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Skyscrapers on the prairie

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Ethanol plants and grain elevators are the skyscrapers of the prairie, and something new has started to grace the skyline outside of Aurora.
For about a year, a 200-man crew has been working tirelessly to construct the first Novita plant, expected to begin operations in November, and a lot has changed on site even in a few months' time.
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Discovery Benefits adding up to 30 positions

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, For the second time in just two years, Discovery Benefits is expanding in Brookings. The company announced the addition of 20-30 new mid-level positions.
Discovery Benefits is a third-party employee benefits administration firm headquartered in Fargo. It opened its Brookings office in the Innovation Center at the Research Park at South Dakota State University in September 2014. Last
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Two SDSU faculty named Fulbright Scholars

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University faculty members Molly Krueger Enz and MaryJo Benton Lee were recently named 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholars. Enz was chosen as a Fulbright Research Scholar to Senegal and Lee was selected as a Fulbright Teaching Scholar to China.
"The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government," said Kathleen Fairfax, SDSU's
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Brookings ranked #1 place to live in SD by Niche.com

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The city of Brookings has been named the No. 1 Place to Live in South Dakota by Niche.com, a rankings and review site on K-12 schools, colleges, cities and neighborhoods.
Niche's "2016 Best Places to Live" rankings provide a comprehensive assessment of the overall livability of an area, taking into account key factors like cost of living, quality of the
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Shrek returns!

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Brookings Community Theatre actors take the stage during a rehearsal of "Shrek: The Musical" at Brookings High School on Thursday. The musical opened last weekend.
BCT continues its run of the show this weekend, July 29-31, at Bell Auditorium. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee starts at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for children 10
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Council on board with CRC, OAC land switch

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council approved a letter of intent to swap real estate with the county and wrapped up some other issues Tuesday night.
Brookings County has offered to transfer ownership of the County Resource Center located adjacent to the Swiftel Center in exchange for the real property the city owns under the Outdoor Adventure Center, plus an additional
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Gullickson named nat’l FCCLA officer

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Kayla Gullickson, a senior at Brookings High School, has been elected the 2016-2017 national vice president of community service for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
Gullickson is one of 10 national officers elected during the 2016 National Leadership Conference, held July 3-7 in San Diego, Calif. Being elected a national officer is the highest leadership
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Brookings reps take third in LifeSmarts competition

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C., Earlier this month, students from Brookings High School, competing at the 2016 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference, took home third place in the FCCLA LifeSmarts competition.
The conference was held July 3-7 in San Diego.
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Carpentry program claims national award

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The South Dakota Education Campus at Brookings has earned a national award for its two-year Residential Carpentry Apprenticeship Program.
Nancy Ahlers, of the Brookings Regional Builders Association, accepted the award on July 15 in San Antonio, Texas.
The Best Education Program Award came from the National Association of Home Builders Association Excellence Awards. It's an annual program designed
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Pizza with pizzazz

Posted: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Next weekend, hungry Brookings residents will welcome a new pizza restaurant, which prides itself in its speed, quality and special take on the dish.
Toppers Pizza is located at 1304 Sixth St., right next to Jimmy John's.
Once it opens on Aug. 3, it will become only the third Toppers in the state, all of which will have been
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$90,585 Dakota Cash jackpot won in Brookings

Posted: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
PIERRE, A single ticket sold in Brookings hit the $90,585 Dakota Cash jackpot for the July 27 drawing. The lucky ticket holder matched all five white ball numbers; the odds of winning the top prize in Dakota Cash are 1:324,632.
Winning numbers are 1, 7, 10, 23 and 30. The holder of the ticket is advised to sign the back
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City signs PAC letter of intent with SDSU

Posted: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council approved signing a memorandum of agreement Tuesday with South Dakota State University regarding the university's Performing Arts Center.
The motion passed, but it "still has to go to the Board of Regents," said Mayor Tim Reed.
The city originally entered into an agreement with SDSU in March 1998 to provide bond proceeds for the construction
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Seal coating starts Monday

Posted: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings Street Department plans to seal streets with oil and rock starting Monday, Aug. 1, weather permitting, the department announced this week.
Streets and avenues to be sealed will include the area from Sixth Street to Eighth Street South and from Medary Avenue to 22nd Avenue.
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Dollars for dairy cattle nutrition study

