City implementing changes due to decrease in revenue because of coronavirus Things will look different in Brookings this year because of COVID-19, but the total impact isn’t known yet and won’t be for some time, said City Manager Paul Briseno and Chief Financial Officer Erick Rangel. The COVID-19 pandemic has always had two components: the…

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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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ST. PAUL, Minnesota – 3M headquarters issued a statement Friday there will be some suspended operations at the Brookings plant, due to the impact of the coronavirus. “As a result of COVID-19’s impact on market demand for certain products related to non-critical healthcare services, we have temporarily suspended select operations at our 3M Brookings site.…

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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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Most of layoffs were office workers Twin City Fan laid off some staff throughout South Dakota earlier in May, said Trinity Persful, vice president of marketing, in an email to the Register Friday. “Last week we had a reduction in force of nearly 25 employees. These employees were in mostly office roles,” Persful wrote, adding…

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Last Friday, the teachers of Hillcrest Elementary held a parade for all their students. Dozens of teachers decorated their cars and drove around the Hillcrest school attendance boundaries, traveling past their student’s homes in hopes to brighten their students’ days and wave hello. “In the education world when schools went to remote learning, a lot…

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Daktronics, a Brookings-based electronic and video display and scoreboard manufacturer, has laid off about 100 employees due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, a company representative said in an emailed statement Wednesday. “Faced with this reality, we have chosen to reduce capacity in a more sustained way, through a reduction in force, and we…

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In the age of the coronavirus, people across the nation have taken to wearing masks that serve as safety barriers that protect the wearer and/or the people with whom the wearer comes in contact.  While some masks are of a clinical or industrial nature, many Americans are wearing cloth masks, often handmade by a variety…

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In response to many immediate needs due to the coronavirus, the Larson Family Foundation has contributed $250,000 to the South Dakota Community Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund, the SDCF announced Wednesday. In efforts to aid communities and nonprofits in need due to the coronavirus outbreak, the SDCF established the Coronavirus Response Fund in March. The fund…

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South Dakota State University’s spring commencement went off with the precision of a prerecorded ceremony Saturday. In fact, that’s just what it was. Three virtual ceremonies were aired at the time and day that live ceremonies would have been held had not the COVID-19 pandemic changed life in South Dakota and around the world. Organizers…

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