Business Development

Interstate Batteries breaks ground in Arlington’s Industrial Park

By: South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development It was a two-fold celebration yesterday in Arlington, South Dakota, when Interstate Batteries broke ground on its new facility. The commemorative ceremony was held in conjunction with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the industrial park as the community announced the opening of additional acres for development. “The…

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Brazilian jiu-jitsu comes to Brookings

By: John Kubal, The Brookings Register Think martial arts and you’re likely to think they’re Asian in origin. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is sort-of Asian in origin, but it’s a different martial art in its own right. And now it’s found a home in Brookings. Cary Bingham, 37, recently opened No Illusions Martial Arts, a BJJ academy,…

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Kool Beans opening shop

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register Kurt Osborne is no stranger to a good cup of coffee. Already known locally for his work as co-owner of Kool Beans Coffee, a coffee roasting business run out of his garage, Osborne and Kool Beans co-owner Joy Nelson are ready for the next step: a coffee shop, called…

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Construction begins on Jo-Ann Fabrics store

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register Construction is well underway to renovate a space at the University Mall for a new Jo-Ann Fabrics store in Brookings. The front façade of the space between Dollar Tree and Profile by Sanford was off the building this week, with contractors working on the site. According to the City…

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Mayor’s State of the City – City Thrives, Room for Growth

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register Brookings is thriving but still needs to work on some areas, said Mayor Keith Corbett in his first State of the City address at the Brookings City Council meeting Tuesday. He said putting together the State of the City message was a little more complicated than usual since Brookings…

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Entrepreneurs open area’s only full-care equine stable

By: Vicki Schuster, The Brookings Register Two local entrepreneurs have taken their combined 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and have opened a special five-star hotel. But this one isn’t for people. It’s for horses. Both tired of the corporate world, Adam Welch-Hagemann, a former assistant restaurant manager, and RJ Welch-Hagemann, a former…

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Governor pays a visit to SGS Brookings

By: SGS Brookings SGS Brookings hosted South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and other local and state officials on July 17, as part of the Capital for a Day program. During the visit, the governor and first lady toured the company’s new 68,000 square foot laboratory, seeing first-hand the work that SGS does to support the…

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Woodworker Carving Out a Second Career

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register In a quiet shed out in rural Volga, Larry Ust is right at home among the piles of lumber awaiting his attention. Out here, away from hustle and bustle, he can pluck away at a piece of pine or saw some cedar down to size in relative comfort. Planks…

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Coding Bootcamp for Girls at SDSU

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register There’s a push to get more girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math, and that’s exactly what Code Bootcamp at South Dakota State University is doing by offering all-girls camps on how to write video games. “It’s good that we offer these programs to have them be able…

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Big Ideas Come From The Smallest Places

By: Kristi Larsen, BEDC Marketing Director Over 25 kids participating in Kid-Preneur Pop-up Market on Crazy Days When Rhys Heiberger’s mom told him she would not buy him a fidget spinner, the 9-year-old from Brookings, S.D. took matters into his own hands, literally, and built one. Now he is sharing his unique version with others…

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