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Building a better, greener Brookings

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 24th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Few things can be as miserable in the life of a homeowner as high bills for a poorly constructed house.
Dusten Hendrickson, the owner of Brookings Built Green, knows this firsthand, using his construction business as a way to provide energy efficient, thoughtfully-built homes in and around Brookings.
He and his wife, Shalene, own the business in a
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Ethics repeal moving forward

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 24th, 2017
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota lawmakers took the first step Monday to repeal an embattled government ethics overhaul approved by voters in November.
The House and Senate State Affairs committees held a joint hearing on the proposal, which the House panel voted to send to the chamber's floor. The bill would dismantle the initiative that created an ethics commission, public campaign
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SD lawmaker quits over sexual contact with interns

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 24th, 2017
PIERRE (AP), A South Dakota legislator who admitted having sexual contact with two interns resigned on Monday, saying he regretted his actions during the past two legislative sessions.
Republican Rep. Mathew Wollmann, 26, said last week that both interns were over age 21 and that the contact during the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions was consensual. But his colleagues voted
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City issues snow alert

Posted: Monday, Jan 23rd, 2017
BOOKINGS, In light of the current weather forecast, the Brookings Street Department is issuing a Snow Alert and asking residents to not park vehicles, implements, and trailers on city streets, avenues, and alleys. Currently, there is not a parking ban; however, there is the potential of declaring a parking ban should we receive the forecasted storm.
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It’s a long process to take down Old Armory

Posted: Monday, Jan 23rd, 2017
BROOKINGS, When Brookings city councilors voted 4-3 in November to start the process of demolishing the Old Armory, they set in motion a months-long chain of events, according to City Manager Jeff Weldon.
What to do with the Old Armory, a 1937 structure that was built by the Works Progress Administration, has been a hot topic for months. It has
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Dealings between SD reps,interns examined

Posted: Monday, Jan 23rd, 2017
PIERRE (AP), A South Dakota House member's admission this week that he had sexual contact with two interns has raised questions, and conflicting accounts, about the ways legislators and interns interact in this tiny government town.
One former intern says drinking with lawmakers was commonplace, with occasional flirting. A former state representative said she often saw lawmakers giving unwanted attention
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SD combats spread of aquatic invasive species

Posted: Monday, Jan 23rd, 2017
PIERRE (AP), The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department will take the lead role in coordinating a state government-wide effort aimed at slowing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).
The move comes at the behest of the Commission, which after hearing a proposal calling for four additions and three amendments to the department's existing AIS rules Jan. 12,
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Trump takes charge

Posted: Friday, Jan 20th, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP), Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership.
Under cloudy, threatening skies at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, Trump painted a bleak picture of the
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I hope to see ...

Posted: Friday, Jan 20th, 2017
BROOKINGS, The Brookings Register social media team went around Brookings today asking residents what they hope to see under a Trump administration. Here are a few of the answers:

"I hope he sticks to his word and what he said he'll be changing," said Lane Hiller, truck driver.


,,,
Carol Johnson, a retired Brookings resident, didn't vote for
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Council considers dog kennel

Posted: Friday, Jan 20th, 2017
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council will conduct a public hearing and consider action on a conditional use permit for a commercial dog kennel on the Highway 14 bypass during its Tuesday meeting.
Shayna Rohl owns the 17.17 acres at 230 Highway 14 Bypass and is requesting to put in the dog kennel. The land is surrounded by Northern Border Pipeline,
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Have a big business idea?

Posted: Friday, Jan 20th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Limited spaces are available for an upcoming series of seven workshops to introduce the process of commercializing university research-derived innovations and new technologies.
South Dakota State University's Graduate School and the Office of Technology and Commercialization, in partnership with the Entrepreneurial Studies Program of the Department of Economics, is hosting the series.
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SD tourism draws record visitors

Posted: Friday, Jan 20th, 2017
PIERRE (AP), Officials say South Dakota's tourism industry attracted a record number of visitors last year.
The South Dakota Department of Tourism said Thursday that 2016 marked the seventh consecutive year of economic growth for tourism in the state.
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After oath, Trump faces ambitious Day 1 to-do list

Posted: Friday, Jan 20th, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP), Donald Trump campaigned on a detailed and extensive to-do list for his first day in office. A day before his swearing-in, his team was being coy about when and how he plans to cross items off it.
As he's assembled his new government, Trump has backed off some of his promised speed, downplaying the importance of a rapid-fire
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Handcrafted décor in a handcrafted store

