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STURGIS, S.D.—Although an estimated road count of visitors won't be released until Tuesday, Aug. 14, attendance at the rally was soaring throughout the week. The 78th annual rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota also turned out to be one of the safer ones as deaths were cut in half from last year and injury accidents were also down. The state Department of Public Safety said there were four deaths in the Black Hills region during this year's rally, compared to eight last year. Injury accidents also fell from 69 last year to 56 this year.
STURGIS, S.D. -- Sturgis Motorcycle Rally officials continue to be pleased with attendance at this year’s 78th annual event as visitors are up almost 6 percent over last year. So far, through Thursday, almost 400,000 people have attended the event in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota. The latest number released was for Thursday when 56,302 people entered the rally city, an increase of 11.5 percent over the same day last year.
STURGIS, S.D.— The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota had its biggest day of the nine-day event on Wednesday, Aug. 8, as 60,608 people entered the event. The South Dakota Department of Transportation, which installs counters on roadways entering the usually small town tucked in the hills, said that the number for the day was an increase of 11.4 percent from the year before. So far, through six days, the attendance at the 78th annual event is listed at 342,016, up by 5.1 percent from last year.
DILWORTH, Minn. – Authorities have released the identity of a Moorhead man who was found dead in a vehicle that crashed in Dilworth near Moorhead, Minn., on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Dale L. Tenderholt, 50, who was an engineer with the BNSF railroad was the lone occupant of a vehicle that left the road and ended up in a ditch close to BNSF railroad property about 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, Dilworth police said.
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A 39-year-old man died Tuesday night, Aug. 7, in a one-vehicle crash 13 miles north of Watertown in northeast South Dakota when his vehicle went into the median and crashed into a pillar that supports an overpass over Interstate 29. The name of the man is not being released pending notification of family. He was the only person involved.
PIERRE, S.D.—In one of the largest-ever wildlife trafficking investigations in the Midwest, 19 of the 31 people arrested in the undercover operation have been sentenced in federal court. U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Ron Parsons, in a release on Tuesday, Aug. 7, said the sentences were handed down this spring and summer to nine men and five women from South Dakota, one man from North Dakota, one man from Idaho and two pawn shop operations in South Dakota.
STURGIS, S.D. -- The third fatality of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota was reported Wednesday, Aug. 8, as attendance continues to climb well above last year. The 63-year-old man died on Tuesday at 11:20 a.m. on Sturgis Road near Piedmont when the motorcyclist failed to negotiate a curve, went off the roadway, hit a pole and rolled. The man was pronounced dead en route to the hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.
ANNANDALE, Minn. -- A 74-year-old Annandale man has died in a head-on crash with a dump truck in Wright County northwest of the Twin Cities about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7. The man’s name will be released Wednesday. His van veered into the wrong lane and hit the dump truck head-on, said the Minnesota State Patrol.
STURGIS, S.D.—Attendance is up at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota by about 2.5 percent through the first four days of the nine-day event. As of late Monday, Aug. 6, 221,127 visitors had arrived in the picturesque city compared to 215,744 last year. Saturday was the big day, with 60,119 people arriving for the 78th annual event, which was up 10.8 percent from last year. Sunday was a little slower, bringing the overall number down.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn.—Maybe it's just a breather, but the long-simmering controversy between the R.D. Offutt Farms' potato field expansion project and environmentalists concerned about groundwater and lake pollution may have come to an end or at least reached a turning point.