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Festival aims to create: Lifelong readers, lifelong learners

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
• Books, authors, illustrators coming to Children's Museum for new festival

BROOKINGS, With the Young Readers South Dakota Festival of Books right around the corner, encouraging lifelong literacy among children and teenagers will take center stage in Brookings next week.
The book fest will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Children's Museum of South Dakota.
This
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Local business to create beer garden on Main

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
• Council will buy westside storage property for 2nd detention pond in flood-prone area

BROOKINGS, Besides passing what is likely the final form of their budget ordinance for 2015, city councilors next week are expected to act on two other matters that could bring significant changes to the community.
In one instance, the council will buy a westside
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Committee to read Rounds, Daugaard answers on EB-5

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), South Dakotans will find out next week what the former and current governors said they know as part of an investigation of a federal program that grants visas to people who invest in rural, job-creating South Dakota projects.
The Government Operations and Audit Committee, in its agenda sent Friday for Wednesday's meeting in Pierre, plans to look
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College awarded grant to meet grand challenges

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University honors students will be better prepared to tackle some of today's biggest challenges, thanks to a new grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.
The Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College received a three-year grant to create new courses, research projects and internships for students interested in food, agriculture and natural resources.
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Increase in people in SD living in poverty

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Census Bureau estimates show that South Dakota was one of 15 states that saw increases in the number of people living in poverty between 2012 and 2013.
Bureau figures show that more than 115,400 people in South Dakota were living below the poverty line in 2013, or 14.2 percent of the state's population. That's an increase of
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SD leads nation in flu vaccinations rate

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), The state Health Department says South Dakota had the nation's highest percentage for influenza vaccinations last season.
Figures released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that nearly 60 percent of South Dakotas received flu shots. The state ranked among the top 10 for every age group but one.
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A heart for Henslin

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Fourteen-year-old student Jacob Johnson was shocked like so many others at Mickelson Middle School Tuesday when Principal Tim Steffensen and staff announced that recently retired teacher LeAnn Henslin had died that morning after a long battle with cancer.
For 21 years, Henslin taught the sixth grade in Brookings, first as an English teacher and later as a reading teacher,
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Burn pit fire ignites barn; tractor lost

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
ARLINGTON, A barn in rural Arlington was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon, and burned with it were a tractor and various tools, it was reported today by the Brookings County Sheriff's Office.
The barn is located at 19930 459th Ave.
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Music therapy comes to Brookings

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
• Goals of Gindo's work are non-musical

BROOKINGS, On Tuesday afternoon, about a dozen residents and a few staff members seemed to be having a good time in the chapel at the United Living Community in Brookings, singing along and doing some "dancing" under the guidance and with the assistance of Kristina Gindo, a board-certified music therapist who's
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United Way’s county goal: $1 million

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
• Brookings Area United Way launches 2014 campaign with help of county's seven mayors

BROOKINGS, This year, Brookings Area United Way is asking area residents to Live United, "reaching out a hand to one and influencing the condition of all."
"When we collaborate together, we strengthen our entire community. This is a message that we continue to promote. Our
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Progress being made, but …

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
BROOKINGS, More walls are going up at Dakota Prairie Elementary, but Mother Nature is still getting in the way.
At Monday's school board meeting, Paul Sahr, the project manager at the school construction site, told board members that weather has hindered work there.
"We could've received more, so I guess we should be thankful, look on the bright side. But we
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Absentee voting opens Friday

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Absentee voting for the Nov. 4 general election opens Friday in South Dakota.
Residents can obtain an absentee ballot application online or in person at their county courthouses. Secretary of State Jason Gant says the county auditor will then mail a paper ballot to the voter to complete and return.
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Survey shows teaching jobs unfilled across South Dakota

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), More than 20 percent of South Dakota public schools had at least one unfilled teaching position on the first day of school, according to a statewide survey of superintendents released Wednesday.
Thirty-one district superintendents said in the School Administrators of South Dakota survey said that they had an open position, though that number could be even higher, as
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'Hagar' cartoonist writes kids book about South Dakota

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), The cartoonist who publishes the "Hagar the Horrible" comic strip has written and illustrated his first children's book, and it's about South Dakota.
Chris Browne lives in Sioux Falls with his wife and will release "The Monster Who Ate the State" Sept. 25 in Brookings at the first South Dakota Young Readers Festival.
The book was published by
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Patty Bacon & Co.: The Soap Ladies of Brookings

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
• Friends get together for bonding, soap-making

BROOKINGS, "Life is about: a) continuing to learn; and b) finding new challenges doing enjoyable things. That's what makes life worth living, you know."
Patty Bacon's simple rules for a fulfilling life, and her seeking out those "new challenges" while having a darned good time, are part of what's made her a
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BHS student shows knife in classroom

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
• Knife surrendered without incident

BROOKINGS, Brookings police were called to Brookings High School Tuesday where a student was reported wielding a butcher knife.
The young man involved is a special needs student, and the incident took place in a special needs classroom at the school.
"At no time was there any danger to any other students in the
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‘Prank call’ causes problem in four counties

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Three Brookings teens could find themselves in hot water for a telephone prank they pulled Monday afternoon.
A call made by the boys, ages 13 and 14, had deputies in four counties searching for a vehicle that reportedly had driven into the Big Sioux River.
The call came into Central Dispatch from an unknown party, and there was no
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Judge Roehr seeking re-election

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Judge Ronald Roehr of Milbank is seeking re-election as Circuit Court Judge in the Third Judicial Circuit of South Dakota.
The Third Judicial Circuit covers 14 counties, including Brookings, in Eastern Central South Dakota.
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And your Lord and Lady are ...

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Blanche Froelich, daughter of Peter Froelich, Deidre Busacca and Cathy Kay, and Matthew Olson, son of Daniel and Mary Olson, were crowned Brookings High School's Lady and Lord at Homecoming coronation ceremonies at Bob Jostad Gym on Monday evening.
Other events at BHS include a week of dress-up days, homecoming Olympics, boys and girls varsity soccer matches against Harrisburg on
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Brookings High making the grade

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014
• School announces three honors for student success

BROOKINGS, Brookings High School started homecoming week by announcing great news on Monday, the school is getting state and national attention for its students' success.
Brookings High School was recently placed on two prominent lists for high schools across the country and has finished tops in average ACT scores.
Newsweek placed
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Scholarship program to train math, science teachers receives funding

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014
BROOKINGS, A program that encourages South Dakota State University students majoring in math or science to become teachers has received a three-year grant for nearly $800,000 from the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program to continue its work.
Students majoring in mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics can receive $5,000 per semester during their junior and senior years through
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A lot of baseball – and more

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
• Flandreau man leads mission to Nicaragua

BROOKINGS, Baseball, béisbol in Spanish, and religion aren't usually thought of as a compatible combination.
But in Nicaragua, a Central American country that is the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere and among the 10 poorest nations in the world, running the bases and religion are coming together, thanks to
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A creative birthday bash

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
Kidoodle's fourth birthday was a big success Sunday, as the Children's Museum of South Dakota hosted a free day of play with an "Arty Party." Art projects were found all over the museum, with kids spending time painting with squirt guns, playing with clay, carving sculptures out of bars of soap, and greeting the birthday boy. Since the former elementary
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SD bucks trend of dwindling sales tax

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A rise in income inequality appears to be negatively affecting tax revenues in South Dakota and other states, according to a new report from the credit rating agency Standard & Poor's.
The report said South Dakota's average annual tax revenue growth has slowed over recent decades. From the 1950s through the 1970s, the state averaged more than
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