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Joe Biden ends his quest for presidency

Vice President Kamala Harris embraces President Joe Biden after a speech on healthcare in Raleigh, N.C., on March 26. Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden  dropped out of  the 2024 race  for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection after a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that …

Dousing his last blaze: Brookings Fire Chief Pete Bolzer retiring Dec. 31

Brookings Fire Chief Pete Bolzer’s decades of firefighting memories will accompany him into retirement, with his last day being Dec. 31.
BROOKINGS — But for a change of heart, Brookings might never have had Fire Chief Pete Bolzer, and he might very well have become involved in a very different kind of firefighting. “I …

Former state employee accused of stealing $1.8 million from Child Protection Services

The South Dakota Department of Social Services in Pierre.
An Iowa woman who formerly worked for the South Dakota Department of Social Services is accused of stealing an estimated $1.8 million from the department’s Division of Child Protection Services …

Enjoy garden-fresh cucumbers

For the best flavor and greatest nutritional value, grow fresh-from-the-garden cucumbers.
Low in calories and versatile, cucumbers can flavor beverages, perk up a salad, served as a snack, or made into pickles. This popular vegetable is a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin K. …

Department of Health reports measles case in South Dakota

PIERRE— The Department of Health is reporting a case of measles in a South Dakota resident. An adult Pennington County resident developed a measles infection after traveling internationally. …
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60s Plus Dining menus for July 22-27, 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 July 21, 2024

Read all about what Brookings-area governing agencies have on their agendas in the week ahead.

Final community band concert set for Sunday in Brookings

This Sunday marks the last concert of the Brookings Area Community Band 2024 season at Pioneer Park. The band invites one and all to come early this Sunday for their annual brat and burger …

Pictured from left are Brookings High School adviser Kylie Cramer, Sopia Poppen, Caedman Bressler and Rotarian Larry Janssen. Not pictured are recipients Maria Quale and Andrew Sternhagen.

Brookings-area high school seniors earn scholarships from Rotary Club

Each year the Brookings Rotary Club awards six $1,000 scholarships to area high school seniors who will attend South Dakota State University. Funds for the scholarships are collected throughout …

Brookings Rotary Club installs new leadership team

Brookings Rotary Club 2024-25 President Jen Olson, above left, accepts the gavel from retiring President Michael Gonda after taking her oath of office. Her first order of business was to install …

God has given many great gifts

This past weekend I attended both a family reunion and celebrated my 45th high school class reunion. At each I experienced amazing times of deep conversations, a lot of laughter and enjoyable …
Obituaries
Doreen Smith
Doreen Smith
Doreen B (Kurtz) Smith was born Jan. 8, 1922, in Wheatland, WY, to Fred E “Fritz” and Elta L. (Kretsinger) Kurtz; she joined a 20-month old brother, Curtis; sister Elta May was born …
Virginia ‘Ginny’ Hatch
Virginia “Ginny” (Griffin) Hatch (80) passed away peacefully on July 5, 2024, in Kansas City, Missouri. Ginny was born on Sept. 3, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois to Mary and Bob Griffin. She …
Kolleen Steen
Kolleen Steen
Kolleen Steen, age 54, of Brookings, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at the Brookings Hospital. A visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at Eidsness Funeral Home in …
Franklin ‘Frank’ Hanson
Franklin “Frank” Hanson, 91, died peacefully at his home in Fairfax, Minnesota, on July 8, 2024, surrounded by his family after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial …
Ty Frederick
Ty Frederick
Ty Wesley Frederick, 34, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2024, in Sioux Falls, SD, surrounded by his loved ones. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 12, at First United Methodist …
Local sports

Brookings Bombers sweep doubleheader against Brandon Valley

The Brookings Bombers Black 14U baseball team swept a doubleheader, defeating Brandon Valley by scores of 3-0 and 10-0 on Thursday night.
BROOKINGS —The Midwest Maidens Roller Derby team from Brookings is gearing up for an intergalactic showdown as they prepare to face off against Omaha Roller Derby in their  home season …
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Colorful flags over the pool.
Nine swimmers from the Brookings Swimming Club competed at the South Dakota Long Course State B Swim Meet last weekend, placing two swimmers in the top five of their respective divisions.
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The Brookings Bandits earned a split as they rebounded from a tough 10-9 loss in Game 1 to earn a split with a 9-1 victory in the second game during a doubleheader with Watertown on Wednesday night.
The Brookings Junior Legion Chutes split a pair of games against Sioux Falls West on Wednesday night at Bob Shelden Field.
The Brookings Bombers Red 13U team dropped the first game of a doubleheader against Sioux Falls on Wednesday night but then bounced back with a 22-run victory in game two.
Two come-from-behind victories led to a doubleheader sweep for the Brookings Junior Legion Chutes in a doubleheader against Marshall on Tuesday night at Bob Shelden Field.
SDSU Jackrabbits Athletics

Five South Dakota State players who could break out in 2024

With back-to-back national championships, South Dakota State will look to stay atop the Football Championship Subdivision this fall. But unlike last year’s Jackrabbits, who were built on the same foundation that claimed the first title in school history in 2022, SDSU will rely on some new faces this upcoming season.

Summit League announces new basketball tournament schedule

Summit League Commissioner Josh Fenton announced date changes for the 2025 and 2026 Basketball Championships Wednesday. The 2025 tournaments will be held Wednesday-Sunday, March 5-9 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The 2026 tournaments will be held March 4-8.

MVFC Honor Roll features 75 Jackrabbits

A total of 75 South Dakota State football student-athletes were honored Thursday for their work in the classroom as members of the 2023 Missouri Valley Football Honor Roll.

South Dakota State's Burkhalter, Wallster named Academic All-Americans

South Dakota State’s Daniel Burkhalter and Hunter Wallster were named Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-Americans on Wednesday by College Sports Communicators. The honor recognizes student-athletes for outstanding performances in the classroom and in competition.

Five questions for South Dakota State's defense heading into football season

Adam Bock #32 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits brings down Jaden Norby #43 of the North Dakota Fighting Hawks in Brookings in a Sept. 30 game.

The South Dakota State football team will open fall camp in less than a month and with the season opener seven and a half weeks away, I decided to come up with the five questions for the Jackrabbit defense heading into the

Jackrabbit volleyball team builds chemistry during Brazil tour

The South Dakota State volleyball team poses with a Brazilian team after a match in Brazil during SDSU’s 11-day trip to Brazil in June. The Jackrabbits played both club teams and the Brazil U19 Junior National Team during the trip. The Jackrabbits traveled to Sao Paulo, Rio De Janeiro, Saquarema and Arraial do Cabo from June 11-22.

As we move past the Fourth of July, the countdown to the fall sports season begins. For the South Dakota State volleyball team, they got some season experience last month during an offseason trip to Brazil.

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

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: …

Life is kinda like a corrugated, washboard ranch road, I believe. You give anything enough time and experience and you’ll find that warts and scars and grooves will get worn in it. The down …
MILWAUKEE — Former President Donald Trump once privately told associates that the problem he faced selecting a running mate was that the field of potential partners did not include a no-brainer …
The recent Trump vs U.S. ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding presidential absolute immunity from criminal liability in the performance of core constitutional powers and a presumption of …
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