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Brookings inventor patents sailboat

Posted: Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2015
• ‘Having fun, therapy away from job'

BROOKINGS, According to Patent No. 9,079,649, Brookings resident Al Heuton has invented a "portable wind-powered sailing vessel." Sound like something you might expect from an engineer or naval artchitect?
"My degree is in urban planning, but my dad is a structural engineer," the executive director of the Brookings Economic Development Corporation explained.
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Retirement age would rise to 67 under new proposal

Posted: Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), The normal retirement age for many new public workers would increase two years to 67 under a proposal state lawmakers may consider in the upcoming legislative session.
The South Dakota Retirement System's governing board voted Wednesday to draft the new plan. If approved in December, it would go before lawmakers for their consideration during the 2016 session.
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34th Avenue completion date extended

Posted: Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2015
BROOKINGS, There's been a change in plans for the county's 34th Avenue project, or, to be more precise, a change in dates.
Originally expected to be "substantially completed" by Sept. 25 and the accompanying final payment set for Oct. 16, Brookings County commissioners approved a measure delaying those dates by nearly a month.
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Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe hires 2 tribal police officers

Posted: Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2015
FLANDREAU (AP), Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe officials have hired two police officers and signed a mutual aid agreement with Moody County following their decision to end a policing agreement with the city of Flandreau.
The Argus Leader reports that under the agreement with the Moody County Sheriff's Office, deputies will be allowed to provide emergency backup for the newly formed
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SDEC builds program, carpenters to come?

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
• Brookings campus adds two-year carpentry apprenticeship

BROOKINGS, Are you looking for a good career? Like working with wood? Then check out the new carpentry apprenticeship program with South Dakota Education Campus.
It is the only state-certified two-year residential carpentry apprenticeship in the entire state of South Dakota, said Lindsie Bartley, SDEC campus director.
The apprenticeship program will combine
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Mettlers not to be reimbursed by county

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
• Work on 213th Street forced family to relocate for five days, caused van damage

BROOKINGS, It's been a hectic and expensive few weeks for the Mettler family following road access issues along 213th Street, where the county has been working on improvements for the planned Novita oil extraction plant.
But Brookings County commissioners say it's not their responsibility
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Todey to present at Big Sioux River Water Summit

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
BROOKINGS, The Third Annual Mayors Big Sioux River Water Summit takes place Sept. 10 at the Days Inn Hotel in Brookings. The event will run from 2 to 6 p.m.
Dennis Todey, an associate professor at South Dakota State and the SDSU Extension climate specialist, will present "Climate, Precipitation and Water Quality" at 3:50 p.m. Todey, who is also the
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Far below South Dakota, a cave holds pure, promising water

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK (AP), Hundreds of feet beneath the Black Hills, a team of scientists and researchers snake through dark, narrow and silent corridors of ancient rock to reach their goal: what is thought to be some of the purest water on Earth.
The crew of National Park Service scientists that's anchored by microbiologist Hazel Barton travels sporadically to
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SD smoking rate falls, but still higher than U.S.

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), As the nation continues to see fewer smokers, so has South Dakota, although the state's most recent data show its rate is still higher than the national average.
A new government report released Tuesday shows that the nation's rate dropped to 17 percent last year compared to 18 percent in 2013.
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City spraying for mosquitoes tonight

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
BROOKINGS, Weather permitting, the City of Brookings Street Department will be city-wide ground fogging for mosquitoes between 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, and 3 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2. The parks and bike trails will then be fogged the following morning.
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Mettlers ‘frustrated’ with 213th project

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
• Construction work, lack of access to home forced Mettlers to relocate

BROOKINGS, "Frustrating."
That's the word that Cory Mettler kept coming back to when discussing his family's experiences the past few weeks.
An electrical engineer and instructor at South Dakota State University, he and his wife, Jennifer, and their two children live along 213th Street, which the county's
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New way to pay parking tickets

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
• Council approves holiday food donations in lieu of payment

BROOKINGS, People who find themselves with a parking ticket later this year might have the opportunity to make a helpful food donation rather than pay the ticket.
Although it's only a pilot program following its approval during last Tuesday's Brookings City Council meeting, Councilor Jael Thorpe called the resolution
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SDSU to honor 6 alums at Hobo Day

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
BROOKINGS, Serving through education is a common theme for the six people who are being honored as Distinguished Alumni from South Dakota State University Oct. 24.
Those to be honored are:
•  Julie (Gullickson) Bell, Brookings, Class of '70/'76
• Brian Erstad, Tucson, Ariz., Class of '76
• Jim Faulstich, Highmore, Class of '72
• Rodney Fouberg, Aberdeen, Class of
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Home Free tour coming to Swiftel

Posted: Monday, Aug 31st, 2015
BROOKINGS, When country vocal band Home Free was crowned champion of NBC's The Sing-Off in 2013, their victory was by no means the beginnings of a career for the five country stars from Minnesota. Rather it was a satisfying culmination of nearly a decade of hard work and commitment to a vocal craft growing in popularity.
They have become known
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The Reserve to go before commission on Tuesday

Posted: Monday, Aug 31st, 2015
• Many neighbors oppose plans for development around Lake Goldsmith

BROOKINGS, The Brookings County Planning and Zoning Commission will consider land rezoning requests on Tuesday from area developers Timothy Vanderpan and John Mills, of Wild Ideas Inc., who want to create a new community called "The Reserve" on the north and east sides of Lake Goldsmith.
The requests
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SDSU College of Nursing receives grant for telehealth curriculum

Posted: Monday, Aug 31st, 2015
BROOKINGS, The South Dakota State University College of Nursing has received a three-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SDSU is among the first group to receive this new HRSA initiative.
The nearly $1.25 million grant will allow State to develop, implement and evaluate a telehealth curriculum
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City fogging for mosquitoes overnight

Posted: Monday, Aug 31st, 2015
Weather permitting, the City of Brookings Street Department will be city-wide ground fogging for mosquitoes between 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, and 3 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1. The parks and bike trails will then be fogged the following morning.
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