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Deadwood May Gaming Numbers Rebound - Hotel Occupancy Up Too
DEADWOOD, S.D. - According to statistics recently released by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, the May 2017 gaming handle showed an increase of 7.63 percent, with slot machine handle increasing by 8.41 percent when compared to May 2016. The table game handle was down 5.36 p...
June 27, 2017

Oil, gas lease sale in Wyoming nets $2.6 million
CASPER, Wyo. - Wyoming brought in about $1.3 million from an oil and gas lease sale of federal land. The Casper Star-Tribune reports operators bidding in the relatively small auction Thursday paid a total of $2.6 million for Wyoming land, with about half of the proceeds going to...
June 27, 2017

South Dakota gas prices fall 0.7-cents over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.29/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.6 cents per ...
June 26, 2017

New Study: Sioux Falls One of the Easiest Cities to Add New Apartments
UNDATED - A new study shows Sioux Falls one of the best cities for creating apartments. Sioux Falls ranks #10 out of 50 metro areas in terms of easiest cities to add necessary new apartments, according to new research from Hoyt Advisory Services (HAS), commissioned by the Nation...
June 26, 2017

Sanford Health, Mid Dakota Clinic agree to merger
BISMARCK, N.D. - Sanford Health is absorbing another health care provider in the Dakotas. Sanford has signed a merger agreement with Mid Dakota Clinic, which has nearly 100 physicians who serve patients in the Bismarck-Mandan area. The integration of the two health care systems...
June 22, 2017

Scott Peterson Motors wins SD Franchised Dealer of the Year
RAPID CITY, SD - On Thursday, June 8th, Scott Peterson, Scott Peterson Motors, Belle Fourche and Sturgis, SD, was recognized as the 2017 South Dakota Franchised Dealer of the Year. This is quite an honor, as nominations are made by his fellow franchised dealers throughout South D...
June 21, 2017

158 North Dakota state employees approved for buyouts
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's top budget writer says 158 employees from cabinet-level agencies in state government have been approved for voluntary buyouts. Budget director Pam told members of House and Senate appropriations committees Wednesday that the severances will cost t...
June 21, 2017

South Dakota gas prices fall another 2.5 cents over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.31/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.4 cents per ...
June 19, 2017

State approves $1.5 million grant for research facility
GILLETTE, Wyo. - The Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board approved a $1.5 million grant to Campbell County to build a carbon products research facility. The Gillette News Record reports  the board, made up of Wyoming's five statewide elected officials, discussed Thursday...
June 19, 2017

Regulators: North Dakota natural gas project moving forward
BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Public Service Commission says Montana Dakota Utilities can move forward with a project that would provide natural gas service to two counties and a manufacturing facility in Gwinner. MDU will be providing the service through the construction of...
June 19, 2017

North Dakota regulators approve MDU electric rate increase
BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Public Service Commission has approved a 3.7 percent electric rate increase for Montana Dakota Utilities Co., amounting to about $7.5 million in revenue. The fixed monthly charge for customers will increase 11 cents to 46 cents per day. The com...
June 19, 2017

First Interstate Bankís New Consumer Campaign Wins Awards
BILLINGS, Mont. - First Interstate Bank’s new consumer campaign is racking up recognition among the design community. The campaign, called “Every Interaction Counts,” features a series of stories told in hand-drawn illustrations and animations that capture the c...
June 19, 2017

Bankers don't expect much economic growth in rural areas
OMAHA, Neb. - Bankers continue to expect little economic growth in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states because of weak commodity prices. The overall economic index for the region slipped to the neutral score of 50 in June from May's 50.1. Creighton University economist ...
June 16, 2017

TransCanada wants pause in US review of Upland Pipeline
BISMARCK, N.D. - The company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline has asked the U.S. State Department to pause its review of another pipeline that would carry oil from northwest North Dakota into Canada. The Bismarck Tribune reports that TransCanada Corp.'s Upland Pipeline w...
June 12, 2017

South Dakota prices see five-cent slide over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 5.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.32/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.0 cents per ...
June 12, 2017

Construction not hampering Corn Palace visitor numbers
MITCHELL, S.D. - Construction in front of Mitchell's Corn Palace tourist attraction and event center hasn't hampered attendance. Director Scott Schmidt tells The Daily Republic that attendance from May 10 to June 5 totaled 31,201 people, up 27 percent from the same time period l...
June 9, 2017

