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Focused Planning, Impactful Results…Economic Development in Brookings

By: Kristi Larsen, BEDC Marketing Director Brookings is recognized throughout the region for its progressive and collaborative approach to growth and development. What role does economic development play in this community building initiative? Economic development is a process that seeks to improve the economic well-being of a region through business development, job creation and wealth…

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Feliz Navidad welcomes families new to area

When restaurant owner Nitza Rubenstein met some of the families new to the community and spending their first winter in Flandreau, she wanted to help them be more prepared for the cold weather. Last Friday, they gathered for a party at Fajita’s Bar & Grill that included cookies and other treats, a pair of boots…

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LATI grad, Daktronics employee earns engineering degree at SDSU

By: SDSU Marketing & Communications David Ulschmid graduated from Lake Area Technical Institute and later earned a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State. As a child, David Ulschmid enjoyed taking apart old electronics. “I’m sure this happened for many kids. The TV breaks, so their parents unplug it and give it to the kid, let…

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Technical education in SD climbing upward

By: Del Bartels, Capitol Bureau South Dakota could quadruple output of the number of technical students and not reach the market need for those students in their fields,” said Nick Wendell, executive director of the Board of Technical Education. Wendell specifically pointed out the current need for licensed practical nurses. Wendell began his update to…

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Woodbine Productions’ 11th season brings world’s finest entertainers to Brookings

By: SDSU Foundation Woodbine Productions’ 11th season brings some of the world’s finest entertainers to Brookings and appeals to all generations. All proceeds from Woodbine Productions support music scholarships at South Dakota State University. Opening the season on Sept. 24 is 17-year-old vocalist and pianist Ethan Bortnick’s “Generations of Music” show. Recognized by the Guinness…

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City-Wide Scavenger Hunt to be held Aug. 26

The Brookings newcomer program, Beyond Connections, will host a ‘Welcome to Brookings’ event with a City-Wide Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. The goal of the event is for new residents to learn more about Brookings and network with others. Participants will start at Café Coteau inside the Children’s Museum of South…

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KSFY One Day Getaway – Brookings Stories

KSFY was in Brookings on July 12 as part of their “One Day Getaway” broadcast. Watch: Mayor Keith Corbett Watch: Brookings Arts Festival Impact Watch: Brookings Area Makerspace Watch: Eponymous Brewing Watch: Brookings Built Green Watch: Cook’s Kitchen Watch: SDSU Renovation Projects Watch: Prairie Mermaid Boutique    

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Dunn hired as Brookings, LATI business partnership specialist

By: Lake Area Technical Institute Brookings Economic Development Corporation, Vision Brookings and Lake Area Technical Institute have hired Thomas Dunn of Brookings as their new business partner specialist. Dunn is a 2005 graduate of Brookings High School. After graduation, Dunn moved to Texas, where he worked in sales for the King Ranch until he enlisted…

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