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Norwegians ready to ride

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
BROOKINGS, A Norwegian visitor met one of his own during a Wednesday stop in Brookings. Harald Vik (center), who today started his long-distance Midwest bike tour from this city, was greeted at Sioux River Bicycles & Fitness by Clark Hanson (right), past president of the local Sons of Norway Fjordland Lodge.
Vik is joined on the tandem bike by Ivar Wigaard
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Grant program for ‘niche retailers’ proposed

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
• Bigger is no longer better in retailing, says councilor
BROOKINGS, Niche retailer: a business that sells a single type of product or goods within a specific category or niche.
Think of a small retail shop that sells only cowboy boots, or handbags, or hats. Those are niche retailers.
They're the kind of businesses City Councilor Jael Thorpe wants
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Runway opens at airport

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
• Runway 12/30 in operation; more work to be done

BROOKINGS, Wielding a giant pair of shears, Mayor Tim Reed approached the red ribbon and snipped.
"We're open and ready for business," the mayor proclaimed.
The hastily assembled ribbon cutting, just after noon Wednesday, marked the completion and certification of the main runway, 12/30, at the Brookings Regional Airport.
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Preparing for the worst

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
BROOKINGS, An emergency call comes in from central dispatch shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday. Police cars, fire trucks and then ambulances race to the scene and surround the Swiftel Center.
Officers enter the building in teams, weapons drawn, and firefighters and EMTs follow. Victims later emerge, some bleeding and in desperate need of treatment. Others don't make it out
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Council asks manager to restore subsidies

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
• Probable council vote on proposed adjustments at Aug. 26 session

BROOKINGS, What a difference a week makes.
In his budget message to council on Aug. 12, City Manager Jeff Weldon trimmed some of the non-government-organization subsidies from the budget, notability chopping a $500,000 Boys & Girls Club grant request for help with its teen center to just $200,000.
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Twin City acquires Prest Rack building

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
• Growing company needs room for expansion

Editor's note: This is the second of two articles detailing the growth of Twin City Fan of Brookings.

BROOKINGS, In late June, Twin City Fan & Blower Company (TCF) celebrated its 30th anniversary in Brookings with an open house. Scott Wingen, vice president of manufacturing, said the local employees wanted to
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Twin City Fan: Quietly expanding in Brookings

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
Editor's note: This is the first of two reports detailing the work of Twin City Fan in Brookings.

BROOKINGS, Ask anybody in Brookings and they'll tell you that Twin City Fan & Blower Company (TCF) is one of the keystone manufacturing operations in the community.
But press a little further, and many residents go blank. They know that "they
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Doing things the Bobcat way on Bobcat Way

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
• Eighth Street South now marked with honorary ‘Bobcat' signs

BROOKINGS, Last week, a series of signs started appearing on Eighth Street South declaring it to be "Bobcat Way."
Jeff Weldon, Brookings' city manager, said the city put up the signs at the school district's request and they would be permanent fixtures of the street.
The school district paid
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Suspect subdued with Taser

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
BROOKINGS, A Brookings driver, reluctant to stop and talk with police, found himself both Tasered and under arrest early Saturday morning, according to Lt. Derrick Powers.
Powers said the man was stunned with a Taser after he resisted the efforts of several officers to handcuff him.
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The times are changing

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
• Does anyone wear a wristwatch anymore?

BROOKINGS, "Excuse me, do you have the time?"
Ask that question today, and you're probably more likely to see someone pull out a cell phone than turn to their wrist.
Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, in a survey conducted between April 17, 2013, and May 19, 2013, has found
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Cool down at hot band practice

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
Beginning of August means one thing in minds of members of the Brookings Bobcat Band, band camp. Before school starts, the band spends two weeks defining its skills in marching, flag and rifle technique, percussion and wind-playing fundamentals along with learning its fall field show production that will be performed at home football game halftimes and at band competitions
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Wetland backlog concerns farmers

