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In downtown Brookings: Oldest building getting new life

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
• Trendz moving into Masonic Lodge

BROOKINGS, A new match with a touch of history is coming to life for a pair of Main Avenue establishments, both already on Main in downtown Brookings.
Trendz Consignment Studios, owned and operated by Sara Rowland at 314 Main Ave., is moving to the ground floor of the Masonic Lodge, at 225 1/2
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Finding a new name for new K-3 school

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
BROOKINGS, The Brookings School District is holding a contest to name the new K-3 elementary school to be built off South Main Avenue along 26th Street South.
The public is invited to submit suggestions for the school's name through the district's website at www.brookings.k12.sd.us under the "New School Naming Form" tab.
The deadline for submissions is April 25.
Monday
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Is there a bus in city’s future?

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
• Council discusses transit partnership with SDSU Students Association

BROOKINGS, Brookings is not too small to support a municipal bus system, a nationally known transit expert told the Brookings City Council Tuesday.
In fact, "there's a lot of opportunity" to establish a bus system here, Bob Bourne advised the councilors.
He pointed to cities like Stevens Point in Wisconsin,
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34th Avenue project delayed until next year

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
• Grant for rail crossing not available until 2015

BROOKINGS, Brookings County commissioners decided Tuesday to postpone the 34th Avenue project until 2015.
County officials plan eventually to surface the road from Eighth Street South to 32nd Street South.
Paving that portion of 34th Avenue, now a gravel road, would provide people who work in the east side
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Making it official

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
City Clerk Shari Thornes explains the documents laid out for the city council at Tuesday evening's business session, the results, by voting center, of the April 8 municipal election. Canvassing the ballot results are (from left) Councilors Keith Corbett and John Kubal, Thornes, Mayor Tim Reed and Councilor Mike McClemans. It was one of McClemans' last official acts; he chose
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Pierre commission rejects chickens

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), City commissioners in Pierre have defeated a proposal that would have allowed residents of South Dakota's capital city to keep up to six hens on their property.
The 5-0 decision Tuesday night followed 1 ½ hours of public discussion. More than 100 people turned out for the debate, crowding the commission room and two overflow areas, according to
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Merhib to petition for school board recount

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
BROOKINGS, David Merhib plans to file a petition for a recount in last week's Board of Education election, the Brookings school board candidate told the Register Tuesday morning.
Merhib lost to Larry Rogers by just seven votes, 890 to 897, in the April 8 contest.
According to school district business manager Brian Leuders, a margin of victory of less
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‘Trees may have to go,’ says DOT

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
• Design engineers ‘keeping open mind'; will host community session April 28

BROOKINGS, The Historic Preservation Commission is on record as strongly opposed, and the mayor, with the city council's unanimous support, has written the head of the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to ask for special consideration.
That may not be enough.
The current DOT engineers' recommendation for
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Bids for new K-3 school over budget

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
• Bidders to offer ideas for cutting costs but not quality

BROOKINGS, Building a new school can be a complicated process. That's what the Brookings Board of Education learned at its Monday night meeting as it heard from Randy Hanson of Mills Construction.
Hanson said he had received 60 bid packages on the new elementary school project, with some
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Pressler looks to restore bipartisanship to Senate

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
Editor's note: Seventh in a series of seven stories on candidates for South Dakota's U.S. Senate seat.

SIOUX FALLS (AP), Former Republican U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler doesn't think his political philosophy has changed much over the years, although the descriptive phrase "moderately conservative Republican" didn't fit after he changed his party affiliation to independent.
Pressler, who served two terms
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Register claims 13 SDNA awards

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
• Placed second in general excellence category

PIERRE, Brookings Register journalists and advertising representatives took 13 top awards in the South Dakota Newspaper Association's 2014 Better Newspapers Contest, among them a second-place award in the coveted general excellence category for small dailies.
The news staff claimed one first-place award, while the ad side captured another. The awards were presented
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Capturing, sharing the history of air combat

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
• Library exhibit features WWII memorabilia

