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City now home to ‘certified technology park’

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
• Daugaard names Brookings Research Park as SD's first certified technology center

BROOKINGS, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Tuesday that the Research Park at South Dakota State University has been approved by the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) as the first South Dakota Certified Technology Park.
Daugaard visited the Brookings research park to make the presentation.
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No answer yet: Mayor meets with DOT chief

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
• Possible response on Sixth Street design ‘in a couple of weeks'

BROOKINGS, Salt and sand are the big news about city streets this week, in the wake of a rain-ice-and-snow storm that brought traffic to a crawl.
But "no news" is also a big story in Brookings, where residents are waiting to hear what's going to happen on
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Think snow before you go

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Hey, SDSU students and holiday travelers!
Before you leave town, make sure you've made arrangements for any on-the-street vehicles you're leaving behind.
The City of Brookings issued a reminder Tuesday that those heading out of town for the holidays or for a warm-weather break should be sure their cars, trucks and other vehicles, and implements and trailers, are all
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County updates road deal with Novita

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
• Changes in agreement update schedule, dates

BROOKINGS - County commissioners unanimously approved an updated version of a road agreement between the county and Novita Aurora LLC during Tuesday's meeting.
This was necessary since the previous version of the agreement had dates that were no longer accurate, after plans to build the oil extraction plant were delayed by investors
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Daugaard: Partners to invest $56M in SD railway system

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
• Aurora will get spur

SIOUX FALLS (AP), A partnership between the state and private groups will allow for a $56 million investment in four rail projects across South Dakota.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday announced that the projects include the reconstruction of more than 40 miles of rail line between Chamberlain and Presho, construction of railroad sidings
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Artist ‘layers’ images in trunk of aspen tree

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
• ‘Shadow box' carvings on display at library

BROOKINGS, Harold Hecht, 78, a Wyoming native and a Brookings resident for about 41 years ("It almost feels like home.") had his first experience with woodcarving about 30 years ago when he was on sabbatical leave in Chicago.
He took an evening course in woodcarving techniques "and it just kind
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City digging out from icy, snowy double whammy

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Considering it was hit with a double-duo of icy rain and driving snow, the city of Brookings escaped pretty much unscathed from Monday's bout of winter weather. Now with that over, the already under way digout continues.
Brookings City Manager Jeff Weldon told the Register this morning that Street Department crews "were out sanding all day yesterday and trying
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Rounds gets four new jobs

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), U.S. Sen.-Elect Mike Rounds from South Dakota will serve on four committees in the upcoming Congress.
Sen. John Thune says he'll keep his currnt assignments in the coming selection.
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Valero Renewables boosts United Way

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
AURORA, Employees of the Valero Renewables-Aurora ethanol plant pledged more than $35,000 during their recently completed 2015 United Way campaign, boosting their commitment from last year and exceeding their monetary goal.
With a company match, the plant is projected to contribute a total of approximately $52,000 to the Brookings Area United Way during 2015.
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Teen use of e-cigs surpasses ‘regulars’

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP), Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds.
Even as tobacco smoking by teens dropped to new lows, use of e-cigarettes reached levels that surprised researchers. The findings marked the survey's first attempt to measure the use of e-cigarettes by people that young.
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Consumers report having less trouble in ACA's second round

Posted: Monday, Dec 15th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Buying coverage during the Affordable Care Act's second open enrollment period hasn't been as difficult for South Dakotans as it was during the program's inaugural window.
Monday is the final day for South Dakotans to enroll in health coverage for Jan. 1 through the federal health insurance exchange, but the enrollment period doesn't fully wind down until February.
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Afficionados can ‘nerd out’ at Uncanny Comics

Posted: Monday, Dec 15th, 2014
• Got a yen for Superman? Or maybe the latest Batman? New store caters to your graphics needs

BROOKINGS, Brothers Matt and Chad Vis have always had a love for comic culture, but they'd been content helping with the family business, Zesto. But nowadays, when customers walk through the neighboring business's front door, a Star Trek "swoosh" sound accompanies
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Soldiers share memories

Posted: Monday, Dec 15th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Sgt. Richard L. "Rick" Bogue, United States Army Reserve, visits with a fellow soldier prior to his being awarded the Purple Heart medal in a ceremony Saturday morning in the Performing Arts Center on the campus of South Dakota State University.
Bogue, a resident of White, sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving with a unit of the 407th
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Lawyer works to help undocumented kids stay

