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EB5 Subpoenas Sought

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Legislative leaders of South Dakota’s Democratic Party have called for the South Dakota Government Operations and Audit Committee to subpoena a number of people including former Governor and U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds to answer questions surrounding the E-B-5 scandal. District 18 Representative Bernie Hunhoff says since the news of the E-B-5 scandal broke nearly one year ago little progress has been made in determining what exactly happened in what has been described as a citizenship for sale program. Hunhoff says legislators have an obligation to find the answers to questions regarding what state officials knew of the financial dealings of former state cabinet member Richard Benda who committed suicide in October of last year. Hunhoff says he is hopeful that when the Government Operations and Audit Committee meets again next month they will undertake a thorough investigation of the E-B-5 scandal.

 

 

 

 

 


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New Youth Services Librarian Named

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Joyce Moore has been named as the new Youth Services Librarian at the Yankton Community Library. Prior to taking a position in Yankton, Moore served as the youth services librarian at the Vermillion Public Library for eight years and Library Director Kathy Wibbels says with that experience, Moore was able to take on the role of library assistant at the Yankton Community Library and is good choice for Youth Services Librarian.  Wibbels says Moore is well-suited to reach out to the library’s teenage patrons and expand the facilities’ offerings and programs to them. Moore has an elementary teaching degree from the University of South Dakota and a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas. 


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Fleege's Bridge Discussion

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

With inspections of bridges located over the James River set for the near future, the need to address the situation at the bridge on old Highway 50 about six miles east of Yankton was discussed yesterday by members of the Yankton County Commission. Chairman Bruce Jensen says he is concerned that following the inspection, the load limit on that bridge will be dramatically lowered. Jensen says it may be in the best long-term interest of the project to the contact to the James River Water Development District and discuss replacing the Ike’s Dam at Kelly’s Cove which was removed a number of years ago and is thought to contribute to the scouring which has occurred at the bridge site since the 1990’s. Several years ago the cost of replacing Fleege’s Bridge was estimated at about to five million dollars.


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YSD Food Program

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

With the start of a new year in the Yankton School District, there are also changes to the school food program for students.Child Nutrition Supervisor Sandi Kramer says new guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture that are now in effect require students to take more fruits and vegetables with both breakfast and lunch and have lowered the amount sodium that can be served in each meal. Kramer says one change which is likely to be unpopular with students is a restriction on the size of snack beverages that can be sold at school. The cost for breakfasts for students at the Yankton School District this year is one dollar thirty cents and the price for lunch varies from two dollars twenty cents at elementary schools up to two dollars fifty cents at Yankton High School.


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Drowning Death

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Yankton County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the drowning death of a juvenile male who was swimming in the James River north of Yankton Saturday evening. The drowning took place at the Jamesville Colony at about 7:30 PM Saturday and the victim has been identified as a ten year old male from Frankfort, South Dakota. Yankton Search & Rescue, Yankton Emergency Management, South Dakota Game Fish and Parks, and Cedar County Nebraska Emergency Management assisted at the scene. The body of the juvenile male was located in the river at 9:35PM.

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Fleege's Bridge Repairs

Monday, August 18, 2014

While local government continues to look for a plan to address the on-going problems with the bridge on old Highway 50 about six miles east of Yankton recent repair work seems to have been successful. Yankton County Commissioner John Harper says rip-rap has been placed in the river to attempt to protect the bridge pilings and to reduce the scouring that has been seen at the location for a number of years. Yankton County Commissioner Garry Moore says he supports contacting the James River Water Development District to see if they would be willing to assist in a long-range solution to the situation. The repairs that have been done on Fleege’s Bridge are on the agenda of this afternoon’s meeting of the Yankton County commission which is scheduled to get underway at 3:30 PM at the Yankton County Government Center.


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YSD's New School Year

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Yankton School District will begin a new year of classes this week and is prepared to implement the short and long term goals of a strategic plan that was developed this last year.

School Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kindle says the district is targeting career services, technology integration, and public communications as areas for short term development.

Kindle says the district’s long term goals involve funding, a balanced curriculum, and examining the infrastructure of some of the district’s facilities.

Kindle says examples of buildings whose structural needs will be evaluated include Crane-Youngworth field and portions of Beadle Elementary.


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River Boat Days Weekend

Friday, August 15, 2014

While no severe weather is in our forecast for River Boat Days weekend organizers have developed a plan to help insure the safety of people attending Yankton’s annual celebration. River Boat Days co-chair John Kraft says members of Yankton County Emergency Management will be keeping an eye on weather conditions in order to notify the public if the threat of severe weather becomes real. Kraft says two shows by the ethanol-powered Vanguard Air Squadron are set for Saturday and could be moved to Sunday if inclement weather occurs. The 2014 River Boat Days celebration comes to close Sunday at 6 PM.

 


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125th Anniversary Wagon Train

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Before departing Yankton for Pierre the morning of September 4th participants in the 125th anniversary wagon train ride will be spending the night at the Yankton Rodeo grounds and will be invited to attend an old-fashioned barn dance. Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Director Carmen Schramm says the route will take the riders through a number of communities with them planning on stopping and spending the night in thirteen of them.Schramm says the evening's program the night before their departure includes an old-fashioned barn dance, a speech by Governor Dennis Daugaard and a robbery which will be staged to benefit the Mead Building renovation project. Schramm says the 125th anniversary wagon train will leave Yankton early on the morning of September 4th and is expected to arrive in Pierre on September 20th.


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2014 River Boat Days

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The 2014 River Boat Days celebration will again feature free entertainment and the popular car show this year. 2014 River Boat Days Captain Steve-Chopper-Johnson says this year The Rumbles will perform on Friday evening and the Dweebs on Saturday night with both shows starting at 8 PM. Johnson says he is looking forward helping judge vehicles at this year’s car show which begins at noon on Sunday. Opening ceremonies for River Boat Days 2014 is set for 6 PM tomorrow at the Riverside Park amphitheater. 

 


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