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Yankton County Historical Preservation Commission

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

At their first meeting yesterday, members of the Yankton County Historical Preservation Commission selected Bernie Hunhoff to serve as Chairman. Hunhoff says in order to generate funds for the Mead Building renovation project the commission intends to ask the Yankton County Commission to place a five cent per thousand mil levy on the November election ballot for the approval of local voters. Hunhoff says since the scope of the newly formed historical preservation commission is not limited to only the Mead Building project, the input of the public is needed to help determine what other projects in the local area should be supported. It has been estimated that, if passed the five cent per thousand mil levy would generate a little more than fifty thousand dollars annually which would be used for the Mead Building Renovation Project and maintenance costs into the future. 


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Heartland Humane Society Donation

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Heartland Humane Society has announced receiving a donation in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars from the Otto Ulrich Memorial Trust fund. H-H-S Director Kerry Hacecky says the money will be used on an enclosed outdoor area for dogs and a meet and greet room to give people who are considering adopting an animal an opportunity to interact with them. Hacecky says even though the bulk of the remodeling project at their new headquarters is on hold while waiting for funding, work continues on a daily basis at the shelter. Hacecky says she hopes that the fundraising goal of seven hundred fifty thousand dollars can be reached by early next year.


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Vermillion Bypass Roadwork

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Motorists in the Vermillion area will be impacted for the next several days by a chip and seal project on Highway 50 at the Vermillion truck bypass. South Dakota Department of Transportation Engineer Ron Peterson says the chip seal process involves laying down a coating of oil covered by gravel that is intended to extend the life of the roadway. Loose gravel will be present for a period of 36 to 72 hours after each chip seal application and Peterson says on all two-lane highways, traffic will be reduced to one lane and guided through the project with the use of flaggers and a pilot car causing a possible delay of up to fifteen minutes while travelling through the work area during daytime hours. Peterson says weather permitting the chip seal project should be completed by this weekend.


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Lewis and Clark Lake Area Siren Test

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

As part of an effort to increase warning capability throughout Yankton County local emergency management personnel tested storm sirens in the Lewis and Clark Lake area yesterday morning. Yankton County Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschligt says as part of the test sirens were placed and activated at various locations near Lewis and Clark Lake.Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area was included in the test and Scherschligt says the next step in the process is to bring their findings to the Yankton County Commission to begin to find funding for the project.  Scherschligt says instead of the ten sirens that were thought to be needed to provide adequate coverage throughout the lake area, the test showed that eight and possibly as few as seven would be enough to give storm warning to people who live or are camping at Lewis and Clark Lake.


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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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