Category Archives: Local News

State Of Tourism

State Of Tourism

After a better than expected year in 2020, local tourism officials are optimistic regarding what this year will bring for our region of the country. Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Kasi Haberman says especially compared to other states, Yankton has the type of attractions that continued to bring in visitors during the COVID 19…read more »

SRF Loan Application Approved

SRF Loan Application Approved

The Yankton City Commission has approved moving forward with an application for a state revolving fund loan to help cover the costs of significant repairs at the community’s wastewater treatment plant. Mayor Nathan Johnson says the repair project is intended to provide the time to develop a longer-range plan for a new facility. Johnson says…read more »

Yankton County Article 5 Meeting

Yankton County Article 5 Meeting

The Yankton County Commission met in special session Monday evening to begin the process of revising the county’s zoning ordinance. Commission Chair Cheri Loest says given the controversy that has surrounded production livestock agriculture locally, Article Five of the zoning ordinance is a logical place to begin the revision. Planning Commission Chair Kristi Schultz says…read more »

District 18 Legislative Cracker Barrel

District 18 Legislative Cracker Barrel

The first of two District 18 Legislative cracker barrels is set for this Saturday morning and, due to COVID 19, the public will notice some significant changes from previous years. District 18 Senator Jean Hunhoff says during the cracker barrels, she has the opportunity to focus completely on the concerns that voters are voicing.  …read more »

Cannabis Consultant Approved

Cannabis Consultant Approved

The Yankton City Commission has approved hiring former Colorado City Manager Bill Efting to help guide municipal government through the upcoming legalization of marijuana in South Dakota. Yankton City Attorney Ross Den Herder says after serving as a City Manager during Colorado’s cannabis legalization, Efting now works as consultant. City Manager Amy Leon says Efting…read more »

Local COVID-19 Numbers Continue to Decline

Local COVID-19 Numbers Continue to Decline

Yankton County reported nine new positive cases of COVID-19 over the weekend and there are now 75 active cases of the virus in Yankton County.  The Yankton School District reported late Friday that there were zero active cases of COVID-19 in any of its school buildings. There are 4,005 active cases of the coronavirus in…read more »

Heartland Humane Society Cupcakes

Heartland Humane Society Cupcakes

With a delivery date just before Valentine’s Day, the Heartland Humane Society is asking for the community’s support through their annual cupcake sale. This year’s fundraising goal is ten thousand dollars and Executive Director Kerry Feilmeier says those funds are used to purchase vaccines for the animals in their facility. Feilmeier says the cupcake purchases also…read more »

Municipal Cannabis Consultant

Municipal Cannabis Consultant

At Monday’s meeting of the Yankton City Commission, the board will consider the hiring of a consultant to assist local government in preparing for the legalization of marijuana in our state. City Manager Amy Leon says the proposal is to hire former City Manager Bill Effting who worked with the Colorado Municipal League during that…read more »

South Dakota Shakespeare Festival Auditions

South Dakota Shakespeare Festival Auditions

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is holding auditions for its upcoming production of A Twelfth Night or What You Will later this month on the University of South Dakota campus. Executive Artistic Director Chaya (heye-ah) Gordon-Bland says in past years, many cast members were found through auditions in New York or Minneapolis, this year, the…read more »

Mayor Johnson To Seek Another Term

Mayor Johnson To Seek Another Term

With the first day to circulate nominating petitions for a seat on the Yankton City Commission coming up on January 29th, at least one of the three commissioners whose terms of office expire this year has said he will seek re-election. Yankton Mayor Nathan Johnson says his hope for the next three years is that…read more »