Community-wide initiative underway supporting SDSU’s return to campus A coalition of organizations and businesses, together with the city of Brookings, have formed the Brookings Resiliency Collaborative to assist the university with their plan for resuming on-campus operations in August SDSU’s JacksRBack task force has established several guiding principles and general guidelines and is developing detailed…

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No Uncle Sam Jam activities in Brookings this year BROOKINGS – The annual Fourth of July fireworks display will blast off as planned for the Brookings community.  Traditionally, this display is the finale for the annual Uncle Sam Jam festival at the Swiftel Center. However, due to COVID-19, all Uncle Sam Jam activities have been…

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BROOKINGS – Brookings Health System reminds the community to stay vigilant and continue practicing the necessary safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  “Since June 1 to June 17, the South Dakota Department of Health has reported 23 total cases of COVID-19 in Brookings County, more than the 16 reported cases from March, April…

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Organization now separate from Chamber of Commerce  Courtesy photo: Visit Brookings staff BROOKINGS – The organization formerly known as the Brookings Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) under the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce has become a stand-alone 501(c)6 organization. The new organization is called Visit Brookings, and its leaders say they will focus on promoting…

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Downtown Brookings director paints storefront windows  Courtesy photo: Ashley Biggar gives some finishing strokes to a heart-filled mural on the window at Cook’s Kitchen in downtown Brookings. She puts a “World of Hearts” in each of the window murals she paints downtown and at other places around Brookings. In a few weeks, she will paint…

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Amendment would change rules to recommendations The Brookings City Council took the first step Tuesday toward amending an ordinance to relax the COVID-19 rules businesses currently have to follow, potentially making them recommendations as soon as next month. The first reading of amended Ordinance 20-010 was approved on a 4-3 vote; it is not in…

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The Brookings School Board and district administrators on Monday discussed the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on local students, teachers and parents, mostly related to remote learning.  The school board discussed how certain areas of remote learning could be improved, based upon surveys. Officials are also looking ahead to the fall, but no decision on…

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Editor’s note: This is an expanded version of the South Dakota News Watch story that appeared in the June 9 edition of The Brookings Register. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of dozens of fairs, festivals and other events in South Dakota in 2020 that typically provide a significant revenue boost and foster community cohesiveness…

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The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its upcoming move to a new building located at 1321 Sixth St. (formerly known to many as “Sixth Street Florist”).  “We are thrilled about the new location. We were able to negotiate a very reasonable lease and are grateful the space will allow us to better serve our…

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