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Report: Prairie Pothole region losing wetlands

Modified: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
• Wildlife officials, conservationists want more emphasis on easements, incentives for farmers
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP), Federal officials and conservationists say a recent report detailing wetland losses in the five-state Prairie Pothole Region over the past decade highlights the need for increased protection for the region that provides breeding and nesting habitat for the majority of the nation's migratory waterfowl.
The
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Director hired for Education Campus

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
• Fundraising effort under way to support the campus

BROOKINGS, Brookings Economic Development Corporation, together with a task force of industry representatives, has announced the hiring of Lindsie Bartley as campus director for the South Dakota Edu-cation Campus at Brookings.
Bartley began her duties on July 21.
"We are excited to have Lindsie on board," said
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SDSU athletes hit the books

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
With a task of reshelving approximately 450,000 books, volunteers are helping South Dakota State University's Hilton M. Briggs Library staff members this summer.
Kerri Young, left, and Macy Miller of the Jackrabbits women's basketball team were part of the volunteer effort Tuesday afternoon. Young will be a sophomore this fall while Miller is an incoming freshman. Both students are
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Council reworks its rules for study sessions

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
• ‘No public comment allowed. Period.'

BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council this week banned public input at its study sessions.
That might seem drastic until you realize that "public input" has always been banned at the monthly study sessions.
Concerned that the original goals for the gatherings might be getting a little muddied, the council this week reaffirmed
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Volga’s new Dollar General opens Saturday

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its newest location at 204 E. Highway 14 in Volga this Saturday, July 26.
The company says its new retail store will offer Volga, Bruce and other area residents "a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices."
Doors open Saturday at 8 a.m. with free prizes and
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Clear Lake co-workers claim $230K jackpot

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), A group of 14 co-workers from a Watertown area business have claimed their $230,000 Wild Card 2 jackpot.
South Dakota lottery officials say the "EMPI 14" all work in the West Building of the EMPI facility in Clear Lake. They've been collectively purchasing lottery tickets for years, but this is their first jackpot.
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City cats free to roam Brookings

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
• Council drops plan to include felines in animal-at-large ordinance

BROOKINGS, The housecats of Brookings must have friends in high places.
Faced with voting yea or nay on a modified animal ordinance that would have banned pet owners from allowing their cats to roam at large in the city, the Brookings City Council killed the measure.
To be more
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Beating the heat

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
The Hillcrest Aquatic Center did a booming business earlier this week, with a heat advisory on Monday and continued warm temps on Tuesday.
The zero-depth pool and its water features were packed with kids on Monday. And visitors waited in line for their turn at the water slides that empty into the plunge pool.
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Holy Life possible new vote center

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
• No progress on finding polling place closer to SDSU campus

BROOKINGS, Deputy Finance Officer Stacy Steffensen this week brought forward a new location to pursue as a possible vote center in Brookings.
Brookings County commissioners agreed Tuesday to move forward in securing Holy Life Tabernacle as the city's fourth vote center.
However, the location, which should be
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Car found in Campbell

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
• Brookings woman charged, man's Dodge ruined

BROOKINGS, A Brookings woman is facing a charge of intentional damage to property after authorities recovered a submerged vehicle from the north side of Lake Campbell on Monday afternoon.
The suspect has been identified as 24-year-old Christena Geranen. The 2002 Dodge Stratus investigators say she was driving is a total loss.
The
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Speeding car forces semi off county road

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
• Truck, loaded with feed, overturns, totaled

VOLGA, Brookings County sheriff's deputies are on the lookout for the driver of a white Mustang who is believed to be at least partially responsible for a semi truck rollover that resulted in $110,000 damage to the truck and a load of feed dumped in a roadside ditch.
The driver of
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Dakotas lead in economic well-being for children

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP), Strong local economies and an oil boom have helped the Dakotas lead the nation in terms of economic well-being for children, according a report released Tuesday by a national children's advocacy group that also says the two states could improve when it comes to education and kids living in poverty.
The annual Kids Count report, published Tuesday
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A Question-and-Answer: Merhib gets feet wet as Chamber exec

