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Is there a doctor in the school?

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
• Four Brookings High School grads on their way to M.D.

BROOKINGS, When classes convene at the the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine this summer, Brookings High School will be well represented by a quartet of its graduates: Elizabeth "Liz" Helsper, Class of 2007; Tim Reid and David Woodard, Class of 2008; and Sarvesh Kaushik, Class

Council to review new Timberline, Sixth St. projects

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
• Group faces busy Tuesday session

BROOKINGS, Two of the major items at next week's meeting of the Brookings City Council will involve construction, in one case the start of a new housing development, and in the second, a new commercial building on Sixth Street that will include more than a dozen apartment units.
The business session, the

South Dakota begins absentee voting for primary

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota voters who live out of the state, will be traveling on Election Day or simply want to cast their vote early can do so with absentee ballots beginning Friday.
Secretary of State Jason Gant said all 66 counties in the state are sending out ballots that were requested beginning Jan. 1. Republicans and Democrats will face

Council puts on ‘design hats’

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
• Leaders get look at design review districts and how they can be applied in Brookings

BROOKINGS, Suppose the city's plans for the Department of Transportation property off I-29 come to fruition, and a number of retail stores and restaurants all seek to locate in that area.
Should the Brookings City Council have a say in the way those

Work to begin on 100-suite hotel

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
• Developer says it'll be a Comfort Suites; adds restaurant to project
BROOKINGS, Site work for Brookings' newest hotel could begin as early as next week, co-owner Dennis Bielfeldt announced today.
The construction of the upscale, 100-unit Comfort Suites hotel also marks the beginning of development for the Wilbert Square shopping and entertainment district.
The hotel will anchor the southern

No new info on ‘big box’

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
• But city's development partners to deliver mid-June report

BROOKINGS, There's still no "big box" news, but the city council and community residents should get a bit more information in about two months.
That's according to City Manager Jeff Weldon, who announced Tuesday that the city's partners in the development of the DOT property, Drew Snyder of Omaha, Neb.,

Rogers wins recount

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
BROOKINGS, The recount results are in for the Brookings Board of Education election held April 8, and they're nearly the same as the first time around.
Former school board member Larry Rogers won the recount, seven votes ahead of David Merhib.
"I wish nothing but the best to Rogers and to the school board," Merhib said.

In downtown Brookings: Oldest building getting new life

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
• Trendz moving into Masonic Lodge

BROOKINGS, A new match with a touch of history is coming to life for a pair of Main Avenue establishments, both already on Main in downtown Brookings.
Trendz Consignment Studios, owned and operated by Sara Rowland at 314 Main Ave., is moving to the ground floor of the Masonic Lodge, at 225 1/2

Finding a new name for new K-3 school

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
BROOKINGS, The Brookings School District is holding a contest to name the new K-3 elementary school to be built off South Main Avenue along 26th Street South.
The public is invited to submit suggestions for the school's name through the district's website at www.brookings.k12.sd.us under the "New School Naming Form" tab.
The deadline for submissions is April 25.

Is there a bus in city’s future?

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
• Council discusses transit partnership with SDSU Students Association

BROOKINGS, Brookings is not too small to support a municipal bus system, a nationally known transit expert told the Brookings City Council Tuesday.
In fact, "there's a lot of opportunity" to establish a bus system here, Bob Bourne advised the councilors.
He pointed to cities like Stevens Point in Wisconsin,

34th Avenue project delayed until next year

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
• Grant for rail crossing not available until 2015

BROOKINGS, Brookings County commissioners decided Tuesday to postpone the 34th Avenue project until 2015.
County officials plan eventually to surface the road from Eighth Street South to 32nd Street South.
Paving that portion of 34th Avenue, now a gravel road, would provide people who work in the east side

Making it official

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
City Clerk Shari Thornes explains the documents laid out for the city council at Tuesday evening's business session, the results, by voting center, of the April 8 municipal election. Canvassing the ballot results are (from left) Councilors Keith Corbett and John Kubal, Thornes, Mayor Tim Reed and Councilor Mike McClemans. It was one of McClemans' last official acts; he chose

Pierre commission rejects chickens

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
PIERRE (AP), City commissioners in Pierre have defeated a proposal that would have allowed residents of South Dakota's capital city to keep up to six hens on their property.
The 5-0 decision Tuesday night followed 1 ½ hours of public discussion. More than 100 people turned out for the debate, crowding the commission room and two overflow areas, according to

Merhib to petition for school board recount

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
BROOKINGS, David Merhib plans to file a petition for a recount in last week's Board of Education election, the Brookings school board candidate told the Register Tuesday morning.
Merhib lost to Larry Rogers by just seven votes, 890 to 897, in the April 8 contest.
According to school district business manager Brian Leuders, a margin of victory of less

‘Trees may have to go,’ says DOT

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
• Design engineers ‘keeping open mind'; will host community session April 28

BROOKINGS, The Historic Preservation Commission is on record as strongly opposed, and the mayor, with the city council's unanimous support, has written the head of the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to ask for special consideration.
That may not be enough.
The current DOT engineers' recommendation for

Bids for new K-3 school over budget

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
• Bidders to offer ideas for cutting costs but not quality

BROOKINGS, Building a new school can be a complicated process. That's what the Brookings Board of Education learned at its Monday night meeting as it heard from Randy Hanson of Mills Construction.
Hanson said he had received 60 bid packages on the new elementary school project, with some

Pressler looks to restore bipartisanship to Senate

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
Editor's note: Seventh in a series of seven stories on candidates for South Dakota's U.S. Senate seat.

SIOUX FALLS (AP), Former Republican U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler doesn't think his political philosophy has changed much over the years, although the descriptive phrase "moderately conservative Republican" didn't fit after he changed his party affiliation to independent.
Pressler, who served two terms

Register claims 13 SDNA awards

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
• Placed second in general excellence category

PIERRE, Brookings Register journalists and advertising representatives took 13 top awards in the South Dakota Newspaper Association's 2014 Better Newspapers Contest, among them a second-place award in the coveted general excellence category for small dailies.
The news staff claimed one first-place award, while the ad side captured another. The awards were presented

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