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Drug Bust

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Yankton County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the arrests of two men on a number of drug charges Wednesday afternoon. Blake Rierson age 20 and Shadron Baker age 18 were arrested at a residence in the Riverside Acres area and have been charged with possession and distribution of controlled substances including K-2, a synthetic form of marijuana and T-H-C wax, a highly concentrated form of marijuana as well as possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Yankton County Sheriff’s Office reports that tips from neighbors concerned with the high volume of traffic at the residence led to the arrest.


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Discovery Bridge Accident

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A truck accident that spilled diesel fuel and antifreeze on the Discovery Bridge was responsible for interrupting traffic entering or exiting Yankton on Highway 81 for several hours Thursday afternoon. Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says shortly after 1 PM a semi-truck struck the bridge on the south end and then jack-knifed across the roadway, spilling diesel fuel and antifreeze from the vehicle in the process. No one was injured in the crash but Nickles says the work of emergency responders was made more difficult by the traffic on the roadway that was driving through the spilled fuel. Nickles says the accident scene was cleared by about 3 20 PM Thursday.



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Crane-Youngworth/Williams Field Project Survey

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A public survey on the future of the Crane-Youngworth/Williams Field project is currently available on the Yankton School District website. The survey was begun earlier this month and Superintendent of Schools Wayne Kindle says it will be available until the end of September. Kindle says once the school board has the results of the survey at their  October meeting, a date for a meeting with the public to discuss the survey’s findings will be set. Kindle says people who do not have access to the internet can go to any of the Yankton schools, the Center or the Yankton Community Library to complete it.


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Discover Your Park

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In recognition of their 99th anniversary, The National parks service is hosting a Discover Your Park event Saturday at the Mulberry Bend Overlook, located near Vermillion. Ranger Dugan Smith says the goal of the event is to kick-off a celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary next year by encouraging local people to get outdoors and enjoy the Missouri National Recreational River. Smith says the event is family orientated and will include hikes led by park rangers and information on the history of the national park service and the Missouri River. Smith says the Discover Your Park event is set for 10 AM to 2 PM at the Mulberry Bend Overlook south of the Vermillion-Newcastle Bridge.


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City Sales Tax Numbers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

After a decline last month sales tax numbers for the city of Yankton have shown a strong increase in recent weeks. City Manager Amy Nelson says the increase is seen throughout all the sectors of the local economy including retail, construction and tourism. Nelson says at this time there is no reason to think that the current strong sales tax figures will not continue through this fall and winter. Nelson says the city saw an increase of eight-point-seven-six percent over the July of last year and is now up five-point-nine-nine percent for the year over this time in 2014.


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YSD ACT Scores

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Students at Yankton High School who took the A-C-T test this year have earned the highest composite score in the school’s history. Superintendent of the Yankton School District Wayne Kindle says scores improved in all areas tested including math, science, reading, English as well as the overall composite test score. Kindle says credit for the improved scores belongs with the entire school system including the students and their parents. Kindle says A-C-T scores can have a huge influence on a student’s ability to qualify for scholarships or to meet entrance requirements at a college or university.


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Lake Yankton Success

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The effort to remove the unwanted species of rough fish that had infested Lake Yankton nearly a year ago appears to be a success. Northeast Region Fish Management Supervisor for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Jeff Schuckman says during the flood event of 2011 various species of rough fish had infiltrated into Lake Yankton from the Missouri River. Schuckman says since the lake was killed off the water clarity is much improved and seems to be supporting good populations of young game fish. Schuckman says he expects that fishing opportunities at Lake Yankton will steadily improve over the next several years.


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Kiwanis Modereger Math Science Fund

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The announcement was made Tuesday that the Yankton Kiwanis Club is partnering with the South Dakota Community Foundation to create the Yankton Kiwanis Club/Don Modereger Yankton High School Math and Science Fund. One of Don Modereger’s descendants Staci Stengle says because of her grandfather’s love of the Kiwanis Club and the Yankton community he would be very happy to see this fund established. Because this type of endowment fits well with the South Dakota Community Foundation’s mission Director of Development Jeff Veltkamp says his response when learning of the fund’s creation was enthusiastic. The endowment fund was begun with an investment of three thousand dollars from the Yankton Kiwanis Club and the Modereger family.


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Crofton Cruisin' Day

Monday, August 24, 2015

The community of Crofton is gearing up for this weekend’s annual Crofton Cruisin’ Day set for this Saturday morning at South City Park. Organizer Joyce Stevens says registration for the car show begins at 9 AM with a ten dollar entry fee per vehicle. Stevens says the Best of Show trophy this year is named for Dee Carlson who was known for the convertible that she owned. The annual Crofton Cruisin’ Day car show and grill-fest is set for this Saturday from 11 AM to 3 PM at South City Park in Crofton.


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Yankton Truck By Pass?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Concerns related to a potential truck by-pass around the community of Yankton were heard at last night’s meeting of the Yankton City Commission. A petition of support from area citizens regarding a truck by-pass was presented to the commission by former District 19 legislator Frank Kloucek who says since traffic has certainly increased since a study was conducted in 2001 what are Yankton’s plans for truck by-pass?  In response City Manager Amy Nelson says the city has included a truck by-pass in its’ long range plans and the next step in that process could be to conduct a study of current traffic volumes and levels to see what has changed in the past fourteen years. Kloucek says he presented truck by-pass petitions of support to officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation’s at their Regional STIP meeting earlier this month.


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