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With Mother Nature delivering the first blow, prepare yourself for Round Two of the storm today (Saturday).

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It may not have been a record year, but Yankton saw a robust year for building permits in 2019.

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New or expectant mothers in South Dakota — and across the United States — are dying during or after childbirth at higher rates than in nearly every other industrialized nation, and evidence suggests as many as 60% of maternal deaths are preventable.

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PIERRE — The Juvenile Justice Public Safety Improvement Act (JJPSIA) Oversight Council has released its fourth annual report. The Oversight Council is the statutorily authorized entity to monitor the juvenile justice reforms and propose necessary legislation related to juvenile justice.

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Yankton’s Dakota Theatre will be screening the movie “Dances with Wolves,” in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the film’s release, this Sunday at 2 p.m.,

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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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• David Friedrich, 59, Wausa, Neb., was arrested Thursday on a warrant for breach of conditions.

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Two mainstays of the defense’s case seemed to unravel under cross examination during expert witness testimony Thursday in the homicide trial of a Yankton man.

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The long-shuttered Jamesville Bridge in northern Yankton County may be open to traffic in time for the spring.

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The Great Plains is bracing for heavy snowfall that would continue the woes that remain from last year’s flooding, a climatologist said Thursday.

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The Yankton School District is currently accepting nominations for the 2020 YSD Teacher of the Year. The goal of the South Dakota Department of Education Teacher of the Year program is to recognize and honor the tremendous contributions of outstanding classroom teachers.

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Servant Hearts Clinic will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The next clinic night will be Monday, Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m.

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SIOUX FALLS — All remaining Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in South Dakota are scheduled to permanently close at the end of this week. The deadline for registration is Jan. 31, 2020.

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The Yankton City Commission will have at least two new faces later this spring while only one commissioner has committed to running again.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story contains graphic or disturbing content that may not be suitable for all readers.

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CROFTON, Neb. — A former Crofton police chief has sued the City of Crofton, alleging non-payment for his services.

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Winter is a prime time for eagle watching in the Yankton area, although the numbers seem to be down a bit this year. However, this was one of two eagles spotted in a tree along Highway 121 along the Missouri River just south of Yankton earlier this week. Eagles will be among the featured spe…

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The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, for a staff training and in-service day.

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The City of Yankton Parks Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the CMTEA Building (RTEC), 1200 West 21st St. This is an open meeting.

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The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Bill Drury on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Drury is on a mission to help businesses build strong leaders and winning teams. He will present an action-packed half-day workshop with proven strategies and techniques to help every leader, manager or supervisor…

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VERMILLION — The University of South Dakota Opera presents “Death by Chocolate & Aria,” a fundraising gala Jan. 25 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at RED Steakhouse in downtown Vermillion.

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska Library Commission Library Development Director Christa Porter recently announced the accreditation of 61 public libraries across Nebraska. Porter stated, “We are dedicated to helping Nebraska libraries meet Nebraskans’ information needs, opening up the world of info…

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Help Karlie Haas reach her goal of 40 people registering to donate blood to receive a college scholarship. She is hosting a community blood drive in Yankton on Friday, Jan. 24, from 3-6:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church.

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One of two men charged in connection with the 2018 murder of a Yankton woman is expected to change his plea to guilty later this month.

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Children of both the victim and the defendant were called to the stand Tuesday as the trial of Stephen Robert Falkenberg continued into the second day of testimony.