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SD GOP Senate candidates meet in first debate

April 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Carson Walker

PIERRE (AP) — The five South Dakotans vying for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate found common ground on most policy issues — including their opposition to the president’s federal health care law — but also took a …continue reading on

GOP candidates: Northern Beef/EB-5 will be campaign issue

April 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

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.


Former Gov. Mike Rounds holds a commanding lead in early opinion polls and f…continue reading on

Before Northern Beef built, key state program turned for-profit

April 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

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 200…continue reading on

Weiland, Nelson deride out-of-state money in Senate race

April 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

SIOUX FALLS — A Republican and Democrat came together in the public library Monday to complain about “big money” in the U.S. Senate race in general and former S.D. governor Mike Rounds in particular.

State Rep. Stace Nelson, R-Fulton, a GOP candi…continue reading on

Rounds says Congress needs to regain discipline

April 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Dirk Lammers

Editors note: This is the first in a series of seven stories on candidates for South Dakota’s U.S. Senate seat.

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Former Gov. Mike Rounds says he wants to bring South Dakota common sense to Washington,…continue reading on

Rounds, other former governors defend Common Core

February 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Northern Plains News

Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds and several other former governors continue to support Common Core educational benchmarks that they helped develop.

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Governors’ Council includes seven fo…continue reading on

Rounds took in more than $516,000 during quarter

January 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Former Gov. Mike Rounds took in more than $516,000 in campaign contributions during the final three months of 2013 in his bid for one of the state’s U.S. Senate seats.

Rounds’ Federal Election Commission filing shows that th…continue reading on

HEIDELBERGER: Rounds’ ‘Made in South Dakota’ program closes shop

December 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Madville Times blog

One more brick has …continue reading on

Northern Beef repaid Daugaard-era loan

December 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

PIERRE — Northern Beef Packers received and then paid back a $3 million loan from state government last year, according to a spokesman for the governor.

The loan served as bridge funding for the now-defunct and bankrupt Aberdeen meatpacking proj…continue reading on

Mike Rounds’ armor pierced?

November 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Luke Hagen and Seth Tupper

Poll results show Mike Rounds as a big favorite to win the South Dakota Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2014, but developing news stories could pose some problems for him.

The body of Richard Benda, who se…continue reading on