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Teaching money matters

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
• With Junior Achievement, 2nd-graders learn how money moves in local economy

BROOKINGS, For about 45 minutes Thursday afternoon, Julie Lefebvre, second-grade teacher at Dakota Prairie Elementary School, turned over her class of 20-plus students to Laura Gerjets for a real-world lesson on how money flows through the Brookings community.
Gerjets, executive assistant to the superintendent of the Brookings
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Public weighs in on rec center

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council decided Tuesday it would call a special meeting by March 18 to approve either the Wiese property or Fishback Soccer Park as the location for the proposed indoor recreational center after hearing from members of the public about where the facility should be built.
Most people who spoke were in favor of the rec center,
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Clay target club new option for Brookings students

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Brookings students will have another extra-curricular activity opened to them following school board approval to recognize a shooting sports group as a non-school sport.
Leaders of the Brookings High School Clay Target Club, a youth sports organization, and the school athletic director Randy Soma appeared before the board Tuesday night.
By being recognized, the club can use the school's
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Referral to delay start of chicken program

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Applications to be part of the pilot chicken program will not be released Feb. 18 as originally planned, said Shari Thornes, Brookings City Clerk on Monday. She's holding the applications due to a referral petition that's being circulated.
The referral petition could put the issue of whether chickens should be raised in Brookings city limits, even as a test
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Committee to take up bill on death penalty

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), A state Senate committee is set to consider a measure that would repeal the death penalty in South Dakota.
The Senate State Affairs committee is scheduled to take up the bill on Wednesday.
Republican Sen. Arthur Rusch of Vermillion is the measure's main Senate sponsor. Rusch, a former judge, says he has personally prosecuted a death penalty case.
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BPD offers look behind the badge

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016
• Brookings department to host seventh Citizens Police Academy

BROOKINGS, Want to learn more about police work? Then fill out an application for the seventh annual Citizens Police Academy, which will start March 7 and run for 10 weeks, announced Lt. Justina Diamond of the Brookings Police Department.
"This is for people who are interested in their local police
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Filing cutoff nears

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016
• First city candidate turns in petitions

BROOKINGS, So far, only one candidate has filed for the three open seats on the Brookings City Council in the April 12 election, confirmed Shari Thornes, Brookings City Clerk, late Monday morning.
The lone declared candidate so far is Edward J. Ballou, who filed for the council seat that is up for
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Meet 1st school board candidate

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings School District has its first candidate for its two open seats this year: Mellissa Heermann.
With only just more than a week since the petition's been publicly available, Heermann submitted her completed form with the Brookings School District on Monday, well ahead of the Feb. 26 filing deadline.
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Sales tax hike for teacher pay passes committee

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), The half-cent sales tax increase that would help fund Gov. Dennis Daugaard's teacher pay plan passed its first legislative test Monday, but it now faces a competing push from the House Republican leader to increase salaries without raising taxes.
The House Committee on Appropriations voted unanimously to advance the sales tax plan. It could be debated on the
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SD House approves religious protection bill, on to Senate

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), The state House has approved a bill that would bar the government from taking actions such as revoking the tax exempt status of an organization because of religious beliefs about marriage, sex outside of marriage or transgender rights.
The Argus Leader reports that the House voted 46-10 on Monday to approve the measure. It now heads to the
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Low pay forces SD teachers to hold second, third jobs

Posted: Monday, Feb 8th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Jessica Ries settles in behind the counter of Tip Top Tux and phones a couple to remind them of an upcoming fitting before their wedding. In the back room, beyond the dapper mannequins and vest swatches of pink, yellow and blue, a tote filled with review packets for 24 of her Hayward Elementary School students awaits her
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Frost Fest bringing winter fun to Brookings

Posted: Monday, Feb 8th, 2016
• Weekend of family-friendly activities planned for Feb. 19-20

BROOKINGS, Get ready to embrace the big chill! Frost Fest 2 is set for Feb. 19-20 with lots of activities in different locations for young and old to enjoy.
"It's that time in February we're all getting a little stir-crazy," said Jennifer Johnson, executive director of the Brookings Convention
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Committee to take up retirement system changes

Posted: Monday, Feb 8th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), A legislative committee is set to take up a measure to create a new retirement plan for future public employees that includes a two-year increase in the normal retirement age to 67 for many new workers.
The state House Retirement Laws committee is scheduled to consider the bill on Monday.
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Grant to boost nursing faculty

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare has announced it will provide a $30,000 grant to South Dakota State University's College of Nursing to fund scholarships for three doctoral nursing students. South Dakota State has received funds from the Jonas Center in 2012 and 2014.
The new funds will be used for scholarships that start in the 2016-17
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Dentist opens new practice

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
BROOKINGS, A dentist new to Brookings is keeping the number of practices in the city steady by taking over where a longtime professional left off.
Lone Oak Dental, staffed by Dr. Bradley Jordan and four assistants, opened in Brookings in October 2015.
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Daugaard proposes oversight overhaul

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Gov. Dennis Daugaard is proposing an overhaul of oversight for state government entities and outside organizations that receive grants through the state after a murder-suicide last year involving two employees of a Platte-based educational cooperative.
South Dakota needs to have a better internal control system that "reaches" into third-party organizations such as Mid-Central Educational Cooperative, he said Friday.
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Council wants input on rec center location

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The public is invited to express their opinions on the location of the proposed indoor recreation center at the Brookings City Council meeting Tuesday at the City & County Government Center.
An executive session will start at 5:30 p.m. with the regular meeting beginning at 6 p.m.
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Bill to allow guns in Capitol, courthouses moves forward

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), A state House committee has approved a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons in the South Dakota Capitol or county courthouses if they have an enhanced permit.
The House State Affairs committee voted 7-6 to approve the bill. It now goes to the full chamber for consideration.
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App aims to replace farmer’s notebook

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
• Volga inventors' TractorPal getting attention, especially international

BROOKINGS, Sometimes it's the simple ideas that take off.
That seems to be the case, according to Keith King and Erik Schlimmer, the co-creators of a popular agricultural app.
Two years ago, Schlimmer, a farmer in Volga, was busy preparing his equipment for harvest when he became frustrated trying to track
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Campus beer, wine sales bill advances

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota's six public universities could see wine and beer sales on campus at sports and other special events under a plan that a legislative committee approved Thursday.
The Senate Commerce and Energy committee voted 6-1 to send the bill to the chamber's floor. The proposal could help control alcohol use on campus and would create an income
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Industrial hemp bill heads to Senate

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), The state House of Representatives has approved a bill that would open the door to the cultivation of industrial hemp in South Dakota.
House lawmakers voted 57-11 on Thursday to approve the plan. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.
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Aamlids named SDSU Family of Year

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
• Total of 27 relatives dating back six decades are State grads

BROOKINGS, Jackrabbit history stretches back for more than half a century for this year's SDSU Family of the Year.
Brian and Denise Aamlid of Sioux Falls and extended and nuclear families will be recognized at the 2 p.m. Feb. 13 women's basketball game as well as
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Some GOP lawmakers want separate vote on Medicaid

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Some Republican lawmakers want to show Gov. Dennis Daugaard what the Legislature thinks of his Medicaid expansion plan.
A bill was introduced Thursday that would require a separate vote about expansion rather than having it sandwiched in with the state budget bill.
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