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Benefits company expanding to Brookings

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
• Will need 125 employees at its new Research Park operation

BROOKINGS, A Fargo, N.D.-based employee benefits administrator announced today that the company is expanding to Brookings, bringing with it as many as 125 new jobs.
Discovery Benefits officials made the announcement at a morning press conference at the Innovation Center in Brookings.
The location was appropriate, since the

Communication key goal for new SDHSAA leader

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
• Seeking smaller schools' perspective on tournament site selection committee

FLANDREAU, Improved communication is a top priority for the new chairman of the board at the South Dakota High School Activities Association.
"We need to communicate as best we can," said Rick Weber, superintendent of the Flandreau School District. "There's always ways to improve in anything you do."

Boys & Girls Club gets $575K

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
• City donation to fund teen center renovation

BROOKINGS, The building fund of the Boys & Girls Club of Brookings is a half-million dollars healthier today, thanks to the Brookings City Council, and her fellow councilors awarded Jael Thorpe $50,000 in start-up funds for her Retail Acceleration Grants proposal.
Several other organizations shared in the council's largesse Tuesday at

Young pheasant tally shows birds to increase

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), This year's tally of young pheasants is a good sign bird numbers in the state are expected to increase a year after one of the lowest roadside counts in three decades, the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks said Tuesday.
The department released its annual brood count Tuesday, which found an average of 2.68 pheasants per mile,

Proving his mettle

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
• Madison man participates in inaugural Boulder triathlon

BROOKINGS, It's the endurance of the sport and others like it that appeals to Kurt Pickard. It's a chance to prove your mettle, to see what you can do, he said.
Pickard, a salesman at his family's Volga-based crop insurance company, Pickard Crop Services, had his chance during the Aug. 3

Mitchell man resists arrest, gets Tasered

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
• Woman enters ‘arrest zone,' touches active Taser wire

BROOKINGS, A Mitchell man found himself on the wrong end of a Taser wire early Saturday, zapped for his aggressive behavior and his refusal to allow an officer to handcuff him.
But the incident also had consequences for a young woman who ran into the street where police were handcuffing

Prominent SD golfer dies in UTV accident

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS, The Sully County Sheriff's Office says a prominent figure in the South Dakota golfing community has died in a utility task vehicle accident.
Mark Amundson died when his UTV rolled over early Monday morning.
Jonathan Harms is a public information officer at the Department of Public Safety. He says Amundson was ejected from the two-seated vehicle because he

Farmers' Almanac: Another nasty winter

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
LEWISTON, Maine (AP), The folks at the Farmers' Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it.
Memories of the polar vortex and relentless snowstorms won't soon be forgotten. And the editors of the publication are predicting more of the same for the coming season.

Ready to roll

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014
• New transportation director prepares for school year

BROOKINGS, It's been a busy month and half since Brant Ravenscroft joined the Brookings School District as its new transportation director.
He's been busily installing new technologies into the buses, such as GPS and getting ready for Wi-Fi, and preparing schedules and routes for the first time.
It's been quite a

Crime spree suspect identified

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014
• Allegedly involved in ‘garage theft' burglaries earlier in week

BROOKINGS, The suspect in a burglary-turned-robbery in rural Brookings Friday has been identified as 20-year-old Michael Ramon of Brookings.
Ramon, who was apprehended early Friday evening in Volga, is being held in the Brookings County Detention Center on $50,000 cash bond, according to Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring.
It was

Hospital expansion plans to be presented

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014
• Rezoning for new bank building gets first reading

BROOKINGS, If you're going to the city council meeting on Tuesday, you might want to wear a hard hat. There'll be so much construction "stuff" on the agenda, new buildings, new zoning plans, rezonings, change orders, that you may need some headgear for protection.
Among the more interesting topics to

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.

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

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

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,

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

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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