South Dakota Housing Officials Meet In Yankton

South Dakota Housing Officials Meet In Yankton

The South Dakota Housing Development Authority, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, held the first in a series of public meetings across the state in Yankton this week.

The purpose of the meetings is to obtain citizens’ comments, suggestions and ideas on how to improve South Dakota Housing Programs.

Yankton Thrive CEO Nancy Wenande attended the meeting and says South Dakota Housing has a lot of programs that people might not be aware of…

Wenande adds that housing issues plague most parts of South Dakota, but Yankton’s housing shortages are different than most…

Governor Kristi Noem has proposed a new grant program that uses $200 million, including $150 million in state funding and $50 million in federal pandemic relief funds, towards a partnership between housing developers and local communities.

Get Tested If You Are Sick

Get Tested If You Are Sick

With the rising number of Covid-19 infections across the area, health care professionals are urging people to get tested.

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Infection Control Specialist Liz Healy says there are symptoms to pay attention to….

Healy has advice for those that may have those symptoms…

Home test kits are available at most drug stores and are available online by visiting covid tests dot gov.

Yankton Loses Hotel To Housing Crisis

Yankton Loses Hotel To Housing Crisis

The Yankton community has recently lost a hotel to the ongoing housing crisis in Yankton.

According to the Yankton County Register of Deeds office, the former home of Broadway Inn in Yankton was sold for one point four million dollars earlier this month to a Minnesota Property Company who buys properties for American Foods Group. American Foods Group owns Cimpl Meats in Yankton.

Yankton Attorney Ross Den Herder helped facilitate the transaction. He says in theory, the Minnesota based Henry Street Properties, LLC, who is listed on the deed transaction, purchases properties on behalf of their client, American Foods Group.

Cimpl Meats will be using the hotel rooms as temporary housing for employees of Cimpl Meats.  

The former home of the Broadway Inn hotel has thirty-seven units.

6th Meridian Hop Farm Gets Green Light

6th Meridian Hop Farm Gets Green Light

While hops can grow in most climates, Ryan Heine, owner of 6th Meridian Hops Farm six miles west of Yankton, believes the good quality of the sandy shores around the Missouri River leads his hops to grow especially well.

The 6th Meridian Hop Farm closed to the public in 2020 and canceled all future events. Many would suspect the farm closed due to COVID, however, there was another reason.

Heine appeared before the Yankton County Commissioners to rezone his property from rural transitional to agricultural. The commissioners approved the request on a three to one vote after nearly two hours of public testimony on both sides of the issue.

Yankton County Commissioner Don Kettering made the motion to approve the rezone request…

Commissioner Dan Klimisch was the lone descending vote on the rezone request. Commissioner Wanda Howey-Fox was absent from the meeting.

Heine will need a conditional use permit to open a bar on his property but is hopeful that he can welcome the public back to his farm in the near future.

Yankton School District Contemplating E-Learning

Yankton School District Contemplating E-Learning

In a message to parents Monday, the Yankton School District is contemplating the possibility of e-learning from home should COVID cases continue to impact teachers and staff.

The COVID-19 surge is impacting the school, like it is many places. YSD Superintendent Wayne Kindle says that they have multiple staff out due to COVID-19, other sickness, day cares that are closed, and family situations.

Staff includes teachers, cooks, custodians, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, office staff, nurses, and at this time, substitute teachers.

Kindle, in an email to KYNT News, says as a reminder there has been no decision made to go to E-learning, rather it is the YSD being proactive by letting families know in advance if there is a need to go to E-Learning.  Kindle adds that students being in class at school is the goal, but staffing availability will determine if and when this may change.

E-learning would have students and teachers doing schoolwork virtually from home.

Yankton County Has All Time High COVID Cases

Yankton County Has All Time High COVID Cases

Yankton County reached an all-time high in active COVID-19 cases Tuesday. The South Dakota Department of Health reported 679 cases in Tuesday’s update.

That topped the previous high mark of 664 recorded on Dec. 10, 2020.

