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Siouxland Senator pays a visit to Yankton, SD archery center

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YANKTON, South Dakota (KTIV) - A Siouxland Senator paid a visit to Yankton, South Dakota Tuesday to a facility he calls one of South Dakota's 'greatest untold stories.'

Senator Thune visited the Easton Yankton Archery Center along with other community leaders from Yankton.

He said the hidden gems, like Yankton's world-class archery facility, are part of what makes South Dakota so great.

The indoor shooting range is the first of its kind in the world, with a 70-meter range.

In the past, it's attracted such visitors as the United States Paralympic Archery Team for training, and often gets visitors from all over the country, according to Bruce Cull, president of the National Field Archery Association.

Senator Thune said places like these are crucial to South Dakota's success, and the archery complex is doing a great job of maintaining that success.

"I've obviously been hearing about all of the great things that are happening here. It really is a unique niche for South Dakota, and Bruce and his team here, I think, have done a really remarkable job of building out something that's now becoming not only sort of a national treasure, but hopefully an international treasure as well," Sen. Thune said.

While there, Senator Thune even tried shooting an arrow for himself, with the help of the facility's coach.

He also talked with the facility manager, Bruce Cull, about a bid to host the World Archery Junior Olympics at the site in Yankton.

They're submitting the bid Wednesday, and say they're fairly optimistic, but they're competing with large places, like Mexico City, all over the globe.

There's no set date for the announcement, but Cull says he's hopeful they'll hear in the next ten days.

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