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Afternoon workout

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014
Forget afternoon practice. South Dakota State University football players got in their workout all day Friday, helping SDSU freshmen and sophomores move into the dorms on campus.
At midday, at least a dozen teammates were spotted outside Binnewies, hauling their classmates' futons, refrigerators and other heavy loads into the residence hall on the east edge of campus.
Friday
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Burglary suspect arrested

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014
• Police search Faculty Drive homes, stolen items found after crash in Brookings

BROOKINGS, Brookings County Sheriff's Department officials had a suspect in custody late Friday evening after a burglary occurred in rural Brookings County.
Brookings Police Chief Jeff Miller said the burglary report was followed by a hit-and-run crash in Brookings and the search of three homes on
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Tidemann asks former EB-5 leader to speak

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014
PIERRE (AP), The head of the legislative audit committee said Friday he wants to hear from the businessman who led South Dakota's involvement in an investment-for-green-card program.
Sen. Larry Tidemann, a Republican from Brookings, said he has drafted a letter to Joop Bollen that asks him to provide a chronology of the EB-5 program in South Dakota to the Government
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Police ID vandalism suspects

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014
BROOKINGS, Brookings police on Thursday identified and apprehended three young men they believe are involved in a spate of vandalism activity in the city's Indian Hills area and in rural Brookings.
A patrol officer broke the case when he spotted the three walking in the early morning hours in the general area where the vandalism has been reported.
Working jointly,
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Back-to-school safety session

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
BROOKINGS, Seven busloads of teachers and staff from all the schools in Brookings came to the Swiftel Center Thursday for a safety training program. School staff were present to prepare for handling an event that would require the mass evacuation of one or more schools.
"If we ever needed to evacuate one or more buildings, we have safe sites that are
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SDSU asks for block of Harvey Dunn St.

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
• Area to become part of new campus green

BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University has submitted a petition to the city to vacate a portion of Harvey Dunn Street, and if, as expected, the request is approved, the closure would be the "next step" in the revitalization of the SDSU campus.
The request will get its first hearing Sept.
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Norwegians ready to ride

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
BROOKINGS, A Norwegian visitor met one of his own during a Wednesday stop in Brookings. Harald Vik (center), who today started his long-distance Midwest bike tour from this city, was greeted at Sioux River Bicycles & Fitness by Clark Hanson (right), past president of the local Sons of Norway Fjordland Lodge.
Vik is joined on the tandem bike by Ivar Wigaard
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Grant program for ‘niche retailers’ proposed

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
• Bigger is no longer better in retailing, says councilor
BROOKINGS, Niche retailer: a business that sells a single type of product or goods within a specific category or niche.
Think of a small retail shop that sells only cowboy boots, or handbags, or hats. Those are niche retailers.
They're the kind of businesses City Councilor Jael Thorpe wants
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Runway opens at airport

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
• Runway 12/30 in operation; more work to be done

BROOKINGS, Wielding a giant pair of shears, Mayor Tim Reed approached the red ribbon and snipped.
"We're open and ready for business," the mayor proclaimed.
The hastily assembled ribbon cutting, just after noon Wednesday, marked the completion and certification of the main runway, 12/30, at the Brookings Regional Airport.
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Preparing for the worst

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
BROOKINGS, An emergency call comes in from central dispatch shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday. Police cars, fire trucks and then ambulances race to the scene and surround the Swiftel Center.
Officers enter the building in teams, weapons drawn, and firefighters and EMTs follow. Victims later emerge, some bleeding and in desperate need of treatment. Others don't make it out
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Council asks manager to restore subsidies

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
• Probable council vote on proposed adjustments at Aug. 26 session

BROOKINGS, What a difference a week makes.
In his budget message to council on Aug. 12, City Manager Jeff Weldon trimmed some of the non-government-organization subsidies from the budget, notability chopping a $500,000 Boys & Girls Club grant request for help with its teen center to just $200,000.
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Twin City acquires Prest Rack building

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
• Growing company needs room for expansion

Editor's note: This is the second of two articles detailing the growth of Twin City Fan of Brookings.

BROOKINGS, In late June, Twin City Fan & Blower Company (TCF) celebrated its 30th anniversary in Brookings with an open house. Scott Wingen, vice president of manufacturing, said the local employees wanted to
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Twin City Fan: Quietly expanding in Brookings

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
Editor's note: This is the first of two reports detailing the work of Twin City Fan in Brookings.

BROOKINGS, Ask anybody in Brookings and they'll tell you that Twin City Fan & Blower Company (TCF) is one of the keystone manufacturing operations in the community.
But press a little further, and many residents go blank. They know that "they
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Doing things the Bobcat way on Bobcat Way

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
• Eighth Street South now marked with honorary ‘Bobcat' signs

BROOKINGS, Last week, a series of signs started appearing on Eighth Street South declaring it to be "Bobcat Way."
Jeff Weldon, Brookings' city manager, said the city put up the signs at the school district's request and they would be permanent fixtures of the street.
The school district paid
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Suspect subdued with Taser

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
BROOKINGS, A Brookings driver, reluctant to stop and talk with police, found himself both Tasered and under arrest early Saturday morning, according to Lt. Derrick Powers.
Powers said the man was stunned with a Taser after he resisted the efforts of several officers to handcuff him.
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The times are changing

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
• Does anyone wear a wristwatch anymore?

BROOKINGS, "Excuse me, do you have the time?"
Ask that question today, and you're probably more likely to see someone pull out a cell phone than turn to their wrist.
Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, in a survey conducted between April 17, 2013, and May 19, 2013, has found
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Cool down at hot band practice

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
Beginning of August means one thing in minds of members of the Brookings Bobcat Band, band camp. Before school starts, the band spends two weeks defining its skills in marching, flag and rifle technique, percussion and wind-playing fundamentals along with learning its fall field show production that will be performed at home football game halftimes and at band competitions
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Wetland backlog concerns farmers

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Some South Dakota farmers say it's taking the government too long to deal with requests for wetland determinations.
A wetland determination helps producers know where wetlands are located so they can make plans to drain areas without losing eligibility to participate in federal farm programs.
South Dakota has nearly 3,000 backlogged requests, much more than other states in
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New science standards proposed for public schools

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A committee drafting new education standards wants to make sure students to get more hands-on experience in the sciences.
State education officials released a draft of new science curriculum standards this week.
The 31-person committee that drafts the standards wants students to master scientific investigations, problem-solving methods, data analysis and making evidence-based arguments.
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Report: Cost to raise today's child tops $245K

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP), A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday.
Those costs, food, housing, childcare and education, rose 1.8 percent over the previous year, the Agriculture Department's new "Expenditures
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Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living.
"Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography", Wilder's unedited draft that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation for
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