Community Development

Prairie Repertory Theatre to open 49th season in June

BROOKINGS – Prairie Repertory Theatre is set to open its 49th summer season.  The season opens with the classic comedy, “Father of the Bride,” followed by “Beehive: The 60’s Musical,” the ultimate celebration of 1960s female empowerment; a laugh out loud comedy of heroic proportions, “Insane with Power;” and closes with the family favorite “The…

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Biggar named director of Downtown Brookings

BROOKINGS – The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce has named Ashley Biggar of Brookings as the new director of Downtown Brookings.  Biggar currently works at the Swiftel Center as an event manager and will begin her new role at the Chamber on April 10.  The director of Downtown Brookings will be a visionary leader who…

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Brookings has top 20 rural community hospital

BROOKINGS – For the second time in three years, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) named Brookings Health System as a Top 20 Rural Community Hospital in the nation.  The health system will be recognized at an awards ceremony during NRHA’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit on May 9 in Atlanta. “We are honored to again…

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Local Start-up Grows National Customer Base

Makerspace integral to Station 5 Productions expansion A unique locally-owned business has been able to increase its national client base thanks to one of the many entrepreneurial resources available through Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC). Station 5 Productions started almost 12 years ago as a hobby for a haunted house enthusiast. Owner Buck Burdick was…

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BHS ProStart on to Nationals!

PIERRE – Teams of students from across South Dakota put their culinary and hospitality management skills to the test at the 12th annual South Dakota ProStart Invitational, held March 18 in Mitchell. Brookings High School took the top prize in both the culinary division and the business management division, earning them a spot in the…

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SDSU Hosts Second Annual “The Big Event” Day for Volunteering

On April 13th, students will be hosting the second annual “The Big Event.” The Big Event is a single-day volunteering event held each spring. During the event, hundreds of students visit community homes and businesses to help with projects. The purpose of the event is for students to say “thank you” for everything the Brookings…

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Council approves work on 22nd Ave.

BROOKINGS – It’s still winter, but the Brookings City Council is making plans for summer road construction by approving a bid Tuesday for work on 22nd Avenue between Minnesota Drive and Eastbrook Drive. The council approved a bid by Timmons Construction of Brookings for $2,835,903 for concrete pavement.  City Engineer Jackie Lanning explained the Phase…

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Brookings Chamber selects new president and CEO

BROOKINGS – Kelsey Doom has been selected as the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce’s new president and CEO after a months-long search, the Chamber announced Tuesday.  Doom currently serves as executive director of Wagner Area Growth, Inc. as well as the Wagner Chamber of Commerce.  “I am very excited and honored by this opportunity to…

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College Factual ranks South Dakota State in top 5 percent for value

South Dakota State University has been ranked in the top 5 percent nationally as a “Best Value for the Money” in the annual nationwide ranking of U.S. colleges and universities by College Factual. SDState’s programs in biology, nursing and sociology were ranked in the nation’s top 5 percent while animal science and physical education/teacher education…

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Brookings plans another attempt at federal grant

Entities working to get interchange at 20th St. S., I-29 BROOKINGS – Entities connected to the planned interchange project at 20th Street South and Interstate 29 have been busy preparing for another shot at federal grant dollars after they received news that their previous application was denied by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The project…

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