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UPDATE: Protest at Enbridge property in Bemidji, Minn., ends
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Trump turns sports into a political battleground with comments on NFL, Curry
Chamberlain implementing technology for individualized learning
U.S. bombers, fighters, stage show of force off North Korean coast
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Stars of HGTV's hit show 'Fixer Upper' to launch product line at Target
Apple unveils new products including the $1,000 iPhone
Fixed mortgage rates keep falling, sinking to yearly lows
Amazon hit with lawsuit over eclipse glasses
AgweekTV: Finding Common Ground
PINKE POST: 3 simple rules to make the most of family meals
Why small, local, organic farms aren't the key to fixing our food system
Brown County officials reject proposed hog farm expansion
Nearly one-third of South Dakota winter wheat crop planted
Vikings QB grounded by faith, family and football
DWU football team turns attention to Hastings
Granite's homerun highlights 8-run eighth as Twins rout Tigers
Lynx's legacy is secure heading into WNBA Finals, but motivation remains
TWINS: Electronic device expedites Byron Buxton's recovery from hand injury
Award-winning ‘Over the Ocean’ is first-rate read
KIRK: Gratitude for the little country things
Fulton sisters celebrate 10 years of bow rehairing, restoration business
ACT’s ‘Mary Poppins’ wows audiences with vocals, dance scenes
Saddle making: Hobby turned full-time career
Lori Jean Will
Joseph Shields, Jr.
Darlyne A. Gottlob
LETTER: A good use for dried milk
LETTER: School district creating competition
LETTER: A ridiculous proposed tax on tobacco
LETTER: A terrible headline
LETTER: Multiple types of care for different headaches
Wiltz: When hunting and fishing, what does weather matter?
A 'carefree weekend' for the Haiars
Gov. Daugaard stands behind pheasant work
Wiltz: An ugly bruiser of a fish
Biologists: Pheasant numbers drop due to prolonged drought
Janet Beukelman Mitchell
Betty (Lloyd) Johnson
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
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
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.
December 13, 2013 - 8:24pm
Northern Beef repaid Daugaard-era loan
No further state action anticipated on redirection of $550K Rounds grant.
December 13, 2013 - 8:09pm
JACKLEY: Some EB-5 editorials inaccurate
As attorney general, I am disappointed to have read certain editorials relating to the state’s investigation into the $550,000 diversion of funds to the federal EB-5 program.
December 13, 2013 - 7:49pm