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Mall of America owners seek to add water park

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) – The owners of the Mall of America hope to add a huge water park near the shopping center that the city of Bloomington would pay for and own. The Star Tribune reports that Triple 5 pitched the plan to the city’s Port Authority in a memo released Tuesday. The park would be about 225,000 square feet…

Small Business Spotlight: Downtown Sioux Falls’ TOTAL DRAG Records

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A record store that started from scratch has become a destination music stop in Sioux Falls. TOTAL DRAG opened its doors four years ago. Owners Dan and Liz Nissen, who are life long Sioux Falls residents, felt the music scene was “missing something.” So they started small, selling new and used records. Ultimately, they wanted to…

Investor group cancels deal to buy Weinstein Co.

NEW YORK (AP) – A group of investors says it has pulled out of a deal to buy the beleaguered Weinstein Co., citing “disappointing information” about the viability of the sale. Businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet made the announcement in a statement Tuesday. She did not offer more details about why the deal fell apart but said the group may still be…

State House bottles craft brew bill, sends it to governor

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill that would ease a state production limit and other regulations on South Dakota craft breweries is headed to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his signature. The state House voted 63-3 Tuesday to approve the bill, which passed unanimously through the Senate. Daugaard has pushed for the brewing overhaul, saying state regulations are stifling the industry….

Craft brewing compromise moves to South Dakota House floor

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House panel has approved a bill that would ease a state production limit and other regulations on microbreweries. The House Commerce and Energy Committee voted 11-1 Monday to send the measure to the chamber’s floor. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has pushed for the brewing overhaul, saying state regulations are stifling the industry. The advancing…

Montana-Dakota Utilities expanding North Dakota wind farm

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. will expand its North Dakota wind farm with a project developed by ALLETE Clean Energy. Montana-Dakota owns the 43 turbines at Thunder Spirit Wind, near Hettinger, which were built by ALLETE. The expansion by ALLETE will add another 16 turbines at a cost of about $85 million. Montana-Dakota says the purchase of the…

Dick’s to stop selling assault-style rifles in its stores

NEW YORK (AP) – Dick’s Sporting Goods will immediately end sales of assault-style rifles in its stores and won’t sell guns to anyone under 21 years old following the school massacre in Parkland, Florida. Dick’s Chairman and CEO Edward Stack said on “Good Morning America” Wednesday that after the shooting the company “felt it needed to do something.” Stack says…

Icon Lounge Working To Comply With Noise Ordinances

Sioux Falls, S.D. – One of Sioux Falls popular night life destinations is going through renovations to comply with city ordinances. “We are now a very active entertainment district and we really need to talk about what the standards should be for sound,” says Icon Lounge Partner Stacy Newcomb-Weiland. When Icon Lounge opened in 2012, it hosted live music events…

Metallica Making Their Way Back To Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, S.D. – One of rock’s biggest bands is making their way back to Sioux Falls for the first time in 26 years. “Sioux Falls really is a home for rock and roll,” says KBACK Rock Radio Co-owner and DJ, Crash. For the first time in 26 years, legendary rock band Metallica will perform in Sioux Falls.  They’ll be…

Sioux Falls Community Theatre Asking For Public’s Help

Sioux Falls, S.D.-  A Sioux Falls community theatre is turning to the public for help with donations. The Sioux Empire Community Theatre is celebrating 15 years of entertaining Sioux Falls audiences. But with rising costs of licensing and show production, staff say tickets sales alone cannot make up for those costs. Another addition to the problem is the growing community…

Supreme Court Arguments Set In South Dakota’s Sales Tax Case

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for April in South Dakota’s case seeking to collect sales taxes from out-of-state internet retailers. Attorney General Marty Jackley says arguments are calendared for April 17. South Dakota is asking the high court to review whether retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they…

States To Forego Most Of $650M Legal Settlement With Takata

DETROIT (AP) – Japanese air bag maker Takata has reached a $650 million settlement over legal claims from 44 state governments and Washington, D.C. But the states won’t get much of the money. That’s because they have agreed not to collect the settlement so victims of Takata’s faulty air bags get larger settlements. Takata air bag inflators can explode with…

3M To Pay $850 Million To Settle Chemicals Suit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – 3M Co. has agreed to pay the state of Minnesota $850 million to settle a case alleging the manufacturer damaged the state’s natural resources and contaminated groundwater by disposing chemicals over decades. Attorney General Lori Swanson announced the settlement Tuesday, a few hours after jury selection was halted on the day the trial was scheduled to begin….

Minnesota’s $5B Case Over 3M Chemicals Heads To Trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage it alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades. The long-awaited trial begins Tuesday in Minneapolis. Experts say it could have wide-reaching implications if the state succeeds, in part because…

Someone You Should Know: Longtime Businessman Runs for Mayor

Entenman Says Experience Has Prepared Him to Lead

As we head in to election season in Sioux Falls, we are profiling each of the seven candidates aiming for the mayor’s seat. This week’s “Someone You Should Know” is a man who says he has the experience in business and local government to help shape the future of Sioux Falls. 45 years ago Jim Entenman and his brother Lonny…