Community Development

Affordable housing shortage at ‘a breaking point’

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register Digging into Brookings’ affordable housing shortage brought to light a bunch of things for Councilor Patty Bacon. She presented the findings of the Brookings Affordable Housing Task Force to the Brookings City Council this week. The Brookings Affordable Housing Task Force’s final 23-page report, dated Oct. 12, is available…

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New mixed-use center planned for 6th St

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register The Brookings City Council has approved a rezoning and an initial development plan, with some minor changes, for The Lofts at Park Hill. The four-story, mixed-use building will bring stores and apartments to Sixth Street at 12th Avenue. The building and its parking lot will cover about half the…

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Maker Studio opening at Children’s Museum

By: Children’s Museum of South Dakota Following a summer of research and prototyping, a Maker Studio is opening at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Designed for making, inventing, tinkering and creativity, the space will offer those age 5 and older a place to collaborate and learn new skills. The studio will be open Tuesdays…

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Wokini Initiative receives $4.1 million in commitments

By: SDSU Marketing & Communications South Dakota State University President Barry H. Dunn announced today $4.1 million from two separate commitments to support the Wokini Initiative. An anonymous donor has committed $4 million to the construction of a new American Indian Student Center on campus and another $100,000 to scholarships for students of the Lakota,…

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SDSU Local Foods Education Center to open Oct. 7

By: SDSU Extension iGrow The grand opening of the South Dakota State University Local Foods Education Center is set for 1 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 7. A program and ribbon cutting will kick off the event, followed by a pumpkin rush from 1:30-3 p.m., when children of all ages are invited to pick and take…

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Vision Brookings named finalist for $15,000 Strong Communities Award

VOTE FOR BROOKINGS taking place Sept. 18-22 The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines) is excited to announce that the Vision Brookings initiative has been selected as one of seven Strong Communities Award finalists vying for the opportunity to receive $15,000. First Bank & Trust (FBT), a FHLB Des Moines member…

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Bike trail opens at Dakota Nature Park

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register A new bike trail will open this weekend and it’s specifically designed for mountain bikes, said Curt Kabris, president of Brookings Mountain Bike Association. The grand opening is set from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Dakota Nature Park. There will be food, tents, demo rides and tours,…

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Fall Scavenger Hunt for new residents to be held Sept. 17

The Brookings newcomer program, Beyond Connections, will host a Fall Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 2 – 4 p.m. The goal of this event is to welcome residents in a fun way while providing them the opportunity to learn more about their new community. Participants will start at Café Coteau in the Children’s…

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Second Annual Maker Festival to be held Sept. 27

Family-friendly “Show and Tell” event is free for makers and the public. Do you consider yourself a do-it-yourselfer? Do you enjoy building, inventing, making, problem-solving and experimenting? Share your talents and inspire others at the second annual Maker Festival on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Kidoodle Way, in front of…

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Arts Council’s grand opening set for Sept. 30

By: Brookings Arts Council Hundreds of 6×6-inch works of art will be available for purchase at the third bi-annual 6-Squared Fundraiser and public grand opening on Sept. 30 at the Brookings Arts Council, 524 Fourth St. “This free event will bring artists and art lovers together for a fun and exciting visual art event in…

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