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'Fusion' born at round-table lunch

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• Monument View Townhomes under way

BROOKINGS, As both Brookings newcomers and some settled-in residents looking to move consider places where they would like to live, new housing often plays a key role. Now newcomers and settled residents alike will have another housing option in Monument View Townhomes.
Located on 10.4 acres on Western Avenue just north of the
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Council to sign new 911 agreement

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• Light meeting Oct. 28 nevertheless has several topics of community interest

BROOKINGS, Next week's city council could be one of the briefest in recent months, mostly a handful of first readings setting times for public hearings.
One of more important actions the council will take will be to renew the joint powers agreement for the city-county 911 emergency
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Senate candidate Weiland keeps at populist message

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), When U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson announced he wouldn't seek re-election, putting a seat in conservative-leaning South Dakota in play, national Democrats had a few candidates in mind to replace him.
None of them was the eventual nominee, and one of the first people to tell you that would be Rick Weiland, who's locked in an unexpectedly competitive race.
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Redesigning communities

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• Student architects tackle Huron mall design project

BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University architecture students are redesigning and building a passageway and seating area outside the Kansas Mall in Huron as part of a studio course and partnership with the city.
The project is part of an annual community commitment the Department of Architecture established in 2012.
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US Senate hopefuls debate EB-5, leadership

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Four candidates vying to replace outgoing U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson fought over Washington gridlock, immigration reform, Social Security and the EB-5 Visa program in a debate Thursday.
The discussion at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion was the penultimate debate for Republican Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Gordon Howie and Larry Pressler before the
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Council considers new campus-community board

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• Idea is to forge closer ties

BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council this week took another step toward a closer working relationship with South Dakota State University with the presentation of a draft charter for the University Community Coalition.
Also presented at this week's study session was the community-university summary from the most recent planning charette hosted by
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Gambling measure: Boon or burden?

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Almost 25 years after the long-shuttered Deadwood casinos reopened their doors, voters will be asked whether to approve a new batch of games that supporters say would stir stagnant revenues in the historic Old West town. Opponents are concerned it will only strengthen gambling addictions and lead to more crime.
Deadwood casinos currently offer slot machines, poker and
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5 things to know about the November election

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota voters have quite a few things to decide on Nov. 4, including who wins a tight U.S. Senate race, whether to reinstate an incumbent governor and whether the state should raise the minimum wage, expand gambling and change access to doctors.
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Council: Bag ban not ‘sustainable’

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• But local power from wind turbines may be, says Thorpe

BROOKINGS, After listening to a second presentation on recycling and sustainability from the mayor-appointed Brookings Sustainability Council, the city council took its first action on the matter: it voted down a plastic bag ban. Permanently.
When it was suggested the council put a bag ban on a future
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Main Ave. to open on Friday

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• Work will continue at intersection, side of road

BROOKINGS, The portion of Main Avenue South that has been blocked off while the roadway was reconstructed since last spring will be opened to traffic at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, city officials have announced.
From 20th Street South to the future 26th Street South, Main has been reconstructed and
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Poems, but few ads – Pressler seeks Senate return

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), For the homestretch of a suddenly competitive four-way Senate race here, one that could tip control of the Senate, former Sen. Larry Pressler is bringing in the best surrogate he can imagine: a 78-year-old retired FBI agent.
Democrats have dropped about $1 million into the South Dakota Senate race, as have Republicans, and outside groups on all sides
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Rounds says he didn't approve $600K for beef plant

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds says he did not approve $600,000 in state aid for an Aberdeen beef plant authorized by a Cabinet secretary in the final days of Rounds' administration, or even know about it.
Secretary of Tourism and State Development Richard Benda approved the money for Northern Beef Packers shortly before leaving office to
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County commission: ‘We can’t stop dairy’

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• Crowd comes to commissioners with public notice, environmental concerns

BROOKINGS, The Brookings County Commission can't put a stop to a dairy owners plan to build near Oak Lake and Lake Hendricks.
That's the takeaway from Tuesday's county commission meeting after Hendricks, Minn. Mayor Jay Nelson and a crowd of about 50 voiced their concerns about the dairy.
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Roundabouts roll out of Brookings

