John Thune, a Likely Successor to Mitch McConnell, Weighs Retirement

Mr. Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, is considering giving up his South Dakota seat because of both family concerns and Donald Trump’s enduring hold on the G.O.P.

#elections-senate, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #mcconnell-mitch, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #senate, #south-dakota, #thune-john-r, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Defense Contractor Tried to Give Classified Information to Russia, U.S. Says

John Murray Rowe Jr. was arrested Wednesday on espionage-related charges. The Justice Department said he had exchanged more than 300 emails with an F.B.I. employee posing as a Russian agent.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #south-dakota, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Storm Could Bring Destructive Winds to Central U.S.

A tornado watch was issued for parts of six states as wind gusts of more than 70 miles per hour bore down on parts of the Upper Midwest on Wednesday.

#colorado, #colorado-springs-colo, #des-moines-iowa, #great-lakes, #iowa, #minnesota, #mississippi, #national-weather-service, #nebraska, #polk-county-iowa, #south-dakota, #tornadoes, #weather, #wind, #wisconsin

Teachers Scramble to Scoop Up Cash in Promotion Called Demeaning

Ten teachers in South Dakota competed for $5,000 in dollar bills to spend on classroom improvements. Critics called the event at a hockey game in Sioux Falls demeaning.

#education-k-12, #philanthropy, #sioux-falls-sd, #sioux-falls-stampede-hockey-team, #south-dakota, #squid-game-tv-program, #teachers-and-school-employees, #united-states-hockey-league, #wages-and-salaries

DNA Confirms Sitting Bull Was South Dakota Man’s Great-Grandfather

Ernie LaPointe, the great-grandson of the leader Tatanka Iyotake, said he hoped the DNA confirmation would bolster his campaign to move the chief’s remains.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #lapointe-ernie, #native-americans, #north-dakota, #research, #science-advances-journal, #sitting-bull, #south-dakota, #university-of-copenhagen, #willerslev-eske

40-Year-Old Cold Case of South Dakota Baby Ends With Conviction

Decades after a baby was found by the road, DNA testing led to criminal charges. On Friday, a woman entered an Alford plea in the case, maintaining her innocence while pleading guilty to manslaughter.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sioux-falls-sd, #south-dakota, #theresa-bentaas

Some States Want to Charge for Rescuing Lost Hikers

The coronavirus pandemic sent a surge of inexperienced hikers into the wilderness. Many ran into trouble. Now states are looking to bill them for costly search and rescue operations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #hawaii, #hikes-and-hiking, #new-hampshire, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #rescues, #south-dakota

The World Is Still Short of Everything. Get Used to It.

Pandemic-related product shortages — from computer chips to construction materials — were supposed to be resolved by now. Instead, the world has gained a lesson in the ripple effects of disruption.

#china, #columbia-sportswear-company, #cork-ireland, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #england, #european-union, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #freight-cargo, #international-trade-and-world-market, #ports, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #ships-and-shipping, #shortages, #south-dakota, #suez-canal, #target-corporation, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-states

South Dakota Attorney General Expected to Take Plea Deal

A spokesman said Jason R. Ravnsborg did not plan to resign over the misdemeanor charges, despite calls from both sides of the aisle for him to do so.

#attorneys-general, #boever-joe-1964-2020, #deaths-fatalities, #noem-kristi, #ravnsborg-jason, #republican-party, #south-dakota, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states-politics-and-government

Leonard Crow Dog, Spiritual Leader at Wounded Knee, Dies at 78

He served time in prison after the 1973 occupation on the Pine Ridge reservation and dedicated his life to preserving the traditions of the Sicangu Lakota.

#american-indian-movement, #crow-dog-leonard-1942-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #native-americans, #pesla-sd, #pine-ridge-indian-reservation-sd, #south-dakota, #wounded-knee-sd

Why Kristi Noem Is Rising Quickly as a Republican Prospect for 2024

Ms. Noem, the governor of South Dakota, has defied coronavirus restrictions and eagerly projects a rugged Great Plainswoman image. But some of her political moves prompt eye rolls.

