Community Development

New Multicultural Center welcomes all

Goal is to help all, whether from Brookings or elsewhere in world BROOKINGS – The Brookings Multicultural Center wants everyone to come visit them – whether you were born elsewhere or lived here all your life. The idea is to remove barriers for those who come from other countries to live in Brookings and educate…

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Brookings Health offers ‘Stop the Bleed’ education

BROOKINGS – Brookings Health System is teaching area educators the principles of bleeding control before they head back to the classroom this fall.  “Stop the Bleed” is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action that encourages bystanders to become skilled, equipped and empowered in a bleeding emergency. The program officially began in 2015 with its roots…

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One business becomes three

Hitch Studio grows, sells and expands BROOKINGS – In 2014, Renee Bauman and Carrie Kuhl founded Hitch Studio as business partners in a design studio for wedding invitations.  Over time, it grew to include three divisions: web and graphic design, wedding planning, and a downtown retail store full of cards and gifts. This month, the…

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New store offers baby, maternity items

BROOKINGS – Teresa Holloman noticed a lot of babies in Brookings, but nowhere to buy higher-end items for them, so she opened Baybeeluv Boutique to see to their needs. She’s only been open since July 1, but she’s already been adding things because people have requested them. “I’ll continue to do that. I want to…

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Another five-star ranking for Brookings long-term care facility

BROOKINGS – New quality data recently issued on Nursing Home Compare, www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare, ranks The Neighborhoods at Brookview as the only long-term care facility in South Dakota with a perfect five-star rating.  “Several years ago our team embraced the household model of care to create a homelike, social setting for our residents,” Administrator Jason Hanssen said. “We’ve…

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Survey asks how community events affect Brookings residents

BROOKINGS – Events, such as the Brookings Summer Arts Festival, the Fourth of July celebration and Hobo Day, attract visitors to the Brookings community – that’s the goal. Vendors and hotels reap financial benefits and the events themselves enrich the lives of all residents, but more people can also mean more traffic and more trash,…

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Brookings receives Farm to School grant

BROOKINGS – The Brookings School District has been awarded a 2019 Farm to School grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The $50,000 planning grant, developed in partnership with SDSU Extension, the SDSU Fishback Center for Early Childhood Education and the SDSU Local Foods Education Center, will create the Brookings Farm to Early Care and…

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Foregoing tradition

Brookings couple eloped, then volunteered in Guatemala for honeymoon BROOKINGS – Newlyweds Andrew and Ashley Engel celebrated their marriage this past December by foregoing a traditional wedding and reception. Instead, they went to serve as volunteers for various people in need in Guatemala.  They worked through a company called International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ). This New…

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‘Geography is taste’

Brookings man roasting, selling small batches of coffee BROOKINGS – You wouldn’t ordinarily imagine an entire world, culture and geography in a single cup of coffee.  That’s precisely the notion that barista, manager, coffee roaster and businessman Andrew Litz aims to achieve with every cup of coffee brewed from his company: Westbound Coffee Company.  “It…

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Rethinking retirement

Brookings woman teaches sewing in Belize BROOKINGS – While Brookings native Dee Shanley was in high school here, her Girl Scout troop visited Costa Rica. And as a student at South Dakota State University, she visited Mexico.  Now she’s making her ninth trip to Belize and will stay for a full school year as a…

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