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Rape, sexual contact charges against Winner man dismissed
Felonies dismissed for man once acquitted of murder, admits to having marijuana
China calls for restraint as U.S. carrier group heads for Korean waters
Pro rodeo's rags-to-riches bull proving hard to ride
Arkansas plans to execute 2 inmates Monday, would be first state in 17 years to do so
Could Apple buy Disney? Wall Street revives rumor of potential mega-deal
Caribou Coffee-owner JAB Holdings to buy bakery chain Panera Bread in biggest-ever U.S. restaurant deal
Office supplies retailer Staples explores sale
Apparel chain Bebe Stores to explore strategic alternatives
McDonald's plans mobile ordering to speed up drive-through service
Pro rodeo's rags-to-riches bull proving hard to ride
AgweekTV: Every day is Earth Day for farmers
94th Little 'I' Celebrates Tradition and New Events
Tracking soil temperature an important step before planting, experts say
Dry straw the most important tool for healthy calves
DWU finishes 1-3 on GPAC road trip
Aberdeen Roncalli's Neuendorf selected at MHS boys basketball coach
Moke strikes out 16 in Honker victory
Finalists named for Miss, Mr. Basketball
Chappell birdies final hole to take Texas Open
Blooming beauty: How to freshen up hair and makeup for spring
'The Cemetery Club' handles the topic of grief with care
Couple plans March wedding
Colome man marks 90th birthday
Mitchell woman celebrated 85 years
Mary Freidel Mimmack
Harold Theodore Tiede
OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers
MERCER: Auditor general is prepared to deliver a GEAR UP report
Swift: Taxes must be particularly taxing
THUNE: A moment worth the wait
ROUNDS: Undoing the Obama legacy of ‘government knows best’
Wiltz: How big is too big for a bobcat?
Trespassing or not? State's attorneys weigh in on non-meandered waters
Wiltz: Taking wildlife inventory after another SD winter
Seed day popular again for Pheasant Country chapter
Governor’s office: Study best approach for non-meandered water issue
John and Shirley Kangas
Elwin and Rosalie Hohn
Jeanne (Callies) Lindell
Governor: Beef plant support not a mistake
Daugaard talks to Daily Republic about Benda suicide, investigations.
January 24, 2014 - 10:30pm
December 27, 2013
Some records destroyed in EB-5 investigation
Some older state financial records gone; investigating firm working to secure bank records to verify transactions.
December 27, 2013 - 8:06pm
December 24, 2013
YEAR IN REVIEW: October: Suicide, investigation dominate news
A story that broke in the news with a few paragraphs noting the untimely death of a former state official quickly ballooned into a story of intrigue...
December 24, 2013 - 7:29am
November 22, 2013
The Benda Affair: A timeline
By Bob Mercer Capitol Correspondent March 18: Federal grand jury serves subpoena on custodian of records for Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office. Eight sets of records are sought. April 8: As result of subpoena, governor via legal counsel Jim Seward sends letter to state Attorney...
November 22, 2013 - 8:35pm
Benda attorney: ‘I did not imagine he would take his life’
By Bob Mercer Capitol Correspondent Richard Benda’s attorney, Mike Butler, of Sioux Falls, issued a statement Friday night in response to a reporter’s requests: “Richard consulted with me after he became aware that he was being investigated for alleged wrong-doing...
November 22, 2013 - 8:28pm
Benda's sister doubts suicide ruling, wrongdoing
SD officials: More than half of $1M grant diverted away from Northern Beef; Rounds says Benda demanded pre-payment of fees.
November 22, 2013 - 6:16pm
SD officials: More than half of $1M Northern Beef Packers grant diverted
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — More than half of a $1 million South Dakota grant given to Northern Beef Packers to cover construction and equipment costs was improperly diverted to pay immigration loan monitoring fees, state officials said Friday. Attorney General Marty Jackley said $550,000...
November 22, 2013 - 3:03pm
November 21, 2013
Death of former state official Richard Benda ruled a suicide
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former South Dakota economic development director Richard Benda died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the abdomen,...
November 21, 2013 - 9:50am
November 4, 2013
MERCER: A lineup card for the GOED mystery
PIERRE — Who and what are state and federal investigators probing in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development? We might never know unless criminal charges are brought. The matter allegedly happened before Gov. Dennis Daugaard took office in January 2011. The governor...
November 4, 2013 - 7:27am
October 31, 2013
Feds looking into SD beef plant
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating the finances of an idled beef plant and a federal immigration program that supplied much of its funding, two former chief players in the company told The Associated Press on Thursday. The revelation comes a day after Gov....
October 31, 2013 - 3:20pm
Feds looking into SD beef plant, link to GOED probe unclear
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating the finances of an idled beef plant and a federal immigration program that supplied much of its funding, two former chief players in the company told The Associated Press on Thursday. The revelation comes a day after...
October 31, 2013 - 3:13pm
October 30, 2013
'Misconduct' at state office was under investigation prior to former official's death
Allegations of financial misconduct in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development were being investigated prior to the recent death of the office’s former leader. The body of Richard Benda, 59, who oversaw the GOED as state secretary of tourism and development from 2006...
October 30, 2013 - 5:25pm
October 24, 2013
Brother-in-law describes finding Benda's body
Former state cabinet official said he had been hunting pheasants; heart attack initially suspected.
October 24, 2013 - 7:51pm
October 22, 2013
Former South Dakota cabinet official found dead of gunshot wound
LAKE ANDES — A man who was formerly the top tourism and development official in South Dakota was found dead of a gunshot wound Tuesday near Lake Andes, the governor’s office announced. Richard Benda was secretary of tourism and state development from 2006 to 2010. “My...
October 22, 2013 - 6:01pm