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Dakota Hardware becomes ACE Hardware in Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. - You've probably noticed the new ACE Hardware banner now prominently hanging at the old Dakota Hardware location in Sturgis. Bill Bregar, the owner of other ACE Hardware outlets across the area, is taking over operations at the store on Junction Avenue. Bregar ha...
December 7, 2018

Smithfield Foods is investing $45 million in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Smithfield Foods is investing $45 million in its Sioux Falls operations. The company says the hog barn will be updated, there will be additional room for a seasoned ground pork department and renovations will be made to increase the speed of bacon productio...
December 7, 2018

Oil price plunge doesn't panic Wyoming service companies
CASPER, Wyo. - The national benchmark for crude, West Texas Intermediate, dipped under $50 a barrel on last week. But those in the Wyoming oil industry aren't panicking over the recent plunging prices. Before the price slide, oil's unusual stability had improved Wyoming's outlo...
December 4, 2018

Wyoming legislative panel nixes statewide local tax change
CASPER, Wyo. - Wyoming lawmakers have rejected a proposal to give local communities more flexibility to change sales tax rates. The measure failed Thursday in the Joint Revenue Committee. The proposal would have allowed cities and towns to charge higher sales tax without first ...
December 4, 2018

Dillard's announces first South Dakota store
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Empire Mall in Sioux Falls is getting a big new anchor store. Fashion retailer Dillard's will open its first store in the Upper Midwest at the mall. The Empire Mall is the biggest mall between the Twin Cities and Denver. “We are proud to add S...
December 4, 2018

Another big drop in South Dakota gas prices over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 14.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.48/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 10.0 cents per gallon versus la...
December 3, 2018

Economist: Shortage of skilled workers curbs Midwest economy
OMAHA, Neb. - An economist says a monthly survey suggests the economy continued to expand in nine Midwest and Plains states last month but was hampered by shortages of skilled workers. A survey report issued Monday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 54.1 i...
December 3, 2018

Montana mine expansion advances amid owner's bankruptcy
BILLINGS, Mont. - State and federal officials are proposing approval of a major coal mine expansion in southeastern Montana even as the mine's owner goes through bankruptcy proceedings with plans to sell the property. Montana and U.S. officials on Friday released an 800-page env...
November 30, 2018

Increased mining credited for Gillette tax revenue increase
GILLETTE, Wyo. - Sales tax collections are up in Gillette, a change attributed largely to increased mining activity. The Gillette News Record reports that the northeastern Wyoming city took in $4.3 million in sales tax in October. It's the highest monthly amount in more than thr...
November 27, 2018

Feds invest 2.8 million in Morton County broadband
BISMARCK, N.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing nearly $3 million in broadband infrastructure in Morton County. The USDA's rural development state director Clare Carlson says the project will fill a gap in broadband service for 126 households south of Mandan. B...
November 27, 2018

Giving Tuesday - 2018's most charitable states
UNDATED - It's Giving tuesday. And, with a third of all annual giving taking place in December and the U.S. ranking No. 4 overall in the 2018 World Giving Index, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Most Charitable States as well as acc...
November 27, 2018

South Dakota Gas Prices fall another nickel over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 5.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.56/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 7.8 cents per gallon versus last...
November 26, 2018

South Dakota Maintains High Ratings, stable outlook
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Standard & Poor Global announced it has reaffirmed South Dakota’s AAA Issuer Credit Rating with a stable outlook. "This is the highest credit rating a state can obtain.” said Gov. Daugaard. “By sticking to conservative budget pra...
November 23, 2018

South Dakota gas prices see ten cent drop over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 12.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.62/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.6 cents per gallon versus las...
November 19, 2018

Walmart sales strong, both online and in stores
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Walmart is reporting surging online sales, strong performances at established stores, and it's raising profit expectations for the year heading into the holiday shopping season. The company on Thursday posted third-quarter earnings of $1.71 billion, or 58 ce...
November 15, 2018

JC Penney withdraws profit guidance, cuts sales outlook
PLANO, Texas - Shares of J.C. Penney are plunging after the company withdrew profit guidance and lowered its sales expectations for the year. The company on Thursday reported a loss of $151 million in its third quarter, or 48 cents per shares. Losses, adjusted for one-time gain...
November 15, 2018

Wallet Hub grades this year's Best Stores for Black Friday
UNDATED - With Black Friday sales starting earlier and many retailers offering even deeper price cuts this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best Stores for Black Friday as well as accompanying videos. WalletHub surveyed nearl...
November 14, 2018

State could change investment strategy for checking account
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming may change its investment strategy to a more conservative approach for the state's checking account. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the potential change would be to Wyoming's State Agency Pool, also known as SAP, which is a combination of money from m...
November 14, 2018

Coal producer considers sale option in company review
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The third largest coal producer in Wyoming says it has launched a "strategic alternatives" review that includes considering options like selling the company. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Cloud Peak Energy employs about 850 miners at the Cordero Rojo and A...
November 14, 2018

Petco, others respond to demand for natural pet foods
UNDATED - Demand for healthy, natural food is extending from humans to their pets. Petco says it will stop selling dog and cat food and treats with artificial colors, flavors and preservatives by May, both online and at its nearly 1,500 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Pet...
November 13, 2018

Phillips 66, Bridger plan for new pipeline to Texas
BISMARCK, N.D. - Phillips 66 and Bridger Pipeline say they have preliminary plans for a new pipeline to send Bakken crude oil to Texas. The companies say the Liberty Pipeline would transport 350,000 barrels of oil per day from the Bakken and Rockies production areas to Corpus C...
November 13, 2018

Premier Center general manager no longer employed with SMG
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The man who led operations at the Denny Sanford Premier Center since it opened in Sioux Falls four years ago is no longer employed with the company that manages the facility. Mayor Paul TenHaken's office confirmed to the Argus Leader that Premier Center Gener...
November 13, 2018

Avera, Sanford top employers in Dakotas
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Two Sioux Falls employers are the top employers in the Dakotas. According to research by VisualCapitalist.com, Avera is the top employer in South Dakota, Sanford is in North Dakota. In Minnesota, it is another major health system, Mayo Clinics. In Nebraska,...
November 13, 2018

South Dakota gas prices fall nearly three cents over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 2.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.74/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.9 cents per gallon versus last...
November 12, 2018

Rapid City Named a Top 10 City on Navy Federal’s Best Cities After Service list
UNDATED - Rapid City has earned the 9th spot on Navy Federal Credit Union’s inaugural Best Cities After Service list detailing the top 20 cities around the country for both servicemembers transitioning from active duty and veterans. Rapid City takes the top score for perc...
November 9, 2018

Sioux Falls, firefighters union reach deal on labor contract
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sioux Falls firefighters are getting raises under a new labor contract with the city. The Argus Leader reports the City Council on Monday approved a contract that gives members of the firefighters union a 2.5 percent raise next year and a 3 percent pay hike i...
November 6, 2018

Report: Midwest economy expands despite tariff concerns
OMAHA, Neb. - A monthly survey report suggests that the economy expanded in nine Midwest and Plains states last month amid mounting concerns about tariffs and trade skirmishes. The report issued Thursday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index slumped to 54.9 in October f...
November 1, 2018

State tax revenue rebounds over the last year
CASPER, Wyo. - A new economic report says Wyoming enjoyed its largest one-year rebound in sales, lodging and use tax collections in more than a decade this year. But the report Monday from Wyoming's Economic Analysis Division shows that total tax collections are still 15 percent...
November 1, 2018

Cody pharmaceutical company up for sale
CODY, Wyo. - The owner of Wyoming's only drug-manufacturing business is planning to sell most of its operations in Cody. Cody Laboratories, which was founded 18 years ago, produces generic prescription pain medications. It has been owned by Lannett Co. since 2007. The Cody Ente...
November 1, 2018

Head of Black Hills Corp announces retirement
RAPID CITY, S.D. - There's going to be a change at the top at Black Hills Corporation. The company says chairman and chief executive officer David Emery is going to retire as CEO on December 31st. Emery served in that position for the past 15 years and as chairman of the board ...
November 1, 2018

South Dakota gas prices see decrease over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 2.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.83/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.9 cents per gallon versus last...
October 29, 2018

Wyoming's jobless rate increases to 4.1 percent in September
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming's unemployment rate increased to 4.1 percent in September. The state Department of Workforce Services reported Tuesday that the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose from 3.9 percent recorded in August. The September number is slightly higher than...
October 24, 2018

Rapid City Regional Airport continues to see record numbers
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Regional Airport has set a new record for passengers in the months of June through August. With eight percent more passengers than 2017 for the same time period, the airport is on track to also set a record for number of passengers in the year. ...
October 23, 2018

McDonald's puts up some supersized 3Q numbers
CHICAGO - McDonald's is putting up positive same-store sales growth for the 13th consecutive quarter and it's topped Wall Street profit and revenue expectations for the third quarter. Shares in the world's biggest burger chain defied a major sell-off in U.S. markets before the ...
October 23, 2018

Report: Cost of living, inflation increase in Wyoming
SHERIDAN, Wyo. - A Wyoming report indicates Inflation and the overall cost of living increased in Wyoming over the last year. The Sheridan Press reports the state Economic Analysis Division found that inflation increased by 3.3 percent across the state during the second quarter ...
October 23, 2018

TCF Bank closing Sioux Falls center; 145 people to lose jobs
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - TCF Bank is closing its operations center in Sioux Falls, putting 145 people out of work. The Argus Leader reports that a company filing with state and local officials says the workers will be let go between November and March. The bulk of the layoffs are 54 ...
October 9, 2018

South Dakota Weekly Gas Price Update
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 1.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.89/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.2 cents per gallon versus la...
October 8, 2018

Judge's ruling may remove roadblock to oil refinery
BISMARCK, N.D. - A North Dakota judge has finalized his recent conclusion that state regulators don't have a say in the site of an $800 million oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, potentially removing a roadblock to the project. Administrative Law...
October 5, 2018

Wind farm project near Casper anticipates low eagle deaths
CASPER, Wyo. - A draft environmental assessment anticipates that a wind farm project in eastern Wyoming will cause the deaths of six eagles over five years. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released the draft study of the 46-turbine Pi...
October 5, 2018

South Dakota billionaire makes Forbes ranking at No. 316
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A South Dakota billionaire known for making significant charitable contributions to health care, education and other causes is continuing to accrue wealth. T. Denny Sanford's net worth jumped $400 million in a matter of months, according a Forbes ranking of ...
October 4, 2018

First Interstate Bank hosting region-wide community support activities
RAPID CITY, S.D. - First Interstate Bank is helping local families in need of affordable housing by supplying both volunteer labor and $5,000 to Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity. As part of the First Interstate Bank’s 50th anniversary, First Interstate Bank employees f...
October 3, 2018

Classic fruity shapes returning to Trix cereal
MINNEAPOLIS - Trix lovers from the 1990s are rejoicing as the cereal is going retro. General Mills on Monday announced it is bringing back Classic Trix Fruity Shapes. The shapes first appeared in 1991, but the company returned the cereal to its original round shapes in 2006. Th...
October 2, 2018

