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A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers:


FAMILY-OWNED FREEMAN IMPLEMENT SOLD: Freeman Implement, founded in 1909, has been sold to Sioux Falls-based Sioux International.

The Case IH dealership was acquired from owners Brad and Marian Gering. Sioux International has renamed the business Freeman International.

Brad Gering, who will stay on the staff in sales, said the move will allow the dealership to keep up with advances with technology.

"The industry keeps changing and it's been more difficult for a single, standalone dealership to keep up with it all," he said. "This opportunity presented itself and we thought it was the right thing to do."

Tod Ihnen, who was already with Sioux International, will take over as the new general manager. Sioux International has locations in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.

-- Freeman Courier


GRANDVIEW ADDITION TAKING SHAPE: A new 66-acre addition on the east side of Gregory is taking form, as the city develops the land for potential buyers.

Grandview Addition, which is located north of U.S. Highway 18 and south of the Gregory school, includes 53 residential lots, 12 commercial and business lots and seven industrial lots.

The city is spending $274,500 on Phase I of the project, which includes getting water and sewer to the industrial area and extending Logan Avenue from Fifth Street to First Street with a gravel road.

Mayor Maurice Schlaht said the goal is to get those businesses up and running. The city purchased the land earlier this year for $660,000 -- or $10,000 per acre -- after voters approved the purchase with a vote in October 2013.

-- Gregory Times-Advocate

Lake Andes

SIBLINGS OPEN ICE CREAM STORE: Siblings Mike and Cindy Mengenhauser have opened The Inside Scoop, an ice cream shop in Lake Andes.

The business opened in May and held a grand opening Aug. 1, moving into the former Moe's Place along U.S. Highway 18. The Mengenhausers said they will attempt to keep the business open year-round and will serve rolls and coffee this fall during the morning hours.

-- Lake Andes Wave

Aurora County

COUNTY SETTLES LEGAL FEES FROM LAWSUIT: Almost a year after two of the law firms that previously sued the Aurora County vowed to get some of the taxpayers' money back, the county has settled with its former insurer for $787,500.

Roy Wise, of the Richardson, Wyly, Wise, Sauck & Hieb LLP law firm, of Aberdeen, filed the lawsuit that asserted that Twin City Fire Insurance, of Minneapolis, had an obligation to defend Aurora County, and that obligation was breached. Meierhenry & Sargent, of Sioux Falls, also assisted the county in recouping fees, after they had represented Thompson Farms in the original lawsuit.

At the time of the original Thompson Farms lawsuit in 2002, which was sparked by a 1998 zoning ordinance that improperly prohibited the dairy farm from expanding its herd, the county's insurance carrier was Twin City, a subsidiary of The Hartford. The county switched to the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance while the Thompson Farms lawsuit was ongoing.

A special meeting of the Aurora County Commission was held on July 31 in Sioux Falls and after five and a half hours of mediation, a settlement was reached. Aurora County States Attorney John Steele said the county will receive a net settlement of about $500,000, after attorney fees and litigation expenses.

-- The South Dakota Mail


DAUGAARD TO MARSHAL LABOR DAY PARADE: South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be the grand marshal for the Winner Labor Day parade.

Winner Mayor Jess Keesis said he had dinner with the governor in July and asked him during conversation if he would serve as the parade marshal and Daugaard said yes.

The parade, which is at 10 a.m. on Sept. 1, will celebrate South Dakota's 125 years of statehood and favorite South Dakota memories.

--Winner Advocate