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SDSU enrollment up on Brookings campus

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
• Freshman class hits target for fifth consecutive year

BROOKINGS, Figures released today by the South Dakota Board of Regents show 10,446 students enrolled at the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, an increase of 75 students from last year.
Total enrollment for the fall semester is 12,557, up three students from fall 2013 enrollment numbers.
The enrollment
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Current, past govs release answers on visa program

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Former Gov. Mike Rounds and Gov. Dennis Daugaard released written answers Monday to lawmaker questions about a federal job-creating program, but Democrats quickly dismissed the documents as incomplete and just further proof that both men need to testify in person.
The Government Operations and Audit Committee plans to review the answers Wednesday in Pierre and also prepare
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Man allegedly points handgun at pedestrians

Posted: Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014
BROOKINGS, A 56-year-old Brookings man was arrested Friday evening after he allegedly pointed a handgun at a group of walkers.
Although the man claimed he simply displayed the gun and did not point it at the pedestrians, he was nevertheless charged with aggravated assault.
Central dispatch received a call about 11:15 p.m. Friday from an individual who said a person
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Coming soon to a PAC near you

Posted: Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014
• Documentary featuring SDSU team's trip to Haiti premieres Thursday

BROOKINGS, It's taken more than a year of poring through 10 hours of interviews and 50 hours of B-roll footage, but it's finally here.
On Sept. 25, "Sole Reconciliation," a 29-minute documentary about a group of South Dakota State University men's basketball players' trip to Haiti, will be
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Bigger snows expected

Posted: Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014
• Weather service outlook says it'll be warmer, snowier in Eastern South Dakota this winter

SIOUX FALLS (AP), Eastern South Dakota is expected to be warmer and snowier this winter, while temperatures and snowfall in the western part of the state should be about average, according to the long-term outlook from the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.
If
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First Chamber candidate forum set for Oct. 4

Modified: Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014
BROOKINGS, The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum with South Dakota District 7 Senate candidates on Saturday, Oct. 4, it was announced this week by the Chamber's Government Affairs Committee.
And on Saturday, Oct. 11, the Chamber will sponsor a second forum featuring the candidates for Brookings County Commission.
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Education funding to get ‘South Dakotans Talking’

Posted: Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014
BROOKINGS, South Dakotans Talking, Education Funding, a non-partisan conversation about K-12 public education funding in South Dakota, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Mickelson Middle School cafetorium in Brookings.
The event is free and open to the public.
Organizers invite the public to learn the facts about education funding policy, teacher salaries and the range
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Festival aims to create: Lifelong readers, lifelong learners

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
• Books, authors, illustrators coming to Children's Museum for new festival

BROOKINGS, With the Young Readers South Dakota Festival of Books right around the corner, encouraging lifelong literacy among children and teenagers will take center stage in Brookings next week.
The book fest will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Children's Museum of South Dakota.
This
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Local business to create beer garden on Main

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
• Council will buy westside storage property for 2nd detention pond in flood-prone area

BROOKINGS, Besides passing what is likely the final form of their budget ordinance for 2015, city councilors next week are expected to act on two other matters that could bring significant changes to the community.
In one instance, the council will buy a westside
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Committee to read Rounds, Daugaard answers on EB-5

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), South Dakotans will find out next week what the former and current governors said they know as part of an investigation of a federal program that grants visas to people who invest in rural, job-creating South Dakota projects.
The Government Operations and Audit Committee, in its agenda sent Friday for Wednesday's meeting in Pierre, plans to look
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College awarded grant to meet grand challenges

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University honors students will be better prepared to tackle some of today's biggest challenges, thanks to a new grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.
The Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College received a three-year grant to create new courses, research projects and internships for students interested in food, agriculture and natural resources.
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Increase in people in SD living in poverty

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Census Bureau estimates show that South Dakota was one of 15 states that saw increases in the number of people living in poverty between 2012 and 2013.
Bureau figures show that more than 115,400 people in South Dakota were living below the poverty line in 2013, or 14.2 percent of the state's population. That's an increase of
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SD leads nation in flu vaccinations rate

