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Williams Runs For House

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Democrat Jay Williams is seeking a seat in the South Dakota House from District 18 in the November 4th election. Williams says if elected he will work for adequate state funding of K-through-12th grade education and to expand the federal Medicaid program to cover about forty-eight thousand South Dakota citizens who lack health-care coverage. Williams says in order to restore balance in state government, he encourages voters to support Democratic candidates in this election. Williams is a local businessman who has owned the software firm of ExcellTech since 1987.


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Auditor Forum

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The two candidates for the office of Yankton County Auditor were heard from last night at a forum hosted by the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce. When asked what changes they would make in the auditor’s office if elected, incumbent auditor Patty Hojem  says continuing the work of digitalizing county records and improving the content found on the county website are priorities for her if elected. Challenger Pat Garrity says if elected cross-training the staff of the auditor’s office and increasing the level of content on the Yankton County web-site are two changes he would make at once. Hojem has been employed at the Yankton County Auditor’s Office for the past twenty-eight years in various roles, Pat Garrity is currently the Director of the Yankton County Office of Zoning and Planning.

 


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District 18 Candidate Forum

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Local voters heard from candidates seeking a seat in the South Dakota House and Senate from District 18 last night at a public forum hosted by the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce. When asked what the number one issue would be facing the 2015 legislative session, South Dakota House candidate Jay Williams says increasing the level of state funding for K-through-12th grade education needs to be done. South Dakota Senate candidate Matt Stone says increasing teacher pay and encouraging young people to seek a career in education are priority issues for the 2015 session. District 18 Representative Bernie Hunhoff is seeking a seat in the South Dakota Senate and says while education funding is important, expanding the state’s participation in the federal Medicaid program is a moral issue that represents life or death for many people. Also speaking at last night’s candidate forum were District 18 Representative Mike Stevens, and South Dakota House candidates Terry Winter and District 18 Senator Jean Hunhoff.


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Interchange Forum

Monday, October 27, 2014

Candidates for the Yankton County Commission spoke at a forum yesterday hosted by the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce and Interchange. When asked what the number one issue is facing Yankton County government, Challenger Cheri Loest says development and implementation of a comprehensive transportation plan for the county needs to occur before significant economic growth can take place. First-time candidate Deb Bodenstedt says finding ways to create economic hrowth by developing housing and job opportunities is an important role for county government. Incumbent Garry Moore says the only way to achieve economic growth is by developing and maintaining and county infrastructure such as roads and bridges.   A total of eight candidates are seeking one of four open seats on the Yankton County Commission in the November 4th general election.


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City Land Sale

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Yankton City Commission took action last night to approve the sale of a parcel of land south of Fire Station Number Two for the cash price of one hundred sixty five thousand dollars. A total of four bids from two parties had been received and Community Planning Director Dave Mingo says the cash only bid from Steve and Lori Drotzmann for one hundred sixty five thousand dollars makes good financial sense for the city. Representing Yankton Area Progressive Growth last night was local realtor Dan Specht who says Y-A-P-G had entered their bids not knowing if someone else would try to buy the property and encourages the city commission to accept the Drotzmann’s bid so that the property can be developed for housing. The parcel of land sold is just over five and a half acres.

 

 


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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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