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Family roots

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 2015
• Farmer mows corn maze for family reunion

ELKTON, Bob Kurtz was going to host the extended family reunion and he wanted something to impress the relatives, so he designed and made a corn maze on his rural Elkton farm.
"Every five years, we have a reunion," he said. "Got to have something for them to do. Thought a
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Democrat Hawks to run against Rep. Noem

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), State Rep. Paula Hawks is attempting to upend South Dakota's all-Republican congressional delegation by challenging U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem in the 2016 election, the Democrat's campaign announced Monday.
Hawks said South Dakota residents deserve better representation from someone who will listen to what they have to say. The 39-year-old Hartford resident, who is in her second state House
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Travel agency opens for business in Volga

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 2015
VOLGA, Summer isn't over yet, and there's still time for traveling to far-flung corners of the earth. And Connie Goodfellow, who recently opened her own branch of an international and domestic tour agency in her home, can help with that.
A certified international tour manager, Goodfellow recently left her previous job at Oakwood Lakes State Park to pursue a lifelong
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Groundbreaking female commander visits alma mater

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Jill Faris became the first female commissioned by the U.S. Army ROTC at South Dakota State University to reach the rank of general when she was confirmed as a brigadier general by a voice vote of the U.S. Senate April 30.
Faris returned to her alma mater for the first time in 12 years when she visited July
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Family remembers Caleb with Frog Run

Posted: Monday, Aug 3rd, 2015
BROOKINGS, The memories are still there, nearly a year after Caleb Hockett died after battling heart problems his whole life.
"Caleb was in the hospital five years out of his life," said Mariah Hockett, his mother.
She remembers how Caleb would look out for others even when he was hurting, and his fascination with frogs.
"Even though he
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West Nile information available at website

Posted: Monday, Aug 3rd, 2015
BROOKINGS, The public and health officials just got a new tool to monitor West Nile virus, mosquito.sdstate.edu.
The Mosquito Information System website features weekly updates on West Nile virus infections in humans and mosquitoes in South Dakota and risk maps. According to the July 26 to Aug. 1 report, Brown County and the northern portion of the James River Valley
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South Dakota looks to add more women to state patrol ranks

Posted: Monday, Aug 3rd, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), As a kid, Deanna Johnson was always interested in playing sports and beating up boys on the playground, not the typical things girls were supposed to like.
Now an adult, she's a state trooper with almost exclusively male counterparts.
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Making music

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
• Friends Johnson, McKinney mark 40 years together

BROOKINGS, Consummate musicians Corliss Johnson and Jim McKinney return to the recording studio in September to record "Our Favorite Tunes" on a CD that will coincide with 40 years of making music together.
The retired South Dakota State University faculty members will be joined by longtime members of the Johnson-McKinney Quintet, Greg
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Main Ave. S. paving set to start Monday

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
BROOKINGS, Be prepared: If it includes Main Avenue South, your commute to and from work may be a little slower starting next week.
The contractors for the Main Avenue South paving project from Eighth Street South to 20th Street South anticipate they will start the paving operation on Monday, Aug. 3, depending on weather, City Engineer Jackie Lanning said Friday.
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Attempt to call special session of Legislature falls short

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
RAPID CITY (AP), An attempt by Black Hills lawmakers to call a special session of the South Dakota Legislature to address education funding has failed.
The group sent letters asking all 105 state lawmakers if they favored a special session. The Rapid City Journal reports only 13 voted yes. The group would have needed a two-thirds majority to call a
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Former candidate Bosworth pleads to keep medical license

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth fought to keep her medical license at a medical board hearing Friday that was held in response to her felony conviction for election law violations in May.
The South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners hearing on Friday is part of proceedings to determine whether the Sioux Falls physician's
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Celebrating 135 years

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
• Brookings Fire Department marks 135 years of service, volunteerism

BROOKINGS, 1880 was a busy year. Rutherford B. Hayes was in the third year of his presidency back then, there were only 38 states in the Union, construction of the Panama Canal began and Thomas Edison patented his electric incandescent lamp.
But that year, nestled in the Dakota Territory,
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Work progresses on new SDSU cow-calf unit

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
BROOKINGS, Construction is under way on the South Dakota State University Cow-Calf Education and Research Unit near Brookings.
The new facility is expected to be completed on the 320-acre site north of the SDSU campus by December.
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Daugaard says he’s unsupportive of medical, decriminalized marijuana

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he needs to review proposed ballot measures that would decriminalize marijuana possession and legalize medicinal cannabis, but the governor says he generally hasn't supported such proposals.
Daugaard told The Associated Press on Wednesday he believes marijuana decriminalization would make the drug more available and less difficult to possess.
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50 years of flora

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
• McCrory to observe 50th at garden party Aug. 7

BROOKINGS, If Luther Burbank is right, it's time for a visit to the pharmacist.
Burbank, the prominent American botanist from a century ago, called flowers medicine for the soul. There's no better place to fill that prescription than at the McCrory Gardens' Annual Garden Party, which is Aug. 7,
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Online store moves to brick-and-mortar

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
• Infinity Boutique finds new downtown Brookings home

BROOKINGS, Dannielle Schmit is taking her online clothing store into the real world.
Infinity Boutique will open its doors at 314 Main Ave., Suite 2, on Aug. 15 with a grand opening party from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be specials and drawings for prizes, Schmit said.
"I've
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Campaign to ease pot laws kicks off

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Tattooed bikers, middle-aged health care workers, blue-collar manufacturing employees and others converged on a Sioux Falls bar Wednesday night to work toward a shared goal: easing marijuana penalties in South Dakota.
South Dakotans Against Prohibition officially kicked off its campaign to put a measure on the November ballot in 2016 that would ask voters whether the state
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Dead-end streets get some room

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council approved purchasing land in the vicinity of current dead-ends 15th Street South and Seventh Avenue South so the streets can be connected.
Right now, 15th Street South deadends a few yards to the east of Main Avenue South. Seventh Avenue South dead-ends at the city's Bark Park, south of 12th Street South. If extended, the
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