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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#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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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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Brookings School District watching elementary enrollment

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register The school year might be winding down, but the Brookings School Board stayed busy Monday night approving and briefly discussing several smaller agenda items that concerned the district’s elementary schools. First up was the topic of kindergarten enrollment numbers thus far, as reported by Brookings School District Superintendent Klint…

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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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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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