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New rooftop dining open in downtown

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The skyline of downtown Brookings has changed a bit with the addition of rooftop dining to Cubby's Sports Bar & Grill at 307 Main Ave.
Cubby's has undergone extensive renovations all summer, including "a whole new front, brand-new windows, then we're adding a rooftop patio," said Gus Theodosopoulos, who's owned Cubby's for 16 years, since it opened.
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Getting social

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
BROOKINGS, A new course at South Dakota State University will have students learning the ins and outs of professional uses of social media, and will have some students even give The Brookings Register a hand in managing several social media platforms for the semester.
This is the first year the new Writing for Social Media class, which started on Tuesday,
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SD awards $221K in tobacco disparities grants

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
PIERRE, The Department of Health is awarding $221,195 in grants to reduce tobacco use in populations with higher rates of tobacco use.
Part of that grant money is coming to Brookings.
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Juvenile offenders costing county

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Keeping Brookings County juveniles at the Minnehaha County Regional Juvenile Detention Center is a costly affair, according to Brookings County Finance Officer Vicki Buseth.
Brookings County spending for keeping youth at the juvenile detention center is $102,155.56 so far this year, 189 percent above the $54,000 that was budgeted.
Part of the reason for the unexpected uptick in spending
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A road to peace, serenity for teens

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
BROOKINGS, There's more than a touch of irony tied to alcoholism.
While the alcoholic is in many ways alone, suffering and alienated from family and friends, the disease of alcoholism impacts the families and friends of its sufferers.
It's a family disease. Friends and family suffer along with the alcoholic.
And while family members suffer along with
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Brookings additions rezoned, platted

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council rezoned land in the Timberline Addition and approved the preliminary plat for the Bluegill Addition this week.
The Timberline Addition is on the west side of Brookings, between Western Avenue and West 16th Avenue South. The Bluegill Addition is on the south edge of of the city, with the preliminary plat mostly surrounding 23rd Street
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Work under way on 10-acre solar energy farm in Pierre

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Work has begun in Pierre on what is expected to be the biggest solar energy project in South Dakota.
The 10-acre solar farm at the Pierre airport will have 11 rows of 500-foot-long solar panels, and two rows of 400-foot-long panels. It will generate 1 megawatt of power, enough to meet about 3 percent of Pierre's needs, City Administrator
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State's wine lovers order about 14K bottles to SD

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Wine connoisseurs enjoying easier access to their favorite varieties during the first year of South Dakota's consumer-direct wine shipping law have had about 14,000 bottles sent to their doors since January, according to state regulators.
The law that went into effect in January allows South Dakotans to buy up to 12 cases of wine per year for
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Teardown increases safety for Ag First

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
AURORA, The old Aurora Auto Body building at 101 Broadway came down Wednesday morning, courtesy of Prussman Contracting of Brookings. Ag First Farmers Cooperative owns the property and took it down to increase visibility, according to Terry Knudson, general manager of Ag First.
The building front was built very close to Broadway and blocks the view for drivers coming off Redmond
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125 years to get to Dykhouse Stadium

Modified: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Over the long and storied history of football stadiums at South Dakota State University, the third time is most certainly the charm.
The new $65 million Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium will open this fall.
To get there has taken the better part of 125 years.
The long journey kicked off in the late 1800s with a generally
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Firsts, lasts in scoring

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, A few lucky fans have watched Jackrabbit teams at two SDSU football facilities and are eagerly awaiting their third experience this fall at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.
Football got its organized start at the State College campus with the formation in 1889 of the Inter-Collegiate Athletic Association of South Dakota, but it was overshadowed by track and field and baseball.
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Stadium open house on Aug. 27

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS (AP), South Dakota State University has scheduled an open house for its new $65 million stadium.
The Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium is replacing the 50-year-old Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. Construction on the 19,000-seat facility began in 2014 and wrapped up this summer. The Jackrabbits football team began practicing in the stadium earlier this month.
The open house is 2-4 p.m. Saturday,
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Volbeat rocks Swiftel

