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Lake Andes teen suffers life-threatening injuries in crash
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McDonald's plans mobile ordering to speed up drive-through service
Snap tops expectations in pricing of long-awaited IPO
Lego replaces long-time CEO with first foreign boss in organizational shake-up
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Weather presenting perfect conditions for lambing
Wessington Springs native is inventor of HydroGreen’s patent-pending system
Good genes more important than ever at bull auctions, rancher says
NOEM: A diversity of issues impacting agriculture
Dak-12 to DWU: Tigers continue Dakota-XII recruiting pipeline
South Carolina defeats Florida for first Final Four berth
Athanasiou converts in OT as Red Wings nip Wild
Class A boys sweep Class AA, B
Berrios proud to have played for Puerto Rico, even if it means starting season in minors
'The Cemetery Club' handles the topic of grief with care
Couple plans March wedding
Colome man marks 90th birthday
Mitchell woman celebrated 85 years
Local couple weds in October ceremony
William "Bill" Mayer
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Ducks Unlimited to hold volunteer meeting
Increased license costs to benefit wildlife damage repairs
State seeking more successful deer hunts
Wiltz: Writing a book has its rewards, challenges
Chamberlain lures out-of-state anglers, reels in rewards
Curtis and Linda Mueller
February 13, 2014
Audit: Benda helped increase beef plant grant
By Dirk Lammers SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota's former economic development director used his public position to help his future private...
February 13, 2014 - 5:10pm
Daugaard releases Legislative Audit's GOED report
Governor Releases Auditor General’s Report On Economic Development Office PIERRE – Gov. Dennis Daugaard today released the results of an independent audit of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). The audit was conducted by the Department of Legislative...
February 13, 2014 - 11:50am
February 4, 2014
SD House urges hearings on economic development agency
By Chet Brokaw PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota House called for legislative hearings on Tuesday to investigate the state's economic development agency, including its involvement in issues related to the financing of a failed beef packing plant. Representatives voted 51-18...
February 4, 2014 - 11:05pm
GOED reviews at a glance
Here’s a snapshot of the scope of three sets of reviews conducted recently by private accounting firms for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, along with the responses from GOED and others in state government. GOED INTERNAL CONTROLS: The Eide Bailly accounting firm...
February 4, 2014 - 7:13am
February 3, 2014
Examining EB-5 in South Dakota
PIERRE -- Pieces are moving into place for the Legislature to analyze state government's involvement in the now-suspended EB-5 immigrant investor program and decide whether further action should be taken. The eight Democratic and Republican leaders and assistant leaders in the House...
February 3, 2014 - 5:40pm
January 30, 2014
Reports find procedural flaws at GOED
The two reviews did not deal specifically with the details of alleged misconduct involving the financing of the failed Aberdeen beef packing...
January 30, 2014 - 12:12pm
January 24, 2014
Governor: Beef plant support not a mistake
Daugaard talks to Daily Republic about Benda suicide, investigations.
January 24, 2014 - 10:30pm
January 17, 2014
DAUGAARD: Update on SD’s audits
Serious matter deserves serious attention.
January 17, 2014 - 7:35am
January 15, 2014
State board withdraws $5M loan to Northern Beef Packers
Why the Aberdeen project never received the loan - approved in January 2010 - isn’t clear. The board offered no public explanation for ending the commitment six weeks early after numerous extensions.
January 15, 2014 - 6:37am
Daugaard: GOED still under review, audit
PIERRE — Gov. Dennis Daugaard used a small part of his State of the State speech Tuesday to talk about the reviews and audits under way at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. He also promised to seek policy changes regarding state employee travel and reimbursement. ...
January 15, 2014 - 6:18am
January 11, 2014
South Dakota AG releases economic probe documents
By Dirk Lammers SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said Friday that he is releasing criminal investigative and state grand jury information to the Department of Legislative Audit to assist with its examination of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Jackley...
January 11, 2014 - 10:29am
January 2, 2014
SD AG: Benda daughter won't allow opening of file
PIERRE (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley has reiterated that South Dakota law prevents reporters from reviewing investigative records into the death of a former state economic development director. Richard Benda was found dead Oct. 22 in a grove near Lake Andes with a fatal...
January 2, 2014 - 6:37pm
December 26, 2013
Legislative Audit joins EB-5 probe
A report from Eide Bailly to be finished Jan. 3, 2014, and a report from Legislative Audit to be completed Jan. 24, 2014.
December 26, 2013 - 6:59pm
December 16, 2013
SD lawmakers balk at probe of state loans to Northern Beef
Executive Committee removes EB-5 item from agenda.
December 16, 2013 - 6:16pm
December 13, 2013
Benda double-billing called accidental
The man who was state auditor when Richard Benda double-billed state government for travel reimbursements said it may have been accidental, and a flaw in the system may have contributed to it. Benda, then the state secretary of tourism and development, submitted and was reimbursed...
December 13, 2013 - 8:24pm