Ready or Not, the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is Here!

8a1390cb-e272-445f-a6fd-23d4da58e28bThe 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is officially next week from Monday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 9th. If you haven’t already noticed increased traffic on I-90 yet, you will as Rally goers begin pouring into the Black Hills region.

Last year the rally had an estimated attendance of 390,693. Even if you aren’t going up to Sturgis you will be affected by the Rally. Tourist sites from the Badlands to Devil’s Tower and throughout the Black Hills, as well as restaurants, bars, or anything you think of as entertainment will be packed. HAVE PATIENCE!

The Rally is the experience of a lifetime. Visiting exhibitors can show you anything and everything you’d want or need to dress you up or dress up your bike. Or demo virtually every kind of bike on the market – custom, V-Twin or metric. In addition to the bikes there are concerts and races and bike shows, five blocks of Sturgis’s Main Street bikes-only street vibe, organized rides, and custom legends.

If you are new to the area or have never gone to the Rally, check it out, but be prepared for traffic and a lot of people.

Here are a few tips to survive the Rally:

  • If you are going, have a plan. (Have a designated driver!)
  • There are no open containers allowed in Sturgis
  • Pay attention to the signs that say NO PARKING and the curbs that are painted yellow. If you park by these you will be towed and walking to the impound yard to pay to get your ride back.
  • Look out for motorcycles, not all of them are looking out for you
  • Pay attention to speed limits and additional stop signs in all areas

South Dakota Motorcycle Driving Laws

  • Every motorcycle must be equipped with at least one but no more than two headlamps..
  • All persons under the age of 18 must wear motorcycle safety helmets that are approved by the South Dakota Department of Transportation.
  • A person riding in an enclosed cab attached to a motorcycle does not have to wear a safety helmet.
  • A motorcycle operator must wear an eye protective device unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen of sufficient height and design that protects the motorcycle operator. When headlights are required to be on, a motorcycle operator cannot wear protective eye devices that are tinted or shaded to reduce the light transmission of the device below 35 percent.
  • Motorcycles must have at least one tail lamp, which when lighted emits a red light visible for a distance of 500 feet.
  • Noise Limits: Every motorcycle must at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise.

What will bad behavior cost you? (also factor in costs to your career)

City Ordinances

  • Indecent Exposure – $111
  • Open Container In Public -$61
  • Deposit of Filth – $86
  • Disorderly Conduct – $111
  • Careless Driving – $91
  • City Park Violations – $10
  • City trespassing – $111
  • Dog Running at Large – $56
  • Exhibition Driving – $66
  • Parking in Handicapped Zone – $100
  • Reckless Driving – Custody Arrest
  • Truck Routes Violations – $91
  • Use of Sound Amplification Device – Court Appearance Req.
  • Driving on bike path/sidewalk – $111

State Law

  • Cancelled License – $144
  • Violation of Restricted License – $94
  • Revoked Drivers License – Custody Arrest
  • Furnish Alcohol to Minor – Court Appearance Req.
  • Open Container in Motor Vehicle – $94
  • Possess of Controlled Substance – Custody Arrest
  • Possess of Drug Paraphernalia – $244
  • Possess of Marijuana – Custody Arrest
  • Possess of Substances for High Abuse (Distribution) – Custody Arrest

Juvenile Laws

  • Underage Alcohol Poss/Consump – Court Appearance Req.
  • (Continued) in Motor Vehicle – Court Appearance Req.
  • Underage Purchase of Cigarettes – $69
  • State Motorcycle Laws
  • Carrying Loaded or Uncased Gun – Custody Arrest
  • Cyclists Overtaking in Same Ln – $94
  • Eye Protection Required – $20
  • Helmet Required (under age 18) – $94
  • Illegal Handlebar Height – $20
  • Operation W/O Motorcycle Endorse -$94


South Dakota backs off speed limits for Sturgis Rally

SpeedLimit65From KOTA Territory News: Due to the expected increased traffic volumes during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and the anticipated reduced operating speeds, speed limits will be reduced on the following highways effective TODAY (Friday, July 24).

Interstate 90 speed limit will be reduced from 75 mph to 65 mph from west of the Deadwood Avenue Exit 55 in Rapid City to east of the Lazelle Street Exit 30 in Sturgis.

Highways 34 and 79 also have changes that may last well in to mid-August.

Read the full story on South Dakota backs off speed limits for Sturgis Rally.

Looking for a job? Plan on attending the Black Hills Veteran’s Job Fair – Wednesday, June 24

2015VetsJobFair_400The Airman and Family Readiness Center along with Hero 2 Hired, ESGR and the SD Department of Labor are pleased to announce the 2015 Black Hills Veteran’s Job Fair.

