Excerpts from recent South Dakota editorials
Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan, June 18
Help arrives in wake of flooding
It wouldn't really be accurate to say that the cavalry has arrived in the Yankton area — and in many other...
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — The former associate warden at the South Dakota prison in Yankton is suing corrections officials claiming she was forced from her job after complaining about a hostile work...
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — In their quest for a winning Rube Goldberg-like device, Erin Knight and Sarah Stoddard of Yankton High School found that, in this National Science Olympiad event, simplicity...
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Disaster recovery centers are open in Pine Ridge and Yankton to help South Dakotans and businesses hit by severe storms and flooding this spring.
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota National Guard has been deployed to an archery complex in Yankton where troops will receive training and work on projects to enhance infrastructure.
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Mount Marty College in Yankton is ramping up efforts to support its new football program.
The Catholic college is currently looking for a head coach and fundraising for...
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — An Aberdeen man who was shot twice by a police officer in 2016 and convicted in March of felony aggravated assault and drug possession has been sent to a mental health...
WAGNER, S.D. (AP) — A Native American tribe is helping send two students to South Dakota technical schools on the condition that they stay and work in the state for three years after...
Murder trial of Mitchell man moved to Yankton County
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — The trial of a Mitchell man accused of suffocating his wife has been moved from Davison County to Yankton County.
The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports Judge Chris...
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A state prison inmate at the Yankton Community Work Center who was placed on escape status has been apprehended.
State corrections officials say Matthew Weddell failed...
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A Yankton man accused of killing another man after a fight inside a city restaurant has pleaded not guilty to murder.
Twenty-two-year-old Jameson Mitchell is accused of...
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Mount Marty College athletic director Chris Kassin is taking on a second duty — head men's basketball coach.
Kassin says there was a great pool of applicants to replace...
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Two state prison inmates at the Yankton Community Work Center have been placed on escape status.
State corrections officials say Travis Mann and Matthew Weddell failed...
Fight at Yankton restaurant turns deadly
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A Yankton man is facing criminal charges after a fight inside a Yankton pizza restaurant turned deadly.
The 22-year-old man is accused of fatally shooting Lucas Smith in...
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Many teenagers would spend spring break catching up on sleep or spending time with friends.
However, 17-year-old Kylie Bos is spending it with her father, Jamie Bos, as...
Grand jury indicts man in South Dakota homicide
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A grand jury in South Dakota has indicted a man accused of killing his girlfriend and dumping her dismembered body in a river in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Prosecutors say a South Dakota man has been sentenced for his role in killing a bald eagle.
A news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for Nebraska said Thursday that...
- Sioux City JournalLauren W. LaganApril 10, 2019
- Sioux City JournalYankton man charged with attempted murder after shootingApril 7, 2019
- Sioux City JournalMargaret J. HunhoffJanuary 14, 2019
- Norfolk Daily NewsThree-vehicle crash on Christmas night kills 1, sends 4 to the hospitalDecember 27, 2018
- Norfolk Daily NewsLynne RickDecember 20, 2018
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man accused of killing his girlfriend and dumping her dismembered body into a river in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has made his first court...
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Tattoos on the dismembered body of a South Dakota woman found in a river in Michigan's Upper Peninsula helped authorities identify the victim, according to...
Man charged in death of woman found in Michigan river
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have made an arrest in South Dakota after the body of a missing woman was found in a river in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Yankton casino measure falls short in South Dakota Senate
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State senators have scrapped a measure that would have put a proposed casino complex in a southeastern South Dakota city to a statewide vote.
Legislature to debate civics test, science education bills
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Lawmakers will debate measures this week to create a reporter shield law, lengthen legislative terms and allow a proposed casino complex in a southeastern South Dakota...
2 men arrested in Yankton for making false robbery report
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say two men in Yankton were arrested for allegedly lying about being robbed.
The Argus Leader reports that a 23-year-old man and 21-year-old man were charged...
