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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The Brookings COVID-19 Relief Fund, a collaborative effort through the Brookings Foundation and the Brookings Area United Way, has been created to support providing basic needs services to local nonprofit organizations and area residents who are immediately suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Grants have been allocated on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the…

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Editor’s note: An incorrect grant program was listed as a potential funding source for the district. The program listed has been corrected the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. The program is through the CARES Act.  BROOKINGS – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create difficulties and unknowns for the Brookings School District, even as administrators work on…

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Brookings residents on Friday gathered for the community’s first public celebration of Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The date marks the freeing of enslaved African-Americans in Texas on June 19, 1865, more than two years after Abraham Lincoln had instituted the Emancipation Proclamation. The Civil War ended in…

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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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No Uncle Sam Jam activities in Brookings this year BROOKINGS – The annual Fourth of July fireworks display will blast off as planned for the Brookings community.  Traditionally, this display is the finale for the annual Uncle Sam Jam festival at the Swiftel Center. However, due to COVID-19, all Uncle Sam Jam activities have been…

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BROOKINGS – Brookings Health System reminds the community to stay vigilant and continue practicing the necessary safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  “Since June 1 to June 17, the South Dakota Department of Health has reported 23 total cases of COVID-19 in Brookings County, more than the 16 reported cases from March, April…

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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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