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Student's body recovered from grain bin

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
• Authorities positively ID victim as Jacob Heisinger

BROOKINGS, Authorities have confirmed that the body of 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger was recovered from a grain bin at AgFirst Farmers Cooperative today.
Heisinger's body was found at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and recovered by firefighters at 7:30 p.m. He was positively identified at about 7:50 p.m.
Brookings Police Chief Jeff Miller said Heisinger's
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Search for missing SDSU student ongoing

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
• Elevator workers emptying AgFirst grain bin as firefighters look for Brookings man

BROOKINGS, Authorities this morning resumed their search of an AgFirst Farmer's Co-op grain bin for a missing Brookings man.
Local law enforcement agencies have been looking for 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger, a student at South Dakota State University, since Monday morning, when he was reported missing.
Heisinger
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NSU, SDSU name Dacotah Bank Scholars

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
• Schools to share banking, financial services resources

BROOKINGS, Three faculty members from Northern State University and South Dakota State University have been named Dacotah Bank Scholars.
Dacotah Bank will provide financial support for NSU to share curriculum and resources in banking and financial services with SDSU. The award will also support SDSU sharing its agricultural economics and
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Search for missing man continues at grain bin

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Authorities are now searching an Ag-First grain bin as they investigate the disappearance of 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger of Brookings. They ask the public to stay away from the area as they do their work.
A message from the Brookings Police Department:
"Since yesterday morning, the Brookings Police Department has been investigating the disappearance of 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger of Brookings.
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Police ask for help in locating missing man

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
BROOKINGS, The Brookings Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger.
Heisinger was last seen in downtown Brookings at approximately 1:40 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23.
He was last seen wearing a grey stocking hat, dark-colored pants and a black, white and red flannel type shirt (as shown in the picture).
The Brookings
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Bringing home the Gold

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
• Brookings woman becomes champion race walker

BROOKINGS, Pam Niles has been competing in the Huntsman World Senior Games for three years now.
And the dedicated race walker has also been improving with age.
At 66, Niles won her first gold medal for the 5K racewalk in the 65-69 age bracket in early October.
In her previous races
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State wage hike proposal divides unions, businesses

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Those earning the minimum wage in South Dakota would see a bump in their paychecks come January if voters approve on Nov. 4 a Democratic- and union-backed measure calling for adjusting the base hourly pay by $1.25.
The proposal, Initiated Measure 18, has three components: Raise the minimum wage from the current federal wage of $7.25 to
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‘A great lady and a great friend’

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
• Pat Larson remembered for her faith, family, bridge and Brookings

BROOKINGS, A longtime Brookings resident noted for her generosity, kindness and dedication to her community is being remembered fondly by friends who knew her for several decades.
Patricia Marie Larson, known to those friends simply as "Pat," died peacefully at home in Brookings with her husband Dale by
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Hobos in good spirits

Modified: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
The annual Hobo Day parade in Brookings drew large crowds, both participating in and watching the event. At right, student hobos sing as they make their way south on Medary Avenue.
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Poll: Voters favor higher teacher pay, Medicaid

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A plurality of South Dakota voters favor expanding the federal Medicaid program in the state and nearly two-thirds favor increasing teacher salaries with a 1-cent summer sales tax, according to a poll commissioned last week by two Sioux Falls media companies.
The poll, which was conducted between Oct. 20 and 23 by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, surveyed
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Wismer, Daugaard split on GOP status quo

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), The two leading candidates in South Dakota's governor's race differ on almost every issue, but they're particularly split in one area: the status quo.
State Rep. Susan Wismer, who's trying to unseat Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard in a state that hasn't elected a Democratic governor since 1978, says South Dakota needs competing ideologies.
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Kicking off construction

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
Although preliminary work is already under way at the site, construction on the new Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium got its official start Saturday afternoon at halftime of the Hobo Day football game against Youngstown State.
Ceremonial ground-breakers at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium included SDSU Athletic Director Justin Sell, Dykhouse family members including Dana, T. Denny Sanford, SDSU President David Chicoine and
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'Fusion' born at round-table lunch

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• Monument View Townhomes under way

BROOKINGS, As both Brookings newcomers and some settled-in residents looking to move consider places where they would like to live, new housing often plays a key role. Now newcomers and settled residents alike will have another housing option in Monument View Townhomes.
Located on 10.4 acres on Western Avenue just north of the
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Council to sign new 911 agreement

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• Light meeting Oct. 28 nevertheless has several topics of community interest

BROOKINGS, Next week's city council could be one of the briefest in recent months, mostly a handful of first readings setting times for public hearings.
One of more important actions the council will take will be to renew the joint powers agreement for the city-county 911 emergency
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Senate candidate Weiland keeps at populist message

