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Brookings vet honored for distinguished service

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
• Dr. James Bailey followed in his father's footsteps

BROOKINGS, "I guess I never thought of being anything else. I enjoyed it."
With a smile and those few simple words, Dr. James Bailey, 91, summed up a distinguished career in veterinary medicine that covered decades of service to his chosen profession.
And again in a
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Another dispute over 26th St. assessments

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
• City asks developer to pay additional $93,000 for storm sewer

BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council's contentious relationship with a local developer got a bit more contentious Tuesday when Oakwood Equity's Tim Burns walked out of Chambers in the middle of questioning by a councilor.
The walkout, during an exchange with Councilor Ope Niemeyer, was the second argument of
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Senate candidates square off at State Fair

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
HURON (AP), The four candidates vying to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson all say they're the best choice to help reduce the nation's debt.
The candidates squared off at the State Fair on Friday for their second debate. Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland and Independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie each made their pitch for
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Brookings Health considers discount

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
• Merkley says hospital might join Avera in matching ‘Tier 1' costs for state employee health plan participants

BROOKINGS, The CEO of the Brookings Health System says that "if something doesn't happen soon," he'll make the same offer to Brookings-area members of the South Dakota Employee Health Plan that Avera Medical Group has: reduced pricing on a select
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Timeflies coming to Brookings

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
• Electro hip-hop duo to perform at Swiftel Center Oct. 14

BROOKINGS, Electro hip-hop duo Timeflies will perform this fall at the Swiftel Center.
Producer Rob Resnick and vocalist Cal Shapiro are coming to Brookings on Tuesday, Oct. 14, with Down with Webster and Kap Slap.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 show. General admission tickets go
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Where should school tournaments be held?

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
• High school event survey criticized by Rapid City mayor

PIERRE, A statewide survey dealing with attitudes about high school tournaments had a sinister agenda according to the mayor of South Dakota's second-largest city.
Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker told the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors Thursday that its survey was an "overt effort to
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Counties to get trees grown in statehood project

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
• Brookings County's tree coming to courthouse

PIERRE (AP), Trees growing in soil collected from all 66 counties will be delivered to sites across the state in the next two weeks, to help celebrate South Dakota's 125th anniversary of statehood this year.
The project dubbed "Grow: 66/125" was spearheaded by Plankinton teacher and artist Altman Studeny, who collected the
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Community welcomes newest enterprise

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
• Discovery Benefits will operate out of Research Park

BROOKINGS, "We're very selective about the businesses we recruit, and we don't take it lightly," Al Heuton told the assembled crowd Wednesday at the Innovation Center.
In fact, the process can be a delicate dance between prospect and suitor, sometimes taking years before a company decides to locate in a
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Hospital expansion plan a ‘go’

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
• Plan goes to design in October, construction to begin in May of next year

BROOKINGS, The Brookings hospital will undergo dramatic changes over the next two years, Jason Merkley told the Brookings City Council Tuesday.
Merkley, CEO of the Brookings Health System, said the 2014 Master Plan adopted by the board includes a multi-million-dollar hospital renovation beginning next
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Search for commission director almost done

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Brookings County commissioners have made progress in their search for a commission director.
Laura Littlecott, the recently hired human resources specialist, said Tuesday that she's been narrowing down the candidates from the 22 original applicants for the commissioners to interview.
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SD tech school gets $500K NASA grant

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
RAPID CITY (AP), The South Dakota Space Grant Consortium has been awarded $500,000 by NASA.
The grant will be used by the consortium, located at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, to increase engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs at the Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown. The two entities will also partner with South
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Benefits company expanding to Brookings

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
• Will need 125 employees at its new Research Park operation

BROOKINGS, A Fargo, N.D.-based employee benefits administrator announced today that the company is expanding to Brookings, bringing with it as many as 125 new jobs.
Discovery Benefits officials made the announcement at a morning press conference at the Innovation Center in Brookings.
The location was appropriate, since the
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Communication key goal for new SDHSAA leader

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
• Seeking smaller schools' perspective on tournament site selection committee

FLANDREAU, Improved communication is a top priority for the new chairman of the board at the South Dakota High School Activities Association.
"We need to communicate as best we can," said Rick Weber, superintendent of the Flandreau School District. "There's always ways to improve in anything you do."
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Boys & Girls Club gets $575K

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
• City donation to fund teen center renovation

BROOKINGS, The building fund of the Boys & Girls Club of Brookings is a half-million dollars healthier today, thanks to the Brookings City Council, and her fellow councilors awarded Jael Thorpe $50,000 in start-up funds for her Retail Acceleration Grants proposal.
Several other organizations shared in the council's largesse Tuesday at
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Young pheasant tally shows birds to increase

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), This year's tally of young pheasants is a good sign bird numbers in the state are expected to increase a year after one of the lowest roadside counts in three decades, the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks said Tuesday.
The department released its annual brood count Tuesday, which found an average of 2.68 pheasants per mile,
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Proving his mettle

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
• Madison man participates in inaugural Boulder triathlon

BROOKINGS, It's the endurance of the sport and others like it that appeals to Kurt Pickard. It's a chance to prove your mettle, to see what you can do, he said.
Pickard, a salesman at his family's Volga-based crop insurance company, Pickard Crop Services, had his chance during the Aug. 3
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Mitchell man resists arrest, gets Tasered

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
• Woman enters ‘arrest zone,' touches active Taser wire

BROOKINGS, A Mitchell man found himself on the wrong end of a Taser wire early Saturday, zapped for his aggressive behavior and his refusal to allow an officer to handcuff him.
But the incident also had consequences for a young woman who ran into the street where police were handcuffing
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Prominent SD golfer dies in UTV accident

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS, The Sully County Sheriff's Office says a prominent figure in the South Dakota golfing community has died in a utility task vehicle accident.
Mark Amundson died when his UTV rolled over early Monday morning.
Jonathan Harms is a public information officer at the Department of Public Safety. He says Amundson was ejected from the two-seated vehicle because he
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Farmers' Almanac: Another nasty winter

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
LEWISTON, Maine (AP), The folks at the Farmers' Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it.
Memories of the polar vortex and relentless snowstorms won't soon be forgotten. And the editors of the publication are predicting more of the same for the coming season.
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Ready to roll

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014
• New transportation director prepares for school year

BROOKINGS, It's been a busy month and half since Brant Ravenscroft joined the Brookings School District as its new transportation director.
He's been busily installing new technologies into the buses, such as GPS and getting ready for Wi-Fi, and preparing schedules and routes for the first time.
It's been quite a
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Crime spree suspect identified

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014
• Allegedly involved in ‘garage theft' burglaries earlier in week

BROOKINGS, The suspect in a burglary-turned-robbery in rural Brookings Friday has been identified as 20-year-old Michael Ramon of Brookings.
Ramon, who was apprehended early Friday evening in Volga, is being held in the Brookings County Detention Center on $50,000 cash bond, according to Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring.
It was
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Hospital expansion plans to be presented

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014
• Rezoning for new bank building gets first reading

BROOKINGS, If you're going to the city council meeting on Tuesday, you might want to wear a hard hat. There'll be so much construction "stuff" on the agenda, new buildings, new zoning plans, rezonings, change orders, that you may need some headgear for protection.
Among the more interesting topics to
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