BROOKINGS, "Five Down and Glory." A well-worn copy of that book is just one of a variety of items from the personal collection of John Kregel now on display at the Brookings Public Library. They're in an exhibit called "American Aces & Aircraft in World War II."
The book title relates
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SD GOP Senate candidates meet in first debate

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
• Mostly common ground, but personal shots pepper meeting in Pierre

PIERRE (AP), The five South Dakotans vying for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate found common ground on most policy issues, including their opposition to the president's federal health care law, but also took a few personal shots at each other in their first debate in Pierre on
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Weiland seeks to lessen big money's influence on elections

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), As five Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls prepare to battle in a June primary, Democrat Rick Weiland has been busy racking up the miles.
The sole Democrat running for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tim Johnson has been traveling to hundreds of small towns across South Dakota telling people he's ready to fight for working families
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Gov to host meetings to expand work force

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota will host six meetings to discuss expanding the state's work force.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard says a small labor pool is the state's biggest limitation to economic growth. Daugaard's Workforce Summits will bring together state, community, business and education leaders. Attendees will discuss current programs and trends and give feedback for future efforts.
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Dogs banned by Parks & Rec at SouthBrook, Fishback

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
• Animal waste becoming a health hazard in heavily used gathering spots

BROOKINGS, It seems the dogs are beginning to wear out their welcome in some of the city's parks.
Effective immediately, dogs will no longer be allowed to accompany their owners and caretakers in two of the busiest city play areas: Fishback Soccer Complex and SouthBrook Softball Complex.
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‘Artist Gallery Alley’ coming downtown

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Can a city be defined by its art, or in some cases, the lack thereof?
Public engagement for the arts is building momentum in Brookings, but local leaders say there is a need to create a downtown art landscape for the community to enjoy.
Downtown Brookings Inc. has announced work on a new endeavor, The Artist Gallery Alley.
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Rhoden says he has skills to build coalitions

Modified: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Editor's note: Fifth in a series of seven stories on candidates for South Dakota's U.S. Senate seat.
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A longtime state legislative leader seeking the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat says the person sent to Washington to represent South Dakota should have integrity, conservative values and a backbone.
But state Sen. Larry Rhoden said those values
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Council topics include transit, TIFs, design

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
• Board will canvass votes for April 8 election

BROOKINGS, Next week's city council study session could be a primer for those who want to learn about how city government works.
The council will first sit as a canvassing board to review the April 8 election and then to put its official stamp on the balloting.
Incumbent Ope
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Preservation pays

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
• Workshop leader bemoans historic preservation's bad rap

BROOKINGS, The preservation of historic homes doesn't cost, it pays.
That's part of the message Bob Yapp will be bringing to Brookings when he conducts four days of workshops about historic preservation.
"Preservation gets a bad rap," said Yapp, noting that because of the way building materials are marketed, too many
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Workshops planned in Brookings

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Bob Yapp, president of Preservation Resources Inc., will present a series of workshops on historic preservation in Brookings next month.
Registration is now open for the workshops that will be held May 1-3. Space is limited in the workshops, and registrations are needed by April 17.
The workshops will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or
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Commission works to preserve Brookings’ historic buildings

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
BROOKINGS, With 340 structures on the National Register of Historic Places and four National Register Historic Districts, Brookings is a community that takes historic preservation seriously.
Leading that effort is the city's Historic Preservation Commission.
"We're here to look out for the historic properties in the community," said Les Rowland, chairman of the seven-member commission.
The commission is
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Bosworth: Law intrudes between patient, doctor

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Editor's note: Fourth in a series of seven stories on candidates for South Dakota's U.S. Senate seat.

SIOUX FALLS (AP), A Sioux Falls physician running for U.S. Senate in South Dakota says patients and business owners have a great distrust of government intrusion related to the nation's new health care law.
Annette Bosworth, a political newcomer who operates a
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Report: More kids in state have insurance

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), The percentage of children in South Dakota without health insurance more than halved between 2008 and 2012, according to a national report released Thursday.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report shows the segment of uninsured children fell from 9.2 percent to 4.2 percent during that period. The 2012 percentage translates to one in 24 children still lacking
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