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Street Dept. project moves ahead with land purchase

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
• New headquarters, shop to be built at current site with addition of state land

BROOKINGS, Brookings city councilors on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of two state-owned pieces of land in the heart of the city.
The $7,650 acquisition makes room for the city to build its new $4.1 million street maintenance facility at the Street Department's current
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Ducks Unlimited opens office in Brookings

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
• SDSU grad to manage habitat conservation program for South Dakota

BROOKINGS, Ducks Unlimited has opened an office in the Research Park at South Dakota State University in Brookings, the organization announced this week.
This will be the organization's only office in South Dakota, which is part of the Great Plains region covering seven states.
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Three’s a crowd

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
• Candidates vie for two seats on school board

BROOKINGS, A third candidate for Brookings School Board has filed his paperwork with the school district.
Randy Grimsley, a Brookings native, said that he and his siblings grew up in the Brookings school system. Now, with a daughter in sixth grade, he figured it was a good time to get
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Now it’s a race: Reed files petitions

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
BROOKINGS, After previously announcing his intention to run for re-election, Brookings Mayor Tim Reed has made it official with the filing of his nominating petitions.
City council member Keith Corbett previously filed his petitions to challenge Reed in the combined city and school board election on Tuesday, April 14.
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County to purchase 39 e-poll books

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The Brookings County Finance Office is moving ahead with the nearly $16,000 purchase of 39 e-poll books just in time for the city and school board elections.
An e-poll book is "a small laptop that has all of our voter information on it so that, since we're not using precincts anymore, our poll workers can check in anyone," explained
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House votes down unilateral no-fault divorce proposal

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), The state House has shot down a proposal that would have allowed unilateral no-fault divorce in South Dakota.
The House voted 44-25 against the plan, which advocates have said would make it easier for domestic violence victims to escape abusive marriages.
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House committee votes to approve youth minimum wage measure

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota's youngest workers may soon be exempted from the $8.50 minimum wage voters approved in November as part of a proposal that's cruising through the Legislature.
The House Commerce and Energy Committee voted 11-2 Wednesday for a plan to carve out a $7.50 minimum wage for people younger than 18. If the measure passes off the House
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Land in her own name

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
• Exhibit, talk looks at lives of women homesteaders

BROOKINGS, Truth, Lord Byron said, is stranger than fiction.
Stories from the early days of the Dakotas bear that out and will be shared when H. Elaine Lindgren presents "Land in Her Own Name," a 30-minute talk at the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum at 2 p.m. March 1
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No public comment on opt-out

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
• Final action on opt-out resolution set for March 24 council meeting

BROOKINGS, A public hearing on Brookings Health System's proposal to use a property tax opt-out to guarantee financing for a $46.1 million hospital expansion and renovation generated no public comment at Tuesday's Brookings City Council meeting.
The construction project, slated to begin this June, calls for renovating
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Bowes to run for city council

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
• Candidates in council, school board races have until Friday to file petitions

BROOKINGS, The field of candidates for the upcoming city council race election grown with Lyle Bowes joining in the race.
With John Kubal and Tom Bezdichek's seats up for election, Bowes will be campaigning alongside incumbent Kubal and Patty Bacon.
Councilor Bezdichek, whose three-year term ends
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SD delegation criticizes Obama's veto

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), South Dakota's Republican congressional delegation is criticizing the president's veto of a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Sen. John Thune, South Dakota's senior senator, says President Barack Obama's veto is disappointing but not surprising.
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Committee to take up youth minimum wage

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), A state House committee is expected to take up a proposal to exempt youth from the minimum wage hike to $8.50 that voters approved in November.
The House Commerce and Energy Committee on Wednesday is scheduled to review the plan, which would carve out a $7.50 youth minimum wage.
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Register editor emeritus dies

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Ken Curley, reporter, columnist and editor emeritus of The Brookings Register, died early this morning at the Emergency Department at the Brookings Health System.
The eastern South Dakota native was noted for his every-Friday column, simply called "Curley," that often took on the local government scene with all the good, the bad and the ugly and the slings
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Pheasants Forever office wants to protect habitat

