2023 Visitor Guide

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3 This vibrant community is a place where all are welcome. Colorful murals brighten our walks downtown, while live music resonates through the streets. We thrive on locally brewed coffee and cheering for the home team. Whether here for a day or making Brookings your home, we invite you to bring your dreams, a suitcase, and enjoy all the little things we love about Brookings. CONTENTS WELCOME TO BROOKINGS Welcome to Brookings ............. 3 Explore Brookings 11 Recreation 25 Entertainment & Nightlife 31 Dining ........................................... 39 Shopping ..................................... 47 Accommodations 53 SDSU 59 Relocation 67 Contact Us! VISIT BROOKINGS 1321 6th Street, Brookings, SD 57006 1.800.699.6125 www.visitbrookingssd.com @visitbrookingssd


Brookings is a progressive and vibrant community. We’re always innovating, creating, brainstorming, and developing new ways to build a better Brookings. Throughout the years, we’ve accumulated a variety of accolades of which we’re very proud.


• Brookings is the 4TH LARGEST CITY in South Dakota.

• Brookings is the first and only city in South Dakota to score a PERFECT SCORE OF 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Municipal Equality Index.

• In 2019, Brookings made the list at #7 FOR MOST ARTS VIBRANT communities in the US

• Niche has named Brookings the BEST PLACE TO LIVE in South Dakota three years in a row.

• Brookings has 27 ACRES OF PARK LAND PER 1,000 RESIDENTS (which is nearly three times the national average).

• The POPULATION IS 23,577




Brookings, SD or Brookings, OR ?

We get a lot of calls for our doppelganger Brookings, Oregon. And we’re here to set the record straight… no, we don’t have coastlines or an Azalea Festival. But we do have lots of lakes for fishing, one of the largest outdoor art festivals in the state (Brookings Summer Arts Festival) and a 25-arce botanical garden with 45-acre arboretum open year-round.

Where can I park my RV?

If you’re making a pit stop in Brookings on your way west, we’ve got a few places to park your RV. Located in Brookings is Sexauer Park & Campground, located in the northwest part of Brookings, is open May-October. The Swiftel Center also has a few spots reserved for guests of the event center, specifically if you’re here for a cattle show or other agriculture event. For a quick, overnight stay, feel free to park it at Walmart. More details and accommodations available at www.visitbrookingssd.com

ACCURACY: Visit Brookings makes every effort to include the most up to date information about Brookings, its destinations, events, and activities. Should an error occur, please accept our apologies, and contact our office at 605-692-7444 or info@visitbrookingssd.com.

The 2022 Brookings Visitor Guide is a publication of Visit Brookings and produces by The Brookings Register. PHOTO CREDITS: Front Cover Johnson & Richter Creative; Chad Coppess, South Dakota Dept. of Tourism; SDSU Athletics, The Brookings Register, and more...



You will not want to leave your big puffy coat at home. We know midwestern winters can be intimidating, but if you bundle up just right you learn to embrace the chill.

Take an adventure in Brookings, just don’t forget to pack the essentials. A lot can happen in four seasons, here is a list of must haves for your next Brookings adventure:


Dress in layers because the spring weather can be quite unpredictable. As the ground begins to defrost and the rainy days start coming, you can feel the anticipation in the community of those beloved warmer months.


A bathing suit and some sunscreen are a must during the summer months. The second the weather warms up enough for a dip in the lake, the out-of-office replies go on. We never know how long summer will last, so we all take advantage of every sunny day.


Bring your game face. Fall sports dominate our community and we wouldn’t have it any other way. From tailgating to potlucks, we will show you a good time on Jackrabbit turf.

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Bring your family to Brookings and discover a community of play, laughter, history, art, and excitement! There’s a new way to experience our city around every corner. From festivals and bouncy houses, to nature walks and climbing clouds, Brookings offers a variety of things to do for all ages.


South Dakota’s premiere juried arts festival garners over 200 artists from across the nation to fill the grassy areas of Pioneer Park. Representing 15 different disciplines of art, 38 different ethnic and gourmet food booths, historic displays, and entertainment it can seem hard to tackle; here are some pro tips to pack in as much art into two days as possible.

Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll be walking A LOT!

Be prepared for weather. July is notoriously hot and humid, with the occasional rainstorm.

Consider eating earlier or later. To beat the lines and peak times.

Bring a large bag for carrying all of your finds. Or plan multiple trips to the car.

Try all the kettle corn booths. It’s like a right of passage to becoming a festival expert.

Leave your pets at home The festival is an overwhelming environment for animals, leave your furry friend in the A/C. Certified service animals are permitted.

Two words: Turkey Leg. You have not experienced the festival until you have had one. #turkeyleg

Shuttles are available. Take the easy way in by hitching a ride. Free shuttle buses drop you off at the main entrance.

Take and A/C Break. Grab a pint and shop local in downtown Brookings, where the cool air is always on.

Bring a smile. And enjoy the art, food, and entertainment at Pioneer Park.

BROOKINGS Anything but Ordinary

BROOKINGS IS FAR FROM ORDINARY. With a fresh mix of artsy attractions and outdoor activities, plus family favorites and sweet dining, this little city has much more than meets the eye. These 8 destinations make up the Brookings Great 8 Passport, a self-guided tour to explore the best of Brookings! You can pick up your own passport at any of the Great 8 locations or the Visit Brookings office. Receive a stamp at each location and submit your completed passport to any of the locations and be entered to win a $25 gift card.


SDSU Dairy Bar

This destination is the very definition of a sweet treat. The SDSU Dairy bar has over 60 different flavors all curated by South Dakota State University students in the Davis Dairy Plant located on campus just off Medary Avenue. And of course, a visit to the dairy bar is not complete without trying the famous Cookies ‘n Cream ice cream.

Brookings County Outdoor Adventure Center

With two top quality indoor ranges (firearm and archery), Brookings County Outdoor Adventure Center is the perfect destination to safely practice shooting. The BCOAC is also home to the SDSU Extension, 4-H offices, and the Game Fish & Parks office. The Game Fish & Parks office hosts several programs throughout the year including a Hunting Safe Program.

Nick’s Hamburger Shop

Nick’s Hamburger Shop has been a Brookings staple since 1929. This is by far the tastiest destination on the tour with mouthwatering sliders you can buy by the bagful. It truly feels like a blast from the past the moment you step inside the vintage style diner.

Brookings Arts Council

The Brookings Arts Council has been educating and entertaining the Brookings community with art for nearly 40 years. This destination will introduce you to juried art and photography exhibitions from a variety of regional artists. Stop at the BAC to find information about the sculptures, murals, and community art collectives around the Brookings community.

Children’s Museum of South Dakota

Greet a life-size T. rex and climb the clouds. Harvest food and move it from farm to market. This is a sample of the hands-on activities ready to spark your imagination at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota.

With both indoor and outdoor exhibits, you can play along all year long! Splash in a stream, build a house, and play along on the wide-open South Dakota prairie. Walk down KidStreet where you can deliver the mail, stop at the veterinarian office, and even fix a car.

Located in Downtown Brookings, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota is the perfect stop for your family vacation. a great outing for school field trips, and a playful spot to host a birthday party.

Create lasting memories for children AND grown-ups. With 5,000 interactive parts and 550 books, the museum supports a love of lifelong learning through play, creativity, and discovery.

McCrory Gardens

McCrory Gardens and the South Dakota State Arboretum are botanical gardens and an arboretum located on the South Dakota State University campus. McCrory Gardens has over 25 acres of formal display gardens and 45 acres of arboretum featuring hundreds of different flowers, trees, shrubs, and grasses in harmonious settings to display, educate, and further the development of new varieties. Ongoing research continues to provide new information to the scientific community and the public on the introduction, cultivation, and arrangement of native and domesticated plants. McCrory Gardens is named in honor of Professor S. A. McCrory, head of SDSU’s horticulture department from 1947 until his death in 1964.

In 2012, the Education & Visitor Center was constructed. Its purpose: to provide a beginning point for entering the formal botanical gardens. It serves as a welcoming environment to visitors from across the state, the region, the country and the world. The EVC is a one-of-akind venue to host both private and public events. The Great Hall provides rental clients and their guests a room with a view, all year-round. If you have a reason to gather, McCrory has a unique setting to share with you.

South Dakota Art Museum

South Dakota Art Museum visitors are regularly delighted to find a world-class art museum right here in Brookings. Spacious, uncrowded galleries filled with engaging exhibitions, activities for kids, and free admission make the museum a frequent destination for Brookings locals and visitors from across the country. The Museum Store attracts visitors year-round with original paintings, pottery, and jewelry by local and regional artists as well as exceptional selections of books, beads, and gifts. The museum also hosts free public artist talks, receptions, group tours, and family artmaking workshops throughout the year.

The museum is best known for its renowned collection of artworks by artists with ties to South Dakota, including acclaimed painter Harvey Dunn and noted Native American artists such as Oscar Howe and Arthur Amiotte, as well as many emerging Native artists.

In naming the South Dakota Art Museum one of America’s 20 Best Galleries and Museums, the American Art Awards notes the variety and quality of the museum’s exhibitions drawn from its strong permanent collections and from artists and traveling exhibits from beyond South Dakota. “South Dakota Art Museum has excelled in delivering everything a top museum can — and consistently surpasses expectations.”

South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum

Immerse yourself in one of South Dakota’s top industries, agriculture. The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum will inspire a passion for the diverse history, culture, and science of agriculture in our state. Explore how important agriculture is in our daily lives. This museum serves all ages and admission is always free.

Bring in the kiddos and teach them how to milk a cow or how our food gets harvested into grain bins. Let them be imaginative with their own farmer’s market and let them collect all the chicken eggs from the coop. The Ag-ploration exhibit is always open and ready for the next little farmer to come play.

Walk through exhibits which take you back in time to educate you on South Dakota’s history and future. The exhibits switch periodically which means there is always something new to explore. The gift shop offers a store front for many local farmers who produce high quality products in South Dakota.

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The Brookings community has something for everyone, whether it’s a longtime favorite or simply new to you. On your visit, make sure you check out these highlights.


McCrory Gardens is a beautiful botanical garden and arboretum maintained by South Dakota State University. It features some of the most eye-catching formal landscapes in Brookings – perfect for an afternoon stroll. After roaming through the gardens, head over to Dakota Nature Park to see all of the natural wonders South Dakota has to offer. Hike the trails, go fishing and wpaddle boating, and more.


The South Dakota Art Museum is a premiere spot to enjoy the artistic legacy of South Dakota and beyond. The museum’s collection of more than 7,000 objects features paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, textiles, and ceramics. Highlights include works by Harvey Dunn and Paul Goble, Marghab linens, and traditional and contemporary Native American art. From there, pay a visit to the Brookings Arts Council to enjoy the ever-changing exhibits, classes, and workshops with local artists and events throughout the year.


The Children’s Museum of South Dakota invites families to explore their creativity with exhibits such as a market, an art studio, a car shop and much more. Likewise, the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum provides opportunities for hands-on learning with your little ones. Walk back into time with the history of South Dakota agriculture and stop upstairs to learn about tending to livestock. You can even milk a cow!

If you’re in the mood for a night out on the town, the Wild Hare is a sports bar/nightclub with a wrap-around bar, dance floor, and game rooms. When looking for a place to relax after a busy day, try Jim’s Tap. A medieval themed bar with a cozy fireplace out back, it’s a perfect place to unwind.




MAY 13

One of a kind is something Brookings does well. We have community events spanning multiple interests and all seasons, from the Brookings Marathon at the beginning of summer to Garden Glow in winter. Come find the best fun and unique experience for your taste.

The Brookings Marathon includes a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, and typically takes place in May. The route features multiple places to watch and cheer on the runners. After completing their races, runners receive a t-shirt and are honored during an awards ceremony at Pioneer Park. @Brookings Marathon on Facebook


JULY 8 & 9

The Brookings Summer Arts Festival is a special occasion for art lovers of all ages. The event, scheduled for July 8-9, 2023, attracts a myriad of artists from across the country to Pioneer Park. Artists bring their one-of-a-kind creations, while musicians play to entertain the crowds. The center of the park focuses on fun children’s activities. Food vendors serve a variety of gourmet and ethnic dishes, while living history presenters educate visitors about trades practiced long ago. @bsafsd on Instagram



Downtown at Sundown draws Brookings locals, college students, and visitors. Held five consecutive Thursdays in July and August, this outdoor concert series showcases different musical genres plus vendors serving up a variety of food and drink as well as community information. @downtownatsundownsd on Instagram and Facebook.



