Foregoing tradition

Brookings couple eloped, then volunteered in Guatemala for honeymoon BROOKINGS – Newlyweds Andrew and Ashley Engel celebrated their marriage this past December by foregoing a traditional wedding and reception. Instead, they went to serve as volunteers for various people in need in Guatemala.  They worked through a company called International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ). This New…

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‘Geography is taste’

Brookings man roasting, selling small batches of coffee BROOKINGS – You wouldn’t ordinarily imagine an entire world, culture and geography in a single cup of coffee.  That’s precisely the notion that barista, manager, coffee roaster and businessman Andrew Litz aims to achieve with every cup of coffee brewed from his company: Westbound Coffee Company.  “It…

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Rethinking retirement

Brookings woman teaches sewing in Belize BROOKINGS – While Brookings native Dee Shanley was in high school here, her Girl Scout troop visited Costa Rica. And as a student at South Dakota State University, she visited Mexico.  Now she’s making her ninth trip to Belize and will stay for a full school year as a…

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Lebruce owner producing wine near hometown

BRUCE – After four decades in education, Myron Eighmy is turning his family’s farm into what he hopes will become a destination for his hometown of Bruce. Lebruce Vineyard and Winery is a new South Dakota-based winery located just a mile south of Bruce on 466th Avenue. The vineyard is run and owned by vintner…

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Illusionist Reza to bring show back to hometown

BROOKINGS – Reza has taken the art of illusion to a new level, delivering his rock concert style magic show to audiences around the globe. Now he’s bringing his new show, “Edge of Illusion,” to the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center on Sept. 6-7. Performances times are 7:30 p.m. nightly, and tickets are available now…

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Van Den Top first SDSU student to receive international research award

BROOKINGS – It’s a first for South Dakota State University – and for doctoral student Trevor Van Den Top. Van Den Top is the first SDSU student to receive a research award at the 13th Workshop on Cyanobacteria in Boulder, Colorado. The international event, begun 40 years ago, is held every three years in North…

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Back-to-school shoe drive through August

BROOKINGS – A new pair of shoes can help a child start the new year with confidence – in the classroom, with their friends, and to pursue their dreams.  That’s why Thrivent Financial has teamed up with Samaritan’s Feet to help bring shoes to children in need. Join Thrivent by bringing new children’s athletic shoes…

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SDSU research finds Vitamin D metabolite helps stop drug-resistant cancer

BROOKINGS – What’s good for our bones may also help stop cancer cells that develop resistance to multiple chemotherapy drugs. The vitamin D metabolite calcitriol and its analog calcipotriol can block one of the mechanisms through which cancer cells gain resistance to chemotherapy drugs – and can selectively kill those drug-resistant cells, according to Assistant…

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Spotlight on Spotlight

New theatre studio training, encouraging young actors BROOKINGS – Spotlight Theatre Studio is a new and growing troupe of inspired young actors training and performing in the theater located within the center of the 1921 Building. Spotlight Theatre Studio is designed to cultivate middle school and elementary school-aged children in theater performance using acting, singing,…

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New ENT doc in Brookings

BROOKINGS – Dr. Jonathan Mellema has in a fashion lived his whole life around medicine.  He was born and spent his early years in Oklahoma, where his father was a family practice physician with the Indian Health Service. His grandfather was a general surgeon. Mellema later moved with his family to Wilmar, Minnesota, where he…

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