Business

Business
1:41 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

"Soybean Sudden Death" Disease

Farmers with flooded fields have another disease to worry about. SDSU Extension says a dozen fields in the state showed traces of "Soybean Sudden Death" disease. South Dakota State University Extension Plant Pathologist Connie Strunk tells SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt that the southeast is primed for a large outbreak of the disorder.

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Business
2:33 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Chinese Company To Buy Smithfield Foods

The parent company of a large meatpacking operation in Sioux Falls is selling to a Chinese business. The CEO of Smithfield Foods says people who are with John Morrell in Sioux Falls and other plants should embrace the opportunity.

Chinese pork producer Shuanghi is investing billions of dollars to purchase America’s Smithfield foods. Smithfield employs 46,000 people. Smithfield’s President and CEO Larry Pope says workers and farmers should not worry about downsizing, because Shuanghi is not moving operations to China.

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Business
2:24 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

SurviveiT And Sidewalk Technologies At SDTBC

SurviveiT

SurviveiT will be a web based platform designed to help newly diagnosed cancer patients, their loved ones and caregivers find the tools and resources that they need to face the disease and fight for survival.

Sidewalk Technologies

Sidewalk Technologies develops customized integration applications for businesses. Integration can include sound, motion, RFID tracking and video cameras all used to improve processes and business efficiencies.

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Business
2:17 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

FarmCast Group, Fiontar And R2 Resistance Revolution At SDTBC

Mike Merrell and Curt Ahlmeier of FarmCast Group, Faye M. Wright of Fiontar and Brent Palmer of R2 Resistance Revolution join the program.

FarmCast Group, LLC

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Business
1:45 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

App Solutions And Braced With Style At SDTBC

Ross Wickman and Jared Stach of App Solutions, and Alex, Linda and Ken Thomason of Braced with Style, join the program.

App Solutions, LLC

App Solutions is developing custom small desktop and mobile applications to support customer needs. Their first product will be developed for mobile devices to build and encourage fan participation for professional and college sports teams.

Braced with Style

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Business
1:40 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

April Unemployment Figures

Pam Roberts

South Dakota Labor Secretary Pam Roberts talked about the extended unemployment and labor statistics for April which were made available last week.

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Business - Films - Drive-In
1:41 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Revisting The Drive-In Theater

"Oz: The Great and Powerful" as the film played at Roy's Black Hills Twin Drive-In Movie Theater.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

  

  

As traditional movie theaters have gotten larger – and, yet, smaller – at the same time, the ability to enjoy a night out with the latest Hollywood has to offer has become a bit too impersonal. At least, that’s what folks sitting in their vehicles told us when we made the rounds at Roy's Black Hills Twin Drive-In Movie Theater – on today’s Dakota Digest. This is the sound of a movie theater before the film starts - wind.  

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Business
1:37 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

"The 10 Buildings That Changed America"

Dan Protess, writer and producer of "10 Buildings That Changed America," joins the program. This new documentary airs Sunday, May 12th, at 9 pm Central on SDPB-TV. "10 Buildings That Changed America" is a journey that will take you across America and inside these groundbreaking works of art and engineering. It is also a journey back in time to discover the shocking, funny, and even sad stories of how these buildings were created. And it's a journey inside the imaginations of ten daring architects who set out to change the way we live, work, and play.

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Business
1:24 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

"Black Gold Boom"

Reporter/producer Todd Melby talks about his documentary series, "Black Gold Boom," on North Dakota's oil boom.  He also shared his thoughts on the recent announcement regarding the Three Fork Formation.  See www.blackgoldboom.com for more on Melby's series.

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Business - Lakota - Credit
3:10 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Lakota Federal Credit Union Grand Opening

Lakota Federal Credit Union Logo
Credit Courtesy Lakota Federal Credit Union

The Lakota Federal Credit Union has its “official” opening today in the Pine Ridge Reservation village of Kyle. But the reservation’s first savings institution is already having a profound impact on the Lakota people.

Since opening its doors for business last Fall, 608 people have set-up accounts at the Lakota Federal Credit Union.

