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Cheers, ladies!

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
• New beer group for women to begin in Brookings

BROOKINGS, A new women's group centered around craft beers and community, Girls Pint Out, will begin Monday at Wooden Legs Brewing Company from 7-9 p.m.
"It's like the book club of beer," explained Charmaine Houck. "We're going to try a little bit of everything. Everyone's going to have their
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Traffic control on Main gets council’s attention

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
• Signals, stop signs, speed limits all up for consideration

BROOKINGS, Traffic control on South Main Avenue will be the key issue at Tuesday's meeting of the Brookings City Council.
The council will act on three separate matters involving South Main:
• A resolution making permanent a four-way stop at the intersection of Main and 32nd Street South;
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JLG Architects opens office in Brookings

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
BROOKINGS, JLG Architects has announced the opening of a new branch in Brookings.
It is the North Dakota firm's first office in the state.
"We are very excited to be able to expand to South Dakota," said JLG President Lonnie Laffen. "We have watched and admired South Dakota's robust economy for years and were fortunate for the opportunity to
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Influenza-related deaths increase to 23 in S.D.

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
PIERRE (AP), The number of influenza-related deaths in South Dakota has increased to 23 during the current season.
State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says that three deaths occurred last week. More than 400 people have been hospitalized because of the virus throughout the season.
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Gov's juvenile justice overhaul passes its first committee

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
PIERRE (AP), A key proposal for Gov. Dennis Daugaard that that aims to significantly decrease the number of juvenile offenders in state-sponsored care breezed through its first legislative test Friday.
The Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously to send the measure to the chamber's floor. The plan attempts to reduce South Dakota's startlingly high rate of adolescents who are committed
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Everything old becomes new again

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
• Used furniture given new life at Farmhouse Fancy

BROOKINGS, There was a time when Jenna Friedrich thought herself uncreative. Those thoughts have been put aside with the opening of her new furniture store, Farmhouse Fancy, where she and some family members give old furnishings a new lease on life.
The downtown Brookings store is filled with colorful
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Brookings Co. Sheriff’s Office getting body cameras

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
• $5,000 award comes from state's Drug Control Fund

PIERRE, The Brookings County Sheriff's Office has been awarded $5,000 for body-worn police cameras to be used in drug investigations, Attorney General Marty Jackley announced this week.
The money was awarded out of the Drug Control Fund, to assist local law enforcement in drug control and apprehension purposes.
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Oil spill adds to pipeline fears

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A pipeline oil spill in Montana that contaminated a river and a city's drinking water supply is adding to fears about a proposed pipeline to carry oil from western North Dakota to a terminal in Illinois for distribution to refineries in eastern states.
Many people who commented Thursday at a public hearing in Sioux Falls, on the
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Thune sets RR hearing before his committee

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP), Sen. John Thune has scheduled a hearing over rail transportation problems for the committee he now chairs.
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will discuss challenges in the nation's freight rail network blamed on higher demand, pending and proposed rules and regulations, and infrastructure needs.
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Plan to add human traffickers to sex offender list advances

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
PIERRE (AP), A proposal that would require convicted human traffickers to register as sex offenders would help fight a dangerous threat to the state, Attorney General Marty Jackley told a Senate committee on Thursday shortly before the panel passed the measure.
The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send the proposal to the chamber's floor. Jackley said that human trafficking
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Power of proteins

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
• Medgene Labs develops vaccine for insect-borne virus

BROOKINGS, Vaccines developed using proteins rather than live viruses can help protect animals and subsequently humans from insect-borne viruses, according to Alan Young, chief scientific officer for Medgene Labs. The Brookings-based animal health company develops therapeutics and diagnostics, including vaccines.
"Platform technologies, that is where our niche is," said Young, who is
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McCrory Gardens to hold information meeting

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
BROOKINGS, McCrory Gardens will hold an information meeting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Education and Visitor Center.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will discuss several topics in support of the facility's master plan and introduce Heather Costello, who recently became operations manager at McCrory Gardens.
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Mentoring leaders invite city council to get involved

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
• 129 kids benefiting from BCYMP program, but more adult volunteers needed

BROOKINGS, "We're here because January is National Youth Mentoring Month," Patty Bacon told the Brookings City Council Tuesday.
"This is a program that is changing children's lives," she said, "and it significantly reduces the number of at-risk kids in a community."
Bacon, program director for the Brookings
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Bowes celebrates 40 years, retirement

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
• Second generation running BCI

BROOKINGS, "The kids wanted to take over. They've been in the business with me since they were born," said Lyle Bowes. So they did, just two years ago.
Son Jason Bowes and daughter Miranda Bowes Peterson have been at the helm of Bowes Construction since their father sold it to them in October 2012.
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Election law changes move forward quickly

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota lawmakers are moving quickly on an election law package to expand state and citizen oversight of candidates' petitions to secure a spot on the ballot.
Two state Senate panels on Wednesday approved parts of the package put forward by Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and the bipartisan state Board of Elections.
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South Dakota panel approves opiate overdose antidote plan

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
PIERRE (AP), A proposal allowing trained first responders and police officers to carry an opiate overdose antidote will help fight drug fatalities in South Dakota, Attorney General Marty Jackley told a state Senate panel Wednesday shortly before it passed the measure.
The state Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to send the bill to the chamber's floor. Jackley
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Should council invest $432K in EdgeBrook?

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
• Cash infusion would fund drainage work

BROOKINGS, Brookings City Council will consider spending $432,000 to correct drainage problems at EdgeBrook Golf Course, the group decided Tuesday.
And while the decision to proceed to a vote on the matter was unanimous, the councilors were by no means unanimous in their opinions of how the city should deal with its
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County passes overpass letter of support

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
• Local delegation pushing for 20th St. S. bridge during Brookings Day at the Capitol

BROOKINGS, The Brookings County Commission met Tuesday morning to approve a letter of support for a new Interstate 29 overpass at 20th Street South.
The county commission's letter described the project as helping improve access for county residents. The letter said the overpass would
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Health dept. pushing to update laws on diseases

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A state legislative committee has approved a bill that would modernize how the Department of Health responds to communicable disease outbreaks in the state.
Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health Tom Martinec says under the new proposal, anyone with a Category 1 disease who fails to or refuses to take medical action would be guilty of
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SD congressional delegation reacts to Obama's speech

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Members of South Dakota's all-Republican congressional delegation say ideas presented by Democratic President Barack Obama in his State of the Union speech will increase government bureaucracy and hurt the middle class.
Obama called for higher taxes on wealthy Americans and new initiatives to boost the middle class, but Sen. Mike Rounds says he thinks the taxes would
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‘Love, hug and pamper the babies of Brookings’

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
BROOKINGS, High school classmates Corinne Stremmel (left) and Aspen Myer (right) along with Loren Visser have been going to local churches and organizations around town for donations to the Diaper Project.
Part of the weekly Harvest Table, the Diaper Project takes in donated diapers and baby wipes, as well as funding, to then give to families in need. And the
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Retreat offers fresh look at council issues

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
• Councilors spend day discussing topics ranging from roads to relations

BROOKINGS, Brookings city councilors rolled up their sleeves last week to participate in the political equivalent of a friendly cage match. It was a very genteel cage match, to be sure, no raised voices, no one taking a swing at a fellow councilor, but it was still
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Union leader upset about grant override

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), A state labor union leader is upset with Gov. Dennis Daugaard's decision to award $50,000 in workforce development dollars to the Associated General Contractors of South Dakota.
The Associated General Contractors was not among the 13 groups for which the state Workforce Development Council recommended funding, and is part of the problem of lower pay for construction
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