Two South Dakota cities among ten best for people with disabilities
UNDATED - With October being National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the average monthly Social Security disability benefit at only $1,065.73, barely enough to keep an individual out of poverty, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018&r...
October 2, 2018

Economy remains strong in Midwest but trade worries linger
OMAHA, Neb. - A new survey suggests the economy remains strong in nine Midwest and Plains states, but business leaders are concerned about the ongoing trade disputes. The overall economic index for the region slipped to 57.5 in September from August's 61.1, but it remained in po...
October 1, 2018

South Dakota gas prices rise nearly 3 cents over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 2.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.88/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.5 cents per gallon versus la...
October 1, 2018

Rate increases approved for MDU, Otter Tail Power
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota regulators have approved rate increases for Montana Dakota Utilities and Otter Tail Power, but it doesn't mean customers' bills will go up. That's because the natural gas rate increase approved for MDU and the electric rate increase approved for Ott...
September 28, 2018

Aberdeen getting new and larger Veterans Affairs clinic
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Aberdeen is getting a new and larger Veterans Affairs clinic. The American News reports that the federal agency has hired a North Carolina-based construction company to build the facility. The Sioux Falls Veterans Affairs Health Care System says ground is to be...
September 28, 2018

Two wind energy projects proposed in southcentral Wyoming
RIVERTON, Wyo. - Two large wind energy projects that would generate a combined 780 megawatts of electricity are being proposed in southcentral Wyoming. The Rawlins Times reports the projects were presented to the Carbon County Commission this week by a representative of Intermou...
September 25, 2018

Largest Career Fair Ever at SD Mines
RAPID CITY, SD – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology invites the media to cover the fall 2018 SD Mines Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the King Center. The Career Fair is open only to Mines students, alumni and staff. The Fall Career Fair...
September 25, 2018

South Dakota gas prices see slight increase over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.83/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.8 cents per gallon versus last ...
September 24, 2018

NorthWestern Energy to refund customers $3M after tax cuts
PIERRE, S.D. - State regulators have approved an agreement with NorthWestern Energy to refund roughly $3 million to customers after last year's federal tax cuts. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission said Tuesday that commissioners voted to accept the settlement agreement...
September 19, 2018

A possible return of Herbergers and Younkers
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Could Younkers be reopening in the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls? Or, perhaps, Herberger's in the Rushmore Mall in Rapid City? The new owner of Younkers, Herberger's and several other department stores says that it may reopen some brick-and-mortar locations. CS...
September 18, 2018

State to study temporarily storing natural gas underground
BISMARCK, N.D. - A research project will explore the possibility of temporarily storing natural gas in underground rock formations. North Dakota oil operators are struggling to meet targets to reduce wasteful flaring of excess natural gas. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state...
September 18, 2018

South Dakota College Grads Struggle With Loan Debt
VERMILLION, S.D. - Another semester has started at South Dakota's six public universities with many students aware that upon graduation, they will face the highest level of student loan debt in the nation. The unwelcome news from a recent study is not a surprise to administrator...
September 10, 2018

South Dakota Gas Prices fall 3.7 cents per gallon over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.79/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.6 cents per gallon versus l...
September 10, 2018

Business Plan Competition at SD Mines Open to Enterprising High School Students, Other Colleges
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Entrepreneurial-minded students from high schools and colleges throughout the region are encouraged to enter a “Shark Tank”-like student business plan competition sponsored by local and state partners and hosted by the South Dakota School of M...
September 5, 2018

Black Hills Energy customers to get refund after tax cuts
PIERRE, S.D. – Black Hills Energy customers will receive a refund and a subsequent lowering of rates as a result of action by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission today. The PUC, at its regular meeting in Pierre on Sept. 4, 2018, voted to accept a settlement agreeme...
September 5, 2018

South Dakota gas prices see slight decrease over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.83/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.4 cents per gallon versus last...
September 4, 2018

Report indicates Midwest economic conditions take leap forward
OMAHA, Neb. - A monthly survey report suggests economic conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states took a leap forward last month. The report released Tuesday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index jumped to 61.1 in August, compared with 57.0 in July. It's the 21st stra...
September 4, 2018

Opponents of refinery near park question developer veracity
BISMARCK, N.D. - Opponents of an oil refinery planned near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota are imploring state regulators to give them a chance to explore whether the developer is being truthful about the project's size. Meridian Energy Group maintains it doesn'...
August 23, 2018

Gaming numbers in Deadwood down, but up nationally
DEADWOOD, S.D. - While Deadwood gaming numbers are down through June of this year compared to last, the American Gaming Association shows a national increase of more than 3 percent since 2016. Deadwood gaming numbers are down just over 1 percent, nationally gaming numbers hit a ...
August 23, 2018

Wyoming jobless rate increases slightly to 3.7 percent
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that the state's unemployment rate increased slightly from 3.7 percent in June to 3.8 percent in July. The agency doesn't consider the change to be statistically significant. However, it says the decrease of ...
August 22, 2018

Big investments in stores and in tech pay off at Target
MINNEAPOLIS - Heavy investments in stores and technology are paying off at Target, which is reporting strong second-quarter numbers across the board. Same-store sales rose 6.5 percent, the greatest increase in 13 years. Traffic in stores rose 6.4 percent, the highest since 2008...
August 22, 2018

Lotsa Pasta: Olive Garden offers year of never ending pasta
ORLANDO, Fla. - Olive Garden customers who can't get enough pasta have a chance to enjoy unlimited servings for a year. The restaurant chain is offering its first annual pasta pass as part of its never ending pasta bowl promotion. The pass is available to 1,000 customers who pay...
August 22, 2018

Daktronics: Fiscal 1Q Earnings Snapshot
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Daktronics Inc. (DAKT) on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $4.6 million. On a per-share basis, the Brookings, South Dakota-based company said it had net income of 10 cents. The video display maker posted revenue of $154.2 million in the...
August 21, 2018

Rapid City wings store closes doors
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City wings restaurant is shutting down after only about three years in business. Native Grill and Wings announced the closure of its Rapid City site on social media Monday morning. “Effective Monday, August 20, 2018 this location will be permanen...
August 21, 2018

South Dakota ranks 37th for women's equality in the workplace
UNDATED - With Women’s Equality Day around the corner and the U.S. ranking No. 49 out of 144 countries on the Global Gender Gap Index – falling 4 spots since the previous year – the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Bes...
August 21, 2018

South Dakota Gas Prices are unchanged for the week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota are unchanged in the past week, averaging $2.85/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.1 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.82/g, a...
August 20, 2018

Sanford Health, Good Samaritan to merge earlier than expected
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The senior care provider Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society will become part of Dakotas-based Sanford Health sooner than expected. The society membership and the health network board approved a merger in June. The merger has now received regulatory a...
August 20, 2018

Airline passenger numbers up in North Dakota in July
BISMARCK, N.D. - Airline passenger numbers in North Dakota in July were up more than 4.5 percent over the year. State Aeronautics Commission data show 98,733 boardings at the eight commercial service airports in the state last month. Airports in Dickinson, Devils Lake, Fargo, G...
August 17, 2018

North Dakota oil production drops slightly in June
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's oil production in June slid slightly from a record set the month prior due to drillers scaling back to keep natural gas flaring from exceeding state limits. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state produced an average of nearly 1.23 million barrels ...
August 17, 2018

Ditech Financial to close Rapid City call center
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A mortgage lending firm plans to close its call center in Rapid City that employs about 450 people. Ditech Financial says it will shutter the center late next year when its lease expires. Ditech was founded in 1995 as one of the first online mortgage lender...
August 16, 2018

National American University: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot
RAPID CITY, S.D. - National American University Holdings Inc. (NAUH) on Wednesday reported a loss of $849,000 in its fiscal fourth quarter. The Rapid City, South Dakota-based company said it had a loss of 4 cents per share. The for-profit education company posted revenue of $19...
August 16, 2018

South Dakota gas prices fall 1.3 cents over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.88/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.1 cents per gallon versus last...
August 13, 2018

Deadwood sees retail sales increase amid gambling decline
DEADWOOD, S.D. - Deadwood's gambling revenue may have fallen, but the city's retail revenue appears to be booming. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that the South Dakota Retailers Association found that Deadwood's sales tax revenue over May 2017-18 increased from $165,525 to $207...
August 13, 2018

With arrival of Sturgis Rally; gas prices increase 3.6 cents per gallon over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 3.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.90/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that is unchanged versus last week to $2.86/g, ac...
August 6, 2018

Hundreds of Basin Electric Power employees taking buyouts
BISMARCK, N.D. - More than 300 Basin Electric Power Cooperative employees are taking buyouts as the North Dakota-based utility tries to cut costs amid a plummeting financial outlook. Spokesman Curt Pearson tells The Bismarck Tribune that Basin's latest financial forecast predict...
August 6, 2018

North Dakota refinery seeks to become renewable diesel plant
DICKINSON, N.D. - The owner of a small crude oil refinery in North Dakota is proposing to convert the facility to process vegetable oil instead of petroleum to produce renewable diesel. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the Andeavor Dickinson Refinery has applied for an air qua...
August 3, 2018

Report: Midwest economy still growing but at slower pace
OMAHA, Neb. - A monthly survey report suggests economic growth is still slowing in nine Midwest and Plains states. The report released Wednesday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index declined to 57.0 in July from 61.8 in June and 67.3 in May. It's still the 20th straigh...
August 1, 2018

South Dakota Is 2018s State with the Most Student Debt
UNDATED - With college students preparing for the fall semester and 10.7 percent of all student loans 90+ days delinquent or in default as of Q1 2018, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s States with the Most and Least Student Debt. To...
August 1, 2018

2018s Best Places to Flip Houses
UNDATED - With house flippers earning an average gross profit of $68,143 in 2017, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's Best Places to Flip Houses. To help serious real-estate investors find the best markets to list their flipped properties, ...
July 31, 2018

Fleet Farm builds first store in South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Fleet Farm's first foray into South Dakota is a $15.6 million store in Sioux Falls. A building permit filed with the city shows the Wisconsin retailer is constructing a 185,000-square-foot store and a lumber yard and gas station. The Argus Leader says develo...
July 31, 2018

South Dakota gas prices rise 2-cents over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 2.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.87/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.1 cents per gallon versus la...
July 30, 2018

PUC gives Otter Tail Power Co. OK to build natural gas peaking plant
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission this week gave the go ahead to Otter Tail Power Co. to build Astoria Station, a 250-megawatt simple-cycle natural gas fired electricity generating facility near Astoria in Deuel County. The project will be construc...
July 30, 2018

Rapid City golf course closes indefinitely
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A nine-hole golf course in southeast Rapid City that was run by the local YMCA has closed. Rapid City YMCA leader Roger Gallimore says the course was "a great tool for building character" but operating costs became too great of a burden. The YMCA has seen its ...
July 30, 2018

Indoor water park in Rapid City to be auctioned
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A massive indoor water park in Rapid City is going on the auction block, even before it ever opened. Construction on the Rippin' Rapids Water Park & Resort began in 2014, but eventually stalled due to financial woes by its developer, Capitol Management of...
July 30, 2018

