Death certificate: Benda used stick to push trigger

South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development Secretary Richard Benda ends months of speculation and reveals Hyperion Resources, Inc., as the “Gorilla Project” that has plans to locate an oil refinery in Union County. Benda addressed a standing-room-only crowd of media and interested citizens at a news conference Wednesday, June 13, 2007, in the Union County Courthouse in Elk Point. (Photo by David Lias)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The death certificate for former state economic development director Richard Benda says he shot himself by pushing the trigger with a stick. The Argus Leader obtained the document Wednesday (http://argusne.ws/1gjA6yy ). The certificate says Benda secured the shotgun against a tree and used a stick … Read Article

Rounds and Daugaard used foreign-investor visa system to fund South Dakota projects

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau Use of the federal EB-5 visa program for attracting foreign investors to South Dakota was done by the current administration of Gov. Dennis Daugaard as well as the previous administration of Gov. Mike Rounds. The Daugaard administration approved four projects in the past two … Read Article