetamine seized here is a form of the drug known as ice which was produced elsewhere and shipped into the Yankton area. Paulsen says the investigation into this seizure of methamphetamine is ongoing. 


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Meridian Bridge Plaza Project Delay

Friday, July 24, 2015

More work needs to be completed on the Meridian Bridge Plaza before city officials are satisfied with the project. Yankton Community Planning and Development Director Dave Mingo says the fountain at the Meridian Plaza is not performing as it should. Mingo says a subcontractor has been hired to get address those issues. Mingo says it is hoped that the work on the Meridian Bridge Plaza will be substantially completed before next month’s annual River Boat Days celebration.


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Keystone 5th Anniversary

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Officials with TransCanada Corporation were in Yankton yesterday to mark the 5th anniversary of the Keystone pipeline which has now transported more than one billion barrels of oil from western Canada to the United States. Keystone Project President Corey Goulet ( ghew-laye) says that figure represents one billion barrels of oil that will not have be imported from the Middle East or from South America. A permit hearing on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is set for next week in Pierre before the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and Goulet says company officials are ready to testify that the need for the pipeline is greater now than when the permit was first issued.  Goulet says with only a few small spills during the first two years of operation, the Keystone pipeline has a proven record of safe operation.


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Onward Yankton

Thursday, July 23, 2015

If you submitted an idea to the Onward Yankton project that was not selected as one of fifteen semi-finalists, there is still a possibility that your idea may become reality even if it doesn’t qualify for the ten thousand dollar grand prize. Onward Yankton Committee member Carmen Schramm says the ideas that were not selected as semi-finalists are being grouped together by the committee based on their themes. Schramm says a method of putting these ideas before the public is now being sought by the Onward Yankton committee. Schramm says current plans are to narrow the field of semi-finalists to a total of five by late next week and then present them to the public in mid-August.


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Truck By Pass Petition

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A petition drive has been started to demonstrate support for a truck by-pass around the Yankton community. One of the petition drive’s organizers, former District 19 legislator Frank Kloucek says the non-binding petition is available for anyone to sign at local businesses and through individuals who are circulating them. Kloucek says the need for a by-pass has been discussed for decades. Kloucek says plans are to present the completed petitions to officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation prior to August 3rd.

 


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Napa Junction MOU

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Yankton county Commission gave its’ approval yesterday to entering into a memorandum of understanding with Dakota Plains Ag regarding potential development at Napa Junction. Commission Chairman Todd Woods says the agreement is a good step forward towards bringing new development to that area of the county. Woods says the memorandum of understanding will allow the county to pursue a no-interest loan from the South Dakota Department of Transportation that would be used for infrastructure at Napa Junction. Woods says he expects a formal developers agreement between Yankton County and Dakota Plains Ag to be ready for consideration by next spring. 


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Napa Junction Agreement

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Yankton County Commission will consider a preliminary agreement with Dakota Plains Ag regarding further development at the Napa Junction site northwest of Yankton Tuesday afternoon. County Commissioner Deb Bodenstedt says this agreement addresses the tax increment financing district that has already been put in place at the site and financing for development at Napa Junction. Bodenstedt says the county has a direct interest in seeing economic growth in the form of new businesses at Napa Junction. The Yankton County Commission meets Tuesday at 4 PM at the Yankton County Government Center.


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City Website Upgrade

Monday, July 20, 2015

With the goal of improving its’ overall look and ease of accessibility work is underway to renovate the city of Yankton’s website. City Manager Amy Nelson says the updated website will be easier for users to navigate than the current one. Nelson says in order to keep the appearance of the new website fresh a variety of photographs from around the Yankton area will be used on it that will change throughout the year. Nelson says it is hoped to have the new website on-line by this fall.


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