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Early Voting Numbers

Friday, October 31, 2014

By close of business Thursday more than two thousand voters in Yankton County had already cast their ballots in the 2014 fall general election. Yankton County Auditor Patty Hojem  says she has heard comments from voters that they appreciate the convenience of early voting as well as the privacy they receive now that the Yankton County Commission chambers have been utilized for early ballot-casting. Absentee voting at the Auditor's Office in the Yankton County Government Center will be available until 5 PM. Monday. Yankton County residents can vote at any of these seven polling places on Tuesday: The National Field Archery Center, City Hall, JoDean's, Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, Lesterville Fire Hall, Mayfield Store and the Gayville Community Center.  


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Bernie Hunhoff Runs For House

Friday, October 31, 2014

Long-time legislator Bernie Hunhoff is seeking a term in the South Dakota House of Representatives from District 18 in Tuesday’s fall general election.  Hunhoff says adequately funding K-through-12th grade education and expanding the federal Medicaid program are two steps that need to be taken in order to further economic development in South Dakota. Hunhoff says in his time in the legislature he has built relationships with other legislators that enable him to effectively address the issues that are important to the voters of District 18. Hunhoff faces Republican Matt Stone in next Tuesday’s (tomorrow’s) fall general election.


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Harvest Halloween Parking

Friday, October 31, 2014

The first annual Harvest Halloween Festival kicked-off Friday afternoon in downtown Yankton. Yankton Chamber of Commerce Director Carmen Schramm says a Special Events Street Closure will be in effect from 3 PM Friday afternoon, through 5 PM Saturday and includes West 3rd street from Cedar to Douglas as well as Walnut Street from Second Street to a half-block south of Fourth. The Harvest Halloween Festival continues Saturday with a waffle breakfast, a chili feed at noon and pig races throughout the afternoon.


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Lake Area Fire

Friday, October 31, 2014

Members of the Yankton Volunteer Fire Department responded early Friday afternoon to a report of a structure fire in the Lewis and Clark Lake area. Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says no one was home at the time of the blaze, the cause of which is thought to be electrical in nature. Nickles says he estimates the total property damage from the fire to exceed eighty thousand dollars. Nickles says firefighters were on scene for about two hours.


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Mrs. Weiland Campaigns

Friday, October 31, 2014

Staci Weiland the wife of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland made a stop in Yankton Friday in support of her husbands’ campaign. Weiland says her husband has proved his commitment to representing the citizens of South Dakota through his campaign that has included his stopping in every incorporated community across the state to share his views with voters. Weiland says her husband’s campaign has focused on seeking to represent all of the citizens of our state and not just the wealthiest ones. Democrat Rick Weiland is facing Republican Mike Rounds and Independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie in Tuesday’s general election.


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Charles Mix County Shooting

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating the officer involved shooting that occurred earlier today in rural Charles Mix County. 

The suspect, Russell Duaine Turner Jr., age 40, Dante, is still at large.

The Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance call near Dante early this morning and upon arriving at the scene, a deputy approached a vehicle that was occupied by two individuals.

The incident escalated and resulted in a Charles Mix County Deputy firing rounds into the vehicle.

The vehicle left the scene at a high rate of speed. The passenger of the vehicle, a juvenile, has been located with injuries not from gunfire.

The vehicle, a pick-up truck, has been recovered in Charles Mix County.

Anyone with information as to Turner's whereabouts is asked to contact the Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office at 605-487-7625. 

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 officers’ action.

 

 


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Charles Mix County Suspect Arrested

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The manhunt for a Charles Mix County man wanted in connection with an officer involved shooting early today has ended with the arrest of the suspect at his home. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that Russell Duaine Turner Jr. age 40 has been arrested without incident in his residence in Wagner.He was arrested on three outstanding warrants, with additional charges pending.Outstanding warrants include intentional damage to property, failure to appear or report felony and driving with a suspended license. Turner did not receive any injuries from the gunfire during the officer involved shooting incident from earlier this morning. 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 officers’ action. The release of the summary report is anticipated within 30 days.


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Wine and Whiskers

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Annual Wine and Whiskers event to benefit the Heartland Humane Society is set for early next month at Minerva’s. Executive Director Kerry Hacecky says some of this year’s live and silent auction items include a private bourbon tasting, a limousine ride that includes a catered dinner and a private cooking lesson with Chef Staci of Hy-Vee Foods. Hacecky says they have reached just over half of their fundraising goal of eight hundred fifty thousand dollars and the funds raised at the Wine and Whiskers event will be used to continue the ongoing renovation project at the Heartland Humane Society headquarters. Hacecky says  the  2014 Wine & Whiskers Event is set for 6 PM on November 8th  at Minerva's in Yankton, tickets are fifty dollars each and are available through the Heartland Humane Society website or their headquarters.


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SD House Candidate Jean Hunhoff

Thursday, October 30, 2014

After losing her seat in the South Dakota Senate due to term-limits, long-time District 18 legislator Jean Hunhoff is seeking a seat in the South Dakota House in the November 4th general election. Hunhoff says working to insure that state government’s expenditures do not exceed revenues and that taxpayer’s dollars are spent wisely are priorities for her if elected. Hunhoff says her work ethic and years of experience in the legislature are assets she would bring to Pierre if chosen to serve a term in the South Dakota House of Representatives. Hunhoff is one of four candidates seeking a term in the South Dakota House of Representatives in next Tuesday’s election.

 


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One Million Cups

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Yankton launch of One Million Cups Wednesday morning at the Avera Office Pavilion represents a step forward for local entrepreneurs who are seeking to network with others in order to move their business visions forward. Organizer Ben Hanten says One Million Cups provides an informal setting for entrepreneurs to discuss their business plans and answer questions from others who may have an interest in helping them succeed. Hanten says at next weeks’ One Million Cups participants will hear from the owner of the former downtown Yankton post office building Monte Froelich on his plans for future renovation of that structure. Hanten says the next One Million Cups is set for 9 AM next Wednesday at the Avera Office Pavilion.


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