Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Novita plant open for business

Ribbon cutting held Thursday near Aurora By: Chandler Holland, The Brookings Register The $95 million Novita Nutrition plant officially opened with a ribbon cutting near Aurora Thursday. The animal nutrition company uses distillers dried grains to create two products: highly digestible protein for the dairy market and a renewable oil used to produce fuels and…

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Crazy Days to feature pop-up market for kids

By: Kristi Larsen, BEDC Marketing Director Do you know a motivated, creative and business-savvy kid? Here is their chance to show off their talent and ingenuity and maybe even earn a little money! Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is excited to announce that it is hosting a Kid-Preneur Pop-up Market on Saturday, July 29 from…

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Carrot Seed expanding in Downtown Brookings

Downtown Brookings store relocating after two years in business By: South Dakota Small Business Development Center Before she launched her business, Kirsten Gjesdal visited about a dozen kitchen stores in six states. She checked out stores in South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado. She paid attention to the layout of the stores…

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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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What’s in a number?

By: Jennifer Quail, BEDC 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…

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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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