New coffee shop opens in Whitewood
WHITEWOOD, S.D. - A new coffee shop is serving up some good things in Whitewood. Mill Iron Coffee is located across the highway from Howdy's. Owner Marla Loken says they serve up all your favorite coffee -- hot or cold. They also serve Latte's and Frappe's. They also serve up ...
June 7, 2017

South Dakota gas prices hold steady over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have not moved  in the past week, averaging $2.36/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.9 cents per gallon in...
June 5, 2017

Rapid City Regional Airport opens new flight to Charlotte, NC
RAPID CITY S.D. - Rapid City Regional Airport launched its inaugural flight with the Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Saturday. The Rapid City airport board of directors chose Charlotte because they said its American Airlines second largest hub. With the new connectin...
June 5, 2017

Survey shows slight decline in Midwest economic conditions
OMAHA, Neb. - Results from a monthly survey of business supply managers suggest a slight decline in the economic conditions for nine Midwest and Plains states. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index report released Thursday says the overall regional economic index dropped to ...
June 1, 2017

Top paid CEO in South Dakota is in energy industry
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A new survey shows the top paid executive in South Dakota is in the energy industry. Calculations by The Associated Press and the executive data firm Equilar show Black Hills Corp. CEO David Emery tops the compensation list in South Dakota, earning $4.1 last y...
May 25, 2017

Top paid CEO in North Dakota is in energy, construction
BISMARCK, N.D. - A new survey shows the top paid executive in North Dakota is in the energy and construction services industry. Calculations by The Associated Press and the executive data firm Equilar show MDU Resources Group CEO David Goodin tops the compensation list in North...
May 25, 2017

Wyoming jobless rate falls to 4.3 percent in April
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The unemployment rate in Wyoming fell to 4.3 percent in April. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says the jobless rate is a significant decrease from March's 4.5 percent. The April rate also is significantly lower than the 5.6 percent rate recorded ...
May 23, 2017

Proposed Wyoming coal mine subject of regulatory hearing
CASPER, Wyo. - A state regulatory council is holding hearings this week on whether to approve what would be Wyoming's first major new coal mine in decades. Lexington, Kentucky-based Ramaco wants to open the Brook Mine north of Sheridan in northern Wyoming. But the proposed mine...
May 22, 2017

South Dakota gas prices rise 2-cents over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 2.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.37/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.1 cents pe...
May 22, 2017

Sioux Falls sales tax growth hits new low
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sioux Falls' sales tax growth has hit its lowest point since 2009. The Sioux Falls Finance Office says sales tax revenue grew by 1.9 percent in April, continuing a yearlong trend of declining growth. The Argus Leader  reports that Sioux Falls finance dir...
May 22, 2017

Target's breezes past expectations in the first quarter
NEW YORK - Target is reporting that first-quarter profits jumped almost 8 percent as attempts to turn around its business appear to be gaining some traction. The retailer on Wednesday reported earnings of $681 million, or $1.23 per share, for the quarter ended April 29. That com...
May 17, 2017

White named top executive at Sanford Health in Fargo
FARGO, N.D. - Nate White has been named to the top post of Sanford Health in Fargo. White has been the chief operating officer for Sanford since 2012. He takes over as executive vice president for longtime administrator Paul Richard, who will retire later this year. White gradu...
May 17, 2017

Wyoming to lose only Planned Parenthood clinic
CASPER, Wyo. - The only Planned Parenthood in the state of Wyoming is closing down this summer. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Planned Parenthood's Casper location confirmed Tuesday it will close July 21 after more than 40 years of operation because of financial reasons. Presi...
May 17, 2017

Better Business Bureau offers advice to avoid office supply fraud
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Better Business Bureau in South Dakota reports the most frequent business scams involve invoices and charities. Another major problem is office supply fraud. This is when a random invoice comes in the mail, showing an order of office supplies that you have...
May 10, 2017

Bank of North Dakota sees another year of record profits
BISMARCK, N.D. - The state-owned Bank of North Dakota saw another year of record profits. The Bismarck Tribune  reports that profits for the country's only state-owned bank totaled $136.2 million for 2016. Bank president Eric Hardmeyer says the 2015 high was $130.7 million....
May 3, 2017

