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Three suffer smoke inhalation in house fire

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, A Brookings County woman and two sheriff's deputies were treated for smoke inhalation Friday morning when a fire broke out in a rural residence about 11 miles north of Brookings.

At 8:24 a.m., Brookings firefighters and the sheriff's department were called to 19949 471st Ave., where the 78-year-old owner was trapped inside.
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Students turn composers for fundraiser

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
• Camelot musicians in need of instruments, storage take matters into their own hands

BROOKINGS, Orchestra students at Camelot Intermediate School don't mean to toot their own horns, but they're pretty proud of their latest fundraiser.
Fifth-graders recorded their own album, "A Little Knight Music," now available for purchase online for $10 at www.brookingsbobcatorchestra.bandcamp.com.
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Dedicating a new home

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Three departments have a brand new space to call home as South Dakota State University faculty, staff, students and friends dedicated the Architecture, Math and Engineering Building on Friday afternoon.
The 62,000-square-foot building is the latest facility upgrade in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering. It will have the architecture department on the third floor, the mathematics and statistics
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Committee to offer final report on transportation

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council will hear the final report of the Brookings Transportation Steering Committee at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The report, available on the city council agenda on the city's website, says that the committee was formed to investigate four specific projects as well as provide a comprehensive transportation strategy.
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Mission accomplished – and more!

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The youth of St. Thomas More Parish, with some help from parents, friends and other parishoners, had set out to raise $12,000 for the purchase of supplies and food stuffs needed to package and ship 40,000 meals through "Stop Hunger Now," which ships meals to 65 countries.
That mission was more than accomplished, with the raising of about $15,000 and
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Council considers Swiftel upgrades

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
• Weldon proposes improvements during city CIP discussion

BROOKINGS, City Manager Jeff Weldon is backing off the idea of adding a conference center and ballroom to the city-owned Swiftel Center.
But Brookings' top administrator says improvements at the events center are still needed, at an estimated cost of less than $3 million.
The upgrades were part of the Brookings
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Brookings wrestler, coaches take on Turkey

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Most people go overseas for a little sightseeing and try to take in the local culture during their stay. But it was all business for a team of wrestlers that went to a tournament in Istanbul in late March.
Brookings locals Chris Bono, SDSU's head wrestling coach, and Bob Johnson, the national chairman for the Amateur Athletic Union of
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Dry weather should help SD corn crop start early

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS (AP), The dry weather will likely help South Dakota farmers get a jump on spring corn planting.
State climatologist Dennis Todey says planting generally runs from late April to mid-June, but weather conditions this year mean it might be able to proceed significantly ahead of normal.
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Bird flu cuts into poultry, egg exports in Midwest

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP), Some international trade partners are declining to buy egg and poultry products from Midwestern states that have been affected by a deadly strain of bird flu, while others are excluding imports only from counties where the virus has surfaced.
The H5N2 virus has cost turkey and chicken producers over 7 million birds since early March. Federal
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Senate GOP caucus to hold leadership elections next month

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), The Senate GOP caucus will meet next month to fill the leadership void left when two top Republican members resigned, and President Pro Tempore Corey Brown said Thursday he will run for Senate majority leader.
Caucus elections are scheduled for May 9 at the state Capitol in Pierre, Brown said. The 25-member Republican Senate conference, which could
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Wine, women and painting

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
• ‘Uncorked Creativity' uncovered at Art Museum

BROOKINGS, Most people visit the South Dakota Art Museum to view the paintings and other works of art. Not this Saturday evening. This evening 36 women and one man are taking brush and paint to canvas and producing their own paintings, which in the eye of the beholder are suitable for framing
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Council seeks debt scenarios

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
• City may turn to bonds to help pay for costly projects

BROOKINGS, It's pretty typical, City Manager Jeff Weldon reported at the start of the city council's review of its five-year Capital Improvement Plan on Tuesday.
The city has a lot more demands than it has money.
That's why Brookings city councilors want a look at what
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213th St. could cost nearly $1M

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
BROOKINGS, Carey Bretsch of Civil Design Inc. told Brookings County commissioners that plans on the 213th Street project are nearly complete, and that the reconstruction project could cost nearly $1 million.
The planned 213th Street project is being done for Novita, an animal protein nutrition company, which will be building an oil extraction plant near Aurora.
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RTI breaks ground on new clinical research building

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
BROOKINGS, Company officials from RTI, LLC of Brookings broke ground Monday on a 20,000-square-foot facility in the industrial park east of Interstate 29. The new building will be used for veterinary research and environmental and food safety testing.
RTI, which stands for research, technology and innovation, was established in 1994 by four professors from South Dakota State University. During
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CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS (AP), Federal officials said Wednesday they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk.
Dr. Alicia Fry, an influenza expert with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said officials are hopeful
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New use for old armory?

