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Site work now under way for My Place Hotel

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
• Extended stay hotel east of I-29 to open next spring

BROOKINGS, It was snowing Monday morning, and wintry winds made east Brookings feel like the Antarctic, but that didn't stop a couple of bulldozers, an excavator and a steady stream of dump trucks from leveling the lot for a hotel on 32nd Avenue.
The new My Place
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They’re big losers – and loving it

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
• Faith-based program takes the pounds off

BROOKINGS, Like so many people who struggle with with their weight, Hillcrest Elementary School librarian Royanna Stratmoen was a yo-yo dieter: in a repetitive cycle, the dieter loses weight, gains it back, and maybe more, and the cycle starts again.
She explained, "I've lost hundreds of pounds in the past 13 years.
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One for the record books!

Posted: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
BROOKINGS, On Saturday, Super 8 celebrated its 40th anniversary by shattering the Guinness World Record for the largest pillow fight.
Working in tandem with South Dakota State University, the event was hosted by former N'SYNC band member and current TV personality Joey Fatone.
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Brad Paisley coming to Brookings

Posted: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
• Show at Swiftel Center set for Jan. 31, tickets on sale Dec. 5

BROOKINGS, Brad Paisley's Country Nation World Tour is coming to the Swiftel Center in Brookings on Saturday, Jan. 31, with special guests Parmalee and The Swon Brothers.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show's at 7:30.
Tickets, $59.75 and $39.75, go on sale
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DOT awards $1.1M in grants to small SD cities

Posted: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), The state's Department of Transportation has awarded $1.1 million to six small South Dakota cities and one county for road improvements.
The funds were given through the Community Access grant program to improve roads leading to schools, main business areas, hospitals, grain elevators and other economic areas in the communities. The grants will pay for 60 percent of
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State’s dairy industry seeing a resurgence

Posted: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
Editors note: This is an AP Member Exchange shared by the Argus Leader.

SIOUX FALLS (AP), The state's dairy industry is feeling optimistic about its future, especially along the Interstate 29 corridor.
South Dakota dairy farmers are looking to grow with the help of strong milk prices, stable feed supplies and the benefits that come from having nine plants
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South Dakota workers 'hi-rail' for safety

Posted: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
CHAMBERLAIN (AP), Record crop yields and the North Dakota oil boom have led to a significant resurgence of rail transit in South Dakota, and it's Lynn Kennison's job to make sure the tracks are safe.
Kennison, a transportation specialist at the state Department of Transportation, inspects the rail lines using a road-rail, or "hi-rail," vehicle, a specialized truck that can
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Medical marijuana supporters lay out their legal strategy

Posted: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A citizen initiative for a general election ballot measure in two years is likely the best avenue to make marijuana a legal medical drug in South Dakota, the effort's leader says.
The fact that 2016 is a presidential election year will mean a higher voter turnout, and a better chance of success, Emmett Reistroffer said during a
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Take out the work and the worry

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
BROOKINGS, Prepare and cook the the bird; eat the bird; dispose of the carcass.
In the simplest of terms those are the three steps entailed in the American ritual of the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner of turkey with all the fixings.
Step two is the most enjoyable; steps one and three, not so much.
Steps one and three may be why
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Liquor licenses ‘on tap’ at council session

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
• SDSU asks to rename campus-area streets

BROOKINGS, Brookings City Council will act on two liquor licenses Tuesday, one a simple renewal and the second, a transfer.
The city has received an application to transfer the on-sale liquor license held by Jael Thorpe, owner of Old Market Eatery, to Jesse Lee of the Lee Group, which will do business
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Noem receives award from SD Farm Bureau

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem has been recognized by the South Dakota Farm Bureau.
The group awarded Noem its "Friend of Farm Bureau" honor.
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Brookings firefighters put eye in the sky

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
• Department goes airborne with radio-controlled drone

BROOKINGS, Sitting there on the table, it looks like a science experiment gone awry, a gene-splicing attempt involving a giant crab and a Lego set.
Darrell Hartmann beams as he shows it off to a visitor.
"It's our drone," he says with a broad grin.
The chief confirmed this week that the
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County looks at liquor

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
• After research, commissioners have seventh license to award in county

BROOKINGS, Liquor licenses grabbed Brookings County commissioners' attention Tuesday, at both their regular meeting and the work session.
Commissioners looked at how best to handle the renewal of a liquor license of a business late in paying taxes and how best to proceed upon news that a seventh
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Tribe sues over tax dispute with South Dakota

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
FLANDREAU (AP), A long-simmering tax dispute between the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the state of South Dakota is threatening to shut down alcohol sales at the Royal River Casino and Hotel in Flandreau.
The tribe has refused to pay the state's use tax since 2009, saying its status as a sovereign nation exempts its patrons from state taxation. The
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Commission drafting bill for new games

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
DEADWOOD (AP), A bill to implement the three new voter-authorized games in Deadwood casinos will move forward, the South Dakota Commission on Gaming decided Thursday.
The commission voted to draft the legislation allowing craps, keno and roulette with the goal of the regulations and games being in place by July 1.
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A Blue Ribbon day at Medary

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Medary Principal Rich Brubakken addressed Medary Elementary staff and students, who dressed in blue Wednesday to celebrate Medary's recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School, now that the school has received its plaque and a flag commemorating the achievement.
The national honor was awarded to 337 public and private schools across the country to recognize schools that close achievement gaps
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Swiftel election numbers increase

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
• Commissioners still considering vote center closer to campus

BROOKINGS, A surprising increase in voters at the Swiftel Center on Election Day caused Brookings County commissioners to debate its future as a vote center during Tuesday's work session.
Commissioners had been looking for a new vote center location since May, when an SDSU student requested that the county open
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USD, SDSU fans urged to donate toward food

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
• Frat members also planning run from Vermillion to Brookings before big game

BROOKINGS, University of South Dakota and South Dakota State fans can support their team and help feed South Dakota families.
Saturday's football matchup between the schools in Brookings is part of the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series, which tracks athletic and academic performance among student-athletes of
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Cost of Thanksgiving is going up, but not much

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
Giving thanks will be a little costlier this year, but, and here's something you can be truly thankful for, it probably won't empty your wallet.
The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 10 people is expected to rise slightly this year, clocking in at $49.41. That's 37 cents higher than in 2013. For that, you can blame
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