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Town prepares for international event
Yankton organizers target volunteers for success of world archery tournament

YANKTON, S.D. -- When hundreds of archers from all over the world converge on Yankton in a couple weeks, they'll be greeted by probably an even larger number of volunteers.

Not that big of a surprise.

When you host an event the magnitude of the World Archery Indoor Championships, you're going to need a small army of volunteers to successfully pull it off. And like they did when the NFAA Easton Archery Center here hosted the World Archery Youth Championships in 2015, area residents are turning out to welcome the world to Yankton.

"I've already taken a week off of work," said Connie Miles, who drove a school bus transporting athletes to and from their hotels and the archery center in 2015 and plans to do so again during this tournament, which runs Feb. 14-19 and will attract 300-400 competitors from at least 33 countries.

Drivers pick up athletes at the airport in Sioux Falls and bring them to Yankton. Dozens more will serve as greeters and work at information desks at hotels. There will be parking attendants, food service and concessions volunteers and more. Volunteers with archery backgrounds help run score sheets and change targets during the competition.

In all, there are more than 1,000 volunteer shifts to fill, and many volunteers will obviously work more than one. Nancy Wenande, public relations director at the archery center, didn't sound worried when asked if she'd have enough workers.

"We're getting a steady flow of volunteers filling the shifts," Wenande said.

She knows she's got people on hand like Miles, as well as Gene and Mary Ellen Hornstra, local residents who had such a great time volunteering at the 2015 world championship event that they volunteered again.

In 2015, Gene, who classifies himself as an amateur archer, helped set up targets during the competition. Mary Ellen volunteered in food service. Both will reprise those roles for the upcoming championships. Gene says he's got it easy when it comes to volunteer jobs. It's harder to help feed hundreds of competitors every day or drive them from Point A to Point B.

"I looked at the list of jobs people could volunteer for, and it's everything," Gene Hornstra said. "My job is the fun part of it. Those other people, they're doing it because they want to, but they're tougher jobs."

Miles, a bus driver for the Yankton school district for 17 years, wouldn't call it all work. Yes, she'll be busy, but if this world championship tournament is anything like the last one here, it should be a good time.

"It was really a great experience to meet the different kids, people from different countries. It was great to show off our town," Miles said.

Hornstra, too, used his volunteer experience to meet people from different backgrounds and cultures. Volunteers like himself can be vital to making the tournament a pleasant experience "just by being a good, friendly host and going the extra mile to do anything possible," he said.

And for those who compete in archery or have any interest in it, volunteering is a great way to get an up-close look at some of the best archers in the world.

"It's extraordinarily convenient to have this caliber of archery about two miles from my house. It's a world-class event," Hornstra said. "I'm kind of a casual observer, but it is fantastic we have this facility here."

Organizers have spent the past nine months getting ready for the tournament, Wenande said. They've cast a wide net for volunteers and other sponsors to make the event a success. The experience from 2015 has helped, just as this year's work will pay off in 2020, when Yankton will host the World Archery Field Championships.

By then, they'll have a core group of volunteers such as Miles ready to step forward again.

"I think Yankton's got a lot to offer, so I hope we can keep offering these tournaments," Miles said. "They do a really wonderful job putting these on."

A job made easier by the hundreds of people who turn out to help.

UPDATE: Sioux City homicide suspect wanted ex-girlfriend to 'feel pain he was feeling'

SIOUX CITY — As he stabbed his ex-girlfriend numerous times, Tran Walker told police, he "wanted her to feel the pain he was feeling" since she had broken up with him, according to information contained in court documents filed Monday.

Tran was upset that Paiten Sullivan would not continue their relationship and began stabbing her early Sunday while they were riding in a vehicle with a mutual friend, Felipe Negron Jr., who was fatally stabbed as he tried to intervene, according to a complaint and affidavit filed in Woodbury County District Court.

Tran, 18, of Sioux City, is being held in the Woodbury County Jail on two counts of first-degree murder. District Associate Judge Todd Hensley set bond at $1 million at Tran's initial appearance early Monday morning. A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 8.

