Dennis Daugaard and Russ Olson were all smiles and giggles in January when Tru Shrimp finagled South Dakota into offering them a bigger corporate welfare package than Minnesota was shelling out. Tru Shrimp was supposed to start building their shrimp plant this month:
Construction on Tru Shrimp’s facility, known as a harbor, is expected to begin in June at Madison’s Lakeview Industrial Park, with production to begin 18 to 24 months later. The company will raise shrimp in shallow tanks filled with water that is cleaned and reused. No chemicals or antibiotics will be used.
The announcement that Tru Shrimp had selected Madison was one of the last actions taken by Dennis Daugaard in his final days as South Dakota’s governor [“Ag Production Diversifies in South Dakota Aquaculture,” SD Ag Connection via KBHB Radio, 2019.03.03].
Eric Fosheim, executive director for the Lake Area Improvement Corporation, delivered updates to the city and county commissioners during June meetings that included information about a proposed Tru Shrimp plant in Madison, housing and child day-care.
In speaking to county officials, Fosheim noted that a proposed June 1 ground-breaking for a Madison Tru Shrimp plant was canceled. No new ground-breaking date is currently set for the facility that will raise shrimp intended for human consumption.
Fosheim said Tru Shrimp officials were in the “…beginning stages of their fund-raising efforts” [Chuck Clement, “Fosheim: LAIC Optimistic About Tru Shrimp,” Madison Daily Leader, 2019.06.17].
Tru Shrimp abandoned Luverne due to Minnesota’s supposedly “heavy hand” of regulations. So what slow hand could be holding them up on our side of the border? Who’s keeping Dennis and Russ from widening their smiles with some Madison-raised shrimp?