An underwater drone capable of carrying seven sensors and taking leaf and soil samples is increasing research capabilities at the South Dakota Water Resources Institute. However, the sampling capabilities are not what makes it unique. “What’s new is the ability to revisit a specific place multiple times over a season,” explained assistant professor Aaron Franzen.…

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With the state gradually reopening and easing restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Brookings Farmers Market is set to open at 9 a.m. Saturday at its normal location between the Brookings Public Library and the Brookings County Courthouse. A series of new restrictions and modifications as to how the market functions…

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New Program Recognizes Committed Entrepreneurs and Local Champions The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce and Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) are excited to announce the recipients of five awards to celebrate small businesses in Brookings. The new program was launched in April and online nominations were received from members of the community. “It’s always fun to…

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New online resource to support entrepreneurs Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is excited to announce the launch of a new online platform to support local entrepreneurs, the Mentor Match-up. This new tool will help facilitate the connections between experienced mentors and entrepreneurs in the Brookings community.  Research has shown that mentors can provide immense value.…

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Two groups of South Dakota State University students finished in the top five of the 14th Governor’s Giant Vision entrepreneurial college student business competition. South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry event Chairman Brad Wheeler, president of Wheeler Manufacturing, announced the top finishers Tuesday. After a preliminary judging process that reduced the field of applicants…

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The battle against the novel coronavirus has begun at South Dakota State University. More than 20 researchers are investigating ways to prevent the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, which causes COVID-19. One engineering researcher has already received National Science Foundation funding and the university’s COVID-19 working group has submitted its first proposal.…

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Shortly after getting a question from his director, Brad Jensen ’93 said he needed some time to think about the latest request. A local health care organization had contacted Raven Industries to see if it could create personal protective equipment for its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. After about 90 minutes, Jensen, the manufacturing engineering…

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Brookings Area MAKERSPACE part of COVID-19 Response Needs When the call came from the local medical community seeking head straps as part of the personal protective equipment used by staff, MAKERSPACE member Becky Jurrens was quick to answer. Jurrens is not only an active MAKERSPACE member, she is also a medical professional herself as well…

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$2,500 in prize money awarded Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced the winners of the annual Idea Competition on Friday, Feb. 28 at a public reception held at the Innovation Center. This year marked the thirteenth year of the contest, which encourages Brookings area residents and SDSU students to think about starting new businesses or…

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South Dakota State University undergraduate students will tell legislators about landscape architecture and food science research at the Student Poster Session March 4 in Pierre. Junior Anthony Miller of Dell Rapids and senior Gabriel Heller of Aberdeen will explain how their landscape designs integrate green infrastructure, such as rain gardens, retention ponds and swales, to…

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