According to court documents, Tran, Sullivan and Negron were in a Chrysler PT Cruiser at about 1:19 a.m. Sunday at Jay Avenue and South Cecelia Street when Tran became upset and began stabbing Sullivan, then Negron. The Sioux City Police Department responded to the area soon after receiving a report that two people had been stabbed multiple times.

Negron, 18, and Sullivan, 17, both of Sioux City, were transported to Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City, where they were pronounced dead. Police have not formally identified Sullivan as a victim, though several of her friends have confirmed her death on social media.

Autopsies were to be performed Monday at the Iowa State Medical Examiner's office in Ankeny, Sioux City Police Sgt. Ryan Bertrand said.

Walker was found shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday at the Hy-Vee store on Gordon Drive after several bystanders reported there was an injured man at the store. Officers reporting to the scene determined that he fit the description of the stabbing suspect and took him into custody. He was treated at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s for injuries consistent with knife wounds on his hand.

Bertrand said Walker was in possession of a knife when he was arrested, but it was not believed to be the weapon used in the stabbings. Police later took possession of the knife they believe Walker used to stab the victims.

"We recovered the weapon used," Bertrand said.

Police believe Negron was driving the vehicle when Walker began stabbing Sullivan.

"The three people involved — the two victims and the suspect — were originally in a vehicle and had been riding around together. We believe the assault was initiated/started in the vehicle and after the vehicle came to a stop it continued," Bertrand said at a Sunday news conference.

Some civilians came to the victims' aid shortly after the assault, and Negron, who was still conscious at the time, was able to provide them with some information, Bertrand said.

During his interview with police after his arrest, Walker admitted stabbing Sullivan multiple times because he was upset that she had broken up with him and he wanted her to feel his pain, court documents said. Walker also admitted stabbing Negron after he tried to stop him from stabbing Sullivan, court documents said.

The investigation is ongoing, Bertrand said Monday.

Court documents gave no other details of the incident, saying only that Walker acted with "malice aforethought, willfully, deliberately and with premeditation to kill (his victims)," all legal elements of the charge of first-degree murder.

New layout will give future Sioux City sports complex more room

SIOUX CITY | A change in layout will allow developers of a proposed multi-sport complex in the city's former stockyards area more space to add to their vision for the facility. 

In November, HCC Enterprises went before the City Council with plans to purchase 4.26 acres in the city's former stockyards to build a multi-sport complex called The Arena. New plans presented to the council Monday will reroute a nearby street and nudge The Arena slightly to the east -- a move that will give the facility more space. 

City economic development specialist Renae Billings told the council the change comes after a contractor discovered existing sanitary sewer and electrical easements that would have made building a sports complex on the previously proposed site difficult.


"That really hinders their ability to put the building they would like to do on the site," she said. 

The new plan will reroute a portion of South Lafayette Street that runs on the east side of the property to the west side. The city would then sell a portion of the street land to the developers.

The developers will cover the costs of rerouting the street and give the new street back to the city, Billings said. 

Jeff Carlson, a partner with HCC Enterprises, said the move has allowed his group to enlarge the facility accordingly. 

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"We're going from 68,000 square feet to 81,000 square feet. We're now going to eclipse $10 million on the project," he said. "It just allows us to give that much more programming for the youth in our community." 

The facility will include courts for basketball and volleyball, batting cages, a turfed area, weight room, media room, classrooms, locker rooms and outdoor patio seating. The main court for events and championship games will seat 3,000 people.

The council voted 5-0 to set into motion a 30-day notice of its intent to sell the land, which is required because it is located in an urban renewal area.

The city plans to later enter into a development agreement that would provide the project with more than $1.5 million in assistance through grants and tax rebates. 

Carlson said even with the change in plans, the group is still eyeing an August groundbreaking and summer 2019 grand opening. 

Settlements approved

In other action, the council approved a pair of payouts for settlements of tort claims valued at a combined $25,200. 

The first was a $10,000 payout to Larry Russell, who was injured in a motor vehicle accident with a police cruiser at the intersection of Sixth Street and Lewis Boulevard in January 2016, according to city documents. 

The second was a $15,200 payout to Josephine and Dian Kotz and their attorney in relation to a Jan. 20, 2017, incident in which the right front tire of a pickup truck they were riding in fell through the asphalt street at the intersection of Pierce and 24th streets. 


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