South Dakota State University’s homecoming is by far the biggest annual event in Brookings. Hobo Day traditionally takes place in mid to late October. The event draws an estimated 20,000 students, alumni, sports fans, locals, and visitors for the parade and football game. Hobo Day will celebrate its 111th year in the fall of 2023. @hoboday on Instagram and Facebook.



Garden Glow, a holiday light show, takes place at McCrory Gardens. The garden becomes an immersive wonderland. The holiday theme stays the same, with new features added every year. The event typically runs from the first Saturday of December to Jan. 6. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m.nightly, except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Buy tickets ahead of time through SDSU ticket services. @mccrorygardens on Facebook and Instagram.

For more information about events in Brookings, check out the Visit Brookings website www.visitbrookingssd.com.






I’ve never seen anything more brew-tiful and I cannot wait to bring the Kool Beans flavor into my own home with in-house roasted coffee beans. #coffeelover #coffeetimeisanytime


Say cheese (burgers) Sliders , milkshakes and pie never disappoint. Nick’s has been perfecting its recipes for over 90 years!

#burgers #dontforgetdessert


I’m living life in full bloom while checking out the gorgeous botanical garden and arboretum near the South Dakota State University campus! #alwaysgrowing


Many memories have been made at this farm. From the rustic 96-year-old barn to the wood-fired pizza, I love it all.

#goodrootsfarm #midwestfarms

In a world where you can be anything, be a work of art: gorgeous, vibrant and unique, just like the seven colorful murals in downtown Brookings. #urbanart #mural

Good friends , good wine , good times

I had a wonderful time at Mosaic and I can’t wait to go back to try something different.






Best workout ever! Climbing the 180 stairs of SDSU’s iconic chimes tower was worth it once I saw the panoramic view of Brookings!

#coughlincampanile #sdstate


Just takin’ a stroll down KidStreet and Kidoodle Way today at the Children’s Museum. The kiddos LOVED all of the hands-on exhibits!



Adventure awaits and I can’t wait to explore the Dakota Nature Park again sometime soon! Maybe next time I’ll rent a canoe from the main office and check out the lake!

#dakotanaturepark #explorer


I may be a beginner at some things, but I’m a black belt in shopping - especially at the Socialight Boutique where I always find bold, confident outfits and game day apparel.

#shoplocal #gamedayready

“Ring the bell for South Dakota. The yellow and the blue!”

Jackrabbit game days are the best days! Go Big, Go Blue, GO JACKS!

#sdstate #gojacks

Professional bowling might not be in my future, but a fun time was had by all on both the traditional and interactive lanes.



A new addition to downtown Brookings is the poetry walk. Around three blocks in length, the walk features works by seven South Dakota poets laureate. Follow the plaques as you pass by some of the must-visit spots downtown. This short tour provides an introduction to the city’s rich arts and culture scene.



Whether this is your first trip to Brookings or you’ve visited a handful of times, there’s always something to discover. Here are five hidden gems for your next adventure.


Looking for a quiet place to enjoy your favorite beverage? Try the patio at Skinner’s Pub. Nestled near the back exit, this secluded space allows patrons to relax in ample shade from surrounding trees. When the weather cools off, you can bask in the warmth of portable heaters.


The Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge offers unique local cuisine to visitors looking to savor some authentic South Dakota flavor. Known for top-notch food and service, The Pheasant also maintains a collection of over 40 fresh olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The tasting bar lets guests sample before purchasing their favorites to take home.


Visiting Brookings and need a place for your pup to burn off some energy? Try the new dog park at Sexauer Park. The park is located on a little over 2 acres of land which allows your pet to interact with other dogs, get a cool drink of water, and enjoy the various play areas available.


Tee’d Off provides the community year-round access to its favorite sports. Enjoy golf and sports simulation games along with a cold beer and snacks. On game days for the SDSU Jackrabbits and national football, hockey, and baseball teams, come in and watch the action on the simulator screensthen play your favorite sport during breaks.




Since its dedication over 20 years ago, the Brookings County Veterans Memorial Park celebrates both wellknown national figures and those only remembered by family and friends. It has been the site of annual services hosted by cadets from SDSU’s Air Force ROTC program to honor our veterans. Two honor guards patrol the memorial for 24 hours on Veterans Day to remember those who lost their lives. As part of the annual POW/MIA run, cadets finish at the memorial after running over 55 miles from the Sioux Falls Veterans Memorial.

Lush grasses and calm waters make it a picturesque place to walk and reflect. The memorial is known as one of the most breathtaking monuments in the area. The 2-acre site features a pond, walking trails and a monument to all five branches of our nation’s service members. Visitors can take a moment to acknowledge the sacrifices veterans have made for their families and the country.

Anyone connected to the military can see themselves in this memorial. Veterans and families can remember the people they met and those who didn’t come home. The military values which shaped who these people were can be felt while gazing at the engraved stone beneath the white arches.

These memorials serve as historical markers and inspirations at the same time. As the call of duty sounded, our veterans answered and fought for our country. Current enlistees carry on the caring and selfless spirit of our past veterans. Memorials like this teach people the importance of respecting and remembering those who have died, fought, participated, or suffered during past conflicts. This memorial is dedicated to all those Americans who have built the foundations of what the United States of America is about, built on service and honor by sacrifice.

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Looking for a way to have a wonderful time but don’t want to empty your wallet? Brookings has you covered with these free activities.


The Brookings Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization created for local producers and farmers to showcase fruits, vegetables, flowers, and crafts. The Farmers Market is located on the 300th block of Sixth Avenue (between the library and the courthouse) every Saturday, from May through October.. The market also presents free yoga classes.


Eponymous Brewing Co. and Wooden Legs Brewery, both located in downtown, regularly host free activities. Eponymous provides no buy-in bingo every other Wednesday evening - an amazing way to break up the week. All ages are welcome, but you must be 21 and older to order a pint. Test your wits at Wooden Legs during Trivia Tuesday for the chance to win some fun prizes while sampling a local brew.


Brookings boasts two parks where disc golfers can enjoy a day outdoors. Larson Park’s Disc Golf Course was redesigned in 2020 with a new 20-hole layout and features tee pads, multiple pin placements, and impressive views of the park and the community. The SDSU Golf Disc Park on the east side of campus has 18 easy to navigate holes, with water features and tall grass hazards for the more accomplished players.


Bring your bike to Brookings and ride the 22-mile Allyn Frerichs Trail system, which connects parks, schools and recreational centers throughout the community. The League of America Bicyclists has named Brookings as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community in recognition of the city’s commitment to improving bicycle conditions, offering educational programs, and promoting the bicycle network.


Brookings Historical Preservation Commission provides resources for self-guided walking tours of the community’s oldest commercial buildings and homes. Whether you go on foot or in the comfort of your car, be ready to appreciate the timeless character of these structures.

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Our glacial lakes and wide open landscapes are the perfect combo for ultimate relaxation and exploration. Bring your sunglasses for epic sunrises and sunsets across our Midwestern skies.


What was once an old landfill is now a 135-acre multi-purpose park and one of our community’s most popular attractions. Dakota Nature Park is designed as a destination, featuring a string of ponds, fishing dock, and bike trails. Its philosophy is a place where nature prevails and all humans are guests.

The Larson Nature Center is located in the park and serves as the rental hub for outdoor gear. It’s also a gathering place for special events and educational programming. In the winter months, staff keeps a cozy fire going to welcome guests.


Known around the country for its Olympic-length archery range, the Brookings County Outdoor Adventure Center (BCOAC) is a hunter’s haven. It’s also an educational facility to teach proper gun safety. The archery range is great for family reunions and casual get togethers. Anyone can learn how to use a bow and arrow! The BCOAC is also home to SDSU Extension, 4H, and South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks.

RECREATION & RENTAL OPPORTUNITIES • Mountain Bike • Canoes/Kayaks • Paddleboards • Fishing Poles • Snowshoes • Binoculars • GPS Units



The Single Track Trail and Pump Park were designed by BMX crews and the Brookings Mountain Biking Association. The trail itself features different textures, elevations, quick turns, switchbacks, and jumps. The whole system allows riders of all ages to give it a shot and sharpen their skills. The trail is single direction and has two entrance points, one from the Pump Park and one from the Southbrook Softball Complex southwest corner parking lot.

The Pump Park is a continuous loop of dirt berms and rollers, designed for you to ride without pedaling. It features three different loops, suited for all ages and abilities. It’s a great place for beginners to learn and experts to expand their skills

For trail maps, visit cityofbrookings-sd.gov and explore our community on two wheels.


The Brookings community is always looking to accommodate our four-legged friends!

We’re an animal loving community and we want you to be able to bring along your furry friends on all your Brookings adventures. We have more places for Fido to run free with a brand-new dog park located at Sexauer Park & Campground.


12th Street S. and 7th Avenue S.


121 West 10th Street

For more details, contact the Brookings Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department at 605.692.2708.

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A good celebration is never too far away. Through holidays and festivals, live music and tournaments, we’re here for a good time and loads of laughs. Enjoy the memorable moments our community shares with you.



Do you get a rush from standing front row at a concert? Do you crave feeling the beat of the bass in your chest? Brookings has several premium live music venues which provide everything from large stadium events to intimate shows.


SKINNER’S PUB @skinnerspubsd

Whether it’s outside in The Courtyard in the summer or inside under the elaborate tin ceiling in the winter, this over 120-year-old historic building is a great backdrop to any number of shows. Known for having a wide variety of genres and groups perform, Skinner’s Pub caters to all music lovers

THE WILD HARE @the_wildhare

Just off Main Avenue, The Wild Hare offers a fun intersection of classic sports bar and bustling night club. Go from cheering on the Jackrabbits to jamming out to a local cover band in a matter of hours. The high-end sound system and industrial-themed backdrop create the perfect space to dance the night away.

MAIN STREET PUB @mainstreetpubbrookings

This newly remodeled friendly bar and nightclub has the perfect stage where local and regional bands to come and rock. Play pool in the front and jam out to the music in the back. The new look is a complete refresh to this long-standing establishment.


SWIFTEL CENTER @swiftelcenter

Having hosted over 4,000 events since their opening in 2001, the Swiftel Center has an impressive list of artists who have graced their stage. There is no genre discrimination with acts spanning from country, rap, rock, and everything in between. The 30,000 square foot arena has more than enough room for you and all your friends to enjoy the next big name that rolls into town!


Since 2006 Woodbine Productions has brought world-class performers to the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center for the enjoyment of university students and community members. An anonymous donor underwrites expenses, enabling ticket proceeds to support scholarships for students involved in the performing arts.


PRAIRIE REPERTORY THEATRE @prairierepertorytheatre

Every summer, the Prairie Repertory Theatre utilizes the talent of university students to produce a series of extraordinary shows. Each season includes a mix of genres from the most popular musicals to the newest plays. 2023 marks the 52nd season and will feature Godspell, Rumors, See How They Run and Oklahoma!”

BROOKINGS COMMUNITY THEATRE @brookingscommunitytheatre

By providing theatrical opportunities to people of all ages The Brookings Community Theatre has become a staple in enriching our city. The organization began in 2001 and routinely produces three shows each year. Offerings include a mix of comedies, dramas, and musicals.



Come listen to live music all summer long in Brookings. All concert series listed are free and open to the public.



Enjoy live music and good vibes at Downtown at Sundown! This outdoor music festival takes place every Thursday night, for five weeks, beginning in July and running through August. It’s a free event, complete with children’s activities. Local food and beverage vendors are on hand to quench your thirst and local retailers provide some extra browsing opportunities.


• Be prepared for sunshine, as well as hot and humid weather. (sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are encouraged)

• Bring a chair or blanket for extra comfort.

