Strong storms are blowing in this week to parts of South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota. The Tri-State area could see large hail, damaging winds, and even some isolated tornadoes.

Our friends at the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls are preparing South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota for potential severe weather Wednesday afternoon into the evening hours.

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On a scale of Level 1 to Level 5, there are slight risks (Level 2) to this storm system moving in the South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota areas. The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls explains the exact timing and location of these storms that could cause a lot of damage in South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota.

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Large hail, strong winds, and maybe a few tornadoes are going to affect most of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and even portions of Nebraska. The highest risk for severe storms in the Tri-State area will be between 3 PM to 9 PM.

Besides the possibility of strong storms, the first major heat wave of the season will be affecting most of the Sioux Empire this week.

Our friends at the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls did confirm heat is a contributing factor for severe weather in our region this week, specifically for Sioux Falls.

Thunderstorm chances increase for Wednesday afternoon and evening, and some of these storms could be severe. Slightly cooler for mid-week, then warming back up for the end of the week with returning thunderstorm chances

You can never be too careful when it comes to crazy summer weather in South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota. Keep up with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls and our news partners at Dakota News Now for the latest weather updates. 

Dives Worth a Drive in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota

Almost every small South Dakota town has a watering hole. It’s where the locals go to kick back a few brews and engage in conversation.

Some of these establishments are located in buildings almost as old as the town itself. There might be a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new vinyl on the booth seats, but the ambiance is still reminiscent of a good ol’ dive.

If you think a "dive" is all about the sketchy clientele, the smell of the Devil’s lettuce, and stale Grain Belt, you’d be wrong. Not every dive has a bad reputation.

What makes a dive, a dive?

A dive has character. Neon beer signs and local memorabilia adorn the walls.

You might find a pool table, dart board, and a few video lottery machines.

The bartender knows the regulars by name and they know what you drink.

Some dives don't even serve food except for bags of chips and pickled eggs that sit in a jar of brine on the bar.

Dives aren't fancy. You might see 70's-style wood panels on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.

Finally, the bathrooms. The bathrooms in dives are in a class by themselves and could be a whole topic on its own. 

There are several small-town dives in our area with friendly faces, cheap booze with a burn, and even really good food! We use the term "dive" in the most affectionate way.

Here are some of the best and why you should go there.

Gallery Credit: Karla Brown

It’s 1989, where is your family going out to eat?

If you are a Sioux Falls 80s Kid, you probably spent many nights cruising the loop, browning the records at Musicland, and going out to eat at one of these gone but not forgotten Sioux Falls institutions.

On social media, we asked you all: ‘It’s 1989, where is your family going out to eat?’ Here’s what you said.

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