SD, MN communities recover from strong storm
BIG STONE LAKE (AP) -- Residents in the Big Stone Lake area are cleaning up and beginning repairs after a weekend storm that brought straight-line winds and at least one tornado.
According to media reports, the National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in the Cramer's Resort area, and straight-line winds hit Big Stone City and the nearby Minnesota community of Ortonville Sunday night.
Sandi Sawchuk was still shaken a day later. She tells KELO that she was outside at the lake when debris began flying and trees started falling, and was lucky not to be injured.
According to media reports, downtown businesses suffered the brunt of the damage in Ortonville. Drug store owner Mike Carlson says the storm ripped apart metal on his building's exterior. A jewelry store lost its roof.