Brookings, South Dakota

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Brookings is a city in Brookings County, South Dakota, United States. Brookings is the fifth largest city in South Dakota, with a population of 18,504 at the 2000 census, although the 2009 Census esimates have the city with 20,184. It is the county seat of Brookings County,[4] and home to South Dakota State University, the largest institution of higher education in the state.[5] The mayor is Tim Reed.



The town is named for Wilmot Wood Brookings who was part of the Western Town Company, and oversaw construction of a road running from the Minnesota border, through present-day Brookings County, to the shores of the Missouri River.

Medary, the first substantive settlement constructed in the area, was organized in 1857. The location was among the first three non-in Dakota Territory. The City of Brookings formed just over four miles north of the Medary settlement when the railroad bypassed the existing townships (Medary, Oakwood, and Fountain), favoring a path between them as a compromise.

On October 31, 1938, bank robbers Bennie and Stella Dickson robbed Brookings First National Bank, present site of The Ram restaurant and O'hares Bar, for a sum of $47,233 ($714,654, adjusted for 2008 inflation).


Major employers include (estimated employment):

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