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Avera Health Announces Largest Building Project in Sioux Falls History

Avera Health will begin construction this fall on $174 million worth of projects.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Avera Health will start building a new health campus at 69th Street and Louise Avenue this fall making it the largest building project in Sioux Falls’ history. The Avera on Louise Health Campus will be a walk-able, consumer-friendly campus constructed on 82 acres in southwest Sioux Falls. “This is a glorious day, almost as glorious as…

SD Stores Not Included In Gordmans Department Store Closings

SIOUX FALLS – Though Gordmans Department stores have filed for bankruptcy, the South Dakota locations have been spared from closings, at least for now. U.S. Bankruptcy court documents filed this weekend indicate that Gordmans locations in Sioux Falls and Rapid City will continue to remain open, with 48 stores set to close. Gordmans declared bankruptcy last month after posting losses…

Avera Sacred Heart Buys Yankton Hospital For $13.2M

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – The Avera Sacred Heart Hospital has purchased Yankton’s Lewis and Clark Specialty Hospital for nearly $13.2 million. The Yankton Press & Dakotan reports the hospital deal became effective Saturday, giving Lewis and Clark the new name Avera Surgical Hospital on the Avera Fox Run Health Campus. The health campus contains the surgical hospital, Avera Medical Group…

Consumer Privacy Bill Causing Internet Stir

A Bill Headed To President Trump's Desk Creates Internet Privacy Concerns

A consumer privacy bill heading to President Donald Trump’s desk is causing as much concern as it is confusion. Experts say the bill’s intent is to break up the dual regulating power of the FTC and FCC. It also opens the door for internet service providers, or ISPs, to sell browsing history for marketing advertisement purposes. What does that mean…

Minnesota Based Land O’Lakes Acquires Vermont Creamery

WEBSTERVILLE, Vt. (AP) – Land O’ Lakes has purchased Vermont Creamery, which has experienced growth and says it needs a partner that will help it realize its business potential. Vermont Creamery will continue to make goat cheese, cultured butter and fresh dairy in Websterville. Co-founders Allison Hooper and Bob Reese said the company is a “a good fit” for the…

VW To Pay Over $157M To Settle Emissions Claims By 10 States

DETROIT (AP) – Volkswagen is paying more than $157 million to 10 states to settle environmental lawsuits over the company’s diesel emissions-cheating scandal. The company says the money will go to Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. All 10 states follow California’s clean air standards. The settlement covers 3-Liter six-cylinder diesel engines and…

Wells Fargo Now Offering Cardless ATM’s At All Locations

Wells Fargo says all 13,000 of its ATM’s have been upgraded to give customers card-free access. Customers log-in to the Wells Fargo mobile app, select card-free ATM access, and request a one-time-use, eight-digit access code that they use at the ATM with their debit or ATM pin, the machines also still accept debit cards. Wells Fargo becomes the first bank…

Black Hills Business Short On Seasonal Employees

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – 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 temporary guest workers allowed into the country. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service announced…

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…