• Pets are allowed and welcomed, just make sure they’re on a leash and up to date on shots and vaccines.

• Bring your ID for any alcoholic beverages.

• The event goes on rain or shine, dress accordingly.



Food trucks and live music, what more could ask for? Enjoy local musicians and food trucks at the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum on select Wednesdays throughout the summer. This concert series is the perfect way to spend your lunch hour whether you live here or are just passing through.


Experience cultural and local artists performing on Anderson Plaza outside of the South Dakota Art Museum. You’ll find anything from the SDSU Jazz Quartet to Native American Hoop Dancing. For six Tuesdays in June and July, a partnership between the South Dakota Art Museum and Brookings Arts Council brings fun and unique concerts to the community on SDSU’s campus.


Live music not for you? Brookings has so many other great ways to stay entertained and keep the night alive. Here’s just a sampling of ways we like to stay entertained:

THE COMEDY ROOM @WoodenLegsBrewing

Located in Wooden Legs Brewing company, The Comedy Room hosts stand-up comedy and improv shows which are sure to bring a smile to your face. Comedians from all over the country to perform every month.

BUM’S BIKE AND BREW @bumsbikeandbrew

A human-powered bicycle bar that seats up to 14 passengers and supplies the sober captain while you bring the party! Your tour will explore downtown Brookings and make a few pit-stops along the way.

THE LANES @thelanesbrookings

Newly renovated and enhanced by high-tech Spark Bowling, the Lanes has never been so much fun! Enjoy a traditional game, or reignite your love of bowling by adding in a personalized game. The Lanes is a great stop for the entire family.

CINEMA 8 @brookingscinema8

Movie theaters are back in style. See all the latest and greatest flicks in Brookings at Cinema 8. Don’t forget every Tuesday, $5 movies all day long!

TEE’D OFF @teed.off.golf.simulators

Rent a bay to work on your golf swing or bring all your friends and slay some zombies in Zombie Dodgeball. Tee’d Off is the premier sport simulator in town. Let the kids spend all their energy playing while you catch the big game on a big screen.




Live from under the bandshell, the Brookings Community Band fills Pioneer Park weekly with rhythmic melodies during the months of June and July. This summertime staple brings together old and new friends for an enjoyable evening of music and camaraderie.

“It’s truly Americana at its finest,” David Reynolds, director of the band for the past 17 years said. “This is what life in the Midwest is all about – everyone coming together at the park, listening to live music and having a great time doing it.”

The band performs seven concerts each summer. All concerts are free, with complimentary snacks such as fresh watermelon slices or fudge brownies.

The 80-plus member band begins practice in May and presents about a dozen pieces for every performance. Every concert has a set list matching the week’s theme from “Broadway Comes to Brookings” to “Jukebox Jamboree.” The musical variety appeals to various ages, ensuring everyone who attends hears something they will enjoy.

“We always play music that will entertain the audience,” Reynolds said. “We promise attendees will leave the concert humming something.”

One of the most popular activities at concerts is the children’s march. Kids are invited to wear old hats from The Pride of the Dakotas, South Dakota State University’s marching band, and parade to the music of John Philip Sousa or Karl King.

This year, the band celebrates its 39th anniversary in its current iteration. Reynolds notes evidence of a community band dating back to the earliest days of Brookings, when small ensembles began playing on the courthouse lawn in the 1890s.

Musicians, community members and visitors all value the band and are happy to continue appreciating live music together.

“It’s a tradition – one we hope will remain in the Brookings Community for many, many years,” Reynolds said.

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Brookings offers a mix of international flavors, local eateries, national chains, and food trucks. The menus change with the seasons and home brew is always available. Let your tastebuds tour Brookings one bite at a time.


Downtown Brookings is home to two of the best pizza joints in town. Pizza King, the town’s first pizza restaurant, has been pulling pizzas out of the oven since 1961. George’s Pizza is a college student favorite, catering to the city’s lively night life. The restaurant was established in 1971 and has slowly evolved into the place we know today.

Pizza King takes its customers into a flashback in history to the ’50s rock ’n’ roll era with original Buddy Holly photographs on the walls. Current owner Shannon Brown explained the connection to Holly, who was killed in a plane crash along with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. “My dad was friends with the photographer who took these photos two weeks before the plane crash.”

Red vinyl booths, black and white pinstripe wallpaper and a jukebox enhance the vintage look and feel. The restau-


rant has a quiet but comfortable environment, making it easy to have a quality meal with family, study or just appreciate its history.

George’s Pizza takes its renovated traditions to a new level by presenting an Italian sports bar aura and delivering late-night slices through their window. The exposed-brick dining room has many televisions so you can watch sports while you eat pizza, enjoy a beer or try out their appetizers, including the only Bosco sticks served in town.

These local slices are similar in style and taste. Each is pan-served with a crunchy crust, cheesy topping and diverse flavors. On Main Avenue, follow your nose to George’s window and right across the street Pizza King will welcome you with its original neon sign.

A college town isn’t complete without pizza


And lucky for us, Brookings offers nine different places to consume a piece or two of ‘za! We’ve got thin crust, stuffed crust, hand-tossed, cracker style, and bake your own. Whether you think pineapple goes on pizza or not, we’re confident you’ll enjoy our pizza collection.


927 6TH STREET • 605.697.6688

George’s Pizza

311 MAIN AVENUE • 605.692.6610

Little Caesars 2508 WILBERT CT • 605.692.7667

Papa John’s Pizza

1833 6TH STREET • 605.696.7272

Papa Murphy’s Take N’ Bake Pizza 1810 6TH STREET • 605.697.7000

Pizza King 308 MAIN AVENUE • 605.692.4226

Pizza Ranch

1815 6TH STREET • 605-692-3663

Wooden Legs Brewing Company 309 5TH STREET • 605.692.2337




When you find yourself craving authentic Japanese cuisine, Sake Sushi and Hibachi is the place to go. This family friendly restaurant offers traditional dishes everyone will love. From miso soup to hibachi dinners, Sake takes pride in dishing out fine and fresh Japanese cuisine.

Sake initially came to Brookings to feed the college community, but quickly became a staple in the city. The welcoming environment and friendly staff make dining in a pleasant experience. If you don’t have time to sit down, you can easily call in or place an order right from Sake’s website.

Sake’s large menu features an assortment of lunch and dinner options. Try one of the popular Chef’s Special Rolls, such as the Brookings Roll: shrimp tempura inside topped with spicy crabmeat and tobiko. Sake also serves an assortment of teriyaki and hibachi kitchen entrees such as Steak Teriyaki and Vegetable Hibachi, if you’re feeling a little less adventurous. Teriyaki kitchen entrees are served with miso soup, salad, and rice. Hibachi comes with clear soup, salad, and fried rice.

After your main course, try one of Sake’s delectable desserts like the ice cream or fried banana. No matter what your tastebuds crave, Sake has the food for you.



The warm, earthy tones and friendly service of The Depot invite you to sit down and spend some time. This restaurant pairs welcoming customer service with fantastic food. It’s the perfect venue for traveling companions, family, and friends to meet.

Located near the Fishback Soccer Complex, The Depot is the ideal location to go after or between games. Whether you go to settle in and stay a while or to grab takeout, the staff’s upbeat attitude and speedy service make this the prime place to wind down after playing on the field.

The Depot’s American-style menu features such foods as pizza, wings, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salads, and more. While you’re there, try the local favorites: the Grilled Chicken Sandwich or the Buffalo Chicken Wrap. These and other flavorful foods will make you want to come back for more.

The Depot is one of the few eating establishments on the south side of town. It’s a relaxing spot for hosting small crowds and fun times.

Multiple televisions mean you never have to worry about missing national or international sporting events. SDSU games are always shown live, giving customers the perfect atmosphere to cheer on the Jackrabbits while enjoying a meal or a snack.

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A cup of coffee, a cold brew, a java. No matter what you call it, Brookings has it.


From roasting beans in a garage, to a fully functioning and thriving coffee shop, Kool Beans specializes in small batches for the freshest cup of coffee.

225 MAIN AVENUE • 605.692.2326



Candy, baked goods and coffee. Sounds like a pretty sweet place!

Choco Latte is home to delicious handmade desserts and fresh coffee. Located just off Interstate 29, Choco Latte’s cozy, relaxing seating environment and convenient drive-through will make you feel welcome any time.

At this locally owned business, friendly faces greet you every time you visit. Simply walking through the door makes you feel like you belong in Brookings.

The signature caramel sauce latte is a local favorite. You can find a variety of beverages to fit anyone’s taste, including lattes, teas, blended drinks, and more. Specialty candies like fudge, chocolate covered Oreos, and more are options to accompany your beverage. If candy isn’t your thing, Choco Latte sells baked goods like muffins, scones, and granola bars.

The ever-changing seasonal menu items are always popular. Caramels, toffee, and drink flavors like peppermint, pumpkin, and tea lattes are a hit. Every time you visit, you can count on something unique to try.

Choco Latte also makes a point to support community events, such as donating to breast cancer awareness, supporting local teachers, and supporting local law enforcement.

Visiting Choco Latte will leave you feeling warm and welcome, all while supporting a local Brookings business and enjoying delicious desserts and drinks


Back in 2006, this quaint coffee shop was the first to open our eyes (and taste buds) to perfectly roasted coffee and delicately crafted local food. Two locations, same great taste.

225 MAIN AVENUE S • 605.692.7009

1710 6TH STREET • 605.692.8938


Coffee, stat! When you need a caffeine fix in a hurry, with a side of muffins and a quick breakfast, Scooter’s is the choice. Their drive through is quick and provide a variety of menu options, as well as holiday favorites.

305 22ND AVE S • 605.692.5445


One can never go wrong with a trusted brand like Starbucks. Get the perfect cup of coffee, tea, or Frappuccino at three locations in Brookings. Starbucks is located inside Hy-Vee, on 6th Street and on campus at SDSU.

1404 6TH STREET • 605.846.8100

715 JACKRABBIT AVE • 605.697.2550

790 22ND AVENUE • 605.692.7317


2308 6TH STREET • 605.697.5311




From hints of hickory, cherry, and apple wood to the sizzling crackle of authentic barbecue being made, Backyard Grill & Barbecue offers opportunities for the perfect date night, family dinner, or night on the town.

With a rich, diverse history in Brookings, Backyard Grill & Barbecue has been an active part of the restaurant community. From catering to dining in to the food truck rolling down Medary Avenue, Backyard Grill & Barbecue keeps people coming back for the food and atmosphere.

When you step into the Brookings location, the lively and homey space welcomes you in. The extensive menu includes good old-fashioned wings, beef brisket, cornbread, and so much more. It offers the ideal selection to dine in with the family or choose a dessert for a date.

While the restaurant calls South Dakota home, the food brings the taste of Southern cooking to the community. The restaurant smokes meat for up to 12 hours, offering delicious meat which leaves patrons wanting more.

After selecting from an array of options, customers move down the counter to watch their food being packaged or plated, then are ushered to sit down among other guests. Finish your meal surrounded by fellow barbecue enthusiasts and great music. Visit Backyard Grill & Barbecue for an experience that will leave your taste buds wanting more and an aroma that leaves your mouth watering.


Everyone loves a good food truck and there are plenty to find in Brookings. Whether big burgers or tasty street tacos are your jam, you can enjoy your freshly made favorites around every corner. All listed here are licensed by the City of Brookings.


• Salas Salsas

• Chubby’s LLC

• El Charrito

• La Corita


• Rub N Tug BBQ

• Schroeder’s Snak Shak –American Classics

• Shorty’s Hot BoxAmerican BBQ

• Midwest Fresh Catering –Sandwiches and BBQ


• The Brosia Bowl –Salads and Bowls

• Wing It, LLC –Chicken Wings

• Craig’s Shave Ice

• Cheezy Noodlez Gourmet Mac & Cheeze

• On the Hook Fish and Chips

Being mobile has its advantages.

You can pick up and move to where the people are. And in Brookings, that sometimes means at local businesses, in city parks, or even on the SDSU Campus.

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Local entrepreneurs thrive in our community. Each bringing a different style and unique perspective to our boutique landscape. From handcrafted jewelry and Midwest inspired graphic tees, to home décor and bicycle gear, each destination offers a little piece of Brookings.


