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North Dakota couple dies of CO poisoning during cycle rally

(Information from: Rapid City Journal,

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.

Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin identifies 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. The Rapid City Journal reports a relative called after the couple failed to come home.

The couple had used the trailer to haul a motorcycle to the rally, then placed a mattress on the floor along with a gas-powered generator to power a cooling fan.

An Omaha, Nebraska, man also died from asphyxiation in his motor home and three motorcyclists died in crashes during the rally, which ended Sunday.



County commissioner banned from Yankton City Hall for a year

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 , dated Aug. 12.

In the letter, City Attorney Ross Den Herder says Swensen’s recent social media posts are “perceived as threatening to City staff and its elected officials.”

The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports Yankton Mayor Nathan Johnson appeared before the commission last week about Swensen’s posting of a cartoon on social media. The cartoon shows a priest telling a woman who confessed to killing a politician that he is “here to listen to your sins, not your community service work.”

Swensen has apologized for the cartoon. He did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.


Regional Health participates in national opioid research

(Information from: KOTA-TV,

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.

KOTA-TV says the $3.5 million study funded by the Food and Drug Administration will attempt to address what happens when a people get their first opioid prescription for acute pain and what leads to their next prescription.



Elections board backs online voter registration in 2020

(Information from: Argus Leader,

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Elections Board is giving its support to a bill that would allow online voter registration.

The Argus Leader reports that 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.

And Minnehaha County Auditor Bob Litz is seeking legislative support for a pilot project in 2020 that would audit election equipment. Litz says it would increase voter confidence in results.



10 men arrested for enticing minors at Sturgis rally

(Information from: Rapid City Journal,

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — Federal court records show 10 men were arrested in an undercover sting operation targeting people using the internet to meet minors for sex at the Sturgis motorcycle rally.

The sting conducted this month involved law enforcement posing as girls and a boy age 15. The Rapid City Journal says it was conducted by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigations, federal Homeland Security Investigations and local agencies.

Nine men have pleaded not guilty to enticing a minor using the internet. A conviction carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. A 10th man is charged as a convicted sex offender. Four of the men have been released from jail.

The operation targeted “online predators” by posting or creating profiles on Craigslist and dating and chatting apps.



Northwest Iowa sheriff’s deputy dies after crash

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a northwest Iowa sheriff’s deputy has died following a crash in her patrol vehicle.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department says Deputy Stephanie Schreurs died Tuesday afternoon. She was injured Friday morning when her sport utility vehicle ran off a road while entering a sharp curve. The SUV ran into a ditch, vaulted over a private driveway and rolled, coming to rest on the driver’s side.

She was flown to a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, hospital.

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the crash.

Officials say Schreurs was a 24-year-old veteran of the department.

Associated Press

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