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
David Merhib is back home.
After eight years of a daily commute to Sioux Falls, Merhib in May was named executive director of the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce.
Although he's just settling into his new routine, Merhib agreed the past week to talk with The Register about his and the board's plans for a revitalized Chamber.
Despite the
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SDSU named ‘innovation, economic prosperity university’

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University in Brookings is one of 14 recently designated as an innovation and economic prosperity university.
It comes from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and its Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity.
The group says the honor is for working with public and private-sector groups to support economic development through a variety of
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Crowds flock to White’s Pioneer ‘Days of Summer’

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
White was a spicy place to be this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
There was plenty of variety, much of it evident in the ever-popular chili cookoff with its many varieties of well-seasoned and spicy dishes in the 24 pots entered in the cookoff. Add to that a host of other activities for visitors of all ages.
Friday brought the
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City parks upgrades in high gear this summer

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
• Work includes nature park completion, ADA upgrades, baseball plans

BROOKINGS, The Brookings Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry has been busy at it this summer, working on a variety of park improvement projects and looking toward the future.
One of the department's bigger endeavors is coming to a close, according to Peter Colson, the department's director.
The Dakota
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Sustainability group delivers ‘Benchmarks’ to council

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
• Research intended to help guide sustainable development

BROOKINGS, "Sustainable," says the dictionary, is "something that can be used without being completely used up."
Most often, it's a term applied to natural resources; for example, sustainable agriculture is when we can live off the land without destroying the soil by depleting its nutrients or overusing chemicals.
Most often these
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Food-focused ministries feeding families in need

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
• Programs seeing steady to increasing demand in community

BROOKINGS, The needy in and around Brookings have been getting their daily bread, thanks to local food-focused missions like Feeding Brookings and the Harvest Table.
Feeding Brookings, which is run by Ascension Lutheran Church and began on July 8, 2010, provides groceries for those in need.
From 4-5 p.m. each
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Paper or paper?

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Don't ask shopper Tom Bezdichek if he wants paper or plastic.
You're likely to get a five-minute lecture on the evils of those single-use plastic bags.
If Bezdichek, who just happens to be a member of the Brookings City Council, gets his way, there won't be any plastic bags available in Brookings anyway.
He wants them banned.
"Retail plastic
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County hires new HR specialist

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
BROOKINGS, The county commissioners on Thursday hired Laura Littlecot as the county's new human resources specialist.
Littlecot and her husband, who has taken a job at South Dakota State University, have already moved here from Ohio.
County Commission Chairman Don Larson said Littlecot has at least 20 years of HR experience in both private and public positions.
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Council to include cats in ‘running at large’ ban?

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
• City signs another R&T Center lease

BROOKINGS, Next week could be the week that Brookings cats lose some of their freedom.
The Brookings City Council is set to act Tuesday on a change to its pet ordinance that will prohibit city felines from roaming freely throughout their neighborhoods.
The change would put cats on an equal footing with
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Gov. asking for disaster declaration

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a presidential disaster declaration to help South Dakota recover repair infrastructure that was damaged by flooding and tornadoes in June.
The governor says the request is for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. His request for individual assistance at the beginning of the month was denied.
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Pheasants Forever exec knows Brookings well

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
• Organization opening regional headquarters here

BROOKINGS, "I may be from Iowa, but I spent so much time here that I consider myself a Jackrabbit," said Dave Nomsen when he met with The Brookings Register earlier this week. The self-proclaimed Jackrabbit, who has strong ties to South Dakota State University, is moving to Brookings from Minnesota after being named
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S.F. woman dies in I-229 crash

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
• Brookings man also injured when motorcycle pulls off shoulder of highway

SIOUX FALLS, A Sioux Falls woman died and a Brookings man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 229 near the interchange with Interstate 29 on Wednesday, July 16.
Shauna Lynn Rose, 35, was a passenger on a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Michael
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Fire, police chiefs report to council

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
• Brookings is a safe community, the two say

BROOKINGS, Would it surprise you to know that Brookings police officers, there are 32 in uniform, issued 4,862 citations last year, along with 3,455 parking tickets?
On a more serious note, would you believe the Brookings police investigated 783 vehicle accidents in 2013, or that they made 109 DUI arrests?
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