The new fast food? Convenience stores add hot, cheap options
NEW YORK - Convenience stores are looking to become a bigger competitor to fast-food chains on speed and value. Prepared foods like pizzas, burgers and coffee accounted for 22 percent of convenience store sales last year, up from 13 percent in 2010. Places like 7-Eleven are exp...
May 1, 2017

Report: Sioux Falls has better rent for minimum wage workers
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A new report shows lower-wage workers have an easier time making rent in Sioux Falls than in other metro areas in the Dakotas, Iowa and Minnesota. The Argus Leader reports the National Low Income Housing Coalition says a full-time minimum-wage worker spending...
May 1, 2017

South Dakota gas prices fall nearly a penny over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.35/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.7 cents per ...
May 1, 2017

Survey suggests improvement in Midwest economic conditions
OMAHA, Neb. - Results from a monthly survey of business supply managers suggest a slight improvement in the economic conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index report released Monday says the overall economic index for the region rose...
May 1, 2017

South Dakota Is 2017ís 2nd Most Gambling-Addicted State
UNDATED - With Americans losing roughly $100 billion through gambling each year and the Kentucky Derby soon to kick off, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released an in-depth report on 2017’s Most Gambling-Addicted States as well as a collection of fun facts abo...
April 26, 2017

South Dakota gas prices show slight decrease over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 1.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.36/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 1 cent per ...
April 24, 2017

Coal production on the rise in Wyoming
CASPER, Wyo. - State figures show coal production in Wyoming has increased by nearly 15 million tons in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period in 2016. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Wyoming's 18 coal mines produced 80 million tons of coal from January to Ma...
April 24, 2017

Holida Inn's in South Dakota-Wyoming hit by hackers
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Criminals hacked into more than 1,174 International Hotels Group properties, including several in South Dakota and Wyoming. According to a release on the IHG website , malware designed to access payment card data from cards used onsite at front desks was ope...
April 21, 2017

WIC Program Announces New Income Guidelines
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health has released new income guidelines for the WIC Program effective May 1, 2017.   WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provided at no cost to eligible moms, b...
April 21, 2017

South Dakota city prepares for budget shortfall
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The city of Sioux Falls is preparing for a possible $1.2 million budget shortfall this year as city officials cut their budgets in response to sluggish sales tax revenues. The Argus Leader reports that March sales tax revenue growth for the city came in at 2....
April 20, 2017

South Dakota gas prices rise nearly 4-cents over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.37/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.1 cents pe...
April 17, 2017

Avera Health announces new health campus in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Avera Health has announced it will start construction on $174 million in building projects including a new health campus in southwest Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls-based Avera announced the new projects Wednesday. Work is expected to begin this fall on the multipl...
April 12, 2017

WyoLotto makes $1M payment to state
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Lottery Corp. has sent the state a check for more than $1 million as part of its quarterly transfer of profits from lottery games. The lottery says the check was sent to the Wyoming State Treasurer's Office on April 7 The state agency distributes th...
April 11, 2017

South Dakota gas prices rise 2.4 cents per gallon over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.32/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.7 cents pe...
April 10, 2017

Plan to build drone facility in northern Wyoming canceled
POWELL, Wyo. - A plan to build a drone manufacturing facility at a municipal airport in northern Wyoming has been canceled. Less than a month after receiving tentative approval for a $435,400 state grant, GT Aeronautics and the city of Powell have decided to part ways on the pro...
April 5, 2017

Midwest economic survey index slips but still called healthy
OMAHA, Neb. - Results from a monthly survey of business supply managers show a slight slip in the economic conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index report released Monday says the overall economic index for the region dropped to 60....
April 3, 2017

South Dakota gas prices rise 1.6-cents per gallon over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.29/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.3 cents pe...
April 3, 2017

North Dakota taxable sales down 24 percent in 2016
BISMARCK, N.D. - Taxable sales and purchases in North Dakota totaled $17.3 billion in 2016, down 24 percent from the previous year. Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger cites the oil industry slump and low farm commodity prices for the decrease. He says the 2016 figures are com...
March 31, 2017

Insurance company lays off 30 workers in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - About 30 Esurance employees in Sioux Falls have lost their jobs as part of cuts within the insurance company. The Argus Leader reports that Esurance cut 100 jobs Tuesday, mostly in Sioux Falls and in two California locations. The San Francisco-based company s...
March 30, 2017