South Dakota Senate to debate Port Yankton casino complex
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A measure to put a proposed casino complex in a southeastern South Dakota city to a statewide vote will be debated by the state Senate.
Senators voted 20-11 on Thursday to schedule the Yankton casino and entertainment measure for debate next week.
Kasi Haberman, Convention and Visitor's Bureau director in Yankton, recently told a Senate committee that the Port Yankton project is an effort to drive tourism for the city and state.
Port Yankton casino plan heads to state Senate floor
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A measure to put a proposed casino complex in Yankton on the ballot has narrowly survived its first legislative test.
The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 5-4 Wednesday to send the measure to the floor without recommendation. It will take a majority vote to debate the bill.
Kasi Haberman, Convention and Visitor's Bureau director in Yankton, says the Port Yankton casino and entertainment project is an effort to drive tourism for the city and state.
Former tribal official sentenced to life for child sex abuse
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A former Yankton Sioux tribal official has been sentenced to life in federal prison after being convicted of child sexual abuse over a span of more than a decade.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 55-year-old Quentin Bruguier of Lake Andes was sentenced Monday to 12 concurrent life sentences. Bruguier also received three concurrent 10-year prison terms.
University of South Dakota group works on suicide prevention
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — As a University of South Dakota freshman, Erik Muckey was asked to help college students dealing with depression and suicide.
Muckey's involvement started in 2010 at the request of fellow USD freshman Dennis "D.J." Smith, who was affected by the issue.
South Dakota nun volunteers at US-Mexico border
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — It's been about a month since a South Dakota Benedictine sister came back from helping serve migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Now, Sister Clarice Korger of the Sacred Heart Monastery is looking back on the two weeks of service to El Paso's Annunciation House in a time when the government remains shut down due to a perceived humanitarian crisis at the border.
South Dakota woman donates organs after car accident
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Early on Dec. 24, Rhonda and Brad Bender of Yankton got a knock on the door and news of a terrible accident involving their daughter, Brooklyn Bender. This was not the Christmas they wanted. But in the end, with their help, their daughter may have given the greatest Christmas gift of all — the gift of life.
Brooklyn Bender's fight for life began early on Christmas Eve.
Yankton man sent to prison for 15 years for shootout
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A Yankton man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a shootout following a law enforcement pursuit.
South Dakota's attorney general said Monday Curt Wayne Adams earlier entered a no contest plea to aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer stemming from an attempted traffic stop in December 2016.
Author shares secrets to making the ‘Best Bread Ever’
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — In her quest for the perfect homemade loaf of bread, a local woman has published a book sharing her personal method for getting perfect results from your bread machine.
"Secrets to Baking the Best Bread Ever," by freelance writer Loretta Sorensen, came out in December and is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Yankton woman killed in van-train collision identified
SCOTLAND, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified a Yankton woman who died when the van she was driving collided with a train in Bon Homme County.
The Highway Patrol says 21-year-old Isabelle Plath died at the scene Thursday night at a BNSF Railway crossing on state Highway 25 near Scotland.
Yankton man gears up to lead the South Dakota Senior Games
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Yankton County Register of Deeds Brian Hunhoff has had a number of titles throughout his life.
One of them is "Gold Medalist" in the South Dakota Senior Games.
This year, he's assuming the role of president of the games.
Hunhoff told the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan a little about the history of the games.
South Dakota resort gets new owners, stays in the family
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — For Michael and Valeri Grave, coming to Yankton's Lewis & Clark Resort as owners is a new life chapter, as well as a homecoming.
Jeff Wahl was there at the beginning when the Lewis & Clark Resort, located just west of the Marina Grill at the Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, was built. He ran it for the last 18 years, and recently decided to sell it — to his nephew Michael Grave.
Head-on collision kills driver in northeast Nebraska
HARTINGTON, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a driver was killed and four people were injured in a three-vehicle collision in northeast Nebraska.
Developers consider ethanol plant, pipeline in Napa Junction
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Napa Junction in southeastern South Dakota is poised for more development as officials consider building an ethanol plant and a private natural gas pipeline in the area.
