NWS Affirms A Tornado Hit Sioux Falls Tuesday Night

Sep 11, 2019

Sgt. Bluff-Luton Superintendent Rod Earlywine

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The National Weather Service is confirming that at least one tornado hit the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, overnight.

The weather service confirmed an EF-2 tornado with winds of about 125 mph hit a portion of the city. They were examining a second area where a hospital complex suffered heavy damage to see if that also was a tornado or simply straight-line winds.

One northwest Iowa school bond issue passed and another failed yesterday. A supermajority of 60% was needed for all measures to pass.

Storm Lake narrowly passed a $15 million dollar measure to build a new early elementary school with 61% approval. And, the community of Orange City rejected plans for a  fitness facility paid for with taxpayer money.  Only 43% supported the $5 million dollar “Aspire Center for Healthy Living”.

Voters in the Sergeant Bluff-Luton district overwhelmingly turned down a $33 million plan to help deal with school overcrowding.  Sixty-one percent voted against it.

This bond was smaller than those in the three previous years, but only got just more than 39 percent of the vote. Rod Earleywine is the district’s superintendent. He says the district can continue to use its primary school for a few more years, but the building has some outdated infrastructure. 

Earleywine says he assumed basically cutting last year’s bond in half would’ve helped it pass. But it garnered less support than last year. He says it’s hard to come up with a solution that satisfies everyone.