Sturgis City Council facing difficult Motorcycle Rally decision

STURGIS, S.D. — Sturgis City Council members will be hosting a special meeting Monday night to discuss whether the Sturgis Rally should go on as planned, or if it should be canceled for this year.

So far, council members have met with an exhaustive list of groups with interest in the Rally, including state and local health agencies, surrounding campgrounds, local law enforcement and the Department of Tourism just to name a few.

Still, Sturgis City Council member Terry Keszler says the decision is an unprecedented one.

“Nobody has a crystal ball in this situation,” said Keszler of Ward one. “Nobody. No matter what the vote is on the 15th, there are going to be many people that are going to be happy and there’s going to be many that are not. The council is taking this very seriously.”

The meeting will be open to public comments, with the final decision to be rendered by the council on Monday, June 15. Keszler says the council has no authority over tourism and therefore cannot stop anyone from entering the state.

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