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One less barrier

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014
• SDSU graduate nursing students to get federal help to complete degrees

BROOKINGS, One less barrier stands in the way of 40 graduate students in the South Dakota State University College of Nursing from receiving their advanced degrees.
The college was notified in early July that it received two federal grants totaling more than $415,000 that will go this fall
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$2M tech center preparing to open

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014
BROOKINGS (AP), Officials are preparing to open a $2 million technology center in Brookings in a few weeks.
The Agriculture Technology Center for Rural Enterprise in the Telkamp Industrial Park is aimed at helping the city become a hub for both research and economic development. It was built using grants and loans from government agencies and private business.
"The idea
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Former economic development head was to be charged

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014
• Lawmakers say changes will prevent future misconduct

PIERRE (AP), South Dakota's attorney general told lawmakers Tuesday he was ready to file felony theft charges and seek an indictment against the state's former economic development director days before he committed suicide last fall.
The state's top prosecutor, Marty Jackley, briefed members of the Government Operations and Audit Committee of
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Avera addresses changes to SD employees benefits

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Avera Health says state employees can still access some of its specialty services without being charged higher out-of-pocket costs due to recent changes to benefits.
Recent changes to state benefits classify certain categories of health care as "Tier 1" with limited options for the most affordable treatment.
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Thanks for the adventures

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
• Project Adventure course rededicated to former teacher

BROOKINGS, It came as a complete surprise to Harry "Bill" Gibbons. On June 20, his wife brought him to Brookings High School after receiving a phone call to meet there.
"My wife knew what it was going to be about, but I didn't. Nobody had told me. They just called, and
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Education students get SD scholarship

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
PIERRE, Nineteen South Dakota college students, including seven from South Dakota State University, who have committed to work in critical teaching areas after graduation have been awarded a state scholarship.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Monday announced the first recipients of the Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Program.
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Busy Bees: State’s migrant workers make honey, money

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
Editor's note: This is an AP Member Exhange shared by the Pierre Capital Journal.

PIERRE, Bob Reiners is keenly aware of the trials and tribulations facing one of South Dakota's migrant worker populations.
The workers he observes aren't human, though, they're bees, quietly buzzing around the state in the summer months before turning to fields and orchards in
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Estimate puts SD budget in black

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Two agencies say state government is expected to end the new fiscal year in the black.
South Dakota lawmakers passed a law earlier this year requiring the Bureau of Finance and Management and Legislative Research Council to provide revenue estimates for each budget year by July 30.
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Rain on Bruce parade doesn’t stop Honey Days

Posted: Monday, Jul 28th, 2014
BRUCE, A steady rainfall for a couple of hours Saturday morning didn't stop the fun in Bruce during its annual Honey Days celebration. At right, the parade went on as usual and this year featured a superhero theme, which the "Incredi-bees" of Adee Honey Farm played up on their float.
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Aurora woman killed in crash

Posted: Monday, Jul 28th, 2014
• 3 die on Idaho highways on Sunday

Three people died in three separate accidents on Idaho highways on Sunday, including a woman from Brookings County.
The Idaho State Police says 47-year-old Michael Garner, of Caldwell, died when his pickup went off Interstate 84 in Nampa and rolled at about 5:50 a.m. Sunday.
At about 3:20 a.m. Sunday,
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Emergency, other shelters getting grants

Posted: Monday, Jul 28th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), The South Dakota Housing Development Authority has granted more than $510,000 to 20 emergency and domestic violence shelters in the state.
The shelters are located in 15 communities across the South Dakota, including Brookings.
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South Dakota biologists study fawn survival

Posted: Monday, Jul 28th, 2014
• State's deer numbers have been on rollercoaster for more than a decade

Editor's note: This is an AP Member Exhange shared by the Pierre Capital Journal.