Aberdeen plant to stay open after facing uncertainty
ABERDEEN, S.D. - A wind turbine blade manufacturer has secured a multi-year order to keep its South Dakota plant in business after facing closure and announcing layoffs. The Argus Leader reports that Ohio-based Molded Fiber Glass's new deal finalized last month will help its Abe...
July 24, 2018

Transmission line to get $130M upgrade by electric utility
UNDERWOOD, N.D. - An electric company will upgrade a transmission line that transports the utility's power from central North Dakota to a town outside Minneapolis. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Great River Energy is planning to invest $130 million in the CU HVDC line, which ...
July 24, 2018

Sioux Falls makes top ten list of 2018's least stressed cities in America
UNDATED - With workplace-related stress alone costing society more than $300 billion per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's Most & Least Stressed Cities in America. In order to determine where Americans cope best with their stres...
July 18, 2018

Rapid City airport pursuing daily nonstop flight to Phoenix
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Regional Airport has received nearly $1 million in federal and local grant money to pursue a daily nonstop flight to Phoenix. The grant money includes $700,000 from the federal Transportation Department's Small Community Air Service Development Prog...
July 17, 2018

South Dakota gas prices fall half-cent over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.84/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallon versus l...
July 16, 2018

Yesway purchased Fresh Start stores in South Dakota, other states
UNDATED - An Iowa company has purchased 26 of 29 Fresh Start Convenience Stores in South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming. Yesway announced the deal recently. Yesway will be taking over 22 South Dakota-based Fresh Start stores with multiple locations in Sturgis, Edgemont, Martin, P...
July 10, 2018

Room rates climb at some Yellowstone Park lodging
JACKSON, Wyo. - The cost of staying in some of Yellowstone National Park's most historic lodges has increased by up to a third this summer. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that a new, pilot pricing system allows the lodging concessionaire more leeway in setting room pr...
July 9, 2018

South Dakota Gas Prices hold steady over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 0.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.85/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.3 cents per gallon versus last...
July 9, 2018

2018s Best & Worst-Run Cities in America
UNDATED - With districts voting for all 435 seats in the House of Representatives this year and major mayoral elections coming up in cities like San Francisco and Washington, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best- & Worst-Run Ci...
July 9, 2018

Wyoming gun manufacturer looks to add dozens of jobs, expand
CODY, Wyo. - A Wyoming gun manufacturer plans to add 75 jobs and possibly expand its manufacturing facility. The Cody Enterprise reports Gunwerks already needs more room two years after moving to Cody from nearby Burlington. Gunwerks makes custom, long-range rifles. James Kles...
July 5, 2018

2018's Strictest and Most Lenient States on Speeding and Reckless Driving
UNDATED - Speed kills. We have all been told that since driver’s education class, and yet American drivers routinely exceed the speed limit. To find out which states take the hardest line on dangerous driving behavior, the leading personal finance website WalletHub conducte...
July 5, 2018

Pharmaceutical manufacturer cuts back Wyoming facility
CODY, Wyo. - A pharmaceutical manufacturer is laying off about 50 workers at its northern Wyoming facility as the company focuses its resources elsewhere. The Powell Tribune reports that the announcement Friday affects about a third of the workforce at Cody Laboratories, which e...
July 2, 2018

Winnebago Tribe takes over troubled hospital on reservation
WINNEBAGO, Neb. - The Winnebago Tribe has taken over the management of a troubled hospital on its Native American reservation in northeastern Nebraska. The Sioux City Journal reports that the Tribal Council officially took over management of the embattled hospital from Indian He...
July 2, 2018

South Dakota gas prices fall 2.7 cents over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 2.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.82/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that is unchanged versus last week to $2.84/g, a...
July 2, 2018

Economic growth slows in Midwest states as trade fears mount
OMAHA, Neb. - Business remains strong in nine Midwest and Plains states, but a new monthly survey suggests that growth is slowing as concerns about trade and tariffs increase. The region's overall economic index decreased to 61.8 in June from May's 67.3, but any score above 50 i...
July 2, 2018

North Dakota sees revenue passing forecast, stays realistic
BISMARCK, N.D. - Tax collections in North Dakota this year have been exceeding economic estimates, but the state's treasurer is still urging caution. State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt told the Bismarck Tribune last week that General Fund revenues from biennium-to-date are more than ...
July 2, 2018

South Dakota company makes signs for veteran parking spaces
YANKTON, S.D. — A South Dakota company is making "Reserved For Veterans" parking signs for businesses. Robert Lindsay of Midwest Striping in Yankton has started making the signs to let veterans park closer to businesses, The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported. Midw...
July 2, 2018

May Deadwood Gaming Numbers up Slightly
DEADWOOD, S.D. - According to statistics recently released by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, the May 2018 gaming handle showed a slight increase of 0.06 percent, the first monthly increase since January 2018, with slot machine handle increasing by 0.29 percent when compar...
June 27, 2018

Sanford Health absorbing North Dakota research institute
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sanford Health is expanding its research work by adding in a Fargo, North Dakota-based research institute focused on eating disorders and obesity. Sanford Research is absorbing Neuropsychiatric Research Institute. NRI was established in 1955 and previously wo...
June 26, 2018

South Dakota Ranks in the Top 15 Most Patriotic States in America
UNDATED - With Americans preparing to show their national pride this Fourth of July, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's Most Patriotic States in America. To determine where Americans have the most red, white and blue pride, WalletHub compa...
June 26, 2018

South Dakota gas prices hold relatively steady over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.86/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.3 cents per gallon versus last...
June 25, 2018

Harley, stung by tariffs, shifts some production overseas
MILWAUKEE - Harley-Davidson, facing rising costs from new tariffs, will begin shifting the production of motorcycles heading for Europe from the U.S. to factories overseas. The famed motorcycle maker said in a regulatory filing Monday that European Union tariffs on its motorcyc...
June 25, 2018

South Dakota Is 2018’s 7th Most Independent State
UNDATED - With Independence Day right around the corner, the personal-finance website WalletHub wanted to get a sense of just how free Americans are feeling. WalletHub today released its study of 2018’s Most Independent States, which measured how dependent Americans are on ...
June 19, 2018

South Dakota sees slight decrease in gas prices over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.86/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon versus last...
June 18, 2018

South Dakota gets average grades for manufacturing, logistics
MUNCIE, Indiana -- South Dakota earns average grades for manufacturing, logistics, says a new report from Ball State University. South Dakota improved from "D" to "C-" in Diversification and "F" to "D" in Global Position. The state maintained the grade of "B" in Human Capital, T...
June 18, 2018

Rapid City airport reports record May
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Regional Airport is reporting record numbers for last month, with over 50,000 passengers cycling in and out. Over 25,000 passengers took to the skies from Rapid City Regional, and nearly 27,000 landed at the airport through the month of May. Passeng...
June 12, 2018

South Dakota is the second worst state in the nation for teen drivers.
UNDATED - With teens obtaining driver’s licenses during the summer more than any other season and an average of six teens dying every day from motor vehicle injuries, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States fo...
June 12, 2018

South Dakota gas prices rise another two cents
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.85/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.1 cents per gallon versus last ...
June 11, 2018

Workforce is top concern for South Dakota businesses, according to report
SOUTH DAKOTA – The top need for small businesses in South Dakota is finding quality employees, according to a report released today by the Center for Rural Affairs and South Dakota State University. Owners also identified employee quantity issues as the leading gr...
June 11, 2018

South Dakota gas prices see 2 cent increase over past week
UNDATED - Gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.83/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.9 cents per gallon versus last ...
June 4, 2018

Wallet Hub says South Dakota has seventh worst state economy
UNDATED - With economic growth varying significantly from one state to another — California recently became the fifth largest economy in the world while Alaska has an unemployment rate over 7%, for instance — the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its r...
June 4, 2018

Target's 1Q profit falls short as it continues transition
NEW YORK - Target, which is pushing through a costly period of transition, posted weaker-than-expected profits for the first quarter. While traffic growth in stores reached levels not seen in a decade and comparable-store sales jumped a solid 3 percent, those bright spots were o...
May 23, 2018

Wyoming jobless rate falls to 3.8 percent in April
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming's unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent in April, the lowest the rate has been since November 2008. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that the April rate is down from the 3.9 percent recorded in March. From March to April, most county...
May 23, 2018

As West Coast shuns coal, Wyoming will face difficulties
CASPER, Wyo. - Representatives of Rocky Mountain Power say Wyoming could be affected in different ways if Oregon, Washington and California abandon coal-generated power. Jeff Larsen of Rocky Mountain Power told the Legislature's Joint Corporations Committee meeting in Lander tha...
May 23, 2018

South Dakota gas prices rise 4 cents over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 4.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.74/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...
May 21, 2018

South Dakota Is 2018s 7th Best State for Military Retirees
UNDATED - With May being Military Appreciation Month and significant military pension changes taking effect this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's Best & Worst States for Military Retirees to go along with its Memorial Day Facts ...
May 21, 2018

North Dakota natural gas production hits another record
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota natural gas production hit another record in March even as oil production dropped, illustrating the need for more gas infrastructure. The Mineral Resources Department reports the state produced more than 2.1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas...
May 16, 2018

South Dakota restaurants provide USS SOUTH DAKOTA crew with culinary internships
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two Sailors who will serve on the USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) submarine, which is set to be commissioned in fall of 2018, are participating in culinary internships during their visit to South Dakota May 14-20. The Sailors are trained Culinary Specialists ...
May 15, 2018

South Dakota gas prices rise nearly a nickel over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 4.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.68/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...
May 14, 2018

Old-fashioned Bismarck restaurant sold after 48 years
BISMARCK, N.D. - A Bismarck restaurant serving fresh burgers for nearly 50 years won't change despite new ownership. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Bill Wood sold The Woodhouse this month to a former employee. The 87-year-old has owned the restaurant since 1969. Williston at...
May 9, 2018

Federal bank leaders say Wyoming's economy is recovering
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Federal bank executives say while Wyoming's economy is stabilizing, it's too early to know what's in store in the future, especially with predicted challenges with its workforce. Executives from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said during a Tuesday econo...
May 9, 2018

Sioux Falls refrigerated warehouse to open, expand
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A refrigerated cold-storage warehouse facility that's set to open soon in Sioux Falls is already planning to expand due to rising demand. Win Chill's new 205,000-square-foot (19,000-square-meter) facility is scheduled to open May 23. Ralph Marquardt is an eq...
May 9, 2018

South Dakota gas prices see big increase over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 8.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.68/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 g...
May 7, 2018

South Dakota ranks 34th for Best States for Working Moms
UNDATED - With Mother’s Day around the corner and more than 70 percent of moms with young children working today, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms. In order to help ease the burden o...
May 7, 2018

MDU Resources: 1Q Earnings Snapshot
BISMARCK, N.D. - MDU Resources Group Inc. (MDU) on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $42.4 million. On a per-share basis, the Bismarck, North Dakota-based company said it had net income of 22 cents. The energy, mining, construction and utilities company posted revenue ...
May 3, 2018

