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Yankton County Commission Candidate Garry Moore

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Incumbent candidate Garry Moore is seeking a second term on the Yankton County Commission in the November 4th general election. Moore says if re-elected one priority for him is to continue to work to improve the roads and bridges in the county highway system. Moore says his background as a state legislator for many years and his concern regarding the effective use of taxpayer dollars are assets he will continue to rely on if re-elected. Moore is one of six candidates seeking one of three open four year terms on the Yankton County Commission in the November 4th general election.


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Ebola Planning Meeting

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A planning meeting was held in Yankton this week by members of local emergency response agencies to determine their level of preparedness ahead of time to effectively deal with an outbreak of ebola or other contagious disease. Yankton County Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschligt says the meeting examined how existing emergency plans can be modified to be used during an epidemic outbreak and what sort of equipment may be needed. Scherschligt says while there currently is no threat of ebola in our area, one reason the meeting was held was to insure that local responders have the level of training needed to address a medical emergency such as an epidemic. Scherschligt says members of local law enforcement, emergency responders, the health care community, and the Yankton Fire Department attended the meeting.


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Meridian Bridge Plaza Project

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Construction work on phase one of the Meridian Bridge Plaza Project is underway in downtown Yankton. Yankton Parks and Recreation Director Todd Larson says once completed a new water fountain and spray jets will be a prominent feature of the Meridian Bridge Plaza. Larson says while fencing to insure public safety will be installed as the work moves forward, people will have access to the Meridian Bridge throughout the project. Larson says the cost of phase one of the Meridian Bridge Plaza project is just under five hundred twenty-four thousand dollars.


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Matt Stone For Senate

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Small business owner Republican candidate Matt Stone is seeking the District 18 Senate seat in the November 4th general election. Stone says while he dislikes raising taxes, if it is needed to improve our state’s roads and bridges he would support an increase in the state gasoline tax. Stone says as a legislator he would seek to limit the amount of governmental interference in the lives of private citizens. Stone is running against Democrat Bernie Hunhoff for the District 18 Senate seat in November 4th election.


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Highway 81 Fatality

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Yankton County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the death of a Yankton man in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highways 81 and 46 early this morning. According to a sheriff’s office report at about 2:20 AM Ronald Kalsbeck age 57 of Watertown was northbound on Highway 81 in a 2012 Freightliner semi owned by N-I-M transport. Calvin Hespe  age 65 of Yankton was also northbound on Highway 81 in a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup when he failed to stop at the intersection and collided with the rear of the semi. Hespe was pronounced deceased at the scene. The accident is being investigated by the Yankton County Sheriff's Office. Assisting at the scene were the Yankton Fire Department, Irene Fire Department and Yankton County EMS.


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I Make America Motorcycle Winner

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kolberg-Pioneer employee Jonathan Egge was presented earlier today ( yesterday) with a custom painted 2014 Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle that was given away as part of the I Make America campaign sponsored by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. A technical sales specialist with Kolberg-Pioneer Egge says after the announcement was made at a company meeting last week that someone at the Yankton facility was the winner he had no idea it was him. President Jeff May says by focusing on the work that goes on at Kolberg-Pioneer and at other such facilities across the country, the I Make America campaign not only helped to raise morale among employees it also increased awareness of the importance of addressing our nation’s infrastructure needs. Egge says he has been employed at Kolberg-Pioneer for the past six months.


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Yankton County Commission Candidate Cheri Loest

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Challenger Cheri Loest is one of two candidates seeking a two-term on the Yankton County Commission in the November 4th general election. A Utica resident Loest says if she wins a seat on the Yankton County Commission focusing on local infrastructure needs will be a priority for her. Loest says her background as an engineer and the experiences she has gained by living in different states throughout our region are assets she will bring with to the board if she is elected. The open two-year term on the Yankton County Commission in the November 4th election is to finish out the term of former Commissioner Mark Johnson.


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Lake Area Sirens

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Further discussion took place yesterday by members of the Yankton County Commission regarding the possible installation of storm warning sirens in the Lewis and Clark Lake area. Yankton County Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschligt says due to people’s schedules, public meetings with lake area residents to discuss the issue will be held in the near future. Yankton County Commissioner Allen Sinclair says the commission is planning on moving forward with the siren project and will allocate money towards it in late December. Scherschligt says a current estimate puts the price of the sirens at about twenty-five thousand dollars each.


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Minimum Wage Forum

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Initiated Measure 18 which would raise the minimum wage in South Dakota was the subject of a public forum conducted last night by the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce. Part of the measure would tie future minimum wage increases to the annual rate of inflation and Executive Director of the South Dakota Retailers Association Shawn Lyons says forcing businesses to raise wages on an annual basis even when the economy is poor would have negative effects on local business and unemployment numbers. Local Attorney Ryan Cwach says without a regular increase adjusted for inflation worker’s wages quickly lose their buying power.  If passed by voters on November 4th Initiated Measure 18 would raise the minimum wage in South Dakota from seven dollars and twenty-five cents an hour to eight dollars and fifty cents per hour.


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Brush With Kindness

Monday, October 20, 2014

Yankton County Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to assist with their Brush With Kindness project set for this coming weekend. Habitat Director Julie Dykstra says about twenty volunteers are needed to help with home repairs at a pair of residences in Yankton that are in need of some improvement. Dykstra says last year’s Brush With Kindness project has made a huge difference in the life of the homeowner whose residence was repaired. Dykstra says this year’s Brush With Kindness projects will be conducted Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM and anyone interested in volunteering should contact the Yankton County Habitat for Humanity office.


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