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Stories from Brookings’ other side of the tracks

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Think the tough, hardscrabble life of many American cities and you'll likely think "the south side."
While Brookings has never had a Chicago-style-bad-bad-Leroy Brown-baddest part of town, it did have a south side of the sort that makes for legendary stories. And annually, Brookings south-siders gather to reminisce about growing up there.
The geographical boundaries of the
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Real estate hot topic at city council

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council will be talking real estate Tuesday, including deciding on a developer for the Brookings Marketplace plot.
In February, the city asked for proposals to develop the Marketplace, which is a 26-acre plot purchased from the state Department of Transportation in 2014 and located in the northeast corner of the intersection of Interstate 29 and State
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Region to host ‘Smart Growth America’

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Area economic development representatives and elected officials will meet with representatives from Smart Growth America in Brookings on July 27-28 to learn about affordable housing practices and economically and fiscally sustainable communities.
A presentation, open to the public, to explain the concepts behind Smart Growth and to provide examples of Smart Growth practices will be held from 6-8
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OAC details debated

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, The devil is in the details.
That seemed to be the general consensus Thursday at the end of a tour of the Outdoor Adventure Center of South Dakota and a joint meeting between the Brookings County Commission and the Brookings County Extension Board.
All interested parties came together at the OAC this week to discuss the county's potential purchase
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Bond refund to save at least $734K

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Taxpayers living within the Brookings School District can expect a savings of at least $733,950 with the school district's refunding of bonds that paid for construction of Dakota Prairie Elementary School.
The Brookings School Board approved the refunding of nearly $15 million in bonds at a special meeting Thursday evening, taking advantage of low interest rates. The refinancing was
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SD State president addresses council

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, New SDSU President Barry Dunn addressed the Brookings City Council Tuesday night for the first time.
"A very successful university, the nicest little city in the United States," he said of his alma mater and its city. "I think we're all in this together. I'm excited to be the 20th president."
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SD schools confused by conflicts disclosure law

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), School administrators in South Dakota are struggling to interpret the state's new conflict disclosure law, saying it's confusing and overly broad.
The law spurred by recent state scandals went into effect this month. It requires school board members and administrators to disclose when contracts could lead to a personal conflict of interest.
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Central US braces for ‘heat dome’

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
CHICAGO (AP), High temperatures and humidity will bake much of the central U.S. this week, making it feel as hot as 115 degrees in some places and leading some cities to open cooling stations and take other precautions.
The high pressure system, sometimes called a "heat dome," will push conditions to their hottest point so far this summer, though record
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Making music

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
BROOKINGS, Makena Mette loves music and wants others to enjoy it. That's why she's asking for donations of musical instruments, which she will give to students at the Crazy Horse School in Wanblee on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
"I'm in the band program and I have been since fifth grade," said Mette, who will be a senior at Brookings High
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General fund reduced for 2017

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council learned Tuesday the city's general fund for next year will be reduced.
The proposed $22.5 million general fund was the main topic of an hour-long conversation for the council in its second budget discussion of the year. Last year's general fund came to $23.8 million.
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‘Always the animals’

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
BROOKINGS, Rose Marie Davidson, DVM,, known affectionately in the Brookings area as Dr. Rose, will be honored with a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at South Dakota State University in Brookings.
Rose, who was instrumental in founding the Brookings Regional Humane Society, died July 8 at age 53, following a long battle with the
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Lake Norden’s chance to be capital for a day approaches

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Lake Norden's chance to be the honorary South Dakota capital for a day this month is approaching quickly.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office says activities for the July 28 event will include a community social gathering.
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County OKs letter for property swap

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Brookings County commissioners on Tuesday approved a "letter of intent for the exchange of real property," should the county decide to move forward on a proposal to purchase the Outdoor Adventure Center of South Dakota.
The nonbinding document has yet to be approved by the Brookings City Council. It is essentially an informal agreement between Brookings County and the
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Jacob Daniel concert set at Peace Lutheran

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Folks in Brookings will get a chance to hear a rising Christian artist play in a free concert this weekend.
Singer/songwriter Jacob Daniel will play at Peace Lutheran Church in Brookings at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The concert is free admission with a free-will offering to support the church's planned parochial school.
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Authorities ID Ethan woman killed in Davison County rollover

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
ETHAN (AP), Authorities have identified an Ethan woman who died after losing control of her vehicle on a Davison County road.
The Highway Patrol says the car driven by 25-year-old Cassandra Wherley rolled in the ditch Sunday evening. She was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene about 2 miles east of Ethan.
She was alone in the
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Meet the Maidens

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Roller derby is making a comeback, and the Midwest Maidens are at the forefront, bringing their very physical, warm-hearted sport to Brookings.
"Something new for the newer generation. Nostalgic for an older generation (who) used to watch roller derby," said Darla "Little Rascal" Armstrong, referring to roller derby's hey-day in the 1940s, '50s and '60s.
Now in their third
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U.S. Navy visits Felt farm

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University agronomist Thandiwe Nleya and Bill Gibbons, interim director of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, explain some of the characteristics that make carinata, also known as Ethiopian mustard, a good biofuel feedstock candidate to U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Bret Muilenberg of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.
The officials' Monday visit was at the Felt farm
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County drug court starts

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Third Judicial Circuit has announced that Brookings County Drug Court was established July 1, and its first participants were accepted into the program on July 7.
Brookings County Drug Court is designed for persons whose problems stem from substance abuse. As an individual enters this program, he or she must be motivated to work toward changing
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South Dakota delegates seek party unity at GOP convention

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), South Dakota delegates are in Cleveland for the 2016 Republican National Convention this week. Here are some of their comments about their hopes for the gathering to nominate Donald Trump as the GOP presidential candidate:

Backing Trump
Trump easily carried South Dakota in the June 7 primary since he was the only active candidate left in
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Weekend storms wreak havoc in NE SD

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS, Weekend storms in northeastern South Dakota damaged buildings, caused power outages and led to at least a couple of injuries.
National Weather Service reports show wind gusts on Saturday in the region in the range of 75 mph. The American News reports the wind downed power poles and trees, damaged a machine shed near Bath and a hangar
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Superheroes unite in White!

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016
WHITE , Superheros Unite was the theme of this year's Pioneer Days in White, and the theme was prevalent during four days of fun in northern Brookings County. Saturday was the busiest of them all, with the fun starting on Main Street with a kids parade, main parade, book sales and lunch. Then most of the action moved to the city park.
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From Flandreau to Hillcrest

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The torch has once again been passed at Hillcrest Elementary School: from Gary Thomas to interim principal Kathie Tuntland, from Tuntland to interim principal Nicole Leite, and now, from Leite to Brad Olinger as the school's new principal.
Olinger is a Dakota State University graduate, and he obtained his education leadership master's degree from the University of Sioux Falls.
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SD officials to travelers: Be aware of Zika virus

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), State health officials are urging South Dakota women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy to avoid traveling to areas affected by the Zika virus.
State epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger says people traveling to the tropics or sub-tropics should take precautions such as wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts and using an EPA-registered insect repellent.
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Castlewood school stops using Native American chief logo

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016
CASTLEWOOD (AP), Another school district in South Dakota has decided to stop displaying Native American imagery in its school logo.
The Castlewood School Board honored voters' informal request to adopt a Spartan head as its new school logo Monday, the Watertown Public Opinion reported. The decision comes after four months of discussion that included substantial public input.
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