Posted: Friday, Jan 20th, 2017
BROOKINGS, It's OK to be a little choosy; it just means you know what you want. And at Finicky + Oak, a new boutique in downtown Brookings, owner Tiffany Hauf wants to help shoppers find just what they want.
Opened about mid-November, the store located at 314 Main Ave., Suite 4, isn't Hauf's first business experience.
"It used to be
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Corbett running for mayor

Posted: Friday, Jan 20th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Deputy Mayor Keith Corbett has announced his intention to run for mayor of Brookings.
The municipal election is April 11.
Corbett has served on the Brookings City Council since May 2010 and has served as deputy mayor for the past five years.
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Petitions can go out Jan. 27

Posted: Friday, Jan 20th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Three city post and one school board vacancy will be filled in the April 11 municipal/school election, and candidates can start circulating nominating petitions on Jan. 27.
The city openings are a one-year term for mayor and two three-year terms for Brookings City Council.
The council positions are currently held by Ope Niemeyer and Dan Hansen.
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Hy-Vee introduces ‘ugly’ produce

Posted: Friday, Jan 20th, 2017
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, To further combat the nation's food waste, Hy-Vee recently began offering so-called "ugly" produce in nearly all of its 242 grocery stores.
"Ugly" produce is cosmetically challenged fruits and vegetables that would traditionally go unsold due to the industry's size and shape standards. However, a movement to make this imperfect produce culturally acceptable to purchase and
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Panel approves vehicular homicide bill

Posted: Friday, Jan 20th, 2017
PIERRE (AP), A South Dakota Senate panel approved Attorney General Marty Jackley's proposal to stiffen sentences for vehicular homicide on Thursday, sending it to the full Senate.
The proposal, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 6-1 vote, would classify vehicular homicide, in which a drunken driver causes the death of another person, as a crime of violence.
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Brookings farmer leaves $100K to county museum

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
VOLGA, The Brookings County Historical Society has received a $100,000 bequest from the estate of Trygve A. Trooien, an Oak Lake farmer who died April 5, 2015.
Trooien, 65, was well known for his award-winning Holstein cattle, his interests in the history of agriculture, and as an expert and avid collector of antique farm equipment and other farm related
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City wants overpass agreement

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council revisited the idea of an overpass/interchange on Interstate 29 at 20th Street South/214th Street this week and wants to draw up an agreement that can be presented to the Brookings County Commission.
The idea is to get the two entities working together on the project because both the city and county will be impacted.
The
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Special education providing services for all

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
BROOKINGS, There is a lot of talk regarding standards in school and ensuring that everyone meets them. But Michelle Powers, the director of special education, wanted to remind the Brookings School Board of those with unique needs and the responsibility the school system has to give everyone access to quality education.
Special education, Powers explained, "is a federally mandated program
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SD House to examine lawmaker Wollmann’s conduct with interns

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
PIERRE (AP), The South Dakota House decided Wednesday to investigate a Republican representative who said he had sexual contact with interns during the past two legislative sessions.
Lawmakers voted to form a select committee on discipline and expulsion to investigate the conduct of state Rep. Mathew Wollmann. House Majority Leader Lee Qualm said on the House floor that Wollmann told
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State officials hope ruling moves case to Supreme Court

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota officials are optimistic that a 1992 Supreme Court ruling saying sales taxes can't be collected from companies not physically present in the state can be overturned.
The Argus Leader reports District Court Judge Roberto Lange ordered on Tuesday that a state-filed lawsuit requiring four out-of-state internet companies remit sales taxes to the South Dakota Department of
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Happy to be back

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
BROOKINGS, "My goal is to be a store director in Brookings, S.D., until I retire," said Tom Daschel, new man at the helm at Hy-Vee. "I really like being at the store level. I have no desire for a corporate position at Hy-Vee. This is really where I want to be. This is a great place to raise a family.
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New Hy-Vee store director responds to reader comments

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
BROOKINGS, With a new store director starting at Hy-Vee, The Brookings Register social media team asked its Facebook followers to submit their questions and suggestions before it went to visit with Tom Daschel.
Below are some of the issues brought up by readers, followed by Daschel's responses.

Concern: The location of Starbucks causing congestion at the front of the
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Dunn offers details on ag lab upgrade

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
BROOKINGS, The Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory does a lot of tests, but the facility at South Dakota State University is behind other states and needs to catch up, said SDSU President Barry Dunn to the Brookings City Council.
"The lab does an enormous number of diagnostic tests that are very, very important, but the word that comes before
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