SD Woman Transported To Hospital, Winds Flip Semi Near Sioux Center

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Tyndall, South Dakota woman was taken to the hospital after the strong thunderstorm winds flipped the semi she was driving onto its side near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:20 PM on Friday (5/4), 67-year-old Cheryl McClintic of Tyndall, SD was driving a 2012 Kenworth semi‐truck and trailer southbound on Highway 75. Due to the strong winds and rain, McClintic turned into Natural Food Holdings, about a mile south of Sioux Center. The wind caught the semi‐tractor and trailer and overturned it on its driver’s side.

McClintic received minor injuries and was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance.

The semi‐tractor and trailer sustained about $40,000 in damages.

The Sioux Center Fire Department, Sioux Center Ambulance, and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

(Photo courtesy Sioux County Sheriff’s Office)


Gust Front Spawns Tornados, Hail, Torrential Rains Friday Afternoon

A gust front moving through the tri-state area on Friday afternoon kept weather reporters and emergency responders busy.

In our area it started about 2:10 PM, near Worthington . . .

Here is the official local storm report from the National Weather Service.

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... 
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS..
0203 PM     TORNADO          6 W WORTHINGTON         43.63N 95.72W
05/04/2012                   NOBLES             MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

0210 PM     TORNADO          WORTHINGTON             43.63N 95.60W
05/04/2012                   NOBLES             MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TORNADO TOUCHDOWN 3/4 MILES NORTH OF WORTHINGTON NEAR THE
            AIRPORT.

0215 PM     HAIL             1 N WORTHINGTON         43.64N 95.60W
05/04/2012  M1.00 INCH       NOBLES             MN   AWOS

            THUNDERSTORM WINDS FROM 30 TO 60 MILES AN HOUR.

0228 PM     TORNADO          5 N ROUND LAKE          43.61N 95.47W
05/04/2012                   NOBLES             MN   BROADCAST MEDIA

            TORNADO TOUCHDOWN 5 MILES NORTH OF ROUND LAKE MN.

0240 PM     TORNADO          7 SW LAKEFIELD          43.61N 95.27W
05/04/2012                   JACKSON            MN   PUBLIC

0249 PM     TORNADO          2 S LAKEFIELD           43.65N 95.17W
05/04/2012                   JACKSON            MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TORNADO TOUCHDOWN 2 MILES SOUTH OF LAKEFIELD MN.

0306 PM     HAIL             W HAWARDEN              43.00N 96.48W
05/04/2012  M1.25 INCH       SIOUX              IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0308 PM     HAIL             HAWARDEN                43.00N 96.48W
05/04/2012  E1.25 INCH       SIOUX              IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

            THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

0315 PM     TORNADO          3 SSW SIOUX CENTER      43.04N 96.20W
05/04/2012                   SIOUX              IA   PUBLIC

0330 PM     TSTM WND GST     BRUNSVILLE              42.81N 96.27W
05/04/2012  E60.00 MPH       PLYMOUTH           IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

            WALNUT SIZE HAIL ALSO OCCURRED.

0340 PM     TSTM WND GST     2 W LE MARS             42.79N 96.21W
05/04/2012  E60.00 MPH       PLYMOUTH           IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0340 PM     TSTM WND DMG     3 E HOSPERS             43.07N 95.84W
05/04/2012                   O`BRIEN            IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SMALL BRANCHES BROKEN.

0345 PM     TSTM WND GST     SHELDON                 43.18N 95.84W
05/04/2012  E60.00 MPH       O`BRIEN            IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0346 PM     TSTM WND GST     N HOSPERS               43.07N 95.90W
05/04/2012  E70.00 MPH       SIOUX              IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

            PEA SIZE HAIL WAS ALSO PRESENT.

0347 PM     TSTM WND GST     4 S LE MARS             42.73N 96.17W
05/04/2012  E70.00 MPH       PLYMOUTH           IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0350 PM     TORNADO          3 W PRIMGHAR            43.09N 95.69W
05/04/2012                   O`BRIEN            IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0357 PM     HAIL             1 NE ALPHA              43.65N 94.86W
05/04/2012  E1.00 INCH       JACKSON            MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

0405 PM     TSTM WND DMG     N CLEGHORN              42.81N 95.71W
05/04/2012                   CHEROKEE           IA   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            WIND DAMAGE JUST NORTH OF CLEGHORN.

