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Old-fashioned Christmas coming to Volga Saturday

Volga is capturing the spirit of Christmas, and it’s inviting people to share some of that spirit on Saturday, with “An Old Fashioned Christmas in Volga.”  It’s billing its offering as “A Festive Day for the whole family!” And it’s “A Volga Tradition!” “Last year and this year, it has really grown,” said Lorraine Schonewill,…

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Einspahr Auto Plaza celebrating 50th anniversary

The winter of ’68-’69 was a tough one for South Dakota. For Ford sales rep Ron Einspahr it brought a tough decision that has taken him to where he is today: he bought the Brookings Ford dealership.  This year Einspahr Auto Plaza, which in retirement he still owns and where his son Matt Einspahr is…

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Armory development plan includes hotel, restaurant

The Brookings City Council on Tuesday accepted a proposal by Linchpin Corporation to turn the Old Armory, at 221 Main Ave., into a restaurant and lounge and meeting space and build a boutique hotel with a two-level parking garage on its west side. Now the city will move forward with creating a development agreement with…

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International students make $20.5 million impact at SDSU

The impacts made by international students at South Dakota State University are immeasurable. However, NAFSA: Association of International Educators has developed the International Student Economic Value Tool to determine economic contributions made by international students when attending U.S. colleges and universities. With 1,002 international students attending SDSU in the 2018-19 academic year, the organization states…

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SDSU’s Adelaine named to federal precision ag task force

Michael Adelaine, vice president for technology and security at South Dakota State University, has been named to a federal task force to look at the technology needs of precision agriculture. Adelaine, who was selected by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, will be in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9 for the first meeting of the Task…

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Entrepreneurs team up to offer more gift options downtown

BROOKINGS – Kirsten Gjesdal and Sheri Vaughn are sharing a space at 414 Main Ave. for their complementary businesses, Honeycomb Gifts and Hand-Tied Floral Boutique, and say it’s working out well. Honeycomb Gifts Gjesdal opened Honeycomb Gifts on Oct. 23 as an offshoot of The Carrot Seed Kitchen Co., which she opened in 2015 after…

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Brookings gets another perfect score on Municipal Equality Index

BROOKINGS – The City of Brookings and the Brookings Human Rights Commission have announced that Brookings has received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) for the second year in a row.  The Human Rights Campaign, a national organization which launched the MEI in 2012, is the largest…

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Power systems researchers at SDSU receive U.S. Dept. of Energy grant

It’s a first for two South Dakota State University power systems researchers. Associate professor Reinaldo Tonkoski and assistant professor Tim Hansen of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will model power systems that integrate large amounts of renewable energy sources through their first grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. “We develop models…

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New restaurant opens in Elkton

ELKTON – Mortland’s Burgers and More opened its doors in Elkton recently to high reviews. Owners Randy and Margo Mortland started the business after the previous owners sold the site.  “When we moved to Elkton, we had eaten here a variety of times, so we knew what the place had to offer,” Margo Mortland said.…

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Plans for new interchange underway

BROOKINGS – Getting the BUILD grant was just the first step. There’s lots more work to be done before Brookings starts building an interchange on 20th Street South, Mayor Keith Corbett said. Brookings was awarded $18.7 million by the federal BUILD grant this month. The city previously approved committing $2 million to the project; Brookings…

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