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Feeding 40K people, at 29 cents a meal

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
• St. Thomas More youth undertake ‘Stop Hunger Now' program

BROOKINGS, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat."
Those words of Jesus in the Gospel of St. Matthew are the driving force behind an effort by the youth of St. Thomas More Parish to fight world hunger, with the packing of more than
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Dakota Prairie hits milestones

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Construction of Dakota Prairie Elementary School is on or ahead of schedule in some areas, Mills Construction operations manager Paul Sahr told the Broookings School Board last week.
Interior concrete and masonry work are within one or two weeks of being completed, a milestone for the project. Places like the gym and the library still need some work in
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City council plans for future at study session

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
• Tuesday meeting includes work on ‘visioning charrette,' CIP review

BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council is planning for the future this week as it meets for its monthly study session.
Following a 4 p.m. executive session for litigation or contractual matters, the group will spend its time Tuesday working on an implementation plan for the 2013 Brookings Area Visioning Charrette.
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Democrats formally approve campaign to refer laws to voters

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), The South Dakota Democratic Party has formally joined the fight to send two laws to the voters for their review.
The party's central committee voted Saturday to push back against a proposal that carves out a $7.50 youth minimum wage and to fight against a bundle of election law changes.
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More copies of Laura Ingalls Wilder memoir being printed

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), South Dakota's state-owned publishing house is printing more copies of the best-selling memoir by prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder.
"Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography," edited by Pamela Smith Hill, was released in November. It has proved to be a blockbuster for the South Dakota Historical Society Press. It's in its fourth week on the New York Times
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Cricket on campus

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
• SDSU club wins area tournament

BROOKINGS, The British Empire is gone. The British Commonwealth is now simply known as the Commonwealth. But some of the mother country's culture and sports remain.
One of those sports, the second most popular in the world and also a piece of British culture, has found its way to the campus of
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With more than 50 applicants, supt. search proceeds

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
• Board changes, adds dates for final interviews with candidates

BROOKINGS, The search for Brookings School District's next superintendent continues apace, Craig Morris reported to the school board this week via phone.
Since advertising for the position, Ray and Associates, the search firm leading the process, said they have more than 50 candidates to choose from.
And more are
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Climatologist says January-March driest on record

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
BROOKINGS (AP), The South Dakota state climatologist says dry conditions will likely stick around in the near future, but there's hope for more rain in the long-term outlook put out this week by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
Dennis Todey says that statewide, January through March was the driest on record, and the month of March was the second-driest on
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State’s AME Building dedication April 24

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
BROOKINGS, A dedication ceremony for the Architecture, Math and Engineering Building at South Dakota State University will be held April 24 at 4 p.m.
The dedication ceremony will be held in the building's atrium. Prior to the dedication, building tours will be available to the public from 3 to 3:45 p.m. The Architecture, Math and Engineering Building will open for
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Hwy 14 traffic study could lead to signal removal

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The South Dakota Department of Transportation is conducting a traffic study for the evaluation and potential removal of the traffic signal at the Highway 14/Sixth Street and Seventh Avenue intersection in Brookings.
Current and forecasted traffic volumes at the intersection are not high enough to meet the warrants for a traffic signal, according to federal guidelines. As a part
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USDA confirms bird flu at 5th South Dakota turkey farm

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Five commercial turkey farms in South Dakota have now been infected with a bird flu strain that's led to the deaths of more than 250,000 turkeys in the state and over 2.4 million birds in the Midwest.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced Friday that the H5N2 strain of avian influenza
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Brother rescues drowning sister

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
• Brookings 3-year-old saved after slipping away to waterslide without lifejacket

BROOKINGS, It was supposed to be just another happy Sunday afternoon when the Brookings family of Jerad Frericks and Terri Kuechenmeister brought their kids to the Days Inn water park.
Instead, the family got a scary reminder about swimming safety and that accidents can happen at any time.
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Nature park, center to be dedicated

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
• Park, Rec and Forestry Dept. to celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day

BROOKINGS, The week of April 19-25 is a time for celebration of all things natural in the Brookings Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department.
The week will include numerous activities around Brookings in observance of Earth Day, Arbor Day and the dedications of Dakota Nature Park
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Human Rights Committee seeks change to commission

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
BROOKINGS, People in Brookings who believe they have suffered discrimination will have a new ally if the city's Human Rights Committee is allowed to change into a commission with broader powers.
An ordinance amending the committee's status will be on the April 28 city council agenda for a second reading and possible approval.
"As a committee, it's primarily educational,"
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Bowes to request council race recount

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
• Margin of loss for second place within required 2 percent

BROOKINGS, There will be a recount in the close election for the second seat on Brookings City Council, one of the candidates reported Wednesday.
Lyle Bowes, who came in third in the four-person race for two council seats, has confirmed he will formally request a recount next week.
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Get outside and ride

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
• Local mountain bikers promoting ‘single track'

BROOKINGS, Area cyclists accustomed to smooth pedaling on the blacktop of the Brookings bike path will soon have the opportunity to go "off-road" and experience the exhilarating thrill of "single track" mountain biking, thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Brookings Mountain Biking Association working in cooperation with the Brookings Parks,
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Interim elementary principals approved

