KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Early Spring Tornado Damages Minneota Farm

Bookmark and Share

Tornadoes and blizzards are two things farmers in the Upper Midwest have to deal with from time to time. But one Minnesota farmer dealt with both, on the same day.


It was the 20th tornado ever recorded in the month of March in the state of Minnesota. Lyon County emergency officials recorded video as the storm raced northwards, eventually touching down on Tom and Kim Abraham's farm in rural Minneota. 


“My daughter called me and said that we had a tornado,” told Tom Abraham.


Neither Kim nor Tom was home but their daughter, son and nine month old granddaughter were in the basement. 


“I could tell by her voice she was scared and I could tell it was for real,” said Tom Abraham.


The Abraham's children caught a glimpse of the twister before it swept through the farm.


“Good thing we had the hail because they put the car away, put the dogs in the garage, and they were looking out the window and they saw it coming,” said Kim Abraham.


The twister cut the family's machine shed in half, scattered grain bins throughout their yard and field, and almost perfectly nailed a piece of wood to the side of another shed.


“I think it finally sunk in. We survived a tornado,” said Kim Abraham who was working in Marshall at the time of the storm.


“I couldn't believe it because the sun was shining in Marshall,” added Tom Abraham who was on his way to pick his wife up from work.


After the tornado hit the Abraham's farm plenty of friends and family came to help before the snow started to fall.


“We were in a blizzard warning and then you get a tornado. It's just weird,” remarked Tom Abraham.


“It was amazing. People just kept driving up in the yard and they would just walk right over and start pitching in and helping out,” recalled Kim Abraham. “That's replaceable. Human lives are not.”


The hail, wind, and snow have subsided. But, with planting season right around the corner, the Abraham's have plenty of work to do thanks to a very strange spring storm.


No one was hurt in the tornado, but the Abraham's say their kids are a little shaken up.

< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >

Denny Sanford Premier Center Officially Open  story with video

It's been years of collaboration, hard work, and the support of the Sioux ...

29 Interested In Growing Minn. Medical Pot

The Minnesota Department of Health says it has received 29 letters of intent from ...

SD College Students Finding Education Jobs Elsewhere  story with video

Like many other states across the nation, South Dakota is seeing a teacher ...

Shoes For The Shoeless Still Running Strong  story with video  Sep. 19

Rapid City Police Chase Ends Crash, Flames  Sep. 19

Goodell: 'Same Mistakes Can Never Be Repeated'  Sep. 19

72-Year-Old State Prison Inmate Dies  Sep. 19

Committee To Read Rounds, Daugaard Answers On EB-5  Sep. 19

Veterans Find Help Through Stand Down Event  Sep. 19

Prosecution Rests In Trial Of Pierre Teen  Sep. 19

SD Leads Nation In Flu Vaccinations Rate  Sep. 19

Producer, Director Of Don Meyer Film Coming To SD  Sep. 19

Pine Ridge Breaks Ground On New Housing Project  Sep. 19

3rd Person Arrested In Sioux City Arsons Case  Sep. 19

Laura And Kevin Preview New Movies  story with video  Sep. 19

The Daily Scoop: 9-19-2014  story with video  Sep. 19

Which Smartphone Is Right For You?   story with video  Sep. 19

Your Sneek Peek Inside The Events Center   story with video  Sep. 18

SD GOP Reacts To Dem's EB-5 Claims  Sep. 18

SDDP Attorney: Why Was Corruption Allowed To Spread?  Sep. 18

Pat O'Brien Signs New Memoir In Sioux Falls  Sep. 18

Inmate Charged With Murdering Convicted Killer  story with video  Sep. 18

Jackson County Sued Over Indian Voting Issue  Sep. 18

MN Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident Near Milbank  Sep. 18

Wind Cave Offering Free Tours Sept. 27  Sep. 18

Economy Remains Slow In Rural Parts Of 10 States  Sep. 18

Clowns Race Bikes For United Way  Sep. 18

Huron 7th Grade Teacher Arrested  Sep. 18

SF Downtown Beating Sparks Reactions  story with video  Sep. 18

Inmate Indicted For Homicide At State Prison  Sep. 18

KDLT News Archive

Huron 7th Grade Teacher Arrested

A 7th grade teacher in Huron was arrested after allegedly having ...

Inmate Indicted For Homicide At State Prison

The South Dakota Attorney General's office says ...

SF Downtown Beating Sparks Reactions  story with video

The beating of Sioux Falls resident, Drew Bartscher has ...

Prosecution Rests In Trial Of Pierre Teen  Sep. 19

MN Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident Near Milbank  Sep. 18

SD GOP Reacts To Dem's EB-5 Claims  Sep. 18

Winning Powerball Tickets Sold In 2 SD Cities  Sep. 18

Prehistoric Fish Re-Entering Big Stone Lake  Sep. 18

KDLT News Archive

Augie & Northern Seek Consistency  story with video

Augustana and Northern State have each suffered some tough setbacks early in the season and ...

Trojans sweep Saints in volleyball

MADISON, S. D. – Dakota State (S. D. ) returned home at ...

Aberdeen and SF Christian win 5-set thrillers  story with video

2 unbeatens met at the Watertown Civic Arena Thursday night and the ...

Riders sweep Pats in softball  story with video  Sep. 18

Treinen another solid start for Washington  story with video  Sep. 18

Jacks can't overlook Beef Bowl opponent  story with video  Sep. 18

Brookings RB's tough to stop!  story with video  Sep. 18

Nelson feels Riders still solid with new QB  story with video  Sep. 18

KDLT Sports Stories
Back To Top