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Pukwana man suspected of making explosive arrested in Mitchell
FBI, police investigate why someone registered at least 19 dead Virginians to vote
House panel lambasts Wells Fargo boss over phantom accounts
Pine Ridge grandmother pleads not guilty in grandson's death
Woman sentenced for accessory role in Sioux Falls homicide
AgweekTV: Ethanol Plant Tour
GUEBERT: Little hope for farm bill.
SD Soybean Council elects new leadership, welcomes new board member
Corn crop showing good progress in South Dakota
Gregory co-op called regulatory success
Presho farmer pushes for farmer lien rights
Mitchell finding ways to pressure opposing quarterbacks
Pooley striving for ESD title
Catching up with former area athletes: Waddell readies for freshman season
Miller to serve in mentor role for Nuggets
DWU soccer teams fall to Northwestern College
Heartland Quilt Guild holds September meeting
Mitchell Toastmasters hold Sept. 8 meeting
Couple wed in June 8 ceremony
Mitchell woman celebrates 80th birthday
Elton Reinhold Tiede
Ida C. Rowe
Undoing historical wrongs to our Native American citizens
Avoiding the temptation to throw mud
Don't wait to make the call
OUR VIEW: Immediacy of layoffs hard to swallow
No room for error in national security strategy
WILTZ: Mayflies for dinner? The fish become gluttonous!
Fall turkey hunting licenses still available in North Dakota
A couple of shotgun experts find out what they’ve been missing in mourning dove hunting
Plenty of ducks, fewer hunters
WILTZ: Come Saturday's duck opener, what are you going to throw at those quackers?
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