Ribbon Cutting held for new Sturgis business
STURGIS, S.D. - A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday to welcome the newest business to the Sturgis Industrial Park. Rasmussen Mechanical Services is located at 3590 Mayer Avenue. Sturgis is the regional service center for Rasmussen's boiler, burner and HVAC divisions. Rasmussen ...
March 29, 2017

Otter Tail Power Company to Seek Permits for Major Investment in Deuel County
Deuel County, S.D. – Top officials from Otter Tail Power Company, headquartered in Fergus Falls, Minn., announced today plans to seek regulatory approvals to build a new gas-fired electricity-generating station in Deuel County, South Dakota. The proposed Astoria Station is ...
March 28, 2017

Population declines in oil patch cities
WILLISTON, N.D. - Oil patch cities in North Dakota are experiencing a declining population in contrast to rapid growth in the recent past. The population in Dickinson and Williston dropped about three percent last year. KXMB reports the exodus of people is largely due to fewe...
March 28, 2017

Black Hills business short on seasonal employees
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Hospitality businesses in South Dakota's Black Hills are having trouble finding enough workers for the busy tourist season. Many business owners look beyond U.S. borders to fill summer jobs. A federal law that expired last September has reduced the number of ...
March 27, 2017

Earlier start to pheasant season could boost local economies
BISMARCK, N.D. - An earlier start to the pheasant season could add a boost to local economies in areas where pheasant hunting is big business. A new law requires North Dakota's pheasant season to open no later than Oct. 12. This year, the season will start the Saturday before th...
March 27, 2017

South Dakota gas prices fall 2.6 cents per gallon over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 2.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.26/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.9 cents per ...
March 27, 2017

Wyoming company seeks loans for sugar beet growers
WORLAND, Wyo. - A Wyoming company is requesting almost $5.7 million in loans for farmers who grow sugar beets after heavy rains and frost hurt last year's harvest. The Northern Wyoming Daily News reports  that a special call-in meeting of the Wyoming Business Council is sch...
March 27, 2017

Sanford Health's top executive in Fargo announces retirement
FARGO, N.D. - The top executive of Sanford Health in Fargo is retiring. KFGO Radio reports  that Paul Richard is leaving after 46 years with the Fargo hospital. He has been executive vice president of Sanford Health-Fargo since 2013. Richard started as a medical records cl...
March 24, 2017

Good Samaritan Society lays off 100 workers in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society has laid off more than 100 workers in Sioux Falls, about 15 percent of its workforce in the city. The senior care nonprofit cited "fiscal challenges" for the move. The organization's Sioux Falls campus recently...
March 23, 2017

Terminal work to begin at Cheyenne airport
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Construction of a new $10 million passenger terminal at Cheyenne Regional Airport will start early next month. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that a groundbreaking ceremony is planned for April 25. The new single-story terminal will replace a smaller one tha...
March 22, 2017

Sears has "substantial doubt" about its future
NEWARK, N.J. - Sears, once the monolith of American retail, says that there is "substantial doubt" that it will be able to keep its doors open. Company shares, which hit an all-time low last month, tumbled more than 5 percent before the opening bell Wednesday. Chairman and CEO...
March 22, 2017

Colstrip loan would be new territory for Montana board
HELENA, Mont. - The head of the Montana Board of Investments says the board has never made a loan like the one House Speaker Austin Knudsen is proposing for an owner of the Colstrip power plant. Knudsen is sponsoring a bill that would allow the board to grant Talen Energy loans ...
March 21, 2017

Target revamps stores for those in a rush, those who ramble
NEW YORK - In a move to bring shoppers back to its stores, Target is embarking on an ambitious redesign aimed at helping people who need to dash in for milk to get out quickly while encouraging those who want to wander the aisles to linger. The new layout was unveiled by CEO Bri...
March 21, 2017

South Dakota gas prices fall 1.3 cents over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.28/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.3 cents per ...
March 20, 2017

Development group says Yankton needs more workers
YANKTON, S.D. - Yankton Area Progressive Growth officials say the city doesn't have enough workers. The Yankton Press & Dakotan  reports that organization President John Kramer said in a meeting last week that the workforce problem isn't new. But he says the problem wil...
March 20, 2017

Xcel Energy announces new wind farms for Dakotas, Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS - Xcel Energy has unveiled a new phase of wind power construction that includes a huge wind farm in South Dakota. The Minneapolis-based utility on Thursday announced details of the plan, which also includes new projects in Minnesota and North Dakota. Xcel's planned ...
March 17, 2017

