Crash Victims Identified

Crash Victims Identified

The identities of both drivers involved in a fatal accident on Tuesday near Yankton have been released by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.  D-P-S Communications Director Brad Reiners  says 30-year-old Andrew Kotalik of Yankton suffered fatal injuries in the two vehicle crash Tuesday morning seven miles west of Yankton. Douglas A. Zimmerman of Tabor has been identified as the driver of the second car and sustained life-threatening injuries in the wreck.  The South Dakota Highway Patrol says Kotalik crossed the center-line into oncoming traffic when his car hit a dead deer in the roadway.  A Go Fund Me has been set up for Kotalik’s wife Cami and daughter Avery.

Rain Closes Highway 81 North of Yankton

Rain Closes Highway 81 North of Yankton

Yankton received 2-4 inches of rain today and was placed under a Flash Flood Warning by the National Weather Service.  Yankton County Emergency Management Director Paul Scherschligt says the heavy rain over a short period of time has closed a portion of U-S Highway 81.

Scherschligt says there were other places in the county where water came over the road.  He reminds motorists to not drive onto a flooded roadway.

Scherschligt says any additional heavy rain could lead to another flash flood situation.

Totally Yankton 7.19.2024

Totally Yankton 7.19.2024

Heroes, from RB Grillhouse and Sports Bar, brought Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Prendable to the Totally Yankton Studios this morning. Jeff and Daniel visited mostly about recruitment, but also a few other things. If you missed it earlier, click and listen now.

Runza Raising Funds for Local Family

Runza Raising Funds for Local Family

Runza in Yankton is hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday, July 23rd, to help support a local family following the unexpected loss of their daughter.

Runza Franchisee Spencer Rosberg says that the fundraiser will run from open till close on Tuesday, with 15% of sales going towards the family.

Rosberg says that the motivation for the fundraiser was human nature.

Donations to the family can be provided via their GoFundMe at the link below.

8th and Burleigh Intersection to Close for Construction Beginning Monday

8th and Burleigh Intersection to Close for Construction Beginning Monday

8th St. and Burleigh St. will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday.

According to the city, contractors will be installing underground utilities in the intersection as part of a reconstruction project on 8th St.

Detours will be set up to direct traffic around the area, and the city is asking motorists to find an alternate route to avoid traffic congestion.

The closure is anticipated to be in place for a week.

Local Sports 7-17-24

Yankton Post 12 Legion Baseball swept the Renner Post 307 Royals last night in their doubleheader, winning both games 6 to 5.

Yankton was led by Owen Wishon in game one, as he finished 3 for 4 with 2 RBI, including a walk-off double in the bottom of the 7th

Game two also ended in a literal walk-off, when Evan Serck drew a walk while the bases were loaded in the bottom of the 7th. Matthew Sheldon scored three of Yankton’s six runs in the victory.

Post 12 is on the road for their next games, as they take on Sioux Falls East tomorrow in a doubleheader. First pitch of game one is set for 5:00 PM.

Yankton High School Alum Matthew Mors is one of four members of the South Dakota State Men’s Basketball program to be named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes student-athletes who finished the 2023-24 year with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Joining Mors on the Honors Court were fellow Jackrabbits Matt Mims, Luke Appel, and Charlie Easley.

The University of South Dakota Men’s and Women’s Track and Field programs were both recognized by the  U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) as All-Academic teams earlier this week.

The USD women’s track and field team compiled a GPA of 3.66 as a team, the 16th highest in the country, and the best in the Summit League, marking the 12th straight year the USD women have finished inside the top 30 nationally.

Both the women’s and men’s programs have earned USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition every year since 2011. To be recognized, a program must carry a combined cumulative GPA above 3.00.

Tomorrow is the final day of the regular season for the South Central League, with the Yankton Tappers already securing the league championship.

Two games remain in the SCL season, both scheduled for tomorrow night. The remaining schedule and standings are listed below.

South Central League Amateur Baseball Schedule for tomorrow:

Thursday, July 18th (Regular Season Finale):

  • Wynot @ Menno.
  • Freeman @ Tabor.

South Central League Standings:

  1. Yankton (12-2) (League Champions)
  2. Tabor (10-3)
  3. Crofton (9-5)
  4. Lesterville (8-6)
  5. Freeman (6-7)
  6. Wynot (5-8)
  7. Menno (4-9)
  8. Irene (0-14)
SD DOT to Install Four-Way Stop at Highway 18-81 Intersection After Fatal Accident Last Month

SD DOT to Install Four-Way Stop at Highway 18-81 Intersection After Fatal Accident Last Month

In response to last month’s double-fatality crash, state officials are installing a four-way stop at the Highway 18-81 intersection. 

The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says they have heard concerns about the dangers of the intersection and expedited actions for an upgrade.

Plans call for installing a four-way stop with possibly other safety measures. The D-O-T announced they are gathering materials, and should be able to upgrade the site within four to eight weeks.

On June 24, two-vehicle crashed at the intersection claiming the lives of a Scotland man and his son.

Yankton County Hears Ambulance Data

Yankton County Hears Ambulance Data

          Last night, the Yankton County Commission received a detailed report on the state of the county’s ambulance service.

          Lead Paramedic, Troy Cowman, talks about why they decided to create this report…

          Ambulance Administrator, Eric Van Dusen, talks about some rate increases that can be considered…

          The entire PowerPoint presentation that the Commission received is available at

Two-Vehicle Collision West of Yankton Results in One Fatality and One With Life-Threating Injuries

Two-Vehicle Collision West of Yankton Results in One Fatality and One With Life-Threating Injuries

A fatal collision occurred seven miles west of Yankton Tuesday morning.

Preliminary crash information indicates the driver of a 2008 Chevrolet was traveling westbound on SD Highway 50 near mile marker 375.

At that location, a deceased deer was laying in the westbound roadway. The driver hit the deer and lost control of the vehicle and entered the eastbound lane.

At the same time, the driver of a 2010 Chevrolet was approaching from the opposite direction and collided with the first vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest in the south ditch.

The driver of the 2008 Chevrolet, 30, sustained fatal injuries from the crash.

The driver of the 2010 Chevrolet, 52, sustained life-threatening injuries. Both were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

The names of the people involved have not been released pending notification of family members.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Totally Yankton 7.16.2024

Totally Yankton 7.16.2024

Shhhhh. Yankton Community Library’s Dana Schmidt joined Jeff this morning on Totally Yankton and actually made a lot of noise about some fun upcoming events at YCL that includes an Adult Field Trip and Appetizers! If you missed it earlier, click and listen now.