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Bikers ride through downtown Sturgis, S.D., on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Organizers of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally expect 250,000 people to visit the town of Sturgis during the 10 day rally.  (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Bikers descend on Sturgis rally with few signs of pandemic

Aug. 8, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — The coronavirus may be changing the world, but there aren't many signs of the pandemic at the massive annual motorcycle rally being held this week at a small city along Interstate 90 in western South Dakota. The scene Saturday at the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was familiar to...

South Dakota has 106 new coronavirus cases, adds 2 deaths

Aug. 8, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials are reporting 106 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state and two new deaths. The state has now had a total of 9,477 cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday. There were 1,024 cases still active. The South Dakota Department of Health reports 8,307...

Sioux Falls may short of bus drivers when classes begin

Aug. 8, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Sioux Falls School District may be short of bus drivers when school begins later this month School Bus Inc. is the company that has the contract to transport Sioux Falls students to and from school by bus. Manager Jim Shafer tells the Argus Leader that concerns over the...

Madison Elliott and Madeleine Scott choreograph elements of the next Headlights Theater performance on Tuesday, July 28, in a parking lot in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)

Sioux Falls Park and Art pop-up shows blend ballet, music

Aug. 8, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The founder of South Dakota’s first professional ballet company wanted to thrust her group into the spotlight this year with a black-tie gala and performances by some of the world’s top dancers. But the light went out on Madeleine Scott’s plans. Her group,...

Mollie Sanchez goes for a walk with her daughters, Liliana (6) and Zoie (2) on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls, S.D. Sanchez won the mayor's fitness challenge to bike, walk or run 100 miles in 100 days. (Erin Bormett /The Argus Leader via AP)

Nurse loses 70 pounds as part of 100-day fitness challenge

Aug. 8, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Anxiety and apprehension were weighing on Mollie Sanchez in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. A nurse working with senior citizens by day and tending to mother duties by night, the 29-year Iowa native needed an outlet to relieve the stress of balancing work and family while the...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

South Dakota reports 3 new COVID deaths, 98 new infections

Aug. 7, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials report three new COVID-19 deaths and nearly 100 newly confirmed infections. The South Dakota Department of Health said Friday the three deaths raise the state's death toll to 144. Two of those who died were men and one was a woman, the Argus Leader...

Thousands of bikers rode through the streets for the opening day of the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle rally Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Sturgis, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Harleys everywhere, masks nowhere: Sturgis draws thousands

Aug. 7, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — Thousands of bikers poured into the small South Dakota city of Sturgis on Friday as the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally rumbled to life despite fears it could lead to a massive coronavirus outbreak. The rally could become one of the largest public gatherings since the pandemic began,...

Suspect arrested in Rapid City fatal stabbing

Aug. 7, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A suspect has been arrested on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for a fatal stabbing in Rapid City. Oglala Sioux police said Friday the 29-year-old man is being taken to the Pennington County Jail on a federal warrant. The Box Elder man is suspected of fatally stabbing a man who...

Thune at odds with Trump on White House acceptance speech

Aug. 7, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. John Thune, of South Dakota, is at odds with President Donald Trump on whether the president's nomination acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention should be delivered from the White House. The president recently said he was considering the...