How South Dakota won over Tru Shrimp in spite of Minnesota plans

MADISON — Friday was Dennis Daugaard’s last full day in office, and here, in the headquarters of the Heartland Consumers Power District, South Dakota’s outgoing governor was about to make a victory speech.

This day was years in the making for Daugaard, the result of an extended courtship. There were golf outings in Pierre, invites to the Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park, visits to a research plant in southwestern Minnesota and multiple pitches trying to sell the benefits of running a business in South Dakota.

So, in perhaps his last public appearance as South Dakota’s governor, Daugaard talked about Tru Shrimp. The fledgling yet ambitious shrimp producer had just announced plans to open its first production facility in Madison.

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