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Classes dismissed for Medary principal

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015
• Brubakken retiring after 38-year career in education

BROOKINGS, With 28 years of work at Brookings elementary schools under his belt, Medary Elementary Principal Richard Brubakken has been a fixture of the Brookings school system.
But he's ready to retire after a long and successful career in education, and the timing is just right for his exit.
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Bird flu found at Moody Co. turkey farm

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Another turkey farm in South Dakota has tested positive for bird flu.
South Dakota State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven says a Moody County operation of about 50,000 birds has a presumptive positive test for avian influenza.
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Rutland to vote again on opt out

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015
• $450K opt out failed last week, so board's trying lower amount

RUTLAND (AP), People in the Rutland school district will vote a second time on a proposed opt out of the state-imposed property tax freeze.
The school board in March approved a $450,000, five-year opt out, but the decision was referred to a public vote and defeated last
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Latest proposal for ethanol could have political fallout

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP), The Obama administration's latest plan on ethanol, the corn-based renewable fuel, probably will not have a major effect on pump prices, but could have political reverberations in Iowa and other farm states in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Under the proposed rule announced Friday, the amount of ethanol in the gasoline supply would increase in coming years, just not
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Brothers swinging for above par at Edgebrook

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015
• Moens have new vision for city-owned golf course

BROOKINGS, It's been a busy few months on the job for the Moens, but they're enthusiastic about the future at Edgebrook Golf Course.
The brotherly team of Gary and Randy Moen became the managers of Edgebrook back in January, and they've been busy since then establishing their vision for the
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Human Rights to become commission

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015
• City council votes 4-2 to approve committee change

BROOKINGS, The Brookings Human Rights Committee is becoming the Brookings Human Rights Commission at the beginning of 2016.
The change was decided by a 4-2 vote of the Brookings City Council this week, with councilors Jael Thorpe and Dan Hansen casting "no" votes. Councilor Ope Niemeyer was absent from the
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County to look into hospital safe room

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The Brookings County Commission wants to explore the possibility of having a safe room installed to serve as a detox center at the Brookings hospital as part of its expansion efforts.
As Sheriff Marty Stanwick told commissioners last week, by court order, he's responsible for handling chemical dependency holds, which puts a strain on the detention center when it's
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Bosworth to appeal conviction

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Former South Dakota U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth plans to appeal to the state Supreme court over her conviction for election law violations, her attorney said Thursday.
Bob Van Norman, an attorney for the 43-year-old Sioux Falls physician, said she will appeal to the high court after her expected sentencing in July. A jury found Bosworth guilty Wednesday
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State parks to begin accepting Labor Day reservations

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota state parks next month will begin accepting camping reservations for Labor Day weekend.
Reservations for the weekend of Sept. 4 can be made starting at 7 a.m. June 6. A three-night stay is required during holiday weekends at all parks except Custer State Park.
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Carrot Seed: Coming to a kitchen near you

Posted: Thursday, May 28th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Opening day might be a while off yet, but new downtown business owner Kirsten Gjesdal has been busy preparing for that day when Carrot Seed Kitchen Company opens its doors.
Carrot Seed will be a high-quality kitchenware store and will carry durable items from pots and pans to chef tools like spoons, spatulas or whisks, along with some cleaning
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Health system requests $1.5M from city

Posted: Thursday, May 28th, 2015
• Similar request made of Brookings County earlier this month

BROOKINGS, Brookings Health System officials are asking the City of Brookings to contribute $1.5 million toward the health system's $46.1 million hospital expansion and renovation.
Jason Merkley, CEO of Brookings Health System, and Foundation Development Officer Barb Anderson came to this week's Brookings City Council meeting to request the
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Jury convicts Bosworth of violating election law

Posted: Thursday, May 28th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), A South Dakota jury on Wednesday convicted former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth of election law violations.
The 43-year-old Sioux Falls physician had been charged with six counts each of perjury and filing false documents stemming from the mishandling of her candidate petitions. Jurors convicted her on all of those counts after deliberating for more than three hours.
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Teen center opens

Posted: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
BROOKING, The Boys & Girls Club of Brookings' new 15,000-square-foot Teen Center was the place to be Tuesday night, with crowds of supporters checking out the results of the $2.2 million remodeling to the former Peace Lutheran facility.
The new center is across 12th Street South from the club, which has more than 200 teenage members, with 70 to 80
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Bryant boy killed in rollover

Posted: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
LAKE NORDEN, A Bryant boy, identified as Colton Beld, 10, was killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday morning 4.5 miles west of Lake Norden.
Colton Beld was a passenger in a 1999 Cadillac Catera driven by his 14-year-old brother, Dillon Beld. The crash happened at 8:26 a.m.
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City to pay for I-29 access study

Posted: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
• Nearly $96K going to HDR to analyze 20th St. S. interchange, overpass

BROOKINGS, Brookings city councilors have agreed to pay an engineering firm nearly $96,000 to conduct an interstate access evaluation for a potential 20th Street South interchange at I-29.
Councilors decided by a 6-0 vote that HDR Engineering will get $95,850 for the work, to be complete
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Ballot proposals for ’16 election include medical marijuana

Posted: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A South Dakota medical marijuana supporter hopes to begin gathering signatures within a month to put a proposal on the 2016 ballot to allow people with serious medical conditions to use marijuana.
Melissa Mentele, an activist from Emery, South Dakota, said Tuesday that the ballot language she's been working on is now under review at the state
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BankStar ready to build

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
• New facility allows room to expand

BROOKINGS, The empty lots in the 1300 block on the north side of Sixth Street and fronting on both Sixth Street and 13th Avenue will soon be filled.
BankStar Financial will break ground in the next several weeks in preparation for the construction of its new 9,200-square-foot Brookings branch office, to be
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Obama: Don’t stop paying tribute to the fallen

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP), President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must "never stop trying to fully repay them" for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war.
Speaking under sunny skies to some 5,000 people in an amphitheater on
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Congrats, graduates!

Modified: Sunday, May 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, It was a gloomy, rainy Sunday afternoon, but Brookings High School's Class of 2015 was all smiles after receiving their diplomas during the ceremony held at the Swiftel Center at 2 p.m.
Afterward, the graduates milled about hugging friends and family and taking pictures in Swiftel, and then they dashed through the rain to get to their vehicles and
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BHS grad looks to skies, space

Posted: Sunday, May 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, For one Brookings High School graduate, flight has always been a part of her life, and she intends to keep it that way when she goes to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this fall.
Laura Rudnik, daughter of Dennis and Annette Rudnik, has her father to thank for that. Her father owned a plane when she young, giving Rudnik her first
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County OKs liquor license ordinance

Posted: Sunday, May 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The county now has a seventh liquor license available following action by the Brookings County commissioners last week.
All commissioners approved the ordinance making the new license available. The new law sets liquor license requirements, fees and regulations in the county.
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Ruesink to receive Family Readiness Gold Award

Posted: Sunday, May 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS , Michelle Ruesink, South Dakota State University's assistant director for student support services, will receive the Family Readiness Gold Award from the South Dakota National Guard at the Memorial Day ceremony in Brookings. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. and will be in the Daktronics Room at the Swiftel Center.
Ruesink oversees the Veterans Affairs Office and Disability Services
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Universities to study changes in ag land use

Posted: Sunday, May 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS (AP), Researchers at state universities in the Dakotas and Iowa will spend this summer analyzing changes in agricultural land use over the past decade.
The Tri-State Neighbor reports this will be the universities' first comprehensive analysis about land use changes and the reasons behind them. The responses of more than 1,000 mail-in surveys sent to producers earlier this year
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