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Two businesses fail alcohol checks

BROOKINGS — A pair of local businesses failed alcohol sales compliance checks by the Brookings Police Department on May 16. The Wild Hare in downtown Brookings and the Lanes bar at the …

Noem doubles down on cartel comments

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is now banned from entering nearly 20 percent of her state after two more tribes banished her last week over comments she made earlier this year about tribal leaders benefitting from drug cartels.
PIERRE — At the end of a week in which two more tribal nations voted to ban her from their lands, Gov. Kristi Noem called on tribal leaders to partner with state law enforcement to battle drug …

Brookings County Museum opening for summer

The Brookings County Museum in Volga will open for the summer this weekend.
VOLGA — The Brookings County Museum in Volga will open for the summer on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Shirley Deethardt of Aurora, president of the Brookings County Historical …

South Dakota Chamber Winds to debut with two performances

BROOKINGS — The South Dakota Chamber Winds has announced its inaugural season, with a woodwind festival planned for later this month. The group’s performances happen in the heart of …

The sky is the limit for the drone technology

A student attempts to fly a drone through an obstacle during “Drone Day” at South Dakota State University.
BROOKINGS — Students and faculty at South Dakota State University with support from Lake Area Technical College participated in the second annual “Drone Day” on the SDSU campus …
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Volga's Jacob Post earns Brookings County Farm Bureau scholarship

Jacob Post of Volga has been awarded the $500 Brookings County Farm Bureau Scholarship for 2024. Post is a student at Sioux Valley High School and is very active in FFA, serving as treasurer and …

There is no prescription for grief

As unique is our loss is as unique is our grief. What do we do when one day we can smile, laugh, and look back at memories with fondness and thankfulness for the life we shared with our loved one; …

Responsive parenting classes set for June

BROOKINGS — The Child and Family Resource Network at South Dakota State University will hold four parenting classes throughout June to focus on helping parents discover what their …

Ornamental and edible gardens and containers are fantastic

Boost the flavor and beauty of your landscape by adding a few ornamental edible plants to your garden beds and containers. Look for opportunities to substitute ornamental vegetables, fruit, herbs, …

60s Plus Dining menus for May 20-25, 2024

Read all about what's on the menu in Brookings, Bruce and Elkton in the days ahead.

Brookings-area agendas for the week starting May 19, 2024

Read all about what Brookings-area governing agencies have on their agendas in the week head.
Obituaries
Robert Bertelsen
Robert ‘Bob’ Bertelsen
Robert “Bob” Bertelsen, 62, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2024, at his residence in Volga, SD. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at First Lutheran …
Jerome Toutges
Jerome Toutges
Jerome Lee Toutges, 76, of Hot Springs, SD and formerly of Brookings, died Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial …
Victoria Nissen
Victoria J. Nissen
Victoria J. Nissen, 69, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at the Select Specialty Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, surrounded by her family. A Celebration of Life will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 …
Gary Christensen
Gary Christensen, age 42, died peacefully on Friday, May 17, 2024 surrounded by his family and close friends at Sanford USD Medical Center. A celebration of Gary’s Life will be held at 2 p.m. …
Joyce M. Vincent
Joyce M. Vincent, age 98, of Erwin, SD, passed away to meet the Lord at Jenkin’s Living Center in Watertown, SD.
Local sports

