Community Development

SDSU No. 2 in Forbes’ Best-in-State Employers for 2019

South Dakota State University has been named to the inaugural Forbes list of America’s Best-in-State Employers. South Dakota State University was ranked No. 2 in the state. The ranking included companies that employ at least 500 people in their U.S. operations. “This is a tremendous recognition for South Dakota State University, but more importantly it’s a reflection…

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Working on wellness

b.well Brookings expands to include food program BROOKINGS – Longtime athlete, fitness enthusiast and foodie Bri Austin believes her b.well Brookings brand is the best option for creating a healthy community. The b.well brand was created four years ago and is a brand that inspires both healthy eating and fitness. Austin opened her gym next…

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Over the rainbow

A City of Brookings crew installs a multi-colored crosswalk at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Fifth Street on Tuesday. Mark Sallmann of Ennis-Flint said the colored strips are pre-formed thermoplastic.  The crew put down a sealant, then carefully lined up two thermoplastic pieces (below) and melted them down (above). Then skid-resistant sand was applied…

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Building a better future

SHP plans huge local bed build on June 15; looking for volunteers and donations BROOKINGS – The Brookings chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace has accomplished a lot in just one year, but Dave Miller has set his sights so much higher. The local chapter celebrated its first year of existence with cake, ice cream,…

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Brookings CVB names new executive director

The Brookings Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced Laura Schoen Carbonneau as its new executive director, beginning July 1.  Carbonneau joins the CVB team with a background in financial management, public relations and team management.  The CVB staff and board said they are thrilled to welcome Carbonneau to the team and to the Brookings community. …

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Brookings Register brings home 2018 SDNA awards

The Brookings Register was honored as one of the top small daily newspapers in the state in the 2018 South Dakota Newspaper Association Better Newspapers Contest. SDNA’s joint convention with the North Dakota Newspaper Association was held Friday and Saturday in Medora, North Dakota, with The Brookings Register taking home the third-place prizes for both General Excellence and…

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SDState’s College of Nursing places two programs in nation’s top 15

Study.com has named South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing No. 12 for its doctor of nursing practice program and No. 14 for its nurse practitioner programs. According to Study.com, “The South Dakota State University College of Nursing boasts impressive success rates for its nursing students, including 100 percent job placement and advanced practice registered nurse pass rates for…

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Analysis shows SDState ranked among nation’s best for exceeding graduation rates

South Dakota State University was listed as one of the top-performing institutions in terms of exceeding expected six-year graduation rates, according to analysis of 368 colleges and universities done by The New York Times and the Urban Institute’s Center on Education Data and Policy. An article on the topic, The College Dropout Crisis, appeared in May…

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Brookings students leave their mark at BHS

Students paint murals in Brookings High School classroom BROOKINGS – Two former Brookings students have left their mark on a Brookings High School classroom. Audrey Harms and Tessie Braga-Henebry each painted a mural in the classroom of BHS English teacher Richard Ganci over the course of the past year. Harms graduated with the BHS Class…

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Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center provides ultimate theater experience

Theater students can put on a first-class/world-class production thanks to the recent addition to the Performing Arts Center. After the addition was completed, it was renamed to the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. Students now perform in the new, state-of-the-art proscenium theater, which seats about 850 people. Emerging from the ceiling is a large chandelier…

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