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.
South Dakota Medical Groups Promote Masks, Countering Gov. Kristi NoemSouth Dakota's largest medical organizations on Tuesday launched a joint effort to promote mask-wearing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the state suffers through one of the nation's worst outbreaks, a move that countered Gov. Kristi Noem's position of casting doubt on the efficacy of wearing face coverings in public.
South Dakota Has Reached 100 COVID-19 Deaths In OctoberSouth Dakota health officials confirmed Sunday that the state has reached the 100 mark in deaths due to complications from COVID-19 in October, with eight new fatalities in the last day.
South Dakota Sets Daily Records For COVID-19 Cases, HospitalizationsSouth Dakota on Wednesday broke its record for COVID-19 hospitalizations and new cases, and the state has already had more deaths from the disease less than halfway through October than it had in any other month.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Blames Surge In Cases On Testing As Hospitals FillSouth Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday blamed South Dakota's recent surge in coronavirus cases on an increase in testing, even as the state saw a new high in the number of people hospitalized by the virus.
South Dakota Reports 38% Positivity Rate In Daily Virus TestsSouth Dakota health officials on Sunday reported a nearly 38% positivity rate on COVID-19 tests in the last day, with 617 new cases.