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High-speed chase leads to Bruce man’s arrest

BROOKINGS COUNTY — A man from Bruce is facing charges following a high-speed pursuit early Friday morning that included an attempt to ram a deputy’s vehicle. Travis Page, 45, was …

Rural areas in South Dakota lack health care access, leading to poor results

The small Coteau des Prairies hospital in Sisseton. It ended its OB/GYN birthing program in March, meaning women now have to drive an hour to have a hospital delivery.
Editor's note: This is the first part of a two-part series. SISSETON — All it took in spring 2024 was two small, unrelated medical service interruptions to put women’s health at risk …

Hoek trial to resume in Moody County on Thursday

Moody County Enterprise file photo from March 13 of Joseph Hoek leaving the Moody County Courthouse after being formally indicted in the death of Chief Deputy Sheriff Ken Prorock
FLANDREAU — The stage is set in Moody County for the upcoming capital murder trial of Joseph Hoek, the man accused in the hit-and-run death of Moody County Deputy Sheriff Ken Prorok. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for June 20 at 11 a.m.

New-fashion quilting bee in Brookings serves others

Wall-to-wall sewing machines and volunteers create quilts at the second annual First Lutheran quilting event.
BROOKINGS — If walls could talk, the concrete blocks of a gym built for bouncing balls would report hearing a different sound on June 15: the hum of 24 sewing machines and the chatter of 68 …

From college to State: 60 years on

USD student body president Larry Pressler, left, surrenders his trousers to SDSU student body president Mike Rafferty after the 1963 Hobo Day game. A tradition of that era is the student body president of the losing team would yield his trousers to the winning school’s student body president at midfield.
Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series looking at how South Dakota State transformed from a state college to a regional university with July 1, 1964, marking the 60th …
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Pride event in Brookings will feature local talent

BROOKINGS — All are invited to participate in the annual celebration of LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit Pride. The festival will occur at the Pioneer Park picnic shelter (south of the bandshell) on June …

Buffalo Wild Wings Foundation gives $2,000 to Brookings Boys & Girls Club

BROOKINGS — The Buffalo Wild Wings Foundation is dedicated to giving back to its communities across the country, and throughout 2024, it will donate more than $3 million to organizations that …

TSA precheck event planned in Brookings on July 15-19

BROOKINGS — With the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, reporting record numbers of airline passengers at the beginning of the summer 2024 vacation season, airports across the nation …

Prescriptions for parks

Doctors write prescriptions for medications all the time. However, have you ever heard of a doctor prescribing a walk in the park? While this prescription will not fit in a bottle, it can pack …

See art, do art, be art

BROOKINGS — Its planners and doers — Executive Director Rachel Funk and Operations Manager Eileen Binkley — at the Brookings Arts Council are noting that it’s a first-time …

Support for recreational pot may be burning out

Most South Dakotans oppose the latest attempt to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, according to a scientific poll of 500 registered voters co-sponsored by South Dakota News Watch. …
Obituaries
Leonard Rudloff
Leonard ‘Rudy’ Rudloff
Leonard Martin Rudloff, known affectionately as Rudy, aged 83, of Huron, SD, departed this life on June 14, 2024, at Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Born on March 19, 1941, in Huron, he was a son …
Gloria Krumm
Gloria Krumm
Gloria Ann Krumm was born Aug. 11, 1935, in Pipestone, MN. the daughter of Walter and Ethel (Sumption) Heldt. She peacefully passed away surrounded by family on June 14, 2024, at United Living …
Richard Platt
Richard ‘Rick’ Platt
Richard “Rick” Platt, 67, formerly of Brookings, SD. Loving husband, dad, grandpa and brother, passed away surrounded by family on May 18, 2024, after a short battle with lung cancer. …
Leola Rust
Leola Rust
Leola M. Rust, 98, died March 16, 2024, while in hospice at Bethany Lutheran Home of Sioux Falls. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at First United Methodist Church in …
Sharon Reed
Sharon Reed
Sharon Rae Reed, 84, of Artesian, South Dakota, died June 14, 2024, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, with her husband and loved ones by her side. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 …
Local sports

