MISSOURI RIVER HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT'S BOARD MET IN CLOSED SESSION MONDAY NIGHT TO DISCUSS LEGAL MATTERS THAT LIKELY INVIOVED PENN NATIONAL GAMING AND THE ONGOING DISPUTE REGARDING A FUTURE LAND BASED GAMING CASINO IN WOODBURY COUNTY.
MRHD CHAIRMAN MARK MONSON SAID AFTERWARDS HE COULDN'T DISCUSS THE ISSUES THE BOARD DEALT WITH.
MONSON DID SAY MRHD WAS CONTINUING TO SEEK OFFERS FROM AND NEGOTIATE WITH POTENTIAL CASINO OPERATORS. PENN GAMING WOULD BE ONE OF THOSE POTENTIAL OPERATORS.
MONSON WOULD NOT SAY HOW MANY OFFERS WERE UNDER CONSIDERATION OR WHO THEY WERE FROM.
AN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MACDE OF OF MONSON AND FOUR OTHERS MRHD BOARD MEMBERS IS WORKING DAILY ON THE POTENTIAL OFFERS, AND WILL BRING A RECOMENDATION BACK TO THE FULL BOARD.
THAT WILL HAPPEN BEFORE THE NOVEMBER 1ST DEADLINE SET BY THE IOWA RACING AND GAMING COMMISSION, BUT MONSON COULD NOT SAY HOW SOON MRHD'S BOARD WILL NEXT MEET.
Hyperion Energy is declining to renew land purchase options on more than 5000 acres of farmland in Union County, South Dakota.
The company had taken out options on the land for a proposed $10 billion oil refinery.
Hyperion spokesman Eric Williams says that does not mean the project has been cancelled. Williams says the company is evaluating its various options and opportunities and will continue to dialogue with Union County residents.
The move comes just before the South Dakota Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case involving a state air quality permit for the refinery.
Williams says Hyperion still plans to argue the case.
CenturyLink workers in 13 states in the West and Midwest are authorizing a strike, if union leaders and the telecommunications company can't reach a contract agreement.
That includes workers in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska. The Communications Workers of America said Monday that more than 88 percent of those voting backed the action.
The union and Monroe, La.-based CenturyLink are trying to reach a new contract for 13,000 employees before the current contract expires Saturday night. The employees include customer service agents, network technicians and Internet support workers.
The company operates a call center here in Sioux City.
Union spokesman Al Kogler said the CWA opposes a proposed increase in health care premiums and wants to bring more jobs back to the U.S. The union approved a strike during contract talks in 2008 but a work stoppage wasn't ordered.