#conservative-political-action-conference, #noem-kristi, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #south-dakota, #thune-john-r, #trump-donald-j

South Dakota Wildfires Prompt Mount Rushmore to Close

Gov. Kristi Noem said the monument was not under threat but that gusting winds could cause conditions to change quickly.

#fires-and-firefighters, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #mount-rushmore-national-memorial-sd, #noem-kristi, #rapid-city-sd, #south-dakota, #wildfires, #wind

College Athletes Ask the N.C.A.A. to Protest Bills That Would Bar Transgender Competitors

There have been 25 state bills introduced this year that would prohibit transgender athletes, mainly women, from competing on teams matching their gender identity. Here’s what we know.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #athletics-and-sports, #gender, #house-of-representatives, #mississippi, #mosier-chris, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #politics-and-government, #south-dakota, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #women-and-girls

South Dakota Attorney General Faces Calls to Resign and Impeachment Over Crash

State officials released videos that show investigators confronting the attorney general, Jason Ravnsborg, with descriptions of his car hitting a man: “His face came through your windshield.”

#impeachment, #noem-kristi, #ravnsborg-jason, #south-dakota, #state-legislatures, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

South Dakota Attorney General Charged With Careless Driving in Man’s Death

Jason Ravnsborg avoided felony charges, including manslaughter, after he struck and killed a pedestrian with his car last September.

#boever-joe-1964-2020, #crime-and-criminals, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #ravnsborg-jason, #roads-and-traffic, #south-dakota, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Is South Dakota’s Kristi Noem the Worst Pandemic Governor?

South Dakota’s public health isn’t a matter of “personal responsibility.” It’s her job.

#advertising-and-marketing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #noem-kristi, #politics-and-government, #south-dakota

How Covid-19 Threatens Native Languages

The average age of Lakota and Dakota speakers is 70. We are running out of time to save them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #lakota, #language-and-languages, #native-americans, #north-dakota, #south-dakota, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Covid-19 Came for the Dakotas

In terms of the coronavirus, they’re a theater of American disgrace.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #north-dakota, #south-dakota

Debra White Plume, Defender of Her Tribe, Is Dead at 66

She championed the rights of the Oglala Lakota in South Dakota and was a leader in protests at Wounded Knee and oil pipeline sites.

#american-indian-movement, #deaths-obituaries, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #keystone-pipeline-system, #native-americans, #pine-ridge-indian-reservation-sd, #south-dakota, #standing-rock-sioux-reservation-nd-sd, #white-plume-debra-1954-2020, #wounded-knee-sd

1 America, 1 Pandemic, 2 Realities

Journeys through two states found Americans leading starkly different lives in the pandemic. New Mexico feels at a standstill. In South Dakota, life is going right on.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-mexico, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #south-dakota

What Places Are Hardest Hit by the Coronavirus? It Depends on the Measure

By different metrics, all sorts of locations in the United States are deeply troubling, from Minot, N.D., to New York City.

#avenal-state-prison, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #los-angeles-county-calif, #minot-nd, #navajo-indians, #new-york-city, #norton-county-kan, #sioux-city-iowa, #south-dakota, #texas, #wisconsin

A Motorcycle Rally in a Pandemic? ‘We Kind of Knew What Was Going to Happen.’

Infectious-disease experts warned about the risk of cramming revelers into the Black Hills of South Dakota. But it was the annual Sturgis rally, and bikers were coming no matter what.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #festivals, #motorcycles-motor-bikes-and-motorscooters, #noem-kristi, #south-dakota, #sturgis-sd, #trump-donald-j

Friends Since Eighth Grade, Married With a New Urgency

David Rhoades and Nicole Weiss have been a couple since high school. A diagnosis brought them even closer together.

#south-dakota, #weddings-and-engagements

‘It Has Hit Us With a Vengeance’: Coronavirus Surges Again Across the United States

Unlike earlier outbreaks concentrated in the Northeast and South, the virus is simmering at a worrisome level in most regions.

