Following Phase 1a of the South Dakota Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, on Thursday Brookings Health System began administering vaccination doses to local frontline health care workers.  “The Department of Health’s plan calls to vaccinate medical personnel caring for COVID-19 patients first, including those working in emergency departments, intensive care units, COVID wards, and…

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Samyok Nepal, a student from Brookings High School, has been named South Dakota’s Congressional App Challenge winner, U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson announced last week. Nepal designed an app called Bobcat Notify, which alerts students on school closures for snow days. “Technology is a part of our daily lives,” Johnson said. “This congressional app competition was…

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South Dakota State University’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety has been decontaminating N95 masks for the university since September and Brookings Health System since mid-November. SDSU has decontaminated approximately 150 marks for the health system and the number increases daily. The department renovated a room in the Avera Health and Science Center to allow…

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South Dakota State University’s Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering will soon offer a bachelor’s degree in concrete industry management. The degree announcement comes after the CIM National Steering Committee and the North Central Region patrons selected SDSU after an approximate six-month selection process. The South Dakota Board of Regents approved a memorandum of understanding…

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The Brookings City Council approved Ordinance 20-029, which extends COVID-19 restrictions, including a mask mandate, during its meeting Tuesday, after listening to several local experts speak on how masks are lowering the spread of the disease.  The council voted 4-2 on the extension, with councilors Joey Collins and Leah Brink voting “no.” Councilor Patty Bacon…

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Plans for a new Interstate 29 interchange at 20th Street South are on schedule and remain under budget, and a recommended design has been presented to local officials. City Engineer Jackie Lanning gave a 60% update on the project to city councilors and county commissioners in the past two weeks. The update provided new information…

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South Dakota State University and the Larson Family Foundation have created a relationship to ensure ongoing child care service to the Brookings community and greater access to child care for SDSU employees through the Early Learning Center of Brookings. This was approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents last week. The relationship will redirect…

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Dec. 16 event hosted by BHS and BEDC will feature 140 local volunteers Career exploration events give young people broader exposure to the working world that they will one day enter. With a better understanding of this working world, students can more easily envision how they can be successful and better plan what courses they…

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The South Dakota Board of Regents approved plans Thursday for South Dakota State University to move forward with a $4 million on-campus wrestling training facility. The nearly 16,000-square-foot Kurtenbach Family Wrestling Center will be constructed on the southwest corner of the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex. Former SDSU wrestler and coach Frank Kurtenbach provided the lead gift…

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