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Pizza with pizzazz

Posted: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Next weekend, hungry Brookings residents will welcome a new pizza restaurant, which prides itself in its speed, quality and special take on the dish.
Toppers Pizza is located at 1304 Sixth St., right next to Jimmy John's.
Once it opens on Aug. 3, it will become only the third Toppers in the state, all of which will have been
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$90,585 Dakota Cash jackpot won in Brookings

Posted: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
PIERRE, A single ticket sold in Brookings hit the $90,585 Dakota Cash jackpot for the July 27 drawing. The lucky ticket holder matched all five white ball numbers; the odds of winning the top prize in Dakota Cash are 1:324,632.
Winning numbers are 1, 7, 10, 23 and 30. The holder of the ticket is advised to sign the back
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City signs PAC letter of intent with SDSU

Posted: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council approved signing a memorandum of agreement Tuesday with South Dakota State University regarding the university's Performing Arts Center.
The motion passed, but it "still has to go to the Board of Regents," said Mayor Tim Reed.
The city originally entered into an agreement with SDSU in March 1998 to provide bond proceeds for the construction
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Seal coating starts Monday

Posted: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings Street Department plans to seal streets with oil and rock starting Monday, Aug. 1, weather permitting, the department announced this week.
Streets and avenues to be sealed will include the area from Sixth Street to Eighth Street South and from Medary Avenue to 22nd Avenue.
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Dollars for dairy cattle nutrition study

Posted: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Taylor Aubrey, dairy science master's student at South Dakota State University, has been awarded the 2016-2017 John Brandt Memorial Scholarship from the Land O'Lakes Foundation to support her graduate studies in dairy cattle nutrition.
The $25,000 memorial scholarship honoring the late John Brandt is awarded annually to graduate students who have shown exceptional aptitude in dairy, food science
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Heroin, meth worth more than $500K seized in Brookings area

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
PIERRE, Authorities have seized 2 pounds of black tar heroin and 5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in the Brookings area, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Wednesday.
The drugs have an estimated street value of more than $500,000.
According to a release from Jackley's office, on July 11, a joint law enforcement operation seized approximately 2 pounds of
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Re-opening their arms

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
BROOKINGS, "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you invited me in, … " Matthew 25:35.
Those words, as well as any he ever spoke in the four Gospels, represent the bottom-line, action-demanding message of Jesus of Nazareth: the Corporal Works of Mercy.
For the parishioners of
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Bender in talks for DOT property

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council approved entering into negotiations with Bender Commercial Real Estate Services of Sioux Falls regarding developing the city's Marketplace property, but the Tuesday discussion got contentious, including one speaker insinuating the council was making "under the table" deals.
The Brookings Marketplace land is a 26-acre plot located in the northeast corner of the intersection of Interstate
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The Outer Vibe headlines Downtown at Sundown

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings Convention & Visitors Bureau and Downtown Brookings Inc. are back with another summer of Downtown at Sundown.
Meet the organizations every Thursday night on Fifth Street in downtown Brookings from 5-9 p.m. for local musicians, regional headliner acts, free face painting, inflatables, bag toss, and food and beverage vendors from everyone's favorite local restaurants.
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Dripping with gold

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
BRUCE, It's a silver anniversary for the 25th annual Bruce Honey Days, which runs Friday through Sunday and has a theme of "Dripping with Gold," according to Pennie Lutz, a member of the Bruce Community Club.
Friday's activities kick off with a KCountry cookout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Museum Park.
"Various businesses participate in that. It
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Local driver killed in crash

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
GETTYSBURG , Luke Kleinlein, 23, of Brookings, has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle-pickup truck crash that occurred Sunday night east of Gettysburg.
Kleinlein was driving a 1983 Honda VF1100C motorcycle westbound on U.S. Highway 212 near the junction of 316th Avenue. A 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck was eastbound on U.S. Highway 212 and attempted to
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Officer is back Aug. 3

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Brookings Police Officer Joe Fishbaugher's suspension will be over Aug. 3, according to Police Chief Jeff Miller.
Fishbaugher will be back on "full duty on Aug. 3," Miller said. "The matter's been resolved."
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SD Democratic delegates unifying around Clinton

