100 Years AgoCaptain J. E. Finfrock and wife of Camp Upton, New York arrived in Pierre Monday evening, having driven from New York to Kansas, and thence to Pierre. Captain Finfrock has been in the service during the war and up to the present time, having enlisted from Fargo where for seven years he was connected with the Fargo Forum. He will associate himself with the Capital-Journal, having charge of the general news and telegraph department and city editorial work. Mr. and Mrs. Finfrock are favorably impressed with the appearance of Pierre and we anticipate that the people of the city will be pleased to receive them as fellow citizens. It will naturally take some time for Mr. Finfrock to get in touch with the different businesspeople and enterprises, but we trust that the people of Pierre will show their usual hospitality and cordiality toward the new city editor and his wife. The Capital-Journal is not promising any quick revolution in development, but this acquisition to our employment force is calculated to help lead up to some bigger things in view for the future. While the local advertising field will not justify a metropolitan daily, there are some features of newspaper progress which it is our intention to develop as rapidly as possible.

50 Years AgoAttorney General Gordon Mydland has cautioned South Dakota business owners to use extreme care before signing agreements with “business opportunity brokers.” A business opportunity broker is an individual who for a fee or commission will assist in the sale of an established business by finding a buyer. “This is a legitimate business,” Commissioner of Consumer Affairs John S. DeVany said, “and our precaution is issued as an attempt to help the public more fully understand what this broker will actually do for them.” The business opportunity broker is not a licensed real estate broker or agent. This particular broker sells only the business-not the land or building in which it is located. Some brokers will offer to list the potential seller’s business and ask for $400 to $600 cash in advance to do so. In these cases, the client should know exactly what this fee entitled the seller to and for what period of time. Sometimes the broker will merely schedule advertisements offering the business for sale and do nothing more. DeVany concluded by recommending that owners who may be considering selling their businesses in this manner should contact business opportunity brokers who are paid on a commission basis upon the completion of the sale and not before.

25 Years AgoAn area north of Fort Pierre probably won’t be annexed into the city for several years, according to information presented at a special meeting of the Fort Pierre Common Council on Wednesday night. Fritz and Jim Forney last spring asked the council for water and sewer services to an area two miles north of Fort Pierre, between S.D. Highway 1806 and the Missouri River, into the city. They would agree to have the area annexed into Fort Pierre if those services were provided. The Forneys planned to develop a golf course/housing complex in that area. Since then, the Forneys have decided not to go ahead with their plans until the city can provide services to the area. Fort Pierre’s director of public works Mark Hollenbeck and city finance officer Mary Ellen Garrett had gathered information about the costs and benefits of annexation and the council decided that information should be presented to the council. The council has not decided what areas north of Fort Pierre to annex.

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