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Family of Man Killed by SD AG: 'A Deer Doesn't Look Like a Human'

Jason Ravnsborg reported hitting a deer, but 'I didn't see what I hit'

(Newser) - South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg says he only learned he'd killed a man when he came upon the body several hours after reporting a collision late Saturday. Joe Boever, 55, was struck and killed while walking along Highway 14 west of Highmore around 10:30pm. Ravnsborg, who was... More »

He Says He Thought He Hit a Deer, but a Body Was Found

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg's collision is under investigation

(Newser) - South Dakota's attorney general called 911 Saturday night to say that he'd struck a deer on a local highway, per his office. As it turns out, AG Jason Ravnsborg fatally struck a 55-year-old pedestrian whose body wasn't found until the following morning, reports the Rapid City Journal ... More »

'Not a Surprise': 2 States Lead in COVID-19 Growth

South Dakota boasts a 17% positivity rate

(Newser) - Coronavirus infections in the Dakotas are growing faster than anywhere else in the nation, fueling impassioned debates over masks and personal freedom after months in which the two states avoided the worst of the pandemic, the AP reports. The argument over masks raged this week in Brookings, South Dakota, as... More »

Fauci Issues Warning to 7 States

He says Labor Day could cause the coronavirus to spread

(Newser) - Anthony Fauci has a message for the Midwest: Please be careful. America's top infectious disease expert says seven states with rising COVID-19 rates should take extra care this Labor Day weekend to avoid trouble in the fall, the New York Post reports. "There are several states that are... More »

COVID Death Has Now Been Linked to Sturgis

Motorcycle rally drew more than 400K to South Dakota

(Newser) - Coronavirus cases linked to a huge South Dakota motorcycle rally have slowly been trickling in, and now the first COVID-19 death has been linked to the rally. More than 400,000 attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally between Aug. 7 and Aug. 16, and so far at least 260 cases in... More »

COVID-19 Cases Emerge From Big Motorbike Rally

But the real numbers may be underreported, expert says

(Newser) - Confirmed COVID-19 cases are slowly emerging from a massive motorbike rally in South Dakota, CNN reports. Nebraska has tied seven cases to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, while Minnesota has 15, including one hospitalization. And the Washington Post reports that South Dakota health officials—who have traced a case to a... More »

COVID-19 Case Traced Back to Huge Biker Rally

Experts feared it could become a 'super-spreader' event

(Newser) - Health officials are ringing alarm bells after a COVID-19 case was traced back to South Dakota's huge biker rally, CNN reports. The South Dakota Department of Health said Tuesday that someone who went to One-Eyed Jack's Saloon in Sturgis on Aug. 11 has tested positive, so anyone else... More »

Bison Ripped Woman's Pants Off. That Likely Saved Her

Biker attacked in South Dakota after approaching calf

(Newser) - A female motorcyclist was attacked by a bison Wednesday night in South Dakota's Custer State Park—and was likely saved because the animal ripped off her pants. Witnesses say the 54-year-old Iowa woman got off her bike and started approaching a bison calf when the adult bison charged her.... More »

What Pandemic? Smash Mouth Performs to Packed Crowd

Band was at a South Dakota biker rally

(Newser) - Pandemic? What pandemic? Smash Mouth performed to a crowd that appeared to be hundreds, if not thousands, strong at a South Dakota biker rally on Sunday, Rolling Stone reports. Other musical acts including Buckcherry, Lit, Quiet Riot, Reverend Horton Heat, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and .38 Special are set to appear at... More »

250K Bikers in One Place. What Could Go Wrong?

The virus doesn't seem to bother motorcycle enthusiasts in Sturgis, South Dakota

(Newser) - Thousands of people are pouring into a small South Dakota city for an event that normally attracts 500,000—this time, during a pandemic. "I think it's pretty selfish that the powers that be didn't stop this," a Sturgis resident tells NBC News . But the Sturgis... More »

Looking for Stellar Health Care? Here's Where to Go

Massachusetts ranks No. 1 in WalletHub state rankings, Georgia brings up the rear

(Newser) - Health care is often at the top of many Americans' minds, but never has it been so critical as now, as we struggle through the coronavirus pandemic. To see which states have the best handle on health care, WalletHub looked at all 50 of them, plus the District of Columbia,... More »

City Braces for 250K Bikers

With cases up, residents of South Dakota city split on wisdom of rally

(Newser) - Sturgis is on. The message has been broadcast across social media as South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, prepares to host hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. More than 250,000 people are expected to rumble through western... More »

Trump at Rushmore: Protests, Few Masks, a Miffed Neil Young

President's 'divisive' address in SD went after 'far-left fascism,' protesters for racial justice

(Newser) - On the eve of the Fourth, President Trump gave a speech in South Dakota, at the foot of Mount Rushmore, and it wasn't a staid one. Fox News called it "fiery," the Guardian went with a similar take of "incendiary," while the New York Times... More »

Governor: 'We Will Not Be Social Distancing' at Mt. Rushmore

Masks will be optional at July 3 event

(Newser) - Masks and other measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus will be completely optional at the July 3 Independence Day event at Mount Rushmore, and those who have concerns have the option of staying home, South Dakota's Republican governor says. "Those who want to come and join... More »

Sioux Leader Wants Mount Rushmore Removed

Criticism comes ahead of Trump's holiday visit

(Newser) - After South Dakota's governor vowed to protect Mount Rushmore , at least one Native American leader is calling for it to be taken down. Oglala Sioux President Julian Bear Runner says the monument in the Black Hills not only depicts four white men who led the founding and expansion of... More »

SD Governor Vows to Protect Mount Rushmore

It won't be blown up 'on my watch,' Noem says

(Newser) - South Dakota's Republican governor has, unsurprisingly, confirmed that she won't allow Mount Rushmore to be dynamited. "Not on my watch," Gov. Kristi Noem said when conservative commentator Ben Shapiro asked in a tweet : "So, when is our woke historical revisionist priesthood going to insist on... More »

City Plans Parade to Thank Meatpacking Workers

'We wanted them to feel the warmth of the community around them and make them smile'

(Newser) - A South Dakota city that was among the earliest to be hit by a major coronavirus outbreak in a meatpacking plant is planning a parade to thank workers, who organizers say have been unfairly stigmatized. Organizers of Wednesday's event in Sioux Falls say they hope hundreds of people will... More »

This May Be Hardest-Hit Virus Spot in US

Navajo Nation in Southwest

(Newser) - A sign of just how badly the Navajo Nation has been hit by the coronavirus: The international relief agency Doctors Without Borders, better known for helping in war-ravaged nations, has sent a team to the US Southwest to help Native Americans. It's the agency's first US medical presence,... More »

Governor, Tribes Face Off Over Virus Checkpoints

Gov. Kristi Noem sends a letter to Sioux tribes

(Newser) - South Dakota is threatening legal action if two Sioux tribes don't remove their highway checkpoints—and one tribal leader doesn't seem too impressed. "We are strongest when we work together; this includes our battle against Covid-19," Gov. Kristi Noem said in letters to the Cheyenne River... More »

This Could Be First Live Sporting Event in a Month

Hundreds to gather in SD for weekend motor races

(Newser) - In what is perhaps the first live sporting event in a month in the US, hundreds of people are set to gather for motor races this weekend in South Dakota. That state lacks a stay-at-home order, and two Jefferson tracks will welcome race-lovers. The Park Jefferson Speedway, with a capacity... More »

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