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS (AP), The new Pheasants Forever office in Brookings is aiming to stave off declining populations of the popular game bird by redefining conservation in the state.
Howard Vincent, the nonprofit's president and CEO, said the office wants to address habitat loses and the trend of land use changes. He said the group hopes to bring all of the agencies
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Lawmakers to discuss gun bills, roads, bridges

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Lawmakers return to Pierre Tuesday after a long weekend and will discuss plans to fund transportation projects and let people carry concealed pistols without a permit.
The House State Affairs Committee will debate raising roughly $50 million for road and bridge funding. A separate House committee has also reviewed the proposal. The Senate has already approved its version
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Report: Many Dakotas college students go elsewhere to finish

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
FARGO, N.D. (AP), A report by a national group shows that college students who start at four-year schools in North Dakota and South Dakota are following similar paths to completion, including more than 10 percent who finish their studies at other schools.
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center tracks the progress of students in a six-year time frame and includes
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South Dakota sheep production down but optimism on the rise

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
NEWELL (AP), Jack Orwick is a fourth-generation rancher who seems caught in a fading industry.
But his family has been raising sheep in Newell for more than 100 years, so he's not about to turn gloomy despite some recent bad numbers.
Newell, known as the Sheep Capital of South Dakota, has had Orwicks on the land since 1910. At that
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A relentless pursuit of hope

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
• Brookings powerlifter empowers kids, families

BROOKINGS, A Brookings woman who knows well the demands of weight training has found a way to help others as she moves into a new mode of competition.
Jackie Geppert will use powerlifting as a means to help children and their families facing medical challenges.
Before turning to powerlifting, Geppert was a
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This week in Pierre: Transportation, tech schools and weapons

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
PIERRE (AP), This week in Pierre, lawmakers are expected to debate raising revenue to fund roads and bridges, allowing people to carry concealed weapons without a permit and expanding the kinds of games Deadwood can offer.
Here's a look at some of the proposals they'll take up:

Transportation
The House State Affairs Committee will vote on a proposal Tuesday
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Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10-a-year average

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP), The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S.
The projection comes from a previously unreported
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Zooming in on crime

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
• Sheriff's office gets new cameras to help monitor police interactions

BROOKINGS, Measuring in at just over three inches long and weighing in at a half-ounce, it resembles an over-engineered kazoo. But in actuality, it's a body camera, and with a click, a magnet snaps it into place, ready to record.
The Taser Axon Flex is one of the
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Matson Buus runs for school board

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
BROOKINGS, There's a second candidate in the Brookings School Board election now that Trish Matson Buus' petition has been cleared by the school district.
A member of the PTA for both Hillcrest Elementary and Camelot Intermediate School, she's worked in various roles with the schools "to help make this school district and community a great place for my kids to
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Hospital financing explained at next council session

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
• Public will have another opportunity to comment, ask questions about proposed opt-out

BROOKINGS, City leaders have banned backyard chickens in Brookings, but on Tuesday evening they'll probably vote to allow a few hogs to make their home here.
Temporarily.
That's just one of the topics, a minor one, to be sure, that the city council will take
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Degrees, not debt!

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
• SDSU Education students rally for higher teacher pay

BROOKINGS, "Degrees, not debt! Degrees, not debt!" chanted the group of several dozen collegians wearing red as they gathered at the University Student Union at noon Thursday.
South Dakota State University students this week joined the statewide debate on teacher pay.
Their message? That South Dakota's 51st-in-the nation teacher pay
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Concealed weapons on campus voted down

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Student representatives helped to successfully defeat a proposal on Thursday that would have allowed people 21 years or older to carry a concealed weapon on South Dakota's six public university campuses.
The state House voted 48-20 against the proposal, which was opposed by student groups that pushed for lawmakers to deny the measure. The South Dakota Board of
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