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Death toll rises to 36

Posted: Monday, Dec 5th, 2016
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP), As investigators searched for signs of a crime in the fire that killed at least 36 in an Oakland warehouse during a late-night dance party, survivors and teary-eyed friends of those who perished viewed the charred building from a distance, placed flowers on several small memorials and embraced each other to mourn their losses.
Bouquets of sunflowers,
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Pipeline protesters vowing to stay after victory

Posted: Monday, Dec 5th, 2016
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP), Protesters celebrated a major victory in their push to reroute the Dakota Access oil pipeline away from a tribal water source but pledged to remain camped on federal land in North Dakota anyway, despite Monday's government deadline to leave.
Hundreds of people at the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires, encampment cheered and chanted "mni wichoni",
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ELDA advocates for workers who have disabilities

Posted: Monday, Dec 5th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Area businesses have jobs to fill, but they might be overlooking potential employees.
That's where the South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services can help, said Sylvia Buboltz, district supervisor.
"We do have a very low unemployment rate. We have a lot more job openings in Brookings than there are people to fill them," she
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Third dog rescued from building collapse

Posted: Monday, Dec 5th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Crews working at the site of a fatal building collapse in Sioux Falls pulled a third dog from the rubble two days after the structure gave way.
Workers say they heard a faint noise or bark Sunday as they picked through the debris and found the beagle underneath a mattress. The dog and two others found earlier
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Eggs are art

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, "I'm 100 percent Ukrainian. These are Ukrainian eggs."
That says a lot about Brookings resident Lillian Namyniuk Hellickson, who is the third generation to continue the art of egg decorating, which has been in her immediate family for more than a century.
She learned the art from her mother when she was about 10 years old. At about
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Brookings residents indicted for sexual abuse, child porn

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
PIERRE, Four Brookings residents have been indicted by a Brookings County grand jury on numerous sexual abuse and child pornography charges, Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brookings County State's Attorney Clyde Calhoon announced Friday.
The defendants and the charges include:

Robert H. Hanshaw, Jr., 30, Brookings
• Eight counts of first-degree rape, class C felony, punishable by up
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Missing man’s body found in rubble

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Rescue workers found the body of a construction worker Friday evening in the rubble of a building that had collapsed hours earlier in South Dakota's largest city.
Recovery of the body came hours after authorities managed to pull a woman, injured but alive, from the debris of the brick building in downtown Sioux Falls. The woman, 22-year-old
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Cookie champs chosen

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Dianna Olson found her contest-winning holiday cookie recipe the "old-fashioned" way: going on Pinterest.
Olson's Peppermint Kiss Cookies won first place in the Register's Holiday Cookie Taste-Off Thursday night at the Carrot Seed Kitchen Co. during the Festival of Lights. The Register's social media team coordinated the event as part of a community engagement project.
About 100 people attended
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Secret life of Santa

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, The 21st annual Festival of Lights and its parade down Main Avenue helped Brookings residents and visitors discover the "Secret Life of Santa" in downtown Brookings Thursday evening.
Santa gets in shape ahead of his Christmas Eve cookie binge by pumping some iron with CrossFit Brookings.
There were plenty of kids watching in wonderment as they learned what
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Tech school unknowns, hopes abound

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, There might not be a tech school in Brookings, but officials from the South Dakota Education Campus and the Brookings School District are just as eager as any tech school community to see how tech schools adjust to the new state law passed in November, Amendment R.
Back in March, the school board gave its final approval for the
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ND winter is next test for pipeline protesters

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP), So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands.
But if they defy next week's government deadline to abandon the camp, demonstrators know the real deep freeze lies ahead, when the
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Gardens will glow

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
BROOKINGS, McCrory Gardens staffers Cindy Pfennig and Christina Lind-Thielke adjust some lights Wednesday on what's being billed as the biggest Christmas tree in Brookings, located inside the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center at 631 22nd Ave.
McCrory crews are preparing for a busy holiday-themed weekend at the gardens. The fun kicks off Friday night, with the fourth annual Music and
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City, county to consider overpass

