Government of South Dakota: New South Dakota’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse Website Released

Government of South Dakota: New South Dakota’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse Website Released. “The new page also allows for greater searchability to the user. There are improved and added filters that allow searches by gender and race. Expanded descriptors include height, weight, hair color, eye color, and more narrative information such as the person’s last known location and what the person was last seen wearing. The user also will be able to arrange the page through multiple options including most recent, least recent, and alphabetical.”

Grand Forks Herald: South Dakota House OKs bill saying parasite-killing drug can be prescribed to humans

Grand Forks Herald: South Dakota House OKs bill saying parasite-killing drug can be prescribed to humans. “Supporters of ivermectin as a drug to treat COVID-19 won on a new frontier Monday, Feb. 14, in the South Dakota Legislature. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed a bill specifying that the drug could be legally prescribed in the state. The bill was despite the largely held opinion of the medical community that ivermectin is not an appropriate drug to treat COVID-19.”

South Dakota Public Broadcasting: Measure requiring schools post teaching materials online fails in committee

South Dakota Public Broadcasting: Measure requiring schools post teaching materials online fails in committee. “A legislative measure requiring k-12 schools to post teaching materials online has died in committee. The bill would also require schools to post employee professional development and orientation materials, and a catalog of all books and resources at a school’s library. Under the measure, a school could be sued if it doesn’t comply.”

South Dakota State News: State Historical Society digitizes important suffrage papers

South Dakota State News: State Historical Society digitizes important suffrage papers . “More than 3,765 women’s suffrage items from the John A. and Alice Pickler Papers are now available on the South Dakota Digital Archives of the South Dakota State Historical Society. In 1991, 65 boxes of Pickler family records were donated to the State Historical Society-Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, including photographs, political papers, business records, and more than four boxes of suffrage-related correspondence, speech notes, meeting minutes, and booklets.”

South Dakota State News: State Historical Society puts more historic newspapers online

South Dakota State News: State Historical Society puts more historic newspapers online . “More South Dakota towns are now represented in the digitized historical newspaper collections on Chronicling America, the South Dakota State Historical Society has announced. The Miller Press (1909-1924) and The Reporter and Farmer (1888-1913) of Webster were recently added to the collection.”

NBC News: South Dakota Covid cases quintuple after Sturgis motorcycle rally

NBC News: South Dakota Covid cases quintuple after Sturgis motorcycle rally. “Two weeks after the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, reported Covid infections in the state have risen nearly sixfold. South Dakota counted 3,819 new cases in the past two weeks, including seven deaths, up from 644 cases in the 14 days preceding it. That makes it the state with the largest percent increase in Covid cases in the past two weeks.”

South Dakota State News: State Historical Society launching podcast

South Dakota State News: State Historical Society launching podcast . “The South Dakota State Historical Society is launching a new podcast, History 605, hosted by State Historian and Society Director Dr. Ben Jones. ‘Through conversations with historians, museum curators, tribal historic preservationists, and other experts, I look forward to telling the story of South Dakota and the region through the people, places, and events that have shaped us,’ Jones said.”

Capital Journal: State Library digitizes 41 volumes of S.D. Historical Collections

Capital Journal, South Dakota: State Library digitizes 41 volumes of S.D. Historical Collections. “From 1902 to 1982, the Historical Collection series was published biennially by the Department of History — now the S.D. State Historical Society — as part of its mission to collect, preserve, and make accessible the history of the state. All 41 volumes are now available in the Featured Collections section of the S.D. State Library’s Digital Collections.”

Argus Leader (South Dakota): Wondering when your next court hearing is? State releases user-friendly tool to find court dates

Argus Leader (South Dakota): Wondering when your next court hearing is? State releases user-friendly tool to find court dates. “A portal on the Unified Judicial System’s website homepage allows users to search for an upcoming court date by their case number or name and birth date. Judicial leaders are hoping it’s another way for those working through cases to know their next hearing and show up for court. The new tool was one of the numerous ‘natural consequences’ of the courts adjusting to COVID-19 pandemic, said Robin Houwman, the presiding judge for the Second Circuit Court, which includes Minnehaha and Lincoln counties.”

Washington Post: A rural S.D. community ignored the virus for months. Then people started dying.

Washington Post: A rural S.D. community ignored the virus for months. Then people started dying.. “In a state where the Republican governor, Kristi L. Noem, has defied calls for a statewide mask mandate even as cases hit record levels, many in this rural community an hour west of Sioux Falls ignored the virus for months, not bothering with masks or social distancing. Restaurants were packed. Big weddings and funerals went on as planned. Then people started dying.”

Argus Leader: Some COVID-19 patients flown out of state as S.D. hospital ICU capacity dwindles

Argus Leader: Some COVID-19 patients flown out of state as S.D. hospital ICU capacity dwindles. “South Dakota’s largest hospitals are at or above their capacity to care for critically ill COVID-19 patients, forcing some of the sickest patients to be flown out of state to receive care. The strain of a months-long surge in coronavirus cases has reduced hospital capacity to care for those with severe symptoms, making it increasingly uncertain whether the sickest South Dakotans will be able to get treatment in the state, health providers say.”

COVID at the Capitol: More legislators fall ill after gathering in Pierre last week (Argus Leader)

Argus Leader: COVID at the Capitol: More legislators fall ill after gathering in Pierre last week. “At least three South Dakota lawmakers who attended Gov. Kristi Noem’s budget address last week in Pierre have since been diagnosed with COVID-19. Sens. Helene Duhamel (R-Rapid City) and Reynold Nesiba (D-Sioux Falls) last week confirmed they had come down with the coronavirus after returning home from their legislative duties, which included hours side-by-side other lawmakers at the capitol as well as a leadership dinner at the governor’s mansion.”

Covid-19: The mask-wearing US city that bucked the trend (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: The mask-wearing US city that bucked the trend. “More than half of US states currently have a mask mandate in place to limit the spread of coronavirus, but the issue has become highly controversial. We’ve taken a closer look at one mask-wearing US city, which has diverged from the state-wide policy. Care needs to be taken in drawing conclusions about wearing face coverings, but we can look at and compare the available data and consider the range of factors that may be involved in differing infection rates.”