Posted: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Taylor Aubrey, dairy science master's student at South Dakota State University, has been awarded the 2016-2017 John Brandt Memorial Scholarship from the Land O'Lakes Foundation to support her graduate studies in dairy cattle nutrition.
The $25,000 memorial scholarship honoring the late John Brandt is awarded annually to graduate students who have shown exceptional aptitude in dairy, food science
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Heroin, meth worth more than $500K seized in Brookings area

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
PIERRE, Authorities have seized 2 pounds of black tar heroin and 5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in the Brookings area, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Wednesday.
The drugs have an estimated street value of more than $500,000.
According to a release from Jackley's office, on July 11, a joint law enforcement operation seized approximately 2 pounds of
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Re-opening their arms

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
BROOKINGS, "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you invited me in, … " Matthew 25:35.
Those words, as well as any he ever spoke in the four Gospels, represent the bottom-line, action-demanding message of Jesus of Nazareth: the Corporal Works of Mercy.
For the parishioners of
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Bender in talks for DOT property

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council approved entering into negotiations with Bender Commercial Real Estate Services of Sioux Falls regarding developing the city's Marketplace property, but the Tuesday discussion got contentious, including one speaker insinuating the council was making "under the table" deals.
The Brookings Marketplace land is a 26-acre plot located in the northeast corner of the intersection of Interstate
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The Outer Vibe headlines Downtown at Sundown

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings Convention & Visitors Bureau and Downtown Brookings Inc. are back with another summer of Downtown at Sundown.
Meet the organizations every Thursday night on Fifth Street in downtown Brookings from 5-9 p.m. for local musicians, regional headliner acts, free face painting, inflatables, bag toss, and food and beverage vendors from everyone's favorite local restaurants.
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Dripping with gold

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
BRUCE, It's a silver anniversary for the 25th annual Bruce Honey Days, which runs Friday through Sunday and has a theme of "Dripping with Gold," according to Pennie Lutz, a member of the Bruce Community Club.
Friday's activities kick off with a KCountry cookout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Museum Park.
"Various businesses participate in that. It
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Local driver killed in crash

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
GETTYSBURG , Luke Kleinlein, 23, of Brookings, has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle-pickup truck crash that occurred Sunday night east of Gettysburg.
Kleinlein was driving a 1983 Honda VF1100C motorcycle westbound on U.S. Highway 212 near the junction of 316th Avenue. A 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck was eastbound on U.S. Highway 212 and attempted to
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Officer is back Aug. 3

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Brookings Police Officer Joe Fishbaugher's suspension will be over Aug. 3, according to Police Chief Jeff Miller.
Fishbaugher will be back on "full duty on Aug. 3," Miller said. "The matter's been resolved."
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SD Democratic delegates unifying around Clinton

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota delegates are in Philadelphia for the 2016 Democratic National Convention this week. Here's a look at the state delegation's thoughts on the convention to nominate Hillary Clinton as the party's standard-bearer:

Democratic unity?
The South Dakota delegation, consisting of 10 delegates for Clinton, 10 for her primary rival Bernie Sanders and five superdelegates supporting Clinton,
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Back to Brookings

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, It's a long way from Texas, but Kirstin Girard and her family feel right at home in Brookings, traveling more than 800 miles from her previous work as the assistant principal of Cottonwood Creek Elementary to become the new principal of Dakota Prairie Elementary School.
Originally from Canby, Minn., she and her husband both came to Brookings to go
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Library staffer to be added to BSD

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings School Board last week approved the hiring of a part-time library supervisor to help the district better staff its elementary school libraries during the coming school year.
The move was recommended by district Superintendent Klint Willert after he said he found nearly $35,000 in savings as school staff are being hired for the 2016-17 school year.
The
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Employer survey highlight in-demand jobs

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) recently surveyed employers to better understand Brookings' workforce demand. The survey results will help guide BEDC and employers in developing retention and recruitment strategies.
The survey was sent out in June to 363 companies with 94 participating. Those 94 companies represent a total workforce of 13,383, or 73 percent of the
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Association gives out AED units

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), The South Dakota High School Activities Association Foundation is distributing 10 Automated External Defibrillator units to different schools.
The organization says the recipients were chosen from 29 requests based on need or lack of access to the device.
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Former US Sen. Tim Johnson to move back to South Dakota

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson is returning to South Dakota to reside full-time after years of shuttling between Sioux Falls and Washington.
Johnson sold his home in the D.C. area to return to South Dakota with his wife, Barb, and be closer to their family in the area, Johnson's former state director, Sharon Boysen, told the
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