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Federal judge extends order blocking Trump's travel ban from six Muslim countries
$1.9M Aurora County Courthouse project receives positive public response
At least 12 killed after Texas church bus crash
Vehicle destroyed in fire in Howard
Muslims tell Minnesota Capitol gathering they feel more misunderstood now than ever before
Apparel chain Bebe Stores to explore strategic alternatives
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
Instagram will soon let you like comments - or even turn them off completely
Cattle market heats up as retail beef price cools
NDSU researchers eyeball new ways to grow better beef
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
Catching up with former area athletes: Bormann named NSIC golfer of the week
UPDATE: UND cuts women's hockey, men's and women's swimming
Eriksson Ek showing signs of improvement for Wild
Rule 5 pick Haley makes Twins roster
Royals return key pieces in repeat bid
'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
Beverly Ann LeBeau
CLARK: Thanking our local physicians
OUR VIEW: Overcoming the wallop of construction
WOSTER: Smooth talkin' candidates
THUNE: The Department of Agriculture will be in good hands
DAUGAARD: A chance to be South Dakota's Capital for a Day
Wiltz: A fishing trip you might consider passing up
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
Curtis and Linda Mueller
August 9, 2016
South Dakota wants to keep its EB-5 authority
PIERRE—The Daugaard administration is trying to overturn the federal decision to strip South Dakota state government of its status as an EB-5 immigrant investor center. A law firm representing Gov. Dennis Daugaard filed the state's response Monday to the U.S. Citizenship and...
August 9, 2016 - 5:21pm
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
March 31, 2016
Attorney General: Charges filed in EB-5 investigation
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota on Thursday charged the former official who ran an investment-for-visa program with five felony counts including that he diverted into his company account more than $1.2 million that was supposed to stay in an account to compensate the state for losses....
March 31, 2016 - 5:42pm
May 14, 2015
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
December 1, 2014
Committee concludes Benda responsible for EB-5
PIERRE (AP) — A former state official who committed suicide last year was solely to blame for an investment-for-visa program scandal that spawned state and federal investigations, a legislative audit committee said in a report released Monday. The state Government Operations...
December 1, 2014 - 10:55pm
November 18, 2014
OPINION: Setting record straight on EB-5
There have seen so many misstatements in the media regarding the EB-5 program and Joop Bollen, I felt it necessary to speak out. The tragic suicide of Richard Benda, former secretary of economic development, has tumed the situation into a media feeding frenzy, driven by a definite...
November 18, 2014 - 1:11pm
October 23, 2014
Rounds says he didn't approve $600,000 for beef plant
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Former Gov. Mike Rounds says he didn't approve $600,000 in state aid for an Aberdeen beef plant authorized by a Cabinet secretary in the final days of his administration — or even know about it. Secretary of Tourism and State Development Richard Benda approved...
October 23, 2014 - 7:38am
October 16, 2014
EB-5 immigration investment scandal might derail GOP's Senate hopes
By Sean Sullivan The battle for the Senate majority could wind up turning on a complex immigration investment scandal that sounds like the plot of a Coen Brothers film. The labyrinthine subplots involve a suicide (and doubts about whether it really was a suicide), secret business...
October 16, 2014 - 4:45pm
August 27, 2014
A guide to the EB-5 program investigation in SD
Republican and Democratic lawmakers hope to delve deeper into the scandal involving an investment-for-green-card program at the Sept. 24 Government Operations and Audit Committee meeting in Pierre. Here's a look at key elements of the investigations into the reported misappropriation...
August 27, 2014 - 10:53pm
August 26, 2014
TODD EPP: Restaging of Benda's death was inappropriate
Call me skeptical. I, too, think the explanation that Richard Benda, one of the key players in the ongoing EB-5 saga here in South Dakota,...
August 26, 2014 - 12:17pm
August 24, 2014
Daugaard considering lawsuit to recover EB-5 money
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is considering filing a lawsuit to recover $550,000 meant to go to a beef plant involved in an investment-for-green-card program. A private lawyer has been working for months to determine whether the state can reclaim the...
August 24, 2014 - 11:05pm
SD reporter sues to get Benda death reports
'The attorney general appropriated to himself authority to create and enforce special criteria for release of the records,' reporter claims in suit.
August 24, 2014 - 9:44pm
June 20, 2014
Lawmakers consider subpoena in foreign-investor inquiry
PIERRE — A legislative panel will consider issuing a subpoena in an attempt to force a witness to testify, its leader said Friday. Sen.
June 20, 2014 - 5:34pm
May 7, 2014
OUR VIEW: Here's one good thing to come from Benda investigations
Richard Benda, the former secretary of tourism and state development, committed suicide in October in rural Lake Andes. Soon afterward, it...
May 7, 2014 - 6:25pm
February 14, 2014
State paid thousands to Benda without proof
PIERRE -- The former state official that pioneered recruitment of Asian investors for a handful of South Dakota projects received many tens of thousands of dollars in reimbursements for expenses in a two-year period that weren't backed up by receipts or other proof, a special audit...
February 14, 2014 - 8:43pm