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Benda, beef plant dominate year's headlines

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By Dirk Lammers

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Much of the news in South Dakota in 2013 hovered around a shuttered beef plant in Aberdeen that returned to the headlines with a bankruptcy filing, investigations into corruption and other turmoil for the business.


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