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Archive for July 2019

SDSU expands services at the Community College for Sioux Falls

Two South Dakota State University employees will be based at the Community College for Sioux Falls. Lisa Schramm, an assistant director with the Office of Admissions, will provide support for students seeking information about SDSU programs offered at the community college, online and at its campus in Brookings, while Mercedes Bergman has been hired as…

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BEDC awarded $35,000 grant for Innovation Summit

Brookings Economic Development Corporation has received a USDA Rural Business Development Grant to hold a day-long event that will help existing businesses and entrepreneurs remain competitive in the next generation economy.   The Brookings Innovation Summit on Oct. 17 will feature keynote speaker Mitch Ditkoff. Ditkoff is an award-winning author and co-founder of “Idea Champions,”…

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SDSU College of Engineering ranked among nation’s leaders

South Dakota State University’s Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering ranked among the nation’s leaders in the American Society for Engineering Education profiles book for 2018. The college ranked 10th nationally in engineering technology degrees awarded with 79 among the 133 reporting institutions. The Lohr College of Engineering was also 16th of 130 institutions in…

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Back2School is back

Annual project provides needed supplies BROOKINGS – School’s tough. It’s even tougher when you don’t have the supplies you need.  But there’s a program that works to ensure that all K-12 students in Brookings County have the school supplies they need when that first day of classes comes around. The Brookings Family Back2School Project dates…

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Volga’s growth not going unnoticed

Volga selected as a Community of the Year this spring VOLGA – Volga is a thriving small town, growing both in population and business opportunities over the past few years. And its efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, even at the state level. This spring, Volga was announced as the recipient of the 2019 Community of the…

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The bird is back!

BROOKINGS – A new, three-dimensional painted folk-art cast metal sculpture of the “parrot of the prairie” reclaimed its original roost on the roof of the Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge on Wednesday. Above, Mayor Keith Corbett climbed onto the restaurant’s roof for the Wednesday unveiling and Chamber ribbon-cutting to reveal the new, giant Chinese ringneck pheasant,…

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Mayor proclaims ‘Disabilities Awareness Day’

BROOKINGS – July 26 is the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.  And for the first time, via the efforts of the Brookings Committee for People Who Have Disabilities, the city has a universal message for all who live here: “Some day it will be me. Some day every single person…

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Post overcomes obstacles

Business owner Alex Post back on mower after help from friends, strangers BROOKINGS – Lake Preston resident Alex Post, 18, and a high school junior, is not your typical capitalist and entrepreneur.  Born in Russia with severe disabilities affecting both his arms and legs, he was raised in orphanages until being adopted by a California…

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Mickelson Middle School work continues

BROOKINGS – Brookings School Board members toured Mickelson Middle School (shown above and below), Hillcrest Elementary and Medary Elementary on Monday to inspect construction progress as well as construction needs and opportunities.  Mechanics and architects Eric Anderson, Blayne Parkos and Ron Spoden showed the board members around the new construction at MMS and where maintenance…

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Workforce events to be held in Brookings July 25

BROOKINGS – Brookings Economic Development Corporation is hosting the Brookings Area Workforce Conference on Thursday, July 25, at the Swiftel Center. The conference seeks to address issues facing the region’s employers and help them find solutions for continued growth and success.   “One of our workforce priorities is sharing best practices and ideas to assist our…

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