Severe Weather in Sioux Falls Damages Homes, Businesses

Sep 11, 2019

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Officials say the severe weather that tore apart structures in South Dakota's largest city appears to have spared the rest of the state.

National Weather Service officials are surveying a probable tornado and straight-line winds that hit the southern part of Sioux Falls just before midnight yesterday that caused damage to at least 37 structures. There are some reports of injuries, but no word on any fatalities.

One northwest Iowa school bond issue passed and another failed.

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.

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 dollars Aspire Center.

A supermajority of 60% was needed for all measures to pass.

New U.S. Census Bureau data shows the percentage of Iowans who lack health insurance remains among the lowest in the country.

The state is ranked seventh best for having a 4.7 percent rate of people without health insurance in 2018 – the same percentage as the previous year. That’s about 148,000 uninsured Iowans.

Nationwide, the 2018 rate increased for the first time since 2009 with 27.5 million Americans without health insurance at any point during the year – up from 25.6 million the previous year. The data shows the shift was mainly driven by a decline in Medicaid coverage.