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US probes complaints that some Ford Escapes overheat, stall

DETROIT (AP) – Federal safety investigators are looking into complaints that engines on some Ford Escape vehicles can overheat and suddenly stall while being driven. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 40 complaints from consumers about stalling, including two alleging that the engines caught fire. The investigation covers about 127,000 Escape small SUVs in the U.S….

Farmland Co-op Inc. to merge with Agtegra Cooperative

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – North Dakota-based Farmland Co-op Inc. is merging with the new Agtegra Cooperative. Farmland members voted overwhelmingly in favor of the move last week. The merger takes effect Sept. 1. Farmland has about 100 members. Agtegra CEO Chris Pearson says adding that co-op enables Agtegra to enhance its offerings. South Dakota-based Agtegra was formed by the merger…

Auto industry urges US to hit brakes on proposed car tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) – Automakers, dealers and suppliers are united in opposition to President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on imported cars, trucks and auto parts. “The opposition is widespread and deep because the consequences are alarming,” Jennifer Thomas of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers tells a Commerce Department hearing on the tariffs Thursday. Trump has ordered the department to investigate whether…

Marriott International To Also Remove Plastic Straws and Stirrers

DETROIT – Starbucks isn’t the only major chain making the move. Marriott International says it’s removing plastic straws and drink stirrers from all of its 6,500 hotels and resorts worldwide by next year. The world’s largest hotel company says the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019. Marriott says the year-long timeframe will…

Power and Grace Gymnastics Opens New Gym at Sanford Sports Complex

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s fair to say gymnastics students in Sioux Falls are “jumping for joy” at the opening of a new facility today. Power and Grace Gymnastics officially opened their doors to the new and improved gymnastics gym at the Sanford Sports Complex. The 18-year family owned business began the project eight months ago.  The new sixteen-thousand square…

Govt lifts donor disclosure for some tax-exempt groups

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is lifting requirements for some tax-exempt groups to disclose the identities of their donors to federal tax authorities. The change benefits groups that spend millions of dollars on political ads, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and an organization tied to the billionaire Koch brothers. Republicans accused the IRS during President Barack Obama’s…

Ford to spend up to $299M to settle Takata air bag lawsuits

DETROIT (AP) – Ford has agreed to spend up to $299 million to settle lawsuits filed by owners of about six million vehicles with potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators. The agreement announced Monday must get court approval. It covers owners who claim that their vehicles’ value dropped because Ford used Takata equipment. Under the deal, owners are eligible for…

City Announces First Agreement in Downtown Railyard Redevelopment

Rendering Courtesy: City of Sioux FallsSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The City of Sioux Falls has announced a development agreement with Black Iron Railyard for the southern parcel of the downtown railyard. This is the first development agreement since the city purchased the land from BNSF Railway in 2015. The Black Iron Railyard development will include four acres of land south…

US retail sales rise at a healthy 0.5 percent pace in June

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month despite higher prices and modest wage gains, a sign of underlying consumer optimism. The Commerce Department said Monday that sales at retailers and restaurants increased 0.5 percent in June, following a big 1.3 percent gain the previous month. May’s figure was revised sharply higher from an initial…

Badlands Motor Speedway Back Up For Auction

BRANDON – It appears Badlands Motor Speedway is back up for sale. According to the speedway’s website, the Minnehaha County Planning & Zoning Office has rescinded a zoning ordinance decision that put the auction on hold. As a result, the speedway is scheduled to go to auction on Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. in Brandon. The website says the minimum…

TransCanada to move materials, prep sites for Keystone XL

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The Keystone XL pipeline developer says in a letter to a Native American tribal chairman that the company will start moving materials and preparing construction sites for the project in Montana and South Dakota. TransCanada Corp. said in the letter this week to Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier, of South Dakota, that the work would…

Sturgis craft brewer to build new brewery

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – A craft brewer plans to build a new brewery, taproom and gift shop on the site of a former campground in Sturgis. Knuckle Brewing Co. expects to break ground on the 15,000-square-foot brewery this fall and hopes to be brewing more beer by early next year. The Rapid City Journal reports owner Bryan Carter is also…