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Tribal leaders in Dakotas gathering for summit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Tribal leaders in the Dakotas will discuss topics ranging from health care to economic development during an annual gathering in Bismarck this week.

The 18th annual Tribal Leaders Summit is Wednesday through Friday at the Bismarck Civic Center. Coordinator Julie Dejarlais (deh-ZHAHR'-lay) tells The Bismarck Tribune that there will be a panel of experts to give updates on issues, and a panel of tribal leaders who will ask questions.

Dejarlais says the goal of the question-and-answer format is to give the audience a clearer picture of issues impacting American Indians.

The keynote speaker this year is 1964 Olympic gold-medal runner Billy Mills. The Oglala Lakota athlete now works with an organization that helps American Indian youth.

The summit coincides with the United Tribes International Powwow, Thursday through Sunday.


Report: Midwest economic index inched up in August

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states rose slightly in August, suggesting growth is ahead.

A survey report issued Tuesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index inched up to 57.2 last month from 57.0 in July. The index had reached a three-year high of 60.6 in June.

Looking six months ahead, the business confidence portion of the overall index climbed to 60.4 from 60.0 in July. It had hit 63.6 in June.

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers at Creighton University say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.


Legislators to discuss relaxing wine-shipping laws

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota legislators are hammering out the details of potential legislation that could allow for consumer-direct wine shipping in the state.

The Alcoholic Beverage Shipping and Distribution committee will meet in Pierre on Tuesday. Committee lawmakers will discuss whether to bring a bill to the full Legislature that would allow residents to get their favorite vintages shipped to them directly from wineries.

South Dakota is one of nine states that doesn't allow residents consumer-direct wine shipping.

One potential bill was drafted earlier this summer that would relax wine-shipping laws, but advocates said it was too restrictive.


Defunct airport terminal to be torn down in 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The defunct Rapid City Regional Airport terminal will be demolished by the end of February and turned into parking space for aircraft.

The Rapid City Journal reports the bids for the demolition project open Wednesday.

The terminal must be turn down because it is falling apart and violates regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Toni Broom is the airport's public information officer. Broom says private and corporate aircraft will be allowed to park in that space.

Boom adds that areas of the building were condemned years ago and it is also past the building-restriction line set by the FAA.

The newspaper reports the project is expected to cost around $2.8 million.


New Sioux Falls center drawing tourism dollars

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The $117 million Denny Sanford Premier Center is bringing not only top-notch entertainers to Sioux Falls, it's also bringing tourism dollars.

More than half of the tickets sold for the first few concerts at the soon-to-open venue have been bought by out-of-towners. About one-fifth have gone to people in eight other states, including Minnesota and North Dakota.

Mayor Mike Huether tells the Argus Leader one of the biggest selling points for building the facility was that it would not only improve quality of life in the city but also boost economic development.

Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Teri Schmidt says tourists who stay overnight in the city generally spend about $350.

The center's grand opening is Oct. 3, with Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line headlining.


Wagon train to start its trek to Pierre for 125th

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - A wagon train leaves Yankton for Pierre this week as part of the state's 125th anniversary of statehood.

Before the procession leaves on Thursday, a public gathering will be held at the Yankton rodeo grounds in the afternoon and evening on Wednesday.

The program will include remarks from Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a speech by wagonmaster Gerald Kessler, a re-enactment of the first governor by actor John Timm, songs by the Beadle School first-graders. Also performing will be local country singers Rachel Wood and Ashley Schweitzer, singer Mike McDonald and re-enactors from the Missouri National Recreation River.

All events are free, but there is a charge for dinner.

The wagon train will follow an old trail and arrive in Pierre on Sept. 20.


South Dakota State slips in both FCS polls

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota State University has slipped in both Football Championship Subdivision polls this week.

SDSU on Saturday lost 38-18 to Missouri, which plays in the upper-tier Football Bowl Subdivision.

The Jackrabbits slipped from 10th to 11th in the FCS coaches' poll, and from 10th to 12th in The Sports Network Poll.

North Dakota State tops both polls, followed by Eastern Washington and Southeastern Louisiana. Montana is fourth and Coastal Carolina fifth in The Sports Network Poll; the two teams swap spots in the coaches' poll.

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