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota delegates are in Philadelphia for the 2016 Democratic National Convention this week. Here's a look at the state delegation's thoughts on the convention to nominate Hillary Clinton as the party's standard-bearer:

Democratic unity?
The South Dakota delegation, consisting of 10 delegates for Clinton, 10 for her primary rival Bernie Sanders and five superdelegates supporting Clinton,
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Back to Brookings

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, It's a long way from Texas, but Kirstin Girard and her family feel right at home in Brookings, traveling more than 800 miles from her previous work as the assistant principal of Cottonwood Creek Elementary to become the new principal of Dakota Prairie Elementary School.
Originally from Canby, Minn., she and her husband both came to Brookings to go
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Library staffer to be added to BSD

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings School Board last week approved the hiring of a part-time library supervisor to help the district better staff its elementary school libraries during the coming school year.
The move was recommended by district Superintendent Klint Willert after he said he found nearly $35,000 in savings as school staff are being hired for the 2016-17 school year.
The
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Employer survey highlight in-demand jobs

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) recently surveyed employers to better understand Brookings' workforce demand. The survey results will help guide BEDC and employers in developing retention and recruitment strategies.
The survey was sent out in June to 363 companies with 94 participating. Those 94 companies represent a total workforce of 13,383, or 73 percent of the
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Association gives out AED units

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), The South Dakota High School Activities Association Foundation is distributing 10 Automated External Defibrillator units to different schools.
The organization says the recipients were chosen from 29 requests based on need or lack of access to the device.
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Former US Sen. Tim Johnson to move back to South Dakota

Posted: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson is returning to South Dakota to reside full-time after years of shuttling between Sioux Falls and Washington.
Johnson sold his home in the D.C. area to return to South Dakota with his wife, Barb, and be closer to their family in the area, Johnson's former state director, Sharon Boysen, told the
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Stories from Brookings’ other side of the tracks

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Think the tough, hardscrabble life of many American cities and you'll likely think "the south side."
While Brookings has never had a Chicago-style-bad-bad-Leroy Brown-baddest part of town, it did have a south side of the sort that makes for legendary stories. And annually, Brookings south-siders gather to reminisce about growing up there.
The geographical boundaries of the
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Real estate hot topic at city council

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council will be talking real estate Tuesday, including deciding on a developer for the Brookings Marketplace plot.
In February, the city asked for proposals to develop the Marketplace, which is a 26-acre plot purchased from the state Department of Transportation in 2014 and located in the northeast corner of the intersection of Interstate 29 and State
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Region to host ‘Smart Growth America’

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Area economic development representatives and elected officials will meet with representatives from Smart Growth America in Brookings on July 27-28 to learn about affordable housing practices and economically and fiscally sustainable communities.
A presentation, open to the public, to explain the concepts behind Smart Growth and to provide examples of Smart Growth practices will be held from 6-8
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OAC details debated

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, The devil is in the details.
That seemed to be the general consensus Thursday at the end of a tour of the Outdoor Adventure Center of South Dakota and a joint meeting between the Brookings County Commission and the Brookings County Extension Board.
All interested parties came together at the OAC this week to discuss the county's potential purchase
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Bond refund to save at least $734K

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Taxpayers living within the Brookings School District can expect a savings of at least $733,950 with the school district's refunding of bonds that paid for construction of Dakota Prairie Elementary School.
The Brookings School Board approved the refunding of nearly $15 million in bonds at a special meeting Thursday evening, taking advantage of low interest rates. The refinancing was
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SD State president addresses council

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, New SDSU President Barry Dunn addressed the Brookings City Council Tuesday night for the first time.
"A very successful university, the nicest little city in the United States," he said of his alma mater and its city. "I think we're all in this together. I'm excited to be the 20th president."
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SD schools confused by conflicts disclosure law

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), School administrators in South Dakota are struggling to interpret the state's new conflict disclosure law, saying it's confusing and overly broad.
The law spurred by recent state scandals went into effect this month. It requires school board members and administrators to disclose when contracts could lead to a personal conflict of interest.
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