Kool Beans opening shop

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register Kurt Osborne is no stranger to a good cup of coffee. Already known locally for his work as co-owner of Kool Beans Coffee, a coffee roasting business run out of his garage, Osborne and Kool Beans co-owner Joy Nelson are ready for the next step: a coffee shop, called…

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S.D. Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab to get $58M makeover

By: SDSU College of Ag & Bio Media Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) in Brookings will be held at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31. Officials say the $58 million facility will both serve as the front line of defense in protecting South Dakota’s $7.3 billion livestock industry…

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Construction begins on Jo-Ann Fabrics store

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register Construction is well underway to renovate a space at the University Mall for a new Jo-Ann Fabrics store in Brookings. The front façade of the space between Dollar Tree and Profile by Sanford was off the building this week, with contractors working on the site. According to the City…

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Mayor’s State of the City – City Thrives, Room for Growth

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register Brookings is thriving but still needs to work on some areas, said Mayor Keith Corbett in his first State of the City address at the Brookings City Council meeting Tuesday. He said putting together the State of the City message was a little more complicated than usual since Brookings…

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Entrepreneurs open area’s only full-care equine stable

By: Vicki Schuster, The Brookings Register Two local entrepreneurs have taken their combined 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and have opened a special five-star hotel. But this one isn’t for people. It’s for horses. Both tired of the corporate world, Adam Welch-Hagemann, a former assistant restaurant manager, and RJ Welch-Hagemann, a former…

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Brookings Principal Named SDACTE Admin of the Year

By: South Dakota Association of Career and Technical Education The South Dakota Association of Career and Technical Education has announced Paul von Fischer, principal at Brookings High School and consortium and district director of career and technical education, as SDACTE Administrator of the Year. In the time that he has been in his present position,…

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Governor pays a visit to SGS Brookings

By: SGS Brookings SGS Brookings hosted South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and other local and state officials on July 17, as part of the Capital for a Day program. During the visit, the governor and first lady toured the company’s new 68,000 square foot laboratory, seeing first-hand the work that SGS does to support the…

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City of Brookings Recognized as Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community

By: City of Brookings The League of American Bicyclists recently recognized the City of Brookings as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC), which was part of the largest application process in the program’s 13-year history. In total, 140 communities applied for recognition, a 62 percent increase from the previous round of applicants. Brookings joins more…

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SD Governor Launches Initiative on Workforce

By: James Nord, The Associated Press Difficulty finding qualified employees is a major constraint on business growth nationwide, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Thursday while launching a multi-state workforce development initiative meant to help address the issue. The South Dakota Republican chose workforce as the central policy focus of his year-long chairmanship of the Western Governors’…

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Lake Area Tech and South Dakota State University Announce Partnership

By: SDSU Marketing & Communications Lake Area Technical Institute, recipient of the national Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, and South Dakota State University, South Dakota’s 1862 land-grant university, are pleased to co-announce the Opening Doors Initiative. The initiative is a commitment to expand access to higher education for all South Dakotans by simplifying the…

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