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Auditorium ‘deteriorating’

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
• Options slim for crumbling 1938 Volga Auditorium

VOLGA, When City Administrator Andrew Bremseth opened the doors to the Volga Auditorium, the smell was the first thing noticeable. With water pooling in the basement, evident by the stained and peeling walls, it's not hard to imagine why.
Volga Mayor Randy Santema described the building as "deteriorating."
The discussion of
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Guitars, acrobats and singers are coming

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
• Woodbine Productions announces new season

BROOKINGS, In its eighth season of bringing world-famous and newly discovered musical artists to Brookings, Woodbine Productions is unveiling another series of performances at the Performing Arts Center. The season's moniker, "Woodbine Brings You the World," expresses the global nature of this year's performances.
Season tickets go on sale from 9 a.m. to 4
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Rally, weather help tourism

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), The South Dakota tourism industry is surging this year, spurred on by good weather, low gas prices and landmark events such as the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, officials say.
Expectations for 2015 have been high because of key events like the historic rally and the 50th Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. Across the state, businesses and officials say
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Two ready to serve

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
• Peace Corps, SDSU: continuing tradition

Editor's note: This is the second report in a two-part series that takes a look at South Dakota State University's strong ties to the Peace Corps. Thursday's report told of the Peace Corps service of two faculty members: one served in Thailand, the other in Malawi, Africa. Today's report looks at two
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Bike initiative approved by council

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
BROOKINGS, With the successful passage of a bicycling initiative, the Brookings City Council has committed itself to achieving the silver-level status from the League of American Bicyclists by the end of 2017.
The resolution states that a bicycle advisory committee will be formed to help reach that goal by working on a master plan for bike usage, coming up with
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Pheasant numbers are up in state

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Pheasant hunters in South Dakota should have a better season this year thanks to an estimated 42 percent jump in the number of birds, state wildlife officials said Thursday.
The pheasants-per-mile index is at 3.8, up from 2.68 last year and 1.52 in 2013, when hunters harvested slightly less than 1 million pheasants.
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New words from Oxford

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
• Beware manspreading, enjoy wine o'clock

LONDON (AP), Manspreading is so widespread it's now a word.
The term, coined by commuters, refers to men on public transport who splay their legs wide apart and encroach on neighboring seats. It's now been added to OxfordDictionaries.com.
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Serving in Peace Corps

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
• Reflections on two years abroad

(Editor's note: This is the first report of a two-part series that takes a look at South Dakota State University's strong ties to the Peace Corps. A total of about 190 alumni and faculty have served as volunteers. The campus continues to be a good place to recruit for the future. Today
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City approves bid for golf course

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
• Meyer Services gets EdgeBrook drainage project

BROOKINGS, Golf was the name of the game during Tuesday night's Brookings City Council meeting, where a motion to move forward with drainage plans at EdgeBrook Golf Course was approved with an amendment meant to help pay for the project.
The measure up for council discussion and approval was a modified version
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Library seeks coffee shop proposals

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
BROOKINGS , The Brookings Public Library is requesting proposals for the operation of a coffee shop within the library, located at 515 Third St. The library has housed a coffee shop recently and now seeks a new service provider.
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Tribe counters claims

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
FLANDREAU (AP), The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe's decision to end a longstanding policing agreement with the city of Flandreau predated the tribe's decision to legalize marijuana, a tribal attorney says.
Inadequate policing and the city's poor relationship with the tribe were the reasons behind the tribe's decision to end the 16-year policing agreement, effective Sept. 4, attorney Seth Pearman told
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Council wants 3-lane Sixth St.

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
• Council to ask SDDOT to look into a three-lane highway

BROOKINGS, With support for a hypothetical median along Sixth Street lacking, the Brookings City Council, following a motion from Councilor Jael Thorpe, will send a letter to the South Dakota Department of Transportation requesting it examine the possibility of reducing a portion of the street into three lanes,
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BEDC’s on the move

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
• BEDC, Research Park work to create entrepreneurial culture

BROOKINGS, Two weeks ago, the Brookings Economic Development Corporation moved from its downtown home to the Innovation Center at the Research Park at South Dakota State University in an effort to further both groups' focus on entrepreneurship and innovation.
"Building an entrepreneurial culture takes a large team to collaborate to
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Flandreau tribe cuts ties with city police

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
FLANDREAU (AP), The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is cutting ties with the city of Flandreau's Police Department, after deciding to legalize marijuana.
The tribe gave the city a 90-day notice in June that it will end its 16-year policing agreement, effective Sept. 4, city officials told the Argus Leader newspaper. The tribe will form its own police department.
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Back in the saddle ­– ur, bus

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
It was a whirlwind of parents, students and school staff at the newly opened Dakota Prairie Elementary on the first day of school this morning. Pictured, a volunteer helps guide some students fresh off the bus to where they need to go to start off their school year. Elsewhere, smartphones were out in full force as parents snapped pictures of
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Swiftel wins int’l award

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The Swiftel Center has been recognized as one of the best-operated public assembly venues in the world.
The Brookings events center was awarded the 2015 Venue Excellence Award by the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) at the Venue Industry Awards Luncheon in Baltimore earlier this month. This is the highest award in the venue industry given by IAVM,
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Lucky ducks take a dive

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity's sixth annual Lucky Duck Pluck was a big success on Sunday, raising about $4,000 for the local nonprofit at the Hillcrest Aquatic Center. Funds go directly to the cost of building a home for a family in need of safe, affordable housing.
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What’s city’s proper place in land sales, development?

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council has acquired land in the past as part of a plan to draw new business to town. After objections from local real estate developers who felt the city was competing with them, the council is looking at ways in which the land can be disposed of, but still benefit the city.
"The city's motivation is
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S.D. delegation crisscrosses state during August break

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota's federal lawmakers are still discussing Planned Parenthood and the Iran nuclear deal during their August break, but at county fairs and coffee shops rather than in the halls of Congress.
The all-Republican delegation, Rep. Kristi Noem and Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds, have dozens of events scheduled from Buffalo to Parker over the congressional recess.
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Family of 5 sells house, moves into 200-square-foot home

Posted: Monday, Aug 24th, 2015
SELBY (AP), A family of five has traded in their 2,500-square-foot house for a 200-square-foot living space in northern South Dakota.
Bethany and Matthew McBride sold their old house in Montana, bought their new tiny home for $25,000, hitched it to their vehicle and drove to South Dakota after selling most of their belongings. The tiny home currently sits on
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