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Second act of shopping frenzy gets started

Posted: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
NEW YORK (AP), Stores are welcoming a second wave of shoppers in what has become a two-day kickoff to the holiday shopping season.
The big question: How much the Thanksgiving shopping will hurt Black Friday, which is relinquishing its status as the frenzied start of the holiday shopping season?
The crowds were thin early Friday morning in parts of the
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Producers: Pipeline not a cure-all

Posted: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota farmers are nearing the end of a record corn harvest this week, but they have serious concerns about grain prices, storage options and rail congestion heading into spring. And they're looking for more options than the Keystone XL pipeline to help.
The proposed pipeline became symbolic during election season as a cure-all to the railway backups
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Kittens get a helping hand

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Brookings firefighter Tim Austin warms two tiny kittens in his hands Tuesday afternoon at the scene of a mobile home fire in Normandy Village.
The blaze destroyed the home while its occupants were away, and several pets were lost as well, but the pair of kittens was rescued from the scene.
Austin said the kittens were found with other
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Former pastor accused of sexual contact

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
• Timothy Bariteau indicted, held on $50,000 cash or surety bond

BROOKINGS, A former Brookings pastor has been indicted on one charge of sexual contact with a child under 16.
Timothy J. Bariteau, 37, was arrested in California following the Oct. 16 Brookings County grand jury indictment. He was transported back to South Dakota after waiving extradition.
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Beyond the bricks and mortar

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
• Small businesses extend their reach outside Brookings by selling online

BROOKINGS, Richard Johnston stands next to a stack of books, some of which will soon be off on a cross-country journey to their purchasers. Placing a single book on the counter, he proceeds to secure it in a cardboard case, shut tight with a seal of tape.
He's
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Vanduch marching

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
BROOKINGS, There's another Brookings connection to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
Carson Vanduch, son of Jay Vanduch and Ginger Thomson, is one of the 430 current and former Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps (based out of Madison, Wis.) who will march in this morning's parade, which NBC will broadcast starting at 9 a.m. in all time zones.
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Council tends to ‘housekeeping’ before break

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
BROOKINGS, No Black Fridays for the Brookings City Council: the members took care of business Tuesday, buying new police cars, renewing and transferring licenses, approving new contracts and tidying up other business loose ends before the holiday.
The council spent more than $57,000 on two new police patrol cars. The only bidder on the vehicles was Einspahr Auto Plaza, which
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Obama defends authority – to pardon two turkeys

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP), President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with, sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table.
In the spirit of the holiday, Obama on Wednesday took "action fully within my legal authority, the same kind of action taken by Democrats and Republican presidents before me," to pardon
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Taking BHS spirit to NYC

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Brookings High School cheerleaders Brenna Kress, left, and Brianna Vig were full of nervous excitement late last week as they were preparing to perform in front of their largest audience to date, 3.5 million people in New York City and 50 million watching on television at home.
The seniors were selected earlier this year to be part of the Spirit
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Residents opposed to street renamings

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
• Issue to be decided at next council meeting

BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University officials who appeared before city council to request that several campus-area streets be renamed ran into a bit of a roadblock Tuesday.
A half-dozen residents showed up to protest the renaming, and several councilors indicated that the university might not get all that its officials
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Tuesday fire destroys mobile home

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
• Occupants away; pets lost, two kittens saved

BROOKINGS, An early-afternoon fire on Tuesday destroyed a mobile home in Normandy Village in Brookings. The home's occupants were away at the time of the blaze.
Brookings firefighters did find several dead pets in the dwelling. However, a pair of kittens was rescued.
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Nearly 2 dozen Alco stores closing in the Dakotas

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP), The closing of Alco stores around the central U.S. affects nearly two dozen communities in the Dakotas.
The Texas-based small-town discount retailer is closing after a U.S. Bankruptcy court in Dallas recently approved an order by the company's creditors to shutter its stores.
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Site work now under way for My Place Hotel

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
• Extended stay hotel east of I-29 to open next spring

BROOKINGS, It was snowing Monday morning, and wintry winds made east Brookings feel like the Antarctic, but that didn't stop a couple of bulldozers, an excavator and a steady stream of dump trucks from leveling the lot for a hotel on 32nd Avenue.
The new My Place
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They’re big losers – and loving it

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
• Faith-based program takes the pounds off

BROOKINGS, Like so many people who struggle with with their weight, Hillcrest Elementary School librarian Royanna Stratmoen was a yo-yo dieter: in a repetitive cycle, the dieter loses weight, gains it back, and maybe more, and the cycle starts again.
She explained, "I've lost hundreds of pounds in the past 13 years.
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One for the record books!

Posted: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
BROOKINGS, On Saturday, Super 8 celebrated its 40th anniversary by shattering the Guinness World Record for the largest pillow fight.
Working in tandem with South Dakota State University, the event was hosted by former N'SYNC band member and current TV personality Joey Fatone.
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Brad Paisley coming to Brookings

Posted: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
• Show at Swiftel Center set for Jan. 31, tickets on sale Dec. 5

BROOKINGS, Brad Paisley's Country Nation World Tour is coming to the Swiftel Center in Brookings on Saturday, Jan. 31, with special guests Parmalee and The Swon Brothers.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show's at 7:30.
Tickets, $59.75 and $39.75, go on sale
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DOT awards $1.1M in grants to small SD cities

Posted: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), The state's Department of Transportation has awarded $1.1 million to six small South Dakota cities and one county for road improvements.
The funds were given through the Community Access grant program to improve roads leading to schools, main business areas, hospitals, grain elevators and other economic areas in the communities. The grants will pay for 60 percent of
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State’s dairy industry seeing a resurgence

Posted: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
Editors note: This is an AP Member Exchange shared by the Argus Leader.

SIOUX FALLS (AP), The state's dairy industry is feeling optimistic about its future, especially along the Interstate 29 corridor.
South Dakota dairy farmers are looking to grow with the help of strong milk prices, stable feed supplies and the benefits that come from having nine plants
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South Dakota workers 'hi-rail' for safety

Posted: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
CHAMBERLAIN (AP), Record crop yields and the North Dakota oil boom have led to a significant resurgence of rail transit in South Dakota, and it's Lynn Kennison's job to make sure the tracks are safe.
Kennison, a transportation specialist at the state Department of Transportation, inspects the rail lines using a road-rail, or "hi-rail," vehicle, a specialized truck that can
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Medical marijuana supporters lay out their legal strategy

Posted: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A citizen initiative for a general election ballot measure in two years is likely the best avenue to make marijuana a legal medical drug in South Dakota, the effort's leader says.
The fact that 2016 is a presidential election year will mean a higher voter turnout, and a better chance of success, Emmett Reistroffer said during a
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