New local awards and recognition program announced National Small Business Week is May 3-9, 2020, and the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce and Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) want to take this opportunity to give some additional attention to our local small businesses during this very challenging time. It is very clear, now more than ever,…

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Even though the Brookings Public Library is closed, card holders can still access a wide variety of e-resources through the library’s website. All are available under the Resources tab at www.brookingslibrary.org. For most services, patrons will log in using their library card number and the first 8 characters of their last name in lowercase letters.  Card…

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Brookings Health System is currently accepting personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, including home sewn surgical masks. “So many community members have reached out to us, asking us how they can help us through the coronavirus pandemic,” said Foundation Director Sara Schneider. “With the worldwide shortage of critical PPE caused by the pandemic, we need to…

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Even before the Brookings City Council passed an ordinance Monday ordering them to do so, some local bars and restaurants decided to serve only take-out and delivery or close altogether amid the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Gus Theodosopoulos, owner of Cubby’s Sports Bar & Grill. The decision was the latest one made locally in an…

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Avera Medical Group Brookings has established a “drive-through” testing center for COVID-19, the local clinic announced Tuesday. Patients must call first and set up an appointment. “If you believe you were exposed to this virus or are displaying symptoms such as fever over 100 degrees, cough or shortness of breath, you must call your primary…

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Project made possible by $193,256 Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation Brookings is taking a comprehensive look at workplace diversity and inclusion, and its findings and potential solutions could serve as a role model across the region. The two-year Deliberating Diversity project, made possible with a $193,256 Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation,…

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Health system ranks in top 1% nationally Brookings Health System was recently named as a 2020 Top 20 Rural Community Hospital and one of the 2020 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States. Nationally, Brookings Health ranks in the top one percent of all rural and community hospitals. “Our teamwork and commitment…

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The city of Brookings saw 560 building permits and almost $50 million in total construction value in 2019, according to City Engineer Jackie Lanning. That includes residential and non-residential construction, she said. The total for 2018 was 469 permits. “So overall, we did have about 100 more total number of (building) permits for the year,”…

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Brookings High School administrators are proposing the creation of a new alternative high school to help the district deal with a rising number of failing grades, truancies and other issues. At the Jan. 29 Brookings School Board meeting, BHS Principal Paul von Fischer and Vice Principal Shelly Jensen presented statistics about failing and truant students…

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