By: Heidi Kronaizl, https://www.sdstate.edu/news/2018/09/raven-precision-agriculture-center-prepare-students-growing-industry In 2016, South Dakota State University became the first institution in the nation to offer a bachelor’s degree in precision agriculture. Two short years later, SDState will break ground on the Raven Precision Agriculture Center on Oct. 6. The facility will join agronomy, engineering and computer science disciplines together. John Killefer, the…

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By: Staff Reports, The Brookings Register BROOKINGS – Beef Bucks, Inc., has been named the 2018 South Dakota State University Friend of the Beef Industry. The Beef Bucks program is a non-profit organization that strives to promote the beef industry and educate consumers. “Beef Bucks is a very innovative program that enhances the visibility of beef…

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By:  Staff Reports, The Brookings Register The Brookings McDonald’s restaurant recently underwent a complete renovation of its dining area.  “It’s been 12 years since we rebuilt the store and it was time for a new look,” said store manager, Kristi Kirchmeier. To celebrate the new look and thank customers, the store had a grand re-opening on Wednesday,…

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By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register BROOKINGS – Something’s missing at Pioneer and Southside parks. The old playground equipment, except one swingset at Pioneer Park, was removed a few weeks ago. Next, dirt and concrete work will be done to prepare the ground for new playground sets; installation should start by the end of the month, weather…

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By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register BROOKINGS – You never stop learning, and the folks on the Downtown Brookings Business District Committee are doing their part to ensure that downtown Brookings business owners keep on learning new ways to improve their businesses and outreach. This committee, a part of the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, began…

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By:  Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register    BROOKINGS – The Brookings City Council approved the 2019 budget ordinance, the Capital Improvement Plan and Community Reinvestment Plan at Tuesday’s meeting and learned a little more about possible upcoming expenses. The city budget is balanced as required by state law, City Manager Paul Briseno said. The general fund is…

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By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register BROOKINGS – The Children’s Museum of South Dakota’s after school program began again recently, offering children a chance to learn the art of “making.” Open to 25 kids, the After School Maker Studio program started up Aug. 28. It goes Tuesdays through Fridays from 3-5:30 p.m. for children ages 5 and…

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By: Matthew Schmidt, https://www.sdstate.edu/news/2018/09/sdstate-ranked-nations-14th-most-affordable South Dakota State University was ranked No. 14 in the College Consensus’ survey of the Most Affordable Colleges and Universities for 2018. See the full list here. SDState is one of three South Dakota Board of Regents’ universities ranked in the top 20. College Consensus, a unique new college review aggregator, started with schools that qualified…

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By:  Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register BROOKINGS – Demolition of the Brookings Dairy Queen began Thursday but did not go as planned after an excavator tipped into the building’s basement by early afternoon. Dakota Service was onsite to pull it out, and no injuries were reported. Plans are to open a new Dairy Queen Grill & Chill…

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By:  Children’s Museum of South Dakota, The Brookings Register BROOKINGS – The Children’s Museum of South Dakota is celebrating eight years with its annual Free Day of Play on Sunday. The public is invited to explore the museum, located in downtown Brookings, at no charge from noon-5 p.m. “Since we opened our doors eight years ago, we’ve…

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