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Resurrecting the Ben Franklin building

Old five and dime becoming public market, commercial kitchen; two floors of apartments above BROOKINGS – Not much of the original building at 420 Main Ave. in Brookings is left, but its bare bones are providing a framework for the beginning of a new downtown business. Brookings Built Green is working to resurrect the building…

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The road to the CMAs goes through Brookings

Thirteen of the 2018 CMA Award nominees have performed at Swiftel Center BROOKINGS –  The Swiftel Center has made a name for itself as being a stop on the road to country music fame. The nominees for 2018 CMA Awards have been released and, of all the nominees, 13 have performed at the Swiftel Center. The…

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On-the-job, apprentice training helps fill construction needs

BROOKINGS – The construction industry is one of a rare few where someone can get a job fresh out of high school and learn all the necessary skills through apprentice training, on-the-job experience, and creative further education that is tailored to each employee’s needs and circumstances.  “Mills Construction is supportive of education after high school…

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Royal River Casino celebrates $30M expansion

FLANDREAU – Royal River Casino and Hotel is hosting its Relaunch Weekend today through Sunday to celebrate the substantial completion of its more than $30 million ground-up renovation and expansion project.  The project was made possible through a strategic investment from the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe to the Casino Resort, which the tribe has owned…

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Kool Beans’ second shop open for business

BROOKINGS – A popular local coffee shop has expanded its presence in Brookings. Kurt Osborne has officially opened the second location of Kool Beans coffee shop on the corner of Sixth Street and Jackrabbit Avenue, across the street from McDonald’s. The new location offers a variety of coffee beverages, smoothies and several different healthy food…

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Brookings’ food truck industry is growing

BROOKINGS – Brookings residents hungry to try out a growing trend now have at least nine food truck options from which to choose. The city licensed its first food truck in 2015, and after the first full year there were two registered trucks. Now there are nine different licensed food trucks operating around town offering…

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Brookings celebrates manufacturing week

BROOKINGS – Brookings Mayor Keith Corbett has proclaimed Sept. 30 through Oct. 4 as Brookings Manufacturing Week, acknowledging the industry’s role as a key driver of the Brookings area economy.  The community is the second largest manufacturing community in the state, with the industry employing one out of every four private sector workers.  This is…

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Food co-op board to hold fundraiser

BROOKINGS – The local group developing a food co-op in Brookings will hold a breakfast burrito fundraiser at the Brookings Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 21.  Community members are invited to come grab a burrito and learn more about the Dakota Community Market – a planned co-op and community space. The breakfast burritos will be…

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Survey results reveal shopping/dining preferences, overall impressions of Brookings

2,123 responses provide valuable insight on local retail industry A survey recently completed by Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) shows residents would like more retail choices, with family restaurants, clothing stores and additional grocery options high on the list of requests. The Brookings County Consumer Survey was completed by 2,123 Brookings County residents and workers…

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New SDSU ADRDL open for business

BROOKINGS – Dignitaries, South Dakota State University faculty and staff, and others from the agricultural community celebrated the new Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) with a ribbon cutting on campus Friday afternoon. Ag professors and deans spoke and attended the event alongside SDSU President Barry Dunn and Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden, who’s shown…

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