Spokesperson Tawney Brunsch says although it may be perceived as a contradiction in locations, a Credit Union is just what’s needed in a poor area like the Pine Ridge Reservation.

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Business
2:02 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Custer Carpenter Karl Svensson

Lumber harvested from pine-beetle infested trees carries a distinctive stain that can range in color from light blue to grayish black.  Custer carpenter Karl Svensson has been making the best of a bad situation. He thinks the unique, distinctive stain in the infested-tree lumber is attractive and uses the blue wood in the post-and-beam barns and homes that he's been building in the region for about three years now.

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Business
1:52 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Sandi Vojta

Sandi Vojta, wine maker at the Prairie Berry Winery in Hill City, joins the program. When the Vojta family left Moravia, Czechoslovakia in 1876 to move to the plains of South Dakota, they established a tradition of leaving the comfort zone behind and striking off into new territory. Sandi Vojta, Prairie Berry's fifth generation winemaker, is continuing that tradition. She started making wine on a commercial level in the basement of her father's house in Mobridge, S.D., completing her first commercial wine in 1999.

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Business
3:42 am
Mon April 29, 2013

The State Of Sioux Falls

Construction in the state’s largest city is booming. Building permits for more than $200 million are already issued for 2013. It’s the first time the city has ever hit that mark in April. The milestone is good news for Sioux Falls on top of more positive numbers rolling in from 2012. 

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Business
1:40 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

China Trade Mission

Marvie Tschetter, owner of Lankota, Inc. in Huron, and Rob Mudge, co-founder of RPM and Associates in Rapid City, were part of Governor Dennis Daugaard's delegation on a trade mission to China.  The trade mission was made possible through a State Trade and Export Promotion grant awarded to South Dakota by the Small Business Administration.  Representatives from 15 South Dakota companies made the trip.  Tschetter and Mudge discussed the importance of the trip and what they learned.

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Business
1:44 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

USDA's O'Brien In South Dakota

Doug O'Brien, Deputy Under Secretary at the United States Department of Agriculture, is meeting with Tribal leaders and economic development officials across South Dakota to discuss ways the USDA can help strengthen local economies and create jobs.  He joined Karl Gehrke Wednesday on Dakota Midday.

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Business
1:53 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

SD Governor Visits China

Governor Dennis Daugaard in China
Credit State of South Dakota

Tuesday South Dakota’s governor is in China. Governor Dennis Daugaard says the trip helps the state’s businesses establish relationships with Chinese companies. In a call from China, Daugaard says those organizations can foster partnerships with South Dakota industries. 

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Business
1:52 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

South Dakota Honey

Richard Adee, co-owner of Adee Honey Farms in Bruce, talked about honey production in South Dakota which, last year, ranked second in the nation at 17 million pounds.  Adee said that South Dakota is a good location for production in the summer because of warm days and cool nights.  The past president of the American Honey Producers Association, Adee also said that honey producers all over the country are dealing with the loss of colonies.

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Business
1:31 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

South Dakota Center For Enterprise Opportunity

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity at Black Hills State University provides training and business assistance to current and aspiring entrepreneurs from start-up to expansion.  SD CEO Director Helen Merriman said that while services are available to anyone interested in business, the Center has a special emphasis on women, Native Americans, socially disadvantaged, youth entrepreneurs and women veterans.

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Business
8:27 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Technology Company Expands in South Dakota

USD President James Abbott, Eagle Creek President Ken Behrendt and Gov. Dennis Daugaard at the announcement of new IT jobs coming to Vermillion
Credit Kent Osborne / SDPB

A Minnesota based company is expanding in South Dakota.  Eagle Creek Software Services already has a technology center in Pierre and now it is promising 200 new jobs in Vermillion.  The company president says he hopes to add 800 more jobs within five years.  Ken Behrendt says his company will help design IT classed to be taught at the University of South Daktoa as a way to train future employees.  Behrendt says he's looking for students who are looking for a career.

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Business
2:10 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Advertising Rapid City

A delegation of nearly 20 Rapid City business and civic leaders returned from Houston last week after with hopes of luring oil-related business to Rapid City and to promote the Black Hills as a vacation destination for Texans who will have direct flights to the region this summer.

