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Firework Sales Wrap Up As Clean-Up Begins

While Merchants Close Out Sales, One Business Is Already Faced With A Mess

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Fourth of July celebration started about day early. Fireworks could be seen and heard bursting around the Sioux Empire on July 3. Paula Kontz, manager of Pyro-Holics Fireworks in Tea, calls this year a “good year” for fireworks. While it may not feel like it, Kontz said the rain that came through the area recently…

Beloved Flandreau Meat Locker Destroyed In Fire

Officials: Too Early To Determine Cause Of The Fire

FLANDREAU, S.D. — A building that’s been in the community since the late 1930’s is changed forever. A little before noon Thursday, first responders received a 911 call reporting a fire at the Flandreau Meat Locker. Moody County Deputy Sheriff Ken Prorock said it’s too early to say what caused the fire. All of this happening on locker lunch Thursday….

SD Restaurant Excited For Commercial Shrimp Harbor To Move Into Minn.

Last week, a company announced that they’ll be bringing a commercial shrimp harbor to Minnesota. From one harbor alone, tru Shrimp Systems says they’ll harvest seven million pounds of shrimp each year, but what’s the demand for shrimp locally? “It’s southern influenced fine dining is what we do,” said Bros Brasserie Americano Owner and Chef Ryan Tracy. “It’s a really…

Nebraska Firework Sellers Scramble For New Business In Iowa

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska fireworks retailers are scrambling into Iowa after that state’s sales ban ended last month and brushing aside concerns that the new policy could hurt sales for their existing shops along the border. Retailers say they’re excited to expand into the new market after former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a law last month to legalize…

FTC, ND Attorney General Contest Sanford, Mid Dakota Clinic Merger

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Federal Trade Commission and North Dakota Attorney General are trying to block Sanford Health’s proposed merger with Mid Dakota Clinic. The two agencies jointly filed a complaint in U.S. District Court alleging the deal would violate antitrust law by significantly reducing competition in Bismarck-Mandan. The regulators are seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction…

Sanford Health And Mid Dakota Clinic Have Plans To Merge

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Sanford Health and Mid Dakota Clinic have plans to merge. Mid Dakota Clinic has nearly 100 physicians who serve patients in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Sanford Bismarck Executive Vice President Craig Lambrecht says the merger should speed construction projects for women’s, children’s cancer, surgical suites, specialty procedure rooms and trauma. Executives say the merger also will allow…

Shrimp In Minnesota: Company Announces Harbor Coming To Luverne

Americans consume more than 1.5 billion pounds of shrimp every year, and about 80 percent of it is imported from Southeast Asia. But a Minnesota company is hoping to change that in the next few years. Tru Shrimp Systems announced Monday that they’re bringing their first ever commercial shrimp harbor to Luverne. “The whole world is watching what we’re doing….

Bait Shop Business Picks Back Up

For Sportmans Cove Owner, Doug Johnson, business is back to normal in Webster

WEBSTER, S.D. – It’s the first weekend after South Dakota legislators passed a bill allowing the public to access 30 lakes and non-meandered waters that were temporarily closed off, due to a Supreme Court decision that sided with land-owners back in April. And a local bait shop owner says he can tell a big difference between then and now. For…

Jackley Issues Caution About Tobacco Settlement Money Scam

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley is cautioning South Dakota residents about what he says are deceptive advertisements regarding a nearly 20-year-old settlement with tobacco companies. In 1998, the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement was signed by the four largest U.S. tobacco companies, 46 states, five territories and the District of Columbia. It resolved several lawsuits against the tobacco…

Owner: It’s Business As Usual Following Fire At Thornton Flooring Storage Building

One day after a fire destroyed one of their storage buildings, Thornton Flooring in Tea says it’s business as usual. The owner says thankfully their customers haven’t been affected at all. “It looks like a bomb went off,” said Tea Fire Dept. Asst. Chief Steve Oberle. “You know there’s piles of metal there’s piles of debris.” Along with several others,…

House GOP Backs Bill To Undo Much Of Dodd-Frank

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led House has backed legislation to undo much of former President Barack Obama’s landmark banking law created after the 2008 economic crisis. Republicans argue that rules designed to prevent another meltdown were making it harder for community banks to operate and hampering the economy. The House has passed the bill 233-186. President Donald Trump had said…

Someone You Should Know: From One Service To Another

Army National Guard Veteran Has A New Service

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Lawn care can be a gritty, dirt-on-your-knees business. This time of year, the demand for service grows as fast as the grass does. Adam Burnison, owner of Yard Dogs, said they’re feeling the heat. “We’re speeding up. It’s getting to be a busy summer,” said Burnison. Burnison is now full time in the lawn care and…

Iowans Can Now Buy And Sell Fireworks For First Time In Decades

'It's Lit Fireworks' Near Spirit Lake Officially Open For Business

For the first time in decades, Iowans will be able to purchase fireworks in the state. Some fireworks stands were allowed to start selling them on June 1. But for those hoping to cash in on the new law, it has proved to be easier said than done. The State Fire Marshal has been overwhelmed with applications for permits. The…

FULL STORY: 49th Street Re-Opens Wednesday, Traffic Switches To West Side Of Louise Avenue

The first of three phases in one of the largest construction projects taking place in Sioux Falls is complete. The good news: West 49th Street, just south of Louise Avenue, will soon be open to traffic. The bad news: the businesses on the east side of Louise will see more of an impact. Before your evening commute, West 49th Street…

Survey: Top CEOs Still Back Some Of Trump’s Major Policies

WASHINGTON (AP) – Leading U.S. CEOs remain supportive of some of President Donald Trump’s key policies despite his still-hazy plan for cutting taxes and recent actions by Trump that have intensified attention on an FBI investigation into his campaign. The Business Roundtable, a trade association for CEOs, says the executives’ economic outlook has reached its highest level in three years….

With Community’s Help, Business Owner Tracks Down Stolen Bike Suspect

Sioux Falls Police Encourage Residents To Register Their Bikes

Sioux Falls Police receive a lot of stolen bike reports this time of year, but this time it was from a Sioux Falls business. And the owner is not only getting his stolen bike back, but justice after the community helped him track down the suspect. “I knew when the bike left I was getting it back,” said Two Wheeler…

Sears Says That Some Kmart Stores Targets Of Security Breach

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. says some of its Kmart stores were targeted by hackers, leading to unauthorized activity on some of its customers’ credit cards. The company says in a blog post that Kmart’s store payment systems were infected with virus-like computer code undetectable by current anti-virus systems. It says some credit card numbers were stolen, although…

Empire Mall Taking Advantage Of Construction Traffic, Leasing Parking Lot To Food Trucks

The Empire Mall in Sioux Falls has some new tenants for the summer. As part of a pilot project, the mall is leasing some spots in their parking lot to food trucks. If all goes well they hope to make this an annual thing. “It’s about attracting a new crowd, a different crowd, a bigger crowd,” said The Empire Mall…