KELOLAND News: COVID-19 case surge: How South Dakota compares to other states, countries

KELOLAND News: COVID-19 case surge: How South Dakota compares to other states, countries. “To give you an idea just how quickly cases are rising this month, a Reuters analysis found that North Dakota and South Dakota have reported more new COVID-19 cases per capita than all but one country in the world. There are also three times as many new cases per capita than the United Kingdom, Spain or France, where cases are also on the rise.”

AP: Noem blames surge in cases on testing as hospitals fill

AP: Noem blames surge in cases on testing as hospitals fill. “South 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. There are currently no open general-care hospital beds in the southeastern part of the state, which contains the two largest hospitals, according to the Department of Health. Hospitals are dealing with both an increase in COVID-19 patients and people needing other medical care. The hospitals in Sioux Falls do have about 41% of their Intensive Care Units available.”

Associated Press: COVID-19 outbreak reported at South Dakota women’s prison

Associated Press: COVID-19 outbreak reported at South Dakota women’s prison. “More than 100 inmates have tested positive at a minimum-security women’s prison in Pierre, according to the Department of Corrections. Mass testing of inmates resulted in the Department of Corrections found 102 active cases at a women’s prison called the Pierre Community Work Center, according to an update released late Wednesday. There were 140 women held at the prison, according to an Aug. 31 count. Four staff members have also tested positive, with one fully recovered.”

Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan: More Historic Newspapers Available Online

Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan: More Historic Newspapers Available Online. “Three new South Dakota towns are represented in the digitized historical newspaper collections on Chronicling America. Newspapers from Eureka, Wood and Tabor have been digitized and made available by the South Dakota State Historical Society. This batch of digitized newspapers contains foreign language editions in German and Czech.”

Rapid City Journal: New website lets public search SD court dates

Rapid City Journal: New website lets public search SD court dates. “A new government website allows the public to use any computer to search for upcoming court dates and other information about South Dakota criminal and civil cases…. Before the creation of the eCourts portal, the public and media had to call a clerk or use a computer at a courthouse to look up court dates and other information.”

KEVN: South Dakota launches missing persons clearinghouse

KEVN: South Dakota launches missing persons clearinghouse. “The South Dakota Attorney General’s office is hoping to streamline the process by which missing people are found in the state. The new clearinghouse stems from SB 27, which passed both houses of the South Dakota State Legislature unanimously. The bill went into effect officially on July 1st.”

NBC News: S. Dakota Gov. Noem says ‘we will not be social distancing’ at July 3 celebration with Trump at Mount Rushmore

NBC News: S. Dakota Gov. Noem says ‘we will not be social distancing’ at July 3 celebration with Trump at Mount Rushmore. “South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says the thousands of people who attend the July 3 celebration for Independence Day at Mount Rushmore with President Donald Trump will not be required to practice social distancing despite an increase in coronavirus cases across the country.”

CNN: South Dakota governor tells Sioux tribes they have 48 hours to remove Covid-19 checkpoints

CNN: South Dakota governor tells Sioux tribes they have 48 hours to remove Covid-19 checkpoints. “The governor of South Dakota has given an ultimatum to two Sioux tribes: Remove checkpoints on state and US highways within 48 hours or risk legal action. Gov. Kristi Noem sent letters Friday to the leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe demanding that checkpoints designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus on tribal land be removed, the governor’s office said in a statement.”

Capital Journal (South Dakota): Nearly 700 more maps added to S.D. Digital Archives

Capital Journal: Nearly 700 more maps added to S.D. Digital Archives. “The digitized maps include tourist maps, such as maps of snowmobile trails, and maps of caves, maps of the Custer National Forest and the Harney National Forest, as well as city plans of Sturgis, Custer and Rapid City. Maps of various South Dakota dams, highway maps and a few aerial photomaps were also included.”

KELO: Low-income South Dakotans can seek legal help on many issues through new website

KELO: Low-income South Dakotans can seek legal help on many issues through new website. “A new online tool that links lower-income South Dakotans and lawyers seems to be much faster than the old way, where legal-aid staff directly took people’s initial information…. What previously took up to an hour or longer can now be done in as little five to 10 minutes by computer.”

Rapid City Journal: South Dakotans will soon be able to access court records from any computer

Rapid City Journal: South Dakotans will soon be able to access court records from any computer. “If a South Dakotan wants to see public court records, they can only do that by looking them up on computer at a state courthouse during work hours between Monday and Friday…. So to help improve access to court records, the UJS is currently piloting a program that will eventually allow the public to see records from any computer, said Greg Sattizahn, administrator of the South Dakota Unified Judicial System. The website will be similar to the PACER website, which lets people view and download federal court records for a fee.”

Capital Journal: State Historical Society makes more issues of historical newspapers available online

Capital Journal: State Historical Society makes more issues of historical newspapers available online. “Several more South Dakota newspaper titles have been added to the growing online database of historical United States newspapers available to the public, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.”

Press & Dakotan: SD Historical Society Receives Grant To Put More Historical Newspapers Online

Press & Dakotan: SD Historical Society Receives Grant To Put More Historical Newspapers Online. “The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives in Pierre was awarded a third round of grant funding in the amount of $280,200 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue digitizing historical newspapers.”

DRGNews: Four more state historic newspapers available online

DRGNews: Four more state historic newspapers available online. “In 2016 the South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives received a two-year $240,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize historical newspapers. The project is part of Chronicling America, a Library of Congress initiative to develop an online database of select historical newspapers from around the United States. Several Sioux Falls German titles have recently been added to Chronicling America: The Sud (Soot) Dakota Nachrichten (Knock-rick-ten), 1896-1900; the Sud-Dakota Nachrichten und Herold, 1900-1901; the Nachrichten-Herold, 1901-1907; and the Deutscher (Doit-shur) Herold, 1907-1913. Further issues of these titles will be added to the website in later batches, as well as other titles from around the state.”

South Dakota: GFP Launches New Interactive Online Tool about South Dakota Birds

South Dakota: GFP Launches New Interactive Online Tool about South Dakota Birds. “The online tool is an updated version of South Dakota’s Breeding Bird Atlas providing information on which bird species nest in the state, where they can be found and what habitats they need during the breeding season; including 13 new species found during the field project. Highlights include a total of 252 species recorded during the project, of which 239 species were recorded breeding. The online tool allows users the option to explore the results by species or by blocks.”