A highly digestible fish, shrimp and young terrestrial animal feed ingredient produced from South Dakota soybeans is reaching a worldwide market. Fish farmers and feed mills in Europe can now integrate Prairie AquaTech’s microbially enhanced protein ingredient, known as ME-PRO®, made from non-genetically modified soybeans into their feed formulations. The European market requires a non-GMO…

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At one point, no day seemed predictable. They were laying off people. They were busier than they could handle. They didn’t have enough work to go around. They had so much work they ran 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Brookings-based Falcon Plastics’ business is driven by the demands of other businesses –…

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Work to convert a recently constructed building into a new Pizza Ranch will be underway in February 2021 at the same site on Sixth Street in Brookings that the old restaurant occupied. The new restaurant is owned by the husband-and-wife team of Bret and Kara Henning of Brookings and Ross Olson, owner of a Pizza…

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Samyok Nepal, a student from Brookings High School, has been named South Dakota’s Congressional App Challenge winner, U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson announced last week. Nepal designed an app called Bobcat Notify, which alerts students on school closures for snow days. “Technology is a part of our daily lives,” Johnson said. “This congressional app competition was…

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A Brookings entrepreneur has turned a job loss into a career opportunity, creating a spicy concoction to help his customers thaw out this holiday season. Nick Curry says his new product – Halogi Hot Sauce – is a sure-fire way to add a kick of spice and flavor to a favorite dish. The hand-made, small-batch…

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Experience in modeling aerosol sprays designed to treat chronic sinus problems puts assistant mechanical engineering professor Saikat Basu in a unique position to tackle COVID-19. He is part of a multi-institutional team of researchers who will design and develop a mask with a reusable respirator that captures coronavirus-carrying droplets and kills the virus. Basu was…

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Consignment shop specializes in kids clothes Kids tend to outgrow clothes before they wear them out, so two moms started a business to help other families get slightly used clothes for less money. Little Rascals Consignment and Studio is located at 314 Main Ave. in Brookings and is run by sisters-in-law Sarah Wilson and Natasha…

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The Brookings City Council approved a development agreement with Linchpin Corporation for the redevelopment of the Old Armory in downtown Brookings and construction of a hotel and parking ramp, and approved contract change orders for the Bob Shelden baseball field renovation during Tuesday’s meeting. Background on Old Armory Mike Struck, director of Community Development, explained…

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Wilbert’s Alehouse is part of DenWil Hospitality Group “We’ve finally opened, after being established in 2018,” said Eric Miller, chef and director of operations for Wilbert’s Alehouse, with a hearty laugh.  “We’re open for reservations only, 5 to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.”  Reservations can be made into the future, and some lunch-group reservations are…

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Medgene Labs hosted members of the South Dakota Legislature at its vaccine production facility in Brookings recently to discuss possible funding sources for a new COVID-19 vaccine developed for companion animals.  The vaccine has shown promise in pre-clinical studies, the lab reports.  Medgene Labs is an animal health company that provides vaccines and services to…

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