Minnesota governor criticizes South Dakota governor, Sturgis bike rally

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz takes part in a news conference to announce the learning plan for Minnesota schools for the upcoming 2020-21 school year at TPT’s St. Paul, Minn., studio Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said he wishes the neighboring Dakotas would take more aggressive steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus, singling out South Dakota’s Republican governor, Kristi Noem, for criticism.

Walz, a Democrat, made the comments Tuesday during a news conference in St. Paul where he announced new restrictions on bars, restaurants and gatherings in Minnesota.

He lamented that Minnesota is catching up with the Dakotas, which lead the country in new cases per capita.

The Democratic governor said he’s not blaming neighboring states for that, but he said this summer’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota was “absolutely unnecessary,” and that data shows it helped spread the virus beyond that state.

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