• The confounding story of Kitty Genovese

    It began with a lunch at a place called Emil’s, not far from police headquarters in New York, and the trigger was a six-word sentence. “That Queens story,” the police commissioner said to A.M. Rosenthal, then the metropolitan editor of The New York Times, “is something else.”

  • Johnson: First-hand experience

    As a self-described policy guy, I’ve spent a lot of time researching topics like agriculture and telecommunications. It’s no secret that when elected I was laser focused on gaining a spot on the Agriculture Committee for South Dakotans. Now as a member of two very different committees, I’ve appreciated how many topics members of Congress have the opportunity to study and debate.

  • An entertaining dentist

    Dropped in at O’Dontal Dental the other day. You know, regular tooth check, cleaning, whatever Perry says to do, I do. Quicker that way. But this particular dentist isn’t nearly as feared as others. He’s … entertaining.

  • Muslim versus Jew conflict is bad news

    Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of two Muslim women elected to Congress last November, wears a hijab or headscarf as part of her religious observance. In January, lawmakers voted to accommodate Omar by ending a 181-year rule that banned headgear on the House floor.

  • Thune: New rules for a new and evolving economy

    Today’s workforce, economy, and consumer needs are constantly changing. They’re far different than they were a generation ago, and, in some respects, they’re already different than they were just a few years ago.

  • Don’t stop progress, build the overpass, recreation center

    Recently in a letter to the editor in the Register was an expression of non-support for a much-needed overpass – on and off ramps at the intersection of I-29 and 20th Street South here in Brookings.

  • Misunderstood pets: Cats love us on their terms

    Given the time and money people lavish on their pets, it’s remarkable how little we appear to understand them.

  • Los Angeles Times on a college admissions bribery scandal

    The indictment of dozens of wealthy parents, including several Hollywood actresses and business leaders, along with the top college athletic coaches they allegedly bribed, tells a shocking story of corruption and deception in college admissions.

  • Concert an opportunity to teach life lessons

    Today, I challenge everyone who reads this to ask their children or grandchildren the following question: “What is Apartheid?” If you are like me, you may be a little afraid to hear the answer (or the non-answer).

  • Vote for Kidwiler

    The City of Brookings council elections will be held in April. Two people will be elected to serve on the council, and I would encourage you to vote for Mary Kidwiler for one of those positions.

  • Warning signs visible in recent economic numbers

    WASHINGTON – When President Trump signed the tax cut bill around the end of 2017, the most significant pro-growth legislation since the 1980s, the U.S. economy took off like an Atlas rocket.

  • Life goes on

    One of the many challenges in life is in knowing where you’re supposed to sit.

  • Noem: Addressing the nursing home crisis

    Mobridge. Madison. Tripp. Rapid City. Bryant. Rosholt. Huron. Watertown. The common thread between these communities? Nursing home closures. In all, 19 nursing home facilities around our state have closed their doors in recent years.

  • Getting the facts straight on the jail project

    I’m beginning this letter by stating that my comments following have nothing to do with the location of the proposed jail expansion, nor the need for a jail expansion.

  • A different path: Let’s try nonviolence

    There is a little known peace group that has been working behind the scenes since the early 1980s. When you go to google them on the internet, you have to get past Pitney and Bowes and the Palm Beach International Airport and assorted other sites before you come to PBI (Peace Brigades International), on page six.

  • Mills: Session wraps up

    In South Dakota we often adjust plans because of weather. The last week of the 2019 legislature was scheduled to run through Wednesday, March 13, but with a record-breaking storm forecast, we worked to shorten it.

  • Smith: A legislative year in perspective

    Shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, the final gavel came down in the South Dakota State Senate.

  • Debate surrounding acting legal AG’s legal authority intensifies

    Washing-ton – If you are having a hard time keeping track of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, you are not alone.

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Too. Much. Snow.

BROOKINGS – The Brookings area has been hit with seemingly unending snowfall for the past couple of months. Superintendent Matt Bartley and the Brookings Street Department are running out of room to dump it, and there’s still more in the forecast.

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‘Tin Man’ coming down

BROOKINGS – It would take more than an oil can to save this “Tin Man.” That’s why Brookings Municipal Utilities has decided to take down the Fourth Street water tower and build a state-of-the-art water tower on the same location, according to Eric Witt, BMU’s water/wastewater and engineering manager.

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Reports of flooding problems throughout Brookings

BROOKINGS – The daylong rain Wednesday forced the Brookings Liquor Store to close and Larson Manufacturing Company to send workers home and prompted people to enquire about sandbags, according to officials.

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South Dakota passes bills to discourage Keystone XL rioting

PIERRE (AP) – South Dakota is poised to approve laws aimed at potential protests against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline, seeking to prevent disruptive demonstrations like those against the Dakota Access pipeline that cost neighboring North Dakota nearly $40 million and led to hundreds of arrests beginning in late 2016.

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Not guilty pleas to rape, possession of child pornography

BROOKINGS – A Brookings man has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he raped two girls and was in possession of child pornography between July 2017 and February 2019.

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Flandreau’s Hannah Parsley earns first-team A All-State honors

Todd County senior Raven Cournoyer was not happy as the 2018-19 girls’ basketball season began. And her opponents on the court paid the price.

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SDSU’s DeHaven, Burdick earn Yearly Indoor Awards

SIOUX FALLS – South Dakota State’s head coach Rod DeHaven and senior distance runner Kyle Burdick were named as The Summit League’s men’s coach and track athlete of the year on Wednesday.

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North Dakota State holds off NC Central 78-74 in First Four

DAYTON, Ohio – North Dakota State is one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the country, and that’s what it came down to at the end of the Bison’s First Four win over North Carolina Central.

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Class B girls’ All-State team is laden with senior talent

Five superb seniors and one super sophomore highlight this year’s Class B girls basketball all-state first team, as voted on by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association.

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Belmont beats Temple 81-70 for first NCAA Tournament win

DAYTON, Ohio – A few seconds were still left on the clock when Fran Dunphy headed to midcourt for his final postgame handshake, the outcome long decided. Belmont was simply too much for his Owls.

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