A mask with a reusable respirator that captures and kills the novel coronavirus—that’s the vision of South Dakota State University assistant mechanical engineering professor Saikat Basu. He is part of a multi-institutional team of researchers who will be designing and developing the new respirator. “This pandemic is not going away any time soon—the idea is…

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The battle against the novel coronavirus has begun at South Dakota State University. More than 20 researchers are investigating ways to prevent the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, which causes COVID-19. One engineering researcher has already received National Science Foundation funding and the university’s COVID-19 working group has submitted its first proposal.…

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Brookings Area MAKERSPACE part of COVID-19 Response Needs When the call came from the local medical community seeking head straps as part of the personal protective equipment used by staff, MAKERSPACE member Becky Jurrens was quick to answer. Jurrens is not only an active MAKERSPACE member, she is also a medical professional herself as well…

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A newly renovated store is bringing increased options to downtown Brookings, in the same location where many Brookings residents have searched for furniture in the past. The Brookings Furniture Co. is located in the former home of Rude’s Home Furnishings and will open its doors to customers at 9 a.m. Wednesday. This week only, special…

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A new home design and décor store has opened in downtown Brookings, taking up residence at the corner of Main Avenue and Fourth Street.  Pasque – named after the South Dakota state flower – is a sundry “mid-century modern” and “Scandinavian” inspired furniture and gift shop owned and run by Laci Thompson. “Pasque has been…

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South Dakota State University undergraduate students will tell legislators about landscape architecture and food science research at the Student Poster Session March 4 in Pierre. Junior Anthony Miller of Dell Rapids and senior Gabriel Heller of Aberdeen will explain how their landscape designs integrate green infrastructure, such as rain gardens, retention ponds and swales, to…

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Two South Dakota State University mechanical engineering professors are part of an international team of scientists and engineers working to uncover details about how the universe was formed. Associate professors Stephen Gent and Greg Michna are using SDSU’s high-performance computing cluster to predict how argon circulates within the particle detectors to be constructed 1 mile…

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Perkins storage and transfer company still a family business BROOKINGS – The more things change, the more they remain the same. Apply those words to Perkins Storage & Transfer. Since 1919, the Brookings-based company has been a family business. The company that still bears his name was started as a dray service by the late…

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BROOKINGS – A team of Mickelson Middle School volunteers put their heads together to help a fellow student play the ukulele. Eighth-graders Jacob York, JJ Love and Zoey Rost engineered a device called the “Strum Buddy” for sixth-grader Sam Hovey-Stubbles, who was born without part of her left arm, just below the elbow.  The students…

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BROOKINGS – Have you ever wanted to alleviate stress, find something more exciting than darts and feel like a lumberjack Viking? Then head to Woody’s Axe Throwing, a new business that opened Jan. 7 in Brookings. The venue next to Little Caesars is a place where you can have a pint of beer and throw…

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