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Craft Brew Bills Pit Beer Distributors Against Microbrewers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Competing bills overhauling rules for craft brewers are pitting beer distributors against microbreweries at the South Dakota Legislature. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7-2 Wednesday to approve a distributor-backed bill. A panel passed Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s brewer-supported legislation the day before. The governor’s bill would allow craft brewers to produce up to 30,000 barrels annually…

Bracco Purchased By Minervas, Grille 26, Morrie’s Steakhouse Owners

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The owners and operators of Minervas, Grille 26, and Morrie’s Steakhouse has purchased Bracco World Cafe. Vanguard Hospitality will be rebranding the establishment that closed its doors on December 31st. Vanguard says the new brand will embrace their concept of reflecting the company’s hospitality and standard for all their restaurants. “We are in the early stages…

Native American Tribes Push Back Against Yankton Casino Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Native American tribes and a Deadwood gambling association are pushing back against a proposed casino and entertainment complex in southeastern South Dakota. Officials said Thursday that the Port Yankton project would hurt tribes and the state. A coalition of Nebraska and South Dakota tribes opposes the push, which would require a change to the state constitution….

Toyota Recalls 645,000 Vehicles; Air Bags May Not Inflate

DETROIT (AP) – Toyota is recalling about 645,000 vehicles worldwide to fix an electrical problem that could stop air bags from inflating in a crash. The recall covers certain Toyota Prius and Lexus RX and NX SUVs. Also covered are some Toyota Alphard, Vellfire, Sienta, Noah, Voxy, Esquire, Probox, Succeed, Corolla, Highlander, Levin and Hilux models. All were produced from…

Wessington Springs Approve $3.5 Million Bond For Building Upgrades

Sixty-Two Percent Of Voters Favored The Bond Issue

WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) – Voters in the Wessington Springs school district have approved a $3.5 million bond issue for building upgrades, just two months after defeating a more expensive measure. Sixty-two percent of voters in Tuesday’s election favored the bond issue, which needed 60 percent approval to pass. The money will cover various improvements, from plumbing to electrical systems….

Empire Mall Skirts Closures

SIOUX FALLS, SD-Many big chain retails have filed for bankruptcy and closed stores across the country, the latest being Toys”R”Us. They are closing 180 of their stores including one in Rapid City, but Sioux Falls does not need to worry. This is another store in the Empire mall that’s avoiding the closures,which is why they say they have no reasons…

Wind Turbine Blade Maker To Lay Off 200-Plus At Iowa Plant

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) – Wind turbine blade maker Siemens has announced it will lay off 202 workers at its Fort Madison plant in the southeastern corner of Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that Siemens notified affected workers on Wednesday and plans to eliminate their positions by March 24. The company also notified Iowa Workforce Development. A statement from…

New Management Company Hopes to Optimize Golfer Experience at City Courses

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Three city-owned golf courses are now under new management. As of Monday, Landscapes Unlimited has officially taken over operations from Dakota Golf Management. “We’re excited to be a part of the Sioux Falls company and the Sioux Falls city here,” said Dustin Newman, Transitional Manager for Landscapes Management Company. Landscapes is now managing Kuehn, Elmwood, and…

Sanford Health Expands Healthcare Services Globally

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Health is expanding their healthcare services on a global level. CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft announced today Sanford Health will begin services to a number of countries around the world. The expansion will help health care locations in New Zealand, Ireland, Costa Rica, Vietnam, South Africa, Ghana and China. Sanford World Clinic launched in 2007 and is…

Landscapes Unlimited, DGM Reach Golf Course Equipment Deal For $475K

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A point of contention during a recent decision over Sioux Falls public golf courses has been resolved. Using city funds, Landscapes Unlimited has purchased the equipment owned by Dakota Golf Management for $475,000. The two sides were originally about $300,000 apart when the city council voted to award the management contract to Landscapes. DGM President Tom…