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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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After the storm

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
• Volga cleans up after early Tuesday winds down trees, garage

VOLGA, The whir of chainsaws and the beeping of heavy machinery backing up have been nearly constant since workers for Volga and Brookings County appeared for cleanup bright and early Tuesday morning.
Clearing the streets has been top priority after early hours straight-line winds ravaged parts of Volga,
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Council ups ordinance, animal fines

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council raised fines for ordinance violations and impounded animals on Tuesday and will research waiving fines for traffic violations over the holidays.
Research has shown that Brookings lags behind other South Dakota cities in general parking fines, so it was proposed to raise those fees from $15 to $20, as well as increase the overdue payment
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Only 40 gay couples apply to be married in SD in first month

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Forty gay couples in South Dakota applied to be married during the first month following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized such unions across the country, according to data provided by the state Department of Health.
The number of marriage licenses issued to gay couples in South Dakota represents about 5 percent of the 839
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Almost ready!

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Members of the school board went on a tour of Dakota Prairie Elementary Monday night, getting a sneak peak at the different classrooms and offices.
The school board members viewed the commons, which is still in need of finishing touches. Pictured are Les Rowland, Superintendent Klint Willert, and school board members Larry Rogers, Randy Grimsley and Steve Bayer.
The tour
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Board interviews vacancy finalists

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
• Decision to be made at August meeting

BROOKINGS, With two candidates in line to serve the remainder of Marysz Rames' term, up for re-election in April 2016, the Brookings School Board conducted interviews Monday night.
The board didn't take action after going into executive session to discuss the interviews of former school board members Matt Vukovich and Bob
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Minnesota ushers in region's top minimum wage

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP), Minnesota will vault past Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota this week to gain the highest minimum wage in the Midwestern region at $9 an hour, which also will rank among the most-generous state wage floors in the country.
The dollar-per-hour bump taking effect Saturday for some 288,000 of Minnesota's lowest-paid workers is the second of a
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Opposing sides face off at Keystone XL pipeline hearing

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Opposing sides in the debate over the Keystone XL oil pipeline faced off on Monday in front of the state regulatory panel that is considering for the second time in just over five years whether to approve the construction of the South Dakota portion of the long-delayed project.
TransCanada Corp. and other interested parties offered opening statements and
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New rule would make math certification easier for teachers

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), The South Dakota Board of Education has adopted a new rule that would make it easier for middle school math teachers to get certified.
The Argus Leader reports the board voted 9-0 Monday to allow teachers to take an "intermediate test" if they don't teach higher-level courses such as calculus. Teachers could teach Algebra I and II and
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