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Kool Beans’ second shop open for business

BROOKINGS – A popular local coffee shop has expanded its presence in Brookings. Kurt Osborne has officially opened the second location of Kool Beans coffee shop on the corner of Sixth Street and Jackrabbit Avenue, across the street from McDonald’s. The new location offers a variety of coffee beverages, smoothies and several different healthy food…

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Omer String Quartet to open Brookings Chamber Music Society season

he Omer String Quartet will open the 2019-20 season for the Brookings Chamber Music Society. The society, which started in 1981, has the mission to present the finest in chamber music for the enjoyment of the Brookings community. All performances will be held in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center’s Founders Recital Hall on the…

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Treat your shelves at next week’s book sale

BROOKINGS – Thanks to heaps of donated materials from the community and support from the local Friends of the Library chapter, the Friends will once again hold their fall book sale at the Brookings Public Library.  With books of all genres and other media, there is sure to be something for every interest at the…

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BAC now taking Festival of Trees signups

BROOKINGS – Every year the Brookings Arts Council is transformed into a winter wonderland of holiday splendor created around beautifully decorated trees and displays each with their own theme and style.  From whimsical to elegant and everything in between, this year promises to be no different.   The BAC is now signing up entries for its…

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Bartling honored for work at Briggs Library

BROOKINGS – Described as “the most active volunteer at South Dakota State University’s Hilton M. Briggs Library,” Bob Bartling, 93, of Brookings, has been named Friend of the Library by the South Dakota Library Association. The award was announced Sept. 26 at the library association’s annual gathering in Spearfish. However, Bartling wasn’t in attendance nor…

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Brookings’ food truck industry is growing

BROOKINGS – Brookings residents hungry to try out a growing trend now have at least nine food truck options from which to choose. The city licensed its first food truck in 2015, and after the first full year there were two registered trucks. Now there are nine different licensed food trucks operating around town offering…

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Diversity potluck set for Oct. 13 at McCrory Gardens

BROOKINGS – What better way to celebrate the diversity of a growing community than by sharing the foods that remind residents of their homes near and far? The public is invited to attend a diversity potluck and food drive from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center, located on…

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Lease learning the ropes at the Boys & Girls Club

BROOKINGS – Former Camelot Intermediate School Principal Tim Lease has been serving as the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Plains CEO since June.  While his job title changed over the summer, his mission hasn’t: helping kids. “The role from principal to CEO is a little bit different,” said Lease jokingly. “But the mission…

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Great Value Colleges ranks SDSU No. 5

Great Value Colleges has ranked South Dakota State University No. 5 in its listing of the 10 most affordable online bachelor’s degrees in geography for 2019. The ranking can be viewed at https://www.greatvaluecolleges.net/rankings/online-bachelors-geography/. The firm stated SDSU was selected not only for the program’s affordability but also for the institution’s overall outstanding reputation, its faculty’s excellence…

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New chief planning for Brookings Parks & Rec

BROOKINGS – Dusty Rodiek is getting into the swing of things as the new Parks, Recreation & Forestry director for the city of Brookings. He started June 17. He took the job because of Brookings’ reputation. “Brookings has the reputation of being progressive and also has the reputation of doing things right,” Rodiek said. “It’s…

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