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Belize bound!

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University's Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is gearing up for a mission trip to Central America, this time to Belize.
Twenty-one of its student members, and many more family and friends, will stay at the Calvary Baptist Church in Belize City from May 21-27, where they will make a difference in many ways.
They have
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Madison resident charged with murder

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
MADISON (AP), A Madison man is facing a charge of second degree murder in the shooting death of a woman at Lake Madison.
KSFY television reports that the Lake County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a call Wednesday night. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found a 46-year-old woman from Madison dead from an apparent gunshot wound.
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View some art, taste some wine

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Elliot Johnson, executive director of Downtown Brookings Inc., whose outside-the-box approach to his job has brought a wide variety of activities to the downtown area, has come up with another first: the "Art and Wine Walk," from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 14.
"We kind of got inspiration from both downtown Fargo (N.D.) and downtown Sioux Falls," Johnson explained. "They've
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AG explains referred youth minimum wage law

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Attorney General Marty Jackley has released an explanation for a law referred to voters that would carve out a $7.50 youth minimum wage.
Jackley's office said Thursday the measure would not become law unless approved by a majority vote in the 2016 election.
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Frontier faith

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Come just as you are as you seek Jesus, that's the message from Wagon Wheel Cowboy Church, a new church plant in Brookings that aims to make inroads with rural men and women.
The church's name is meant to reflect the vision for the Cowboy Church in whatever community it finds itself in: with the church as the hub
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Swiftel seats to be replaced

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Swiftel Center is getting new seats.
The Brookings City Council this week approved a contract with Hussey Seating Company of North Berwick, Maine, to replace retractable seating and the seating on the south mezzanine at a price of nearly $1.3 million.
The current seating does not meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act and needs
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3 from GEAR UP plead not guilty

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Three people have pleaded not guilty to felony charges from a financial investigation into the GEAR UP college-readiness program.
Dan Guericke, Stephanie Hubers and Stacy Phelps entered their pleas in court on Wednesday.
They were indicted this month from the investigation launched after Scott Westerhuis shot his wife and their four children before setting fire to their house
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Bailey-Serres to discuss water availability, agriculture

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, To help solve the issue of feeding the world, Julia Bailey-Serres studies methods on how to grow crops in changing environments as the director of the Center for Plant Cell Biology at the University of California, Riverside.
She will share her expertise at South Dakota State University as the keynote speaker for the Robert H. and Katherine Burris Distinguished
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Council to study Armory

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council has put a hold on plans to renovate the Armory, knowing there's a time limit on the project.
"We can't kick this down the road for a whole year," said Mayor Tim Reed.
The council directed staff to analyze what options the downtown area has at the Armory and other sites, including green space and
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Cassie Cosmetics

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Internet is massive, and video-sharing site YouTube does a great job of showing that. In 2015, there were an estimated 819,417,600 hours of video ranging from let's plays to cat videos on the website.
But a Brookings girl has used the site as a creative outlet and a hobby, posting her own videos there.
Nine-year-old Cassie Fenske posted
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Sheriff, Salvation Army to team up

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Brookings County Sheriff Marty Stanwick has teamed up with the Brookings Salvation Army to provide emergency help to those with nowhere else to turn.
"I'm kind of the emergency dude," Stanwick said.
During business hours, people in need turn to the Salvation Army and other agencies, but those organizations aren't available 24 hours a day. Not knowing what else
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Itís official: Dunn to lead SDSU

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
BROOKINGS, It might have been a dreary day, but spirits were as high as the rainbow-colored origami swans strung to the ceiling. The Performing Arts Center was packed with standing room only as people waited to hear who'd be named the 20th president of South Dakota State University.
Kathryn Johnson, of the South Dakota Board of Regents, announced Monday afternoon
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Terry Redlin dies after battle with dementia

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP), Outdoors artist Terry Redlin has died in South Dakota after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 78.
Redlin died Sunday night in a care center in the Watertown area due to "complications from a nine-year struggle with dementia," Redlin Art Center Executive Director Julie Ranum told The Associated Press.
When Redlin retired from painting in
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State announces Ness Division of Management and Economics event

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University will hold an event Thursday to announce the Ness Division of Management and Economics. A short program will start at 3:30 p.m. at Schultz Hall. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the lobby in Caldwell Hall.
The division is the result of a gift from Larry '69 and Diane
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May Day Music Festival planned for April 29

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
BROOKINGS, KSDJ, New Rock 90.7, in conjunction with Downtown Brookings, will host its second-annual May Day Music Festival from 4-10 p.m. April 29 in downtown Brookings.
The festival will take place on the plaza between Nick's Hamburger Shop and Sully's Irish Pub.
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ĎA good place to landí

Posted: Monday, Apr 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The new executive director of the Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity branch wasted no time getting down to work once he got to town. Dan McColley got to Brookings at 3:30 the afternoon of April 18 and had a board meeting at 6 that evening. And he's settled in for now.
Until he finds a place to live, he's
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Online flood mapping to help residents

Posted: Monday, Apr 25th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), The state of South Dakota is working on new online flood mapping tools for the Big Sioux River Basin.
The Google maps-style program should allow cities, counties, developers and emergency managers to test the flooding potential of increased flows in the basin's various waterways. The project is expected to be completed within three years.
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