Business

Bracco, Starz To Close December 31st

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  Two restaurants in southern Sioux Falls will close their doors at the end of the month. Bracco and Starz near 57th Street and Western Avenue will close December 31st. Details on the reasons for the closures have not been released. The restaurants are owned by the same company that owns Spezia off of Louise Avenue, but employees…

Larger Minneapolis Employers To Start Paying $10 An Hour

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Workers in large Minneapolis companies will see their wages increase in the new year. Starting Jan. 1, workers at the city’s largest employers will start earning at least $10 an hour. It’s the start of a climb toward a $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis. The City Council approved the wage ordinance in June. Under the ordinance, employers…

Great Bear Ski Valley Fully Open For 54th Season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Even though it’s taken a little bit longer than expected, Great Bear Ski Valley opened up the slopes to the public for the 2018 season. Today’s opening marked the 54th season that Great Bear has offered skiers, snowboarders, and tubers from around the region a place to practice their skills on the slopes Employees of the…

Golf Course Management Deal At Crossroad

Sioux Falls, S.D.- For the last 23 years, Dakota Golf Management has run the three city golf courses in Sioux Falls — Elmwood, Prairie Green and Kuehn Park. In October, a selection committee recommended Nebraska-based Landscaped Unlimited be the ones to take over running the courses. However, that contract proposal hit a snag with the city council on Tuesday. “There…

Kirkland’s To Open First South Dakota Location At Lake Lorraine

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Friessen Development and Van Buskirk Companies announced that Kirkland’s will be coming to Lake Lorraine in spring 2018. The home decor store, Kirkland’s, will open its first location in South Dakota at Lake Lorraine. Also expected to open in spring 2018 is DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse. Hobby Lobby, Ross Dress for Less, Carter’s, OshKosh B’gosh, Home…

Co-Op Closes South Sioux City Soy Protein Plant

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) – A Minnesota-based co-op says it’s closed a soy protein plant in northeast Nebraska. The Sioux City Journal reports that CHS Inc. says nearly 65 people lost their jobs with the closing of the former Solbar Industries plant in South Sioux City. CHS said Monday the closure was part in line with its plan to…

Retailers Pivoting With Warm Start To Winter

SIOUX FALLS – Many of us have enjoyed the warm start to the winter. But for a couple Sioux Falls businesses, the slower sales and less traffic in their stores has led them to pivot to turn a profit. Adam Dykstra, the manager at Sun and Fun in Sioux Falls, knows business in 2017 cannot be just about in-store sales….

Avera Health President, CEO Announces Plans To Retire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Long-time Avera Health President and CEO, John Porter, announced his plans to retire on Friday. Porter will hold his current role until December 2018, or until Avera selects his successor. Porter has been with Avera for 44 years, seeing the health system go through a huge growth over the past four decades. “It’s been a unique…

DocuTAP Adds More Staff, Expands Offices Nationally

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls based DocuTAP, one of the nation’s fastest growing health care companies and providers of electronic medical records announced a major expansion. The company recently signed on three new major urgent care customers nationwide, expanded its service to over 100 new urgent care clinics, and added more 70 new staff here locally. DocuTAP is also opening…

3M To Close Eagan Plant In 2018

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) – 3M says it will close its plant in Eagan next year. The St. Paul company says it’s part of a realignment that will affect 430 employees across the U.S. and Mexico in 2018. 3M spokeswoman Lori Anderson says the Eagan plant employs about 150. The Eagan plant handles commercial air filtration products, refrigeration filtration products and…

Downtown Sioux Falls Store ‘Unglued’ Closing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A homemade gift shop in downtown Sioux Falls is closing it’s doors after two and a half years. Unglued, located on Phillips Avenue will close on Wednesday, January 10th. To celebrate their time in Sioux Falls, staff will be holding a community craft party on Saturday, January 13th. The company says they believe the creative community…

Small Business Spotlight: Carrie Ann’s Boutique

HARRISBURG, S.D. – A boutique owner in Harrisburg jumped at the chance to grab a unique storefront and her customers say it’s a genius location. You can find Carrie Ann’s boutique right next-door to an indoor trampoline park. Carrie Ann Bell first opened her boutique online but when a space became available alongside “Air Madness” in Harrisburg, with indoor access…

Trump Warns That Wells Fargo Penalties ‘Will Not Be Dropped’

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says government fines and penalties against Wells Fargo “will not be dropped” and is warning that they could be “substantially increased.” The president is writing on Twitter following a report that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is looking at whether Wells Fargo should pay millions of dollars in fines over allegations of mortgage lending…

New Fareway Store Located In Harrisburg Opens For Business

HARRISBURG, S.D. – Harrisburg residents no longer have to travel out of town for their groceries. Fareway Stores held a ribbon cutting and grand opening this morning at their new location on Willow Street West in Harrisburg. The 19,000 square foot store includes fresh produce and a full service meat department. City officials say the supermarket will help serve the…

South Dakota Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing Plant Closing

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Ohio-based Molded Fiber Glass Companies is closing its wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in the northern South Dakota city of Aberdeen. The company cites changes in market conditions and proposed revisions to federal tax policies impacting the wind energy industry for the decision. The company says the MFG South Dakota plant will remain open through January…

Exxon Mobil Appeals Order To Turn Over Climate Info To State

BOSTON (AP) – Exxon Mobil is asking Massachusetts’ highest court to block an order that the company hand over documents related to a state investigation into whether the company misled the public about the impact of fossil fuels on climate change. A lawyer for Exxon Mobil argued before the Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday that Massachusetts lacks jurisdiction because the…

Truckers Gather in Tea To Protest New Federal Mandate

TEA, S.D. – Truckers protested the federal government mandating all truckers use electronic logging devices across the country Monday. ”The government is mandating that I need to have what we are considering an ankle bracelet,” said Kevin Steichen, a trucker. Truckers currently log the hours they work by hand on paper, but many lawmakers say it’s time for ELDs. These…