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South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Jordan Melius stops motorcyclists during the 2023 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. (Courtesy of South Dakota Highway Patrol)

Another death raises motorcycle rally’s fatality count

BY: - August 10, 2023

There has been another traffic fatality associated with this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.   The latest death happened Thursday when a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 and hit a 2008 GMC Yukon head-on, according to the Highway Patrol. The 61-year-old male driver of the motorcycle was wearing […]

An equal justice statue sits outside the doors of the Minnehaha County Courthouse in Sioux Falls. (John Hult/South Dakota Searchlight)

Drug crimes, violent crimes drop for 2021 in South Dakota

BY: - December 30, 2022

Drug arrests have dropped 25% in South Dakota over the past five years. That’s one of the major takeaways from “Crime In South Dakota 2021,” the annual report from the state Attorney General’s Office that aims to compile arrest reports from all state law enforcement agencies. The 2021 report includes data from 101 agencies, representing […]