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The testing data from the 2020-2021 school year is in, allowing the Yankton School District (YSD) to establish a new baseline for student performance in the wake of the 2020 school shutdown.

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VERMILLION — Even before taking the field last Saturday, the University of South Dakota football team was a winner in one aspect.

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The fourth- and fifth-grade students of Yankton’s Lincoln Elementary School will present their holiday musical on Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Yankton High School Theatre. The fourth grade will perform at 6 p.m. and the fifth grade at 6:45 p.m. This year, they will be performing “Elflandia” by J…

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Our fall Story Time sessions are designed for preschool age and under and are offered on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

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GAYVILLE — Come celebrate the season and get into the holiday spirit this weekend with some live music and fun at Gayville Hall. “A Poker Alice Christmas” will take the stage this Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m.

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It varies day by day in terms of volume, but the current surge in COVID cases is filling up Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds and taking its toll on staff at Yankton’s Avera Sacred Heart Hospital.

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Yankton held its annual Festival of Lights Thursday night to officially usher in the holiday season. Thanks to unseasonably mild weather, a large crowd turned out for the Parade of Lights, which featured Santa Claus leading the way as the parade moved through the Meridian District. There wer…

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Fourth- and fifth-graders from Yankton’s Beadle Elementary School presented their holiday concert Thursday night at the Yankton High School theatre. The fourth graders (shown) offered the program “Crazy Carols.” This was the first elementary school concert held by the Yankton School District…

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PIERRE — Finding support from others and exercising self-care is important for survivors of suicide loss to cope with the grief and emotions that suicide can bring. South Dakota Suicide Prevention has help and resources available.

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A South Dakota author is set to discuss a seldom talked about piece of state World War II history Friday in Vermillion.

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WAGNER —Robert Flying Hawk knows firsthand how COVID-19 affects Native Americans, as he himself contracted and battled the disease.

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On Saturday, Dec. 4, Yankton Boy Scout Troop #133, will be conducting the monthly scrap newspaper and aluminum can collections. Troop 133 does not accept plastic or tin cans, so you are asked not to leave these items for pick up.

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PIERRE — The South Dakota Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations will hold their sixth meeting of the 2021 interim on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, at 1 p.m. (CT). The meeting is being conducted via electronic conference and in Room 362 of the State Capitol in Pierre to allow for both remote and …

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Yankton Animal Control has several pets looking for their owner. If you are missing your cat or dog, call dispatch at 605-668-5210. If you wish to adopt an animal, contact Heartland Humane Society at 605-664-4244.

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• Michael Meyer, 56, Yankton, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for first-degree petty theft.

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TYNDALL — A Scotland man will stand trial in October 2022 after pleading not guilty to all nine charges related to a Nov. 9 shooting in which three people died and two were injured.

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TYNDALL — A Tabor man who injured himself in an August house explosion he allegedly caused will receive a psychiatric evaluation as part of his court proceedings.

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PIERRE — The Retirement Laws Committee will hold their first meeting of the 2021 interim, a joint meeting with the South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS) Board of Trustees, on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at 9 a.m. (CT). The meeting is being conducted via electronic conference and at the SDRS offi…

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots this week for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county and urban county committee elections to all eligible agricultural producers and private landowners across the country. Elections are occurring in certain Local…