Brookings has a robust selection of locally owned stores that are a pleasure to visit. Here is a breakdown of five must-visit businesses in the heart of downtown.


With over half a century in the community, Wink’s Fine Jewelry continues to build on its deep-rooted history. This multi-generational business is women-owned and operated and is run by a tight-knit staff, who are ready and delighted to assist you with making special occasion purchases.


Whether you are hosting a party for 10 or 500, the Party Depot can help you find exactly what you need. They stock decorations and supplies for every occasion. The basement is filled with costumes of every kind to help you out in a pinch. They work with you every step of the way to create an experience you will never forget.


Whether you are an avid reader or just looking to visit the store cat, Hester, you’re sure to enjoy the cozy atmosphere of Brookings Book Company. Browsing the tall wooden bookshelves brings back the nostalgic feel of visiting your

hometown library as a kid. With friendly staff who are willing to help you find the best book, the bookstore stocks a wide range of genres for you to discover.


This downtown location is a two-for-one experience as it is the home base for both Honeycomb Gifts and Hand-Tied. You will never come across a more aesthetically pleasing shop than Honeycomb Gifts. Not only are you bound to find something perfect for you and the kids, but you will also get the opportunity to smell the flowers - literally - as Hand-Tied floral boutique occupies the back of the shop. From dishware to jewelry to an array of kids’ toys to keep them entertained, Honeycomb has everything you could dream of.


In its 30th year, Seven Songbirds Boutique is a downtown staple. With an emphasis on inclusivity by offering apparel for all sizes, the shop has a charming Western feel right when you walk through the door. A highlight is the purse wall. If you ask owner Shirelle Englund, she will tell you the shop has more purses than anyone else in town. You will immediately feel welcomed by the staff and are sure to fall in love with something you can add to your wardrobe.



If you’re looking for community flavor to take home and remember your visit, then check out the fantastic handmade and homemade goods produced here in Brookings County. Little Shire Farm, Quail Honey and Halogi Hot Sauce are some of the top brands.

LITTLE SHIRE FARM in Aurora makes honey-based delicacies like raw honey, infused honey, beeswax, honey candies, all-natural extracts, and more.

QUAIL HONEY is gathered and bottled near Brandt. Over the years, this second-generation family business has added honey and goat’s milk lotion in a variety of scents, spun scented honey, honey sticks and candy, scented roll-ons, and beeswax lip balm.

HALOGI HOT SAUCE is made in White. All of the ingredients used to create these delicious flavors are sourced in South Dakota from local farmers. A local graphic artist designs the T-shirts Halogi sells. “Halogi has succeeded because local people supported it, so we want to support locals back,” says founder Nick Curry.

Many local businesses offer the products along with other selections of Made in South Dakota items.


Treat your mind, body, and soul to a relaxing day at the spa.

Traveling can be hard on the body, especially during a long road trip. Insert, spa day!

Taking care of yourself is the new experience worth scheduling when taking your next vacation. For many of us, taking a few minutes out of the day to spoil ourselves with a manicure or massage is all we need to bring us back to life. From salt floats, to full body wraps and everything in-between, get ready to relax.

Anna’s Massage Therapy

406 4th Street 605.690.1541

KRAVE the Experience 1040 22nd Avenue 605.692.5728

Blu Salon & Spa 1118 6th Street 605.692.6622

Sunflower Salon & Spa 1210 Main Avenue South 605.692.2315

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After spending time in Brookings, a short-stay might turn into a long one. Plan anything from a relaxing stay in a hotel to a camping adventure. Trips lasting one night to ten, there are plenty of options for you to choose from.


Whether a business trip, family vacation, or team function brings you to Brookings, you’ll have a comfortable place to stay while exploring the city.



Looking to channel your inner outdoorsman? Connect with nature and get to know the area on a totally different level by spending the weekend camping around the community.


Planning a tournament? Looking for a unique venue for your next meeting? Brookings has you covered. From finding a setting in the prettiest place in town to securing state-of-the-art facilities, the Visit Brookings team is here.


STEP #1 Narrow down venue options with our online meeting planner tool at www.visitbrookingssd.com

STEP #2 Download the Meeting and Event Planning Guide for detailed information about hotels, meeting spaces and our complimentary services.

STEP #3 Apply for funding through the Visit Brookings Event Grant Program. The Visit Brookings team is available to set up room blocks, work with our partners to respond to RFPs and help you find those one-of-a-kind experiences to keep your crew raving about your event. Get in touch at 1-800-699-6125 or info@visitbrookingssd.com.

An excellent event is always measured by the success of the food. It’s the difference between a cleared plate and throwing the plate away face down to hide what you didn’t finish (Midwestern Manners 101). Turn up the heat and surprise attendees with help from these caterers…

Backyard Grill & BBQ 605.692.7427 Buffalo Wild Wings 605.592.9110

Craft Chophouse & Lounge 605.692.2555

Hy-Vee Grocery and Catering 605.692.7317

Jimmy John’s 605.692.2321 Qdoba 605.692.1822 Subway 605.692.8442

Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill 605.692.4494

Yessica’s Restaurant 605.692.1559

Sodexo SDSU Catering (on campus only) 605.688.5309



Getting around Brookings is simple. We average a twelve-minute commute no matter the destination in town. Whether traveling from afar or in-state, our transportation options accommodate individuals and groups.


• Lyft | lyft.com

• Yata Service | yatallc.com

• Brookings Area Transit Authority | brookingsareatransit.com


• B&B Auto Sales | usedcarsandtruckssd.com

• Einspahr Auto Plaza | einspahr.com


Many of our favorite destinations in Brookings can be found on or off the loop. If you’re ever lost in Brookings, hook up with the loop and you’ll be right on track. Most of the time we crank up our favorite car tunes and sing like no one can hear us. Unless the windows are down, and then it’s a free concert. You’re welcome.

Here’s the route for the loop!

6th Street > (left on) Main Avenue > (left on) 8th Street South > (left on) 22nd Avenue > left again on 6th Street for one big loop




The Brookings Regional Airport caters to corporate business travel providing a safe, first class airport for regional residents and the flying community. The airport works diligently with the South Dakota State University Aviation Program and other local entities to provide flying instruction and other community activities related to aviation.

509 W 2nd Street South Brookings SD 57006 | 605.697.8664



Five airlines provide scheduled passenger service to the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. Connections can be made to over 200 domestic cities as well as many international destinations. Sioux Falls is an easy 50-minute drive on I-29. 2801 N Jaycee Lane Sioux Falls SD 57104 | 605.336.0762


United Airlines and Denver Air Connection offer daily service to Denver International Airport (DEN) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD). Watertown is 45 minutes north of Brookings on I-29. 2416 Boeing Avenue Watertown SD 57201 | 605.882.6209

HThe Visit Brookings office is located on the loop at 1321 6th Street.

Stop by our visitor center for maps, information, public restrooms and more.

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SDSU is South Dakota’s largest university and a giant in the Brookings community. On gameday, move-in weekend, or just a special stop for ice cream there is always something new to explore on campus.


Everyone loves an afternoon of tailgating and cheering on SDSU football or watching women’s basketball win the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. True Jackrabbit fans find all kinds of ways to show their spirit and support. Here are three more teams to cheer on throughout the year.

SDSU WRESTLING: The season runs from Nov. 12 to March 18. While competing at Frost Arena, the Jacks will have seven home matches with one home tournament. The Jacks have been ranked top 25 in the country for the last 3 years and reside in the Big XII Conference. Despite construction at Frost Arena, SDSU Athletics keeps an electrifying atmosphere with thousands of people in attendance.

SDSU SOFTBALL: Playing from February to May, the Jacks have 40plus games to watch. Over the last few years, SDSU Softball has made appearances in the NCAA tournament. With so many games throughout the season, women’s softball brings entertainment to its fans with home run after home run. With a record-breaking 76 home runs in 2022, the Jacks know how to keep you on the edge of your seat.

SDSU VOLLEYBALL: The Jacks play from August through November with postseason going into December. With the hiring of new head coach Dan Georgalas in 2019, SDSU volleyball has made big strides. Over the last 10 years, SDSU has only had three winning seasons, with the two most dominant coming under Georgalass coaching. In October 2022, the Jacks set an attendance record of 1,524 against University of South Dakota.

With 19 sports competing at the NCAA Division I level, the Jackrabbits have claimed 34 regular and postseason league championships since 2009-2010 and these numbers will only increase. There’s plenty to cheer for all year in Brookings. SDSU’s sports teams are constantly making history and climbing their way to the top.



Take a deep breath. Enjoy every milestone, like Move-In Day and Rush Week. Our college experience won’t go exactly how we expect it to, but our time will be better than expected.

Through this journey, you have to be unapologetically you because this is how we find our people - the people who will get us through difficult times and the people we enjoy sensational times with, like ESPN’s “College GameDay.”

Most important, you will find our true passion in these years. We are only here for four years. We have to do what is best for us and do it right away so we do not waste a single moment. So when you knew our first major was not for us, change it right away rather than waiting until our sophomore year like I did.

What I wish I could’ve done differently for us is slow down and enjoy each moment of college. Slow down and enjoy every moment that leads us to where we want to be. Everything will fall into place. Enjoy the steps leading to the now. We will never get to relive the absolute chaos of our first Hobo Day so live that night like it will never happen again. Meet everyone you can during Move-In weekend because everyone is looking to make friends and is just as nervous as you are.

The biggest lesson I have learned is to make the most of our college experience. You have to enjoy the highs and embrace the lows as this is what builds your character. Not every week will be exciting, like when we beat North Dakota State University that Saturday, but we will learn to respect the stress of finals, the grind of long days with labs, and late-night paper writing. In the end, love it all.


One of the biggest things I wish I had learned as an incoming freshman is that it’s OK to make new friends. College is all about meeting new people, and sometimes it’s easier just to hang out with people from high school who attend the same university as you, but it’s OK if you don’t. Likewise, it’s not the end of the world if you drift from the people you are friends with your first semester. You’ll keep meeting new people at SDSU and find your home away from home.

The community of Brookings offers many different ways to get out into town and find something you love, which is one thing I wish I had known my freshman year. As a college town, Brookings has a variety of options for having fun on a budget. If you’re a film fanatic, Brookings Cinema 8 offers tickets to all shows on Tuesdays for $5, from daytime matinees to evening showings.

If you love bowling, you should definitely check out The Lanes. Brookings’ local bowling alley is another fantastic spot to have fun without breaking the bank. On Monday nights after 9 p.m., you can bowl for as long as you want for $5. That fee also covers shoe rental. If you want to try out Spark Bowling, The Lanes offers a similar deal, but for a fee of $10. The bowling alley is open until midnight every night, which makes it the perfect place for a late-night excursion with your friends.

Coming from a large city, it was a concern of mine that there wouldn’t be a whole lot to do, but it was a relief to realize my concern was unnecessary. Brookings County offers plenty of other things to do outside the city, such as visiting Lake Campbell or Poinsett. If you feel the need to explore the rest of South Dakota, Brookings is at the corner of U.S. Highway 14 and Interstate 29, which makes it easy to take road trips with your friends on weekends and breaks.

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No game day is complete without the illustrious sounds of tradition, loyalty, and spirit a marching band can bring. South Dakota State University boasts one of the best collegiate bands in the nation. The best-known band on campus is The Pride of the Dakotas, which had over 340 students as part of its 132nd iteration in 2022.

The Pride, as the band is more commonly referred to, is known as the true heart of the game day atmosphere. For over 130 years, the Pride has been a part of momentous events – from presidential inaugural parades in 1981 and 1997, the 2003 and 2008 Tournament of Roses parades, NFL games, and most recently, the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Kevin Kessler, director of athletic bands, has been involved with the Pride since 1993, when he marched as a student. He has led the group since 2015. “The family atmosphere,

building lifetime friendships and making memories from game day to Macy’s are what makes the Pride so special,” he said.

