Brookings Chamber selects new president and CEO

BROOKINGS – Kelsey Doom has been selected as the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce’s new president and CEO after a months-long search, the Chamber announced Tuesday.  Doom currently serves as executive director of Wagner Area Growth, Inc. as well as the Wagner Chamber of Commerce.  “I am very excited and honored by this opportunity to…

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College Factual ranks South Dakota State in top 5 percent for value

South Dakota State University has been ranked in the top 5 percent nationally as a “Best Value for the Money” in the annual nationwide ranking of U.S. colleges and universities by College Factual. SDState’s programs in biology, nursing and sociology were ranked in the nation’s top 5 percent while animal science and physical education/teacher education…

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Brookings plans another attempt at federal grant

Entities working to get interchange at 20th St. S., I-29 BROOKINGS – Entities connected to the planned interchange project at 20th Street South and Interstate 29 have been busy preparing for another shot at federal grant dollars after they received news that their previous application was denied by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The project…

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Brookings 2019 Idea Competition Winners Announced

Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced the winners of the annual Idea Competition on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at a public reception held at the Research Park at SDSU. This year marked the twelfth year of the contest, which encourages Brookings area residents and SDSU students to think about starting new businesses or expanding product lines…

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‘Fit My Feet’ moves into former Brookings Payless store

BROOKINGS – What Nick Kolterman, owner and founder of Fit My Feet Orthotics & Shoes, calls an “old fashioned sit-and-fit shoe store that used to be like Kinney shoes” is coming to Brookings.  It’s occupying the former Payless Shoe Source at 720 25th Ave. and opens for business Friday. There are two other Fit My…

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Students brewing up success at BHS

BHS students start, run their own coffee and pastry business BROOKINGS – Starting and running your own business is a difficult task for anybody to take on, but a group of Brookings High School students are learning firsthand the basics of running a business by starting their own as part of class. BHS seniors Stephen…

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Sisters take ownership of Brookings Sylvan Learning Center

BROOKINGS – The wellbeing and education of children matter to sisters Colleen Halbur and Michelle McGuckin; that’s no surprise with 16 children between the two of them.  Along with their husbands, they took ownership of the Brookings Sylvan Learning Center in December 2018. The sisters themselves come from a large family and grew up on…

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St. Thomas More adding second grade

BROOKINGS – As St. Thomas More Catholic School celebrated its successes of the past and its promise for the future at a Winter Gala and Grand Auction fundraiser on Saturday evening, the end of Catholic Schools Week 2019, it continues on its structured path to an education system that houses pre-kindergarten through third grade. Presently…

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New academy aims to create young leaders

BROOKINGS – The youth are the leaders of tomorrow, but they need to learn how to think like leaders now, which is what the Brookings Youth Leadership Academy will help them do, said Sarah Meusburger, one of the organizers. The Leadership Academy is for kids who are currently in sixth, seventh and eighth grades in…

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