Posted: Monday, Dec 15th, 2014
• 52 children in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS (AP), A Sioux Falls immigration lawyer is working to help 52 unaccompanied children apply to stay in the country after they entered without documentation.
Taneeza Islam wants the children who are taking refuge in South Dakota to be prepared legally before a judge decides whether to deport them, the Argus Leader
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Reservoir releases to be cut

Posted: Monday, Dec 15th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Releases from the Oahe Reservoir in central South Dakota will be significantly cut this month.
KCCR-AM Radio in Pierre reports that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says releases will average about 18,800 cubic feet per second in December. The average last month was 31,300 cubic feet per second.
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‘Culture’ is Merriam Webster’s choice for vogue word for 2014

Posted: Monday, Dec 15th, 2014
• Vaping a close second?

NEW YORK (AP) -- A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster's 2014 word of the year: culture.
The word joins Oxford Dictionaries' "vape," a darling of the e-cigarette movement, and "exposure," declared the year's winner
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Coding turns to cash

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
• Camelot only school in state to get $10,000 for computer coding instruction

BROOKINGS, Camelot Intermediate School is the sole South Dakota school to have won a $10,000 prize for its instruction in the Hour of Code movement.
The Hour of Code is a one-hour activity, although fifth-grade tech teacher Andrea Gullickson said the time they spend is usually
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First $1M United Way campaign reaches $800K

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
• Fundraisers still seeking donations; new 211 program to roll out in February

BROOKINGS, A woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi came together … this may sound like the beginning of a bad joke, but it's actually how the United Way began in 1887 to address the welfare problems facing Denver.
That legacy continues today in
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Council backs penny tax for infrastructure

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council took a political stand at its regular meeting this week, agreeing to support the South Dakota Municipal League's (SDML) efforts to win approval for a special local option sales tax.
The tax, if approved by the 2015 Legislature, would be dedicated to infrastructure improvements.
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Farm Rescue hires director

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP), A nonprofit that helps farmers in need in five Northern Plains states is bringing a full-time development director on board.
Dennis Wiese, 54, of Flandreau, has decades of experience working the land and on agricultural issues. He is a former longtime president of the South Dakota Farmers Union and a former secretary and treasurer of the National
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‘Santa Council’ buys city more new equipment

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
BROOKINGS, The Brookings city councilors spend large sums of money at almost all of their meetings, change orders for ongoing construction projects, land purchases and similar items, but the past week they got to buy "Christmas presents" for some of the city departments.
Among the gifts were a new garbage truck, special gear for the firefighters and a snow blower
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US OKs renaming offensive SD creek

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), A federal board has approved a new name for a South Dakota creek because the old name was offensive.
The U.S. Board on Geographic Names has approved renaming a creek in Moody County to "Isanti Creek." It was originally named "Squaw Creek."
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The hidden wounds of war

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
• Local soldier to be honored Saturday; Purple Heart comes three years after injuries

BROOKINGS, Since the "war on terror" began more than a decade ago, some American warriors have returned home with wounds of a new nature, many of them the result of basic, often deadly weapons made on the cheap.
Both the weapons and the injuries
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Council considers permanent 4-way stop

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
• But staff-recommended project at Main Ave. S., 32nd St. S. on hold for updated traffic count

BROOKINGS, A simple resolution authorizing four-way stop signs at Main Avenue South and 32nd Street South was derailed Tuesday when city councilors demanded traffic counts and more information about traffic patterns there.
The councilors didn't kill the project, which is a joint-jurisdiction
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Council hikes manager’s salary

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
• Gets top marks again in performance review

BROOKINGS, The Brookings council gave its city manager another vote of confidence this week, extending his contract for yet another year and adding a 4 percent salary increase to sweeten the deal.
City Manager Jeff Weldon will collect $147,562 in wages the coming year, said Mayor Tim Reed in announcing the
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Johnson: ‘We have lost our way’

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Sen. Tim Johnson, the longest-serving Democratic federal officeholder in a Republican state, is leaving Congress with something most public servants don't receive in these partisan times: sincere praise from members of the other party.
South Dakota's senior senator said goodbye to his U.S. Senate colleagues Thursday in a speech in which he reiterated a call for bipartisanship and
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