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Nature’s Christmas decorations

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
Clear, sunny skies at midday Wednesday brought out the beauty in the aftermath of this week's rain-and-snow storm. Ice-covered trees were sparkling like glass all over Brookings, and people were seen snapping photos of nature's Christmas decorations throughout town. At right, the trees along the 400 block of Fifth Avenue, made a stunning backdrop for the Children's Museum of South
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Scott Meyer to receive city leadership award

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
• New Mayor's Award recognizes ‘generational leadership'

BROOKINGS , Brookings businessman Scott Meyer will be awarded the first Mayor's Generational Leadership Award, Tim Reed announced today. The mayor said the award was created to recognize the importance of young leaders who make a community vibrant and dynamic.
The co-founder of 9 Clouds digital marketing services, Meyer calls
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Timber-r-r! Trees go down at Hillcrest

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
• Trees as old as South Dakota removed for public safety

BROOKINGS, Even as 39 mature elms and maples along U.S. Highway 14 in Brookings have been identified for removal, should a portion of the street be widened, a similar number of trees at a wooded local park have been taken down with little fanfare.
But slowly, people have
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Sanford gives $25M for jobs scholarships

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford is donating $25 million to South Dakota for a scholarship program for the state's technical schools, the governor's office announced Wednesday.
The state is matching Sanford's gift by pledging $25 million of its own to create the Build Dakota Scholarship Program, which officials say will help fill empty jobs and address a worker
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City now home to ‘certified technology park’

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
• Daugaard names Brookings Research Park as SD's first certified technology center

BROOKINGS, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Tuesday that the Research Park at South Dakota State University has been approved by the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) as the first South Dakota Certified Technology Park.
Daugaard visited the Brookings research park to make the presentation.
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No answer yet: Mayor meets with DOT chief

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
• Possible response on Sixth Street design ‘in a couple of weeks'

BROOKINGS, Salt and sand are the big news about city streets this week, in the wake of a rain-ice-and-snow storm that brought traffic to a crawl.
But "no news" is also a big story in Brookings, where residents are waiting to hear what's going to happen on
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Think snow before you go

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Hey, SDSU students and holiday travelers!
Before you leave town, make sure you've made arrangements for any on-the-street vehicles you're leaving behind.
The City of Brookings issued a reminder Tuesday that those heading out of town for the holidays or for a warm-weather break should be sure their cars, trucks and other vehicles, and implements and trailers, are all
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County updates road deal with Novita

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
• Changes in agreement update schedule, dates

BROOKINGS - County commissioners unanimously approved an updated version of a road agreement between the county and Novita Aurora LLC during Tuesday's meeting.
This was necessary since the previous version of the agreement had dates that were no longer accurate, after plans to build the oil extraction plant were delayed by investors
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Daugaard: Partners to invest $56M in SD railway system

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
• Aurora will get spur

SIOUX FALLS (AP), A partnership between the state and private groups will allow for a $56 million investment in four rail projects across South Dakota.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday announced that the projects include the reconstruction of more than 40 miles of rail line between Chamberlain and Presho, construction of railroad sidings
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Artist ‘layers’ images in trunk of aspen tree

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
• ‘Shadow box' carvings on display at library

BROOKINGS, Harold Hecht, 78, a Wyoming native and a Brookings resident for about 41 years ("It almost feels like home.") had his first experience with woodcarving about 30 years ago when he was on sabbatical leave in Chicago.
He took an evening course in woodcarving techniques "and it just kind
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City digging out from icy, snowy double whammy

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Considering it was hit with a double-duo of icy rain and driving snow, the city of Brookings escaped pretty much unscathed from Monday's bout of winter weather. Now with that over, the already under way digout continues.
Brookings City Manager Jeff Weldon told the Register this morning that Street Department crews "were out sanding all day yesterday and trying
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Rounds gets four new jobs

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), U.S. Sen.-Elect Mike Rounds from South Dakota will serve on four committees in the upcoming Congress.
Sen. John Thune says he'll keep his currnt assignments in the coming selection.
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Valero Renewables boosts United Way

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
AURORA, Employees of the Valero Renewables-Aurora ethanol plant pledged more than $35,000 during their recently completed 2015 United Way campaign, boosting their commitment from last year and exceeding their monetary goal.
With a company match, the plant is projected to contribute a total of approximately $52,000 to the Brookings Area United Way during 2015.
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Teen use of e-cigs surpasses ‘regulars’

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP), Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds.
Even as tobacco smoking by teens dropped to new lows, use of e-cigarettes reached levels that surprised researchers. The findings marked the survey's first attempt to measure the use of e-cigarettes by people that young.
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Consumers report having less trouble in ACA's second round

Posted: Monday, Dec 15th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Buying coverage during the Affordable Care Act's second open enrollment period hasn't been as difficult for South Dakotans as it was during the program's inaugural window.
Monday is the final day for South Dakotans to enroll in health coverage for Jan. 1 through the federal health insurance exchange, but the enrollment period doesn't fully wind down until February.
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Afficionados can ‘nerd out’ at Uncanny Comics

Posted: Monday, Dec 15th, 2014
• Got a yen for Superman? Or maybe the latest Batman? New store caters to your graphics needs

BROOKINGS, Brothers Matt and Chad Vis have always had a love for comic culture, but they'd been content helping with the family business, Zesto. But nowadays, when customers walk through the neighboring business's front door, a Star Trek "swoosh" sound accompanies
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Soldiers share memories

Posted: Monday, Dec 15th, 2014
BROOKINGS, Sgt. Richard L. "Rick" Bogue, United States Army Reserve, visits with a fellow soldier prior to his being awarded the Purple Heart medal in a ceremony Saturday morning in the Performing Arts Center on the campus of South Dakota State University.
Bogue, a resident of White, sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving with a unit of the 407th
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Lawyer works to help undocumented kids stay

Posted: Monday, Dec 15th, 2014
• 52 children in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS (AP), A Sioux Falls immigration lawyer is working to help 52 unaccompanied children apply to stay in the country after they entered without documentation.
Taneeza Islam wants the children who are taking refuge in South Dakota to be prepared legally before a judge decides whether to deport them, the Argus Leader
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Reservoir releases to be cut

Posted: Monday, Dec 15th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), Releases from the Oahe Reservoir in central South Dakota will be significantly cut this month.
KCCR-AM Radio in Pierre reports that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says releases will average about 18,800 cubic feet per second in December. The average last month was 31,300 cubic feet per second.
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‘Culture’ is Merriam Webster’s choice for vogue word for 2014

Posted: Monday, Dec 15th, 2014
• Vaping a close second?

NEW YORK (AP) -- A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster's 2014 word of the year: culture.
The word joins Oxford Dictionaries' "vape," a darling of the e-cigarette movement, and "exposure," declared the year's winner
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