There are some of us who can not make the Sturgis Rally. This is the opening weekend of non-stop fun, drink, riding and music.

Sometimes, we have obligations that prevent us from taking the annual trip to rally. This is going to be the first time in 12 years I do not attend Sturgis.

If you're in the same boat as I am, we can still keep up with the action from Bismarck or wherever you are with the live Sturgis-Cam. See the action from various points from Sturgis with the webcam here.

There are so many fun events happening in the region, We Fest in Minnesota at Detroit Lake. Locally, the Morton County Fair is in New Salem.

Sturgis attracts close to 500,000 people, and many of those attending will ride a motorcycle. For the next 10 days, Sturgis will become South Dakota's largest city in the state. The Sturgis Police Department will become the largest police department in South Dakota.

Many of the policemen come from neighboring states including North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Montana and more. These police officers were sworn in as South Dakota law enforcement officials and posses the same authority as any other local law officer.

See the action from various points from Sturgis with the webcam here.

And with many motorcycles traveling through Bismarck and North Dakota, you are strongly advised to drive carefully and double check your blind spots while traveling for the next 10 days.

Friday night, Sturgis the surrounding area had sever thunderstorms with a sever thunderstorm warning in effect.