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Trump's solution for school shootings: arm teachers
Photo captures Trump's notes for listening session
Fargo lawyer sued for appearing in SD court without a license or privileges
19-year-old injured in crash on icy road near Mount Vernon
MSUM professor sees shift in stuttering therapy from fluency to feelings during 40-year career
Sioux Falls teacher requests special brain cancer treatment
Koch brothers try to kill gas tax hike
Taco Bell overtakes Burger King as 4th-largest U.S. chain
A Trump dating site used a sex offender as its model, and it has a few other issues, too
KFC restaurants in the UK have a problem. They don't have chicken.
place a business brief
State climatologist: 'Prepare for another drought year'
Eager about agriculture
Customers are the 'backbone' of Blue Bird Locker
A fondness for farming
Farmers have highest suicide rate of all occupations
U.S.-Canada play for gold
Mason sparks Gophers as they end nine-game losing streak
Photos from DWU in the GPAC tourney
Tigers torch Broncos
Coyotes claim Summit regular-season title
Mitchell family begins charity to raise money for Congenital Heart Defects
Wearing 'multitasker' badge of honor despite drawbacks
Colorado couple opens thrift store in Mitchell to benefit area nonprofits
Folding for the less fortunate
Peace Light and Stone celebrates 25 years of business in Mitchell
Annette Leontina Link
JoAnn Mavis Thompson (nee Evenson)
Mark L. Koenig
Bessie Melva Boughey
Commentary: How an aging Billy Graham approached his own death
OPINION: Session is about two-thirds complete
WOSTER: 'Knock off the quads and let them skate'
How wine tastings transport you
OPINION: 'Be our guest' to another Disney classic
Wiltz: Give some thought to loading your own ammo
Old Scandinavian pastime of kicksledding makes a return at Minn. preserve
Mettle to medal: John Henry Krueger perseveres to podium in 1,000 meters
Like many great champions, Mikaela Shiffrin is compelling, and human, in defeat
Pheasant hunters flocking in February? National Pheasant Fest bringing in thousands to SD
Ralph & Gail Dybdahl
Chris & Sandi Paustian
January 24, 2014
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.
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:
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.
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.
October 22, 2013 - 6:01pm