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NEW: Seven fire departments battle million dollar fire near Elkton

BROOKINGS, S.D.–A costly fire in Brookings County Wednesday afternoon that was fought by seven area fire departments. The sheriff’s department says a fire broke out just after 2:00 p.m. at 48312 216th Street, which is just a few miles northwest of Elkton. Fire departments from Aurora, Elkton, White,...
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Update on large Elkton fire

BROOKINGS, S.D. ( — A costly fire in Brookings County Wednesday afternoon was fought by seven area fire departments. The sheriff’s department says a fire broke out just after 2:00 p.m. at 48312 216th Street, which is just a few miles northwest of Elkton. Fire departments from Aurora,...
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Fire near Elkton has city asking residents to not use outside water

ELKTON, S.D. ( — Several fire departments are battling a fire west of Elkton, South Dakota. The City of Elkton is asking residents to conserve water and not do outside watering. Fire departments are using Elkton’s water to fill the tanker trucks to fight the fire.

Here’s why a driver may get pulled over in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — There’s at least a few thousand people driving in South Dakota cities without a driver’s license. Tickets for no driver’s license rank in the top five of traffic citations in the five most populous cities. In 2021, the Sioux Falls Police...

Businesses Fail Alcohol Compliance Checks

The Brookings Police Department conducts a series of alcohol compliance checks on local business over the past couple weeks. According to Detective Adam Smith, fifteen local business were checked — five of those business failed the check and sold alcohol to an underage buyer. The business failing the alcohol compliance check were: Caseys on Sixth Street, Guadalajara’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, HyVee Gas, and the North Pump n Pack.

New Beginnings Birth Center Nursery Named in Honor of Isaac Scot Hemmestad

On June 28 representatives from Brookings Health System and Team Isaac gathered to dedicate New Beginnings Birth Center’s nursery in honor of Isaac Scot Hemmestad, the son of Team Isaac founders Jason and Amber Hemmestad. The Isaac Scot Nursery recognizes the funds given to Brookings Health System Foundation by Team Isaac.

Construction begins on phase one of DSU Sports Complex

Dakota State University announced a master plan in 2018 to build a new sports complex, starting with an outdoor track and soccer field, to be followed by an events center and football field. Now, more than four years later, construction has begun on phase one of the plan.

Don’t miss the Brookings Summer Art Festival!

One of the best things about life in KELOLAND is that after we all emerge from our forced winter hibernation, we can’t wait to get out there and have some fun outside. With the halfway point of summer nearly here, it’s time to start planning to get the most fun out under the sun while the warmer temperatures are still here. A summertime tradition for many people is the Brookings Summer Arts Festival, which takes place July 9th and 10th. Shari Budahl Avery is this year’s publicity chairperson for the event, which includes hundreds of artists and thousands of visitors to Pioneer Park in Brookings. She stopped by to tell us more about all of the things you’re going to want to taste, see and buy as you take in all the fun at the Brookings Summer Arts Festival next weekend.

Maridee Dossett and Misty Larson Win Coach of the Year Awards

The winners of the South Dakota High School Association Coach of the Year awards for the 2021-22 year were announced earlier today. Madison High School’s Maridee Dossett was named as Gymnastics Coach of the Year for 2021-22. Misty Larson from Chester Area High School was named the Boy’s Track and Field Coach of the Year. Larson was also a nominee for the Girl’s Track and Field Coach of the Year.

I-29 Bridge Construction – Update

Construction on the 20th Street interchange bridge on I-29 near Brookings moves into phase two this Tuesday, July 5th. The State Department of Transportation says two-way traffic through the I-29 construction zone will be adjusted to the northbound lanes from two miles north of Exit 127 to just south of Exit 132. Currently, two-way traffic uses the southbound lanes through the area.

Police: Brookings man in custody after injury hit-and-run

BROOKINGS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Authorities report an arrest was made after an injury hit-and-run accident took place in Brookings. According to the Registrar, Brookings officers responded to reports of an accident at 6:12 p.m. on Friday. A black 2016 Ram 2500 was leaving a Casey’s parking lot when it hit a 2022 gray Honda CRV on Orchard Drive. The Ram then struck a boulder in the Biomat USA parking lot which damaged the Biomat USA building. Witnesses say the Ram then left the scene, speeding down Orchard Drive.

Ruthton’s July 4 celebration around the corner

Ruthton’s Buffalo Ridge Civic Organization (BRCO) is gearing up for the annual July 4th celebration on Sunday, July 3 through Monday, July 4. Festivities will kick off at 10 a.m with church in the park, with coffee and rolls available. Monday will feature the parade starting at 11 a.m., followed by a free will donation lunch in the park. The meal will include hamburgers and hot dogs grilled by the Pipestone County Cattlemen Association. Chips, cookies, condiments, water and all plates and utensils are being donated by the BRCO. Attendees are welcome to bring their own meals and picnic in the park as well, but there will be no community potluck. At 12:30 p.m. registration will open for the kiddie tractor pull, and the event will start at 1 p.m. Other activities taking place on Sunday include a car show, petting zoo, bingo, a sand money pit and bean bag tournament sponsored by Ruthton firemen.

A’s succumb to Redbirds in seven

As the dog days of summer often wreak havoc on natural flora and fauna, so too they often aid in withering the passion and commitment of amateur baseball players. Such was the case Wednesday evening in Luverne, where a skeleton crew of Pipestone A’s players were simply no match for the hosting Redbirds. Scoring early and often, and using the long ball to their advantage, the Redbirds dispatched the A’s in seven frames, 16-0, to move to within two games of the Milroy Irish in the Gopher League standings.

Fundraising has begun for new senior center/food shelf

The effort has begun to raise funds for a new building that will house the Pipestone Senior Center, Pipestone County Area Food Shelf and Meals on Wheels/Lutheran Social Services. A kickoff event was held in May and so far about $76,000 has been raised toward the $650,000 goal, according to...

Stoffel Commits to South Dakota State

MOSINEE (Wisc.) WJFW- Sunday, Mosinee athlete Davin Stoffel announced his commitment to play football at South Dakota State University. Stoffel, a three-sport athlete, doesn't just play tight end for the Mosinee football team. He also plays wide receiver and linebacker. However, Stoffel said that he will just be playing tight end for the Jackrabbits, a decision he made during recruitment.

Madison woman’s artwork purchased for state collection

A Madison woman has had her artwork selected for the state’s public art collection. The South Dakota Arts Council purchased thirteen new pieces for the state’s public art collection through the Art for State Buildings program. One of the pieces is from artist Angela Behrends of Madison. Hers is a mixed media sculpture called “Buffaloed”.