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50 years of flora

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
• McCrory to observe 50th at garden party Aug. 7

BROOKINGS, If Luther Burbank is right, it's time for a visit to the pharmacist.
Burbank, the prominent American botanist from a century ago, called flowers medicine for the soul. There's no better place to fill that prescription than at the McCrory Gardens' Annual Garden Party, which is Aug. 7,
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Online store moves to brick-and-mortar

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
• Infinity Boutique finds new downtown Brookings home

BROOKINGS, Dannielle Schmit is taking her online clothing store into the real world.
Infinity Boutique will open its doors at 314 Main Ave., Suite 2, on Aug. 15 with a grand opening party from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be specials and drawings for prizes, Schmit said.
"I've
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Campaign to ease pot laws kicks off

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Tattooed bikers, middle-aged health care workers, blue-collar manufacturing employees and others converged on a Sioux Falls bar Wednesday night to work toward a shared goal: easing marijuana penalties in South Dakota.
South Dakotans Against Prohibition officially kicked off its campaign to put a measure on the November ballot in 2016 that would ask voters whether the state
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Dead-end streets get some room

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council approved purchasing land in the vicinity of current dead-ends 15th Street South and Seventh Avenue South so the streets can be connected.
Right now, 15th Street South deadends a few yards to the east of Main Avenue South. Seventh Avenue South dead-ends at the city's Bark Park, south of 12th Street South. If extended, the
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After the storm

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
• Volga cleans up after early Tuesday winds down trees, garage

VOLGA, The whir of chainsaws and the beeping of heavy machinery backing up have been nearly constant since workers for Volga and Brookings County appeared for cleanup bright and early Tuesday morning.
Clearing the streets has been top priority after early hours straight-line winds ravaged parts of Volga,
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Council ups ordinance, animal fines

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council raised fines for ordinance violations and impounded animals on Tuesday and will research waiving fines for traffic violations over the holidays.
Research has shown that Brookings lags behind other South Dakota cities in general parking fines, so it was proposed to raise those fees from $15 to $20, as well as increase the overdue payment
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Only 40 gay couples apply to be married in SD in first month

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Forty gay couples in South Dakota applied to be married during the first month following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized such unions across the country, according to data provided by the state Department of Health.
The number of marriage licenses issued to gay couples in South Dakota represents about 5 percent of the 839
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Almost ready!

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Members of the school board went on a tour of Dakota Prairie Elementary Monday night, getting a sneak peak at the different classrooms and offices.
The school board members viewed the commons, which is still in need of finishing touches. Pictured are Les Rowland, Superintendent Klint Willert, and school board members Larry Rogers, Randy Grimsley and Steve Bayer.
The tour
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Board interviews vacancy finalists

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
• Decision to be made at August meeting

BROOKINGS, With two candidates in line to serve the remainder of Marysz Rames' term, up for re-election in April 2016, the Brookings School Board conducted interviews Monday night.
The board didn't take action after going into executive session to discuss the interviews of former school board members Matt Vukovich and Bob
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Minnesota ushers in region's top minimum wage

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP), Minnesota will vault past Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota this week to gain the highest minimum wage in the Midwestern region at $9 an hour, which also will rank among the most-generous state wage floors in the country.
The dollar-per-hour bump taking effect Saturday for some 288,000 of Minnesota's lowest-paid workers is the second of a
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Opposing sides face off at Keystone XL pipeline hearing

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Opposing sides in the debate over the Keystone XL oil pipeline faced off on Monday in front of the state regulatory panel that is considering for the second time in just over five years whether to approve the construction of the South Dakota portion of the long-delayed project.
TransCanada Corp. and other interested parties offered opening statements and
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New rule would make math certification easier for teachers

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), The South Dakota Board of Education has adopted a new rule that would make it easier for middle school math teachers to get certified.
The Argus Leader reports the board voted 9-0 Monday to allow teachers to take an "intermediate test" if they don't teach higher-level courses such as calculus. Teachers could teach Algebra I and II and
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She’s the state’s first Certified Cicerone

Posted: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
• Title for Wooden Legs manager follows three-hour written, one-hour tasting exams

BROOKINGS, Brookings residents looking to learn more about beer, maybe a sort of Beers and Brewing 101, now have a go-to source for such information.
There's not much about beer that Angela Yahne, South Dakota's first Certified Cicerone and manager of the taproom at Wooden Legs
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Council to look at fines, fees

Posted: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council will consider fines for violations of city ordinances and fees for animals in the city during its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Council members will look at raising the city's parking fines.
"General parking fines in Brookings are currently at $15 and going up to $20 if not paid within 72 hours," according to the
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South Dakota regulators to hear Keystone XL arguments again

Posted: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), State regulators this week will consider whether to approve for the second time in just over five years construction through South Dakota of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, but it's unlikely a decision will come immediately.
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission hearing process is set to begin Monday and is scheduled to stretch until Aug. 4.
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Back behind the wheel

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
• From Brookings skies to fields, Egeberg looks forward to retirement

BROOKINGS, Even after his retirement July 10, Gary Egeberg can't stay away from what's been a lifelong calling to combat weeds and pests.
With about a decade of work as the Brookings County Weed and Pest supervisor, retirement for Egeberg means trying out a season or two of
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Farmers restock flocks as bird flu subsides

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS (AP), Three months after bird flu wiped out two of Greg Langmo's flocks, he's among the first to start growing turkeys again.
He lost half of a year's normal production and income and won't be able to sell turkeys for months, but the central Minnesota farmer feels good to be getting back to normal.
"It's nerve-racking for sure," Langmo
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Daktronics to light up SDSU stadium

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
• Jackrabbits fans to view action on 3,100-square-foot screen

BROOKINGS, When Jacks fans enter Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, they'll be treated with a new LED video display from Daktronics of Brookings.
Daktronics partnered with South Dakota State University to bring 3,100 square feet of digital display space to the Brookings campus prior to the start of football season this fall.
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Glitch allowed juvenile to escape

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, A glitch in a locking mechanism is to blame for a juvenile escaping the Brookings County Detention Center on July 13, Sheriff Marty Stanwick told county commissioners Tuesday.
"Originally when the jail was remodeled, that was what we'd call a juvenile hold-over. There was a grant that juveniles could be held in there for a short time that weren't
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Mom, daughter swim for Africa water

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
ELKTON, Tina Davis wanted to teach her daughter, Grace, a lesson, and they wound up raising a lot of money for charity.
"Tremendous learning experience. I would do it again in a heart-beat," Tina, of Elkton, said.
Tina has followed the Obakki Foundation since it began in 2009 and knew it has done a lot of charity work in Africa,
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Paving project begins on 5th St. S.

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Construction has begun on a project to overlay Fifth Street South between Main Avenue South and Medary Avenue South.
The contractor for the project is Bowes Construction. The project includes milling along the curb and gutter, replacing concrete valley gutters, and an asphalt overlay of the street.
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Main Ave. S. milling starts, paving to follow soon after

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Construction continues on the Main Avenue South Paving Project from Eighth Street South to 20th Street South, with a new phase of work starting this week.
The contractor for the project is Bowes Construction, and the project is administered and inspected by the local staff of the South Dakota Department of Transportation office.
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