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Business
3:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

America's Growth Corridors

Joel Kotkin, author of the new Manhattan Institute Study, "America's Growth Corridors: The Key to National Revival," identifies four regions in the United States where a combination of low housing costs, above average population growth and business-friendly government can restart the American growth engine.  He says that future economic growth is not likely to be concentrated in the Northeast and California, but rather in less dense, more affordable, and markedly more pro-business growth corridors over the next 40 years.  Kotkin writes the weekly "New Geographer" column for

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Business
1:53 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan in South Dakota

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan is in South Dakota through Thursday to announce new USDA grants to combat global hunger, promote rural business development and highlight the economic importance of local and regional food systems.  She is also bringing the USDA's college tour to South Dakota State University to discuss the "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative and efforts to create new opportunities for farmers, ranchers and communities.

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Business, GRAMMYS, Chocolates
1:07 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Black Hills Chocolates Debut At GRAMMYS

The Signature Dark truffle will be among the Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates passed out at The GRAMMYS.
Credit Courtesy Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates

A product made in the heart of the Black Hills is scheduled to make a backstage appearance at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. Truffles made by a Deadwood chocolate shop are part of the Presenter and Performer official gift bags at the annual music awards event.

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Business
2:47 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Super Bowl Ads

From the Doritos' "Goat For Sale" Super Bowl commercial.
Credit Adweek

Brandon Nutting, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Media & Journalism at the University of South Dakota, reviewed television commercials from last night's Super Bowl game.  He commented on their effectiveness and which ones were funny or thought provoking.

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Business
2:19 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Peter Hegg Appointment

Peter Hegg.

Peter Hegg, Chairman of Hegg Companies, Inc., in Sioux Falls, has been appointed to the Advisory Council on Small Business and Labor which advises the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis.  Hegg said he looks forward to giving his perspective of what is happening in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana as a result of the Bakken oil exploration.  Hegg will serve a three-year term.

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Business
1:41 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

SD Office Of Economic Development

Commissioner Pat Costello.

Pat Costello, Commissioner of the South Dakota Office of Economic Development, joined Dakota Midday Tuesday to talk about his department's legislative priorities for the 2013 session.  The interview follows a legislative update from SDPB reporter Victoria Wicks in Pierre.

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Business
11:15 am
Thu January 10, 2013

30th Annual Dakota Farm Show Declared A Success

Credit University of South Dakota

The 20-13 Dakota Farm Show wraps up today in Vermillion. The Dakota Dome is full of vendors looking to supply farmers with their needs for the upcoming growing season. Farm Show manager Penny Swank says despite a difficult time for producers last year, things could be looking up.

Swank says, "I don’t know—I think everybody’s pretty upbeat, and looking forward to a better year—I think that, exhibitor-wise, I think people are selling. This is our third show of the season, for us, and all of our shows have been sold out—and all of our exhibitors have been very happy."

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Business
2:04 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Farm Bill Problems

Center for Rural Affairs Executive Director Chuck Hassebrook.

In the waning hours of 2012, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden negotiated a nine-month extension of the Farm Bill that the Center for Rural Affairs has criticized heavily.  Center for Rural Affairs Executive Director Chuck Hassebrook said many smaller, targeted programs that invest in proven strategies to create rural jobs, revitalize rural communities and initiatives to foster a new generation of family farmers and ranchers were completely left out of the extension.  Hassebrook joined Dakota Midday host Karl Gehrke Monday.


 

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Business
11:49 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Governor Daugaard Encourages Businesses To Apply For Trip To China

After a successful trade mission to China last spring, Governor Dennis Daugaard is leading a second mission in April. The governor is now encouraging South Dakota businesses to apply for the trip.

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Business - Federal - Lakota
2:18 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Lakota Woman On U.S. Treasury Board

Tanya Fiddler - U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Advisory Board appointee
Credit Courtesy Four Bands Community Fund

A Lakota woman from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation has been appointed to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Advisory Board.

The position brings a voice to the national table on discussions impacting community development in underserved communities like South Dakota’s reservations.

Tanya Fiddler has worked with Community Development Financial Institutions for 12 years.

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