Vista Outdoor to get rid of firearms business
WASHINGTON (AP) — Another company, this one among the largest ammunition makers in America, is distancing itself from firearms following the massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High in February. Vista Outdoor Inc. has been pressured for months by retailers that sell its ...
May 2, 2018

Regulators approve $1.8M pipeline project in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D.  - Regulators have approved a $1.8 million natural gas pipeline project in northwestern North Dakota. ONEOK Rockies Midstream plans to convert an existing natural gas gathering pipeline and a portion of another gathering pipeline into a natural gas liquids tr...
May 1, 2018

Nearly 99 percent of state businesses considered small
BISMARCK, N.D. - Statistics show nearly 99 percent of all businesses in North Dakota are considered small businesses. Those employers make up more than 72,700 businesses in North Dakota, employing nearly 211,000 people - or about 58 percent of all employees in the state. The U....
May 1, 2018

Report says Midwest business conditions index rose again
OMAHA, Neb. - A report says a business conditions index for nine Midwest and Plains states has surged to its highest level in a dozen years. The report released Tuesday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index hit 64.5 in April, compared with 62.1 in March. The February fi...
May 1, 2018

Several area cities rated among best to start a business
UNDATED - With April 29 kicking off National Small Business Week and sweeping business tax reform recently signed into law by President Donald Trump, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's Best Large Cities to Start a Business. In order to hel...
April 30, 2018

ASI to hire in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Advanced Services, Inc. a subsidiary of GE Appliances, plans on adding 70 jobs to its customer service center in Rapid City. The company, in town for more than 20 years, will hire people for its home delivery support department. The hires will be done now thro...
April 30, 2018

South Dakota gas prices see one cent drop over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 1.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.60/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 p...
April 30, 2018

McDonald's traffic is heavy, and its profits, revenue soar
OAK BROOK, Ill. - Traffic at McDonald's restaurants was surprisingly strong during the first quarter, pushing the world's biggest burger chain far past Wall Street expectations. The company, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, posted earns of $1.38 billion, or $1.72 per share. Earning...
April 30, 2018

South Dakota gas prices see slight uptick over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.57/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents pe...
April 24, 2018

Brookings fish food company expanding with $60M Volga plant
BROOKINGS, S.D.  - A Brookings company that makes an ingredient used in fish food is expanding with a $60 million production facility in nearby Volga. Prairie AquaTech's new plant will be built along U.S. Highway 14 on land near the South Dakota Soybean Processors plant. A ...
April 24, 2018

$22 million hospital and clinic opening soon in Custer
CUSTER, S.D. - A $22 million hospital and clinic will soon be opening in Custer. KELO-TV reports that the 44,000-square-foot facility being built by Regional Health is replacing an older building. It's scheduled to open April 30. Regional Health Custer Market President Mark Sch...
April 19, 2018

Citi laying off 57 in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Citi is laying off 57 customer service employees in Sioux Falls. But, the financial services company says it's committed to its operations in Sioux Falls where it employees about 1,800. Citi announced plans last year to building a new center in southwest...
April 19, 2018

South Dakota gas prices rise 3.2 cents over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 3.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.58/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.2 cents pe...
April 16, 2018

Wyoming economy showing life after energy downturn
CASPER, Wyo. - There are signs of improvement in Wyoming's energy industry after a recent downturn. Wyoming state economist Jim Robinson says companies are spending more and adding jobs after a two-year downturn in coal, oil and natural gas extraction. The Casper Star-Tribune r...
April 16, 2018

Study Shows Eventual Retirees Without Necessary Savings
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - While retirement is a time for people to relax and unwind, recent studies show it's become more stressful for many because of a lack of financial planning. Studies by the Insured Retirement Institute provide alarming new statistics that show that 42 percent of...
April 16, 2018

Trolley rental business to launch in Aberdeen
ABERDEEN, S.D. - The streets of Aberdeen can expect to see the return of a century-old transit service as a business owner plans to launch a private trolley rental company in the area. The Aberdeen American News reports that hunting lodge owner Dave Usselman bought his fourth us...
April 16, 2018

Sioux Falls airport traffic spikes in 2017, may drop in 2018
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sioux Falls' airport saw record traffic in 2017 for the seventh consecutive year, but this year could see a drop. The Argus Leader reports that the Sioux Falls Regional Airport had more than a million passengers go through the airport last year. Airport Execu...
April 16, 2018

North Dakota oil patch hub experiencing housing shortage
BISMARCK, N.D. - Williston real estate agents sold more homes in the first quarter of this year than ever before - even outselling 2012 and 2014 boom levels. Williston's Development Services Director Mark Schneider tells The Bismarck Tribune that 110 homes changed hands over the...
April 10, 2018

Coal mining company considers bankruptcy protection
BILLLINGS, Mont. - A Colorado company with three coal mines in Montana and one in Wyoming says in a statement to shareholders that it may consider bankruptcy. Englewood-based Westmoreland Coal Co. is facing declining demand and more than $1 billion in debt. The company said in ...
April 9, 2018

South Dakota Gas Prices fall over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.52/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.6 cents per ...
April 9, 2018

Report: Bakken job openings steadily increase
BISMARCK, N.D. - A recent report says job openings are booming in central North Dakota and the Bakken oil patch. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Job Service North Dakota released its regional report last week. The report found job openings in Divide, McKenzie and Williams cou...
April 9, 2018

National American University posts 3Q loss
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - National American University Holdings Inc. (NAUH) on Wednesday reported a loss of $3.7 million in its fiscal third quarter. On a per-share basis, the Rapid City, South Dakota-based company said it had a loss of 15 cents. The for-profit education company ...
April 5, 2018

New manufacturing jobs coming to Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Close to 100 manufacturing jobs are coming to Rapid City within the next few months. Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender said that a new business which produces hotel rooms, called Best GEN Modular, will open its doors later this year. The plant will be locat...
April 4, 2018

Wyoming jobless rate falls to 4.0 percent in February
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that the state's unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.0 percent in February from January's 4.1 percent. The national jobless rate is 4.1 percent. In February 2017 Wyoming's unemployment rate was 4.5 perce...
April 4, 2018

Report: Midwest business conditions index rose again
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A business conditions index for nine Midwestern and Plains states surged again last month, which a report released Monday said is a sign of continued improvement in regional economic conditions. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index hit 62.1 in Mar...
April 3, 2018

Report: Wyoming coal companies add 5 full-time jobs
CASPER, Wyo. - A state report has found that Wyoming coal companies added five full-time jobs last year following the two-year downturn where more than 900 workers lost their jobs. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the jobs number reflects those employed directly by coal companies...
March 29, 2018

Great Lakes Airlines causes trouble for Pierre, Watertown
PIERRE, S.D. - Pierre and Watertown-area travelers have been experiencing scheduling difficulties after Great Lakes Aviation suspended flying operations. The airline's partner Aerodynamics Inc., or ADI, will continue operating the Great Lakes Jet Express flights between Denver, ...
March 29, 2018

North Dakota taxable sales, purchases up slightly in 2017
BISMARCK, N.D. - Taxable sales and purchases in North Dakota increased slightly in 2017 led by rebounding oil activity in the western part of the state. North Dakota's taxable sales and purchases are a key indicator of economic activity in the state. Tax Commissioner Ryan Raus...
March 29, 2018

Wells Fargo moving 100 Aberdeen jobs to other states
ABERDEEN, S.D. - The Wells Fargo financial services company is moving 100 jobs from Aberdeen to cities in other states, including Minneapolis. The American News reports the decision affects auto finance workers and those in student loan collections. Company spokeswoman Staci Sch...
March 29, 2018

South Dakota Is 2018s State 10th Most Affected by Tax Reform
UNDATED - With tax season in full swing and a new tax code recently signed into law by President Donald Trump, the personal finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s States Most Affected by Tax Reform. In order to determine which states will get the bes...
March 28, 2018

Scammers Using Better Business Bureau Name to Collect Dues
UNDATED - Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa has received reports from BBB Accredited Businesses that have been contacted by scam artists posing as employees of the Better Business Bureau. “Scammers are falsely...
March 28, 2018

Deadwood February Hotel Occupancy Up Over Last Year
DEADWOOD, S.D. - Deadwood Hotel occupancy rates were up in February when compared with February 2017 numbers. According to monthly data released today by Deadwood's City Finance Office, hotels in Deadwood had an occupancy rate of 37.77 percent for February 2018, which is a 1.32 p...
March 23, 2018

Deadwood February Gaming Numbers Give Up January Gains
DEADWOOD, S.D. - According to statistics released yesterday by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, the February 2018 gaming handle showed a decrease of 6.72 percent, giving up January’s gains, with slot machine handle decreasing by 6.29 percent when compared to February ...
March 23, 2018

Airline passenger numbers up in North Dakota in February
BISMARCK, N.D. - Airline passenger numbers in North Dakota in February were up more than 2 percent over the year. State Aeronautics Commission data show nearly 87,000 boardings at the eight commercial service airports in the state last mont. The Devils Lake, Jamestown and Gra...
March 20, 2018

Survey suggests rural economy to keep improving in 10 states
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of bankers suggests the economy is likely to continue improving slowly in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says crop prices have improved a bit, but remain relatively weak. That's h...
March 16, 2018

Former WyoTech president announces purchase proposal
LARAMIE, Wyo. - A buyer has stepped forward with a proposal to purchase the WyoTech technical school in southeast Wyoming. Jim Mathis is a former WyoTech student, instructor and president. Mathis says he drafted a proposal to acquire the WyoTech Laramie campus and presented it ...
March 15, 2018

Coal facility reassembling in Gillette after Oklahoma move
GILLETTE, Wyo. - A test coal processing facility has moved from Oklahoma to Wyoming. The Gillette News Record reported Tuesday that Clean Coal Technologies Inc. President and CEO Robin Eves said that they are in the process of reassembling the facility. Once the facility is rea...
March 15, 2018

Sears posts profit due to tax benefit, shares rise
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Sears Holdings said a key sales figure fell during the important holiday shopping season. But the struggling department store operator posted a profit for the quarter, mainly due to a tax benefit. Shares of Sears Holdings Corp., which fell more than 70 p...
March 15, 2018

Toys R Us said to be planning to liquidate its US operations
NEW YORK - Toys R Us's management has told its employees that it will sell or close all of its U.S. stores. That's according to a toy industry analyst who spoke to several employees who were on the call Wednesday. Jim Silver, a toy industry expert, says Toys R Us's CEO told emp...
March 15, 2018

North Dakota oil output down slightly in January
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota regulators say the state's oil production dropped slightly in January. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.17 million barrels of oil daily in January. That's down from 1.18 million barrels in December. North ...
March 14, 2018

Wyoming regulators face major backlog of drilling requests
CASPER, Wyo. - State regulators face 10,000 applications for permits to drill for oil and gas in Wyoming, creating a backlog that would take five years to address. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Tuesday that Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Supervisor Mark Watson sa...
March 14, 2018

Wyoming jobless rate unchanged in January
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming's unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent in January. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported Tuesday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from December and matched the national rate of 4.1 percent. Howeve...
March 13, 2018

South Dakota gas prices see two cent increase over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 2.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.50/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 cent per gall...
March 12, 2018

