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The Yankton Community Holiday Feast Committee would like to say “thank you” to all of the wonderful people who volunteered and contributed to the feast. We had another successful year in 2019; without the support from our community, we would not see all of the friends and neighbors come to s…

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First, let me start with a big “thank you” to all those involved with the YSD magazine-style publication that I received in the mail recently. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the programs and important information contained within the well-designed booklet. It highlighted programs that I …

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The City of Yankton should be a place that provides exemplary experiences, services and spaces that create opportunities for everyone to learn, engage and thrive.

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“I know more than the generals,” bragged presidential candidate and Vietnam-era draft dodger Donald Trump. Now years into his presidency, Trump has used up and thrown away several top generals. Who needs facts or expertise when you’re the smartest guy around?

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On Feb. 11, we will have the opportunity to support several programs in the Yankton School District by voting yes. The additional money will be used to continue programs such as the free preschool program and the in-town busing program. Both programs are worth the cost and see benefits in bo…

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There is an old proverb that states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” How true this foundation holds as we look at any sustaining mechanisms within our community. It is the investment in our children that holds our culture and emulates an atmosphere of success for all of our residents,…

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Building permit fees in Bon Homme County are posted on the door of the zoning office in the court house: $1 per $1,000 of valuation.

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We’d like to express our full support for the opt-out currently proposed by the Yankton School Board. Initially we questioned the need for the opt-out, but after further examination, we are in full agreement in support for the proposed action:

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I am concerned about Democratic pundits soft-peddling Trump’s murder of Qasem Soleimani and others. His claim that the general was vamping up plans to attack Americans is, like everything else out of his mouth, almost certainly a lie.

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When we moved to Yankton almost 10 years ago, I met a local resident that commented, “I hope you don’t bring your big city ways with you.” I found the comment interesting but didn’t find it offensive because I grew up in big cities and knew that I moved to a rural state and county with diffe…

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I own many guns and am an avid hunter. I am also an honorably discharged Vietnam veteran (drafted) and very active in South Dakota’s National Alliance for Mental Illness or NAMI. With this said, I must say I am very, very disappointed in our current Legislature. I have approached a number of…

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The Yankton School District administration and school board have spent years listening and responding to the community and have been transparent and accessible in planning for the continued necessary funding to keep the Yankton School District one of the top performing schools in South Dakota.

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As of right now, impeachment shouldn’t go to the Senate. In cases of impeachment, our senators must swear oaths to be impartial jurors. Despite that, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has already announced that he’s coordinating with/following the White House’s position on impeachment. …

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Tammy LaFramboise was murdered on March 1, 2019. After murdering Tammy, the suspect dismembered her and drove her body to his brother’s property in Michigan, where he disposed of her body. The suspect has been charged with second-degree murder in the case. His trial is set to begin on Jan. 1…

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A loophole in our state’s insurance laws allow public schools and municipalities to participate in self-insurance pools. These pools collect millions in tax dollars yet maintain immunity from regulation and oversight by the South Dakota Division of Insurance.

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I am blessed with the glorious opportunity to participate in educating the children in my public school system but I worry about the world we are creating for them. Like my generation, they will live under the threat of nuclear war but also very likely within a hostile environment produced b…

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We want to thank the dear people who put twinkling white lights on two light poles and different colored lights on a Christmas tree on the median on Douglas Avenue in front of the GAR Hall. We enjoy looking at it.

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Soon, the people of Yankton will be heading to the polls to vote on the opt-out. After attending one of the meetings regarding the opt-out and experiencing the day-to-day functions of the district as a student, I think it is vitally important that this opt-out does pass.

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I’m a retired police officer from the City of Yankton. I retired in late 2018. I’m concerned about what I left behind.

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Kudos to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and others for doing a great job on renewable energy. (Press & Dakotan, Dec. 24) If the rest of the state would get in line, everybody would be better off.

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After the recent snowfall, a disabled friend fell out of their wheelchair in a local parking lot, a number of people passed by, managing to ignore or not notice my friend’s plight. From personal experience I know how difficult it is to ask for help in such a situation, personally I would go …

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In regard to AR233’s, there’s a question of what can treat effluent for pennies. (Press & Dakotan, Dec. 10)

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Recently, on a warm fall day, I stopped at my 77-year-old father-in-law’s farmhouse because he was meeting with a salesman for the fourth time regarding a transmission line easement. I walked into his sunporch to find four men with the sole purpose of persuading him to sign. Weeks later, he …

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The leadership of the Democrat Party in the House of Representatives have shown that they are the ones responsible for obstructing Congress and justice.

