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NFAA hosts Tournaments

Monday, July 21, 2014

Yankton’s Easton Archery complex is preparing to host two prestigious National and International Field Archery championships back-to-back beginning at the end of July. Bruce Cull, President of the National Field Archery Association, says the NFAA Outdoor Nationals begins July 30th and will feature archers from every state and the World Field Championship, beginning August 4th, will include archers from more than twenty countries.Cull says the parade of nations is only one part of the festivities occurring on August 3rdat the NFAA building, a day which will also include the opening of the archery museum and the presentation of awards for the national tournament  The 2015 Youth World Archery Championship will be held June 8th through the 14th


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Motorcycle Fatality

Monday, July 21, 2014

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is reporting that a Volin woman died in a one vehicle crash on 455th Avenue a mile north of Wakonda Sunday. Sharon Faye Watkins, 50, was northbound riding a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle. The motorcycle left the roadway on a curve and entered the east ditch, where it crashed. Watkins, who was not wearing a helmet, died at the scene. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. Clay County Sheriff’s Office assisted.


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Hudson Hearing

Monday, July 21, 2014

A hearing has been set for early next month in First Circuit Court to rule on a defense motion for a forensic psychiatric evaluation of Joshua Hudson who is charged with second degree murder aggravated assault and grand theft in connection with the March 7th slaying of 46 year old Todd Hudson of Yankton. In making the motion Hudson’s court-appointed attorney Dan Fox told Judge Glen Eng Monday that during the time Hudson has been at the South Dakota Human Services Center he has been receiving treatment and his mental condition is improving. Deputy States Attorney Eric Johnke objected to the defense motion, noting there has been some confusion on the part of doctors at the Human Services Center regarding proceeding with a full forensic examination of Hudson as well as a backlog of such cases currently at the mental health facility. Judge Glen Eng set 8:30 AM August 4th as the date for a hearing on the defense request. 


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Wilson Sentencing

Monday, July 21, 2014

Curtis Timothy Wilson of Yankton was sentenced Monday in First Circuit Court on two counts of aggravated assault for his role in an April 2013 shooting incident that injured one person. Judge Glen Eng sentenced Wilson to thirteen and one half years on each count to be served concurrently, ordered that restitution be made to the victims in the incident for the medical expenses and counseling costs as well the costs of prosecution, psychiatric examinations and for at least six thousand dollars that Wilson is responsible for from damaging his jail cell. In addressing the court Wilson apologized to the victims and blamed his behavior that night on his use of alcohol and a recent prescription medication change. Judge Eng noted that Wilson will have to serve sixty percent of his thirteen and a half year sentence before he is eligible for his first parole hearing. 


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Fort To Field 50 Paddle Battle

Friday, July 18, 2014

More than one hundred participants are expected to travel the fifty mile course from Fort Randall to Springfield via the Missouri River tomorrow (today) as the first ever Fort To Field 50 Paddle Battle gets underway. Organizer Jarrett Bies says making sure that everyone who starts the race finishes safely is a top priority. Bies says along with the physical exertion of paddling a canoe or kayak for fifty miles, the wind speed and direction is a concern for competitors. Bies is also helping to organize the Riverboat Days Kayak Run which will be held at 2:30 PM on August 16 starting at Chief White Crane Recreation Area and ending at Paddlewheel Point.

 


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Memorial Park Pet Fountain

Friday, July 18, 2014

Keep Yankton Beautiful is now seeking donations to assist with installing the last of three pet fountains that were funded through a grant from the Otto Ulrich Memorial trust fund. Keep Yankton Beautiful Director Camille Swift-Slowey says this fountain will be installed between the two tennis courts at Memorial Park and will give both pets and their owners an opportunity to get a cool drink of water while out for a walk. Slowey says the Memorial Park pet fountain is being installed in memory of Yankton resident Stacy Myers who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2012. Slowey says the fundraising goal for the pet fountain is seven thousand dollars and it is hoped the project can be completed by this fall.

 


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Becky Pittenger Resigns

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Children’s Librarian for the Yankton Community Library Becky Pittenger has resigned her position to take a job as librarian with the Fargo, North Dakota school system. Yankton Community Library Director Kathy Wibbels says during her time as Children’s Librarian Pittenger has touched the lives of many children, care givers and teens through her programs and the new services she established. Wibbels says a search for a replacement for Pittenger is now underway. Wibbels says an open house for Children’s Librarian Becky Pittenger will be held from 9 AM to 5 PM on August 1st at the Yankton Community Library.


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West City Limits Road Proposal

Thursday, July 17, 2014

While acknowledging that road does need work, members of the Yankton County Commission said earlier this week that reconstructing West City Limits Road is not as high a priority as other infrastructure needs that Yankton County currently has. City Manager Amy Nelson told members of the Yankton County Commission earlier this week that West City Limits Road is in need of being rebuilt now and the longer that work is put off into the future, the greater the cost will be. The city of Yankton is asking that Yankton County pay for sixty percent of the project and Commissioner Garry Moore says repair work and bank stabilization at Fleege’s Bridge on Old Highway 50 east of Yankton is a higher priority right now than rebuilding West City Limits Road. The estimated cost of the West City Limits Road project is four million dollars, of which the city is requesting that Yankton County pay two-point-four million based on its share of ownership


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Yankton County Drug Court Graduation

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A graduation ceremony was held yesterday for the first graduate of the Yankton County Drug Court. The keynote address was given by South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Lori Wilbur who says the drug court provides an effective alternative form of sentencing for people who are facing felony prison time because of their addiction to alcohol or drugs. Wilbur says people who are in the drug court program are able to work and support themselves and their families while addressing the root of their problems; their addiction issues. Yankton County is one of nine areas throughout South Dakota that has either a drug or D-U-I court currently in operation.


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Napa-Platte Rail Authority

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Members of the Napa-Platte Regional Rail Authority have decided to ask state rail officials to amend their lease of that rail line to allow the rail authority to operate the line and benefit from federal tax credits that are now going to the current operator, Dakota Southern. Napa-Platte Board member and member of the Yankton County Commission Garry Moore says due to ongoing problems with the handling of the line’s operation by Dakota Southern, it is important that the rail authority have some control over who is the operator in the future. Moore says the federal tax credits could be used for upkeep and maintenance of the Platte-Napa line including repairing the railroad crossings on county highways at Utica and Lesterville. Moore says the Platte-Napa Rail authority plans to put their proposal for the line before the South Dakota Department of Transportation railroad board next month.


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