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Brookings Marketplace project re-starts after referendum

The site of the proposed Brookings Marketplace development near Interstate 29 exit 132 in Brookings.
BROOKINGS — Efforts to develop 10 acres of Brookings Marketplace land are back in full swing after an endorsement from voters in Jan. 30 special election, but the process took a bit longer than …

Council canvass finds big ‘undervote’ in Brookings

Voters were making their choices for Brookings City Council on Tuesday at Bethel Baptist Church, 714 17th Ave. S., one of three voting locations in the city.
BROOKINGS — While the official canvass of the April 9 municipal election on Tuesday night by the Brookings City Council turned up no shocking revelations, there were a few interesting tidbits. …

South Dakota offering millions in grants to nursing homes

A patient sits with a practitioner who is using a remote health work station through the Avel eCare telemedicine system.
To the uninitiated, taking a sick resident of a nursing home to a hospital or emergency room might not seem like a big deal. But those trips can be brutal for elderly patients and facility staff …

Frustrated farmers rebelling against EU rules as far right stokes the flames

Farmer's Defense Force vice president Jos Ubels poses for a portrait at his farm in Anderen, Northern Netherlands, on March 18. Ubels feels that everything from overbearing bureaucrats insisting when farmers should sow or harvest, imposing excessive restrictions on fertilizer and manure use and unfair international competition condoned by the European Union have created a potent mix that has driven him away from mainstream politics.
ANDEREN, Netherlands — Inside the barn on the flat fields of the northern Netherlands , Jos Ubels cradles a newborn Blonde d'Aquitaine calf, the latest addition to his herd of over 300 dairy …

This ancient snake in India might have been longer than a school bus and weighed a ton

This image provided by researchers in April shows views of some of the vertebrae of Vasuki indicus, a newly discovered extinct snake from about 47 million years ago, estimated to reach nearly 50 feet long. The scale bar at the center of each row showing rotated views of an individual vertebra indicates almost 2 inches.
WASHINGTON — A ancient giant snake in India might have been longer than a school bus and weighed a ton, researchers reported Thursday. Fossils found near a coal mine revealed a snake that …
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South Dakota State faculty, student win awards at Central States Communication Association conference

BROOKINGS — Two faculty members and one graduate student in the School of Communication and Journalism at South Dakota State University received recognition at Central States Communication …

Master gardener donating 50 apple trees to Brookings-area youth

BROOKINGS — A Brookings-area master gardener is donating 50 apple trees to local youth for the fourth annual Fruitful Children Project. The project is sponsored by SDSU Extension Master …

Brookings-area calendar for April 20-26, 2024

Read all about what Brookings-area groups have planned in the days ahead.

South Dakota State students cap off colon cancer campaign

BROOKINGS — A donation of toilet paper and paper towels to local nonprofits is a fitting way for public relations students at South Dakota State University to finish the semester strong. For …
The SDSU Archives and Special Collections now house the index of about 8,000 cards compiled by the late Bob Bartling.

Preserving history: SDSU archivist collects, holds thousands of material items

BROOKINGS — “Our main goal is to collect history, preserve it and make it available.” For Michele Christian, archivist and special collections librarian for South Dakota State …

South Dakota State to present ‘James & the Giant Peach’

BROOKINGS — South Dakota State University Theatre and Dance will bring a popular children’s story to life with its production of “James and the Giant Peach.” Performance …
Obituaries
Jack Hegerfeld
Harold ‘Jack’ Hegerfeld
Harold Elroy (Jack) Hegerfeld was born on Nov. 13, 1924, on a farm northwest of Elkton to Fred and Anna Hegerfeld, and passed away at home with his family at his side on April 16, 2024. By the way, a …
Eugene Beckman
Eugene ‘Gene’ Beckman
Eugene “Gene” J. Beckman, 83, of Moline, passed away Friday April 12, 2024. A memorial service will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Moline, Illinois, on Saturday, April 20, at …
Norma Wiig
Norma Wiig
Norma A. Wiig, age 89 of Brookings passed away peacefully on Monday, April 15, at The Neighborhoods at Brookview. She was born on the family farm Jan. 5, 1935, in Sherman County, Nebraska the …
Moly Yoder
Molly Yoder
Molly Anne Yoder, age 16, of Brookings, died Friday, April 12, 2024, due to a bicycle accident. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Friday, April 19, at Bible Baptist Church in Brookings. Visitation …
Gary Voss
Gary Voss
acefully on January 12, 2024, surrounded by his loved ones, in Tremonton, Utah. He was born on April 26, 1953, in Brookings, South Dakota to Arthur Roy Voss and Esther Leona Steinberg Voss. Gary …
Local sports

