Free, online directory provides parents with access to providers Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) and the Brookings Child Care / Early Learner Task Force are thrilled to announce the development of the Brookings Area Child Care Directory. Selecting the right child care provider is one of the most important decisions a parent must make. While…

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Women Without Limits looking for members, to meet March 1 Women Without Limits Brookings will have its inaugural meeting March 1 and is looking for members, according to Nicole Biever. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Benjamin Franklin Event Center. If anyone is not comfortable meeting in person, a video will…

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Starting today, the COVID-19 community vaccination center scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25, is now open to Brookings County residents age 65 and older.  Last week the South Dakota Department of Health announced it would drop the age bracket for Phase 1D vaccinations to people 65 years of age effective Monday, Feb. 22. The Brookings County…

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The Lanes features interactive lanes  The old-style, historic Brookings landmark that was Prairie Lanes is no more. Following closure in May 2020 and the new ownership of M.G. Oil, headquartered in Rapid City, came a total gutting, a major rebuilding from floor to ceiling, and a new general manager. The new state-of-the-art lanes opened simply…

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Results from the COVID-19 Brookings Community Survey have been released.  The survey was created and distributed by the City of Brookings in order to learn about experiences of Brookings community individuals during this time of COVID-19, including identifying immediate concerns and accessing local resources.  The survey was available online and was also distributed by mail…

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Last winter, 12 to 20 older adults were exercising three days a week at the United Methodist Community Life Center through the Healthy Movement class led by South Dakota State University Exercise Science Club members. Linda and Ron Thaden of Brookings began attending the class five years ago after being part of a SDSU research study…

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Brookings native, Wooden Legs team up to create space for stand-up comedians A Brookings native and comedian and a local pub want to bring some laughter to the community, something that’s been lacking since the start of the pandemic. On Valentine’s Day weekend, Wooden Legs Brewing Company is partnering with Sean Leary for the premier…

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The Brookings chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace marked the building of its 1,000th bed on Saturday, according to chapter president Dave Miller. It’s a bittersweet milestone, he said, especially since it only took about 2 1/2 years. “It’s amazing, it’s humbling, it’s quite a milestone to reach, but it’s challenging to me personally to…

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The Downtown Brookings Business District Committee, a committee of the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, relaunched the Downtown Economic Development Incentive Fund (DEDIF) today. The purpose of the DEDIF Loan Program is to stimulate private investment in downtown Brookings by lending funds to downtown property owners for the purpose of exterior streetside real estate improvements,…

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The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee will host its legislative forums for this 96th legislative session virtually.  This year, local lawmakers will answer constituents’ questions via Zoom. The first session is set for 9 a.m. Saturday. “These legislative forums are vital for Chamber members and Brookings residents to learn from and communicate…

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