General Mills, Annie's Mac & Cheese tap South Dakota farm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills announced a deal Tuesday to create South Dakota's largest organic crop farm as the food giant works to secure enough organic ingredients to meet growing consumer demand worldwide. Gunsmoke Farms will convert 34,000 acres — more than...
March 6, 2018

South Dakota prices fall 4 cents over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 4.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.49/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.1 cents per ...
February 26, 2018

Historic business in downtown Rapid City making renovations
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A historic building in downtown Rapid City will be getting a new look. But it didn't come easy. The owners of the Furniture Mart had to jump over a lot of hurdles. Since the building is considered historic, the owners had to maintain certain historical standar...
February 22, 2018

Minnesota's $5B case over 3M chemicals heads to trial
MINNEAPOLIS  - Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage that the state alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades. The long-awaited trial begins T...
February 20, 2018

2018s Best State Capitals to Live in
UNDATED - Only 17 state capitals are also the largest cities in their respective states, but they don’t necessarily offer the best quality of life. To take a closer look at this issue, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's Best State Cap...
February 20, 2018

Daktronics reports 3Q loss
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Daktronics Inc. (DAKT) on Tuesday reported a loss of $6.2 million in its fiscal third quarter. On a per-share basis, the Brookings, South Dakota-based company said it had a loss of 14 cents. Losses, adjusted for pretax expenses, came to 4 cents per share. The ...
February 20, 2018

South Dakota Gas Prices see one cent rise over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 1 cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.52/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.4 cents per gall...
February 19, 2018

Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 141 businesses and organizations across 44 communities in South Dakota for their outstanding customer service.The Great Service Star Program is designed to recognize businesses that develop and complete hospital...
February 15, 2018

SD Mines Hosts 93 Employers for Spring Career Fair
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will host 93 employers for the annual spring Career Fair. The fair will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the King Center in the Goodell Gym. The event is open to Mines students and alumni onl...
February 13, 2018

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 $2.52/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in th...
February 13, 2018

NorthWestern misses 4Q profit forecasts
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - NorthWestern Corp. (NWE) on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $47.9 million. The Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based company said it had net income of 98 cents per share. The results did not meet Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four ...
February 13, 2018

Coal production in NE Wyoming tops 300M tons again
GILLETTE, Wyo.  - Coal production in northeast Wyoming's Powder River Basin exceeded 300 million tons (272 million metric tons) for the 17th time in the last 18 years in 2017. The region also saw its 7 billionth ton (6.3 billion metric tons) of coal mined during last year. ...
February 6, 2018

South Dakota gas prices creep up 2.5 cents per gallon over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 2.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.51/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.9 cents p...
February 5, 2018

Deadwood gaming numbers up for December, but 2017 numbers down slightly
DEADWOOD, SD - The Deadwood gaming numbers ended the year on a high note, up 15% in the month of December, but just slightly down from the previous year. Through June of 2017, gaming revenues were down nearly 4% which equates to about four million dollars, but they made up gro...
February 5, 2018

Lowe's to hand out bonuses, sweeten benefits amid tax cuts
NEW YORK - Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos. says it's handing out bonuses of up to $1,000 for its more than 260,000 hourly employees, as it becomes the latest major employer to invest in its workers after Congress approved a tax cut that will help businesses. The chain, based ...
February 1, 2018

Report: Midwest business conditions index slipped in January
OMAHA, Neb. - A report says a business conditions index for nine Midwest and Plains states slipped over the past month but still pointed to continuing improvement in regional economic conditions. The report released Thursday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped...
February 1, 2018

Governor signs orders aimed at economic diversification
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming's governor has signed two executive orders supporting efforts to diversify the state's economy. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Gov. Matt Mead signed an order Friday aimed at increasing the number of people in the state with a post-secondary degree or ...
January 29, 2018

Wyoming expected to take in $6M in online taxes
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming is expected to take in $6 million more in taxes because of a new law requiring most online sellers to collect sales taxes. An economist for the Wyoming Department of Administration and Information, Jim Robinson, told the Laramie Boomerang that the state i...
January 29, 2018

Data: Coal production dropped in final 3 months of 2017
CASPER, Wyo. - Preliminary data say Powder River Basin coal production fell to 75.5 million tons in the last few months of 2017, about a seven million ton drop compared to the final three months of the previous year. The Casper Star-Tribune reports data from the Mine Safety and ...
January 29, 2018

Gas prices across South Dakota see 2.2-cent increase over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 2.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.44/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.0 cents pe...
January 29, 2018

Great Western Bancorp beats 1Q profit forecasts
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Great Western Bancorp Inc. (GWB) on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $29.2 million. The bank, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, said it had earnings of 49 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for pretax expenses, came to 72 cents per share....
January 25, 2018

California firearms manufacturer moving to Wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Firearms manufacturer Weatherby is relocating its manufacturing operations and corporate headquarters from California to Wyoming. Weatherby's move to Sheridan is expected to create 70 to 90 jobs and more than $5 million in annual payroll over the next five years...
January 25, 2018

Ohio company takes over CORBON
STURGIS, S.D. - According to a news release, CORBON/Glaser, headquartered in Sturgis, has been taken over by TA Perrine. The new owner says the "purchase was closed in December an we ramped up production and are shipping ammunition. The ful product line will be available once ag...
January 25, 2018

Toys R Us, hobbled by competition, will shutter some stores
NEW YORK - Toys R Us, squeezed Amazon.com and huge chains like Walmart, will begin closing a number of its stores starting in February. Hobbled by $5 billion in debt, the company that once dominated toy sales in the U.S. filed for bankruptcy protection in September. Chairman a...
January 24, 2018

Wyoming jobless rate down to 4.2 percent in December
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming's unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.2 percent in December from November's 4.3 percent. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate has decreased significantly from its year-ago level of 4.8 percent mainly from peopl...
January 23, 2018

Black Hills region showing record growth
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Black Hills is one of the fastest growing regions in the state of South Dakota. It's growing 20 percent faster than the state. This means more developments are going up, the population is getting bigger, and city limits are expanding. And that's true for R...
January 23, 2018

South Dakota gas prices hold steady over past week, averaging $2.43
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have not moved  in the past week, averaging $2.43/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has not moved  in the last week ...
January 22, 2018

Oil industry missed natural gas flaring target in October
BISMARCK, N.D. - Revised numbers show North Dakota's oil industry failed to meet the state's natural gas flaring goals in October. The latest numbers from the Mineral Resources Department show the industry flared slightly more than 16 percent of natural gas produced in October -...
January 22, 2018

Tourism Industry Members Honored by Gov. Daugaard
PIERRE, SD – Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the South Dakota Department of Tourism presented awards to tourism industry members the evening of Thursday, January 18th  at the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre. The 9th Annual Rooster Rush Cacklin’ Co...
January 19, 2018

Spearfish Brewing Set for Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting
SPEARFISH, S.D. – Spearfish Brewing is excited to announce the opening of a brewery and taproom in the heart of downtown Spearfish at the intersection of Jackson and Main. This brand new space will offer patrons indoor and outdoor seating in a modern taproom space where the...
January 19, 2018

Bismarck Bobcat workers vote against union
BISMARCK, N.D. - Workers at the Bobcat manufacturing facility in Bismarck have voted against joining a union. The Bismarck Tribune reports the vote last week failed by a 2-to-1 margin. Larry Johnson, a union member who works at Bobcat's facility in Gwinner, says the push behind...
January 18, 2018

Banker survey suggests economy remains slow in rural areas
OMAHA, Neb. - Declining numbers in a new monthly survey of bankers suggests the economy remains weak in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states. The overall economic index for the region dropped to 46.8 this month, compared with the December reading of 47.8. The November fig...
January 18, 2018

Record year for commercial construction in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Commercial construction climbed to another record-breaking year in Sioux Falls. Building permits issued in 2017 for commercial projects reached $739 million. City leaders say it's the fifth year in a row that construction has reached record-breaking levels. ...
January 18, 2018

Yellowstone's 2017 visitation almost hits 2016 record
BOZEMAN, Mont. - Yellowstone National Park had recorded its second busiest season last year, lagging just behind the record set in 2016. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Wednesday that the park counted about 4.1 million visits in 2017, just shy of the 4.25 million visits th...
January 18, 2018

South Dakota Retailers Association Board Elections
PIERRE, S.D. - During their recent meeting, the South Dakota Retailers Association elected the following board members: Gary Cammack Re-elected South Dakota Retailers Association Board President State Senator Gary Cammack of Cammack Ranch Supply in Union Center has been re-elec...
January 17, 2018

Workers without degree hold most good jobs in South Dakota
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A new report from Georgetown University says the majority of good jobs in South Dakota belong to employees who don't have bachelor's degrees. The university's Center on Education and Workforce found 55 percent of good jobs are held by people without a college...
January 16, 2018

Gateway Computer campus in South Dakota sold for $5.75M
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A real estate investment firm has bought the old Gateway Computer campus in southern South Dakota for $5.75 million. Keating Resources purchased the 77-acre North Sioux City site on Wednesday at a fraction of the estimated $70 million that Gateway spent befor...
January 16, 2018

South Dakota Is 2018s 3rd Best State to Retire
UNDATED - With almost 30 percent of all nonretired adults having no retirement savings or pension, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States to Retire. To help retirees find a safe, enjoyable and wallet-friendly plac...
January 16, 2018

Airbnb rentals grow exponentially in 2017
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The popularity of homeowners offering their properties as temporary vacation rentals is growing in South Dakota. A company that has an online marketplace for short-term lodging rentals, Airbnb, says more than 41,000 people booked a stay in South Dakota in 20...
January 16, 2018

Rapid City Regional Airport sets passenger record in 2017
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rapid City Regional Airport set a record for passengers last year. Nearly 596,000 people flew into or out of the airport in 2017. That was 1 percent more than the record set in 2010. Airport Executive Director Patrick Dame says new seasonal service to Charlot...
January 15, 2018

South Dakota gas prices see increase over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.43/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.5 cents pe...
January 15, 2018

Convenience and Grocery Store Owners Named South Dakota Retailer of the Year
PIERRE, S.D. - A couple who operate nine convenience and grocery stores have been named the recipients of the 2018 South Dakota Retailer of the Year Award. Jeff and Janine Nielsen of Canistota were honored at the annual Awards Banquet of the South Dakota Retailers Association (S...
January 11, 2018

Delta tops expectations all around
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines is reporting fourth-quarter profit of $572 million, easily beating expectations. The Atlanta company reported net income of 80 cents per share Thursday, or 96 cents with nonrecurring items removed. That breezed past the 88 cents Wall Street was looki...
January 11, 2018

Walmart raises starting wages , handing out $1K bonuses
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Walmart is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour, giving a one-time $1,000 cash bonus to eligible employees and expanding its maternity and parental leave benefits. The retailer said Thursday changes that to its compensation and benefit...
January 11, 2018

United adding direct flight between Rapid City and Newark
RAPID CITY, S.D. — United Airlines is adding a seasonal direct flight between Rapid City and Newark, New Jersey. The weekly Saturday flight through United's regional carrier Republic Airways will link the Black Hills to metropolitan destinations in the northeast and mid-At...
January 10, 2018

