Untangling the Northern Beef scandal

Starting in late 2013, South Dakota was convulsed by a scandal incorporating high politics, business and criminal investigations related to the “EB-5” program that had financed a bankrupt beef plant with foreign money. I covered the issue thoroughly, and in 2014 compiled all my reporting from the past year into a single primer to explain everything readers needed to know about the extremely complex issue. That primer contained links back to original articles for readers who wanted to learn more about a particular sub-issue.

I’ve embedded the first article I wrote on the subject below. Print versions of subsequent articles are here and here, and a complete list of my coverage can be found here or at the bottom of my primer.