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), When U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson announced he wouldn't seek re-election, putting a seat in conservative-leaning South Dakota in play, national Democrats had a few candidates in mind to replace him.
None of them was the eventual nominee, and one of the first people to tell you that would be Rick Weiland, who's locked in an unexpectedly competitive race.
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Redesigning communities

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• Student architects tackle Huron mall design project

BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University architecture students are redesigning and building a passageway and seating area outside the Kansas Mall in Huron as part of a studio course and partnership with the city.
The project is part of an annual community commitment the Department of Architecture established in 2012.
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US Senate hopefuls debate EB-5, leadership

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Four candidates vying to replace outgoing U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson fought over Washington gridlock, immigration reform, Social Security and the EB-5 Visa program in a debate Thursday.
The discussion at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion was the penultimate debate for Republican Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Gordon Howie and Larry Pressler before the
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Council considers new campus-community board

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• Idea is to forge closer ties

BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council this week took another step toward a closer working relationship with South Dakota State University with the presentation of a draft charter for the University Community Coalition.
Also presented at this week's study session was the community-university summary from the most recent planning charette hosted by
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Gambling measure: Boon or burden?

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Almost 25 years after the long-shuttered Deadwood casinos reopened their doors, voters will be asked whether to approve a new batch of games that supporters say would stir stagnant revenues in the historic Old West town. Opponents are concerned it will only strengthen gambling addictions and lead to more crime.
Deadwood casinos currently offer slot machines, poker and
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5 things to know about the November election

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota voters have quite a few things to decide on Nov. 4, including who wins a tight U.S. Senate race, whether to reinstate an incumbent governor and whether the state should raise the minimum wage, expand gambling and change access to doctors.
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Council: Bag ban not ‘sustainable’

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• But local power from wind turbines may be, says Thorpe

BROOKINGS, After listening to a second presentation on recycling and sustainability from the mayor-appointed Brookings Sustainability Council, the city council took its first action on the matter: it voted down a plastic bag ban. Permanently.
When it was suggested the council put a bag ban on a future
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Main Ave. to open on Friday

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• Work will continue at intersection, side of road

BROOKINGS, The portion of Main Avenue South that has been blocked off while the roadway was reconstructed since last spring will be opened to traffic at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, city officials have announced.
From 20th Street South to the future 26th Street South, Main has been reconstructed and
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Poems, but few ads – Pressler seeks Senate return

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), For the homestretch of a suddenly competitive four-way Senate race here, one that could tip control of the Senate, former Sen. Larry Pressler is bringing in the best surrogate he can imagine: a 78-year-old retired FBI agent.
Democrats have dropped about $1 million into the South Dakota Senate race, as have Republicans, and outside groups on all sides
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Rounds says he didn't approve $600K for beef plant

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds says he did not approve $600,000 in state aid for an Aberdeen beef plant authorized by a Cabinet secretary in the final days of Rounds' administration, or even know about it.
Secretary of Tourism and State Development Richard Benda approved the money for Northern Beef Packers shortly before leaving office to
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County commission: ‘We can’t stop dairy’

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• Crowd comes to commissioners with public notice, environmental concerns

BROOKINGS, The Brookings County Commission can't put a stop to a dairy owners plan to build near Oak Lake and Lake Hendricks.
That's the takeaway from Tuesday's county commission meeting after Hendricks, Minn. Mayor Jay Nelson and a crowd of about 50 voiced their concerns about the dairy.
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Roundabouts roll out of Brookings

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• Council OKs plan to drop them from Highway 14 Bypass renovation

BROOKINGS, With little fanfare, the Brookings City Council on Tuesday officially killed the plan to construct roundabouts on the U.S. Highway 14 Bypass.
A day earlier, the council-appointed Transportation Steering Committee debated an offer from the state that would permit the city to opt out of plans
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Noem sailing toward win, Robinson lacking traction

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Two weeks are left before the general election and Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is still seen as the prohibitive favorite for another term, while her Democratic challenger Corinna Robinson has struggled to build name recognition.
Robinson, a retired Army veteran, is seeking to unseat Noem, who was first elected in 2010. Noem, who is South Dakota's
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Senator says he’s ready for the ‘next 10’

Modified: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• Tidemann completes decade in Legislature; has plans for 2015 session and beyond
Editor's Note: This is the last in a series of profiles of area candidates for state office. Incumbent Larry Tidemann of Brookings is seeking to keep his Senate seat in the 7th Legislative District. Also on the ballot is Democrat Jay Vanduch.
Brookings County is a part
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