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Contractor Who Reconstructed Louise Avenue 30 Years Ago Back At It Again

Greg Branaugh Tells Us What It Takes To Complete $9.4 Million Construction Project

A contractor in Sioux Falls is ripping apart what he built 30 years ago. In 1987, D & G Concrete Construction reconstructed Louise Avenue for $630,000. On Monday, Owner Greg Branaugh says they started digging into his first paving job in the city, reconstructing the same road. This time though, it presents a lot more challenges: more businesses and around…

FCC: Over 12,000 911 Calls Failed During AT&T Outage

NEW YORK (AP) – An investigation by the U.S. federal telecom regulator says about 12,600 callers couldn’t reach 911 directly from their cellphones during a five-hour AT&T outage on March 8. A Federal Communications Commission official said Thursday that the outage affected AT&T customers in the Southeast, central U.S. and parts of the Northeast as well as a significant number…

Good Samaritan Society Releases Statement On Eliminating 100 Positions

SIOUX FALLS – On Wednesday The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society announced several changes including the elimination of 100 positions in Sioux Falls. The elimination is approximately 15% of the workforce at the Society’s National Campus in Sioux Falls. The Society says the position eliminations come from today’s fiscal challenges. “Like every organization in our sector,” notes H. Theodore “Ted”…

Senate Panel OKs Bill Banning Local Minimum Wage Increases

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Senate committee has approved a bill that would ban local governments from raising the minimum hourly wage in Iowa, effectively causing pay cuts for some workers. The 9-6 vote Wednesday by the Senate State Government Committee means the bill is now available for debate in the full Republican-controlled chamber, where it has support. The…

Looking To Buy A Home? Experts Say Do It Sooner Than Later

Mortgage Interest Rates On The Rise

An improving economy means the cost of borrowing is going up. For the second time in three months, the Federal Reserve is hiking interest rates. The hike affects those hoping to pay off their credit cards and people who want to buy a car. But the biggest impact is on those looking for a new home. According to the Mortgage…

Xcel Energy Proposes The Largest-Ever South Dakota Wind Investment

Wind farm part of Upper Midwest plan for 1,550 megawatts of new wind generation

SIOUX FALLS – Xcel Energy announced new details today about its plans for one of the nation’s largest wind energy investments and the largest-ever wind farm in South Dakota. By adding 1,550 megawatts of new wind generation in the Upper Midwest, including 600 megawatts in South Dakota, the proposal is Xcel Energy’s largest to date with seven wind farms to…

Trump Reviewing Fuel Efficiency Rule For New Cars, Trucks

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) – President Donald Trump says his administration will restart a review of federal requirements governing the fuel efficiency of new cars and trucks. The announcement was supposed to come in a speech Trump is giving in Michigan. But he revealed the plan a bit early during a meeting before the speech with auto company executives and workers….

TransCanada Subsidiary Donates $20,000 To Nebraska GOP

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline has donated $20,000 to the Nebraska Republican Party through a political action committee run by one of its U.S. subsidiaries. The Feb. 8 donation was made as TransCanada seeks approval for a route through Nebraska. It came from Columbia Pipeline Group, which was acquired by the Canadian company in…

McDonald’s Tests Mobile Ordering Before National Rollout

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald’s has started testing mobile order-and-pay after acknowledging the ordering process in its restaurants can be “stressful.” The company says it will gather feedback from the test before launching the option nationally toward the end of the year. It says mobile order-and-pay is available at stores in Monterey and Salinas, California, and will expand to Spokane,…

Verizon Sought $925 Million Penalty For Yahoo’s Lax Security

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Verizon demanded a $925 million discount on its acquisition of Yahoo’s online services to help offset the damage from the biggest data breaches in internet history. It ultimately settled on a $350 million concession. Yahoo is disclosing new details about its negotiations with Verizon in a regulatory filing Monday. The filing doesn’t say why Verizon accepted…

Pandora Starts On-Demand Music Subscription Service

NEW YORK (AP) – Internet radio company Pandora is launching an on-demand music service for $10 a month. Pandora’s existing service works more like radio. People listen to music on customizable stations. The premium service launching this month will let users choose specific songs or albums and will personalize recommendations based on people’s listening habits. There is also an “offline…

Opponents: North Dakota-Owned Casinos Would Hurt Tribes

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Opponents of a proposal that would change the North Dakota Constitution to allow state-owned casinos say it will hurt American Indian gambling facilities and relationships with tribes. Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox told the House Judiciary Committee Monday that casinos provide jobs and revenue for the state’s five Indian reservations and nearby communities. Ruth Buffalo…

SD Businesses Get Creative To Find Employees

With the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, South Dakota businesses are having a tough time finding employees. While there’s no tactic that’s absolute magic, they’re finding creative ways to get people in the door. ‘Free cable. Free internet. Wear jeans to work.’ These are some of the phrases Midco has been using on social media. “We really want to…

Businesses Look To Climb During The Summit League Tournament

Downtown Sioux Falls Offering Special Deals During The Hoops Weekend

An exciting weekend awaits basketball fans in Sioux Falls. The Summit League Basketball Tournament tips off Saturday at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center. However, it’s not just a big weekend for hoops fans. Businesses in Sioux Falls are preparing for a jam-packed weekend. The Sheraton Hotel next to the Premier Center is completely booked. Summit League officials, school administrators, media…

Summit League Tournament Makes Its 2017 Return

New "Fanfest" Tries To Make Tournament A Weekend Experience

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—College basketball tournament time is upon us. The Denny Sanford Premier Center is gearing up to host the Summit League Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournament for the third straight year. General Manager Terry Torkildson said they’ve grown more comfortable in getting the big event prepared. “We know what the other one wants so there’s still a lot of…