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New business moving into former Drake Motor Inn Building

A historic building in Watertown will get new life when Travis Mosley and Amy Kirchhevel open the Roadhouse 81 Bar and Grill on Wednesday. The bar/restaurant will be located in the building that has been known as the Drake Motor Inn for more than a half-century. The Watertown landmark, located near

WATERTOWN PUBLIC OPINION - 2018-03-24 07:45:00

WFR crews deal with third residential fire of week

Fire at the corner of Sixth Avenue SE and Fourth Street SE destroyed a garage, two cars and heavily damaged a house Friday afternoon. No one was in the house when passersby noticed flames coming from the roof of the attached garage that quickly consumed the attached structure. The southeast corner o

WATERTOWN PUBLIC OPINION - 2018-03-23 20:31:00

SDSU Students React to False Threat of Active Shooter

BROOKINGS, S.D. - It was a phone call University Police weren't expecting: "Is there a shooter on campus? We've heard a rumor." That call came in at 9:30 P.M. on Wednesday from a female student living in the Ben Reifel residence hall. Within 90 seconds, six university police officers arrived. "It w

KDLT - 2018-03-23 04:09:01

Teacher engages students with fun activities

They could choose from apple pie, chocolate pie, pumpkin pie or cherry pie. They could eat as much as they wanted, although few elected to eat more than one piece, and they shared pieces of pie with staff members throughout the school, wishing them "Happy Pi Day." "I'm a pretty structured person, so

DAILYLEADEREXTRA.COM - 2018-03-23 22:52:00

Five receive 2018 April Brooks Woman of Distinction Awards

BROOKINGS, S.D. - March 22, 2018 - The 2018 April Brooks Woman of Distinction Awards went to five women who have made an impact on campus in many ways. They were announced Thursday afternoon at the annual tea and award presentation that was held in the University Student Union's Campanile/Hobo Day G

SDSU COLLEGIAN - 2018-03-23 16:28:55

Sorbe elected SGA president at USD

VERMILLION - Brookings native Josh Sorbe was elected University of South Dakota Student Government Association president in late February, with record high voter turnout. Sorbe is a sophomore at USD studying political science and economics. His term as president lasts for one year. As president, So

BROOKINGS REGISTER - 2018-03-23 15:01:11

DSU: No staff helped Rounds team identify Twitter attackers

MADISON, S.D. (AP) - Dakota State University says no faculty worked with now-Sen. Mike Rounds' 2014 campaign to identify who was behind anonymous Twitter accounts that attacked Rounds during the Republican primary. The university released the statement Friday after the Argus Leader reported on email

WASHINGTON TIMES - 2018-03-23 22:50:52

South Dakota State researcher to serve on Landsat Science team

BROOKINGS, S.D. - March 23, 2018 - South Dakota State University Professor David Roy, a senior scientist at the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence, was selected to serve on the 2018-2023 Landsat Science team following an international competition sponsored by the U. S. Department of Interior U

SDSU COLLEGIAN - 2018-03-23 17:53:21

Watertown man gets 50 years in fatal shooting

WATERTOWN - A Watertown man received a sentence Wednesday of 50 years, with 10 years suspended, for fatally shooting a 17-year-old recent Watertown High School graduate in June. In front of a packed courtroom at the Codington County Courthouse, Third Judicial Circuit Court Judge Carmen Means imposed


Brookings, Mitchell take top honors at state ProStart

MITCHELL - Teams of students from Brookings High School and Mitchell CTE are headed to a national competition in Providence, Rhode Island, April 27-29 after taking top honors in the 11th annual South Dakota ProStart Invitational. Brookings High School took first place in the management division, whi


Pipestone man convicted of credit card fraud

Mark James Surdezsmith, 22, of Pipestone, was convicted of credit card fraud, a gross misdemeanor. He received a stay of imposition and was placed on one year probation, successful completion of which will result in a misdemeanor conviction. He must also pay $85 in fines, surcharges and fees. Acco


Items stolen from vehicles, pub crawl generates arrests

BROOKINGS - Items were stolen from two vehicles Sunday and the annual pub crawl generated the expected alcohol-related arrests this weekend, according to the Brookings Police. The thefts were reported at 9:42 a.m. Sunday and occurred in the 1800 block of Oriole Trail, Assistant Chief Derrick Powers


Tiny house movement hits Pipestone

A proposed tiny home development received an informal nod by the Pipestone Planning Commission last Wednesday evening. "Tiny houses are a big thing all over the country right now," said Doug Fortune, Pipestone building and zoning director, and for Pipestone, it would be a first. A home that's 400


Bloody day in Syria for women and children on Mother's Day

BEIRUT (AP) - In one of the deadliest attacks in the Syrian capital in the country's seven-year civil war, at least 44 people, most of them women and children, were killed when insurgents fired mortar shells on a busy market in Damascus, state media said Wednesday. In another bloody scene, an airstr


BHS band students safe after collision

BROOKINGS - Brookings High School students were safe and sound with no injuries after a pickup truck failed to stop at a stop sign, striking the door of the bus they were riding in early Sunday morning. The BHS drumline students had been at a marching competition held Saturday at Dassel-Cokato High


New population estimates: Hughes County half a point up; Stanley County slips by a half point

Based on new estimated figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau at midnight Thursday, South Dakota appears to be continuing a geographic pattern of increasing population in some areas, surrounded by areas that are decreasing. Percentage-wise, the top 10 South Dakota counties for estimated growth s


Rutland opt-out fails - Daily Leader Extra : Top Stories

The Rutland School District's request for a $330,000, five-year opt-out was defeated by a 10-vote margin on Tuesday. The district's $250,000 opt-out expires this year. In recent years, the district has increased enrollment, cut expenses and sold the Rambler Stop in an effort to be fiscally responsib


Papendick: Rocking back in time with the sounds from classic bands

It is always fun to go back in time. I recently did that in Brookings by attending a concert by the classic rock bands Styx and REO Speedwagon. Don Felder, who spent 27 years with another group of classic rockers - The Eagles - performed as well. I was joined at the Swiftel Center by several thousan


Fire station to be dedicated

BROOKINGS - The City of Brookings will officially dedicate its new South Main Avenue Fire Station located at 319 26th St. S. on April 5. The public is welcome to attend the dedication and open house from 5-7 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and official dedication program at 6 p.m. Designed by JLG Archite


Brookings is first South Dakota city to enact comprehensive LGBTQ-inclusive ordinance

BROOKINGS, S.D. (KSFY) - Brookings has become the first city in South Dakota to enact a comprehensive LGBTQ-inclusive ordinance. The ordinance expands the Brookings Human Rights Commission's authority to include investigating and resolving complaints of discrimination on the basis of gender identit