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Gear up for the 20th First Chance Bonanza PRCA Rodeo

BROOKINGS – Gear up in your best boots and favorite cowboy hat for the First Chance Bonanza PRCA Rodeo at the Swiftel Center Nov. 1 and 2, with 7:30 p.m. performances nightly.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event. Two nights of wild and western performances will be jam-packed with events including: bull…

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Escape the haunted library October 21st-24th

BROOKINGS – It’s time to get spooky. The Brookings Public Library will hold a haunted library-themed escape room from Monday, Oct. 21, to Thursday, Oct. 24, with slots starting at 6:15 p.m. each night. An escape room is a popular team-building, mystery-solving, live experience where groups search for clues and solve puzzles to accomplish a…

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Resurrecting the Ben Franklin building

Old five and dime becoming public market, commercial kitchen; two floors of apartments above BROOKINGS – Not much of the original building at 420 Main Ave. in Brookings is left, but its bare bones are providing a framework for the beginning of a new downtown business. Brookings Built Green is working to resurrect the building…

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The road to the CMAs goes through Brookings

Thirteen of the 2018 CMA Award nominees have performed at Swiftel Center BROOKINGS –  The Swiftel Center has made a name for itself as being a stop on the road to country music fame. The nominees for 2018 CMA Awards have been released and, of all the nominees, 13 have performed at the Swiftel Center. The…

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SDSU to hold 17th Biennial Madrigal Dinner

The South Dakota State University Choral Program will present its biennial Elizabethan Christmasse Feaste for the first time in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. The 2019 schedule is: Dec. 5, 7 p.m.; Dec. 6, 7 p.m.; Dec. 7, 7 p.m.; and Dec. 8, 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at https://www.sdstate.edu/school-performing-arts/music/madrigal-feaste, the Oscar Larson…

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New downtown artwork

BROOKINGS – A new mural went up on The Brookings Register’s east wall Tuesday. The design and painting were done by Pandr Design Company from San Diego, incorporating local elements. The mural is part of the South Dakota Department of Tourism’s “State of Create” campaign and they are working with the Brookings Arts Council, according…

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‘Big Band Holidays’ coming to Brookings

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis added to Woodbine Productions lineup BROOKINGS – The full house at the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy concert heard the news first. Woodbine Productions will host “Big Band Holidays” featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.   The concert will…

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On-the-job, apprentice training helps fill construction needs

BROOKINGS – The construction industry is one of a rare few where someone can get a job fresh out of high school and learn all the necessary skills through apprentice training, on-the-job experience, and creative further education that is tailored to each employee’s needs and circumstances.  “Mills Construction is supportive of education after high school…

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy swings into Brookings Tuesday October 15

BROOKINGS – Swing and big band fans in Brookings and throughout the region will have a full evening Tuesday with America’s No. 1 swing band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The concert will be in the Larson Memorial Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25-$35 and are available in advance at www.woodbineproductions.com or by calling the South…

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Royal River Casino celebrates $30M expansion

FLANDREAU – Royal River Casino and Hotel is hosting its Relaunch Weekend today through Sunday to celebrate the substantial completion of its more than $30 million ground-up renovation and expansion project.  The project was made possible through a strategic investment from the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe to the Casino Resort, which the tribe has owned…

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