November 30, 2021

S.D., Northern Plains Farm Labor Wage $17.25/Hour

UNDATED – In the Northern Plains Region (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) there were 41,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on farms and ranches during the week of July 11-17, 2021, up 14% from the July 2020 reference week, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Workers numbered 45,000 during the week […]

November 29, 2021

South Dakota gas prices end Thanksgiving holiday by dropping 5.6 cents

UNDATED – South Dakota gas prices have fallen 5.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.24/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 628 stations in South Dakota. Gas prices in South Dakota are 6.0 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand $1.18/g higher than a year ago. According to […]

November 29, 2021

South Dakota nurses are paid the second worst, on average, in the nation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota nurses are paid the second worst, on average, in the nation. That’s according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average South Dakota nurse is paid nearly $61,000. California nurses are the highest-paid. They make, on average, nearly $121,000 a year. REGIONAL STATE RANKINGS 13. Minnesota: $80,960 25. […]

November 26, 2021

Deadwood’s October Gaming Increase Aided by Sports Wagering

DEADWOOD, S.D. – According to statistics released today by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, the October 2021 gaming handle showed a 20.54 percent increase over October 2020, fueled by $815,037 in sports wagering handle, with slot machine handle increasing by 18.84 percent when compared to October 2020. The table game handle increased by 34.35 […]

November 23, 2021

Support Entrepreneurs on Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday

PIERRE (SD) – The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) and Junior Achievement (JA) of South Dakota encourage you to shop Mom & Pop businesses on Small Business Saturday, November 27, and support organizations that teach entrepreneurial skills on Giving Tuesday, November 30. SDRA and JA support current and future entrepreneurs and celebrate the skills that […]

November 23, 2021

Sturgis has great third quarter tax report

STURGIS, S.D. – The September Sales Tax and Tourism Tax Report shows significant increases for General Sales Tax and Tourism (BBB) Tax. The general sales tax collection for September (month over month) is up 21.4%. General sales tax collections for January – September (year over year) is up 13.4%. Tourism Sales Tax (BBB) for September […]

November 22, 2021

Nebraska bank acquiring Wyoming-based Western States Bank

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The parent company of First National Bank of Omaha is acquiring Wyoming-based Western States Bank. Terms of the deal announced Monday weren’t released, but the companies said Western States has $542 million in total assets and runs 10 branches in northeastern Colorado, western Nebraska and southeastern Wyoming. First National’s Chairman and […]

November 22, 2021

Target to keep stores closed on Thanksgiving for good

NEW YORK (AP) — Target will no longer open its stores on Thanksgiving Day, making permanent a shift to the unofficial start of the holiday season that was suspended during the pandemic. To limit crowds in stores, retailers last year were forced to turn what had become a weekend shopping blitz into an extended event […]

November 18, 2021

Lloyd Companies to build hotel, apartment downtown Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Downtown Rapid City is getting a new hotel and 130 loft apartments. A Hyatt Place Hotel will join Block 5 Lofts on St. Joseph Street between Fifth and Sixth streets. The Hyatt Place will include 117 rooms, a ballroom and meeting space with a breakfast and evening bar. Block 5 will […]

November 17, 2021

Regulators seek to suspend Trump rule on railway natural gas

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal regulators have proposed suspending a Trump administration rule that would have allowed railroads to haul liquefied natural gas while they take a closer look at the potential safety risks. The rule, which was backed by both the natural gas and freight rail industries, had already been on hold because several […]