Dinklage Cattle Co. was among cattle operations impacted by a group of tornados that hit northeast Nebraska on Monday, one of which devastated the small farming community of Pilger, which is located about 60 miles southwest of Sioux City, IA.
“It looks like a war zone. It absolutely looks like a war zone,” is how Stanton County Commissioner Jerry Weatherholt described the aftermath of twin tornados that leveled at least half of Pilger, a rural town of 350 residents. Miraculously, only two lives were lost – that of a five-year-old local girl and a motorist killed in a single-vehicle accident. Another 16 were injured.
David Dinklage was interviewed on this report by KMTV in Omaha and detailed the operation's loss of hundreds of cattle and the destruction of their home, feeding facilities and farming equipment. "We'll have to rebuild; it's going to take a long time. All our machinery is in that farm shed and that’s all gone. We can’t farm for the rest of the year. And we can’t feed the cattle now; we’ll just need to rebuild, Dinklage said. See the report on the cattle operations tornado damage here.
And the Norfolk Daily News provided this coverage on the Dinklage operation. Click here.
Pilger, a town of 350 residents, took a direct hit, with the community losing its local co-op, school and fire department. See the article about the community's damage here.
And accuweather.com posted this video of the tornado.
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