Northern Plains News
DALLAS — South Dakota corn farmers are among producers from 20 corn-growing states involved in two class action lawsuits regarding what they say are economic losses from genetically modified corn. The three law firms involved in the litigation filed their complaints Nov. 11 in federal court in St. Louis and Kansas City, Kan., and amended them this week to include 20 states. The firms say these 20 states represent 86 percent of the corn planted in the United States in 2014. Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C. of St. Louis, Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.
WASHINGTON — South Dakota ranks 12th in the country in funding programs that prevent children from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released Thursday by a coalition of public health organizations. Sister state North Dakota ranks first in the same report, with Wyoming sixth, Minnesota 11th, Montana 14th, Iowa 24th and Nebraska 27th. The report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids challenges states to do more by highlighting Florida, which has cut its high school smoking rate to a record-low 7.5 percent.
WASHINGTON — South Dakota is the most entrepreneur friendly state in the nation, according to a new report. Thursday, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council released its 19th annual "Small Business Policy Index 2014: Ranking the States on Policy Measures and Costs Impacting Small Business and Entrepreneurship." The Index ranks the 50 states according to 42 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending measurements. The most entrepreneur-friendly states under the "Small Business Policy Index 2014" are: 1. South Dakota; 2.
PITTSBURGH — South Dakotans didn't just shop with their mobile devices on Black Friday, they continued the trend on Cyber Monday, according to Branding Brands. Consumers in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Louisiana and South Dakota ranked high in the company's Mobile Commerce Index for Cyber Monday 2014, ranking the five states as the highest-converting states for mobile shopping. According to sales performance data for a sample of 35 North American retailers running on Branding Brand's platform, mobile devices (smartphone and tablets combined) produced 2,280,988 visits, 80,707 orders, a
DES MOINES, Iowa — The end-of-year holidays aren't just a time filled with more cheer, but a time filled with more trash. Leslie Irlbeck, program and outreach manager for Metro Waste Authority, says the best way to cut down on the garbage generated is through what's called pre-cycling. "So when you're at the store and you're looking for gifts or you're looking for things to wrap those gifts, it's nice to keep in mind what will you do with it once it's served its purpose — can it be reused?" Irlbeck said. "Can it be recycled?
Harvest is nearly complete in all sunflower producing areas, according to the National Sunflower Association. In North Dakota, 91 percent of the sunflower crop is reported harvested. That rate is ahead of last year, but behind the average of 97 percent.
SIOUX FALLS — Former South Dakota U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler said he is disappointed that so much money and negative campaigning swayed voters in the just conducted election that is sending former Republican Gov.
COPPELL, Texas – Alco Stores in Chamberlain, Miller, Redfield, Wagner and Mobridge will close sometime after Friday, the company announced Thursday. After 113 years, the discount retailer focused on serving...
South Dakota pheasant hunters will have the new 160-acre Gideon Game Production Area to explore in northwest Moody County this pheasant season. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department purchased the land using Pittman-Robertson dollars, contributions from the Minnehaha and Brookings County Pheasants Forever chapters and the Tony Dean Legacy Memorial Fund. The new GPA is being named in honor of Gideon Moody, a U.S.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Rep. Kristi Noem remain comfortably ahead in their re-election bids this fall, according to a new Nielson Brothers Polling/Northern Plains News Poll. In the South Dakota governor's race, Daugaard, the incumbent Republican, received 53 percent, Democratic challenger state Rep. Susan Wismer had 28 percent, independent Mike Myers received 10 percent and 9 percent were undecided. The poll surveyed 607 likely South Dakota voters and has a margin of error of 3.35 percent. In the U.S.