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council and the Brookings County Commission will meet at 4 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 8, to hear an interchange analysis report by HDR, an engineering firm, regarding a proposed overpass that would reach across Interstate 29 at the intersection with 20th Street South/214th Street in southern Brookings.
The meeting, held in the third-floor chambers of the
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Business as usual for BPD

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
BROOKINGS, While some law enforcement departments debate how they will handle the passage of Marsy's Law, Brookings Police Chief Jeff Miller said the Brookings Police Department will not change the way it reports incidents.
Marsy's Law, also known as Constitutional Amendment S on the South Dakota ballots, strengthens the rights and protections of crime victims, including their right to privacy.
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AG forms group to look at Marsy's Law

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Attorney General Marty Jackley is forming a task force to work on interpreting a new crime victims' rights constitutional amendment and address issues caused by its implementation, he said Wednesday.
The group will help offer guidance for putting the Marsy's Law amendment into effect, Jackley said. The measure establishes rights for victims, including privacy, protection from harassment
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Federal judge orders disclosure of food stamp information

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), The U.S. Department of Agriculture must disclose to the Argus Leader newspaper the annual food stamp revenues for stores nationwide participating in the federal program, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier in Sioux Falls disagreed with the Agriculture Department's argument that such disclosure would inflict competitive harm on grocery stores participating in the
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Donor dollars at work

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Brookings Health System Foundation signed over a $2 million check to Brookings Health System CEO Jason Merkley this month in support of the hospital expansion and renovation project.
Pictured, from left, are foundation director Barb Anderson, foundation board member Roberta Olson, foundation board chair David Kneip, Merkley and foundation board members Bruce Lushbough and Joanie Holm.
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SD officials limit crime details

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Law enforcement agencies are limiting information provided to the public about crimes in South Dakota because of a newly passed constitutional amendment, decisions that transparency advocates say will lessen people's knowledge about crime and policing in their communities.
Sioux Falls police announced this week that the department will no longer provide the exact locations of crimes or
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Doerner to fill in as interim VP

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Kinchel Doerner, current dean of the Graduate School at South Dakota State University, will serve as the interim vice president of research and economic development effective Jan. 1. Kevin Kephart held the vice president position before announcing last week his plans to retire.
Doerner came to SDSU in 2012 as dean of the Graduate School. He also holds a
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Cover crop advantage

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Adding a cover crop that livestock can graze to the rotation plan can improve soil health and help protect the environment. That's the premise behind a four-year, nearly $4 million U.S. Department of Agriculture project, spearheaded by South Dakota State University assistant professor Sandeep Kumar of the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science.
The integrated crop and livestock
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After years without rabbi, S.D. is about to get one

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), South Dakota's small, tight-knit Jewish community has made do without a rabbi for several years, but the state's status as the only one with no rabbi will change this winter when a family arrives from New York to open a Jewish community center.
Rabbi Mendel Alperowitz and his wife, Mussie, will open a Chabad House in the
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S.D. loses more than 2,000 deer in disease outbreak

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
MITCHELL (AP), South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks issued more deer licenses this year, but the animals may be hard to find.
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, a viral disease that killed more than 3,700 deer in 2012, has impacted the population this year, with more than 2,000 deer found dead in 23 counties, The Daily Republic reported. The heaviest losses have
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Brookings recognizes military

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee presented the 2016 Outstanding Military Achievement Awards to four individuals at the Veterans Day Program in Brookings. Three soldiers and one civilian were the honorees.
Each year the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee recognizes a soldier, a non-commissioned officer, an officer and a civilian from
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Sioux Falls Police won't tell public crime locations

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Police in Sioux Falls will no longer tell the public the exact location of a crime because doing so could violate a constitutional amendment voters approved earlier this month.
The Sioux Falls Police Department on Monday announced it will now note crime locations by districts, the Argus Leader reported. So, if a business is burglarized, the department
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