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Month: June, 2014

KYNT Sports 6-30-14

Monday, June 30, 2014
Nick Delio from Valencia, CA shot a three-day total of 16-under-par to win the South Dakota Open Pro-Am at The Bluffs in Vermillion.  Delio was last year's points champion on the Dakotas Golf Tour.  Former USD golfer Kyle Scanlon had a 15-under-par to win the amateur division.  This was the first event on the Dakotas Tour this summer, which will continue with an 18-hole Pro-Am today at Dakota Dunes.

The Crofton Bluejays remained unbeaten with a 6-0 win over Freeman last night as Rand Thygeson tossed a one-hitter with 16 strikeouts.  Scott Morrison fired a shutout as Wynot rolled past Tabor 10-0, Andrew Hora threw w five-hitter as Irene blanked Lesterville 2-0, and Menno edged Avon 4-3.

In Teener baseball this weekend, the Yankton Reds beat Spearfish 9-4 and lost at Brookings 4-3...while the South Dakota Swat edged the Yankton Lakers 3-2 at Riverside Field.


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Texting While Driving Ban Goes Into Effect

Monday, June 30, 2014

The new law that goes into effect across South Dakota July 1st banning text messaging while operating a motor vehicle is a cause for some concern by at least one local member of law enforcement. Yankton Chief of Police Brian Paulsen says he has some apprehension regarding how officers will be able to enforce the new ban. Drivers of all ages are known to text message while behind the wheel and Paulsen says as far as the problem with teenage drivers texting is concerned the answer there has to begin at home with clear rules and consequences set down by parents for their young drivers. South Dakota is now one of forty-five states who have banned texting while operating a motor vehicle. 


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Fireworks Display Change

Monday, June 30, 2014

Recent wet weather conditions locally have forced a change in this weekend’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display at Riverside Park. Director of the Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation Todd Larson says due to soggy ground on the Nebraska side of the Missouri River where the fireworks are usually shot from, the plan now is shoot Friday’s display from the top deck of the Meridian Bridge. Larson says the lower level of the Meridian Bridge will be closed shortly before the display gets underway and will not be available for spectators to watch the fireworks from.  Yankton’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display is scheduled for dusk this Friday at Riverside Park.

 


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Les Norman Addresses Big Friend-Little Friend

Monday, June 30, 2014

Former major league baseball player with the Kansas City Royals Les Norman spent some time last evening speaking with members of the Yankton Big Friend-Little Friend program. Having spent his early years in an abusive situation at home, Norman says his message for these young people is that there are places and people one can turn to for help and understanding. As a former major league baseball player Norman says he takes mentoring and being a role model for young people very seriously. Les Norman is one of several former Kansas City Royals baseball players who are conducting the free Pass It On baseball clinic for young people this morning at Riverside Park beginning at 9 AM.   


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State Democratic Convention In Yankton

Sunday, June 29, 2014
At the Democratic state convention held last Thursday through Saturday at the NFAA building in Yankton, outgoing U.S. Senator Tim Johnson announced that he would be donating two-hundred thousand dollars to the state democratic party. 
Johnson will be transferring the money from his political action committee and District 18 candidate for state senate Bernie Hunhoff says the announcement didn’t come as a surprise to him.
Hunhoff says delegates felt compelled to pass a resolution that issued an apology to President Obama regarding a resolution passed by the South Dakota GOP at their convention which calls for the president’s impeachment.
The general election will take place November 4.
 

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KYNT Sports 6-27-14

Friday, June 27, 2014
Yankton Post 12 split a Legion baseball doubleheader Thursday, losing 6-3 to SF East in the opener.  Yankton won the second contest 3-0 as Austin Johnson fired a four-hit shutout.  Lane Sawatzke had three hits and three RBI for Yankton, which is now 22-5 on the season.

Menno defeated Lesterville 6-3 in South Central League amateur baseball on Thursday as Tom Sattler pitched the complete-game win for the Mad Frogs.

The South Dakota Open Pro-Am golf tourney begins today and runs through Sunday at The Bluffs in Vermillion.  This is the first of 19 tournaments on the Dakotas Golf Tour this summer.
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Starzl Resigns

Friday, June 27, 2014

Stacy Starzl has resigned from her position as Director of Yankton Big Friend-Little Friend to take a job with the University of South Dakota. Starzl says Big Friend-Little Friend works to improve the lives of area young people by matching them with a mentor who will help them develop their social skills and through organized activities that are held once monthly. Starzl says the most difficult part of leaving to begin her new job is knowing that she is leaving behind young people that she has seen grow through their years in the program. Starzl has been the director of Yankton Big Friend-Little Friend for the past nine years.

 

 


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United Way Disaster Relief Drive

Friday, June 27, 2014

United Way and Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton is conducting a disaster relief drive to aid the residents of several communities that were recently struck by tornadoes. United Way Director Lauren Hanson says after communicating with other agencies involved in the relief efforts it was determined that there is a great need for sports drinks and salty snacks to help volunteer workers continue their efforts in warm summer temperatures throughout the region. Hanson says donations of items such as Gatorade, Powerade and salty snacks such as chips and sunflower seeds will be collected throughout this week and delivered to those communities on Thursday. Hanson says anyone wishing to make donations of sports drinks or salty snacks should bring them to either the Yankton United Way or Chamber of Commerce offices between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM between now and Wednesday. 


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KYNT Sports 6-26-14

Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Mount Marty Lancers have added two players for their men's basketball program, including 6'2" guard Jackson Seitzinger a 2012 Yankton HS grad.  Seitzinger averaged 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists per game last season for Minnesota West Community College.  The Lancers also signed 6'1" guard Geoffrey Dunker from Brush, CO who was second team all-state in his junior year and averaged 10 points and 3 assists per game as a senior.

Former USD standout Trevor Gruis has signed a contract to play hoops for Jamtland, a premier pro basketball team in Sweden.  Gruis started 102 consecutive games for the Coyotes, and the 6'10" center ended his career as one of just eight players to get over 1,300 points and 700 rebounds at USD.

USD senior graduate Jeff Mettler was named the Summit League Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.  Mettler helped the Coyotes win a share of the league title as he won the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meter run in the Summit League championships.

Yankton Post 12 edged Vermillion 6-4 in legion baseball on Wednesday, as Lane Sawatzke had three RBI and Ben Cameron was the winning pitcher with Sheldon Gant earning the save.  Yankton is now 21-4 and will face SF East today in a doubleheader starting at 2 p-m at Riverside Field.

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South Dakota Democratic Convention

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Anywhere from two to three hundred delegates are expected in Yankton this weekend to attend the 2014 Democratic Party State Convention. Chairman of the Yankton County Democrats Jay Williams says Yankton was selected to host the convention about one year ago and was chosen over several other communities including Sioux Falls. Williams says the keynote address at Friday's banquet set for the Best Western Kelly Inn, will be given by the former Mayor of Minneapolis R.T. Rybak. Williams says the business meetings of the 2014 Democratic Party State Convention  take place at the National Field Archery Association headquarters Friday and Saturday.


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