Health System remains ready for medical surge Brookings Health System announced today it will lift the temporary restrictions placed on elective surgery and outpatient procedures due to the COVID-19 virus. The decision follows the release of Governor Noem’s Back to Normal plan for the state. The health system will schedule non-high risk patients for as…

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South Dakota State University will provide more than $3 million to its students as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The money can be distributed to students to use on expenses related to the disruption of campus due to COVID-19 including course materials, technology, food, housing, health care and child…

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New online resource to support entrepreneurs Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is excited to announce the launch of a new online platform to support local entrepreneurs, the Mentor Match-up. This new tool will help facilitate the connections between experienced mentors and entrepreneurs in the Brookings community.  Research has shown that mentors can provide immense value.…

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Engineering students learned a different kind of construction when they sewed face masks as part of a community service project. Jaime Peralez-Segura talked his fellow students into the sewing project because he saw a need in the community and realized, with a little bit of help, he and the others could take the class assignment…

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Two groups of South Dakota State University students finished in the top five of the 14th Governor’s Giant Vision entrepreneurial college student business competition. South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry event Chairman Brad Wheeler, president of Wheeler Manufacturing, announced the top finishers Tuesday. After a preliminary judging process that reduced the field of applicants…

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DAKOTA NEWS NOW By Ryan Martin | Posted: Wed 8:38 AM, Apr 22, 2020 https://www.dakotanewsnow.com/content/news/Brookings-community-members-sew-thousands-of-masks-569852051.html 20 Brookings community members and SDSU Student and Staff have worked together to create more than 1,200 masks. Sewing masks and gowns has become a big part of Billy Wilburn’s life. “Sarah Schneider from Brookings Health System contacted me asking me if I would…

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A mask with a reusable respirator that captures and kills the novel coronavirus—that’s the vision of South Dakota State University assistant mechanical engineering professor Saikat Basu. He is part of a multi-institutional team of researchers who will be designing and developing the new respirator. “This pandemic is not going away any time soon—the idea is…

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The battle against the novel coronavirus has begun at South Dakota State University. More than 20 researchers are investigating ways to prevent the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, which causes COVID-19. One engineering researcher has already received National Science Foundation funding and the university’s COVID-19 working group has submitted its first proposal.…

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Leading Brookings businesses to share how they are keeping employees safe Some of the region’s top employers will be discussing best practices related to the COVID-19 pandemic at a virtual forum to be held on Thursday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. Organized and hosted by the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce and Brookings Economic Development…

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Website monitors changes in the local economy Brookings residents and businesses can now track how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the region through a new resource unveiled today, located at www.togetherbrookings.com. The dashboard, created by Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), tracks important economic indicators such as employment, construction activity, consumer behavior and overall sales revenue.…

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