Brookings Swim Club hosts annual summer invitational

The Brookings Swim Club held its annual summer invitational at the Hillcrest Swimming Pool June 7 -9.
Chance Blanchette, left, and Guy English of the White Karate Club competed in the KIAI Grand Nationals in Detroit over the weekend. Blanchette came in second place in fighting in the Brown Belt Division and English came in third place in weapons in the Third Degree-Fifth Degree Black Belt Division.
The White Karate Club went to Detroit, Michigan, over the weekend to compete in the 2024 KIAI Grand Nationals.
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The Brookings Cubs were ranked fourth in Class A in the only South Dakota Amateur Baseball Poll of the 2024 season.
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The Brookings Bombers Black 14U baseball team won five games over the weekend to claim the Cubby’s Bar & Grill Classic championship.
The Brookings Bombers Red 13U baseball team reached the semifinals of the Cubby’s Bar & Grill Classic last weekend, compiling a record of 3-1 over their four games.
The Brookings Post 74 Bandits American Legion baseball team split four games at the Dakota Classic Tournament last weekend.
The Brookings Bullets went 0-4 over the weekend at the 16U Dakota Classic in Sioux Falls.
SDSU Jackrabbits Athletics

South Dakota State's Cael Frost receives All-Region recognition

Outfielder Cael Frost was honored Tuesday as a member of the 2024 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-Central Region Second Team.

Tramel Barnes returns to South Dakota State's staff

South Dakota State men’s basketball has turned to a familiar face to fill its coaching staff for the 2024-25 season as Tramel Barnes has been hired as an assistant, Jackrabbit head coach Eric Henderson said. Barnes previously served as an SDSU assistant coach from 2019-21.

Jackrabbits' Caiden Fredrick places sixth at USA Junior Championships

South Dakota State’s Caiden Fredrick placed sixth in the discus during competition at the USA Track and Field U20 Championships Wednesday night.

Reece Arbogast named to Summit League All-Academic squad

South Dakota State pitcher Reece Arbogast has been honored as a member of the 2024 Summit League Baseball All-Academic Team.

South Dakota State's trip to Oklahoma State presents a great opportunity for Jackrabbits

The South Dakota State football team prepares to run onto the field before a game against Drake at Target Field in Minneapolis on Sept. 16. SDSU opens the 2024 season on Aug. 31 against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

We’re over 10 weeks away from South Dakota State kicking off its 2024 football season, but I figured with the lull in the sports calendar now would be a good time to present the opportunity that will be in front of the Jackrabbits come Aug. 31.

Two South Dakota State football games to be televised nationally

South Dakota State announced Thursday that football games against North Dakota State and South Dakota this season will be televised on the ESPN linear networks.

South Dakota State will have back-to-back rivalry football games televised nationally on the ESPN family of networks during the upcoming 2024 season.

Police report
Read all about recent cases handled by circuit and magistrate courts in Brookings County.
Read all about recent cases handled by circuit and magistrate courts in Brookings County.
Opinion

Survival: Biden, Trump ... ‘Republic’?

Former President Donald Trump appears at Manhattan criminal court during jury deliberations in his criminal hush money trial in New York City back in May.

“A republic, if you can keep it.” Such was the response Benjamin Franklin gave to Elizabeth Willing Powel’s question about what the U.S. Constitution had brought into being: …

Is America losing its heroes? Earlier this month, on the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the country came to realize that only a few centenarians remain from the nearly 160,000 involved in the …
As a serious basketball fan, I regret to report that all this Mean Girl stuff following Caitlin Clark’s professional debut has persuaded me to return to my longstanding policy of total …
In a time when civil discourse is being broken down, government appears dysfunctional, and there is no apparent hope for American politics, I had the opportunity to attend the Western …
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