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Lifelong brotherhood

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Anda Union, a music ensemble from Inner Mongolia, China, will arrive in Brookings on Sunday and kick off its residency week with a public welcome reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Children's Museum of South Dakota atrium.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the 11 members of Anda Union and to publicly welcome them to
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Races for mayor, council, school board

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
BROOKINGS, All races will be contested in the April 11 elections for Brookings City Council and Brookings School Board.
Three seats are opening on the Brookings City Council: the mayor's seat currently held by interim mayor Scott Munsterman; and two council seats, currently held by Dan Hansen and Ope Niemeyer.
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Bridge maintenance a problem for county

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Road access had some members of the Brookings County Commission worried on Tuesday, with Commissioner Lee Ann Pierce saying weight restrictions on bridges have interfered with some producers' ability to haul goods.
"I'm a little uncomfortable with the fact that we block off these bridges and then we tell our producers, You've got to figure out some
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Searching for a story

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Throughout the day Thursday, the Brookings Public Library was the place to be for bookworms hunting for another good read. The Friends of the Library Book Sale began Wednesday night for members of Friends of the Library with more than 220 boxes worth of books spread out across tables in the Cooper room of the library.
Sandra Ballou, president
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SDSU names Hedge provost

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Dennis Hedge, a member of the South Dakota State University faculty and staff since 1992, has been selected provost and vice president for academic affairs of the institution following a six-month national search. The appointment is subject to South Dakota Board of Regents' approval at its March meeting.
Hedge has been serving the role on an interim basis since
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Ex-US Rep. named new Augustana president

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Former U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin says her new position as the 24th president of Augustana University is a "true calling" and she is "done seeking political office."
The Sioux Falls private liberal arts college introduced the former Brookings resident Thursday as its first female president. Herseth Sandlin will succeed President Rob Oliver, who is retiring.
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Bill signed to create oversight board for tech schools

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
PIERRE (AP), Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure setting up a new board to oversee South Dakota's four technical institutes.
The Republican governor on Thursday signed the bill, which creates the South Dakota Board of Technical Education.
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They call him Tater Salad

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
BROOKINGS,It was a roarin' good time filled with plenty of Tater Salad classics as comedian Ron White performed at the Swiftel Center on Thursday evening. More than 1,700 fans took in the show.
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Dakota Access pipeline could be operating within weeks

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP), Oil could be flowing through the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in less than two weeks, according to court documents filed by the developer just before police and soldiers started clearing a protest camp in North Dakota where pipeline opponents had gathered for the better part of a year.
Energy Transfer Partners has finished drilling under
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Green thumbs ready

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
BROOKINGS, The Brookings Boulevard Project got $1,000 from the county commission on Tuesday, an increase from the $750 of previous years.
Half that $1,000 would go toward planting new trees in the City of Brookings with the other half intended for other communities in the county. This year, Boulevard Project organizers plan to plant 60 trees in the city and
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Edwards SDs top weather watcher

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
BROOKINGS,A tornado which nearly hit her family's Twin Cities home, left its mark on 9-year-old Laura Edwards and fueled an interest in weather and climate which has not subsided.
Since 2011, Edwards has served South Dakotans as the SDSU Extension climate field specialist. She was recently named the new SDSU Extension state climatologist, a position previously held by Dennis Todey.
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SDSU faculty recognized for research, teaching, service

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University recognized 29 faculty members, researchers and scientists at its annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence banquet held Tuesday in the University Student Union. The event honors faculty members in each of the university's colleges for outstanding research, teaching and service.
Before the evening banquet, four faculty scholars delivered Sewrey lectures to raise awareness and show scholarship
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Pharmacy grads rank second in nation

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
BROOKINGS,All 76 graduating SDSU pharmacy students from the class of 2016 passed the required professional exam in order to be licensed as a pharmacist, and 75 of them did it on the first attempt.
That 98.68 percent first-time passage rate ranks second in the nation, barely trailing the University of Washington, which had 98.94 percent of its 94 graduates
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Senate panel passes protest bill

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
PIERRE (AP), Gov. Dennis Daugaard's bill to make it clear that the governor's emergency response powers apply to potentially destructive protests passed its first legislative test Wednesday over the objections of Democratic lawmakers and tribal officials.
A Senate panel voted 6-3 to advance the public safety bill, which the administration says is based on lessons North Dakota officials learned from
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Behind the badge

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017
BROOKINGS, Ben Quam and Rachel Holm say going through Citizens Police Academy not only helped them understand how law enforcement does their jobs, but helped the two of them in their own careers as social workers.
The eighth annual Citizens Police Academy, hosted by the Brookings Police Department, will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 6, and run through May
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Two file for school board run

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017
BROOKINGS, There are now two contenders for a single Brookings School Board seat currently held by Larry Rogers.
Kevin Sackreiter and Jennifer Lacher-Starace submitted their petitions earlier this week, ahead of the 5 p.m. Feb. 24 deadline.
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SD bill leaves evolution skepticism up to teachers

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota legislators are weighing whether to let teachers decide how much skepticism to work into lessons on contentious scientific topics such as evolution and climate change.
A House committee on Wednesday is set to consider the measure, which would give legal protection to teachers who want to discuss "in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses"
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US shutting down Dakota Access protest camp

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP), The Army Corps of Engineers' plan to close a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp that's been around for more than six months isn't likely to be the demise of on-the-ground opposition in North Dakota.
Wednesday's deadline for the protesters to leave also may not spell the end of the heavy law enforcement presence near where the Dallas-based
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SD lawmakers advance concealed carry bills to both chambers

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017
PIERRE (AP), Two nearly identical bills aiming to eliminate penalties for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit in South Dakota are moving forward in both the House and Senate.
The Senate bill cleared a panel hearing Tuesday 5-2 after its companion passed through a House committee last week. Lawmakers have to take up the two bills by Thursday, which
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30 years of Hillfest fun

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
BROOKINGS, The fun is still six weeks away, but Hillfest organizers are well into planning, fundraising, rounding up volunteers and selling tickets for the 30th annual event.
The annual PTA-sponsored fundraising carnival will be held at Hillcrest Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1.
This longstanding family-friendly fundraiser generates thousands of dollars and boasts children's
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Abortion, finance measures in Pierre

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota lawmakers are set to consider measures on abortion, campaign finance and the governor's emergency response powers this week. Here's a look at some of the proposals they plan to take up after they return to Pierre on Tuesday:

Crossover day
Lawmakers face an important deadline Thursday, which is the final day to pass bills out
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SDSU a boost for Brookings

Posted: Monday, Feb 20th, 2017
BROOKINGS, South Dakota is $2.66 billion richer thanks to the state's six public universities, and Brookings benefits from South Dakota State University, too.
That's according to data from a study sponsored by the South Dakota Board of Regents and the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry, led by Mike Algrunn, associate professor of economics at the University of South
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More SD teachers retiring, fewer recruited

Posted: Monday, Feb 20th, 2017
MITCHELL (AP), Statistics from the South Dakota Department of Education show that most of the state's teachers are nearing retirement at a faster pace than first-year teachers are being recruited.
The statistic has some educators wondering if the South Dakota Legislature's 2016 move to boost teacher pay came soon enough, The Daily Republic reported.
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SDs vehicle fatality rate among lowest in nation

Posted: Monday, Feb 20th, 2017
PIERRE, South Dakota had the nation's fourth lowest motor vehicle fatality rate in 2016, according to a national organization.
The National Safety Council says in its annual report released last week that the number of motor-vehicle deaths in the United States during 2016 totaled 40,200, an increase of 6 percent. But South Dakota's 116 traffic fatalities was a decrease
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