Arbor Day 5K to kick off road race season

Prairie Striders Running Club kicks off its 2024 outdoor racing season with the Arbor Day 5K at the Brookings County Outdoor Adventure Center April 26.
Brookings sprinters Gus Armenta, left, Gavin Anderson, center, and LaVonte Carter, right, compete in a heat for the 100 meter dash at the Brookings Athletic Complex on Monday afternoon.
The Brookings Bobcats took home a first-place finish in two different events as they hosted a quadrangular with Sioux Falls Lincoln, Harrisburg and Aberdeen Central at the Brookings Athletic Complex on Monday afternoon.
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Sioux Valley’s Abby Axtell hits a home run during the fourth inning of a 18-3 win over Flandreau in Volga on Monday.
Sioux Valley had 13 hits and didn’t give up a hit to Flandreau on Monday as the Cossacks beat the Fliers 18-3 in four innings.
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The Brookings softball team dropped to 3-2 on the season as the Bobcats fell to Brandon Valley 5-1 on Monday night.
The Brookings boys tennis team picked up its second win of the season as it defeated Sioux Falls Roosevelt 7-2 on Saturday afternoon.
The Brookings Bobcats went 1-3 during a western road trip this weekend, falling to Rapid City Stevens and Rapid City Central on Friday night and losing to Rapid City Stevens and Douglas on Saturday afternoon.
The Sioux Valley softball team came from behind to pick up their second win of the season on Friday as the Cossacks beat Baltic 15-8.
SDSU Jackrabbits Athletics

New faces headline SDSU Spring Game

South Dakota State's Brendan Begeman runs for a 70-yard touchdown during the Jackrabbits' spring game on Saturday afternoon at the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings.
South Dakota State football held its spring game on Saturday at the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex and the offense came away with a 21-17 victory.

Gophers take down Jackrabbits in Minneapolis

South Dakota State couldn’t capitalize on some early scoring opportunities while Minnesota put the game out of reach with an eight-run fifth inning as the Golden Gophers prevailed with an 11-1, seven-inning victory Wednesday night at Siebert Field.
Former South Dakota State offensive lineman Mason McCormick gets ready to block during a game against Villanova in the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs in Brookings.

Where could the Jackrabbit standouts go in the NFL Draft?

BROOKINGS — South Dakota State’s rise as a program has led them to the top of the Football Championship Subdivision. But the Jackrabbits’ back-to-back national championships have …

South Dakota State's Ryan Olson enjoys first spring as offensive play caller

BROOKINGS — When South Dakota State takes the field on Aug. 31 against Oklahoma State the Jackrabbit offense will have someone new calling the plays. Ryan Olson has worked his way up the …

Lindsey Culver, Tori Kniesche sweep weekly awards

South Dakota State's Lindsey Culver, left, and Tori Kniesche each won Summit League weekly awards on Monday after their performances against North Dakota State over the weekend.

South Dakota State continues to reign in accolades from The Summit League as Lindsey Culver and Tori Kniesche were named the TicketSmarter Peak Performer and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the conference office on Monday. It is the second consecutive week the Jackrabbits have claimed both awards.

South Dakota State extends win streak to 14 games

South Dakota State softball swept North Dakota State over the weekend and has now won 14-straight games.

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

Wisdom always remains bargain

Life just never stops throwing you lessons out of nowhere. Sometimes a half-beat too late. I say this because I got engaged last weekend. And I solicited and received a lot of advice in the …

After studying relevant police reports, Americans Against Antisemitism issued a 2023 document noting the obvious — that rising numbers of Orthodox Jews were being assaulted in New York City. …
We may not be looking forward to the November election — the polls tell us that — but this is not a country that likes to look back. Yet at this fraught moment, it might be salubrious to …
Editor’s note: For the time being, as Gene Lyons recovers from illness, his weekly columns will be “classics” from his archive. This column originally ran on Jan. 6, 2021. My …
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Billions of cicadas are about to emerge from underground in a rare double-brood convergence
In the wake of North America’s recent solar eclipse, another historic natural event is on the horizon. From late April through June 2024, the largest brood of 13-year cicadas, known as Brood XIX, will co-emerge with a midwestern brood of 17-year cicadas, Brood XIII.
Removing PFAS from public water will cost billions and take time – here are ways to filter out some harmful ‘forever chemicals’ at home
Chemists invented PFAS in the 1930s to make life easier: Nonstick pans, waterproof clothing, grease-resistant food packaging and stain-resistant carpet were all made possible by PFAS. …
Gold vs. stocks: As both hit record highs, which is performing better for investors?
Money helps shed light on which is a better investment: gold or stocks.
Taylor Swift’s homage to Clara Bow
One track on Taylor Swift’s new album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” honors a long-celebrated, oft-miscast heroine of American feminism: actress Clara Bow. As historians of the 1920s, we’ve studied Bow’s fame and her cultural legacy.
How to turn your passion for pets into action
(BPT) - Are you passionate about pets? Whether you have a beloved animal of your own or simply appreciate all the joy pets bring to our lives, there are many ways you can turn that passion into …