Business

Sanford and Austad’s Golf Announce Partnership

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two Sioux Falls companies announced a partnership Thursday that will add science to help a sport. Sanford Health and Austad’s Golf are pairing their golf specialties together. The new driving range facility, Great Shots. scheduled to open in November of 2019 will be able to help golfers in many ways. The Sanford Power Golf Academy will…

Toyota Recalls Pickups, SUVs to Fix Air Bag, Brake Problems

DETROIT (AP) – Toyota is recalling nearly 143,000 SUVs and pickups worldwide to fix air bag and brake problems. The first recall covers about 96,000 Toyota Land Cruisers and Lexus LX570 SUVs from 2008 through 2019. Toyota says a seat belt tension sensor can malfunction and deactivate the passenger’s front, knee and side air bags. That would increase the injury…

Dell Rapids Small Business Hit with Big-Time Hack

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. – Imagine all of your phone contacts getting wiped out at a time you need them most. Something similar is happening more and more to small businesses nationwide. Including one business owner in Dell Rapids, who enlisted the help of Dakota State University. Katie Luttman invests a lot of time, money and staff to promote her boutique…

Report: China Could Allow More Access for Foreign Companies

WASHINGTON (AP) – A media reports suggest Beijing is scrapping its “Made in China” industrial policy criticized by the Trump administration in favor of one that allows greater access for foreign companies. The Wall Street Journal said Wednesday that the revised plan would play down China’s bid to dominate manufacturing, and allow more outside competition. The U.S. and China are…

Google Accelerates Plus Closure After Another Privacy Lapse

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Google is still having trouble protecting the personal information on its Plus service, prodding the company to accelerate its plans to shut down a little-used social network that it created to compete against Facebook. A privacy flaw that inadvertently exposed the names, email addresses, ages and other personal information of 52.5 million Google Plus users…

Marlboro Maker Leaps Into the Cannabis Trade with $2.4B

NEW YORK (AP) – One of the world’s biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $2.4 billion investment in Cronos Group, a Canadian medical and recreational marijuana company. Altria, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, is taking a 45 percent stake in the Toronto company. Cronos said Friday that the Richmond, Virginia, tobacco company will pay another $1.4…

Survey: US Businesses Added a Solid 179,000 Jobs Last Month

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses hired new workers at a solid pace in November, adding 179,000 jobs, according to a private survey. Payroll processor ADP says last month’s job gains slowed from October’s strong showing of 225,000. Still, November’s hiring is enough to lower the unemployment rate over time. ADP said that job gains were strong in health care, which…

Sioux Falls YMCA Welcomes Jeff Morgan as CEO

The Sioux Falls YMCA is celebrating 100 years in 2019 and is announcing new leadership. The YMCA appoints Jeff Morgan to CEO. He brings a pedigree of experience to the role with over 14 years in the organization. Morgan comes to Sioux Falls from Blair, Nebraska where he was the CEO of the family YMCA. His focus was on the…

Shopko Closing 4 South Dakota Stores

Shopko is closing four South Dakota stores, a spokesperson confirmed to KDLT News. The stores in Redfield, Wagner, Webster and Dell Rapids will begin liquidation on Dec. 7 and close by the end of February. The closures are among 39 nationwide. The company released the following statement: “Shopko deeply values its employees and the communities it serves. It is never…

White House: Trump to Meet Tuesday with German Auto Execs

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump plans to meet briefly Tuesday with the heads of three leading German automakers. The meeting comes at a time of elevated U.S.-European trade tensions in which car exports have been a focus. Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on auto imports from Europe and other countries, citing U.S. trade deficits with those nations. The…

Dillards to Open Location at Empire Mall

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Dillards is coming to Sioux Falls. The retailer announced that they will take over the old space previously used by Younkers at the Empire Mall. The business will set up shop in the 100,000 square foot space and expand by nearly 40,000 feet. Construction is expected to begin early next year with an opening date sometime…

Massive Data Breaches Comes on National Computer Security Day

Computer Security Day is observed annually on November 30, and it may be more important than ever to step back and take some time to think about how you might better protect yourself, your business and family online, given the ongoing tide of data breaches and malware affecting our lives. WAYS YOU MIGHT OBSERVE, according to the Association for Computer Security: Below…

Massive, Extended Data Breach Within Marriott’s Hotel Empire

BETHESDA, Md. — A security breach inside Marriott’s worldwide hotel empire has compromised the information of as many as 500 million guests, exposing in some cases credit card numbers, passport numbers and birthdates, the company said Friday. Alarming security analysts, Marriott said that unauthorized access to data within its Starwood network has been taking place since 2014 in what may…

Behind Cohen Plea: Trump’s Longtime Dream of a Moscow Tower

WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump’s decades-long dream of building a luxury tower in the heart of Moscow flared and fizzled several times over the years, most recently when his presidential campaign was gaining momentum. That latest plan led his former lawyer Michael Cohen to plead guilty to lying to congressional investigators about key details in the negotiations. Trump’s dream of…

U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon Makes Inaugural Visit to South Dakota

TEA, S.D. – South Dakota hosted a special visitor Thursday. Linda McMahon is the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and a member of President Trump’s cabinet. She’s visiting all 68 district offices in the SBA nationwide and we’re number 63 on her list. Thursday, McMahon stepped foot onto to the Rushmore state for her first time with plans…

Judge Allows Preliminary Work On Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

HELENA, Mont. – A Montana judge says a Canadian company may continue preliminary work on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline while his order blocking construction is in effect. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said Wednesday he will clarify his Nov. 8 injunction to allow TransCanada to conduct engineering and planning activities, confirm shipper contracts, meet with different groups and…

Not Just Jobs Riding on Fate of GM Plant After Trump Promise

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) – The fate of a General Motors assembly plant in Ohio is being closely watched in what’s become a high-stakes decision for workers and political leaders all the way up to President Donald Trump. GM is cutting 14,000 workers in North America and looking at closing five factories as part of a massive restructuring announced this week….