Business

A Crowded Market: How Grocery Stores Are Trying To Stay Relevant

There are a lot of options in Sioux Falls when it comes to buying groceries, sometimes it seems like too many. Among many others, Hy-Vee, Aldi, Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, and Target are trying to thrive in a very crowded market. They’re all competing against the ecommerce giant Amazon. But that’s good news for shoppers as retailers are lowering prices…

Cattle Costs Suffering Due To Drought

11 Percent Of South Dakota Is Considered Under "Extreme" Conditions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The drought in South Dakota continues to get worse. Ninety-three percent of the state is currently in “abnormally dry” conditions, with eleven percent falling under the “extreme” category. With the harshest dry conditions in West River, Sioux Falls Regional Livestock owner David Minor said it’s having a residual effect on their auctions. “We’re getting extra numbers…

Minnesota AG Sues CenturyLink For High Internet Bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing CenturyLink, alleging the internet provider is overbilling many Minnesota customers after quoting lower rates. Swanson filed the lawsuit in Anoka County District Court on Wednesday. The lawsuit argues that the Louisiana-based company has frequently charged residents higher monthly rates than they were quoted and refused to honor the…

Takata Adds 2.7M Vehicles To Air Bag Inflator Recall

DETROIT (AP) – Takata is adding 2.7 million vehicles from Ford, Nissan and Mazda to the long list of those recalled to replace potentially dangerous air bag inflators. The inflators are a new type that previously was thought to be safe. Vehicles affected are from the 2005 through 2012 model years. Takata inflators can explode with too much force and…

Gage Brothers To Build $40 Million Plant In Sioux Falls

Courtesy: Gage Brothers SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A manufacturer with deep roots in Sioux Falls says it will begin construction on a $40 million plant this summer. Gage Brothers says the new 210,000-square-foot facility will consolidate machinery and employees in one location. Current operations are scattered between 16 buildings. The precast concrete producer has been at the same location…

Sanford: Complaint Misses Mark On North Dakota Health Care

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – 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 federal complaint alleging that the deal with Mid-Dakota Clinic would violate antitrust law. The…

Firework Sales Wrap Up As Clean-Up Begins

While Merchants Close Out Sales, One Business Is Already Faced With A Mess

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Fourth of July celebration started about day early. Fireworks could be seen and heard bursting around the Sioux Empire on July 3. Paula Kontz, manager of Pyro-Holics Fireworks in Tea, calls this year a “good year” for fireworks. While it may not feel like it, Kontz said the rain that came through the area recently…

Beloved Flandreau Meat Locker Destroyed In Fire

Officials: Too Early To Determine Cause Of The Fire

FLANDREAU, S.D. — A building that’s been in the community since the late 1930’s is changed forever. A little before noon Thursday, first responders received a 911 call reporting a fire at the Flandreau Meat Locker. Moody County Deputy Sheriff Ken Prorock said it’s too early to say what caused the fire. All of this happening on locker lunch Thursday….

SD Restaurant Excited For Commercial Shrimp Harbor To Move Into Minn.

Last week, a company announced that they’ll be bringing a commercial shrimp harbor to Minnesota. From one harbor alone, tru Shrimp Systems says they’ll harvest seven million pounds of shrimp each year, but what’s the demand for shrimp locally? “It’s southern influenced fine dining is what we do,” said Bros Brasserie Americano Owner and Chef Ryan Tracy. “It’s a really…

Nebraska Firework Sellers Scramble For New Business In Iowa

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska fireworks retailers are scrambling into Iowa after that state’s sales ban ended last month and brushing aside concerns that the new policy could hurt sales for their existing shops along the border. Retailers say they’re excited to expand into the new market after former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a law last month to legalize…

FTC, ND Attorney General Contest Sanford, Mid Dakota Clinic Merger

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Federal Trade Commission and North Dakota Attorney General are trying to block Sanford Health’s proposed merger with Mid Dakota Clinic. The two agencies jointly filed a complaint in U.S. District Court alleging the deal would violate antitrust law by significantly reducing competition in Bismarck-Mandan. The regulators are seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction…

Sanford Health And Mid Dakota Clinic Have Plans To Merge

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Sanford Health and Mid Dakota Clinic have plans to merge. Mid Dakota Clinic has nearly 100 physicians who serve patients in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Sanford Bismarck Executive Vice President Craig Lambrecht says the merger should speed construction projects for women’s, children’s cancer, surgical suites, specialty procedure rooms and trauma. Executives say the merger also will allow…

Shrimp In Minnesota: Company Announces Harbor Coming To Luverne

Americans consume more than 1.5 billion pounds of shrimp every year, and about 80 percent of it is imported from Southeast Asia. But a Minnesota company is hoping to change that in the next few years. Tru Shrimp Systems announced Monday that they’re bringing their first ever commercial shrimp harbor to Luverne. “The whole world is watching what we’re doing….

Bait Shop Business Picks Back Up

For Sportmans Cove Owner, Doug Johnson, business is back to normal in Webster

WEBSTER, S.D. – It’s the first weekend after South Dakota legislators passed a bill allowing the public to access 30 lakes and non-meandered waters that were temporarily closed off, due to a Supreme Court decision that sided with land-owners back in April. And a local bait shop owner says he can tell a big difference between then and now. For…

Jackley Issues Caution About Tobacco Settlement Money Scam

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley is cautioning South Dakota residents about what he says are deceptive advertisements regarding a nearly 20-year-old settlement with tobacco companies. In 1998, the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement was signed by the four largest U.S. tobacco companies, 46 states, five territories and the District of Columbia. It resolved several lawsuits against the tobacco…

Owner: It’s Business As Usual Following Fire At Thornton Flooring Storage Building

One day after a fire destroyed one of their storage buildings, Thornton Flooring in Tea says it’s business as usual. The owner says thankfully their customers haven’t been affected at all. “It looks like a bomb went off,” said Tea Fire Dept. Asst. Chief Steve Oberle. “You know there’s piles of metal there’s piles of debris.” Along with several others,…