Brookings native, Erika Klein is the Learning & Development Manager at First Bank & Trust. She graduated from SDSU in 2006 with a degree in German and minors Business and Communication Studies & Theatre. Erika has a passion for people and loves helping others grow their skills! Name: Erika Klein Title: Learning & Development Manager Hometown: Brookings, SD…

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Ben joined the A1 Development team in the fall of 2019 and has a strong background in the food production industry. Ben grew up on a small grain and beef cattle ranch in western South Dakota, and worked closely with his family as they managed a restaurant and catering business in his hometown. Ben received…

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We are launching a new series in which we will introduce you to each of our 15 individual board members and let them share about economic development and the impact it has to the Brookings County area. To kick things off, let’s say “Hello!” to Carla Gatzke who serves as President of our BEDC Board.…

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Meet Chris Brozik, Vice President & Principal Engineer at Civil Design, Inc. Chris has a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering and has a proven track record of successfully completing transportation and structural projects over his 10+ year career. Name: Chris Brozik Title: Vice President & Principal Engineer Hometown: Madison, SD Company:…

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Meet Kristina Lankow, Sales and Marketing Manager at the Swiftel Center. Kristina joined the team at the Swiftel Center in 2015 and it was the perfect way to satisfy her creative background in design and writing with a passion for customer service and live entertainment. Kristina graduated from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) with a Bachelor…

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Brookings County awarded Resilient Community designation April 15, 2021 BROOKINGS, SD – The community of Brookings County became the first Resilient Community in South Dakota April 14. Representatives from two state universities, local city and county government, law enforcement, child protection services and child advocates gathered in the City Council chambers at 10:30 a.m., to…

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Meet David Reynolds, Director of the School of Performing Arts and Professor of Music at South Dakota State University. David teaches lessons on the trumpet and French horn, conducts the SDSU/Civic Symphony, and helps faculty in music, theatre, and dance achieve their professional goals. Name: David Reynolds Title: Director of the School of Performing Arts…

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Brookings Inclusive Collaborative will be hosting two community conversations in April. Discussion topic will be how people experience diversity in the Brookings community and deliberate different approaches to enhancing inclusion. All are welcome! Saturday, April 17: 9am-Noon, Swiftel Center (limited, in-person event; masks required) Saturday, April 21: 1-3pm, Zoom (unlimited capacity, virtual event) Sign up…

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March 23, 2021 CollegeRank.net ranked South Dakota State University No. 11 in its listing of the 30 Best Bachelor’s in Geography. It stated students could pursue this degree as a stand-alone major or partner it with geographic information sciences. In addition, students could earn certificates in geographic information sciences and unmanned aircraft systems. “When compiling…

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Ashley Biggar is the Director of Downtown Brookings with the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce. She received her BA in Consumer Affairs from South Dakota State University in 2008. Ashley’s career path stems from her love of art and people. In 2004, Ashley started her own business, Creative Impressions, utilizing her artist and event planning…

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