Hartington Man Facing Four Felonies Following Alleged Shooting Incident

Hartington Man Facing Four Felonies Following Alleged Shooting Incident

A Hartington man is facing four felony charges following a June shooting incident in Hartington.

27-year-old Brandon L. Meyers faces two counts of terroristic threats and two counts of committing child abuse intentional with no injury. He waived a preliminary hearing last week in Cedar County Court.

According to court documents, the charges stem from an incident in which Meyers allegedly pointed an Airsoft BB gun at two people who rode past his home and shot out the window of the vehicle. The victims indicated they mistook the gun for a real firearm.

Arraignment is set in the case for Monday Oct. 25th at which time he will be arraigned on the charges. If convicted, Meyers faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

LOCAL SPORTS WRAP 10-15-21

  • Yankton Gazelles Volleyball hosted Pierre in an ESD Conference clash last night at the Summit, but fell short in three sets 27-25, 25-21, 25-22. The Gazelles fought hard in each set, and even came within a point of stealing the first set from Pierre.

Gazelles coach Chelsea Law says the team was very competitive with one of the top ranked teams in the state, but offensive errors were the main culprit for the loss.

The Gazelles, now (10-12), travel to Aberdeen on Saturday, first serve 5pm.

  • Yankton Competitive Dance and Cheer competed in the ESD Meet yesterday in Watertown. The Cheer team took 7th place with a 170.50 score, while Harrisburg took the ESD Cheer Crown with a 262.5 score. In Dance, Yankton took second place with a 282.5, in shouting range of the new ESD Champion Brandon Valley, who tallied a 297 score. Yankton Competitive Dance and Cheer now prepare for the State Meet in Brandon Valley on the 23rd.
  • The Yankton Cross Country squad ran in the Huron Invitational yesterday at Broadland Creek Golf Course. In girls varsity, Thea Chance was not only the top runner for Yankton, but took top honors in the entire division with a 20:26.71 final time. On her heels was Kate McElroy with a 20:27.58 time. In the boys division Zach Fedee led Yankton with a 17:15.39 time, while Josh Martin of Aberdeen Central led the division with a 16:55.25 final time. Yankton now prepares for the state meet on the 23rd at Sioux Falls Yankton Trail Park.
  • Bucks football travels north today to Brookings with intentions on making a statement to Class AA, as well as avenge their lone regular season loss a season ago, a loss that cost the team an ESD championship. You can catch the action live on all KYNT audio platforms, as well as KYNTV. Visit our website to learn more. Pregame 630, kickoff at 7 with color analyst Jacob Wuertz as well as the voice of the Yankton Bucks, Bryce Ladwig. KYNT is your home team, for Bucks football.
  • Friday Night Preview

Last week of regular season for Class 11B, 9AA, 9A, and 9B

Bon Homme vs Gregory (Free Riverfront Sports App/ 7pm/ Rich Wright)

Gayville-Volin @ Burke

Jim River vs Wagner

Irene-Wakonda vs Viborg-Hurley

Vermillion vs Tri-Valley

Avon vs Hitchock-Tulare

Hartington-Newcastle vs Wakefield (Free Riverfront Sports App/ 7pm/ Tehl Tanner)

Hartington-Cedar Catholic vs Ponca

Crofton vs Norfolk Catholic

Bloomfield vs Creighton

Wynot vs Winside

Wausa vs Randolph

Laurel-Concord-Coleridge vs Lutheran High Northeast 

Bloomfield vs Creighton

  • The Mount Marty Lancers football team will play Concordia University tomorrow afternoon at 1pm. The Lancers are looking for their first win in program history against the 3-3 Bulldogs. Pregame starts at noon with the kickoff at 1pm. All of the action will be on KYNT or any of the KYNTV platforms.
  • Lancer Volleyball has two road games in the next two days against top 25 opponents. First, they will battle #16 Dordt in Sioux Center Iowa tonight at 7:30. Then tomorrow at 3pm they travel to Orange city Iowa to face #14 Northwestern. The Lancers are currently 7-13 on the season.
  • Mount Marty Soccer will play a double header on the road at Dakota Wesleyan University tomorrow. The women who are 1-11 on the season will play first at 1pm with the men immediately following. The Lancer men are coming off a win over Jamestown and have a 5-5-1 overall record.
Yankton Thrive Awarded Workforce Recruitment Grant

