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'The Get Busy Club'

Looking north on Brookings Main Street from the railroad tracks in early 1900. Note the hand operated railroad crossing barrier at right. Also at right is the Brookings House Hotel, which burned in 1916. Get Busy Club member C. A. Skinner built the brick building seen behind the Brookings House. Today a bar in that building is named after Skinner. The 1894 Masonic Temple building, where the Get Busy Club held its meetings, is at left.
  In August of 1906 some of Brookings’ most successful businessmen gathered at the Masonic Temple to organize what they decided to call the “Get Busy Club.”   The …

Brookings Public Library board OKs fee raises

BROOKINGS — Some users of the Brookings Public Library, individuals and groups alike, could see fee changes next year following recommendations from the library’s board at …

South Dakota has 2 new federal judges

Camela Theeler, a state circuit court judge in Sioux Falls, was confirmed by a vote of 90-4 in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, clearing the way for the Pierre native to take the bench with a lifetime …

Ornamental and edible gardens and containers are fantastic

A vertical garden filled with purple pansies, chives and a variety of lettuce plants.
Boost the flavor and beauty of your landscape by adding a few ornamental edible plants to your garden beds and containers. Look for opportunities to substitute ornamental vegetables, fruit, herbs, …

60s Plus Dining menus for May 20-25, 2024

Read all about what's on the menu in Brookings, Bruce and Elkton in the days ahead.
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Brookings-area agendas for the week starting May 19, 2024

Read all about what Brookings-area governing agencies have on their agendas in the week head.

USPS pauses South Dakota postal downgrade

SIOUX FALLS — The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to “pause” until at least next year a controversial plan to downgrade post office operations in Sioux Falls and Huron to local …

Library offering adaptable yoga class in Brookings

BROOKINGS — On Thursday, June 23 at 1 p.m., the Brookings Public Library and Prairie Soul will host an adaptable yoga class promoting movement for all skill levels and abilities. No experience …

Brookings student Camryn Lounsbery named Presidential Scholar

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recently announced the selection of Camryn Lounsbery of Brookings who attends Brookings High School as a 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Lounsbery is …

Brookings resident Trevor Healy earns scholarship

BROOKINGS — Trevor Healy of Brookings has been awarded a scholarship through the Butler/Cat ThinkBig program. Through the program Healy will receive an $8,500 scholarship to attend Lake …

BankStar awards scholarships to Brookings, Sioux Valley and Elkton students

BROOKINGS — Leah Brink, marketing director of BankStar Financial, recently announced the winners of BankStar’s 2024 scholarship program. “Congratulations to Camryn Lounsbery …
Obituaries
David
David ‘Lumpy’ Lombard
David “Lumpy” Lombard was born in Brookings, SD, to Don and Eleanor (Stubbs) Lombard on Dec. 21, 1956. He passed away at the Brookings Hospital on May 15, 2024, at the age of 67. Memorial …
Theresa Wiskur
Theresa ‘Terri’ Wiskur
Theresa “Terri” Lee Wiskur, 71, of Brookings, SD, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2024 at Brookings Health System. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, …
Robert Anderson
Robert H. ‘Bobby’ Anderson
Robert H. (Bobby) Anderson passed away on Saturday May 11, 2024, at United Living Center after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. A celebration of life will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. …
Barbara Schaer
Barbara Jean Schaer
Dr. Barbara Jean (Krall) Schaer, age 101, of Chaska, MN, died peacefully on Monday, May 13, 2024, at her daughter’s home in Chaska. Barbara was born on July 6, 1922, in Tyndall, South Dakota to …
Marian Barns
Marian A. Barnes
Marian A Barnes 96, of Reno, Nevada, formerly of Brookings, died Wednesday May 8, 2024, at Renown Hospice, Reno, Nevada. Funeral services have been set for 11 a.m. Friday, May 17 at Rude’s …
Local sports

Brookings Bobcats win two games out west

The Brookings softball team wrapped up the regular season with three games in the west side of the state over the weekend. The Bobcats headed back east with two wins and finished with a record of 9-7.
Brookings’ Braylon Peters swings at the ball during a match at the Boys Tennis State Tournament at McKennan Park in Rapid City on Friday. Peters and Carson Kreie lost in the consolation semifinals in the No. 1 doubles flight.
The Brookings boys’ tennis team finished in 12th place in the State Tournament in Sioux Falls on Friday.
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The Brookings Bobcats were swept in a best-of-three regional series in the SDHSBA Playoffs, falling to the Sioux Falls Roosevelt Rough Riders by scores of 3-1 on Friday night and 5-4 on Saturday afternoon at Bob Shelden Stadium.
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The Sioux Valley softball team closed out the regular season with a doubleheader sweep of Sisseton on Thursday afternoon. The Cossacks beat the Redmen by a combined score of 28-1.
The Sioux Valley boys came in first place and the Sioux Valley girls came in second place at the Flandreau Track & FIeld Last Chance Invite on Thursday afternoon.
The Sioux Falls Roosevelt Rough Riders scored three times in the top of the seventh inning as they defeated the Brookings Bobcats in the first game of a best-of-three SDHSBA Regional Series 3-1 at Bob Shelden Field on Friday night.
The Brookings Bobcats had their final tune-up ahead of the SDHSAA State Meet, competing in the Mark Wendelgrass Relays at Tiger Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
SDSU Jackrabbits Athletics

28 Jackrabbits earn All-Summit League honors

South Dakota State was recognized with 28 student-athletes—13 women and 15 men—on the 2024 Summit League Outdoor Track and Field All-League teams, league officials announced Wednesday.
South Dakota State's Dylan Driessen pitches in the sixth inning against Omaha on Saturday afternoon.

SDSU drops two of three to Omaha, fails to make Summit League Tournament

South Dakota State failed to make the Summit League Tournament after losing two of three games to Omaha this weekend.

Jackrabbits 10-run ruled by Mavericks at Erv Huether Field

South Dakota State’s conference tournament hopes took another hit on Thursday afternoon as the Jackrabbits fell to Omaha 16-6 in eight innings at Erv Huether Field.

Jackrabbits release 2024 volleyball schedule

The South Dakota State volleyball team has announced its schedule for the upcoming 2024 season. The Jackrabbits’ slate features four non-conference tournaments before getting into Summit League action.

Jackrabbits fall to Mavericks in Summit League title game

South Dakota State's Jocelyn Carrillo jumps and catches a ball at the wall during a 7-0 loss to Omaha in the Summit League Tournament championship game on Saturday in Brookings.

For the second straight season the South Dakota State softball team came up short in the Summit League championship game as the Jackrabbits lost two games to Omaha on Saturday.

Carrillo's home run lifts SDSU to championship

South Dakota State's Rozelyn Carrillo celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against Omaha in the Summit League Tournament on Friday afternoon in Brookings. SDSU won the game 2-1.

South Dakota State is one step closer to its goal of getting to the NCAA Tournament as the Jackrabbits beat Omaha 2-1 in the Summit League Tournament on Friday afternoon.

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Opinion

Say, while we're discussing dogs...

Since completing my last marathon in San Antonio in 1990, I never again ran any long distance races. I did, however, run one of the legs of the Longest Day Marathon and the Jack 15 in those long-ago …

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