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Some South Dakota farmers say it's taking the government too long to deal with requests for wetland determinations.
A wetland determination helps producers know where wetlands are located so they can make plans to drain areas without losing eligibility to participate in federal farm programs.
South Dakota has nearly 3,000 backlogged requests, much more than other states in
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New science standards proposed for public schools

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A committee drafting new education standards wants to make sure students to get more hands-on experience in the sciences.
State education officials released a draft of new science curriculum standards this week.
The 31-person committee that drafts the standards wants students to master scientific investigations, problem-solving methods, data analysis and making evidence-based arguments.
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Report: Cost to raise today's child tops $245K

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP), A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday.
Those costs, food, housing, childcare and education, rose 1.8 percent over the previous year, the Agriculture Department's new "Expenditures
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Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living.
"Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography", Wilder's unedited draft that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation for
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'Buy the Farm' ruling in Minn. puts utility on hook

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP), A small organic dairy in southern Minnesota has prevailed in forcing a buyout by a utility that's building high-voltage power lines along the property.
The case involving the Cedar Summit Farm near New Prague was seen as an early test of Minnesota's revised "Buy the Farm" law. The ruling, made public Thursday by Scott County Judge
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Daktronics to purchase European company

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Brookings-based Daktronics recently entered into an agreement to purchase Data Display, a transportation-focused display company based in Ireland.
Data Display has manufacturing and engineering capabilities and has served customers across the European Union and United States.
Under the agreement, Daktronics will retain Data Display's sales, service, engineering and manufacturing staff. Data Display includes a manufacturing facility with 60,000
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City budget gets more scrutiny

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
• 2015 plan key topic at Tuesday study session

BROOKINGS, Brookings' proposed budget for 2015 will get another going-over next Tuesday at the city's council's monthly study session.
City leaders got their first look at the detailed, department-by-department budget at this week's council session when City Manager Jeff Weldon delivered his annual budget message.
The council is expected
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High school program wins award

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
BROOKINGS, The Brookings School Board learned this week that Brookings High School's alternative learning center has received the Little Red School House award from the School Administrators of South Dakota.
The Little Red School House is a district award, won by the entire school district.
The award read: "To honor your service to education by word and deed, your presence
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Bentley coming to Swiftel

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
BROOKINGS, The Swiftel Center in bringing another major concert to Brookings.
Country music singer and songwriter Dierks Bentley will come to the city Saturday, Oct. 25.
The platinum-selling artist announced earlier this month that a second leg had been added to his 2014 Riser Tour. The 20-city run begins Oct. 2 in Stockton, Calif., and runs through the
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Masonry worker dies in fall at SDSU

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
• Work at AME building site halted pending OSHA investigation

BROOKINGS, A masonry worker has died after falling at the Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering Building worksite on the South Dakota State University campus Wednesday afternoon.
Joey McKenzie died from the fall, Jay Rasmussen of Sioux Falls Construction reported Thursday. McKenzie was an employee of Bittner Masonry, a subcontractor hired as part
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Regents seek tuition freeze from Legislature

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), The South Dakota Board of Regents wants to continue a tuition freeze for in-state students at the state's six public universities for another year, saying the funding is necessary to keep tuition affordable and the state's colleges competitive.
The state's higher education governing body approved its annual legislative budget request, which asks for about $12.8 million in all,
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‘We’re planning for some growth’

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
BROOKINGS, The Brookings School District's 2014-2015 budget reflects a growing school system, Business Manager Brian Lueders said.
The school board moved to approve the 2014-2015 budget and levies Monday night. The budget has seen few changes from the previous year.
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Councilors clash over budget ‘transfers’

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
• Bezdichek: ‘We should shut down the library'

BROOKINGS, There was little discussion of specific budget items during Tuesday's 2015 budget message by City Manager Jeff Weldon, until Councilor Jael Thorpe took a look at the numbers for the Swiftel Center.
Thorpe asked the city manager if she could see a revised spending plan for the Swiftel Center, which
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