South Dakota Sees Quick Vaccine Delivery, But Health Experts Worry Rural Residents Could Be Left BehindSouth Dakota is looking to build on one of the nation's fastest COVID-19 vaccinations rollouts so far by making vaccines available to a much larger group of people, though some health care providers are cautioning that vulnerable people in rural areas could be left behind in the rush.
Dakotas Tribe Prioritizes Vaccine For Native Speakers: 'It's Something We Have To Pass On'The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is prioritizing the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to those who speak Dakota and Lakota languages.
Experts Say Experience Convinced Midwest Of Virus DangersStates in the northern stretches of the Midwest and Great Plains saw the nation's worst rates of coronavirus infections in the weeks before Thanksgiving.
South Dakota's Noem Takes To Social Media To Show Off FlamethrowerGov. Kristi Noem took to Instagram to share an image of herself blasting a flamethrower, jokingly wondering whether it was “too late to add something to my Christmas list.”
In Budget Address, South Dakota's Noem Defends Handling Of Pandemic South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem defended her coronavirus response Tuesday in a budget address to lawmakers, laying out proposals to spend millions in excess funds after federal aid bolstered the state's budget.
Noem Builds Profile In Texas, Georgia As COVID Surges In South DakotaSouth Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem spent the weekend traveling out of state to appearances in Texas and Georgia, as she continued to build a national profile among Republicans even as her state deals with one of the nation's worst outbreak of the coronavirus.
Sanford Health CEO Says He Had COVID, But Will Return To Work Without MaskThe head of one of the largest regional health systems in the Midwest has told his employees that he has recovered from COVID-19 and is back in the office — without a mask.
South Dakota's Kristi Noem Defends Forgoing Masks As COVID SurgesSouth Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Wednesday defended those who choose not to wear masks in public, even as her state deals with one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the nation.
'This Is A Disaster': Upper Midwest Governors Begin To Unite On COVID FightMinnesota health officials are pointing the finger at neighboring states for making the pandemic worse here.
Gov. Walz Criticizes S.D. Counterpart On COVID Response, Calls Sturgis Rally ‘Absolutely Unnecessary’Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said he wishes the neighboring Dakotas would take more aggressive steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus, singling out South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem for criticism.
Doctors Fear More Death As Dakotas Experience Virus 'Sorrow' With coronavirus cases running rampant in the Dakotas and elected leaders refusing to forcefully intervene, the burden of pushing people to take the virus seriously has increasingly been put on the families of those who have died.
South Dakota Backs Trump, Passes Proposals To Legalize Medical, Recreational MarijuanaPresident Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson won in South Dakota on Tuesday. But with Republicans long dominating the state's elections, the most interesting development was the passage of separate proposals to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana. Election officials received a historic number of absentee ballots, raising the possibility that tallying the results could take longer than usual.
Contact Tracing Challenges MDH As COVID Cases Reach Record Highs In MinnesotaWith so many people to track lately, Minnesota's Department of Health calls it a daunting task. Now, more people are coming forward to say their contact tracing didn't happen as promised.
Medtronic Agrees To Pays $9.2M Settlement In South Dakota Kickback CaseMinnesota-based Medtronic has agreed to pay $9.2 million to resolve allegations that it paid kickbacks to a South Dakota neurosurgeon and failed to accurately report them, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.
South Dakota Sees Record COVID-19 Hospitalizations, CasesHospitalizations from COVID-19 in South Dakota reached new heights for the fourth straight day on Wednesday.