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Building a career

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
• BHS grad Lucas Johnson among first students to get Build Dakota scholarships

BROOKINGS, Brookings High School graduate Lucas Johnson, son of Steve and Paula Johnson, is one of the first high school graduates to receive the Build Dakota scholarship, which he'll put to good use this fall when he begins classes at Lake Area Technical Institute.
He's an outdoors
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Aquatic center opens Tuesday

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
BROOKINGS, It's a sign of the times.
Brookings schools dismissed for the summer on Friday, and the pool opening will soon follow.
But maybe not as soon as some kids would like.
The Hillcrest Aquatic Center will open Tuesday, May 26, at noon, weather permitting, Brookings Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Pete Colson reported Thursday.
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Wildlife habitat conservation program reaches million acres

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP), A Conservation Reserve Program offshoot that's aimed at boosting wildlife habitat has surpassed 1 million acres, thanks to a recent signup of land in North Dakota.
The amount of land in the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement program is double what the federal government envisioned when it launched the effort seven years ago. The program has given
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Egg prices surge to record on shortage caused by bird flu

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP), Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa.
The virus spread appears to have slowed but not stopped. Federal officials are planning an aggressive educational campaign to
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What’s working in Brookings schools?

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
• Brookings has streak of top average ACT scores

PIERRE, And the winner is … Brookings.
The Capital Journal's database analysis of the average scores of students from school districts across South Dakota who took the ACT tests in 2014 shows that Brookings was clearly the top-scoring district in the state.
The state average ACT score for that test was
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Road work starting on county highways

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
BROOKINGS, The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Brookings County highways 77 and 24 will begin on Tuesday, May 26.
Work includes cold milling asphalt concrete, asphalt concrete surfacing and box culvert replacement.
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Area towns hold Memorial Day programs

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
BROOKINGS, At 10 a.m. Monday at the Swiftel Center, Brookings will hold its annual and traditional Memorial Day observance.
As a prelude to the gathering, the Brookings High School Band, under the direction of Ron Stary, will play a medley of patriotic music. The band will also play at intervals throughout the program and at the recessional.
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Wellmark seeking 43% rate increase

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), South Dakota's largest private health insurance provider wants to hike rates by almost 43 percent for those who signed up for individual insurance plans under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield sent a request to the South Dakota Division of Insurance this month asking it to approve a 42.9 percent rate increase, saying
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Slowing things down near Aurora

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
BROOKINGS, Brookings County commissioners this week unanimously approved an ordinance establishing a 45-mile-per-hour speed limit south of Aurora, following a previous request by Aurora Mayor Fred Weekes.
The new speed limit on county road 23, or 476th Avenue, would begin three-quarters of a mile south of the city limits in order to mirror the road north of the city.
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53 people in nine states sickened after eating raw tuna

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP), A salmonella outbreak likely linked to raw tuna has sickened 53 people in nine states, health officials said Thursday.
Most of the cases, 31, are in California, officials at the California Department of Public Health said. Other affected states include Arizona, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
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Guard honors Sioux Valley student for courage, bravery

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
VOLGA, Battles are not just fought by those in uniform. Members of the South Dakota Army National Guard's Brookings-based 139th Brigade Support Battalion recognize this and presented a Sioux Valley Elementary kindergartener with the Young Hero Award on May 19.
Kaylee Loy, 6, received the Young Hero Award, which honors children who have displayed courage and bravery while battling
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USDA: H5N2 bird flu is at Flandreau egg facility

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
FLANDREAU (AP), Federal agriculture officials have confirmed that a strain of bird flu that affected an egg-laying operation of 1.3 million chickens in Flandreau was the same one that's wiped out millions of birds across the Midwest.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, has confirmed the presence of the H5N2 strain at
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SDSU prof receiving governor's ag award

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota State University Professor Bob Thaler might be the luckiest man in Deadwood on July 10.
The South Dakota Depar-tment of Agriculture announced Wednesday that Thaler will be awarded the 2015 Governor's Ag Ambassador award that day at the Governor's Agricultural Summit in Deadwood.
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SD board halts poultry shows

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Poultry shows have been canceled across South Dakota until further notice while officials attempt to halt the spread of bird flu.
The South Dakota Animal Industry Board voted Wednesday to halt poultry exhibitions in the state, which will likely affect the South Dakota State Fair in September.
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S.D. Hall Of Fame announces 2015 inductees

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
• Two Brookings men to be honored next fall

CHAMBERLAIN, The South Dakota Hall announces its 2015 Class of nine South Dakotans who will be inducted in this year's annual honors ceremony in Chamberlain Sept. 11 and 12.
And two Brookings men are on the list: Duane Sander and Leon Wrage.
The S.D. Hall of Fame is the
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Defense team: Bosworth made an ‘honest mistake’

