A new electric vehicle (EV) charging station is available to the public in the south parking lot of the Brookings City & County Government Center near the Downtown Brookings Business District.  The central location is within walking distance of many of the city’s eating and drinking establishments, shops and other recreational and historic destinations. The…

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Community-wide initiative underway supporting SDSU’s return to campus A coalition of organizations and businesses, together with the city of Brookings, have formed the Brookings Resiliency Collaborative to assist the university with their plan for resuming on-campus operations in August SDSU’s JacksRBack task force has established several guiding principles and general guidelines and is developing detailed…

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Organization now separate from Chamber of Commerce  Courtesy photo: Visit Brookings staff BROOKINGS – The organization formerly known as the Brookings Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) under the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce has become a stand-alone 501(c)6 organization. The new organization is called Visit Brookings, and its leaders say they will focus on promoting…

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Downtown Brookings director paints storefront windows  Courtesy photo: Ashley Biggar gives some finishing strokes to a heart-filled mural on the window at Cook’s Kitchen in downtown Brookings. She puts a “World of Hearts” in each of the window murals she paints downtown and at other places around Brookings. In a few weeks, she will paint…

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Amendment would change rules to recommendations The Brookings City Council took the first step Tuesday toward amending an ordinance to relax the COVID-19 rules businesses currently have to follow, potentially making them recommendations as soon as next month. The first reading of amended Ordinance 20-010 was approved on a 4-3 vote; it is not in…

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The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its upcoming move to a new building located at 1321 Sixth St. (formerly known to many as “Sixth Street Florist”).  “We are thrilled about the new location. We were able to negotiate a very reasonable lease and are grateful the space will allow us to better serve our…

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Projects happening all over Brookings With the warmer weather, big and small summer construction projects are in full swing and likely to stay that way until well into the fall, according to City Engineer Jackie Lanning. “We have a lot of work going on this summer; some of our work is a carry-over from last…

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South Dakota State University President Barry Dunn announced today Laura Dirks will serve as the university’s public health specialist, a new position that will play a critical role in helping the university operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dirks will be responsible for working with SDSU and Brookings community leadership to create, implement and communicate systems…

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Despite COVID-19 impact, over 900 positions currently available According to the South Dakota Department of Labor, the April unemployment rate for Brookings County was 8.6%. The state unemployment rate was 11.0% while the federal rate was 14.7%. The County had 19,284 people in the labor force with 17,618 employed. Prior to April, the highest level…

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City implementing changes due to decrease in revenue because of coronavirus Things will look different in Brookings this year because of COVID-19, but the total impact isn’t known yet and won’t be for some time, said City Manager Paul Briseno and Chief Financial Officer Erick Rangel. The COVID-19 pandemic has always had two components: the…

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