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  • Because the knights of love belong to lovers of God

    Since the Knights of Columbus recently became a political issue, I’ve seen a constant refrain on social media that goes something along the lines of: “What do you mean, the pancake breakfast guys?”

  • Cybersecurity remains top priority in 116th Congress

    As we get to work in the 116th Congress, increasing our nation’s ability to defend against cyberattacks remains a top priority in the Senate.

  • Now and then

    It’s Tuesday afternoon at two, which means Clarice Devon is on her way to the Curl Up ‘N Dye beauty salon. It’s like the sun coming up or the price of bread increasing. Tuesday. Two. Clarice.

  • State that extols outsiders considers an insider

    TWIN MOUNTAIN, N.H. – When, 120 years ago, the New Hampshire poet Edna Dean Proctor saluted this state’s “cliffs, her meads, her brooks afoam” and spoke elegiacally of the “white-robed heights” of its mountains, she identified perhaps the mostly enduring characteristic of New Hampshire – its worship of the outside.

  • Battling the meth epidemic

    Earlier this month, I placed my hand on my dad’s worn Bible and made a promise to South Dakota to govern in a way that respects and benefits every person in our state. I promised to serve in a way that improved things for the next generation. My dream? To grow our state into a place where our kids can thrive. We’re going to produce a stronger tomorrow for the next generation.

  • Wiik: Session off to a good start

    Last week was a monumental week in South Dakota. First, I was sworn in by the chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court for my second term in the South Dakota Senate. Soon after, our representatives were sworn in over in the House of Representatives. We then took our seats and watched history as Kristi Noem was sworn in as South Dakota’s first female governor.

  • Remain calm: Information before impeachment

    “I” words are inundating Washington. President Trump insists his border wall would impede an invasion of illegal immigrants who injure innocents. Democrats say Trump indulges an idiotic idea to instigate an impasse and incite impassioned illusions.

  • Johnson deserves praise for deferring pay during shutdown

    I would like to comment on the “Have You Heard” column in the Jan. 10 paper.

  • Mills: Lawmakers ready to tackle issues in Pierre

    The 94th session of the South Dakota Legislature got underway this past week in Pierre. So many things happened that it’s hard to know what to report on. Topping the list, however, has to be the inauguration of a new governor and all the changes that result.

  • Dems’ bluster aside, 2019’s watchword is discipline

    What an outrage! A Democratic woman talking like a Republican man!

  • Does Mass Customized Learning help all students?

    In 2017, the Brookings School District began a pilot program at Medary Elementary called Mass Customized Learning (MCL). According to the district, MCL is a standards based curriculum where students work to master each standard within each content area. It is self paced, and the district states students will not move forward until each individual standard is met.

  • Deustch: Getting things done in Pierre

    As I write this we have just completed the first week of the South Dakota Legislature. After being away from the Legislature for the last two years, I am very grateful to be back.

  • Building a wall is an act of fear

    Let’s talk about walls. We might as well. It seems all the rage these days. Grown men and women fighting over why, whether, when and where, how high and how much. All this while thousands of their own suffer new affronts and the huddled masses yearning to breathe free simply huddle, hungry and short of breath.

  • Fact checkers have field day with Trump’s claims in address

    WASHINGTON – Two years into his presidency, Donald Trump is still trying to convince Congress to cough up billions of hard-earned tax dollars to build his wall on the southern border with Mexico.

  • 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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Van and Barb Fishback Family offers $3.5M challenge

BROOKINGS – Van and Barbara Fishback, longtime benefactors of South Dakota State University and namesakes of the university’s Honors College, made public Monday a $3.5 million challenge match.

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Mobile home destroyed in fire

BROOKINGS – A young man’s life was saved by his smoke alarm during a mobile home fire early Tuesday morning, according to Deputy Fire Chief Pete Bolzer, who added a warning.

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New Year’s baby arrives Thursday

BROOKINGS – Hajar Hameed Addeen has a special reason for the name she picked for her third child, who happens to be Brookings’ New Year’s Baby.

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Tobin Michael Johnson - Sioux Falls

Tobin Michael Johnson, 31, of Sioux Falls, formerly of the Brookings, area, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

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Dakota Prairie classes team up with Blizzard

BROOKINGS – Members of the Brookings Blizzard hockey team have been leaving the ice and heading to a local elementary school in order to volunteer in classrooms.

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Junior Varsity boys split; JV girls shut out Yankton, Watertown

The Ranger JV went 1-1 over the weekend with a 10-0 shutout of Yankton before falling, 5-0, to undefeated Sioux Falls 1. Brookings is sixth in the SDAHA standings with 12 points, courtesy of a 6-4 record.

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Hunter, Jerome lead No. 4 Virginia in 81-59 rout of ninth-ranked VT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – De’Andre Hunter scored 21 points and Ty Jerome had 14 and a career-high 12 assists as No. 4 Virginia started fast and routed No. 9 Virginia Tech 81-59 on Tuesday night.

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DRSM, Arlington, Colman-Egan, ELB open with wins

ELKTON/ARLINGTON – The top four seeds held true as Dell Rapids St. Mary, Arlington, Colman-Egan and Elkton-Lake Benton picked up victories in the first round of the Dakota Valley Conference Boys’ Basketball Tournament on Tuesday.

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Selland named Player of the Week

SIOUX FALLS – For the first time in her career, South Dakota State’s Myah Selland was named Summit League Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, announced Monday.

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Dolphins, Redhawks, Hawks, Cardinals post wins

WHITE/RAMONA – Top-seeded Deubrook Area, No. 2 Estelline/Hendricks, third-seeded Colman-Egan and No. 5 Arlington posted first-round wins in the Dakota Valley Conference Girls’ Basketball Tournament on Monday.

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