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The finances and bankruptcy of Northern Beef Packers in Aberdeen will be an issue in South Dakota's crowded Republican U.S. Senate primary, the candidates say.
A state economic development office's spin-off into a for-profit company is under the microscope as lawmakers vow to look further into the state's role in financing the bankrupt Northern Beef Packers. The for-profit company, created in January 2008, secured much of the money that built the Aberdeen beef plant, the most notorious of several South Dakota economic development projects fueled by foreign investment money. Why and how that office moved from a state-run enterprise to a private endeavor is at the center of ongoing interest in the beef plant and the individuals who moved the money to
North Dakota's oil boom and a tough winter are straining railroad companies past their limits, and South Dakota farmers and ethanol plants are feeling the pinch, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Wednesday. Thune has met with and sent letters to top officials at both Burlington Northern Sante Fe and Canadian Pacific railroad companies, saying railroad shipping needs to be a reliable service.
South Dakota's U.S. senators both said they believe Congress will extend the production tax credit for wind energy projects. The so-called PTC was omitted from a package of temporary tax-break extensions, but both Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said they expect the Senate Finance Committee to put a two-year extension of the tax break in the legislation before it goes to the Senate floor. "Although the initial draft package did not include the PTC, I remain optimistic the committee will act to add it," Johnson said.
IDEAL -- Greg Jorgensen calls his family cattle operation a passion, a hobby and work. "I've been doing it all my life, and I'm 62," he said Wednesday afternoon. "It's a full-time job and then some." Greg, a third-generation farmer, runs Jorgensen Land and Cattle along with his brother, son and nephew near the town of Ideal, northwest of Winner.
Restriction and oppression drove nine ex-Hutterites to leave their colonies seven years ago, they say. Now they have discovered joy in their faith, which has inspired them to found a publishing company and write a book describing their struggles.
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Sen. Thune says Sen. Johnson should do more to garner White House support.
South Dakota's two Republicans in Congress said they will not criticize the Democratic Obama administration as it responds to the unfolding events in Ukraine. Both Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., said they do not support military intervention but do support aggressive actions such as sanctions to inflict pain on Russia after it is believed that nation sent troops into Ukraine. "I don't support military involvement, but a number of actions can be taken to make this very costly for the Russian elites," Thune said.