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Attorney General Releases Details on Downtown Shooting

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Yankton County States Attorney Rob Klimisch confirm that the Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the Yankton Police Department is investigating the officer involved shooting that occurred Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at approximately 10:00 p.m. The incident occurred in downtown Yankton. The Yankton Police Department responded to a 911 domestic disturbance call involving a gun at a Yankton residence. Upon arrival at the residence, the subject was not located and law enforcement began a search that took over an hour and involved multiple officers from different agencies. The search ended in an alley in downtown Yankton resulting in Yankton Police Sgt. Jason Foote shooting the armed subject.
The male subject was transported to a local hospital where he is being treated for injuries. The injured subject has been identified as Trae Allen Angel, 19, Yankton.  At the completion of the investigation, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation will issue a case report and shooting summation to be reviewed by the Attorney General for a final determination on the officer’s action. The release of the summary is anticipated within 30 days.
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Road and Bridge Tax Forum

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The recently enacted Yankton County road and bridge levy that has been challenged at the polls was the topic of a forum held at the Regional Technical Education Center last evening. When asked why the new levy was passed when the county wheel tax could have been raised instead Yankton County Commission Chairman Todd Woods says with a projected revenue stream of about one hundred thousand dollars, a wheel tax increase would not raise enough funds for the county’s highway needs. Speaking in opposition to the new tax was former Yankton County Commissioner Garry Moore who says while the wheel tax wouldn’t bring in enough funds for infrastructure needs, it would be a fairer tax to impose since it applies to a wider tax base than a property tax increase does. Absentee voting on the referred Yankton County Road and Bridge tax is open now, voters go to the polls to cast their ballots on the issue on September 29th.

 


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Yankton County Highway Expenses

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Members of the Yankton County Commission were told yesterday by Highway Superintendent Brian Gustad that the extensive asphalt break-up seen throughout roads in the county system this spring has resulted in unplanned expenses in excess of five hundred fifty thousand dollars. Gustad says the three cycles of thawing and freezing our area received this spring was responsible for the deteriorating road conditions throughout the county highway system. Gustad says these unplanned road repairs almost certainly mean that the county highway department budget will need to be supplemented before the close of this year. Gustad says the Yankton County Highway Department had repair expenses of more than two hundred seventy-nine thousand dollars on a pair of roads alone this spring, one near the Jamesville Colony and the other in the Mission Hill area.
 

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Onward Yankton

Monday, August 31, 2015

The six finalists in the Onward Yankton contest to find the next big idea to move our community forward and win a ten thousand dollar prize had the opportunity to present their concepts to the public last night. One of the finalists, Billie Sutton of Burke says the idea put forth by himself and his wife Kelsea is to grow the Yankton community by focusing on improving the educational and cultural opportunities available to local young people. Onward Yankton Committee Member Larry Ness says because the ideas all have merit the committee has a difficult task ahead of them in selecting the winner. The six finalist ideas were submitted by: Greg Kopetsky, Carmen Schramm and Marcy Jones, Barb Rezac and others at Mount Marty College, Billy and Kelsea Sutton, Ben Hovland and Jacob Fokken and are available for viewing on the Onward Yankton website.


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CERT Training

Monday, August 31, 2015

Yankton County Emergency Management has announced plans to expand the Community Emergency Response Team into communities throughout the county. Director Paul Scherschligt says in the absence of emergency personnel  CERT members will help their families and neighbors during a crisis until more help can arrive at the scene. Scherschligt says nearly anyone with a desire to help their community during an emergency can be an effective CERT member. Scherschligt says the first night of CERT training is set for this Thursday at 630 PM at the Yankton County Emergency Management Office with a full day of training scheduled for September 19th.


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Discover Your Park at Mulberry Bend

Sunday, August 30, 2015
Last Saturday the National Parks Service hosted an event named “Discover Your Park” at the Mulberry Bend Overlook, South of the Vermillion-Newcastle Bridge just four days after the Park Service celebrated its 99th Anniversary. Park Ranger Dugan Smith says the Overlook represents a small section of the Missouri River under the protection of the National Parks, which seeks to preserve the river not just as a natural resource but as part of the Midwest’s cultural identity.  Dugan says the Park Service will increase its outreach and education to our schools as it enters its Centennial Year with a new initiative and mascot, an otter named Roscoe. The Mulberry Overlook and Trail was opened last September and is situated 60 feet above the river on the Nebraska side.
 

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Chamber to Host Forum on Levy

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Yankton Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a public forum tomorrow on the upcoming vote for a levy on bridges and roads. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carmen Schramm says Yankton City Commissioners and those who circulated a petition opposing the levy will be present to speak on the issue and educate the public. The forum begins at 7pm at the Regional Technical Education Center, north of the High School.


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Yankton Plans Events for S.D Manufacturing Week

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Yankton Chamber of Commerce is preparing to highlight all that manufacturing does for our community as part of South Dakota’s first Manufacturing Week celebration. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carmen Schramm says there will be a kick-off event on September 28th in the Kolberg-Pioneer parking lot where local manufacturing products will be displayed. Schramm says there will be a round table discussion between local businesses and representatives of the State on the 28th as well, and throughout the following week there will be tours of business and the High School’s Career Technical Education program. South Dakota’s National Manufacturing Week ends on October 2nd, which is National Manufacturing Day.


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Cedar County Double Fatality

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Cedar County Sheriff’s Office reported a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon which claimed the lives of two area residents.  The collision at 3:13 p-m yesterday took place on Highway 12 in Cedar County three miles west of the Highway 57 intersection. 

The Sheriff’s Office says a westbound car driven by 22-year-old Mollie Schieffer of Fordyce crossed the center line and collided head-on with a pickup driven by 63-year-old Bradley Schumacher of rural Crofton.  Schieffer and Schumacher were both pronounced dead at the scene, and the accident remains under investigation by the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office.


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Onward Yankton

Friday, August 28, 2015

The six finalists for the ten thousand dollar prize that has been offered by the Onward Yankton Committee will be presenting their ideas for moving our community forward to the public Monday night. Committee Member Carmen Schramm says the public will have the opportunity to ask the finalists about their proposals at the presentation. As one of the presenters herself, Schramm says she has been busy getting ready for Monday night’s forum. The six finalists in the Onward Yankton contest will present their ideas to the public beginning at 630 PM Monday at the Discovery Church in downtown Yankton.


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