Fire in Yankton

Fire in Yankton

The Yankton Fire Department is reporting that they responded to reports of a structure fire in the 400 block of West 15th Wednesday afternoon.

Yankton Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says that upon arrival firefighters observed heavy smoke and flames coming out of the window of a mobile home.

Nickles says that the home was a total loss, and the occupant was not there at the time of the fire.

Nickles says that the cause of the fire has been determined to be electrical in nature and that fire fighters were on scene for 1 ½ hours.

Shakespeare in Bell-Bottoms

Shakespeare in Bell-Bottoms

          Mount Marty’s production of William Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors is set in the 1970’s, complete with bell-bottoms and a bumbling Barney Fife.

          Elita Eastman, Costume, Hair and Makeup Design, also playing Luce, talks about what makes this Shakespeare play special…

          Rachel Flynn, Scenic Design and playing Luciana, talks about why this play is a must see…

          A Comedy of Errors starts at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 2pm on Sunday at Marion Auditorium on the Mount Marty Campus.

          For an evening full of laughs, don’t miss this fun production directed by Andy Henrickson, and sponsored by KYNT.   

Surplus Bulletproof Vest

Surplus Bulletproof Vest

          On Tuesday, the Yankton County Commission took up an issue with a bulletproof vest of a former Yankton County Sheriff’s Deputy, Alex Luke.

          Yankton County Sheriff, Preston Crissey, talks about how Luke is now with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office…

          Crissey talks about how declaring this vest surplus makes sense for both departments…

          The Commission voted to surplus Luke’s vest and sell it to the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.        

Hartington Murder Trial Moved to District Court

Hartington Murder Trial Moved to District Court

The defendant in a fatal shooting north of Hartington earlier this month has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

David Phillips Jr, 20 of Louisiana, who was charged with the murder of Israel Matos-Colon, 31, of Michigan, appeared in court at the Cedar County Courthouse on Wednesday.

Phillips faces charges of second-degree murder, possession of a stolen firearm, and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

The trial will now move to district court.

Phillips is scheduled to appear in district court on Monday at 9 a.m.

Yankton Thrive and Department of Labor Hosted Tour De Yankton Yesterday

Yankton Thrive and Department of Labor Hosted Tour De Yankton Yesterday

Tour De Yankton and the Department of Labor hosted the March Tour De Yankton job hiring event yesterday.

Previous Tour De Yankton events saw job seekers travel to the participating businesses; however, yesterday’s event was hosted at the United Way of Greater Yankton Impact Center as a traditional job fair.

Nelson says the change was requested by the businesses participating in the event.

Nelson says that despite Tour De Yankton being held in a public setting, job seekers were still able receive confidential interviews with businesses.

Nelson says that 11 businesses participated in yesterday’s Tour De Yankton.


Mount Marty Lancers catcher Kiko Nunez has been named GPAC baseball player of the week following his performance over the weekend against Briar Cliff.

            On Sunday, Nunez recorded 7 hits over 16 innings, hitting 2 home runs and 5 RBIs. On the season, the Lancer sophomore is batting .323, is tied for the team lead in home runs with 6, and leads MMU in RBIs with 23.

            Nunez and the (21-4) Lancers return to the diamond on Friday, as they travel to Micthell to face off with Dakota Wesleyan.

            Two hockey players from Yankton will compete in the USA Hockey National Championship Tournament, as Madeline Abbot and Luke Moeller have been named to Team South Dakota for their age groups.

            Abbot will compete in Irvine, California as a member of the Under-16 girls team, while Moeller will compete for the under-14 boys team as Team SD looks to defend their national title in Denver, Colorado.

            The USA Hockey National Championship Tournament will officially begin next Thursday, March 30th.

            A pair of young athletes earned top-2 finishes at last week’s Elks Hoop Shoot Region 2 Championships in Rapid City as Easton Prouty of Yankton finished second in the the boys’ 8-9 year-old division, while Crofton’s Blake Connot took the top spot in the boys’ 12-13 year-old division.

            Prouty hit 22 of his 25 attempts to finish as the runner-up, while Connot made 24 of 25 shots, winning his division, and moving on to the national finals in Chicago, Illinois. Connot will compete in Chicago on April 22nd, with the national champion of each division being enshrined in the National Basketball Hall of Fame.

Several all-conference teams for boys and girls basketball in South Dakota have been announced, and a number of local athletes have earned the honors.

For Avon:

  •  Landon Thury and Jaden Stahl were named to the boys All-Little Missouri Valley Conference team.
  • Courtney Sees and McKenna Kocmich were named to the girls all-Great Plains Conference team, as well as All-Little Missouri Valley Conference team.

For Bon Homme:

  • Riley Rothschadl, Chapin Cooper, and Landon Bares were named to the boys All-Little Missouri Valley Conference team. Rothschadl was also named 3rd-team All-Southeast South Dakota Conference.
  • Jurni Vavruska (Yur-nee Vav-roo-ska), Jaden Kortan, and Erin Heusinkveld (Hi-sink-veld) were named to the all-Little Missouri Valley Conference team for girls’ basketball.

For Gayville-Volin:

  • Taylor Hoxeng was named to the All-Great Plains Conference girls’ basketball team.

For Irene-Wakonda:

  • Miles Pollman was named to the all-Cornbelt Conference 2nd-team for boys basketball.

For Scotland:

  • Stephen Johnson, Cole Friederich, and Trenton Skorepa were named to the boys All-Little Missouri Valley Conference team.
  • Trinity Bietz, Martina DeBoer, and Claire Janish were named to the girls All-Little Missouri Valley Conference team. DeBoer and Bietz were also named to the all-Great Plains Conference girls’ basketball team.
Yankton Honors Lange

Yankton Honors Lange

          On Tuesday night, the Yankton County Commission honored Mr. Glen Lange on the occasion of his retirement from Yankton County Emergency Medical Services.

          Yankton County EMS Deputy Director, Troy Cowman, talks about how long Lange has been with EMS…

          Yankton County Commission Chair, Don Kettering, read a proclamation…

          Yankton County EMS will be throwing a retirement party for Lange on Thursday at 11:30am.

Freemason Open House

Freemason Open House

          On Saturday afternoon, there will be an open house and entertainment in one of the most iconic and mysterious buildings in Yankton.

          Denny Robinson, a member of the Yankton Scottish Rite Masons, talks about the musical number that will be performed for the public…

          This grand, old building on the corner of 4th and Cedar was build by the Yankton Scottish Rite Masons in 1903, so there is a lot of history housed within.

          Robinson extends a special invitation to everyone…

          This musical, The Prince of Libanus, will begin at 4:15pm on Saturday, and tours of the building will be available before and after the performance.

Voter Registration Deadline is Monday

Voter Registration Deadline is Monday

The voter registration deadline for this year’s city commission election is Monday.

City manager Amy Leon says that registration can be completed at City Hall or the Yankton County Government Center.

Leon says that she encourages all Yankton residents to vote in the upcoming election.

Leon says that Monday is the first day of absentee voting.

YMS Lockdown Update

YMS Lockdown Update

The Yankton School District and the Yankton Police Department are reporting that the middle school was on lockdown for over two hours Tuesday morning after school staff members were alerted to comments stating that a student may have brought a weapon to school.

Authorities are reporting that there was no weapon found and no threats were made towards the students or staff.

Yankton Police Chief Jason Foote says that the incident is still under investigation.