MITCHELL, S.D.—A motorcycle that went off a road near Black Hawk and into a ditch Wednesday evening, Aug. 8, marked the fourth and most recent fatal crash at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It also marked the state's 77th road fatality in 2018. Last year at this time, 61 fatalities had been reported in the state, making this year's running total just over 26 percent higher. Those 77 fatalities resulted from 62 crashes, compared to 50 crashes last year.
KIMBALL, S.D. — A pregnant south-central South Dakota woman was airlifted to a burn unit in Minneapolis on Monday afternoon after a grease fire left third-degree burns on her stomach and legs. Pam Bice, 20, of Kimball, was outside at her twin sister's house before the fire started, she said by phone Tuesday afternoon. Her sister, Madison Bice, found the fire in the kitchen when she brought her dog inside.
RELIANCE — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt visited a central South Dakota farm on Wednesday, and state farmers were not afraid to let him know what they thought about his time in office so far. In short, they're not thrilled about it, and they're demanding that something change. "As I came to South Dakota, there were a few billboards greeting me, and they didn't say 'I hope you're having fun,'" Pruitt said. Instead, the administrator said he saw messages imploring him to support ethanol over big oil refineries.