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Fire in the hole!

Posted: Friday, Jul 3rd, 2015
• Annual Fourth of July pyrotechnics ready to shoot

BROOKINGS, About 10:30 Saturday evening, all eyes will look up to the dark night skies over Brookings as they light up in spectacular fashion: the annual Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza is under way.
In 24 minutes what starts with about 200 rapidly-fired shots closes with a finale of 200
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Six seek replacement spot on Brookings Scool Board

Posted: Friday, Jul 3rd, 2015
• New member to begin rest of Rames' term in September

BROOKINGS, The final applicant for the school board spot to fill out the remainder of outgoing school board member Marysz Rames' term has filed her paperwork.
Former school board candidate Trish Matson Buus is the sixth person to file for the spot, joining Bob Jostad, Matt Vukovich, Kevin
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Stadium taking shape

Posted: Friday, Jul 3rd, 2015
BROOKINGS, Construction is rapidly changing the skyline at South Dakota State University's football stadium, on the north end of campus.
The east side and south end zone sections are scheduled to be ready for fans when the Jackrabbits open the 2015 season, on Sept. 12 against Southern Utah.
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State could be on hook for legal fees in gay marriage ban case

Posted: Friday, Jul 3rd, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), South Dakota could end up owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to the private attorneys who fought the state's ban on gay marriage unless a federal appeals court sides with the attorney general.
Minneapolis attorney Josh Newville, who has represented the six same-sex couples challenging the ban for more than a year, hasn't charged
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AG: Employees can have someone else issue marriage license

Posted: Friday, Jul 3rd, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Attorney General Marty Jackley says if a county employee in South Dakota has religious objections to gay marriage they can have another employee issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple.
Jackley said Thursday that the constitutional right to marry that's now guaranteed to same-sex couples must coexist with the constitutional right of freedom of religion for
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Working hard in the name of play

Posted: Friday, Jul 3rd, 2015
• Volunteers needed with Dakota Prairie community playground build starting Monday

BROOKINGS, It might be the middle of summer vacation for the students of Brookings' schools, but the Dakota Prairie playground committee is busy at work.
They've organized a community build, to begin Monday, July 6. Elementary school teacher and committee member Kate Mogard hopes the playground assembly can
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Parade, Uncle Sam Jam slated for Saturday

Posted: Friday, Jul 3rd, 2015
BROOKINGS, Brookings will have a full day of celebrating on the Fourth of July, with a parade, games, animals, music, photo booth and fireworks to top it all off.
The day starts with the parade at 11 a.m., said Cami Powers, general manager of Brookings Radio. They've sponsored the parade for at least 25 years.
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NASA grant to help control mosquitoes, West Nile virus

Posted: Friday, Jul 3rd, 2015
BROOKINGS, When it comes to fighting West Nile virus, it's all about timing.
Through a three-year NASA grant, two South Dakota State University researchers will help mosquito control officials use mosquito surveillance and environmental data to target West Nile virus.
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New laws kick in this week

Posted: Friday, Jul 3rd, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), The start of the state's new fiscal year Wednesday also meant a slew of new laws kicking in. Some of the more notable:

No more ‘Daschle Law'
Lawmakers repealed the so-called "Daschle law" that barred a presidential candidate from seeking another office on the same South Dakota ballot.
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Brookings churches grow with the city

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
• Community's pastors say their congregations are bucking national trend of fewer worshippers

BROOKINGS, Just a month ago, Pew Research Center reported a decline in the number of Americans who identify themselves as Christians, from 2007's 78 percent down to 71 percent in 2014, and at the same time, a 7 percent increase in those who didn't identify with
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Fourth files for school board spot

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
BROOKINGS, A fourth individual has filed her name for consideration with the Brookings School District to fill out the remainder of outgoing school board member Marysz Rames.
Mellissa Heermann works in IT at Daktronics.
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Election, youth wage changes go to voters in 2016

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Activists who oppose a law that drops the youth minimum wage to $7.50 per hour and legislation they say will make it harder for candidates to run for office have gathered enough signatures to put the measures before South Dakota voters in 2016.
The secretary of state's office finished reviewing the signatures Tuesday. The two laws were approved
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Wednesday ends long wait for medical marijuana patients

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP), Minnesota's medical marijuana program kicked off in the dead of night Wednesday, as the first three patients filed into a Minneapolis clinic at midnight and emerged with medicine the state's law had long kept out of reach.
For Kim Kelsey and Kathy Engstrom, each hope a supply of capsules and oils offers a glimmer of hope
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Three file school board apps

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The July 2 deadline for filing applications to fill out the remainder of Brookings school board member Marysz Rames' term is fast approaching, with three individuals already turning in their forms to the school district.
True to old customs, two of the three applicants vying for the spot have school board experience.
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Extension agronomist earns Hall of Fame honor

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
• Brookings man devotes career to weed control

Editor's note: Of the nine honorees who will be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in Chamberlain on Sept. 11 and 12, two are from Brookings. Today's report pays tribute to Leon Wrage (Agriculture). Monday's report paid tribute to Dr. Duane Sander (General, Education).

BROOKINGS, An argument could
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Mosquito fogging tonight

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
BROOKING, Weather permitting, the City of Brookings Street Department will be citywide ground fogging for mosquitoes between 9 p.m. tonight and 3 a.m. Wednesday, July 1.
The parks and bike trails will then be fogged the following morning.
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After marriage ruling, activists turn to other protections

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), After a historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling and a weekend of celebration, many gay South Dakotans are settling into their new lives as legally married couples, but advocates in the state say now is not the time to slow down.
"We're not done; far from it," said Nancy Rosenbrahn, a Rapid City woman whose marriage to her
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Activists deliver papers to block election law, youth wage

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Activists attempting to block two state laws from going into effect have turned in signatures collected from thousands of South Dakotans to refer the measures to the voters in the 2016 election.
Organizers on Monday turned in petitions to the secretary of state's office for its review. Activists are attempting to block laws passed by the Legislature in
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Same-sex couples in SD can now change driver's license names

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Same-sex couples in South Dakota can now use a marriage certificate and a number of other documents to change a name on a South Dakota-issued driver's license.
The state's Driver's Licensing Program says individuals can request name changes starting Monday.
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Educator, engineer, entrepreneur, activist

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
• Co-founder of Daktronics a Hall of Fame inductee

Editor's note: Of the nine honorees who will be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in Chamberlain on Sept. 11 and 12, two are from Brookings: Dr. Duane Sander (General, Education) and Leon Wrage (Agriculture). Today's report pays tribute to Sander. Tuesday's Register will pay tribute to Wrage.
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Public speaks at rec center open houses

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
BROOKINGS, People showed up last Wednesday to tell the City of Brookings what they wanted to see in a proposed recreational center.
"A hundred and ten people is a very good start," said Pete Colson, director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry. "It was a very good group."
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Fireworks sales in SD start

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Fire officials in South Dakota are urging safety ahead of the July 4 holiday.
Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says fire officials see a few injuries and unintentional fires every year from fireworks.
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Developers speak out against city land sales

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Several people, mostly real estate developers, spoke at the Brookings City Council meeting last week, worried that the city could put them out of business by buying up land and selling it at reduced prices that the developers can't meet.
The council responded by directing city staff to develop a policy that states when business-zoned land is sold,
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