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Teaching with tech

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
BROOKINGS, With summer fully under way, Brookings High School administrators have had time to reflect on the first year of implementing the 1:1 tech program, which aimed to provide each high schooler with a laptop in the classroom.
The only thing that's surprised high school administrators has been how problem-free the tech has been since starting. With an upgraded wireless
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City to consider new tax district

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council will consider a request Tuesday to create a tax district to pay for improvements on two roadways.
Developer Mike McClemens has requested the city council consider creating a Tax Increment District (TID) to pay for the improvement costs associated with the 15th Street South/Seventh Avenue South construction project. The proceeds from the tax increment would
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Checking the course

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
BROOKINGS, United States Golf Association West Region Regional Director Patrick Gross, right, examines the soil sample taken by USGA agronomist Blake Meentemeyer at the EdgeBrook Golf Course. "That's pretty good soil there," Gross said. From left, Meentemeyer, Brookings golf course superintendent Bruce Hovelson, Andy Staples, owner of Staples Golf Design, and Greg Redenius, supervisor at the evaluation, walk the course.
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Organic slow to catch on in state, but last year saw jump

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
MADISON (AP), Charlie Johnson grew up on an organic farm started by his father 40 years ago.
The way his family farms hasn't changed much for the now 59-year-old farmer even though conventional farming technologies have progressed.
Johnson Farms is a 2,500-acre organic farm near the junction of Lake, Minnehaha and McCook counties. It is co-owned and operated by Johnson
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State has first West Nile virus case of ’16

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota has its first confirmed human case of West Nile virus this year.
The state Health Department says the case is in a Minnehaha County resident who is in the 10-19 age group.
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General Mills, SDSU to open oat research lab

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Representatives from South Dakota State University and food company General Mills announced Thursday that the two entities will collaborate on research into oat development and open a state-of-the art oat variety development lab on the Brookings campus.
The announcement was made at the Research Park at South Dakota State University.
"General Mills has a long and storied history ...
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Thanks for your service

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Former South Dakota State University President David Chicoine smiles at his wife, Marcia, at a Thursday afternoon celebration of the couple's service to SDSU, at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center. The pair is wrapped in a quilt presented to them by Sinte Gleska University President Lionel Bordeaux of Mission.
Chicoine greets visitors at the reception.
David Chicoine, an
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Student numbers up, MMS is full

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
BROOKINGS, "Our business is kids, and as you can tell by the chart, our business is good."
That was the message Dr. Klint Willert, superintendent of Brookings School District, gave the Brookings City Council on Tuesday and said they needed to start thinking about expanding and upgrading the current schools.
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Fire marshal: Be safe, have fun when using fireworks

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman is urging people who celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks to be safe.
Fireworks sales in South Dakota are legal from June 27 until July 5. Merriman says fire officials want people to have fun while also exercising caution.
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Mysterious ‘zombie bee’ scourge reaches South

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
NORFOLK (AP), The mysterious "zombie bee" parasite that kills honeybees has reached the southern United States after scientists confirmed a case in Virginia about an hour outside Roanoke, researchers announced this week.
The discovery suggests the phenomenon is more widespread than previously thought, although researchers still know little about how many bees it actually kills.
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3rd Circuit loses an objective observer

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Growing up on a farm in rural Baltic and graduating from high school there, Jerome "Jerry" Johnson had neatly laid out how he would lead his life: staying on the farm, living and working there.
It was not to be. What lay ahead was a 48-year career as a court reporter that ended when Johnson retired June 8.
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Former Flandreau police chief can’t be Moody Co. deputy

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
FLANDREAU (AP), A former Flandreau police chief who resigned amid a state investigation into alleged misconduct in his department has lost a battle to have his lawman's certification reinstated.
Mike Eisenbarth had taken a job as a Moody County sheriff's deputy earlier this year and needed the South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission to reinstate his certification.
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City to consider second liquor store

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
BROOKINGS, A few of the things the Brookings City Council looked at Tuesday during its budget discussions were a possible second location for the Brookings Liquor Store, improvements to the Larson Ice Arena locker rooms for the Brookings Blizzard hockey team and a warning siren on the south end of town.
Those topics were part of a two hours-plus discussion
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Mosquito fogging tonight

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Weather permitting, the Brookings Street Department will be ground fogging for mosquitoes citywide starting at 9 p.m. Thursday, June 23.
The parks and bike trails will be fogged the following morning.
Since wind direction and velocity will dictate the operational sequence, it cannot be predicted which part of the town will be sprayed first.
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Daugaard: No special session to consider Medicaid expansion

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Wednesday he won't call a special session to consider Medicaid expansion, delaying potential legislative debate over opening the program to roughly 50,000 more residents past the November election and into 2017.
The Republican governor, who had floated the idea of a special session for months, heard from lawmakers who want more time to study
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Scammer dupes SD man out of nearly $20K in iTunes gift cards