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), The state Health Department says South Dakota had the nation's highest percentage for influenza vaccinations last season.
Figures released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that nearly 60 percent of South Dakotas received flu shots. The state ranked among the top 10 for every age group but one.
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A heart for Henslin

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Fourteen-year-old student Jacob Johnson was shocked like so many others at Mickelson Middle School Tuesday when Principal Tim Steffensen and staff announced that recently retired teacher LeAnn Henslin had died that morning after a long battle with cancer.
For 21 years, Henslin taught the sixth grade in Brookings, first as an English teacher and later as a reading teacher,
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Burn pit fire ignites barn; tractor lost

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
ARLINGTON, A barn in rural Arlington was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon, and burned with it were a tractor and various tools, it was reported today by the Brookings County Sheriff's Office.
The barn is located at 19930 459th Ave.
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Music therapy comes to Brookings

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
• Goals of Gindo's work are non-musical

BROOKINGS, On Tuesday afternoon, about a dozen residents and a few staff members seemed to be having a good time in the chapel at the United Living Community in Brookings, singing along and doing some "dancing" under the guidance and with the assistance of Kristina Gindo, a board-certified music therapist who's
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United Way’s county goal: $1 million

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
• Brookings Area United Way launches 2014 campaign with help of county's seven mayors

BROOKINGS, This year, Brookings Area United Way is asking area residents to Live United, "reaching out a hand to one and influencing the condition of all."
"When we collaborate together, we strengthen our entire community. This is a message that we continue to promote. Our
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Progress being made, but …

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
BROOKINGS, More walls are going up at Dakota Prairie Elementary, but Mother Nature is still getting in the way.
At Monday's school board meeting, Paul Sahr, the project manager at the school construction site, told board members that weather has hindered work there.
"We could've received more, so I guess we should be thankful, look on the bright side. But we
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Absentee voting opens Friday

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Absentee voting for the Nov. 4 general election opens Friday in South Dakota.
Residents can obtain an absentee ballot application online or in person at their county courthouses. Secretary of State Jason Gant says the county auditor will then mail a paper ballot to the voter to complete and return.
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Survey shows teaching jobs unfilled across South Dakota

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), More than 20 percent of South Dakota public schools had at least one unfilled teaching position on the first day of school, according to a statewide survey of superintendents released Wednesday.
Thirty-one district superintendents said in the School Administrators of South Dakota survey said that they had an open position, though that number could be even higher, as
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'Hagar' cartoonist writes kids book about South Dakota

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), The cartoonist who publishes the "Hagar the Horrible" comic strip has written and illustrated his first children's book, and it's about South Dakota.
Chris Browne lives in Sioux Falls with his wife and will release "The Monster Who Ate the State" Sept. 25 in Brookings at the first South Dakota Young Readers Festival.
The book was published by
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Patty Bacon & Co.: The Soap Ladies of Brookings

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
• Friends get together for bonding, soap-making

BROOKINGS, "Life is about: a) continuing to learn; and b) finding new challenges doing enjoyable things. That's what makes life worth living, you know."
Patty Bacon's simple rules for a fulfilling life, and her seeking out those "new challenges" while having a darned good time, are part of what's made her a
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BHS student shows knife in classroom

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
• Knife surrendered without incident

BROOKINGS, Brookings police were called to Brookings High School Tuesday where a student was reported wielding a butcher knife.
The young man involved is a special needs student, and the incident took place in a special needs classroom at the school.
"At no time was there any danger to any other students in the
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‘Prank call’ causes problem in four counties

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Three Brookings teens could find themselves in hot water for a telephone prank they pulled Monday afternoon.
A call made by the boys, ages 13 and 14, had deputies in four counties searching for a vehicle that reportedly had driven into the Big Sioux River.
The call came into Central Dispatch from an unknown party, and there was no
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Judge Roehr seeking re-election

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Judge Ronald Roehr of Milbank is seeking re-election as Circuit Court Judge in the Third Judicial Circuit of South Dakota.
The Third Judicial Circuit covers 14 counties, including Brookings, in Eastern Central South Dakota.
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