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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#BeBrookings Campaign

#BeBrookings Campaign By: Stacy Aesoph, Director of Workforce Development You may have noticed the hashtag #BeBrookings being included on social media posts. It’s a new marketing campaign developed by our office (Brookings Economic Development Corporation) to help attract people to Brookings and retain our current residents. What does #BeBrookings mean? Literally, it means to be…

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Upstream Coffee opens on Main Avenue South

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register There’s no better way to start your day than with a fresh cup of coffee; that’s what Matt Naughton has found out as he welcomes customers to his new coffee shop, Upstream Coffee. Opened Wednesday and located at 510 South Main, the quiet store with a soft outdoorsy feel…

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Brookings ranked #1 Best Place to Live in South Dakota

By: Niche Niche just released their 2017 Best Places to Live rankings and Brookings was named the #1 Best Place to live in South Dakota. The rankings explore 228 cities and over 15,000 towns and neighborhoods to find the best places to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job…

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World renowned ‘stickwork’ artist creating exhibit at Children’s Museum

By The Brookings Register Artist Patrick Dougherty, known worldwide as the creator of “Stickwork,” has selected the Children’s Museum of South Dakota as the location for his next masterpiece. The exhibit will be created at the museum May 1-18, and the public can get in on the action, too. “We’ve been planning this for years…

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Knutzen Family Dentistry expands to new location

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register A longtime Brookings business has moved to a new location and tripled its space so it can offer better service. Knutzen Family Dentistry was located in the Yorkshire Building for decades, and Dr. Ben Knutzen just opened the doors to a brand-new building at 2110 12th St. S. Knutzen…

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Brookings sales tax revenue up

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register Some South Dakota cities’ sales tax revenue is down, and municipalities are reporting troubles balancing budgets. That’s not the case in Brookings, where sales tax revenue is up, which officials say is a very good thing. “Our 2015-2016 total was up 4 percent, so that’s a good healthy increase,”…

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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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$50 million PAC expansion project win, win for town and gown

By: John Kubal, The Brookings Register While the Performing Arts Center at South Dakota State University has been recognized as a superb venue for music and studio-theatre productions since its opening in 2003, it was always envisioned that more would be added at some future time. That time is now – with a 96,000-square-foot expansion…

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