Levi Gebhard, a second-year Pride member, has a deep appreciation for his involvement with such an impactful group. “I wanted to be a part of something special for the university and the Pride was always something that got me excited when I knew I was coming to SDSU,” he said. For the future, Gebhard is excited to continue building his friendships and marching on with the Pride for the next few years he is on campus.

The Pride is open to all SDSU students and membership ranges across any academic major, but auditions are required for specific assignments such as the drumline and drum major positions. You can watch the Pride each fall at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.


It is easy to be a part of a community at South Dakota State, with over 200 clubs, activities, and intramural sports. These campus favorites, including those mentioned here, provide a sense of togetherness and unity through the blue and gold.

The Taylor Swift Society is the newest addition to campus and has already amassed a following of Swifties. Student fans of the star drew inspiration from similar organizations at schools across the country and knew they had to create their own for SDSU. The approximately 80 members share a love for Swift and bond through biweekly meetings and on-campus activities such as trivia, concert viewings, and lyric analysis.

For 100 years, Little International has cultivated community as the largest two-day, student-run livestock exposition in the nation. Student staff members share a passion for the agricultural industry and create their own family through the monthslong planning process. Students of all backgrounds can exhibit a chosen livestock species as novices

or experienced showpeople. After two weeks of working with their animals, exhibitors are judged on showmanship and fitting. Little International provides a unique opportunity to learn new skills, exhibit livestock, and participate in a timeless tradition.

The Intramural Sports Program fosters a welcoming atmosphere for students and community members to compete, no athletic experience necessary. Broomball is one of several activities in the Intramural Sports program. Players compete on ice and attempt to score by sweeping a ball into nets using an aluminum stick or “broom.” Through countless hours of practice and matches, teams become like family and competition fades into a stress-free environment. The fast pace of broomball also provides an exciting atmosphere for spectators who can attend competitions at no cost.

Visit www.sdstate.campuslabs.com/engage/ to learn more about SDSU clubs and organizations.

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• Einstein Bros. Bagels • Chik-Fil-A • Mein Bowl & Wild Blue Sushi • Created With Love • Shorty’s Hot Box • Erbert & Gerbert’s • The Market, which includes: Mein Bowl & Wild Blue Sushi, Simple Servings, Qdoba, These and Those Noodles, Slices, Grilled COFFEE • Starbucks • Caribou Coffee • Union Coffee DINING ON CAMPUS SDSU Jacks Dining | 605.688.5309 STAYING SOCIAL AT STATE: CLUBS, ACTIVITIES, AND INTRAMURALS AT SDSU
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There are many reasons to fall in love with our community. It’s clean, safe, family-friendly, and filled with beautiful parks and picturesque scenery. Throw in a variety of cultural and recreational activities along with a dynamic downtown, and you’ve got a community that has a small town feel with big city amenities.


Over the last couple of years, Brookings has experienced a steady influx of new residents. People from all over the country have chosen Brookings as their new home. John Thompson, who began working as the public works director for the City of Brookings in 2022, has a story similar to others who have chosen to join the community. Previously, Thompson held various county administrator positions while working in Clovis, California, for 15 years.

Thompson grew up about 30 miles from Brookings in Hendricks, Minnesota, and his wife is from Aurora. He said because they are originally from the Midwest, he and his wife understand the people and the culture of the area. “We know all that, and we love that,” he said.

Thompson learned of the job opening in May 2022 and traveled to South Dakota to meet with the team. “I love their mission, vision, value, and I love their core traits. So, the foundation is really strong here.” As public works director, he oversees projects such as landfills, streets, and engineering. The purpose of the public works team is to “serve the public,” he said. “That’s why we’re here.”


His family enjoys the opportunities Brookings provides, such as recreational activities. Thompson says they get people out of the house and create a community feel he said.

A week after the family’s move to Brookings, a local church youth group held an event to welcome Thompson’s daughter. Since then, she has formed a group of friends she can explore her new home with. Thompson’s son has settled in and found a job working for a local manufacturing company.

Thompson described Brookings as welcoming, friendly, and safe. “Many people will lift a finger or wave to you as you pass them.” In the close-knit and welcoming community, “you get to know a lot of people, and it provides better satisfaction,” he said.

Thompson was amazed by how the area has grown over the last 30 years.. Among the changes, one thing remains the same. Brookings is a “community with great people,” he said.


Brookings is home to a variety of centrally located, unique wedding venues. From a romantic vineyard to a community-oriented farm and garden, to timeless manicured landscapes, these venues are every bride’s dream.


Good Roots Farm and Gardens is a true family affair founded by Bill and Julie Ross. Featuring a gorgeous, rustic 95-year-old restored barn, this venue is perfect for couples who want to honor family and community. Just 1 mile north of town, Good Roots offers seven ceremony locations on 40 acres with endless photo sites. Guests can enjoy wood-fired pizzas and garden salads made with farm-fresh ingredients, play yard games, feed goats, and congregate around a fire pit. Amenities include an assortment of vintage and versatile rustic decor, a getting-ready space, and banquet-style tables and chairs.

Bill Ross - Owner

Email: goodrootsevents@gmail.com | 605-691-9291


The region’s only botanical garden, McCrory Gardens is the ultimate classic wedding venue. An oasis within Brookings, McCrory offers abundant formal gardens or arboretum grounds for an outdoor service. Indoor ceremonies take place in a stunning space featuring high ceilings and ample natural light. Indoor reception space is available, along with the Terrace Garden, an intimate outdoor nook

with an urban, yet serene feel. Plentiful photo opportunities are available throughout the venue’s nature-filled grounds.

Lori Puetz - Venue Sales and Services Coordinator Email: lori.puetz@sdstate.edu | 605-688-6707


Schadé Vineyard and Winery combines romance and charm in an ideal location. Just 10 minutes from Brookings, the venue offers an intimate vineyard setting. Toast the occasion with Schadé’s authentic wine from fruits grown on or near the vineyard. Receptions take place in an outdoor tent accommodating up to 400 people. Members of the wedding party are invited to stay at the venue’s Airbnb open-concept home with room for up to 16 guests.

Dillon Ringling – Owner Email: info@schadevineyard.com | 605-627-5545


Brookings School District 2130 8th Street | 605-696-4700

South Dakota State University 1451 Stadium Road | 800-952-3541 GOVERNMENT

City of Brookings 520 3rd Street, Suite 230 | 605-692-6281

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Department of Motor Vehicles 910 4th Street | 800-952-3696 Motor Vehicle Registration 520 3rd Street, Suite 100 | 605-696-8250 RELOCATION/ COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce 1321 6th Street | 605-692-8922 Brookings Economic Development Corporation 2301 Research Park Way | 605-697-8103 Helpline Center 619 5th Street | 605-692-4979 Visit Brookings 1321 6th Street | 605-692-7444 EDUCATION
a job in Brookings has never been easier. Opportunities are plentiful, especially in the areas of management, sales, maintenance, operators, technicians, administrative and
work in the hospitality industry. Check online listings at
Find out more about making Brookings your home through the following Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce Directory. Other relocation resources are available at Brookingschamber.org, Liveinbrookings.com, and Visitbrookingssd.com.
Brookings County Offices 520 3rd Street, Suite 100 | 605-696-8250 Voter Registration 520 3rd Street, Suite 100 | 605-696-8250 FINDING THE PERFECT JOB Finding
call the South Dakota Department of Labor 605-688-4350 to get started.


All businesses are located in Brookings unless otherwise noted.


Boos & Associates, a Professional Corporation (CPA & Consultants) 2301 Research Park Way (605) 983-1436

In-House Ally 236 Heather Lane W (605) 858-1032

Integrity Accounting 1310 Main Avenue S (855) 956-0132

Kinner & Company 404 3rd Avenue (605) 692-2515

Limestone, Inc 314 Main Avenue 605-592-1098

TruCount CPA, PC 2301 Research Park Way, Suite 208 (866) 936-8024

VRS Certified Public Accountants & Consultants 726 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-8425


Alltech, Inc. 700 32nd Avenue S (605) 692-5310

Brookings County Conservation District 205 6th Street #1 (605) 692-8003

Brookings Equipment, Inc. 3024 Hwy 14 ByPass (605) 693-3522

Converse Seed Farms 1953 Spyglass Hill Drive (605) 530-1132

Corteva/Pioneer Hi-Bred International 211 Caspian Avenue, Volga (605) 627-9167

Farmers Implement & Irrigation 3023 E Hwy 14 Bypass (605) 692-6153

Farmers National Company 22219 480th Avenue, Flandreau (605) 997-5228

Hurley & Associates 126 2nd Street SW (605) 692-1533

KC Dairy LLP 48612 212th Street, Elkton (605) 542-4051

Kibble Equipment 3310 Hwy 14 Bypass (605) 693-3514

Medgene Labs 4728, 1006 32nd Avenue, Suite 104 (605) 692-1268

Meyer Services Inc. 260 Industrial Drive, Volga (605) 627-9281

Midwest Tree Service 47739 SD Highway 30, White (605) 203-0509

Millborn Seeds 2132 32nd Avenue (605) 697-6306

Novita Nutrition, LLC 2301 Research Park Way 605-610-1026

Ramsdell’s 4240, 1929 Hwy 14 Bypass (605) 692-8323

Raven Industries 2301 Research Park Way, Suite 255 (605) 692-5574

RTI, LLC 801 32nd Avenue (605) 696-7300

Runnings 2421 6th Street (605) 291-4646

SGS North America, Inc. 1405 32nd Avenue (605) 692-7611

SoDak Labs, Inc. 236 32nd Avenue (605) 695-5980

Van Kooten Ag Service 46287 209th Street, Volga (605) 695-9686


Cotton Tied 207 Kasan Avenue, Volga (605) 695-9686

Dakota Darling Boutique 401 S 6th Street, Arlington

Dakota Soul Boutique 2035 Orchard Drive (605) 692-5400

Emerald Grace Clothing Company 414 Main Avenue

Fit My Feet 720 25th Avenue (605) 592-9613

Glik’s 1024 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-1844

LA Style Boutique 106 W. Hwy 14, Volga (605) 695-5230

Lemon Willow Boutique 200 S Patrick Avenue, White (806) 315-2434

Seven Song Birds 320 Main Avenue (605) 697-6292

Shoe Sensation 860 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-7447

Spot On Printing P.O. Box 556, Volga (605) 627-3060

The Socialight Boutique + Gameday Social 420 Main Avenue (605) 651-1297

Trendz 307 6th Street (605) 697-7443


designArc 830 2nd Street S (605) 692-4008

ID8 Architecture 414 Main Avenue, Suite 3 (605) 695-9635


Brookings Arts Council 524 4th Street (605) 692-4177

Brookings Summer Arts Festival PO Box 4 (605) 692-2787

Children’s Museum of South Dakota 521 4th Street (605) 692-6700

Prairie Repertory Theatre/ State University Theatre & Dance 1601 University Boulevard (605) 688-4559

South Dakota Art Museum 1036 Medary Avenue (605) 688-5423


ADVANCE 301 Division Avenue (605) 692-7852

Edgewood Assisted Living & Memory Care 2015 8th Street S (605) 692-6311

Independent Living Choices 748 22nd Avenue S (605) 882-5249

Interim HealthCare 510 Main Avenue, Suite #1 (605) 371-4253

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StoneyBrook Suites Assisted Living 1906 12th Street S (605) 692-1013

The Neighborhoods at Brookview 2421 Yorkshire Drive (605) 696-8700

United Living Community 405 1st Avenue (605) 692-5351


American Legion 1229 Western Avenue (605) 692-5741

Bobcat Backers PO Box 718 (605) 692-2431

Brookings Activity Center 320 5th Avenue (605) 692-4492

Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce 1321 6th Street (605) 692-8922

Brookings Area Human Resources Assoc PO Box 22 (605) 949-1915

Brookings Area United Way 619 5th Avenue (605) 692-4979

Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program (BCYMP) 601 4th Street (605) 697-0444

Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter 807 Onaka Trail (605) 692-7233

