Andrew Sloss chosen to coordinate regional economic development initiatives Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is pleased to announce that Andrew Sloss has been selected as Chief Economic Development Director/CEO for the organization. Sloss has over fifteen years of experience in economic development, most recently serving as Managing Director for Baker Tilly in Houston, Texas. Past…

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There are two new stores in downtown Brookings: they’re both located in the same space and run by the same person. Pop’s Collectibles and Paint with Me Ceramics are owned and operated by Richard Lahman. They have been open since the beginning of June. Pop’s has an assortment of Beanie Babies, Hot Wheels cars, baseball…

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Identifying the mechanisms through which the new coronavirus enters and infects cells can help scientists combat COVID-19—and perhaps other emerging viruses. Professor Adam Hoppe of the South Dakota State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will identify genes that inhibit or contribute to viral infections through a one-year, $200,000 National Science Foundation grant. Hoppe is…

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Pre-med student raising funds for COVID-19 relief “It’s a chaotic and stressful time. Our neighbors need us now more than ever. COVID-19 is creating new needs while putting enormous financial pressure on all nonprofits.”  With those concerns in mind, Brookings resident Hossam Halaweish, 20, has launched “Portraits for a Purpose.” “Following social-distancing guidelines, I have…

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Salt float tank is new attraction for Brookings Cierra Murphy has a vision for Blu Salon, which she opened in Brookings this spring.  “I just want people to come to a place where they feel like it’s modern, upbeat, happy, positive and ultimately the most relaxing place they’ve been,” she said. Murphy isn’t afraid to…

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By: Dakota News Now https://www.dakotanewsnow.com/2020/08/04/brookings-commercial-kitchen-brings-new-opportunities-for-business-owners/ There’s a new opportunity in Brookings for chefs and bakers with big orders to fill or for those looking for a large event hall for festivities. The Brookings Commercial Kitchen and Ben Franklin Event Hall are open for business on Main Avenue. The commercial kitchen space is a place where…

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South Dakota State University professor Stephen Gent is the regional director of the North Central Sun Grant Center, based at SDSU. Gent, who has been a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering for 11 years, is the first engineering researcher to hold the position, which he began July 21. The Sun Grant Initiative…

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Rajesh Kavasseri has a doctorate in electrical engineering; not the background one would expect to find in a cheerleader. But in some ways, that is the job of the new associate dean of research in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering at South Dakota State University. After an 18-year career in electrical power systems…

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A new business is expanding local options for vegans, and for those who just want to work more healthy prepared-food dishes into their diets.  Vegan-based Brosia Bowl was founded and is operated solely by Darcy Green. Brosia Bowl – short for “ambrosia,” which is Greek for “food of the gods” – consists of three simple…

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