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November 18, 2014
MERCER: Seven steps to prevent a repeat of the EB-5 grab
PIERRE — There are fewer than 40 days before the Nov. 4 elections, and voting began Sept. 19. Yet South Dakotans still don't have clear answers about what former Gov. Mike Rounds knew or didn't know, and what he approved or didn't approve, regarding the secret EB-5 foreign investment...
November 18, 2014 - 1:15pm
Bollen wasn't questioned by AG Jackley
PIERRE — State Attorney General Marty Jackley said he didn't speak with Joop Bollen, who oversaw South Dakota's EB-5 immigrant investor program, when Jackley's office investigated Richard Benda last year. A subpoena from a federal grand jury in March 2013 sought information...
November 18, 2014 - 1:10pm
October 22, 2014
Rounds aware of Benda conflict before changing job
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Former Gov. Mike Rounds said he was aware before finishing his term in December 2010 that his economic development secretary Richard Benda would be leaving his state job to work for an investor in a scandal-smeared beef plant in Aberdeen. Rounds learned of...
October 22, 2014 - 10:20pm
October 3, 2014
LETTER: EB-5 questions still need answers
To the Editor: This whole thing with EB-5 really stinks. First, I’d like to agree with Bob Mercer. Where is the Richard Benda report? After he died, they tried to blame the mess on him. Then I agree with Tim Erickson: they would like it all to go away with no more said....
October 3, 2014 - 9:08pm
September 28, 2014
MERCER: Seven steps to prevent a repeat of the EB-5 grab
PIERRE — There are fewer than 40 days before the Nov. 4 elections, and voting began Sept. 19. Yet South Dakotans still don't have clear...
September 28, 2014 - 10:46pm
September 22, 2014
County commissioner sues to get EB-5 files taken from NSU
A South Dakota official is suing for files from the South Dakota Regional Corporation. Democratic Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth filed a petition in U.S. District Court on Monday requesting that former governor and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds and others...
September 22, 2014 - 9:22pm
September 8, 2014
MERCER: Where is the Benda report?
PIERRE -- This is the month, one year ago, when the legal noose began to tighten around a suspected criminal. State government's top law enforcement...
September 8, 2014 - 7:21am
August 11, 2014
DAUGAARD: A look back on recent legislative audits
Over the last several months, legislators and state officials have looked carefully into our state's economic development programs. I believe...
August 11, 2014 - 8:07pm
July 30, 2014
Legislature’s GOED inquiry seems to be near end
PIERRE — The Legislature’s investigatory committee looking into South Dakota’s involvement in the federal EB-5 immigrant investor program has wrapped up most of its work unless a federal investigation would generate new questions in the future, the panel’s chairman said Tuesday. ...
July 30, 2014 - 8:11am
July 29, 2014
Jackley to brief lawmakers on economic probe
PIERRE (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley plans to brief lawmakers Tuesday on his investigation into potential financial misconduct at the Governor's Office of Economic Development. He'll address the South Dakota Government Operations and Audit Committee of the Legislature...
July 29, 2014 - 8:54am
May 12, 2014
Office upholds AG's withholding of Benda death records
PIERRE (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley says the Office of Hearing Examiners has upheld his withholding of the public release of investigative records into the death of a former state economic development director. Richard Benda was found dead in October in a grove of...
May 12, 2014 - 10:23am
May 8, 2014
Legislative panel gains no ground on GOED/EB-5 probe
PIERRE — The June 3 primary elections, for Democratic and Republican nominations for governor and for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, will be in the books before South Dakotans know anything more from the Legislature’s panel that was requested to conduct hearings on...
May 8, 2014 - 7:42am
Before Northern Beef built, key state program turned for-profit
A state economic development office's spin-off into a for-profit company is under the microscope as lawmakers vow to look further into the state's...
April 8, 2014 - 10:16pm
March 7, 2014
SD lawmakers look at GOED, Benda
By Chet Brokaw PIERRE (AP) — Allegations of misconduct in the state's economic development agency focus only on a former employee, the...
March 7, 2014 - 5:18pm
March 5, 2014
More info on GOED, EB-5 may come out at Friday hearing
PIERRE -- The legislative hearing set for Friday morning might be the only one that will be held regarding financial practices in the Governor's...
March 5, 2014 - 9:48pm