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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Heuton set to retire at the end of the year Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced today that it has begun the search for the next leader of the organization. BEDC is the lead entity for economic development in Brookings County, with key strategic focus areas of business development, entrepreneur support, workforce development and community development.…

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota – 3M headquarters issued a statement Friday there will be some suspended operations at the Brookings plant, due to the impact of the coronavirus. “As a result of COVID-19’s impact on market demand for certain products related to non-critical healthcare services, we have temporarily suspended select operations at our 3M Brookings site.…

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Responses offer valuable insight on local child care needs A survey conducted by Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) earlier this year delivered a comprehensive analysis of child care in Brookings County. The primary purpose of this assessment was to obtain locally derived data and information that can be used to guide community-based actions and outcomes around the issues…

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