PIERRE (AP),The fawn leapt from a thicket of sweet clover bounding into a shallow draw, its trademark white tail pointed to the sky as it tried to escape.
In a diving
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Attorneys turn up heat on health care fraud

Posted: Monday, Jul 28th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), The top federal prosecutors from South Dakota and North Dakota say they have increased their efforts to fight health care fraud.
U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson of South Dakota said he has restructured his office to allow lawyers in the criminal and civil divisions to devote "significant time" to investigating medical fraud. He predicted it will be among
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Grain storage space a problem in parts of SD

Posted: Monday, Jul 28th, 2014
ABERDEEN (AP), Rail congestion and large bounties of crops have some worried about grain storage space as South Dakota's harvest gets underway.
Rail cars are in short supply in the northern Plains, and many officials and farmers blame that on increased crude oil and freight shipments from North Dakota's booming oil patch. That means the bins at many grain elevators
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Short to-do list for Brookings schools

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
• Dakota Prairie construction, Camelot addition make up bulk of summer workload

BROOKINGS, It's a short list of projects for the Brookings School District this summer.
With continued construction on the new K-3 elementary school Dakota Prairie Elementary and an addition to the Camelot Intermediate School, the rest of the district's to-do list is comparatively simple.
According to Brian
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Jaguars to unveil world’s largest HD video displays

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
• Soccer, concert to surround unveiling of Daktronics displays

BROOKINGS, Today, 35.5 million LEDs will light up EverBank Field, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Jacksonville, Fla., during the unveiling of the world's largest HD video displays. Those displays were manufactured and installed by Daktronics of Brookings.
Surrounding the unveiling itself, EverBank Field will host a friendly
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SD wants more info on immigrant children

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state is asking the federal government for more information on unaccompanied immigrant children placed in the state.
A U.S. Depart-ment of Health and Human Services report shows that 21 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed individually with sponsors in South Dakota this year.
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Thanks for the memories

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
• Brookings man has accumulated a lot of baseball ‘stuff'

BROOKINGS, "I guess to call me a 'collector' would be be very, very kind," says Bill Gengler. With a smile, he adds, "I'm not really a hoarder; I'm somewhere in between."
Whether he considers himself a collector or not, the 65-year-old Elkton native and retired United States Postal Service
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Immigrant children placed with SD sponsors

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A federal report shows that 21 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed individually with sponsors in South Dakota this year.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a state-by-state list Thursday showing the total number of children who arrived at the southern border illegally and were united with sponsors from Jan. 1 to July 7.
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Aurora seeks permission for stop signs

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
• Officials support permanent but not temporary signs on county highway through town

BROOKINGS, Aurora Mayor Fred Weekes appeared before Brookings County commissioners Tuesday to request permission for a pair of temporary stop signs the City of Aurora had placed on Broadway Street.
Since Broadway Street is a county-owned highway, the city should have received permission from the county
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Report: Prairie Pothole region losing wetlands

Modified: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
• Wildlife officials, conservationists want more emphasis on easements, incentives for farmers
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP), Federal officials and conservationists say a recent report detailing wetland losses in the five-state Prairie Pothole Region over the past decade highlights the need for increased protection for the region that provides breeding and nesting habitat for the majority of the nation's migratory waterfowl.
The
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Director hired for Education Campus

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
• Fundraising effort under way to support the campus

BROOKINGS, Brookings Economic Development Corporation, together with a task force of industry representatives, has announced the hiring of Lindsie Bartley as campus director for the South Dakota Edu-cation Campus at Brookings.
Bartley began her duties on July 21.
"We are excited to have Lindsie on board," said
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SDSU athletes hit the books

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
With a task of reshelving approximately 450,000 books, volunteers are helping South Dakota State University's Hilton M. Briggs Library staff members this summer.
Kerri Young, left, and Macy Miller of the Jackrabbits women's basketball team were part of the volunteer effort Tuesday afternoon. Young will be a sophomore this fall while Miller is an incoming freshman. Both students are
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Council reworks its rules for study sessions

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
• ‘No public comment allowed. Period.'

BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council this week banned public input at its study sessions.
That might seem drastic until you realize that "public input" has always been banned at the monthly study sessions.
Concerned that the original goals for the gatherings might be getting a little muddied, the council this week reaffirmed
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Volga’s new Dollar General opens Saturday

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its newest location at 204 E. Highway 14 in Volga this Saturday, July 26.
The company says its new retail store will offer Volga, Bruce and other area residents "a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices."
Doors open Saturday at 8 a.m. with free prizes and
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Clear Lake co-workers claim $230K jackpot

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), A group of 14 co-workers from a Watertown area business have claimed their $230,000 Wild Card 2 jackpot.
South Dakota lottery officials say the "EMPI 14" all work in the West Building of the EMPI facility in Clear Lake. They've been collectively purchasing lottery tickets for years, but this is their first jackpot.
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