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Sandi Kramer Honored

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yankton School District Child Nutrition Director Sandi Kramer has been honored as one of five national school nutrition heroes by the National School Nutrition Association. Yankton School District Business Manager Jason Bietz says during her thirty years of employment with the school district Kramer has helped develop school breakfast and summer food programs as well as the Sack Pack program that provides weekend meals to needy students. Kramer and the other four 2014 School Nutrition Heroes were recognized for their efforts at a ceremony in Washington DC last month.


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Record Month For Yankton County Emergency Medical Services

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The staff of Yankton County Emergency Medical Services responded to a record number of calls for assistance during March of this year. Yankton County Emergency Medical Services Director Steve Hawkins says while the volume of calls for help exceeded their previous busiest month by three, he is not able to pinpoint a reason for the record setting rate of calls responded to. Hawkins says Yankton County E-M-S personnel responded to a total of one hundred seventy two calls last month, an average of nearly six calls per day.

 


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Severe Weather Training Session

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A severe weather training session was conducted last night in Yankton with Todd Heitkamp, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service. While many people in our area may think of severe weather season as the warmer months of the year such as May through August Heitkamp says the tornado that struck Wayne, Nebraska last October should serve as a reminder that we can encounter severe weather situations throughout the year. Heitkamp says his message to people attending a severe weather training session is to prepare for emergency situations ahead of time and to take weather warnings seriously. April 21st through the 25th is Severe Weather Awareness Week in South Dakota.


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County Preservation Commission

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The effort to establish a county preservation commission took another step forward at yesterday’s Yankton County Commission meeting. Mead Building Committee Chairman Jim Means says one of the first priorities once the preservation commission is established is to put forth a proposal for a one-twentieth mil levy that would be voted on this fall to help finance the Mead Building renovation project. Yankton County Commission Chairman Bruce Jensen says he supports the formation of a county preservation commission to assist with funding the Mead Building project. The ordinance to establish a Yankton County Preservation Commission will receive it’s second reading at the next Yankton County Commission meeting set for May 6th .


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No Decision On YSD Soccer

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Yankton School Board has tabled a decision on sanctioning soccer as an official high school sport until their meeting next month in May. Wes Chambers of the Yankton Youth Soccer Association says without moving soccer to a sanctioned sport as soon as next fall, there may not be any schools available to provide Yankton with a competitive schedule.  Yankton Youth Soccer member Sandra Jensen says their association is willing to help with fundraising to financially support the new activity. The Yankton School Board meets again on May 12th.

 


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Jans Not Competent

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Yankton man who has been charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault in connection with the death of 59-year-old Larry Goodman, also of Yankton is still not mentally competent to stand trial on those charges. Darwin Abel Jans had been committed to the South Dakota Human Services Center in December and First Circuit Court Judge Glen Eng recently was sent a certificate of non-recovery by South Dakota Department of Social Services officials stating their belief that Jans  does not demonstrate a competency to stand trial. Neither Jan’s attorney Lucy Youngberg or Deputy States Attorney Erich Johnke contested the D-S-S findings, Judge Eng set March 30, 2015 as the date for the next hearing in the matter.


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Hudson Psych Evaluation Ordered

Monday, April 14, 2014

A man who faces charges related to the killing of his uncle last month will receive a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is competent to represent himself in court. Joshua Charles Hudson has been charged with second-degree murder as well as aggravated assault and grand theft in connection with the March 7th  death of 46-year-old Todd Hudson. Hudson’s court-appointed attorney Dan Fox told First Circuit Court Judge Glen Eng that Hudson remains uncooperative and asked that a psychiatric evaluation of his client at the expense of the county be ordered. Judge Eng said the evaluation is necessary to proceed and ordered that Doctor David Bean be hired to do the work for no more than thirty-five hundred dollars. Judge Eng set a status hearing on the matter for 8:30 AM May 12. Hudson is being held on a 1 million dollar cash-only bond.

 


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City's Summer Rec Programs

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The City’s Parks and Rec department has published their summer recreation programs, a list that includes several new offerings.
Superintendent of Recreation, Tracy Grotenhuis, says among returning favorites, the City is offering new programs like bowling classes.
Grotenhuis says registration for the programs begin next week.
Brochures listing the City’s summer recreation programs can be picked up at the Summit Activities Center or viewed online at the City’s webpage.

 


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MMC's Stations of the Cross

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Mount Marty College’s theatre department will present a living Stations of the Cross on Tuesday evening, featuring a sung prayer of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy accompanying tableaus of the fourteen stations.
Student Jacob Fokken of Yankton will represent Jesus Christ on stage and says the event is not a play but a theatrical prayer in preparation of Easter.
MMC’s Stations of the Cross Project is free and open to the public, is scheduled to begin at seven P.M. Tuesday in Marian Auditorium, and is expected to last a half-hour. 
 

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Noise Ordinance

Friday, April 11, 2014

Consideration of a date and time for a public workshop on the writing of a new noise ordinance for the city of Yankton is on Monday’s (tonight’s) City Commission agenda. City Manager Amy Nelson says the participation of community members in drawing up that new regulation will be vital for it’s success. The Yankton City Commission meets Monday (tonight) at 7 PM at the Regional Technical Education Center. 


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