BROOKINGS, SD – April 13, 2021 – The Brookings Economic Development Corporation held the 14th annual Idea Competition this past month. Inventors and entrepreneurs, both students and non-students, from the Brookings area submitted entries. “Anyone who had a business or product idea was eligible to enter,” said BEDC Director of Entrepreneur Support, Jennifer Quail. Six…

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By: Matthew Rhodes, The Brookings Register – Updated: 4 days ago Posted Mar 19, 2021 Hello Larsons Coffee Roastery starts small, hopes to open coffee shop someday VOLGA – The scent of roasted coffee in Volga from time to time won’t lead you to a coffee shop – but maybe someday. That lovely aroma now…

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Draining excess water from fields is good for agricultural production, but the nutrient-laden water flowing through the drainage tile can pollute nearby water bodies. Diverting the water through an underground chamber filled with wood chips, known as a woodchip bioreactor, can help remove nitrates and thereby reduce the environmental impact on creeks, streams and lakes.…

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Soybean meal is an important source of protein for animal feed, but it’s not perfect. “Soybean meal contains substances, known as antinutritional factors, that do not harm the animal, but can interfere with digestion,” explained South Dakota State University sophomore Javi Adividya. The microbiology major is using fermentation to break down these antinutritional factors and…

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The Lanes features interactive lanes  The old-style, historic Brookings landmark that was Prairie Lanes is no more. Following closure in May 2020 and the new ownership of M.G. Oil, headquartered in Rapid City, came a total gutting, a major rebuilding from floor to ceiling, and a new general manager. The new state-of-the-art lanes opened simply…

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 Erica Bousema doesn’t let grass grow under her feet. Only 19, she’s just opened Emerald Grace Clothing Company in downtown Brookings and is about to graduate from South Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree. “I’m excited to be in the Brookings area, and I hope to be here for a little while,” Bousema said.…

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A changing of the guard is underway for a downtown Brookings business. After 33 years in the antiques trade, owner-operator Patty Kratochvil is selling Threads of Memories Antiques Mall to Emily (Dotson) Braun, a Brookings native whose mother, Carolyn Dotson, once worked with Kratochvil at Threads – for 7 1/2 years. Kratochvil has been 23…

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Brookings native, Wooden Legs team up to create space for stand-up comedians A Brookings native and comedian and a local pub want to bring some laughter to the community, something that’s been lacking since the start of the pandemic. On Valentine’s Day weekend, Wooden Legs Brewing Company is partnering with Sean Leary for the premier…

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Kara Grayson wanted a one-stop shop for women to get clothes, jewelry and gifts, so she started two stores that complement each other: Dakota Soul Boutique, which has “a little bit of everything,” and Designs by Kara Marie, which features her handcrafted jewelry. The stores are located at 2035 Orchard Drive, behind Casey’s General Store…

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Think about bourbon and your mind goes to the Bourbon Trail of Kentucky or the nightlife in New Orleans on Bourbon Street.  However, you should start thinking about Brandt and Brookings, South Dakota. Owner and distiller Gordon Ommen of BlackFork Farms has been bottling his South Dakota bourbon since last January. “We are a farm…

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