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Congrats, Class of 2016!

Posted: Sunday, May 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, For 208 Brookings High School graduates, Memorial Day weekend was indeed a memorable one.
After hearing from student speakers, including Mason Ivers, Jesse Thue, Kelly McClain, Joshua Sorbe and Brennah Brutty, school administrators wasted no time in giving each student a diploma and a handshake at the Swiftel Center on Sunday afternoon.
Afterward, the graduates hugged as they look
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Vigness Purple Heart effort ongoing

Posted: Sunday, May 29th, 2016
FLANDREAU, At 92, Sylvan Vigness knows what he needs.
He needs his comfortable chair in the corner of his Flandreau home. He needs the walker that stays within easy reach of his chair. He needs the ramp in his living room that helps him and his walker angle on up to the kitchen.
Those are things he needs. He wouldn't
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Leave baby wild animals alone, new campaign stresses

Posted: Sunday, May 29th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A South Dakota wildlife official is trying to combat a scene she sees several times every summer: A mom and her children show up carrying a box with holes poked in the top and a baby wild animal inside.
The family thinks they've rescued it from apparent abandonment, but that's far from the truth, Thea Miller Ryan
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Campaign reports show receipts

Posted: Sunday, May 29th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), State campaign finance reports released Friday show hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from a car title lending company for ballot measure campaigns and primary contributions to favored Republican lawmakers from Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
They cover January through May 23. Here's a look at what's in the reports filed ahead of South Dakota's June 7 primary
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Daugaard naming USD student to state Board of Regents

Posted: Sunday, May 29th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he's naming University of South Dakota student Conrad Adam to the state Board of Regents.
The governor said Friday that Adam, a finance student entering his junior year, will serve as the board's student member.
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SDSU again considering private housing on campus

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Building projects should continue apace at South Dakota State University in the next few years, should developers respond kindly to SDSU's request for proposals for new student housing options for upper-division students.
During its mid-May meeting in Brookings, the South Dakota Board of Regents approved a preliminary facility statement for a public-private partnership RFP to redevelop SDSU's south neighborhood.
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Brookings student brings home addiction award

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016
PHOENIX, A project showing how negative attitudes about stress impact key factors that influence vulnerability to addiction, including sleep, emotion and cognition, won a first-place Addiction Science Award at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)
The first-place award at the world's largest science competition for high school students went to 15-year-old Kashfia Rahman, a sophomore at Brookings
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Auto title lender gives $237K for loan ballot question

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A Georgia car title lender has contributed nearly $240,000 in additional funds to two South Dakota political organizations waging campaigns over a pair of short-term lending ballot measures, according to campaign finance records released Friday.
Alpharetta-based Select Management Resources LLC is the organizations' sole reported financier in filings covering January through May 23. The company appears to
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Officials urge safe driving

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), State public safety officials are urging people to stay safe while traveling during this Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says it expects more vehicles on roads over the next few days because of the holiday and the fact that some consider this weekend the official start of the summer.
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Campus under construction

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Driving along Medary Avenue has taken on a very different feel lately as workers began demolition of several structures to make way for the new Alumni Green project at South Dakota State University.
The construction zone is a two-block area in the shadow of the Campanile on the west side of Medary.
Above, all that remains of the building that
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Drug court to start in county July 1

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016
BROOKINGS, A special program designed to help a specific group of felony offenders who have drug dependency problems is coming to Brookings County.
A state-funded drug court will start here on July 1, Brookings County Deputy State's Attorney Abigail Howard announced last week.
Its goal is to break the cycle of abuse and help high-need, high-risk drug addicts who
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Brookings Tae Kwon Do moving to new building

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016
BROOKINGS, For nearly five years, Brookings Tae Kwon Do hasn't had a home. The martial arts school run by Mark Anawski has set up in schools, city buildings or wherever else they could.
With numbers continually growing, he needed more room and the freedom to schedule classes, so he bought the building at 919 Main Ave. S.
Anawski has
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Colome man survives severe storm inside iron gun case

Posted: Friday, May 27th, 2016
COLOME (AP), As the winds toppled his semitrailer and destroyed his barn, the only thing protecting Rick Petersek from flying debris was an iron box.
"I tell you what ... that was the most horrifying thing I've ever experienced," Petersek told The Daily Republic newspaper.
At about 7 p.m. Sunday, heavy winds and rains created severe conditions in Colome, Petersek
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Making sure kids are always smiling

Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Roaming the halls of his school, Dakota Prairie Elementary Principal and former Hillcrest Elementary Principal Gary Thomas has worked hard ensuring the young boys and girls under his care are always smiling.
Happy with his 37 years in education and the 2015-2016 school year completed, Thomas will now retire.
It's been a long journey to his final role as
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Plenty of chances to honor the fallen

Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The annual and traditional program observing Memorial Day in Brookings begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, in the Daktronics Room at the Swiftel Center.
As a prelude to the gathering, the Brookings High School Orchestra, under the direction of Kathy Winghart, will play a medley of patriotic music. The orchestra will also play at intervals throughout the program
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Estate claims reveal Westerhuis' debts before murder-suicide

Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A South Dakota man who authorities believe embezzled more than $1 million from his employer had significant debt when he killed his wife and four children before taking his own life last year, according to claims against his estate.
Mid-Central Educational Cooperative's late business manager, Scott Westerhuis, owed $15,000 for an outstanding credit card, nearly $46,000 to
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Freedom!

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Kids stream out the doors of George S. Mickelson Middle School Tuesday afternoon on the last day of school for the year. With the kids out for the summer, motorists should be more aware of youngsters walking and biking to activities.
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Heermann wins recount

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, It's official; after a few hours of recounting votes for the Brookings School Board election held April 12, Mellissa Heermann has secured the second seat that was up for vote this spring by a margin of seven votes.
Heermann will begin work in her role on the school board after being sworn in at the start of the July
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Tidemann: 12 years for District 7

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, State Sen. Larry Tidemann is a familiar face in Pierre and in Brookings, having been in state office for 12 years. Now, he's in a primary race seeking a fourth term as state senator.
Tidemann's proud to report a completed personal agenda from his latest two-year term. When he ran for re-election, he had four things he wanted to
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Gov's Ag Summit coming to Brookings

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS (AP), The state Department of Agriculture has scheduled the 2016 South Dakota Governor's Agricultural Summit for next week in Brookings.
The gathering on June 2 will feature panel discussions on agricultural policy, the weather's impact on agriculture, water quality and how some producers implement stewardship and conservation practices on their operations.
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Challenge to ballot measure capping interest rates fails

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), South Dakota residents may face a confusing scenario at the polls in November: a ballot with two proposals about payday loan interest rates that could have divergent consequences for borrowers and businesses across the state.
Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said Tuesday that a challenge to one ballot measure limiting interest rates to 36 percent annually was
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Madison man accused of killing fiancee pleads not guilty

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
MADISON (AP), A Madison man accused of killing his fiancee has pleaded not guilty to murder.
Forty-six-year-old Michael Schmitz is accused of fatally shooting 46-year-old Corina Booth the night of April 27 at a home at Lake Madison.
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The ultimate class project goes on sale

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings High School Building Trades program is offering this home at public auction at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 26. The auction will be held outside at the house, southeast of the school.
The Building Trades program has produced many fine homes over the years, and this year is no exception, said BHS Building Trades instructor Kale Skogen.
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Sales tax goes up next week

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), The South Dakota Department of Revenue is reminding residents and businesses that the state's sales tax is set to go up next week.
The state's sales and use tax rate will increase from 4 percent to 4.5 percent on June 1. It is the first permanent increase to the state's sales tax rate in nearly half a century.
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SD Regents want pay gap suit tossed

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), The South Dakota Board of Regents is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a former South Dakota State University professor who claims she was paid less than colleagues who were not black and female.
The Argus Leader reports the board's lawyers in the response to the lawsuit from Fedora Sutton acknowledge that she was
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Newcomer Post: Vote your values

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
BROOKINGS, It's his first run for state office, but father, husband and dairy farmer Doug Post is quickly learning how to run a campaign in his bid for District 7 state senator.
"I've got some pretty strong core convictions, and I believe Republicans should be Republicans. So, I'm holding up some of those values," he said. "A lot of times,
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New book planned about Wilder

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), The South Dakota State Historical Society is planning a new book about prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder, celebrating the 150th anniversary of her birthday and building on the success of a recent memoir.
Wilder penned the popular children's series of "Little House on the Prairie" books. The memoir "Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography" edited by Pamela Smith Hill
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Flags to fly at half-staff

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags flown at half-staff at the state Capitol on Wednesday to honor former state legislator Roland Chicoine.
Chicoine, of Elk Point, died on Thursday at age 93.
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