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Desirable downtown

Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
BROOKINGS, The national small business movement Independent We Stand announces the quarterfinalists, including Downtown Brookings, of the 2016 Independent We Stand "America's Main Streets" contest.
As the lifeblood of cities and towns, Main Streets play an important role in the longterm success of communities and help build a sense of place. Independent We Stand invites the public to vote
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More windows shot out

Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
BROOKINGS, More windows were shot out over the weekend, according to the Brookings Police. So far, there have been no injuries, but Lt. Derrick Powers said if there ever were, the perpetrators would be in "serious" trouble.
He also appealed to anyone who might know something about these incidents to please come forward.
"Individuals will talk to others about what
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SD long-term care system violates fed’l law

Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
SIOUX FALLS (AP), South Dakota's unnecessary reliance on nursing facilities to serve people with disabilities isolates those residents from their communities and violates federal law, according to the findings of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation released Monday.
The investigation discovered that thousands of people who depend on the state for services have to live in nursing facilities to receive
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He said, she said

Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
BROOKINGS, It's the new battle of the sexes, men and women will face off in a friendly competition in the inaugural He Said/She Said Couples League.
The shooting competition starts May 9 and will run from 6-8 p.m. each Monday at Outdoor Adventure Center for four weeks, said instructors Gail and Bobby Markham. The fee per couple is $40
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Bond set at $1M for Madison murder

Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
MADISON (AP), A judge has set a $1 million cash-only bond for a South Dakota man accused of killing his fiancée.
Forty-six-year-old Michael Schmitz, of Madison, appeared in court Monday. He is charged with first- and second-degree murder.
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Chris Young ‘comin’ over’ to Brookings

Posted: Monday, May 2nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, On the heels of the fastest-growing single of his career, Chris Young is bringing his "I'm Comin' Over" tour to the Swiftel Center on Saturday, Oct. 22.
The CMA, ACM and Grammy-nominated hit-maker welcomes Dan + Shay and Cassadee Pope to open the tour.
Tickets for the "I'm Comin' Over" Tour go on sale starting at 10
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From Nepal to Brookings

Posted: Monday, May 2nd, 2016
BROOKINGS, Plans for attending college in the United States were embedded in Madhav Nepal's mind from the time he was in high school, though his upbringing in the rural village of Payekha (located in the Bhojpur District in eastern Nepal) didn't exactly point in that direction.
Nepal is now an associate professor in the Department of Biology and Microbiology at South
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Wilder book could be translated in Japanese

Posted: Monday, May 2nd, 2016
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota's state-owned publishing house is considering an offer for the rights to translate into Japanese the best-selling memoir by prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Nancy Tystad Koupal, director of the South Dakota State Historical Society Press, told the Capital Journal that Japanese people are big fans of the author of the "Little House" books.
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Tax receipts on farm machinery fall in agriculture slowdown

Modified: Monday, May 2nd, 2016
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota's sales tax collections on farm equipment have fallen from record highs in recent years as profits in the agriculture sector decline, a slide that has forced farmers to tighten budgets and caused sales slumps for machinery dealers.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts farm income will drop again in 2016 to its lowest level in nearly
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Borehole experiment organizers face skeptics

Posted: Monday, May 2nd, 2016
REDFIELD (AP), Organizers of a federal effort to assess whether nuclear waste can be stored in 3-mile-deep holes have met opposition in Spink County from residents who are concerned the potential drilling project could lead to waste storage in the future.
Officials attempted to assure residents at recent meetings in Redfield and Tulare that there would be no plan to
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Reading the BSD rules of the road

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Imagine a teacher at the front of a narrow 40-foot room that was loud and rattling, and this teacher had his back turned the whole time; then, the situation bus drivers find themselves in each day twice a day becomes clear.
There's a natural chaos to riding the bus, and between that and the natural confusion of some of
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Woman killed ID’ed as suspect’s fiancée

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
MADISON (AP), Court documents show that a woman slain in Madison was the fiancée of the suspect.
Authorities have not yet identified the 46-year-old woman they say was shot and killed Wednesday night.
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Can SD tax online sales? State presses to find out

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota wants to collect state sales tax on purchases from Overstock.com and other Internet retailers. The state is pressing for the revenues with a lawsuit against several remote retailers that ultimately seeks to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
The state lawsuit is based on a law passed during the 2016 legislative session. Two trade associations on
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Life-saving donation

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, 3M Brookings donated 3M Fire Barrier Sealant and 3M FireDam Spray valued at more than $25,000 to Brookings Health System Foundation for the Progress Lives Here capital campaign to support the hospital expansion and renovation project.
The 3M products are being applied on steel beams, joints and utility conduits in the new buildings to prevent or delay structure failure
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Belize bound!

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, South Dakota State University's Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is gearing up for a mission trip to Central America, this time to Belize.
Twenty-one of its student members, and many more family and friends, will stay at the Calvary Baptist Church in Belize City from May 21-27, where they will make a difference in many ways.
They have
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Madison resident charged with murder

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
MADISON (AP), A Madison man is facing a charge of second degree murder in the shooting death of a woman at Lake Madison.
KSFY television reports that the Lake County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a call Wednesday night. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found a 46-year-old woman from Madison dead from an apparent gunshot wound.
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View some art, taste some wine

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Elliot Johnson, executive director of Downtown Brookings Inc., whose outside-the-box approach to his job has brought a wide variety of activities to the downtown area, has come up with another first: the "Art and Wine Walk," from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 14.
"We kind of got inspiration from both downtown Fargo (N.D.) and downtown Sioux Falls," Johnson explained. "They've
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AG explains referred youth minimum wage law

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Attorney General Marty Jackley has released an explanation for a law referred to voters that would carve out a $7.50 youth minimum wage.
Jackley's office said Thursday the measure would not become law unless approved by a majority vote in the 2016 election.
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Frontier faith

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, Come just as you are as you seek Jesus, that's the message from Wagon Wheel Cowboy Church, a new church plant in Brookings that aims to make inroads with rural men and women.
The church's name is meant to reflect the vision for the Cowboy Church in whatever community it finds itself in: with the church as the hub
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Swiftel seats to be replaced

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, The Swiftel Center is getting new seats.
The Brookings City Council this week approved a contract with Hussey Seating Company of North Berwick, Maine, to replace retractable seating and the seating on the south mezzanine at a price of nearly $1.3 million.
The current seating does not meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act and needs
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3 from GEAR UP plead not guilty

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
PIERRE (AP), Three people have pleaded not guilty to felony charges from a financial investigation into the GEAR UP college-readiness program.
Dan Guericke, Stephanie Hubers and Stacy Phelps entered their pleas in court on Wednesday.
They were indicted this month from the investigation launched after Scott Westerhuis shot his wife and their four children before setting fire to their house
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Bailey-Serres to discuss water availability, agriculture

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
BROOKINGS, To help solve the issue of feeding the world, Julia Bailey-Serres studies methods on how to grow crops in changing environments as the director of the Center for Plant Cell Biology at the University of California, Riverside.
She will share her expertise at South Dakota State University as the keynote speaker for the Robert H. and Katherine Burris Distinguished
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