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NTSB report reveals Wisconsin teens 'waving' at people before plane crash
Pierre restaurant fire deemed electrical in nature
Game, Fish and Parks: Don't bring fireworks to state parks
White Lake superintendent hopes building project will draw more families to district
Wednesday need-to-know: 5 stories
UPS to freeze pensions for 70,000 nonunion workers to cut costs
CenturyLink is accused of running a Wells Fargo-like scheme
Nestle may sell Butterfinger, BabyRuth as U.S. cuts sweets
Sprint offers one-year free unlimited service aimed at Verizon users
Apple's iPad Pro is closer than ever to replacing your laptop
Farm groups applaud withdrawal of WOTUS rule
Dry conditions continue impacting South Dakota farmers
Continued improvements showcased at Sanborn Co. 4-H arena
Dusty wheat fields signal peak for glut
Central SD farmer sees 4-year drought 'rotation'
Legion baseball roundup: Tabor sweeps visiting Jags
Mitchell's Nelson improving on camp circuit
Dannenbring wins local youth golf event in Sioux Falls
Former Augie standout Schilling to coach Lancers
Miscues doom Post 18 against Brandon Valley
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 Jane Kiner
Keillor: Partying with the engineers
Parenting Perspectives: A moment in the mind of a mom
OPINION: Infringing on your property rights
OPINION: Lead legislator leads on public notice law
OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers
Wiltz: The need-to-know on SD's deer seasons
Wiltz: Could you have been a good mountain man?
Wiltz: Dealing with out-of-state anglers
Reclaiming habitat for SD's largest fish
Wiltz: With outdoors trips, a Plan B is good
Bob & Anna Graumann
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