South Dakota News

Midwest, Plains Likely to See Economic Growth: Report

Economic growth lies ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states despite pullbacks in the energy sector, according to a monthly report released on March 2. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January, …

Years of Sewer Backups in South Dakota Town Prompt Lawsuits

Thirteen Spearfish, S.D., residents have sued the city over years of sewer backups. Plaintiffs say in their lawsuit that they have suffered through a series of sewer backups stretching back to 2008, leading to stinky, flooded basements and lost possessions. …

South Dakota Workplace Shooting Leaves 2 Dead, 2 Injured

The mood in the community of Lennox, S.D., is somber and likely will remain that way for a while, as residents prepare for the funeral of a man killed in a workplace shooting. The funeral for Jon Richter, 45, is …

Lawyers Scarce for Medical Malpractice Victims in South Dakota

Jennifer Eastman already was in anguish when she went to the hospital on Jan. 4, 2013, to have the dead fetus she was carrying removed from her uterus. The procedure and the loss of a child were bad enough. But …

Roadway Bicycle Safety Bill Stalls in South Dakota House

State lawmakers want to make bicycling safer in South Dakota, but they’re having trouble figuring out how exactly to do it. The House Transportation Committee on Jan. 27 for the second time was unable to reach a consensus over a …

Sioux Falls Business Break-Ins Prompt Security Upgrades

A string of office and commercial burglaries is prompting some Sioux Falls, S.D., businesses to upgrade security. The Argus Leader reports that since November, Sioux Falls police have had reports of almost 60 burglaries. A dozen businesses in three buildings …

Big Money Spent on South Dakota Doctor Choice Ads

Activists on both sides of the “any willing provider” ballot measure that would give South Dakota patients more choice of in-network doctors say the issue is too complicated for sound bites, but have still spent more than $560,000 on television …

Texas-Based Premium Finance Group to Be Sold to South Dakota’s MetaBank

Cecil Y. Ray Jr., chairman of AFS/IBEX and former chairman of The Rigg Group, has announced the sale of substantially all of the loan portfolio and related assets of Dallas-based AFS/IBEX Financial Services Inc. – including AFS/IBEX Financial Services Inc. of California and …

Rebuild of Storm-Collapsed Facility in South Dakota Funded by Insurance

City leaders in Spearfish, S.D., have approved the construction of a $5.8 million facility to replace a city-owned call center that collapsed during a blizzard last year. The City Council this week also signed a seven-year lease with Iowa-based TMone …

South Dakota Proposal on Doctor Choice Opposed by Health Insurers

South Dakota patients could have more choice of doctors within their health insurance networks if voters approve a ballot measure that is drawing strong opposition from the health insurance industry. The proposal on the ballot, Initiated Measure 17, seems simple …