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Brookings churches grow with the city

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
• Community's pastors say their congregations are bucking national trend of fewer worshippers

BROOKINGS, Just a month ago, Pew Research Center reported a decline in the number of Americans who identify themselves as Christians, from 2007's 78 percent down to 71 percent in 2014, and at the same time, a 7 percent increase in those who didn't identify with
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Fourth files for school board spot

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
BROOKINGS, A fourth individual has filed her name for consideration with the Brookings School District to fill out the remainder of outgoing school board member Marysz Rames.
Mellissa Heermann works in IT at Daktronics.
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Election, youth wage changes go to voters in 2016

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Activists who oppose a law that drops the youth minimum wage to $7.50 per hour and legislation they say will make it harder for candidates to run for office have gathered enough signatures to put the measures before South Dakota voters in 2016.
The secretary of state's office finished reviewing the signatures Tuesday. The two laws were approved
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Wednesday ends long wait for medical marijuana patients

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP), Minnesota's medical marijuana program kicked off in the dead of night Wednesday, as the first three patients filed into a Minneapolis clinic at midnight and emerged with medicine the state's law had long kept out of reach.
For Kim Kelsey and Kathy Engstrom, each hope a supply of capsules and oils offers a glimmer of hope
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Three file school board apps

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The July 2 deadline for filing applications to fill out the remainder of Brookings school board member Marysz Rames' term is fast approaching, with three individuals already turning in their forms to the school district.
True to old customs, two of the three applicants vying for the spot have school board experience.
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Extension agronomist earns Hall of Fame honor

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
• Brookings man devotes career to weed control

Editor's note: Of the nine honorees who will be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in Chamberlain on Sept. 11 and 12, two are from Brookings. Today's report pays tribute to Leon Wrage (Agriculture). Monday's report paid tribute to Dr. Duane Sander (General, Education).

BROOKINGS, An argument could
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Mosquito fogging tonight

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
BROOKING, Weather permitting, the City of Brookings Street Department will be citywide ground fogging for mosquitoes between 9 p.m. tonight and 3 a.m. Wednesday, July 1.
The parks and bike trails will then be fogged the following morning.
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After marriage ruling, activists turn to other protections

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), After a historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling and a weekend of celebration, many gay South Dakotans are settling into their new lives as legally married couples, but advocates in the state say now is not the time to slow down.
"We're not done; far from it," said Nancy Rosenbrahn, a Rapid City woman whose marriage to her
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Activists deliver papers to block election law, youth wage

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Activists attempting to block two state laws from going into effect have turned in signatures collected from thousands of South Dakotans to refer the measures to the voters in the 2016 election.
Organizers on Monday turned in petitions to the secretary of state's office for its review. Activists are attempting to block laws passed by the Legislature in
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Same-sex couples in SD can now change driver's license names

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Same-sex couples in South Dakota can now use a marriage certificate and a number of other documents to change a name on a South Dakota-issued driver's license.
The state's Driver's Licensing Program says individuals can request name changes starting Monday.
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Educator, engineer, entrepreneur, activist

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
• Co-founder of Daktronics a Hall of Fame inductee

Editor's note: Of the nine honorees who will be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in Chamberlain on Sept. 11 and 12, two are from Brookings: Dr. Duane Sander (General, Education) and Leon Wrage (Agriculture). Today's report pays tribute to Sander. Tuesday's Register will pay tribute to Wrage.
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Public speaks at rec center open houses

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
BROOKINGS, People showed up last Wednesday to tell the City of Brookings what they wanted to see in a proposed recreational center.
"A hundred and ten people is a very good start," said Pete Colson, director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry. "It was a very good group."
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Fireworks sales in SD start

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Fire officials in South Dakota are urging safety ahead of the July 4 holiday.
Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says fire officials see a few injuries and unintentional fires every year from fireworks.
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Developers speak out against city land sales

Posted: Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Several people, mostly real estate developers, spoke at the Brookings City Council meeting last week, worried that the city could put them out of business by buying up land and selling it at reduced prices that the developers can't meet.
The council responded by directing city staff to develop a policy that states when business-zoned land is sold,
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In South Dakota, gay marriages quickly commence

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Gay South Dakotans exulted Friday as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples in America have the constitutional right to marry and county officials across the state began issuing marriage licenses to all.
Though the nation's high court set a three-week window for the losers to challenge its ruling, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley cleared
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Sweet success

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
• Local kids help Delmont church after tornado

BROOKINGS, A tornado ripped apart the tiny town of Delmont May 10 and two Brookings kids decided they wanted to help.
It didn't matter that Brookings is more than two hours away from Delmont and Jadyn Kuehl and Ian Langelett had no connection to the town.
"I heard about it on
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Teardown means road work ahead

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Bowe's Construction made quick work this week of demolishing the former Carquest Auto Parts store along Sixth Street in east Brookings. The teardown will make room for the construction later this summer of Sunrise Ridge Road North in the Walmart-Runnings-Lowe's area.
The extension of Sunrise Ridge Road to the north is a necessary part of the Highway 14 reconstruction,
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TVs, tires and tree branches

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
• Litter piles up in county ditches

BROOKINGS, ‘Tis the season, for littering, that is. That's the word from Brookings County Sheriff Marty Stanwick, who said that littering has always been a problem that needs to be addressed.
It'd be one thing if it was just the occasional candy wrapper, but the littering that's reported to his department is
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Consumers relieved subsidies upheld

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), South Dakota consumers who get subsidized health coverage under the Affordable Care Act said Thursday they're relieved the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld tax credits that help cover the premiums by thousands of dollars on average per year. The state's congressional leaders reiterated their opposition to the law and promised to keep trying to repeal it.
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