The county saw 54 new infections Tuesday, along with four recoveries. Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Infection Control Specialist Liz Healy says if you test positive for COVID or have symptoms, stay home…

Healy adds that regardless if its COVID or a different type of illness, stay home if you are sick…

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital has nine COVID-19 cases, six of which were in intensive care. Statewide, South Dakota recorded 2,265 new cases Tuesday, with active cases at 28,813.

Transgender Bathroom Ban Bill Introduced

Transgender Bathroom Ban Bill Introduced

Following the recent passage of a gender equity and access policy by the Vermillion School Board, which allows students to use the locker room and restroom with which gender they identify, a South Dakota lawmaker has introduced a bill that would prohibit that practice.

State Representative Fred Deutsch of Florence says many Vermillion parents encouraged him to sponsor the bill…

Deutsch adds that many people across the state were flabbergasted by the action of the Vermillion School Board…

In early November, the Vermillion School District became the first and only school in the state to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that correspond with the gender in which they identify with.

Stabbing Occurs In Yankton

Stabbing Occurs In Yankton

A stabbing occurred in Yankton Monday night.

Yankton Police Chief Jason Foote says that on Monday evening shortly after 9:00 PM, officers were called to the 300 block of Douglas Avenue in response to a stabbing. Upon the officer’s arrival, they provided first aid to the male victim, who was later transported to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital.

Foote says a subsequent investigation led to the arrest of 37-year-old Chad Elkins of Yankton. Elkins was arrested for Aggravated Assault and transported to the Yankton County Jail, where he remains in custody.

The victim is expected to recover from the wounds sustained during the assault.

Local Sports Report 1-18-22

  • The (3-5) Yankton Gazelles Basketball squad travels to (4-5) Sioux Falls Jefferson today, this will be the first ever matchup between the two schools. Bryce Ladwig will provide on-air updates during the Yankton Bucks broadcast occurring at the same time.
  • The (5-4) Yankton Bucks prepare to host (4-5) Sioux Falls Jefferson tonight at the Summit Center in varsity basketball action you can catch the action live on KYNT and KYNTV with Bryce Ladwig. Pregame coverage begins at 630pm, tipoff at 7.
  • The Yankton Bucks received votes in the latest South Dakota Media Basketball Poll for Class AA boys. Sioux Falls Roosevelt (7-0) was a unanimous pick for the top spot.

1. Roosevelt (19)                    7-0        

2. O’Gorman                           8-1        

3. Mitchell                               7-2        

4. Aberdeen Central                7-3         

5. Harrisburg                           4-3        

Receiving votes: Yankton 10, Sioux Falls Washington 9, Sioux Falls Lincoln 1.

  • The Yankton Gazelles gymnastic teams honored its seniors and posted a season high team score during last night’s meet against Vermillion at the River City Gymnastics Center in Yankton. The Gazelles set a season high in points and won the meet 138.15-133.2. The Tanagers are back in Yankton Friday, as the Gazelles host Harrisburg and Vermillion in a triangular.
  • Both the Lancer Men’s and Women’s Basketball Programs head south tomorrow evening for a GPAC double-header clash with Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. The women (2-18) are coming off a 68-39 loss at Dakota Wesleyan University Sunday afternoon. The women defeated Midland on December 1st to secure their sole GPAC victory of the season, and are looking to complete the sweep tomorrow.

The men (5-16) fell short 50-43 most recently at Dakota Wesleyan on Sunday, and are looking to right the ship.

You can listen to the action live on KYNT with Josh Boelter, pregame 530pm/tipoff at 6.

COVID Increasing, Straining Local Hospitals

COVID Increasing, Straining Local Hospitals

Covid-19 infections continue at a high rate across most of South Dakota, putting a strain on local hospitals.

Avera Sacred Heart President Doug Ekeren says the Omicron variant is challenging the health care system significantly, especially at Avera Sacred Heart…

Ekeren adds that Avera needs the public’s help to stop the spread of COVID…

Yankton County has a sixty five percent vaccination rate, which is about higher than the fifty four percent of those eligible in the state that have been vaccinated against Covid-19.