Bobcats prepare for SoDak 16 matchup against Watertown

The Brookings Bobcats (10-7) will open their state playoff run with a SoDak 16 matchup against Watertown (10-9) at the Southbrook Softball Complex at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Sioux Valley’s Abby Axtell pitches during a 9-2 win over Oldham-Ramona-Rutland on May 14 in Volga. The Cossacks host Elk Point-Jefferson on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the SoDak 16.
Sioux Valley will be the No. 7 seed in the Class A Softball SoDak 16 on Tuesday and the Cossacks will be welcoming the No. 10 seeded Elk-Point Jefferson Huskies to Volga.
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No Illusion Martial Arts competitors Rebella Raatz (left), Genesis Ramsey (center) and Kadin Thompson (right) stand on the podium during a competition at Grappling Industries in Omaha, Neb. on Saturday afternoon.
No Illusions Martial Arts, a jiu-jitsu school based out of Brookings, competed in a competition at Grappling Industries on Saturday afternoon. Three kids and one adult competed at the event and No Illusions earned a third place team medal.
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Rhett Zelinsky drove in three runs and the Brookings Cubs used three pitchers to throw a no-hitter to a 14-0 win over the Volga Cormorants at Bob Shelden Field on Sunday evening.
The Brookings softball team wrapped up the regular season with three games in the west side of the state over the weekend. The Bobcats headed back east with two wins and finished with a record of 9-7.
The Brookings boys’ tennis team finished in 12th place in the State Tournament in Sioux Falls on Friday.
The Brookings Bobcats were swept in a best-of-three regional series in the SDHSBA Playoffs, falling to the Sioux Falls Roosevelt Rough Riders by scores of 3-1 on Friday night and 5-4 on Saturday afternoon at Bob Shelden Stadium.
SDSU Jackrabbits Athletics

28 Jackrabbits earn All-Summit League honors

South Dakota State was recognized with 28 student-athletes—13 women and 15 men—on the 2024 Summit League Outdoor Track and Field All-League teams, league officials announced Wednesday.
South Dakota State's Dylan Driessen pitches in the sixth inning against Omaha on Saturday afternoon.

SDSU drops two of three to Omaha, fails to make Summit League Tournament

South Dakota State failed to make the Summit League Tournament after losing two of three games to Omaha this weekend.

Jackrabbits 10-run ruled by Mavericks at Erv Huether Field

South Dakota State’s conference tournament hopes took another hit on Thursday afternoon as the Jackrabbits fell to Omaha 16-6 in eight innings at Erv Huether Field.

Jackrabbits release 2024 volleyball schedule

The South Dakota State volleyball team has announced its schedule for the upcoming 2024 season. The Jackrabbits’ slate features four non-conference tournaments before getting into Summit League action.

Jackrabbits fall to Mavericks in Summit League title game

South Dakota State's Jocelyn Carrillo jumps and catches a ball at the wall during a 7-0 loss to Omaha in the Summit League Tournament championship game on Saturday in Brookings.

For the second straight season the South Dakota State softball team came up short in the Summit League championship game as the Jackrabbits lost two games to Omaha on Saturday.

Carrillo's home run lifts SDSU to championship

South Dakota State's Rozelyn Carrillo celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against Omaha in the Summit League Tournament on Friday afternoon in Brookings. SDSU won the game 2-1.

South Dakota State is one step closer to its goal of getting to the NCAA Tournament as the Jackrabbits beat Omaha 2-1 in the Summit League Tournament on Friday afternoon.

Police report
Read all about recent cases handled by circuit and magistrate courts in Brookings County.
Read all about recent incidents handled by personnel at the Brookings Police Department.
Opinion

Say, while we're discussing dogs...

Since completing my last marathon in San Antonio in 1990, I never again ran any long distance races. I did, however, run one of the legs of the Longest Day Marathon and the Jack 15 in those long-ago …

While we are all guilty of celebrating the unofficial start of summer and encouraging each other to “have a good weekend,” it is important to remember the reason for the holiday: Memorial …
I wasn’t planning on a visit to Spain. But if I had been, I might have changed my mind after reading a recent article about Madrid. Last year they were suffering from extreme heat. During the …
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has been on a roll of sorts lately, although it’s probably been the worst kind of roll possible for a politician. Details in her new book — such as …
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Wildfire smoke is back – fires burning across Canada are already triggering US air quality alerts in the Midwest and Plains
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7 things your dog wants you to know about separation anxiety
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Is AI as capable as humans? Here's how far artificial intelligence has come.
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