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Danish rock band Volbeat cut epic rock riffs to an enthusiastic crowd. The Grammy-nominated band, along with special guests Killswitch Engage and Black Wizard, performed at the Swiftel Center Wednesday night. For its finale, Volbeat brought children in the audience up on stage and ended with their well-known tune "Still Counting."
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Larson loyalty, from college to retirement

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
BROOKINGS, After 44 years with the same company, Gary Isenberg, director of sourcing and supply, has retired from Larson Manufacturing.
With a humble demeanor, Isenberg would never tell you just how much of an impact his years left on the storm door company. He has dodged the spotlight and praise, but his antics will remain legendary, company officials say.
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10-plus years for meth ring in county

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Two men have been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for their role in a methamphetamine ring that operated in Brookings County.
U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier in Sioux Falls has sentenced 33-year-old Javier Santos Garcia-Hernandez and 26-year-old Juan Francisco Herrera-Rodriguez, both formerly of Brookings. A federal jury in June found the men guilty of
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Pioneer getting new park restrooms

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
BROOKINGS, After getting over sticker shock, the Brookings City Council approved building a new restroom facility at Pioneer Park during the meeting Tuesday.
"The facilities (at Pioneer Park) are no longer adequate," said City Manager Jeff Weldon.
There was only one bid, which was "significantly over our budget," Weldon said.
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Commissioners review land exchange agreement draft

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Brookings County commissioners discussed a draft of an agreement meant to be sent to the city of Brookings for the purchase of the land under the Outdoor Adventure Center and the sale of the Brookings County Resource Center to the city.
Although no action was taken, commissioners did request additional contingencies to the agreement.
During the Aug. 9 commission
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Back to school!

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Students in the Brookings School District headed back to class this morning, as did kids at Deubrook. Elkton classes started last week, and at Sioux Valley school starts Wednesday.
Brookings fourth- and fifth-graders head into Camelot Intermediate School this morning.
Dad Craig Wadsworth helps his fifth-grader son Luke unpack his backpack into his locker at Camelot.
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Boosting skateboarding image in Brookings

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Bambi Knutson wants to change the way people view skateboarding and show that everyone can ride a board.
"I think that's my main goal, for more people to try it and for it not to have such a bad name," she said.
She's opened Worldwide Skate & Snow Specialty at 118 Main Ave. S. with co-owner Tara Christopher.
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BSD unveils website revamp

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings School District has a new front porch, so to speak.
Just in time for the new school year, the district's tech team unveiled its new school website at the Aug. 15 school board meeting.
A school's website is it's "front porch to the world, and our previous front porch was looking a little tattered, a little beat
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First SD resident positive for Zika

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota's Health Department says a state resident has tested positive for the Zika virus, the first such case in the state.
Officials say the case is in a woman who traveled to a country where the virus has been spreading. She later developed symptoms.
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Hillcrest family history

Posted: Monday, Aug 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, For 45 years, there's been a member of the Mansheim family at Hillcrest Elementary School, either as a student or staff member. When school starts Tuesday, there will be three generations of the Mansheim family roaming the halls.
Pam Carlson's been there the longest, first coming to Hillcrest in 1971 to enter first grade. She's now the third-grade teacher.
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Open for business

Posted: Monday, Aug 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Cinema 5 is open for business in Brookings following a Friday night fire on the roof. Firefighters were called to the scene at about 10:15 p.m. No injuries were reported.
Owner Dick Peterson said the exact cause of the blaze remains under investigation, but the flames were contained to the roof. At the scene, they were visible on top of
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Warmer temps, wetter conditions ahead?

Posted: Monday, Aug 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Warm temperatures and potentially wetter conditions are forecast for fall in South Dakota, according to the Aug. 18 seasonal outlook from National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center.
"The update projects a continuing trend of warmer than average temperatures in the months of September through November across most of the United States," said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension
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