The annual Brookings Area Excellence in Family Business Award was presented by the Prairie Family Business Association to the Kjelden Family of Sterling Technology in recognition of their commitment to their community and their success in transitioning their business through multiple generations.Founded in 1987, Sterling Technology has led the way in the industry of bovine…

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Combine some family creativity with opportunity and you get Kevin & Kaia Creations, a father/daughter Brookings business that specializes in cards and stickers with South Dakota flair. Art is a relaxing hobby Kevin Smith shares with his teenage daughter, but it became a little more than that when Kaia needed to raise money. Kevin says…

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O’Reilly Auto Parts will open its 19th South Dakota store in Brookings, at the intersection of Minnesota Drive and Sunrise Ridge Road. Construction is well under way at the site, shown at right. What started in 1957 with one family store in Springfield, Missouri, where it is still headquartered, O’Reilly Auto Parts now operates more…

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There’s a new addition to restaurant options in downtown Brookings, with the Sept. 1 opening of smoothie and sandwich shop Agua Fresh. Located at 420 Main Ave., the store is currently open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on the weekend.  Agua Fresh shares a building with the Brookings Commercial Kitchen…

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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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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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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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A new mural, Prism, has been installed on the alley wall of The Brookings Register building on Fifth Street in downtown Brookings.  It features a triangle pattern utilizing Brookings branding colors of various tints and shades – pinks, oranges, yellows, teals and blues.   Artist and owner of Creative Impressions and Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce Director of…

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A mask with a reusable respirator that captures and kills the novel coronavirus—that’s the vision of South Dakota State University assistant mechanical engineering professor Saikat Basu. He is part of a multi-institutional team of researchers who will be designing and developing the new respirator. “This pandemic is not going away any time soon—the idea is…

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