Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Increasing grain size, weight may improve wheat yields

By: Christie Delfanian, SDSU Marketing & Communications Larger, heavier wheat kernels—that’s how associate professor Wanlong Li of the SDSU Department of Biology and Microbiology seeks to increase wheat production. Through a three-year, $930,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, Li is collaborating with Bing Yang, an associate professor in genetics, development and cell biology at Iowa…

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BUILDING BROOKINGS BLOG: What’s in a number?

By: Jennifer Quail, Director of Entrepreneur Support Numbers can have quite an array of meanings for people, organizations and communities.  For instance, some adults are very willing to share the number of grand kids they have, the times they vacation overseas or their golf score, but not likely to share their age.  Youth look at…

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Inside KELOLAND: Brookings & Boutiques

By: KELOLAND TV WATCH What do local boutiques have in common with the city of Brookings?  They’re all enjoying a lot of success. Communities across South Dakota are bringing in less tax money than expected. That isn’t the case in Brookings.  On this Inside KELOLAND we take a behind the scenes look at what’s happening…

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Entrepreneurial idea pays off for mechanical engineering student

By: Heidi Kronaizl, SDSU Marketing & Communications While walking around the South Dakota State University campus, Merrick Erickson had an idea. “My freshman year, I noticed that there were a lot of people riding their longboards on campus, yet there wasn’t any place for people to buy longboards or parts for them,” Erickson said. Nearly…

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SDSU students develop mobile apps as part of online class

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register Phones are now an inescapable part of life, with 77 percent of adult Americans owning a smartphone as of late 2016, according to Pew Research Center studies. Rising with the increased accessibility of smartphones are apps, a burgeoning field. With all this in mind, a team of students at…

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Grant helping farmers market, Brookings County

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register $10,000 Wellmark Foundation grant to be used for benches, bike racks, electricity Visitors to the Brookings Farmers Market can take a little more time to look around and relax when it opens May 6, thanks to the county’s approval this week of several infrastructure installations. The farmers market got…

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Elkton Makers Market to feature local talent

Organizers are hoping a new event in Elkton will turn the Brookings County community into a hub of creativity for artisans and their customers. The Elkton Makers Market next Saturday will offer a variety of items for sale with plans to kick off a monthly event, said organizer NieeMa Thasing. The Makers Market will run…

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Brookings ranked on 2017 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs list

What would make a city a great home for an entrepreneur? Livability and Entrepreneur Magazine have partnered to rank the Top 50 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs and Brookings, coming in at #25, is the smallest community in the top 25. From a field of more than 2,000 small- to mid-sized cities throughout the country, the…

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Good Vinyl Graphics Company opens in Downtown Brookings

Good Vinyl Graphics Company opens in Downtown Brookings By The Brookings Register Skateboarders love coating their gear in stickers, says Brian Ahlers, and he was no different growing up. But these days, he’s dealing with stickers of a professional grade: custom vinyl decals. It’s all through his new business, Good Vinyl Graphics Company, in which…

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