Community Development

Kids to launch businesses at community market

4th and 5th graders part of Youth Entrepreneur Program Some of the region’s youngest entrepreneurs will be showcasing their ideas and products at a community pop-up market on February 24. The event is the culmination of the inaugural Youth Entrepreneur Program (Y.E.P) which started last September. The market will take place from 9:00 a.m. to…

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SDSU grads returning to Brookings to raise families

By: Patrick Anderson, The Argus Leader Russell Halgerson and his wife wanted a place closer to their family that also fit with their vision for raising a family. They wanted somewhere with a small-town feel but big enough to have things to do on nights and weekends. Brookings was a perfect fit for the South Dakota…

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Beyond Connections announces 2018 events

The Brookings newcomer program, Beyond Connections, will host four different events in 2018. Beyond Connections is a workforce development program of Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) created to bring people together to welcome new residents, network and build relationships. “We launched this program last year and received a lot of positive feedback from new residents…

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SD population increases by 0.9 percent in 2017

By: Associated Press MITCHELL (AP) – South Dakota’s population growth last year was slightly ahead of the national rate, and better than the rates of neighboring states, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. The state’s population grew by 0.9 percent between July 2016 and July 2017, the Daily Republic reported. Nebraska’s population grew…

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More housing on the horizon at SDSU

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register Apartment building, townhomes planned for former location of SDSU family housing BROOKINGS – South Dakota State University’s plans to build new housing options for upperclassmen and graduate students continues to progress after the university presented its plans to the South Dakota Board of Regents last month. Submitting a facility…

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Community Innovation grants coming to Brookings

By: South Dakota Community Foundation PIERRE – Round 3 of the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) 2017 Community Innovation Grant program has been completed. Fifteen South Dakota nonprofits will receive grant awards, including several in the Brookings area. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the Community Innovation Grant program supports efforts to find breakthrough…

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Old-Fashioned Mercantile Store Opens in Downtown Brookings

By: John Kubal, The Brookings Register Growing up in Parkston, Lynette (Tiede) Kerlin enjoyed shopping for fabric and groceries with her mother, Verina Tiede, at “J & A Kayser, The Big Store, Parkston, South Dakota.” It would later bring back the memories and a dream to own such a store herself. And now she does:…

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Brookings Women’s Group to host first “Step Up” Conference

By: Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce Women in Leadership & Learning (WILL), a division of the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a women’s conference Jan. 10. This half-day conference is intended to empower women through strengthening leadership and business skills at any stage of their professional life. The conference is titled “Step Up…

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3M adds over 100 jobs in last two years

Brookings, 3M, Walmart Celebrate a Thriving Partnership By: John Kubal, The Brookings Register “We’re pleased to be part of the Brookings community, to support the growth and sustainability of this vibrant community.” With those opening remarks Tuesday morning at the 3M Brookings plant, manager Jim Fay welcomed about 35 local officials, community and business leaders,…

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