Last week a storm that raced from northern Nebraska and Iowa through eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota left a path of destruction from down trees and power lines to structural damage and the loss of life. Two people died during the May 12 storm.

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The National Weather Service in Aberdeen issued a final report concluding that a total of 12 tornadoes have been confirmed.


Mike Tanner reports that an EF-2 tornado with peak winds estimated at 135 miles per hour dropped down a mile south of Gary, where a farmhouse lost its roof, along with most of the exterior walls on the main floor of the home.

Below is a list of other confirmed tornadoes:

City of Castlewood (EF-2, 120 mph peak winds)
Six miles west-northwest of Rayville (EF-1, 110 mph peak winds)
Five miles east of Dumont, Minnesota (EF-1, 100 mph peak winds)
Four miles SW of Norcross, Minnesota (EF-0, 80 mph peak winds)
One mile east-southeast of Turnerville (EF-1, 100 mph peak winds)
Seven miles south of Webster (EF-1, 100 mph peak winds)
Four miles west-southwest of Thomas (EF-1, 95 mph peak winds)
Three miles east-southeast of Estelline (EF-2, 120 mph peak winds)
Three miles north of Garden City (EF-1, 97 mph peak winds)
Four miles north-northwest of Naples (EF-0, 80 mph peak winds)
Five miles north-northeast of Raymond (EF-0, 80 mph peak winds)

Source: Mike Tanner


Here Are The 7 Remaining Drive-In Theaters In South Dakota

If you were born last know, in the nineteen hundreds (ugh) may have spent a summer evening in the car watching movies. I don't mean on your phone, I mean at the drive-in movie theater!

If you were in Sioux Falls in the 1970s and '80's you may remember seeing Jaws and Indiana Jones at The East Park or the Starlite Drive-In. Both drive-ins opened just after World War 2. The East Park didn't make it out of the '70s, closing in 1978. The Starlite survived long enough to see the birth of home video, closing in 1985.

Drive-in movies had a bit of a resurgence during the pandemic. They were a way to go out and do something social without getting out of your car.

If you tried one during that time, or you remember the fun of a warm summer evening watching movies on that giant screen there are still places in South Dakota and around Sioux Falls you can do it.

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