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SDSU a boost for Brookings

Posted: Monday, Feb 20th, 2017
BROOKINGS, South Dakota is $2.66 billion richer thanks to the state's six public universities, and Brookings benefits from South Dakota State University, too.
That's according to data from a study sponsored by the South Dakota Board of Regents and the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry, led by Mike Algrunn, associate professor of economics at the University of South
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More SD teachers retiring, fewer recruited

Posted: Monday, Feb 20th, 2017
MITCHELL (AP), Statistics from the South Dakota Department of Education show that most of the state's teachers are nearing retirement at a faster pace than first-year teachers are being recruited.
The statistic has some educators wondering if the South Dakota Legislature's 2016 move to boost teacher pay came soon enough, The Daily Republic reported.
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SD’s vehicle fatality rate among lowest in nation

Posted: Monday, Feb 20th, 2017
PIERRE, South Dakota had the nation's fourth lowest motor vehicle fatality rate in 2016, according to a national organization.
The National Safety Council says in its annual report released last week that the number of motor-vehicle deaths in the United States during 2016 totaled 40,200, an increase of 6 percent. But South Dakota's 116 traffic fatalities was a decrease
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Habitat heads indoors

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
BROOKINGS, When A Brush with Kindness started, it tackled outside home fixes. Now Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity is expanding the program to include minor inside home repairs, according to Dan McColley, executive director of Habitat.
"A Brush with Kindness was designed to be an external home painting project, initially," McColley said.
It started years ago as a partnership between
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Wet spring ahead?

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Wetter-than-average conditions are expected across South Dakota through the spring, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's Climate Outlook released Feb. 16.  
"Beginning in March, the outlook shows an increased probability of wetter-than-average conditions, especially in western and central South Dakota," said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension state climatologist.
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DSU students learn to think like a hacker

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
MADISON (AP), Cybersecurity is a lot like the common cold.
There's no cure for either, but there are ways to combat both.
"Security is all about layers," said Sam Coome, a 23-year-old Dakota State University graduate student.
At a time when Russian hackers, WikiLeaks and threats of cyber-warfare make national headlines daily, those layers of security are critical.
And the
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Hartmann gets grooming

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
BROOKINGS, "I love to help people; it's just one of my passions," said Sarita Hartmann.
She's chosen to help people by taking care of their pets at her new business, All Creatures Small and Great, located at 312 Main Ave. S. in Brookings, in a space she shares with Heartland Veterinary Clinic.
Hartmann does grooming for dogs and cats, but
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Fertilizer distribution facility opens in Brookings

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Fertilizer manufacturer and distributor Midwestern BioAg has announced the opening of its newest distribution facility in Brookings.
Midwestern BioAg, based in Wisconsin, focuses on helping growers increase soil health as a lasting way to increase crop yields.
The 12,000-square-foot facility, an existing facility that Midwestern BioAg is renting, is on Second Street South in Brookings.
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SD bill inspired by unflattering teacher memes passes panel

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
PIERRE (AP), Parents in South Dakota may need to mind their phones in schools if a bill banning pictures and videos of unsuspecting teachers passes the Legislature.
The House Education Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would make it a Class 2 misdemeanor for non-students to use electronic listening or recording devices in classrooms.
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SD House panel passes bill on industrial hemp

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota residents who pass background checks and get a license from the state agriculture department would be allowed to cultivate industrial hemp under a measure a House panel approved Thursday.
The Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted 9-2 to approve the plan, which now heads to the full chamber for consideration. Supporter Rep. Elizabeth May, a Republican,
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Suspicious person report was hoax

Modified: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
BROOKINGS -- A report of a stranger trying to lure a boy into his van earlier this week was a false report, according to the Brookings County Sheriff's Office.
"Through further investigation, it has been determined that the incident reported on Tuesday the 14th of February, near the Volga school, didn't happen and that it was a false report," said
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Time for reform?

