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Dakota County Health officials report one more death due to COVID-19 and two confirmed cases for a total of 1,785 and 37 deaths.  There are 44 deaths in Woodbury County and a 11 new cases for a running total of 3,192.  Union County has 124 positive cases.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports an increase in positive coronavirus cases.  There were almost 700 new cases, the biggest jump since late May.  There were no new deaths for 717 in all and almost 30,000 positive cases.

South Dakota reports 62 new positive cases today.  The death toll remains at 93.

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On Monday, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported two deaths and 123 new cases of COVID-19; that includes two more in Woodbury County for a total of 20.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says a large amount of the deaths are from people living in long-term care facilities.  She also took a moment to give a message to employees at facilities across the state.

“You are more than caregivers.  You are heroes on the front lines.  Thank you for showing up and caring for others like you would for your own family.”

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued an emergency declaration today concerning COVID-19.

She ordered restaurants, bars, fitness centers, theaters and casinos to close for two weeks as part of a public health emergency plan designed to ease the community spread of the illness.

Reynolds also prohibited mass gatherings and events of more than 10 people including parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers.

Senior citizen centers and adult day care facilities have been closed.

The closures are intended to last through March 31.

A winter storm warning kicked in today at noon for Siouxland.  The National Weather Service says parts of southeastern South Dakota, northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa could see 6 to 9 inches of snow with winds gusting up to 45 miles per hour.  Several schools canceled or are letting students out early today in anticipation of the storm.

As far as we know a town hall planned tonight in Sioux City with Democratic Candidate for President Pete Buttigieg is still on.  That’s according to his Iowa campaign leaders.  The event is scheduled for 6:30 at West Middle School.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for parts of Siouxland that could impact travel this Thanksgiving week.

Western Nebraska could see a foot of snow or more by Wednesday morning.

Sioux City and northwest Iowa will be under a Winter Storm Watch starting tomorrow morning.  The forecast calls for heavy snow with accumulations of 5 to 9 inches with high winds as well.

The winter storm warning includes the communities of Wayne and Norfork.


The city of Sioux Falls is reeling after a likely tornado struck late last night, leaving behind a trail of damage and debris.

“There is a level of destruction up here that we’re not use to seeing.” 

That’s news anchor Brian Allen who works for KSFY-Television in Sioux Falls who says the twister touched down about a mile from his home.    

“Roofs have collapsed, windows have been blown out.  There is tree damage area.. power poles are down and trees are down.”

Allen is a former anchor at KCAU Television in Sioux City.

A deluge from this morning’s thunderstorm caused flash flooding downtown Sioux City.  And more  Powerful thunderstorms that blew through southeastern South Dakota damaged farm buildings and trees and cut power to hundreds.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning early Wednesday that included the cities of Armour, Parkston, Tripp, Delmont, Alcester, and Wakonda. Other areas were under severe thunderstorm warnings.

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It’s very hot this afternoon in Iowa and forecasters say it’ll get even hotter tomorrow and through the weekend. In Siouxland, we can expect highs in the mid to upper nineties all weekend. The National Weather Service in metro Des Moines says temperatures are going to be getting up into the 90s across the state along with the humidity that’s already in place.  The service told Radio Iowa that combining that kind of heat and humidity means at heat indices getting into the low 100s tomorrow and into the weekend.”

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Jun 21, 2019

The first official summer weekend will be a soggy one for most of Iowa.

Potential heavy rain will be mixed with severe weather over the next few days.

In Siouxland, scattered thunderstorms are possible tonight with hail and winds up to 40 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service says the most severe weather could strike parts of southern Iowa.

Three years after South Dakota lawmakers changed the state's education funding formula to boost teacher pay,  school leaderes say the new system isn't delivering as promised.

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The National Weather Service is investigating a series of tornado that struck the state of Iowa last night.

However, the National Weather Service says many of the twisters were minor and only on the ground from one to two minutes, even thought there was a total of 15 tornado warnings across the state.

Anywhere between ten and 20 tornadoes touched down.  Two caused damage near Iowa Falls and Montezuma.

Someone was hurt near Barnes City in Poweshiek County near central Iowa.