Business Development

Veterinary program aims to fill shortage

BROOKINGS (AP) – South Dakota State University is creating a new veterinary program with the University of Minnesota to address a shortage of rural care in the region. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem approved the partnership Friday, allowing the schools to begin the process of accreditation and building a curriculum, said John Killefer, SDSU’s dean…

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Biggar named director of Downtown Brookings

BROOKINGS – The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce has named Ashley Biggar of Brookings as the new director of Downtown Brookings.  Biggar currently works at the Swiftel Center as an event manager and will begin her new role at the Chamber on April 10.  The director of Downtown Brookings will be a visionary leader who…

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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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Local Start-up Grows National Customer Base

Makerspace integral to Station 5 Productions expansion A unique locally-owned business has been able to increase its national client base thanks to one of the many entrepreneurial resources available through Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC). Station 5 Productions started almost 12 years ago as a hobby for a haunted house enthusiast. Owner Buck Burdick was…

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Council approves work on 22nd Ave.

BROOKINGS – It’s still winter, but the Brookings City Council is making plans for summer road construction by approving a bid Tuesday for work on 22nd Avenue between Minnesota Drive and Eastbrook Drive. The council approved a bid by Timmons Construction of Brookings for $2,835,903 for concrete pavement.  City Engineer Jackie Lanning explained the Phase…

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Brookings Chamber selects new president and CEO

BROOKINGS – Kelsey Doom has been selected as the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce’s new president and CEO after a months-long search, the Chamber announced Tuesday.  Doom currently serves as executive director of Wagner Area Growth, Inc. as well as the Wagner Chamber of Commerce.  “I am very excited and honored by this opportunity to…

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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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Brookings 2019 Idea Competition Winners Announced

Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced the winners of the annual Idea Competition on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at a public reception held at the Research Park at SDSU. This year marked the twelfth year of the contest, which encourages Brookings area residents and SDSU students to think about starting new businesses or expanding product lines…

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‘Fit My Feet’ moves into former Brookings Payless store

BROOKINGS – What Nick Kolterman, owner and founder of Fit My Feet Orthotics & Shoes, calls an “old fashioned sit-and-fit shoe store that used to be like Kinney shoes” is coming to Brookings.  It’s occupying the former Payless Shoe Source at 720 25th Ave. and opens for business Friday. There are two other Fit My…

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