Editor’s note: An incorrect grant program was listed as a potential funding source for the district. The program listed has been corrected the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. The program is through the CARES Act.  BROOKINGS – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create difficulties and unknowns for the Brookings School District, even as administrators work on…

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Brookings residents on Friday gathered for the community’s first public celebration of Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The date marks the freeing of enslaved African-Americans in Texas on June 19, 1865, more than two years after Abraham Lincoln had instituted the Emancipation Proclamation. The Civil War ended in…

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Downtown Brookings director paints storefront windows  Courtesy photo: Ashley Biggar gives some finishing strokes to a heart-filled mural on the window at Cook’s Kitchen in downtown Brookings. She puts a “World of Hearts” in each of the window murals she paints downtown and at other places around Brookings. In a few weeks, she will paint…

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The Brookings School Board and district administrators on Monday discussed the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on local students, teachers and parents, mostly related to remote learning.  The school board discussed how certain areas of remote learning could be improved, based upon surveys. Officials are also looking ahead to the fall, but no decision on…

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Editor’s note: This is an expanded version of the South Dakota News Watch story that appeared in the June 9 edition of The Brookings Register. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of dozens of fairs, festivals and other events in South Dakota in 2020 that typically provide a significant revenue boost and foster community cohesiveness…

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BROOKINGS – Members of the Brookings community will gather for the Justice for Black Lives demonstration at 6 p.m. Friday, June 5.  Starting at the courthouse green on Sixth Avenue, the group will peacefully march on Fifth Avenue to Fifth Street, proceed south on Main Avenue to Fourth Street, west to Third Avenue, south to…

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Despite COVID-19 impact, over 900 positions currently available According to the South Dakota Department of Labor, the April unemployment rate for Brookings County was 8.6%. The state unemployment rate was 11.0% while the federal rate was 14.7%. The County had 19,284 people in the labor force with 17,618 employed. Prior to April, the highest level…

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Heuton set to retire at the end of the year Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced today that it has begun the search for the next leader of the organization. BEDC is the lead entity for economic development in Brookings County, with key strategic focus areas of business development, entrepreneur support, workforce development and community development.…

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Responses offer valuable insight on local child care needs A survey conducted by Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) earlier this year delivered a comprehensive analysis of child care in Brookings County. The primary purpose of this assessment was to obtain locally derived data and information that can be used to guide community-based actions and outcomes around the issues…

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