75th Sturgis Rally Top Stories

Municipal League seeks to join Buffalo Chip suit

A judge Wednesday continued the case against the formation of the Buffalo Chip Campground into a municipality.

Town of Buffalo Chip in court Wednesday

Judge to hear motion to throw out appeal of formation of municipality

Top KOTA Territory News online stories in 2015

Love it or hate it, the Sturgis rally and anything related to it was the top attention-getter on the KOTA Territory News website.

Top 2015 Stories in Photos

Not every important news story sparked reader interest online. The tragic story of the Ellsworth airman killed in Afghanistan was recent so it hasn't had time to build up readers. Surprisingly,…

Full Throttle Saloon owner says he will rebuild

Owner Michael Ballard said public support helped him decide it was not time to "throw in the towel" on the popular Sturgis rally bar.

SMRi donates $75,000 to local organizations

The non-profit donated $50,000 to Sturgis Rally Charities Foundation, $20,000 to the Sturgis Rally Community Development Fund and $5,000 to Sturgis Community Preschool for 2015.

Sturgis picks new director for rally department

Jerry Cole, former Rapid City Parks and Recreation Department director, will start his new job Dec. 28

Meade Co. Commission approves bid for Ft. Meade Way project

By a four to one decision by the Meade County Commission, Zandstra Construction was chosen as the contractor for the construction of Fort Meade Way, which will connect Interstate 90 to Highway…

Judge denies petition by Meade County Taxpayers group

Fourth Circuit Judge Jerome Eckrich says the group's efforts to stop the county commission from building the road oversteps land use regulations.

Judge delays Fort Meade Way bypass decision

The proposed bypass called Fort Meade Way, would connect Interstate 90 to Highway 79 near the Buffalo Chip Campground.

Sturgis bypass heading for court

The Meade County bypass road is headed to court next week.

Fort Meade petition may not reach vote

The controversy continues surrounding the Meade County Bypass road that would interstate 90 to highway 79 near the buffalo chip campgrounds, with petitions out to try to take the measure to a…

Sturgis VFD gets donation after Full Throttle Saloon fire

When Michael Ballard’s $10-million Full Throttle Saloon burned near Sturgis last month, it was a total loss, financially as well as structurally.

Buffalo Chip owner pledges $1 million for bypass road

A million dollars here, a million dollars there, pretty soon you have the cash for Fort Meade Way.

Sturgis police chief steps down after nearly 4 decades

Sturgis Tuesday announced that Chief Jim Bush, a 37-year veteran of the department, will retire in January 2016. Bush will be replaced by Assistant Chief Geody VanDewater.

Municipal League seeks to join Buffalo Chip suit

Town of Buffalo Chip in court Wednesday

Top KOTA Territory News online stories in 2015

Top 2015 Stories in Photos

Full Throttle Saloon owner says he will rebuild

SMRi donates $75,000 to local organizations

Sturgis picks new director for rally department

Meade Co. Commission approves bid for Ft. Meade...

Judge denies petition by Meade County Taxpayers...

Judge delays Fort Meade Way bypass decision

Sturgis bypass heading for court

Fort Meade petition may not reach vote

Sturgis VFD gets donation after Full Throttle...

Buffalo Chip owner pledges $1 million for...

Sturgis police chief steps down after nearly 4...

Sturgis Rally Videos

Buffalo Chip town flap goes on

Buffalo Chip town flap goes on

More legal opposition grows against township.

Buffalo Chip town raising taxes

Buffalo Chip town raising taxes

New town will levy 2 percent sales tax next year.

Meade County picks bypass contractor

Meade County picks bypass contractor

Bids came in lower than expected, $1.3 million.

Judge delays bypass decision

Judge delays bypass decision

Judge hears from all sides Tuesday.

Next stop for Sturgis bypass - court

Next stop for Sturgis bypass - court

While opponents head to court, county takes Buffalo Chip offer to help pay for road.

Opponents to Sturgis bypass start new petition drive

Opponents to Sturgis bypass start new petition drive

Both sides say they have the majority in their camp.

Million-dollar pledge for road isn't always popular

Million-dollar pledge for road isn t always popular

Buffalo Chip owner pushes for Sturgis bypass road.

Sturgis PD Chief Bush retires

Sturgis PD Chief Bush retires

Jim Bush has been with the Sturgis PD for 37 years.

Rally tally: record numbers show up in Sturgis

Rally tally record numbers show up in Sturgis

Numbers finally in for 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Pinched power cord dooms Full Throttle Saloon

Pinched power cord dooms Full Throttle Saloon

Campground will open for 2016 Sturgis Rally but not sure of the bar.

Resources plague volunteer fire departments

Resources plague volunteer fire departments

Recent fires stretch manpower, equipment and water sources.

