View of near solar eclipse totality from Sturgis, S.D.

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STURGIS, S.D. While Bismarck residents were treated to 85 percnet eclipse coverage, you need only travel to parts of South Dakota to get much closer to totality.

Peace and quiet. That's what you found just outside of the path of totality for the 2017 total eclipse.

But you could still see a pretty good show.

"It felt like we were about to have a thunder storm, it was the darkness of like a thunder storm," said James Sherer, Spearfish, SD.

"Everything got darker, you could tell things were getting cooler, everything felt kind of cold," said Levi Paradies, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Just north of Sturgis South Dakota observers could still see 98% coverage of the eclipse without the hassle.

KFYRTV Chief Photographer Dwayne Walker witnessed the total eclipse in 1979 and says close doesn't cut it.

"There's something to be said about a total eclipse and once you've seen a total eclipse, you'll drive miles and miles to see it again," said Dwayne Walker, KFYR-TV Chief Photographer.

However others were just happy to experience their first eclipse.

"None of us had seen one before so it was pretty exciting, everyone in the vehicle was excited to see it for the first time," said Paradies.

Next time though, they'll be waiting for totality.

"There's supposed to be one coming in 20 years that's going right through our home town, Bengough, Saskatchewan, so we're going to be there for that," said Paradies.

They've caught eclipse fever like the rest of North America.