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Brookings farmer leaves $100K to county museum

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
VOLGA, The Brookings County Historical Society has received a $100,000 bequest from the estate of Trygve A. Trooien, an Oak Lake farmer who died April 5, 2015.
Trooien, 65, was well known for his award-winning Holstein cattle, his interests in the history of agriculture, and as an expert and avid collector of antique farm equipment and other farm related
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City wants overpass agreement

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council revisited the idea of an overpass/interchange on Interstate 29 at 20th Street South/214th Street this week and wants to draw up an agreement that can be presented to the Brookings County Commission.
The idea is to get the two entities working together on the project because both the city and county will be impacted.
The
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Special education providing services for all

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
BROOKINGS, There is a lot of talk regarding standards in school and ensuring that everyone meets them. But Michelle Powers, the director of special education, wanted to remind the Brookings School Board of those with unique needs and the responsibility the school system has to give everyone access to quality education.
Special education, Powers explained, "is a federally mandated program
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SD House to examine lawmaker Wollmann’s conduct with interns

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
PIERRE (AP), The South Dakota House decided Wednesday to investigate a Republican representative who said he had sexual contact with interns during the past two legislative sessions.
Lawmakers voted to form a select committee on discipline and expulsion to investigate the conduct of state Rep. Mathew Wollmann. House Majority Leader Lee Qualm said on the House floor that Wollmann told
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State officials hope ruling moves case to Supreme Court

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota officials are optimistic that a 1992 Supreme Court ruling saying sales taxes can't be collected from companies not physically present in the state can be overturned.
The Argus Leader reports District Court Judge Roberto Lange ordered on Tuesday that a state-filed lawsuit requiring four out-of-state internet companies remit sales taxes to the South Dakota Department of
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Happy to be back

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
BROOKINGS, "My goal is to be a store director in Brookings, S.D., until I retire," said Tom Daschel, new man at the helm at Hy-Vee. "I really like being at the store level. I have no desire for a corporate position at Hy-Vee. This is really where I want to be. This is a great place to raise a family.
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New Hy-Vee store director responds to reader comments

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
BROOKINGS, With a new store director starting at Hy-Vee, The Brookings Register social media team asked its Facebook followers to submit their questions and suggestions before it went to visit with Tom Daschel.
Below are some of the issues brought up by readers, followed by Daschel's responses.

Concern: The location of Starbucks causing congestion at the front of the
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Dunn offers details on ag lab upgrade

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
BROOKINGS, The Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory does a lot of tests, but the facility at South Dakota State University is behind other states and needs to catch up, said SDSU President Barry Dunn to the Brookings City Council.
"The lab does an enormous number of diagnostic tests that are very, very important, but the word that comes before
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Teen titans

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
BROOKINGS, A group of four Brookings high schoolers are wiser and wealthier following the first win for a Brookings High School team in the statewide Junior Achievement Titan competition.
Carson Gullickson, Blake Brettschneider, Justin Devine and Logan Bowes competed against 31 other teams in the Junior Achievement Titan competition, which took place online and utilized a simulation program. The statewide
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Reps to talk drones, drugs, retirees

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota lawmakers are set to consider measures on drones, the state's retirement system and drug abuse this week. Here's a look at some of the proposals they plan to take up:

Retirement system
Changes could be coming for South Dakota Retirement System members, as the House Retirement Laws Committee is set to consider measures Wednesday, including
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City plans community workshop on biking

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
BROOKINGS, The City of Brookings will host a community workshop from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, to gather input on its draft Bicycle Master Plan.
The plan will provide guidelines for how to increase bicycle ridership, connectivity and safety in Brookings. Everyone is welcome to attend and shape the future of bicycling in Brookings, city officials say.
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Puerto Ricans could ease SD’s dairy labor shortage

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Unable to find enough workers to carry out the painstaking tasks of milk production, dairy producers in South Dakota hope to tap into a different labor force: unemployed residents of Puerto Rico.
It could be a tonic both for dairy operators and Puerto Rico, where the jobless rate stands at 12 percent but workers are far freer
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BSD, Mills enter talks

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Following executive session from last week's Brookings School Board meeting, the school district will begin mediations with Mills Construction.
The mediations, a kind of negotiating process that makes use of a mediator between the main parties, are centered around payments for several parts of the Dakota Prairie Elementary School building that the school district believes haven't lived up to
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Brookings Hospital open house is Jan. 28

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Brookings Health System invites all community members to a public open house showcasing the new Brookings Hospital expansion from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.
Guests are asked to use the new southeast entrance and parking lot.
Attendees will be offered group tours of the newly constructed 62,500 square feet of hospital space, including radiology, surgery, pharmacy, obstetrics and
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SD ethics measure supporters take aim at Republican lawmakers

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota Democrats lost big in November, but Roxanne Weber celebrated a surprise victory when her favorite ballot measure narrowly passed. Now, she's questioning her vote's value as Republican lawmakers discuss dismantling the government ethics initiative just months later.
The 48-year-old Pierre resident went from handing out informational packets on the initiative this summer to freezing outside a
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