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Defense attorneys for former South Dakota political candidate Annette Bosworth told jurors Wednesday that an "honest mistake" led to charges of election law violations against their client.
A jury of 12 people and two alternates in Pierre heard opening statements Wednesday from Bosworth's defense attorneys and the prosecution. The jury will decide the fate of the 43-year-old Sioux
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USDA confirms bird flu virus at Flandreau farm is H5N2

Posted: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) -- Federal agriculture officials have confirmed that a strain of bird flu that affected an egg-laying operation of 1.3 million chickens in Flandreau was the same one that's wiped out millions of birds across the Midwest.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, has confirmed the presence of the H5N2
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A vehicle for change

Posted: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
• Camelot student develops texting and driving awareness campaign to become a knight

BROOKINGS, "Summer is here; we want to see you next year. Help save some lives; don't text and drive."
It's a simple message, but one that Riley Gordon has taken to heart.
Like many other students in Brookings, the 11-year-old biked her way to Camelot Intermediate
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County rescinds burn ban

Posted: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Brookings County commissioners officially ended the burn ban on Tuesday, following the recommendation of the Brookings County Firefighter's Association.
County Emergency Manager Bob Hill told the commissioners, "The county fire departments met on May 14 and they discussed it. … They all backed the decision."
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CapX2020 transmission line changed lives, laws in Minn.

Posted: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Editor's Note: This is an AP Member Exchange shared by the St. Cloud Times

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP), In many ways, Bradley and Linda Lindberg's life has improved since a high-voltage transmission line project caused them to leave their beloved home and hobby farm near Clearwater.
They've relocated to a new place 6 miles to the southwest, in a
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Idaho official is new Regents executive

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Idaho education official Michael Rush will replace outgoing South Dakota Board of Regents Executive Director and CEO Jack Warner, the board announced Monday.
Rush will assume the South Dakota role on June 29. He has served since 2007 as the executive director of the Idaho State Board of Education, where his duties also included working as Idaho's
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Can bird flu be passed in eggs?

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
BROOKINGS, With the recent avian influenza outbreaks in commercial poultry flocks in Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa, South Dakotans should not be worried about eating eggs, explained Lavonne Meyer, SDSU Extension food safety field specialist.
"According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the chance of infected poultry or eggs entering the food chain is extremely low due to
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Finding recruiting success at a low cost

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Editor's Note: This is an AP Member Exchange shared by the Argus Leader.

SIOUX FALLS (AP), When Taryn Christion was establishing himself as a star quarterback at Roosevelt High School, and college coaches came calling, South Dakota State University's football program didn't exactly roll out the red carpet.
And that's exactly what appealed to the youngster, the Argus Leader
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Brookings to host Special Olympics SD Summer Games

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Athletes, coaches, family, fans and volunteers are being welcomed to the Special Olympics South Dakota State Summer Games in Brookings on May 28‐30.
Special Olympics South Dakota provides year‐round sports training for its children and adult athletes with intellectual disabilities, to be able to compete in a variety of Olympic‐type sports. The athletes will perform in aquatics, soccer, powerlifting,
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Board: Audit committee should study insurance pool deficit

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), A legislative audit committee should look into a school district insurance pool with a roughly $8 million deficit that is managed by a nonprofit organization, the South Dakota Legislature's Executive Board voted on Monday.
The board voted 12-3 to recommend the Government Operations and Audit Committee study the shortfall in the pool managed by the Associated School Boards
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From hitting the books to hitting the BSD gym

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015
• Brookings school staff benefiting from district's wellness program

BROOKINGS, The early bird gets the worm, and that apparently applies to Brookings school staff when they go to the wellness room for an early morning workout.
Open to the staff, the wellness room at the high school's Career and Technical Education building is a crucial part of the
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Dakotas weather: flooding, fresh snow, funnel cloud

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP), Flooding, freezing, fresh snow and even a funnel cloud.
The Dakotas saw it all over the weekend, and the unseasonably cool weather is forecast to continue for a few days. Freeze warnings are in place for many areas, including overnight for Brookings County.
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Trial for Bosworth to begin

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), The trial for former political candidate Annette Bosworth is slated begin this week over alleged election law violations during the 2014 Republican U.S. Senate primary.
Bosworth, 43, has pleaded not guilty to six counts each of perjury and filing false documents. The Sioux Falls physician has said she's the target of "political persecution" and has denied any criminal
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Swearing in new councilors

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015
BROOKINGS, After Brookings Mayor Tim Reed took his oath of office at last Tuesday's city council meetiing, he swore in two new council members as well. Above, Reed reads the oath to Patty Bacon while Scott Meyer, center back, waits for his turn. Tuesday marked the beginning of three-year terms for all three public servants.
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