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City council candidates’ 1st-year priorities differ

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
BROOKINGS, Four city council candidates offered four different first-year priorities at a forum Saturday sponsored by the Government Affairs Committee of the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce.
"I want to see more creative, talented people coming to Brookings, starting businesses, getting involved," said Scott Meyer, CEO of 9 Clouds, a digital marketing company.
Patty Bacon, program director for the
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School board finalizes job description

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
• Principal search discussion postponed until April 13 meeting

BROOKINGS, Monday night's school board special meeting was brief, with the board spending most of its time in executive session discussing personnel matters and negotiations.
When board members were in open session, their focus was on approving a final job description for search firm Ray and Associates to use in
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Michelle Malkin speaking to SD college GOP

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
BROOKINGS (AP), Conservative blogger, columnist and best-selling author Michelle Malkin will speak at this year's College Republican Convention at South Dakota State University.
Her Saturday, May 2, appearance at the Performing Arts Center in Brookings will be free and open to the public. Tickets can be reserved at https://eventbrite.com/event/16170985854 .
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Big rigs going faster than tires can handle

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
DETROIT (AP), Many tractor-trailers on the nation's roads are driven faster than the 75 mph their tires are designed to handle, a practice that has been linked to wrecks and blowouts but has largely escaped the attention of highway officials.
Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph since the middle of last
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SD lawmakers override veto, end 2015 legislative session

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015
PIERRE (AP), A measure to slightly reduce the tax burden on rural electric companies will become South Dakota law despite Gov. Dennis Daugaard's objection after state lawmakers voted to override his veto on Monday.
Legislators gathered in Pierre for the final day of the 2015 legislative session to consider Daugaard's three gubernatorial vetoes. Two of the relatively obscure tax-related measures
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Candidates offer leadership styles to voters

Posted: Monday, Mar 30th, 2015
• Chamber hosts pre-election mayor, council forums Saturday

Editor's note: This is the first of two reports on the Saturday mayor and city council candidate forums at the Brookings City & County Government Center. In Tuesday's edition, look for coverage on the council forum.

BROOKINGS, Voters will choose between two leadership styles when they vote for the next
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A gift of life – times two

Posted: Monday, Mar 30th, 2015
• Brookings man sharing story as recipient of liver, kidney transplants

BROOKINGS, "Life was great. A young couple, we thought we had the world by the tail. We had two beautiful children, were in our 40s, life was skimming along just like it is supposed to, and all of a sudden … ."
It was the early 1990s, and
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Lawmakers to consider gov's vetoes

Posted: Monday, Mar 30th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), State lawmakers return to Pierre Monday to consider reviving the three tax-related proposals that Gov. Dennis Daugaard struck down with a veto after the 2015 legislative session's main run.
The relatively obscure measures passed through the Legislature with mostly strong support, but it's unclear if their legislative sponsors will be able to muster the required two-thirds margin
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Brookings management students No. 1 in state

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
• ProStart fundraiser planned for April 14 at 1481 Grille before trip to nationals

MITCHELL, Teams of students from McIntosh High School and Brookings High School are headed to a national competition at Anaheim, Calif., after taking top honors in the eighth annual South Dakota ProStart Invitational.
The ProStart Invitational is an intense, fast-paced event, with teams vying for
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Daktronics displays going into new Vikings stadium

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
• 18 LED video displays slated for installation in Minnesota

BROOKINGS, The Minnesota Vikings and Minneapolis Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) on Friday selected Daktronics to design, manufacture and install 18 LED video displays featuring 13HD technology for the new stadium currently under construction in Minneapolis.
The company says a total of more than 25,000 square feet of video displays
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County gets $200K in state funds

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
• Money to help pay for road work near Bruce

BROOKINGS, Brookings County is receiving $200,000 in agri-business funds from the South Dakota Department of Transportation.
The grant, according to a letter from Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office, is intended to go toward improvements on a two-and-a-half mile stretch of road on 468th Avenue near Bruce that serves Northern Sky
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First cookies and cream, now ... Barry Berry

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
• State students honor dean with new ice cream flavor

