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shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com January 29, 2019 • Page 9 018 2 January 1 Mike and Gerrie Healy have been named Yankton’s 2017 Citizens of the Year. Both have been volunteers for various causes for decades. A reception for the couple will be announced at a later date. January 11 Tripp and Tyndall residents are hoping to keep their towns’ only grocery stores. Because of continued slumping sales, Wagner grocer R.F. Buche is closing the CashSmart stores in those communities Jan. 31. Tripp has about 640 residents, while Tyndall has about 1,050. Buche owns a third CashSmart store in Scotland, which has about 820 residents, but that store isn’t closing. January 12 After a half-century of operation, Tripp’s nursing home is closing its doors in March. The Good Samaritan Society announced they will be closing on March 9. Good Samaritan officials acknowledged three major factors led to the closure decision. Nursing home resident census has been declining due to the availability of alternative services, staffing has become increasingly difficult and the aging physical plant has made providing skilled nursing care services more difficult. January 13 The proposed Port Yankton, a proposed entertainment complex, would include a casino along with a hotel, restaurant and convention center. The project would utilize the Gurney property in downtown Yankton, near the Missouri River. How- 5 YEARS IN BUSINESS ever, Port Yankton must secure a South Dakota constitutional amendment to include a casino. Currently, the state allows such gaming only at Deadwood and tribal casinos. For Port Yankton to gets its license, the South Dakota Legislature must approve a constitutional amendment and put it on the 2018 ballot. Then, the measure must win a simple majority of the state’s voters. January 17 The finding of a two month investigation into whether three Yankton County commissioners had a conflict of interest in their votes on CAFO conditionaluse permits and variances were announced during Tuesday’s regular commission meeting. The investigation which was initiated by the accused parties themselves commissioners Todd Woods, Raymon Epp and Don Kettering found that there were no potential conflicts of interest, based on the evidence provided. The commissioners requested the investigation after a number of CAFO opponents accused the board members of having potential conflicts of interest and that the commissioners could directly benefit from the approval of CAFO operations. Yankton County States Attorney Rob Klimisch addressed the meeting to announce the findings. He said that the investigation ultimately concluded that the commissioners did not violate the state’s conflict of interest statute. January 18 Yankton High School’s (YHS) FFA program is a success in no small part due to the community’s support. According to FFA January 26 Yankton High School’s second annual “Evening of the Arts” will take place at YHS on Monday, February 5. The 2018 YHS Fine Arts Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the YHS Commons will kick off the evening. Three people Tim Hausmann, Ellie (Satter) Livingston and Bob Winter make up this year’s Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Tim Hausmann - After graduating from Yankton High School in 2002, Tim attended Oklahoma City University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Theater. In 2006, he moved to New York City to pursue his career as music theater performer. Tim worked in NYC, across the country and internationally, until, in 2010, he was cast in the Tony-Award winning Broadway revival of “West Side Story.” Ellie (Satter) Livingston, after graduating from Yankton High School in 2002. Ellie went on to study musical theatre at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. While at Millkin, she was cast in mainstage productions along with numerous student directed shows. In 2003, her first professional job was working for a short lived but long remembered theater company, Ephemeral Productions of Yankton, where she and a cast of YHS alums staged “A Chorus Line” for directors Amy Miner, Julie Amsberry and Beth O’Toole. In 2004, Ellie started working at the Black Hills Playhouse (BHP) in Custer. During her three years at the BHP Ellie was in three to , four shows every summer and spent her time off-stage in the costume shop getting to work with costume designer Travis Halsey and a host of many other teacher/advisor Brandon Wagner, businesses like Yankton Ag Services, Mark’s Machinery, John Deere Fred Haar and Koletzky Implement have been more than willing to lend their services to help the students learn about planting crops. The only missing puzzle piece was land. Now, thanks to Kolberg-Pioneer, that issue has been resolved. At the January 8 school board meeting, the Yankton School District (YSD) approved a land-lease agreement between YSD and Kolberg- Pioneer for an FFA test plot. The 13 acres, along W. 21st St., just between railroad tracks, Lewis & Clark Hydraulic and Muller Industries just North of YHS. January 22 An important step to making Port Yankton a reality will soon be underway. The session’s first Legislative Cracker Barrel sponsored by the Yankton Chamber of Commerce yielded questions about House and Senate bills introduced in Pierre. Sen. Craig Kennedy and Reps. Jean Hunhoff and Mike Stevens were present to provide their perspectives. According to Kennedy, the proposed resolution for the Port Yankton project is being circulated in the Legislature for sponsors. “At some point within the next week or two, I anticipate that will be brought forward,” he said. 