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App aims to replace farmer’s notebook

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
• Volga inventors' TractorPal getting attention, especially international

BROOKINGS, Sometimes it's the simple ideas that take off.
That seems to be the case, according to Keith King and Erik Schlimmer, the co-creators of a popular agricultural app.
Two years ago, Schlimmer, a farmer in Volga, was busy preparing his equipment for harvest when he became frustrated trying to track
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Campus beer, wine sales bill advances

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota's six public universities could see wine and beer sales on campus at sports and other special events under a plan that a legislative committee approved Thursday.
The Senate Commerce and Energy committee voted 6-1 to send the bill to the chamber's floor. The proposal could help control alcohol use on campus and would create an income
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Industrial hemp bill heads to Senate

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), The state House of Representatives has approved a bill that would open the door to the cultivation of industrial hemp in South Dakota.
House lawmakers voted 57-11 on Thursday to approve the plan. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.
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Aamlids named SDSU Family of Year

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
• Total of 27 relatives dating back six decades are State grads

BROOKINGS, Jackrabbit history stretches back for more than half a century for this year's SDSU Family of the Year.
Brian and Denise Aamlid of Sioux Falls and extended and nuclear families will be recognized at the 2 p.m. Feb. 13 women's basketball game as well as
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Some GOP lawmakers want separate vote on Medicaid

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Some Republican lawmakers want to show Gov. Dennis Daugaard what the Legislature thinks of his Medicaid expansion plan.
A bill was introduced Thursday that would require a separate vote about expansion rather than having it sandwiched in with the state budget bill.
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Teammates fight to end diabetes

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
• Jesse Roberts, Ranger teammates team up to fundraise for upcoming 5K

BROOKINGS, Hockey is more known for its on-ice quarrels than shining examples of friendship and camaraderie, but 12-year-old Jesse Roberts of Brookings knows his team is there for him with their fundraising effort for an upcoming diabetes 5K walk.
He's lived with the disease for seven years,
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‘My time to try it’

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
• Unique boutique opens in Brookings

BROOKINGS, Angela Coners doesn't mind the 60-mile roundtrip Hendricks, Minn.-Brookings commute to her newly opened business at 2304 Sixth St. in the Calla Center. The time and the place were right for Peapod's Boutique & Floral.
"This is just something I always wanted to do," the Hendricks native explained. "In Hendricks, the main
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Campus beer, wine sales to go before committee

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), A state legislative committee is set to consider a bill that would allow beer and wine sales on South Dakota public university campuses at special events such as sports games.
The Senate Commerce and Energy committee is scheduled to consider the plan on Thursday.
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Religious objection measure headed to floor

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Government agencies couldn't revoke a group's public funding or tax exempt status for acting upon its opposition to gay marriage, premarital sex or transgender rights under a South Dakota bill that passed its first legislative test Wednesday.
The House State Affairs committee sent the measure, which would also protect individuals, to the full chamber. Republican Rep. Scott Craig,
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Krebs rejects medical marijuana ballot measure

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says her office has rejected a ballot measure to allow people with serious medical conditions to use marijuana.
Krebs said Wednesday that supporters didn't turn in enough valid signatures to put the measure before voters.
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Measure voiding transgender athlete policy passes committee

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), A measure that would void a high school activities association policy allowing transgender students to request to play on the athletic team of their choice is headed to the House floor after passing through a committee on Wednesday.
The bill would require the Legislature's consent for any future South Dakota High School Activities Association policy on transgender student
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Instructor of illusion

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
• Borchardt brings international TV exposure to Brookings

BROOKINGS, Huddled around a table draped in black cloth, members of the filming crew let out hushed gasps as illusionist Reza Borchardt turned what was a cup of coffee back into coffee beans.
This kind of reaction is par for the course for the young professional illusionist, who was back
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Lender gives $1.7M for loan measure

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
PIERRE (AP), A Georgia company that provides short-term loans has contributed about $1.7 million to a South Dakota group pursuing a ballot measure that opponents say is an industry-backed attempt to insert a loophole allowing unlimited interest rates into the state constitution.
The company, Select Management Resources LLC, was the sole financier in 2015 of South Dakotans for Fair Lending,
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Committee approves bill to allow industrial hemp in SD

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
PIERRE (AP), A legislative committee has approved a bill that would open the door to the cultivation of industrial hemp in South Dakota.
The House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee voted 11-2 to approve the plan Tuesday.
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On target!

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2016
• Brookings Health System Foundation reaches capital campaign goal in nine months

BROOKINGS, Brookings Health System Foundation announced today it achieved its $4.6 million hospital expansion and renovation capital campaign goal with total cash and pledges of $4,619,616.
"On behalf of Brookings Health System and the Foundation, thank you for investing in our campaign and supporting our future," said
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Cruz tops Trump in Iowa caucuses

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2016
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP), Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fiery conservative loathed by his own party's leaders, swept to victory in Iowa's Republican caucuses Monday, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and a stronger-than-expected showing by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Among Democrats, Bernie Sanders rode a wave of voter enthusiasm to a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton, long considered her party's front-runner.
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South Dakota gun permits set monthly record in January

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2016
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota's secretary of state says the number of concealed carry weapon permits issued in January broke a record set just a month earlier.
Secretary of State Shantel Krebs released a report Monday that said there were 3,879 permits issued in the state in January, breaking the monthly record of 2,968 permits set in December. It's also up
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Bolstering books

Posted: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016
• Donations helping out Dakota Prairie library

BROOKINGS, The Brookings community has once again shown its generosity by mobilizing to add to the Dakota Prairie Elementary school library.
Late November, The Brookings Register reported that the school started out the year with 1,600 or so books out of the long-term goal of 10,000.
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Medicaid expansion, education top topics at forum

Posted: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016
• Plenty of bills still to move into the legislative pipeline

BROOKINGS, Prior to their departure for the 2016 session of the South Dakota Legislature, District 7 lawmakers, Sen. Larry Tidemann (R), Rep. Scott Munsterman (R) and Rep. Spence Hawley (D), and all Brookings residents, identified the two main issues to be front and center as Medicaid expansion and
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Children’s Museum honored as top tourism leader

Posted: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016
PIERRE, Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the South Dakota Department of Tourism presented awards to top visitor industry leaders Jan. 21 at the 2015 Governor's Conference on Tourism in Pierre.
For the first time, the Children's Museum of South Dakota was recognized for its marketing efforts by the South Dakota visitor industry. The museum received the Excellence in Tourism Innovation Award,
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South Dakota thinks about trying industrial hemp

Posted: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Some South Dakota lawmakers are attempting to overcome perceptions about hemp's family ties to marijuana to explore the economic potential of the crop with a bill patterned after North Dakota's industrial hemp law.
Cultivation of the plant could be a force for economic development in South Dakota if misconceptions about hemp can be dispelled, said Republican Rep. Mike
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