BROOKINGS, Dairy manufacturing students at South Dakota State University recently unveiled a signature "Barry Berry" ice cream flavor to honor their dean, Barry Dunn. The university has a long-standing tradition of student-conceived ice cream flavors, and has laid claim to being the originator of perennial favorite cookies and cream
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Regents to consider 5.7% tuition hike

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Tuition and fees for South Dakota's six public universities will increase by an average of 5.7 percent for the upcoming school year if the state Board of Regents adopts the proposed hikes during its meeting next week.
The board, which oversees the state's public universities, will begin meeting Tuesday at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion
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Volunteers needed for rec center steering committee

Posted: Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The city of Brookings is seeking four citizens at-large to serve on the ad hoc Indoor Recreation Center Steering Committee.
The citizens at-large will preferably have a background in club sports or health and recreation, be a parent of a preschooler or be an active senior citizen.
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Staying on top

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
• Schwedhelm leads nation, South Dakota State rodeo team readies for Jackrabbit Stampede

BROOKINGS, Led by the nation's top-ranked bareback rider, the South Dakota State University men's rodeo team aspires to reclaim the Great Plains Region title. SDSU, which had won three-straight regional titles, finished second in 2014. They are leading the region race after the fall competitions.
Senior
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A long road to 20th St. S. interchange

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
• Council starts its work on expensive but highly anticipated project

BROOKINGS, No one was quite sure how it would get done, but everyone who spoke at Tuesday's city council meeting agreed that 20th Street South needs an interchange with the Interstate.
Much of the discussion centered on the fact that an overpass, over the Interstate, and an interchange,
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What does public want in next supt.?

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
BROOKINGS, A dozen members of the community gathered at Mickelson Middle School Wednesday night to discuss qualities they'd like to see in Brookings School District's next superintendent, along with other topics to guide superintendent search firm Ray and Associates.
However, Wednesday's nighttime meeting wasn't the only input session. Multiple meetings were conducted on both Tuesday and Wednesday, with a consultant
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Universities imposing austerity after wage increase

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota's six public universities are grappling with about $1 million in increased costs by reining in hiring and cutting back hours and services as a result of the $8.50 minimum wage voters approved in November.
The universities will report the effects of the minimum wage increase at the South Dakota Board of Regents meeting next week, and
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Math test for aspiring South Dakota teachers proving hard

Posted: Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Almost half of aspiring math teachers in South Dakota are flunking a required certification exam, and education leaders are pondering whether the test is too hard.
South Dakota public school teachers must pass content-specific tests for particular subjects such as math to be certified to teach. The abysmal passage rate started a couple of years ago when
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Opt-out passes

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 25th, 2015
• Insurance policy designed to help hospital project financing

BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council has approved an opt-out as an insurance policy for the financing of the $46.1 million hospital expansion and renovation plan.
While time was set aside for public comment, none was offered at Tuesday night's council meeting prior to the opt-out's unanimous approval.
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New committee to explore rec center

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 25th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council isn't going to be rushed into an indoor recreation center plan. That became apparent Tuesday night when the council approved creating a committee to explore the possibility of building such a facility and gave the new committee a Dec. 31 deadline.
Getting public input for a facility that could be attractive to as many
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County working on the railroad

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 25th, 2015
BROOKINGS, County commissioners received an update on the 34th Avenue project from Scott Mohror, a civil engineer with Banner Associates, this week, with their attention focused on the rail line that crosses the road.
The county plans to pave 34th Avenue from Eighth Street South to 32nd Street South, providing people who work in the east side of Brookings an
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Elk, mountain goat seasons up for debate at GFP meeting

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 25th, 2015
BROOKINGS (AP), This year's South Dakota elk and mountain goat hunting seasons and a proposal to clarify the size of hunting groups are among the issues on the agenda at the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission meeting.
Commissioners will take action on those issues April 1-2 at their monthly gathering in Brookings at the Days Inn.
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High court hears reporter plea for Benda's death records

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 25th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), A South Dakota journalist argued before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday that the death records of former state economic development director Richard Benda should be released with some sensitive information redacted.
Justices heard oral arguments from the attorney general's office and reporter Bob Mercer in his appeal at the state Capitol. A circuit judge ruled against Mercer
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