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Learning to tell, sell their story

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
• Veteran writers complete VWP workshop

BROOKINGS, For the dozen veterans or spouses in the Veterans Writing Project workshop at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitors Center, the weekend was filled with literary talk including topics such as "Golgotha" (where Christ was crucified), Faulkner, fate and Homer's Trojan warrior-hero Hector.
In the end, these terms and a multitude
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Turnips, radishes, peas – like candy to deer

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
• SDSU researchers identify cover crops to lure deer away from livestock feed

BROOKINGS, Fall cover crops, such as clover, turnips and peas, can provide nutrient-rich winter forage and help lure hungry deer away from hay and other stored livestock feed, according to Distinguished Professor Jonathan Jenks of the South Dakota State University Department of Natural Resource Management.
The
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‘Dangerous’ storm overtakes the Dakotas

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Stormy weather greeted commuters in much of South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota this morning.
Many schools delayed classes or closed for the day. In the Brookings area, most school districts decided to shut down Tuesday.
The National Weather Service has posted numerous watches, warnings and advisories for much of central and eastern South Dakota, and
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SD farm families to be honored at State Fair

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
HURON (AP), Families that have spent 100 or 125 years of life in farming or ranching have the opportunity to be recognized during the South Dakota State Fair.
A farm or ranch is eligible for the honors if at least 80 acres of original land have been continuously owned by the same family for 100 years or longer. The recognition
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A new take on fast food

Posted: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
• Chow Now food delivery service starts in Brookings

BROOKINGS, Order up!
There's a new option for busy hunger-stricken workers and families who could use a speedy food delivery service.
On Feb. 17, Brookings natives and longtime friends Luke Davidson and Dan Stratton began food delivery service Chow Now Delivery.
Crucial to their business are their partnerships with
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This week in Pierre: Lawmakers take up taxes, autism

Posted: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota lawmakers plan to consider measures on municipal sales taxes, insurance coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorder therapy and athletics policy for transgender students. Here's a look at some of the proposals they'll take up this week in Pierre:

Tax
A measure to allow municipalities to collect up to an additional 1 percent sales tax for capital
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Habitat, Thrivent partner to build homes

Posted: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
• $65K to help with work on three Aurora homes this summer

BROOKINGS, Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity has been awarded $65,000 from Thrivent Financial to support the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program.
The multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Habitat and Thrivent Financial helps create safe, decent, affordable housing across the globe.
Locally, the program
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Universities surveying farmers on land-use

Posted: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
BROOKINGS, Some 3,000 agriculture producers in eastern North Dakota and South Dakota are receiving a survey letter to help gauge changes in agricultural land practices through the past decade.
The voluntary survey will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete and results will only be reported in summary form.
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City, school election candidates set

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
• Field for council, mayoral, school board races finalized after Friday filing deadline

BROOKINGS, Voters will have plenty of decisions to make in the joint city/school board election on April 14. Friday was the last day for candidates to turn in nominating petitions.
City voters will choose from among four candidates for the city council and two running
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Pies with purpose

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
Abby Evans, a senior agronomy major from Ohio City, Ohio, breaks into laughter after delivering a whipped cream pie to South Dakota State University President David Chicoine during a State-A-Thon fundraising event Friday afternoon at the University Student Union. The event helped State-A-Thon raise $17,097.90 in one day for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. And prepharmacy student Bailie Carlson of Hutchinson,
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Compromise bike-passing proposal advancing

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), A measure to help lessen the danger of passing vehicles to cyclists is cruising through the Legislature after rebounding from some minor speed bumps earlier in the session.
The Senate Transportation Committee on Friday unanimously passed the proposal, which supporters say will help educate the public on how best to share the road. From 2010 to 2013 in
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Officials: City to benefit from Discovery Benefits

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
• Company prepares to move to new space at Research Park

