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In this file photo from June 13, 2007, in Elk Point, South Dakota Tourism and State Development Secretary Richard Benda talks about a company's plan to build an oil refinery in southeastern South Dakota. Benda, who served in the position until 2011, was found dead Oct. 22 this year in a grove of trees near Lake Andes with a shotgun wound. The state attorney general ruled the death a suicide. (AP Photo)

YEAR IN REVIEW: October: Suicide, investigation dominate news

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A story that broke in the news with a few paragraphs noting the untimely death of a former state official quickly ballooned into a story of intrigue involving international investors, the struggling Northern Beef Packers plant in Aberdeen and potentially the U.S. Senate candidacy of former Gov. Mike Rounds.

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