Study of North Dakota future energy needs anticipated
BISMARCK, N.D. - State officials are calling for a study of North Dakota's energy landscape. North Dakota Public Service Commission chairman Randy Christmann says the study must include as many stakeholders as possible in determining the state's future energy needs. The Bisma...
March 17, 2017

Development of North Dakota mega well site to begin in May
BISMARCK, N.D. - Development of a mega well site could impact thousands of boaters, campers and others using the popular Van Hook recreational site on Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota. The Bismarck Tribune reports Slawson Exploration Co. was issued a permit Friday. A company spok...
March 14, 2017

Carmike Cinema to rebrand to AMC
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City's Carmike Cinemas are re-branding with AMC taking over the big screens. By April, all Carmike theatres will operate under the new brand after AMC recently bought out the company - including its couple hundred theatres at the end of last year. AMC n...
March 14, 2017

Cody jerky company could beef up operations with state help
CASPER, Wyo. - A Cody company is seeking about $940,000 in financial help from the state so it can beef up sales of its jerky products. However, Wyoming Authentic Products already benefited from state aid when it started up, and some believe the company should now foot the costs...
March 14, 2017

Gordmans declares bankruptcy
OMAHA, Neb. - Department store operator Gordmans is filing for bankruptcy protection and plans to liquidate the inventory of its 106 discount stores. The Omaha, Nebraska-based company announced Monday it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Gordmans had posted losses...
March 13, 2017

South Dakota gas prices fall 0.9 cens over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.29/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.3 cents per ...
March 13, 2017

Thrivent Financial and Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity Partner to Help Eight Local Families Obtain Home Ownership
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Thrivent Financial and Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity (BHAHFH) are partnering in the Black Hills area to build homes alongside eight local families through the Thrivent Builds Homes program. Thrivent members and other volunteers will help future ho...
March 10, 2017

Retailers welcome court decision on Tax Fairness Law
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) today welcomed a summary judgment by Circuit Court Judge Mark Barnett regarding South Dakota’s lawsuit against three large online retailers. SDRA says the ruling is precisely what is needed to move South Dakota on...
March 9, 2017

Sioux Falls company helping farmers save money
SIOUX FALLS, SD - A Sioux Falls-based high tech company says that it is helping farmers and ranchers save thousands of dollars on seed, chemicals and other input costs each year. The Farmers Business Network has just received a $40 million dollar boost from Google Ventures to fu...
March 9, 2017

Mitchell Construction Company Asks City of Pierre For Redemption
PIERRE, S.D. - A Mitchell construction company owner pleaded for redemption in front of the Pierre City Commission Tuesday night. The issue at hand was awarding a big to a company for the city’s 2017 Curb and Gutter Project. Big O Concrete Owner Josh Oliver and his company...
March 8, 2017

South Dakota Gas Prices hold steady over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have not moved  in the past week, averaging $2.30/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.4 cents per gallon in...
March 6, 2017

Utility cooperative transforms church into daycare
HAZEN, N.D. - A former church in Hazen is being transformed by a utility cooperative into a daycare facility. Basin Electric Power Cooperative has purchased the New Bethel Congregational Church, which has been empty since last fall. Basin Electric recognized a great need for ch...
March 6, 2017

SD Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 143 businesses and organizations in 43 communities across South Dakota for their outstanding customer service. The Great Service Star Program is designed to recognize businesses that develop and complete ...
March 3, 2017

50-year-old North Dakota power plant closes
BEULAH, N.D. - Great River Energy has closed a 50-year-old coal-fired power plant in Mercer County. The Bismarck Tribune  reports the Minnesota-based company announced their decision to shutter the plant rather than move forward with expensive upgrades in July. Last week, t...
March 2, 2017

SMART Financial purchases three pawn store operating groups
UNDATED - SMART Financial, a Winter Park, Florida-based consumer financial services company, is pleased to announce that it has raised $125 million of financing from a group of investors. The investment financed SMART's acquisition of three pawn store operating groups: Canada-bas...
March 2, 2017

Vanity closing its stores after filing for bankruptcy
FARGO, N.D. - A Fargo-based women's clothing chain plans to close its 140 stores after more than 50 years in business. Vanity board chairman Jim Bennett tells KFGO (http://bit.ly/2lVRdS8 ) the company has filed for bankruptcy protection. Bennett says competition from internet r...
March 2, 2017