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For some time now, county commission meeting seating arrangements have had 12 to 15 citizens on one side and 25 to 30 on the other.

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I would like to thank Trail King Industries for buying my groceries at Hy-Vee and for giving us a ham.

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Thank you to the generous people of the Trail King Co. who paid for my groceries. Your act of kindness made my Christmas special.

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If you are like me, you get up early and when clear, you can see so many stars; even more so if out hunting. The universe is so amazing as are our possibilities. According to many we will one day travel to other star systems with the same grit that our ancestors had when crossing oceans. Fut…

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Gov. Noem just gave her daughter and son-in-law raises on taxpayers’ money.

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Last night I was thinking about Christmas shopping and soon my thoughts turned to Richard C. Anderson and his wife at The Pantry. Mr. Anderson and I made our first acquaintance at Yankton Junior High School when I was in a “directed reading” course that he supervised. Most of the books I rep…

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Recently, CNN showed portions of a Trump rally where he repeatedly yelled that Dems lost the election — that Dems were now attempting a do-over. This after three years have passed.

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On behalf of the members of the Missouri Valley Model Railroad Club, I take this opportunity to express our appreciation and gratitude for the coverage the Yankton Press & Dakotan gave us. This is in regards to the open house we had on the two days following Thanksgiving (Nov. 28-29) at …

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Several Sundays ago, our family enjoyed a delicious breakfast after mass at Fryn’ Pan of Yankton. We were very surprised to discover at the end of our meal a generous individual had paid for our bill. They left us no indication of who they were, other than to “Pay It Forward.”

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This is in response to the Rev. Dan Brandt’s letter to the editor (Press & Dakotan, Dec. 4):

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President Trump, think about this statement the next time you to decide to release an American soldier who committed war crimes against a prison:

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Through the past several weeks, it has become abundantly clear that the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives is perpetrating a coup upon President Donald J. Trump. We are witnessing the tyranny their leaders are willing to resort to in order to discredit and hamper this pres…

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Braxton Novak Family would like to say “Thank You” to the following people for making Braxton’s Benefit at Stringers on Nov. 23, 2019, a huge success:

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I do not know Dick Hudson and I’ve never been to the Christmas Store but I was very touched by the story that appeared in the Press & Dakotan last week (Dec. 2). I just wanted to express what a wonderful Christmas Project this must be for the kids selecting the gifts and the smiles that …

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I read Gail Solher’s letter to the editor (Press & Dakotan, Nov. 26) expressing remorse over raising tons of manure and effluent (liquid waste or sewage discharge) in Yankton County as a way of making a living. My question is, if you feel such remorse, why not do something to make up for…

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The Gavin’s Point National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium and the Friends of Gavin’s Point Fish Hatchery would like to thank all of our volunteers for a successful inaugural “Halloween at the Aquarium” event. We would like to thank the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan, Mayer Signs, Yankton Ar…

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After reading Cindy Johnson’s letter concerning the Yankton County commissioners and hog confinements (Press & Dakotan, Nov. 29), I came away with a sense of guarded trepidation.

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In a recent letter (Press & Dakotan, Nov. 29), Ms. Cindy Johnson distorted a few “facts” and avoided the inconvenient truth.

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As I sat down to write this, a quick check showed that 40% of the electricity being generated in the region from northern Texas through North Dakota was wind power. The following is condensed to meet the paper’s letter policy.

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The Boys & Girls Club of Yankton has been operating out of our present site on Mulberry Street for three years. During that time, the caring staff has been immersing over 200 youth each day in fun programs that encourage academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and leadership.

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Are you aware of the fact that the Christmas lights on the poles down Third and Fourth streets, plus side streets between Second and Fourth streets, were all donated by Larry Olson of Larry’s Heating and Cooling and that his employees hung them?

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This is in response to the spin of the letter “Is This Good Government?” (Press & Dakotan, Nov. 29):