Full Throttle Saloon

Full Throttle Saloon

Its been nearly a week since the Full Throttle Saloon burned down

Hot Bike Tour shows its stuff in Rapid City

Hot Bike Tour shows its stuff in Rapid City

Unique motorcycles, bike building on display

Feds and state take over Full Throttle fire investigation

Feds and state take over Full Throttle fire investigation

Saloon owner Michael Ballard says he is "devastated" by loss.

Emmitt escapes Full Throttle fire

Emmitt escapes Full Throttle fire

Donkey just a little shaken by all the commotion.

Full Throttle Saloon destroyed in fire

Full Throttle Saloon destroyed in fire

World's largest biker bar is no more, following an overnight fire.

Full Throttle Fire Video by Sturgis VFD

(img1)Full Throttle Fire - Sturgis VFD

The Full Throttle Saloon, billed as the biggest outdoor biker bar, is a total loss from a fire that started around midnight, Tuesday, Sept. 8. Firefighters from multiple agencies responded to the fire. Around 12:45 a.m. fire crews were forced to moved outside because the fire was to intense. (video courtesy Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department)

Full Throttle Fire Video by Michael Thesing

Michael Thesing shot this video early Tuesday morning as the Full Throttle Saloon near Sturgis was engulfed in flames.

Full Throttle Saloon burns

Full Throttle Fire

Nicole Tschetter reports live from the Full Throttle Saloon off highway 34 after an early morning fire destroyed the biker bar.

Thunder in the Hills - 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

KOTA Territory

We thank photographer Jay Looby who allowed us to post Thunder in the Hills on our Sturgis Rally Page. He captured this entirely during the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Over 20 hours were spent shooting in and around Sturgis, this time-lapse film is comprised of 21 separate lapses and 12,675 images, from a Canon 5D Mark II and a Go Pro Hero 3. Motion control comes from Dynamic Perception's…

Black Hills Life Flight rally numbers

Black Hills Life Flight rally numbers

Medevac organization wasn't as busy as they thought they would be.

Rally Reactions

Rally Reactions

75th Rally comes to a close

Rally Renters

Rally Renters

The business of the Sturgis rally goes beyond Main Street

Rally Record

Rally Record

This years rally set a record for number of deaths

Added rally traffic signs get mixed reviews

Added rally traffic signs get mixed reviews

Officials say they are needed to help with flow

Sturgis Rally campsites thinning out

Sturgis Rally campsites thinning out

Made visitors are "hitting the road"

Black Hills Harley-Davidson sales boom

Black Hills Harley-Davidson sales boom

Rapid City dealership sells more bikes during rally than ever before.

Some vendors hang on through the end

Some vendors hang on through the end

While some vendors pack up to beat the rush out of town, others will hang around and sell some more souvenirs.

Teens talk about Sturgis

Teens talk about Sturgis

Just like adults, teens are split on whether the rally is a great event, or not.

Meet the "first" known vendor of the Sturgis rally

Meet the first known vendor of the Sturgis rally

Virginia Rhodes claims to be the first vendor, showing up in 1968.

Doug Danger sets jump record

Doug Danger sets jump record

Buffalo Chip fans catch thrilling effort

Bikers, motorcycles combine for unusual art

Bikers motorcycles combine for unusual art

"Eagle" picture from above the goal

Road safety a must during rally

Road safety a must during rally

A lot of pet peeves about some rally riders

Deadly crashes close in on rally record

Deadly crashes close in on rally record

The number of injury accidents has also risen.

Electric bikes hit the market

Electric bikes hit the market

Rice Honda dealership starts sales.

Bikers love their pancakes

Bikers love their pancakes

Many charity organizations gain funds from biker feeds.

Overnight rain soaks bikers

Overnight rain soaks bikers

Many bikers had to dry out their clothes.

Custer Cruising honors vets

Custer Cruising honors vets

The event honor vets at the VFW as riders cruse the Black Hills then play a game of poker.

Custer Events

Custer Events

Custer Events for Rally

Campers get good "Rally" deal

Campers get good Rally deal

Central States Fairgrounds a hit with visitors

Businesses stock up, hope for the best

Businesses stock up hope for the best

Rally numbers can challenge for bars, restaurants

Rally business makes "sweet" profit

Rally business makes sweet profit

Lemonade stand stands out in Sturgis

Rally deaths triple last year's numbers

Rally deaths triple last year s numbers

Nine deaths as rally hits mid point.

Sturgis Rally - Day 3

Sturgis Rally - Day 3

Rally goers express themselves.

76th rally logo unveiled

76th rally logo unveiled

A new tradition to unveil next year's logo this year.

Bikers show softer side

Bikers show softer side

Bikers show softer side

Special task force recovers stolen bikes

Special task force recovers stolen bikes

These days, task force recovers more stolen bikes than bikes are stolen at Sturgis.

Dakota Thunder rolls out of Ellsworth AFB

Dakota Thunder rolls out of Ellsworth AFB

Annual run of veterans to the Sturgis Rally.

Two more fatalities related to Sturgis Rally

Two more fatalities related to Sturgis Rally

Names of victims have not been released


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