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South Dakota COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record for2nd day

Oct. 26, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials on Monday reported 11 hospitalizations in the last day due to the coronavirus, boosting the total number of patients in medical facilities to a record 377. The update showed 538 new cases of COVID-19, following two straight days in which the state...

Sanford Health, Intermountain agree to merge organizations

Oct. 26, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sanford Health and Intermountain Healthcare said Monday they plan to merge companies. If the deal is approved, it would unite Salt Lake City-based Intermountain with operations in Utah, Nevada and Idaho, with Sioux Falls-based Sanford, which operates in 24 states. The combined...

Wing warden: Black Hills State student rescues butterflies

Oct. 26, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — In late September the news of planned construction on the Kathryn Johnson Life Sciences Laboratory at Black Hills State University sent one student scrambling to rescue the chrysalises of monarch butterflies. Butterfly enthusiast Kara Whalen, 28, of Spearfish, who is studying nursing...

South Dakota tops 1,000 virus cases for 2nd time in 3 days

Oct. 25, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The number of new COVID-19 cases in South Dakota increased by more than 1,000 for the second time in three days, state health officials reported Sunday. The state Department of Health reported 1,063 new cases in the last day, two days after the state recorded a daily high of 1,185...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2015 file photo, Jonathan Hunt, vice president of Monarch America, Inc., shows a marijuana plant while giving a tour of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe's marijuana growing facility, in Flandreau, S.D. Voters in four states could embrace broad legal marijuana sales on Election Day, setting the stage for a watershed year for the industry that could snowball into neighboring states as well as reshape policy on Capitol Hill. The Nov. 3, 2020, contests will take place in markedly different regions of the country, New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota and Montana and approval of the proposals would highlight how public acceptance of cannabis is cutting across geography, demographics and the nation's deep political divide. (Joe Ahlquist/The Argus Leader via AP, File)

Election could stoke US marijuana market, sway Congress

Oct. 25, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

Voters in four states from different regions of the country could embrace broad legal marijuana sales on Election Day, and a sweep would highlight how public acceptance of cannabis is cutting across geography, demographics and the nation’s deep political divide. The Nov. 3 contests in New Jersey, Arizona,...

Active virus cases push past 10,000 in South Dakota

Oct. 24, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota surged past 10,000 active cases of coronavirus on Saturday as the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations reached an all-time high. The state has reported the country's second-highest number of new cases per capita over the last two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins...

Native American dancers perform at a Donald Trump rally Oct. 15, 2020 at the rodeo grounds in Williams, Arizona. Navajo Nation President Myron Lizer makes no qualms about it: As one of the top officials on the country's largest Native American reservation, he's a proud Donald Trump supporter. Lizer says Native American values - hard work, family and ranching - align more with the GOP than with Democrats.   (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

Minority pushes Trump agenda largely unpopular among tribes

Oct. 24, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

WILLIAMS, Ariz. (AP) — Myron Lizer has no qualms about it: As one of the top officials on the country's largest Native American reservation, he's a proud Donald Trump supporter. The Navajo Nation vice president says Native American values — hard work, family and ranching — align more with...

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2020, file photo, Exam Corp Lab employee, right, wears a mask as she talks with a patient lined up for COVID-19 testing in Niles, Ill. The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease's grip on the nation. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

US sets coronavirus infection record; deaths near 224,000

Oct. 24, 2020 6:47 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. coronavirus caseload has reached record heights with more than 83,000 infections reported in a single day, the latest ominous sign of the disease’s grip on the nation, as states from Connecticut to the Rocky Mountain West reel under the surge. The U.S. death toll,...

Hunters remember friend during South Dakota pheasant opener

Oct. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

OLIVET, S.D. (AP) — Don Bierle fondly remembers working at the request of his son, Steve, to convert part of his father-in-law’s farmland into a wildlife habitat. Steve specialized in wildlife management and convinced his grandfather to let go of a few acres of crops in the interest of biodiversity....

A woman, right, has a meal, inside a restaurant's outdoor tent Thursday Oct. 22, 2020, in Kew Gardens in the Queens borough of New York.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo is easing restrictions slightly in some coronavirus hot spots in New York City, but adding them in areas along the Pennsylvania border as the state recorded more than 2,000 new infections in a single day for the first time since mid-May. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The Latest: Mexico's Chihuahua border state back in lockdown

Oct. 23, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s northern border state of Chihuahua returned to the highest level of alert and lockdown Friday after coronavirus cases jumped there and hospitals began to fill up. The Chihuahua state government declared the return to the “red” level of alert Friday, which closes...