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One hurt in truck vs. train crash

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
Brookings-based South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers responded to a vehicle vs. train crash in Elkton on Tuesday morning. A 2010 GMC Sierra pickup was northbound on 486th Avenue when the driver attempted to cross a railroad crossing and was struck by an eastbound train.
The driver was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, his family says,
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McCrory funding takes center stage

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
• Anonymous donor to help lower admission fees for first three years

BROOKINGS, An anonymous donor will help make the transition to entrances fees for McCrory Gardens a little easier.
Barry Dunn, dean of South Dakota State University's College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, announced the gift at a Tuesday evening information meeting at the McCrory Gardens Education and
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John Kubal seeking re-election

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
BROOKINGS, John Kubal has become the second person to throw his hat into the political ring, declaring his intention to seek re-election to the city council seat he has held since 2009.
"I am running for re-election to the Brookings City Council," Kubal said in a prepared statement Tuesday. "I would like to continue serving the people of Brookings. My
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S. Main Avenue traffic gets council attention

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
• Leaders approve stop signs, signals, speed changes

BROOKINGS, The four-way stop signs at the intersection of South Main Avenue and 32nd Street will be permanent, the Brookings City Council decided Tuesday.
The stop-sign vote was one of four traffic issues the council resolved, all in anticipation of the opening of the new southside elementary school this fall and
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House passes bill allowing SD to respond to more diseases

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), South Dakota could more easily respond to deadly disease outbreaks under a measure passed Tuesday in the state House of Representatives.
The bill, brought by the state Department of Health, would modernize the state's authority to respond to serious communicable diseases. Despite passing the House 41-27 following an amendment that narrowed its scope, the bill faced opposition
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Booming business

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
• Brookings boutique owner expands J.Ella with new Sioux Falls location

BROOKINGS, It's been five years since Jael Thorpe opened her store, J.Ella Boutique, in Brookings. Come February, in a way marking the anniversary, Thorpe will open the doors to another store as she expands her business.
The store, located at the Bridges at 57th and Western in Sioux
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Proposed boundaries questions answered

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
• Parents speak out at school board forum
BROOKINGS, Parents came to Monday night's school board meeting to voice their opinions on the Brookings School District's plans to alter the district boundaries between the city's three elementary schools, a necessary step considering the opening of Dakota Prairie Elementary later this fall.
At the beginning of the discussion, Brookings Superintendent Roger
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‘Hunger and Hope’

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
• Speaker to tell stories of global despair, promise

BROOKINGS, Why do some nations succeed in feeding most of their population while others do not?
In a world where starvation and obesity share ink in the daily headlines, the question begs for an answer.
Simply listing climate, culture or natural resource differences doesn't fully address the issue, according
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Tax-time help is here – for free

Posted: Monday, Jan 26th, 2015
• Trained volunteers open shop Feb. 3

BROOKINGS, Refunds notwithstanding, who likes tax-time? Few, if any, filers.
And if you have to pay a professional tax preparer in addition to paying more taxes, that's a double-whammy bummer.
But there's tax-preparation assistance staffed by trained and IRS-certified volunteers right here in Brookings. And the price is right: It's free.
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Election packets available from city

Posted: Monday, Jan 26th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Municipal election candidate packets, including nominating petitions, are now available at the city clerk's office.
The petitions and packets include details for the Brookings mayor position and two Brookings City Council member positions up for election on April 14, 2015. Candidates may begin circulating petitions on Jan. 30.
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Measles case reported in Sioux Falls; officials host clinic

Posted: Monday, Jan 26th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), An unvaccinated child has been diagnosed with the measles in Sioux Falls, state and local health officials said Saturday, meaning 14 people have now been diagnosed in the last month with the highly contagious disease in South Dakota.
The child is under age 10 and lives in Sioux Falls, but no other personal information was released. Health
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This week in Pierre: Lawmakers mull abuse, disease, roads

Posted: Monday, Jan 26th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Lawmakers this week will consider measures to join states calling for a constitutional convention to require a balanced federal budget, make child abuse allegations clearer and strengthen the state's ability to react to deadly disease outbreaks. This is the third week in South Dakota's 39-day legislative session. Here are a few of the key issues to watch:

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Cheers, ladies!

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
• New beer group for women to begin in Brookings

BROOKINGS, A new women's group centered around craft beers and community, Girls Pint Out, will begin Monday at Wooden Legs Brewing Company from 7-9 p.m.
"It's like the book club of beer," explained Charmaine Houck. "We're going to try a little bit of everything. Everyone's going to have their
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Traffic control on Main gets council’s attention

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
• Signals, stop signs, speed limits all up for consideration

BROOKINGS, Traffic control on South Main Avenue will be the key issue at Tuesday's meeting of the Brookings City Council.
The council will act on three separate matters involving South Main:
• A resolution making permanent a four-way stop at the intersection of Main and 32nd Street South;
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JLG Architects opens office in Brookings

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
BROOKINGS, JLG Architects has announced the opening of a new branch in Brookings.
It is the North Dakota firm's first office in the state.
"We are very excited to be able to expand to South Dakota," said JLG President Lonnie Laffen. "We have watched and admired South Dakota's robust economy for years and were fortunate for the opportunity to
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Influenza-related deaths increase to 23 in S.D.

