Community Development

Focused Planning, Impactful Results…Economic Development in Brookings

By: Kristi Larsen, BEDC Marketing Director Brookings is recognized throughout the region for its progressive and collaborative approach to growth and development. What role does economic development play in this community building initiative? Economic development is a process that seeks to improve the economic well-being of a region through business development, job creation and wealth…

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Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament Comes To Brookings

Now hear this, all you jigsaw puzzle lovers who have the patience to put together one of those 500- to 1,000-piece challenges: there’s a competitive tournament coming to town where you can put your skills to the test, with prizes going to the winning teams. Local members of Phi Upsilon Omicron (Phi U), a scholastic…

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Swiftel Center earns Mickelson Service Award

By: Swiftel Center Midwest hospitality at its best. That’s the philosophy at the Swiftel Center. That motto has rung true as the Swiftel Center has been awarded the 2018 George S. Mickelson Great Service Award.  The award was presented to members of the Swiftel Center staff by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and South Dakota…

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SDSU Group Receives Community Innovation Grant for Prototype Development

Courtesy of the South Dakota Community Foundation The South Dakota Community Foundation recently presented a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant to South Dakota State University. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the CIG program supports efforts to find breakthrough solutions to community challenges across the state. The grant will provide partial support for the Rich…

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Brookings School District Pursues New Foundation

The Brookings School District has been moving forward with the establishment of a school district foundation with the hopes of providing the district with another means of investing in scholarships for students and grants for teachers, among other things. Talk about establishing a school district foundation began in early 2018, but plans were paused following…

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SD Governor’s 8th Biennial Art Exhibition opens at South Dakota Art Museum

The South Dakota Art Museum hosts the South Dakota Governor’s 8th Biennial Art Exhibition, featuring works from 64 South Dakota artists, Jan. 25 to April 20. The showing, the first of four statewide, represents all regions of the state and a wide variety of art forms. The museum will host a free opening reception from…

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Council of Non-Profits Being Created in Brookings

When Dan McColley talks about non-profits, the word “together” comes up a lot.  As executive director and chief mission officer of Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity, McColley knows there are things Habitat does well for its clients, but sometimes there are things they need that his organization can’t provide.  That’s why he’d like all the…

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American Freestyle Bullfighting coming to Brookings Feb. 22-23

This ain’t no bull.  The AFB Marquis Metal Works Tour American Freestyle Bullfighting is charging into the Swiftel Center Feb. 22-23 with 7 p.m. back-to-back bullfighting shows. Freestyle bullfighting is 40 seconds of nonstop, electrifying intensity, with the spotlight tightly focused on the bullfighter and bull performing in the center of the arena. Tickets go…

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Local Elks Lodge recruiting younger members

Like many of its 1,780 counterparts across the nation, Brookings Lodge No. 1490 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE), or just “Elks,” continues to see its membership decline. Several lodges in South Dakota have shut their doors, including one in nearby Madison. Phil Baker, exalted ruler and a member of the Brookings…

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