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Smile! You’re on camera

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 2nd, 2014
• Video surveillance being used to make Brookings buses, schools safer

Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part series about surveillance cameras in Brookings.

BROOKINGS, As technology progresses and surveillance equipment becomes cheaper and more accessible, it's being embraced by many entities in Brookings, in particular, the Brookings Area Transit Authority (BATA), the public schools and
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Complete Harvey Dunn collection on display

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 2nd, 2014
BROOKINGS, For the first time, visitors can view the South Dakota Art Museum's full collection of Harvey Dunn artworks in one gallery. All 116 drawings and paintings, the largest compilation of Dunn's pieces in the world, will be displayed in the museum through Jan. 11, 2015.
Dunn began his studies at SDSU, then called Dakota Agriculture College, in 1901. In
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Surly 2014 electorate to keep its incumbents

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 2nd, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP), A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.
With less than 10 weeks to the elections, Republicans
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Legislators to discuss relaxing wine-shipping laws

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 2nd, 2014
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota legislators are hammering out the details of potential legislation that could allow for consumer-direct wine shipping in the state.
The Alcoholic Beverage Shipping and Distribution committee will meet in Pierre on Tuesday. Committee lawmakers will discuss whether to bring a bill to the full Legislature that would allow residents to get their favorite vintages shipped to
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Riding for a reason

Posted: Sunday, Aug 31st, 2014
Hundreds of motorcycle riders turned out at midday Saturday for the 10th annual 727th Disabled American Veterans Charity Poker Run.
This past weekend's event hosted the second-highest number of registrants ever at 515, but it took in more money than it ever has, about $18,000, for the South Dakota Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network.
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University Mall continues southside growth

Modified: Sunday, Aug 31st, 2014
• Rainbow Car Wash closes to make room for more retail, Top 10 Sports moves in
BROOKINGS, Businesses come and businesses go, and that's especially true when it comes to the University Mall, which recently said goodbye to the 25-year-old Rainbow Car Wash even as Top 10 Sports Store moved in.
The Rainbow Car Wash closed its doors on Aug.
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Former Senate leaders set to speak at SDSU

Posted: Sunday, Aug 31st, 2014
BROOKINGS, Former U.S. Senate leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott will participate in the inaugural lecture of the Daschle Dialogues at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Larson Memorial Auditorium Concert Hall in the Performing Arts Center at South Dakota State University.
Veteran national correspondent and SDSU alumnus Chuck Raasch will serve as the event's moderator.
The Daschle Dialogues
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Equipment sales take a downturn

Posted: Sunday, Aug 31st, 2014
MITCHELL (AP), Sitting under a tent at an annual agricultural equipment sales event, Shawn Berry noted that orders for the machinery he sells have dramatically slowed down this year, so much so that the Ohio-based company he represents could end up to 30 percent short in sales compared to last year in some states, South Dakota and Minnesota included.
Berry
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Brookings vet honored for distinguished service

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
• Dr. James Bailey followed in his father's footsteps

BROOKINGS, "I guess I never thought of being anything else. I enjoyed it."
With a smile and those few simple words, Dr. James Bailey, 91, summed up a distinguished career in veterinary medicine that covered decades of service to his chosen profession.
And again in a
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Another dispute over 26th St. assessments

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
• City asks developer to pay additional $93,000 for storm sewer

BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council's contentious relationship with a local developer got a bit more contentious Tuesday when Oakwood Equity's Tim Burns walked out of Chambers in the middle of questioning by a councilor.
The walkout, during an exchange with Councilor Ope Niemeyer, was the second argument of
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Senate candidates square off at State Fair

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
HURON (AP), The four candidates vying to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson all say they're the best choice to help reduce the nation's debt.
The candidates squared off at the State Fair on Friday for their second debate. Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland and Independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie each made their pitch for
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Brookings Health considers discount

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
• Merkley says hospital might join Avera in matching ‘Tier 1' costs for state employee health plan participants

BROOKINGS, The CEO of the Brookings Health System says that "if something doesn't happen soon," he'll make the same offer to Brookings-area members of the South Dakota Employee Health Plan that Avera Medical Group has: reduced pricing on a select
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Timeflies coming to Brookings

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
• Electro hip-hop duo to perform at Swiftel Center Oct. 14

BROOKINGS, Electro hip-hop duo Timeflies will perform this fall at the Swiftel Center.
Producer Rob Resnick and vocalist Cal Shapiro are coming to Brookings on Tuesday, Oct. 14, with Down with Webster and Kap Slap.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 show. General admission tickets go
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Where should school tournaments be held?

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
• High school event survey criticized by Rapid City mayor

PIERRE, A statewide survey dealing with attitudes about high school tournaments had a sinister agenda according to the mayor of South Dakota's second-largest city.
Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker told the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors Thursday that its survey was an "overt effort to
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Counties to get trees grown in statehood project

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
• Brookings County's tree coming to courthouse

PIERRE (AP), Trees growing in soil collected from all 66 counties will be delivered to sites across the state in the next two weeks, to help celebrate South Dakota's 125th anniversary of statehood this year.
The project dubbed "Grow: 66/125" was spearheaded by Plankinton teacher and artist Altman Studeny, who collected the
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Community welcomes newest enterprise

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
• Discovery Benefits will operate out of Research Park

BROOKINGS, "We're very selective about the businesses we recruit, and we don't take it lightly," Al Heuton told the assembled crowd Wednesday at the Innovation Center.
In fact, the process can be a delicate dance between prospect and suitor, sometimes taking years before a company decides to locate in a
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Hospital expansion plan a ‘go’

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
• Plan goes to design in October, construction to begin in May of next year

BROOKINGS, The Brookings hospital will undergo dramatic changes over the next two years, Jason Merkley told the Brookings City Council Tuesday.
Merkley, CEO of the Brookings Health System, said the 2014 Master Plan adopted by the board includes a multi-million-dollar hospital renovation beginning next
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Search for commission director almost done

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Brookings County commissioners have made progress in their search for a commission director.
Laura Littlecott, the recently hired human resources specialist, said Tuesday that she's been narrowing down the candidates from the 22 original applicants for the commissioners to interview.
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SD tech school gets $500K NASA grant

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
RAPID CITY (AP), The South Dakota Space Grant Consortium has been awarded $500,000 by NASA.
The grant will be used by the consortium, located at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, to increase engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs at the Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown. The two entities will also partner with South
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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
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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."
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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
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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,
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