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September 8, 2016
Vendor sales at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally drop 55 percent
STURGIS (AP) — Vendor sales at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally were down 55 percent from last year's landmark 75th anniversary event. The state Department of Revenue says vendor sales this year totaled just under $15 million, down from about $33 million during the 2015 rally....
September 8, 2016 - 11:18am
September 6, 2016
2-vehicle crash in Boulder Canyon near Sturgis kills man
STURGIS (AP) — Authorities have identified a 72-year-old man who died after his car hit a pickup truck in Boulder Canyon near Sturgis. The Highway Patrol says Rudolph Witton of Sturgis failed to negotiate a curve on U.S. Highway 14A, crossed the center line and collided with the...
September 6, 2016 - 10:53am
September 2, 2016
Judge's ruling confirms Buffalo Chip is not a town
STURGIS (AP) — A South Dakota judge has issued a final ruling confirming that the Buffalo Chip Campground of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fame cannot be a town. The Rapid City Journal reports Circuit Court Judge Jerome Eckrich has issued a 30-page document with 103 findings supporting...
September 2, 2016 - 10:33am
August 18, 2016
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally traffic down 40 percent from 2015
STURGIS (AP) — Traffic at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was down nearly 40 percent from last year's landmark 75th anniversary event. Data from the state Transportation Department show 508,610 vehicles attended the Aug. 3-14 event, down from 830,503 last year. It is the lowest...
August 18, 2016 - 11:33am
August 15, 2016
Traffic injuries, fatalities fall dramatically at Sturgis
STURGIS (AP) — Traffic-related injuries and fatalities at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally were down dramatically from a year ago, when the 75th annual event attracted record crowds. The Highway Patrol reported 50 injury accidents and a record-low three deaths during the seven-day...
August 15, 2016 - 1:19pm
Missouri man killed in South Dakota motorcycle crash ID'd
STURGIS (AP) — Authorities have identified a Missouri man who died in a motorcycle crash at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in western South Dakota. The Highway Patrol says 60-year-old Donald Keaton Jr., of Kansas City, died at the scene on state Highway 79 south of Newell on Friday...
August 15, 2016 - 1:02pm
Sturgis bees kill dog, sting police officers multiple times
STURGIS (AP) — Bees held in a commercial beehive in Sturgis killed a dog and stung several people including police officers Friday evening, according to authorities. Officials responded to a report after the keeper tried to add more bees to the hive, the Rapid City Journal reported....
August 15, 2016 - 12:49pm
August 11, 2016
Highway Patrol identifies California man killed in crash
STURGIS (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol has identified a 65-year-old man who died in a one-vehicle motorcycle crash south of Sturgis. Authorities say James Smith of Concord, California, was pronounced dead Monday at the scene. Officials say his motorcycle went into the ditch...
August 11, 2016 - 11:21am
August 10, 2016
Local Highway Patrol troopers lend a hand in Sturgis
It's all hands on deck for South Dakota law enforcement covering the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this week. According to Lt. Paul Gerken, of the...
August 10, 2016 - 5:18pm
65-year-old man dies in motorcycle crash south of Sturgis
STURGIS (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a 65-year-old man has died in a motorcycle crash near the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Authorities said Tuesday that the man was pronounced dead at the scene about 3 miles south of Sturgis. Officials say the man's motorcycle went...
August 10, 2016 - 10:45am
August 8, 2016
4 hurt when motorcycle goes off stage, into crowd
Four people suffered injuries that were not life threatening during a motorcycle stunt gone wrong Sunday night at a campground that hosts hordes of visitors during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in western South Dakota. Buffalo Chip Campground spokeswoman Nyla Griffith on Monday...
August 8, 2016 - 12:12pm
August 3, 2016
Do your part to keep the annual Sturgis rally safe
It's almost rally time in South Dakota. What started in 1938 as a single motorcycle race in a small town has grown into one of the largest and...
August 3, 2016 - 11:59am
August 1, 2016
Weekend house fire in Sturgis investigated as arson
STURGIS (AP) — Law enforcement authorities in Sturgis say the fire that heavily damaged a local home and injured a woman over the weekend is being investigated as arson. Sturgis Police Chief Geody Vandewater tells the Rapid City Journal that the initial investigation shows the Saturday...
August 1, 2016 - 3:14pm
Big drop in attendance expected at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
STURGIS (AP) — Officials are expecting a smaller and quieter Sturgis Motorcycle Rally than last year's 75th anniversary event, which drew record crowds. The 76th rally in western South Dakota's Black Hills is Aug. 8-14. The biggest indicator of a potential big drop in attendance...
August 1, 2016 - 11:11am
June 27, 2016
Buffalo Chip officials pull request to put in big billboard
STURGIS (AP) — Buffalo Chip Campground officials have pulled their request to put in a large electronic billboard that would have required special approval from the Meade County Commission. The Rapid City Journal reports that the Buffalo Chip was looking for a sign double the height...
June 27, 2016 - 12:31pm