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
PIERRE (AP), The number of influenza-related deaths in South Dakota has increased to 23 during the current season.
State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says that three deaths occurred last week. More than 400 people have been hospitalized because of the virus throughout the season.
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Gov's juvenile justice overhaul passes its first committee

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
PIERRE (AP), A key proposal for Gov. Dennis Daugaard that that aims to significantly decrease the number of juvenile offenders in state-sponsored care breezed through its first legislative test Friday.
The Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously to send the measure to the chamber's floor. The plan attempts to reduce South Dakota's startlingly high rate of adolescents who are committed
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Everything old becomes new again

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
• Used furniture given new life at Farmhouse Fancy

BROOKINGS, There was a time when Jenna Friedrich thought herself uncreative. Those thoughts have been put aside with the opening of her new furniture store, Farmhouse Fancy, where she and some family members give old furnishings a new lease on life.
The downtown Brookings store is filled with colorful
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Brookings Co. Sheriff’s Office getting body cameras

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
• $5,000 award comes from state's Drug Control Fund

PIERRE, The Brookings County Sheriff's Office has been awarded $5,000 for body-worn police cameras to be used in drug investigations, Attorney General Marty Jackley announced this week.
The money was awarded out of the Drug Control Fund, to assist local law enforcement in drug control and apprehension purposes.
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Oil spill adds to pipeline fears

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A pipeline oil spill in Montana that contaminated a river and a city's drinking water supply is adding to fears about a proposed pipeline to carry oil from western North Dakota to a terminal in Illinois for distribution to refineries in eastern states.
Many people who commented Thursday at a public hearing in Sioux Falls, on the
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Thune sets RR hearing before his committee

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP), Sen. John Thune has scheduled a hearing over rail transportation problems for the committee he now chairs.
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will discuss challenges in the nation's freight rail network blamed on higher demand, pending and proposed rules and regulations, and infrastructure needs.
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Plan to add human traffickers to sex offender list advances

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
PIERRE (AP), A proposal that would require convicted human traffickers to register as sex offenders would help fight a dangerous threat to the state, Attorney General Marty Jackley told a Senate committee on Thursday shortly before the panel passed the measure.
The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send the proposal to the chamber's floor. Jackley said that human trafficking
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Power of proteins

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
• Medgene Labs develops vaccine for insect-borne virus

BROOKINGS, Vaccines developed using proteins rather than live viruses can help protect animals and subsequently humans from insect-borne viruses, according to Alan Young, chief scientific officer for Medgene Labs. The Brookings-based animal health company develops therapeutics and diagnostics, including vaccines.
"Platform technologies, that is where our niche is," said Young, who is
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McCrory Gardens to hold information meeting

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
BROOKINGS, McCrory Gardens will hold an information meeting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Education and Visitor Center.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will discuss several topics in support of the facility's master plan and introduce Heather Costello, who recently became operations manager at McCrory Gardens.
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Mentoring leaders invite city council to get involved

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
• 129 kids benefiting from BCYMP program, but more adult volunteers needed

BROOKINGS, "We're here because January is National Youth Mentoring Month," Patty Bacon told the Brookings City Council Tuesday.
"This is a program that is changing children's lives," she said, "and it significantly reduces the number of at-risk kids in a community."
Bacon, program director for the Brookings
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Bowes celebrates 40 years, retirement

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
• Second generation running BCI

BROOKINGS, "The kids wanted to take over. They've been in the business with me since they were born," said Lyle Bowes. So they did, just two years ago.
Son Jason Bowes and daughter Miranda Bowes Peterson have been at the helm of Bowes Construction since their father sold it to them in October 2012.
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Election law changes move forward quickly

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota lawmakers are moving quickly on an election law package to expand state and citizen oversight of candidates' petitions to secure a spot on the ballot.
Two state Senate panels on Wednesday approved parts of the package put forward by Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and the bipartisan state Board of Elections.
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South Dakota panel approves opiate overdose antidote plan

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
PIERRE (AP), A proposal allowing trained first responders and police officers to carry an opiate overdose antidote will help fight drug fatalities in South Dakota, Attorney General Marty Jackley told a state Senate panel Wednesday shortly before it passed the measure.
The state Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to send the bill to the chamber's floor. Jackley
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