BROOKINGS, A new neighbor has moved into the Research Park at South Dakota State University and is preparing to move into the park's spec building, empty since its construction in the summer of 2012.
Discovery Benefits, a third-party employee benefits firm based in Fargo, first moved into the
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Cold construction

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
• ‘Winter not quiet anymore' for building crews

BROOKINGS, The days of construction as a seasonal industry are gone. Old practices of crews working on projects from as soon as the ground thaws until the earth becomes too chilled and frozen for work with little to no work to do are a thing of the past for most.
And
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Meyer enters council race

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
BROOKINGS - The latest entrant in the Brookings City Council race wants to ensure that Brookings can attract and keep talented people.
Scott Meyer, 32, has entered what has become a four-candidate race for two openings on the city council. Candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday to file their nominating petitions for the joint city council/school board election on
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SD panel stressing civics education

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota education officials agree improving civics knowledge among high school students is important, but they don't think a mandatory test is the way to do it.
The Senate Education Committee unanimously approved a resolution Thursday to help ensure South Dakota students are learning the content "reflected in" the U.S. citizenship exam. It's part of a national effort
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Council OKs sales tax grants

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
• Rebates to help new, expanding businesses

BROOKINGS, Brookings city councilors this week unanimously approved a formal policy for using sales tax rebates for economic development.
The city collects a 2 percent sales tax, and the grants are not to exceed what's generated from businesses' construction costs, equipment purchases and retail sales.
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Deadwood gambling bill heads to Daugaard

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Deadwood gambling advocates were jubilant Thursday that a yearlong push to allow three new games in the historic outlaw town is finally coming to a close.
The state House voted 46-22 to approve the proposal to allow keno, craps and roulette in Deadwood. It has already passed the Senate, and Gov. Dennis Daugaard's spokeswoman said he will sign
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Street Dept. project moves ahead with land purchase

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
• New headquarters, shop to be built at current site with addition of state land

BROOKINGS, Brookings city councilors on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of two state-owned pieces of land in the heart of the city.
The $7,650 acquisition makes room for the city to build its new $4.1 million street maintenance facility at the Street Department's current
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Ducks Unlimited opens office in Brookings

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
• SDSU grad to manage habitat conservation program for South Dakota

BROOKINGS, Ducks Unlimited has opened an office in the Research Park at South Dakota State University in Brookings, the organization announced this week.
This will be the organization's only office in South Dakota, which is part of the Great Plains region covering seven states.
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Three’s a crowd

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
• Candidates vie for two seats on school board

BROOKINGS, A third candidate for Brookings School Board has filed his paperwork with the school district.
Randy Grimsley, a Brookings native, said that he and his siblings grew up in the Brookings school system. Now, with a daughter in sixth grade, he figured it was a good time to get
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Now it’s a race: Reed files petitions

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
BROOKINGS, After previously announcing his intention to run for re-election, Brookings Mayor Tim Reed has made it official with the filing of his nominating petitions.
City council member Keith Corbett previously filed his petitions to challenge Reed in the combined city and school board election on Tuesday, April 14.
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County to purchase 39 e-poll books

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
BROOKINGS, The Brookings County Finance Office is moving ahead with the nearly $16,000 purchase of 39 e-poll books just in time for the city and school board elections.
An e-poll book is "a small laptop that has all of our voter information on it so that, since we're not using precincts anymore, our poll workers can check in anyone," explained
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House votes down unilateral no-fault divorce proposal

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), The state House has shot down a proposal that would have allowed unilateral no-fault divorce in South Dakota.
The House voted 44-25 against the plan, which advocates have said would make it easier for domestic violence victims to escape abusive marriages.
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House committee votes to approve youth minimum wage measure

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota's youngest workers may soon be exempted from the $8.50 minimum wage voters approved in November as part of a proposal that's cruising through the Legislature.
The House Commerce and Energy Committee voted 11-2 Wednesday for a plan to carve out a $7.50 minimum wage for people younger than 18. If the measure passes off the House
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