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Substation Permit Approved

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Officials with Northwestern Energy were granted a conditional use permit Monday evening by the Yankton City Commission that will allow them to begin moving forward on construction of the new substation that will be located on Whiting Drive. Northwestern Energy Operations Manager Brad Wenande says the substation is part of a twenty-two million dollar project that includes a new switching station located in the Napa Junction area as well transmission lines to the new substation. When asked about possible health risks associated with electrical transmission lines Wenande says there are no studies that have demonstrated that such risks exist for people who live near power lines.Wenande says construction of the new substation is expected to begin this year.


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Missouri River Expo

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

As part of the planning process for a number of local events directly tied to the Missouri River, organizers yesterday reviewed the first ever Missouri River expo held in early May at Riverside Park and looked for ways to improve the event in the future. National Park Service Ranger Dugan Smith says the Missouri River Expo was an opportunity for people to appreciate the scenic beauty of and diverse ways to enjoy this unique portion of the river.  smith says as part of an effort to expand the expo next year to include a wider segment of the public organizers are considering adding more exhibits and presenters to the event. Smith says one possibility in future years will be to hold the Missouri River Expo as a two-day event.


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Avera State Health Plan

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Changes to the health insurance plan for State of South Dakota employees have caused a change in policy throughout the Avera Health Care system. Avera Medical Group Chief Medical Officer Doctor Tad Jacobs says the designation of certain services as Tier One procedures had meant that patients needing those services were required to travel long distances and incur higher out of pocket expenses to receive that care. Jacobs says Avera has made the commitment to treat State of South Dakota Employee Health plan members as if they were being seen at a Tier One facility for a list of procedures designated by the State adding that Avera will accept the same out of pocket payment from State Employee Health Plan members as they would have paid to receive the designated services from a Tier One provider. South Dakota’s new state employee health plan went into effect July 1st and covers a three-year term. 


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Sign Ordinance Dsicussion

Monday, July 28, 2014

Representatives of the National Field Archery Association and Mount Marty College last night voiced their concerns regarding Yankton’s recently revised sign ordinance to members of the city commission who in turn directed city staff to examine the situation and see if accommodations could be made for large scale events. Representing the National Field Archery Association Nancy Wenande says there are plans for placing extensive signage throughout the community to welcome archers ahead of major archery events such as next years’ World Archery Youth Championships. City Commissioner Dave Knoff says in order to help inform people who are not familiar with the Yankton community he sees a need to allow signs for large events such as archery tournaments and welcoming new students to campus. Yankton’s new sign ordinance went into effect about one year ago.


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Hillcrest Pro AM Tournament

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Forty-First annual Hillcrest Golf and Country Club Pro-AM golf tournament is set to get underway this Thursday in Yankton. Hillcrest Golf Pro Sean Riley says a total of two hundred eight amateur and professional golfers are expected to compete in this year’s Pro-Am tournament. Riley says top prize at the tournament this year is twenty-one thousand dollars. The Forty-First Annual Hillcrest Golf and Country Club Pro-Am Tournament gets underway this Thursday and runs through Sunday.

 


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Highway 50 Project

Sunday, July 27, 2014

At their meeting Monday members of the Yankton City Commission will consider an agreement with the South Dakota Department of Transportation for the reconstruction project of Highway 50 set to get underway early next year. City Manager Amy Nelson says one development has been that South Dakota D-O-T has decided to now begin work on the portion of the project that is located near downtown Yankton first in 2015 and work on the section of roadway east of Marne Creek the following year. Nelson says the agreement addresses some of the concerns brought forth by local citizens including street lighting and the width of lanes on the road. The Yankton City Commission meets Monday at 7 PM at the Regional Technical Education Center.

 


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Saturday Morning Storm

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A fast moving storm that was responsible for significant hail damage in Aurora and Douglas Counties caused some damage to windows and crops as it moved through our area Saturday morning. Yankton County Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschilgt says he has received reports of windows in homes and automobiles near Tabor that sustained damage from nickel to quarter sized hail as the weather system moved through the area. Scherschilgt says while the exact extent of the damage will not be known for some time, he has spoken with farmers who report at least some damage to their corn crop. The National Weather Service reports that Saturday’s storm brought sixty-nine hundredths of an inch of rain to our area.  


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Barefoot In The Park

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Lewis and Clark Theater’s production of Barefoot in the Park is scheduled to open this Thursday at the Dakota Theater Director Sue Fields says this Neil Simon comedy concerns a pair of newlyweds who are working  through the changes that their recent marriage has brought to both of them. Fields says Barefoot in the Park is a light-hearted play that theater goers will enjoy.The Lewis and Clark Theater’s production of Barefoot in the Park opens next (this) Thursday at the Dakota Theatre in downtown Yankton.


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Heartland Humane Foster Care

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Heartland Humane Society is hosting a training session Monday (this) evening for anyone interested in providing foster care for dogs or cats who are awaiting adoption. Heartland Humane Director Kerry Hacecky says since the shelter is not currently able to house dogs or very young cats foster families care for those animals until they can be adopted. Hacecky says in order to prepare families for fostering the one hour training session will cover the basics of caring for dogs and cats. Hacecky says the Heartland Humane foster care training session will be held at their new offices on East Highway 50 at 6 PM Monday (tonight).


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Thrivent Financial Pro-Am Golf Tournament

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Golfers from across the United States are in Yankton this weekend to participate in the Thrivent Financial Charity Pro-Am golf tournament. Fox Run golf pro Kevin Doby says two hundred sixteen professional and amateur golfers will compete in this year’s event. Doby says people are welcome to attend and watch the golfers as they try their skills at Fox Run this weekend. The 2014 Thrivent Financial Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament runs from today through Sunday at Fox Run golf course.


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