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Sturgis campgrounds may face fees ahead of popular motorcycle rally

STURGIS, S.D. - The city of Sturgis is proposing fees — as high as $5,100 in some cases — that would have to be paid in advance by campgrounds outside city limits if they want ambulance service at this year's Sturgis motorcycle rally.

The proposed fees range from $300 to $5,100 and are based on the number of ambulance calls to the campgrounds during the 2018 rally, Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie said at a Feb. 19 special meeting in Sturgis with campground owners.

Under the proposal, campgrounds that had no ambulance calls last year would be assessed a $300 fee to cover this year’s rally in August. Those with one to four calls last year would pay $650, those with five to nine calls would pay $1,850, and a fee of $5,100 would be charged to those that had 10 or more calls during the 2018 rally.

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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: Drug arrests up from last year

(lots of pics) --- Drug arrests are up and injury accidents are down from last year, according to Tuesday's statistics from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Thirty-two people have been arrested on felony drug charges this year, as opposed to 16 this time last year. 83 people have also been arrested on misdemeanor drug charges, as opposed to 71 this time last year.

While there have been 2 fatality crashes so far during the rally, there have been only 21 injury crashes this year, compared to 30 last year. Both fatal crashes occured on Saturday. 

Monday Injury Crashes:

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Sturgis 2018 motorcycle rally kicks off with chrome, celebrities and costumes

(photo gallery) --- STURGIS, South Dakota – The rumbling of thousands of v-twin engines says one thing: The annual pilgrimage known as the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is officially underway.

The 78th rally — it was suspended during World War II due to gas shortages — is the world’s largest motorcycle event, drawing visitors from around the globe for 10 days. An estimated 500,000 people will participate in the rally that runs through Aug. 12.

Participants are here to ride their motorcycles along the winding roads of the Black Hills, to shop for all manner of biker-related gear, and to bask in a gas-fueled two-wheeled celebration of all that is loud, fast and shiny. 

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Pre-rally crowd included gathering of 700 Hells Angels

STURGIS | This year’s pre-rally crowd of motorcyclists included an estimated 700 members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, participating in their USA Run in the Black Hills.

Speaking at Friday’s news conference, the first daily meeting with reporters through the run of the 78th Sturgis motorcycle rally, Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin said the gathering was a “mandatory run” for the Angels.

“What that means I guess they could tell you,” Merwin said. “So we did have a larger presence of Angels than we normally would have.”

“The run officially ends today (Friday),” he said. “Some will leave and some will stay.”

Merwin said the week preceding the official start of the Sturgis rally has been quiet in spite of the added influx.

“It’s been good,” he said. “We haven’t had any big issues.”

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Buffalo Chip, Indian Motorcycles Dismissed From Lawsuit

STURGIS, S.D. – A federal judge has dismissed Buffalo Chip Campground and Indian Motorcycles from a lawsuit filed by an Alaska man injured by a motorcycle at the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

Royce Rath, of Sitka, Alaska, was attending a Kid Rock concert when a motorcycle went off the stage and into the crowd, hitting him.

His lawsuit alleged he suffered severe physical and mental anguish and permanent disability. He sued Buffalo Chip, Indian Motorcycles and showman Roland Sands in federal court last fall, seeking money damages.

The Rapid City Journal reports that a judge granted a joint motion to dismiss the campground and motorcycle company. It’s not known if Sands and Rath have reached a settlement.

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Casinos to implement policies to monitor potential increased bike gang presence during Rally

DEADWOOD — Following a Feb. 16 request from law enforcement for the South Dakota Commission on Gaming to ban colors in casinos during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, based on reports that the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Gang would hold its 2018 national run in Deadwood at that time, the commission put the onus on the city of Deadwood and the individual gaming properties in coming up with a solution, tasking them with “taking the lead” on the matter. 

The term “colors” refers to the patches worn on vests and jackets noting the person’s club affiliation.

Deadwood Gaming Association (DGA) Executive Director briefed the commission on the industry’s response plan at the April 3 gaming commission meeting in Deadwood. 

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Alaska Man Files Lawsuit Over Motorcycle Mishap at Concert

An Alaska man who says he was hit by a motorcycle that flew offstage during a 2016 Buffalo Chip Campground concert has filed a federal lawsuit against the campground, the rider and the bike company.

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — An Alaska man who says he was hit by a motorcycle that flew offstage during a 2016 Buffalo Chip Campground concert has filed a federal lawsuit against the campground, the rider and the bike company.

The Argus Leader reports that Royce Rath was in the crowd during the Aug. 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally festivities at the campground. The complaint filed this week says in between concert performers Lita Ford and Kid Rock, showman Roland Sands road a motorcycle designed without front brakes across the stage and into a crowd of spectators.

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Official attendance at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally set at 480,000

STURGIS, S.D. -- Official attendance for the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was released Thursday showing an estimated 480,000 people attended the 77th annual event in August, up from last year.

Last year’s estimate was 448,000 visitors.

It was well below the record-setting attendance for the 75th annual event in 2015 when 739,000 people traveled to the Black Hills of western South Dakota for the nine-day gathering of motorcyclists from across the world.  Some were estimating almost 1 million attended the 75th event, but that wasn’t official.

The official number for this past summer’s event was released at the first Sturgis Rally Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 11, and Thursday, Oct. 12, where local business owners discussed increasing digital advertising and having more events at the end of the rally.

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Sturgis Rally 2017: Man, 27, dies in vehicle crash

(video)--A 27-year-old man died in a vehicle crash Thursday near Custer, bringing the total number of fatal crashes during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to six.

The Highway Patrol released the latest numbers as part of its Rally Tally on Friday. 

The latest fatal crash occurred at 7:12 a.m. Thursday seven miles west of Custer. The Highway Patrol says a 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan was eastbound when the driver lost control and the vehicle went into the ditch. The 27-year-old male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. One of three other occupants, a 20-year-old male, sustained life-threatening injuries. The other two passengers, a 21-year-old male and an 18-year-old female, both received serious non-life threatening injuries.

In other Sturgis Rally figures, authorities have made 130 arrests on DUI, 131 misdemeanor drug arrests and 38 felony drug arrests. 

There have been 40 non-injury accidents and 59 injury accidents reported.

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The naked truth in Sturgis: World’s largest motorcycle rally getting tamer

(video and 85 pic photo gallery)---STURGIS, S.D. — Among the rumbling V-twin engines, the half-naked, body-painted women and wet T-shirt competitions, the black leather jackets and majestic beards, a gnawing question keeps coming up: Has the world’s biggest motorcycle rally lost its edge after 77 years?

There’s no question Sturgis remains wildly popular. An expected 500,000 riders are flocking to this tiny town in the Black Hills this week, filling hotel rooms and renting out homes, parking their RVs in fields and setting up tents on lawns. They’re buying gas, pulled-pork sandwiches and T-shirts commemorating the trip. They’re riding the curvy, hilly pavement for hundreds of miles around the city, and doing anything conceivably motorcycle related, all under the single-word description: “Sturgis.”