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Former state economic development director Rich Benda made last-minute increases to state grants given to Northern Beef Packers before he left his state job and went to work helping the beef plant in 2011, an audit found. (File photo)

Audit: Benda helped increase beef plant grant

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By Dirk Lammers

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota's former economic development director used his public position to help his future private employer get a bigger grant for a struggling beef processing plant, according to a state audit released Thursday.

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