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Thanks to approval from the Brookings School Board Monday night, a new pilot program called Mass Customized Learning for Young Learners will come to Medary Elementary in a limited fashion during the 2017-2018 school year.
"(In) the Industrial Age, everything was about mass producing, how can you do that most efficiently," Medary Principal Jessica Enderson said, explaining the
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Niemeyer files for another term on council

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Ope Niemeyer is running for his third term on the Brookings City Council and filed his petitions for re-election Feb. 3.
Niemeyer was elected to his first term six years ago and is running again because "I've enjoyed what I've done. I felt it was important that somebody that has a business, that they be involved in the city
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North Dakota pipeline protest spurs South Dakota legislation

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
PIERRE (AP), Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office is pursuing legislation to make it clear that the governor's emergency response powers apply to destructive protests, create new trespassing penalties and make it a crime to obstruct highways based on lessons North Dakota learned from large demonstrations over the Dakota Access pipeline last year.
Officials including Daugaard have talked with Gov. Doug Burgum's
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Love’s in the air at Medary

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Medary Elementary kindergarteners in Katlyn Nemitz's classroom celebrated Valentine's Day with bingo, candy and a whole lot of love on Tuesday.
Bryan Rodriguez Justiniano was asked, who or what do you love most? "My dad is my Valentine. Candy is my favorite part," he answered, offering the sign language symbol for "I love you."
Daniela Leon, Tanner Norris and
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South Main Fire Station bids approved

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
BROOKINGS, The Brookings City Council approved the low bid to construct the South Main Avenue Fire Station, but could add in-floor heating later.
"Twelve very competitive bidders," said City Manager Jeff Weldon.
The council approved the base bid and bids on alternatives 2-7 from Clark Drew Construction, which submitted a base bid of $1.22 million, plus bids for the alternatives.
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BCSD: Boy offered a ride by a stranger

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
VOLGA, A man tried to convince a boy to accept a ride with him, but the boy ran away and authorities are searching for the man, according to Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring of the Brookings County Sheriff's Office.
The parents of the 12-year-old boy reported at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday that their son was approached by a man in an older
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SD sues former 4-H Foundation

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
RAPID CITY (AP), A 54-year-old fundraising partnership benefiting 4-H in South Dakota has deteriorated into a lawsuit by state government against a private charity.
The South Dakota Board of Regents, the South Dakota State University Foundation and the state of South Dakota are suing the organization formerly known as the South Dakota 4-H Foundation.
The suit was filed Dec. 21 in
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South Dakota tries to limit outsiders' money in initiatives

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
PIERRE (AP), Top South Dakota Republicans are moving to stem the flow of out-of-state money into its ballot question campaigns after millions of dollars poured in last fall seeking to influence a long list of voter initiatives.
An amendment to South Dakota's bill set to be considered in committee Wednesday would limit ballot question campaigns to $100,000 in out-of-state contributions
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Local woman wins $500K

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Patricia Meyer of Broookings claimed the last $500,000 top prize in the Money, Money, Money scratch game at the Sioux Falls Lottery office on Feb. 7.
Meyer purchased her winning ticket at Schoon's Pump N Pak South on Main Avenue in Brookings.
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SDSU lab studies brittle portion of polar ice cores

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
BROOKINGS, Analyzing the kinds and quantities of chemicals trapped in accumulating polar snow can help scientists identify and study global climate change.
Figuring out the age of ice layers is a critical part of any ice core research, according to South Dakota State University chemistry professor Jihong Cole-Dai.
He leads the SDSU Ice Core and Environmental Chemistry Lab,
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Open Budget Brookings live demo planned

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
BROOKINGS, The City of Brookings released Open Budget Brookings on Monday, allowing citizens to view the city's financial data online.
"Open Budget Brookings is a part of the city's ongoing efforts to be transparent to our taxpayers and encourage public engagement in their municipal government," City Manager Jeff Weldon said. "This tool will allow individuals the ability to investigate
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Judge denies request to halt Dakota Access pipeline work

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP), A federal judge on Monday refused to stop construction on the last stretch of the Dakota Access pipeline, which is progressing much faster than expected and could be operational in as little as 30 days.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled after an hourlong hearing that as long as oil isn't flowing through the pipeline, there is no
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