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April 14, 2016
State's criminal EB-5 case rests on little-used charge
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The high-profile financial misconduct case against the man who once ran South Dakota's investment-for-visa program relies on a little-used felony charge that has been filed in much simpler cases, such as the shooting of a truck with a rifle and the auctioning...
April 14, 2016 - 11:53am
April 11, 2016
MERCER: So many signals missed at Platte
PIERRE — The attorney general knew months before the Platte killings on Sept. 17 that Mid-Central Educational Cooperative was under government scrutiny. He was told in a telephone conversation with this reporter one morning as I drove around Platte looking for the Mid-Central board...
April 11, 2016 - 8:46am
April 7, 2016
AG seeks strengthened conflict of interest legislation
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is urging the Legislature reconsider conflict of interest legislation in 2017. Jackley praised the recently-approved legislation to create a seven-member Board of Internal Control to deter the recent string of corruption scandals in South...
April 7, 2016 - 10:18am
April 1, 2016
Attorney: Bollen is scapegoat for South Dakota visa scandal
ABERDEEN (AP) — The attorney for a man who once ran South Dakota's scandal-ridden investment-for-visa program said Friday the state is trying to make his client a scapegoat by bringing felony charges against him. Joop Bollen made his first court appearance on charges of diverting...
April 1, 2016 - 2:20pm
February 17, 2016
Buffer strips might get break on property taxes
PIERRE -- State senators unanimously supported a change in South Dakota property-tax policy on Tuesday intended to promote cleaner water in creeks, rivers and lakes. It would allow cropland planted back to grass to be assessed at a lower value as non-cropland for property tax purposes....
February 17, 2016 - 11:14am
February 5, 2016
Governor, legislators file separate bills on ethics, contracts, conflicts of interest
PIERRE—The governor, a group of Republicans and a group of Democrats separately filed new legislation dealing with ethics, contracts and conflicts of interest Thursday. The proposals came at the deadline for individual legislators to introduce legislation. Committees face their...
February 5, 2016 - 10:30am
December 2, 2015
Investors sue state over failed beef plant investment
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Thirty-five foreign investors who sunk a collective $18.5 million into a failed South Dakota beef processing plant sued the state on Wednesday, alleging that officials misrepresented that the project was financially sound. The investors' lawsuit claims that Northern...
December 2, 2015 - 4:18pm
November 23, 2015
SDRC alleges defamation, lost revenue in EB-5 suit response
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A private firm that previously managed South Dakota's investment-for-visa program says the state defamed the company, caused it to lose revenue and interfered with its business relationships. SDRC Inc. asks that the government's claims be denied and requests...
November 23, 2015 - 4:58pm
November 4, 2015
OPINION: More jobs needed in the right places
PIERRE—Inviting more stoners to town, as the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe intends to do with its pot lounge, would be tourism. That...
November 4, 2015 - 12:57pm
October 23, 2015
Rounds: Feds right in exercising oversight of EB-5 in SD
PIERRE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds said Thursday that the federal government is right in exercising its oversight of an investment-for-visa program pioneered in South Dakota when he was governor. His comments came in response to questions about a federal notice that the state's...
October 23, 2015 - 1:43pm
October 22, 2015
Rounds spends October recess in the Middle East
A nine-day trip to the Middle East reaffirmed Sen.
October 22, 2015 - 6:07pm
October 18, 2015
Feds aim to kick SD out from EB-5 program; state sues for Bollen's records
PIERRE — The EB-5 scandal is blowing up again in South Dakota. And this time the allegations are bigger and stranger. The federal government agency that oversees the program has revealed it conducted a detailed investigation. Among the probe’s findings: • Three payments...
October 18, 2015 - 9:07am
June 14, 2015
New law lets state employees get waivers for state contracts, results from EB-5 secret deals
PIERRE—State government employees will be allowed to directly derive benefits from state contracts, but they must have official waivers in writing and the documents will be open to public inspection, under a new law that takes effect July 1 in South Dakota. The waiver also...
June 14, 2015 - 3:36pm
SD Supreme Court rules AG followed state’s disclosure law on Benda death investigation
PIERRE -- The South Dakota Supreme Court unanimously ruled the attorney general has followed South Dakota’s disclosure law relating to the Richard Benda death investigation, Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Thursday. Local, state, and federal authorities conducted the...
May 14, 2015 - 11:20am
February 5, 2015
EB-5 arguments stir up again, as House Republicans turn back request for an ethics commission
PIERRE — A Democratic proposal to restore the South Dakota Ethics Commission died on a vote along party lines Wednesday in the South Dakota House of Representatives. House members killed the resolution 53-16. Democrats wanted the Legislature's Executive Board to work with...
February 5, 2015 - 8:24am