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Viaduct has school spirit

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
BROOKINGS, The space underneath Brookings' Sixth Avenue viaduct got a new look this past weekend, thanks to the work of some Camelot Intermediate School students, their art teacher and parents, and many local businesses.
The Saturday transformation was actually spearheaded by one student, 11-year-old fifth-grader Riley Gordon of Brookings.
Riley's mom, Amber, said Riley first noticed that the walls were
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Injuries in three area accidents

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
• Car hits walker; man found under 4-wheeler; deer in road results in rollover

BROOKINGS, Brookings area law enforcement officers were busy this past weekend, investigating a trio of accidents that resulted in injuries to two drivers and one pedestrian.
In the first crash, an elderly pedestrian was taken by ambulance to the Brookings hospital Friday morning after he
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Veterans group thanks Hoven students after fire

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
HOVEN (AP), A veterans support group has given flags and a cash donation to students in northern South Dakota who lost their school to a fire in the spring.
Rolling Thunder Brookings Chapter members wanted to thank the school in Hoven after students there raised about $2,500 for the group through a 2011 penny collection competition. Students brought in so
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17th Ave. S., 15th St. S. intersection to become 4-way stop

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
BROOKINGS, One of the resolutions passed by city council last week will have an impact on drivers in the Camelot school area: there will now be a four-way stop at the intersection of 17th Avenue South and 15th Street South.
Acting on a request from the Brookings Traffic Safety Committee, the councilors voted unanimously (5-0) to place stop signs at
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Weldon counters charge of ‘slow progress’ on Main

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
• ‘You've gotta break a few eggs ...'

BROOKINGS, A rural Brookings resident's complaints to the city about the South Main Improvement Project didn't get much sympathy from the city council last week.
That's because City Manager Jeff Weldon advised him that virtually everything he was upset about had been taken care of and that the roadway is
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Early season blizzard not linked to climate change

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
BROOKINGS, When it comes to extreme weather events, last year's Oct. 3-5 blizzard that dumped anywhere from 20 to 55 inches of snow on western South Dakota was devastating.
Livestock still had their summer coats and were rain-soaked in pastures when the snowfall began.  An estimated 45,000 head of livestock perished and utility line repairs, tree removal and other
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Sparking interest in welding careers

Posted: Monday, Sep 29th, 2014
• SDEC brings groups together to launch new welding program

BROOKINGS, Sparks are flying as registration for a new welding course opens up in Brookings.
The course, open to a variety of skill sets, is not intended for someone interested in hobby welding; it's meant to ready the participants for a welding career by teaching them the fundamentals.
In
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SD National Guard members return from Afghanistan

Posted: Monday, Sep 29th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), South Dakota Army National Guard soldiers have returned to the U.S. after a nearly nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.
The soldiers are members of the Guard's 1,742nd Transportation Company that is based in Sioux Falls and Flandreau. The soldiers are at Fort Hood, Texas, where they will spend up to two weeks before returning to South Dakota.
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Brookings Bel Brands cheese plant celebrates its opening this week

Posted: Monday, Sep 29th, 2014
BROOKINGS, The new Bel Brands USA cheese plant formally celebrates its opening this week in Brookings.
Political leaders and Bel Brands representatives from the company's U.S. and Paris headquarters are among those who plan to attend the event Friday.
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University research being squeezed in South Dakota

Posted: Monday, Sep 29th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Research at public universities in South Dakota is being squeezed by a drop-off in federal funding.
The number of people at South Dakota State University paid through research grants and contracts has dropped from about 1,500 in 2012 to about 1,000 this year, due to an end to federal stimulus funding coupled with federal budget cuts. At
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Time to update, expand: More construction ahead

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
• School board considering plans for Medary, Hillcrest remodeling

BROOKINGS, In less than a year's time, Dakota Prairie might not be the only elementary school in the Brookings School District that's under construction.
While the proposed remodeling wouldn't be as extensive as building a new school from the ground up, the city's two existing K-3 centers are in need
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SD State battling obesity

Modified: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
• University awarded $1.8 million to drive down chronic diseases in the state
BROOKINGS, The United States Department of Health and Human Services awarded South Dakota State University a $1.8 million grant Thursday to help improve health in six South Dakota counties with high obesity rates.
SDSU Extension is leading the effort, with help from researchers with the College of
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Rittershaus coming home

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
• Colonel to address crowd at Military Ball

BROOKINGS, A Brookings native now serving with the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., will address the gathering at the ROTC Military Ball at South Dakota State University Oct. 3.
Col. William L. Rittershaus, a 1992 SDSU graduate and the son of Fred and Ardyne Rittershaus, is the
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Drainage work to close part of Western

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
BROOKINGS, The City of Brookings has scheduled a temporary closure of Western Avenue South from Railroad Street to approximately the south driveway into Rainbow Plan Systems starting on Monday, Sept. 29.
The closure is expected to last for approximately two weeks for a drainage improvement project.
The east half of the intersection of Railroad Street and Western Avenue will
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The healing power of horses

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
• STARS program proves therapeutic

BROOKINGS, For more than 15 years, Special Training And Riding Skills, aka STARS, has been around in the Brookings area with a simple mission for those who use its services: "To help them benefit from riding. The more rides that they have, the more helpful it is to them."
On last Thursday, a clear,
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Sign of the times

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
• County getting started on $1.6M plan to replace 6,000 signs

BROOKINGS, Highway department officials told county commissioners Tuesday that they were moving forward with a plan to replace all of their signs in Brookings County. The work amounts to more than 6,000 new signs.
The engineer's estimate for the state administered project came in at about $1.6 million.
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State lifts $2M cap on employee health care costs

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota can no longer limit how much it pays out in health care coverage over the lifetime of state employees, but officials say for now that shouldn't raise costs.
Laurie Gill, the commissioner of the state's Bureau of Human Resources, briefed legislators this week on how changes mandated by the Affordable Care Act will affect the state's
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Council passes final budget for 2015

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
• This week's resolution includes recent grant increases for community organizations

BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council passed without comment Tuesday the ordinance establishing the city budget for the 2015 fiscal year.
The most important item of note is that the city's General Fund, the fund that covers the cost of most government operations, remains balanced at slightly more than
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District 4 candidates to join forum

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Panel participation in the Oct. 4 Chamber of Commerce legislative forum has already grown by four, the Chamber announced this week.
Joining District 7 Senate candidates Larry Tidemann and Jay Vanduch will be the four competitors for District 4 House of Representative seats: incumbent Kathy Tyler (D) of Big Stone City and candidates Peggy Schuelke (D) of Revillo, Fred
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SD torch run program named ‘world’s best’

Posted: Thursday, Sep 25th, 2014
• Fundraising program headed by Joel Perry of Brookings

BROOKINGS, Persistence pays off.
For 10 years Joel Perry has been running across South Dakota in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), a fundraiser for Special Olympics.
"I started running in 2004," the Brookings police detective says. "Back then, we raised maybe $100,000. Last year we did $650,000."
There's
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City buys land for drainage

Posted: Thursday, Sep 25th, 2014
• Developers say city overpaying for Western Ave. storage property

BROOKINGS, A property purchase city officials said could save the city as much as $1 million in its storm drainage improvement program brought criticism rather than praise from several developers attending Tuesday's council session.
But in spite of the argument by a recent candidate for council that the city
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