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Rock 'N Rumble

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The inaugural Rock ‘N Rumble celebration is set to get underway Saturday with activities planned for downtown Yankton. Rock ‘N Rumble is being held in conjunction with the Sturgis motorcycle rally which is expected to draw a million bikers during the weeklong event and local motorcyclist Deb Overseth says the free camping being offered at Riverside Park may attract people on their way to or from the rally to spend a night enjoying the Yankton community. Overseth says at 2 PM Saturday bikers will have the rare opportunity to ride across the Meridian Bridge as part of the event’s motorcycle parade. During Rock ‘N Rumble, bikers can tent camp in designated areas of Riverside Park from July 29th through August 11th.


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2015 Yankton County 4-H Achievement Days

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Activities get underway Friday morning at the Yankton County 4-H grounds as their 2015 Achievement Days begins. Yankton County 4-H Program Assistant Stephanie Siebrandt says a popular event at achievement days is the celebrity round robin show at 5 PM on Saturday which features local celebrities helping to show livestock. Siebrandt says Achievement Days concludes Sunday morning with the Round Robin Champion Showmanship show beginning at 9 AM. Siebrandt says Friday’s schedule begins at 9 AM with the swine show, with a number of other livestock shows scheduled throughout the day.


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Tuesday Morning Storm

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The storm that uprooted trees and caused other damage in and around Yankton early yesterday morning may have been a micro-burst, a very localized column of sinking air caused by a small and intense downdraft within a thunderstorm. Yankton County Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschligt says the storm damaged trees and buildings at the South Dakota Human Services Center as well as damaging buildings and vehicles in Yankton and at Chan Gurney Airport. Scherschligt says the damage that resulted from this storm is very similar to what was seen at the Cottonwood Campground west of Yankton in August of 2010. Scherschligt says he has contacted the National Weather Service and provided reports and photographs of yesterday’s damage in order to learn what their assessment of the storm is.


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Four Way Stop 23rd & Green

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Yankton City Commission has approved placing four-way stop signs at the intersection of 23rd and Green Streets. City Manager Amy Nelson says a traffic study of the intersection showed the need for a four-way traffic control there. City Commissioner Craig Sommer says growth in that portion of town and heavy traffic when school is dismissing or when work shifts are ending justify the four-way stop signs. Nelson says a timeline for installation of the stop signs still needs to be determined.


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Blaalid Resigns

Monday, July 27, 2015

Last evening an emotional Brooke Blaalid announced that she is resigning her seat on the Yankton City Commission to accept a position with the University of South Dakota’s Master of Social Work program in Sioux Falls. Commissioner Blaalid says her resignation is effective the middle of next month. Mayor Dave Carda says he has enjoyed working with Blaalid whose contributions to the board will be missed. Nelson says any Yankton city resident who would like to serve out the remainder of Blaalid’s term can submit a letter of interest to her office, someone will be appointed to fill the vacancy at a later date.


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Young Frankenstein

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Lewis and Clark Theater Company are preparing to stage their production of Young Frankenstein beginning Thursday evening at the Dakota Theater in downtown Yankton. Director Keith Goeden says with high quality productions of material that can test the actor’s abilities, he is impressed with the level of leadership that the Lewis and Clark Theater Company has demonstrated to other community theater companies around the region. Goeden says the talented cast of Young Frankenstein has been working hard during rehearsals to make sure that this production is a success. The Lewis & Clark Theatre Company will present the musical Young Frankenstein starting Thursday at the Dakota Theatre with productions running through Aug. 2nd and August 6th through the 9th .  


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Hearing Proposed for Mall Assessment Tax

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tonight the Yankton City Commission could set a date for the public hearing of a resolution that is intended to boost the community presence of the Yankton Mall. Community Development Director Dave Mingo says the City has been interested in aiding the Mall for many years and after tonight’s first reading a public hearing could be set for August 10th. Mingo says the resolution would establish a special assessment of the Mall that would provide funds for infrastructure improvements. 

Dial Properties, the managing company of the Mall, has volunteered to undergo this assessment which could bring an estimated 1.5 million dollars of interior and exterior improvements, parking lot repairs, remodeling and landscaping developments. This November is the cutoff date for the assessment to be in effect for 2016 with the property management planning all improvement work to be done in 2016 as well.

The City Commission meets at the RTEC building at 7 tonight .


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Meth Seizure

Friday, July 24, 2015

The recent seizure of about one and one half pounds of methamphetamine in the Yankton area is a source of concern for local law enforcement. Chief of Police Brian Paulsen says that having that large of an amount of meth being seized in a community the size of Yankton was surprising even to members of his department. While there have a few incidents of meth labs being discovered locally in the past several years, Paulsen says the methamphetamine seized here is a form of the drug known as ice which was produced elsewhere and shipped into the Yankton area. Paulsen says the investigation into this seizure of methamphetamine is ongoing. 


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Meridian Bridge Plaza Project Delay

Friday, July 24, 2015

More work needs to be completed on the Meridian Bridge Plaza before city officials are satisfied with the project. Yankton Community Planning and Development Director Dave Mingo says the fountain at the Meridian Plaza is not performing as it should. Mingo says a subcontractor has been hired to get address those issues. Mingo says it is hoped that the work on the Meridian Bridge Plaza will be substantially completed before next month’s annual River Boat Days celebration.


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Keystone 5th Anniversary

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Officials with TransCanada Corporation were in Yankton yesterday to mark the 5th anniversary of the Keystone pipeline which has now transported more than one billion barrels of oil from western Canada to the United States. Keystone Project President Corey Goulet ( ghew-laye) says that figure represents one billion barrels of oil that will not have be imported from the Middle East or from South America. A permit hearing on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is set for next week in Pierre before the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and Goulet says company officials are ready to testify that the need for the pipeline is greater now than when the permit was first issued.  Goulet says with only a few small spills during the first two years of operation, the Keystone pipeline has a proven record of safe operation.


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