Brookings Health System Foundation 300 22nd Avenue (605) 696-8855

Brookings Kiwanis Club 304 Trail Ridge Road (605) 695-3383

Brookings Lions Club 337 Marian Avenue (605) 692-6056

Brookings Optimist Club PO Box 836

Brookings Police Department Foundation 307 3rd Avenue (605) 690-2021

Brookings Regional Humane Society 120 West 2nd Street S (605) 697-7387

Brookings Rotary Club 1434 Yosemite Lane (605) 999-1200

Brookings Swim Club PO Box 8112 (605) 692-3672

Disabled American Veterans, Brookings Chapter 22 410 Medary Avenue S (605) 692-2829

Fellowship of Christian Athletes 2301 Research Park Way (605) 695-7041

Girl ScoutsDakota Horizons 1101 S. Marion Road, Sioux Falls (605) 271-9703

Helpline Center 619 5th Avenue (605) 274-1424

Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota 752 22nd Avenue S 1-800-568-2401

Option 1 Women’s Health Center 103 22nd Avenue (605) 692-1600

SD CEO East Women’s Business Center 2329 N Career Avenue, Suite 213, Sioux Falls

SDSU Alumni Association 815 Medary Avenue (605) 697-5198

SDSU Foundation 815 Medary Avenue (605) 697-7475

SoDak Spurs Soccer Club 3105 Main Avenue S (605) 695-9792

South Dakota Retailers Association 320 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre (605) 224-5050

Teen Challenge of the Dakotas 600 West 16th Avenue S (605) 693-9753

The Salvation Army of Brookings County 410 7th Street (605) 692-8863

Visit Brookings 1321 6th Street (605) 692-7944

Volga Foundation 21095 463rd Avenue, Volga (605) 940-2363

Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce 1 E Kemp, Watertown (605) 886-5814


ABRA Auto Body Glass 305 5th Street S (605) 692-6686

Advance Auto Parts 2221 6th Street (605) 692-8220

B & B Auto Sales 532 Main Avenue S (605) 692-7010

Brookings Auto Mall 2323 6th Street E (605) 692-6315

Dave’s Collision 1019 Main Avenue S (605) 692-4024

Double K Sales & Detailing 1527 32nd Avenue (605) 695-1848

Einspahr Auto Plaza 2020 8th Street S (605) 692-6106

Goeden Trucking, LLC. 305 34th Avenue (402) 316-6162

Hometown Service & Tire 222 Main Avenue (605) 697-6889

L&L Auto Parts - NAPA PO Box 521 (605) 692-4545

Nagel’s Bump & Paint Shop 2311 Minnesota Drive (605) 692-6000

Valley Motorsports, LLC 106 Kasan Avenue, Volga (605) 690-2454

W.W. Tire 1813 32nd Avenue (605) 696-7400


Bizzy Lizzy Bakery 48125 211th Street, White (517) 610-1467


Bankstar - Elkton Branch 124 Elk Street, Elkton (605) 542-2681

Bankstar - Volga Branch 303 Kasan Avenue, Volga (605) 627-9121

BankStar Financial 1301 6th Street (605) 692-3636

Central Bank 600 Main Avenue (605) 692-2314

Dacotah Bank 1441 6th Street (605) 692-8600

Dakotaland Federal Credit Union - Volga 99 Caspian Avenue, Volga (605) 627-5880

Farm Credit ServicesWatertown P.O. Box 1117, Watertown (605) 882-4030

First Bank & Trust 520 6th Street (605) 696-2200

First Interstate Bank 1302 6th Street (605) 692-7100

Richland State Bank 602 1st Street, Bruce (605) 627-5671


Wells Fargo Bank 527 Main Avenue (605) 692-6245

Dakotaland Federal Credit Union - Brookings 2423 6th Street (605) 697-5922


Brookings Liquor Store 780 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-5613

Eponymous Brewing Company 126 Main Avenue S (605) 692-2739

Schade’ Vineyard & Winery 21095 463rd Avenue, Volga (605) 627-5545

Wooden Legs Brewing Company 309 5th Street, Suite 100 (605) 692-2337


Los Tapatios

Mexican Restaurant 100 Hansina Avenue, Volga

Midwest Fresh Catering 21154 467th Avenue (605) 690-0120

Party Depot 410 Main Avenue (605) 697-9333

Rub ‘N Tug BBQ 122 Main Avenue S (605) 691-2834


AT&T 1707 6th Street (605) 692-6676

Wireless World 1726 6th Street (605) 692-2000


Boys and Girls Club of Brookings 1126 Southland Lane #4146 (605) 692-3333

Early Learning Center of Brookings 405 1st Avenue (605) 696-7488


Brookings Chiropractic Center & Physical Therapy 1222 22nd Avenue S (605) 696-7222

Champion Health Chiropractic 430 5th Street (605) 695-6447

HealthSource of Brookings 116 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-2251

Murray Chiropractic Clinic 750 22nd Avenue S (605) 697-5090

Willert Chiropractic 2316 6th Street (605) 692-0123


GracePoint Wesleyan Church 1420 Orchard Drive (605) 692-6671

United Church of Christ 828 8th Street S (605) 697-2882


Intek Cleaning & Restoration 3116 Century Circle (605) 692-5752

Mix Dry Cleaners Inc. 414 4th Street (605) 692-4132

O’Riley Custom Detailing 610 North Cherry Street, Arlington (605) 651-9947


Choco Latte Coffee and Handmade Candy 2308 6th Street (605) 697-5311

Cottonwood Coffee 509 Main Avenue (605) 692-7009

Kool Beans Coffee and Roasterie 225 Main Avenue (605) 940-7524

Mosaic Wine Bar & Small Plates 225 Main Avenue (605) 691-1715

Scooter’s Coffee 305 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-5445

Starbucks Cafe 715 Jackrabbit Avenue (605) 697-2588

Hello Larsons Coffee Roastery 106 W. Hwy 14, Volga (605) 690-1625


a-i Computer Solutions 415 Main Avenue (605) 692-4349

Blue Sky Technologies 1206 Main Avenue S (605) 690-5557

High Point Networks 420 4th Street (605) 697-3060

Kinvergent 120 22nd Avenue S (315) 207-5721

Micro Computer Systems, Inc. 126 Main Avenue, Suite 103 (605) 692-2183


Artisan Concrete Concepts 110 Kasan Avenue, Volga (605) 695-1802

Bobcat of Brookings 803 Main Avenue S (605) 697-5544


Bowes Construction, Inc. 2915 22nd Avenue S (605) 693-3557

Brookings Regional Builders Association PO Box 323 (605) 692-5405

Buffalo Ridge Concrete Inc. 110 32nd Avenue (605) 692-6040

Clark Drew Construction 302 32nd Avenue S (605) 692-9063

GCC Ready Mix 1510 Western Avenue (877) 816-4422

Houtman Construction Inc 1300 Pheasant Run Road (605) 692-2140

Infinite Welding & Machine 322 Industrial Drive, Volga (605) 827-2922

Mills Construction Inc. 1311 Main Avenue S (605) 697-3100

Morton Buildings, Inc. 1506 9th Avenue SW, Watertown (605) 886-2228

Roto-Rooter SewerDrain Service 734 34th Street (605) 659-8505

Rounds Construction, Inc. 1124 34th Avenue (605) 693-4000

Summit Contracting 200 Prince Drive (605) 695-2598

Tessier’s Inc 300 32nd Avenue, Suite E (605) 692-4822

Thompson Concrete Construction 107 Edman Avenue, Volga (605) 651-5139

Timmons Construction 1306 Western Avenue (605) 695-9829

Young Door Service 1527 32nd Avenue (605) 693-3000



Hy-Vee Gas & Convenience Store 790 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-5569

PNP Pub & Casino 318 Main Avenue S (605) 697-5700

Schoon’s Pump N Pak 202 Main Avenue S (605) 697-7500

Schoon’s Pump N Pak South 203 Main Avenue S (605) 692-6422

Valley Mart 101 Caspian Avenue, Volga (605) 627-9422


Bisson Dental 305 Main Avenue S (605) 692-2820

Brookings Dental Clinic 2215 Derdall Drive (605) 692-1222

Brookings Family Dentistry 427 8th Street S (605) 692-7788

Embrace Dentistry 2220 Yorkshire Drive (605) 697-6262

Knutzen Family Dentistry 2110 12th Street S (605) 692-9463

Meyer Orthodontics 105 22nd Avenue (605) 692-7511

Prairie Skies Family Dentistry 420 Front Street (605) 692-9555

Van Laecken Orthodontics 604 Medary Avenue S (605) 692-7063


Brookings Economic Development Corporation 2301 Research Park Way, Suite 113 (605) 697-8103

Enterprise Institute 2301 Research Park Way, Suite 114 (605) 697-5015

Research Park at SDSU 2301 Research Park Way, Suite 146 (605) 696-5600

Volga Development Corporation P.O. Box 217, Volga (605) 281-0704


Brookings Community Music School 321 6th Street (605) 692-5893

Brookings School District 5-1 2130 8th Street S (605) 696-4700

Institute of Lutheran Theology 910 4th Street (605) 692-9337

Lake Area Technical College 1201 Arrow Avenue, Watertown (605) 882-5284

Merchant Job Training & Safety, Inc 2204 Derdall Drive (605) 697-6587

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) 4801 N. Career Avenue, Sioux Falls (605) 688-4154

Out Source Projects, Inc. 2015 Larkspur Ridge Drive (763) 464-0324

PLAY Tutoring Center (Personalized Learning Adventures for Youth) 409 4th Street (605) 660-8045

SDSU SDSU, Box 2201 (605) 688-4111

SDSU College of Ag, Food & Environmental Sciences SDSU, Box 2207 (605) 688-4148

SDSU College of Nursing SDSU Box 2275 (605) 688-5178

SDSU College of Pharmacy SDSU Box 2202C (605) 688-6314

SDSU Marketing & Communications SCM 105, Box 2230 (605) 688-6161

SDSU Office of Continuing & Distance Education West Hall 120, Box 510 (605) 688-4154

SDSU Student Union & Activities 1421 Student Union Lane (605) 688-4425

South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership 132 Animal Science Complex, SDSU (309) 259-0047

South Dakota Safety Council 1108 N. West Avenue, Sioux Falls (605) 361-7785

Sylvan Learning of Brookings 317 5th Avenue 6053624885

Thriving Minds Success with Dyslexia 619 5th Avenue (605) 692-5622


AMP Electric Construction 3117 Century Circle (605) 692-4626

Clites Electric 400 32nd Avenue (605) 697-6838

Electric Construction Company 3028 Prince Drive (605)336-2800

Muth Electric 116 West Folsom Street (605) 692-0800

Perry’s 100 Main Avenue S (605) 692-6495


IMKO Workforce Solutions 521 6th Street, Suite 101 (605) 697-5627

SD Dept of Labor and Regulation 1310 Main Avenue S, Suite 103 (605) 688-4350


Basin Electric Power Coop 484th Avenue, Elkton (701) 557-5625

Constellation Energy 17213 Colony Drive, Omaha (402) 504-6355


Banner Associates, Inc. 409 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-6342

Brosz Engineering 1617 Elmwood Drive (605) 572-8012

Civil Design, Inc. 609 Main Avenue S (605) 696-3200

Foresight Land Surveyors 1311 Main Avenue S (605) 695-6442

Malone Engineering, Inc. 101 22nd Avenue 605-692-9580


B2B Dance Performance 2610 Wilbert Court (605) 690-2390

Brookings Cinema 8 219 6th Street (605) 692-6821

Brookings Tae Kwon Do, LLC 919 Main Avenue S (605) 697-5425

Dakota Entertainment 27119 SD-115, Harrisburg (605) 331-1404

Dakota Nature Park 1705 W 32nd Street S (605) 692-2708


High Note Entertainment

PO Box 8382 (605) 692-2292

Larson Ice Center 924 32nd Avenue (605) 692-2708

Oakwood Lakes State Park 20247 Oakwood Drive, Bruce (605) 627-5441

Parks, Recreation & Forestry 520 6th Avenue, Suite 130 (605) 692-2708

Rabbit’s Den Gaming 420 4th Street (605) 651-2121

Royal River Casino & Hotel 607 South Veterans Street, Flandreau (605) 997-3746

SDSU Athletic Department Box 2820/HPER Center (605) 688-5625

Sean Leary - Comedian (605) 691-1764

Tee’d Off Golf Simulators 2508 Wilbert Court (605) 692-7273

The Lanes 722 Western Avenue (605) 692-4435


Good Roots Farm and Gardens 3712 Medary Avenue (605) 691-9291

Midway Camp 46564 US Highway 14 (605) 881-6931

Swiftel Center 824 32nd Avenue (605) 692-7539


Chick-Fil-A 1421 Student Union Lane (605) 697-2559

Culver’s 2229 6th Street (605) 697-5558

Jimmy John’s 1308 6th Street (605) 692-2321

Subway of Volga 108 N Kasan Avenue, Volga (605) 627-3097

Taco John’s 609 Medary Avenue (605) 692-7524

Tropical Smoothie Cafe 1461 6th Street (605) 691-8233


CAPITAL Services 3101 Capitol Street (605) 782-3367

Edward Jones - Jeff Fish 1718 6th Street (605) 697-7762

Edward JonesMason & Jim Winterboer 1212 Main Avenue S (605) 692-1799

Edward Jones InvestmentsCam Jones 521 6th Street (605) 627-1044

Edward Jones InvestmentsJenn Everson Financial Advisor 101 22nd Avenue (605) 692-8503

Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation 412 5th Street (605) 695-1429

Legacy Financial Partners Ameriprise Financial 309 4th Street (605) 692-5501

Northwestern MutualSean Binker 603 5th Avenue (605) 301-4250

Raymond James Financial Services PO Box 5057 (605) 696-2280

Thrivent - Brookings Area Associates 601 4th Street, Suite 103 (605) 692-6643


Barrett’s Flooring 409 12th Street S (605) 692-7377

Carpet Direct of Brookings 1325 Main Avenue S, Suite D (605) 691-2697

Midstates Flooring Center 307 C. 6th Street (605) 697-6333

Ope Niemeyer Flooring Installation 718 11th Street (605) 697-9111


Eidsness Funeral Home 1617 Orchard Drive (605) 692-6384

Rude’s Funeral Home 105 W 8th Street S (605) 692-6221


Brookings Furniture Co. 409 Main Avenue (605) 692-1399

Karl’s TV & Appliance 976 22nd Avenue S (605) 697-7285

Ohm’s Appliance Center 1425 Main Avenue S (605) 692-7416

Slumberland 409 12th Street S (605) 692-7376

Water Works 308 6th Street (605) 651-0015

Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity Restore 917 US-14 Bypass (605) 697-5900

Mr. Appliance 2122 Ace Avenue (605) 824-6116


FarmHouse Fancy & Ugly Duckling 312 Main Avenue 605-690-9674

Honeycomb Gifts 314 Main Avenue, Suite 3 (605) 651-8336

Hy-Vee Floral Shop 790 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-7016


Dave’s Window Cleaning, Inc. PO Box 90622, Sioux Falls (605) 695-1265

Midwest Glass 1333 Main Avenue S (605) 692-7251


Brookings Country Club 2180 Clubhouse Drive (605) 693-4315

Edgebrook Clubhouse 1415 22nd Avenue S (605) 697-8345

Meadow Creek Golf Course 825 E 6th Street, Volga (605) 627-5444


Brookings County 520 3rd Street (605) 696-8205

Brookings County Sheriff’s Office 315 Seventh Avenue (605) 696-8300

Brookings Fire Department 607 20th Avenue (605) 692-6323

Brookings Landfill 47352 30th Street (605) 693-3667

Brookings Police Department 307 3rd Avenue (605) 692-2113


Brookings Regional Airport

509 W 2nd Street S (605) 697-8664

City of Brookings 520 Third Street, Suite 230 (605) 692-6281

City of Volga 226 Kasan Avenue, Volga (605) 627-9113

Friends of John Thune 5015 S Bur Oak Place, Sioux Falls (605) 334-9596

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds South Dakota 320 N Main Street, Sioux Falls (605) 336-0486


Hy-Vee Food Store 790 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-7317

WalMart 2233 6th Street (605) 692-6332

Dakota Provisions 40268 US-14 W, Huron (605) 352-1519


Blu Salon & Spa 1118 6th Street (605) 692-6622

Illusions Salon 956 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-1313

Ritz Hair Studio & Whole Body Retreat 1611 6th Street (605) 692-6389

Shag Salon 1108 Telluride Circle (605) 691-9913

Sunflower Salon & Spa 1210 Main Avenue S (605) 692-2315

The Man Cave Barbershop 314 Main Avenue, Suite 4 (605) 692-2283

Thomas & Company 2314 6th Street (605) 592-9115

Year Round Brown 1715 6th Street (605) 692-8826


Arcfit 107 West Folsom Street (605) 695-0508

Crossfit Brookings 1325 Main Avenue S, Suite C (605) 937-8897

Division of Rehabilitation Services 1310 Main Avenue S, Suite 102 605-688-4280

Gold Medal Gymnastics 505 Main Avenue (605) 692-1350

Powershop Gym 514 Main Avenue (605) 692-1003

Prairie Soul Studio 986 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-1911

Profile Plan 922 22nd Avenue S (605) 636-4630

SDSU Miller Wellness Center SWC 100/ Box 2820 (605) 688-6415

Snap Fitness 1009 Main Avenue S (605) 692-7627


Active Heating Inc. 3024 Prince Drive (605) 692-4241

Dave’s Handyman Service 1811 Overlook Ridge Road (605) 690-3302

Ekern Plumbing & Heating

815 2nd Street S (605) 692-4711

Hamlin Building Center 1915 32nd Avenue (605) 692-3381

Handyman Property Maintenance 1100 6th Street (605) 695-5261

Lemme’s Plumbing & Heating Inc 505 Ashley Avenue, Volga (605) 691-1697

Lowe’s 812 25th Avenue (605) 696-2730


Avera Behavioral HealthBrookings 601 4th Street (605) 692-8092

Avera Medical Group Brookings 400 22nd Avenue (605) 697-9500

Biomat USA Plasma Center 718 22nd Avenue S (605) 691-6214

Brookings Ambulatory Surgery Center 3405 6th Street (605) 693-2272

Brookings Behavior Health and Wellness 211 4th Street (605) 697-2850

Brookings Counseling Solutions, LLC 1304 Main Avenue S (605) 592-9909

Brookings Health System 300 22nd Avenue (605) 696-9000

Brookings Health System Volga Medical Clinic 210 Kasan Avenue, Volga (605) 627-5701

Davis & Associates 1321 Whitetail Path (605) 520-3640

Family Wellness Clinic 216 W 2nd Street S (605) 692-1772

Orthopedic Institute 407 22nd Avenue (605) 692-7670

Pro PT 302 W 6th Street (605) 692-8848

Rising Hope

601 4th Street (605) 494-1500

Sanford Clinic - Brookings 922 22nd Avenue S (605) 697-1900

Sanford Home Medical Equipment 918 22nd Avenue S (605) 697-1999

SCSA Diagnostics 425 8th Street S (605) 592-9071


Comfort Suites University 929 25th Avenue (605) 692-2882

Country Inn & Suites 3000 LeFevre Drive (605) 692-3500

My Place Hotel 711 32nd Avenue (605) 696-3150

Super 8 Hotel 3034 LeFevre Drive (605) 692-6920


American Family InsuranceBen Hauck Agency, Inc. 10 Main Avenue S 605-692-2500

American Trust Insurance 100 Main Avenue (605) 692-6223

Anderson Insurance 104 W 6th Street (605) 692-4722

Dacotah Insurance 1441 6th Street (605) 692-1447

Dakota InsuranceThe Rohl Agency 126 Main Avenue S, Suite 101 (605) 692-4433

Farm Bureau Financial Services - Jon Manson 214 W 2nd Street S (605) 697-8026


Farmers Union InsuranceHeidi Fields Agency 426 Main Avenue (605) 881-2830

Fishback Insurance Agency PO Box 5057 (605) 696-2236

King Insurance 101 Main Avenue S 605-692-0944

State Farm InsuranceAdam Holtquist 511 Main Avenue (605) 692-6225

State Farm InsurancePaul Kruse 1024 6th Street (605) 692-5200

StateWide Insurance 708 Main Avenue S (605) 692-6444

Thrivent - Tim Campbell 2121 Goldenrod Trail (605) 480-1250

State Farm InsuranceKevin Witte 2312 6th Street (605) 692-8383


Brookings Radio 227 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-1430

Interstate Telecommunication Coop. 1022 Main Avenue S (605) 693-3211

KSFY 325 S 1st Avenue, Suite 100, Sioux Falls (605) 336-1300

Mediacom Business 948 22nd Avenue S (605) 695-0247

Mediacom Residential 948 22nd Avenue S (855) 224-2253

SDSU Yeager Media Center 1137 Campanile Avenue 1-605-688-5620

Swiftel Communications (605) 692-6211

Valley FiberCom PO Box 107, Volga (866) 45FIBER (1-866-453-4237)


Austreim Landscaping 1222 Western Avenue (605) 692-1005

Braun’s Lawns LLC 1817 Lincoln Lane (605) 695-9759

Clean Cut Lawn and Landscape 1513 Western Avenue (605) 600-3151

Glacial Lakes Tree Service P.O. Box 398 (605) 695-8550

Kerry’s Landscaping & Irrigation, Inc. 1012, 706 13th Street W (605) 692-1605

Medary Acres 1100 8th Street S (605) 692-5816

Norm’s Greenhouse & Nursery 21366 476th Avenue, Aurora (605) 693-3926

Outdoor Design and Landscaping, LLC 1728 US Hwy 14 1-605-999-3475

Six Mile Nursery 810 W Hwy 14 (605) 690-8684

Turfguard Lawn Service 108 32nd Street S (605) 697-6718


Fite, Pierce & Ronning Law Office 316 4th Street (605) 692-9415

Helsper, McCarty & Rasmussen, PC 1441 6th Street, Suite 200 (605) 692-7775

Ribstein & Hogan Law Firm 621 6th Street (605) 692-1818

Steve Britzman 521 6th Street, Suite 104 (605) 697-9058

Teesdale Law Office, PLLC 423 8th Street S (605) 736-0342

Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith P.C. 2301 Research Park Way, Suite 225 (605) 336-3890


Brookings Public Library 515 3rd Street (605) 692-9407


3M Company 601 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-9433

ABM Manufacturing, LLC 524 13th Street W (605) 697-6322

Bel Brands USA 1313 34th Avenue (605) 937-5184

Counterpart, Inc. 214 32nd Avenue S (605) 692-5952

Daktronics, Inc. 201 Daktronics Drive (605) 697-4000

Falcon Plastics 1313 Western Avenue (605) 696-2500

Jeppesen, Inc. (formerly GHP Systems, Inc.) 1000 32nd Avenue (605) 697-7869

L.G. Everist, Inc. 912 34th Avenue S (605) 693-3381

Larson Manufacturing 2333 Eastbrook Drive (605) 692-6115

MTR Technologies Inc. 311 3rd Street (605) 692-8188

Prairie AquaTech 705 32nd Avenue S (605) 692-1266

Prince Manufacturing Corporation 111 32nd Avenue S (605) 692-1970

Quality Tool 301 Sunrise Ridge Road (605) 692-1615

Rainbow Play Systems 500 Rainbow Parkway (605) 692-1500

Royal Plastics, Inc. 200 32nd Avenue (605) 692-2171

SD Manufacturing & Technologies 2329 North Career Avenue, Suite 106, Sioux Falls (605) 202-0198

