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Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Members of the school board went on a tour of Dakota Prairie Elementary Monday night, getting a sneak peak at the different classrooms and offices.
The school board members viewed the commons, which is still in need of finishing touches. Pictured are Les Rowland, Superintendent Klint Willert, and school board members Larry Rogers, Randy Grimsley and Steve Bayer.
The tour
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Board interviews vacancy finalists

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
• Decision to be made at August meeting

BROOKINGS, With two candidates in line to serve the remainder of Marysz Rames' term, up for re-election in April 2016, the Brookings School Board conducted interviews Monday night.
The board didn't take action after going into executive session to discuss the interviews of former school board members Matt Vukovich and Bob
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Minnesota ushers in region's top minimum wage

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP), Minnesota will vault past Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota this week to gain the highest minimum wage in the Midwestern region at $9 an hour, which also will rank among the most-generous state wage floors in the country.
The dollar-per-hour bump taking effect Saturday for some 288,000 of Minnesota's lowest-paid workers is the second of a
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Opposing sides face off at Keystone XL pipeline hearing

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Opposing sides in the debate over the Keystone XL oil pipeline faced off on Monday in front of the state regulatory panel that is considering for the second time in just over five years whether to approve the construction of the South Dakota portion of the long-delayed project.
TransCanada Corp. and other interested parties offered opening statements and
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New rule would make math certification easier for teachers

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), The South Dakota Board of Education has adopted a new rule that would make it easier for middle school math teachers to get certified.
The Argus Leader reports the board voted 9-0 Monday to allow teachers to take an "intermediate test" if they don't teach higher-level courses such as calculus. Teachers could teach Algebra I and II and
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She’s the state’s first Certified Cicerone

Posted: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
• Title for Wooden Legs manager follows three-hour written, one-hour tasting exams

BROOKINGS, Brookings residents looking to learn more about beer, maybe a sort of Beers and Brewing 101, now have a go-to source for such information.
There's not much about beer that Angela Yahne, South Dakota's first Certified Cicerone and manager of the taproom at Wooden Legs
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Council to look at fines, fees

Posted: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council will consider fines for violations of city ordinances and fees for animals in the city during its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Council members will look at raising the city's parking fines.
"General parking fines in Brookings are currently at $15 and going up to $20 if not paid within 72 hours," according to the
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South Dakota regulators to hear Keystone XL arguments again

Posted: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), State regulators this week will consider whether to approve for the second time in just over five years construction through South Dakota of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, but it's unlikely a decision will come immediately.
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission hearing process is set to begin Monday and is scheduled to stretch until Aug. 4.
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Back behind the wheel

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
• From Brookings skies to fields, Egeberg looks forward to retirement

BROOKINGS, Even after his retirement July 10, Gary Egeberg can't stay away from what's been a lifelong calling to combat weeds and pests.
With about a decade of work as the Brookings County Weed and Pest supervisor, retirement for Egeberg means trying out a season or two of
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Farmers restock flocks as bird flu subsides

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS (AP), Three months after bird flu wiped out two of Greg Langmo's flocks, he's among the first to start growing turkeys again.
He lost half of a year's normal production and income and won't be able to sell turkeys for months, but the central Minnesota farmer feels good to be getting back to normal.
"It's nerve-racking for sure," Langmo
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Daktronics to light up SDSU stadium

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
• Jackrabbits fans to view action on 3,100-square-foot screen

BROOKINGS, When Jacks fans enter Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, they'll be treated with a new LED video display from Daktronics of Brookings.
Daktronics partnered with South Dakota State University to bring 3,100 square feet of digital display space to the Brookings campus prior to the start of football season this fall.
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Glitch allowed juvenile to escape

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, A glitch in a locking mechanism is to blame for a juvenile escaping the Brookings County Detention Center on July 13, Sheriff Marty Stanwick told county commissioners Tuesday.
"Originally when the jail was remodeled, that was what we'd call a juvenile hold-over. There was a grant that juveniles could be held in there for a short time that weren't
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Mom, daughter swim for Africa water

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
ELKTON, Tina Davis wanted to teach her daughter, Grace, a lesson, and they wound up raising a lot of money for charity.
"Tremendous learning experience. I would do it again in a heart-beat," Tina, of Elkton, said.
Tina has followed the Obakki Foundation since it began in 2009 and knew it has done a lot of charity work in Africa,
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Paving project begins on 5th St. S.

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Construction has begun on a project to overlay Fifth Street South between Main Avenue South and Medary Avenue South.
The contractor for the project is Bowes Construction. The project includes milling along the curb and gutter, replacing concrete valley gutters, and an asphalt overlay of the street.
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Main Ave. S. milling starts, paving to follow soon after

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Construction continues on the Main Avenue South Paving Project from Eighth Street South to 20th Street South, with a new phase of work starting this week.
The contractor for the project is Bowes Construction, and the project is administered and inspected by the local staff of the South Dakota Department of Transportation office.
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Hanging up her calculator

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
• Rita Thompson retiring as finance manager

BROOKINGS, Rita Thompson will be hanging up her calculator and retiring as Brookings' finance manager at the end of the month.
A retirement party is set from 3-5 p.m. Friday in the third floor conference room of the City & County Government Center. It's open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
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Township requests roadway takeovers

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
• Officials look to Brookings County for help as funding becomes an issue

BROOKINGS, Mark Jorenby, chairman of Aurora Township, has made a request to Brookings County to take over two stretches of road: one, a mile of 34th Avenue from 30th Street to 209th Street; the other, a mile-and-a-half of 213th Street from 34th Avenue so that it
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City street sealing begins

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
The Brookings Street Department started sealing streets with oil and rock Wednesday. Streets and avenues to be sealed will include:
• From Western Avenue to 16th Avenue
• From Sixth Street to Eighth Street South
• Third Street from 15th Avenue to 22nd Avenue
• Pheasant Run Road from Eighth Street South to 12th Street South
• 20th Street South
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Bird flu vaccine works on chickens; testing on turkeys

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP), Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday.
If it does, the agency plans to quickly license it for widespread
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State projects $4.6 million more revenue in 2016 budget year

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota officials are predicting roughly $4.6 million in higher revenues for the current budget year than estimates lawmakers adopted during the legislative session.
State Economist Jim Terwilliger outlined the projections Tuesday at a legislative hearing.
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