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Selfies on stolen phone lead to arrest

Posted: Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014
• Stakeout in Flandreau nabs convicted murderer who walked away from halfway house

FLANDREAU, A convicted murderer who walked away from a Sioux Falls halfway house is back in custody this week. And a Flandreau man whose stolen cell phone helped capture the suspect, Tyler Peneaux, has quite a story to tell.
"When I first told this story to

Bill Cosby coming back to Brookings

Posted: Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014
• Legendary comedian at Swiftel Center on May 2

BROOKINGS, One of America's best-loved comedians is coming back to Brookings.
On Nov. 23, 1974, Bill Cosby entertained a crowd of about 1,800 people in Frost Arena on the South Dakota State University campus. This go-round he'll be at the Swiftel Center on May 2.
Cosby took time out

Daugaard in Brookings to celebrate literacy

Posted: Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014
• First lady promotes young readers festival

BROOKINGS, First Lady Linda Daugaard appeared at Medary Elementary School this morning to promote a new statewide literature event designed specifically for young readers.
The South Dakota Humanities Council, a statewide organization based in Brookings, has run the South Dakota Festival of Books for 12 years and this fall will launch a

Council OKs 6th Street project, approves Timberline West plat

Posted: Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014
• Gatzke building combines retail, apartments

BROOKINGS, As expected, the Brookings City Council acted quickly on two city projects, giving unanimous approval for a commercial building at the corner of Sixth Street and 13th Avenue and approving the preliminary plat for a new residential development, Timberline West.
There was little discussion on either of the plans.

Developer withdraws 26th St. S. right of way

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
• Burns protests possible $25,000 payment for Christie right of way

BROOKINGS, A local developer's change of mind has once again caused a delay in the construction of 26th Street west of South Main Avenue.
Oakwood Equity president Tim Burns, who is developing the Christie Heights and Christie Springs additions, told the Brookings City Council Tuesday that he

A family affair

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
• Mother, daughter open new gift shop

BROOKINGS, Earlier this month, mother Tonya Hornback and daughter Jess Hoyer opened Lynn and Leigh's Gift Shop in City Plaza on Sixth Street.
The store's name comes from Hornback's and Hoyer's middle names, Lynn and Leigh, respectively.
Both businesswomen say the endeavor is bringing them not only closer to one another,

County bridges to be replaced

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
• Five bridges go on SDDOT's waiting list; work could be done in 2020

BROOKINGS - The Brookings County Commission has passed resolutions allowing five area bridges to be replaced in the future with help from the South Dakota Department of Transportation.
"The bridges that the commission passed (Tuesday) morning with the resolutions are kind of a formality because

Second time’s the charm

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
• SDSU freshman to attend West Point

BROOKINGS, A family history of military service, a desire to serve his country and refusing to give up when he was told "no" the first time he applied.
Those are just a few of the reasons why a Brookings County man is headed to America's oldest military school this summer.
Daniel Kurtzahn,

Minister, son pulled from icy Poinsett

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
• Deputy sheriff sprints in for rescue

LAKE POINSETT, A Volga minister and his son were pulled from an icy Lake Poinsett Monday morning, rescued by a Hamlin County deputy sheriff after their canoe capsized.
Dan Overbo credits Deputy Sheriff Jon Barthel with saving him and his son. The 21-year-old deputy was literally rousted from his sleep to aid

Red ribbons send message: Save the trees!

Posted: Monday, Apr 21st, 2014
• Local group marks endangered trees along Sixth Street

BROOKINGS, Phyllis Cole-Dai doesn't think Brookings residents realize what they'll be losing if the state Department of Transportation goes through with its plan to widen U.S. Highway 14 (Sixth Street) from Main to Medary avenues in 2017.
The current DOT engineers' recommendation for the renovation of U.S. Highway 14 is

Movoto: Brookings best place to live

Posted: Monday, Apr 21st, 2014
• Real estate blog gives Brookings No. 1 spot in top 10 list

BROOKINGS, Movoto, a national real estate research blog, recently gave Brookings the top spot in a ranking of the 10 best places to live in South Dakota with a population of more than 3,000.
Twenty-four cities and towns were ranked on total amenities, quality

Fun Run to memorialize volunteer

Modified: Monday, Apr 21st, 2014
• BCYMP event set for Saturday, starting at soccer park
BROOKINGS, The Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program will host a 5K Freestyle Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, April 26.
Organizers hope the new event will not only raise money for the local organization but also honor the program's late director who helped get it off the ground in Brookings.
The run,

Is there a doctor in the school?

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
• Four Brookings High School grads on their way to M.D.

BROOKINGS, When classes convene at the the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine this summer, Brookings High School will be well represented by a quartet of its graduates: Elizabeth "Liz" Helsper, Class of 2007; Tim Reid and David Woodard, Class of 2008; and Sarvesh Kaushik, Class

Council to review new Timberline, Sixth St. projects

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
• Group faces busy Tuesday session

BROOKINGS, Two of the major items at next week's meeting of the Brookings City Council will involve construction, in one case the start of a new housing development, and in the second, a new commercial building on Sixth Street that will include more than a dozen apartment units.
The business session, the

South Dakota begins absentee voting for primary

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota voters who live out of the state, will be traveling on Election Day or simply want to cast their vote early can do so with absentee ballots beginning Friday.
Secretary of State Jason Gant said all 66 counties in the state are sending out ballots that were requested beginning Jan. 1. Republicans and Democrats will face

Council puts on ‘design hats’

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
• Leaders get look at design review districts and how they can be applied in Brookings

BROOKINGS, Suppose the city's plans for the Department of Transportation property off I-29 come to fruition, and a number of retail stores and restaurants all seek to locate in that area.
Should the Brookings City Council have a say in the way those

Work to begin on 100-suite hotel

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
• Developer says it'll be a Comfort Suites; adds restaurant to project
BROOKINGS, Site work for Brookings' newest hotel could begin as early as next week, co-owner Dennis Bielfeldt announced today.
The construction of the upscale, 100-unit Comfort Suites hotel also marks the beginning of development for the Wilbert Square shopping and entertainment district.
The hotel will anchor the southern

No new info on ‘big box’

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
• But city's development partners to deliver mid-June report

BROOKINGS, There's still no "big box" news, but the city council and community residents should get a bit more information in about two months.
That's according to City Manager Jeff Weldon, who announced Tuesday that the city's partners in the development of the DOT property, Drew Snyder of Omaha, Neb.,

Rogers wins recount

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
BROOKINGS, The recount results are in for the Brookings Board of Education election held April 8, and they're nearly the same as the first time around.
Former school board member Larry Rogers won the recount, seven votes ahead of David Merhib.
"I wish nothing but the best to Rogers and to the school board," Merhib said.

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