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Sioux Falls authorities say a 36-year-old man has been scammed into providing nearly $20,000 in iTunes gift cards to someone claiming to be from the IRS.
KDLT-TV reports that the Sioux Falls man got a phone call from someone claiming to be with the revenue service. The person threatened arrest if he didn't give payment.
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Chamber settling in

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau got brand-new signs up at its new location at 415 Eighth St. S. just in time for its open house last Friday. The organization moved in on May 2, said David Merhib, executive director of the Chamber. The Chamber was formerly located downtown on Main Avenue, sharing space with Downtown Brookings,
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SDSU roper finishes 2nd at national finals

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University senior Newt Bruley (Willow Lake) teamed with Dickinson State University's Tucker Dale to finish second in team roping at the College National Finals Rodeo June 13-18 in Casper, Wyo.
Bruley and Dale posted a time of 6.4 seconds in the short round Saturday to finish in second place. As the reserve national champion, Bruley is
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Council starts 2017 budget work

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council took its first look Tuesday at the budget for 2017 and for the next five years.
The numbers they were looking at for more than two hours included a $9.7 million capital improvement budget for 2017 and a $42.1 million capital improvement plan (CIP) for the next five years.
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County permitting peddlers

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, After the second reading of the ordinance, a new regulation for peddlers in Brookings County will go into effect July 20.
Towns in the county can have their own regulations, but rural areas outside of incorporated municipalities were left behind. Not only will the new ordinance cover that, but it'll also apply for the communities of Sinai, Bruce, Bushnell
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Spink County will not host nuclear waste suitability test

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 22nd, 2016
REDFIELD (AP), Organizers of a federal effort to assess whether nuclear waste can be stored in 3-mile-deep holes have abandoned Spink County as a potential site because of resistance from local officials, a project spokesman said Tuesday.
County officials made it clear they were against hosting the experiment before organizers formally applied to move forward with it, said T.R. Massey,
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State advising residents to hold off on treating ash trees

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 22nd, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Agriculture officials in South Dakota are advising residents to hold off on treating their ash trees.
The recommendation comes less than two weeks after officials announced the discovery of the emerald ash borer in Omaha, Neb.
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The bigger, the better!

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
BROOKINGS, A new method for predicting bread loaf volume without baking has earned a team of South Dakota State University scientists a research award from the American Association of Cereal Chemists International.
Food science professor Padu Krishnan and Julie Kindelspire, then a doctoral student, worked with wheat breeders Karl Glover and Melanie Caffé-Treml to determine which varieties of wheat
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Alleged flasher caught after pursuit

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
BROOKINGS, A Sioux Falls man who flashed girls at the Brookings pool was arrested after a car chase and is facing multiple charges, according to Brookings Police.
Seth Petersen, 33, of Sioux Falls, is facing charges of indecent exposure, eluding, DUI, assault against a law enforcement officer, obstructing, resisting arrest and other driving violations, said Lt. Derrick Powers.
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Search continues for Harris

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
BROOKINGS, Law enforcement is still looking for James Harris, the last remaining suspect in connection with several crimes in the area, according to the Brookings County Sheriff's Office.
"He is wanted in connection to an armed robbery and burglary that took place in rural Brookings County Wednesday, June 15, at approximately 2 a.m. It was found that five suspects, four
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Wet spring means more earwigs

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
BROOKINGS, The wet conditions in the southeast portion of the state this spring resulted in a large number of earwigs showing up in homes and gardens.
"Earwigs are very distinctive and are often feared by onlookers due to the pincer or forceps appendages present at the end of their body, but they are not harmful to humans," said Amanda Bachmann, SDSU
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Court sides with SD on Common Core

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
PIERRE (AP), A state judge says South Dakota's adoption of the Common Core education standards isn't illegal.
The Argus Leader reports that Circuit Court Judge Mark Barnett ruled against two South Dakota parents who were part of the November lawsuit against the state.
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Before, after the storm

Posted: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The view from the Walmart parking lot in Brookings was of a glowing, golden sky after a Friday night storm thundered through eastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota.
Two cowboys have a conversation under the stormy sky at the Estelline Rodeo on Friday.
The storm brought heavy rain, strong winds and pea- to marble-sized hail to Brookings. According to the Community
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Teachers welcome salary increase

Posted: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Although the Brookings School District's 2016-2017 budget has yet to be finalized, teachers can expect a pay boost, thanks to the state Legislature's implementation of a half-cent sales tax, which began June 1.
As is typical with service-based institutions, most of the district's budget is related to wages and benefits, and for the Brookings district, this comes to be
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SDSU grad crowned Miss South Dakota

Posted: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016
HOT SPRINGS, Julia Olson of Sioux Falls was crowned Miss South Dakota 2016 Saturday night.
Her platform is "Worth It." For her talent, she performed the operatic aria "Quando me'n vo." She is the daughter of Mark and Brenda Olson.
Olson won the preliminary talent award Thursday night and the preliminary swimsuit award Friday night. She is a 23-year-old graduate
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