Business

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…

Auction For Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse Memorabilia Set For Friday

Sioux Falls, S.D. – The last memorabilia from Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse will be auctioned off later this week. Borrowed Bucks closed their doors in august of last year. The managers and owners auctioned off memorabilia in December and are having a second auction this week to sell the last pieces of memorabilia left. The auction will be Friday night, but…

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…

Noem, Local Businesses Talk Rising Crime Rates

Sioux Falls, S.D.- Drug crimes are increasing which is motivating Sioux Falls business owners and officials on finding a solution to keep the community safer. “It surprises me to still hear that people don’t feel that crime is a problem in Sioux Falls because the numbers and the stats that we see will say the opposite. Its growing and it’s…

Financial Advisers React To Recent Dow Jones Drops

Sioux Falls, S.D.- This week has been a stressful one for wall-street experts with the big drops in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. “Honestly, I think this is fairly normal, fairly predictable,” says Thompson Private Wealth President Ray Thompson. The Dow Jones dropped over one-thousand points on Thursday. At the beginning of the week, the Dow Jones also dropped over…

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…

Mitchell City Council Opens Door For Ride-Hailing Service

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – The Mitchell City Council has opened the door for the ride-hailing service Lyft. The Daily Republic reports that the council voted 7-1 on Monday to approve a taxicab license for a Lyft driver, over the objection of local taxi service owner Art Streetman. Streetman said his company and two other businesses likely will fold if Lyft…

Sports Bars Aren’t Expecting Big Crowds For Super Bowl 52

Sioux Falls, S.D.- Most people think of football and busy sports bars as one, but for the Super Bowl, that may be very different. “It is a game that has become a lot of house party type things.  It’s really not a huge bar event,” Says Overtime Sports Grill Co-Owner Jeff Dougherty. Most NFL Sundays, sports bars in Sioux Falls…

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….

Company Planning 41-Turbine Wind Farm In Eastern Day County

GROTON, S.D. (AP) – Florida-based NextEra Energy is developing plans for a 41-turbine wind farm in eastern Day County. Spokeswoman Tara Tyson tells the American News that the company still needs to go through the local and state permitting process for the 99-megawatt project. NextEra hopes to have the wind farm operating by 2019 on private land between Bristol and…