#ann-arbor-mich, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #illinois, #kansas, #kentucky, #michigan, #montana, #shutdowns-institutional, #south-dakota

Jason Ravnsborg, South Dakota’s Attorney General, on Crash: ‘I Discovered the Body’

Jason Ravnsborg, the attorney general, elaborated on what happened after his car struck something on a dark highway, saying he returned in the morning to find the dead man, Joe Boever, 55, nearby.

#attorneys-general, #boever-joe-1964-2020, #deaths-fatalities, #noem-kristi, #politics-and-government, #ravnsborg-jason, #south-dakota, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Jason Ravnsborg, South Dakota’s Attorney General, Investigated in Fatal Crash

Gov. Kristi Noem said that the attorney general, Jason Ravnsborg, was in a car crash on Saturday night that left one person dead. Mr. Ravnsborg said he was “fully cooperating with the investigation.”

#deaths-fatalities, #ravnsborg-jason, #south-dakota, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Father Michel J. Mulloy Resigns Weeks Before Becoming Bishop of Duluth

Father Michel J. Mulloy was chosen by Pope Francis to lead the Diocese of Duluth, Minn., but then an allegation from the 1980s surfaced, church officials said.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #duluth-minn, #francis, #michel-j-mulloy, #minnesota, #priests, #rapid-city-sd, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #sioux-falls-sd, #south-dakota

How Kristi Noem, Mt. Rushmore and Trump Fueled Speculation About Pence’s Job

After Ms. Noem, the South Dakota governor, flew to Washington on Air Force One, rumors about her ambitions ensued. She made a second trip to smooth things over with Mike Pence.

#haley-nikki-r, #lewandowski-corey-1975, #mount-rushmore-national-memorial-sd, #noem-kristi, #pence-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #south-dakota, #trump-donald-j, #vice-presidents-and-vice-presidency-us

One Meat Plant, One Thousand Infections: Revisiting Achut Deng

After surviving civil war in Sudan, one of America’s most vulnerable workers faced the coronavirus. How has she been doing since?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #factories-and-manufacturing, #quarantines, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #south-dakota, #sudan

Kimberly Guilfoyle, Top Fund-Raising Official for Trump Campaign, Tests Positive for Coronavirus

She is the third person in proximity of President Trump known to have contracted the virus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #guilfoyle-kimberly, #mount-rushmore-national-memorial-sd, #quarantines, #south-dakota, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #trump-donald-j-jr, #united-states-politics-and-government

Tribe in South Dakota Seeks Court Ruling Over Standoff on Blocking Virus

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe set up checkpoints to limit the spread of the coronavirus. After the state objected, the White House got involved. Now the tribe has asked a federal judge to intervene.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indian-health-service, #interior-department, #native-americans, #noem-kristi, #south-dakota, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

One Meat Plant. One Thousand Infections.

“I came to America thinking I could never go through hell.” After surviving civil war in Sudan, one of America’s most vulnerable workers faces the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #immigration-and-emigration, #meat-packers-and-butchers, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #slaughterhouses, #smithfield-foods-inc, #south-dakota, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

A Shortage of Steak? Yes, and Ranchers Knew It Was Coming

The pandemic has laid bare the instability of the industrialized food chain.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animals, #cattle, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #food, #grass, #livestock, #sheep, #sioux-falls-sd, #south-dakota

Prisoner With Coronavirus Dies After Giving Birth While on Ventilator

Andrea Circle Bear, the first female federal prisoner to die after getting the coronavirus, had just started serving a two-year drug sentence for selling methamphetamine.

#circle-bear-andrea, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #fort-worth-tex, #prisons-and-prisoners, #south-dakota

Mutineers, Raise Your Hands

Almost every movie reminds Trump of … something it’s not.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #florida, #georgia, #governors-us, #kemp-brian-p, #noem-kristi, #quarantines, #south-dakota, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government