Business

POET Biorefining making $5M in upgrades at Mitchell plant

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – POET Biorefining is making roughly $5 million in upgrades at its Mitchell-area site to expand equipment including for its business forming distillers grains produced while making ethanol into pellets that animals can easily eat. The Daily Republic reports the company ceremonially broke ground on the improvements Wednesday. POET Vice President of Business Development Matt Reiners says…

Prairie Berry, Miner Brewing Co. to Open Location at Western Mall

Store Front RenderingSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Prairie Berry East Bank have announced that they will reopen at their new location in Sioux Falls this summer. Prairie Berry East Bank closed their downtown location in April after new state legislation was passed. The new location is located at the Western Mall and will feature both Miner Brewing Company and Prairie Berry…

Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court says employers can prohibit their workers from banding together to complain about pay and conditions in the workplace. The justices ruled 5-4 Monday that businesses can force employees to individually use arbitration to resolve disputes. The outcome is an important victory for business interests. An estimated 25 million employees work under contracts that prohibit…

Sioux Falls Music Company Sings Its Swan Song

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -A store that served the musical needs of Sioux Falls for nearly 80 years is closing its doors. Sioux Falls Music Company first opened in the 1940’s. The store has been in the same family for the last four generations. “My wife’s father-in-law, from her first marriage purchased the store in 1972 from a guy named Bob…

Tax court ruling for Enbridge could cost counties millions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota Tax Court ruling says the state has overvalued Enbridge Energy’s pipeline system in Minnesota, a decision that could leave several counties owing tens of millions of dollars in refunds. Enbridge says it was overtaxed by $55 million from 2012 to 2017. Tuesday’s ruling covers the first three years, when Enbridge says it was…

Medical marijuana company in Minnesota lost $5.3M in 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – One of Minnesota’s medical marijuana manufacturers lost $5.3 million in the year before its chief executive left the company. That’s according to new 2017 financial documents on LeafLine Labs released by the state to The Associated Press. Those losses bring LeafLine’s total losses to $12.2 million in the first three years of legal medical marijuana…

Lyft Leads to More Ordinance Changes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  The introduction of Lyft to Sioux Falls has created new competition for driving companies. Not everyone thinks it’s a level playing field. Those concerns have led city council to re-evaluate some transportation laws. The council unanimously passed two proposals last night. Both brought forward by council member Greg Neitzert. The first change will allow  luxury pick up…

Companies plan merger to form new uranium development firm

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A company seeking to mine for uranium in South Dakota is merging with another uranium exploration and development company with properties in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. The Rapid City Journal reports Azarga Uranium Corp., through a subsidiary, is working for regulatory approval to mine at the southwest edge of South Dakota’s Black Hills. The merger…

Pierre reviewing ordinance to address ride-hailing service

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Pierre officials are reviewing the city’s taxicab ordinance with the entry of the ride-sharing service Lyft in town. Finance officer Twila Hight tells the Capital Journal that Lyft drivers are operating without a license. But the city’s taxi ordinance doesn’t have a penalty for someone who operates a taxi service without a license. A license costs…

Housing Demand Soars in Sioux Empire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – If you’re looking to sell your home, real estate agents say there’s never been a better time to cash in. There’s a strong demand for homes in the Sioux Empire and houses are sometimes selling before there’s even a chance to list them. You may have seen this plane flying around over the weekend. Amy Stockberger,…

Badlands Pawn Signs Come Down as Building Most Likely Goes to Auction

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s official, Dollar Loan Center has sold all of its South Dakota location. What’s left of payday loan businessman Chuck Brennan’s South Dakota operation is most likely headed for the auction block. On Thursday, workers began removing the “Badlands Pawn” signs for the 60,000 square foot building on Russell Street in Sioux Falls. The building has…

Gray Television, Inc. Agrees to Buy KDLT-TV

Atlanta, GA – Gray Television, Inc. announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with Red River Broadcasting Company to acquire KDLT-TV for $32.5 million in cash. The acquisition of KDLT-TV would unite the station’s strong staff and legacy of community leadership with Gray’s KSFY-TV, which serves as the market’s ABC and CW affiliate. This transaction continues Gray’s investment in South Dakota….

Regulators approve $1.8M pipeline project in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – 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 transmission line. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state Public Service Commission approved the Cherry Creek Pipeline project Monday,…

Forever 21 to Open Location at Empire Mall

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new retailer is moving to the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls. Forever 21 has filed plans with the city to join the Empire Mall. The retailer is known for selling lower-priced apparel and quickly-rotating merchandise. Forever 21 has more than 600 stores worldwide. The nearest location is currently at the Westroads Mall in Omaha.

Chicken Keeping 101

'Fruit Of The Coop's' Stephanie Peterson to offer chicken keeping classes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Chickens aren’t just on the farm anymore. Friends and neighbors are sharing eggs across backyard fences in towns throughout the Sioux Empire through the popular trend of ‘chicken keeping.’ KDLT’s Simon Floss went to Stephanie Peterson’s farm in Brandon to learn more about chicken keeping, the resurgence of buying local produce, and where to take chicken…