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Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Kool Beans’ second shop open for business

BROOKINGS – A popular local coffee shop has expanded its presence in Brookings. Kurt Osborne has officially opened the second location of Kool Beans coffee shop on the corner of Sixth Street and Jackrabbit Avenue, across the street from McDonald’s. The new location offers a variety of coffee beverages, smoothies and several different healthy food…

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Brookings’ food truck industry is growing

BROOKINGS – Brookings residents hungry to try out a growing trend now have at least nine food truck options from which to choose. The city licensed its first food truck in 2015, and after the first full year there were two registered trucks. Now there are nine different licensed food trucks operating around town offering…

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Corteva Agriscience Commits $600,000 to Support SDSU Raven Precision Agriculture Center

Corteva Agriscience recently announced a $600,000 gift to support the South Dakota State University precision agriculture program and construction of the new Raven Precision Agriculture Center on campus. The gift will sponsor the Corteva Student Atrium inside the new facility. “We are very fortunate to have Corteva Agriscience partner with us on this groundbreaking precision…

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Food co-op board to hold fundraiser

BROOKINGS – The local group developing a food co-op in Brookings will hold a breakfast burrito fundraiser at the Brookings Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 21.  Community members are invited to come grab a burrito and learn more about the Dakota Community Market – a planned co-op and community space. The breakfast burritos will be…

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Survey results reveal shopping/dining preferences, overall impressions of Brookings

2,123 responses provide valuable insight on local retail industry A survey recently completed by Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) shows residents would like more retail choices, with family restaurants, clothing stores and additional grocery options high on the list of requests. The Brookings County Consumer Survey was completed by 2,123 Brookings County residents and workers…

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SDSU researchers to study how cells recycle proteins

Human cells break down excess or unusable proteins into amino acids they can use, but scientists do not understand the process. “We know cells recycle proteins to conserve energy, but what, how and when that is happening is another story,” said Nicholas Butzin, an assistant professor of biology and microbiology in the South Dakota State…

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BHS grads collaborate on children’s book series

Stories promote inclusiveness, acceptance BROOKINGS – Eric Holm, Brookings High School class of 2001, and Eileen Binkley, class of 2002, were friends back in those days.  They remained friends over the years, share mutual interests and now are collaborating on a planned series of children’s books. Binkley is an art teacher at Brookings Mickelson Middle…

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Reza bringing home the magic

BROOKINGS – “At Hillcrest Elementary, a magician came in and it was just something that for whatever reason caught my attention. It was the first time that I’d seen magic.” That first time led to Reza Borchardt begging his parents, Ron and Pouran Borchardt, to buy him a magic kit. They did.  Now people come…

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Fourth Annual Maker Festival to be held Sept. 26 in Brookings

Creativity and innovation on display at free “Show and Tell” event A popular, unique and family-friendly Brookings event featuring local innovators and DIYrs demonstrating their amazing creativity is back for its fourth year. The Brookings Maker Festival will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Kidoodle Way, in front…

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