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South Dakota is a U.S. state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes, who comprise a large portion of the population and historically dominated the territory. South Dakota is the seventeenth largest by area, but the fifth smallest by population and the 5th least densely populated of the 50 United States. As the southern part of the former Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889, simultaneously with North Dakota. It is either the 39th or 40th state admitted to the union. President Benjamin Harrison shuffled the statehood papers before signing them so that no one could tell which became a state first. Pierre is the state capital and Sioux Falls, with a population of about 187,200, is South Dakota's largest city.

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Minnesota officials counted 86 cases that they said were related to the rally.
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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.
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Coronavirus updates: Arizona, South Dakota hold out against mask mandates; Colorado's largest school district returns to virtual learning

Denver public schools halt in-person learning. Arizona Gov. Ducey says he won't impose statewide mask mandate. 250K U.S. deaths. Latest COVID news.
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More rats at home? Nearly 1 in 4 Michigan houses report an increase since pandemic start

Michigan isn't the only state with a rodent increase since the pandemic began. Numbers are even higher in Ohio, New York, South Dakota and New Hampshire.  
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South Dakota city's mask mandate slammed as "weak and ineffectual"

The state's largest physicians' organization supports the mandate but one city councilor warned that the ordinance would be an empty gesture.
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'It's not real': In South Dakota, which has shunned masks and other COVID rules, some people die in denial, nurse says

Jodi Doering, a South Dakota nurse, gained national attention for her account of working on the front lines in a state with high rates of COVID-19.
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The Dakotas are 'as bad as it gets anywhere in the world' for COVID-19

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Boy who was bullied makes it his mission to help others by giving away truckloads of supplies

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Coronavirus updates: California nears 1M cases; Ticketmaster to require proof of COVID test, vaccine; South Dakota mayor votes against masks

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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..
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South Dakota governor defends COVID strategy amid surge

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A study by a California research group estimates that the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota led to more than 260,000 coronavirus cases.
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