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Freedom!

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Kids stream out the doors of George S. Mickelson Middle School Tuesday afternoon on the last day of school for the year. With the kids out for the summer, motorists should be more aware of youngsters walking and biking to activities.
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Heermann wins recount

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, It's official; after a few hours of recounting votes for the Brookings School Board election held April 12, Mellissa Heermann has secured the second seat that was up for vote this spring by a margin of seven votes.
Heermann will begin work in her role on the school board after being sworn in at the start of the July
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Tidemann: 12 years for District 7

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, State Sen. Larry Tidemann is a familiar face in Pierre and in Brookings, having been in state office for 12 years. Now, he's in a primary race seeking a fourth term as state senator.
Tidemann's proud to report a completed personal agenda from his latest two-year term. When he ran for re-election, he had four things he wanted to
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Gov's Ag Summit coming to Brookings

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS (AP), The state Department of Agriculture has scheduled the 2016 South Dakota Governor's Agricultural Summit for next week in Brookings.
The gathering on June 2 will feature panel discussions on agricultural policy, the weather's impact on agriculture, water quality and how some producers implement stewardship and conservation practices on their operations.
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Challenge to ballot measure capping interest rates fails

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), South Dakota residents may face a confusing scenario at the polls in November: a ballot with two proposals about payday loan interest rates that could have divergent consequences for borrowers and businesses across the state.
Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said Tuesday that a challenge to one ballot measure limiting interest rates to 36 percent annually was
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Madison man accused of killing fiancee pleads not guilty

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
MADISON (AP), A Madison man accused of killing his fiancee has pleaded not guilty to murder.
Forty-six-year-old Michael Schmitz is accused of fatally shooting 46-year-old Corina Booth the night of April 27 at a home at Lake Madison.
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The ultimate class project goes on sale

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings High School Building Trades program is offering this home at public auction at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 26. The auction will be held outside at the house, southeast of the school.
The Building Trades program has produced many fine homes over the years, and this year is no exception, said BHS Building Trades instructor Kale Skogen.
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Sales tax goes up next week

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), The South Dakota Department of Revenue is reminding residents and businesses that the state's sales tax is set to go up next week.
The state's sales and use tax rate will increase from 4 percent to 4.5 percent on June 1. It is the first permanent increase to the state's sales tax rate in nearly half a century.
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SD Regents want pay gap suit tossed

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), The South Dakota Board of Regents is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a former South Dakota State University professor who claims she was paid less than colleagues who were not black and female.
The Argus Leader reports the board's lawyers in the response to the lawsuit from Fedora Sutton acknowledge that she was
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Newcomer Post: Vote your values

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
BROOKINGS, It's his first run for state office, but father, husband and dairy farmer Doug Post is quickly learning how to run a campaign in his bid for District 7 state senator.
"I've got some pretty strong core convictions, and I believe Republicans should be Republicans. So, I'm holding up some of those values," he said. "A lot of times,
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New book planned about Wilder

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), The South Dakota State Historical Society is planning a new book about prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder, celebrating the 150th anniversary of her birthday and building on the success of a recent memoir.
Wilder penned the popular children's series of "Little House on the Prairie" books. The memoir "Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography" edited by Pamela Smith Hill
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Flags to fly at half-staff

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags flown at half-staff at the state Capitol on Wednesday to honor former state legislator Roland Chicoine.
Chicoine, of Elk Point, died on Thursday at age 93.
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Brookings college shows potential for distance ed

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
BROOKINGS (AP), A small private seminary in Brookings is receiving national attention for its progressive approach to online classes.
None of the about 85 students at the Institute of Lutheran Theology show up to a classroom each day, the Argus Leader reported.
Instead, they meet online, where they see one another as squares on a computer screen and upload presentations
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Two SD twisters leave no damage

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), No damage has been reported from two tornadoes that touched down in South Dakota, on opposite sides of the state.
The twisters occurred during severe storms that crossed the state Sunday evening.
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Prosecution not enough to stop repeat DUIs

