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Brookings CVB names new executive director

The Brookings Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced Laura Schoen Carbonneau as its new executive director, beginning July 1.  Carbonneau joins the CVB team with a background in financial management, public relations and team management.  The CVB staff and board said they are thrilled to welcome Carbonneau to the team and to the Brookings community. …

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Brookings Register brings home 2018 SDNA awards

The Brookings Register was honored as one of the top small daily newspapers in the state in the 2018 South Dakota Newspaper Association Better Newspapers Contest. SDNA’s joint convention with the North Dakota Newspaper Association was held Friday and Saturday in Medora, North Dakota, with The Brookings Register taking home the third-place prizes for both General Excellence and…

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A design dream

ID8 Architecture opens new office in downtown Brookings BROOKINGS – Interior designer, architect and owner of ID8 Architecture Angela Boersma has a unique philosophy when it comes to design – and it’s the same philosophy she uses in her position on the Brookings County Commission.  ID8 is an interior design and architecture firm that has…

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Analysis shows SDState ranked among nation’s best for exceeding graduation rates

South Dakota State University was listed as one of the top-performing institutions in terms of exceeding expected six-year graduation rates, according to analysis of 368 colleges and universities done by The New York Times and the Urban Institute’s Center on Education Data and Policy. An article on the topic, The College Dropout Crisis, appeared in May…

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More TCF jobs, capital investment planned over coming years in SD

BROOKINGS – Growth, via capital investment, infrastructure and employment, are “a few key areas” that Mike Barry, chief executive officer of Twin City Fan Companies, headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, said are in store for Brookings. TCF is “an industry leading designer and manufacturer of high quality, custom, semi-custom and standard fans … .” Barry, CEO…

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Brookings has top 20 rural community hospital

BROOKINGS – For the second time in three years, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) named Brookings Health System as a Top 20 Rural Community Hospital in the nation.  The health system will be recognized at an awards ceremony during NRHA’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit on May 9 in Atlanta. “We are honored to again…

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Daktronics’ Reece Kurtenbach named Distinguished Engineer

BROOKINGS – Reece Kurtenbach, head of the world’s largest scoreboard and message board manufacturer and Brookings’ largest private employer, is this year’s Distinguished Engineer as chosen by the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering at South Dakota State University. A 54-year-old Brookings native, Kurtenbach has been president and CEO of Daktronics since 2013. The 1982…

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Brookings plans another attempt at federal grant

Entities working to get interchange at 20th St. S., I-29 BROOKINGS – Entities connected to the planned interchange project at 20th Street South and Interstate 29 have been busy preparing for another shot at federal grant dollars after they received news that their previous application was denied by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The project…

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Copy of Brookings plans another attempt at federal grant

Entities working to get interchange at 20th St. S., I-29 BROOKINGS – Entities connected to the planned interchange project at 20th Street South and Interstate 29 have been busy preparing for another shot at federal grant dollars after they received news that their previous application was denied by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The project…

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Focused Planning, Impactful Results…Economic Development in Brookings

By: Kristi Larsen, BEDC Marketing Director Brookings is recognized throughout the region for its progressive and collaborative approach to growth and development. What role does economic development play in this community building initiative? Economic development is a process that seeks to improve the economic well-being of a region through business development, job creation and wealth…

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