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Recognizing a renaissance man

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2016
Editor's note: Two of the 10 honorees who will be inducted into the 2016 South Dakota Hall of Fame in Chamberlain on Sept. 9-10 are from Brookings: Dr. Robert Burns (education) and Dr. Richard Holm (medical). Today's report pays tribute to Burns. Thursday's Register will pay tribute to Holm.

BROOKINGS, The dictionary definition of "renaissance man", "a person
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Two men arrested for drugs near park

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Two Brookings men have been arrested on drug charges, including allegedly having marijuana, LSD and cocaine in a drug-free zone, according to Brookings Police.
Drug-free zones include 1,000 feet around schools, parks and playgrounds, said Lt. Derrick Powers.
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Woman sues BPD, alleges excessive force used

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A woman who was acquitted of assaulting a police officer in Brookings is now suing the city, its police chief and three officers over using excessive force and false allegations.
The Argus Leader reports 45-year-old Tamra Welbig is arguing that officers unnecessarily slammed her to the ground and then wrongfully arrested her for a felony in 2012.
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Council votes down TIF request

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council voted down a request 4-2 Tuesday by resident Mike McClemans to create a Tax Increment District to pay for a planned street construction project by utilizing Tax Increment Finance (TIF). Mayor Tim Reed was absent.
The proposed construction is the plan to connect 15th Street South going east to Seventh Avenue South, which will connect
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Tech school backers launch amendment campaign

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Gov. Dennis Daugaard is backing a proposed constitutional amendment that supporters say will help South Dakota's technical schools address the state's skilled worker shortage.
Boosters launched their campaign Tuesday to convince South Dakota residents to vote for Constitutional Amendment R at the polls in November. Supporters say the measure gives the technical schools a seat at the
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BMU, Bel settle on damage

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings Municipal Utilities Board approved a half-million-dollar settlement with Bel Brands on Monday.
The settlement stems from BMU's accusations that discharges from Bel Brands' wastewater treatment portion of the cheese plant, "including excessive amounts of hydrogen sulfide, caused damage to the city's sewer system, and BMU has represented that the cost to repair such damage is $494,060," according
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Prairie Repertory Theatre welcomes 500,000th patron

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Prairie Repertory Theatre company announced its 500,000th patron at Saturday evening's performance of "The Murder Room." PRT board president Dr. Rick Holm and PRT managing and artistic director J.D. Ackman congratulated Mary Motz of Sioux Falls before the evening's performance. Motz was the 29th person to enter Doner Auditorium to view Saturday's show.
Prairie Repertory Theatre has operated
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It sounds like a joke, but ... It saved ranchers, consumers billions

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University alumnus Raymond C. Bushland '32 and Edward F. Knipling will be posthumously honored later this year for their study of the sex life of the screwworm fly.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded work led to a novel pest control technique and the eradication of the screwworm fly in North and Central America, saving ranchers
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Free tire recycling to combat Zika virus

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, From July 1 through July 31, residents serviced by the Brookings Regional Landfill may dispose of used tires for free. 
The City of Brookings Regional Landfill and the South Dakota Departmental of Environmental and Natural Resources have collaborated to offer a cost-sharing tire recycling program to the residents of the following counties:  Brookings, Moody, eastern Kingsbury, southern Hamlin,
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Prosecutors: GEAR UP official misused nonprofit's money

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A Rapid City man facing felony charges from South Dakota's GEAR UP scandal allegedly spent money meant to help Native American youths on steakhouse meals, electronics and other personal expenses, the Attorney General's office said in a Monday court filing.
Prosecutors want to introduce evidence that former GEAR UP official Stacy Phelps misused funds from the nonprofit
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TransCanada seeks $15B for rejection of Keystone pipeline

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP), The company that proposed the Keystone XL pipeline is seeking $15 billion in damages from the federal government after the Obama administration rejected the Canada-to-Texas project, a company spokesman said Monday.
TransCanada Inc. filed a request for arbitration Friday under the North American Free Trade Agreement, arguing that the State Department's actions led the company to believe
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Andersen brightens windows

Posted: Monday, Jun 27th, 2016
, Brookings woman leaving artistic mark on the Carriage House


BROOKINGS, Folks walking in or out of the Carriage House on Eighth Street South get a taste of the arts, thanks to Dana Andersen, who paints the building's front windows every few months.
Andersen brightens up the view with seasonal motifs.
"Flowers for spring and summer. Sometimes there'll
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SD State professor honored for his fertility research

Posted: Monday, Jun 27th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Don Evenson is internationally known as the "father" of the technology to help determine the role of males in fertility issues.
His work evaluates whether males from species ranging from humans to endangered animals are able to successfully reproduce.
For his accomplishments, the South Dakota State University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biology and Microbiology will receive a life
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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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