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• Council OKs plan to drop them from Highway 14 Bypass renovation

BROOKINGS, With little fanfare, the Brookings City Council on Tuesday officially killed the plan to construct roundabouts on the U.S. Highway 14 Bypass.
A day earlier, the council-appointed Transportation Steering Committee debated an offer from the state that would permit the city to opt out of plans
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Noem sailing toward win, Robinson lacking traction

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Two weeks are left before the general election and Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is still seen as the prohibitive favorite for another term, while her Democratic challenger Corinna Robinson has struggled to build name recognition.
Robinson, a retired Army veteran, is seeking to unseat Noem, who was first elected in 2010. Noem, who is South Dakota's
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Senator says he’s ready for the ‘next 10’

Modified: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
• Tidemann completes decade in Legislature; has plans for 2015 session and beyond
Editor's Note: This is the last in a series of profiles of area candidates for state office. Incumbent Larry Tidemann of Brookings is seeking to keep his Senate seat in the 7th Legislative District. Also on the ballot is Democrat Jay Vanduch.
Brookings County is a part
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Bergquist to Brookings: ‘No roundabouts on Highway 14 Bypass’

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
• Locals had opposed traffic circles; exits to get minor modification

BROOKINGS, The two roundabouts state highway department engineers wanted to build on Brookings' Highway 14 Bypass are a thing of the past, Deputy Mayor Keith Corbett told the Brookings Transportation Steering Committee Monday.
And Committee Vice Chair Daryl Englund confirmed it: He and Corbett were advised by
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Rally at the Rails

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
BROOKINGS, The classic pep rally got a Hobo Week reboot in downtown Brookings on Monday evening.
Rally at the Rails, held on the 300 block of Fifth Street, included the Pride of the Dakotas, SDSU cheerleaders and dance team, and a DJ.
Crowds also heard from distinguished speakers including SA President Caleb Finck, Grand Pooba Scottie DesLauriers, Mayor Tim
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Vanduch’s legislative solution: more Dems

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
• Brookings candidate campaigns for ‘Better. Balance.' in statehouse

Editor's Note: This is part of a series of profiles of area candidates for state office. Democrat Jay Vanduch of Brookings is seeking the Senate seat in the 7th Legislative District. Also on the ballot is Republican incumbent Larry Tidemann.
The final profiles appear in this week's Registers.
Brookings County
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SD State renames Biostress Laboratory

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University has announced the Northern Plains Biostress Laboratory will be renamed the Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory.
The South Dakota Board of Regents approved the naming request at its meeting earlier this month.
The laboratory was dedicated in September 1993 and houses much of the university agronomic and biological research as well as several
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US Senate hopefuls want to reform education policy

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), The four candidates for South Dakota's open U.S. Senate seat want to reshape the country's education policy, but in different ways.
Republican Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland, and independents Gordon Howie and Larry Pressler are vying for the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson during the Nov. 4 election.
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No more deliveries, still seeing patients

Posted: Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
• Brookings physician focusing on family practice

BROOKINGS , Dr. Merrit Warren estimates that since he started practicing medicine in Brookings in 1982, he has delivered about 2,000 babies. His last delivery was about two weeks ago.
Now the board-certified family practitioner will focus on caring for his patients after they've come into the world.
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Hendricks mayor to air concerns on dairy

Posted: Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
• Nelson to come before county commission Tuesday

BROOKINGS, Michael Crinion, a dairyman in Brookings County, is looking to put up a 3,999-head dairy near Lake Hendricks, and this has some lake residents worried.
The Brookings County Planning and Zoning Commission has already authorized plans for the dairy by granting it a conditional use permit.
But Hendricks, Minn.,
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Alan Jackson coming to Swiftel May 2

Posted: Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Country singer Alan Jackson brings his 25th Anniversary Keepin' It Country Tour to the Swiftel Center in Brookings on Saturday, May 2. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Swiftel Center Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.
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Four-way stop signs going in at 17th, 15th

Posted: Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
BROOKINGS, The City of Brookings will install four-way stop signs Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the intersection of 17th Avenue South and 15th Street South, the city engineer's office has announced.
The signs will be in place by 3 p.m.
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