Good for Yankton!

Believe it or not, I do give kudos to the Huethers for giving this gift to the community of Yankton;

A proposed indoor pool facility in Yankton got a big boost Tuesday.

The Mike, Cindy and Kylie Huether Family Foundation gave the project a $1 million donation, just two weeks ahead of the opt-out election.

On December 11, voters in Yankton will decide whether or not construction $14.8 million project will move forward.

The community group Dive In Yankton has secured about $4 million in funds so far, including Tuesday’s gift from Yankton native Mike Huether.

Some of us should consider ourselves lucky enough to have that kind of money to give, and you can never question generosity. (though in this case I would – I’m guessing the pool will have the Huether’s name on it in one way shape or form – It is being considered)*

But in the WNAX interview MMM couldn’t resist to pull the heartstrings by mentioning the Midco Aquatic Center.

Sorry Mike, not the same. While a small town like Yankton really needs something like this, and it will get a lot of usage and public support, my argument against our public indoor pool was different. Unlike Yankton, Sioux Falls has oodles of private fitness club indoor pools people can choose from. I just didn’t see the need to compete with private industry. And while the Midco has been somewhat successful (still hasn’t broken even on operational expenses) I still question the public ‘need’.

*As for the generosity of the family, funny how the Huethers suddenly have a cool million for the people of Yankton but had to come begging to the taxpayers of Sioux Falls for $500K for a building that bears their name at the Sanford Sports Complex . . . and the public still can’t use the parking lot.

Here is a final draft of the Yankton Aquatic Report; FinalDraft



4 comments ↓

#1 scott on 11.21.18 at 10:29 pm

i’m sure it kills mmm that the tv cameras weren’t there to capture the donation.

#2 Taco Bar on 11.21.18 at 11:23 pm

Who said, subprime doesn’t pay?

And now that Sutton is out of the way, it’s time to impress fellow South Dakotans…..

#3 Bryan on 11.22.18 at 11:22 am

Not to mention we didn’t get to vote on the MAC and it actually costs more for a couple to attend 3 exercise classes a week at the MAC then than it does for them to attend a private fitness center with many, many more amenities. Quite a coup for our swim team, does Yankton have one?

#4 D@ily Spin on 11.22.18 at 11:25 am

It’s no secret Huether got rich from shady subliminal inflated non competitive bid Sioux Falls projects. A mayor does not become a mega millionaire on a $100k per year salary. I hope he runs for Governor and has to explain where his wealth came from. I suspect instead he’ll become mayor of Yankton. Yankton looks away when there’s criminal activity. Huether will bring in gambling and legalize brothels.