Building Brookings Blog

New Multicultural Center welcomes all

Goal is to help all, whether from Brookings or elsewhere in world BROOKINGS – The Brookings Multicultural Center wants everyone to come visit them – whether you were born elsewhere or lived here all your life. The idea is to remove barriers for those who come from other countries to live in Brookings and educate…

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New store offers baby, maternity items

BROOKINGS – Teresa Holloman noticed a lot of babies in Brookings, but nowhere to buy higher-end items for them, so she opened Baybeeluv Boutique to see to their needs. She’s only been open since July 1, but she’s already been adding things because people have requested them. “I’ll continue to do that. I want to…

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Another five-star ranking for Brookings long-term care facility

BROOKINGS – New quality data recently issued on Nursing Home Compare, www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare, ranks The Neighborhoods at Brookview as the only long-term care facility in South Dakota with a perfect five-star rating.  “Several years ago our team embraced the household model of care to create a homelike, social setting for our residents,” Administrator Jason Hanssen said. “We’ve…

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Brookings receives Farm to School grant

BROOKINGS – The Brookings School District has been awarded a 2019 Farm to School grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The $50,000 planning grant, developed in partnership with SDSU Extension, the SDSU Fishback Center for Early Childhood Education and the SDSU Local Foods Education Center, will create the Brookings Farm to Early Care and…

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Lebruce owner producing wine near hometown

BRUCE – After four decades in education, Myron Eighmy is turning his family’s farm into what he hopes will become a destination for his hometown of Bruce. Lebruce Vineyard and Winery is a new South Dakota-based winery located just a mile south of Bruce on 466th Avenue. The vineyard is run and owned by vintner…

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Spotlight on Spotlight

New theatre studio training, encouraging young actors BROOKINGS – Spotlight Theatre Studio is a new and growing troupe of inspired young actors training and performing in the theater located within the center of the 1921 Building. Spotlight Theatre Studio is designed to cultivate middle school and elementary school-aged children in theater performance using acting, singing,…

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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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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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