Yankton Thrive Awarded Workforce Recruitment Grant

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has awarded Yankton Thrive a workforce recruitment grant in the amount of one hundred thousand dollars.

Yankton Thrive CEO Nancy Wenande says the Governor’s Office of Economic Development recently announced a workforce recruitment program to inform out-of-state job seekers that South Dakota businesses across the state are hiring. Communities were invited to apply for funding to support relocation bonuses, signing bonuses and upskilling, which will be distributed based on the partnership commitment and grant guidelines.

Yankton Thrive, through their membership with Advantage South Dakota, is also able to participate in a collaborate workforce marketing effort with other communities served by NorthWestern Energy.

A state-wide workforce campaign has already begun, and the collaborative Advantage South Dakota digital campaign should launch in early November throughout the states of South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

Finck Benefit Happening Saturday

Finck Benefit Happening Saturday

The Market at the Meridian is hosting a Finck Family benefit this Saturday morning.

Joshua Finck and his five children lost wife and mother Celesta to cancer in January. Pursuing Celesta’s dream, Joshua and his mother-in-law, Rosamary Gilligan, continued the family tradition of selling flowers at the Market this year. Joshua says the entire family was involved in the effort.

Finck says participating in the farmer’s market project has allowed his children to experience some healing and perspective on their loss.

In spite of their own situation, Joshua says the family likes to share their goodwill and blessings with the Market at the Meridian community.

The Finck benefit will be at Market at the Meridian, Second and Douglas, this Saturday from nine to noon, and will include a freewill donation barbecue and silent auction.

Crofton Man Dies In Car Accident

Crofton Man Dies In Car Accident

A Crofton man is dead following a car accident in Knox County.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened near the intersection of Highway 84 and 547 Road east of Bloomfield on Wednesday.

Deputies say 39-year-old Blake Bartels of Crofton was driving on Highway 84 when his vehicle left the north side of the road. The vehicle went into a ditch, hit an embankment and rolled.

Bartels was taken to Avera Hospital in Yankton, where he was later pronounced dead.

The sheriff’s office says alcohol did not appear to be involved, but driver fatigue may have led to the accident.

Vermillion Moving Forward With New Elementary School Plans

Vermillion Moving Forward With New Elementary School Plans

With last week’s bond election passing, Vermillion School district leaders are already moving forward with plans for the new multi-million-dollar elementary school.

Behind the scenes, the school district has been meeting with the architect for the new school. Vermillion School Superintendent Damon Alvey says the final design on the new school will be unveiled soon…

Alvey says it will take about two years to construct the new school…

The twenty-six million dollars in general obligation bonds approved by the voters will finance the construction of the new elementary school.

Yankton Man Arrested Following Overnight Car Burglaries

Yankton Man Arrested Following Overnight Car Burglaries

Another wrath of vandalism occurred in Yankton early Thursday morning.

Yankton Police Chief Jason Foote says that shortly after 6:00 AM, officers were called to the 400 block of Burleigh Street for a report of multiple vehicle burglaries.

Foote says during investigation, it was determined that a total of four vehicles had been entered, two by physical force by throwing a large rock through the vehicle.

Foote says two of the vehicles sustained approximately three hundred fifty dollars in damage and there was an estimated fifty-six dollars in items stolen from these vehicles.

After investigating camera footage, the investigation led to the arrest of 18-year-old Henry Red Bear of Yankton for multiple counts of aggravated criminal entry of a motor vehicle and criminal entry of a motor vehicle. 

