South Dakota

Work will begin in July on an $84 million, 58-megawatt natural gas-fired plant near Huron, S.D. This flexible-capacity resource will provide energy as needed 24/7 for NorthWestern Energy's South Dakota customers. Reciprocating internal combustion engine technology will replace the existing natural gas/diesel fuel-fired combustion turbines at the Huron Generating Station.

Designed to combine agronomy, engineering and computer science disciplines under one roof, South Dakota State University's $46.1 million Raven Precision Agriculture Center will be dedicated to precision agriculture education, research and extension when it opens next year.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company has built the first piece of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S. border and started work on labor camps in Montana and South Dakota. But it has not resolved a courtroom setback that would make it hard to finish the $8 billion project.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation received more than $33.823 million worth of Federal Highway Infrastructure Program funds to be used for local bridge replacements throughout the state. The agency noted in a statement that money will be disbursed via its Local Federal Bridge Replacement and Local Bridge Removal programs, noting that all South Dakota counties, cities and towns with bridges in poor condition are eligible to apply for grants.

Terex Utilities recently acted on a request by Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) to 3D print parts for face shields. The Electronic Systems Technology and Robotics departments at the technical college are leading the effort. "Because it takes up to 13 hours to print four face shield bands, they sent a request out to local businesses to lend a hand by printing parts needed for a completed shield," said Dan Brenden, director of engineering of Terex Utilities.

RAM Inc.'s 2020 enhanced Blasting and Explosives Safety Training (BEST) Course will be held at the South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City, S.D., from Sept. 9 to 11. Building on a solid foundation of explosives regulatory, technology and application sessions, this year's course features instructions on hazard recognition posed by deteriorated explosives.

RDO Integrated Controls (RDOIC) and Pavement Recycling Systems (PRS) are teaming up to bring Topcon's Intelligent Paving suite of products to customers in eight states across the companies' footprints. Effective immediately, RDO Equipment Co. stores will sell Topcon's Intelligent Paving products across Arizona, California, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

In celebration of Manufacturing Day, U.S. Sen. John Thune made a stop at the Trail King Mitchell, S.D., production facility. On location, Sen. Thune visited with employees while learning about Trail King's innovative manufacturing processes. Thune made time to shake hands and thank the Trail King team for the hard work they are completing.

The first of two important new veterinary science building projects at South Dakota State University is nearing the end of its construction, in time for opening prior to this fall's semester. That structure's finish, followed immediately by a renovation of an adjacent vet lab, is designed to elevate the school's already outstanding reputation for advancing the study of animal disease and prevention.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation's Interstate 90 Exit 14 project in Spearfish has won a prestigious award in a national competition highlighting excellence in projects that have improved travel safety, reduced roadway congestion and provided more mobility options.

Ironhide Equipment, a Bobcat dealership, formally broke ground on a new customer service center the week of June 3, in Grand Forks, S.D. The new Ironhide center, which is much larger than the current Grand Forks facility, will allow the organization to improve workflow and serve more machines so as to improve on the high level of service Ironhide is already known for, according to the company.