South Dakota gas prices remain stable over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have not moved  in the past week, averaging $2.40/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.4 cents per gallon in...
January 8, 2018

Proposed pipeline could move North Dakota natural gas
BISMARCK, N.D. - Officials say a $1.2 billion natural gas liquids pipeline proposed from Montana to Kansas will help accommodate increasing production in North Dakota and help reduce the wasteful flaring of excess gas in the state's oil fields. Oneok's 900-mile Elk Creek Pipelin...
January 8, 2018

Jack & Charlies Store in Empire Mall to Close in January
VERMILLION, S.D. – Jack & Charlie’s store in the Empire Mall will close in mid-January, according to a joint statement from the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University. “It was a great partnership for our schools and something we enjoye...
January 4, 2018

Survey: US businesses add a strong 250,000 jobs in December
WASHINGTON - U.S. companies closed out 2017 with strong hiring in December, adding the most jobs in nine months. Payroll processor ADP says that businesses added 250,000 jobs last month, up from 185,000 in November. The gains were led by robust hiring in health care, profession...
January 4, 2018

Great Southern Bank plans $1,000 bonuses for employees
OMAHA, Neb. - Another company joins the growing list of firms nationwide offering bonuses to their employees as a result of the federal tax reforms that were recently approved. Great Southern Bank says it plans to give all its full-time employees $1,000 bonuses and its part-time...
January 4, 2018

Corps: Missouri River power generation up in 2017
BISMARCK, N.D. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says electric power generation from the Missouri River's six upstream dams increased 23 percent in 2017. The agency manages dams and reservoirs along the 2,341-mile river.  Corps engineer Mike Swenson says energy production ...
January 4, 2018

South Dakota Gas prices see slight uptick over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.39/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.9 cents pe...
January 2, 2018

Report cites December rise in Midwest economic conditions
OMAHA, Neb. - An economist says a business conditions index for nine Midwest and Plains states rose over the past month, pointing to continuing improvement in regional economic conditions. A report released Tuesday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 59.0 f...
January 2, 2018

Trump administration rescinding rules for oil, gas drilling
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - President Donald Trump's administration is rescinding proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing and other oil- and gas-drilling practices on government lands. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Thursday the rescission would take effect Friday. The rule...
December 29, 2017

US officials say they wrongly announced coal mine expansion
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - U.S. officials say they misspoke when they recently announced they had approved an expansion of a Montana coal mine that would keep it operating for another 19 years. U.S. Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift said the 60-million-ton mine expansion is un...
December 29, 2017

South Dakota gas prices rise 7-cents over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 7.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.42/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 g...
December 26, 2017

Deadwood casino revenue down slightly in 2017
DEADWOOD, S.D. - The South Dakota Commission on Gaming says revenue for Deadwood casinos is down 2 percent so far this year compared to the first 11 months of 2016. The commission released figures Friday showing revenues through November 2017 are at just over $1 billion. Despit...
December 26, 2017

Texas company to pay $2.25 million in gas royalties dispute
DENVER - A federal prosecutor says a Texas-based oil and gas company will pay $2.25 million to settle allegations that it underpaid royalties for natural gas produced on federal land in Wyoming. Colorado U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer said Tuesday that Citation Oil & Gas Corp. wa...
December 19, 2017

University of Wyoming looks to help diversify state economy
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming officials are embracing efforts to help diversify the state's economy by encouraging entrepreneurship, leading research with economic implications and boosting the number of Wyoming residents with college degrees. The Laramie Boomerang repor...
December 14, 2017

South Dakota processing plant receives forbearance on rent
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's only facility that processes pulse crops won't be required to pay rent for an undetermined amount of time as it faces financial challenges a year after opening. The South Dakota Pulse Processors plant in Harrold. The Pierre Capital Journal reports t...
December 14, 2017

Contura selling its Wyoming coal mines
GILLETTE, Wyo. - A new coal company is selling two Wyoming coal mines. Bristol, Tennessee-based Contura Energy announced Monday it will transfer the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines in the Powder River Basin to Blackjewel, LLC, in order to focus on metallurgical coal mines in the...
December 12, 2017

South Dakota gas prices fall nearly 3-cents per gallon over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 2.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.44/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.5 cents per ...
December 11, 2017

Bay Leaf Cafe' closing its doors
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Popular Spearfish restaurant is closing its doors later this month. The Bay Leaf Café, a staple in Spearfish isnce 1993, will close December 22. Owners Bryan and Taffy Tucker opened the café in the old Queen City Hotel on Hudson Street. B...
December 11, 2017

North Dakota requires permit for refinery near national park
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota health officials have concluded that a proposed oil refinery close to the picturesque Theodore Roosevelt National Park should comply with federal and state air pollution rules. Meridian Energy Group Inc. officials say the proposed Davis Refinery nea...
December 6, 2017

MFG shutting down in February, employs over 300 people
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Molded Fiber Glass in Aberdeen informed its employees the plant will be shutting down effective Feb. 15th this according to multiple employees. A meeting was held Wednesday morning to inform employees about the closure.  Employees were then sent home to pro...
December 6, 2017

Payless trying to sell its Topeka, Kansas, headquarters
TOPEKA, Kan. - Payless ShoeSource is putting its corporate headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, up for sale. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the company is seeking $8.5 million for the headquarters, amid rumors that Payless might leave Topeka. Payless emerged from bankruptcy in A...
December 5, 2017

McDonald's revives Dollar Menu name with $1, $2 and $3 items
NEW YORK - The Dollar Menu is making a comeback. McDonald's said Monday that it's reviving the name of the once-popular value menu next month after a two-year absence, but this time the items will cost $1, $2 or $3. Offering cheap eats has become a winning strategy for the wor...
December 5, 2017

Cheyenne mayor ups ante on demolition of Hitching Post Inn
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr said the city is willing to pay $2 million to demolish the Hitching Post Inn, which she called a blighted gateway to the community. The Cheyenne Tribune-Eagle reported Monday that the city is looking into demolishing four of the inn's f...
December 5, 2017

2017s Best & Worst Cities for Wallet Fitness
UNDATED - With holiday shopping inching us closer to a record year for credit card debt and resolution season not far off, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released an in-depth report on 2017’s Best & Worst Cities for Wallet Fitness. Wallet Fitness is about...
December 5, 2017

South Dakota gas prices fall half-a-penny over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 0.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.47/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.5 cents per ...
December 4, 2017

The Moving Guys moves into Industrial Park
STURGIS, S.D. - The Moving Guys has moved in to the Sturgis Industrial Park. The Sturgis Economic Development Corporation says the company has moved in to the incubator building at 1110 Industry Road. Owner Chad Moyers and his 6-person crew moved in to their new digs in October...
December 4, 2017

No Maverik coming to Sturgis -- at least for now
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis Economic Development Corporation says Maverik is not coming to Sturgis -- at least for now. The SEDC says Maverik removed their "Opening in the Spring of 2018" sign from their proposed lot off Junction Avenue and Anna Street. The company notified the...
December 4, 2017

Deadwood Gaming Distributes $15,726,356 to Governmental Entities through Gaming Revenue Taxes in FY 2017
DEADWOOD, S.D. - The South Dakota Commission on Gaming today released their Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017) annual report showing distributions to state, county, municipal governments and school districts totaling $15,726,356 from gaming revenue taxes p...
December 4, 2017

Business conditions index slips but still shows good signs
OMAHA, Neb. - Economists say a business conditions index for nine Midwest and Plains states dropped over the past month but also say it still suggests that regional economic conditions continue to improve. A report released Friday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index s...
December 1, 2017

Study: South Dakota Is 2017s 8th Most Charitable State
UNDATED - With a third of all annual giving taking place in December and the U.S. ranking No. 5 overall in the 2017 World Giving Index, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Most Charitable States, along with its Charity Calculator to he...
November 29, 2017

Demand for microbreweries grows in central North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. - The Bismarck area is becoming a hot spot for microbreweries in central North Dakota. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Bismarck, Mandan and the surrounding area could be home to six of the state's nearly 20 microbreweries by next year. The craft beer industry i...
November 28, 2017

Top colleges for online programs in South Dakota, ranked by Onlinecolleges.com
Foster City, CA — A recent survey conducted by Onlinecolleges.com shows South Dakota State University outperforming 17 other institutions in the state for the No.1 spot in the top colleges for online programs ranking. All schools were scored on a 10-point scale against 14 ...
November 28, 2017

South Dakota Gas Prices Fall 2.8 cents per gallon over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 2.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.45/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.9 cents per ...
November 27, 2017

Wyoming jobless rate increases to 4.2 percent in October
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming's unemployment rate increased slightly in October to 4.2 percent. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says the rate is up from September's 4 percent but lower the October 2016 level of 5 percent. The national jobless rate for October was 4.1 pe...
November 22, 2017

Deadwood October Hotel Occupancy Down Slightly
DEADWOOD, S.D. - Deadwood Hotel occupancy rates showed a slight decrease in October this year when compared with October 2016 numbers. According to monthly data released today by Deadwood's City Finance Office, hotels in Deadwood had an occupancy rate of 51.39 percent for October...
November 22, 2017

Daktronics posts second-quarter profit
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Daktronics Inc. (DAKT) on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $7.1 million. The Brookings, South Dakota-based company said it had net income of 16 cents per share. The video display maker posted revenue of $169.3 million in the period. Daktro...
November 21, 2017

South Dakota gas prices rise a penny over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.50/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 g...
November 20, 2017

North Dakota ready to change online sales tax collection
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota could level the playing field between online retailers and brick and mortar businesses should any federal changes to sales tax collection be made. North Dakota is among several states to join South Dakota in pushing for the U.S. Supreme Court to rev...
November 20, 2017

South Dakota has been named the #3 most-friendly tax state for retirees
Washington, D.C. (November 16, 2017)—Kiplinger.com has revealed its annual list of the most and least tax-friendly states for retirees. Kiplinger’s 2017 Retiree Tax Map—available at Kiplinger.com/links/retireetaxmap—reveals senior tax breaks across all 50 ...
November 17, 2017

California vehicle warranty company banned in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has ordered a California-based company that offers extended vehicle warranties to stop doing business in the state. Stenehjem says Vehicle Protection Department LLC and owner Jason Rhoden violated North Dakota's consumer fraud an...
November 17, 2017

South Dakota Lottery warns citizens of potential scams
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Lottery reminds citizens to take caution when receiving information about a potential prize from any of its games. The South Dakota Lottery has been informed of several instances in which South Dakotans have received mailers and phone calls inform...
November 17, 2017

Where to shop? Study finds best stores for Black Friday sales
UNDATED - With Black Friday sales starting earlier and many retailers offering even deeper price cuts this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best Stores for Black Friday. WalletHub surveyed nearly 10,000 deals from 35 of the b...
November 16, 2017

Oil, gas lease sales on state lands net $60M for Wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Officials with the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments say the state has made $60 million from oil and gas lease sales this year, far exceeding its revenue goal. The agency reports the goal was exceeded by 500 percent, and about $53 million from the sa...
November 16, 2017

