South Dakota State University is well known for its leadership in agricultural research and innovation. This work often depends on active collaboration with researchers in other fields. Faculty in the Department of Sociology frequently work with their colleagues at SDSU and other universities on cutting-edge research efforts, including as part of SDSU’s commitment to precision…

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$2,500 in prize money to be awarded What’s your big idea? Participate in the fourteenth annual Brookings Area Idea Competition and you could win cash to help take your product or business idea to the next level! The 2021 contest, hosted by Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), encourages innovators, entrepreneurs, creative thinkers, and basically anyone…

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The ink is dry on a deal merging two print businesses serving Midwest businesses, nonprofits and residents.  Brookings-based Allegra Design Print Mail has merged with Madison Instant Printing, bringing a comprehensive range of services under one roof. Continuing to serve customers in both Brookings and Madison and the surrounding areas, the merging businesses will operate…

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The Lanes features interactive lanes  The old-style, historic Brookings landmark that was Prairie Lanes is no more. Following closure in May 2020 and the new ownership of M.G. Oil, headquartered in Rapid City, came a total gutting, a major rebuilding from floor to ceiling, and a new general manager. The new state-of-the-art lanes opened simply…

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 Erica Bousema doesn’t let grass grow under her feet. Only 19, she’s just opened Emerald Grace Clothing Company in downtown Brookings and is about to graduate from South Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree. “I’m excited to be in the Brookings area, and I hope to be here for a little while,” Bousema said.…

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 South Dakota State University students Matthew Cole, Logan Wolf and Nolan Lee won the Second Annual Brookings Student Business Plan Competition, Jan. 27, at the Brookings Innovation Center at the Research Park at South Dakota State University.  The team of Cole, Wolf and Lee took home $3,000 for first place to help develop their business…

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A changing of the guard is underway for a downtown Brookings business. After 33 years in the antiques trade, owner-operator Patty Kratochvil is selling Threads of Memories Antiques Mall to Emily (Dotson) Braun, a Brookings native whose mother, Carolyn Dotson, once worked with Kratochvil at Threads – for 7 1/2 years. Kratochvil has been 23…

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BEDC partnering with SDSU to identify the business value of new innovations Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is helping committed researchers identify and refine their ideas, determine the business value of these ideas, and secure funding to further develop their business concepts. In its third year, Think Tank Thursdays (T3) is a collaboration with South…

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Brookings native, Wooden Legs team up to create space for stand-up comedians A Brookings native and comedian and a local pub want to bring some laughter to the community, something that’s been lacking since the start of the pandemic. On Valentine’s Day weekend, Wooden Legs Brewing Company is partnering with Sean Leary for the premier…

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The Brookings chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace marked the building of its 1,000th bed on Saturday, according to chapter president Dave Miller. It’s a bittersweet milestone, he said, especially since it only took about 2 1/2 years. “It’s amazing, it’s humbling, it’s quite a milestone to reach, but it’s challenging to me personally to…

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