Sioux Falls Froze with Icepocalypse 2013

On April 9, 2013, Sioux Falls weather took a turn for the nasty. The city became a beautiful but terrible post-apocalyptic scene.

Sioux Falls got slammed with nine inches of snow and sleet from the storm that took place from April 9 - 11, 2013. That didn't include the ice accumulating on everything during the first part of the storm.

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NWS: Event Total Snow & Sleet Reports for April 9-11, 2013

Heavy rains and an arctic blast created a nightmare for many. Everything was encased in thick ice resulting in snapped tree branches and our streets looked like a crystal cathedral.


Then we were dealing with the aftermath of the heavy hand of nature. Power lines were strained from the weight and linemen were working long hours without sleep in an effort to restore power.

It was estimated that 32,000 Xcel Energy customers were without power and the neighborhoods were filled with the hum of generators.

Then-Mayor Mike Huether declared a state of emergency for the city, AKA OPERATION TIMBER STRIKE!

For the next few weeks, there was a constant parade of dump trucks hauling the broken remains of trees and structures to drop-off sites.

Yet, Sioux Falls, South Dakota rebounded stronger than before.

FLASHBACK: The Sioux Falls Tornadoes of September 2019

FLOOD: Icy Flashback to the March 2019 Sioux Falls Flooding

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35 Movies That Take Place in South Dakota

When it comes to South Dakota and Hollywood, we've seen our fair share of films that have used our state as the backdrop for a number of productions over the years. They may not have always filmed here, but movie folk love to set stories here.

We're all familiar with the blockbusters like 1990's Dances With Wolves, 1959's North By Northwest, and more recently, 2007's National Treasure: Book of Secrets. But our state's life on the big screen goes back nearly 100 years.

According to IMDb, it all started with Courtin' Wildcats, a 1929 film which, like so many of the 29 films on this list, is a Western set in the time before South Dakota became a state in 1889.

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