A Big Fish Tale


KELOLAND News begins unveiling the results of our year-long investigation into Global Aquaponics on Monday at 10 p.m. 

Global Aquaponics promised to build the largest hydroponic fish farm in the nation right here in KELOLAND.

Hydroponics is growing fruit and vegetables in water.  Aquaponics is using the fish as fertilizer. 

But you may be wondering what tipped off our investigative team to the fact that something was fishy with the fish farm.

Last summer, before the ground breaking ceremony for the Global Aquaponics facility south of Brookings, our investigative team got a tip asking us to look into the backgrounds of the company leaders of Ritesman Enterprises and Global Aquaponics. 

We began doing so and when we went to the June 2016 groundbreaking we had our one and only chance to interview Tobias Ritesman, who is the man behind Ritesman Enterprises.  He told us everyone was watching the project with keen interest.

“And we’ve got a lot of government institutions that are waiting to see how big it is.  A lot of people want to walk through it and stuff like that.  We have smaller ones that are the five and ten take systems across the country.  They’re not going to be nearly as advanced as this one,” Ritesman said.

“When will it be done?” Angela Kennecke asked Ritesman. 

“Uh, Spring,” Ritesman said. 

We’ve monitored the site of the Global Aquaponics new multi-million dollar fish and hydroponics farm for more than a year.  We’ll take you back there. 

And we’ll try to nail down just how many millions of dollars investors have poured into the project.

But as we go “fishing for answers,” a consistent one was hard to come by.

As we told you this story was generated by a tip to our investigates team. If you have something you want us to look into, go to the investigates page.

KELOLAND News Investigates Global Aquaponics over the next two nights.

On Monday we hear about the local money being spent on the fish and hydroponic farm project and we check to see if any of the promises are being kept when it comes to building the facility.

Then on Tuesday night, we check into the backgrounds and statements of company leaders, we go “Fishing for Answers” as far away as Texas.

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