Yankton residents vote to raise taxes to fund new pool
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Residents of Yankton have approved raising property taxes to help pay for a $15 million aquatic center.
Unofficial results show that about two-thirds of the 3,747 voters in Tuesday's special election said yes to a $12 million bond issue.
Yankton special education instructor honored with award
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — When Cody Lukkes learned of the treatment of a disabled relative, he wanted to give a voice to those who didn't have one.
"I grew up with a great-uncle who was born with Down syndrome. He was born back before (the special education laws) went into effect," he said. "My great-uncle went one day to country school, and the teacher said, 'Don't come back.' They didn't think he was teachable. He didn't get the privilege of going to school."
Incoming South Dakota AG fills leadership roles
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General-elect Jason Ravnsborg has filled three top positions on his team.
Ravnsborg said Wednesday that Charles McGuigan will stay on as chief deputy, Faulk County State's Attorney Timothy Bormann will be chief of staff and Brule County State's Attorney David Natvig will serve as director of the state Division of Criminal Investigation.
McGuigan has been chief deputy since 2007. Ravnsborg says they are all ready to work for South Dakota.
Yankton man recovers from procedure to implant heart device
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A local man risked a dangerous, life-saving surgery to be able to have more time with his family.
Jim Robinson of Yankton recently underwent a dangerous surgery to have a heart assist device implanted in his failing heart.
Authorities ID Yankton man killed in Brookings County crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified a Yankton man who died in a weekend crash in Brookings County.
The Highway Patrol says the car driven by 24-year-old Bryce Keegan rolled in the ditch off a rural road south of the city of Brookings about 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
Keegan was pronounced dead at the scene. He was alone in the vehicle.
Mountain lion caught on video in eastern South Dakota
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A state wildlife official says a mountain lion captured on video in eastern South Dakota is likely just passing through.
Yankton resident Jim Ryan spotted the big cat on footage from the security camera outside his garage over the weekend. The closest breeding population of lions is in western South Dakotas' Black Hills.
Yankton families welcome international students in program
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — The Yankton campus of Mount Marty College (MMC) is seeing a rich diversity of culture.
At the start of the fall semester, the college welcomed 17 new international students from: Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Republic of Georgia, Serbia, Venezuela and the United Kingdom.
Man faces federal arson charge in death of missing woman
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A Nebraska man is facing an arson charge in the death of a South Dakota woman whose body was found in her car on the Santee Sioux Reservation in Nebraska.
Former tribal official convicted of child sexual abuse
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A former Yankton Sioux tribal official has been convicted of child sexual abuse over a span of more than a decade.
The U.S. attorney's office says 55-year-old Quentin Bruguier used fear or force to engage in sexual acts with children between 1992 and 2016. He was recently convicted of 15 counts of sexual abuse offenses involving children.
Bruguier faces up to life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for next Feb. 11.
City of Yankton sets record for annual precipitation
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — It's been a wet year in Yankton — wetter than any other, in fact.
The Daily Press & Dakotan reports that the city has set a record for annual precipitation, with six months still to go in the year.
Yankton has received 39.71 inches of precipitation so far in 2018. The previous record was 39.2 inches in 2010.
Prisoner missing from Yankton work center back in custody
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A state prisoner who went missing from the Yankton Community Work Center for more than a week is back in custody.
The Daily Press & Dakotan reports that 27-year-old Vance Orth was apprehended in Sioux Falls on Sunday. Authorities had been looking for him since Nov. 1.
Special election set on $15 million Yankton aquatic center
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Residents of Yankton will decide the fate of a proposed aquatic center next month.
The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that the City Commission has scheduled a special election Dec. 11 on whether to raise property taxes to help pay for the $15 million facility.
Yankton high school student arrested for alleged threat
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Yankton police have arrested a high school student who allegedly made a threat against the school.
The Daily Press & Dakotan reports that buildings in the school district were put on lockdown Thursday morning following the threat. Superintendent Wayne Kindle says it involved an online post about a shooting at school.