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  • LINCOLN, Neb.— An effort to attract more wind farms to Nebraska failed on Tuesday after senators derailed a bill that would have provided $75 million in production tax credits for renewable energy. Currently, companies that participate in the state's community-based energy development program have to spend at least 25 percent of their total investment on...

  • PIERRE, S.D.— With an upgrade from Standard& Poor's in hand, South Dakota is pursuing new credit ratings from other major agencies to match. The move this week bumping South Dakota's issuer credit rating from "AA+" to "AAA" by New York- based S&P will likely save the state money by letting it borrow at lower interest costs, and similar action from Moody's Investors Service...

  • BROOKINGS, S.D.— Last month was one of the driest Aprils on record for several South Dakota towns, as the state continued to slide further into drought. It was the driest April on record for Chamberlain and Mellette, and second-driest for Madison, Roscoe and Big Stone City. Drought Monitor map showed three-fourths of South Dakota to be in some type of drought. Sixteen...

  • Black Hills posts 1Q profit Monday, 4 May 2015 | 5:42 PM ET

    RAPID CITY, S.D. _ Black Hills Corp. on Monday reported first-quarter profit of $47.9 million. The Rapid City, South Dakota- based company said it had net income of $1.07 per share. Black Hills expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.80 to $3 per share.

  • At Dakota State University in South Dakota, about 200 students will learn about programming. The camps are part of an expanding but modestly funded program called GenCyber that is funded by the National Science Foundation and National Security Agency. "In order to be really cyber aware, or be ready for the next wave of the cybersecurity workforce, a student, high...

  • That's the finding of an analysis of Census data by Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that helps finance affordable housing. Since the end of 2010, rental prices have surged at nearly twice the pace of average hourly wages, according to data from the real estate firm Zillow and the Labor Department. "It means making really difficult trade-offs," said...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. The egg farm's owner, Rembrandt Foods, one of the top U.S. egg producers, confirmed the outbreak but disputed the number of birds affected.

  • Meta posts 2Q profit Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 6:48 PM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ Meta Financial Group Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $5.2 million. The holding company for Meta Bank posted revenue of $30 million in the period. Keywords: Meta Financial, Earnings Report.

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. Avian flu was "probable" at four other commercial farms in Buena Vista, Sioux and Clay counties, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- An Iowa-based chicken broiler breeding farm has initially tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5 bird flu, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed on Thursday. The facility in Kossuth County, Iowa, houses an estimated 19,000 birds, state officials said. The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa,...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 29- Saudi Arabia, the world's second-largest importer of chicken broiler meat, has banned imports of poultry meat and egg products from the Canadian province of Ontario due to the presence of avian influenza on three Ontario farms. This strain has also been reported this year in the United States in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,...

  • Listeria concerns spark Hy-Vee recall of pasta salad Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 8:20 AM ET

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa— Hy-Vee Inc. says it is recalling Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta because of a potential listeria contamination. The West Des Moines- based grocer said Tuesday that the company has learned that frozen vegetables in the salad could be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Hy-Vee has pulled the salad from stores in Illinois,...

  • The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dec. 19, 2014- Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain confirmed in a...

  • The six cities, one rural area and one tribal community named by Housing Secretary Julian Castro and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are:. —Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, South Dakota. Besides San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma were among the first five zones named.

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. "This is a big deal," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said during a conference call on Monday.

  • Great Western Bancorp posts 2Q profit Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 6:21 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ Great Western Bancorp Inc. on Tuesday reported net income of $19.7 million in its fiscal second quarter. Great Western Bancorp shares have fallen slightly since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Great Western Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • PIERRE, S.D.— The state Public Utilities Commission has postponed a meeting for the public to provide input to the regulatory board on the portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that would run through South Dakota. The commission announced Monday the public meeting scheduled for next week would be delayed because members voted earlier in the day to postpone a key...

  • HF Financial posts 3Q profit Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 5:30 PM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ HF Financial Corp. on Monday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $719,000. HF Financial shares have climbed 4.5 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: HF Financial, Earnings Report.

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found five probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting an estimated 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. If these tests are positive, the state's tally of egg-laying chickens affected by the...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— The North Dakota Legislature on Monday approved funding for a state-run rail safety pilot program intended to supplement federal oversight of oil train traffic. The program is part of the Public Service Commission's $22.2 million budget. The Public Service Commission had requested $972,000 in the next two-year budget cycle to fund the...