0410 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 E EVERLY              43.16N 95.30W
05/04/2012  E60.00 MPH       CLAY               IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0422 PM     TSTM WND GST     3 WNW SPENCER           43.17N 95.20W
05/04/2012  M69.00 MPH       CLAY               IA   ASOS

            MEASURED AT THE SPENCER AIRPORT.

0424 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 N MILFORD             43.34N 95.15W
05/04/2012  E60.00 MPH       DICKINSON          IA   EMERGENCY MNGR

0424 PM     TSTM WND GST     N SPENCER               43.15N 95.15W
05/04/2012  E65.00 MPH       CLAY               IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TREES DOWNED JUST NORTH OF SPENCER.

0424 PM     TSTM WND DMG     SPENCER                 43.15N 95.15W
05/04/2012                   CLAY               IA   EMERGENCY MNGR

            WIDESPREAD TREE DAMAGE AND SOME STRUCTURE DAMAGE.

0430 PM     TSTM WND GST     5 NE DICKENS            43.18N 94.95W
05/04/2012  E60.00 MPH       CLAY               IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

Storm Cleanup At Budden Farm Postponed Until Next Saturday Due To Wet Conditions

Sanborn, Iowa — On Tuesday night, it started out as a normal evening for Matthew and Trista Budden and their three kids on their place near Sanborn. But Trista says, then things changed.

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She says the whole ordeal only took about a half hour — from absolutely normal, to their whole world turned upside down.

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A group of Knights of Columbus members in Sheldon is trying to get together a work group to help clean up the storm debris.

Matt Ascherl says anyone that would like to help is welcome to come and pick up debris in the field at the Buddens’ place.

The group was to go out today, but due to wet conditions, they will go out next week Saturday instead.

If you’d like more information, you are asked to call Matt Ascherl at 324-3872 or Dennis Youngers at 348-0833.


Sheldon School Board To Discuss Medical Reimbursement Plan During Special Meeting Monday Morning

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education will hold a very brief special session Monday morning, beginning at 8:00 in the high school library. The purpose of this meeting is to approve the Medical Reimbursement Plan Document and Summary Plan Description, as the Supervisor’s Agreement.

Superintendent Robin Spears says that, in an effort to help control health insurance costs, the school system will begin to partially self-fund their health insurance. He says that the District will purchase coverage with a higher deductible, which will save premium dollars, and offer employees a lower deductible, with the District picking up the difference. In addition, Spears says a 3rd party administrator will be needed to over see the plan. Monday’s meeting will give the Board the opportunity to pass these plans, and put them into effect.

In addition, the Board is also scheduled to designate this year’s recipients of the John & Irene Bowers Scholarships. These are scholarships that are awarded each year to Sheldon Community School District students who will be going on to college to pursue degrees in the fields or education or nursing. Spears says that each year the scholarships amount to between $5,000 and $6,000 for a few Sheldon seniors.


Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Looking For Possible Kidnappers

Cherokee, Iowa — The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a white utility or cargo van being driven by two white men. The vehicle was last seen at the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 59 heading north. Cherokee county advised a child with their hands tied was witnessed banging on the back window of the van. The report was called in at about 8:45 AM.

While law enforcement doesn’t know for sure that a crime has been committed, they would like to visit with the individuals in the white van.

A white van was later found in O’Brien County. Deputies spotted it on Highway 59 by Calumet going northbound roughly 70 plus miles per hour. The van driver was tapping the breaks when he was being followed. The van appeared to have a cage in the back of van, which has a # 30 on the back of the van. HOWEVER — it’s not known if this is the van in question.

Cherokee County advises that Minnesota plate 577HRP is NOT the suspect vehicle.

Do NOT approach this vehicle, call 911 immediately.


Sioux County Sheriff Posts Storm Pictures From Tuesday’s Storm

Orange City, Iowa — On Tuesday, May 1, at 9:00 p.m., severe thunderstorms with heavy rains, high winds and hail passed through Sioux County and kept the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office and Sioux County weather spotters busy.

During the storms, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of a semi that had been blown off the road on Highway 75 north of Sioux Center. There were also several reports of trees that were uprooted and blown against homes and outbuildings. Some outbuildings and livestock barns reportedly had roofs blown completely or partially off. Electrical lines and utility poles owned by Mid‐American Energy were also downed by high winds on Indian Avenue south of 370th Street. A grain storage bin was blown onto a street in Hospers.

A wind gust of 87 miles per hour was recorded during this storm.

No injuries were reported.

For the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Document with the storm pictures, click here.