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The school board has officially approved the hiring of Brookings High School Vice Principal Shelly Jensen and former Hillcrest Elementary Principal Kathie Tuntland as interim principals for Medary Elementary and Hillcrest Elementary, respectively.
School board President Marysz Rames said at Wednesday's board meeting that the decision to utilize interim principals for the two schools was due to a lack
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Universities work to boost American Indian studies

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP), American Indian studies programs at four universities in the Dakotas are collaborating to boost the quality of their offerings to students, raise awareness of Native American issues and help ensure their own futures.
Officials also are looking to recruit other schools in the region into the American Indian Studies-Great Plains Consortium, which was launched late last month
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New presiding judge in Third Judicial Circuit

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
BROOKINGS (AP), A new presiding judge has been appointed to the Third Judicial Circuit in South Dakota.
South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson on Wednesday announced the appointment of Judge Gregory Stoltenburg. A presiding judge is an administrative leader in his or her respective circuit.
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Video tells Obama what Brookings has to offer

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
• Maybe president will make a pit stop on his way to Watertown?

BROOKINGS, Tell the story of Brookings in less than three minutes and, while you're at it, entice the President of the United States to stop by for a visit.
That was the mission for three Brookings men when they heard the news a few weeks ago
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Reed earns victory in mayor’s race

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Mayor Tim Reed earned a solid victory on Tuesday night, defeating deputy mayor Keith Corbett 1,622 to 1,036.
Reed said the margin of victory was a sign that residents were pleased with the direction of the city under his leadership.
"I think the community's happy with what we've done over the past six years," Reed said. "I think
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Meyer, Bacon on council

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
• Recount possible

BROOKINGS, Newcomer Scott Meyer was the clear winner of Tuesday's Brookings City Council election, easily outdistancing his competitors with 1,417 votes.
Trailing Meyer were Patty Bacon with 1,134, Lyle Bowes with 1,127 and incumbent John Kubal with 1,115.
Bacon's second-place finish earned her a seat on the council with Meyer, but she said her
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Grimsley, Bayer win board race

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The three-way race for two seats on the Brookings School Board concluded with one newcomer garnering the most support and the incumbent keeping his post.
The top vote-getter was first-time campaigner Randy Grimsley, who won a total of 1,672. Steve Bayer, who has already served two terms on the board, won his seat back in his first race, previously,
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Santema wins Volga mayoral race

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
VOLGA, Volga city government has made a change at the top as political newcomer Randy Santema defeated three-term mayor Mary Bjerke.
With 33.6 percent voter turnout, Santema defeated Bjerke by an 85-vote margin, 256-171.
Santema said he was confident going into the race.
"The margin was a little surprising. It shows that people can trust me to make
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Highway 14 bypass work starts Thursday

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on U.S. Highway 14 Bypass outside of Brookings will begin on Thursday, April 16.
Work includes shoulder widening, milling of the old surface, grading, asphalt concrete surfacing and box culvert extension.
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Ballot measures decided across state

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Several communities around South Dakota decided ballot measures on Tuesday.
Sioux Falls residents voted to begin the school year after Labor Day. It was a close decision, with 52 percent of voters in favor of changing the school calendar.
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Donations continue to flow for new state fairgrounds hall

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
HURON (AP), Donations continue to flow in for a new 4-H exhibit hall at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.
The state's Department of Agriculture says the South Dakota State University College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, the SD 4-H Foundation and the state 4-H Leaders Association have donated $40,000 combined for the new facility.
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Volga has a new mayor

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
VOLGA, Volga residents have elected a new mayor.
Challenger Randy Santema defeated incumbent Mary Bjerke on Tuesday, by a vote of 256 to 171.
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Brookings election results are in

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Brookings Mayor Tim Reed retains his post. Patty Bacon and Scott Meyer have been elected to the Brookings City Council, but a recount is possible in the close race. And Randy Grimsley and incumbent Steve Bayer win the Brookings School Board election.

Brookings mayor totals:
Keith Corbett - 1,036
Tim Reed - 1,622

Brookings City Council totals
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Juvenile justice overhaul: Changes for prosecutors, Teen Court

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
BROOKINGS, A major overhaul of South Dakota's juvenile justice system has prosecutors and Teen Court officials wondering how the new rules will change the way they do business.
"It will impact all of the facets of juvenile prosecution with an intent on having the end result being juveniles remain in the community and we provide them more treatment options
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Teen Court gets young offenders back on track

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
BROOKINGS - Approved as an informal diversion program in 2008, Brookings County Teen Court works to keep young offenders out of the court system.
Young offenders ages 10 through 17 who have committed their first offense and admitted their guilt may be referred to Teen Court by the Brookings County State's Attorney. Teen Court is administered by the Boys &
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A business role model

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Al Kurtenbach, co-founder and retired CEO of Daktronics of Brookings, recently received Junior Achievement's most prestigious national award for volunteerism, the Gold Leadership Award.
Kurtenbach was chosen as one of 12 from more than 213,000 volunteers to receive the award. Junior Achievement's entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness programs are delivered nationwide, typically in classrooms during the school
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Obama announces May visit to his 50th state: South Dakota

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP), President Barack Obama will complete a rare presidential run though all 50 states when he delivers the commencement address at a South Dakota community college next month.
Amid much speculation over when he'd finally make it to South Dakota, Obama used an interview Monday with KSFY, the ABC-affiliated TV station in Sioux Falls, to break the news himself.
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