This event will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Western Dakota Tech (WDT) from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. This event is open to active duty, veterans, spouses, and work ready dependents.

We will have local and national employers and helping agencies signed up. You do not have to register to attend.

You can view the updated list of employers at the following link:

Office of Personnel Management Data Breach

OPMLogoLast night’s national news alerted us to the data breach that occurred at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in April of this year. Reportedly current and former federal employees personal information may have been compromised. OPM handles all aspects of a federal civilians career and federal civilian employees of many agencies are likely affected. OPM stated in their announcement that beginning 8 June and continuing through June 19, they would be sending notifications to approximately 4 million individuals whose personally identifiable information was potentially compromised. “The email will come from opmcio@


.com and it will contain information regarding credit monitoring and identity theft protection services being provided for 18 months (at no cost to the employee) to those Federal employees impacted by the data breach.” Visit our identity theft page for steps to take to protect yourself:

Below is the full announcement from the OPM: Source:

Information About the Recent Cybersecurity Incident

June 4, 2015

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently became aware of a cybersecurity incident affecting its systems and data that may have compromised the personal information of current and former Federal employees. Within the last year, OPM has undertaken an aggressive effort to update its cybersecurity posture, adding numerous tools and capabilities to its networks. As a result, in April 2015, OPM became aware of the incident affecting its information technology (IT) systems and data that predated the adoption of these security controls. Since the incident was identified, OPM has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine the impact to Federal personnel.  And OPM immediately implemented additional security measures to protect the sensitive information it manages. Beginning June 8 and continuing through June 19, OPM will be sending notifications to approximately 4 million individuals whose Personally Identifiable Information was potentially compromised in this incident.  The email will come from and it will contain information regarding credit monitoring and identity theft protection services being provided to those Federal employees impacted by the data breach. In the event OPM does not have an email address for the individual on file, a standard letter will be sent via the U.S. Postal Service. In order to mitigate the risk of fraud and identity theft, OPM is offering affected individuals credit monitoring services and identity theft insurance with CSID, a company that specializes in identity theft protection and fraud resolution.  This comprehensive, 18-month membership includes credit report access, credit monitoring, identity theft insurance, and recovery services and is available immediately at no cost to affected individuals identified by OPM. Additional information is available beginning at 8 a.m. CST on June 8, 2015 on the company’s website,, and by calling toll-free 844-222-2743 (International callers: call collect 512-327-0700).

Steps for Monitoring Your Identity and Financial Information

  • Monitor financial account statements and immediately report any suspicious or unusual activity to financial institutions.
  • Request a free credit report at or by calling 1-877-322-8228.  Consumers are entitled by law to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit bureaus – Equifax®, Experian®, and TransUnion® – for a total of three reports every year.  Contact information for the credit bureaus can be found on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website,
  • Review resources provided on the FTC identity theft website,  The FTC maintains a variety of consumer publications providing comprehensive information on computer intrusions and identity theft.
  • You may place a fraud alert on your credit file to let creditors know to contact you before opening a new account in your name.  Simply call TransUnion® at 1-800-680-7289 to place this alert.  TransUnion® will then notify the other two credit bureaus on your behalf.

eSponsorship Training Gets an Update

The eSponsorship Application and Training (eSAT) course has been updated to the DoD’s new training platform, My Training Hub. The interactive eSAT will help sponsors make the most of sponsorship training.

Here are some of the features:

 – 24/7 accessibility – Sponsors will be able to log in to My Training Hub using their Common Access Card, or CAC. The eSAT website will remain the same (, however, non-CAC users can access the site through My Training Hub (

– Customized resources – Sponsors will learn how to support a single service member, a family with pets, a family with special needs or any combination. With eSAT’s customizable resources, sponsors can create an electronic welcome packet personalized to their inbound family’s needs. My Training Hub currently offers several military-focused training courses like Money and the Move and Investing in Your Future. With the new eSAT course added to the lineup, My Training Hub is sure to become an integral part of your relocation toolkit.

Visit our sponsorship page for information about being a sponsor and a link to the training.

Hangar Games: Games in our Great Outdoors – 13 June

2015.06Come join us at the Pride Hangar for our next installment of Hangar Games on Saturday, June 13th from 1 PM to 3 PM.

We will have activities for everyone to include:
– 2 mile walk/run with the Fitness Center
– Demonstrations of disc golf, putt-putt golf and geocaching
– Climbing wall, kick ball, and bounce house
– Prize drawings from various Black Hills locations and more!

Don’t forget your Hangar Games punch card!