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Yankton, SD 57078


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Our Opinion: Yankton Embraces A Unique Opportunity

An unusual and complicated development deal approved by the Yankton City Commission Monday night appears to be a shot of good news for the city.

Commissioners embraced an unorthodox proposal that would eventually establish a campground just east of the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) property, as well as donate to the NFAA more land that can be utilized for archery tournaments. The city agreed to accept the final plat of the development without the establishment of certain infrastructure that is usually needed in the platting process. The city will also supply water for sewer and fire suppression purposes.

The unusual deal, which was brought before the commission Monday night by John Hagemann, who owns the property in question, and Bruce Cull, president of the NFAA, could produce a real boon for Yankton, both in the long term and short term.

The long-term benefits include having what could become a handy campground near the NFAA facility, which would be ideal for when the NFAA hosts large-scale tournaments. The additional land to augment such tournaments makes the site more attractive and practical for larger events.

In the short term, the deal now gives Yankton officials a boost in their negotiations with TransCanada to locate a field site here while the Keystone Pipeline is being constructed in 2009. This project is expected to bring in 200-300 workers for about a year, and the company is said to be looking for a site where up to 80 recreational vehicles could be parked. The location of the field site in Yankton could infuse a solid dose of revenue into the local economy - one official said, all told, it could be up to a million dollars a week - at a time when any new source of income would be readily welcome.

Forgoing the usual infrastructural requirements for the project does not seem like a leap of illogic in this case. Since this land, much of which is wooded, would be used primarily as a campground and for archery tournaments, most of the “infrastructure” that is needed is, arguably, already in place. Thus, the city's decision merely conforms to the situation at hand.

The deal also reflects what figures to be the blossoming impact of the NFAA's presence on this community. This is economic development that has not just been promised but is actually happening. A new facility is in place, the national headquarters have been relocated here and a world archery tournament is slated for Yankton in 2009. There is a lot of spinoff potential in terms of development with this project, and Monday night's proposal is just one example. The fact that it can serve three purposes - a permanent campground, an archery tournament site and a possible field site for TransCanada - is unquestionably a plus.

At this point, Monday night's decision by the City Commission appears aggressive, creative and prudent. Let it stand as an example for better things and better days to come.