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Brookings High royalty

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Brookings High School will crown its lord and lady next week, and the finalists have been announced. Pictured are candidates for BHS this year's coronation.
Back row, from left: Blanche Froelich, daughter of Peter Froelich, Deidre Busacca and Cathy Kay; Brianna Vig, daughter of John and Darla Vig; Lia Bertolini, daughter of Ken and Katherine Bertolini; Ashlyn Onstad, daughter
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Investment Council gets big bonuses for success

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Employees with the South Dakota Investment Council are receiving big bonuses this year after growing the investment portfolio for the state's retirement system more than $1.7 billion in the last fiscal year.
Matt Clark is South Dakota's state investment officer. Clark says on average, the employees in the investment office are receiving bonuses of 144 percent of their
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Council asked to get behind breastfeeding

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
• ‘Community Dialogue' Nov. 1 at McCrory Gardens visitor center

BROOKINGS, It was an unusual presentation, as council topics go: "Brookings Supports Breastfeeding."
Instead of dealing with stoplight placement and airport runway change orders, the councilors were asked to understand "mothers' rooms" and "lactation consultants."
Jenn Anderson and Becky Kuehl, both South Dakota State University faculty members, want the
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South Main now carries 35 mph speed limit

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
BROOKINGS, When Main Avenue South between 20th and 26th streets opens this fall, be careful how fast you're traveling.
The city council made it official Tuesday, setting the speed limit for the rebuilt stretch of road at 35 miles per hour.
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Bollen vows to give written answers on EB-5

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), The former director of the state's federal EB-5 investment program has agreed to answer a legislative panel's questions as it investigates the program, the committee chairman said Friday.
Sen. Larry Tidemann, who leads the Government Operations and Audit Committee, said he received a letter Friday from Joop Bollen's attorney indicating that Bollen would not appear at the
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A lifelong dream: Soaring with the raptors

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
• Brookings hunter takes on a hawk as a partner

BROOKINGS, Alone in the cab of his tractor, Karl Sterud would stop once in a while, just to watch the hawks wheel and circle overhead.
And as a crop sprayer, the Brookings pilot would marvel at the freedom his feathered companions enjoyed as they rode the thermals across the
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Largest harvest

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
• USDA boosts corn, soybean numbers to new records

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP), The nation's corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report.
Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4 billion bushels of corn, up from last year's 13.9
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Vanduch announces candidacy

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
BROOKINGS, A lack of balance in the state Legislature is what one Brookings businessman says has led him to take action.
Jay Vanduch is running for District 7 state Senate as a Democrat. He says he will provide a different voice representing the public in Pierre.
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Ideas brewing at 1 Million Cups

Posted: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
• Community-based meeting held weekly at Children's Museum

BROOKINGS, Coffee's at the ready as people mingle about the tables of Café Coteau in the Children's Museum of South Dakota. Here, every Wednesday at 9 a.m., about 70 people gather to talk about business, ideas and community.
It's all for a community-based weekly meeting called 1 Million Cups (1MC), which
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Road committee: Good news, bad news on Bypass

Posted: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
• Roundabouts a done deal, detoured Bypass traffic coming down Sixth Street

BROOKINGS, The Brookings Transportation Steering Committee has recommended that city council accept the South Dakota Department of Transportation's (DOT) plan for roundabouts at the Highway 14 Bypass bridge.
That was the message Deputy Mayor Keith Corbett brought to council Tuesday.
While there has been local opposition to
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Dakotas bracing for children's virus

Modified: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
FARGO, N.D. (AP), A rare virus believed to be the cause of a severe respiratory illness that has affected children in at least 10 states may have already made its way to North Dakota and South Dakota, public health officials said Wednesday.
The suspected germ is known as enterovirus 68. It's an uncommon strain of a common family of viruses
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9/11 commemoration held in open plaza

Posted: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
NEW YORK (AP), With the solemn toll of a bell and a moment of silence, the nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attack at the hallowed site that has been transformed into a bustling plaza.
Family and friends of those who died read the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in New
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For the City of Volga: ‘Explosive’ growth brings opportunity, challenges

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
BROOKINGS, "It's an exciting time to be here in Volga," Volga Mayor Mary Bjerke said. "We were that quiet bedroom community, but we're not so quiet anymore."
Volga has experienced a bit of a boom. In 10 years' time, the population has gone from 1,435 in 2000 to 1,768 in 2010, according to U.S. Census data. This increase of 333
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Council gives OK for new BankStar building

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
• Financial center will be located at Sixth Street and 13th Avenue

BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council gave unanimous approval Tuesday to a rezoning request that will bring a two-story BankStar Financial branch office to the corner of Sixth Street and 13th Avenue.
The location is part of the commercial corridor in the South Campus Neighborhood area, and developer
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Daschle headlines SDSU speaker series

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle headlines the SDSU University Speakers Fall 2014 series.
Daschle, who graduated from State in 1969, will participate in the Daschle Dialogues with former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott Oct. 1 in the Performing Arts Center. It will be the inaugural public event of the Senator Thomas A. Daschle Congressional Research Study.
SDSU
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Park improvements planned

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
BROOKINGS, In what has now become an annual event, Brookings Park, Recreation and Forestry Director Pete Colson took city councilors and Park and Rec Board members on a tour of several city parks and the Bob Shelden and Dwiggins-Medary Ball Field complex on Monday afternoon.
At right, Colson briefs the group as Brookings Mayor Tim Reed and Brookings City Counclor
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Hike sales tax for teacher pay?

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
• Organization wants summer tax hike to help attract more educators to South Dakota

PIERRE (AP), Representatives from three South Dakota education organizations on Monday proposed using a summer sales tax hike to increase teacher salaries, a step they said was crucial to attract more educators to the state.
The group wants to create the Teacher Salary Enhancement Fund,
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Democrats release documents on controversial EB-5 program

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Documents show a businessman who led South Dakota's involvement in a controversial investment-for-green-card program still worked for the state when a deal was signed with his company to manage investments.
The Argus Leader reports that the agreement was distributed by the South Dakota Democratic Party on Monday.
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Midwest railcar shortage debate shifts to D.C.

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Midwestern lawmakers and farmers are shifting the attention of a locomotive and railcar shortage problem to Washington this week with legislation, a committee hearing and meetings with decision-makers.
The national Surface Transportation Board held a hearing last week in Fargo, N.D., because farmers and some politicians have said increased crude oil and freight shipments from the state's
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