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Student's body recovered from grain bin

Modified: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
• Authorities positively ID victim as Jacob Heisinger
BROOKINGS, Authorities recovered the body of 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger from a grain bin at AgFirst Farmers Cooperative Wednesday.
Heisinger's body was found at 1:30 p.m. and recovered by firefighters at 7:30 p.m. He was positively identified at about 7:50 p.m. Wednesday.
Brookings Police Chief Jeff Miller said Heisinger's death is considered accidental

Work not over at Eastside Commons

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
• Renovations ongoing, tenants sought for Ace Hardware location

BROOKINGS, Andy Burger, the owner of the Eastside Commons (commonly known by its old name, the Brookings Mall), came to town last week to drum up awareness for Eastside and check out the property to make sure things are moving in the right direction.
With 15 tenants already at Eastside, Burger

From Pit to PAC!

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
• Volga school opens the Sioux Valley Performing Arts Center, dedication Monday

VOLGA, The dedication celebration for the Sioux Valley Performing Arts Center will be held Monday, Nov. 3, district officials announced this week.
Tours will be available from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and again at 6:30-7:30 p.m. with a program beginning at 5:30.

Wide support for 'patient choice'

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakotans who answered a poll indicated strong approval for the so-called patient choice act on next week's ballot.
The survey done by KELO-TV and the Argus Leader shows Initiated Measure 17 has support from statewide voters by a 55-28 percent margin. Seventeen percent were undecided.

Search for missing SDSU student ongoing

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
• Elevator workers emptying AgFirst grain bin as firefighters look for Brookings man

BROOKINGS, Authorities this morning resumed their search of an AgFirst Farmer's Co-op grain bin for a missing Brookings man.
Local law enforcement agencies have been looking for 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger, a student at South Dakota State University, since Monday morning, when he was reported missing.

NSU, SDSU name Dacotah Bank Scholars

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
• Schools to share banking, financial services resources

BROOKINGS, Three faculty members from Northern State University and South Dakota State University have been named Dacotah Bank Scholars.
Dacotah Bank will provide financial support for NSU to share curriculum and resources in banking and financial services with SDSU. The award will also support SDSU sharing its agricultural economics and

Search for missing man continues at grain bin

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Authorities are now searching an Ag-First grain bin as they investigate the disappearance of 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger of Brookings. They ask the public to stay away from the area as they do their work.
A message from the Brookings Police Department:
"Since yesterday morning, the Brookings Police Department has been investigating the disappearance of 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger of Brookings.

Police ask for help in locating missing man

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
BROOKINGS, The Brookings Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger.
Heisinger was last seen in downtown Brookings at approximately 1:40 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23.
He was last seen wearing a grey stocking hat, dark-colored pants and a black, white and red flannel type shirt (as shown in the picture).
The Brookings

Bringing home the Gold

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
• Brookings woman becomes champion race walker

BROOKINGS, Pam Niles has been competing in the Huntsman World Senior Games for three years now.
And the dedicated race walker has also been improving with age.
At 66, Niles won her first gold medal for the 5K racewalk in the 65-69 age bracket in early October.
In her previous races

State wage hike proposal divides unions, businesses

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Those earning the minimum wage in South Dakota would see a bump in their paychecks come January if voters approve on Nov. 4 a Democratic- and union-backed measure calling for adjusting the base hourly pay by $1.25.
The proposal, Initiated Measure 18, has three components: Raise the minimum wage from the current federal wage of $7.25 to

‘A great lady and a great friend’

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
• Pat Larson remembered for her faith, family, bridge and Brookings

BROOKINGS, A longtime Brookings resident noted for her generosity, kindness and dedication to her community is being remembered fondly by friends who knew her for several decades.
Patricia Marie Larson, known to those friends simply as "Pat," died peacefully at home in Brookings with her husband Dale by

Hobos in good spirits

Modified: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
The annual Hobo Day parade in Brookings drew large crowds, both participating in and watching the event. At right, student hobos sing as they make their way south on Medary Avenue.

Poll: Voters favor higher teacher pay, Medicaid

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A plurality of South Dakota voters favor expanding the federal Medicaid program in the state and nearly two-thirds favor increasing teacher salaries with a 1-cent summer sales tax, according to a poll commissioned last week by two Sioux Falls media companies.
The poll, which was conducted between Oct. 20 and 23 by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, surveyed

Wismer, Daugaard split on GOP status quo

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), The two leading candidates in South Dakota's governor's race differ on almost every issue, but they're particularly split in one area: the status quo.
State Rep. Susan Wismer, who's trying to unseat Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard in a state that hasn't elected a Democratic governor since 1978, says South Dakota needs competing ideologies.

Kicking off construction

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
Although preliminary work is already under way at the site, construction on the new Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium got its official start Saturday afternoon at halftime of the Hobo Day football game against Youngstown State.
Ceremonial ground-breakers at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium included SDSU Athletic Director Justin Sell, Dykhouse family members including Dana, T. Denny Sanford, SDSU President David Chicoine and

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