Northern Plains News
WASHINGTON — North Dakota was America's fastest growing state in 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Its population increased 2.2 percent, followed by the 1.7 percent growth in Nevada and Texas. Each of the 10 fastest-growing states was in the South or West, with the exception of North Dakota. Some states saw a decrease in population.
Former Senator Larry Pressler has accepted the invitation to join the Founder's Circle of the Centrist Project. The Centrist Project works for bipartisan elections and centrist, moderate, problem solving thinking in politics, universities, and throughout society. Pressler will be a volunteer part-time council member and he will continue to teach in colleges across South Dakota. Pressler says he is living in Sioux Falls, chipping away at the $250,000 debt he acquired from running as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate. "We ran a totally positive campaign," Pressler said.
Residents of rural areas in the United States tend to enjoy better mental health than their urban counterparts, according to the Daily Yonder. Researchers who studied mental health data gathered by the County Health Rankings found that peak mental health is typically found in rural areas that are near an urban center, while the urban centers tended to have the poorest mental health. At the same time, much of South Dakota and the Upper Great Plains reported some of the nation's best mental health. In the Black Hills, Custer County residents report being the least happy, with four poor mental
Expect more of the same up and down temperatures in South Dakota for the rest of December and into January, according to a new forecast. Review of the new, long-range climate outlooks released from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center indicate that the wide variability in temperature swings of fall and winter are likely to continue. Also, the potential for a weak El Niño lingers, says Dennis Todey, South Dakota state climatologist and SDSU Extension climate specialist. "Weather conditions over the state have seen some large temperature shifts," Tod
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.