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
RAPID CITY (AP), At a full-day trial in February, a Pennington County jury was tasked to determine whether Randy L. Cowherd, 43, was guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Such a trial is not uncommon in Pennington County, nor is it uncommon in South Dakota. But what makes the Cowherd trial significant is that he had five previous
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City saving money on roadwork

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council approved some construction work last week, saving quite a bit over the engineer's estimate.
The first was the street maintenance and overlay project, which was awarded to the lone bidder, Bowes Construction for $390,036, 11 percent lower than the engineer's estimate of $437,222.
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Family ranches, farms over 100 years old to be recognized

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
HURON (AP), Families that have spent 100 or 125 years on the same farm or ranch have the opportunity to be recognized during the South Dakota State Fair.
The recognition will be awarded Sept. 1 at the fair in Huron. A farm or ranch is eligible if at least 80 acres of original land have been continuously owned by the
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Road work ahead

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
BROOKINGS, With winter behind us, it's time for construction season to start. Brookings has numerous projects lined up this year, said City Engineer Jackie Lanning.
"It's a pretty big list. The public will see a lot of work going on around town," she said.
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Remodel project to get property tax break

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Brookings County officials believe the state's discretionary tax formula can be used to temporarily reduce property taxes for a major remodeling/repurposing project in White.
The request to use the formula comes from City of White Mayor Terry Wright and Randy Hanson, managing member of Dedicated Investment Group.
The city and Dedicated Investment Group are currently working on a purchase
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Council revisits Charrette

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council looked at the 2013 Visioning Charrette this week in a periodic review and updated its goals on some key points.
The first one was to frequently hold town hall meetings/public forums on salient topics to solicit community input.
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Documents detail Westerhuis' spending before murder-suicide

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A dead South Dakota couple who had financial oversight over a nonprofit aimed at helping Native American students allegedly took money from the organization to save up for their own children's educations, recently filed civil court documents reveal.
The new litigation offers more details about Scott and Nicole Westerhuis' spending before their September murder-suicide, which launched a
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If confirmed, Native American site may delay $3.8B pipeline

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP), Discovery of an archaeological site that may have cultural significance to Native Americans could further delay construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline if government officials require the route to be moved.
Houston-based Dakota Access LLC wants to build the pipeline, designed to carry a half-million barrels of oil a day, from northwest North Dakota to
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Going fishing

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
BROOKINGS, This weekend kids in the community will get the chance to experience fishing without even leaving Brookings.
The 21st annual Trout Extravaganza, one of the largest fishing events for kids in the state, is set for May 21 and 22 at the Indian Hills Pond, near Main Avenue South and Trail Ridge Road. Phil Hogie, the main event organizer,
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Crunch the BSD numbers

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Even though students in Brookings are only thinking of summer vacation, Brian Lueders, the Brookings School District business manager, is among those looking ahead to the next school year.
Last week he presented to the school board the district's $22 million preliminary budget for the 2016-2017 school year.
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Register to vote by 5 p.m. Monday

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
PIERRE, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is encouraging South Dakotans to register to vote ahead of the upcoming primary.
"As South Dakotans we value our right to vote and appreciate the freedom we have to voice our opinions at the ballot box. In order for unregistered voters to participate in the June 7 primary election, their voter registration form
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Rushmore, National Park Service milestones may drive tourism

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota officials hope a pair of high-profile milestones and stable gas prices bring vacationers to the state during the 2016 tourism season, which will be well underway by the end of May.
The 75th anniversary of the completion of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the National Park Service's centennial celebration are expected to help fuel interest and
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Secretary of state: Payday loan amendment challenge fails

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), A constitutional amendment that would cap money lenders' interest rates unless a borrower agreed to a higher one is on its way to voters in the 2016 election.
Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said Thursday that a challenge to the ballot measure was unsuccessful.
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