LOCAL SPORTS WRAP 10-14

  • Yankton Gazelles Volleyball (10-11) hosts ESD rival (12-3) Pierre tonight at the Summit Activities Center. You can catch the action live on all KYNT audio platforms as well as KYNTV with the voice of Yankton athletics, Bryce Ladwig. Pregame 630/first serve at 7.
  • Yankton Competitive Dance and Cheer will compete in the ESD Meet today in Watertown. Competition is set to begin at 5pm. The Yankton Dance Team is coming off a 1st place finish in Mitchell this past Saturday.
  • The Yankton Cross Country squad gets prepared for the Huron Invitational today at Broadland Creek Golf Course. Varsity competition begins at 4pm.
  • Tomorrow, Bucks football travels north to Brookings with intentions on making a statement to Class AA, as well as avenge their lone regular season loss a season ago, a loss that cost the team an ESD championship. You can catch the action live on all KYNT audio platforms, as well as KYNTV. Visit our website to learn more. Pregame 630, kickoff at 7 with color analyst Jacob Wuertz as well as the voice of the Yankton Bucks, Bryce Ladwig. KYNT is your home team, for Bucks football.
  • The All-Tournament Team for the Class A Fastpitch Softball has been released. The Yankton Gazelles have three players on the team. Senior shortstop Addison Binde, Junior pitcher Grace Behms, and Junior 1st baseman Elle Feeser. The Gazelles finished 3rd in the State Tournament and ended their season with a 16-15-1 record.
  • After knocking off number 13 North Dakota last Saturday, number 21 South Dakota will turn their attention to Northern Iowa this Saturday. This week’s game will feature two of the top defenses in FCS.  Both teams are allowing 15 points per game to foes. South Dakota ranks 10th nationally in rushing defense and 12th overall.  Coach Bob Nielson knows that UNI is a team that will bring many challenges. Kickoff is set for 4pm in Cedar Falls, IA.
  • Mount Marty split a soccer double header against the University of Jamestown yesterday. The women fell 4-0 and are now 1-11 overall, 0-8 in GPAC play. The men were able to grab the 2-1 win and get back to 500 overall, boasting a 5-5-1 overall record. 3-4 in the GPAC. Mount Marty will travel to Mitchell, SD to take on Dakota Wesleyan on October 16th. Kickoff will be at 3:30 PM CT. On October 23rd the Lancers will host Morningside University in their final home match of the season starting at 3:30 PM CT.
  • The MMU football team returns to Crane Youngworth field this weekend for Lancer Days. The Lancers will face Concordia University who is 3-3 on the season. Pregame starts at noon with kickoff scheduled for 1pm. You can catch all of the action on KYNT or any of our KYNTV platforms.
Friday Declared White Cane Safety Day

Friday Declared White Cane Safety Day

Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed Friday as White Cane Safety Day in South Dakota.

The white cane with the red band around the bottom is used to identify a person who is blind or visually impaired.

South Dakota Association for the Blind Board Member Nick Pavel of Sioux Falls, formerly of Lesterville, has been blind his entire life. He encourages motorists to always be aware…

Pavel says that he has had some very close calls while trying to cross streets…

Pavel adds to always ask first before trying to help someone who is blind cross the intersection.

Yankton Leaders Discuss Recent Park Vandalism

Yankton Leaders Discuss Recent Park Vandalism

Yankton city leaders all met Tuesday to discuss how to move forward and combat any future vandalism at the city parks.

In the last few weeks, major vandalism occurred to the public restrooms at both Riverside and Memorial Park.

Yankton City Manager Amy Leon says they will have some time to come up with any long-term solutions to the problem…

Leon adds that the city will not go to the extreme by closing all the park bathrooms…

The restrooms and drinking fountains will be shut down and winterized over the coming weeks across the Yankton Park system.

The new restrooms in the water treatment plant, along the trail restroom in Riverside Park, will remain open during the day throughout the winter season.