Lake Area Technical Institute announces partnership
WATERTOWN, S.D. — Lake Area Technical Institute is teaming up with the Brookings Economic Development Corporation and Vision Brookings on a unique partnership. As part of LATI’s “Learn Where You Earn” initiative,  the three entities will collaborate ...
March 1, 2017

Midwest survey suggests manufacturing boosting economy
OMAHA, Neb. - Results from a monthly survey of business supply managers suggest manufacturing is boosting economic conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index report released Wednesday says the overall economic index for the region ros...
March 1, 2017

Target rattles Wall Street with weak quarter, outlook
MINNEAPOLIS - Target Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $817 million. The Minneapolis-based company said it had profit of $1.45 per share. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Invest...
February 28, 2017

Yankton looks to create new identity for downtown area
YANKTON, S.D. - Yankton downtown business owners have created a district to give the area an identity. The Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan  reports some initial projects and initiatives identified by the Meridian District group include marketing, signage and art events. The...
February 27, 2017

Deadwood named top Western Town
DEADWOOD, S.D. - Deadwood has been honored as True West Magazine's Top True Western Town and Best of the West. Editor of the magazine, Bob Boze, says the history of Deadwood is really the history of the old west. When people visit Deadwood, they have the ability to see and exp...
February 27, 2017

South Dakota gas prices rise half a penny over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 0.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.29/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.5 cents pe...
February 27, 2017

J.C. Penney to close 13 to 14 percent of stores
NEW YORK - J.C. Penney says it will be closing anywhere from 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next several months as it aims to improve profitability in the era of online shopping. The closures, announced Friday, represent about 13 percent to 14 per...
February 24, 2017

SD Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 143 businesses and organizations in 43 communities across South Dakota for their outstanding customer service. The Great Service Star Program is designed to recognize businesses that develop and complete ...
February 24, 2017

Revenue declines at Standing Rock Sioux casino
BISMARCK, N.D. - The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is facing a budget shortfall of nearly $6 million due to declining revenue at its casino.  Tribal leaders say a slowing economy and a snowy winter contributed to losses at the Prairie Knights Casino. Also, the closure of the cas...
February 21, 2017

Yankton mental hospital improves staff retention
YANKTON, S.D. - The administrator of a state-run mental health facility in Yankton says hiring and staff retention have improved since a pay raise and a rapid hiring fair last year. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader  reports Human Services Center Administrator Troy Jones told la...
February 20, 2017

South Dakota Gas Prices fall 1.1 cents over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.29/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.3 cents per ...
February 20, 2017

Additional layoffs at CHI St. Alexius Health
BISMARCK, N.D. - A health care provider in Bismarck is laying off more employees, the third round of layoffs in the past year. CHI St. Alexius Health says the 131-year-old company is responding to the pressures of health care reform. St. Alexius is affiliated with the larger Ca...
February 20, 2017

Pioneer Bank and Trust names new CEO
SPEARFISH, S.D. - Dylan Clarkson is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Bank & Trust, effective February 1.  The 43-year-old Clarkson replaces longtime executive Kevin Whitelock, who officially retired on Friday after a 36-year career with the more-t...
February 16, 2017


JACKSON, Wyo. - Stormy winter weather downed 17 power poles near a Wyoming resort region, causing residents and visitors to abandoned several hotels and hundreds of homes. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports  that the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce estimates that 1,...
February 16, 2017

Spring Sting: Farewell Cheap Gas, Prices on the Rise
BOSTON – (Feb. 15, 2017) – You’ve been warned. Gas prices are about to get pumped up, eventually climbing to the year’s highest levels as refineries across the nation are preparing for maintenance season and the seasonal switch to cleaner burning gasoline,...
February 15, 2017

Rapid City latest location for Profile by Sanford
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Profile by Sanford, the comprehensive weight-management program developed by Sanford Health, is expanding to western South Dakota with a franchise location in Rapid City. Scheduled to open in April at 715 Omaha St., the project is a partnership among fra...
February 14, 2017

Gas prices see slight half-cent increase over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.29/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.4 cents pe...
February 14, 2017

