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Old-fashioned Christmas coming to Volga Saturday

Volga is capturing the spirit of Christmas, and it’s inviting people to share some of that spirit on Saturday, with “An Old Fashioned Christmas in Volga.”  It’s billing its offering as “A Festive Day for the whole family!” And it’s “A Volga Tradition!” “Last year and this year, it has really grown,” said Lorraine Schonewill,…

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Armory development plan includes hotel, restaurant

The Brookings City Council on Tuesday accepted a proposal by Linchpin Corporation to turn the Old Armory, at 221 Main Ave., into a restaurant and lounge and meeting space and build a boutique hotel with a two-level parking garage on its west side. Now the city will move forward with creating a development agreement with…

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International students make $20.5 million impact at SDSU

The impacts made by international students at South Dakota State University are immeasurable. However, NAFSA: Association of International Educators has developed the International Student Economic Value Tool to determine economic contributions made by international students when attending U.S. colleges and universities. With 1,002 international students attending SDSU in the 2018-19 academic year, the organization states…

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Brookings gets another perfect score on Municipal Equality Index

BROOKINGS – The City of Brookings and the Brookings Human Rights Commission have announced that Brookings has received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) for the second year in a row.  The Human Rights Campaign, a national organization which launched the MEI in 2012, is the largest…

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Plans for new interchange underway

BROOKINGS – Getting the BUILD grant was just the first step. There’s lots more work to be done before Brookings starts building an interchange on 20th Street South, Mayor Keith Corbett said. Brookings was awarded $18.7 million by the federal BUILD grant this month. The city previously approved committing $2 million to the project; Brookings…

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SDSU Wokini Initiative gets 2019 Bush Prize of $500k

By: The Bush Foundation – Updated: 1 hour ago Editor’s note: This article has been edited to include comments from SDSU President Barry Dunn. SAINT PAUL – The Bush Foundation today awarded the 2019 Bush Prize for Community Innovation to five organizations with a track record of successful problem solving in their communities. Among the…

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3M provides $50,000 for SDSU Wokini scholarships

By: SDSU Marketing & Communications – Updated: 3 days ago BROOKINGS – Dale Tidemann, left, plant manager of 3M Brookings, presents a check for $50,000 to SDSU President Barry Dunn in support of 3M’s commitment to helping underserved students succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  The check, presented Wednesday, is for the Wokini Initiative…

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$18.7 million grant awarded to Brookings for new interchange

WATCH By Ricardo Lewis, KSFY BROOKINGS, S.D. (KSFY) – The United States Department of Transportation has awarded the city of Brookings an $18.7 million dollar grant in critical infrastructure. The money will go towards building an interchange over Interstate 29 and 20th Street South. For many years city leaders have considered adding additional access to…

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Four local veterans go on Honor Flight

BROOKINGS – Four local veterans traveled on Midwest Honor Flight Mission 5 to Washington, D.C., to tour around for the day, seeing a variety of military monuments and memorials. Korean War veterans and Brookings residents Robert Brotsky, Don Derdall, Don Bren and Magnus Olson were all on the Sept. 24 flight, which held 80 total…

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Festival of Lights set for Nov. 30

BROOKINGS – The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce kicks off the holidays with its 24th annual Festival of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 30.  Come cozy up with family and friends in Downtown Brookings and create treasured memories of a favorite holiday tradition. This year’s theme is “Santa’s Ho Ho Hoedown.”   “We are excited to…

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