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Short to-do list for Brookings schools

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
• Dakota Prairie construction, Camelot addition make up bulk of summer workload

BROOKINGS, It's a short list of projects for the Brookings School District this summer.
With continued construction on the new K-3 elementary school Dakota Prairie Elementary and an addition to the Camelot Intermediate School, the rest of the district's to-do list is comparatively simple.
According to Brian
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Jaguars to unveil world’s largest HD video displays

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
• Soccer, concert to surround unveiling of Daktronics displays

BROOKINGS, Today, 35.5 million LEDs will light up EverBank Field, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Jacksonville, Fla., during the unveiling of the world's largest HD video displays. Those displays were manufactured and installed by Daktronics of Brookings.
Surrounding the unveiling itself, EverBank Field will host a friendly
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SD wants more info on immigrant children

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state is asking the federal government for more information on unaccompanied immigrant children placed in the state.
A U.S. Depart-ment of Health and Human Services report shows that 21 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed individually with sponsors in South Dakota this year.
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Thanks for the memories

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
• Brookings man has accumulated a lot of baseball ‘stuff'

BROOKINGS, "I guess to call me a 'collector' would be be very, very kind," says Bill Gengler. With a smile, he adds, "I'm not really a hoarder; I'm somewhere in between."
Whether he considers himself a collector or not, the 65-year-old Elkton native and retired United States Postal Service
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Immigrant children placed with SD sponsors

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A federal report shows that 21 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed individually with sponsors in South Dakota this year.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a state-by-state list Thursday showing the total number of children who arrived at the southern border illegally and were united with sponsors from Jan. 1 to July 7.
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Aurora seeks permission for stop signs

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
• Officials support permanent but not temporary signs on county highway through town

BROOKINGS, Aurora Mayor Fred Weekes appeared before Brookings County commissioners Tuesday to request permission for a pair of temporary stop signs the City of Aurora had placed on Broadway Street.
Since Broadway Street is a county-owned highway, the city should have received permission from the county
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Report: Prairie Pothole region losing wetlands

Modified: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
• Wildlife officials, conservationists want more emphasis on easements, incentives for farmers
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP), Federal officials and conservationists say a recent report detailing wetland losses in the five-state Prairie Pothole Region over the past decade highlights the need for increased protection for the region that provides breeding and nesting habitat for the majority of the nation's migratory waterfowl.
The
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Director hired for Education Campus

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
• Fundraising effort under way to support the campus

BROOKINGS, Brookings Economic Development Corporation, together with a task force of industry representatives, has announced the hiring of Lindsie Bartley as campus director for the South Dakota Edu-cation Campus at Brookings.
Bartley began her duties on July 21.
"We are excited to have Lindsie on board," said
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SDSU athletes hit the books

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
With a task of reshelving approximately 450,000 books, volunteers are helping South Dakota State University's Hilton M. Briggs Library staff members this summer.
Kerri Young, left, and Macy Miller of the Jackrabbits women's basketball team were part of the volunteer effort Tuesday afternoon. Young will be a sophomore this fall while Miller is an incoming freshman. Both students are
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Council reworks its rules for study sessions

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
• ‘No public comment allowed. Period.'

BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council this week banned public input at its study sessions.
That might seem drastic until you realize that "public input" has always been banned at the monthly study sessions.
Concerned that the original goals for the gatherings might be getting a little muddied, the council this week reaffirmed
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Volga’s new Dollar General opens Saturday

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its newest location at 204 E. Highway 14 in Volga this Saturday, July 26.
The company says its new retail store will offer Volga, Bruce and other area residents "a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices."
Doors open Saturday at 8 a.m. with free prizes and
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Clear Lake co-workers claim $230K jackpot

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), A group of 14 co-workers from a Watertown area business have claimed their $230,000 Wild Card 2 jackpot.
South Dakota lottery officials say the "EMPI 14" all work in the West Building of the EMPI facility in Clear Lake. They've been collectively purchasing lottery tickets for years, but this is their first jackpot.
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City cats free to roam Brookings

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
• Council drops plan to include felines in animal-at-large ordinance

BROOKINGS, The housecats of Brookings must have friends in high places.
Faced with voting yea or nay on a modified animal ordinance that would have banned pet owners from allowing their cats to roam at large in the city, the Brookings City Council killed the measure.
To be more
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Beating the heat

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
The Hillcrest Aquatic Center did a booming business earlier this week, with a heat advisory on Monday and continued warm temps on Tuesday.
The zero-depth pool and its water features were packed with kids on Monday. And visitors waited in line for their turn at the water slides that empty into the plunge pool.
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Holy Life possible new vote center

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
• No progress on finding polling place closer to SDSU campus

BROOKINGS, Deputy Finance Officer Stacy Steffensen this week brought forward a new location to pursue as a possible vote center in Brookings.
Brookings County commissioners agreed Tuesday to move forward in securing Holy Life Tabernacle as the city's fourth vote center.
However, the location, which should be
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Car found in Campbell

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
• Brookings woman charged, man's Dodge ruined

BROOKINGS, A Brookings woman is facing a charge of intentional damage to property after authorities recovered a submerged vehicle from the north side of Lake Campbell on Monday afternoon.
The suspect has been identified as 24-year-old Christena Geranen. The 2002 Dodge Stratus investigators say she was driving is a total loss.
The
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Speeding car forces semi off county road

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
• Truck, loaded with feed, overturns, totaled

VOLGA, Brookings County sheriff's deputies are on the lookout for the driver of a white Mustang who is believed to be at least partially responsible for a semi truck rollover that resulted in $110,000 damage to the truck and a load of feed dumped in a roadside ditch.
The driver of
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Dakotas lead in economic well-being for children

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP), Strong local economies and an oil boom have helped the Dakotas lead the nation in terms of economic well-being for children, according a report released Tuesday by a national children's advocacy group that also says the two states could improve when it comes to education and kids living in poverty.
The annual Kids Count report, published Tuesday
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A Question-and-Answer: Merhib gets feet wet as Chamber exec

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
David Merhib is back home.
After eight years of a daily commute to Sioux Falls, Merhib in May was named executive director of the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce.
Although he's just settling into his new routine, Merhib agreed the past week to talk with The Register about his and the board's plans for a revitalized Chamber.
Despite the
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SDSU named ‘innovation, economic prosperity university’

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University in Brookings is one of 14 recently designated as an innovation and economic prosperity university.
It comes from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and its Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity.
The group says the honor is for working with public and private-sector groups to support economic development through a variety of
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Crowds flock to White’s Pioneer ‘Days of Summer’

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
White was a spicy place to be this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
There was plenty of variety, much of it evident in the ever-popular chili cookoff with its many varieties of well-seasoned and spicy dishes in the 24 pots entered in the cookoff. Add to that a host of other activities for visitors of all ages.
Friday brought the
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City parks upgrades in high gear this summer

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
• Work includes nature park completion, ADA upgrades, baseball plans

BROOKINGS, The Brookings Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry has been busy at it this summer, working on a variety of park improvement projects and looking toward the future.
One of the department's bigger endeavors is coming to a close, according to Peter Colson, the department's director.
The Dakota
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Sustainability group delivers ‘Benchmarks’ to council

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
• Research intended to help guide sustainable development

BROOKINGS, "Sustainable," says the dictionary, is "something that can be used without being completely used up."
Most often, it's a term applied to natural resources; for example, sustainable agriculture is when we can live off the land without destroying the soil by depleting its nutrients or overusing chemicals.
Most often these
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