Business

Sanford, Good Samaritan Merger Clears Major Milestone

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A merger between the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and Sanford completed a major milestone on Tuesday. The Society’s Membership voted on Tuesday to approve a measure needed for both organizations to sign an agreement to merge. Leaders from both organization say they wanted a more integrated and community based health system. “Our Membership affirms what…

Sanford Health Expanding To Focus On Eating Disorders

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Sanford Health is expanding its research work by adding in a Fargo, North Dakota-based research institute focused on eating disorders and obesity. Sanford Research is absorbing Neuropsychiatric Research Institute. NRI was established in 1955 and previously worked with Fargo-based MeritCare Health System, which Sanford Health absorbed in a 2009 merger. Sanford says the goal is…

Harley, stung by tariffs, shifts some production overseas

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin’s top Republican leaders are not criticizing President Donald Trump’s trade policy or Harley-Davidson’s decision to shift the production of motorcycles headed for Europe from the U.S. to factories overseas. The Milwaukee-based company said Monday it’s making the move because of a spike in European Union tariffs on its motorcycles exported from the U.S. A spokeswoman for…

Gray Television and Raycom Announce $3.6 Billion Deal

Merger will form third largest television broadcast group

In a joint statement Monday morning, Gray Television, Inc. and Raycom Media, Inc., an employee-owned company, announced that they will be merging. The transaction will create the single largest owner of top-rated local television stations and digital assets in the country. The companies announced as well that upon the closing, Raycom President and CEO, Pat LaPlatney, will become Gray’s President and Co-Chief…

Shares in online retailers fall after tax ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) – Shares in online retailers dropped, and large chains with more stores traded higher following the Supreme Court sales tax ruling. Under the old rules, some companies did not collect sales tax on online purchases that were made in a state where the business did not have a physical presence, like a warehouse or office. The state of…

South Dakota store manager: Tax ruling means local spending

WASHINGTON (AP) – The manager of a Native American art store in South Dakota says he thinks the Supreme Court’s online sales tax decision will increase people’s desire to spend their money locally. Dan Tribby, general manager of Prairie Edge in Rapid City, celebrated Thursday as a “historic day” after the high court overturned two decades-old Supreme Court decisions that…

Court ruling clears way for Iowa to collect new sales taxes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court is clearing the way for Iowa to collect sales taxes on digital goods and services. The court ruled Thursday that states can force companies operating online to collect taxes, reversing decades-old decisions that had stymied efforts to collect sales taxes on many online transactions. Earlier this year, Iowa legislators approved expanding…

Verizon to end some sale of phone-location data

Verizon is pledging to stop selling data to outsiders through intermediaries that can pinpoint the location of mobile phones, the Associated Press has learned. It is the first major U.S. wireless carrier to step back from a business practice that has drawn criticism for endangering privacy. The data has allowed third parties to track wireless devices without their owners’ knowledge…

Avera Health Campus Construction on Schedule

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Officials gave an update on Friday on what’s being called the largest construction project in the history of Sioux Falls. Avera’s new $174 million campus at 69th Street and Louise Avenue is on schedule. Crews broke ground on the project last August. The campus includes primary care clinics and a surgical hospital. The campus is being…

Comcast challenges Disney with $65B bid for Fox

NEW YORK (AP) – Comcast is making a $65 billion bid for Fox’s entertainment businesses, setting up a battle with Disney to become the next mega-media company. The bid comes just a day after a federal judge cleared AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner and rejected the government’s argument that it would hurt competition in cable and satellite TV and jack…

Unseen Future for Badlands Motor Speedway

  BRANDON, SD  The fate of racing in Brandon is once again up in the air.  This time after Badlands Motor Speedway suspended its auction scheduled for next week.  The Speedway’s future took center stage during Tuesday’s Minnehaha County Commission Meeting. The speedway, formerly known as Huset’s Speedway, closed last year after entertaining race fans and tourists for over 60…

Judge OKs AT&T-Time Warner merger

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal judge has approved AT&T’s merger with Time Warner. He rejected the government’s argument that it would hurt competition in pay TV and cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars more to stream TV and movies. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon announced the decision Tuesday, bringing the biggest antitrust trial in years to an end. The…

Buffalo Ridge Brewery Coming to Hartford this Fall

HARTFORD, SD-The owners of a new brewery planned for Hartford are celebrating South Dakota flavors.  Buffalo Ridge Brewing has been in the works since February and today they broke ground for the new business. The four thousand square foot facility will be located on the North Main Avenue with plans to eventually brew 15-hundred barrels per year.  Hartford Mayor Jeremy…

New Childcare Facility Coming to Northwest Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new childcare facility is expected to open in northwest Sioux Falls this month. Kinder Academy is the first business in the University Hills Village development in northwest Sioux Falls. They are licensed to serve up to 112 children in the 6,500 square foot facility. It’s founded by a former pre-school teacher. The project incorporates academics…