North Dakota company to close 15 machinery dealerships
WEST FARGO, N.D. — Titan Machinery Inc. is closing 15 dealerships, including stores in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, as part of a restructuring plan. The West Fargo-based company is consolidating those stores with nearby Titan dealerships. Titan says customers ...
February 11, 2017

Given tight market, homebuyers must compete in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sioux Falls' housing market is facing what could be the lowest supply of houses in recent history, meaning potentially higher costs and lots of competition for the few houses available. Real estate agents say pending sales in the Sioux Falls metro area in Jan...
February 8, 2017

Response program aids laid-off employees in Aberdeen
ABERDEEN, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Labor has launched a program to help laid-off employees of a fiberglass supplier in Aberdeen. The Aberdeen American News  reports that Dan Thielsen, manager of the department's office in Aberdeen, organized the program after r...
February 8, 2017

US job openings remain at mostly healthy level in December
WASHINGTON - The number of open jobs was mostly unchanged in December from the previous month, leaving openings at a healthy level. The Labor Department says job openings were flat at 5.5 million in December. Total hiring rose slightly to 5.25 million, while the number of people...
February 7, 2017

Buffalo Wild Wings closed this week for upgrades
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Rapid City closed after the Super Bowl Sunday night for a week-long renovation. Managers say they're getting a new look and adding more features to the restaurant - including new chairs, tables, and TV's. Already more than...
February 7, 2017

South Dakota gas prices hold steady over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have not moved  in the past week, averaging $2.29/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.7 cents per gallon in th...
February 6, 2017

CEO Imposter Scam Hits Local Business
UNDATED - Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plans and Southwest Iowa has been notified that a local company’s controller was the victim of an email scam that used the CEO’s name to request that all employees’ W-2 Forms be se...
February 3, 2017

Air Force Base contributes $591 million to Minot economy
MINOT, N.D. - The Air Force says the Minot base contributed about $591 million to the local economy in fiscal year 2016.  That's about $30 million more than fiscal year 2015.  The base's Lt. Col. Raymond Castro presented the economic impact report to the Minot Area...
February 3, 2017

Economic conditions improve across Midwest
OMAHA, Neb. — Results from a monthly survey of business supply managers released Wednesday suggest economic conditions continue to improve in nine Midwest and Plains states, and that confidence in the regional economy is at its highest level in six years. The Mid-America B...
February 1, 2017

Gambling in Deadwood declines 25 percent
DEADWOOD, S.D. — Gambling in Deadwood fell 25 percent in December compared to the same month in 2015, and the industry finished the year with a 5 percent drop in cumulative totals. The Deadwood Gaming Association's executive director, Mike Rodman, tells the Black Hills Pio...
January 30, 2017

Wyoming minimum wage bill rolled back to federal minimum
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A proposal to raise the minimum wage in Wyoming has been ratcheted back to match the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The amended wage change cleared its first hurdle at the state Legislature on Friday. The bill would not change much for most Wyomi...
January 30, 2017

South Dakota gas prices fall nearly a nickel over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.27/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.3 cents per ...
January 30, 2017

Feds offer $2 million grant for Wyoming coal worker training
CASPER, Wyo. - More than 100 coal miners who have been laid off in Wyoming may be eligible to receive federal grant money for retraining. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Thursday that the U.S. Department of Labor recently approved up to $2 million for retraining Wyoming worker...
January 27, 2017

Hiring picked up in just 3 states last month, fell in 5
WASHINGTON - Employers significantly increased hiring in just three U.S. states last month, while five states reported large cuts.     The Labor Department says that job totals were little changed in the other 42. Unemployment rates fell noticeably in 10 states an...
January 25, 2017

Wyoming jobless rate down slightly in December
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming's unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.8 percent in December. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says the rate is down from November's 4.9 percent. From November to December, unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and increa...
January 25, 2017

Red's All Natural Burritos Expanding to North Sioux City
UNDATED - Red's All Natural, a producer of frozen burritos headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., announced today that it is expanding its operations to North Sioux City, S.D. The Board of Economic Development (BED) approved Red's for assistance through its REDI (Revolving Economic De...
January 25, 2017

South Dakota gas prices falls slightly over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.31/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per ...
January 23, 2017

Union Pacific beats Street 4Q forecasts
OMAHA, Neb. - Union Pacific Corp. (UNP) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $1.14 billion. The Omaha, Nebraska-based company said it had profit of $1.39 per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by ...
January 19, 2017

