Aurora – rising star on the prairie

Small town is growing quickly By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register Aurora’s a different place than it was when Mayor Fred Weekes first moved to town 26 years ago. Driving around on a typical weekday afternoon, construction crews busily set up walls to the latest houses being built and people, some with dogs in tow,…

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City-Wide Scavenger Hunt to be held June 10

By Kristi Larsen, BEDC Marketing Director The newcomer program, Beyond Connections, is hosting a unique ‘Welcome to Brookings’ event with a City-Wide Scavenger Hunt on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The goal of the event is for new residents and community members to learn more about Brookings and network with others. Participants…

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SD among first with 5G technology?

By: Jeremy Fugleberg, The Argus Leader When Scott Sandal is talking to potential clients, he seems to always get the same question about the speed and bandwidth of the internet he relies on for his business. “They’re like, ‘in South Dakota?’” he said. Sandal is Sunbird Software’s director of service and support. From Sioux Falls,…

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Building his future: local senior awarded Build Dakota Scholarship

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register With school done and college in their sights, high school seniors have been busy preparing for the next big step in their young lives. Ethan Ness is no different in that regard as he readies himself for this fall, when he’ll begin classes at Mitchell Technical Institute after graduating…

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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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Marco’s Pizza coming to Brookings

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register A Marco’s Pizza is coming to the corner of Sixth Street and Jackrabbit Avenue in Brookings, confirmed a spokesperson with the company. The new pizza place will be on the former site of the Backyard Grill. An anticipated opening date has not been announced. Marco’s Pizza, operated by Marco’s…

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SDSU engineering degree pays off for Sioux Falls Fire Rescue captain

By: Heidi Kronaizl, SDSU Marketing & Communications Despite first viewing scenes of the Copper Lounge building collapse on social media while at home that December day, Mike Murphy’s mind kicked into action. A captain for the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, Murphy was off-duty when he heard about the collapse. However, he knew he would soon…

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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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