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Resurrecting the Ben Franklin building

Old five and dime becoming public market, commercial kitchen; two floors of apartments above BROOKINGS – Not much of the original building at 420 Main Ave. in Brookings is left, but its bare bones are providing a framework for the beginning of a new downtown business. Brookings Built Green is working to resurrect the building…

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On-the-job, apprentice training helps fill construction needs

BROOKINGS – The construction industry is one of a rare few where someone can get a job fresh out of high school and learn all the necessary skills through apprentice training, on-the-job experience, and creative further education that is tailored to each employee’s needs and circumstances.  “Mills Construction is supportive of education after high school…

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Royal River Casino celebrates $30M expansion

FLANDREAU – Royal River Casino and Hotel is hosting its Relaunch Weekend today through Sunday to celebrate the substantial completion of its more than $30 million ground-up renovation and expansion project.  The project was made possible through a strategic investment from the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe to the Casino Resort, which the tribe has owned…

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Brookings celebrates manufacturing week

BROOKINGS – Brookings Mayor Keith Corbett has proclaimed Sept. 30 through Oct. 4 as Brookings Manufacturing Week, acknowledging the industry’s role as a key driver of the Brookings area economy.  The community is the second largest manufacturing community in the state, with the industry employing one out of every four private sector workers.  This is…

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Special delivery

New doc’s mom was labor, delivery nurse BROOKINGS – Emily Abele joined the Brookings Health System’s medical staff on Sept. 1 as a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. To date she’s been doing more GYN than OB. “At this point, I like everything and I am doing both. More on the gynecology side,” she explained.…

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Survey results reveal shopping/dining preferences, overall impressions of Brookings

2,123 responses provide valuable insight on local retail industry A survey recently completed by Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) shows residents would like more retail choices, with family restaurants, clothing stores and additional grocery options high on the list of requests. The Brookings County Consumer Survey was completed by 2,123 Brookings County residents and workers…

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Lake Area Tech students to attend Jackrabbits football games for free

South Dakota State University and the Lake Area Technical Institute are expanding their partnership by allowing Lake Area Tech students to attend Jackrabbits football games for free this season. The Jacks have seven home games in 2019, beginning Saturday at 6 p.m. against Long Island University. “We have a wonderful partnership with Lake Area Tech…

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Workforce events to be held in Brookings July 25

BROOKINGS – Brookings Economic Development Corporation is hosting the Brookings Area Workforce Conference on Thursday, July 25, at the Swiftel Center. The conference seeks to address issues facing the region’s employers and help them find solutions for continued growth and success.   “One of our workforce priorities is sharing best practices and ideas to assist our…

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Workforce demand is strong

Brookings’ workforce demand is strong, with more than 1,200 job openings reported recently in the Brookings area and more than 700 additional positions planned in the next three years. That’s according to the Brookings Economic Development Corporation’s recent survey of area employers to better understand Brookings’ current and future workforce needs. The survey results will…

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SDState ranked No. 10 in best colleges for education majors

Study.com has ranked South Dakota State University No. 10 in its 50 Best Colleges for Education Majors. According to Study.com, “South Dakota State offers 16 degrees in education, including a B.S. in early childhood education, a B.S. in physical education teacher education and a B.S. in early education and care. These programs include real-world enrichment opportunities…

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