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Drowning Victim dentified

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The drowning victim from the collision involving two boats Monday morning in the tailwaters behind Gavins Point Dam has been identified as  Carolyn Neyes of Creighton. Neyes was a passenger in one of the boats. Following the accident she was transported to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton where she was pronounced dead. The accident occurred at about 9:55 AM Monday. Both boats have been impounded. The Cedar County Attorney has ordered an autopsy in the case, and the investigation is continuing.


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Onward Yankton

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

With one week to go to the deadline for submissions the organizers of Onward Yankton are seeking more big ideas that may qualify for the prize of ten thousand dollars. Organizer Heidi Marsh says the ideas submitted so far run the gamut from ones centered on the Missouri River to some dealing with educational opportunities to others about large events in the community. Once the deadline passes Marsh says current plans are to evaluate the ideas submitted and select a field of five that will be invited to present their idea at a community forum sometime in August. Marsh says ideas for the Onward Yankton contest may be submitted to their website at www.onwardyankton.com until the deadline of midnight on July 9th


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Senate Bills Referred to Vote

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

South Dakota voters will have the opportunity in 2016 to accept or reject a pair of laws one of which lowers the youth minimum wage to seven dollars fifty cents per hour and another that opponents say will make it harder for candidates to run for office. A number of individuals and organizations led the drive to collect signatures to refer the measures including the South Dakota Democratic Party and District 18 State Senator Bernie Hunhoff says the issue of a lower minimum wage for people under the age of eighteen is simply one of fairness to our state’s workers. Hunhoff says the referral of Senate Bill 177 is due to the fact that while it was meant to make it easier for military personnel overseas to submit absentee ballots on time, as the bill was passed and signed into law it has the practical effect of making it more difficult for third-party and independent candidates to run for office. Because opponents were successful in gathering enough support to put the measures on the ballot, neither went into effect as intended yesterday.


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Semi Accident

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Emergency personnel responded to a report of a two vehicle accident involving two semi-tractor trailers shortly after 1 PM yesterday at Ma & Pa's Convenience Store on Highway 50 in Gayville. Only minor injuries were reported and nobody was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Gayville Fire and Rescue, Yankton County EMS, the Yankton County Sheriff's Office and the South Dakota Highway Patrol all responded to the call with some units on scene for an hour-and-a-half.


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Creighton Boating Fatality

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A collision involving two boats Monday morning in the tailwaters behind Gavins Point Dam claimed the life of a 68 year old woman from Creighton, Nebraska. The victim was a passenger in one of the boats. She was transported to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton where she was pronounced dead.

The accident occurred at 9:55 am Monday. Both boats have been impounded. The Cedar County Attorney has ordered an autopsy in the case, and the investigation is continuing.

 


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Steffen's Receive Farm Family Award

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jeff and Jolene Steffen of rural Crofton received the honor as the Farm Family of the Year at last night’s 10th annual Ag Gala in Yankton.

Jolene Steffen says they were very surprised by the honor, and noted there are many deserving farm families in this region.  Jeff Steffen says they have a small, but active, farming operation.

Jeff Steffen has been involved in many local and statewide boards and commissions in the agriculture industry, while Jolene is devoted to farming, wildlife and her artistic talents.

The Steffen’s have been raising their two children and working their farming operation southeast of Crofton since 1984.


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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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