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Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, It's a long way from Texas, but Kirstin Girard and her family feel right at home in Brookings, traveling more than 800 miles from her previous work as the assistant principal of Cottonwood Creek Elementary to become the new principal of Dakota Prairie Elementary School.
Originally from Canby, Minn., she and her husband both came to Brookings to go
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Library staffer to be added to BSD

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings School Board last week approved the hiring of a part-time library supervisor to help the district better staff its elementary school libraries during the coming school year.
The move was recommended by district Superintendent Klint Willert after he said he found nearly $35,000 in savings as school staff are being hired for the 2016-17 school year.
The
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Employer survey highlight in-demand jobs

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) recently surveyed employers to better understand Brookings' workforce demand. The survey results will help guide BEDC and employers in developing retention and recruitment strategies.
The survey was sent out in June to 363 companies with 94 participating. Those 94 companies represent a total workforce of 13,383, or 73 percent of the
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Association gives out AED units

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), The South Dakota High School Activities Association Foundation is distributing 10 Automated External Defibrillator units to different schools.
The organization says the recipients were chosen from 29 requests based on need or lack of access to the device.
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Former US Sen. Tim Johnson to move back to South Dakota

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson is returning to South Dakota to reside full-time after years of shuttling between Sioux Falls and Washington.
Johnson sold his home in the D.C. area to return to South Dakota with his wife, Barb, and be closer to their family in the area, Johnson's former state director, Sharon Boysen, told the
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Stories from Brookings’ other side of the tracks

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Think the tough, hardscrabble life of many American cities and you'll likely think "the south side."
While Brookings has never had a Chicago-style-bad-bad-Leroy Brown-baddest part of town, it did have a south side of the sort that makes for legendary stories. And annually, Brookings south-siders gather to reminisce about growing up there.
The geographical boundaries of the
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Real estate hot topic at city council

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council will be talking real estate Tuesday, including deciding on a developer for the Brookings Marketplace plot.
In February, the city asked for proposals to develop the Marketplace, which is a 26-acre plot purchased from the state Department of Transportation in 2014 and located in the northeast corner of the intersection of Interstate 29 and State
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Region to host ‘Smart Growth America’

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Area economic development representatives and elected officials will meet with representatives from Smart Growth America in Brookings on July 27-28 to learn about affordable housing practices and economically and fiscally sustainable communities.
A presentation, open to the public, to explain the concepts behind Smart Growth and to provide examples of Smart Growth practices will be held from 6-8
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OAC details debated

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, The devil is in the details.
That seemed to be the general consensus Thursday at the end of a tour of the Outdoor Adventure Center of South Dakota and a joint meeting between the Brookings County Commission and the Brookings County Extension Board.
All interested parties came together at the OAC this week to discuss the county's potential purchase
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Bond refund to save at least $734K

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Taxpayers living within the Brookings School District can expect a savings of at least $733,950 with the school district's refunding of bonds that paid for construction of Dakota Prairie Elementary School.
The Brookings School Board approved the refunding of nearly $15 million in bonds at a special meeting Thursday evening, taking advantage of low interest rates. The refinancing was
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SD State president addresses council

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, New SDSU President Barry Dunn addressed the Brookings City Council Tuesday night for the first time.
"A very successful university, the nicest little city in the United States," he said of his alma mater and its city. "I think we're all in this together. I'm excited to be the 20th president."
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SD schools confused by conflicts disclosure law

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), School administrators in South Dakota are struggling to interpret the state's new conflict disclosure law, saying it's confusing and overly broad.
The law spurred by recent state scandals went into effect this month. It requires school board members and administrators to disclose when contracts could lead to a personal conflict of interest.
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Central US braces for ‘heat dome’

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
CHICAGO (AP), High temperatures and humidity will bake much of the central U.S. this week, making it feel as hot as 115 degrees in some places and leading some cities to open cooling stations and take other precautions.
The high pressure system, sometimes called a "heat dome," will push conditions to their hottest point so far this summer, though record
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Making music

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
BROOKINGS, Makena Mette loves music and wants others to enjoy it. That's why she's asking for donations of musical instruments, which she will give to students at the Crazy Horse School in Wanblee on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
"I'm in the band program and I have been since fifth grade," said Mette, who will be a senior at Brookings High
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General fund reduced for 2017

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council learned Tuesday the city's general fund for next year will be reduced.
The proposed $22.5 million general fund was the main topic of an hour-long conversation for the council in its second budget discussion of the year. Last year's general fund came to $23.8 million.
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‘Always the animals’

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
BROOKINGS, Rose Marie Davidson, DVM,, known affectionately in the Brookings area as Dr. Rose, will be honored with a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at South Dakota State University in Brookings.
Rose, who was instrumental in founding the Brookings Regional Humane Society, died July 8 at age 53, following a long battle with the
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Lake Norden’s chance to be capital for a day approaches

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Lake Norden's chance to be the honorary South Dakota capital for a day this month is approaching quickly.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office says activities for the July 28 event will include a community social gathering.
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County OKs letter for property swap

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Brookings County commissioners on Tuesday approved a "letter of intent for the exchange of real property," should the county decide to move forward on a proposal to purchase the Outdoor Adventure Center of South Dakota.
The nonbinding document has yet to be approved by the Brookings City Council. It is essentially an informal agreement between Brookings County and the
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Jacob Daniel concert set at Peace Lutheran

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Folks in Brookings will get a chance to hear a rising Christian artist play in a free concert this weekend.
Singer/songwriter Jacob Daniel will play at Peace Lutheran Church in Brookings at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The concert is free admission with a free-will offering to support the church's planned parochial school.
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