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015
• Council directs staff to create request for proposals for public-private plan

BROOKINGS, Brookings city councilors have directed city staff to create a request for proposals (RFP) for a public-private redevelopment of the city-owned rec center on Main Avenue.
The idea to repurpose the downtown armory was initiated by council member Jael Thorpe, who is looking for a long-term
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Former restaurant to reopen as Craft

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015
• Italian American eatery to bring casual, fine dining to Brookings

BROOKINGS, Bravo's has been undergoing a transformation after being bought by Jesse Lee, the owner of the Old Market Eatery.
Once renovations are completed and staff hired and trained, the longtime restaurant will become Craft Italian American Fusion.
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Mayor requests slower speeds near Aurora

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015
BROOKINGS, The mayor of Aurora wants people to slow down when they come to the town's southern entrance on county road 23.
Mayor Fred Weekes came to the Brookings County Commission on Tuesday requesting a reduction in the speed limit there, citing heavy truck traffic that would only increase with the completion of the Novita facility.
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Physician supports community fitness as marathon director

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015
BROOKINGS, Every May, members of the Brookings community volunteer, spectate, tolerate traffic delays and even run in the Brookings Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay.
The Brookings Marathon, formerly the Longest Day Marathon, has been run for 46 consecutive years, making it the 25th oldest marathon in the United States. For the last eight of those years, pediatrician and internal medicine
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Pilot error, faulty turbine light likely causes of crash

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015
ABERDEEN (AP), Federal investigators say pilot error and a non-functioning light atop a wind turbine are probable causes of a plane crash that killed four South Dakota men a year ago.
The single-engine Piper crashed April 27, 2014, when it struck a 330-foot-high wind turbine in fog 10 miles south of Highmore. The crash killed the pilot and three cattlemen
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SD law bars EB-5 loan firm's past tax liability disclosure

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), South Dakota law prohibits the state Department of Revenue from disclosing whether it will decide to pursue back taxes from a company set up to recruit wealthy foreign investors in an investment-for-visa program that became entangled in scandal, the department said Tuesday.
Last month, the state's Division of Banking issued a license to SDRC Inc., the Aberdeen-based
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Meyer, Bacon still win

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
BROOKINGS, There were no changes to the 5,396 cast votes following Monday afternoon's recount of the four-way Brookings City Council race.
The top vote-getter in the April 14 election was Scott Meyer, who won 1,417 votes total in his first run for office. Patty Bacon also earned a spot on the council with 1,134 votes.
Close behind were Lyle Bowes with
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Madeleine Albright to speak at SDSU

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
• 2015 Daschle Dialogues bringing former secretary of state to Brookings

BROOKINGS, Madeleine K. Albright, the first woman to become the U.S. Secretary of State, will visit the South Dakota State University campus Oct. 13 as part of the Daschle Dialogues.
The event will mark the second annual Daschle Dialogues, which brings nationally relevant figures to campus for an
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District considers 2nd school resource officer

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
• Police chief recommends 75-25 district-city salary split for officer

BROOKINGS, Brookings Police Chief Jeff Miller last week proposed the hiring of an additional school resource officer for the Brookings School District.
Under the proposal, the school district would pay 75 percent of the officer's salary and benefits while the city would cover the remaining 25 percent.
The city
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Former SD state senator, congressional aide dies

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
• Walter Conahan was SDSU's first ‘Weary Willie'

SIOUX FALLS (AP), Walter Charles Conahan, a former Brookings County lawmaker who served as press secretary to U.S. Sen. Karl Mundt and chief of staff for U.S. Rep. James Abdnor, has died at age 87 after a five-year battle with cancer.
He died Saturday at his Sioux Falls home, according to
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SDSU students provide free tax services to low-income taxpayers

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
BROOKINGS, Taxes and community service may not seem like they go together, but for the students in Victoria Dubbelde's tax course at South Dakota State University, they certainly do.
This spring, students volunteered their time and skills to assist low-income community members and fellow students with their taxes. The project is part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program,
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Feeding 40K people, at 29 cents a meal

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
• St. Thomas More youth undertake ‘Stop Hunger Now' program

BROOKINGS, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat."
Those words of Jesus in the Gospel of St. Matthew are the driving force behind an effort by the youth of St. Thomas More Parish to fight world hunger, with the packing of more than
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Dakota Prairie hits milestones

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Construction of Dakota Prairie Elementary School is on or ahead of schedule in some areas, Mills Construction operations manager Paul Sahr told the Broookings School Board last week.
Interior concrete and masonry work are within one or two weeks of being completed, a milestone for the project. Places like the gym and the library still need some work in
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City council plans for future at study session

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
• Tuesday meeting includes work on ‘visioning charrette,' CIP review

BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council is planning for the future this week as it meets for its monthly study session.
Following a 4 p.m. executive session for litigation or contractual matters, the group will spend its time Tuesday working on an implementation plan for the 2013 Brookings Area Visioning Charrette.
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Democrats formally approve campaign to refer laws to voters

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), The South Dakota Democratic Party has formally joined the fight to send two laws to the voters for their review.
The party's central committee voted Saturday to push back against a proposal that carves out a $7.50 youth minimum wage and to fight against a bundle of election law changes.
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More copies of Laura Ingalls Wilder memoir being printed

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), South Dakota's state-owned publishing house is printing more copies of the best-selling memoir by prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder.
"Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography," edited by Pamela Smith Hill, was released in November. It has proved to be a blockbuster for the South Dakota Historical Society Press. It's in its fourth week on the New York Times
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