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  • Nearly one-third of SD now in exceptional drought Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:31 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- Nearly one-third of South Dakota is now in the grips of exceptional drought, up from a little more than one-fourth of the state last week. Drought Monitor map shows that all of South Dakota and North Dakota remain in some category of drought. Exceptional drought, the worst, and extreme drought cover most of the southern half of South Dakota.

  • South Dakota corn crop estimate lowered slightly Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:37 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- The federal Agriculture Department has slightly lowered its corn production forecast for South Dakota. Officials forecast the crop at just under 503 million bushels, down 1 percent from September and down 23 percent from last year.

  • Highlights from the Fed's US economic survey Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • Fed: Housing lifts growth in most US regions Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Stronger housing markets helped boost economic growth at the end of the summer in nearly every region of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The Fed said growth improved in 10 of its 12 regional banking districts from mid-August through September, while leveling off in one region and slowing in another.

  • Row crop harvest advances, soybeans near complete Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 4:34 PM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- South Dakota's row crop harvest advanced again last week with the soybean harvest nearing completion. The U.S. Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that light showers teased parts of the state over the weekend but make no significant dent in the growing season precipitation deficits.

  • At a Glance: Weekly change in state gas prices Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:14 PM ET
  • Solar device looks to add outlets to remote spots Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:55 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- South Dakota entrepreneur Brian Gramm was tailgating outside a college football game one sunny day when he wondered why he couldn't use that energy to plug in a radio.

  • Row crop harvest speeding along in the Dakotas Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:24 AM ET

    "We should be finishing harvest in record time," South Dakota State University agronomy specialist Mark Rosenberg told the American News. "

  • Drought worsens in some key Midwest farming states Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:36 AM ET

    Conditions worsened, though, in Kansas and Iowa, the nation's biggest corn producer, and nearly 98 percent of Nebraska was still deemed to be in one of the two worst categories. According to the map, which is put out by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, 75 percent of Iowa is enduring extreme or exceptional drought.

  • USA Today founder honors ND Olive Garden reviewer Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:43 AM ET

    She's known for her earnest review of an Olive Garden restaurant in North Dakota that went viral on the Internet. Six decades after they worked together at the University of South Dakota's student newspaper, Al Neuharth, 88, and Marilyn Hagerty, 86, are reuniting.

  • US cities with the highest and lowest unemployment Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:13 PM ET
  • Unemployment rates for Midwestern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
  • 5 tips for dealing with looming cap gains tax hike Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:09 PM ET

    Less than three months remain until the maximum rate of 15 percent on long-term gains rises to 20 percent unless Congress extends the Bush-era tax cuts. On top of that, the health care reform package imposes a new 3.8 percent Medicare tax on the investment income of high-income earners.

  • U.S. West Nile outbreak likely to be second-worst -CDC Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:53 PM ET

    Oct 3- The outbreak of West Nile virus that has hit Texas and other states remains on pace to make 2012 the second-worst year on record for the disease in the United States, with another 424 cases and 16 deaths reported last week, government figures showed on Wednesday.

  • High court asked to throw out oil refinery permit Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:56 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- Opponents of a proposed $10 billion oil refinery are asking the South Dakota Supreme Court to strike down a state permit that would allow the project to be built in the southeastern part of the state.

  • Home price changes in each state in August Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:37 PM ET
  • EPA approves gas-fired power plant in Cheyenne Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:33 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved plans to build a natural gas-fired power plant in Cheyenne. Black Hills Corp. said Monday that it would move ahead with plans to begin construction on the $237 million, 132- megawatt plant now that it's gotten a greenhouse gas air permit from the EPA.

  • Wheat production mixed in the Dakotas this year Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:20 AM ET

    FARGO, N.D.-- Wheat production this year is up in North Dakota but down in South Dakota. The federal Agriculture Department's annual small grains summary shows spring wheat production up 53 percent in North Dakota, durum wheat up 133 percent and winter wheat up 189 percent.

  • Company planning SD refinery lets options expire Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- A company that planned to build a $10 billion oil refinery said Monday it has allowed land-purchase options to expire for thousands of acres of southeastern South Dakota farmland.

  • SD tribe's lawsuit against beer stores dismissed Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:31 AM ET

    The lawsuit was filed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe, which governs the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where alcohol is banned. Four beer stores named in the suit sold the equivalent of 4.3 million 12- ounce beer cans last year even though they're in Whiteclay, a Nebraska town with about a dozen residents on the reservation's border.

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