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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- Agriculture officials say ideal weather conditions in South Dakota have pushed the row crop harvest far ahead of last year's pace and the five-year average. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that 55 percent of corn for grain has been harvested, ahead of the five-year average and last year's mark of 6 percent.

  • OMAHA, Neb.-- Little or no economic growth is likely this year in most of the nine Midwest and Plains states covered by a survey of business leaders, but the booming oil business will continue to drive growth in North Dakota and Oklahoma, according to the report released Monday.

  • SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- South Dakota's state climatologist sees some hope for drought recovery next year, but not this fall. Drought Monitor map shows about 75 percent of South Dakota in severe, extreme or exceptional drought. "At this point, we won't catch up this fall," Dennis Todey told the Argus Leader newspaper. "