Grants from Williston caviar supplier on hold as sales dip
WILLISTON, N.D. - North Star Caviar says low sales could compromise its community grants this year.  The Williston Herald reports that the Williston-based food supplier has given over $2 million in community grants for the past two decades. North Star Caviar spokeswoma...
January 9, 2017

South Dakota gas prices see slight increase over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 1.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.31/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.1 cents pe...
January 9, 2017

Williston planning use for old airport
WILLISTON, N.D. - The city of Williston is deciding how to redevelop Sloulin Field International Airport after it is replaced by a new airport. The Williston Herald reports  that preliminary discussion regarding the conceptual layout of Sloulin Field property recently began...
January 9, 2017

Job Openings at Interstate Information Centers
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Tourism is now accepting applications to fill seasonal positions for travel counselors and supervisors at eight Information Center locations along interstates 29 and 90. Travel counselors are needed from May through September (...
January 5, 2017

Moving company: South Dakota, Vermont top destinations in US
ST. LOUIS - One of the nation's largest moving companies says South Dakota is first on its list of top moving destinations. United Van Lines has tracked customer state-to-state migration for the past 40 years. For 2016, South Dakota was the state with the highest percentage ...
January 5, 2017

South Dakota gas rise 8.8 cents to start new year
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.30/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.6 cents pe...
January 3, 2017

Midwest economic survey suggests big improvement in December
OMAHA, Neb. - Soaring numbers in a monthly survey of business supply managers suggest economic conditions are improving in nine Midwest and Plains states. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index report released Tuesday says the overall economic index for the region jumped ...
January 3, 2017

Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. signs agreement to purchase power from wind farm expansion
BISMARCK, N.D. – Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., a division of MDU Resources Group, Inc. (NYSE: MDU), today announced it signed a 25-year agreement with a subsidiary of ALLETE Clean Energy (ACE) to purchase the power from a wind farm expansion in southwest North Dakota. The a...
January 3, 2017

Another Slight Increase for Deadwood Hotel Occupancy
DEADWOOD, S.D. - Deadwood Hotel occupancy rates again showed an increase in November when compared with November 2015 numbers. According to monthly data released today by Deadwood's City Finance Office, hotels in Deadwood had an occupancy rate of 29.01 percent for November 2016, ...
December 30, 2016

Scott and Susan Peterson to be honored as Retailer of the Year
PIERRE, S.D.--The South Dakota Retailers Association has announced that Scott and Susan Peterson of Scott Peterson Motors in Belle Fourche and Sturgis will be honored with the 2017 South Dakota Retailer of the Year Award. The business is being recognized for their commitment to c...
December 29, 2016

North Dakota affordable housing fund ends at year's end
BISMARCK, N.D. - A program that helped subsidize affordable housing in western North Dakota's oil patch will expire at the end of the year. Lawmakers and Gov. Doug Burgum are signaling that they have no appetite to renew it amid a lackluster state economy. The North Dakota Hous...
December 29, 2016

Larger plans planned for flights from Casper to Denver
CASPER, Wyo. - United Airlines will begin using larger airplanes to fly more people from Casper to Denver.  The Casper Star-Tribune reports that starting in February, the airline will use a plane designed to fit 70 passengers for the route. Casper-Natrona County Internation...
December 29, 2016

101-year-old manufacturer moving from original location
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A concrete products manufacturer with a deep history has plans to build a $19 million plant in Sioux Falls. City documents say Gage Brothers Concrete Products plans to construct a 230,000-square-foot building to house manufacturing operations, a carpentry sho...
December 29, 2016

South Dakota gas prices rise 3.8 cents over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.20/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.7 cents pe...
December 27, 2016

South Dakota gas prices rise 1.2-cents over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 1.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.13/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.1 cents pe...
December 19, 2016

Deadwood Gaming Revenues Down Again
DEADWOOD, S.D. - According to statistics released today by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, the October 2016 gaming handle fell 6.62 percent overall, with slot machine handle decreasing 6.24 percent when compared to October 2015. The table game handle fell by 12.44 percent ...
November 29, 2016

Long time Rapid City mattress store closing
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A longtime business man has helped the Black Hills rest for decades ... now, he's taking time to rest himself. Lynn Delameter is retiring after 45 years owning the Black Hills Total Sleep Center. The business was one of the original water bed dealers in Rapid...
November 29, 2016


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