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Ellie and her husband Mike live in Brook¬ings with their two daughters Cora Jane, and Penelope. Bob Winter is a legend when it comes to the realm of athletics, having coached the Yankton Gazelles to numerous basketball titles and having harvested a ton of state and national accolades. But Winter also made an indelible mark in fine arts for Yankton High School, having helped shape its programs into what they are today. The Yankton College graduate served as activities director at YHS from 19892010, a role that, as the title suggests, had him overseeing fine arts activities at all levels of the school system. The value in getting kids involved in activities — whether it was basketball or football, or speech, music or theater — was second to none. Winter was a motivator, not to mention a great motivational speaker, and he realized that being involved in activities motivated kids to be better students. “I believe strongly that activities are a means by which students learn new life experiences,” he said. “This is especially true with discipline, teamwork and goal setting.” Winter played a vigorous role when the Yankton High School/Summit Activities Center was being constructed in the 1990s. He worked tirelessly to raise funds and commitments to outfit the new facility. He did a lot not only for the athletic facili¬ties but also the large theater that serves as home for so many Yankton School District events. He helped make the YHS Theater one of the best such facilities in the region. As a result, it helped YHS attract more events in the fine arts at the district, regional and state levels. As he saw it, these things served the philosophical bottom line. Now retired, Winter and his wife, Carol, live in Yankton and have three children and four grandchildren. January 27 The Dakota Plains grain facility at Napa Junction (above) reached a milestone Friday morning as it began loading its first railroad cars with grain. January 30 The only grocery stores in Tripp and Tyndall will close Wednesday, but both towns are working to re-open the stores and resume operations. Grocer R.F. Buche announced last month a Jan. 31 closing of the Tripp and Tyndall stores for financial reasons. A third store in Scotland will remain open for now because of “confi¬dential conversations,” he said without further elaboration. Both Tripp and Tyndall are working on funding to re-open the stores with new owners. In Tyndall, a group has formed Tyndall Market LLC, said Ron Wagner, one of the investors. The limited liability corporation has raised more than $300,000. February 1 The quest to put the Port Yankton proposal on the November ballot has officially begun. On Wednesday, Senate Joint Resolution 9 was filed in Pierre, seeking to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would allow the proposed gaming and entertainment center to be built in Yankton. February 2 A state grant of $275,000 will be used to protect water quality near feedlots in and around the James River Water Development District (JRWDD), an official says. The grant will target the South Central Watershed restoration project, according to JRWDD chairman Dan Klimisch of Yankton. February 10 The historic Pine St. Bridge is set to be replaced this summer with bid letting scheduled for March 7. Officials are working to make efforts to tie the historic nature of the old bridge in with the replacement. The estimated cost of replacing the historic bridge is $1,500,841. February 12 NFAA local personnel, ranging from paid staff to volunteers, ready to handle the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships, which open Wednesday at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center. The tournament runs through Feb. 19. This is the second world archery tournament Yankton is hosting, as the World Archery Youth Championships were held here in 2015. Additionally, the World Archery Field Championships will come to Yankton in 2020. The Yankton County Stitch ‘N Stew Extension Club is celebrating their 50th anniversary this week with a dinner party. The evening will be spent reminiscing about their many years of learning and friendship since the club organized in 1968. February 13 The Yankton School Board bidded out work to be done at Crane- Youngworth Field. The bid for the Crane-Youngworth Field turf project was awarded to Mid America Sports Construction based in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. The work is expected to be finished in late June. February 14 The world is returning to Yankton. As the official kick-off to the World Archery Indoor Championships, an opening ceremony will be held today (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center. The public is invited to attend. Archers from 32 coun¬tries have converged on Yankton to compete in eight divisions, which will play down to gold medal individual and team matches on Sunday and Monday. February 16 State and local officials are keeping an eye on a Trump budget proposal which might include the closure of the 30-year-old Yankton Federal Prison Camp (YFPC). February 19 A long-anticipated street reconstruction project in Yankton is about to begin. Walnut Street’s reconstruction from Second Street to Fourth Street is set to get under way in the coming months, with some pedestrianfriendly enhancements thanks to local initiatives. The world has once again arrived in Yankton for an archery tournament and Yankton could never pull it off without an army of volunteers. Locals have once again flocked to the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) Easton Yankton Archery Center by the hundreds to volunteer their services for a number of tasks, including driving competitors around, food service, target maintenance, present medals, security and a host of other jobs to make sure the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championship is a success. February 20 United States archers won five of the eight gold medal matches held on Monday, the final day of the World Archery Indoor Championships, held at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center. February 21 Longtime Yankton residence Marian Gunderson died Sunday in Sioux Falls at age 90. She was a strong woman in her own right. She served in county govern-ment, was a mental health advocate and remained active in Republican Party politics. In 1998 Marian was elected to the Yankton County Commission where she served a term on the commission chair. She spearheaded the effort to build a new courthouse and plans for a new government service building. She was named Yankton’s “Woman of Distinction” in 2009. February 22 The Port Yankton gambling proposal to be on South Dakota’s general-election ballot this fall may not happen. SJR 9 received a “without recommendation” motion Wednesday from the
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