- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - A cast-iron bell that used to ring in the first Brookings High School more than 100 years ago has finally come home.

The Brookings Register reports (https://bit.ly/167iKnV) that the school bell, which was likely made in the late 1800s, was returned recently by a Beverly Bergman, who lives in White. Bergman said her husband had purchased the bell that once hung in the town’s original high school at an auction 50 years ago.

Brookings School District Superintendent Roger DeGroot says the school is still deciding what to do with bell, but said they’ll likely refurbish it. The bell has become severely rusted over the decades.

DeGroot says he’ll be talking with school officials about building a display for newly discovered piece of history.

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Information from: Brookings Register, https://www.brookingsregister.com/

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