Wyoming airport to lose evening flight to Denver in December
GILLETTE, Wyo. - The Gillette-Campbell County Airport will lose its evening round-trip flight to Denver in December and will see more changes to the local flight schedule next year. The Gillette News Record reports SkyWest Airlines Manager of Network Planning Daniel Belmont says...
November 14, 2017

More businesses may come to South Dakota after housing boom
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Officials of a southeast South Dakota city hope that a housing boom in a portion of the city will soon be followed by an increase in businesses. U.S. Census Bureau figures show that southeast Sioux Falls has a population growth rate that's three times faster ...
November 13, 2017

South Dakota gas prices fall 1.3 cents per gallon over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.48/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.5 cents p...
November 13, 2017

Black Hills Corp misses 3Q profit forecasts
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Black Hills Corp. (BKH) on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $27.7 million. The Rapid City, South Dakota-based company said it had net income of 50 cents per share. The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts...
November 6, 2017

New administrator in Spearfish focuses on the city's growth
SPEARFISH, S.D. — The new city administrator in Spearfish says the biggest surprise since taking office in September has been dealing with the explosive growth in the community. Michael Harmon is charged with overseeing 105 full-time employees and a $25 million annual budg...
November 6, 2017

Mall of America will close on Thanksgiving
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - The largest shopping mall in the country is again pushing back on early Black Friday sales by closing on Thanksgiving - but this time, it plans to take it a step further. The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, is offering holiday pay on the Friday af...
November 2, 2017

MDU Resources misses 3Q profit forecasts
BISMARCK, N.D. - MDU Resources Group Inc. (MDU) on Wednesday reported third-quarter earnings of $87.4 million. The Bismarck, North Dakota-based company said it had profit of 45 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted to account for discontinued operations, came to 46 cents per share...
November 2, 2017

WalletHub releases list of South Dakota's best universities
UNDATED - With years of state budget cuts to higher education adversely affecting the cost and quality of schools and research showing that public institutions can outperform private colleges in terms of graduates’ career outcomes, the personal-finance website WalletHub rel...
November 2, 2017

Company denied permit for Wyoming coal mine appeals decision
CASPER, Wyo. - A coal company that was recently denied a permit to mine in northern Wyoming is appealing the decision. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Ramaco Carbon filed the appeal Friday, with company lawyers saying there were a number of procedural errors leading up to and fo...
November 1, 2017

Survey suggests more economic growth ahead for Midwest
OMAHA, Neb. - A monthly survey of business leaders suggests economic conditions continue to improve for nine Midwest and Plains states. A report released Wednesday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 58.8 in October from 58.2 in September. The August figure wa...
November 1, 2017

Coal test plant coming to Wyoming in November
GILLETTE, Wyo. - A company working to produce cleaner burning coal plans to begin establishing a test plant in northeast Wyoming next month. Clean Coal Technologies CEO Robin Eves says his company is close to starting the commercial designs of the coal refining process it has be...
October 31, 2017

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 $2.48/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.6 cents pe...
October 30, 2017

Tax figures show tough year in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. - State tax figures show how falling agriculture and energy prices are hitting North Dakotans right in the wallet. Figures released to The Associated Press show reported gross income dropped 7.6 percent in 2016. And the number of people filing dropped by more than...
October 25, 2017

Wyoming sees no change in jobless rate in September
CASPER, Wyo. - Wyoming's unemployment rate remained at 4 percent in September. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that the jobless rate was unchanged from August and was significantly lower than a year ago when it was 5.1 in September 2016. The highest unemplo...
October 25, 2017

Wyoming revenue forecast shows small gains
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A panel of financial experts has released a new revenue forecast indicating that Wyoming's economy is improving. The report released this week by the state's Consensus Revenue Estimating Group forecasts state revenues ahead of earlier projections. State Economi...
October 25, 2017

South Dakota gas prices see slight rise over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 0.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.44/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.6 cents per g...
October 23, 2017

Target says customers want it to pause the "Christmas creep"
NEW YORK - Target says customers want it to pause the "Christmas creep." It says it wants to be more in tune with customers' mindset, so it plans to ease in holiday promotions this year while better recognizing Thanksgiving. The retailer's holiday plans also include a new e-gift...
October 23, 2017

CenturyLink's Deregulation Bid Could Hurt Wyoming Seniors
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - As CenturyLink prepares to face hearings this week over complaints by three Wyoming communities of poor service quality, the nation's largest advocacy organization for older Americans is crying foul over the telecom company's efforts to shrug off oversight by the...
October 23, 2017

Apartments set record high number in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Apartment builders in Sioux Falls saw a record year in 2016, adding more rental housing than in any single year in the city's history. The Argus Leader reports that building permits filed with the city show the number of apartments added last year spiked to n...
October 12, 2017

Enbridge Energy defends plan to replace Line 3 oil pipeline
MINNEAPOLIS - Enbridge Energy is disputing a state agency's recommendation against the company's proposal for replacing its aging Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is considering whether to approve the project, which has aro...
October 12, 2017

South Dakota prices drop 1.3 cents per gallon over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.44/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.0 cents per ...
October 10, 2017

Deadwood's August gaming numbers are up
DEADWOOD, S.D. -  According to statistics released by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, the August 2017 gaming handle showed an increase of 2.87 percent, with slot machine handle increasing by 2.78 percent when compared to August 2016. The table game handle was up by 4....
October 4, 2017

Schools.com unveils the Best 4-year Colleges in South Dakota
FOSTER CITY, CA - The Northern State University has been ranked the No. 1 four-year college in South Dakota after being thoroughly evaluated against 13 different criteria by Schools.com. The University ranks high for affordability and flexibility. Northern State University has t...
October 3, 2017

South Dakota Gas Prices fall 6-cents over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 6.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.43/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.2 cents per ...
October 2, 2017

Survey suggests more economic growth ahead for Midwest
OMAHA, Neb. - A monthly survey of business leaders suggests economic conditions are still improving for nine Midwest and Plains states. A report released Monday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 58.2 in September from 57.5 in August and 56.1 in July. Creight...
October 2, 2017

New post office operating in oil patch hub of Watford City
WATFORD CITY, N.D. - A new post office is operating in the heart of the western North Dakota oil patch. The 9,000-square-foot building in Watford City has nearly 3,000 post office boxes, 16 sections of parcel lockers and two service windows, along with more parking space and cap...
September 26, 2017

Deadwood's Hotel Occupancy Rates Up In August
DEADWOOD, S.D. – Deadwood Hotel occupancy rates showed an increase in August this year when compared with August 2016 numbers. According to monthly data released Friday by Deadwood's City Finance Office, hotels in Deadwood had an occupancy rate of 72.25 percent for Aug...
September 26, 2017

Target to up hourly base pay to $15 by end of 2020
NEW YORK - Target Corp. is raising its minimum hourly wage to $11 starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020 in a move it says will help it better recruit and retain staff and provide a better shopping experience for its customers. Target's initiative is part of its ...
September 25, 2017

South Dakota gas prices fall 3.5 cents per gallon over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.48/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.5 cents per ...
September 25, 2017

Third Annual Black Hills Startup Weekend a success
RAPID CITY, S.D. - More than 50 people with a burning desire and an idea for business were brought together this weekend for a chance to turn their dream into a reality. Sunday marked the final day of the 3rd annual Black Hills Startup weekend here in Rapid City. Folks got toge...
September 25, 2017

Montana-Dakota Utilities announces natural gas pipeline extension to Bobcat facility in Gwinner
BISMARCK, N.D. – Montana-Dakota Utilities kicked off a natural gas pipeline project today in Gwinner, N.D., that will bring long-awaited natural gas service to Doosan Bobcat North America’s 700,000 square foot Bobcat equipment manufacturing facility. The pipeline also...
September 22, 2017

The wrong iPhone plan could cost you
UNDATED - With the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus set to start shipping on Friday, the personal-finance website WalletHub today followed up its recent iPhone Survey by releasing the results of its iPhone Savings Report to help consumers make sense of all the different pricing opt...
September 20, 2017

Jackson Hole lodging close to total occupancy during eclipse
JACKSON, Wyo. - A recent report says Jackson Hole lodging had about 98 percent occupancy on the day of the solar eclipse and the day before. According to the recent Destimetrics report, the lodging occupancy reached 98.08 percent on Aug. 20, the day before the eclipse, and 97.57...
September 19, 2017

Kohl's to start accepting Amazon returns at some stores
MENOMEE FALLS, Wis. - Kohl's, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, says it will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month. Kohl's Corp. said Tuesday it will pack and ship eligible Amazon return it...
September 19, 2017

Despite hurricane Irman, South Dakota gas prices hold steady over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.51/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.7 cents per ...
September 18, 2017

BLM oil and gas lease auction brings in over $300,000
BILLINGS, Mont. - Bids on oil and gas leases in North Dakota and South Dakota brought in $314,862 in an online auction held Sept. 12, by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Fifteen parcels encompassing just over 4,400 acres of federal minerals in Dunn County, North Dakota, and ...
September 16, 2017

Wyoming court to utility: Pay tax on power plant chemicals
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming generally favors low taxes and coal-fired electricity but its highest court says a utility must pay sales tax on pollution-control chemicals at power plants. The Wyoming Supreme Court sided with the state Board of Equalization and ruled unanimously Thurs...
September 15, 2017

Hoeven, industry want study of North Dakota oil potential
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota oil drillers and U.S. Sen. John Hoeven want federal geologists to reevaluate the amount of recoverable crude oil in the state. Hoeven and industry officials say a new assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey likely would show stronger production pot...
September 15, 2017

South Dakota gas prices rise 2.5-cents over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 2.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.51/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.8 cents pe...
September 11, 2017

Wyoming looks at how to stabilize air service
CASPER, Wyo. - Wyoming officials are studying whether they should enter into contracts directly with airlines to guarantee a certain level of air service in the state. The Star-Tribune  reports the capacity purchase agreements would guarantee airlines a certain payment and ...
September 5, 2017

Wyoming hesitant to celebrate drop in unemployment rate
CASPER, Wyo. - Preliminary numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate Wyoming's July unemployment rate was the lowest it has been since George W. Bush was president, but officials are saying that's not necessarily a good thing. The Casper Star-Tribune reported  Mo...
September 5, 2017

Gas prices skyrocket over past week due to Harvey
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 14.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.49/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 23.8 cents ...
September 5, 2017

T-Mobile opens first South Dakota store in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Rushmore Mall welcomed T-Mobile's new Rapid City store on Friday, which is the first in the state of South Dakota. It's all part of T-Mobile's rapid expansion across the United States, where they have a goal to open more than 1,500 stores this year alone, to g...
August 28, 2017

South Dakota gas prices hold relatively stable over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 0.3 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 increased 3.9 cents p...
August 28, 2017

Fewer people working finance, insurance jobs in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The finance industry has lost hundreds of workers in the past three years as health care and retail companies continue growing their workforce in the area. The Argus Leader reports that finance and insurance companies employed just under 14,000 people in the ...
August 28, 2017

Two Mitchell restaurants fail state health inspections
MITCHELL, S.D. - Two Mitchell restaurants have failed state health inspections this summer. The Daily Republic reports that Corona Village and New China Buffet both failed inspections by the state Health Department. One of New China Buffet's violations was for having fish from ...
August 28, 2017

