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Staying Safe for the Upcoming School Year

Back To School

It’s almost that time…back to school. Time for new supplies, new clothes, new haircuts and new routines.

Here in Brookings, we have several schools, Hillcrest Elementary, Medary Elementary, Dakota Prairie Elementary, Camelot Intermediate, Mickelson Middle School, and Brookings High School- all of which children of all ages can drive, ride, or walk to every day. When the kids are back, we as drivers/parents/caretakers need to be ready too. Here are some helpful tips and safety reminders.

Walking or Riding to a New School

It’s always a good idea to walk/ride with your children the first couple of days to a new school so they know the way and feel comfortable and safe. Review the standard rules of

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“Those darn millennials!” Well, believe it or not, millennials are a big, no, HUGE part of our community and society in general. Because millennials always seem one step ahead of everything because they’ve done the research online, etc., that includes buying or selling a home. But not everything can be found online. Truth be told, that’s where having an actual real estate agent can make a difference for the inexperienced. Millenials tend to seek wisdom from professionals.

Let’s start with the big one; loans. There are many people, including millennials, that don’t know the difference between private and federal loans, not to mention what their options are. And loans can be scary; especially because

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OPEN HOUSE: Dos and Don’ts

Your home is on the market. Time for Open Houses. What’s next?  The Brookings Real Estate Market is strong, but you still want to have a great Open House. 

Staging is everything. This is your chance to show the prospective buyers how you’ve made it a great home, and get them thinking the same idea for their family. Here are some Home Staging Secrets:

Use Color Creativity

Colors bring out emotions; make the buyers “feel” they need this house.

Conquer Clutter

If you haven’t already, throw out the old. Chances are, they’re going to get tossed in your move anyway.

Less is More

They’re can be such a thing as “too much furniture.” It’s amazing what a little rearranging can do in the core places in your

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Are your kids screaming, “I’m bored! There’s nothing to do!”

The truth is, there’s a lot to do in and around the Brookings, Volga, Aurora and surrounding areas…you just need to know where to look! And that, folks, is what this article will highlight.

For the Music Lovers

The popular Downtown at Sundown, Brookings Summer Music Series that lasts 7 weeks, begins July 13th. This a free weekly music series that features local and area musicians, scrumptious foods from local Brookings vendors like Cubby’s Sports Bar and Grill. This fun event also features free face painting, dancing, inflatables and much more! Every Thursday night between July 13th and August 27th, 2017.

Then you have Music on Main brought to you by Nick’s Hamburger Shop in

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To rent or to own; that is the question. Well, let’s break it down, shall we?


Sure, renting can have its benefits. Maybe you’re not responsible for the yard upkeep or shoveling in the bitter cold, or in-home fixes and repairs. And you have to answer to a landlord, on their terms and their time. Some repairs or problems can’t wait. So, what’s the price you pay? There’s a reason people say, “You’re just throwing money away! Don’t you want your money to go towards something? Something you own?!” Yet, maybe you’re not the settling-down type of person. In that case, renting may be for you.


Sure, there are challenges like being responsible for home repairs, yard upkeep and sidewalk maintenance. But remember you can also do what

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3 Essential Tips to Choosing a Family Home

Choosing A Family Home in Brookings

Since Brookings is such a popular location for raising a family, there are a lot of young families and first-time buyers around who could use a bit of help making smart decisions. When you buy a family home, you're usually planning to live there for a long time—at least ten to fifteen years—it's of the utmost importance to take your time and make a good decision. After all, if you overlook an important issue, you could have long-term trouble down the line. So whether you're a first-time buyer or you're moving up from a starter home, here are some key ideas to keep in mind to help you make the right decision.

1. Determine Your Long-Term Budget—and Stick to It!

While you can get swept away when you're offered

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