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SD prisoners, staff make toys and distribute Christmas gifts

December 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

SIOUX FALLS — State prison inmates and staff members from the Department of Corrections are helping to make the holiday season brighter for others.

More than 1,700 wooden toys such as cars, puzzles and jewelry boxes were made from scrap lumber i…continue reading on

Best-selling ’90s fad Furby tops many of this year’s hottest toy lists

November 26, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Furby, a reboot of the ’90s hit toy, has come back for a second stint in the spotlight.
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Breastfeeding baby doll: Creepy or groundbreaking?

November 19, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

We’ve got dolls that wet, crawl and talk. And we’ve got plenty that come with itty bitty baby bottles. But it’s a breastfeeding doll whose suckling sounds are prompted by sensors sewn into a halter top at the nipples of little girls that caught some flak after hitting the U.S. market. Continue Reading

L.A. stuffed animals company owners to be sentenced in drug scheme

January 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Federal prosecutors said the toy company served as a financial conduit for the drug cartels in a scheme commonly known as the black market peso exchange. The scam allows middlemen to handle transactions between drug dealers and others who want to buy U.S. dollars outside the legitimate banking system to avoid taxes and import fees.
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iPads become child’s play

December 9, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Make room in the toy box for the iPad. Continue Reading

New London, Minn., Christmas display benefits Toys for Tots

December 2, 2011 in West Central Tribune

Children of all ages drawn to holiday spread Continue Reading

Toys ready to go to tots: 2011 Toys for Tots campaign almost ready for holiday

November 30, 2011 in The Jamestown Sun

With Christmas around the corner, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program in Jamestown is picking up steam and getting ready for the final push before the 2011 campaign comes to an end.
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Toy safety report finds some holiday dangers

November 23, 2011 in The Daily Republic

The consumer advocate’s report found just over a dozen toys on store shelves that violate federal safety standards. Some had unsafe levels of lead or chemicals called phthalates, and others contained small parts that young children could choke on. Continue Reading

Toy safety report find some fed safety violations

November 22, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A report released today from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group found just over a dozen toys on store shelves that violate federal safety standards for lead and chemicals called phthalates or could present a choking hazard to small children. Continue Reading

Scouts prepare dolls for families in need

October 10, 2011 in The Jamestown Sun

Many women get their tresses trimmed at EnStyl Salon, but until Friday, none of their hair was ever plastic.
“Pebbles,” “Bubbles” and about a half-dozen other tiny dolls had their hair primped and primed, curled and cut Friday as part of a Girl Scout project for two real girls working towards their Silver Awards. The dolls are destined for children in need this Christmas.
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