Top News & Analysis South Dakota

  • SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Unable to find enough workers to carry out the painstaking tasks of milk production, dairy producers in South Dakota hope to tap into a different labor force: unemployed residents of Puerto Rico. South Dakota dairy farms produced 209 million pounds of milk in 2016, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

  • West Des Moines- based Hy-Vee says a milk powder ingredient used in chocolate coating has the potential for contamination and the candy's manufacturer, Palmer Candy Co., announced a recall of some of its products. It includes chocolate almond bark, chocolate almond pretzels, dazzled peanut brittle, holiday candy trays and others fully listed on the FDA recall...

  • WASHINGTON— Traffic deaths surged about 8 percent in the first nine months of last year, continuing an alarming upward spiral that may be partially explained by more Americans on the roads due to the economic recovery, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates released Friday. The sharp increase comes as drivers are putting more...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota's Republican-led and largely oil-friendly Legislature is quickly introducing a raft of bills spurred by the bitter dispute between Dakota Access protesters and law enforcement, from restricting face coverings at protests to requiring the state to sue the federal government as a means of recouping millions in policing costs.

  • PIERRE, S.D.— Online retail giant Amazon has agreed to begin collecting state and local sales taxes on purchases in South Dakota, Gov. The news follows recent moves by Amazon in Utah, Iowa and Nebraska as more states push to collect taxes on Internet purchases. "Their decision to collect sales tax doesn't solve the sales tax issue for online purchases, but it's a big...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— The cost of policing the Dakota Access pipeline protests in North Dakota has surpassed $22 million— an amount that would fund the state Treasury Department for two decades and $5 million more than the state set aside last year. Jeff Delzer, R- Underwood, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. A large encampment in southern North Dakota...

  • SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa— Polaris Industries will stop making its Victory motorcycles so it can focus on its Indian Motorcycle brand and other products. The motorcycles were produced at the Minneapolis- based company's Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Spearfish, South Dakota, plants. The company decided that its Indian Motorcycle brand has better growth prospects, Polaris CEO...

  • It's the latest development in a saga that has played out over the past half-year, with months of protests in southern North Dakota and two separate but related court battles in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.. Being developed by Energy Transfer Partners, the project will transport North Dakota oil 1,200 miles through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping...

  • RAPID CITY, S.D. _ National American University Holdings Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $752,000 in its fiscal second quarter. The Rapid City, South Dakota- based company said it had a loss of 3 cents per share. Keywords: National American University, Earnings Report.

  • SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— A South Dakota businessman is closing an entertainment complex he built last year for $20 million following passage of an interest cap that will also shutter his 11 payday lending stores. Chuck Brennan is selling off millions of dollars in business property after South Dakota voters recently decided to cap payday loan interest rates at 36...

  • Member of the Dine Navajo from Shiprock, New Mexico, clears snow from his camp while winds whip across Oceti Sakowin Camp as blizzard conditions grip the area around the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 6, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

    The worst of the snow fell to the west of Minneapolis, where dozens of flights were delayed Monday at the city's airport, reports USA Today.

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Dec 22- Democrats are showing little interest in cooperating with the Republicans who control Congress on legislation to dismantle the Obamacare health insurance law but some are signaling a willingness to collaborate on action to curb rising drug prices. President-elect Donald Trump pledged two weeks ago to bring down drug prices,...

  • CANNON BALL, N.D., Dec 18- Two weeks after a victory in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, most protesters have cleared out of the main protest camp in North Dakota- but about 1,000 are still there, and plan to remain through the winter. "I've seen some of my friends leave but I will be here until the end and will stand up to Trump if he decides to approve the...

  • Is renewable energy the solution for South Dakota?

    Michael Brune from the Sierra Club says that renewable sources of energy will help meet energy needs without putting the water supply at risk.

  • *Sioux leader asks protesters to go home. CANNON BALL, N.D., Dec 5- A Native American leader asked thousands of protesters to return home after the federal government ruled against a controversial pipeline, despite the prospect of President-elect Donald Trump reversing the decision after he takes office. A coalition of Native American groups,...

  • CANNON BALL, N.D., Dec 5- Thousands of protesters in North Dakota celebrated the federal government's ruling against a controversial pipeline but girded for a protracted struggle as President-elect Donald Trump's transition team said on Monday it supports the project and would review it after he takes office. Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault...

  • CANNON BALL, N.D., Dec 5- Thousands of protesters in North Dakota celebrated the federal government's ruling against a controversial pipeline project but girded for a protracted struggle as president-elect Donald Trump's transition team said on Monday it supports the project and would review it after he takes office. Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave...

  • CANNON BALL, N.D., Dec 5- Thousands of protesters in North Dakota celebrated the federal government's ruling against a controversial pipeline project but girded for a protracted struggle as president-elect Donald Trump's transition team said on Monday it supports the project and would review it after he takes office. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on...

  • CANNON BALL, N.D., Dec 5- Thousands of protesters in North Dakota celebrated after the federal government ruled against a controversial pipeline project but were mindful the fight is not over, as the company building the line said it had no plans for re-routing the pipe. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Sunday it rejected an application to allow the Dakota...

  • CANNON BALL, N.D., Dec 5- Thousands of protesters in North Dakota celebrated after the federal government ruled against a controversial pipeline project on Sunday, even though many recognized that the fight is likely to continue into next year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it rejected an application to allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to tunnel under...