SD Soybean Processors 100 Caspian Avenue, Volga (605) 627-9240

Sterling Technology 133 32nd Avenue S (605) 692-5552

Twin City Fan & Blower 101 Sunrise Ridge Road S (605) 394-8800

Valero Renewable Fuels One Valero Place, Aurora (605) 693-6800

Weather Star, LLC 213 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-5345


Allegra Design, Print, Mail 301 Main Avenue (605) 697-5170

Brookings Billboard 1321 6th Street (605) 212-1921

Cleanslate Design + Print 317 Fifth Avenue, Suite B (605) 692-2211

Creative Printing 760 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-9233


Jackrabbit Sports Properties

2301 Research Park Way, Suite 211 (605) 696-3570

Johnson & Richter Creative 314 Main Avenue, Suite 2 (605) 467-7473

Nektr Marketing Brookings

Sideline Productions 1313 Yorktown Circle (605) 695-3478

UpFrame Creative 414 Main Avenue (605) 610-8002


Brookings Register 312 5th Street (605) 692-6271

Volga Tribune 207 Kasan Avenue, Volga (605) 627-9425


9 Bar & Nightclub 307 Main Avenue (605) 696-7978

Skinner’s Pub 300 Main Avenue (605) 692-3248


Century Business Products 214 W 2nd Street S (605) 692-2177

Office Peeps 416 3rd Street (605) 692-6363


Sixth Street Optical 511 6th Street 692-5600

Vision Care Associates 952 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-8262

Yorkshire Eye Clinic & Optical 2311 Yorkshire Drive (605) 692-7315


Hy-Vee Pharmacy 790 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-7311

Lewis Drug 910 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-6688


Elevate Drone Services (605) 592-1308

Erica Lynn Photography 1603 Cardinal Drive (605) 216-6679

Ethan Wiese Photography 503 15th Street S (605) 651-1962


D. E. Little, DVM 2301 Research Park Way, Suite 155 (605) 697-3000

Hitch Studio 414 Main Avenue (605) 592-9072

M&T Fire and Safety, Inc. 105 Kasan Avenue, Volga 605-627-5165

Slate + Waters Consulting 424 5th Street (612) 590-0482


605 Custom Design 424 Red Twig Drive #1 (605) 691-5104

Brookings Engraving 306 Main Avenue (605) 692-2431

Outlaw Graphics 321 3rd Avenue S (605) 692-9857


SD Newspaper Association 1125 32nd Avenue (605) 692-4300

The Town & Country Shopper, Inc. 609 5th Avenue (605) 692-9311

The UPS Store 120 22nd Avenue S (605) 692-5441


Advantage Land Company 517 6th Street (605) 692-2525

Anita Thomas, Best Choice Real Estate 611 6th Street (605) 692-9200

Best Choice Real Estate 611 6th Street (605) 692-9200

Burlage Peterson Realty 317 4th Street, #1919 (605) 692-7102

Century 21 Krogman & Co. 323 22nd Avenue (605) 692-2100

Marli and Seth Sayler of Best Choice Real Estate 611 6th Street 605-214-4521

Northern Plains Appraisal, LLC 311 3rd Street (605) 692-9445

Shane Andersen, Brookings Home Team pwrd by Century 21 323 22nd Avenue (605) 691-3023

The Real Estate Sisters of Best Choice Real Estate 611 6th Street (605) 690-9200


HME Management 432 5th Street (605) 655-2269

Mills Development Corporation 1323 Main Avenue S (605) 697-3118


Brookings Property Management, Inc. 1100 6th Street (605) 695-5261

Den-Wil Investments, Inc. 910 4th Street (605) 692-4859

Lloyd Companies 101 South Reid Street, Suite 201, Sioux Falls (605) 323-2820

Mills Property Management 630 Western Avenue (605) 697-3175

Moriarty Enterprises 603 Main Avenue (605) 692-6333

NLR Management/ Prairie View Townhomes 1802 12th Street S (605) 370-5901

The Sequoia Group 2229 6th Street (605) 759-3213


Agua Fresh & Noodle Bowl 420 Main Avenue (605) 692-2482

Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Grill 1801 6th Street (605) 592-9110

Cafe Coteau 521 4th Street (605) 692-6700 x 1

Cook’s Kitchen 304 Main Avenue (605) 692-1303

Craft Chophouse & Lounge 610 Medary Avenue (605) 692-2555

Cubby’s Sports Bar and Grill 307 Main Avenue (605) 696-7978

George’s Pizza 311 Main Avenue (605) 692-6610


Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant

1715 6th Street (605) 692-1661

Main Street Pub 408 Main Avenue (605) 692-4082

Nick’s Hamburger Shop 427 Main Avenue (605) 692-4324

Perkins Restaurant 2205 E 6th Street (605) 692-4400

Pheasant Restaurant & Lounge 726 Main Avenue S (605) 692-4723

Pints and Quarts 313 Main Avenue (605) 692-7468

Pizza Ranch of Brookings, Inc. 1815 6th Street (605) 692-3663

The Lodge Restaurant 2515 6th Street (605) 692-1429

Valley Restaurant & Catering 103 Caspian Avenue, Volga (605) 676-5900

Whiskey Creek 621 32nd Avenue (605) 692-4494

Wilbert’s Ale House 931 25th Avenue (605) 692-2484

CC’s Bar & Grill 121 Kasan Avenue, Volga (605) 690-2073


Audio Connections 307 6th Street, Suite 3 (605) 692-4036

Blind Guy Boards 1342 4th Street (305) 763-2540

Brookings Monument Company 507 Main Avenue S (605) 692-4224

Coteau des Prairies Olive Oil Company 726 Main Avenue S (605) 692-4723

Goodwill Industries 625 Main Avenue (605) 692-2085

Jackrabbit Central/ University Bookstore Box 2815A, Rm. 146 (605) 688-4163

Pasque 400 Main Street (605) 695-3206

The Carrot Seed Kitchen Co. 310 Main Avenue (605) 592-9277

Threads of Memories 411 4th Street (605) 697-7377

Wink’s Fine Jewelry 322 5th Street (605) 692-4623


Savage Sign 207 Kasan Avenue, Volga (605) 827-2542

Stein Sign Display 2020 4th Avenue SW, Watertown (605) 753-8211


Culligan Water of Brookings 1417 6th Street (605) 692-4911

Monell Music Company 404 Main Avenue (605) 692-2868


Bluestem Bicycles 405 Main Avenue (605) 692-2453

Spoke - N - Sport 503 Main Avenue (605) 696-7979


Access Storage 1323 Main Avenue S (605) 651-4947

Perkins Storage & Transfer 416 3rd Avenue (605) 692-2041

Store More Rentals 505 South Street, Volga (605) 695-5186

Xtra Space Storage 1614 Western Avenue (605) 696-9872


Brookings County Title Co. 418 6th Street (605) 696-0100

Dakota Abstract 627 5th Avenue (605) 692-5724


Brookings Area Transit Authority 418 Western Avenue (605) 692-2222


AAA of South Dakota 1812 6th Street (605) 692-5111


Brookings Municipal Utilities 525 Western Avenue (605) 692-6325

NorthWestern Energy 1232 22nd Avenue S (800) 245-6977


Brookings Dumpster Service 1309 7th Avenue W (605) 691-9442

Cook’s Wastepaper 1026 34th Avenue (605) 693-3363

Dakota Portable Toilets, Inc.

120 22nd Avenue S #238 (605) 880-1699


Coca-Cola 405 Cessna Street, Watertown (605) 886-8050

Harms Oil Company 337 22nd Avenue S (605) 696-5000

McKeever Inc. 3211 Prince Drive (605) 886-7677

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ADRIENNE LIPINSKI is an agriculture communications major with minors in marketing, advertising, public relations, journalism, and digital & social media. Originally from Eden Valley, MN, Lipinski grew up on a diversified livestock farm. On campus, she’s involved in Prexy Council, Little International, Swine Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau and more..

AHMED AZZAB is a third-year journalism major, with minors in public relations, digital & social media, and communication studies. Ahmed is from the Minneapolis area and is KSDJ’s programming director for the 2022-2023 year.

COLETTE GANNON is a senior public relations major and digital & social media minor from Inver Grove Heights, MN. In her free time, she enjoys reading and traveling. She also prioritizes being active, with her favorite activities including yoga and cycling.

MARA WHEATON is a public relations major with a double minor in retail merchandising and design studies, from Mankato, MN. In her free time, Wheaton enjoys reading, cooking and spending time outdoors. During her time at SDSU, she has been involved with The Collegian and The Fashion and Apparel Club.

MILDRED YOUNG Mildred Young is an Agriculture Communications student from Arlington, Nebraska. When she is not studying the world of communications Mildred can be found throwing for the Jackrabbit Track and Field team and being a cadet in the Air Force ROTC program on campus.

REBEKAH WHITE Rebekah White is an agriculture communications and agriculture leadership double major working towards becoming a parliamentarian. She was born in Moscow, Idaho and loves to read in her spare time.

CORA COOK is a third-year student at South Dakota State University majoring in agricultural communications with minors in ag marketing and public relations. When she is not in class you can find Cora participating in Country Swing Dance Club, Collegiate 4-H, and Little International, as well as being a community assistant for housing and residential life.

EMILY MATEJKA is an agricultural communications major from Sherburn, Minnesota. She developed a love for agriculture on her family’s farm and now stays active in organizations such as CAFES Ambassadors and Collegiate Farm Bureau. Emily’s passion lies in agriculture, and she hopes to pursue a career in agronomical sales.

EZRA REVOIR is an advertising major with marketing and public relations minors from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is involved in Pi Kappa Alpha Men’s Fraternity and enjoys hunting, fishing and videography. Post-graduation, he would want to work in the outdoor marketing industry.

JORDAN JOHNSON is a double major in agriculture communications and agriculture leadership with a minor in marketing. Johnson was raised on her family farm (Johnson Corner Cattle) located in Fort Dodge, IA. On her farm is where she found her passions for cattle, photography, and promoting the agricultural industry.

KARMEN SPERR is an Agriculture Communications and Agriculture Leadership major at South Dakota State University. She grew up in Donnelly, MN and is extremely passionate about agriculture. She enjoys classes and experiences where she can learn how to be a better communicator and advocate for agriculture. Karmen is involved with Little International, Sigma Alpha, Swine Club, and CAFES Ambassadors at SDSU.

LUCIA FRIAS is a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree in public relations with minors in journalism and social media from SDSU. She is originally from Lima, Peru. She loves creating social media content and marketing for her family business back in Peru.

REGEN WIEDERRICH is a communication studies major with minors in leadership and management of non-profit organizations, public relations, and history from Sioux Falls, SD. Regen enjoys spending his time cheering on the Jackrabbits and was the 2022 Hobo Day Grand Pooba..

SAMANTHA SCHOENBAUER is an agriculture communications major from Hamburg, Minnesota. When not in class, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, photography and co-managing her family’s purebred Shorthorn cow/calf operation.

SYDNEY MITCHELL is a recent agriculture communications graduate from South Dakota State University. She is from Elysian, Minnesota and has a goal of sharing the story of agriculture. On campus, she was involved in Dairy Club, the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, Collegiate 4-H, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and more.

SYDNEY SEDLACEK is a communication studies major with double minors in events & facilities administration and public relations, from Yankton, SD. She is currently the Business Operations Intern for the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce and loves to spend time with family and friends.

TANNER COOK is a public relations major from Ilion, New York. He is a student-athlete participating in wrestling at SDSU. When not in the classroom or on the mat, Tanner enjoys fly fishing and spending time with his English bulldog. Tanner’s passion lies in helping youth, specifically in areas of poverty and less opportunity.

TAYLOR MCMARTIN is a public relations major from Ilion, New York. He is a student-athlete participating in wrestling at SDSU. When not in the classroom or on the mat, Tanner enjoys fly fishing and spending time with his English bulldog. Tanner’s passion lies in helping youth, specifically in areas of poverty and less opportunity.

MAGGIE MOLITOR is a junior majoring in agriculture communications and dairy production. Growing up on a dairy farm, Maggie found her love for agriculture advocacy. She hopes to go back to her family’s dairy farm while continuing to promote the industry through journalism. On campus, she is involved in Dairy Club, Sigma Alpha and Little International.

TAYLOR STORBAKKEN is a public relations major at SDSU, from Veblen, South Dakota. She is involved in the Lead State leadership program, PR & AD Club, Country Swing Dance Club, and is a podcast host for Coffee with COJO. Some of Taylor’s favorite things are meeting new people, going to the gym and simply chatting with friends.

Visit Brookings partnered with SDSU Public Relations Writing Class and their instructor, assistant professor in the SDSU School of Communication & Journalism Marina Hendricks to create featured stories throughout the magazine.
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