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North Carolina man arrested near Emery after crashing vehicle in creek
Man faces 2 capital murder charges in Mississippi nun deaths
Regulator: Dakota Access pipeline worker killed in accident
Far-reaching tribal solidarity displayed at pipeline protest
3 tribal colleges in South Dakota get USDA grant funding
Insurance agent earns two honors
New iPhone to ditch headphone jack, come with better camera
Hulu ends free streaming service
BankWest announces new banker in Mitchell
A spa in Burger King? A Taco Bell lounge? This is the future of fast food.
Plaintiffs join suit challenging anti-corporate farming law
Rain in past week boosts soil moisture in South Dakota
Egg-laying chickens and eggs up in South Dakota
Scouts find subpar corn yields, big soy pod counts in South Dakota
AgweekTV: North Dakota sweet corn patch donated to charity every year
Photos from the Kernels game against Harrisburg
No. 3 Harrisburg rallies past No. 2 Mitchell
Dakota State stuns Dakota Wesleyan football team
No. 3 Jaguars fend off No. 4 Cowboys
Kernels cross country brings back bigger squad
Marion man to celebrate 90th
Mitchell woman to celebrate 96 years
Weisser reunion to be held in Tripp
Strand birth announcement
Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary holds July meeting
Shellie Rene Hansen (Gaulke)
Andrew Clarence Sybesma
Steven Douglas Coulter
Fern M. Chasing Horse
LETTER: Booze is seemingly everywhere
LETTER: Time passes, but remember all involved at 9-11
LETTER: Ask for fair pay on Labor Day
LETTER: Let's double check Thune's claim
LETTER: State's attorney should look into gas prices
Six fish species of state records set thus far in 2016
WILTZ: Cecil, Bullwinkle and the grizzly bears
North Dakota lowers mountain lion quota for first time
WILTZ: Some things we don't know bother me
Special August hunting season for Canada geese eliminated
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. 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