Deadwood's July gaming numbers edge upwards
DEADWOOD, S.D. - According to statistics recently released by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, the July 2017 gaming handle showed a slight increase of 0.57 percent, with slot machine handle increasing by 1.77 percent when compared to July 2016. The table game handle was do...
August 26, 2017

Rapid City ranks #1 for South Dakota's top Labor Day Destination
UNDATED - In a study of over 250+ vacation destinations, TurnKey Vacation Rentals has discovered the top three Labor Day travel destinations for each state. South Dakota residents are most likely to head to Rapid City this year.  This Labor Day, travelers will be attempting...
August 23, 2017

Shrinking labor force as Wyoming unemployment rate falls
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming's unemployment rate has fallen significantly over the past year but not because more people are getting hired to fill a growing number of jobs. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says the labor force in Wyoming has declined significantly since ...
August 22, 2017

Plastic-Molding Manufacturer Start-Up Coming to Beresford
BERESFORD, S.D. - Century Custom Molding, Inc., a plastic-molding manufacturer will soon be establishing a new operation in Beresford, S.D. The Board of Economic Development approved a $520,000 loan to the company to help with fixed asset financing, which included the acquisition...
August 22, 2017

Trump rebuffs coal industry; CEO claims promise broken
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to issue a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants. One executive says the decision breaks a personal promise from President Donald Trump. Companies say plants are overburdened by env...
August 22, 2017

Menswear store in Rushmore Mall changing name
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A local menswear store in Rushmore Mall has made a few new changes with a new name and a new owner. Steve Johnson has been managing Halberstadt's Men's Clothiers, which is now named Main Street Menswear, since it opened 23 years ago. The business is a one-sto...
August 22, 2017

Earnings Report: Target tops Street 2Q forecasts
MINNEAPOLIS - Target is reporting second-quarter profit of $672 million, or $1.22 per share. The adjusted earnings, removing one-time costs and benefits, was $1.23 per share, which was 3 cents better than industry analysts had expected, according to a poll by Zacks Investment R...
August 16, 2017

Lower diesel prices help Harlow's Bus Company help Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. - Lower diesel prices are helping the Meade 46-1 School District save some money this year. At Monday night's Meade 46-1 School Board meeting, Superintendent Don Kirkegaard says the bus contract with Harlow's changed for the good. "Our contract says that we will p...
August 16, 2017

Target moves to shore up grocery, improve delivery service
NEW YORK - Target has revealed moves aimed at helping it shore up two key areas: groceries and delivery. To boost its grocery business, the company said Monday that it hired executives from rival Walmart and from Cheerios maker General Mills. Target's grocery section hasn't been...
August 15, 2017

EPA moves to rewrite limits for coal power plant wastewater
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to scrap an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. A letter from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt released Monday as part of a legal appeal said he will seek to revise the 2015 guideli...
August 15, 2017

South Dakota gas prices fall 0.4 cents per gallon over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.33/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has not moved  in th...
August 14, 2017

JC Penney reports 2Q loss
PLANO, Texas - J.C. Penney is reporting a loss of $62 million in its fiscal second quarter. The Plano, Texas, company had a loss of 20 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 9 cents per share, which is 3 cents short of Wall Street expectations,...
August 11, 2017

New construction popping up in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. - More construction is underway for the land off of highway 44 near the Common Cents gas station in Rapid City. They are in the early stages of an office building that will serve as the new offices for the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board &ndash...
August 11, 2017

Small Business Optimism Regains Momentum in July
WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 8, 2017—The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) monthly Index of Small Business Optimism, released today, rose 1.6 percent in July to 105.2, a strong performance led by significant gains in hiring activity. “Strong consumer deman...
August 9, 2017

Union Pacific Railroad hoping to find some good workers at Sturgis Rally
STURGIS, S.D. - Union Pacific Railroad is at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, hoping to find some good workers. The railroad says recruiters will be on site at the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to meet with attendees and discuss railroad careers – including diesel electrician...
August 9, 2017

Gas prices soar 7-cents per gallon over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 7.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.34/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...
August 7, 2017

South Dakota program aims to bulldoze, build, beautify
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota is offering a new solution to the state's workplace housing shortage. It's a program called Bulldoze, Build and Beautify. State officials say they've identified about 3,000 dilapidated structures across South Dakota that could be demolished and the ...
August 7, 2017

Blighted area of Sioux Falls to get $43.5M makeover
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A development company is planning to turn a blighted area of Sioux Falls into a $43.5 million area of apartments, office and retail space. The Argus Leader reports that Lloyd Companies was awarded the 2.5-acre Uptown Sioux Falls project from among five applic...
August 3, 2017

Survey suggests more growth ahead for Midwest economy
OMAHA, Neb. — A monthly survey of business leaders suggests that business conditions worsened last month but that the economy will pick up over the next few months in nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a report issued Tuesday. The Mid-America Business Condit...
August 1, 2017

South Dakota gas prices rise 3.6 cents over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 3.6 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 increased 3.5 cents pe...
July 31, 2017

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally means increased rates at area hotels, motels
STURGIS, S.D. - With the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicking off this weekend the website Hotels Combined looked into accommodation prices (hotels, motels, B&Bs) in Sturgis and a few other areas nearby to see how the rally has affected prices. According to their analysis, accom...
July 31, 2017

Report: Nebraska worst performing economy in country
OMAHA, Neb. — The economies of Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota logged the worst performance in the U.S. in the beginning of 2017, with economic output declining in all three states, according to a report from a federal commerce bureau. Data from the Bureau of Economic Anal...
July 28, 2017

Deadwood's June gaming numbers nosedive
DEADWOOD, S.D. - According to statistics released today by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, the June 2017 gaming handle showed a decrease of 8.29 percent, with slot machine handle decreasing by 8.70 percent when compared to June 2016. The table game handle was down 1.22 per...
July 28, 2017

Regulators approve $150M expansion of natural gas plant
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota regulators have approved a $150 million expansion of a natural gas processing plant in McKenzie County. The Wild Basin Gas Plant is in the most prolific part of the Bakken oil patch in northwestern North Dakota. It currently can process about 80 mil...
July 27, 2017

Construction to begin next month on $150M ethanol plant
ONIDA, S.D. - Construction is to begin next month on a $150 million ethanol plant just south of Onida, after three years of development and fundraising. Construction on the 80-million-gallon-per-year Ringneck Energy plant ran into numerous delays due to legal, financial and regu...
July 27, 2017

Sanford Medical Center open in Fargo
FARGO, N.D. - One of the largest private construction projects in the Dakotas is open for business. Sanford Health has opened a $494 million hospital in Fargo. Sanford Medical Center in North Dakota's largest city has 284 beds, 28 operating rooms and 51 emergency bays. The ne...
July 26, 2017

South Dakota student one of five nationalists in NFIB contest
PIERRE, S.D. — At a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 27, Ellen Schlechter of Orient, who recently graduated from Faulkton High School and is headed to South Dakota State University, will find out if she will be named the National Federation of Independent Busine...
July 26, 2017

Wyoming's jobless rate falls to 3.9 percent in June
CASPER, Wyo. - Wyoming's unemployment rate has dipped to 3.9 percent in June. The rate is down significantly from May's 4.1 percent. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services noted that from June 2016 to June 2017, Wyoming's labor force dropped by an estimated 5,210 people, ...
July 25, 2017

South Dakota gas prices rise 2.1 cents per gallon over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 1.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.23/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...
July 24, 2017

US coal exports surge on sales to Europe, Asia
BILLINGS, Mont. - U.S. coal exports rose sharply in early 2017 amid increased demand in Asia and Europe. The U.S. Department of Energy said Tuesday that exports are up by 8 million tons to 22.3 million tons through March. That's a 58 percent jump over the 14.1 million tons expo...
July 18, 2017

South Dakota gas prices see slight increase over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have risen 0.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.23/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.7 cents per g...
July 17, 2017

Wyoming's wind is in demand, but does it have the workforce?
CASPER, Wyo. - Wyoming has an abundance of wind but not an abundance of workers trained in wind energy jobs. Wind capacity in Wyoming would double if all the proposals on the table for new farms are realized. Firms like the Power Company of Wyoming, Viridis Eolia and Rocky Mount...
July 17, 2017

North Dakota oil refiner seeks to create new diesel fuel
DICKINSON, N.D. - A crude oil refiner in North Dakota is studying the possibility of turning vegetable oil into fuel. The Bismarck Tribune  reports Tesoro Refinery is planning to implement an 8,000-barrel-per-day diesel hydrotreater to process soy or distillers corn oil int...
July 17, 2017

South Dakota leaders try to bring back former residents
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Economic development leaders in South Dakota are holding an event for former state residents in hopes to persuade them to return and help address a worker shortage amid a thriving economy. The Argus Leader reports that leaders in Sioux Falls are hosting a fre...
July 12, 2017

Small Business Optimism Fades in June
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Business owners’ expectations for better business conditions tumbled in June along with plans to create jobs, according the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) monthly Index of Small Business Optimism, released today. “Small business...
July 12, 2017

Wyoming oil: Is the oil barrel half empty, or half full
GILLETTE, Wyo. - Petroleum Association of Wyoming President Bruce Hinchey is touting a budding rebound for Wyoming oil, especially for the Powder River Basin and Campbell County. Hinchey cites a dramatic increase in well applications and a higher rig count. He tells the Gillett...
July 11, 2017

South Dakota gas prices fall half-cent over past week
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.22/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents p...
July 11, 2017

First Interstate Bank is proud to welcome new mortgage lender, John Kearns
RAPID CITY, SD—John Kearns, who possesses a wealth of sales, marketing and customer service experience, has recently joined the home loans team at First Interstate Bank as a mortgage lender. Raised in the Black Hills, Kearns began his career in auto sales, working for a lo...
July 11, 2017

Sanford: Complaint misses mark on North Dakota health care
FARGO, N.D. - Dakotas-based Sanford Health says a move by the Federal Trade Commission and North Dakota attorney general to block a merger agreement with a Bismarck clinic lacks an understanding of health care delivery in western North Dakota. The regulators last month filed a f...
July 7, 2017

North Dakota agency recommends approving oil refinery permit
BELFIELD, N.D. - The North Dakota Water Commission is recommending approval for a proposed oil refinery's water permit near a national park, but for slightly less water than the developer requested. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Meridian Energy Group has made a request to wi...
July 7, 2017

Check nursery stock for Japanese Beetle
UNDATED - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is encouraging residents to check any newly purchased nursery stock for Japanese beetle.The adult Japanese beetle is under one-half of an inch long and has a shiny, metallic-green body with bronze-colored outer wings. Th...
July 5, 2017

South Dakota gas prices tumble another 3-cents
UNDATED - Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.23/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in South Dakota. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.7 cents per ...
July 3, 2017

Healthy economic growth expected in Midwest, Plains states
OMAHA, Neb. — The economy will likely continue growing at a healthy pace over the next few months in nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Monday. The overall economic index for the region increased to 62.3 in June fro...
July 3, 2017

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 Banks 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 2017s 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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