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Todd Epp

Todd Epp is a writer and lawyer from Harrisburg, S.D. He is also the editor and publisher of Northern Plains News, a digital news service covering South Dakota and the Upper Midwest. Besides practicing law, Todd has been a broadcast journalist in South Dakota at S.D. Public TV, KSFY-TV and KDLT-TV and in Kansas at KTWU-TV. In the summer of 2013, Todd returned from an 18 month stint as a consultant at the Erbil International Airport in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq. He is married to Donna Osment-Epp, Ph.D. and has two adult children, Sarah and Matt.
Minimum Wage Support
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Progressives Want South Dakotans to Get on the Minimum Wage Bus

SIOUX FALLS -- Union members, college students and Weiland for U.S. Senate supporters joined a bus touring the nation in support of fairness to America's and South Dakota’s middle class.

Americans United for Change’s bus stopped briefly Thursday morning at the Labor Temple with its “Put the Middle Class First” tour

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Category: Articles, Blogs, Local News
Former Gov. Mike Rounds talks with a voter at the opening of his U.S. Senate campaign office in Sioux Falls in spring 2014. Photo by Todd Epp/Northern  Plains News, used with permission.
Former Gov. Mike Rounds talks with a voter at the opening of his U.S. Senate campaign office in Sioux Falls in spring 2014. Photo by Todd Epp/Northern Plains News, used with permission.

Rounds’ EB-5 Word Salad [Opinion]

Blogger Cory Allen Heidelberger excerpts this recent interview of Republican Senate candidate Mike Rounds in the Black Hills Pioneer on one of the many questions in the EB-5 scandal:

We Don't Fire a Guy for Getting Sued ... 
You have

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Larry Pressler
Larry Pressler. Photo byDan Peters/KSOO.

Don’t Think Great Thoughts, Read the Statute re Pressler Being a ‘D.C. Resident’

Important safety tip: Don’t believe everything you read coming from political parties, campaigns or even the media.

Pressler is registered to vote in Sioux Falls as an independent in legislative district 12, according to the South Dakota Secretary of State’s voter file

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Craig Lawrence, South Dakota Republican Party chair. Photo by Todd Epp/Northern Plains News, used with permission.
Craig Lawrence, South Dakota Republican Party chair. Photo by Todd Epp/Northern Plains News, used with permission.

EVA Acquiesces to SD GOP’s Demand to Pull Rounds Attack Ad

SIOUX FALLS — Following a strident Republican denunciation of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland and Every Voice Action's attack ad against Republican front-runner Mike Rounds Wednesday, EVA pulled its ad off South Dakota airwaves that afternoon

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Law-Books

EB-5: What California Arbitrator Found as Fact Regarding Bollen, SDRC, Inc.

The underlying transactions in the Darley Commercial, LLC v. Hanul Professional Law Corporation v. South Dakota Board of Regents arbitration are convoluted almost beyond explanation.
However, the third party neutral arbitrator in the matter, Robert A. Baines,

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Rounds Still Leads in U.S. Senate Race But Pressler Gaining

New polling conducted this week shows increasing support for independent U.S. Senate candidate Larry Presser at the expense of Republican Mike Rounds and Democrat Rick Weiland.
The poll was conducted by Nielson Brothers Polling and sponsored in part by Northern Plains News

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photo by Rick Knobe
photo by Rick Knobe

EB-5 Figure Joop Bollen Added as Respondent in Federal Case

Joop Bollen has been added to Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth's pre-complaint petition concerning the EB-5 matter.

Barth’s attorney, Rich Engels of Hartford, a former Democratic state legislator, filed a new petition Thursday in U

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