STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — A man and a woman from North Dakota have died of carbon monoxide poisoning while camping during the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota. Authorities identify the pair as 55-year-old Daniel Baker of Arnegard, North Dakota, and 58-year-old Donna Cuccia of Turtle Lake, North Dakota. Authorities discovered the bodies inside an enclosed trailer at a campground Monday. A Nebraska man also died from asphyxiation during the rally and three motorcyclists were killed in crashes.
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota county commissioner has been banned from entering Yankton City Hall for a year. Yankton County Commissioner Gary Swensen was sent a letter by Yankton’s city attorney outlining the ban. KYNT-AM obtained a copy of the letter, which says Swensen is banned until next August. The city attorney says Swensen’s recent social media posts are “perceived as threatening to City staff and its elected officials.” Swensen has apologized for a political cartoon he posted on social media.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Regional Health is participating in a two-year study on patients’ experiences with pain and their prescribed opioid use. Researchers and physicians want to better understand a wide range of patient needs, including those in Rapid City’s rural areas. . Regional Health research director Roger Deraad says they have good information from certain populations regarding opioid use, but are missing data from Native Americans and rural populations.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Elections Board is giving its support to a bill that would allow online voter registration. The board on Tuesday agreed unanimously to back the proposal from the secretary of state’s office in next year’s legislative session. The secretary of state’s office also plans to seek a change to state law to remove voters’ birth year from the publicly accessible voter registration files, due to identity theft concerns.